Charli XCX Does a Lot of Outfit Changes for Hyper-Sensory New ‘Used to Know Me’ Video

Maybe it’s due to everyone having spent so many months not dressing up, because, well…what was there to dress up for? But in her video for the exuberant new single ‘Used to Know Me’, Charli XCX simply cannot stop changing outfits.

Indeed, it opens with her in her underthings and looking confused, with all manner of clothing strewn wildly about the bedroom floor. She then pulls a rather large fuschia boa out of an Amazon Prime shipping box (apparently you really can get everything imaginable on Amazon.com), and whoosh! Inspiration. From a luxurious bubble bath she makes the lyrical pronouncement, “I’ll say I’m finally pure,” and the sartorial extravagance just kicks off from there.

To be sure, she goes from grooving about in tight blue leather, to working out in a quite revealing athleisure number, to cheerleading with a couple of cross dressing teammates behind her (Cheeky touch: she lifts her skirt to reveal an Atlantic Records logo imprinted on her panties), to camping it up as an 18th Century Euro aristo with absolutely towering hair. Our favorite: at 1:45 in, she’s sporting claws and furry arms in a hyper-sensory glass box, which looks like the most awesome three-person rave we’ve never been to.

Lyrically, it’s about leaving behind some or other toxic person, and moving on to becoming a better self without them. Though interestingly enough, considering we are finally (hopefully?) moving on from this long and terrible pandemic, the words could almost be taken as a kiss-off to the virus itself.

“Held me back, tied me up inside a cage
Had to change my life ’cause I knew you’d stay the same
Couldn’t see you were standing in my way
I can see clearly now, now, now”

And wouldn’t you know, with nothing or no one standing in her way right now, Charli has embarked on a massive US, UK, and European tour to spread the word of her awesome new album Crash. Which means celebrating Tax Day with her at The Fillmore in Philadelphia tonight, and then following her from Chicago to Glasgow to Berlin, Barcelona and Milan, finally finishing up at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver July 21. Bring your best fashion game.

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