It’s the end of a velour-tracksuit era and after news broke earlier this week that Juicy Couture could be closing its designer doors, former teens the world over have started mourning their cloth tracksuit days. Chances are we wouldn’t be caught dead in one nowadays anyway, but it’s the idea that these iconic loungies will be no more that has got us all whinging. In fact, if you haven’t parted with your Juicy tracksuit bottoms just yet, hold on to them as they’re bound to be worth a few bob in a few years when they’re considered ‘vintage’ and extinct.
While it wasn’t always an authentic Juicy tracksuit that made the cut on the streets in Ireland, the brand certainly set a trend during the noughties that is hard to forget. I reckon the photographic evidence will haunt us all some time in the future.
So with a nod towards Gabrielle Solis and her Desperate Housewives wardrobe, I thought I’d take a few minutes to remember the tracksuit and a throwback to its not-so-trendy days on the Irish fashion scene.
You were Irish and rocking a Juicy tracksuit if…
1. At any stage you accessorised with a) a classy pair of hoop earrings, or b) a pair of Ugg boots.
2. You wore this tracksuit for anything but exercise. It was deemed acceptable for a trip to a shopping centre, a walk with your friends after school or your chosen outfit for non-uniform day.
3. You could only afford the fake Juicy tracksuit. In fact it was rare that the rhinestones adorned across the velour-bum were genuine.
4. If that fake Juicy tracksuit was paired with a pair of fake Uggs (aka fuggs).
5. If that fake Juicy tracksuit was paired with a pair of fuggs that started bending in on the inner heel. What was with that?
6. If your Juicy tracksuit bottoms were too long, dragged along the ground and had multiple holes in them.
7. If you wore the tracksuit top two sizes too small, so that your midriff would show. I have reason to believe the introduction of the ‘muffin top’ phrase coincided with our velour tracksuit obsession.
8. If you still have that trusty tracksuit buried at the back of your wardrobe “just in case”.