Mr. Charles is always going to go his own way and that will never be a bad thing.
RuPaul at the BAFTA Los Angeles + BBC America TV Tea Party 2018
The thing about RuPaul’s non-drag style is that it’s clearly influenced by drag. Not in the sense that he dresses in a feminine manner necessarily, although plenty of folks would consider his love of bold colors and prints, as well as showy pieces of jewelry to take their influence from womenswear motifs. But our point is that his sense of drama and showmanship comes through regardless of whether he’s dressing in drag or not. RuPaul dresses to turn heads toward him. That’s true whether he’s wearing a dress and wig or not.
RuPaul at the Variety and Women in Film 2018 Pre-Emmy Celebration
Which is why his red carpet choices are, on some level, beyond critique in the normal, style-based sense. He’s not using the best cuts and fabrics, nor is he always in the most flattering styles, but he’s dressing in a non-drag form of drag, if that makes any sense. It’s as much costume as style, maybe even more so.
But we’ll be fair and note that, much as we love his boldness and flouting of conventionality, these two looks aren’t as great as we’d want them to be. The fit’s off in each, the accessories choices are occasionally questionable and the textiles are kind of ugly.
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