Happy Birthday, America! While you may be getting on in years (you’re a stately 238 this year, congrats), you’ve still retained your sense of independence and fun, which is what we love about you. And while the Senate might frown on the use of wearing reproductions of the American flag on your clothes and accessories, we do not. We believe in life, liberty, and right to wear flag prints. In honor of your special day, we've rounded up a bevy of of babes, each wearing their own interpretation of Americana. Just a note. This roundup is best accompanied by a patriotic soundtrack and any of the following: a hot dog, a hamburger, and/or a sparkler. So, without further ado...
Remember in 2000 when Britney Spears was on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing lace-up red leather pants and a midriff baring flag-printed halter top? Man, they grow up so fast, don't they?
Katy Perry in 2013 and 2010.
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Katy Perry might be the most patriotic celeb there is (minus Springsteen because—really—no contest). The "Dark Horse" singer has done just about everything you can do: hang out with VP Joe Biden, offered to pen a theme song for Hillary Clinton, performed at Obama's campaign rally in 2012 in a spandex ballot dress, and performed for our servicemen at the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" concert in 2010 in a pair of hot pants, thigh-high white boots, and a flag halter top. Bruce? You might have some competition after all.
Last Sunday, when Beyonce and Jay Z tele-performed for the BET Awards from their On the Run Tour, it was a struggle to make out the details of Bey's high-shine splashy one-piece. Well, Queen B must have read our minds because she posted a snapshot of the moment along with a sketch of the design on her website. As it turns out, the bodysuit was created by Michael Costello, and the BET Awards was a pretty appropriate debut for it since Bey first put Costello's name on the nation's radar when she showed up to another awards show in one of his dresses–the Grammys.
But the most exciting part about seeing the garment up close on our computer screens was discovering that Bey has now added the stories behind each outfit next to their sketch on her site. Clearly she knows what the Beyhive wants. Interestingly, the sequined and spray-painted Michael Costello look alone took "three days committed to a fabric search and nine hours of non-stop solo work by Costello."
That's nothing, though, compared to the other On the Run look Costello designed. Like, at all.
Yep, it's the time of year where we all stand outside and stare at the sky while we sweat/shiver/get rained on for the sake of cool explosives. Oh, and celebrate our country's independence. But with every Fourth of July comes the inevitable question, "Ugh, what am I gonna wear?" Well, since we're BFFs and all, we did the hard part and put together a fail-proof ensemble that'll be sure to get you through all those outdoor festivities in one piece. Not only is it sweat-proof, rain-proof, non-flammable (seriously), and drunk-proof, it's also comprised of pieces you probably already have in your wardrobe. Let's break it down.
Are you ready to see Snooki and JWoww back on your TVs? While their eponymous show is not back yet, they will back on your screen soon on an episode of Project Runway: All Stars. The duo will act as guest judges on the show, so we figured we'd take a look back at some of the fashions they may favor, judging wise. There's no word yet on what the challenge was for the contestants, but chances are if they included leopard print or one-sleeve dresses, Snooki and JWoww would vote to keep 'em. Check out a few of the styles they're well-versed in below!
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Snooki and JWoww have a widely documented love of leopard print. (And we have a widely documented love of their love of leopard print. Meta!)
Here is a dream that's almost 20 years in the making: Cher Horowitz's game-changing closet organizing software from the movie Clueless is finally a reality. [Our immediate reaction.] Thanks to the virtual fitting room technology known as Metail, you can virtually dress yourself with an updated take on Cher's iconic wardrobe. If you want to really feel like you're living out the first few moments of Clueless, throw on David Bowie's "Fashion" while browsing through the program.
Seriously though, how great is this? Even though you can't shop Cher's exact wardrobe (yet)—we have a feeling that development isn't far behind—you can finally see how you'd look in Cher's yellow suit. The program allows users to digitally try clothes on using virtual models—Cher makes it seem so easy to pull the look off, but—like any outfit—it's not for everyone. There are, of course, others who can effortlessly wear the look: Iggy Azalea in the "Fancy" video, for example.
Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dang, dudes. We were 100% sure that nothing could top last year's “Punk: Chaos to Couture" Costume Institute exhibition, but yesterday The Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that their next fall spectacle (the first in seven years!) will be called "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire." Translation: All goth everything. Yasss.
From October 21 through February 1, the exhibition will feature around 30 "mourning ensembles" from the 19th and early 20th centuries that will "reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century," according to The Met's press release. Judging by the images, we're expecting to see tons of high-fashion veils and breathtaking, sculptured, Victorian-era gowns, which were the original inspiration behind most modern goth looks today. (I mean, where do think all those corsets came from?)
Happy Birthday, America!
Photo: Urban Outfitters/Forever 21/American Apparel/Journeys
Happy July 3, everyone! If you're anything like me, Fourth of July really came outta nowhere this year, right? Like, tomorrow is the day with all the BBQs and fireworks? I feel like I was just sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. Anyway, whether or not you forgot tomorrow is a national holiday, you still have time to swag yourself out with the American flag. You can even do so from head to toe, if you're so inclined. We traveled high and low (on the interwebz) to find the most patriotic gear out there that is available in stores all across the country.
Let's get started—the big day is quickly approaching!
Photo: Forever 21
You can begin your flagfit (flag + outfit) on your head with this hat from Forever 21. It is currently on sale for $5, but the color is appropriately faded so it looks vintage and will appear like you've long been celebrating the U.S.A.
Last night on Total Ariana Live, the singer announced that she'll be performing at this year's VMAs. Upon learning the news, our first thought was: YAAS! Our second thought was: What will she wear?!
Though she's no stranger to the spotlight, the former Nickelodeon star has only been making her own music for a year—but what a year it's been! Since performing at the VMAs pre-show last year, Ariana has dropped hit after hit and taken the stage at basically every important event ever. We don't know what's skyrocketed the most in the last 12-ish months—her fame or her style.
Below are a few of our fave looks from Ariana's performances–peep them and then join us in guessing what she'll wear on August 24!
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When Ariana dropped "Problem," her destined-to-be song of the summer, she debuted a new swingin' '60s look that appears to take a page from Nancy Sinatra.
Ariana Grande and Sway on 'Total Ariana Live.'
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Arianators, how you doing? Did you enjoy Total Ariana Live? How's your pulse after hearing "Break Free" for the first time and finding out Ariana Grande will be performing at the 2014 VMAs? Now that we're sure you're OK physically, can we talk about how much you loved Ariana's modern monochrome outfit?
The singer traded her mod performance wear for a blank tank top, flouncy white skirt, and–most surprising–black heels. Too hot for boots, eh, Ari? Her hair was in its trademark half-up/half-down 'do and looked, despite the unrelenting humidity in New York, totally sleek. It swayed with her as she and her dancers had a dance party for the premiere of "Break Free," and made me totally jealous–my hair has been tied back as tightly as possible for days.
Photo: @beyonce Instagram
Hello, are you there? Have you recuperated from the most adorable thing you've ever seen in your life? I'm talking about, of course, this picture that Beyonce shared on Instagram of the matching manicures she and Blue Ivy have. Bey opted for a bright red polish and stiletto point, while Blue opted for a slightly deeper color and a round shape. Blue must know it's really hard to play on an iPad with long nails.