Fug Madness Is So Very, Very Near

It’s finally almost nigh: We start our annual worst-dressed tournament — here is a primer — at the same time as the NCAA’s March Madness, which means that next week we will be announcing the seedings and matchups, and the play-in game will be Tuesday, March 19.

Working backward, that means our Selection Committee (me and Jessica, a twelve-pack of Diet Coke, and GOD WILLING, some of those Lay’s Chicken and Waffle flavored potato chips, because they’re the only ones of the three new vote-on-them flavors we haven’t found yet BUT THEY WILL BE MINE) is meeting this weekend to determine the seedings, and then use our patented Somebody Else’s Internet Randomizer technology to sort all the same-numbered seeds into different brackets.

And THAT means that if you’re killing time today trying desperately to claw your way through another workday, we’d love your input. Who do you think deserves a top seed? Who might be a sneaky Cinderella? Which celebs, basically, do you think absolutely should make the cut into our tournament of 64?

Bear in mind that the eligibility is from Oscars to Oscars — so basically, everything after the 2012 Oscars, and up to and including the Oscars that just happened.

GAME ON. Soon.

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Comments (108):

  1. Goldfish

    I don’t know if the input goes here, but I really think we have to have K-Stew up in here for March Madness. She’s been a mess (even if facial expressions will not be eligible).

    • Lynnlynn

      She should be nominated for her stupid hair, alone. GET A BRUSH AND USE IT.

  2. Lil

    Carly Rae Jepson

  3. S

    Alexa Chung. Heidi Klum. Lena Dunham.

  4. Allie

    Miley Cyrus! Anne Hathaway, obviously. Bieber should be a number-one seed.

  5. mrs o

    the Bieber

  6. Kris

    Send me an address, I’ll send you some of the Chicken and Waffle Lays, I’m not even kidding. We can’t have y’all fainting of malnuchiption during the GFY event of the year.

  7. MollySC

    Those chicken and waffles chips taste like denny’s hash browns with syrup and extra salt. Stick with DC and the cheesy italian ones. <3

  8. Anna Svahn

    Amanda Peet, Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, Kirsten Dunst, KStew, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce for her Met Ball debacle.

  9. Orange Clouds

    Stella McCartney for fashion atrocities against humanity.

    Kellan Lutz, just because.


    Christina Hendricks and Jessica Chastain.

    That Girls actress who is normally dressed like The Walking Dead… just googled her, Zosia Mamet!

    • Art Eclectic


      Is Stella McCartney wearing Stella McCartney a double negative that eliminates her?

      I’m not sure I have the intestinal fortitude for repeated viewings of Stella’s 2012 oeuvre. It was painful enough the first go round…

  10. hillary l.

    Rita Ora for top seed. NEVER FORGET THE NEON THONG DROP CROTCH BICYCLE SHORT. Bieber, obviously. Kim K’s pregger wear (and pre – remember that fur coat??).

    Honorable mention for Annie H. Oy with the nipples already…

  11. nmlhats

    Bieber, for sure, deserves a top seed and may prove hard to beat.

    Freida Pinto had a lot of horrible outfits this year, which is just sad, given the raw goods she has to work with. She may be a stealth candidate.

    Others would be Halle Berry, Stella McCartney, K-Stew, Lohan, Kim K (she has this covered by herself this year–no need to lump all the sisters together), Longoria, and Klum.

    • nmlhats

      And oh, yeah, Rita Ora. I could not remember her name (probably because she is invisible to my life other than being on this page, a public face because of…whatever it is she does for attention).

  12. Claudia

    Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, KStew, the Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Garner, Emma Stone

    • pantsonfire

      Katie Holmes is a very solid suggestion. Her style is so ho-hum J.Crew that I forget about it. It should be unremarkable, but when one stops to think about it, one realizes that the results are really often quite ghastly on her.

  13. McLisa

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye Kardashian, Miley Cyrus!!! Anne Hathaway, KStew, Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson.

    • Helen

      I don’t care who winds up in this, McLisa, but I gave your post a “Like” just because of “Kanye Kardashian.” Ha!

    • Jodi

      No Kardashians, past present or future, please. I think the rules should state that someone has to have done SOMETHING creative in the past year to be eligible. So getting married for 3 days, and having a new boyfriend, and getting knocked up almost immediately doesn’t qualify as creative.

      • mary lou bethune

        That is a great idea- the K’s forlorn self-absorption doesn’t count as creativity.
        I think Renee Z should be on the list. I wish she wouldn’t walk like a duck in those skintight Carolina Herrera’s. It never comes off as fashionable, just uncomfortable.

  14. Miriam

    I think we need to make a pregnancy exception for Kim K.

    • Darren

      I would agree, but somehow her fashion has gotten even more extreme and cracked out since the pregnancy defying all logic whatsoever (ie: she wants attention).

      • Art Eclectic

        Well, to be fair – not many women realize with their first pregnancy just what dressing that bump and expanding chest is going to take. The figure they’ve grown used to has suddenly taken on dramatic new proportions. I say give her a pass on the first one.

        • Jacey

          Yes but Kim K couldn’t dress for her figure in the first place – she was a whole lot of fug even before the baby announcement! No way should she get a pass just because she’s pregnant – I’m sorry but no baby bump in the world can excuse some of the stuff she has put on her body this year….

    • Kris

      Hmmm. Maybe only include the pre-pregnancy Kardashimesses? God knows she has a horrific fashion portfolio even if she gets baby-benched.

  15. Lindsay

    HATHAWAY (can my hate for her be included in my voting?), Jessica Chastain (so close but so, so far), Carly Rae Jepson (dress your age, woman!), Rihanna, Kardashian of various fuglyness…

  16. Sara

    Bieber’s got to be a number one overall seed.

    Sisters Kardashian.

    Zosia Mamet could be a sleeper.

  17. Alyssa

    Those chicken & waffle Lay’s taste all kinds of wrong. Mix together gravy & syrup mentally…I wish I could un-taste them. There are plenty of bags in Oklahoma, if you need a road trip for a bag! Definitely not worth it though, IMO!

  18. Louise

    The Biebs and Elle Fanning for the Shoes of Horror.

    • Corriner

      Yes! Elle Fanning! She may be young, but there are no excuses for her choices in footwear.

  19. Orange Clouds

    Yes, Katie Holmes please! Her new-found freedom hasn’t improved her dress sense.

  20. EricaR

    I’ve only been able to find the cheesy garlic flavored Lay’s here! I’m dying to try the others!

    Also, Miley, Beiber (ugh), Lena Dunham…

  21. Michelle

    I’m already predicting Bieber will win, based on photographic evidence and the number of times his name has already come up. It will be a very tough call when he and Rita Ora face off!

  22. Mel

    The Biebs, Kim K, Rita Ora, Amanda Peet, Miley, RiRi, Kanye, KStew. I would say Anne H, but besides that awful Oscars dress she did have some hits this past year.

  23. ChristieLea

    BIEBER. He makes this embarrassed Canadian VERY CAPSY.

    Chris Brown. Lohan. The Kardashian Kollective.

  24. Jill

    Lena Dunham
    The Biebs

  25. Neil

    Anne Hathaway spent much of the year looking pretty terrific and well put-together, I think there are many people more deserving of a top seed than her. Bieb is a slam dunk (no pun on the other Madness intended).

  26. Wade's missing shirt

    KStew and the Biebs for sure. I just home they’re in different brackets so they don’t knock each other out too early.

  27. Karen

    alexa chung

  28. Nancy

    Heather and Jessica,
    Since you two are obviously sitting around drinking Diet Coke and doing nothing, maybe you can set up a Fashion FaceOff where we decide which events (awards, charity events, film festivals, Eurovision, royal weddings, Kentucky Derby, Melbourne cup, etc.) brought the most Fug for the past year.

  29. Librarychick

    I concur about the chips- a sweet gross mess! And I am from the South, so I know my Chicken and Waffles. The Sirachi chips are where it’s at!

    Bieber for the win!!

  30. pantsonfire

    Elle Fanning. I know she’s a wee tot and the vast majority of Fug Nation sings her praises, but I find her sartorial sensibilities just plain fug to the max. They’re not bad because of some juvenile quality to them (I don’t think her clothing taste is juvenile or immature)–she has a pretty developed sense of her own style. It’s just fugly.

    And all the others that people have said: Bieber, Rihanna, the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus. But I feel like those are all circus-clown types. I think we also need to mix in the “serious” actors who can’t seem to get it right. So, I agree that Hathaway and Chastain should be in the mix. I might even though in an Emma Watson because didn’t she have like 2 nip slips this year? I know that’s a controversial suggestion. Christina Hendricks is a great pick. Heidi Klum.

    • Charlotte

      No, I think Emma Roberts definitely deserves a berth. And good call on Elle Fanning – she’s been pretty cracked out lately.

      • pantsonfire

        Emma Roberts is a great suggestion, too. I’ll take both her AND Emma Watson!

        • Charlotte

          Ha! I’m getting my Emmas confused, I see. (Probably because I just spent a half hour trawling through various Emma – your Watsons, your Roberts, your Stones – archives.)

          Emma *Watson* has definitely brought the fug this year, too.

  31. pantsonfire

    Oh and what about Michelle Williams with the peter pan collars and the crew cuts and the shoulder/boob smashing?

  32. Rebecca

    Julianne Hough and Brooke Mueller, lest we forget those pleather crotchless leggings she wore over tights. I honestly feel like she could make it to the Sweet 16 AT LEAST on those pants alone.

    I’ve tried all the chip flavors and I have to say I kind of liked the Chicken & Waffles. Certainly they don’t taste like the actual meal, but it made for a tasty chip.

  33. Charlotte

    Bieber definitely deserves a number one seed. Rita Ora, too.

    Anne Hathaway may have pulled it out for the Golden Globes, but she choked at the Oscars. Jessica Chastain pulled it out for the Oscars, but she choked at almost everything else. I’m not sure if they’re number one seed material, but they’re pretty darn close.

    People somewhere in between: Julianne Moore, Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Heidi Klum, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Emma Roberts. Anyone with the initials “KK.”

    Dark Horse Candidate: January Jones. She hasn’t been out much this past year, but when she is, she BRINGS IT.

  34. roser

    Chris Brown. Rihanna. Dunham. Biebs. Chastain. Alexa Chung. The Mamet kid. Marc Jacobs. JOHNNY DEPP, OMG remember how he used to be hot? Lohan. Kelly Osborne.

  35. ChrisH

    Beebs, Carly Rae Jepson: a little Canadian Content goes a long way. And anyone who visited Stella McCartney on us, Canadian or not. And I know FUG Madness is one-year only, but why CAN’T there be a lifetime achievement award? That, I would pay MONEY to vote on.

    Good luck finding the chips. I’d send you some, but Canada doesn’t get cool things until you’ve had them for 5 years, first.

  36. Em

    Heidi Klum, for the least subtle break-up wardrobe ever
    KStew, for looking bedraggled every time her stylist turns their back
    Halle Berry, because there’s no excuse for looking bad with that bod

  37. Allie

    YES, add Lena Dunham, because I have never once seen that girl wear something that fits right.

  38. Rachel

    Rihanna. The Biebs. Lena Dunham. Carley Rae Jepsen. Jennifer Morrison maybe? Let’s leave poor LiLo out of it this year.

  39. Amy

    K. Stew definitely deserves a high seed this year. So much sheer-ness going on in her wardrobe this year.

    Also, the Biebs needs to make an appearance. He doesn’t get a pass just for being a dude. I see him sneaking in and taking out all the ladies for a #1 spot this year.

    Rihanna. Girl we love your music . . . your clothes, well, that’s another story . . . Shine bright like a fugmond!

    Heidi Klum . . . we don’t need to see all your bits all the time. We know you’re hot. We get it.

    Aria – as in what she wears in character on PLL, not the actual Lucy Hale. Fictional gals deserve a shot at the title too lest we ever forget the highlighter-colored wedges of doom.

    Chastain. A good Oscars, and a few good coats does not forgive so many mis-steps.

  40. suzanne suzannadanna

    Lea Michele? Of course.

    • Nancy

      I was just going to say her!!

      Here are my picks:
      Heidi Klum, for a top pick.
      Kristen Stewart, for looking dirty
      Lea Michele – of course
      Emma Stone – for her fall from satorial glory
      JLo – for being JLo
      Bieber – for being such a Tool
      Ann Hathaway – because I can’t stand her voice and that she got the Oscar
      Adele – yes, I know, she is a singer, but really…she dresses horribly

      I am not mentioing Lohan, because I think she has entered Winehouse territory, and it doesn’t feel right to me, but if I knew she was going to be OK, she would be right up there with Heidi and the Dirty Girl, Kristen.

  41. JCB

    Heidi Klum, Anne Hathaway, all the Kardashians, the Biebs, Rihanna are all good picks.
    But my top pick? Marchesa! Can we have a designer as a Fug Madness seed? How much crazy shit have we seen from them draped over all sorts of poor celebs?

    If we can do Marchesa, Stella McCartney’s earned herself a slot too, for crimes against fitting if nothing else.

  42. house mouse

    Heidi Klum for sure, and the Biebs, and Lena Dunham/Zosia Mamet. Stella McCartney for her many crimes against fashion, although I think she could make a good showing based just on what she wears herself. Chastain & maybe Hathaway for the close-but-yet-so-far vote. Miley and Emma Roberts to represent the younguns. And what’s a Fug Madness tourney without Kardashians?

    Oh god, I’m so excited!

  43. Karen

    Bieber. Anne Hathaway. Heidi Klum. Bieber. Kardashians. Miley Cyrus. Stella McCartney. Bieber. Jessica Chastain. Melissa McCarthy. Oh, and did I mention Bieber?

  44. CranAppleSnapple

    Jessica TimberBiel for her fugly everything, especially bangs and faux pregnant wedding dress.
    Courtney Stodden for her offensive everything, especially the strap-on mams.
    Kristen Stewart because of her greasy hair and dreadful half naked turns on the red carpet.
    Kanye’s watermelon shoes and hefty bag shar-pei pants.

  45. ringthing

    Two words: J LO. She has been a Tacky McTackerston all year.

  46. Vandalfan

    Any diaper-trousers.

    • Vandalfan

      Have mini-polls of subcategories during the main events that go on several days:
      Worst Deployment of Sheer
      Pants What
      The World is Your Gynecologist
      Unfortunate Patterns and Fabrics
      Make-up Mishaps
      Lame’ Nightmares
      What The Hair?
      Bordello Funeral Lamps
      Most Creative Use Of Wallpaper and Upholstery

  47. Hollabc

    Bieber #1 seed!!!!

  48. Calla

    For your consideration:

    Julianne Hough

    Louise Roe

    Carrie Underwood

    Kristen Wiig

  49. Bree

    If Bieber doesn’t win I’ll be shocked, but if he isn’t included I’ll revolt.

  50. Aparatchick

    Great suggestions so far. I’ll add a few.

    Jessie J has had a couple of real atrocities this year. And I’m sad to say I’d add Rashida Jones to my FM list; she’s great in Parks and Recreation, but on the red carpet she can’t seem to get it together.

  51. Amy

    I nominate these ladies every year, but Chelsea Handler and Rachael Ray. Considering all the money they have and friends with good taste, they are ALWAYS hot messes.

  52. esther p.

    Bieber (so, so horrible), Klum, J Lo, any Kardashian, anybody married or dating a Kardashian.

  53. Rose

    Elle Fanning – so, so tiny and adorable, but being young is no excuse for some of her more “eclectic” choices.
    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Florence Welch. She’s actually had a pretty good year, but there have been a few seriously questionable outfits (see: Met Ball wearable snowflake and Grammys dragon dress).
    Morena Bacarrin or however one spells her last name. Way too gorgeous to always turn up looking the way she does.
    Ginnifer Goodwin. Again, so, so pretty but WHYYYY.
    Lily Collins. “Hit or miss” is an understatement.

    • mary lou bethune

      Those are all beautiful, talented women who should be able to find some help. Yeah, they belong on brackets!

  54. Miriam

    Yes, Bieber, but I hope his win isn’t set in stone. So many mentions – he will be hard to beat but the attention he gets already is depressing.

    • Allie

      Yes, but as with previous Fug Madness winners, the winner usually disappears for a while and then cleans up their act! So I could get on board with a Bieber win if only so he’ll go away.

  55. deee

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned the sriracha chips in this entire thread. They rock. No need to try any of the others.

    Chicken and waffles – favorite food of Snoop Dogg. ’nuff said. Have no idea how I know that. Actually kind of embarrassing.

  56. Allie

    Also, Jim Carrey for those ridiculous I-could-be-Thomas-Jane shoes.

  57. tigerstripes

    Sevigny and SWINTON go without saying, yes?
    Do not leave out LiLo, because she is poised to join the 27 Club any minute now and we will all want something to remember her by. Does that sound mean? I don’t want to be mean.
    Hathaway for certain, because she’s been insistent on calling her own terrible shots.
    A big YES to Stella McCartney; her clothes are so horrible that she must have a seed.

    • Chris P

      I was going to say that Sefugny was a bubble case. Then I saw her. She’s an automatic berth.

      SWINTON is iffy because, you know, SWINTON. She deserves her own bracket – mayhaps she can take over Madonna’s? (Okay, so the lady is completely from planet Björk and thus a SWINTON/Björk switcheroo is more apt, but Björk is possibly the most legendary fugger in history.)

      • Jessica

        Swinton didn’t really leave the house this year.

        • Chris P

          Well, yes, but she made every appearance on GFY count. (I am serious. I’m certain no mortal can wear this outfit that Heather wrote up. As a matter of fact, I’m wavering on whether SWINTON can wear it, which obviously makes me an apostate and a heretic.)

          I still think, that in light of the fact that a very vocal faction of Fug Nation holds her up as the One True Goddess, SWINTON deserves semi-retirement, or at least memorialization. Mayhaps rename the Sweet Sixteen the SWINTON Sixteen?

  58. Chris P



    Also, speaking of nipslips: When did Melody Thornton wear the dress that happened to be see-through?

  59. Sajorina

    My top fuggers of the year are: Bieber, January Jones, Stella McCartney, Rita Ora, Rihanna, Adrienne Bailon, Lindsay Lohan, Christina Aguilera, Kim K, KANYE, Julianne Hough, Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wigg, Elle Fanning, Morena Baccarin, Carrie Underwood, Halle Berry, Amanda Peet, Eva Longoria, Giuliana Rancic (even though I don’t consider her a celebrity), Jessie J, Jedward and many more I just can’t remember!

  60. Josie

    January Jones
    Christina Hendricks
    Lohan – she was so close last year!
    Bieber for those stupid pants
    Kim K
    Alexa Chung
    SJP for her sister wife look at the met ball
    Heidi Klum
    Anne Hathaway for her Oscar dress
    Julianne Moore
    And, this pains me because I adore him, but Zachary Quinto sometimes dresses like a crazy person. I offer this photo as exhibit A: http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/2678662/zachary-quinto-jonathan-groff-same-t-shirt-07/
    Two different types of gingham. In one outfit. I rest my case.

  61. Josie

    Chris P – Wire Image tells me Melody’s naked dress was April 12 of last year. She definitely qualifies. I’m seconding your vote for Adrienne Bailon.

  62. Sab

    Justin Bieber
    Kim Kardashian
    Selena Gomez
    Ginnifer Goodwin
    Melissa McCarthy
    Jessica Chastain
    Heidi Klum

  63. Jaime Stuntz

    Cee Lo Green!! Did you see the cheetah print hooded…Yahoo’s Worst Dressed called it a “blouse”…and matching backpack? Easily as cracktastic as anything anyone else has worn this year!

  64. Fiona K

    I have to concur with many of the above – J Bieber, H Klum, A Bailon, K Stewart, and my personal fave STELLA! Can we have a designer in Fug Madness? I also think that Lohan should be off limits due to her ongoing meltdown. And SWINTON I think we can all agree is a treasure to perfect to be in the company of any of them. Can’t wait to get started!

  65. Ori

    In no particular order…
    Alexa Chung
    Miley Cyrus
    Justien Bieber
    Kim Kardashian
    Jessica White
    Stella McCartney
    Julianne Hough
    Carly Rae Jepsen
    Halle Berry
    Rita Ora
    Rachel Zoe

    Could we nominate a designer, not for the way they dress but for the clothes they inflict upon us? If so, I nominate Marchesa!

    Also, I may be insensitive (or a bi***) but I would nominate Lindsay Lohan because I have come to believe that IT (i.e. her life) has more to do with character flaw than mental illness (and I’m a mental health professional) and she seems to be doing everything on purpose albeit cluelessly.

    • CJG

      I was just saying last week that maybe we should have a category for designers…and I nominate Stella McCartney. Designers have exponential fuggery, in my opinion, because their bad taste affects so many people at once.

  66. Roz

    Rachel Weisz appeared in a hideous white curtain dress a while back that I made a mental note to myself to remember for Fug Madness. I can’t find it our now. I nominate it for your consideration!

    • Chris P

      I saw a jumpsuit that I last saw on my dearly departed Grandma Ethel’s windows, but that was from 2010.

      Other than that: This (http://gofugyourself.com/fug-or-fab-rachel-weisz-2-09-2012), which is from this year’s qualifying period. (And to answer Renner’s question, my mother. We were watching Skyfall on Friday, and she basically riffed on how Craig!Bond is a midget the entire time. We also may have had a fight over his hair – she thought it was gray, I knew it was blond, albeit graying a bit.)

  67. Sarah Tardif Zaitchik

    I’d like to nominate Jessica Biel, her bangs, and her nonsense wardrobe.

    • Anj

      I usually like her clothes but her bangs are terrible and her dying lips.

  68. Kris

    Have I missed seeing Xtina’s name? There have been some cringe-worthy outfits, hair, makeup presented on the Voice….

  69. amelia

    Nicki Minaj,
    China Chow,
    Aubrey O’Day,
    Lil Kim,
    John Mayer,
    LeAnn Rimes,
    Mark Jacobs,
    Lindsay Lohan

    I really have to go lie down now.

  70. Gigi

    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Rachel Weisz (too pretty to dress poorly)
    Morena Baccarin (as above)
    Melissa McCarthy
    Anne Hathaway
    Jessica Biel (not holding up the name)
    Rashida Jones
    Justin Bieber (obviously)
    Kim Kardashian
    Emma Roberts

  71. MunchletteBelle

    I don’t think I have ever seen Katerina Graham wear something that is not 100% bonkers. Sometimes I wonder if she dies a little inside when she has to wear jeans and long-sleeved shirts and understated makeup on TVD. But yeah, I think she could be a contender. Although I don’t know how strong this year has been for her compared to previous years.

  72. Louise

    Wait wait wait wait wait. Fug Madness has now been defined as WORST-DRESSED? I never knew! I thought it was ‘the essence of fug’…??

  73. Megan

    Hey H and J: Chicken and Waffle chips are to be found at Target! (although, I’m sure you found some already in your state of desperation)
    Fug Madness: Justin Bieber. Gosh that kid needs help in the style department. I LOVE IT!

  74. Anj

    Rita Ora all the way. K-Stew’s hair and her casual looks with the rolled of shirt AND jeans, Kim Kardashian, Zosia Mamet, and Lena Dunham.

  75. milkteeth

    Starts with a B- and ends with an -EYONCE. Who has pots of money yet still arrives at most formal events looking like a visually impaired stripper collided with an ice skater? BEYONCE! That’s who I nominate.