January 08, 2013 03:00 AM

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If you’ve ever watched
The Bachelor
, you know that the show comes with a big helping of questionable styles. There are sequins and sparkles galore, high slits, plunging necklines and pretty much everything else your mother told you never to wear.

So how did this season’s new bachelor, Sean Lowe, feel about his ladies’ looks on Monday night’s all-important first episode? Let’s just say, when PEOPLE asked him about one dress in particular, his response was, “Oh, crap.” (Sounds like it’s gonna be a good season!)

We also asked Dr. Anna Akbari, a sociologist at New York University and the founder of Closet Catharsis and SociologyofStyle.com (and a Bachelor fan!), to weigh in on the ladies’ looks. Interestingly, she was quite struck by return contestant Kacie B.’s ensemble.

“She was the only woman to wear a short dress, thereby differentiating herself from the masses,” Akbari points out.  “Kacie’s look was a far cry from the sweet, flowing gowns worn by the other women, sending the message, ‘I’m different,’ and ‘Watch out. I could be dangerous.'” Based on that analysis, we’ll be interested to see if her claws do in fact come out this season.

To hear more of Lowe’s thoughts on some of the season premiere’s most surprising dresses, click here. And find out what he had to say about each of the 26 women vying for his affection in our fun word association photo gallery!

Missed the premiere? Visit @peoplemag on Twitter to read up on all the entertaining moments you didn’t see. Tell us: Are you excited for this season of The Bachelor


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