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The rundown: TV's worst-dressed reality stars

November 11, 2009 |  2:10 pm


"Sex and the City" and "Gossip Girl" aside, TV's not known for its high fashion quotient. But some of its least stylish players hail from the reality TV realm. True, these regular style offenders don't have the advantage of working with a costume designer or stylist on set. But after searing our eyes with dozens of bejeweled Ed Hardy T-shirts (Jon Gosselin) and a shocking amount of cleavage (Heidi Montag) we find our empathy in short supply. 

Here's our list of the most unfortunately dressed reality TV stars to date:

New York

The "Flavor of Love" veteran, who went on to star in her own VH1 show, "I Love New York," is famous for wearing outfits that look more like stretched-out rubber bands than actual clothes. Never one to concern herself with modesty, she likes her dresses booty-short and astoundingly low-cut. We're permanently cringing.

Jon Gosselin

The former "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" star doesn't just wear sparkly Christian Audigier T-shirts -- the glitz-master has been in talks to co-design a children's collection with the designer. To which we inquire: When's the last time anyone's seen that guy with kids?

Heidi Montag

Short-shorts and high cha-cha heels, baby-doll sundresses that barely contain her faux lady lumps and, well, American-flag bikinis -- Heidi Montag from "The Hills" relentlessly lowers the fashion bar with her pole dancer style. She even debuted a now-defunct clothing line, aptly dubbed Heidiwood, that was full of  hot pants and graphic tees. Again, super classy.

Kim Zolciak

This "Real Housewife of Atlanta" is regularly clad in too-tight minidresses, frocks with plunging necklines and tops with a disturbing amount of ruffles. She recently launched a music career with the song "Tardy for the Party" that saw her gyrating on stage in what amounted to a black bodysuit and black leather gloves boasting huge, drooping pink ribbons. Mercy.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photos: Who's got a worse sense of style: Jon Gosselin or Heidi Montag? Credits: William Thomas Cain / Getty Images and Jason Merritt / Getty Images