Get Weird and Shiny For Your Very Own Personal Met Gala

Met Gala photos via Vogue

Hello glitterbombs! I’m beyond excited to see many of your perfect faces atop Mount Feelings in approximately a week. And perhaps even slightly more so, I’m excited to see you in all your greatest glory at the A-Camp Dance aka #METGALA. If you’re going to camp, you’re probably figuring out what to wear; if you’re not going to camp, you probably still kinda want a shiny sequined space blazer in your life.

This year’s Met Gala boasted the theme “tech white tie,” which took on numerous interpretations that basically boiled down to wearing a wonderfully elegant outfit but then making it REALLY WEIRD. Case study 1: Zayn Malik and his plated metal sleeves.

Does anyone else have the Trogdor theme stuck in their head?

Does anyone else have the Trogdor theme stuck in their head?

Case study 2: Selena Gomez in a shifty dress with a leather bustier.


The Met Gala confirms what I have always believed: The best fashion is about wearing exactly whatever you want and looking like a confident and unstoppable force while you do it. Lady Gaga has mastered a resting bitch face that somehow makes this leotard make sense, for example:


So how can you achieve your very own Met Gala look in time for the A-Camp Dance, or whatever the next big party in your life will be? Nicole Kidman described the event as “weird,” “dumb” and “good manners” to the Huffington Post. Kidman, by the way, was dressed as a witch queen from space. I’ve scoured the internet for some options you could pursue. And your local thrift store is sure to have a slew of options that you can repurpose into fabulousness.

All That Glitters


Earrings from Modcloth // Jacket from Asos // Dress from Modcloth

Leather and Lace


Leather accent jeans by Topman // Lace dress by Forever 21 // Leather inlay earrings by Topman // Strappy shoes by Modcloth

Living Color


Floral dress by Target // Red velvet gown by Asos // Socks by Modcloth // Velvet jacket by Topman

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  1. Thanks for this, Audrey! I still have no idea what I’ll wear for the A-camp dance, but this was helpful in getting my brain working! <3

  2. At New Years I dressed as a cyborg for a costume party and made a metal sleeve out of alfoil. So apparently I am a trend setter…

    Also life pro tip – alfoil is not as durable as it seems and headbanging will dislodge your cyborg arm.

    But maybe someone could bring alfoil to Camp?

  3. You read my mind! I have zero dressy clothes and am completely clueless about anything fashion-related. But I guess I’ll can head to the goodwill and just look for crazy/glittery stuff?

  4. Needs moar finger armor, shiny shoes and metallic or faux leather leggings.
    Cuff style earrings would work too.

    Like this kind of shiny:

    But easier to find shiny:

    Metallic heels because it’s prom/graduation season

    Not as dressy but plenty tomboy chic:

    metallic sneakers chucks, vans and keds

    • oh wow where are those first two pairs from??? the black/red not-quite-ankle boots. coveting so hard…

  5. i interpreted this theme as “wear your sexiest dress” but there’s a chance i would have interpreted any theme as such because i really want to wear that dress.

  6. I expect there to be a LilyPad Arduino workshop at A-Camp prior to the ball, and I want to see pics of all your amazing light-up outfits.

  7. “The best fashion is about wearing exactly whatever you want and looking like a confident and unstoppable force while you do it.”

    Overalls it is, then.

  8. This inspired me to go to goodwill today, just to see if there was anything cool. I found a shirt that fits perfectly; all gold/silver sequins. I don’t know what to wear it with but I feel like a disco ball in it. I also found awesome flower pants that mostly fit.

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