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Top 10 Most Hated Fashion Items

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Fashion is nothing if not a matter of taste, and when it comes to certain garments, there’s no pleasing anyone. However, with certain crimes against style it seems like there’s no pleasing anyone, as the following ten items that form the list of most hated fashion choices goes to show. We won’t reveal the number one offender at the top of this list but, once you scroll to the bottom, you’re unlikely to be surprised.

10. Sweater Vest

Coming in at the bottom of the top ten is the divisive sweater vest. While we’d argue that there’s more than a couple of occasions to pull off the sweater vest, it can leave one looking in search of a golf course somewhat, and when worn over a white T-shirt its capacity to appall decent minded folk increases exponentially.

9. Deep V T-Shirt

Coming in at the bottom of the top ten is the divisive sweater vest. While we’d argue that there’s more than a couple of occasions to pull off the sweater vest, it can leave one looking in search of a golf course somewhat, and when worn over a white T-shirt its capacity to appall decent minded folk increases exponentially.

There’s something intrinsically smug about a man in a plunging V-neck T-shirt. It’s often sported by men with a cardigan or some other piece of boating chic apparel, often to subtly show off the use of a gym membership by those lacking the courage to double down on a wife beater. It also often seems favoured by men possessed of the kind of volume of body hair usually found on great apes, which isn’t doing its reputation any favours either.

8. Uggs

There is perhaps no fashion item with a title so appropriately steeped in onomatopoeia as the ugg boot. It looks like a cross between a slipper and a ski boot, and denotes a look which hasn’t had a single thought go into it except “fluffy”. Blessedly, these seem to be falling out of favour with those who ever considered them fashionable, but the sight of them still hasn’t lost any of their power to horrify.

7. Red Trousers

There are seven colours in the rainbow, that between them produce thousands of possible different colour tones. Why, then, must some people persist in wearing red trousers? They make whoever wears them instantly appear like a ventriloquist by trade, and unfailingly draw the eye to the lower half of an outfit in a way that should be obviously objectionable to even the least fashion-conscious among us.

6. Tracksuits

Tracksuits are only acceptable when worn by sportsmen, stay-at-home dads or Russian mafia underlings, and shouldn’t be worn for any occasion more formal than answering the front door to accept an Amazon delivery. Yet some people continue to misguidedly see them as the cornerstone of casual wear. You wouldn’t wear them to court, so why are you wearing them now?

5. Clothes with Elbow Patches

If you’re a librarian, college professor or the owner of a second hand bookshop, the following does not apply to you: stay away from elbow patches. They’re the middle aged equivalent of a pair of ripped True Religion jeans, and instantly make whatever garment they’re attached to appear as if someone has died in it.

4. Flares

Flared trousers are easily the most iconic example of retromania’s most bland and thoughtless excesses. They are rightly an object of ridicule, and when a piece of clothing is most commonly worn as part of a fancy dress outfit, it should warn right-thinking members of society to stay the hell away in any other context.

3. Crocs

Like a pair of shower sandals that crawled out of the sea, mutated, and broke out of their laboratory, crocs seem to have spread to all corners of the Earth, terrorising innocent bystanders with their crimes against good taste. Whether their popularity can be accounted to people who consider plimsolls to be formal wear, we don’t know. What we do know is that crocs must still hold the record for the most signally lazy footwear choice of all time.

2. Leather Trousers

Leather trousers have long been a favourite of those in the fetish and kink scenes. Those folks at least had the decency to limit their wearing to the dark and dank sex dungeons where they so rightly belong. For the rest of us (sparing, perhaps, the Village People) leather trousers defy all reasoning, and can even make black seem like a loud colour. A sartorial choice very much best left to those few professionals who really know what they’re doing.

1. Speedos

Justly topping our list at number one is the hated budgy-smuggler itself, the speedo. At this point it’s probably wise to assume that anyone wearing these outside of a swimming pool has either recently lost a bet or derives some sort of psychosexual pleasure from inflicting suffering on others. No matter how many hours a man has put in at the gym, some things really are better left to the i

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