We’ve all been there: the morning after the night before. Some of us wake up and, by the grace of God, still have enough change left over from the bar tab to call a cab. Others have at least one sensible friend they can rely on to bail them out of a morning-after emergency. But for the rest of us, there’s nothing for it but the dreaded walk of shame, and the sense of regret is palpable in the following poor individuals…
This girl, for instance, apparently needed to refuel at a breakfast buffet during the long walk home. Hey, if people are going to see you anyway, you may as well enjoy your shame with a side of bacon and eggs.
Sometimes, it’s not even worth getting dressed. But at least this girl had the foresight to take pyjamas with her – unless she commandeered them from her conquest, of course. Either way, it’s no wonder people are taking photos.
If your clothes get totally ruined, don’t despair: your date might still be able to help you out. However, this isn’t so much a walk of shame as a “bus ride of someone past the point of caring.” The expression on this guy’s face makes it all the more hilarious.
If you just can’t bear being seen in the clothes of the opposite sex, though, there’s always a third option: wrap the duvet around you and flee before its owner notices. A risky move for sure, but when it pays off, it’s totally worth it.
It’s the morning after the night before, it’s freezing cold outside, and all you’re wearing is a diaper and a bib. Best to just keep your head down and walk home as quickly as possible without crying like a baby.
Yes, cold weather can be great for spotting the walk of shame. Just look for people who are dressed completely inappropriately for freezing temperatures – like this woman. She’s probably deeply regretting going out in hot pants; in fact, we’re guessing that they don’t feel quite so hot now.
Well, that’s unfortunate. You’d think somebody would at least have the decency to point it out to her, though, rather than just taking photos. Then again, she might die of embarrassment if she knew.
This comedy couple clearly aren’t too chicken to make the walk of shame. You just have to wonder, though, why they are making it together; did they both spend the night on a farm?
Well, that’s one way to make sure nobody recognizes you. We’re not really sure what the T-shirt’s about, but at least it matches the headgear.
Does this guy win the walk of shame award for most confident dresser? We think so – just look at his stride of pride. One thing’s for sure: he’s pulling off that dress with aplomb.
Okay, so you’ve avoided the literal walk of shame by taking the subway, and you can probably pass off most of those crazy markings as “alternative tattoos.” However, there’s no getting away from that swastika on your hand.
Here’s a fashion tip: if you’re going to wear flesh-colored leggings, make sure you have a skirt, or shorts, or something to make it look just a little bit like you’re not half-naked. Because, you know, the walk of shame can be undignified enough already.
Even princesses who have spent the night at a regal ball can find themselves in a bit of a pickle the next morning. This one, however, appears to have lost her Prince Charming, while her carriage has clearly turned back into a pumpkin.
Here’s another classic case of apparently unavoidable crossdressing. Although we have to ask: just how ruined do your clothes have to get for you to consider wearing this frilly little number home?
The annual gnome festival is normally such a joyous occasion. However, this unlucky fellow forgot to arrange a way home. Still, if anyone saw him, he could always quickly jump onto a nearby lawn for camouflage.
This guy’s definitely doing his best not to be seen, even pulling the hood of his fox costume up. Unfortunately for him, that is still a fox costume and so heads will be turning. We’re pretty sure that he’s feeling not quite so fantastic today.
Is that a classic Scottish highlander kilt? Or just a tartan skirt? No doubt he’ll try to tell you it’s the former, but we’re not so sure. Either way, this walk of shame is going to be a breezy one.
This guy looks all too happy to be wandering around in a Minion costume, even waving at his – presumably – mirth-filled audience. What we’ll never know, though, is whether they’re laughing at his walk of shame or the terrible craftmanship of his costume.
Here’s a typical walk of shame if ever there was one: a girl protecting her dignity in an oversized shirt, hastily borrowed from her bedfellow the night before. He, in turn, seems to have stolen her shoes.
A sturdy pair of sneakers are always welcome should your walk of shame ever have to turn into a run. We’ve got no idea what this woman was doing the night before that resulted in this, ahem, alternative choice of outfit. We’ll just leave it to your imagination.
This guy presumably crashed where the party was at; with that doughy wedge he didn’t exactly need a mattress. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get picked up by a hungry driver.
This banana appears to be in touch with his peelings – even at this unsociable hour in a nondescript parking lot. Things must have got pretty emotionally deep before he had to split at last’s night party.
Tetris pieces have a habit of not ending up where you want them, and this one has veered way off course. We just hope that it didn’t have to leave the party early because it didn’t fit in.
Thank goodness she went out with a practical and color-coordinated coat. Even the Snow Queen, it seems, needs to really let her hair down – regardless of whether that means sometimes doing away with the horse and carriage.
In January 2016, Morgantown, West Virginia, was in the midst of a winter blizzard, and for some reason this woman was running around in the snow dressed like this. Twitter user Chandlar Fowler, who captured the footage, described it as “the worst walk of shame in the world.”
One morning in June 2010, actress January Jones was snapped arriving at her house in Los Angeles in an outfit that had definitely been worn the night before. The Mad Men star had been at a party hosted by Oceana, an environmental group.
This woman doesn’t know if she’s a bee or a zebra, which is probably a sign that the night before was one to remember. It’s a pity she wasn’t able to fly – or gallop – home.
A wedding gone wrong, maybe? Hopefully this is only a pretend bride, and the fancy-dress party she attended went on all night. Either that or she’ll need to get changed pretty quickly to make the honeymoon.
This brightly dressed woman is sticking to the three golden rules of the walk of shame: stick to the most direct route, walk quickly and don’t look back. Her ordeal will be over sooner rather than later.
Wonder if he’s walking down Sesame Street? It’s the morning of 1 November, the day after Halloween, and this Big Bird would probably love to be able to fly home.
Ever wondered what happened to Ralphie from A Christmas Story? And his bunny suit? Well, they both grew up, and on certain mornings they can be seen wandering the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, it seems.
Has this guy tried to dress up as Cinderella or one of his ugly sisters? He was snapped on a train heading out of London, England, on November 1, 2013, so that Halloween costume was very much still being rocked.
Well, this is borderline terrifying. Again, this photo was snapped the morning after Halloween. It seems that there’s a trend for wearing the previous night’s costume on trains on both sides of the Atlantic.
And here’s another one from November 1. This time we’re in Liverpool, England, where at least one zombie/clown from last night’s Halloween’s celebrations is still roaming around. Things look to have gotten a little messy, too.
Whoever this guy is, or thinks he is, he needs rescuing – and fast. He’s presumably putting in a call to a potential rescuer to stop this walk of shame becoming a trek of shame. Nice legs though.
Just immerse in your phone, buddy, and no one will notice that you’re dressed as a witch at 8:42 a.m. In fact, it seems to be working, as no one’s batting an eyelid at this train ride of shame.
Sometimes, even if a person isn’t wearing a silly costume, you can just tell that they’re on a walk of shame. Either that or they’re in Canada.
In September 2016 this Henry VIII lookalike was photographed at a train station in Canterbury, England, at 6:00 a.m. It’s not exactly transport fit for a king, but presumably he was traveling in the first class carriage.
This walker of shame was at least happy to be photographed, admitting that she walked home like this – in a pretty special giraffe onesie. At least no one can say she isn’t prepared to stick her neck out.
Sometimes the walk of shame is so, well, shameful that you have to cover yourself in whatever you can find – which in this guy’s case was an old duvet. Surely this makes him stand out even more, though.
We don’t care whether you call it the stride of pride, the got laid parade or anything else for that matter. Everyone knows that it’s really the walk of shame, no matter how you dress it up. Although dressing up doesn’t appear to be these gals’ strong suit, anyway.
This definitely looks like the kind of outfit you’d cobble together in a hasty attempt to not look like you’re wearing the same dress as the night before. By which we mean, those are totally the clothes of the guy she slept with last night.
Falling asleep against a lamppost is a telltale sign of a long, hard night. But whatever could these girls have been doing to deprive them of their slumber? Yeah, you don’t need us to spell this one out for you.
Once again, the clothes are a dead giveaway that this isn’t just a normal morning for this woman. From the baggy, mismatched top and shorts to the grievous fashion blunder of wearing socks with sandals, the outfit is almost as shameful as the walk.
This girl just isn’t trying anymore. Are bare legs really so horrendous that you’d rather just wear one stocking than none at all? Or maybe she’s just so truly ashamed that she didn’t have time to dress herself before fleeing the scene.
Yep, those are clearly the shorts someone would normally wear out in public. They just tie the whole outfit together, don’t they? At least this woman looks to be heading toward her car, so her walk of shame will soon turn into a drive of shame.
This girl’s bus ride of shame just about sums up her entire experience. Indeed, her face paints a picture of deep regret and self-loathing, her pants are absolutely nowhere to be seen, and she’s made a vague attempt to hide behind the hood of her jumper. Somehow, we don’t feel like it’s working.
Another day, another girl without pants doing the dreaded walk of shame. There’s no way that there’s anything on her mind other than total regret. Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad, but in the moment, nobody thinks rationally.
No one likes being catcalled at the best of times, so we can only imagine how awkward it must have been to walk past this snowy construction site without any pants on.
For those times when you just can’t avoid doing the dreaded walk of shame, it’s always best to have a partner in crime. For instance, these brazen ladies clearly aren’t bothered about the amount of flesh they have on show – just as long as they have each other to brave the world with.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Like not giving a hoot about what you look like, so long as you can get home. Luckily, one of these unfortunate girls appears to have a cell phone, so at least she can call for help.
This is basically the ultimate walk of shame – so much so that it’s almost an achievement. In fact, we’re really not sure how it’s possible to lose every single bit of clothing apart from your socks and have to run home clutching newspaper to retain a semblance of dignity.
Still, at least if you have managed to completely lose track of all your clothes, you don’t necessarily have to flee naked. All you need is a sizable section of carpet, though we can’t imagine that whoever you take it from will be pleased.
Gandalf the Grey: The Younger Years didn’t go down all that well at the box office. We can’t even begin to imagine why, but it might have had something to do with this picture.
Welcome to Las Vegas. It’s another wonderful morning in Nevada: the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the ladies are walking back to their hotel rooms in last night’s outfits. At least she doesn’t have to walk through a massive crowd of people with a wedgie. Oh, hang on…
This guy is doing his best to own his walk of shame, forgoing clothes for a white bathrobe. In fact, it looks like he’s been clever enough to do it just as dawn breaks. Unfortunately for him, the odds are that there is always someone around to see you at your worst.
This poor woman is having to walk barefoot across a hard, uneven pavement. Surely, the least her date could have done was offer to lend her some footwear? We doubt she’ll be making any return visits to their house, anyway.
We’re not sure that we even want to know what’s going on here; some things are better left unanswered. Still, it’s one of the most alarming outfits we’ve ever seen, walk of shame or not.
This guy has clearly taken the “stride of pride” too far. Just look at that suit! Or maybe he actually doesn’t care how he comes across. All we know is that we’ve never seen a cockier walk of shame.
When little worlds collide. Indeed, it looks like Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Mermaid have been up to no good. But hey, at least they have each other. After all, the walk of shame is always harder alone.
Oversized shirt? Check. No pants? Check. Shoes hastily crammed onto feet with no regard for fastening them properly? Check and check. Yep, this is a classic walk of shame if ever we saw one.
The morning after Halloween is always a great time to catch someone on the most extreme walk of shame of their life. After all, when else will you see someone walking through the streets in a bunny rabbit onesie as dawn breaks?
If you’re planning to spend the night at someone else’s house and want to avoid everyone knowing you’re on the walk of shame, it’s probably not a good idea to go out in fancy dress. This guy’s sense of regret is palpable.
This scene almost looks like something out of a zombie horror film: the girls slouch over, seemingly hanging their heads in shame. But don’t worry, ladies: everyone knows that there’s solidarity in numbers; just embrace it.
It seems that even staying away from roads and paths won’t stop someone spotting you on your walk of shame. And there’s no telling what kind of damage the grass will do to those heels. Probably best to just suck it up and take the sidewalk next time.
What’s the only thing worse than having to do the walk of shame? That might be the hitchhike of shame. After all, not only is someone going to judge you, but you’re also going to have to sit with them in their car while they do so. Next time, we suggest staying somewhere within walking distance of your house.
This situation is exactly why it’s always a good idea to take a spare pair of comfortable shoes when you’re on a night out. Imagine if it was anything less than sunny; you wouldn’t want to be caught barefoot in the rain, would you?
That hollow look of regret in this woman’s face is relatable to every one of us who’s ever had to go through what she’s experiencing. She gets our respect for committing to those heels even on the morning after, though.
Sometimes it’s best just to accept your fate and take pride in your walk of shame. That’s why some people call it the stride of pride, and if you go out there and own it, absolutely nobody can take that away from you.
There’s nothing worse than being on a walk of shame and seeing somebody you know. Oh, hang on – yes, there is. It’s being on a walk of shame, seeing somebody you know and that person pulling out a camera to preserve your shame for posterity.
It’s not until the morning after, in the harsh light of the early sun, that you realize just how skimpy your outfit really is. It might have looked stunning in a club, or with your friends, but alone on a street? No wonder she looks so grumpy.
There’s no real way to pass this kind of scenario off as something normal. All you can do is solemnly trudge home, hoping that nobody you know sees you. In big cities, that’s usually fine. But in small towns? Yeah, you should probably have caught a cab.
Can you imagine having to explain your way out of this scenario? You have to feel sorry for the guy. We can only hope that it’s the day after Halloween to give him a (somewhat) legitimate excuse.
Even if these guys are walking down the street in short-skirted schoolgirl outfits, at least they have each other. The walk of shame is always easier with a buddy, after all. And when you’re dressed like this, you need all the support you can get.
This girl has apparently decided that the best way to cope with what happened the night before is to pretend it’s totally normal. Her nonchalant wave might say, “I don’t care,” but you just know that on the inside, she’d rather be anywhere else.
To be fair, sometimes the walk of shame can be a glorious thing. After all, on what other occasion would you see Batman and the sisters from Frozen marching merrily down the street together in broad daylight?
Attracting attention to yourself on a walk of shame is usually the last thing you want to do. Clearly, then, this girl didn’t think things through when choosing her outfit. That pink is so bright that she makes a passable impersonation of a lighthouse.
The walk of shame is a thousand times more difficult if you’re still feeling the effects of last night’s alcohol intake. This poor woman, for instance, apparently couldn’t even make it out of the building before having to cling onto a nearby wall for stability.
Fast food restaurants are the savior of everyone who’s ever had to make the dreaded walk of shame on an empty stomach. And considering the wide variety of clientele often found in the likes of McDonald’s and KFC, at least you won’t look out of place.
Unfortunately for this girl, taking a route through an affluent neighborhood won’t disguise the fact that her outfit is definitely not day wear. Still, at least she doesn’t look quite as disheveled as most other people doing the walk of shame.