How Far Is Too Far When It Comes to Fashion Pushing Boundaries?

We all love a good shock factor on a runway show and trying out a kitchy new trend. But when we start turning to denim for the latest craze in thongs, maybe it’s safe to say that fashion has gone too far.


We all know that denim is back and more powerful than ever. And the fashion world has long since accepted, even praised over-the-top denim looks, from Canadian tuxedos to denim shoes, and of course, denim-on-denim styling. But as a community, maybe it’s time to step back and take a good, hard look at ourselves when we start going for denim thongs.

Pretty Little Thing has unleashed what it calls “denim knickers,” otherwise known as straight-up underwear crafted from denim. And despite the shock factor involved when a brand advertises a style as best apt for pairing with “killer chap trousers,” shoppers are pumped to add the denim thong to the top of their festival wardrobes. Not only has the style taken the internet by storm, it’s actually sold out. People have bought every single denim thong that Pretty Little Thing had in stock.

So maybe fashion didn’t go too far this timethe world is apparently ready for a denim thong. But there are clear-cut cases throughout fashion history when fashion did go too far and no one spoke up. Women literally broke their ribs wearing corsets for over two centuries because “fashion.”

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In a non-chronological ordering of times fashion has gone for the outrageous, the next instance to bring up is the fun time when Rick Owens sent his models down a runway with their penis tips showing under his menswear collection for Fall 2015. Was that too far?

Was it too far when Chanel crafted a handbag as a hula hoop in Spring 2013? How can you carry that around? Along the same lines is Comme des Garçons ready-to-wear in Fall 2017, with a garment that functions as a hourglass-shaped case entrapping its wearer. Balenciaga tried to convince people that car mats were chic as skirts just last season. If both fashion history and runway looks are going to encourage this type of eccentricity, it’s only a matter of time before the trickle-down concept brings bizarre aesthetics into streetwear.

Aside from the fact that denim is beginning to go too far, need we discuss the see-through trend? It’s all fun and games at first, amusing twists on classic shoe and accessory styles or rain jackets that don’t hide what you’re wearing underneath. But when we start wearing jeans with PVC inserts at the knees or entirely PVC trousers, what are we doing?

Still, whether or not styles are too far past the norm, there’s no harm in embracing the experimental from time to time.

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