> 20 Fashion Disasters
never really been a strong point for the residents of Ramsay
Street, but some of the fashions in Erinsborough over the
years have really taken things to a whole new level. Here,
we look back at 20 of our favourite Neighbours fashion disasters…
attempts to upstage Betty Bristow
her old friend, Betty Bristow, arrived in Erinsborough and
started flirting with Harold and showing off her cosmetically
enhanced body and swanky clothes, Madge began to feel increasingly
dowdy. On the advice of best friend, Helen, she decided to
give herself a makeover in time for dinner with Betty the
following evening. Unfortunately, she ended up, in the words
of Henry and Scott, looking like a reject from Mardi Gras.
The next day, she spent the entire afternoon, as well as $200,
in the beauty salon, only to get caught in a rainstorm on
the way home. Madge walked in the door looking like a drowned
rat and took her frustrations out on Betty. Luckily, before
Betty returned home to Brisbane, the two women managed to
sort out their differences.
80s were a time of distasteful fashion, and the hairstyles
that went with it were no better. The Neighbours set in the
80s must have been a fire hazard, with all the hairspray fumes
wafting about. The hair in Neighbours didn't move much, held
in place by a scaffold of styling products. It wasn't just
the female cast that gave us big 80s hair though. Henry Ramsay's
hair gave a great performance as a tightly permed mullet,
one of the finest examples of dodgy 80s hair.
Robinson’s hair was certainly a Neighbours icon in the late
80s. The simple and somewhat helmet-like style suited her
character down to a tee and she certainly had little trouble
getting through the doorways, unlike some of the other female
characters. Indeed, Todd even attempted his own version of
Hilary’s hair at one point, before growing it out and adopting
a ponytail, which was apparently quite fashionable at the
Fake tan traumas #1
Sharon Davies decided that she wanted a nice healthy tan so
that the boys at school would finally notice her, she went
a little too far and ended up with sunstroke. As the school
dance approached, she was determined to win the affection
of one boy, Dwayne, at the school dance and decided to go
to any length to get it. After borrowing a dress from her
sister, Bronwyn, Sharon applied an entire bottle of fake tan
to her skin, much to Hilary’s horror. Sharon, however, felt
that she was the height of sophistication and set out for
the school dance. Unfortunately for Sharon, she was once again
a laughing stock when the fake tan began to melt under the
disco lights and she ended up returning home early, much the
worse for wear, and preparing to face Bronwyn’s wrath for
ruining her dress.
much a part of Julie as being offensive and whining in a high-pitched
voice, was the green anorak. Rarely on a winter’s day would
she be seen without it, and indeed it may well have been possessed,
as its most famous hour came when Julie donned it, stepped
outside to the car and reversed into Cheryl Stark, who was
pregnant no less.
entire wardrobe pre-2004
the beginning, it was understandable, as she’d moved from
the country and they clearly had no shops, so she made her
own clothes. But as time went on, Susan’s range of unflattering
tent dresses only seemed to grow. Her ability to mismatch
every single item in her wardrobe was unrivalled, even after
Ruth Wilkinson moved in and gave it a good try herself. Fortunately,
once Karl moved out, she had a bit of an overhaul and, since
then, she’s looked less like a walking jumble sale.
may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but the spectacle
that was Cody Willis dressed as a man simply turned out to
be quite frightening. In an attempt to prove to sexist Coach
Garfield that she was just as capable as the men on the uni
cricket team, Cody, with a little help from Karl, dressed
herself up as a man and went along for a trial. Complete with
fake facial hair, Cody managed to fool the coach into thinking
he’d found his next big star, before humiliating him, along
with the viewers, by revealing who she was.
another of his attempts to get himself in shape and change
his image, Phil Martin went to an extreme and bought himself
a sauna suit, in the hope that he would be able to sweat off
those extra pounds. Unfortunately, he bought it from Marlene and it turned out that it was actually just a silver tracksuit that she was struggling to sell in her shop. The effect ended up being more of an overweight
astronaut and, after relentless mocking from his friends and
family, he decided that he’d probably be better off sticking
to eating carrots.
dresses as Cheryl
Cheryl away, and desperate to drum up some business at Chez
Chez, Lou decided to make a tv ad, and decided that Stonie
was just the person to star in it. In what ended up looking
like a drag queen impersonating Cher, Stonie put on a dress
and a curly wig and played ‘crazy’ Cheryl in the ads, which
went on to cult success in the area, turning Stonie into something
of a local celebrity. Indeed, it all started to go to Stonie’s
head and it wasn’t until his girlfriend, Cody, threatened
to split up with him that he snapped out of it.
if one Rebecchi dressed as Cheryl wasn’t enough… Angie Rebecchi
was beginning to feel dowdy so, naturally, she turned to her
good friend and Ramsay Street’s beacon of fashion, Cheryl
Stark. Angie, being Angie, decided that the best way to get
some style tips would be to sneak into the back garden of
number 22 and check out the clothes hanging on the washing
line. When Cheryl’s daughter, Danni, caught her, she helped
Angie make herself over into a strange hybrid of Cheryl and
Dame Edna Everage. When Cheryl caught sight of her apparent
doppelganger, she managed to convince Angie to return to her
old look and be herself.
Wilkinson’s entire wardrobe
didn’t quite rival neighbour Susan Kennedy in the poor taste
stakes, but Ruth Wilkinson’s wardrobe still left a lot to
be desired. Indeed, many neighbours had to start wearing sunglasses,
as Ruth strode the streets in glorious technicolour trousers
and stripy tops in every colour of the rainbow. Luckily, Phil
saw past that, and even past the dungarees, and proposed to
tan traumas #2
Lance Wilkinson grew jealous when his tricky girlfriend Amy
started spending time around Drew Kirk, a sexy mechanic with
a country boy tan. Lance decided the best course of action
to attract Amy’s attentions was to up the stakes in the tanning
department, and marinated himself in a particularly orange
shade of fake tan that would have scared even Dale Winton.
left for France in 1998 looking reasonably normal. She returned
six months later following an accident with a lawnmower. Hannah
Martin’s change of hairstyle became a talking point up and
down the country. The trauma proved to be too much for the
Martin family, who left Ramsay Street and fled up north in
shame, some months later.
Lyn Scully arrived in Ramsay Street she was a veritable whirlwind
of animal print and big hair. My personal favourite garment
belonging to Lyn is her slinky leopard print dressing gown,
it symbolises everything she aspires to with her clothes,
and exudes an air of tackiness, in the best possible way.
She references haute couture and brings a touch of Galliano
to the streets of suburban Melbourne, dressing like Gwen Stefani's
sweet mother. Her clothes aspire to live a life of luxury,
pure escapism. Despite looking like an accident on ‘Big Cat
Safari Week’ Lyn brings that touch of ‘class’ to Neighbours.
part of his mid-life crisis in the late 90s, following a brief
liaison with his younger secretary, Sarah, and the purchase
of a classic car, Karl Kennedy decided to get himself in shape.
Sadly for some, though not all, of the viewers, it involved
him spending many episodes riding around on a bike, in a lycra
Tahnee Coppin would often lie to receive attention from her
friends and became jealous when newcomer Nina Tucker developed
a close friendship with Michelle Scully. Tahnee’s nasty streak
reared its head again as she offered to help give Nina a makeover
and ended up ‘accidentally’ dying her hair green.
Harold was a brief moment in Neighbours history when marketing
genius Lori Lee decided that appealing to the student market
would boost the Coffee Shop’s sales. Cult figure Afro Harold
was born, even having his own late night advert on Channel
44. T-shirts followed and soon Afro Harold was a star in his
own right. The phenomenon of Afro Harold was mercifully short
lived, as despite the growing success of the character, the
afro wig turned out to be one of the worst mistakes of the
wardrobe department to date.
item of clothing that doesn't have much cause to appear in
your average episode of Neighbours is boxer shorts. Much less
gaudy silky ones. Despite this, Dylan Timmins has managed
to earn a name for himself in the world of tasteless underwear.
Dropping his pyjama trousers in the street, or stripping off
for a dodgy wrestling storyline, Dylan always displayed his
heinous taste in underwear, plus a few other things.
dressed in Sky's underwear
Sky and Sindi teamed up to sell lacy lingerie and earn some
spare cash it went down a treat with the ladies on the street,
but I doubt they thought it would have the same effect on
the men. Boyd wasted no time in tarting himself up and prancing
around in a silky nightie and cami-knickers, much to the delight
of Sky, and the embarrassment of anyone watching with their
parents. As if that wasn't enough, Boyd started doing a striptease.
Scully, who is already a bad fashion icon, is responsible
for the wrestling outfits. Regardless of how we may feel about
that particular storyline, the costumes were truly hideous.
Lyn created a 'vision' in lycra for Toadie, 'The Lawman',
complete with leather gimp mask. We were treated to a less
than pleasant scene where Toadie requested a little more room
for the 'little lawman in his chambers'. When Connor tried
his hand at wrestling, he too was outfitted by Lyn Scully,
but not before a stint wearing green y-fronts as a mask, a
fashion disaster in it's own right. Let's hope we never see
the costumes, or the storyline again.
to Billy, Liz and Steve