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Work It Girl: Fashion Forward Styles that Dudes Hate

Updated: Mar 20, 2012 09:47
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I like to consider myself a somewhat fashionable person, at least I strive to be, and don’t really take into much consideration the opinion of males before making a purchase. Granted everyone wants to look attractive but dressing up isn’t really supposed to be about pleasing others, it’s more about feeling comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. Recently a guy friend of mine confessed to hating wedge shoes and even compared them to animal hooves when women wear them.  Everyone has their preferences when it comes to the opposite sex but I realized there are general fashion trends that send guys running faster than you can say Chloe Sevigny. While the aughts had some trends that were real doozies, this new decade has a fresh crop of styles for men to turn their nose up to.

Harem Pants

If you thought jeggings were bad, they pale in comparison to the Harem Pants explosion we’re experiencing right now. Usually accompanied with a drop waist crotch and sometimes made out of sweatpants material, they certainly are a force to be reckoned with. While not every lady is bold enough to even attempt this look, many have tried and failed.  Unless they have a Jasmine fetish,  or adult diapers, most guys aren’t embracing this fashion forward look.  To those who can miraculously pull this look off,  I applaud you.

Strong Shoulders

You know how some outfits project a come hither look? While this is more like if you’re outfit screamed “fuck off”. While the 80’s fashion revival has been going strong for some time now, the bold shoulder style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Blame Gaga or Rhianna, but all over town, ladies are sporting a literal chip on the shoulder which sometimes may be bedazzled or not. Partly inspired by Medieval armor and the Ice Capades, there certainly is a costume feel to this look.  Just watch out when you shrug your shoulders, you may impale your date’s eyeball.

Short Hair

Whenever summer comes I get the urge to chop off all my hair or do whatever it takes to battle the oppressive heatwave that comes every summer to NYC. After chopping off 10 inches I notice I no longer get the catcalls from my local construction workers, and the nicknames Scully and Miranda get thrown about a little more often then I would like. The sense I get is, that guys prefer long hair  to chopped locks. Not that I give a damn but it’s a stereotype that really rings true. The Beatles style mop top has been really popular lately, sort of an embrace of a more confident, androgynous look. God bless you if you have the face shape to pull that off, but the half shaved look is really something I can’t get behind. While no one wants to look like a Barbie doll (well some people do) I think the American Apparel dress code that has recently come to light, highlights the attitude most guys have when it comes to flowing long hair.


It’s often telling when a piece of clothing shares the same name as baby apparel, and unfortunately rompers do eerily resemble playground wear. While I often hear my fellow ladyfolk speak of the “infantilization” of women, we always unknowingly support it at the same time. I too am guilty of wearing babydoll dresses and maryjanes, and rompers are the most comfortable things in the world. I’ve seen some real sharp ones, but sometimes, I feel like all that’s missing is a giant lollipop and some keds sneakers. And I’m not even going to get into jumpsuits, you’re on your own with those things.

No matter what the opposite sex thinks, fashion is all about self-expression, so feel free to dress up however you want. Just remember, you might be getting eyed up for the wrong reasons. Any gentlemen want to weigh in on this one?

Photos Courtesy of: Pretty Smart Blog, Fashion Rules, Flickr, The Gloss

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Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S, left the "sixth borough" three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she's not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she's now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).


  1. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    June 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Yup. I can dig the rompers and short hair works well for some girls, but the other ones are wack!

  2. Maria
    June 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    LOVED it.

  3. June 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    It takes a special kind of woman to pull off the short hair, romper look … Did I say woman? I meant, little girl. It takes a special kind of little girl to pull off the short hair and romper look.

  4. katie
    June 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    As a female, I think this post should be called “fashion-forward styles that make you look like an idiot”, and just get it over with.

  5. June 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    The harem pants really just make a woman look like a 2 year old that pooped her diaper.

  6. Rena
    June 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    for more articles like this check out

  7. Andrew Dalton - Aggressive Panhandler
    June 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    How does one pee when wearing a romper? Do you have to take the whole thing off?

  8. Anna G - Caliburg Contributor
    June 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Great post, Laura. However, I must take issue with the strong shoulder thing. Alexis Carrington was the best thing that happened to the 80s, and would have never been able to do it without all that shoulder sass. Just sayin’.

    Also, Andrew– yes, you essentially have to take the entire thing off. It’s ridic.

  9. Anna G - Caliburg Contributor
    June 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Also, stop being so insecure about your LEZZZBIAN haircut hahahahhaha

  10. Danny
    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I think jumpers ARE missing the lollipops and keds everytime I see them. Plus pigtails. is this why baby spice always got me?

  11. June 22, 2010 at 7:43 am

    what about gladiator sandals? Those things are kinda stoopid, and unattractive to boot.

  12. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    June 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Yeah I was gonna add the Gladiators, thankfully the ones that tied up your leg got phased out last year, and wearing rompers is like getting stuck in a snow suit as a child and you have to pee really bad..the worst

  13. Katy B. - Economic Inexpert
    June 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Solution to the romper/peeing dilemma is clearly adding a butt flap. This would be a super easy diy project. Step 1: cut out a rectangle over the butt area. Step 2: sew on some buttons. Step 3: try not to look too SEXY. Though you’ll probably fail at step 3.

  14. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    July 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    And then there’s this