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With only a few days left in 2010, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (four years running!) Racked Recap. This week, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, from the best collabs to the worst pop-up shops. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.
Trying to think back to this years Crazypants, we were almost completely distracted by majeggings, but there were many others that should be noted as sartorial insanity. After 2009's adventure into crazy fashion as a whole, we've included a few extras in our list that aren't so much pants as they are just plain old crazy. Think back to the feelings of...well, whatever it was that you felt when you first heard word of them as we reminisce together This Year's Crazypants.
10. Levi's Onesie: The least amount of crazy we've seen, but still pretty crazy. They look like a regular ol' pair of Levi's jeans with a regular separate shirt, neatly tucked in, but really it's a onesie. The sudden resurgence in onesies may mean that we've regressed and can't tuck in our shirts properly, but who cares when you can look that effortlessly cool?
9. WTFjeans: This year was popular for innovations in jeans, as we saw with the introduction of pajamajeans (number four on our list), but then we found WTFjeans— the no guff, little puff, jeans that allow you to slip your phone and jump drives easily into your pockets without worry. And here's the plus— the jeans protect your privates with extra padding. Injeanious and exclusive. Selling only 1,000 pairs, we wonder where they've ended up on eBay.
8. Bonobos Independence Day Pants: First glance: ridiculous. Second glance: awesome. We hoped that the pants would come with the guys in mix-matched shoes, but we'll take solace knowing that wearing these Fourth of July trousers represents the pride we have in our
7. Tithi Kutchamuch Companion Parrot Necklace: Want a necklace that's a puzzle too? Well, not so much puzzle as it is a bird and some organs. Bordering between creepy and awesome, this little trinket popped up on our radar in February and we've found a special place in our hearts to admire it for being so...out there.
6. Darkhorse robot leggings: Bringing us one stride closer to the future are a pair of leggings themed after the sci-fi film Metropolis. The leggings themselves resemble robotic legs and we still can't decide if they can be styled properly or not. Has anyone rocked the pair of robot legs?
5. JCPenney Snuggle Suit: A onesie of snuggle. Now, you can keep your Snuggie on even after you get up off the coach. After seeing this, we thought we should hop on the Snuggie trend and cash in by inventing a snug-cocoon. We even pictured it would be something similar to a sleeping bag (with snuggle included, of course) but then we found out that that already existed. Oh Snuggie, you've gone further than we ever thought you would.
4. Pajamajeans: We were just as confused as you were upon first exposure to Pajamajeans. We've heard that after closer views, it's easier to see that the cotton and spandex blend err further on the side of pajamas than jeans. I guess we won't be able to wear them to that New Year's Eve jeans party.
3. H&M drop-crotch pants for children: Kids grow out of diapers to move on to bigger things: pants that make them look like they're still wearing diapers. We just think that it's not fair to the children, even if they were only $9.95.
2. Sadak by Sasha Kovacevic onesie: There was no other way to describe this other than to place it into three categories, collectively—sweater, pants, and our favorite, onesie. This pure form of crazypants/sweater/onesie culminated into a Flintstone—esque yabba—dabba doozy priced at $7,611.00.
1. Ugly Christmas Sweater: Okay, we know it's the time of the year for presents and ugly Christmas sweaters, but we're going to go ahead and say that this one is, by far, the worst creation we've seen yet. We're a little concerned for the person who bought it.