From the Beatles poking light fun at Christmas Pantomime to Keith Moon dressing up as Scrooge, from Eazy-E’s unsettlingly comedic marriage of Christmas cheer and gunfire to a pantheon of pop starlets dressed up as sexy elves, it’s obvious that musicians like to use the holiday season as an excuse to roleplay. We’re in favor of these costumed romps, as they often provide entertaining and memorable (if not entirely stylish) results for audiences.
To get into the stride of 2011’s holiday spirit, we’ve compiled (what else?) 12 of our favorite examples of stars’ yuletide dress. Red latex catsuits? Lita Ford brings it. Ugly Christmas sweaters? Vampire Weekend, we turn to you. Santa as a pimp? LL Cool J has it covered. And as for the ultimate, saucy Santa’s helper? It’s a splashy showdown between Mariah, Kylie, Katy Perry and the Saturdays.