What trend would you like to see go away forever?

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Even fancy models look a little nuts in tiny sunglasses

I really don’t even begin to understand the tiny sunglasses trend, but was hard-pressed to explain why, so I turned to my friend Jessica Morgan, one half of the peerless Go Fug Yourself team, to break it down for me. “My basic feeling,” she says, “is that they are dumb. The whole point of sunglasses is to cover a myriad of sins—eye-bags, crows feet, you haven’t plucked your brows, you’re tired, whatever. These tiny sunglasses do none of that! They are breaking the covenant of the sunglasses! What is even the point of sunglasses if they don’t even cover the entire eye area? Also, I am old [ed note: she is not], and so everyone wearing them looks to me like they’re going to a rave in a PG-13 horror movie from 1995, and all they need are tiny butterfly clips in their hair and overly plucked brows. I do not care for them.” OK ladies, your turn.

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77 Thoughts on What trend would you like to see go away forever?
    Charla
    23 Jul 2018
    7:58pm

    Fanny packs! I keep seeing them re-branded as “belt bags,” but they will always be the touristy terrible fanny packs of decades past to me. Meh.

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    Lora
    23 Jul 2018
    8:07pm

    Off the shoulder, or cold shoulder tops. I’m so over them.

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      Mae
      15 Sep 2018
      7:51am

      God yes!

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    Delia
    23 Jul 2018
    9:33pm

    Lace-up tops. The kind with a little v-neck and ties that look like shoelaces, especially. They’re just too late-era Monkees for me.

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    Kathi
    23 Jul 2018
    10:29pm

    I am also over off the shoulder and cold shoulder tops. I am also tired of seeing men’s underwear from sagging pants and women’s bra straps. I get it if your bra strap accidentally shows, but for goodness sake I don’t need to see the majority of it no matter how lacey it is!

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    Maggie
    23 Jul 2018
    10:34pm

    Mullet hems.

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    Heather
    23 Jul 2018
    11:29pm

    So many good ones. I would go with the “contouring” makeup trend. And I say this as a child of the 80s.

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    jennyandrewsanderson
    23 Jul 2018
    11:47pm

    cold shoulder. they’re just arm fat frames.

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      eribirdy
      24 Jul 2018
      2:54pm

      Agree! I despise this look!

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        AZLisa
        26 Jul 2018
        3:30pm

        Hate cold shoulder. Tacky, tacky, tacky.

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      Kara Beer
      24 Jul 2018
      4:18pm

      Sing it, sister! And they already look so dated.

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    padent
    24 Jul 2018
    12:49am

    Tiny sunglasses also don’t protect your eyes as well from evil UV rays!

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    Rita
    24 Jul 2018
    1:39am

    I loathe flat slides, like the kind you’d wear to the shower in my college days, as footwear that is worn out in public. I also would be very happy to never see another cold shoulder.

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    Y.k.
    24 Jul 2018
    3:26am

    Well, i don’t know if these are a full blown trend, but they exist – Platform oxfords, platform tevas. I really dont get it.

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    Gt
    24 Jul 2018
    3:28am

    Shorts with longer pockets hanging under. Cold and cut off shoulders. Totes with logo all over(it is not trend, but i am so sick of seeing them. I just don’t understand why adidas sandals are supposed to be cool.

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    tiffany cain
    24 Jul 2018
    5:00am

    Weird green or blue nail polish! I feel strongly that polish should be in the pink family. I can’t get used to it.

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      Heather
      25 Jul 2018
      1:30am

      I admittedly like blue on my toes sometimes. But green just looks like some kind of icky fungus.

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    Ann Marie
    24 Jul 2018
    8:48am

    Cold-shoulder haters unite!

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      Kara Beer
      24 Jul 2018
      4:18pm

      I feel so much less alone after this thread!

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        Ann Marie
        24 Jul 2018
        4:28pm

        Right? This is the most therapeutic place on the internet!

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          Alexa
          24 Jul 2018
          9:58pm

          So, most of here hate cold-shoulder tops. Why? What is it about them that so many of us find repulsive to our demographic and sensibilities?
          I am genuinely intrigued.

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            Heather
            25 Jul 2018
            1:31am

            They just scream “dumb, pointless trend.”

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            Mamavalveeta03
            8 Aug 2018
            6:31pm

            Here’s the thing for me: Donna Karan created the look in 1993 for Hillary Clinton. It was daring and new then. Fast forward to Oct 2017…Harvey Weinstein & #metoo….Donna Karan defended Harvey Weinstein during a red carpet interview at the CinéFashion Film Awards on Sunday. She told a reporter ‘we have to look at ourselves’ and question how women are presenting themselves and their sexuality.

            **I now associate cold shoulders with anti-feminism.

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        BigCity
        24 Jul 2018
        5:21pm

        Yes! I agree wholeheartedly.

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      Fanny_Trollope
      25 Jul 2018
      5:21pm

      They look cheap.

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    Katrina
    24 Jul 2018
    10:19am

    Cold shoulders. Designer micro bags that can only fit your lipstick but still cost as much as a full-sized bag. Bike shorts outside of an athletic/exercise context (cough*Karadashians*cough). Jeans so torn you could apply lotion to your legs without taking your pants off. And, yes, tiny sunglasses.

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    Alexa
    24 Jul 2018
    12:16pm

    I can’t stand cold-shoulder tops. Hate them. Though I’m seeing less of them than last year, so fingers crossed they are going away.
    Cold- shoulder’s cousin, Off-the-shoulder, can GTFO too.

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    Gables girl
    24 Jul 2018
    12:19pm

    Yoga and sweat pants trying to pass off as work attire.

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    Jamie Samons
    24 Jul 2018
    12:31pm

    I’m with all of you on the cold-shoulder situation. Also: Maxi dresses. Universally unflattering!

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      Francine
      24 Jul 2018
      4:16pm

      May I also say that maxi dresses are STEAMY. Like being in one of those hot yoga tents. Can’t be healthy for our nether-regions.

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      Sarah
      25 Jul 2018
      3:28am

      I dunno. I’m tall and pear shaped with cankles. Maxi dresses are my life! So much more flattering than shorter dresses when they show off my small upper body and flow over the rest.

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    Lolabelle
    24 Jul 2018
    12:31pm

    Off the shoulder tops…they are EVERYWHERE. For us bustier girls who must wear an industrial strength strapless bra ALL DAY in order to wear one of these – they are like kryptonite. On top of that, I have big boobs and small shoulders so they constantly slip up unless I am wearing double sided tape on my shoulders…TOO. MUCH. WORK.

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      snevhead
      24 Jul 2018
      2:02pm

      AMEN!

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      Alexa
      24 Jul 2018
      11:29pm

      That is my problem too. I don’t mind the look so much. I can bear a strapless bra for a few hours, such as a formal event where I don’t need to move much. But a casual, hot day, throw-on and go piece, that requires special, uncomfortable underthings, makes no sense to me.
      Cold-shoulders make me cringe for purely aesthetic reasons.

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    DebraDancer
    24 Jul 2018
    1:54pm

    Being the practical person that I am, can I just add that from a utilitarian standpoint, sunglasses are supposed to protect your eyes from the sun damage. The sunglasses that the model is wearing cannot do that very well, if at all. On a different note, I’m very happy that midi has supplanted mini for the time being although I’m certain the mini will make return engagements. I can’t say that there’s any one trend that I want to see go away forever but I would like to see the word “boho” go away FOREVER. I don’t know why I dislike that word so much but I do.

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    Lori Campbell
    24 Jul 2018
    2:01pm

    Mom Jeans! What the hell?

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    alexa11221
    24 Jul 2018
    2:05pm

    Are these Trends We Would Never Wear, or Trends We HATE?

    For the former–strapless, cold shoulder, off the shoulder. For the latter, I am Team Anti-Tiny Sunglasses FOREVER. They are like grills for your eyes.

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    Krusty the Kat
    24 Jul 2018
    2:34pm

    Those awful box-cut tops. I don’t need help looking like a tetris-cube, thanks.

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    Ellie
    24 Jul 2018
    3:08pm

    Shredded/ripped jeans! But then my instafeed “tragic denim” would be moot. Follow us, I think you’ll like!

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      Francine
      24 Jul 2018
      4:05pm

      I do and I love you! @beingcine

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        Ellie
        24 Jul 2018
        7:30pm

        Thanks!!!!

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        Alexa
        24 Jul 2018
        9:04pm

        I do too! It’s great.

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          Ellie
          25 Jul 2018
          3:27am

          Yay!!!! Thanks for following!!!

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      Kathleen Mannion
      25 Jul 2018
      3:14am

      Yes, Tragic Denim is a must-have. It’s one of my favorites! Sometimes I just start cackling… 👖

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        Ellie
        25 Jul 2018
        3:26am

        aw, thanks Kathleen!! Aka The Taffinator!!! Thanks for your support, spread the word!

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      Flora
      28 Jul 2018
      1:14pm

      I’ll follow anything involving denim.

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      Flora
      28 Jul 2018
      1:14pm

      I’ll follow anything involving denim.

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      geeeque
      29 Jul 2018
      8:07pm

      You just made my Sunday. HYSTERICAL. 👍🏼

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    DeborahJane
    24 Jul 2018
    3:32pm

    LEGGINGS as streetwear, dress up, travel…they are for your house…for the gym…do not use them as 24 hour a day everything and anything…..and especially with short tops. Even you thin women…do not look good with your butts hanging out in leggings/yoga pants…

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    Cano
    24 Jul 2018
    3:52pm

    Jeans with dumb cut off hems that make you look like a castaway from Gillian’s Island. I don’t get it at all, especially when it’s a look anyone can easily do to a pair of pants, anyway.

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    clatie
    24 Jul 2018
    3:58pm

    My 15 year old daughter wears her mom jeans every day it’s not too hot. When she bought them, I tried to tell her how deeply shameful they once were. She doesn’t care. Luckily, she does look very cute in them.

    ETA P.S. I hate big, billowy sleeves. They seem like they would get in your coffee, your food, your car door. Yuck.

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    Francine
    24 Jul 2018
    4:15pm

    Oooh, another post I just love!

    I think we’re all in agreement on the cold shoulder, off shoulder trend. Especially in sweaters. I mean, cold shoulder sweaters? Are you kidding me?

    – tiny sunglasses (foolish)
    – mom jeans (so unflattering, the trend must have been resurrected by a mean old man)
    – flat, slip on slides
    – mules (so mightily impractical)
    – big, fringe-y scarves in the summer
    – fanny packs, aka belt bags (because we could all benefit from more bulk)

    – yoga wear worn all day (I live in South OC and I’m telling you 80% of women wear this)
    – fake eyelashes
    – once a week hair washing (that’s just bad hygiene)

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      bluechip123
      27 Jul 2018
      10:17pm

      Bad hygiene to wash your hair once a week? Sorry, but you’re misinformed. Frequent shampooing strips your scalp of natural oils and dries out your hair. It’s especially bad for curly-haired girls like myself.

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    tamara winawer
    24 Jul 2018
    4:22pm

    I’m definitely over the crayola hair color trend…sorry but most specifically on our GOACA crowd who for sure remembers it from the first time around! The young ones I can forgive (almost) because they know not what they do and are young, wrinkle-free, and gorgeous enough to get away with it ONCE. maybe. And I can sincerely live without 6 and 7 inch heels (whatever happened to 3” being considered high?) what I am love love LOVING as a curly girl is the natural beauty trend. Let’s keep that one. And yeah. I still love all things “french girl” even though that really means “french fashion editor girl” but emmanuel and garance could still sell me anything.

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      understateddiva
      28 Jul 2018
      9:22pm

      So with you on the insanely high heels! They’ve been with us far too long.

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    Ann Marie
    24 Jul 2018
    4:32pm

    I have another: statement sleeves. My chunky, flabby, midlife couch-potato arms really don’t need any embellishment.

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    Car in Salt Lake City
    24 Jul 2018
    5:29pm

    I see all kinds of bad trends that have filtered into middle America at church each Sunday. Layers of false eyelashes so thick the old gals can barely keep their eyes open…”cold shoulders” with a white cap sleeve camisole worn underneath…eyebrows seemingly drawn on with a stencil and Sharpie. These are on women in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, i.e. Old Enough to Know Better
    But far worse than these is the youth trend of wearing a soccer-ball-sized bun atop the head, just like having a 2nd head up there. Then came the half-up bun trend which has been around several years and won’t die and makes otherwise beautiful young girls look like they’ve lost a lot of IQ points.

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    Jane Donuts
    24 Jul 2018
    6:08pm

    I feel like the strong eyebrows trend has gone WAY too far. I mean, if you have them naturally, great, but some of these people who are getting microbladed brows are going to regret it as much as those who plucked their brows too much in the 90’s. Just a weird, unflattering, and, most offensive to me — UNNATURAL — look.

    I also think the full crazy makeup face in everyday life has got to go. I see it on young women and it just makes me cringe.

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      Francine
      24 Jul 2018
      6:32pm

      YES, that’s another one. So much heavy makeup now that people keep talking about a “double cleanse” as the answer to all skin care troubles. It’s like lather, rinse, repeat.

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      readyforsummer
      25 Jul 2018
      3:38am

      Quickest way to add 15 years to your face — wear a sh*t ton of makeup.

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    Jennifer Barger
    24 Jul 2018
    6:23pm

    Culottes! They are not flattering, Everlane! I look at photos of my chic Mom wearing them in the 1970s, and she was 5’9 and skinny and even SHE looked bad. Begone.

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    Traci Barr Segal
    25 Jul 2018
    3:12am

    Yoga pants as pants. I don’t really need to see your ass when I’m out and about.

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    Julia
    25 Jul 2018
    4:37pm

    Furry Gucci mules … why walk around with hobbit feet? And what happens when it rains? I am genuinely keen to know.
    Adidas sliders are bad enough but when worn with white socks as well … you’re taking the advantage of sliders (bare feet) and then negating it by covering up. Or am I just too practical and should every fashion trend be a little illogical?

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    Imastounded
    26 Jul 2018
    2:05pm

    So many of my go-away trends are already taken. Go away, weird shoulders/sleeves and black caterpillar fake eyelashes on everyone (my dog has even considered going to a lash bar). Go away, leggings as pants on everyone. Go away, severely shredded 1980s jeans (Story time. We were riding on a train in Europe, when a young woman sitting beside my husband stood up, took off her skirt and put on her brand new, ripped jeans. Forever trashy, and etched in my brain.).

    My personal go-away is mid-rise pants. The new ones are more like what the old low-rise pants were. Low-rise pants only ever looked good on young Cher. They do not suit people who are long in the rise, or carry their weight around the middle, or anyone my size or age. Seriously, these pants are barely above the crotch. So thanks to this, it’s muffin top and plumber time.

    High waists suit me, and look good on me. Why can’t we have carry-through silhouettes for a variety of female shapes each season? My shape for me, your shape for you.

    Trends are not for everyone, but everyone adopts them and wears them in Everytown. Stop it. Just stop.

    And never, ever let tube tops back into stores again.

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    Amy
    26 Jul 2018
    3:15pm

    Is a cold arm top as despised as a cold shoulder top? Asking for a friend

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      AZLisa
      26 Jul 2018
      3:32pm

      Yes, sorry.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      8 Aug 2018
      11:50pm

      Wait…what’s a “cold arm top”???

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    ita darling
    27 Jul 2018
    12:15pm

    Shocking how quickly this comment thread went from discussing a TREND to body shaming yourself or the women who wear them.

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    Kate Good-Smith
    27 Jul 2018
    7:10pm

    The half tucked in top. It’s like a giganto arrow pointing directly to my stomach and that is NOT GOOD!!!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      8 Aug 2018
      11:57pm

      The Queer Eye guys and Kim France say it’s good, so I’m all for it. Tummy and all!

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    HC
    27 Jul 2018
    10:47pm

    head thongs—if your ornament is so heavy that you can’t keep it in place with a headband, just wear it on your neck, okay?!

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    Elbyem
    28 Jul 2018
    12:08am

    Cropped flares = clown pants.

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    Flora
    28 Jul 2018
    1:31pm

    I certainly don’t want low-rise to come back but there’s something about high-rise jeans that aren’t cutting it for me. Comfortable as they hold everything in but my already flat butt looks horrendous and needs to be covered at all costs.

    And tucking a shirt into high waisted jeans is too cringe-worthy for words. For me.

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    Flora
    28 Jul 2018
    1:32pm

    Cannot stand the yoga pant look either.

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    geeeque
    29 Jul 2018
    8:12pm

    I can’t stand the Kardashian’s for many reasons but they’re continued encouragement of women and girls to pile on 20lbs of putty colored makeup on the daily makes me rage.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    7 Aug 2018
    4:08pm

    SOOOOO late to the party, but I’ve gotta get it out of my system!
    1 Crop tops – Yes, we know you work out all day and have 6-pack abs. I don’t.
    2 Clear plastic purses – How are you supposed to hide anything? And P.S. My 5-yr old granddaughter has one of those.
    3 Pussy bow blouses – “Workin’ 9 to 5.” Nuff said.
    4 Hooker dresses…aka Herve Leger bandage dresses. I had a 40-yr old boss who thought she looked SO hot in hers….Nope. Just like a high-priced call girl.

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    ragazza
    8 Aug 2018
    9:26pm

    Also late but:

    –leggings as pants
    –acid-wash denim (it was horrible the first time!)
    –ruffly sleeves, ruffles everywhere

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