Kevin McHale at Teen Choice Awards 2012

Posted on July 23, 2012

Hipster angel Kevin McHale floated down from hipster heaven to model a series of outfits as he hosted the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Let’s take a look.

Naked & Famous ‘WeirdGuy’ Camo Pants

We really like the pants and we really like the shoes. We just don’t think they should have been paired with each other. The shirt is kind of weird and unflattering.

This is perfect.

This is not. If you absolutely insist on having every button done on your 3-button jacket (something we would have argued against), then you best make sure the jacket fits you. It’s a cute look, ruined by the straining buttons.

Paul Smith ‘Slim Jellyfish’ Print Trousers

Some day, Kevin, you will reach an age where you stop and realize, “Shit. I wore jellyfish pants once. What was I thinking?” If you’re really lucky, then some day you will reach an even more advanced age where you stop and say, “I wore jellyfish pants once! I was AWESOME.” Such is the circle of life. And of jellyfish pants.


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  • LP

    Those jellyfish pants are awesome.

    •  I hope they glow in the dark. That would’ve make it awesome-er.

      • They would under a blacklight! Maybe he was going to a rave afterward. 

    • Sobaika

      Agreed wholeheartedly! And he’s one of the few people who can pull them off.

    • They are indeed.  My 5-year-old son would love those,  Now, he would also add in here that they should be referred to as jellies, and not jelly fish (since they are not vertebrates).  Which is neither here or there, just something mildly obnoxious that he would say, since he once corrected a stranger at the zoo that an animal was an ape, not a monkey, because it didn’t have a tail (his parents would think it, but not say it.  Except for here, where I’m saying it.  Because he’s my son, and therefore we are both a bit obnoxious) .

  • Jellyfish pants…oh gracious. And aren’t the MTV Awards and Teen Choice Awards almost synonymous? 

  • TVKimmy

    First look is ridiculous. Blue suit was divine. Silver-gray jacket reminds me of Jiffypop about ready to explode. I kinda dig the jellyfish pants, but I’m sick and my perception could be off. You know, the fit on the silver jacket is even more unforgivable after the blue suit. He knows better.

  • kikisayshi

    He is adorable. 

  • jilly_d

    ack, no.  I do not understand his appeal.

  • Evy Colón

    I un-ironically loved the jellyfish pants! 

  • I’m calling dibs on Jellyfishpants as my next cover band!  I have a deep seated loathing for camo in all its manifestations, though. And why is Lea Michelle wearing that rubber thing from the end of a car wash tunnel around her waist?

    • I think that is Demi Lovato and not Lea “Naked As I Can Get” Michelle. 

      •  Thanks, I must admit they all blur together for me.  The question still stands.  What’s up with the car wash skirt?

        • formerlyAnon

          Right? In her next picture I seriously was wondering what Jessica Simpson had done to change up her look so much. Until I realized that all of these blonde-ish girls trying to create a look that morphs surfer girl and Mae West have reached a critical mass and my brain will never again be able to sort them without captions.

          •  I just got this hilarious image of Mae West on a surf board, one hand on hip, the other on the back of her head, shooting the tube.

          • mountainFashionista

             Unfortunately, none of these sweet young things seem sharp enough to say things like “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before,” or “A hard man is good to find.”


          •  Or even know who Mae West is.

          • formerlyAnon

            Some of them might be able to, if so much of their brain wasn’t on a continuous loop:  “Do I look fat? Maybe if I hoist up my boobs another 1/4 inch, nobody will notice they can’t see my hip bones. How tight can the corset be before I can’t get enough breath to sing?”

            Sometimes, watching the body language when some of them are on a talk show, especially the ones whose weight fluctuates, just makes me sad. I don’t kid myself that Mae West didn’t worry about her appearance, but you don’t get the impression that it was a continuous, anxiety-driven preoccupation.

          • j_anson

            Watching her manic smiling next to Kevin “I’m contractually obligated to look like I don’t give a f___ because I’m a hipster” McHale is actively sad.

          • MilaXX

             The thing is Demi looks a thousand times better as a brunette.

          •  Funny thing is, I think Demi Lovato started off as a brunette. Why she’d want to go blonde and become indistinguishable from all the other tweenieboppers is beyond me.

          • AnaRoW

            With dark hair she looks like Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez,
            Victoria Justice, etc. She’s in a no-win situation.


            in case it’s not known, she does have an eating disorder and she’s bipolar so,
            yes, she does have issues and I’m not sure it’s a good idea to ridicule her for

  • Fordzo

    Ah, but unlike most of us when we come to such fashion realizations, Kevin McHale will say, “Shit.  I wore jellyfish pants once.  ON TELEVISION.”

    I have shameful memories of past ensembles, but thankfully they were not witnessed by television viewers.  

    •  ,…millions of them, who will come up to you, years later in some restaurant, ask you for your autograph while simultaneously reminding you of it.

  • Jessica Parker

    Nice move, neatly side-stepping all mention of his erstwhile co-host.

  • I kind of love the Jellyfish pants. The blue suit is perfection but the camo pants? Good lord, I hate camo anything.

    He really is nerdtastic, isn’t he? 

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    I can’t be the only person that hears the “Jellyfish Song” from The Simpsons in my head now.

  • Toto Maya

    I like the jellyfish pants. But the first look is ATROCIOUS. It’s like he got dressed blindfolded. Except why would he even have those hideous pants and that shirt in the first place?

    • That first pic reminds me of when I had to tell my daughter that tie-dye is not a neutral. Someone needs to tell Kevin that that rule also applies to camo.

  • The first shirt makes me think of a busboy uniform with integrated apron. I want the jellyfish pants for mine own – they remind me of space invaders (what? Staid law firm wear makes me want to dress zany in my off hours). But he should have gone with a black shirt. The white button shirt + suspenders + jellyfish pants is weird – a little techno-amish, to make up a Korsism. Too weird even for me – a black shirt would have kept it cleaner and been less distracting. That, or ditch the suspenders for a black blazer. 

    • formerlyAnon

      I’d go with the black shirt. I thought the suspenders over the white shirt were making him look disproportionately long-waisted.

    • oohsparkley!

      When I first saw the picture, I thought he had old-fashioned, super-short running shorts over his pants and I was WTF?

  • Is bad posture requisite for hipsters?  That jacket probably would have fit fine if he wasn’t a slumpy sack of potatoes.

    •  Yes, it’s in the Hipster Handbook. But it must be ironic slumping or it doesn’t count.

  • janetjb

    I like the camo pants, but he should never wear the shirt again.
    The blue suit is perfect.
    The light grey would have been fine if the jacket wasn’t buttoned.
    Too bad the jellyfish pants didn’t fit better. 

  • afabulous50

    His co-host looks like hell.  Her outfits are horrendous.

  • DinaSews

    I love the jellyfish pants! Just don’t love the unfortunate placement of the pattern at his crotch.

    • mountainFashionista


  • Allyson Wells

    I can’t believe I didn’t even notice the jellyfish pants while watching this… I couldn’t take my eyes of Demi’s weird blue/green/grey hair.

  • sockandaphone

    The first look makes me cringe. The others are all awesome, particularly the jellyfish pants!
    Also I m more concerned about demi lovato. Girl, get yourself a new stylist asap. he/she does not like you.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m sorry the grey jacket didn’t fit, it’s my favorite garment here.

    Jellyfish pants ARE awesome for this event. The blue suit is just plain awesome.

    I refuse to believe the first ensemble was intentional. The shoes are so great, and so wrong with the pants.

  • mjude

    he is just so cute

  • Evan Hart

    Am I the only one who saw him in the blue suit and shrieked “Doctor Who!!”? …..I probably am.

    • Oooh, good spot. Although Converse high tops would have really clinched the look.

      Maybe that’s why that look appeals to me the most.

  • SewingSiren

    Love the jellyfish trousers.

  • MilaXX

    1: I don’t mind the shoe or the shirt, I just don’t think the shirt goes with those pants.
    2. WERQ
    3. Unbutton please
    4. LOVE the jellyfish! So often we complain about celebs boys not putting forth effort, taking risks or wearing color. He is doing it all and mostly comes off as cute.  Fortunately he’s still young enough to do this.

    well played Kevin.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    If a jellyfish dress existed in that pattern, I would want it very badly.  

  • He looks totally hipster-adorable!

    What the eff is SHE wearing, though??

  • I don’t know if he’s really a hipster, though.  Too much obvious intent. The hipster point is so that the effort is hidden under vintage t’s and facial hair.  The aim is to get as close to Devendra Banhart as possible.  See:  Penn Badgley in the off season.  There is also the British form of hipster which likes to emulate 80s mod, best exemplified by Matt Smith and the underrated Arthur Darvill, but that’s not really McHale, either.

    Kevin’s more of a 21st century dandy.

  • miagain

    Jellyfish pants…. I just like saying that!

  • GillianHolroyd

    huh. not the basketball player?

  • He is adorable. 

  • Love the camo and jellyfish pants. 

    His pair of jellyfish pants seem to have a stray flesh colored tentacle at the zip that is a tad disturbing. And they also remind me a bit of that ultra preppy women’s designer (whose name completely eludes me now) who embroiders martinis, life preservers, and sea horses on her stuff.

  • Larkin21

    I love that he changed clothes so much. He’s great.

  • iCouture

    He thinks he is wayyy cuter than he is, sorry bud…

  • That poor blonde child is starting to get that terrified Britney fake smile.  Not good.  

  • littlemac8

    Kevin’s young and it looks like he had a lot of fun with his wardrobe changes!  Good for him!  The jellyfish pants are cute and remind me of my dear departed dad and his embroidered pants: palm trees, spouting whales, etcetera etcetera!

  • meowing

    Ah, I’ve had many a “what was I thinking” moments which morphed eventually into “totally awesome” judgments.  Such is journey from teens to old-dom.  Here’s to jellyfish pants!

  • sashaychante

    Did he do costume changes?  Hmmm…that’s different.

  • Clip on suspenders are about as trendy as a clip on tie. Approved for up to age six. Please don’t ever do it again. Please.

    Please, dear fellow readers, explain to me why hollywood types are all wearing clothes that looks too small. I did not loose all this weight so I could go out dressed like I did not loose all this weight.

  • MrsKrause

    I am inspired to sing “Circle of Life”. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    He’s fun. 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Someone needs to tell him to stand up straight.  Stop Slumping!

  • CaseyinNY

    With the really tight camo pants and his long shirt, on first scrolldown I thought he was wearing spandex leggings and short shorts like the guys track team at my school runs in during the winter. Not feeling it.

  • Haley Buchanan

    I love the jellyfish pants so much.  If you can’t wear jellyfish pants when you’re young, thin, adorable, and hosting the Teen Choice awards, then when can you wear them?  And somebody needs to wear the Jellyfish pants in this world.

    He’s made to wear these odd, off-beat, hipster clothes and I love that he embraces it.

  • granddelusion

    Dude needs some socks. I can smell his swampy feet from here. Standing up straight wouldn’t hurt his look, either.

  • quiltrx

    LOVE the jellyfish pants, and the suspenders are perfect with them.