11:22 am - 07/04/2014

10 Celebrities In Really Bad American Flag-Inspired Outfits: Happy July 4th!


It’s July 4th—time for backyard barbecues, concerts and fireworks. It’s also a time when folks trot out their red-white-and-blue ensembles in a bid to look patriotic. Now, Betsy Ross was a hell of a dame but her flag doesn’t exactly lend itself to the world of fashion.

Below, we call out ten celebrities who did their country a disservice when they slapped on the old Stars and Stripes.

Halle Berry and Meryl Streep

We never thought we’d see Best Actress winners Halle Berry and Meryl Streep in a “Who Wore It Better” spread—and certainly not in something that looks like a tablecloth from a Bicentennial clearance sale. Actually the two stars wore Catherine Malandrino’s American flag dress nearly a decade apart— Berry when she was promoting Swordfish at the Deauville Film Festival in 2001, and Streep at the Paris premiere of Doubt in 2009.

Justin Timberlake

J-Tims was still in ‘N SYNC when this photo was snapped, so we’ll write it off to a youthful indiscretion.

Solange Knowles

Oh, Solange. You could set fire to those short-shorts and you’d still be in Beyoncé’s shadow.


But don’t feel too bad, Solange—even Bey took a misttep with these pants.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is the queen of stars-and-stripes outfits. Well, not “queen”—this is America, after all— maybe the duly-elected official of American flag costumes. But granny panties, high-waisted rhinestone shorts and shapeless ponchos do nothing for your normally flawless figure, Katy. At least the Uncle Sam/Union Jack combo dress encourages international relations. (Though Perry probably burned it after she divorced Russell Brand.)


ONTD what are you doing on Independence Day?
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fenchurchly 4th-Jul-2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
wheresandrae 4th-Jul-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
baloola 4th-Jul-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
YAS I was looking for this
peddlestools 4th-Jul-2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
i fucking loved that movie
sorryeden 4th-Jul-2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
I thought this was Prussian Blue for a hot second lol.
lumosofmylife 4th-Jul-2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
Me too lol
flor_verde 4th-Jul-2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
this movie is gold from start to finish
stormer1_1 4th-Jul-2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
you suck, dick
trent 4th-Jul-2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
ICONIC! One of my fave movies EVER! Betsy and Arlene are two of my dream BFFs!
phreshprince 4th-Jul-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm probably ganna have a panic attack because my friend wants to go down to the city park and watch fireworks but there's always 8438958353943 people and to find parking takes forever and to get out after the firework show takes like all night. shit.
6tormy 4th-Jul-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
Solange looks cute, the rest is a mess lol.
clouddomino 4th-Jul-2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Style icon <3
spiderkelly 4th-Jul-2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
pure douche. the nypd hat tops it off perfectly. i'm so glad that stopped being a thing.
neemah 4th-Jul-2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm feeding my face this Fourth of July.

So many of these are from the Tina Knowles Collection.
viudanegra ONTD what are you doing on Independence Day?4th-Jul-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Nothing because I'm Mexican and our Independence Day is until September.
aaameeting 4th-Jul-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Man, that Gaga/Beyonce song and video is so damn dated.

eaglefan2011 4th-Jul-2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
eating BBQ
ionadelfina 4th-Jul-2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
Solange looks cute though.
qween_frostine 4th-Jul-2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
Getting Indian food with my family and sleeping tbh.
workbitch 4th-Jul-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Can we have a wore it best thread?
sorryeden 4th-Jul-2014 03:51 pm (UTC)

workbitch 4th-Jul-2014 03:52 pm (UTC)

placentipede 4th-Jul-2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
dearjessie83 4th-Jul-2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
sharktoothdecay 4th-Jul-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
boricuabuli 4th-Jul-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
coming again to save the motherfuckin day yeah!
redsprings 4th-Jul-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Meryl made it work.
zonikita 4th-Jul-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the US (any?) flag not supposed to touch the ground, but it is perfectly fine to turn it in to skimpy outfits/underwear?

Not hating, just wondering.
sandstorm 4th-Jul-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
I think one can't use an actual flag to make the clothing but can use the design?
jigglemypuff 4th-Jul-2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
A flag outfit would not technically be considered a flag, so you can do anything with it.
peddlestools 4th-Jul-2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
it's not supposed to be used as clothing tbh
itskimbitches 4th-Jul-2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
The flag is everywhere it doesn't matter at this point. Its a fashion staple in some countries
marywebgirl 4th-Jul-2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Chris Rock got shit for using one as a poncho during his Super Bowl performance (JT and Janet overshadowed that though).

836am 4th-Jul-2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
It's not supposed to be used for clothing:

Flag Code:

The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.
spoondamnit 4th-Jul-2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
The First Amendment guarantees every American the right to burn the American flag if they so choose. Bottom line, you can do whatever you damn well please with the American flag, and that includes looking incredibly tacky.
jigglemypuff 4th-Jul-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Where's Mama June?
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