Confusing Fashion Trends of 2013

It’s hard to believe, but I have clothes in my closet that are older than my husband – seriously. Once upon a time clothes were actually quality-made, in the good ole’ US of A no less, and lasted beyond a few wears and washes. Today, we’re lucky if we can get an item from the clothing rack to our closet without it falling apart in the process. Modern clothing lacks the loving touch of seamstresses and the proliferation of consumer-conscious companies. What we’re left with is nothing more than curtains with a few ruffles and sequins added to cover the shoddy fabrication. We’re all a bunch of walking windows. Imagine that!

But enough bitching about how clothes are made… I really want to talk about what’s on the horizon for 2013. There are a couple of upcoming fashion trends that have me confused and I was hoping a few of you out there might read this and set me straight. Let’s start with boucle suiting. First of all, WTF is boucle suiting? I answered my own question using Google (of course). According to several sources, boucle is a type of novelty yarn that has lengths of loops of similar size, which can range from tiny circlets to large curls. The fabric produced using boucle has a knobby effect rendering the feel of the fabric as bumpy. So, a boucle suit is just that – a knobby, bumpy-feeling…suit.

I peeked around at some boucle suits for sale online. They all have a very Queen Elizabeth-ish, conservative feel. Look:

Does this mean we are to wear tights underneath? Should we practice our delicate waving? And what happens if we lean up against something and are rendered immobile – our loops and knobs caught in the clenches of stray, loose screws and bolts? As you can tell, I am not a fan of this trend. You won’t find a boucle suit sitting in my closet anytime soon.

The other trend that has me scratching my head is slash neck tees. Aside from the name, which conjures up images of Friday the 13th and Freddy Krueger, I am troubled by a few questioning aspects of this trend. First, I have a small neck and I’m no longer the broad bodybuilder I was back in my 20s. If the slash neckline happens to slide down my shoulders, do I still call it a slash neck tee? Or would I then call it an off-shoulder tee? See what I’m getting at? It would go from this:

To this:

I’m also wondering about accessorizing these trendy tees. Should we pair them with bondage collars and armwarmers? Yes, this another trend I’m going to pass on. Just not my thing.

What fashion trend has you screaming FOUL?

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3 Responses to Confusing Fashion Trends of 2013

  1. Ginger Kay

    Last week, I wrote about the big scarf trend, and how I think they look like bibs.

    The boucle’ suits look more Jackie Kennedy than QE2 to me. I think it is part of the Mad Men fallout.
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    • Crystal

      Ahhh.. Jackie Kennedy! You’re right. I need to check out your post on the big scarf trend. I love me some scarfs – pending that I can still see and move my neck. :)

  2. Eva Gallant

    Actually, I like boucle and once had a jacket that I loved; there was just something about the nubbliness…. I never found it caught on things easily. That white suit in the photo is gross! I hate waistlines below the navel and would never wear a jacket like that without a shirt, but I’m old–what the heck do I know?
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