Is it a skirt or a belt?: Online clothing retailer Missguided sells Christina Aguilera-inspired skirt that is barely 5 inches long

As most millennials and pop culture fanatics will know, the skirt is a throwback to pop star Christina Aguilera's iconic costume from her 2002 music video for her track 'Dirrty'


                            Is it a skirt or a belt?: Online clothing retailer Missguided sells Christina Aguilera-inspired skirt that is barely 5 inches long

Looks like Missguided got the memo a whole month late — and they were trolled for it sufficiently too. Arriving almost a month after Halloween, the Manchester-based online clothing retailer decided to sell a skirt that is barely five-inches long. That's right! Barely enough to do its job, but scandalous and ridiculous enough to have started a buzz around it which has now led the brand to become the butt of all jokes.



 

As most millennials and pop culture fanatics will know, the skirt is a classic resemblance — a throwback of sorts — to pop star Christina Aguilera's iconic costume from her 2002 music video for her track 'Dirrty'. And if you're still quite into that look almost two decades later, it can be all yours just for £5, the amount it has been priced on sale for.

You might the length of the skirt and its price on sale might go hand in hand, but certain shoppers have also noticed, and duly pointed out, that the skirt is barely enough to cover the modesty of the model sporting it in the ads.

The situation's hilarity has been heightened by the description of the item, which simply reads: "A super short pleated mini skirt in a black finish." The fact that they have labeled this five-inch of cloth 'skirt' has been what kept shoppers laughing at the outfit. Social media users once again rose to the occasion with their expert criticism and have called out the brand on the minuscule design of the skirt, questioning why it has been categorized as a 'skirt' at all.



 

"Missguided... hun... that's not a skirt, that's a belt," commented one. "Missguided forgot the rest of this skirt!" wrote another person. One of them even tweeted: "Can this really be considered a skirt? Missguided?? U OK hun?? X" while most of them took to questioning: "Are they actually joking at the size of this skirt? Missguided are you winding me up."



 

Looks like the Manchester-based Missguided truly has been able to land itself amidst a lot of criticism, especially since the Nitin Passi-founded brand that has been in action since 2009, now has an annual turnover of £206m.

Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall August 29, 2002, in New York City. (Getty Images)
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall August 29, 2002, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Yet what seems even more bizarre right now is the design of the skirt of course, but it would be amusing for all the young, 'cool' kids making fun of it now, that the whole outfit used to be quite the sensation back in the early 2000s. It's was almost a signature style of Christina Aguilera's, who used to be then known as 'Xtina'. As it's clear, the 'Genie in a Bottle' and 'Beautiful' singer wasn't only known for her powerful voice and high notes; her belt-like denim skirts, extensions and midriff-baring tops were quite revolutionary in the field of fashion too!

Christina was a huge fan of the extra-minuscule mini-skirts during the early 2000s (Getty Images)
Christina was a huge fan of the extra-minuscule mini-skirts during the early 2000s (Getty Images)