The Peekaru is either a baby-carrying device or a fleece jacket that happens to come with a baby stuck inside it. We’ll assume the former, but will nevertheless attest to its creepiness. A coat with a baby’s head popping out of the top seems more like a wardrobe choice for the horror flick “Baby Demon Spawn III.” Are you terrified yet? (That baby on the right seems to be.) [Fashion Is Stupid, TogetherBe] Keep reading »
It’s easy to feel like you have no power when you’re a kid. But when it comes to fads and trends, the kid consumer controls which youth product companies will live and die. For the most part, the obsessions we grew up with—slap bracelets, pogs, Beanie Babies—all croaked. Today’s kiddies are all about Silly Bandz, the rubber band bracelets that have been terrorizing schools across America (and banned from them in many cases). Of course, retail analysts, drawing upon past failures, suggest that the brand needs to branch out; otherwise, it will just be another example studied in “Consumerism Failures 101.” Knowing how fickle we were as kids and how ridiculous these accessories are, we predict they’ll fade into oblivion fast … maybe even by the time you’ve finished reading this article.
Are you with us? Think Silly Bandz are on the out like every other kid fad? Or is this one here to stay? (God help us.) [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »
In recent years, men have upped their co-optation of certain “feminine” styles (although to be fair, the ladies have done the the same!). Some of these trends thankfully fade into obscurity (see the murse, the kilt/man skirt/murt business). Others have become mainstays of men’s fashion (scarves, skinny jeans), “acceptable” in most circles, and even more so if you happen to travel to Europe. A new limited-edition collection by Topman is bringing the cowl neck to men’s shirts, an embellishment that belongs more to the likes of JWoww and Lauren Conrad. We haven’t seen dudes rock this look yet, but wouldn’t put it past Topshop trendsetters to make it a thing next season. What do you think of the cowl neck style for guys? Refined? Unsightly? Does it matter? [via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Over the past few days, NYC residents were forced to deal with an overwhelming heat wave of record temperatures. City dwellers searched for any way to escape the heat, and for once, sitting in the office for a few extra hours just to take advantage of the blasting AC was actually enjoyable rather than aggravating! Of the many creative ways residents found to survive the heat wave, one surprising result of the 100+ degree heat was an actual increase in shopping and sales. Retailers found that during the heatpocalypse, businesses saw double-digit increases in sales on seasonal items — meaning consumers forgot about the recession, got confused about the season, and whipped out those credit cards to buy items for FALL! Personally, I can’t imagine trying anything on in a dressing room except for mini dresses and bathing suits when I’m this hot, so I can hardly imagine even contemplating buying boots and sweaters. Are you spending more cash and shopping to escape the heat? And if so, what exactly are you buying? [WWD] Keep reading »
July 11 marks the golden anniversary of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. So in honor of this novel, whose themes still ring true today, we’ve decided to celebrate the tomboy style of narrator Scout Finch. Keep reading »
We all know that when you work closely with a colleague, you’re bound to start using the same catchphrases, or the same kind of pens from the office supply cabinet, or the same takeout lunches. But the same outfits? Read more … Keep reading »