The ‘80s were quite a romp and nowhere is it more evident than in our prom photos from the era. The hair, the sleeves, the skirts and the coattails were all bright, gaudy and absolutely ginormous. Thankfully, we all seem to have come to our fashion senses since then. Well, some of us…
Apparently Paula Abdul didn’t get the memo that we were ditching the gaudy gowns for something—anything!—else. That’s the only explanation for why she showed up to the GLAAD Awards this week looking like a prom queen straight out of a John Hughes film (you know the one). She may have been homecoming queen back in the day, but in 2019, this look is winning no student-wide votes.
Paula wasn’t the only one looking a little dated this week. Sean Spicer tried channeling a Saturday Night Fever era John Travolta on Dancing with the Stars but ended up more “Trevolting” than anything; Cardi B had a strong start to the week, but ended it with a supervillain-inspired fizzle; and Jessica Biel literally had to fend off a prankster who maybe just wanted to convince her not to wear that shirt.
See all that and more below in this edition of Worst Looks of the Week.
Paula Abdul’s ’80s prom queen look is not the X Factor we’re looking for
Gigi HadidIt appears Gigi layered her mother’s brown leather coat from the '70s over her father’s pajamas from the '90s. Of course she looks cool! She’s Gigi! But that doesn’t mean that it would look good on anyone else. Don’t try this at home, and also not in public. Getty Images
Heidi KlumHeidi stepped out in a red mini on the red carpet of the new Maleficent flick with new husband Tom Kaulitz. Now, many materials are made for ruching, but one that’s definitely not is leather. The colour is great, and she still looks on top of the world, but let’s avoid this in future, plz. Getty Images
Cardi BAnd on the note of materials that don’t ruche well, ladies and gents, exhibit Cardi B. It’s an all purple everything supervillain costume complete with thigh-high leather boots, long sleeves, a short skirt and a healthy V. Grimace might find this sexy, but we don’t. Getty Images
Dua LipaFit and flare minidresses such as the one Dua Lipa is wearing here often look best when they hit at the knee. Dua’s cuts it a little shorter, which, in combination with the shimmering, metallic-black material and nearly six-inch platform heels, make this appear dated. Welcome to the club, Dua.Getty Images
Paula AbdulHopefully Paula is just getting this type of look out of her system as she prepares to return to the judge’s seat on X Factor. In 2019, this nauseatingly sweet ruffled pink gown looks like it’s ready for Unicorn Tea Time in some 5-year-old girl’s doll house, not the red carpet. Getty Images
Jessica BielJessica Biel had to help fend off a fan who tried to tackle her hubby Justin Timberlake as they arrived at the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week. Maybe the prankster just wanted to save her from wearing that skirt with that top. The patterns provide enough contrast without the battling silhouettes. Getty Images
Chloë Grace MoretzPerhaps someone should’ve offered to tackle Chloë at the LV Paris show, too. Or at least hold her...coat? It’s Louis Vuitton, so some pomp and circumstance is appropriate, but this bodice with drapey velvet shoulder pads is too old timey.Getty Images
Jennifer ConnellyIs this… the same outfit? Not quite, but close. The elevated steampunk western look isn’t working for Jennifer either and we now have the added awkwardness that these two turned up to the same show in unintentionally matching getup. Whoops. Getty Images
Tara WestwoodIt looks like the photographers caught Manitoba-born actor Tara Westwood while she was changing out of her day clothes and into her dress for the red carpet. We really wish we could have seen either of these looks in their entirety instead of this weird transitional hybrid. Bummer. Getty Images
Rita OraRita looked super cool at the Miu Miu show in Paris, but also somehow quite festive. It might be the frosted colour of the diamond-decorated mini dress that’s making us think of the holiday season, or maybe it’s how she’s gift wrapped her knees. Getty Images
Rita Ora (Again)Even with the beret and gloves, there’s something decidedly un-French about this red-on-red-on-red outfit Rita wore to an Escada event in Paris. Can you spot the Big Bad Wolf lurking in the back of that SUV? Getty Images
Elizabeth OlsenThe twin’s younger sister Elizabeth normally looks pretty in pink, but this mini-dress combines an Elizabethan silhouette (it’s the raised shoulders) with a shiny material in a way that’s ultimately unflattering on the 30-year-old. Maybe if the shoulders were dropped...Getty Images
Lily-Rose DeppThere’s some kind of poetic irony in a woman with two flower names not being able to pull of a half-floral gown. Thing is, this pattern is a little too ‘high school art project’ to suit such a sultry gown. Getty Images
Sean SpicerTrump’s former mouthpiece Sean Spicer is a contestant on Dancing with the Stars where, shockingly, he’s even less convincing than he was as White House Press Secretary. Did Trump tell you to do this, Spicy? We wish this was Fake News!Getty Images
Maggie GyllenhaalThis look is actually pretty reined in for Maggie, who is never one to shy away from experimental red carpet fashion. It’s the coat causing problems for her here—it looks to be some sort of living wall. Cool! Does it need to be watered? Getty Images
Wesley SnipesCoco Chanel gave a famous piece of fashion advice that Wesley Snipes could stand to be reminded of here—“Take one thing off.” Though she essentially meant “take any one thing off,” in this case, it’s pretty clear she meant the hat. Take the hat off, Wesley. Getty Images