Florence Welch in Marios Schwab in London

Posted on December 18, 2013

Flo is living every celebrity’s nightmare. her clothes have started to evaporate in front of paparazzi. Witness her silent screams:


Florence Welch spotted leaving Love Magazine’s Christmas Party held in a pub in London in a Marios Schwab look paired with a Smythson ‘Floating Envelope’ box clutch.

Apparently a little bit of  London rain and the whole outfit just disappears in minutes. We’re assuming, of course. We can’t quite accept that she actually chose to wear an outfit that looks like it’s made out of tissue paper.





[Photo Credit: Xclusive/PacificCoastNews]

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  • MoHub

    I’m soooo disappointed!

    • Paigealicious

      But are you really that surprised?

  • jilly_d

    Clutch placement is key with this look.

    • sojourneryouth

      aka, “The Fig Leaf”

    • Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    The concept’s pretty chic though. Another Cher tribute outfit!

  • Patrol Wolf

    I love it !

    • bellafigura1

      I totally agree. Also, she may be fending off more than just her picture being snapped. Paps get very close and aggressive. I’d be scared too. And the clutch placement is probably because she knows what the flashbulbs will do. Harsh kittens.

      • Sarah

        Named Bitter for a reason, we are.

  • Diego!

    Camel toe exposure behind the clutch…

  • snarkykitten

    “I can’t believe I dressed up like this and the photogs have the audacity to want to take my picture! What nerve!”

  • Ashley F. Miller

    This could be an example of clothes that look great when they’re not being attacked by flashbulbs, which make things that are slightly sheer in normal light become very sheer. I’ll withhold judgement without seeing this in normal lighting conditions.

  • LuisaNL

    damn, that’s ugly.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    I would love to know her thought process when she got dressed in the morning.

    “Why yes, it is a sheer palazzo pants and mullet-hemmed, sleeved poncho (??) layered over a camisole kind of day. I just hope no one actually wants to look at me, though.”

  • Spreecord

    Oh, honey. No.

  • Janet B

    Looks like a bodysuit underneath all of that sheerness, are they back?

    • Sarah

      Yes. I was in American Apparel over the weekend with a friend, and there was a whole wall of snap-crotchery to choose from. Sigh.

      • Carleenml

        oh say it isn’t so.

      • Janet B

        “Snap-crotchery”! LOL

      • schadenfreudelicious

        I shall be working “snap-crotchery” into my conversations today 🙂

      • conniemd

        Snap-crotchery is baby onesies to grant easy access to the diapers. Why would any adult want to wear clothing reminiscent of the ubiquitous onesie?

        • Jacqueline Wessel

          Well, back in the day (late 70’s maybe, but not sure) I loved those body suit things. I had some with a cotton blouse top and a onesie bottom. They stayed tucked in all day and there were no blouse wrinkles showing through a slim skirt and obviously the snap-crotchery meant that you didn’t have to get undressed to use the ladies room. The drawback for me was that I’m tall and it was hard to find onesies that were long enough. Thanks for the memories.

          • formerlyAnon

            Yeah. they were perfect for pants or skirts you’d only wear with a tucked-in top.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        And I begin to weep.

        • Sarah

          Personally, I try not to let Am.App influence my fashion decisions (I fit their tube socks. That is all.) I will ignore their bodysuits, as I did the first (and second) times they’ve come around in my life.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Needs something, maybe feathers.

  • Anathema_Device

    Is she wearing a lace cape? I know the sheer pants should be the thing that stops me cold, but all that sheerness, plus a cape?

    Is she Super Stevie? (as in Nicks?)

    • Now Super Stevie is something I’d love to see!

  • cocohall

    I bet this is beautiful in person, but photographs horribly. And perhaps becomes much more sheer under the lights? Still, one has to question its deployment in London in December. It seems and odd and chilly choice.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I can’t see this looking anything but tragic. sheer lace harem pants over granny panties? No, just no. It’s a combo that belongs in only one place: in the dock, on trial for crimes against fashion.

    • We’re having a very mild winter so far. If this is post-party and she has a nice warm alcohol overcoat on, she’ll be fine until she gets to the taxi.

  • sagecreek

    Nah. I don’t care how nice your panties are, I don’t need to see ’em.

  • annabelle archer

    Love the clutch.

  • Oh dear god in heaven WHEN will the “thing” for sheer go away?

  • Jessica Freeman

    Thanks to the excessive showing of celebrity undergarments this year, I fear I have turned into a prude.

    Florence, if you’re going to dress in this fine shittery, at least own it and not be surprised/upset that the paparazzi want to take photos of you in your ridiculous clothing-that-more-closely-resembles-lingerie.

  • Mona_Visa

    I looked it up in the Dungeons & Dragons handbook, and that’s definitely an Elvish Cape of Windwalking she has on, which as we all know provides 0 resistance to water or light.

    • demidaemon

      Loving the nerditude on display here!

  • Oh dear. And she *knows* how bad she looks – hence the “crotch-clutch” and the “please don’t take pictures”-pose. So why did she wear this to begin with?

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I am sure you can get an ointment for that rash…

  • sweetlilvoice

    It’s freezing there and even though London rain can be gross, I think her stylist is to blame here. Or just her. What was she thinking? I often get offended because people tell me I look like Flo, but she’s such a poor dresser most of the time!

  • Danielle

    Someone please explain the fascination with underwear hiked up past your belly button.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Keeps the muffin-top in check? I’m feeling so old as I read this blog today. I’m 60 and frankly I don’t understand how women can wear “waistlines” that are so not on the natural waist. The young women I work with all wear low rise jeans and (I assume) underwear. And almost all of them have visible muffin tops and often visible belly button divots. I, however, look fabulous.

      • Sunraya

        OH, my God!! Thank you!!! I just bought a pair of tights to wear under my running pants, and they ended below my butt crack!!! Seriously???? These are comfortable, young ladies?? And how is my butt supposed to stay warm when the pants come below my butt crack.
        I hated “hip huggers” in the 60s when I was a kid, and I despise them with a burning passion now. The only jeans I like are Anne Taylor, curvy. They actually come above my belly button to my waist.

        • Jacqueline Wessel

          I’ll have to look for those Anne Taylor’s. I’ve had success with Not Your Daughter’s Jeans but I have to have the waist taken-in in the back. It’s nice to know I’m not alone and that more designers are making pants that come to the waist and that don’t look like the dreaded “mom jeans”.

          • Sabin

            So much truth. Maybe the next generation with fix it. My 13-y-o (I’m 47) thinks low-rise is the antichrist. She’s thin but curvy, and loves the look of the higher-waisted stuff. Think 40s and early 60s.

  • Jackie4g

    What happens when she has to pee?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      The fabric at her crotch magically dissolves?…

      • Jackie4g

        Oh, OK. Thank you. It might get a bit drafty, though.

  • SugarSnap108

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a celeb so outwardly embarrassed. But it’s kind of refreshing to finally see some Sheer Shame.

  • Sarah

    Probably a better standing-still outfit than a walking one. I think it’s gloomy, but if you’re gonna rock it, might as well line the pants. Which are astonishingly too long for the super-tall FW.

  • ojosazules

    If showing your underwear has become an important part of dressing, why is the “underwear” always wretched?

  • marlie

    Aw, that’s SO unfortunate. I’d bet money that she didn’t realize this outfit was THAT sheer when she put it on. I sort of feel bad for Flo in these photos.

    Also, she and Chloe Sevigny need to play sisters in something.

  • barbarienne

    I love that the top piece is actually cloak-like. If the pants weren’t sheer, this would be an awesome look.

  • WendyD

    I never even saw the outfit because I CANNOT EVER with her hair.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t care. I love her, this isn’t awful so I like it.

  • MilaXX

    Walking depression. I get sad just looking at her.

  • Jecca2244

    i love the English. “held in a pub”

    • formerlyAnon

      One assumes some fancy gastropub with artisan beers on tap.

  • quiltrx

    Oh honey, no. You wanted the cape-y part, didn’t you? And they talked you into the rest of this mess. Bless your heart.

  • Is she not aware that it’s freezing right now?

  • French_Swede

    She should have just lifted up her chin and OWNED IT!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Gurl, no.

  • KT

    Okay, when you are literally covering your exposed crotch with your purse, you are not working the look. If you’re embarrassed that we can all see your panties, then DON’T WEAR SHEER PANTS.

  • Kate4queen


  • If it weren’t for the crotch guard “aka her purse”, I’d be loving this. This ethereal stuff is kind of left of “Stevie”, and it’s Florence’s style so I respect it. I love how everything flows. But the fact her underwear shows and she’s using her clutch as a codpiece…well, the look gets ruined.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh, I think it’s just proof that she’s not above the sheer schmatta over granny panties look which has been seen on an alarmingly high proportion of celebrity women under 50.

  • boweryboy

    It’s time for a style make over Flo.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Flo is SO much better than this!

  • amaranth16

    Holy Mary, we’re not seeing what I think we’re seeing in the second picture, are we? Please please tell me my eyes are playing tricks on me.

  • slowestloris

    The crotch line over those high waisted grey panties… D: