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The 9 Worst ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Outfits of All Time

Are there any shows more entertaining and addictive than The Bachelor and its offshoot, The Bachelorette? Season after season, we curl up with our significant others (read: Ben and Jerry) to watch gorgeous 20- and 30-somethings hunt for theirs.

While the entertainment game is consistently strong, the style game is not. We’ve now had more than 250 episodes, and between all those hot tub scenes and helicopter dates, there have been some outfit disasters. For your viewing pleasure, here are the worst Bachelor and Bachelorette ensembles of all time!

1. Season 1, Episode 3 of The Bachelorette


This top, seen on Season 1’s Trista Rehn, is having an identity crisis. Does it want to be tight? Does it want to be billowing? We just want it to disappear.

2. Season 15, Episode 1 of The Bachelor


On the very first night, Michelle Money introduced herself to Brad Womack and America in what was essentially a quilt of animal prints. Maybe she was trying to broadcast the fact that she was the predator and Brad was the prey. Maybe she just really, really adores animal prints. The world will never know…

3. Season 8, Episode 4 of The Bachelorette


Emily Maynard wore this sequin-encrusted, butterfly dress to Bermuda. We like that she went with a tropical theme, but it’s as if some creepy insect collector took one of his winged specimens and pinned it to her torso.

4. Season 17, Episode 2 of The Bachelor

Pick an outfit, any outfit –and burn it promptly. From the leather chaps to the spiky, garbage bag cape, our retinas will never be the same.

5. Season 18, Episode 1 of The Bachelor


Amy Jokinen’s dress was millimeters away from becoming inappropriate for national television. We think someone needs to tell her Victoria’s secret.

6. Season 10, Episode 3 of The Bachelorette


We understand that Andi Dorfman was trying to see if she could spend “forever” with contestant JJ, but wasn’t there any easier way of doing that? Did they have to dress up as an eighty-year-olds? Only real grandmas deserve the privilege of orthopedic shoes.

7. Season 18, Episode 4 of The Bachelor


Athletic clothes can be fashionable, but these looks zoomed way, way past sporty-chic and ended up in aggressively ugly. The profusion of patterns, the totally mismatched colors and the random accessories all add up to outfits we’re pretty sure we wore in pre-school when we first got to dress ourselves.

8. Season 8, Episode 1 of The Bachelorette


It’s unclear whether Desiree Hartsock is wearing a dress or a shattered piece of glass. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, we think we’re going to need a hot glue gun for this one…

9. Season 16, Episode 6 of The Bachelor

Going on a three-person date is awkward enough, but Rachel Truehart and Blakeley Shea amped up the weirdness by choosing outfits reminiscent of our eighth-grade formal. If we listen closely, we can hear the faint notes of Rihanna’s SOS blaring in our middle-school multi-purpose room…

#Sorrynotsorry we’re so judge-y. What can we say, our prime spot on the couch, pint of Phish Food and required outfit of sweats and a hoodie clearly gives us fashion superiority.

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Aja Frost

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Aja Frost is a college junior living in San Luis Obispo, California. She is equally addicted to good books and froyo, and considers the combo of the two the best since pb & b (peanut butter and banana.) Aja has been published on the Huffington Post, USA Today College, Newsweek, The Daily Muse, xoJane, and Bustle, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @ajavuu
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