Tomorrow is ‘Wear Something Gaudy’ Day: Are You Ready? (PHOTOS)
Get ready, you guys, because tomorrow is “Wear Something Gaudy” Day!
Never heard of this obscure holiday? Let me explain its origin:
Allegedly, “Wear Something Gaudy” Day got its start back in the ’70s on the TV show Three’s Company, when Larry Dallas declared October 17th to be “Wear Something Gaudy” Day. That’s literally the whole back-story, and even that may not be true. I was unable to find a clip or reference to definitively corroborate it. I’m also skeptical about someone declaring a particular day to be “Wear Something Gaudy” Day in the 1970s – was gaudiness not the theme of every day in that decade?
But here at Twirlit, we’ll take any excuse to dress up and celebrate. Sketchy backstory be damned; we’re participating in “Wear Something Gaudy” Day.
If you want to celebrate along with us, you’ve got to have a keen understanding of what constitutes gaudiness. Here are a few tips:
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “gaudy” as, “ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented; marked by extravagance or sometimes tasteless showiness.” In fashion, the word refers to bright, clashing colors, garish patterns and tons of cheap jewelry.
For the fashion-challenged among us (I unabashedly raise my hand), “Wear Something Gaudy” day is a chance to actually be in style for once. But for those of you who know the difference between clam diggers and capris (is there a difference? I actually don’t know), it’s a chance to be daring and step out of your style comfort zone.
Maybe you can dig out an old favorite blazer that’s been gathering dust in your closet since the mid-90’s, or seize the opportunity to take some style cues from Nicki Minaj or Lady Gaga. Be sure to layer on the cheesy costume jewelry, tease your hair, and mix and match patterns with abandon.
What’s the gaudiest outfit you can pull together? Tweet me a picture of it here. I’d love to see your “Wear Something Gaudy” Day masterpieces!