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Thong era has passed

Britney's thongDUBLIN -- If you want to look trendy, you must have a fashionable wardrobe. In 2004, that means no exposed thongs. You can take it from Yahoo Buzz and from anecdotal evidence--the era of the thong has passed. You can see this rite of passage by walking the perimeter of Temple Bar Square. It's a high-traffic area just outside of the meeting venue for Ireland's premier visual arts programme in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. The only women wearing exposed thongs appear to be teenagers wearing hand-me-downs. The fashion police have spoken. Lose the Thong. It's a crime to show underwear above the top of your jeans.

From the always-right Yahoo Buzz:

The reign of the thong is over. Or so says a recent New York Times article. A Denver Post columnist chimed in with a similar view -- the over-exposed thong is passé. At NYC Fashion Week, designers and fashion writers declared "slutwear" done as fashionistas called for more modesty.

Going undercover to track the trend, we found that searches on "thong" are down 13% over the last 30 days, further supporting the NYT thesis that the stringy undergarment may have run out of steam. But most thong searches aren't from women looking to purchase them -- 83% actually come from guys. Sad to some. Predictable to others.

Alex Kuczynski -- "Now you see it, now you don't"
Yahoo Buzz -- "Thong Song Out of Tune"
Cindy Rodriguez -- "The thong show is so over"
Ellen Wolfhurst -- "Slutware is so last year on New York Runways"
Image by Scott Gries/Getty Images.
Tip: Lecherous searchers look for T-back thongs.
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