Scout Chic! Madonna, Kate Middleton, Destiny's Child And More Wear Scout Uniforms

26 March 2013

GALLERY >> The Stars Go Scouting

Duchess of Cambridge scouting in Cumbria

Joining a group of [a target="_blank" href="/fashion/news/kate-middleton-wears-wellies-to-volunteer-with-scouts-in-the-lake-district">Scouts in snowy Cumbria last week,[/a] Kate more than earned herself a badge, pitching in by cooking up a storm around the campfire. Marshmallows all round! However whilst Madonna teamed her scarf with some rather sassy leather fingerless gloves and a highly practical fish net tights, Kate opted for a somewhat questionable 1960s-style knitted hat and wellington boots. Perhaps her days as a Brownie taught her style sometimes has to make way for practicality?

Madonna at GLAAD Awards

Although the Duchess of Cambridge had a legitimate reason to get in touch with her inner scout, Madonna seemed to have just taken a fancy to the uniform. Obvs, Madonna doesn’t just do something for the sake of it. Believe it or not there is an underlying political statement behind the woggle. Madge stated that she always wanted to be a Boy Scout but the fact she is a woman meant that she was never allowed to join.

‘I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees,’ she clarified. Does anyone else have Destiny’s Child’s Independent Women ringing in their ears? The image of Madonna rescuing a poor kitty from a tree will never leave our heads. Is there anything she can’t do - sing and act whilst still making time for casual rescue missions?! What an idol.

Destiny's Child at The Kids Choice Awards

But Madonna isn’t the first pop icon to sport the Scout look. Cast your minds back to early noughties when Destiny’s Child were booty shaking all over the show. The three bootylicous babes hit the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice awards wearing khaki scout uniforms, fresh from Beyonce’s mum’s sewing machine. Naturally Beyonce teamed her cropped shirt with the 2001 millinery phenomenon, the bucket hat. The definition of chic, non?

Debbie Harry and The Muppets

If you needed any more convincing that dressing as a boy scout is now one of the chicest pursuits, we delved into the archives and tracked down Debbie Harry dressed like a true scouting pro. Salute and all, Debs is surrounded by her very own pack, The Muppets. Now who wouldn’t want Debbie as their patrol leader?

The 'Beverley Hills' Troop

Those of you who want to achieve the new look are not short on movie inspiration. ‘Troop Beverley Hills’ is quite possibly the ultimate inspiration. Starring Shelley Long as the flame haired den mother who works khaki in the most sassy of ways. Scouting is just as much a state of mind as a way of dress so we highly recommend you get yourself down to Blockbuster and rent this DVD, stat, in order to be fully versed in your scouting terminology.

Darren Criss on Halloween

As for Grazia Daily, we will be taking a leaf out of Darren Criss’s scouting manual and donning a faux fur hat to compliment our newly-acquired yellow scarf. Pictured last Halloween partying in the Hollywood hills, Darren like all good scouts was fully prepared fake gun and all. Check out his badge collection; someone has evidently been working around the clock in the wilderness to get so many accolades.

The mistress of reinvention Madonna always tends to be ahead of the curb when it comes to tapping into trends. But no one could have expected that she would launch an unexpected trend, Scout chic. A week after Madonna donned the Scout boy garb for the GLAAD awards in New York, Kate Middleton jumped on the bandwagon. The idea that the Duchess of Cambridge felt so inspired by the way Madonna O-W-N-E-D that uniform that she had to get a piece of the action is almost too much to cope with. But they're not the only ones - everyone from Beyonce to Debbie Harry have also got in on the scout act. So what are you waiting for? Get your sash at the ready and take inspiration from the ladies in the gallery above...

by Josh Newis-Smith @omy_josh


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