Forgive Me For What I Have Sinned

If you open google and type “fashion sins” (or something else like that), you will get about 93,900 results within 0.59 seconds. Headlines are for example: 

These are the fashion faux pas you should avoid… The 10 biggest fashion sins for women… Things you should never wear… Fashion sins and how I avoid them… How to NOT look…

The articles are peppered with seemingly endless lists for the optimal wardrobe, funny anecdotes about so-called “fashion fails” and supposedly helpful tips and tricks on how to avoid them. 

But what are fashion faux pas actually? The lists on the Internet include Crocs, hot pants, animal print, socks with sandals, Ugg boots, bike shorts, fanny packs, skinny and/or ripped jeans, denim-on-denim, mixed metals, pattern mixing, color blocking, showing bra straps, and on and on and on. The lists can be continued ad infinitum. 

They are overviews of absolute no-go’s in fashion and whoever commits these sins now hopes for mercy. Well, it’s not quite that dramatic. However, while scrolling through google, all these articles still raise questions. Who came up with the fashion fails? Who once said: Fanny bags are so ugly, they should be sinned. And why? 

It is surprising how topical these issues still are – especially in times when so much importance is attached to individuality. But do people really care about so called fashion sins still? Isn’t it so that through the urge for individuality and the desire to communicate the character with fashion, fashion sins should no longer have a place in our closets and thoughts? 

Courtesy of Alex Dobé // @alextrescool

Especially considering that some of fashion’s deadliest sins are already trending again, dominating Instagram feeds as well as the streets of fashion capitals and our everyday outfit choices. Ugg had their big comeback recently and collaborated even with It-Bag Brand Telfar. Crocs also made their high-fashion debut with Balenciaga and Vetements while Colour Blocking Stylings and Looks with mixed patterns influenced the streetwear looks of the international Fashion Weeks this year. So does the love for fashion also include the rejection of those „faux pas“ or is it precisely these that make up the passion?  In times of constantly changing trends, anti-fashion movements and the high degree of individualism, are there still any fashion sins at all? 

To summarize in the words of the Pet Shop Boys, “Everything I’ve ever done, everything I ever do, every place I’ve ever been, everywhere I go is a sin.”