Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Feb. 26
While snapping street style photos for the Reader I often ask my subjects what their biggest fashion pet peeves are. The following are the top five most common offensives listed:
- UGG Boots--Just about every San Diegan I ask to name their style pet peeve mentions UGGs. Sasha Barkanic of Encinitas summed it up best when she stated, “UGG boots are tragic.”
2.Leggings worn with short shirts-Most agree that you should wear a shirt that falls below your bum in order to avoid the dreaded camel toe effect ((shudder)), Tiffany Williams, had this to say about leggings and short shirts, "No one wants to see that!"
3.Mom Jeans - Mom jeans might be my least favorite trend of 2012. They are hard to pull off. Rarely are they donned by those with the correct body build. You have to be tall and rail-thin to wear the mom jean. Otherwise, you look like a PTA mom circa the 1980’s. Hopefully 2013 will wipe this fashion choice off the map. Jennie Campos explained it best when I snapped her photo at Mission Valley Mall, "Most of the time it makes people's butt look really long and flat. It's not attractive."
- Mustaches—2012 saw an abundance of mustaches. Just about 1 in every 5 men in San Diego had a magician-style stache. Companies have begun producing novelty products based around them. Now available for purchase are mustache jewelry, t-shirts, notebooks, and iPhone cases. My kid recently attended a mustache-themed toddler birthday party.
- Mullet dresses and skirts--Next to the mom jean, this is my personal least favorite look of 2012. A similar version of the skirt pictured below can be found at Pink Basis for $36.99