Today, The Daily Mail vocalized what's been on a lot of our minds - what's up with the current "ugly trend"? Well, we never really thought of it as the ugly trend before, but we have to agree with writer Liz Jones - a lot of the options this season don't exactly promise to flatter. She singles out the wide trouser, tight high-waisted pants, patent leather corset belts, and super-short tulip dresses paired with chunky platforms - items all but guaranteed to highlight your physical imperfections. As she puts it: "The ugly look certainly seems to scare off men. As an experiment, I wore the bright blue furry fronted skirt from Prada with my huge Marni platforms, over-the-knee socks from Topshop (I kept having to pull them up), and a really horrible shrunken green squiggles Vivienne Westwood T-shirt from the late Seventies, for dinner with a quite sane man (i.e. not one who works in fashion). I asked what he thought. "The socks are hideous. Why do all women nowadays wear woollen tights, and black leggings? Why do you want to cover up your figure (Ugh, I can't possibly go out with a man who says the word 'figure')? "Men like women to look feminine and solvent, with strappy shoes that show their toe cleavage. We don't want to date a bag lady." Indeed. Well, at least my outfit separated the wheat from the chaff, revealing my potential boyfriend to be both humourless and a bit of a pervert, actually. " He sounds like a jerk, and anyone who has "toe cleavage" as a requirement is, um, ew. But we still get the point - do "quirky-chic" clothes make you feel pretty? --ALISON COOL
"How Can You Tell? I'm Just One of the Out of Focus Guys!"
My first band t-shirt was a Sleater-Kinney tee that proclaimed "show me your riffs" in white block letters on a black background. Wearing it taught