Jessica Simpson in Donna Karan

Posted on November 30, 2011

She’s been something of a pop culture punching bag, but we don’t actually mind Jessica Simpson. She seems fairly aware of her limitations as a performer and fairly savvy as a businesswoman. People always scoff at the outrageous success of her shoe line but the fact of the matter is, if it was easy for a celebrity to launch a vanity fashion line, then there’d be a whole hell of a lot more successful vanity fashion lines instead of the massive heap of failed attempts.

But Mary, Mother of Pearl do we want to give this girl a makeover.

 

Jessica Simpson in Donna KaranJessica Simpson attends the 25th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards in New York City in a Donna Karan a dress and YSL pumps.

Jessica Simpson in Donna Karan

Jessica Simpson in Donna KaranDonna Karan Dark Cherry Infinity Dress

Jessica Simpson in Donna Karan

There are decent ideas here being ruined by bad ideas. The dress? Good idea. Sort of. The color’s great on her and the shape of it works for maternity wear, but she absolutely needs to go up a size here. We’re fine with it tight across the stomach like that but the bust is stretched completely out of shape and ruins the top half of the dress. If there was just a little more drape to it and loose enough on her so that she can take normal steps (because it sure doesn’t look like she can now) we think this would be a knockout look on her. We like the shoe pairing too. Platform pumps are way overdone, but with a short dress on a gal who’s carrying all her weight up top at the moment, they work well in balancing out the look.

But what really sets us off is the hair and makeup. It is so long past the time for a new look with her. We don’t mind the big hair. It works for her persona and her looks. But there’s big and then there’s 15 pounds of hair. She could stand to lose about 5 pounds of hair. She could also stand to tone down that blinding yellow shade of blonde and maybe seek out a hairstyle that’s been seen on the cover of a magazine in the last 20 years. Also: makeup. Why would you have such washed-out makeup with such a vivid outfit? We’re not suggesting matching the lip to the dress or anything, but surely a stronger lip and more dramatic eyes would have bumped up the interest and the glamour quotient considerably.

There. Girl can consider herself fully T Lo-assessed. Someday, we’ll have little stamps, like the Good Housekeeping Seal, that we’ll slap onto celebrities as they walk the red carpet, with scores on them. We have every intention of turning red carpet dressing into an international sport someday.

Oh, who are we kidding? It already is.

Anyway, do the minions agree or disagree with our opinions?

 

[Photo Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images, stylebop.com]

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NXBVKLOMNGCAVCVXOVWDGD3SE Marissa

      I think this would have been perfect if it was a little bit longer, but for such a preggo lady, she’s a total IN.

    • Anonymous

      Mostly agree, but I always grade her on the curve, just because she has been the victim of so much venom. (Not from you uncles, obvs.)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYMPLGS7S7467GQMKEWJDJ3N4A Deb

      Definitely too tight and too short (it looks like it’s bunched up under her belly). Also should have left off the belt entirely rather than have it wedged inbetween boobs and belly.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

        Are you sure it’s a belt that can be removed? It doesn’t look like it to me, based on the fabric and the way it appears to be attached to the dress. I suspect she had no choice and when you’re pregnant enough, it’s the only place the belt would go. That may be the reason it fits so poorly elsewhere, too, now that I think about it.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t paid much attention to her, so I’m surprised that she is blindingly beautiful. She can definitely do better in the hair, clothing and makeup departments, though. That hair is fried, dried and badly dyed. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KEYJDIENR5MRK2NXJYKNOLWDFE Alexandria

        I was just thinking that! With all the negative stuff you hear about her, it’s difficult to remember how classically all American looking she is. So pretty.

    • Anonymous

      Her hairstylist must have been playing a joke on her — does Jessica not realize this is the same hairstyle that all the Dugger females have? Is the first of 21 children for Jessica?

      • http://twitter.com/MFMblog MusingsFromManhattan

        LOL such a Duggar ‘do

    • Anonymous

      Man, I’m so torn: She’ll never get the Beyonce-with-child glamour clothes, and on top of that, she’s one of those women (landing her in the realm of REAL PEOPLE) who will never look good pregnant. Poor thing is bloated, and I’m guessing nothing is working on her right now unless it’s a muumuuu designed for Aretha Franklin.

      • Anonymous

        Not that this is the place for that discussion, but this is what suggests that Bey is not really pregnant -aside from her belly not once part of her body or face has changed. I’m not saying she should necessarily get bigger, just… different.

        Anyway, agree with TLo on all counts.  She is beautiful, her styling choices are a bit poor.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve known several women who remained virtually unchanged during pregnancy. One, who I knew in high school, barely even had a noticeable belly until the eighth month. I think because of this relatively early experience with a pregnant girl who really did not look pregnant, I’m pretty ready to accept that some people just don’t experience it the way many folks do. Also, I think that Jessica Simpson is profoundly overrated in every category, and I mostly feel depressed when I see anything about her. I find her nail polish weirdly heinous with this dress (which is cute, and could have been smashing if she just followed TLo’s advice).

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            I don’t bloat, and other than a bit in my boobs, nothing but my belly and the way I walk changes — and I’m on my 4th.  With the 1st, I was 7 months pregnant before I showed, and with the 2nd, barely a month before I needed maternity pants — both times my face, my hands, my arms and legs… they were all unchanged.

            In fact, the only time ANY part of me bloated was immediately following birth;  my feet swelled and my face did puff (I was the only one who noticed, but I could see it clearly). 

        • Anonymous

          Are you really making the tinhat Beyonce is not really pregnant argument here? Really?

          • Anonymous

            I know, sorry! It’s just that she is in my Irrational Celebrity Hate List (paraphrasing another commenter) only because of how fake I find her, so after seeing praise all over the place these last days the desire to vent won me over. 

          • Anonymous

            I saw a story somewhere claiming that she is actually having a surrogate and pretending to be pregnant.  Interestingly the pictures did kind of look  odd.

        • Anonymous

          When I was pregnant with my 1st child the only thing that noticeably changed were my belly/waist (obviously) and the top of my thighs. Even so I didn’t start showing until 6 mos. along. My bust didn’t change hardly at all until just a few weeks before her arrival. Same with my face. So, it does happen. Unfortunately none of this held true while prego with my son. 

        • Jasmine Moten

          I saw a pic of her the other day in PEOPLE and good God, her nose has widened quite a bit! She has a pregnant nose.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      I’m bummed. That dress is my type of dress. I need it but not at $1,180. Sigh. As for Jessica, you’re on the money about her hair, she absolutely needs a more modern style and some vibrant makeup. Love the color on her but the shoe color seems off to me. It’s not matchy, it’s sort of tonal but I don’t like the combination. And I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but can we see the end of platform pumps soon, please. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYQCICXEN2CCDBFV5HED4Z2RUA Dee B

         That’s a hilarious waste of money, when monifc has been making a version of that dress for years.  The only difference is theirs is loose at the bottom/comes in short or long/and is under 220 dollars.  The only problem is if you’re under a size 8-10 it might be too big for you(one size fits most).

      • http://twitter.com/happykatt64 gini lenning

        I’m so with you on the platform shoes and I can’t believe I’m saying it either considering I made my living selling Louboutin’s for ages but, really, can we move on already?

    • CQAussie

      Agree, no additional comments except that she needs a style intervention and fast.  

    • Anonymous

      The color is really great on her. That’s all I’ve got.

    • Anonymous

      She seems to be taking pointers from Hilary Duff on pregnancy dressing, but I’ve seen worse, I guess. What really bothers me the most is the hair. She looks quite pretty but that hair is taking her to Hillbilly land.

    • Anonymous

      Agree on every point.

    • Anonymous

      Wholly agree, and I’d add that the earrings are on the tacky side as well.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I so HATE the earring and I was surprised TLo and other commentors didn’t mention them. There’s no word besides UGLY.

    • Anonymous

      the dress is an almost. The styling is OUT. And I believe she should be forced to wear her own brand of shoes. Otherwise it is very much a case of that cheap crap is OK for you guys but I only wear YSL (and yes, I have purchased from her brand :()

      • Anonymous

        I agree, CPK1, that she should be wearing her OWN shoes when she’s at a FOOTWEAR ACHIEVEMENT event!  I mean, come on.  She must really think her shoes are only for “the little people.”  And the shoes she’s wearing don’t match or harmonize with the dress color at all.  But, she is very pretty.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Or the shoes she’s wearing are more comfortable for very pregnant women.  Maybe hers are cut too narrow for swelling or something.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, expensive shoes like those YSL shoes she’s wearing are cute WAY more narrow than shoes you’d buy at Macy’s where Simpson’s shoes are sold.  For example, Louboutins are about 4 1/2 inches wide–that’s incredibly narrow.

    • Anonymous

      I actually think she looks better here than she has in quite awhile.  She does need a retooling though, maybe T-Lo can help her post-baby styling!

    • Anonymous

      The dress is a good choice.  The hair is a nightmare. 

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: She could also stand to tone down that blinding yellow shade of blonde and maybe seek out a hairstyle that’s been seen on the cover of a magazine in the last 20 years.”

      Yes, I was thinking she needs a new colorist, a more natural shade of blonde and a different cut. 

      –GothamTomato

      • BerlinerNYC

        Yes. She used to have a lovely darker blonde highlighted shade, and it wasn’t so extended down to her waist (maybe she’ll wisely abandon those extensions once the baby arrives). It’s like she’s only listening to LiLo for coloring advice!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

          Or the baby will yank them out, as babies are wont to do. 

          • BerlinerNYC

            Exactly. Within a week or two of my 1973 birth, my mother used me as an excuse to chop off her long hair to a very short cut, which she has more or less never changed since. I have like two pictures of me as a newborn with her with long hair, and then it’s gone. She saw what was coming.

          • BerlinerNYC

            Exactly. Within a week or two of my 1973 birth, my mother used me as an excuse to chop off her long hair to a very short cut, which she has more or less never changed since. I have like two pictures of me as a newborn with her with long hair, and then it’s gone. She saw what was coming.

      • Anonymous

        I think she’s also wearing her own line of extensions and hair pieces — I remember seeing that shade and that length in a store and kind of viscerally recoiling. That color just looks so cheap. If I were her stylist/colorist, I would hate to have my name associated with it.

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.wordpress.com Catherine

      Totally agree – and I would also say it looks like the dress was shortened – why? She definitely would have looked better if she added about four inches to that dress.

      Also, the colors of the shoes and dress are in that awkward “not the same color but too close in color to be worn together.” Hate that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

        I think the dress just rode up from being too tight. Look how bunched it is on her thighs. 

    • Judy_J

      You can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        More Texas than trailer park, no?

        • Judy_J

          Yes, Texas and trailer park.  I live in Austin, and believe me, we’ve got a lot of gals around here who sport this style.

          • Anonymous

            True dat.

    • Anonymous

      Agree on everything except the makeup.  I think it’s pretty and captures that preggers glow.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you. I think if she had heavier makeup with that same outfit and hair, she’d have been a total disaster.

    • Elizabeth Davis

      The poor fit in the bust is partly due to the fact that she’s trying to wear the dress off the shoulder. It clearly wasn’t designed to be worn that way. Of course, going up a size wouldn’t hurt either.

    • http://twitter.com/jaccpot Jackie Campagna

      Agree, she’s always close but misses the look

    • Anonymous

      I agree. How out of it am I that I didn’t know she was pregnant? Duh. The color does look great on her, but no one really needs to be wearing short and tight when they’re pregnant. a little more flowy would’ve been gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      When you see her without the extensions in, and her hair is between her chin and shoulders, she looks so much better.  I mean, I’m all for big hair, but when you wear it the same way constantly, it gets tired.  Change it up.  That’s what extensions are for.  The dress is pretty great, but yes, she needs to go up a size.  The shoes…meh.  I don’t hate the pumps, but the color is not working.  Good color in general but it’s too similar to the dress for it not to match and still look good.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      I barely know who she is. But here she looks like somebody I would meet every year at a Christmas party and still not know who she is.

    • Anonymous

      who’s her baby-daddy again? and even with all that’s wrong with her outfit, I still think she’s pretty and sweet

    • MilaXX

      I don’t mind the dress. It’s not as uncomfortably tight looking as the dress Hilary Duff wore, and I like the length/shoe combo. Completely agree with you on the hair, both the color and bigness or the extensions are a fail to me. Oddly Jessica/Britney/Christina all seem to have the same bad weave/wrong color issues since they are came on the scene roughly around the same time. The makeup is not a complete no, but a warmer lip would have been a better choice. HATE those earrings though. They look a bit dated.

      Also I hat to defend the shoe, but Jess deserves all the money she makes from her shoe line because everyone I know who has a pair says they are really comfortable.

    • Anonymous

      She looks like a pregnant woman who is still trying to wear her regular clothes. Even though she shouldn’t.

      • Anonymous

        Really.  The boob fairy really visited her early and often — I know my boobs went up a couple sizes when I was pregnant, but hers look to have just mushroomed, and they were too big to start with.  I suspect she’s still dressing her pre-pregnancy boobs — that’s a pretty common mistake.  I just hope, for her sake, that her feet don’t swell up like so much of the rest of her has; I had that in my last pregnancy and it was *miserable.*  So if she’s wearing shoes solely for comfort, I would not be at all surprised.

        I’m always surprised by the fact that no matter how many fashion/hair/makeup mistakes she makes, though, she’s still so pretty.  I forget her prettiness by the external layer of fug that always seems to be on top of her original looks.

    • Brooke U

      The color of her hair and the lack of color in her makeup just make her look washed out and a bit anemic. A little low-lights, some brow filler, some rosy glow to her cheeks and lips, and she’d look healthy and maternally blessed.

    • Anonymous

      If celebs are so proud of their baby bumps that they stretch too small regular clothing over them, why don’t they go for the whole shebang and actually wear maternity clothes once they’re into the second or third trimester?  There have to be designers who make chic–expensive–maternity wear.  Or surely they could afford custom.

    • Anonymous

      Ya know, i think she looks great here. Yes her hair could do with some updating but I think she looks great in that dress and it’s not too tight to my eye. She is just busty. I don’t see the top pulling her boobs into that mushed look that can happen when you try to fit the girls in a too small space. I could even muster up a WERQ for her.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it’s my screen – but is she wearing burgundy shoes with a red dress?  That’s not okay, is it?  

    • Grace Ritt

      I agree with you about everything except the make-up. Since she’s a pregnant lady, she has a nice natural glow that she shouldn’t cover up. Her face looks really nice on her.

    • Anonymous

      “Someday, we’ll have little stamps, like the Good Housekeeping Seal, that we’ll slap onto celebrities as they walk the red carpet, with scores on them.”  I live for that day!

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Her line really does have some really cute shoes and bags. I’m always surprised when I pick up these shoes that I like and find her name on them.

      Agreed with your assessment. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I’m with you, I’ve done it so many times and still don’t expect it!  

    • Toni Busch

      Alas, if only a could afford $1,000 a pop maternity wear.  As it is, Pea In The Pod is too ritzy for my budget.  I suspect she is already wearing the Large size, which appears to be the biggest it comes in, and I so understand the thrill of simply fitting into something so that you become a bit blind to the issue of SHOULD you be fitting into it.

      I agree the hair and makeup could use some editing, but otherwise I give her two thumbs up.

    • Anonymous

      I love that dress.  Yes Jessica needs a bigger size, but that damn bitch Donna Karan doesn’t MAKE an XL dress, oh Hell No.  And that kind of dress looks really good on size 16, 18 and 20 gals.  But God Forbid fashion would think that perhaps people who are these sizes can afford their frocks.  I make a ton of money goddammit.  I want that dress.   

      Ok, rant aside.  I agree that Jessica’s hair looks like a shade of vanilla ice cream but in neon.  And she needs a hair STYLE.  Yes, I said it.   I love you TLo.  Can’t you please get them to make that dress in my size?  Please?

    • Anonymous

      For her it’s pretty good, so I’ll give her an IN, but another yes vote on a style intervention. The hair is too big for her and it’s time for something more sophisticated (that will make her look like she actually has a neck).

    • http://www.facebook.com/WendyLKaufman Wendy Kaufman

      Welllll, in a word, no. I think you guys are off. As one who carried twins, drape up top does not improve the look of a zoftig bust. To have that one boob peeping out….no. Just no. A little more “walking room” in the shirt would have been nice, but I think she wanted to be absolutely sure that it looked like a pregger belly. She’s a big girl, and she’s counting on those trim thighs and butt to carry her through this REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE part of her pregnancy. I’d like to have sen real sleeves on the dress to break up the wide expanse of bust area, but I think she did pretty good. True to her personal style as well. As for her hair, girlfriend, and good friend with your happiness in mind will tell you that one should never mess with a signature style while pregnant. NEVER. Hormones are high, you feel enormous, and you are liable to make a choice that will not only not suit you in your current puffy state, but will most certainly not suit you when you get back your normal body. Don’t touch a thing for the fist 6months after pregnancy, then go for it, because life is forever changed, and you are a different person, needing a new look.

    • Anonymous

      She definitely needed to go up a size…or 2.  She looks squeezed into that dress, which seems to be her usual mistake (tight mom jeans comes to mind…shudder).  And yes, the lovely draping is lost.  It’s a very pretty dress and great color. 

      Is she from Texas?  We all know how them Texan gals love their big hair.  I’m not a fan of it nor the color.  Just wait til that baby gets his/her hands on it and gives a few good yanks…then snip snip snip…   

    • Anonymous

      I am overweight and that dress is way too tight on her. If you are hefty you shouldn’t be wearing clothes that are tight like that. It just looks bad. Her hair is really bad as well and unflattering. Out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I have to agree that its time to change up the hair.  She once did a Bob when still married to Nick and she just looked so fresh.  All critiques aside, she is positively glowing.  

    • Christina Brennan

      Too short and the shoes are terrible with this dress.  It’s like they were supposed to match but the dye wasn’t quite right.  OUT

    • Joyce VG

      Ooh we’re suppose to forgive because she’s pregnant right? Wrong.  In her case anyway.  Who is she kidding?  I like the dress but on her it’s too tight.  She’s been aptly TLo’d assessed. 

    • Anonymous

      I think if the shoulder wrap part of the dress were hiked up more to cap-sleeve length, this would look a lot better. I really don’t like the shoes with it at all. The suede and the cut of the vamp are too heavy.

      I think her make up is fine. She has some color on her lips and not that weird flesh color women have been wearing lately. The hair is just so her that I don’t even notice anymore.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with the fashion assessment.  And I have to say, as a large breasted woman who breastfed my babies, that if she intended to breastfeed then that baby’s gonna drown.  She might want to consider being a wet nurse or something, she’s gonna have enough milk for a dozen wee ones.

    • Anonymous

      I’d love to see her with Emma Watson’s hair!  She might have a heart attack once she saw herself in the mirror, though.  Agree completely with the assessment, but wonder how she’s walking in those shoes while pregnant.  Also, I adore her nail color, but her bracelet (ring attachment?) confuses me.

    • http://twitter.com/mcglory13 mcglory13

      I think she looks great. The color of the dress is lovely. I am jealous of her skin, I spent months with weird pregnancy break outs. Many women prefer not to color their hair during pregnancy, for various health reasons, so now wouldn’t be the time to do a radical color overhaul. 

    • kim i

      i wish i could care enough to comment, but i am distracted by uniboob.

    • Anonymous

      She has never known how to dress her figure. Not when she was too skinny, not when she started eating normally again, and certainly not now that she’s pregnant. 

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

      I’m really tired of seeing pregnant celebrities wearing regular clothes this far along. I know she could easily find gorgeous maternity clothes that would avoid the problems inherent in putting this dress on a very pregnant, bloated woman. But I’m old-school. I wore maternity clothes the entire time I was pregnant, way back in the mid-’80s. I didn’t see the need for everyone to see my belly-button.

    • Anonymous

      The shoes don’t match the dress at all. Not in color, not in design, not in material.

      Also, give it, T&Lo. She will never change her look. She’s certain it’s a part of her image, and with a company selling almost at a billion dollars and her lacking a public persona, I can’t blame her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589131702 Jenna Gordon

      the dress that she is wearing and the one shown are not the same dress. it is like she touched the dress and it suddenly got a kmart vibe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      I agree on the hair: she should retire the bleach blond and go a few shades darker (I know her sister already went brown, but who cares) just to refresh it, because her hair looks a little fried and I feel like if she darkened it just a little, it’d frame her pretty face better. 

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with you, she looks pretty, but she could be a knockout.

    • mrspeel2

      We agree with your critique of the dress; it should be looser because it DOES look like she’s have a hard time walking. As to the hair and makeup, if you could just look past them for the moment, you might see that Jessica actually looks more beautiful now than she ever has. IMHO.

    • mrspeel2

      We agree with your critique of the dress; it should be looser because it DOES look like she’s have a hard time walking. As to the hair and makeup, if you could just look past them for the moment, you might see that Jessica actually looks more beautiful now than she ever has. IMHO.

    • Anonymous

      I pretty much agree with everything you said. I don’t really mind her either. Used to be, I couldn’t roll my eyes hard enough at her. This was when she had that stupid show with her ex-husband. The unfair reaction to her weight gain really warmed me up to her, though. It’s one thing to say that someone could stand to lose some weight and another thing entirely to mercilessly ridicule her for it as people did all over the internet.

    • Now I am The Bee

      I think she looks great.  Love the dress, love the make-up, only becasue she does seem to be glowing, and I’m ok with the shoes.  At this stage of pregnancy–you just have to wear sturdy shoes–your balance gets all wacked out.  So I don’t mind that they look kind of heavy.  Unfortunately, her hair is definately in 60s country-western singer territory. 
      I for one am so happy that PG women get to wear form-fitting, fashionable clothes these days.  When I had my girls in the late 70s–there was still the notion that you had to hide your belly a la Lucy Ricardo.  All I had to choose from, in the way of maternity clothes, were awful stretchy polyester pants and huge, tent-like tops and dresses with bows and lace and shit all over them (for that feminine touch…ick.)  No maternity jeans, nothing tailored or stylish.  Just frilly crap.  *shudder*  So glad we don’t have to look at that stuff anymore.

    • Mariah J

      I think its a great dress…but its not a great maternity dress.

    • Anonymous

      Agree that girlfriend needs to go up a size – but, having checked out the dress, the largest size this comes in is an 8. J.Simp. probably couldn’t go up a size even if she wanted to.  Can I just say how bummed it makes me feel to think of an 8 as a “Large.” 

    • http://twitter.com/turtleemily Turtle Emily

      I read “infinity dress” and got flashbacks to Jason from PR season 8. Could’ve done without remembering him, LOL.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ann.verwiebe Ann VerWiebe

      The minute she has that baby, the hair will be gone the first time he/she grabs on and won’t let go.

    • Anonymous

      I like the Donna Karan dress.. I’d wear it myself.   Hey, she’s pregnant and wearing those heels.. so she gets an in from me.  When I was pregnant, 90′s stretch pants, flip flops and big button down shirts is what I could manage forget even hair and makeup.. so a  GOOD FOR YOU… from me!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. When I saw the picture of just the dress I thought, “Oh, that would look nice on her.” Then I remembered that it WAS on her. If it fit better, it would look great. And yeah, the hair is a definite problem.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that the dress is too tight–but even so I think she looks kind of great in it.  Love that she isn’t afraid of the color at her (wonderful) size.  The hair and makeup–soften it up a LOT–and it would look more modern and fresh.  As it is it ages her and washes her out.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you on the hair…she has looked like beauty pageant contestant for far too long. I have seen better hair on the tails of horses at this point.  Dress is way too tight on her and where it sits on her shoulders makes her look like a linebacker. Also, I disagree on the shoes. Total mismatch with the dress. The dress looks red and the shoes look almost purple. I would have done a strappier black or true red shoe. Right now it looks like she picked the wrong shoes out of her closet in the dark.

    • Anonymous

      Agree.  Plus, I like the platform pumps but that color is really not good for this look, as it appears to have been a failed ‘try to match’ exercise.  The overall effect for this lovely woman is knocked-up 18-yr old.  no no no.

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      I think her makeup is really pretty. I agree on the hair because I think that shade of blonde can make a woman look a little desperate, as if she can’t face the fact that she’s aging and needs to retain some kind of youthful persona. I would love to see her with some warm brown hair or something, and something a little less country singer in terms of styling. I love the dress and the shoes, but you’re right in that there’s some kind of thing going on with her breasts here that could be more flattering. 

    • Sara__B

      Yes, I mostly agree with your opinions. Her hair is too long and too light and too dated, and the dress is too small. But the woman is all heavy belly and boobs, yet managed to leave the house looking pretty darned good. (I actually like her makeup — it’s the overly blonde hair that washes her out.) This is much better than how she usually dresses her non-pregnant self.

    • Anonymous

      Agree, except to me the color of the shoes and dress clash.

    • Anonymous

      She’s a very pretty woman with a pleasant singing voice. She comes across as a nice person. Except for her makeup and her lovely smile she is not looking good here.

    • http://twitter.com/BeantownMrs Praggya R. Barretto

      The outfit looks great on her, but ITA that the hair and makeup needs to be amped up.

    • Anonymous

      agree on the assessment. 
      Her shoe line has cute shoes but too many too high heels for my knees to handle these days

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you boys on everything except the shoes. I think the color of the shoes was an awful choice with the dress. Maybe just a personal taste thing though.

    • Ebony Dawkins

      Why won’t pregnant celebrities just put on some maternity wear? For the love of God, S T O P trying to wear a size 6 dress – you’re dressing for TWO!

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I agree about the tightness of the dress and the yellowness of the hair. I do love her makeup though, she looks healthy and her face has that glow. Maybe she could use a little more color on her lips, but I much prefer the way they are to some garish red.

      • Lisa

        Yeah, I have to agree with Mandy Jane on this one. She does need to go up a size and tone down the yellow hair, but her face looks wonderful.  She looks all glowy and pretty – not washed out at all.

        Oh, and by the way – I have a couple pairs of her shoes. They’re actually pretty cute, and I get a lot of compliments on them!

        • Anonymous

          i’m with you both on the makeup, i was thinking it was the one thing she got right.  her skin looks so creamy, like soft porcelain, right down her neck and into her decolle-whatever you call it.  and i think the glossy lip is so much nicer than a red, which would have ruined to look for me.

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      I’m finding it very hard not to break my rule about pregnant women here. I will say that I wish the dress was longer.

    • http://twitter.com/ChipsterTM Chipster TM

      I’m sorry but I think she looks amazing here, I love that dress. 

    • Mary McClelland

      My first reaction when I saw this was ‘oh, she looks beautiful’ – I was blinded by the initial shape of things. Then I looked at the dress on the model vs. the dress on The Simp. Yes – if she went up a size the effect would be perfecto. And that hair, while a v. popular southern girl look and perhaps a nod to her desire to be a country singer, does her NO favors. I wish she would shorten it a little and do some kickier layers and a more golden shade. Also, her make up is always bad.

      BUT considering this is Jessica who is the most notorious of the badly dressed and seems completely baffled (re: delusional) about her figure I say it’s a miracle that she looks this good! 

    • Anonymous

      I thought she looked best in a short Ken Paves wig. I think it was a side shot of her that she tweeted. Very 60′s. She should cut all that length off!

    • Anonymous

      the bouffant business is annoying but elsewise i think she looks nice. the other pregnant one, ron howard’s daughter, had a more fashionable dress but this dress looks better on the person wearing it. as an aside, i dont think it’s too tight. i think she hiked it up cos her legs still look good while she’s this pregnant & she wanted to emphasize them. thats wherefrom them wrinkles come. as an aside to that aside, i also think she picked the dress cos of the fabric, which will really work on a person built like JS & which wont change in form very much even if she did go up a size. i’d prefer something more avant-odd but i, you know, am not the one wearing what we are assessing.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N75LLUHGJEGCGJ3HZAXEB3MBJI Deen

      She HAD to wear the dress waytoosmall, TLo!  1) she has to demonstrate that she’s totally preggers and 2) SOMETHING has to hold those hoots in! If the top draped as it was supposed to, her hoots might be exposed!!

      But I love the colors on her. She’s a beautiful mommy-to-be!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. These pregnant celebrities should really wear maternity wear instead of squeezing into designer freebies Remember the Hillary duff dress a few weeks ago?

    • Anonymous

      Also why doesn’t she wear her own shoe line?

    • http://twitter.com/Bloodisea Barbora

      IN!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      I can’t believe you didn’t  mention the shoes that are meant to match but aggravatingly don’t quite.  Grrr.

    • Anonymous

      Jessica looks good here.  I’d like to have looked that good when pregnant.  The Rapunzel hair has to GO.  Isn’t she involved in some hair extension line too?  Maybe she is featuring the hair extensions here rather than shoes from her footwear line.

    • Anonymous

      Sure, but she is at least as cute here as Bryce Dallas Howard was the other day.  Let’s give pregnant a break and celebrate that she’s out & about, all done up and wearing HEELS!  :-)

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      She’ll be as big as a house by the end of this pregnancy….and her waist is gone for good

    • http://twitter.com/anairbb Briana Blanchard

      As usual, I think someone looks perfectly fine until you two break it down and then I can’t NOT see all the glaring mistakes. And I thank you for that. Also, that’s a good color on her.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

      Eeep. Too much Hilary-Duff-pregnant, not enough Bryce-Dallas-Howard-pregnant. If you’re going to go tight, don’t also go short.

    • Kaye Evans

      She totally ruins a beautiful dress, it makes her look like a blimp – there are very beautiful maternity dresses Jessica, go look at
      http://www.vertbaudet.fr/shop/grand_froid-future-maman.htm
      and I hate the shoe color next to the red dress.

      • Anonymous

        when i first saw the post with the photo from the bust upward, the words “punching bag” were right next to it and i thought “what an apt description”.  now i can’t get that vision out of my mind.  if you’re going to go with dirigible, it would have to be two airships.  anyway, it’s sad what this dress is doing to her more than voluptuous ample acreage.  if only the fit and drape were right, she’d look like a fertility goddess.

    • Anonymous

      That is one beautiful dress. Kudos to Donna Karan…I want one NOW! Oh..and I do agree with the T Lo assessment. The hair needs a serious update!

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      Definitely agree with the size issue. Its a gorgeous color.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      TLo, I hate to say this but I don’t think she’ll be able to find a dress that will accommodate her pregnant bust. Speaking as a woman who is normally busty and who makes her own clothing, I always have to do a full bust adjustment to patterns because clothing and patterns are made for a B/C cup. Jessica already exceeds that when not pregnant. And pregnant ladies who are already busty often find themselves overly blessed during pregnancy, which means we can’t find tops that DON’T pull across the bust. So don’t be surprised if you see her in things that are way too tight in the bust, even if they’re maternity and fit elsewhere. Despite what the average American woman looks like size-wise, fashion has yet to deem that acceptable and fails miserably to supply those of us who are blessed with more on top with appropriate sizing.

      • Anonymous

        and we all know that was a double d several years ago, when her obnoxious dad was screaming about “my girl’s got double d’s and proud of ‘em, you just can’t keep those puppies covered up” or some similar crap.  that had to be one of the most morifying moments of her life.  i would’ve killed him.

    • Anonymous

      She just can’t let go of too tight. It’d have been nice, even tastefully verging on elegant (territory she’s not often in) if it weren’t so tight. I lOVE that color on her.
      I’m with you guys on the hair, especially the color. In theory the makeup could be more sophisticated and stronger, but really. Would you trust her to show up in anything but clown makeup if told she needed to go up a notch?Too bad. She’s pretty – very pretty – and hell-bent on disguising the fact, apparently.

    • Anonymous

      Agree. But you boys neglected to mention the nail colour, which in my opinion, is perfect!

    • http://twitter.com/MFMblog MusingsFromManhattan

      I cannot believe she is not wearing her own shoes at a footwear achievement event!

    • R. L.

      Completely agree.

    • Sarah Tyrchniewicz

      I don’t like the pumps with the dress, but the dress and the nails totally rock. And you’re right – she needs a makeover. But the color of that dress on her is stunning even if it doesn’t quite work the way it needs to with her boobs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      I don’t understand why more pregnant women don’t wear their hair up. You’re carrying around a thanksgiving turkey in your stomach, girl, this is the time where a nice loose bun up top would be all acceptable. With her hair all down and choking her, it looks pretty…. idk, uncomfortable? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      I know this is old news at this point …but those earrings are hilariously tacky. I just want to rip them out of her lobes and stomp on them

    • Melanie Harrison

      I totally agree. Her make-up, especially her lips, needs a serious color boost. That color does look great on her, and she has a lot of potential.

    • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

      This is what I’m worried about as I approach my 3rd trimester. All of this.

    • Anonymous

      its not made any bigger than this.