Anniversaries are great, arent they? The first one is always exciting, of course. Can you believe its been a year? the celebrators might toast, as they continue banging their brains out (Im talking about journalists and keyboards here, folks). Three is sweet, as youve settled in; and so is five, though the groove is starting to create some ruts. If youre not careful, six, seven, or eight can be more Whew! or Meh, depending. Its crucial to pencil in the banging (aka fake it til you make it) during these years, so you can eventually bask in the glory of 10.
Ten is special. Ten is a momentary end-zone dance. Ten likes to puff its chest, feign humility and give unasked-for advice because look how far we made it?!?
In honor of CityBeats 10th anniversary, Ive compiled a list of regrettable fashion trends that swept through our city during the last 10 years, and while some items might be more than regional, we here in San Diego have a unique weather confusion that adds a certain je ne sais quoi not found anywhere else. Oh, and my advice: Those trends that have passed should not be repeated; those that are still with us, dont fall prey. And never, ever go to bed angry.
Here, in order from most offensive to most offensive + a Mel Gibson fart, are my picks:
10. The fake designer bag: Ladies of a certain age might remember the tsunami of purse parties that took place back in the early 00s. I, too, carried a faux Kate Spade with silk-screened red irises that I bought during a wine-induced home-shopping frenzy. I carried it until I realized that buying a knock-off was stealing, at which point I donated it to Goodwill. OK, thats not true. I purged it because it was straight-up ugly and I hate labels. Look, if youre scrounging money for that $4 burrito, we all know the Coach is a fake.
9. Black leggings worn as pants: Especially when you dont do the bend-over-in-front-of-the-mirror test before leaving the house. Ass is nice and all, but viewing unintended crack through the silvery sheen of stretched Lycra as you bend to pick up the dropped cell phone isnt mysterious. Its disturbing like a bank robbers face beneath a nylon stocking. And—like I wrote back in 2006—arent we openly inviting yeast infections with this ghastly, nonsensical trend? This ones a gift to the makers of Monistat.
8. Platform flip-flops: We take our flippie-floppies a little too seriously here in San Diego. I admit, I love my many pairs. But I know where to draw the line. They dont go to the office. They also dont go into nosebleed territory à la Kiss. The four-inch thick rubber flip-flop was a bad trend. When worn in white? Even badder than Gene Simmons right-wing politics.
7. Belly-piercing / half-shirt / low-waist-jeans combo: The greatest thing to happen to this getup was the invention of the tunic top. That, and the realization by 18-year-olds across the city that they are no longer 18-year-olds. They are grown women with belly piercings just like Britney Spears. The upside is that at least they didnt get angel wings tattooed on their scapulas.
6. Angel-wing tattoos on the scapula: A pair of giant wings across the whole back or just a miniature version on the upper-right shoulder. As cool tattoos go, this isnt one. Its like a feather hair extension, only permanent.
5. Jeans with the cartoony stitching and flap pockets: Hey you! Guy doused in Axe Body Spray crossing diagonally on Market and Fifth on Saturday at 11 p.m.! Yeah, Im talking to you. We all know you paid $352 for your Mens Super T Joey Jeans, but news flash: Nobody wants to fuck you. Not even the girl with hair feathers or the college-souvenir belly piercing. Take it down a notch, fancy pants, and invest in some French cologne.
4. High-waisted cut-off short shorts: I didnt think it was possible to make buttcheek-hang-down look bad, but there you have it. This is a new trend—like neon and Boy George hats—revived from the 80s. Those of us who lived through it the first time know better. (Adding sheer black stockings doesnt help.)
3. Oversized sunglasses: Grrrrl, wheres your face? Hows a tragic waif like you holding up under the weight of those 50-pound shades?
2. Crocs: If you wear these, you deserve to have your feet chopped off at the ankles and spend the rest of your life thinking about what you did.
1. Track pants with Pink or Juicy splashed across the buttocks: Oh, its so quaint to obliviously advertise the texture and color of ones ripe inner lady jungle! Back in the mid 00s, this trend could regularly be spotted on teenage girls (and sometimes their matching mamas, too) at airports. The victim would often be carrying a teddy bear or a pillow with Disney characters. It was and remains child-pornishly wrong. Though less prevalent today, these pants are still out there, and the wearer may pair them with oversized sunglasses, a feather hair extension, an angel wing tattoo and a smelly dude in bad jeans.