No She Didn't... Bad Fashion as Entertainment

by Lynsey Hemstreet
Fashion School Review Columnist

February 15, 2006

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Everyone loves to hate the stylistically clueless. Just watch the TV show What Not to Wear. But for those of us who particularly enjoy a celebrity outfit gone wrong, the internet is the best place to find an impromptu lesson in bad (and good) fashion design.

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Britney Spears has just graced the top (or is it the bottom?) spot on Blackwell's most recent "Worst-Dressed List." For those interested in clothing design, celebrities, or just a good laugh, there are many websites devoted to covering the latest in celebrity fashion design missteps. A personal favorite, Go Fug Yourself, is a blog run by two gently sarcastic girls out of Los Angeles, a fashion school mecca.

Go Fug Yourself chronicles the worst in bad clothing design, from gathered taffeta to cropped leggings to unflattering waistlines. Heather and Jessica, fashion design snobs extraordinaire, keep up with Britney and others' mistakes without missing a single opportunity to let loose a well-aimed barb.

Be a "Do," Not a "Don't"

So how does one keep themselves out of the tabloids' "fashion victim" pages? You don't need to go to fashion design school. Just follow the basic rules of good clothing design.

  • Look for clean lines and flattering silhouettes. Clothes should skim the body, not cling. Avoid showing too much skin by choosing tasteful neck- and hemlines.
  • Play up the good, camouflage the bad. Any women's fashion magazine can educate you on this one. A flared pant works well to balance a heavy hip or thigh, while a slim one accentuates long legs.
  • And finally, when in doubt, keep it simple! An over the top outfit may attract attention, but who knows if it's good or bad?


About the Author
Lynsey Hemstreet has two passions in life: writing and makeup. A journalism grad from San Francisco State University, she is a cosmetics consultant by day, freelance writer and editor by night. Lynsey's written work ranges from independent music reviews t

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