Skip To Content

    19 Times Elaine Stritch Taught Us How To Wear Clothes

    The legendary Broadway and 30 Rock actress really knew how to not wear pants.

    1. When she paired her cane with a top hat and cape.

    Ben Gabbe / Stringer / Getty

    2. Every time she rocked menswear better than any man.

    Lawrence Lucier / Stringer / Getty

    3. And when she looked just as good in a glamorous ball gown.

    NBC Universal / Getty

    With Ray Bulger filming Washington Square in 1956.

    4. In 1956, when she was dripping in diamonds.

    NBC Universal / Getty

    5. When her signature sunglasses gave Iris Apfel's a run for their money.

    Paul Hawthorne / Staff / Getty

    6. When she wore leopard.

    Mike Coppola / Staff / Getty

    7. When she styled up a sweater vest.

    Vince Bucci / Stringer / Getty

    8. Every time she went for the oversized string of pearls.

    Duffy-Marie Arnoult / Contributor / Getty

    9. Or when one string wasn't enough.

    NBC Universal / Getty

    10. When she wore a sparkly jumpsuit on The Tonight Show.

    NBC Universal / Getty

    11. When she perfectly paired polka dots with a touch of fur.

    Time & Life Pictures / Contributor / Getty

    12. Every time she made an entrance, gams first.

    Ron Galella / Contributor / Getty

    13. When she showed us all how to do resort wear.

    Arnaldo Magnani / Getty

    14. When she was the only one who could still pull off hats.

    Steve Mack / Contributor / Getty

    15. And when she accentuated her outfits with a riotous laugh.

    Dave Benett / Contributor / Getty

    16. When she knew how to dress up a white tee.

    17. And of course, her most iconoclastic sartorial contribution, every time she showed us all how to look good without wearing pants.


    Ben Hider / Contributor / Getty


    Rommel Demano / Getty

    With Perez Hilton at an event for her documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.

    For you, Elaine, we'd give up pants forever.