Wear Something Gaudy Day - October 17
Tue, Oct 17, 2023

Wear Something Gaudy Day

Fashion fans celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day on October 17 each year. On this day, people are encouraged to dress up in something unique and unusual to show their individuality and surprise others with their outfit. The brighter and more eye-catching the clothing, the better!


The holiday is believed to have been created by Larry Dallas, a character in the 1970s sitcom Three’s Company. Played by Richard Kline, Larry was a used car salesman and womanizer who suggested celebrating fashion in a new and creative way. Over time, more and more people began to celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day on October 17.

Fun facts

Throughout the years, fashion has seen some strange and amusing moments:

  • In the Middle Ages, buttons were not only a functional element of clothing, but also an accessory. 13 buttons were once sewn onto the dress of King Francis I of France, signifying his high status.
  • In the 15th century, the mistress of Charles VII, King of France, popularized dresses that exposed the chest, which were considered acceptable until the 19th century.
  • Trousers were originally without arrows, but since the 19th century, clothes were increasingly transported by sea, resulting in trousers becoming creased at the fold points. These creases were eventually adopted as a fashion statement and men began forming arrows on trousers with an iron.
  • In 1927, shoe makers sewed shoes for clients using X-rays. Though this was meant to help choose the most comfortable shoes, customers were exposed to high levels of radiation.

How to take part

The holiday is not about mocking any fashion trends, but an opportunity to have fun and express oneself. People should feel free to be as eccentric and unusual as possible, without fear of being ridiculed. Wear Something Gaudy Day helps people let go of seriousness, have some fun and use humour to connect with others. Photos of bright outfits can be shared on social media, which will definitely grab some attention.

When is Wear Something Gaudy Day celebrated in 2023?

Wear Something Gaudy Day is observed on October 17 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday October 17 2023
Thursday October 17 2024
Friday October 17 2025
Saturday October 17 2026

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