In or Out: Jessica Alba in Armani Privé

Posted on November 11, 2011

Much to discuss with Jessica’s look, darlings, which is in itself notable because normally the only thing worth voicing with her is “Honey, no,” and “Crack a smile, you’re rich and hot.”

Jessica Alba in Armani PrivéJessica Alba attends the Armani Hotel Milano Opening in Armani Privé.

Jessica Alba in Armani Privé

Jessica Alba in Armani Privé

Jessica Alba in Armani Privé

Very chic and soignée, yes? Love the high neckline in the front and the lower back with the thinnest of spaghetti straps. Love the way it makes her body look long and sleek. LOVE the ring she’s sporting. Only so-so on the shoes. The thick heel with such a low hem tends to make it look a bit mature. We like the clutch, from what we can see, but we’re not sold on competing florals in one outfit. About that hem… we think it’s a pleasant scroll-down surprise and that the print is very pretty, but we have to admit, the more we look at it, the more it looks like expensive sheets. Also, we hate her hair like that.

See? So much to discuss, darlings! Start discussing!


Vote Now!
IN! Elegant, chic, and low-key!

OUT! Mature, boring, and dowdy!

The minions handed out the OUTs like candy the other day, giving manic pixie Zooey Deschanel one and also handing one over to in-over-her-head-stylewise Florence Welch.


[Photo Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Europe]

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  • zoe lord

    very very in! so chic – love the geometricity (ha) of it.

  • Anonymous

    Floral part ruins it. Looks like they just tacked it on at the end.

    • Sally Brownson

      I totally agree with you. I think it looks fine from the side, but from the front it looks like they stuck some floral wallpaper to the bottom of her dress…

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  It seems disconnected and makes the dress a very dowdy length.  Mid-calf dresses rarely look good, in my opinion.  OUT.

  • Gail Kwak

    It isn’t perfect, but I’m going to give her an IN because she looks so much better than usual!  Keep up the good work, Jessica!

  • RzYoung

    mm i think she looks lovely, but I have a soft spot for her anyway. Also up for discussion: TLos new font and title. In and In on both counts 

    • Anonymous

      Oh good, it IS different!  I thought I was either losing my mind or I REALLY needed a third cup of coffee.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I love the new header too :)

      • Anonymous

        I like the new fonts in the post titles, but the new header is not an improvement.

    • Anonymous

      On its own, I like the new font.  I’m wondering if it isn’t a bit too elegant and refined for the rest of the page, especially with the banner ad at the top.  It’s kind of seeing a delicate china teacup in among a bunch of mugs.  But I could be happily persuaded to see that as a good thing!

      • Anonymous

        My sentiments exactly!

    • Anonymous

      I forgot to mention liking the blog updates. Definitely IN. :)

  • Judy_J

    I could get behind that floral addition if it ended just below the knee.  To me, it looks like it was tacked on at the last minute to add some interest to a basic black dress.  I say OUT.

  • Claudia Gilbert

    I like it!  I’m going with my gut on this one.  In.

    And I think the shoes work, and veer away from mature, by being sideless.

    • Anonymous

      Although I’m not sure how the shoes stay on. Seems like the heel would be flopping up and down with every step, causing noise and heel blisters. Not that these shoes are made for walking, of course.

      • Bridget Smith

        Hah, yeah, these are DEFINITELY what my dad calls “standing around shoes”.

        • Anonymous

          car to table shoes

  • Anonymous

    That’s some hardcore scrolldown fug. I love the upper half, love it better than oh, so many things I’ve seen lately. It’s sideboob done right, if you know what I mean. Sleek, elegant, sophisticated, sexy, delicate, just a perfect top.

    Then she appears to have used a BELT to attach a tablecloth to her hem. It’s a real WTF.

    Love the makeup, not crazy about the hair.


  • Danielle West

    IN. I normally don’t like her very much, but there’s something about this look that I appreciate.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    I love it till I get to the print attached to the skirt.  Though I like the concept, I think the length is odd, and not really doing her any favors.  In, but by a hair.

  • Anonymous

    I think she’s in, however I hate the shoes with it, and I am disturbed with the length.  I either want to extend that floral panel longer, or hike the whole dress up some.  It just hits her weird.  But everything from the knees up is gorgeous.

  • Liana Brooks

    I like her hair, she’s cute… but that floral trim is coming out of left field, isn’t it? And the neckline looks awkward. She’s cute, but I think I hate the dress. A tentative IN I guess…

  • Emily Giovanni

    IN. Love the look, love the competing florals, and think her hair looks pretty. Only a few minor quibbles: the skirt is a skosh too long, the cat-eye makeup is not awesome, and the straps on the top make her skin kind of bulge out on her sides. 

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I hate her lip color and eye makeup. Other than that, IN.

  • Anonymous

    In…but WHY is she so BORING!? She is a conundrum to me! How can she be SO lovely and so paint dryingly dull?

  • Laura Schultz

    Wow, IN. She looks amazing. Look at that ass in that skirt! Dang. Love the shoes, love the ring, like the hair. Best she’s looked in a long time. 

    • Anonymous

      I was equally wowed by her buns too!

      IN.  The thing I don’t like is the length of the skirt.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, look at that thing! IN

    • Anonymous

      Yep, in! That ass is such a surprise after the front is … obscuring her body. Love the clutch, am looking for one now. Am disturbed by the location of the floral. It just doesn’t seem to flow.

  • Aly Light

    I kind of hate this look. It looks both dated and cheap to me.OUT.

    • Megan

      Same here. Looks very late 90s to me. And Lord have mercy, I hate velvet. Out.

  • Susan Collier


  • Jessica O’Connell

    I saw a big ole IN. She looks fantastic, love the interesting shape and the unexpected print. Not big on the clutch or shoes but those are minor setbacks.

  • Elena

    In. She looks great.

  • Anonymous

    I really like this dress a lot and it looks good on her but I do find the nude inset panels on the sides a little awkward and distracting.  Not terribly so but the longer i looked, the more I was bothered by them.  Agreed on the hair, dull.
    I’ll go with IN but not without some reservations.

  • Anonymous

    Love the top half, but the bottom confused me and the competing blacks are messing with my eyes.  I’ll say IN though for taking a risk with a pattern, the fun back, and smiling for the first time in years.

  • Bitsy Carver


  • Anonymous

    Marginal in. The main dress is intriguing and I appreciate the nude underlayer. The floral part at the bottom is distracting

  • Haley Buchanan

    IN.  For most other celebrities, I would say this dress is too boring.  But I’m not sure Jessica Alba can pull off anything much more interesting than this.  Plus, there’s just enough visual interest in the shape of that top, and I love the ring as well!

  • Anonymous

    Out.  I don’t think that the straight sides on the bodice is flattering at all.  The flowered part at the bottom doesn’t seem to belong with the rest of the dress – more like an amateur seamstress who ran out of fabric and just tacked on whatever was handy. 

  • Bridget Smith

    Hate her hair like that, and the blush is doing weird things to her gorgeous face. Not crazy about the bathroom-wallpaper-trim hem. But I LOVE the bodice of it, how prim-sexy it looks and how unusual that is for her, so IN for that.

  • Grace Ritt

    I love this! So chic! I love how all the shapes come together. But yes, horrible hair. Still, IN.

  • Anonymous

    I’d take a thinner heel, but other than that, I think she looks fantastic. In!

  • Ally Monge

    OUT… I love the top, but just not digging the floral bottom secured with duct tape trim. Also her makeup and hair are just not so flattering.

  • Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao


  • Anonymous

    she irritates me for some who-knows-why reason. but she’s IN this time!

  • Mori Clark

    sorry, cant handle that trim. would’ve been fine if that was there, but it ruins the length and takes it (combined with the velvet) from classy to daudy. OUT.

  • Emily

    Out.  The hem ruins the look.

  • Anonymous


    I do think there is something off with the length and shoes, but I like it for the most part.  I wish the side sheer panels matched her skin tone or if it was just substituted with more of the same thin spaghetti straps to hold the front panel in place.  Her butt looks fantastic in profile.  She looks very pretty overall.

  • suryasnair

    Out for destroying an otherwise nice LBD look.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll go with an IN. It’s odd, but interesting. I don’t think the two shades of black add much to the look, and the side-linings are doing unfortunate things in a couple of the shots. But it’s a put-together look that pushes the envelope a bit–which is not all that common a combination.

  • Anonymous

    I just cant figure this out. So, Out. 

  • Kyle Crawford

    too woozy to comment… passed out over seeing an accessory !  …… LOVE the dress, love the fit, cant see the hair…. looks great!

  • Kyle Crawford

    is it glue or tape ? ( or genetics ? )

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, no – out. the various parts of this outfit all look tacked on together.

  • Anonymous

    Love the top.

  • Claudia Berry

    love the shape of it, but i hate the floral, hate the different shades of black and hate the side bits.  all in black with different shoes, maybe.

  • Anonymous

    Chic, IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN. She tends to go too far on the twee school-girl sexy thing (example: her bow tramp stamp) and she looks grown-up and chic here. Is it perfect? No. Is it a massive improvement for her? Yes. Hair could definitely be better, but I sort of like the competing floral. A sexier shoe would have helped. 

  • Anonymous

    IN, she looks great.

  • Sara Munoz

    I applaud her for branching out. I am not 100% sold on the floral and hem, but I think she looks great. 

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    A definite OUT.  Bllack velvet with just black annoys the hell out of me, it just doesn’t go.  And really, the cut of the shirt and then that floral stripe at the bottom of the skirt…looks very cheap.

  • MusingsFromManhattan

    I don’t like it at all. Also how does her butt achieve that look in the 2nd picture?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, IN. Yes, the hem is a bit busy, but this is definitely an IN, even without invoking the “let’s grade on a curve because she usually looks much worse” clause.

  • CQAussie

    As usual, I have strong opinions on Alba.  First – wow, is she devoid of all personality or what?  Second – from the front, she looks stumpy.  The only thing on the front view I like is the ring.  Maybe the shoes.  But that hem is awful.  The top is cute from the front but all I can focus on is that gross hem.  Third – from the side, GAH.  Side boob + illusion netting!  Also….I know she’s got an ass that just won’t quit but, to quote Chandler, can that skirt BE any tighter?  It looks like her ass is holding onto that skirt for dear life……like some weird ass tumour has popped out behind her.  Fourth – the back view isn’t any better, still stumpy and still ass tumour-y.  And d) I hate her hair and make-up.

    So….yeah.  The only thing I like about this outfit is her ring.  And her nails.  OUT.      

  • Anonymous

    I’m really not wild about the nude fabric cuts on the side, and if that’s the only thing that saves this dress from side-boob, that doesn’t say much about Armani Privé. Those shoes are fug. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I like almost all the elements but it just doesn’t look great all together. I also don’t like the hem length much, especially with the high neck. If it were shorter, I’d love it. So … just a half-hearted IN.

  • Rachel Council

    IN, but I wish the dress had ended at the black skirt. That floral bit is unnecessary and ends in a weird hem length. Those shoes are on that weird line between fabulous and ugly and I don’t know how I feel about them.

  • bloodshothalfblind

    i hate that tacky slip hanging out the bottom of that thing.

  • Anonymous

    Oddly, although I dislike many of the parts on their own, together I’m finding this intriguing. The whole being more than the sum of the parts, I guess. I love the little triangle space above the velvet band above the weird floral hem. The ring with her nails is a thrill. Hair not good though. IN

  • Anonymous

    There are so many things wrong with that dress.  OUT

  • Anonymous

    There are so many things wrong with that dress.  OUT

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Think it makes her torso look oddly long and the floral looks stuck on at the wrong length. Weird.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Think it makes her torso look oddly long and the floral looks stuck on at the wrong length. Weird.

  • Anonymous

    I love the back, those thin thin crossing spaghetti straps. And hair looks great from that angle too. In. 

  • Anonymous

    Incredibly in.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Looks like everything is competing and I don’t know who chose that eye makeup. Awful.

  • Erin Nice

    I think the clutch and shoes are misses, but she’s still in. 

  • Terri

    The shoes ruin it for me.  The make the whole look heavy and a little dowdy.  Out.

  • Robin D. Layton

    In, but with reservations.

  • Anonymous

    Out. The thumbnail makes it look like there’s a big old “CENSORED” box over her chest with the neck line and the straight lines down the sides. Seeing the whole picture doesn’t really improve the look. It ruins the whole thing for me.

  • Anonymous

    IN. It’s all lovely, even the hair.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely IN. I think it’s so chic.

  • Anonymous

    Hate the floral. Wish the designer had stuck with just one kind of black fabric (the line across her hip is unnecessary and unhelpful, IMO, because add in the line where the floral starts and she’s getting chopped up kind of a lot). Love the accessories, LOVE the bodice, don’t really have a problem with the hair. I’m going to go with a reluctant IN.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s one of those dresses that are better in theory. It’s cool-looking and everything, but to me it’s kind of unflattering and the hem, aside from being a terrible length…I don’t know, I’m just not crazy about that floral panel.
    That hair is really bad. Her eye make-up looks smeared or something. And how about some color in the lips or cheeks? She looks ill and twice her age.

    Jessica, honey, who did this to you? 

  • paula.pertile

    She looks as good as anyone could in THAT DRESS. 

  • Anonymous

    OUT. She looks great for having a baby recently, but there is entirely too much going on with that dress: rectangular bodice, straps, sheer, floral, and that very strange pleather-looking trim detail above the floral. Hate the eye makeup. LOVE the ring, the clutch and shoes.

  • Anonymous

    IN. And I like the shoes with it.

  • Delysia LaFosse

    I have some quibbles, but overall this might be the chicest I’ve ever seen her look. IN.

  • MandyJane

    In, she looks elegant.

  • Anonymous

    hate the hem.  Illusion netting should not break the illusion by providing random muffintop.

  • Anonymous

    The top is amazing. I appreciate the idea of the skirt but it just looks so…*binding*. Uncomfortable. Awkward. 

  • Anonymous

    I love it all from head to toe – IN!!

  • MilaXX

    IN. She’s got her pre baby body back and she’s happy about it. The only quibble I have is I think the bag clashes with the hem.

  • Nicole Merrill

    OUT. I just can’t get past the dress and how much I hate it.

  • Anonymous

    IN – I really like this look on her, including hair and makeup.  

  • Anonymous

    As Susanne Barsch would say, “Too gimmicky”.  OUT

  • Anonymous

    The dress looks better from the back than from the front. The front view is tottering right on the edge of matronly; something about the length, the floral and the shoes looks aging to me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the way it hugs her butt.  She looks like she’s channeling a Kardashian.

  • Anonymous

    The sheer/nudie panels are creeping me out. I really can’t focus on anything else because they are pulling all of the focus.

  • Jacqui

    I kind of love it…IN!

  • up with pod people

    In. idek, I really love it. 

  • Sara__B

    Motherhood agrees with her. She used to look so vacant and devoid of personality. Now she radiates life and warmth and personality. IN, even though the way that skirt cups her derriere is far from elegant.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll vote In, even thought I don’t like the shoes with it. I don’t mind the hair. This is so refreshing from her.

    I had a velvet top like the top of that dress back in the 90s, but not cut out on the sides. I wore the shit out of that thing.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    In, but with reservations. Love the silhouette, the “surprise” at the bottom (pretty!), and I think the shoes work on her with this look. Chic. Pet peeve of mine: nude, sheer inserts. Seriously? Use a color. Or extend the black. I hate the “illusion” of nudity (in quotes because that sheer stuff never, ever, never actually creates the illusion it’s meant to create). 

  • Nellie Wilson

    I hate that unflattering skirt. But I love the top – damn, I would wear that in a heartbeat. So, skirt gets a -1 and the top gets a +2. In, but narrowly.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t like.  The dress looks like three dresses badly tacked together to me.  Also, I think the sheer connecting panels on the side make her body look weird.  I do like the neckline and the spaghetti straps though.  I think the shoes are gorgeous.  Very interesting shape, but sort of understated at the same time.  I agree that the hair is terrible.  Overall it’s an OUT from me. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree about how it looks like three dresses tacked together and how the sheer panels are odd.  I also love the neckline and spaghetti straps and shoes. 

      I totally HATE the floral tacked-on hem.  That, for me, was the final straw.  It might have squeaked by with a muttered “in” if not for that.  It’s just horrible, especially from the side.


  • Anonymous

    Love the neckline-IN

    BTW, Michael K over at calls her “MiserAlba” because she always looks so miserable lol

  • Joy

    Out, that tacked on floral bit just ruined it for me.

  • andy

    Knees up = stunning (and man does her ass look smokin hot in this!). Knees-ankles = TRAGIC (really, who on earth says “I really want to draw attention away from my stunning face, gorgeous body, and ARMANI FRICKIN PRIVE dress so I can showcase my shins and their pillow case wrapping.”) Sadly, it worked–all I can see are her shins. OUT.

  • Aidan B

    In! Sleek and sexy. 

  • Donna Lee

    Hair is awful and shoes kind of suck.  I like the idea of a contrasting hem, but not that contrasting hem.  IN, with a “Needs Improvement”

  • Meghan Young

    Oh, she’s in. In. 

  • Anonymous

    I am not always a fan of her style (enough with the heavy black tights!) but she looks incredibly chic and classic with just the right amount of modern flair. Love love love the jewels, finally accessories befitting a movie star! Wish I could see more of the purse…

  • Anonymous

    The difference between the side view and the front view is astounding. Side view: she looks slim and well proportioned. Front view gives a very weird idea of her proportions and makes her look both short and wide (not fat, just wide). OUT

  • Anonymous


    she’s still annoying though.

  • Paula Berman

    I hate it.  The illusion cut out on the side is tacky, the string straps look cheap, the matte bottom with the velvet top looks weird, and the Laura Ashley bedsheet on the bottom attached with a droopy velvet ribbon and keyhole cutout is the coup de grace.  So many competing elements, it’s overworked and silly. It looks like something that would have been made on PRW, actually. Shoes and hair… bleah! OUT.

  • Kate Pearce

    IN for being INteresting. :)

  • Joyce VG

    I’m pleasantly surprised. IN.

  • Anonymous

    In In In!

  • Jill Tracy

    IN!!! Very pretty!

  • Anonymous

    In! Strong and interesting.  Mixing florals, like mixing any patterns, can be done well. (Also, not.)

  • Chloe Stabler

    I like the top.  Thaaaat’s about all I can nicely say about this outfit.  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN – she looks terrific, but the shoes say office vs. Event.

  • Anonymous

    No. I seem to have developed an irrational hatred of this dress, but I don’t care. No. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    In, but not at all a shoo-in. What I dislike is the translucent/beige/? modesty panels filling in the deep V’s covering the side-boob.

    Not because I want to see more of her breasts, but because it ruins the drama for me to have noticed the panels.  IMO, better to have had less of a V or to have filled them in with some other fabric (the floral sheets?)

    And, yes, that bottom panel resembles sheets, but I like it anyway.

    I love her head. The hair/earrings work for me. It would be a dowdy look on anyone not drop-dead beautiful, but Alba doesn’t have to worry about such things.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. I like the neckline, but hate the way it makes her look like she forgot to zip up her side zipper. That bottom printed ruffle thing at the hem? Cheap. It looks like the dress was too short and they threw something on the bottom to make it long enough. Don’t like the way the skirt is cupping her butt. I’m over these ridiculously high high heels. OK, I’m cranky. 

  • Jessica Ballinger

    In!  I love the top portion so much I can forgive the bottom third.

  • Fifi LaRoux

    In. I think this is the best she has looked in a while.

  • Vivi N

    OUT. It fits her perfectly but that’s about it.

  • Anonymous


    Especially the floral hem. Even more especially the black tape that attaches the floral hem to the dress. Floral hem black-taped to dress – how is that not a Out?

  • AWStevens

    OUT… I agree with joe_tey83, that black tape dealy with the expensive bed sheet hem is disconcerting.  If the floral material were not there, I’d have a problem with it looking too black.  Also, even if the black dress part flowed nicely into the floral arrangement, it still looks like she lost a cloth napkin or part of a summer table cloth.  The shoes are a bit clunky, I agree with TLo.  “A” for effort but still an OUT…

  • Anonymous

    I want to start of by saying that I love that top on her. Gorgeous. Wanted to start with that because between the dowdy skirt, limp laundry hair, and late-90s shoes she is a big ol’ OUT. A sleeker skirt and ‘do next time please. Miss Alba? Even one of those iridescent liquidy Armani did not too far back, in a blue? You’re still young!

  • Anonymous

    No mention of illusion netting?  No outrage at that low hem?  Who substituted my gays with flavor crystals?!

    Oh, she looks better than ususal, but the hem makes it an OUT.

  • Vickie Lord

    Best she’s ever looked, IMO~

  • Julia McLean

    OUT. Terribly dowdy, eye makeup is sloppy, hair looks like she walked through the rain to get here.

  • Anonymous

    IN…although only marginally because that dress is intriguing.  The rest of the styling is just not right.  Why would someone do that to her pretty hair?

  • Anonymous


    It looks like she’s wearing a long black apron, and her floral print housedress is sticking out from the bottom.

  • Anonymous

    Soignée is the perfect word. In, in spite of the hair. The shoe heel ties in nicely to the banding above the floral print, and they have an interesting toe. I like ’em.

  • Anonymous

    IN IN IN IN. I love that dress. She is fabulous.

  • Super Red

    OUT!! I hate that floral hem.

  • Anonymous

    I actually love this dress, weird-ass sheet-looking hem and all.  Completely agree that her hair and shoes are fug, but for me it’s a definite IN.

  • korilian

    OUT. Seriously it’s hiddy hiddy.

  • Anonymous

    Love.  In.

  • Anonymous

    i actually love her hair! and her makeup… i like the top, and i like the shoes, i dont like the skirt… its a little awkward no? it fits sooo tight… it kinda looks like she took a tube dress, flipped it upside down, and wore it as a skirt.
    i dunno guys… this is a toughy. i guess the other thing that bugs me is that her ring clashes with the hem of the skirt. so with too many “iffy” moments i gotta say out. 

  • Bethany Roullett

    In!  I think it looks really sleek.

  • Toto Maya

    In, she looks so much better than she normally does.

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks so fabulous from the knee up that I can forgive the non sequitur that is the floral.  Very much IN

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I think she looks hawt. INININ!

  • Rachel Weiser

    I’m trying to see the merit in this dress, but I keep having this visceral reaction to the whole thing. It’s just… ugly. I’m sorry! :(


  • Judy S

    I don’t like the dress for a lot of reasons but she looks great anyway. IN.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In.  She looks lovely.

  • oohsparkley!

    In.  WERQ!

  • Anonymous

    I love it!  It might be a tad long for her, but it’s fab

  • Samantha

    Kind of an awkward length, but still very chic. Love the neckline and while I’m not crazy about the floral I don’t find it offensive either. IN

  • Anonymous

    That skirt is entirely too tight.  Love the top but not with the skirt.

  • Merneith

    I love the dress, especially the hem, but I don’t think it flatters her much. Also, I think the skirt would be chicer if it weren’t quite so tight. In, barely.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t find much about this look that is attractive but not feeling strongly.  Breaking it down:  don’t care for the side panels; don’t like bum-hugging stretch skirts as a rule; don’t like contrasting blacks caused in this case by different fabrics; the skirt is too long (big pet peeve – get a fitting!); I don’t like the eye makeup.  I like the shoes, don’t mind the bag, like the jewelry and the red nail polish is a nice touch, here.  Her hair is a non-event – is that good or bad?

    Having mulled it over for 90 seconds, I give her an OUT.  Nice try, but I’m crabby today and not giving points for effort. 

  • Anonymous

    In I suppose but just barely. Not digging the hair and it’s not good that the hem made me think of designer sheets. 

  • Sarah Lynnae

    I love it. IN, IN, IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN!  There are quibbles (which have been well-articulated by the other minions) but they are minor compared to the overall impact.

  • Karenlibrarian

    OUT.  Hate the contrasting wide hem; I agree, it’s like a bed sheet and it cuts off the lengthening effect.  Also I hate the bum-hugging.  

    The top’s interesting though.

  • Gustavo Casals

    Not sold on the hem either, but she looks very pretty, and the hem is not awful, just…difficult. 

  • Anonymous

    Should be shorter and cut off that applique frippery at the bottom. Out.

  • Lauren Maier

    OUT.  Old lady for sure.  😛

  • Mariyn Reineman

    The dress was edgy and intersting until I got to the floral fabric tacked on the bottom .  Good Grapes of Wrath!  If you remove that, it is a very edgy, chic dress.

  • Katherine Lavender

    She’s IN’ed it.

  • Anonymous

    Gonna give her an IN just based on the top of the dress.  Wow.  The hair and hem, not so much.

  • Anonymous

    I love it all, even the print at the bottom because it’s so unexpected.  She looks fantastic.  IN.

  • Francesca Lagmay

    Chic as hell. IN

  • Catherine Rhodes

    Hate. Looks way too pieced-together and odd. OUT.

  • Sorana Tarmu

    The hair and make-up go well with the lower part of the dress, which I don’t like; the shoes are too heavy. Too bad, the upper part of the dress is killa. So I guess it’s an “oh honey, no” again. OUT, in spite of the fact that she seems to be learning.

  • Anonymous

    another gorgeous dress. this must be gorgeous dress day.
    i guess the length is a little off but, then again, were this a fashionable length these days it’s most likely nobody would notice it. & the dress doesnt even turn her green the way the green one did the other one.
    the shoes are interesting cos the shape is atypical.
    thats about it.

  • Anonymous

    HIDEOUS! What is up with that garter=like border above the expensive sheet thingie? This is design for the sake of design — way too much going on and it all adds up to ugly.

  • Richi Robilotto

    The “scroll down” aspect of the dress is what’s making me say OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    I love it and she’s wearing the hell out of it. IN

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t sure from the first shot, but the side and back shots prove that this is not a dowdy oldlady look. Actually she looks quite pleased with herself and well she should. Unusual and flattering, and I don’t even mind the two prints. The skirt print has a bit of an oriental* artistic quality.

    I’m southern, honey, we can handle competing floral prints!


    *I know that there can be objections to the use of this word. I used it anyway with that awareness. Wikipedia says: “Most users…do not employ the term with any malicious intent
    whatsoever, and view it as a convenient and innocent generic term in the
    absence of more precise information
    , equivalent to the frequent use of
    the term westerner in Asia.”

    • Claudia Gilbert

      I believe people only get up in arms when you refer to people as Oriental.  When referring to objects, its the correct term to use, as is my understanding.

  • Mags

    I like the front from the neck up, but the sides are awful, the length is awful and it would have been better if they just chopped the floral part off the bottom. 

  • Mags

    In other words, OUT.

  • Deen

    Like the look but — maybe it’s just me — her undies are doing something odd to her ass in the side view. Looks like a bad photoshop…

  • Anonymous

    HATE that hem!  It kills the whole look.  Scrolldown fug all the way.  OUT from me.

  • jenna yarema

    this is not a dress at all but in fact ill-matched separates from the fall ’11 collection. everything about the top is right; it’s chic, unusual, and flattering. love how the high neckline is balanced by a cut that shows skin without flaunting sideboob. pairing the top with a skirt of different hue and texture provides interest and contrast. really it’s the floral hem the mucks it all up. as a monochromatic black ensemble with a slightly shorter skirt, this would have been in. also, the eyeshadow is creepy. OUT.

  • Greg Polansky

    OUT, Why is there a bed skirt attached to that horrid dress?

  • Greg Polansky

    OUT, Why is there a bed skirt attached to that horrid dress?

  • Anonymous

    1930’s secretary. Out.

  • Anonymous

    Given her fondness for over matching her accessories, and sometimes even her make up, she probably deserves some credit for trying the mismatched florals. Yeah, I guess that floral print does make me think of a nicely made bed, but overall I think she looks great. IN!

  • Praggya R. Barretto

    Out. I was wondering why this was an “In or Out” post until I saw the dust ruffle attached to her hem.

    • JillK

      Dust ruffle. LOL. Perfect description.

      OUT – that thing is hideous.

  • Anonymous

    I just cannot get over the fact that this looks like an apron that has been hiked up to her chin. out

  • Caitlin Gozdecki

    out. i really wish the blacks match, is it just me/ the lighting or do they not! i love the longer hem with the floral detail but she needs to slap on some lip stick and get a sassier shoe

  • Anonymous

    IN.  I think this dress is very chic, and the floral surprise at the bottom is just the right softness for a rather angular dress.

    Not too crazy about the Side Boob Hour part, though…

  • Good Shot


  • Anonymous

    I want to like this, but it’s just so odd. From the back it’s nice, but I don’t find it flattering from the front or sides – OUT.

  • Patricia Biswanger


  • Ana Cedillo

    no no no no. the top looked great at first but then the difference in textures between the black top and bottom just i cant handle it. but her make up looks awesome! copying it to go to dinner tomorrow

  • Anonymous

    Out. In if they’d chosen a bottom panel that worked. Overall a nice dress but can’t get past that floral valance.

  • Anonymous

    Very chic. An easy IN, for me.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    OUT. Just is not working for me.

  • Anonymous

    OUT! Too, too busy. The pillow sham on the bottom was the final indignity.
    Does she own a mirror?

  • Anonymous

    I have been going back and forth on this one… My first thought was “in”, but then I saw the side pictures and just had this visceral, gut reaction… the nude panel is so close to her skin tone in the pictures that it looks like someone badly photo-shopped out a side boob.  If that single panel were black like the rest, I’d be okay with this… perhaps a bit too mature for her age, but still okay, but with that nude panel…

    OUT.  I’d have rather gotten a little side boob.

  • suzq

    I like it.  So there.

    • suzq

      No…I can’t just leave it at that….the top is interesting.  It fits her well.  It’s sexy without being vulgar and sometimes, a girl just needs a tea-length dress….I dunno…sometimes you don’t want to worry about the bruise on your upper thigh…sometimes you just want your 12″ heels to do the talking.

      I think it’s an “in.”

  • Anonymous

    In! Very pretty.

  • Rachel Lee

    I liked it at first glance, but the details make my eye twitch! Like that sheer/nude panel at the side, which makes it look badly photoshopped. And that velvet trim above the floral panel is weird at the side. Why does it join together when the slit goes higher than that velvet trim? I like it in principle, but the dress is an Out on the details. I don’t mind the hair and makeup, or the shoes. 

  • Anonymous

    ICK!!!!!!!!!!!!  OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m missing something, here.  I respect the opinions of the minions, so I figure it could be me.  The skirt is so tight fitting, it makes her look like a frumpy elementary school teacher from the front and I don’t-know-what from the side.  Her butt looks ridiculous.  The shirt is beautiful (or it would be with a different bottom).  She looks good from the straight on back, but that’s the only angle that’s not ugly.  Make up is too heavy on the eyes and too light every where else.  Hair is boring (looks like what a 16 year old would do herself), clutch is nice, ring is distracting, shoes are too predictable.

  • Anonymous

    In. Sexy and chic variation of the little black dress. The bottom of the dress reminded me more of a kimono than a bed sheet.

  • Anonymous

    In. I’m confused by the winged out eyeshadow which ages her, but it’s a nice look. 

  • Anonymous

    After a day to let this look “percolate” in my mind, I’m giving it an IN.  Really different, and she carries it off beautifully.

  • M M

    I think she looks fabulous, in a ‘low-key’ sort of way.  IN!

  • Anonymous

    Initial reaction was “Oh no…” but the more I look at it, the more I like it. I have to say IN. The dress is incredibly elegant, and the whole look is at least something different from what we usually see on starlets. 

  • Judith Mignault

    OUT.  The beige part on the sides look weird, and that floral hem… WTF?  A very strange outfit, not in a goog way.

  • Meghan Phelan

    I nothing it.  I give it a solid “meh.”

  • Anonymous


  • Sylvia Baba

    I think the only thing I like about it is the neckline/skinny straps. I hate the hair, makeup, illusion netting, hemline, floral thing, shoes (styled here, I like them on their own), accessories, and jewelry (except the ring, but again, only on its own). This outfit is just problematic in general.

  • Noelle Haland

    I think she looks really lovely, though I am not sold on the hair, either. I’m not 100% sold on the nude bits at the sides, but overall, I think it’s a great dress. IN.

  • L.

    IN – she looks great, and I think you’re over-thinking it.  

  • Anonymous


  • Hilary Sain

    IN! just on attitude alone

  • nicole seligman

    i love the top half and hate the bottom. it isn’t even about that sheet around her calves–it’s about it hitting her at the end of her calves. what an awkward length on a pretty girl. and those shoes are hideous. i do love the hair/neckline/velvet, but i have to give her an OUT.

  • Anonymous

    floral part is gross and makes her legs look short. out.

  • Amanda Royston

    OUT. Love the top…HATE the bottom!

  • Anonymous

    OUT, can’t see anything but the bottom, ugh!

  • Anonymous

    Not into that floral bit.  And WHAT IS UP with that hair and makeup??  It’s not doing her any favors.

  • MinAgain

    Love this dress and clutch.  Not crazy about her eye make-up. 

  • Mary McClelland

    In but the shoes are a mistake. Love her hair and make up! 

  • Anonymous

    IN.  Clean, chic dress, unusual even tho simple.

  • Anonymous

    In … Beautiful dress.  Too bad about the shoes though. 

  • M Carlson


  • Anonymous

    She looks darling. Next time rethink the floral door mat stuck to the bottom of the dress. Pose number 16B – popping of the hip.

  • Jen R

    Is it really a dress? because my eye sees 2 separate pieces – and not because of the floral add-on at the hem. So unless the skirt and bodice are made from 2 different fabrics (entirely possible), this is actually a top and skirt. If you look at the 2nd photo you can see the hem of the top sticking out slightly when she shows the side view. And the skirt has to be jersey, because it wouldn’t hug her ass all the way to her thighs otherwise, but the top is clearly not jersey and not the same fabric, since the colors don’t match exactly.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, no sweetie, no!  The top doesn’t go with the skirt at all.  It seems that it’s two shades of black, like a top from a totally different black outfit paired at the last minute with a skirt that was part of another enseble.  OUT.

  • Alex Palombo

    I would have loved it, if they chopped off the bottom bit and it hit her at her knees.