ugg handbags uk 5 Fashion Trends That Began With WAY Different Intentions
The dorm shirt was huge fad in the 1990s, but as with all fashion trends, it fell victim to entropy. Then in the mid 2000s, Henry Abadi, the clothing entrepreneur responsible for the shirts, got a surprise call from a business acquaintance at a clothing store in Newark, NJ. They said that street fashion had suddenly shifted toward unnaturally huge T shirts, and in order to keep up with the demand, they requested a cool thousand of Abadi’s 40 inch tees the industry name for the dorm shirt.
Sensing an opportunity, Abadi shipped the tall tees . and put in an order for a whopping 60,000 more. This proved to be an excellent move, as his Galaxy label white tall tees soon became the thing to own for hip hop stars and people with unnaturally long torsos alike.
But why did the huge plain T shirt become a thing in the first place? Simple economics. Nobody wanted them at first. You could buy 10 15 dope ass tree trunk tees for the price of a normal T shirt. Then those poor and/or sensible shoppers went and pulled off the look so hard that they could no longer afford it themselves. It was designed to cover only the sexiest bits of the sexiest people, because they were being too damn sexy.
‘Would you mind wearing some gloves too? Your weaving is a little . suggestive.”
The muumuu was first developed to cover the bare breasts of the natives of Hawaii during their “overtly sexual” (by old timey Christian standards) hula rituals. In the 1820s, Christian missionaries arrived on the Hawaiian Islands looking to convert the natives, but were shocked and appalled by all the casual nudity. In their moral panic, they cobbled together a hasty covering to bring the place from late night Cinemax to midday PBS. The result was a ground length, high necked, and above all cleavage covering dress called a holoku, beneath which the Hawaiian women wore a shorter, loose fitting dress called mu’umu’u.
So it began as the world’s least sexy underwear.
Strange Pants Were Mostly To Help Women Skirt Sexist Rules
Culottes hail from the early decades of the 20th century, and finally let women play sports, as well as ride horses and bikes in a straddling position. As you can probably imagine, this sudden burst of female freedom was met with utter disdain by the sexist societies of the era. In France, culottes were flat out outlawed unless the user was currently riding a bicycle or horse. In the 1930s,
a female tennis player wore a pair at Wimbledon and The Daily Mail wrote that she should be “soundly beaten.”
At least The Mail has stayed consistently terrible through the century.
In the 1960s, society thought about letting women wear pants, maybe purely in theory, of course. However, some high end restaurants still fought the tide with their dress codes, which would not allow ladies to wear trousers. So once again, hybrid bottoms came to the rescue. Palazzo pants were technically pants, but so wide and billowing that even the most snobby maitre d’ would have a hard time denying a lady entrance for wearing them.
And now, years later, we all just look forward to not having to wearing any pants back at home.
But of course, surfers are pretty cool, and we pay attention to what they are wearing. So when an Australian surfer named Brian Smith brought the boots to California in the late 1970s, they spread like wildfire to the local surfers and shops. Surfers’ girlfriends, as is the girlfriend way, started “borrowing” their boyfriend’s boots, and noticed that holy hell, those things were comfortable. Eventually the crudely built, purpose based boots became trendy for even the most landlubbin’ Californians, and hack comedians everywhere were gifted with another easy target.
“I’ve got this great one about the sound you make when you see someone wearing UGGs!”
James Kinneen is a huge fan of sweatpants, because most fans of sweatpants are huge.
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