Wanna know what your favorite pop stars WON'T be putting on their Christmas lists this year? Shirts. Why? Because they hate them. JK! Hate is a strong word. They just prefer not to wear them all the time. And based on the way some celebs have been stripping down recently, going sans shirt isn't just for the beach anymore—it's a full-blown, anytime trend.
"Once, in the long-gone Mad Men days, it was considered de rigueur for New Yorkers to wear a hat and gloves in town," wrote Guy Trebay in a New York Times column last July, commenting on widespread shirtlessness. "Now dress codes have devolved to the point where folks wear fleecy slippers on the subway, flip-flops to the ballet, running tights for every occasion, repurposed pajamas as daywear and, recently, very little at all." First of all, what's wrong with wearing running tights for every occasion? Second, people are wearing flip-flops to the ballet?! Now THAT is cray. I feel much less embarrassed about showing off my new hamburger-shaped pasties at work. KIDDING, of course. Because much like the curtain skirt, walking around without a shirt is definitely a celebrity-centric trend that's best left to the professionals. Let's take a look to see how they've tackled it this year, shall we?
Katy, Miley and Nicki rock Chanel chain belts.
Photos: Getty/@nickiminaj Instagram
Most people buy belts to help hold up their pants up or cinch their waist in an over-sized outfit. Celebrities, however, are not most people. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna (see below) have all recently been spotted wearing Chanel chain belts that definitely serve the purpose of #FASHUN over function. I mean, the way these dangling designer links are typically worn—slung low, multi-layered and/or over already snug garments—these “belts” are actually a lot closer to like, really expensive necklaces for your hips.
Of course, no matter how you categorize this particular accessory, it will consistently portrait luxury. A seemingly average outfit is instantly upgraded by the addition of a draped, chain belt and if you happen to have one with those iconic double-c's, well, feel free to flip your hair. (Politely, of course.)
MTV's Artist To Watch this week is none other than our fave barrette-wearing singer, Lorde. When Lorde was in New York recently, we had a chance to chat with her about her fashion choices and her ah-may-zing hair.
Lorde revealed that she's really into "goth vibes" (those vibes seem to be making the rounds: Rihanna's #ghettogoth steez, anyone?), even though she says the goth community may shun her. Don't exclude the lady holding strong at #1 on the Billboard charts for the fifth week in a row, goths!
YAAS, Ellen! YAAS! Man, the Halloween costume competition is getting STIFF this year, you guys. Just when we thought Miley Cyrus as Lil’ Kim couldn’t be beat, Ellen DeGeneres brings THIS noise to the table and we. Are. DYING. *slow claps* I mean, let’s be real: if your name is Ellen and you were thinking about dressing up in a costume this year, you should probably just go ahead and throw in the towel. (JK, Ellens of the world! You're gonna be great!) But seriously, Ellen DeGeneres as Nicki Minaj on The Ellen DeGeneres Show is pretty much the best EVAAAR.
Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Rihanna prefer the no shirt look.
Photos: @nickiminaj Instagram/@mariahcarey Instagram/Splash News
Looks like Rihanna's fave fall trend is catching on, y'all! That's right, we're talking no shirts, no bras, no problem. At least, no major problems. Yet. The trend has now spread from Rih to Nicki Minaj to Mariah Carey and while they're all approaching it differently, the fundamentals are the same: 1.put on pants and/or shorts, 2. do not put on a bra, 3. do not put on a shirt, 4. put on a jacket, and, finally, 5. close the jacket a little bit, whether by button or zipper, and then do yo thang.
Tomboy is in. In case our style icons (and ruthless gender benders) Aaliyah and TLC didn’t make that clear, look more recently at Peter Som’s NYFW show, Rihanna and Beyonce BOTH wearing Givenchy menswear right off the runway and En Noir’s very menswear inspired first womenswear collection. Women have claimed men’s clothing with a newfound vigor and those who are anxious to join in, but can’t quite afford runway, can turn to Wildfang.
Rita Ora shows off her grill.
Photo: @ritaora's Instagram
And (see above) we do not mean "for her patio at an end-of-summer sale!" Although, I wouldn't really be mad if that was the news and Rita Ora wanted to invite me over for a cook-out. Just sayin'. Patio grills are exciting, too. (I’ll bring the buns.) But, as per the photo, Ora got a grill for her TEETH and debuted it on Instagram today while #bored and #inameeting (so say the photo's captions). Personally, we prefer to doodle in those situations so that it at least looks like you’re taking notes, but then again, we also don’t have a new grill (or an old one, for that matter) to show off to our 1.5 million followers. So, carry on, Rita!
Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Lorde sport schoolgirl style.
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UM. We are having a serious case of FOMO over here. Did we miss the memo about a Britney Spears convention? Is there a worldwide pop quiz? (BRB brushing up on multiplication tables.) Or is everyone just getting, like, reeeally literal with their back to school shopping? Obvi, we know on Wednesdays we wear pink—but nobody said anything about wearing pleated skirts on Thursdays! (THX A LOT, REGINA GEORGE.) No matter the reason, one thing’s for sure: according to Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and Lorde schoolgirl style is totally trending.
Trends from the 1990s: Crop-tops, faux-flannel plaid, logo gear and overalls.
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Pro tip: If you wanna get a head-start on setting up your style game for Spring 2014, go home. Brush the dust off your under-bed storage bins, dig deep into your parents’ closets and recover all your siblings’ angst-ridden clothes from the 1990s. Because that decade just called. And they aren't getting their trends back. (Unless they’re calling about acid wash jeans. Then we’ll take a message.)
From Rodarte to DKNY to Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone, models in crop-tops, faux-flannel plaids, overalls and logo-gear dominated the Spring 2014 runways. Did every designer get together this summer to trade POGS and binge-watch My So-Called Life on bean bag chairs or something? Was it the Boy Meets World spin-off? The TLC biopic? The *NSYNC reunion?! Whatever the reason, '90s redux is definitely happening for Spring 2014 – and it’s all that AND a bag of chips, y’all!