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Christmas Jumpers, Meggings And Onesies – Are The Fashion Industry Having A Laugh?
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Christmas Jumpers, Meggings And Onesies – Are the Fashion Industry Having A Laugh?

The fashion industry and the media are at it again. Foisting various hideous clothing on the unsuspecting public. This morning on Breakfast Television they did a piece on Christmas jumpers. ‘Christmas jumpers are now the height of fashion’ intoned the unnamed reporter quite seriously, as she visited a couple of shops. Red, white and green jumpers with the occasional black one thrown in all adorned with different combinations of snowflakes, reindeer, snowmen, Father Christmas and winter scenes.

To back up what she was saying she also talked to a few members of the public who’d actually bought wintery looking jumpers and sheepishly spoke to the camera. She finished the piece by declaring that although Christmas jumpers had once been frowned upon they " had gone full circle and were now the height of fashion.”

It was hardly surprising that she talked off camera because I suspect she might have actually been blushing at spouting such utter rubbish. They’re not the' height of fashion' and never will be even if the odd supermodel or celebrity might have been photographed wearing one or the Duchess of Cornwall looked pleased when she was recently presented with one. However hard they try and convince us they are hardly a 'must have' piece of fashion for the season.

Now this is the second time this week that Breakfast Television have tried to sell us the next big fashion thing. A few days ago they had two fashion ‘experts’ trying to convince us about the virtues of meggings (leggings for men). Now it’s always been hard to take a man in leggings very seriously – think Robin Hood. – but whether more than a handful of men will wear these I doubt it. Too many of them just don’t have the figures for it.

They’re certainly a little more fashion forward than a Christmas jumper but I still can’t see it translating in the high street as fashion’s next best things for men.

I sometimes wonder whether the fashion industry actually likes its customers or they just enjoy having a laugh at our expense. It’s not just hideous Christmas jumpers and meggings - this is the year in which they foisted ‘onsies’ on an unsuspecting public. If you haven't seen them, this is a particularly hideous garment designed for both men and women which saw previous sane adults wearing what amounts to a giant baby grow (without the feet). Absolutely hideous and yet they have been touted as a piece of stylish and comfortable clothing.

Comfortable perhaps but stylish? Never!

It often seems that the fashion industry and various sections of the media collude to try and convince us that these unattractive garments are for the fashion savvy and not only should we rush out and buy them, even worse – wear them!

But I implore you not to fall for the hype.

Meggings will only look good on men with model bodies who enjoy making a statement and onesies should only be worn anywhere but in the privacy of your own home. And if you’re tempted to wear a Christmas jumper – choose one that is more wintery than Christmasy. I promise you unless you're under the age of 10 wearing a Ruldoph with a big red nose on your front is not a good look.

And next time you fancy a new piece of clothing and are tempted to buy something that's supposedly the latest fashion - just consider – The fashion industry might just be having a laugh!


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