Poor Taste: Modcloth Recommends This $275 Skirt For Super Cute Volunteer Work In Africa

Modcloth tends to be excessively precious when describing their wares. If that bothers you, we recommend saving your WTF face (and about 50%) for a better time and buying the same damn thing at Forever21. BUT, every now and again those product descriptions get priceless and this one takes the cake for being utterly, shockingly free of self awareness:

Volunteering feels good, doesn’t it? It’s also a great excuse to travel, and this time your huge heart is taking you to Africa! Embody the vibrant personalities and positive spirits of the locals when you wear this dynamic maxi skirt with an gold exposed zipper! Created by Lauren Moffatt, a favorite amongst fashion bloggers, this skirt’s wide, blue waistband matches its bottom hem, and every other olive brown, bright red, ivory, and blue vertical line is decorated with tansy-colored flowers. Wear it wonderfully with a solid-colored top, oversized beaded jewelry, and shoes that are just as pleasantly unexpected as its silky lining and the colorful bouquet that diagonally blooms above the hem of this skirt, and you’ll be loved by Tanzania locals for more than just your helping hands!

That’s right. Modcloth recommends a $275 skirt to complete your super cute white messiah outfit! ;) …The “locals” are gonna be so impressed with you and all the privilege you come from! Unfortunately, the online retailer has already removed the item, which is a shame because I bet this skirt would look super cute with your favorite pair of slave earrings!


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    • Jennifer Wright

      My huge heart is taking me to the bodega! I’m going to get a luna bar, a favorite among fashion bloggers. I hope it will make people love me.

    • Aire

      Aire here from ModCloth. We truly apologize for the offensive description. The ModCloth writer who described this skirt spent many years volunteering in and out of the country, and it was with those fond memories of her experiences that she created this description. We’re always striving to promote cultural diversity, and and we want to stress there were no offensive motives. We also did not intend in any way to suggest that higher-priced items are part of the volunteering process, and we’ve renamed and described the item in response to your feedback. We’re also revising our editing policies based on this incident. ModCloth and its employees are dedicated to giving back any way we can. Please feel free to email our Charitable Giving Committee to find out more about how we help those around us, givingcommittee@modcloth.com. Again, we understand there were hurt feelings, and we’re sincerely sorry for making this mistake.

      • Mel

        If you can restrain yourself…Please, do not sell anymore offensive items and attempt to write it off with a side note about how you give charitably. Disgusting. How can one be charitable and mocking of disparity in the same breath?

    • Eleanor

      I think the Tanzanian locals have enough problems to deal with without a hipster traipsing in to lend a “helping hand” because she got tired of Brooklyn.