Best & Worst Dressed Lists: Why So Bitchy?

Like most people, I have an intense dislike for January and February – it’s cold, wet and dull, and summer seems a million miles off. One of the only small perks of these drawn-out winter months is that it is awards season! And when all we have is drizzle and frost, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and beyond seems more appealing than ever.

However, there is one part of awards season that gets my goat (does anyone know what that saying actually means?). After every single ceremony comes the obligatory press coverage, which is brilliant until it comes to one section…the ‘Best and Worst Dressed‘ lists. I hate them.

Awards season best worst dressed

Why? Where do I begin. Firstly, they are the epitome of bitchy. I find it uncomfortable to look a photo of a young actress looking radiant and confident, ready to celebrate the successes of those within her industry, accompanied by the caption “WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?!”. You have no idea what she was thinking. For all you know, faceless fashion judge, she could be battling with low self esteem, negative body image or worse. She might not have even wanted to be there – she may have the purest of love for her art but none for the celebrity lifestyle. It’s just nasty.

YES, I KNOW. I know what some of you are thinking. “They put themselves out there, they should be able to take the criticism”. But in reality, the actress/actor in question (although let’s be honest, it’s usually women in the firing line) isn’t trying to be a designer or stylist. If you put forward a critique of their performance in a film that is fair enough, but to trash them based on their outfit choice? Move on.

Awards season best worst dressed emilia clarke

(Apparently, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke was named one of the Worst Dressed at the SAG Awards. I think she looked stunning, confident and classy. So there.)

Then there’s my other argument. I hate the way that these lists present themselves as the definitive catalogue of what you should and shouldn’t do fashion-wise. Style is so incredibly subjective anyway that there really is no right or wrong, and besides, how boring would the world be if everyone adhered to the same fashion ‘rules’? I have genuinely scrolled through some of these lists whilst writing this post and thought I was reading the ‘Best Dressed‘ list when I was actually looking at the ‘Worst‘. So that just proves my point further.

I know there will be a million and one different arguments against what I’m saying here, and that’s fair enough. I understand that fashion is an important part of these ceremonies for lots of people, but I’m personally far more interested in who wins the real awards.

What do you think? I’d love to know!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

4 Comments

  1. I hate these lists too! So nasty and bitchy it’s unbelievable. I’m sure people who take part or write these lists must have some sort of jealously or even their own issues.

    It’s just unnecessary and I think they ought to be banned!

  2. Ericka

    I like them just because they showcase what people are wearing. I like the one picture I saw of Tom Hiddleston where the paparazzi were like “Tom, what are you wearing?” And he just answered, “a suit!”. Thats like how I see the fashion. I just like to look at it whether it be like uh gucci or louis vuitton or whatever.

  3. Martine

    I hate them. Mostly because they are usually not even fashion people. So they are critical of something they do not fully understand. Its a lot like someone that knows jack about art saying that Picasso sucked, because what he painted didn’t look realistic at all. Well, OK, its an opinion, but how is it worth publishing? It keeps people from feling free to experiment, and it is childish and mean.

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