Do any of the rules still apply? Plenty of people are intimidated by fashion because of such menacing, spectral guidelines: the assumption that everyone around them is, somehow, Joan Rivers incarnate. But fashion is supposed to be fun, and sometimes fun means leaning right into thosetacky, kitschy, campy impulses that lay dormant at the core of your being — especially around the holiday season.
It’s about Santa Claus hats and ugly sweaters. It’s about weird suits, sleigh-bell earrings, garlands as belts. It’s about colours that absolutely should not be paired, but who cares, it’s Christmas. The holiday season is fertile ground for outfits that, on any other occasion, might beworthy ofscrutiny. But Christmas is a hall pass.
So in honour of the coming weeks, when the invites start pouring in from friends and family to attend their various parties, here are some campy celebrity fashion moments that might inspire you to shed your fear and leap right in. Your Facebook albums will thank you in the future.
The Mean Girls, But As [Four] Santa Clauses
Lady Gaga, All Of The Time
Harry Styles (Having Fun) In A Harlequin Suit
Grace Jones In A Mask
Melissa McCarthy Dressed As A Tree
Lady Gaga With Not One, But Two Dog Santas
Céline Dion At The Met Gala, And Everywhere Else
Yes, That's Hillary Clinton In A Christmas Cardigan
Rita Ora Cosplaying As A Gift
John Waters Wearing Your Grandmother's Bedspread
Divine In John Waters' "Pink Flamingos"
Destiny's Child, Or A Winter Wonderland
Ava Gardner In 1955
RuPaul In Interview Magazine's September 2019 Issue
Mariah Carey, Again
Okay, That's The Last Mariah
Oh, and if you still feel uninspired, completely at a loss for what on earth you’re going to wear to that party —which stage of freakout have you reached? — here are some more translatable looks you can try out. No catch. They just look really great: