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The mullet and the damage done

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It’s tough to be a starlet today. Every questionable decision she makes is documented, if not by the actress herself on Instagram or Twitter, then by the paparazzi or a stranger with an iPhone.

Fail to apply makeup, wear an ex-boyfriend’s baggy T-shirt, drop a few pounds, gain a few pounds — it all qualifies as “news” on some gossip site, somewhere.

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Then there’s the pressure to look good on the red carpet. Not just good, of course, but “Best dressed!” or “Perfectly posh!” Keep in mind that some of Hollywood’s hottest actresses are still in their teens or just beyond. Remember what you thought was cool at 17 or 21 or 24? Gads. Be glad you didn’t have it tattooed above your navel.

The celebrity-sartorial complex has become such big business that stylists dress and adorn the stars for each premiere, awards show, and, in some cases, trip to the mall. Their job is to make the young women look chic or edgy or girlish — depending on what image her agent wants her to project this month.

Which brings us to Lily Collins (pictured), star of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” and the mullet skirt she will undoubtedly regret. Can’t we all agree that high-low skirts are a bad idea — like Tom Brady not wearing his knee brace at practice, or the Taco Bell breakfast menu?

Stylists of America: With so many attention-grabbing trends out there, consider putting the mullet out of its misery. Red carpet habitués — and a cringing fashion press — will offer their sincerest thanks.

Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hayley.kaufman@globe.com.
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