5 Reasons Why This Photo Makes Me Want to Cry

I went shopping a few weeks back (this is a rare occurrence because I am busy with kids and also trying to minimalize my life) and I took this photo waiting to pay for some kid’s clothing at the local branch of one of the big fast fashion retailers. (I’ve blurred the logos but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out where I was.) I was in a rush to meet my carpool, which prevented me having the time to break down into a full-body throbbing sob on the floor of the store. So I held back, and am now expressing my frustration by sharing with you the five reasons why this photo makes me want to cry.

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1. This woman was wearing a Juicy Couture tracksuit and carrying a Juicy Couture bag. Which implies that she shopped at Juicy Couture. THAT DAY. Not twelve years ago when the tracksuits were a huge (tragic) fashion trend. Not ten years ago when, despite the fact that they were INCREDIBLY tacky, people were still wearing the tracksuits. But this month. In 2013. She went to Juicy Couture and bought something. And wore a tracksuit. In public.

2. This woman is carrying a $5,000+ bag. Which is fine. Except said bag is being worn with a Juicy Couture tracksuit. Can Chanel not put a stop to this? Should they not have laws about pairing their bags with Juicy Couture?

3. This woman is 40+. And she is wearing a tracksuit. In public. This is not OK.

4. Did I mention she is wearing a Juicy Couture tracksuit?

5. That this is representative of how many women in Vancouver dress. Sadly, my Vancouver readers will not be dying of shock as they take in this terrifying scene, because it is not highly unusual. (I must note, however, that there are many stylish, well dressed people here. But they are outnumbered by people like this.) In a town where Ugg boots still sell like hot cakes (confirmed to me by a student who works in a shoe store), a woman over the age of 40 can be spotted shopping (in public) wearing a Juicy Couture velour tracksuit, with a Chanel 2.55 bag.

Now you can all cry with me.

Read about a disturbing Ugg boot disaster in Vancouver.

  • Erinnnnn

    I’ve seen this exact lady (at least, I sure hope it was) wearing this exact thing shopping previously. I too snapped a photo and sent it off to my friends so they could all be grossed out. They were. I’m sorry that it wasn’t burned after I first saw it (that could have spared your eyes from such visual abuse.)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Are you sure it was the same woman? Or are their many of her… *cue massive shudders here*

  • emclean

    This is my favourite post yet…

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    You only like it because you don’t live here. If you did, it would make you sad 😉

  • Alex Yu

    At least she’s not wearing UGGs and tucking the track pants into them.. this is “slightly” better. I used to see customers spending $2k on clothing at Club Monaco while wearing the exact same outfit with a Birkin when I worked there.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Nice to know you are able to se the bright side of things, when they are this bad 😉

  • Bernardeta

    One thing is for sure .You can not buy style.

  • no.

    Where I live (somwhere in Europe) it isn’t any better. exspensive celine bags with tracksuits. yes, very exclusive celine

  • http://twitter.com/meliss604 Melissa Carr

    So not surprising…but still depressing.

  • kerry

    Bag is probably a knock off from the night market as is track suit

  • chloe

    jealous much… who cares what she is wearing. get a life

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Oh yes, I am DYING of jealousy here. I wish I too could have the guts to sport such a heinous outfit.

  • Me

    Hey at least she’s not wearing pyjama bottoms. I’ve seen that many times too – although not with the Chanel bag though I admit. That is a nice touch.

  • honeybee

    who cares,do you know this lady? maybe she wants to be comfy on a day off or maybe shes coming from the gym or maybe she just really likes juicy couture….how small minded of you to go and make a blog about what she wore one day lmao

  • honeybee

    oh and shes asian…if you dont know yet…the japanese are famous for this kind of style..

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Whether the’s wanting to be comfy, or she likes Juicy Couture (shudder), she is still commuting crimes against fashion. And since this blog is about searching for style, it is totally within my scope to cover badly dressed women like this. If you don’t like it, don’t read the blog. But ironically, this has been one of my most popular posts in a long time 😉

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes. But she was speaking mandarin. So, not Japanese. FYI, Asian does not equal Japanese.

  • Takingclothestoofar

    It’s not cool to judge random people in public. Shows no class. Someone else mightve thought your outfit was hideous, but had the decency to keep it to themselves.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    It might not be cool to judge and make fun of fashion – but that’s the essence of my blog. And I don’t pretend to be a style icon, but I sure as hell wouldn’t be caught dead in a get up like that.

  • Sally c

    This is the worst article, I thought it was gonna be interesting when it popped up on google. Why do you get to decide what’s in and what’s not? Pfft.

  • Sherry

    This is a horrible horrible article.

  • Jack

    FYI, Juicy is a new brand in Asia market and it’s two or three times more expensive. Many designers use asian trash bag as a new fashion icon, why don’t you comment about that? Get a life!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Great, so the fact that it is two or three times more expensive makes it ok? I don’t think so.

  • ig

    OK. She is 100% a Chinese immigrant.. Usually these women does not go to work, like my mom.

  • JD

    U r obviously green with jealousy. Look at actresses wearing track pants and carrying Chanel. Get a life or update yourself.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Lol – I guess if actresses wear track suits and Chanel, then I should too, because all actresses dress well. If I buy a Juicy track suit, can I consider myself “updated”?


    i suffer in San Francisco. Fortunately, the ambience in San Francisco remains from the old days my grandmother knew when we were known for dressing nicely to say the least. Always stylish, high end sometimes, even. There are still enough women who look nice to keep my hopes up but Oy yoy yoy! The track suits. Someone just second handed me a fairly decent one and I was trying to decide whether to keep it for the gym or around the house or not. I would NEVER wear it to shop, even to Walmart.


    so don’t read it


    I am game for your blog.


    well aren’t we prissy


    Interesting to intro the Asian market idea. Lends a whole new dimension.


    OMG., this is replete with naughty unPC stuff. Fun! Where else can we do this? Am I an Alt Right then?


    ha ha


    All she needs is thongs on her feet. You know, flip flops!!