Why You Shouldn’t Steal Cory Kennedy’s Style

I know this is a controversial opinion but I truly believe that Cory Kennedy is setting a bad example to the youth of the world. I am by no means referring to her underage drinking and partying, dating hideously inappropriate older men or even her use of the Paris Hilton Fame Principal by which one becomes a celebrity by doing absolutely nothing. Something tells me that American teens will do this anyway. Australians too for that matter. What I am referring to is her dress sense. Sure she is cute and waifish and quirky and generally looks acceptable but what upsets me is when girls start to copy her. It just doesn’t work.   

Observe the look of Miss Kennedy…




Looks pretty funky doesn’t she? I was picking these photos thinking ‘Why I am dissing her style again…?’. But it’s not her style I am dissing. It’s the fact that blind 15 to 22 year olds are copying it! And just quietly why is that person wearing green opaques with Nike trainers? Do you see the company this girl keeps?

Now please don’t mistake this fashion rant for a complete and utter hatred of the grunge look. I like to rock a little Courtney from time to time but I like to sprinkle a little of the dirt not pick up a bloody shovel and dig myself into a hole of filth. What I am wondering is when it became acceptable for girls to roll out of bed, not brush their hair, throw on whatever they found on the floor and then have the hide to strut their stuff like they’re fashion icons? From reading Cory’s blog I have discovered that her life is a series of parties and I strongly suspect she no longer attends school. Her lifestyle actually explains her look. Which is fine. And she pulls it off. This is also fine. But there are impressionable young girls wandering around your local shopping centre sporting her trends and looking well… really bloody ugly. Let me make my point a little clearer… Here is a picture of me wearing three MASSIVE Cory trends. A headscarf worn around the front of my head, mum jeans (or Mom jeans as the Americans like to say) and unwashed/unstyled hair. And just so you know I am only doing this because I love you..


My god. I didn’t even know that I had thunder thighs until I wore these jeans. And being the caring Smaggle that I am I decided to spare you all the photos of the dreaded camel’s toe. Was it something that women of the eighties just accepted? I mean were the hill-billy hitched up pants really worth suffocating your moot for? I mean this looks TERRIBLE on me. But at least I am willing to admit it.

And just when you think it couldn’t get any worse…


Holy moly. Look at that derriere. Quite impressive I’d say. Can I tell you a secret? I actually don’t have a really fat arse. I’m my father’s daughter and we were born without butts. Our cheeks just tend to blend into our thighs with out so much of a Beyonce bulge. I must admit I do have a little junk in my trunk but in the grand scheme behind-sizing mine is certainly on the mid to small end of the scale. Where the hell did that arse come from?

Cory has developed a niche look for herself and although it’s not entirely to my taste it suits her. If anyone can make an eighties reject Tweety Bird t-shirt look hip it’s going to be her. But what we have to understand is that someone like me who is at least 3 sizes larger and a good few inches taller than Cory will look stupid in what she wears. Well that’s pretty bloody obvious, look at the photographic evidence.

Are we convinced yet? Cory looks rather endearing in a street-urchin-on-crack kind of way but Lady Smaggle looks like ‘the bad girl’ guest star on 90210 with serious bum issues. By all means, experiment with different styles and if you want to wear arm pit gripping stone wash stove pipes then go for it and god bless you. But I beg you to wear them because you love them and love the way you look in them. NOT because Cory is wearing them. If you want to try the mum jeans go ahead. But if you look as jaw droppingly fugly in them as I do I beg you not to wear them. No one will think you are cool and you will just feel uncomfortable. Don’t do it to yourself.

Oh and just a side (snide) note… does this girl live in the gutter? Why is she always photographed sitting in the street or in the corner of some grotty looking bar? Would it really be so terrible to sit on a chair?

Your turn lovelies… What copycat disasters have you experienced? Are there any styles out there that really get your goat? Come on, I showed you mine…

Love Lady Smaggle xxx

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Kerrin 8 years ago

    Where did you find those jeans??
    I owned a pair of jeans exactly like that in the early 90s. I used to wear them with a tucked in, buttoned up, floral blouse and a navy corderoy blazer.
    Nice …

  2. Lady Smaggle 8 years ago

    Ha ha! I totally remember that look. It’s very Julia Roberts. I’ve actually had those jeans since I was 12. I think that’s the last time I wore them actually… In public I mean.

  3. Sarah O 8 years ago

    I only just started following your blog and have been enjoying it a lot, and wanted to say THANK YOU for this post.

    I am studying abroad in Japan, and it pains me to see Western girls not dress their appropriate sizes because they are trying to imitate waif-thin Japanese girls, who can get away with wearing insane layers, billowy shirts, micro-minis, and leggings…the metaphor of a square peg and a round hole comes to mind.

  4. Lady Smaggle 8 years ago

    Your very welcome Sarah! I just HATE it when people can’t see that what they are wearing just doesn’t suit them…
    Thanks for reading!

  5. Gervy 8 years ago

    I’m deeply impressed by your public-spiritedness, Lady Smaggle. That’s a MAJAH sacrifice, to put on those horrific jeans. But your point is well made. High-waisted jeans are shockin. Shockin. I did know that already. But I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know who Cory Kennedy is. Is this blog the wrong demographic for me? Does she have the Kennedy curse? Isn’t Cory a boy’s name? It raises so many questions…

    I do not DO copycat. Following fashion trends just doesn’t interest me. I love clothes, but trends are painful.

  6. Lady Smaggle 8 years ago

    Ah Miss Gervy I have only just discovered Cory myself. She’s a bit of a MySpace celebrity and an Indie ‘It’ girl. I don’t have a huge problem with her she just seems to be famous for not really doing very much. But after writing this post I’ve realised she’s not really that famous! She does covers for Nylon magazine.

  7. Lauren 8 years ago

    Oh.. I am so sorry that I’m late on this post. I totally know what you mean with the whole ‘copy Cory’ thing. It’s almost as bad as when every single girl aged 13-21 went out and got one of those awful mullet-y haircuts. Now they are wearing high-waisted cut-offs when ‘ironic’ 80’s shirts and trying to do new wave… Laughable. Sorry for the long post but I’m glad someone shares my pain.

    PS. The headwear looks fairly awesome on you.

  8. Lady Smaggle 8 years ago

    Ha ha thanks Lauren! I probably won’t be doing the headband thing anytime soon. At least not until the whole craze is over. And I HATE those mullet hair cuts. With the horrible top-deck dye jobs. It’s just so incredibly strange.

  9. Ashley stanton 8 years ago

    well some of us can pull it off! u are right in saying that it wouldnt suit a lot of people but i think it attracts more girls who are actually a bit like her…of course there are the few unfortunate ones! she doesnt seem to give a f*** about what she wears but lately she looks like she’s actually trying to look fashionable without loosing ‘herself’ and its just not working!

  10. Lady Smaggle 8 years ago

    Ashley – Oh I totally agree that some people can pull it off and if I was a size 0 and all gorgeous and gangly you bet I’d be dressing like that. Kudos to her but I wish people would stop copying!

  11. princessnaea 8 years ago

    i JUST HAD ANOTHER LOOK AT THE PHOTOS sorry i just wrote that all in caps for some reason. hmmm
    anyway, in that first shot, is Cory wearing yellow tights, has she had an accident in a fake tan factory, or is she in fact suffering from jaundice? WHO CAN TELL? [that caps was intended]

  12. jess 7 years ago

    cory doesnt have a unique style, thats just the general hipster/grunge look
    and there are plenty of people who can pull off oversized tshirts or mom jeans, just not fatties

  13. Megan 7 years ago

    There are thousands and thousands of girls who could easily pull off Cory’s look. They just have to be much thinner than you. Yes, of course, Cory’s behaviors are setting a bad example for young girls, but it’s not all together a bad thing that girls want to dress like her. What is the difference between wanting to dress like Cory or like some celebrity sweetheart goodie-two-shoes? It’s clothes…

  14. MARAZ 6 years ago

    you are very sexy and very beautifull …

  15. kaka 6 years ago

    big ass waw may good

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  17. Alyonna Petrovna 4 years ago

    she’s a clothes hanger. anything looks good on her.

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