1. Peep-Toe Boots
I love boots. They look great with skirts, dresses, and jeans. They’re also entirely practical in the colder months, keeping your feet warm and protecting them from the elements. So cutting out the tips to expose your toes is a two-fold assault—on style and on function. It looks ridiculous, and it’s about as logical as wearing footless socks or a backless coat.
2.Ripped Tights and Leggings
Remember the ripped tights teenage girls everywhere sported in the far-off days of grunge? The return of that look would almost be tolerable. But the ripped tights (and leggings!) we’re seeing today are a lot more roughed-up hooker than they are vintage Courtney Love (on second thought, is there a difference?).
3. Stud Overkill
It’s one thing to have a string of studs on your handbag, wallet, or shoes. But an oversized bag covered in studs? A pair of ankle boots drowning in pointy metal dots? It’s a little OTT. And it looks cheap.
The fur vest is being touted as the statement piece for Fall/Winter 2009. It comes in real or faux, long or short, in black, white, brown, and everything in between. Fashion icon Kate Moss has been sporting this look for some time now—and pulling it off the way only she can do (we admit it, we’re jealous). Recently, fur vests have made their way onto the frail bodies of young Hollywood, so it probably won’t be long before department stores jump on the bandwagon.
I like vests. I even like fur (faux, of course!). But something about this combo reminds me too much of a medieval hair shirt, and I’m just not in the mood for punishment.
We realize fashion is somewhat subjective, so we don’t expect you to agree with our scathing assessment of this season’s trends. But whether you cringe at the sight of laddered tights or can’t wait to get your hands on a pair, I think we can all agree on one thing: none of these looks are appropriate for the office.