Oh boy. This shirt was supposed to resemble "Classic American Westerns" but bears an embarassingly similar resemblance to the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Don't worry... the shirt was even sold in Zara stores in Israel. Oy vey.
So archaic gender stereotypes have historically said that girls are just not good at math. Luckily, we've made a lot of progress since then. Why did Forever 21 have to come out with a tee shirt for girls that reads "Allergic To Algebra"? Like oh my god, is it sexy that I can't solve for x? We are better than that. You are better than that. Do the math.
In 1970, 4 anti-war protestors were killed by the National Guard at Kent State University. That being said, you could understand why it was a tad uncouth for Urban Outfitters to sell a blood spattered Kent State sweatshirt. Vintage is one thing, turning tragedy into a fashion statement is another. As you can imagine, these puppies were off the racks in no time.
Ugh. This one. You could make the argument that it's a woman's decision to belittle her intelligence and replace it with sex appeal. But A&F targets teens, and teens don't always make the best decisions. I say Abercrombie has a responsability to set some sort of example for our young ladies. Come on, guys.
Complete with chopsticks for your hair and a paper fan, this wildly offensive get up was part of a lingerie collection called "Go East". This one was problematic for a number of reasons, but mostly because all the models toting the outfit were white. That turns this whole thing into an exotic oriental fetishization.
Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a skull, a morbid symbol of death and poison, inside the Star of David, an emblematic Jewish symobl. Reasonably so, many found the whole thing quite anti-semitic. Presumably, someone was also fired at the H&M headquarters.
I think it's safe to appoint Urban Outfitters as the MVP of shitty design decisions. This v-neck reads "Eat Less" and someone owes us an explanation. We know there is a problem with unrealistic portrayals of women in the media and we know this has been linked to disordered eating. It kind of makes you want to take the person who green lit this and just shake their head until they tell you what the hell they were thinking.