Created By: Seiryu on June 2, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 3, 2013

Negative Fashion Sense

This character dresses like a Rummage Sale Reject, and they're fine with that.

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They will wear plaid and stripes together. They'll wear white after labor day. They'll wear neon green with orange.

And the worst part of it is... they do it intentionally.

These are the characters who really don't care if they have a Limited Wardrobe or an Unlimited Wardrobe, they'll dress like a Rummage Sale Reject either way.

Please note, this is when their lack of fashion sense is noted In-Universe. This is not when the fandom or the viewers disagree with the character's fashion choice.

There are two types of this.

Oblivious To Fashion

The character is completely oblivious to the rules of fashion, and could not dress themselves without the assistance of a patient fashionista, a tailor, and a doorstopper of a "How To" guide.

Ignores Fashion

This character does know the rules of fashion, but intentionally ignores it all, either to spite the status quo as a form of rebellion, or as a form of asserting their individuality.

Will probably involve Impossibly Tacky Clothes. See also, Tacky Tuxedo.

Examples:

  • In Animorphs, Cassie is noted (mainly by Rachel, the series' fashionista) to have a complete lack of fashion sense. Throughout the series, Cassie's usually wears overalls covered in bird poop, and ratty jeans. Rachel tries to remedy this all through the books, to no avail. It should be noted though, that Cassie could give a damn, as she's usually too busy saving injured animals to give even the slightest thought to how she looks. Hence, she's Oblivious To Fashion AND Ignores Fashion at the same time.
  • Pip, from Sequential Art, as evidenced here.
  • The girls from Sleepover think that Julie's mom has none, as evidenced by their disdain for her fashion choices from The '80s.
  • Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, when dressing formal, favors checkered suits or leisure suits in loud colors. When Penny suggests a more traditional suit, he complains that it's too monochromatic.
  • In Garfield, Jon Arbuckle is sometimes shown wearing goofy and unstylish clothing. This is usually remarked upon by the other characters.
    Garfield: Some people wear clip-on ties. Jon wears clip-on suits.
  • Italian TV program Ma come ti vesti? (which roughly translates to "What on earth are you wearing?") features two fashion experts who give tips to people with extremely poor fashion sense.
  • Daria is definitely an Ignores Fashion; she knows what fashion dictates but chooses to dress differently to assert her individuality and annoy Quinn.
  • What Not to Wear is basically made of Oblivious To Fashion but with Ignores Fashion's thrown in sometimes as well. At least until the "how-to" gets done and they're made over.
  • The Egyptian mummy named Harold in the 1997 movie "Under Wraps." The kids who bring him to life hide him underneath tacky 1970's duds and sunglasses, in a montage playing "Get Down Tonight" by KC and the Sunshine Band.
  • FromTitanic, Jack fits the bill pretty well. Justified, as Jack is poor, and doesn't have any extra clothes to start with.
    Molly Brown: What are you planning to wear? (Jack looks down at his clothes. Back up at her.) I figured.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • June 2, 2012
    TonyG
    Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, when dressing formal, favors chechered suits or leisure suits in loud colors. When Penny suggests a more traditional suit, he complains that it's too monochromatic.
  • June 2, 2012
    JoeG
    Is this just for people who don't know the rules of fashion, or does it also include those who know but just don't care? Daria is definitely in the second category; she knows what fashion dictates but chooses to dress differently to assert her individuality and annoy Quinn.
  • June 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    See also Tacky Tuxedo.
  • June 3, 2012
    Arivne
    Newspaper Comics
    • In Garfield, Jon Arbuckle is sometimes shown wearing goofy and unstylish clothing. This is usually remarked upon by the other characters.
  • June 3, 2012
    Belfagor
    • Italian TV program Ma come ti vesti? (which roughly translates to "What on earth are you wearing?") features two fashion experts who give tips to people with extremely poor fashion sense.
  • June 4, 2012
    peccantis
    Uhh... how about a clearer name? Ridiculous Fashion Sense? Negative Fashion Sense?
  • June 4, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • June 5, 2012
    Seiryu
    No, Randomsurfer. That trope is about the clothes. This is about the person.

    For instance, Tula from My Big Fat Greek Wedding usually has decent fashion sense. However, near the climax of the film, she is forced into a dress that, in her words, makes her "look like a snow beast."

    The dress falls under Impossibly Tacky Clothes. Tula herself does NOT fall under No Fashion Sense.
  • June 6, 2012
    chicagomel
    What Not To Wear is basically made of Type 1 but with Type 2's thrown in sometimes as well. At least until the "how-to" gets done and they're made over.
  • June 7, 2012
    LemonBonBons
    The Egyptian mummy named Harold in the 1997 movie "Under Wraps." The kids who bring him to life hide him underneath tacky 1970's duds and sunglasses, in a montage playing "Get Down Tonight" by KC and the Sunshine Band.
  • March 13, 2013
    MetaFour
    • Spacetrawler has an entire Planet Of Hats where the hat in question is wearing hideous mishmashes of garish color. In fact, the aliens in question--the Tornites--are considered non-sentient by the rest of the galaxy because of their terrible fashion sense.
  • March 13, 2013
    chicagomel
    Somehow, What Not To Wear is on there twice.
  • March 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • April 1, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    Aziraphale of Good Omens defends his rather dated aesthetic with an assertion that "Tartan is stylish."
  • April 2, 2013
    willthiswork
    Fixed the example indentation, but we really need to back away from the type lables. Type Labels Are Not Examples x infinity
  • April 2, 2013
    StarSword
    ^The way we ended up getting rid of it on We Will Use Lasers In The Future was to call them two common, non-mutually exclusive variations.
  • April 3, 2013
    Arivne
    To avoid Type Labels Are Not Examples I changed Type 1 to Oblivious To Fashion and Type 2 to Ignores Fashion.

    They can easily be changed to some other title(s) if desired.
  • April 3, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Warhammer 40 K: Slaaneshi cultists. One way they serve the god of excess is by stimulating every sense they have including sight, hence hideously-colored clothes (when they bother wearing clothes at all). The Emperor's Children Space Marine Legion's senses are so dulled by centuries of overexposure their armor is painted pink and black, so as to get their attention.
      • Ork Flash Gitz are proud to wear the loudest, gaudiest, most expensive clothes and gear they can find. They're even Color Coded For Your Convenience: Red Ones Go Faster, blue is lucky, black is tougher, etc.
      • Some Rogue Traders flaunt their considerable wealth like this (earning the Fan Nickname "Pimps in Space").

  • April 3, 2013
    willthiswork
    ^ Chabal2, that example indentation is incorrect. It should look like this:
    • Warhammer 40 K:
      • Slaaneshi cultists. One way they serve the god of excess is by stimulating every sense they have including sight, hence hideously-colored clothes (when they bother wearing clothes at all). The Emperor's Children Space Marine Legion's senses are so dulled by centuries of overexposure their armor is painted pink and black, so as to get their attention.
      • Ork Flash Gitz are proud to wear the loudest, gaudiest, most expensive clothes and gear they can find. They're even Color Coded For Your Convenience: Red Ones Go Faster, blue is lucky, black is tougher, etc.
      • Some Rogue Traders flaunt their considerable wealth like this (earning the Fan Nickname "Pimps in Space").

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