10 Celebrities In Really Bad American Flag-Inspired Outfits: Happy July 4th!

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It’s July 4th—time for backyard barbecues, concerts and fireworks. It’s also a time when folks trot out their red-white-and-blue ensembles in a bid to look patriotic. Now, Betsy Ross was a hell of a dame but her flag doesn’t exactly lend itself to the world of fashion.

Below, we call out ten celebrities who did their country a disservice when they slapped on the old Stars and Stripes.

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Halle Berry and Meryl Streep

We never thought we’d see Best Actress winners Halle Berry and Meryl Streep in a “Who Wore It Better” spread—and certainly not in something that looks like a tablecloth from a Bicentennial clearance sale. Actually the two stars wore Catherine Malandrino’s American flag dress nearly a decade apart— Berry when she was promoting Swordfish at the Deauville Film Festival in 2001, and Streep at the Paris premiere of Doubt in 2009.


Justin Timberlake

J-Tims was still in ’N SYNC when this photo was snapped, so we’ll write it off to a youthful indiscretion.


Solange Knowles

Oh, Solange. You could set fire to those short-shorts and you’d still be in Beyoncé’s shadow.



But don’t feel too bad, Solange—even Bey took a misttep with these pants.


Britney Spears

Dinging Britney for poor fashion choices is like criticizing a fish for breathing water. But even designer Catherine Malandrino couldn’t make this patriotic halter-and-pants combo look classy. Fortunately “classy” is not generally something Britney Spears aspires to.


Ironically this is the cleanest Kesha’s hair has ever looked.

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Kid Rock

The problem with Stars and Stripes casual wear is that it gets dingy pretty quickly and you wind up with a soiled flag. Kid Rock solved that problem by making sure all his patriotic garments come pre-soiled.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry is the queen of stars-and-stripes outfits. Well, not “queen”—this is America, after all— maybe the duly-elected official of American flag costumes. But granny panties, high-waisted rhinestone shorts and shapeless ponchos do nothing for your normally flawless figure, Katy. At least the Uncle Sam/Union Jack combo dress encourages international relations. (Though Perry probably burned it after she divorced Russell Brand.)

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Taylor Swift

This looks like one of those American Girl dolls—pull her string and she says “Gram, it’s frightful cold out. Could we put some more coals in the fire?”

And just so you don’t think we’re unpatriotic, here are a few images of celebs looking all kinds of awesome in their American flag finery.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.