Bleats

Never Forget When Low Slung Flares Were The Crown Jewel Of Your Wardrobe

Paired with a teeny tiny crop top.

As the saying goes: all good things must come to an end, and often it’s a good thing that they do. Just take ‘00s fashion trends. At the time, rocking flares, frosted tips and glitter eyeshadow was the pinnacle of all that was stylish – and now, these things are only ironically cool.

While it’s nice to look back and appreciate what was once cool, it’s equally-as-satisfying to promise ourselves we’ll never, ever, ever go there again. Case in point: low-slung, distressed, flared jeans – the crown jewel of my pre-teen wardrobe.

In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s you couldn’t open a fashion magazine or watch a red carpet event without seeing a pair of jeans so flared there was barely a shoe in sight. Jessica Alba wore hers under a flowing halter neck dress, Rihanna wore hers with a sneak peak of frilly knicker out the top and Kelly Clarkson matched her chunky highlights to her flares with a studded rocker belt.

Credit: J. Merritt/FilmMagic

Oh, the memories.

Speaking of ’00s icons, listen to the GOAT team chat about Jessica Simpson’s eye-opening book on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

What was it about these God forsaken pants that we loved so much? The ‘bootcut jean,’ as it was commonly referred to, burned brightly in the spotlight until the mid ‘00s, when skinny jeans quickly became the jean of choice. At the time, one fashion editor said, “it’s as if all the girls wearing premium bootcut jeans threw them away one day, and the next day began wearing skinny jeans and flats.”

I, too, remember folding up my flares and shoving them down the back of the wardrobe in favour of a pair of Lee Stovepipe skinny jeans that were about 10 inches too long.

So, what happened to our beloved diamante-encrusted bell bottoms?

As Refinery29 states, “the emo movement made it acceptable for men to wear eyeliner, grow their bands well past their eyes, and wear jeans so skinny that everything in their pockets – and elsewhere – was perfectly visible.” As the likes of My Chemical Romance began influencing our iPod Shuffle playlists, we started squeezing into skintight pants and growing out our side fringes like the whole flared jean thing never even existed.

There is some good news for the flare pant enthusiasts out there. Flared jeans have made a Christina Aguilera-grade comeback in recent years, but this time around, they’re not adorned with sequin tassels, or chunky cargo pockets. 

Whether you like it or not, fashion is a revolving door and right now it’s opening us up to a slightly more sophisticated version of our former favourites. I’m here for it, as long as there are no pube exposing waistbands in sight.

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

Dolly Parton Wants Her Playboy Cover Back, We’re Not Worthy

"It would be such a hoot."

She might be 74 years old but Dolly Parton is showing no signs of slowing down. Case in point: the fact she wants to recreate her iconic Playboy cover shoot for her next birthday.

In a recent interview on 60 Minutes, Parton said, “I plan to be on the cover of Playboy magazine again! I thought it would be such a hoot. If they’ll go for it. I don’t know if they will.”

Speaking of empowering women, listen to the GOAT team chat with Bell Shakespeare’s female Hamlet on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

Dolly Parton was the first country music star to appear on the cover of Playboy in 1978 dressed as one of the magazine’s signature bunnies. Speaking about the costume, she said, “I could probably use it. Maybe. Boobs are still the same! I have my own look. I’m kind of cartoonish and cartoons don’t really age that much.”

“When I’m 90, I’ll probably look about the same way. Just thicker makeup, bigger hair!” she added.

When asked if she is planning on retiring any time soon, Parton said, “Well, I don’t plan to retire. I just turned 74.”

Dolly Parton embodies the fact the age is merely a number and her desire to grace the cover Playboy 42 years on is extremely empowering.

It’s not the first time Parton has won us over with her inspiring comments. While she’s viewed by many as a feminist icon, the singer doesn’t consider herself one. 

“I think I just live in my femininity,” she told Sky News. “I mean, people say ‘are you a feminist?’ And I say, I don’t know what that means.”

“I’m proud to be a woman, proud to be a woman in business, proud enough to do what I do.”

During the same interview, Parton also said she’d love to see a woman become the President of the United States. “She needs to have the goods, she needs to have the knowledge, needs to have the backbone to be able to run a country,” she said.

If it were up to me, Dolly Parton would be the next President of the United States. Now, someone give her that second Playboy cover.

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

Britney Spears' Son Has Fired Up #FreeBritney With A Dig At Grandpa

Jayden Federline has gone rogue on IG live.

Concerns for Britney Spears’ safety and freedom have been reignited after her 13-year-old son Jayden Federline went live on Instagram to slam his grandfather, Jamie Spears.

When one of Jayden’s followers commented, “kill your grandfather,” he responded, “bro, I was thinking the same thing” – but it didn’t end there. When another fan asked, “is your grandpa a jerk?” Jayden responded, “Yeah, he’s a pretty big d*ck… He can go die.”

During Jayden’s video he also praised his father, Kevin Federline, calling him “the best dad ever,” and called Spears’ boyfriend Sam Ashgari “nice” and a “really good dude.”

He even spoke highly of his grandmother, Lyn Spears, saying, “my grandma is literally the best grandma in the universe. All of my grandmas, actually.”

When fans asked Jayden about his mum’s music career, he said, “I haven’t seen her do a lot of new music at all… I remember one time I asked her, ‘Mum, what happened to your music?’ and she was, like, ‘I don’t know, honey. I think I might just quit it.”

Jayden said he was shocked by Britney’s response, asking her, “Do you know how much bank you make off of that stuff?”

It’s no surprise Jayden isn’t the biggest fan of his grandfather. Last September, Kevin Federline – who has 70 percent custody of his sons – accused Jamie Spears of abusing Jayden’s brother Sean. According to TMZ, Jamie allegedly broke down a door to get Sean during a fight and grabbed him. Criminal charges were not filed against Jamie.

Speaking of child stars, hear about Jessica Simpson’s shock revelations on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Early last year, Britney went on a hiatus to take care of her father after he was hospitalised. In April 2019, she checked into a mental health facility due to stress. Around this time, the podcast Britney’s Gram reported – via an “anonymous paralegal source” – that the singer had been held against her will in the facility since January 2019. 

The podcast claimed her hospitalisation and the cancellation of her Domination tour was ordered by her father after she didn’t take her medication and violated the rules in her conservatorship. ICYMI, Britney Spears was placed under temporary (and later permanent) conservatorship of her father and attorney Andrew Wallet in 2008 after she was hospitalised and refused to relinquish custody of her children. This gave Jamie Spears and Wallet complete control of her assets.

The claims of Britney’s Gram spurred the #FreeBritney campaign, leading fans to protest for her ‘release’ outside West Hollywood City Hall. In an effort to reassure fans, Britney said “all is well” and she would “be back very soon” in an Instagram video – but her followers continued to speculate that her often erratic social media behaviour was an indication she was still being held against her will. 

Page Six reports that Kevin Federline is “handling” the aftermath of Jayden’s Instagram Live video. “It’s the result of a 13-year-old acting like a 13-year-old,” Federline’s family attorney Mark Vincent told the publication. 

We will just have to wait and see what happens when it comes to Britney Spears’ son’s relationship with their grandfather, but clearly, there’s plenty of drama going on behind closed doors. 

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

Pop-up Channel

Follow Us