Wonderwall.com is rounding up the best and worst fashion moments from stars celebrating birthdays in May, starting with a true fashion icon… We’re so used to Cate Blanchett wowing us in the style department that this misstep truly stunned us last year! The May 14 birthday girl donned a disastrous getup at an event in March 2019 — an all-Gucci ensemble comprised of a brown snakeskin blazer, a lime green blouse with a frilly collar and questionable green snakeskin trousers. To make matters worse? She finished things off with a pair of bright red heels. Keep reading to see our favorite look from Cate next — plus the rest of the May birthday gang’s fashion hits and misses!
Our favorite Cate Blanchett look of all time? It’s a tough call, but we’re going with her 2011 Academy Awards look. The stunning pale pink Givenchy gown featured structured sleeves, incredible beading in a matching shade plus pops of yellow and subtle pleating that all added up to a super-memorable red carpet moment.
May 5 marks Adele‘s birthday. Our least favorite red carpet look from the star dates back to the 2013 Grammy Awards. That year, she arrived in this tea-length floral-patterned Valentino frock that while sweet just didn’t feel like the right dress for such an important occasion.
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Who could forget the dreamy green Givenchy gown that Adele wore to the 2017 Grammys? The diva sported this long-sleeved frock with beaded sleeves, a checkered bodice and a chevron-patterned full-length skirt to music’s biggest night that February.
We really weren’t fans of the disastrous two-piece look — it looked like a romper from afar — that Megan Fox wore to the “Battle of Jangsari” movie press conference in South Korea in August 2019. The actress, who celebrates her birthday on May 16, opted for a corset-like top with an oversized bow and baggy trousers by Olivier Theyskens — a mismatched, funky ensemble that fell flat for us.
Our favorite look on Megan Fox dates back to her very first Golden Globes in 2009. That year, the star arrived in a fitted gold Ralph Lauren gown with spaghetti straps and intricate beading.
The blue velvet, the sheer skirt dripping with heart-shaped confetti, the matching mermaid hair… where do we even begin? Blac Chyna, whose birthday is on May 11, wore this funky getup at her figurine doll launch party in August 2017.
Blac Chyna’s 2020 Grammys gown wowed us. The shimmering red confection featured long sleeves and sky-high double slits — it was one of her best fashion moves.
We can sum up our reaction to the outfit — a black-and-white striped shirt worn underneath a pear-patterned dress — that May 3 birthday girl Christina Hendricks wore to a pal’s April 2019 cookbook launch party in one word: Nope.
This divine emerald green Zac Posen dress that Christina Hendricks wore to the 2014 CNN Heroes event is one of our favorite looks ever on the “Mad Men” alum. From the killer shade to the off-the-shoulder silhouette to the midi-length skirt to the way she paired it with those patterned pumps, we loved every single element.
May 2 birthday girl Ellie Kemper’s most unfortunate red carpet look? This Jenny Packham pick. The navy blue cap-sleeved frock she wore to the 2017 Primetime Emmys featured plenty of embellishments and an overdone sheer skirt that we just couldn’t get behind.
Fortunately, Ellie Kemper turned things around at the next Primetime Emmys! She wore this stunning strapless coral number to the award show in 2018 — a frilly J. Mendel frock made of textured chiffon that featured subtle tiers and a sweetheart neckline.
Helena Bonham Carter, who was born on May 26, wore this bizarre Vivienne Westwood getup to the Golden Globes back in 2011. The actress’s funky frock, with its multicolored print and haphazard black tulle, was only made worse by the fact that it was styled with different colored shoes!
Helena Bonham Carter is known for her wacky fashion sense, so we were pleasantly surprised when she delivered this gorgeous style moment — a simple yet stunning black Vivienne Westwood gown with a wide neck and a thigh-high slit — at the “Ocean’s 8” premiere in New York City in June 2018.
Birthday girl Nikki Reed, who was born on May 17, opted for a completely sheer top with a black bra underneath and a green striped skirt for an event in Las Vegas in January 2018. She completed the questionable outfit with nude heels that blended into the carpet. Now on to a better look from the actress…
Nikki Reed’s best look in our opinion? This amazing red pantsuit from Clarite. The star donned the sleek coordinates sans shirt at the Producers Guild Awards in 2018, pairing the ensemble with a red lip and multicolored sandals by Alexandre Birman.
May 25 marks Octavia Spencer‘s birthday! The star typically rocks chic ensembles on red carpets, so much so that her worst isn’t even that bad! But if we had to pick, we’d choose this Tadashi Shoji moment from the “Insurgent” premiere in 2015 — mainly due to the mixing of prints and that funky patterned skirt.
Octavia Spencer had a seriously regal moment on the red carpet of the 2017 Academy Awards. The star stunned in this pale gray Marchesa gown featuring a satin pleated bodice, off-the-shoulder sleeves and a glamorous feathered skirt.
By now, you likely know how we’d feel about a sheer and bedazzled jumpsuit. Spice Girl Mel B — who celebrates a birthday on May 29 — wore this truly bizarre ensemble by Rocky Gathercole to an “America’s Got Talent” season 12 live show back in 2017. Thanks to its strategically placed jewels and embellished collar, we still remember how many questions we had about this awful choice (namely — why?!).
A jumpsuit that fared a whole lot better? The killer magenta Michael Costello number that Mel B wore to the TCA Summer Press Tour in 2016! We loved everything about this — from the cut to the bold color to the flared pants.
No, this wasn’t a costume! May 31 birthday girl Brooke Shields wore this funky getup by Sachin & Babi — a T-shirt with a red lip motif, a tea-length skirt with a sequined ruffle and funky white ankle boots — to an event in New York City in 2018. See an infinitely better look from Brooke next…
Brooke Shields‘ best look? Easy! This show-stopping Sachin & Babi jumpsuit she rocked at the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2019. From the bold silver sparkles to the long-sleeved and wide-legged silhouette, we were wild about this disco-inspired fashion moment.
We love a sleek menswear moment, but this was not it: Idina Menzel looked like she was channeling a vampire after adding a blood-red satin scarf and dark makeup to her black suit at the 2016 CNN Heroes Tribute.
Sometimes simplicity is key, as proven by Idina Menzel. The star selected this sleeveless white gown by Galvan for the “Frozen II” premiere in 2019, and though the stunning gown didn’t have any bells and whistles, it was super memorable on the red carpet.