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Style Thief: How to Dress Like Kate McKinnon in Vanity Fair

Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

By now you’ve seen future mother of my children Kate McKinnon’s Vanity Fair spread, shot by Annie Leibovitz in very Annie Leibovitzy fashion, and are wondering how to get her looks for yourself. From a Texas Tuxedo to full-on sapphic circus garb, here are the pieces you’ll need:

Ringleader Chic

Size-inclusive red tux jackets with tails don’t exactly grow on trees, but you can capture some of the same vaudevillian drama with a luscious berry-colored velvet blazer and sequined hotpants, and black ankle booties with a huge gold buckle. If you insist on wearing a shirt, this tux-adjacent one should do; then finish your ensemble off with a bow tie, oversized boutonnière, fishnets (straight sizes here, plus here), and a top hat.

Dreamy in Denim

As a great commenter’s great friend once said, “Nothing says ‘I eat pussy’ like double denim.” For this outfit, you’ll need a chambray shirt (straight sizes here, plus here), blue jeans (straight sizes here, plus here) frayed at the bottom, and rugged brown harness boots. Whatever other harness you may or may not wear is up to you.

Boss Lady

This garçonne getup requires a textural grey pantsuit (straight sizes here, plus here), a classic white shirt (straight sizes here, plus here), and butchy brown brogues.

’90s Music Video Half-Dressed Beach Ingénue

Because who doesn’t go to the beach like this? You’ll need a khaki trench coat (straight sizes here, plus here) and slinky silver chemise.



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Nora is a writer and shoot producer living in Brooklyn. Send her links to weird clothing and dog videos to nora [at] autostraddle [dot] com.

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    • I can’t say I giggle literally *every* time I type “straight size,” but it’s at least a good 80% of the time.

  1. Loving the Ringbearer look. I might give it a burlesque twist though! <3

    Love that gif at the end! <3 I need that after finding out the Vegas tragedy. Not really a fan of country music but still though! My heart goes out to those lives lost <3

  2. becoming as gorgeous as kate mckinnon is but a dream – but at least i can try with the help of this article. thanks!

  3. A+ reporting on that plus size style thief beat! I want all of these looks, especially that grey suit. Dreamy.

  4. I can pull 3 out 4 of these looks outta my clothes right freakin now, but 2 of them would be in all black. My sense of walking costume shop disguised as human being remains intact.

    What does it say about me that my double denim is all black I wonder…

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