Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? It can be hard to pinpoint exactly what makes someone or something attractive, but when it comes to design, many factors can come into play. Personally, I’m a huge proponent of focusing on the positives, so even when something isn’t your cup of tea, there’s probably something nice you can say about it! If nothing else, “great execution” should do the trick.
Below, we’ve gathered some of the most perplexing pictures from the ‘Awful Taste But Great Execution‘ subreddit, showing how people somehow managed to pull off tasteless ideas perfectly. Enjoy scrolling through this list that might make you feel conflicted about whether you love or hate these pics, and keep reading to find conversations we were lucky enough to have with lifestyle and fashion bloggers Lorna Burford of Raindrops of Sapphire and Natasha Kundi. And remember to upvote all of the photos that impress you (even if you would never want those things in a million years). (H/T)
01. This Cup. Kind Of Cute, Though…
If you’re unfamiliar with the Awful Taste But Great Execution subreddit, let us introduce you. The group has been around since August 2016, and it’s amassed an impressive 1.9 million members since then. The subreddit describes itself as “for everything that displays quality craftsmanship in the least elegant way possible” and states that “all things gaudy, tacky, overdone, and otherwise tasteless” can be found there. “Work done so well, you won’t know whether to love it or hate it,” the mods write in the group’s ‘About’ section.
While anything and everything can be found in ATBGE, specific topics tend to appear more frequently. Common themes on the sub are Art, Automotive, Tattoo Tuesday, Fashion, Food, Decor, Home, Body Art, and DIY. And lucky for us, A&D was previously able to get in touch with one of the group’s moderators to provide more insight into how it began in the first place.
02. Sandwich-Style Wrapping Paper!
03. French Braid On A Yorkie
One of the moderators of Awful Taste But Great Execution previously told us that the subreddit was initially made to be a spin-off of another sub called [Bad] Car Mods. “In the beginning, r/ATBGE focused heavily on automotive-related posts, but we knew doing this would potentially limit our user base,” the moderator explained. “To make r/ATBGE more appealing to the masses, we opened up the subreddit to include things beyond autos (tattoos, fashion, décor, etc.).” That’s when the community really started picking up traction.
“As we grew, moderators were added, and subreddit rules were further refined,” they went on to explain. “Now we are here, and things are still looking good. We continue to add new subscribers each day, which is a good thing (considering we all do this for free).” And even after seven years, the sub continues to grow, as it’s well on its way to reaching 2 million members soon.
04. “They See Me Roman… They Hatin’”
05. Kinda Hard Not To Like
Many of the things featured on this list fall into pretty subjective categories: fashion, furniture design, product design, and tattoos. We know we don’t all have the same taste, and life would probably be dull if we did! But we wanted to learn more about how subjective fashion really is from an expert, so we reached out to England-based lifestyle and fashion blogger Lorna Burford. Lorna was kind enough to have a chat with us, examining the idea behind something having ‘awful taste but great execution.’
“I think [fashion] is objective and through the eyes of the individual; however, there are plenty of things I find tacky, tasteless, and disgusting, from my point of view, but others love them and wear them,” she told us. “Maybe this comes from them not knowing anything about fashion and how to style in an aesthetically pleasing way, as well as not having an interest in it; therefore, it’s a mess. But the fashion industry pushes the boundaries daily, and plenty of designers put awful looks on the runway – they don’t work, but people go along with it. So I think it’s genuinely a mixture of both, as it’s all individual, and some people follow along without really giving it a thought, just because it’s ‘cool.'”
07. Someone Told Me It Belongs Here
08. The Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle For The Guy That Installs Wooden Flooring
We were also curious if there were any popular fashion trends that Lorna couldn’t stand. “I absolutely hate the balloon or horseshoe jeans trend!” she revealed. “What is this? Bowing out at the knees in the shape of a horseshoe? It’s the most unflattering thing! It’s also a pet peeve of mine when someone’s leather jacket sleeves (or blazer sleeves) are down to their knuckles instead of stopping at the wrist. I think it makes the entire outfit look ill-fitted and sloppy.” Lorna even wrote a blog post about the horseshoe jeans trends on her second website, The Jeans Blog, which you can find right here.
09. This Dissected And Mounted Furby Pet
10. Why Not A Pair Of Illuminated Chandelier Earrings
Regarding outfits with excellent execution but poor taste, Lorna says many of the street style looks during fashion week could fall into that category. “Everything is an expression of art and who can stand out the most, so I understand the concept, but sometimes the final looks are nothing but ridiculous,” she explained. “But because they’re so ridiculous, it’s ‘cool.’ Lady Gaga’s old outfits are probably a prime example of this! But the execution works as they go into the finer details too. You can’t fault the effort.”
11. Heart Balaclava
12. Narcissist Much?
But Lorna likes to keep an open mind, as she notes that it’s always possible for something to go from tacky to fashionable if it’s executed well. “We have designers on the runway to thank for that,” she laughed. “Tiny denim mini skirts were a trend for so long, back in the early 00s, then they became extremely tacky, and now I’ve noticed they’re trending again. However, it’s about styling them differently. No longer with Uggs/furry boots and tight cami tops, it’s with sneakers or sandals and looser knitwear or blazers.”
“I think with 99% of items, it’s all about how you style them,” Lorna added. “Speaking of big furry boots, though, Gucci is bringing those back for FW23. They were featured throughout the runway show and are trying to make those ugly things work again. We will see where that goes!”
13. This Marge Simpson Shoe
14. Tinkling Doggos
“The 90s had some awful trends and fit in terms of bagginess, but what’s trending again,” Lorna noted. “Everything is oversized, everywhere. I don’t really like it at all, however, because people are better at styling these days; it looks infinitely better than anything in the actual ’90s. So it really does come down to how you wear things and make them work for you.”
If you’d like to learn more about Lorna or gain style advice from her, be sure to visit her website, Raindrops of Sapphire, right here.
15. When Realism In Design Crosses The Line
16. This Golf Cart A Local Dealership Is Trying To Sell…
17. Rugged Warrior
We also reached out to London-based lifestyle and fashion blogger Natasha Kundi to hear her thoughts on the topic; lucky for us, she was happy to answer our questions. “I think everyone has their own sense of style. Some people like to stick to their own personal style, but some people also like to follow trends,” she told us. “The issue I have with people who follow the latest trends is that they do not consider whether it suits them or just go ahead and wear it. I try to follow trends too, but if something doesn’t look nice on me, I never try to wear it again. I think we should always consider our body shape and skin complexion. The right size and color make a lot of difference to how we look.”
18. This Organ Made Out Of Exhaust Pipes
19. When Your Tattoo Looks More Like You Than You Do Yourself #tattootuesday
And when it comes to trends, Natasha can’t get behind; she shared, “I personally like to wear clothes that fully cover me, so full dresses that have a hole in the back or front or anywhere just seems so ridiculous to me. The only good thing that comes out of such styles is that I get to save my money.” She also noted, “The leopard and lion dresses at Paris fashion week this year looked amazing with great execution, but the idea behind them wasn’t beneficial for animal or wildlife welfare.”
21. Behold… The Jelmet
Natasha also admits that something tacky can be considered fashionable “provided that it’s styled and carried well.” And finally, she wanted to remind readers that fashion doesn’t have to be expensive. “I love how Kate Middleton wears clothes from all price ranges and looks amazing. She is a great source of inspiration,” Natasha says.
If you’d like to follow Natasha and learn more about her or gain some fashion inspiration, be sure to visit her website right here!
23. This Hand Carved Staircase
Knowing how subjective taste is, Emilia Petrarca at The Cut recently attempted to get to the bottom of who has the best and the worst taste out there (as far as famous individuals go). She surveyed 850 readers, who determined that Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of good taste, and when it comes to who has the worst taste, Donald Trump was the winner, with Julia Fox coming in second. 47% of people surveyed also agreed that influencers have the most impact on deciding what is fashionable at the moment. And when it comes to colors, black was hands down deemed the most tasteful. So when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with that bit of black dress.
24. Heel Supports
25. The Crocodile Rug Extension
26. Is It Bad I Want To Buy It?
And while you might find some of the photos on this list to be absolutely tasteless, you’re not alone, but you may change your mind one day. It’s almost impossible to predict what will be in fashion in the future, but we know that things go out of style quickly. Regarding clothing, Beccy Hill at Stylist UK says, “Good taste is defined by the wearer, not the actual items themselves. People who are confident in themselves have always been able to have this effect on those less confident.” So if the execution is done well, either in the creation or in the styling and wearing, who are we to judge?
28. Icy Haircut
29. This Hat
Are you becoming more open-minded in terms of your taste, pandas? Perhaps some of these tacky executions are starting to grow on you? They probably aren’t, but we must admit they’re well done! Keep enjoying these shocking and confusing photos, and don’t forget to upvote the ones that require excellent craftsmanship. Then, if you’d like to find even more startlingly well-done terrible ideas, you can find A&D’s last article featuring the Awful Taste But Great Execution subreddit right here!
30. Would You Like A Cup Of Teeth?
31. “Honey!? I’m Planning To Do Some Remodels To The Kitchen. How Texas You Want It!?”
32. 10/10 Wood Wear
33. Hulk Hands On This Car
34. McDonald’s Covered In Giant Yarn
35. This Is Extremely Well Done!
36. I Don’t Know What To Call This
37. Armored Crocs…
38. Cherub Bobby Hill
39. Straight Off The Runway
40. 30,000 Crystals To Look Like A Marvels Villain. (Doja Cat At Schiaparelli Fashion Show)
41. Horn Of Gondor
43. Man Wearing 4 Kilos Of Gold Shirt Costing Over $200,000
44. Hot Wheels Irl
45. Excellent Design, Questionable Premise. Molar Of The Groom Wedding Ring
46. I Came Across This Magnificent Thing In Nashville, Tn
47. It’s Probably Very Cold To Sit On
48. I Need Help Captioning This One…
49. Hello Kitty Lash Extensions
50. Drake’s “Outfit” Here. It Does Look Comfy, Though…
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