Are You A Trend-Slave Like Ugly Betty's Amanda?

03/16/2007 at 05:00 PM ET

Last night’s episode of Ugly Betty literally had us convulsing with laughter when snarky receptionist Amanda (Becki Newton) donned an outfit that looked more like a torture device than a dress. After being told she was avant-garde designer Oswald Lorenzo’s new “muse,” Amanda was presented with an original creation (named after her, no less) which she immediately slithered into. Once it was on, she couldn’t move her arms or walk without looking like a duck. As Lorenzo’s “assistant” explained, “fashion is a pain.”

We’re all slaves to fashion sometimes — blister-inducing stilettos, insanely skinny skirts, bags that weigh down our shoulders — but we want to know: How much of a trend-slave are you? If you were given a one-of-a-kind creation would you wear it, even if it was a pain? What’s the farthest you would go to suffer for fashion?

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Shasha on

I dunno but not that far XD

sher on

my big bags sometimes make my back kill. and most of my shoes kill my feet but they are all pretty cheap so there you go.


I AM OBSESSED WITH FASHION ITS MY PASSION but i would never go that far! Its not worth compromising your dignity for! I would go as far as the planet pluto for fashion but not if its something that would compromise my principles!

ucokaty on

HAHAHA! that was so funny last night, it wasn’t THAT exaggerated either! :) made me smile

JH on

Fashion is important to me, but I wouldn’t wear something that I’m uncomfortable in. The only painful sacrifice that I sometimes make for fashion is wearing heels!

Sarah on

I’m not much of a trend slave at all. I only wear clothing I’m comforting in; if I don’t feel comfortable, I don’t feel confident, and then what’s the point?

Carrie on

I can be, but I hope to think I wouldn’t go that far…

Sarah on

YES I WOULD! Fashion is my life and I would wear painful things to look good. It’s only a day of torture. It will be over before we all know it so I totally would.

Kris on

If it were a one of a kind creation and I didn’t feel like it was crossing a line of showing too much of what didn’t need to be shown then I would totally wear it. I don’t know how often but it’d be kinda fun at first I think. And on the topic of blistering stilettos, what girl hasn’t fallen in love with a pair of shoes and then said something like, I can’t buy them because they hurt? Not me!

fiona on

i would go pretty far but only if i could still walk without looking like a freak!!!!

Jen on

You can still fashionable yet comfortable at the same time. For every day outings like running errands, I’ll usually wear flats or sneakers but of course when I go out on weekends i’ll suffer through a night of high heels and stilettos if it pulls an outfit together.

BJ on

I think a lot of people are slaves of completely unflattering and ridiculous trends just because famous starlets are wearing them (aka skinny jeans, fingerless gloves, leg warmers, etc). I love good fashion, but come on.

andreina on

As far as I concern, I like to wear what is completely fresh, loose and fits me well, makes me feel comfortable. There are some things that just won’t do it, and many would.
I am not such slave for fashion, even though I love to buy clothes, shoes and accesories as much as any other girl does, I try not to be a follower… and always try to work on my own style, being up-to date and feeling comfortable with it.

KT from Cda on

Hell no! I’ve got better things to do!

Maria on

Ok, i confess to being vain, meaning that i wear uncomfortable shoes and tight skirts just because they look darn good, but come on, if you can’t move it’s not worth it!

pau on

I like to be fashionable not a victim.. I wear what suits me better. For example, high waisted jeans are starting to be trendy, but they’re definitely NOT for me. They look like mama pants and make your tummy look three times bigger.

Blair on

I like fashion and new trends but not a slave for these.And i make my own trends.I’ve may own style.Actually i don’t need so much other people’s thought.

Rebecca on

No way! No matter how fashionable the outfit is, if you feel uncomfortable and awkward, you’ll never pull it off.

Dixie Marie on

I agree totally with KT from Cda. I have so many more things that are much more important. Besides, my husband laughs at most things that are in style and he is the only person (after myself, of course) that I dress for.

AnnieM on

Do not suffer for fashion – just be yourself and wear what is comfy and makes you feel good.

Elda on

maybe if the outfit looks good??

Carly on

That episode was hilarious, and the hat was faaabulous! However, in reality, I wear the clothes. They don’t wear me. If something is lovely but it feels terrible, I don’t buy it. Chances are I’ll wear it once and hate it so much that it’ll sit in my closet and never be worn again. If something hurts, it most likely doesn’t fit properly. If you’re in pain people will be able to tell from your face, and that makes the ensemble really unattractive. Take note that frequently wearing shoes that hurt and don’t fit properly can cause long-term damage to your feet. I think everyone probably suffers through nights here and there in heels that felt fine when you left the house but start to feel torturous as soon as you reach your destination. I won’t wear something ridiculous or painful in order to look good, though. Fashion has to be functional.

liz on

not that bad.. but i love fashion

Claire on

I don’t think I’m THAT gullible… :) Funny though… probably the style of the future. When will the madness end?

KT from Cda on

I don’t watch the show so I was wondering if someone can tell me why this poor girl is standing on a toilet?

Erin on

I am kind of a fashion slave, but I also like to wear unique things. When it comes to shoes I don’t care if they hurt as long as their cute.

Heather S. on

Hmmm… I’ve worn some spectacularly difficult shoes, to the annoyment of my husband. When he complains, I tell him that those are my “sitting shoes”–made for sitting and looking cute and never ever moving!

Lauren M on

I wear whatever I want, regardless of it being “in” or not. I didn’t wear the skinny jean trend because I am thick and knew it wouldn’t look good on me. I wear what looks good on me.

May on

Oh My gosh!! I tivo Ugly Betty and I finally got to watch this weekend. I would never ever do something that crazy. And in the end of the show she was actually going to wear a hat that matched the dress. EWW!! Even for fashion I would never do something that insane!!

Didi on

No normal person will go that far to wear something so tight and ill-fitting.But in general I usualy decide on how well I look in something versus the discomfort I have to endure.And in many cases it depends on the ocassion.Most of the times when the outfit looks great people are willing to sacrifice more from their comfort.But there is always a limit.

emzza on

wow! i love this show, Amanda is so funny, i think shes a bit full of her self tho. hey not being nosy or nofing but what country are you guys on , prob america but anyway?

su on

I’m not a trend-slave but, I do LOVE FASHION and, for me the most important is to be aware of our shape/body and dress according…and, we don’t have to look like super models to dress well and to be considered a fashion star..

I love Ugly Betty…do you think you can create a especial section for Amanda’s looks and the looks from The “O.C”…It would be awesome…i love her outfits so much…pleeeaaassseeeee.:-)

Shea on

Who is the designer of the shoes Becki Newton is wearing on page 12 of the dec/jan style watch!
I love them and have to know

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