Friday, January 19, 2007

Isn't That, a Little, like, Babyish?

One could argue a trend on eBay is not one that will necessarily be repeated on a wider scale, but this has been going on for such a long time that I personally feel the need to complain about it: sellers forcing themselves into children's clothing, advertising them as "vintage mini dresses", and then people paying outrageous amounts of money for them. It's like the emperor's new clothes, people! (Enlarge the pics above. You'll see what I mean.)

Isn't it obvious to everyone that the dress at right, which literally went for $212.50, is merely a little girl's dress from the 80's? I realize nautical is in and all, and the model pulls it off relatively well, considering it originally came from Gymboree, but the point still stands: it's pulled way too tight across her chest, making the little plastic buttons appear as if they're seconds away from popping right off, it's not really vintage, and not looking like a giant fool in it is going to be no easy feat to pull off. What really bugs me about this trend is that it's one thing to go to Goodwill and find a children's dress, and get the idea to squeeze into something made for an 8-year-old because you realize you can rock it in some perverse way, but bringing this personal realization into the public arena and selling it as a "look" kind of takes it out of the realm of quirky personal style and into, I don't know, grifting people who desperately long to have their own?

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