As clothing seems to be getting more ironic every season, it is necessary to approach the topic of what is “cool” and what isn’t. All of us have fallen in love with this newfound trend where we act like we’re so indestructible because our clothes say slang terms. I must admit, when done right, it can be humorous and, if styled well, can be pulled off. But this is only sometimes.
Before we begin my selection of DOs & DON’Ts, I have compiled three simple questions to ask yourself before buying clothing with words on them.
3 SIMPLE RULES:
- Would you be embarrassed if your parents saw you?
- Would you be embarrassed if you said it out loud?
- Would you be embarrassed if someone else said it out loud?
Problem #1 – The Tee : http://www.dpcted.com
When I see this I cringe. There is literally nothing more embarrassing then seeing someone wearing this shirt, or one of their others such as, “Big Boobed & Awesome, Bald Chubby & Awesome,” or one of the most frequently used, AND HORRIBLE, “Talk Nerdy To Me.” This website is filled with even more tacky screen tees than I can even bare to speak of. Do us all a favor and don’t. Just don’t.
Solution : Feather Hearts
Now this is a much better t-shirt. Not only can you be cool cause this shirt has a more subtle phrase, but the font doesn’t look so, “I just made this on my computer.” Wear it alone or with a black blazer and a funky necklace!
Problem #2 – The Crop : http://www.unifclothing.com
I guess my first question is: Are you a f***ing cheerleader on the daily? WHO would wear this?! An even better question is, who would spend $92 on this? A word of advice; just because the model looks “cute” in it, doesn’t mean you will. She gets paid to wear it, and you don’t. Also, this falls under rule #1.
Solution : Fresh Tops
I realize that the word “swag” is completely overused, but SWAGGY is just so funny and all I can picture is Justin Bieber singing “Boyfriend” in your headphones while you beep bop your way through town. The font used on this is casual and appropriate, finally! And if you ever had to speak this shirt out loud you’d probably just giggle. Simply wear this with printed denim and chunky stacked bracelets for a real cool ensemble.
Problem #3 – The Tank: Evil Twin
At first glance I wasn’t really sure if this was bad enough to be put as a reference. But honestly, why would a shirt say this? Are you calling yourself a scum bag? Someone else? And the not-so-clever drippy font just makes this shirt seem so last minute. I’d imagine that whoever designed this wrongfully felt like they had done a great job. To “top” it off, this tank cost $65 and definitely goes against all 3 rules.
Solution : LUNCCHB0XX clothing
Drippy done right. This is so clever I can’t even stand it. If I made this shirt I would call it “America’s Next Top Tank.” All of these tanks are handmade one-of-a-kinds from this cute Etsy shop, so get it now before she gets famous and the prices go up! Wear this with your summer cutoffs and knee-high gladiators – trust me.
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