With Glee‘s final competition episode happening this Friday, it’s time to look back.
Not just at the music of previous competitions, which were all pretty great (some choices notwithstanding), but also the competition outfits. Some of which are pretty rockin’ as in I will spend my money to own a dress that looks half as good on me.
While admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of the new blazers (I think a different color red and tie would have been better) I have adored previous outfits of the past. I would like to pay tribute to those outfits for being just fabulously gorgeous and making me want them for my own.
Now before I start, I would like to point out that this is all strictly opinion based. So if I’m missing your favorite competition outfit, then I invite you to share it. Also I’m probably going to talk more about the dresses then the menswear, but I will be sure to mention what I like or didn’t like about the menswear and how it factored into my rankings.
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5) Season One Sectionals
Now compared to some of the other more elaborate costumes, the season one Sectionals outfit seems a bit simple. Yet in the simplicity lies the beauty of it, I like that it looks simple. It looks very clean and sharp. The black makes the red ties for the boys and sash for the girls really pop. The dress looks just excellent on all of the body types present with the empire waist, which is just universally flattering. All of the guys look dapper in their ties and short sleeves.
I also applaud the idea of having the girls wear flats because they probably haven’t built up the callouses for dancing in heels. Your feet need to be broken to get a good dance in heels. It’s a nice little detail.
4) Season Two Nationals
I really like the vests the guys are wearing here. It’s a nice hint of class that would have been nice to see in Sectionals season one outfits. Now the dresses took me a bit to warm up to. At first I didn’t really like them, but over the years they have really grown on me. Again I like the empire waist line, but I also love how floaty the dress looks. Like if I was wearing it, I would be spinning to watch the dress spin off.
While the girls are covered with sequins, the boys get a nice pop with the white ties and shoes to counter all of the black. It’s simple yet elegant.
3) Season Three Sectionals
See these are kind of what I wished what they would have done with the season six competition outfits. Since the choir is overwhelmingly male, they could incorporate it with the few females. Everyone looks much more uniform here. I love the bowties and the white tuxedo jackets. I think it looks super classy. That’s it.
It’s just a very simple look with some nice tweaks to make them pop.
2) Season Four Regionals
One of the things I really adore here is the use of color. I just dig the use of purples: the dark plum with the girls’ dresses in contrast to the light violet of the boys’ ties. I also love the solid cardigan usage here, as you don’t really see that used much. It makes all of the boys look retro which goes in line with the kind of retro feel of the girls’ dresses.
I just feel like these are really pretty outfits, not costumes but actual outfits.
1) Season Three Nationals
Oh. My. God.
When I first saw this dress, all I could think was ‘I want this’. It’s been years since then and I still want it. What can I say? I think everything about these outfits are perfect. The dresses are a gorgeous red color, bright and popping with a sweetheart neckline and a perfectly placed bow. I also liked the hints of black with the ribbons and the tulle. I also like the boys’ simple yet elegant black vests with red ties, kind of combining season one Sectionals with season two Nationals. It makes it the best of worlds.
The star though, outside of the amazing performances and stellar vocals, is that dress. I will always covet that dress.
And those are my picks for the Top Five Competition Outfits For New Directions! We’ve had a lot of awesome fashion though and, as always, give snaps to the costume department.