YOLO Dressing: Celebrity Edition

Style superlatives of the Hollywood Hills


Celebrities are not just like us. They are, for one very specific reason or another, famous. And they seem to live in LA (for the most part). If you live in LA, congratulations, you are a little bit closer to being a celebrity than most.

It’s true that sometimes they pump their own gas. They have cellulite and pores and eat nachos and sneeze. But celebrities have one thing we denizens of the mortal world do not: stylists.

(To the person who points out that non-celebrities can have stylists too: guess what? That means they are enough of a celebrity and we don’t have time on this jungle gym to get into semantics.)

Now, if I had a stylist, I would turn into a happy robot. It would be my dream come true to have someone assign specific dates to my pants. “Amelia, these are your Wednesday pants. And these, these are your Tuesday pants. Tuesday pants go with the Tuesday shirt and lord help you if you mix it up.” I would be the best client ever and wear whatever I was told because while I am happy to dress myself now — sure, putting together outfits is fun — I image that if I were fancy enough to have someone choose my clothes I’d be like, “Have at it, I’ll be taking a nap on my gold!”

However, some brave celebrities go sartorially rogue. They make a break from the comfort of their stylists for the same reason princes and princesses do in storybooks who want to explore life outside the castle. They want to get in trouble! Have fun! Relieve themselves of the burden of royalty and just live it the heck up! But I don’t mean someone like Lady Gaga. That’s her thing, it’s her image. It’s expected. And Rihanna doesn’t fit either — her brand of avant-garde is wayy more “fashion” than it is “weird.” I’m talking about the ones who truly get dressed with the balls-to-the-walls attitude of If Not Now, When.

Like Jason Derulo, for example. I love that he decided a wetsuit was the perfect transitional piece from ocean, to stage, to Instagram, to blog. He was right. It was. And it inspired this whole post, you know.


(Except that right here he may be learning exactly how it feels to wear Spanx.)

What about Bill Murray? It’s hard to deny his untrammeled commitment to statement hats…


And I applaud his use of nature to accessorize the accessory.

Katy Perry almost feels too cliché to mention — she’s sort of like Gaga, it’s all costume — but I really like that one time she ditched the candy bras and said to herself, “Fuck it. I’m being a tree.”


Justin Bieber gets a lot of crap for his drop-crotch trousers (among other things), but feelings about his recent actions aside…


…where would this very blog be if not for the celebration of a fantastic harem pant? Besides, I find his one-sided, enormous hoop earring to be bold.

Now, this is Fatman Scoop. You may remember him from that instructional song about money played at every single wedding and high school dance you’ve ever been to. But remember him from the 2008 MTV Music Awards…


Because he dressed like my dad on vacation and owned it.

Bjork once draped a swan around her neck. (She, like Ryan Gosling, doesn’t seem to find them gross.)


But I prefer to celebrate her sparkly, full-body nylons, because if they don’t say “You only live once so why not run absolutely everything through a Bedazzler,” then I don’t know what does. (Except, maybe, for that crazy baby toe.)

Last but not least, we have Busta Rhymes. Not only did he once don an elegant, ankle-length sleeveless robe and pair it with culottes during a time when it was all about the micro…


…he accessorized with a Martha Stewart human backpack. Now that, my friends, is how you dress for the YOLO.

Happy Friday, and tell me who has your vote (either on this list or not) for Best Celebrity Rogue-and-Fabulous-Dresser.

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  • Esther Levy

    YOLO. But just in case my closet goes up in flames/my suitcase is overweight, I’m going to wear one of each of my all-time-fave garments

    • Charlotte Fassler

      and she was like “YOLO, honey badger don’t give a damn that it’s 86 and sunny in LA today”

      • Her flippin’ huge SUV has AC doe so it’s all good. #SoCal

    • Amelia Diamond

      I like this outfit because she was like AND I’m gonna wear this AND I’m gonna put on that AND this AND that!

      (and i want those jeans)

  • Let’s just say Bill Murray knows what’s up.
    AnnCates xx

  • Sometimes I think the stylists are being pretty YOLO about their jobs & make their clients wear these kinds of strange things. I’d risk it all to see a celeb wear a swan, knowing I was the culprit behind that genius idea.

    The Fashann Monster

  • ee_by_cc

    I’m going to have to go with Nicki Minaj, she is delightfully wacky! No shade!!!


  • Björk is such a nymph of a homegirl. Her album ‘Biophilia’ changed everything.

    And ugh Bieber = people pollution. My mother diagnoses him with Napolean Complex every time we happen to see a crappy “news” story of him doing something that proves his IQ is lower than his pants. Like a small dog in a big world.

    And isn’t his gold hoop earring just the bannister of the stairs he’s walking down? I’m probably just taking your sarcasm too literally with the “bold” thing. X

    • Amelia Diamond

      Sometimes my sarcasm is so solid that even I don’t know if I’m joking or not. (da hoop is a joke <3)

  • Charlotte Fassler


  • Jenna Calderone

    Just so you know, I laughed out loud at the Bieber earring comment. My boss is now on to me because invoices are not something to be cackled at.

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Style icon of our times.

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Style icon of our times

    • So clever. So his hair don’t smell like ganja.

      • Charlotte Fassler

        Man can he wear pigtails.

        • Shelby Louise

          His manicures are generally better than mine.

          • Charlotte Fassler

            The french tips!!!

  • Lila&Sirena

    YOLO dressing is fun once in a while =) like Britney & JT wearing head-to-toe denim. Matchy-matchy couple, that was YOLOing.

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Dominique
  • Nathalia Kalil

    That is just so funny! LOL


  • Adam Levine decided to YOLO it out too!

    Check out the B.A.D blog… http://blogaboutdesign.com

  • jessi

    I am dying to know.. is that genuinely an earring on Justin
    or nah

    • Amelia Diamond

      (it’s not but it’s so much better to pretend it is)

  • Oh how I miss Busta of yore.

  • ZORAbyZoeRamos

    Justin Bieber isn’t wearing one huge hoop, its the stair railing haha

  • jesus I was just on a k-hole at the luxirare blog and she had some nasty things to say about everything (including manrepeller). Your blog is a breath of fresh air after that disaster.

    • ML

      Woah…I haven’t looked at luxirare in forever – what happened there??

  • Guest

    YOLO, also with child !

  • Guest

    YOLO, even when pregnant !

  • Dominica C

    YOLO, even when pregnant .. check Katie Price when she’s doing her book signings ! My guess is she’s just using her outfits as a diversion for the contents of her paperbacks !

  • Brilliant (as usual!) Bieber… oh help me please…
    Australian fashion blog http://www.breakfastwithaudrey.com.au

  • Guest

    …..is Bieber’s “one-sided, enormous hoop earring” the end of a stair banister?