Adele: Fearless Fashionista or Too Tame?

Posted on February 19 2016

There is no doubting Adele's talent. There is a reason she has an extremely devoted and diverse fan base. There is a reason she sells out shows instantly. She may just be the hottest plus size celebrity of our time, but does she accurately represent the plus fashion movement? I don't think so.

Adele's red carpet look is, for lack of a better word, boring. She tends to wear black maxi gowns with three-quarter length sleeves and a high neckline. As she is only 27 years old, I find myself constantly hoping that she will dress her age, that she will drop the matronly black gowns and opt for something with more personality. Because from everything I've read and heard, she has quite the fiery personality. Not that one would be able to gauge her age or personality from her evening wear.


Though I loved Adele's beehive, voluminous hair reminiscent of her album 21, its Old Hollywood Glam feel made her appear, well, old. Her new hair, shown in the image above taken at the 2016 Grammy Awards, gives her a much more current, modern, and youthful look. The Givenchy dress? Though it shows off her small waistline, still hides her figure beneath a full skirt, full-length sleeves, and a crew neckline. I do like the Victorian trend nod, however.


See what I mean about that beehive 'do? For the 2013 Oscars, Adele wore yet another full length black gown with sleeves and a high neckline, by Jenny Peckham. If you knew nothing about her, would you guess that she is only one year older than Taylor Swift?


Again at the Oscars in 2013, Adele changed her look to perform "Skyfall" in a pretty stunning gilded gown, giving a nod to the James Bond Goldfinger theme. Though it is a high neck, long sleeve black dress, it is not a full length gown. It shows just a hint of skin. A little calf. I love a little calf!


Yet another look at the 2013 Oscars, as Adele accepted her Oscar. While her hair and makeup is flawless, she is still sporting a high neck, three-quarter sleeve, long black dress. Three looks, and they all have three things in common:

  1. High neckline
  2. Long sleeves (or at least three-quarter length)
  3. Black


As I am constantly frustrated with Adele's lack of variety in her looks, you must imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to see her in this:


Though it is another long sleeve, high neck dress, Adele's look at the 2013 Grammy's  has shape and color. It may not be everyone's favorite gown, but it sure is more interesting. It's most definitely a fashion risk, one that will get people talking.


Here are some more images of Adele donning yet another sparkly, black, full length dress with a high neckline and long sleeves:

The 2012 Grammy's, where Adele stole the show and took home many Grammy's- all while in another forgettable dress.


MTV Video Music Awards? Another three quarter length sleeve black dress. At least this has some texture.

Yet again, with the set-in waist, the three-quarter length sleeves, full skirt, maxi length, black dress. But she did win a Golden Globe!


When Adele took the stage at Radio City Music Hall, and performed for not only a completely sold out theater but also a film crew to broadcast the event on television, she  wore a dress just slightly outside of her comfort zone. The gold added to glamour of the whole event. A slightly more open neckline, no set-in waist, and not all black made this look refreshing though still a bit matronly.


As a huge Adele fan, I completely realize that she is not like most pop artists who sell their image sometimes more than their music. Her image is extremely classy, giving her sway with older crowds as well as younger crowds. She isn't selling sex appeal, she is selling beautiful songs and an incredible voice. She was quoted in Rolling Stone saying, "My life is full of drama, and I don't have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like. I don't like going to the gym. I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine. Even if I had a really good figure, I don't think I'd get my tits and ass out for no one. I love seeing Lady Gaga's boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry's boobs and bum. Love it. But that's not what my music is about. I don't make music for eyes, I make music for ears."

And for that, I respect her.

Though my biggest pet peeves in plus fashion is that it appears too matronly, and Adele really affirms this, I respect her for wearing what she is comfortable in. The women that are bringing serious attention to the plus fashion industry are women who are doing so with sex appeal. Women like Ashley Graham and Precious Lee show off their curves constantly in skimpy bikinis, cleavage baring dresses, and body con silhouettes. I am not upset with them for exposing their body, like I am not upset with Adele for covering hers. However, I do wish there were an incredibly talented plus size celebrity, not a model, who would wow everyone with her red carpet style, whose sex appeal would be outweighed by her talent. And the best of what I have to choose from is Adele, a woman whose talent almost everyone respects, an artist whose reach is beyond age, race, and gender. I'll take it. But I won't stop begging for some fashion risks. Adele, if you are reading this, come over to Hey Gorgeous! and we'll get you something beautiful to wear that you are comfortable in, but that, you know, might stand out in your closet of black gowns.



1 comment

  • JaTawn: February 26, 2016

    I totally agree I am bored and sadden by the lack of creativity from stylists. Even her Vogue Magazine editorial was boring

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