Carly Wunrow Day 1, P.2 Top Ten Overrated Trends of 2010 1.) Jersey-based TV shows Out of the all of the pointless and idiotic trends that millions went gaga for in 2010, I would have to say that the #1 spot would without a doubt be Jersey-based TV shows. Jersey Shore, My Big Frigg’n Wedding, Jersey Couture…the list goes on. Wherever you look, they are right there in your face screaming at you through the TV screen in those obnoxious accents that reek of stupidity. I honestly cannot look at another orange spray-tanned face or greasy jelled hairdo without throwing up a little in my mouth. I feel bad for the decent people of New Jersey that have people like me making judgments that all of the people that live in the Garden State are 4’9”, are orange and look like oopa-loompas. These TV shows have made the whole state look horrendous. I could not think of a better way to make a commendable state filled with worthy people be looked at in such a stereotypical way. It is beyond me why these shows are such big hits. But hey, if you like wasting your time watching drunk party animals live together, spoiled bridezillas make their “dream wedding” come true, or a family plump full of Botox run a couture fashion store, then these shows are right up your alley. 2.) Jeggings Coming in at #2 is the 2010 fashion sensation of Jeggings, an awkward combination of jeans and spandex leggings. I don’t have anything against skinny jeans, but when you mix them with leggings, you kind of had it coming. The two are just not meant to be together. If you mix two things together, they should compliment each other, like peanut butter and jelly. In this case, Jeggings are just not doing that. I don’t care if you put Jeggings on a 6 foot gorgeous model with long legs and a flat stomach, they don’t look all that flattering on anybody. Although the idea that they look like jeans, but are more comfortable makes sense, in the end product, you can totally tell that they are leggings. 3.) Ipad At #3 is the trend of the Ipad. I think that this invention is unnecessary and very disappointing that it came from the makers of Apple. They have come out with so many practical hits like the Ipod Nano, Ipod Shuffle, Ipod Touch, and the Mac Book. The Ipad doesn’t seem very fitting for this company. For the same amount of money, you could buy a nice laptop and be able to do many more things. An Ipad is not built in with the function to print things off. Although it is possible by downloading and app, not having it built in when purchased seems inpractical. You also can’t play Facebook games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, and Texas Hold’em. So the Ipad is pretty much just an uncreative advance of the Ipod Touch, only bigger. 4.) Silly Bands This funky bracelet comes in at #4 for the most overrated trends of 2010. Sure it’s awesome to have an outline of flower tightly clinging around your wrist…if you’re five years old. This pointless accessory belongs in the kindergarten classroom with the crayons and the glitter glue. It takes a perfectly good outfit and instantly makes it look cheesy and cheap. To all of the Silly Band junkies out there, try to tap into your inner child some other way. 5.) Bieber Fever Coming in at #5 is the worldwide phenomenon of Justin Bieber. Not only does his girlish sounding voice make me sick, his side swept hair and baby-looking face also adds to the overall puke party. The tight skinny jeans don’t help either. The late-bloomingness of his high squeaky voice makes me wonder what is going to happen to this “hit teen sensation” when his voice finally changes. 6.) Bottled Water Although this #6 ranking of overrated trends of 2010 didn’t become a trend this year, it was still very popular and has been for the past decade. Not only is bottled water harmful and destructive to the environment, people are wasting their money on it. In fact, you can buy 500 gallons of tap water for the same amount you would pay for a $1.00, 20-ounce water bottle. We have been taught to believe that bottled water is “safer” and “more pure” to drink than tap water. The fact is that bottled water is not tested for e. coli, is not required to provide source, and is not required to provide quality reports, and tap water is. Most of us have cleaner, safer, and cheaper water pouring right out of our own kitchen sinks. 7.) Red Hot Lips This overrated trend sits at #7 on my countdown. Bright red lipstick became a growing trend this past year. Mostly worn by celebrities at high-fashion events, this current make-up rage has got me looking the other way. If worn right it can be an okay look, but rarely did that happen. It makes the teeth look yellow and it just screams “LOOK AT MY MOUTH!!” The red lipstick is often distracting to the rest of the outfit, and it makes me only want to look at their lips. It looks like it could be worn on the set of the Twilight movies by a blood-sucking vampire…and that’s not a good thing. 8.) Oversized Glasses Oversized glasses made it to my list at #8. Some people are led to believe that this fashion accessory will make them look more intelligent or artistic, but they my get the opposite response from me. I think that these glasses make it look like they are trying too hard to be trendy and vintage, but it only makes me confused. Do they really need glasses? Or are they wearing them to look appealing? Why would you want to pretend to wear glasses if you don’t really need them? Whatever the reason, I do not approve. 9.) Vuvuzela This annoying instrument gets put on my list as #9. This was the horn made famous by the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer games in South Africa. While most fans of popular sports in America paint their chest or dress up in their team’s gear, it is a whole different story in South Africa. They play the one note monotone plastic horn, or known as the Vuvuzela, to show their excitement for the game. Although it is another country’s tradition and custom, I found the buzzing noise extremely annoying while I was trying to watch the soccer games on TV. It sounded like a swarm of ten thousand bees that were ready to spring into rampage. I had to hit the “mute button” on the TV just to keep concentrated on what was going on. 10.) Kate Gosselin Haircut The drama of the stars Jon and Kate Gosselin getting a divorce in 2009 not only made their show come to a halting stop, but it caused a roar of upset in the media. Getting a numerous amount of attention from the paparazzi, Kate’s dramatic hairstyle hit hair salons all across America and leaked into the year 2010. This porcupine-styled haircut seems a bit overrated if you ask me. It is almost a modern styled mullet. It maintains the same principles at least, “business in the front, party in the back”!
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