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The leotard is back...again

December 11, 2007 |  9:09 am

Katemoss121107Never mind the fact that Kate Moss looks like sheBumble1 murdered ten skunks and the abominable snow man for her Fendi fur coat. Even more haughty is her style choice beneath the anti-PETA outerwear: a freaking leotard. Pairing a black Danskin with tights, high boots and a belt does not make it a dress.

But Moss isn't the only lady who thinks the world is335554 her Swan Lake stage.  Beyonce performed in Addis Ababa last month wearing a taupe leotard with an attached spangled capelet. It's very Ice Capades-cum-middle school tap dance recital, don't you think?

Lindsay Lohan, on the other hand, likes to accessorize her leotard with dated fashion ephemera. Last October for Halloween, she sported this white stretchy suit with leggings and sweat bands and a garter belt and fingerless lace gloves. It's very Lohanleotard02Madonna meets Jane Fonda meets a New Jersey teen bride, with a sprinkling of Walt Frazier for good measure.

I understand how stars could easily become distracted when getting ready. The phone rings or someone hands you a stiff Scotch on the rocks and the next thing you know, you're exiting a limo sans pants or skirt.

The one upside to '80s dancewear as everyday get up is that you needn't worry about panty flashes or pesky bra straps showing.

photo credits: Moss, Bauer-Griffin; Beyonce, Reuters; Lohan, Splash.