IN or OUT: Kelly Osbourne

Posted on March 26, 2013

Before we get to the outfit, we just want to point out that we’re two red carpet commenters commenting on another red carpet commenter’s outfit on the red carpet, as she promotes her red-carpet-commentary show.

The meta, you’re soaking in it.

Kelly Osbourne attends a photocall to promote her show E’s Fashion Police in Amsterdam in a white blouse with a Colonel Sanders bow and black and white polka dot pants.

Boy, it sure is clown pants day here at T Lo Silly Celebrity Style Trends, Inc.

We’re putting this up to a vote, because it’s an instance of us not particularly liking the pieces of this look, but finding it so appropriate for the wearer that we’re having a hard time trashing it. In other words, there’s probably not many ladies on the planet who could make this look work for them, but Kelly is clearly leading that small pack. This suits her to a T. It’s fun and whimsical; the shapes work for her, and the hair makes a perfectly absurd capper to the look. We like it, but we’d almost certainly hate it on anyone else.

But those of you who remember more than a decade of the 20th Century are going to find it very difficult to get behind this one, we think.



Vote Now!


IN! It’s fun and she looks great!


OUT! FUCK no. Anyone who was inside an office in the 1980s would agree with me.



The consensus on Miss Kerry Washington’s outfit was that it was, at best, “not bad,” which means it got a tepid IN from the Bitter Kittens.


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  • ScarlettHarlot

    Cyndi Lauper-esque, in a good way. I usually can’t stand Kelly’s looks, but I like this. Simple, not fussy, just cute.

  • OUT. The damn bow ruined it.

    • For me too. A less aggressive tie/bow thingy would have worked better I think.

      • capybara_cafe

        I was just about to say that the bow is way to stiff and large, and it’s killing any part of this that may have been OK.

    • Jacqueline Wessel


    • 3boysful

      Even tho that ridic bow is stiff, as someone who had to wear those floppy bows in her 1980s baby lawyer days, I have to give this a big ol’ OUT.

    • conniemd

      Agree, out bcause of the bow.

  • Definitely in! Adorable! (Except I don’t love the lipstick.)

  • Susan Collier

    In. Did she know that she’d match the “carpet” and background?
    Also wondering where she gets her hair set.

    • Deb_Lynn

      Golden Girls Boutique. But seriously, I do like this look. It is unique, but only her and maybe Gwen Stefani could do it.

  • In- but only because it’s making me remember fondly a very specific episode of “Who’s The Boss.”

  • Verascity

    I LOVE it. This is one of my all-time favorites of hers. IN.

  • Qitkat

    I generally adore Kelly and even her whackiest looks, which this is far from; but I hate that perfectly T- shaped bow which looks to me like a teeny-tiny maxi dress. All it needs is a teeny-tiny head and feet and hands.
    Nevertheless, against all odds, she gets an in, because she looks so cute and happy.

  • Jessi03

    Hahaha, silly girl. She looks happy, so that’s a plus at least. I must go with OUT. Is the click voting thing in the last In/Out post not happening?

    • Qitkat

      TLo has never had click voting.

      • Jessi03

        It on the Miley vs Rosie post for a few minutes early this morning. It took me by surprise.

  • I can’t anymore with the purple hair.

    • RedRaven617

      I agree. It’s an OUT for me.

    • gsk241

      I don’t know why she’s so married to the lilac hair. It has never been flattering.

      • And it’s long since run its course. At first I thought she was sticking with it just long enough to not have to admit that it was a mistake, but it needs to go now.

    • I couldn’t EVER with the purple hair.

    • I have hope that i’m seeing roots and she’s finally getting over this ridiculous color. Even Katy Perry let go of the blue hair.

  • Definitivly IN. It’s fun and cute without being too complicated, and I do so love polka dots.

  • MzzPants

    IN. She clearly is wearing the letter ‘T’ in support of this blog.

  • charlotte

    In, but I’ll never get behind the purple hair.
    (And I don’t even remember one complete decade of the 20th century)

  • Diego!

    I may be hated (?) because of this, but it’s an IN for me! 😛

  • Out. I don’t like the hair, the bright makeup, the clothes, the fit of the pants or the bow. Her smile is gorgeous though.

  • She looks fantastic in this~ her waist looks super tiny and it’s totally her personality. Love it.

  • Janet B

    Crazy lipstick.
    Love her pants, and her hair works with this outfit, but the blouse is too costumey.


  • “This suits her to a T” Hee!
    I like the outfit, but the makeup and hair are a bridge too far – she looks like a harshly lit clown. In part, it looks like that’s because she is harshly lit, but the lipstick, eyemakeup, and hair are just too much for me. She looks like Ms. Frizzle’s supposedly fashionable substitute. OUT.

    • charlotte

      I see what you did there!

      • I love it when the boys pun on an outfit.

  • IN. I like the hair 🙂

  • random_poster

    She achieved the look she was going for, and I kinda dig it on her. Wish the T wasn’t there. I’ll give in an IN.

  • mellorcr

    IN It’s cute, but I hate the bow. Looks like some kind of logo painted onto her blouse.

  • Indigo54

    OUT! The whole thing looks ridiculous. And she has the nerve to judge other peoples’ looks?! Git outta here!

  • librarygrrl64

    I am 48 and would therefore normally be disposed to disapprove all horrifying 80s flashback fashion. But this works so well on her. IN.

  • jw_ny


    Anyone wearing Barbie’s witch costume as a tie deserves an out from me. Plus…purple hair, polka dot pants and bright pink lipstick…CLOWN! enough already Kelly…

  • lilibetp

    In. She’s a total gamine and it’s a very gamine look.

  • jorinde

    she blends right in the setting. For me it’s an IN, even if I’m trying to detect some meaning in the combination of one T, many E’s and crosses.

    • In_Stitches

      I’m getting a nod to E.T.-and with that hair, she certainly looks like an extraterrestrial.

      • jorinde

        so it’s E.T.+ , maybe some advanced version…?

  • aeb1986

    Out. I can’t deal w that hair any longer. Outfit bugs me too

  • rissa42210

    In – looks great!

  • ToothCake

    What is her natural hair color..? I’ve seen the purple for so long that I can’t remember…

  • nicole seligman

    IN. i LOVE this look on her. that isn’t nearly my favorite hairdo on her, but it fits the outfit. and now i want polka dot pants for my life.

  • sekushinonyanko

    I wish she’d actually make her hair look like she dyed it that way on purpose recently. It always looks so faded and with such hardcore roots that it looks gross.

  • tmchale

    OUT – the hair looks like a sad, purple, deflated ball. Also: what’s with those tattoos on her feet?

  • OOOOOUT. That’s a 60’s era maternity smock re-purposed as an ugly shirt.

  • Totally in, just for the best pussy bow ever!

  • I think it’s the sort of thing Rosalind Russell should have worn in “His Girl Friday.” So, IN, I guess, if 1940 is in these days.

  • In. I like the look on her, but I am so, so sick of the purple hair.

  • I think Melanie Griffith rejected this getup when they wanted to use it for her character in “Working Girl”. OUT. (And if that dates me, so be it.)

  • Jangle57

    I’m ok with this except for the bow which looks absurd so OUT

  • caroline miles

    No. Out. Tipped over into SillyOutLand.

  • I don’t much like it but she’s making it work. IN.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    In. I love the whimsy!

  • another_laura

    I’ll give it a lukewarm “In.” The bow, it is not good, but I think the whole look suits the purpose here. (P.S. with this, outfit, I wish her hair was more purple.)

  • Ridiculous

  • Julie Fountain

    Oh so OUT. I mean, I just can’t even… this is awful. Her hair looks cute tho.

  • Kristy Evans

    IN. It made me smile, and it’s actually flattering, considering they are pleated, polka-dotted pants with an 80’s secretary blouse and a pussy bow. Brava, Kelly.

  • merrigator

    NOOOOO. Out.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    IN – she is cute as a (retro) button here.

  • sablehunter

    The outfit is hiddy, but she looks happy, put together and comfortable so it’s an IN for me.

  • lehen

    out. and colonel sanders would like his tie back.

  • MoreShoes

    Actually, I kinda like it on her. She can stay.

  • lrober03

    OUT. She can work the giant bow and the high waisted pants, but should not at the same time.

  • l_c_ann

    ouT, brought to you by the letter T.

  • Michael_Jones

    I think that without the Colonel Sanders tie I might give it a tiny “in”, but, as is, OUT.

  • IN

  • All I see is “Old Timey Disneyland Candy Shop Employee”. I’ll take a few saltwater taffies and a cotton candy, please!

  • MintaHallWriter

    Well, I think it’s cute and sassy and very Kelly. Like TLo said, there aren’t many who could pull off this look–or who would even want to–but it’s well suited for Kelly O. I give it an IN.

  • GorgeousThings

    Oh, I don’t know – I remember a few decades of the 20th century. The 80s in particular, and I like this look! But yes, you are right – she’s probably the only one who could pull it off.


  • IN, because it suits her.

  • Alyssa

    In, but only on her. BTW, I love your descriptor of the colonel sanders bow. 🙂

  • In. I think she looks funky fresh!

  • Imasewsure

    IN because she is making it work but I wish there was some edge to the outfit – she’s not edgy enough on her own any more to add the irony or whatever which would have given this the necessary auto-edge. Wild shoes or something would have helped

  • Out. Librarian on crack.

  • Airkisses

    Not the best hair and makeup I’ve seen on her, but I’m LOVING the playfulness and the silhouette looks great on her. IN.

  • Sara__B

    OUT. Too costume-y for my tastes, and the tacked-on bow is unnecessary and awful.

    • I thought it was costume-y as well, but that’s her “thing.” She never shows up at events wearing normal clothes. This is all part of her “I wish I was a real fashionista” costume.

  • Catiline

    I actually don’t mind the outfit, it’s the consumptive/clown makeup that makes it a big old OUT for me.

  • lalahartma


  • I usually defend Kelly, but this is indefensible. Out.

  • Carol

    In! She looks great, and I completely covet that blouse.

  • Zippypie

    It screams 80s and not in a good way. OUT

  • kaycem


  • patticake1601

    OUT. I just keep thinking Colonel Sanders.

    • That’s what I thought too. But I think the blouse could be really pretty without the bow.

      • patticake1601

        It is a very pretty blouse actually. The bow ruins it for me.

  • MilaXX

    OUT! I like the hair and that’s about it. The rest feels like it’s aiming for whimsy and landing on old. This looks like what the middle aged women wear to King of Prussia Mall to shop. All that’s missing is one of those hideous Vera Bradley bags.

  • Cathy S

    I think she’s IN. The big “T” is a big much but the pants look great on her and it’s her outfit.

  • melissaisasnob

    I wore that same outfit in 1982 except my pants were mustard color with black dots.

  • stubbornthoughts

    She almost pulls this off. The bow is too stiff, or should just go away, and I just can’t with her hair. Sorry, Kel – it’s an out for me.

  • nancymae

    So OUT. The bow and Col. Sanders reference, now all I can think about is just how awful the original recipe 2 piece is.

  • korilian


  • janneyb

    Just because she is one of the few “ladies on the planet who could make this work” doesn’t make it OK. The whimsical librarian look is not a good one. It’s an OUT from me.

  • In. There are bits that bug me, but it’s overall good.

  • Wendi126

    IN for me. She looks comfy and happy and the outfit suits her. I was in an office workplace for most of the 80’s and my fav pants were all black and longer- cinched at the ankle but similar to these. I managed to do the 80 styles by never going too far over. So it wasn’t all bad. But never ever ever again with big shoulder pads, mullet cuts or gobs of jewel colored makeup.

  • Louise Bryan

    It looks a little like an homage to Lucille Ball, but she got the hair color -seriously- wrong. Time to give up the lavender, Kelly!

  • alyce1213

    IN — with a small complaint. The pants should be a bit longer. Short women should never wear cropped pants, it just makes them look stumpy.

  • I’d like to give her an “out” just for those roots, but…IN for me.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Awful – the pussy bow and the pants are terrible.

  • warnerave

    IN! she looks adorable

  • ConnieBV

    It’s everything I hated about Working Girl, with none of the Mel Griff or Harrison Ford that I loved. Out.

  • It’s an ‘in’ from me. It’s more “costume” than “outfit,” but it seems like that’s Kelly’s schtick. Though I would kind of love the blouse without the pussybow, and I might even rock the pants with a different top and shoes.

  • E. D.

    No. Her hair and makeup need some changes!

  • marilyn

    Out. She suffers from culture clash. What is witty, ironic and pushing the envelope in the UK is stupid here. Kelly’s schtick plays well in the UK. Here, from the hair color to the tats on the tops of her feet, it looks idiotic and pretentious. Oh well, at least she does not care. (That is part of the having parents who are stinking rich thing, and the UK thing)

    • Mazenderan

      No – we think she looks aggravating and poseur-ish too. A big British ‘out’ from me.

  • Yeah…No! OUT

  • PastryGoddess

    The outfit is Kelly Osbourne dresses as Kelly Osbourne IN
    However, my real question is…Why do i like her hair here? What the hell is going on?

  • OUT OUT OUT. Seriously, you had to ask?

  • In. She looks good except her make up looks a bit clownish or harsh to me.

  • notterriblybitter

    I think “It goes so well with your lavender hair!” is the ultimate in backhanded compliments.

  • mjude


  • OUT. And let this be a lesson to others. No.

  • BobStPaul

    Oh, please. Out.

  • Yosa Addiss

    In- love the fashion retro- a bit 40s a bit 80s and all Kelly O.

  • I’m dying for the camp factor alone – is that in all honesty called a Colonel Sanders bow? Major points for the matching Colonel Sanders hair!

  • I like it. She wasn’t around in the 1940-50s, so it’s OK for her to wear this obviously retro look. I agree about the polka-dot pants not working on almost anyone else. Same with that big black satin “T” bow. But all together, it’s great. On her. Only. On. Her. IN!!

  • Judy_S

    In. When to Wear Purple Hair.

  • Eva_baby

    OUT. This outfit looks stupid and I hate her hair.

  • This is a good version of the 80’s. If you saw me in my vintage checked Gitano pants and black polka dotted shirt and pink sweater, that would be bad 80’s.

  • yaby

    In. It flatters her!

  • ankali

    OUT. This look is not sleek/crisp/tailored enough to work.

  • IN. I’m getting a Roz Russell vibe from this. She looks cute, and it appears that she’s toned down the lavender hair color, which pleases me greatly.

  • formerlyAnon

    Sooooo close. It’s the stylized tie/bow thing – she’s cute as a bug but can I overcome my aversion? If I were in a better mood I might manage an in, but today: out. Conflictedly.

  • IN. shes the only person in the world who could rock this outfit & she looks adorable.

  • iono. i think she … why is she wearing a capital T? my red carpet fu is broken.

  • IN!

  • IN.
    Also, I prefer to think that the Colonel Sanders bow is actually just a giant “T”. And the back of her top say “Lo”.

  • fursa_saida

    OUT. It’s not horrible (although if I look at any one piece of it for too long I start to think it actually is an abomination), but I can’t shake the feeling that she chose it partly because she knew what this carpet/backdrop was going to look like, and with that in mind it’s one of the worst possible decisions she could have made. She would have popped so much more in a color or three. Also, I’m still fine with the purple hair, but that styling of it looks like Calvin on school picture day. Or punk Tintin gone wrong.

  • ccm800


  • jetpackdino

    I’ve never been a big Kelly O fan, but her smile is winning me over. And I *despise* polka-dots, I hate hate hate them with the white-hot heat of a thousand suns, but Kelly’s eyes are so pretty here that I’m gonna let them go. IN. Barely.

  • Out just b/c it almost did it for me, but missed the mark. I kind of wanted the pants to be more voluminous, am I cray?

  • minnye

    Those pants are awful but she’s pulling it off. I like that she’s always put together with a slight detour into wacky. IN

  • Trisha26

    OUT. I can’t with the top – at all. It’s giving me old-fashioned pregnancy top – those with the big bows on them? Then there’s the pants. And that hair.

  • VicD

    ’80’s office. ‘ nuff said.

  • IN!!!

  • crash1212

    IN. Totally works for her. I only wish the bow tie thingy wasn’t SO gigantic.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • Iroqhard

    OUT. I am done with the purple hair with the big roots. Why the big roots? Take off the clown pants and TRY AGAIN, dear.

  • Dagney

    In. It’s Kelly. She can work it.

  • joancarol

    She looks like Colonel Sanders.

  • alaskahyoung


  • rococodada

    IN- I’m over 40 and I like it. (For her)

  • Joyce VG

    IN! I really adore her whimsy. Team Kelly!

  • Not Feeling this at all. I just can’t get past the hair, she is very clownish to me. I love the Meta though!

  • Toto Maya

    From the neck up I think she looks great. I’ve HATED the purple hair, but with the black under it I can deal.

  • nannypoo

    Her hair reminds me of a smurf. The blouse would be pretty without the bow and on someone else. I hate the pants. She really has no business commenting on fashion. She should stick to the area in which she is talented, that being …. um ….. well …. um….

  • I like it. The shirt detail kind of reminds me of a bolo tie, so I might tweak that a bit. Overall, it’s a cute look though. IN.

  • rumcg66


  • GTrain

    Works for her. IN

  • Carly Warnock

    Out. Just too much.

  • out. the poor pulls it into clown territory.

  • leftcoastpickle

    Out, and fuck no is exactly why.

  • Colin

    IN Well I’m not old enough to remember, a decade of the 20th century, but I feel the same way about the look. The pants and top are not pieces I respond to kindly, but Kelly’s styling is good enough that I don’t want to bash her for the look. Which makes me say IN, because while I don’t like the pieces, I think that’s a personally specific preference, and she’s clearly demonstrated her styling abilities

  • Out. Always out.

  • Out. you nailed it with the ‘colonel sanders big’ comment…<> the paints are fine, but that big…thing. OUT.

  • phrenk

    I don’t love it, but I think she’s making it work. IN.

  • I love this on her. And yes, being 40 I remember the 80s, but I was a kid and so it’s all fun stuff. 80’s office tart? Probably. But she’s awfully cute in it.

  • Out. She looks like a school marm, or librarian (very styishly but…)!

  • Coco Cornejo

    OUT! Don’t match the carpet you’re standing on dear. And never, never, never should Col. Saunders (RIP) be mentioned when describing what one is wearing.

  • altalinda

    It’s a close call but ultimately I say, Out.

  • Nonmercisansfacon


  • SRQkitten

    OUT! FUCK no. Anyone who was inside an office in the 1980s would agree with me

    Exactly. . Out.


  • demidaemon

    IN. I think she’s adorable.

  • Peri7473

    In, she looks like she is having a good time with it and she looks cute.

  • lrhoff

    Wait a second, she looks hideous and she’s promoting a fashion police show? Is she the first victim? Glad I don’t live in Amsterdam!

  • Damien W

    It’s like watching a reality TV version of The Harvey Girls — this week, the girls have to complete the dinner service with swarms of bees clinging to their capri’s!


  • Anniebet

    Out-ish. Twee. Too Twee. But I love her anyway.

  • carolie_king

    Don’t mind the high-waisted clown pants at all. It’s the blouse and the weird makeup. OUT.

  • IN. She’s making it work for her.

  • CarolinLA

    OUT. I had a terrible flashback seeing those pants.

  • kathrineb

    I think she has a fun sense of style, but it’s not working for me with this look and I hate the hair.

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    IN. I agree that there are few who coud successfully pull off this look, but It suits Miss O perfectly. I lve her whimsically prim, but mainly fun outlook. It fits her beautiful, and it makes you smile to look at it.

  • She’s also wearing a black and white ensemble on a “red” carpet that is in reality black and white.

    Also, why isn’t she a character in The Hunger Games?

  • MissAmynae

    J’Adorable. Love it, and I still love the hair on her, and ONLY her.

  • Out.

  • julnyes

    Is my age showing by voting this OUT?

  • I’d like a bucket of the Colonel’s origional recipie, hold the biscuits!

  • Too literal. If she’d done something else at her neck, I wouldn’t be all post-80s-stress-disorder. OUT.

  • barbarienne

    This crosses the line from “interesting and fun” into “British goofball comedy.” She’s dressed as character, not as Kelly “wacky chic” Osbourne.


  • ThaliaMenninger

    I hate it. I hate that weird T that makes me think of Cotton Mather sending witches out for burning, I hate the clown pants, and I hate that Ann Sheridan They Drive By Night hairdo. No, no and no. Out, out and out.

  • guest2visits

    She’s very pretty but the cheap looking blouse ruined it. I do like the polka dot pants.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT. That hair is just ugly. It’s ugly. And her make up is hiddy. And I just hate it all. And I really sortof like her a lot. Can’t someone who is young just LEAVE THEIR HAIR THE NATURAL COLOR UNTIL THEY HAVE TO COVER THEIR GREY? OK, we all now know that until my stylist appointment tomorrow, I am using mascara on my roots. But at least they aren’t lilac. Dammit.

  • JP

    It’s a WORKING GIRL tribute?

    Despite it being a bit twee, I’m going to say IN.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    IN! J’adore, and I remember the ’80’s oh too well. Surprisingly, from all the fun I had, but that’s another story. 🙂

  • I think she looks adorable. IN

  • sashaychante

    I had this outfit in 1988…in red and white. OUT!

  • oohsparkley!

    In. I personally hate the whole outfit, but it’s her style and she looks fine, so in.

  • fringebenefit

    In. I can think of few others who could make all this work, but miracles happen and here’s proof. In spite of myself, I am still loving that lavender hair.

  • calimon

    “This suits her to a T.”

    Funny you say, because all I see is a great big ol’ T on her chest.

    Otherwise, I can’t seem to vote one way or the other.

  • pdquick

    A pencil skirt in that print instead of pants would have classed it up enough to make the bow ironic. OUT