As a woman, I am a firm supporter of fashion accessories. In fact, accessorizing is an affordable and creative way to transform a basic outfit into a fantastic piece.
However, should cars be treated as fashion and accessorized in the same way? While I am generally accommodating of many faux pas, there are some that are simply too difficult to let slide.
My hunch is that headlight lashes will be making a debut in the near future. Celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Katy Perry, and Angelina Jolie have been sporting fake eyelashes, whether they are just one-time wear types or lash extensions. Eyelashes add depth and beauty to the eyes, but I subscribe to the belief that they do not belong on headlights. Yes, they are cute, but that’s about it. Not all of us will be able to resist the urge to pluck them out of your headlights!
For the record, I love stickers and have all kinds, but car stickers should be limited to a tiny handful. Awareness ribbon or support stickers are great, so are the family ones although each family should weigh its appropriateness depending on where they live. Where I draw the line is bullet holes or offensive bumper stickers (racist, sexist, downright rude). Some of us need to save our sense of humor (or lack of) for special (personal) occasions.
I support seat covers, just not those with hair, fur or animal stripes. There are many well-designed seat covers, like Disney characters, Looney Tunes, sports clubs, and even Sanrio lines like Hello Kitty. But, I almost choked to death in the middle of summer; I came across a white shaggy sheep fur seat cover about 2 inches thick. What would the car smell like? Here’s my bottom line: Ride an animal or drive a car – choose one, not both.
Shift Sticks or Knobs
This is another one of those car accessories that falls into the “tasteful presentation or forget it!” criterion. I’ve seen shift stick knobs of disco balls, skulls, and golf balls, just to name a few. But a huge single eyeball or a single boob with perky nipple are simply rude!
I lost hope for humanity when I saw a shift stick in the form of a pistol with the muzzle down and the magazine side up. Obviously, safety is not a top priority for the driver. Just imagine being pulled over for a road check and all the possibilities that could unfold. Another shift stick that’s worth mentioning (or not) is a shift stick that looks like an erect penis, head up! I don’t have the words to express what I felt.
We all understand that the car’s owner should be able to do what he or she wants to do. Since I have to witness the lack of good sense or taste, I reserve the right to express my opinion. One should have fun, just make sure it really is fun for the majority. Cheers!