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Never Forget When We Insisted On Putting Chunky Belts Over Everything

Even jackets.

If you’ve lived longer than a decade or two, you would’ve gone through your fair share of embarrassing fashion phases. Throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s there were butterfly clips, dresses over jeans, low slung flares, tube tops, cargo pants and diamante-encrusted flip flops. However, no fashion statement haunts me more than the dreaded chunky belt – an accessory we insisted on wearing over every piece of clothing we owned in the mid ‘00s. 

Belt loops or not, women in the 00s couldn’t get enough of the chunky belt. These waist-cinching accessories were worn over the top of dresses, flowy t-shirts and button-ups, and most horrifyingly, over a jacket. 

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But why!? Why did we insist on buckling these hefty fashion accessories around our waists, no matter the occasion?

Some sort of fashion switch was flipped during the noughties, telling women all over the world that their waist is (and will always be) their most flattering asset, and we should accentuate it at all costs. Even if it meant corseting ourselves into a thick blazer, or throwing a useless faux leather band around a t-shirt.

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Then there were the hip-hugging belts that were carelessly thrown over peasant tops, oversized dresses and on top of low cut jeans. Blake Lively’s stylist didn’t even bother to thread hers through the loops!

Lindsay Lohan’s belt is hanging on for dear life over this relaxed tee and shorts combo:

In fact, celebrities of the era didn’t help stop the spread of the chunky belt trend one bit. The likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Ashley Tisdale were rocking wide belts like it was – quite literally – going out of fashion.

One Google search of 00s chunky belts and you’ll be disturbed to see they’re actually making a bit of a comeback right now, popping up over long coats and dresses down runways all around the world.

Credit: Dior

Clearly, fashion continues to be a revolving door and I’m just going to have to get over my fear of chunky belts. 

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Is My Temperature Rising Because Of Coronavirus, Or Spain's Army?

*heavy breathing intensifies*

Whether you’ve been working from home, surviving a 14-day quarantine period, or simply self-isolating, there’s no doubt that cabin fever would be starting to set in now. These prolonged periods spent indoors – and with limited real life social interaction – are enough to make even the proudest of homebodies a little delirious, and recent news of Spain’s thirst trap of an army is not helping.

Amongst the COVID-related doom and gloom we’re quickly becoming accustomed to on social media, photos of Spain’s army have emerged, and it’s safe to say – Twitter is shook.

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The army’s La Legion – a regiment referred to as the Bridegrooms of Death – has gone viral on social media due to the fact that they’ve apparently been deployed to help manage the coronavirus outbreak, but mostly because of their extremely sexy uniforms.

Thousands of people have taken to Twitter to react to Spain’s spicy soldiers, including one user who wrote, “As a woman with eyes, I appreciate that their shirt lapels are practicing social distancing.”

Another Twitter fan pointed out what we’re all thinking: “The open neck to the shirt, three or four buttons down, is an interesting standard.” User Tressie McMillan Cottom weighed in, responding, “Not that I’ve blown it up or anything but it seems important to note that the buttons only START halfway down. This is BY design (of god maybe but I let the viewer decide).”

They’ve got a good point. These low-cut and fitted uniforms are a far cry from the head-to-toe camo and covered up ensembles we’re used to seeing soldiers in. 

Of course, none of these thirsty comments are intended to be insensitive, take away from the reality of what these men are trying to do, or the gravity of the pandemic, but perhaps these pics are a bit of what the world needs right now.

With so much bad news floating around at the moment, sometimes it’s nice to stop and appreciate the lighter side of life. All that’s left to do is figure out whether feeling hot under the collar is a symptom of COVID-19, or seeing these army pics. 

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Pete Evans' Response To COVID-19 Is To Shame Us For Eating 'Crap Food'

Read the room, Pete.

COVID-19 is really starting to bring out the best – and worst – in society, and more than anything, it’s highlighting high profile people’s inability to read the room. Case in point: celebrity chef Pete Evans contributing to coronavirus by shaming us for our eating habits.

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In an episode of his Evolve podcast last week, the controversial paleo diet enthusiast said he was shocked at the amount of ‘crap food’ people were hoarding from supermarkets.

“I was at the supermarket the other day picking up meat and seafood, but I was looking at people’s trolleys and I was like, ‘they’re still filling up with crap food,’” he said.

Later, he said that the pandemic will force people to overhaul their diets. “But I dare say throughout this, there will be a conscious awakening into those pillars of health,” he said.

“We’re going to be in a situation where it’s like, ‘oh sh*t maybe I should’ve looked after myself those last couple of years’, and maybe now is a really, really good time.”

Pete Evans is not wrong – looking after our bodies and eating healthy food is super important in protecting ourselves from illness and living long, happy lives. It’s a fact that most people understand. 

However, one stroll down your local supermarket’s aisles and you’ll see that it’s slim pickings when it comes to many kinds of food. Not everyone has the luxury of stocking up on fancy meat and seafood, or cooking their kids a Michelin star breakfast every morning. A lot of people don’t have access to healthy food right now, and with people losing their jobs and the lines for Centrelink wrapping around the block, many can’t afford it either. 

We’re not the only ones who are cringing at Pete Evans’ tone deaf coronavirus diet comments. Earlier this month, top Australian heart surgeon Dr. Nikki Stamp suggested her Twitter followers use one of Pete Evans’ cookbooks as toilet paper if their supermarkets are out. 

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Evans responded to Dr. Stamp’s sassy tweet by telling the Sunday Telegraph, “Funnily enough, all my cookbooks are in glossy paper, so she would probably find it hard to wipe her bum with.”

Hear that? It’s the sound of many eyes rolling.

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