Adam Lambert in West Hollywood

Posted on July 12, 2013

We may be late on noticing this (pre-emptive strike against the Lambertphiles who will descend upon us like locusts if we get one thing wrong about him), but Adam seems to have been making a concerted effort to switch his style up.

We’re not sure we’re loving the results.


Adam Lambert stops to pick up his lunch to go at M Cafe in West Hollywood, California.

We’ve been noticing more and more of the colorful print shirts and lighter style clothing in his rotation lately. It’s this slightly odd melange of rocker/hipster/hairdresser that takes some getting used to for us. Let’s break it down. We genuinely like the shirt and pants, but to our eyes, they make an odd match with the rockabilly boots and the belt. Plus all that jewelry, kittens. We’re not inclined to love a lot of jewelry on men, but when he’s wearing something closer to the Lambert stagewear look, we barely notice all the bling. It works for him and it’s his own personal style. But all that metal and sparkle seriously doesn’t work with that outfit. The boots and belt are a minor quibble and we can live with them, but the bling really doesn’t go at all.

Oh, we are so in for it now, aren’t we?



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  • Emily Giovanni

    I can’t get past the camo to evaluate the rest. It’s so wrong.

    • Right with you, Emily. I loathe camo in all its variant manifestations.

      • majorbedhead

        Oh thank god, I’ve found my people. I hate, loathe, and despise camo. So tacky.

        I don’t like this look on him. I much prefer him all glammed up. He looks like Liberace mated with the Duck Dynasty guys here.

        • For me, my disapproval of it is twofold. First I find the pattern itself to be ugly and ill conceived in the extreme outside of its intended purpose, that of obscuring someone from casual view. Second, the persistence of the menswear community in using such a complex pattern in garments that are structurally complex, (like cargo shorts), only succeeds in making a questionable textile design worse. The only reason this shirt works in any way is that the design itself is simple.

          • AuntHo

            Some astute observers below argue that it’s not actually camo, but flowers in camo colors. Maybe you already noticed, but if not, does that change your opinion at all? I think I agree with them, and if true I think it’s sort of clever. But I also agree with you about camo as a rule, so now oh god the feelings.

          • I will admit it is a slightly less repellent version of camo, though frankly, I don’t see flowers when I look at it.

          • drdarke

            I see flowers in a camo design, @kiltdntiltd:disqus – I’m not sure if that makes it better or worse.

          • Snailstsichr

            I still squidgy about it. Camo-wanna-be trying to pretend to be flowers is not a win in my book. It is a step better than pink or lavender camo though. I appreciate the humor intellectually, but not the feeling I get when I see it.

          • d4divine

            Well you are in for a treat….the recent Menswear collections were covered in odd textile designs. LOL

          • yeah, I think hiddy, over-designed textiles are about to become a “thing”. I am Soooooooo afraid.

          • aj_hawks

            I love all of you camo-hating people. Can we start a nation?

        • marlie

          “Duck Dynasty does Liberace.” That’s a reality show I’d watch (at least the first episode).

          • Danielle L

            Gives a whole new meaning to the term “beard”.

        • drdarke

          I – well, I don’t mind military colors or cuts in clothes, but honestly? You should only wear camo if (a) You’re in the Armed Services and it’s what they gave you to wear, or if (b) you’re a wed-hot spowtsman hunting Dat Scwewy Wabbit!

      • Perditax

        I’m still scarred from a blue camo top my dad used to let me wear as a kid. My mum just raised her eyebrows at me, knowing I’d eventually see she’d been right all along and it really was hideous! He also told me that red tartan and leopard print went well together, so he has a lot to answer for!

        • Snailstsichr

          I feel your pain about the camo, but I the red tartan and leopard print might just be awesome.

        • Janet B

          I think a red tartan and leopard is workable, much, much better than blue camo.

        • See now, in the hands of someone like, say, Jean Paul Gaultier, that combo could be awesome to behold. Under normal circumstances, no way, no how.

          • StellaZafella

            Is it in the Black Watch or one of the Scottish regiments that a Leopard skin is worn over the upper torso? I remember seeing pictures from my Grandmother’s family…Leopard or Tiger and regimental Kilts…one of the big cats.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Depending on the Regiment – some of the drummers & cymbal players in the Corps of Drummers (distinct from military bands as they had a communication purpose on the battlefield) wear a leopard skin bib and – yes – The Black Watch does indeed mix leopard and tartan to great effect!

      • StellaZafella

        But, did you notice?…It’s the gayest camo I’ve ever seen…ITS FLORAL! Heeeeeheeeeheeee!
        eta: Just saw the later post. oh well happy Sausage Friday with a gay man!

      • marlie

        Camo is only ok when my bf is wearing his Army fatigues. In that case, ROWR. Any other time, it’s NOT ok.

      • Corsetmaker

        Scruffy, rumpled, worn camo I’m fine with. But fresh from the bolt, perfectly pressed, it”s just wrong. It gives off the same vibe as the jeans a mum has accidentally pressed a seam into.

      • ItsDicey

        Ooooh, you’d lose your ever loving fashion mind in my neck of the woods.

    • Danielle L

      I stopped at the facial hair.

  • Tracy Walker

    Hipster George Michael – I like it!

    • MoHub

      George Michael is what I thought. And the shirt is too short.

    • Kristin McNamara

      I was thinking an extra Jonas Brother.

      • MoHub

        Not clean-cut enough.

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        I thought it was a Jonas brother too.

      • H2olovngrl

        I was thinking Adam Lamberto.

    • UsedtobeEP

      I actually did a search for “George” in the feed to see who else said it first. Yes, very Mr. Michael. The goat, the gold glasses, and the boots really seal the look.

    • raininmai

      Heh. With the facial hair, I saw Johnny Depp.

    • Lizzy

      I got the George Michael vibe as well… not sure about the liking it part though….

      • Denise Alden


    • deathandthestrawberry

      Heh. I’ve been on such an Arrested Development tear lately, when I saw the name George Michael I immediately thought of Michael Cera. Oops!

    • RebeccaKW

      I’m a Texas girl. And honestly, he looks like the majority of guys who
      go to the country bar. Maybe regular blue jeans instead of the tan, but
      otherwise, this a standard non-cowboy cowboy look. Even the hair.
      Generally there are 2 hair choices-long enough to poke out at odd angles
      from under a ball cap or short and spiky. I would argue that the boys
      at the club have on more jewelry. (Look up Rascal Flatts, especially Joe
      Don Rooney.)

      • formerlyAnon

        I agree completely, except the civilian (non-entertainers) guys hereabouts wear less jewelry. Not none, but less.

        • RebeccaKW

          My brother (and his friends) were a lot of jewelry, but it’s not ‘bling.’ Yes, a chain necklace and the requisite chain belt. Sometimes a chain bracelet. Always a leather bracelet, wide. Like just plain black, like bikers wear. Then an assortment of string bracelets. Some sort of woven thread, almost like a friendship bracelet. Sometimes a bandana folded up and tied. Big rings, usually a band with stylized crosses on it or a skull. Earrings in each ear. I’m going out with them and I’m looking at them thinking, I’m a straight, bling-loving girl wearing less jewelry than her straight ‘macho’ brother and friends.

  • VioletFem

    I’m not a huge fan of camo, but I actually think this shirt goes alright with these pants. There are probably other pants that would look better, but overall this doesn’t clash. Although, I do agree that he should have lightened up on the jewelry.

  • Mismarker

    He’s going to be on the upcoming season of Glee which means his future style may be influenced by Matthew Morrison. I’m expecting nothing less than spats and Euro-scarves.

  • lobsterlen

    When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was Kim Jong-il.

    • Molly

      I thought it was Psy.

  • Pennymac

    I like the shirt and pants, but not together. My grandmother the seamstress used to say “Things don’t always have to match, but they do have to at least rhyme.” This outfit doesn’t rhyme.

    • MoHub

      Your grandmother was a very wise woman.

    • VioletFlame

      Loving your grandmother!

  • kalisa

    He’s turned into George Michael. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  • Nice_Shirt

    I appreciate that he’s gotten closer to a hair color actually found in nature (as opposed to shoe polish black), but his facial hair is making me twitch. Still, I’m going to support these steps away from plastic Elvis and toward being a real boy.

    • WendyD

      He’s a ginger! This looks like shoe polish brown and I’d rather Elvis black any day.

  • teensmom99

    I’m nt loving the facial hair but otherwise he looks great to me.

    • teensmom99

      Oh and I’m in the camp that hates camo but thinks the flowery pattern in camo colors makes it less awful.

  • MoHub

    If George Michael and Lenny Kravitz had a baby …

    • par3182

      …George Michael would never stop telling that story.

      • formerlyAnon

        God, this was a stealth one liner. Hit me too fast to partially supress, attracting co-worker attention.

  • MilaXX

    It’s the facial hair that’s not working for me. It’s a bit too George Michael for my taste.

  • colleenjanel

    All I’m getting is Mexican drug lord.

    • Monzerrat Ontiveros

      narco gay, yeah! He rocks that style..

      • formerlyAnon

        Narco gay needs to be a thing. A thing with its own t.v. series.

      • StellaZafella

        CSI West Hollywood

    • TheAmericaness

      My first thought was that someone might tell him Cuba has already been invaded.

  • Pat H

    Ha, ha! Adam wears jewelry. He just does. Usually, I hate it on men. For some reason, it looks good on Adam. Probably his tallness, long legs, and broad shoulders make it easy for him to carry anything off!

  • MzzPants

    I don’t think the facial hair is doing him any favors.

    • WendyD

      Thank you! It’s been driving me nuts as of late.

  • joanna dash

    I like it all. A lot. The fit of everything is youthful and fun. I don’t read the pattern as camo so much as abstract flowers which just happen to be in camo colors. I never in a million years would have known that was Adam Lambert. The glasses are too Hollywood for me but I dig everything else. If this is an example of what’s in his closet right now we need to be become bffs so we can share clothes.

    • slynnc

      After reading your comment I took a closer look and think you may be right. I don’t think it’s really camo at all.

  • JP

    That’s Adam Lambert? Are you sure?

    OK, I guess he can’t do glam 24/7, but…no.

  • WendyD

    I have not been digging his style progression. I don’t like the goatee. I much prefer his GLAMBERT presence. I’m fine with him looking like he’s ready to walk on stage at a moment’s notice.

  • Jonti

    Oh everybody’s a critic LMAO Personally I love the jewelry – the more the merrier. But that’s just me. I also think the poor lad is possibly trying to find a style where he can just be casual and himself without having a barrage of “what is he wearing?” comments from your so-called Lambert-philes. These fans, far from being the “support-his-choices-at-all-costs” sycophants you seem to think they are – are actually notorious for picking apart every single thing he ever wears and poking fun at it, regardless of it’s merits or otherwise. In fact, the catch-cry “WTF is he wearing?” accompanied by various “clever-d!ck” slams at his choices of attire, is such a common thing for fans to say these days it’s become a weary inside joke. Personally I think Adam should solve the whole farcical debate by wearing absolutely nothing at all. That way no-one has anything to criticize AND thousands of fans worldwide would faint dead away & we wouldn’t have to hear them whining even if they wanted to. 🙂 Now, the only question is….. How much bling is he allowed to wear when he’s naked? Somebody please advise him so he doesn’t embarass himself by swanning around downtown LA with too many bangles on his wrists to suit his nakedness. Cheers. 😀

  • PatAfan

    Somehow when it’s Alexander McQueen camo I assume I’m the one who’s out of the loop. Not only that, Adam owes no one an explanation for his choices. I also want to chuckle at criticism and make the critic post a pic of him/herself going out for a lunch pickup. It’s the Joan Rivers syndrome- I may be ugly and tacky as shit but Adam must be perfect at all times. One of the coolest things about this particular fella is that he knows who he is and doesn’t care what we think. It makes me so GLEEful.

    • MilaXX

      I see the ‘stans have arrived.

      • HILAR.

        Get popcorn.

      • PatAfan

        Ha,are we banned? I’m just here for balance, you know, like Bill O’Reilly…… Snicker.

        • “We don’t think the jewelry goes with that outfit” >>> “You’re probably ugly”



        • MilaXX

          nah, we’re just gonna point and laugh.

      • H2olovngrl

        Sometimes I am so thankful for Urban Dictionary. Too funny.

  • AmeliaEve

    I’m so distracted by those glasses that I can barely see him under there. There’s very little I like about this look, but the posture and fit are still fabulous and pure Adam. If I put my thumb over his head, it’s not bad, but I want him to look pretty!

    • decormaven

      I’m getting a glam Elvis vibe.

      • I got Elvis too. Then the shot of the finger point and it went to Gay Elvis. And I fell a little in love.

  • Eric Stott

    I don’t mean to be homophobic here, but this reminds me of a queen back in the 90’s putting on something for Military Night at the bar. “Oh Girls, I feel so Butch!”.

  • DinaSews

    I don’t really care for the look but he appears to have lost some weight. From that perspective, he looks good.

  • slynnc

    To each his own. I think he’s beautiful no matter what he wears.

    • teensmom99

      While I agree, this is a fashion site so the critique is not about his beauty but about his style.

      • slynnc

        This article is discussing Adam’s fashion, but the site is about celebrities in general. So I commented about his fashion and then his looks. It’s all good.

        • teensmom99

          Didn’t mean to seem argumentative–was agreeing but explaining why we were picking apart his style.

          • slynnc

            Guess I was kinda saying, I don’t care what he wears because I never get past the face.

  • Kathleen Stoughton-Trahan

    OK from the Redneck cowgirl (ME) this shirt is NOT camo…same colors but this is freaking flowers and no redneck is going to wear camo flowers I can assure you. As for new looks, why not? He is not on stage he out for lunch and he has the right to wear any damn thing he wants and can afford. Until he hires us as his stylists I would say it is none of our business what he wears. I would prefer naked, but hey.

  • Charles

    Miami Vice hairdresser who deals in his spare time.

  • ChiKat67

    Is it just me or does he look like 90’s George Michael?

    • Jennifer Ford

      It is not even remotely just you.

  • Allison Harris

    He looks like Dominic Cooper by way of early George Michael. I think I prefer the old Glambert.

  • YoungSally

    Looks like an extra from the latest Robert Rodriguez film….and for some reason…not particularly healthy.

  • Blair Sylvester

    Is that a floral camo?

  • Glam Dixie

    I think Adam’s policy is, before you leave the house ADD one more thing. It usually works for him, but this outfit is so casual that it just stands out more than usual. That’s not a true camo, just a print of some kind using the typical camo colors. He’s always true to his aesthetic.

  • d4divine

    I don’t mind his outfit…not so sure about the facial hair though…

  • defyingcreon

    It’s all gay-Tony-Stark from the neck up and, while that could be a great thing, not sure it is here.

    • demidaemon

      I thought Tony Stark was gay all the time. 😉

      • defyingcreon


  • SugarSnap108

    I am a staunch anti-camist. But I’m shocked to say I actually like the camo here. It reads sort of like a more-masculine flowered shirt. I dunno…I just think he looks cute-tough.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am neutral-to-against camo unless you’re, you know, in uniform. Or hunting. But this didn’t read camo at all to me, because of the flowers.

  • Carrieanno

    Think I’ll go check out Bruce some more.

  • Janet B

    Camo has many variations: dogs, spiders, flowers, odd animal things, etc. Still annoys me.

  • I must be calibrated to Johnny “Elderly Gay Wind Chime” Depp standards, because, I just don’t see the “all the jewelry” talk. I mean, I see what he’s sporting, but it’s not reading excessive.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am a minimalist about male jewelry and especially prejudiced against necklaces & chokers. But, for some guys it’s such an integral part of their style that it somehow works. I put Mr. Lambert in that category. (Though I think he could’ve gone with smaller ear adornments or taken off one bracelet.)

      • Eric Stott

        On a man one bracelet is fine, but I think he’s got a couple of them on

  • yethica

    He looks like George Michael circa 2000 here.

  • tired_mommy

    This outfit is making my skin itch. It’s so cal in July. It’s been a smidge cooler here over the past few days, but still low 80’s and muggy. YUCK!

  • Watkins70

    I actually love Adams look, well put together, he looks gorgeous in brown ish. nuff said:)))

  • ashtangajunkie

    I wouldn’t have known that this was Adam Lambert. At first I thought: Is that…Colin Farrell? But the BKs who made a George Michael reference are more on the money. Right, clothes. Meh. Pants are fine. Camo is bad.

    • Gwyndall

      I saw Colin Farrell too!

  • When I first glanced at the small photo, Adam looked like Johnny Depp in a camouflaged shirt.

    IMO, Adam is far too pretty for all that hair on his face. I’d prefer to see HIM. He is one of the few men whom I really love in eye makeup.

    • formerlyAnon

      I like many men in eye makeup, but I agree he wears it especially well. I suspect, though, it’s mostly because for so long one never saw him without it. Lashings of it.

  • mhleta

    It’s the sunglasses that strike the wrong note for me. I guess really “him” but I would have preferred something a bit more…classic, with this look. These stray into Long Island Housewife territory a bit. The overall effect is “Columbian Drug Dealer by Day, Strip Club MC by Night.”

    • Gwyndall

      They remind me of Elvis. Some aviators (which I don’t usually care for) would work better here.

      • mhleta

        Yes and yes.

  • Poeta Paz

    I think he looks fine considering that it’s not a red carpet or TV presentation or anything. For a regular man, that’s too much jewelry, but for a rock star it’s fine. It’s better than him wearing a bunch of make-up and eyeliner like he used to.

    • Jonti

      Actually I’m fairly certain he’s never worn makeup just to pop down the street to pick up a box of Chinese noodles. And as you say, he’s not arriving at some Hollywood sparkly event, on his way to sing at a major gig, doing the red carpet thing etc. He’s just popped out of his home to pick up a bit of take-away from his local nosh-shop for pity’s sake. LOL Some here are carrying on like he’s supposed to look like a perfect fashion-plate 24/7. I say he looks awesome for a bloke who’s just slouching about in his “civvies” (you should see what I wear to pop down the shops!!) Tho i wouldn’t object if he shaved and also wore his gorgeous smokey eye make-up any time he was stepping out his front door. That’s just me tho. I like em pretty.

  • marlie

    I hate his shirt. And I’m not a huge fan, but I liked his old look. It suited him. This – I can’t even tell that it’s him.

    • Shawn EH

      Who knew Collin Farrel had a brother?

  • jen

    Middle Eastern drug lord chic.

  • gubblebumm

    He can’t commit to anyone one look, so he just throws it all on and then adds more

  • furyleika

    I don’t precisely dislike the camo, but it’s jarring with the fanciness of the jewelry. Also, he has a Tony Stark beard. That’s pretty much all I can see.

  • maggiemaybe

    Boogie nights/camo/coke dealer is not an easy look to pull off. Perhaps it shouldn’t be attempted…

  • Morales Mike

    I really like the hair and that he’s laid off the heavy 40’s Max Factor pancake. He looks a decade younger. And the pants are cool, wish I was that height to pull those off. But I have to agree with TLO. He needed to do the Marilu-Henner-in-LA Story-twirl-in-a-mirror and take multiple man jewels off.

  • Trisha26

    The outfit (including jewelry which I love) looks “put together” if a little heavy for LA’s current heat/humidity-wave. What I don’t like is how short that shirt is. Is this a thing now? Not saying it should be longer and left untucked, but as is it looks like it shrank in the wash…

  • Joyce VG

    Ok he looks fine in those pants. The bling is a bit much but this is ADAM. The camo shirt is kinda weird to me. I’m kind of mad at him because now I have to start watching Glee again.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      He is on Glee?

      • Joyce VG


  • kittenwithaquip

    To me this screams, “I’M BUTCH NOW!” *pinkies up*

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m not any kind of a fan, and I have huge reservations about male jewelry, especially anything added after a necklace/choker. But he looks good, here, and I like the rings. I notice hands, and I think the rings improve his.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    He looks a little “Thin Rob Kardashian” here. Not loving it.

  • Kathryn Tewson

    He looks EXACTLY like George Michael! The singer, not the Bluth.

  • random_poster

    If Johnny Depp dressed the way he does today when he was 20…

    • formerlyAnon

      With the caveat that Johnny Depp was FIIIINE oh, SO fine at 20 in a way that Mr. Lambert (who is quite attractive and was when he was 20) simply is not.

      Well, at least if your tastes run the way mine do . . .

  • appliquer

    Sort of a ’70’s vibe – and I also thought “George Michael” which isn’t a good thing.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Tyler Durden

  • Erin Hines

    Unless he’s actively going for “redneck douchebag”. Then this
    is spot-on.

  • Tracy_Flick

    He overshot rocker/hipster/hairdresser and landed on douche. Unfortunate.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    He looks diiiiiirty.

  • h235

    I actually think that he looks very “Hollywood”, like Matt Damon and such

  • lovetheusa1776

    Not a fav outfit, but don’t hate it. As for all these comparisons to other guys, peeps, Lambert doesn’t look like anyone else – sui generis.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Floral camo…jesus.

  • e jerry powell

    George Michael made a baby, right?

  • a_liking

    he looks like the gay cousin who showed up for his first family hunting trip.

  • Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

    Holy Mother of George Michael. No.

  • NOLA_gal

    LOATHE the shirt. The pants and boots together are great, though, and I’m even kind of digging the hair. That shirt’s gotta go.

  • traceyishere

    Maybe he is trying to be on the DL.

  • Richard

    The whole look is too old for him. I can see a middle age queen rocking this like gangbusters, but on Adam Lambert, it looks so stale. I’m digging the facial hair on him, though.

  • Sarah Thomas

    He looks like a dictator’s son.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Happy the shirt is short.

  • Nonnah

    He’s starting to look like John Mayer.

  • my first thought on seeing the first cap was “fidel castro, the revolutionary years.” the shirt looks like tacky camouflage, so all he needs is a cigar. either that or it’s columbian cartel lieutenant.

  • quiltrx

    It doesn’t even look like him. The facial hair seems to take all the nice angles of his face and it just sort of looks smushed together.

  • Daenyx

    ………….. The facial hair is killing me. As is the camo. Go back to your black and bling, Glambert; you look SO much better like that. >.<

  • Rebecca Jay

    Love that he doesn’t look so….. wet.

  • ItsDicey

    Didn’t even recognize him. The camo on him is a sad joke.

  • Add Damn

    This is not G I Joe..nor camo maybe the military look Hawaii=Ferns. similiar shirt worn for “Bares On Broadway” Anthem. articles WW on this outfit..and all favorable enjoying unusual combo off designers. this is called “The Hipster Look.
    Whether you like this look or will disappear….strangely …as some have just learned to like that look..

  • largishbearishAtlish

    I instantly called it ‘faux-butch’… I would maybe kinda sorta like it if I so didn’t associate him with the whole (cool) guy liner looks he has been working the hell out of for years. As long as he keeps singing (good/great) songs…does it matter?

  • jmorino08

    Are we sure that’s not Rob Kardashian? I would never have guessed it was Glambert

  • librarygrrl64

    I am usually not the biggest fan of facial hair, but I think it actually works on him.

  • Anplica Fiore

    Looks like a Latin Mob Boss in a bad 80s “spy” movie. Nuf said