This Irish Twitter thread perfectly sums up the struggle of trying to fashionable
17th Aug 2021
Irish Twitter has delivered yet again, this time delighting us with a hilarious thread of what it’s like to try and be fashionable while living in Ireland.
Let me set the scene.
It’s Saturday and you’re off to meet the gals for a long overdue brunch catch-up. The booking has been in the diary for weeks now and you’ve had your outfit picked out from the moment the plans were made. This week felt particularly long, but you’re delighted it’s the weekend – not least because it’s finally time to bring the new leather trench coat you acquired from a local charity shop out for a spin.
You get dressed with meticulous attention to detail, taking special care to coordinate everything from your earrings (silver hoops) right down to what sunglasses go best with the look (a pair of black cat eyes). The last thing you put on is the trench. It’s not really cold enough to warrant an all-black look, or a jacket for that matter, but you’ve promised it a day out so there’s no going back now. Besides, the weather’s never stopped you before anyway.
You steal one last glimpse of yourself in the mirror before heading downstairs to get on your merry way. For once, the vision you had in your head and the outfit you have on are one and the same, so you’re thoroughly impressed with yourself… that is until you run into your boyfriend in the hallway who takes one look at you and says, “Didn’t know Keanu Reeves was in town. They casting for a new Matrix movie?” Pretty sure Keanu’s was a suede trench coat, but whatever. Safe to say, vision ruined.
Your Favorite Matrix movie?? pic.twitter.com/keh8OVzlHB
— Guts (@StrugglerChad) January 24, 2020
Having our clothing choices commented upon is a situation most of us have probably found ourselves in at one time or another – it comes with the territory of experimenting with your style. Usually, the quips are fairly harmless and you can laugh along, but being on the other end of the joke can be hard to live down and the resulting nicknames are often just as hard to shake too. Sometimes even just the memory of a particularly snarky comment is enough to make my cheeks burn. It’s called fashion, Brenda. Look it up.
If there’s one thing we can all take solace in though, it’s the fact that we’re not alone. In fact, the below Twitter thread does a pretty good job of proving that. Reminiscing on exactly what it’s like to try and mix your daily sartorial choices up while living in Ireland (where everything is fair game for a passing remark), one user tweeted to say, “Props to anyone who tries to be fashionable in Ireland. I wore a red beret once in Waterford and someone called me Super Mario.”
Props to anyone who tries to be fashionable in ireland i wore a red beret once in waterford and someone called me super mario
— lady of sophistication (@janky_jane) August 15, 2021
The tweet quickly gained traction online and soon thousands of others were sharing details of how certain nicknames came to be. Ranging from Barney (courtesy of a new purple t-shirt) to Inspector Gadget (I think you can guess what the offending item of clothing was here), each story is funnier than the next it definitely helps to know that we’re not the only ones with fashion faux-pas to speak of.
I wore a suit with a matching tie and pocket square to my first day of work at an advertising company (I thought I was going to be in Mad Men I guess) and the staff sent around and signed a communion card for me with a fiver in it.
— Loic Wright (@duffles1) August 17, 2021
Wore a sleeveless top to training once in about 30 degree heat , got called Onslo for about 2 years.
— Tony Mulligan (@tinomull) August 16, 2021
Wore a diamanté encrusted canary tight yellow tshirt to the Spirit Store in Dundalk one night about 15 years ago and some lad kept on going “Here he is, Gianni Versace” whenever I’d go to the bar to get a drink
— Cian (@CianByNature) August 16, 2021
Wearing a suit on my way to a job interview, I was stopped and asked what charges I was up on. Also played football with a lad who was called Moses by all his friends cos he wore sandals once when he was 9. Another was called Barney for years after he wore a purple jumper.
— Brian Comey (@BrianComey) August 16, 2021
I got called Rod Stewart for *years* because I once, ONCE, wore a pair of tartan trousers that I'd borrowed from someone else!
— Maria (@itsasheactually) August 17, 2021
Back in Dublin after travelling S. America, decked out in a visually assaulting combo of zebra print leggings and tiger pattern knee high boots. Queuing into well known Dublin nightclub that evening was asked "Did you get let out of Dublin zoo or make a break for it yourself?"
— Melanie O'Beirne (@MelanieOBeirne) August 17, 2021
Was wearing a vintage nike jacket in a very long que for drinks at a boxing match when a Belfast lad goes “fuck me this is taking forever, your man has been here since the 80’s”
— Eoin O Neill (@eoinjoneill) August 17, 2021
Well worth a read if you need a laugh this Tuesday.
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