In or Out: Ashley Greene in DKNY

Posted on February 06, 2012

It’s apparently “Purple Dress with Peep-Toes” day here at T Lo Theme-Seeking Industries, Inc. We almost didn’t feature this look just because Kristen Davis sort of got there first.

Ashley Greene attends the Lucky magazine cover party in a DKNY dress paired with a Samantha Wills cuff and Christian Louboutin pumps.

But of course that’s a ridiculous comparison because any similarities are purely surface. They couldn’t look more different, really. It’s just that we paused for a second, realizing we were putting two long-haired brunettes in purple dresses back to back. We’re visually oriented, what can we say?

We’re also really digging this look on her. It’s so simple as to be minimalist, but it’s got a great shape to it, the color looks fantastic on her, and that gigantic cuff is a bold and inspired choice for jewelry. Absolutely fucked it up with those Payless shoes, though. We don’t care if they’re Louboutins and cost more than several months’ worth of mortgage payments. Enough with the silly putty pumps, people. We’re going to resort to insults until everyone involved just stops it; stops it right this instant. Go back a couple posts and look at those fab shoes Rooney Mara’s sporting. Imagine how much better this outfit would have looked with something fairly simple but statement-making punctuating it. She could’ve gotten a “WERQ it, girl!” from us, but now she’s been thrown to the wolves, where her fate is anything but certain.

Vote Now!


IN! Oh, quitcher whining about the goddamn shoes. She looks hot.

OUT! Wonder Woman’s looking to get herself some tonight!


Rooney and her much more fabulous shoes are still up for a vote. Opinions are good for the complexion, darlings.
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  • Tiger Gray

    She looks so much better than Kristin. Love the jewelry. IN. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, those pumps are awful and my eyes are really drawn to her feet with that toenail polish. Her feet almost look bruised/discolored. (See, I can’t stop looking!)

    But “In” otherwise.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree – I don’t even mind nude pumps so much — but these pumps are somehow so close to her skin color than it looks almost creepy. Maybe also because the shoes aren’t sort of shiny? I seem to think most nude pumps I’ve liked been shiny-ish. But I also agree it’s an IN. 

    • Angie B

      Exactly what I was thinking… that toenail polish is so awful

  • Stacy Parker Cole

    IN but I wish they’d quit with those damn nude shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Those shoes make her legs look ten miles long. Isn’t that what nude shoes are supposed to do? Not that she couldn’t have gone with something with more oomph. 

    Think she looks great. IN.

  • Brad and Anne White

    IN. I’m ignoring her feet.

  • Kathrine Marlow

    IN, even with the horrible shoes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts!!

  • Brian @ PWYJudges

    Despite those shoes, she looks gorgeous! It’s an IN!

  • Anonymous

    This is a MUCH better purple than Kristin’s dress.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, it looks like a nothing special dress with a back cut out.  nice color, but just a nothing dress.  It doesn’t have that “classic” simple style. to me, just a lack of style.  Out

    • Anonymous

      Agree, this is very blah. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      It reminds me of most of my bar/party wardrobe from college & grad school. . . bought at Ross/Marshalls/TJ Maxx.  I’m not saying she doesn’t look GREAT, however….

    • Cathy S

       I agree. The best I could say is “eh.” Out.

  • oohsparkley!


  • Anonymous

    …Is it normal for her to be much more beautiful in real life (well, pictures) than on the cover behind her?

    IN! Those shoes are horrible, fine, but she looks really good.

    • Anonymous

      What kmk05 said, along with the IN.

  • evelina lundmark

    I like the dress, that colour is perfect on her

  • Anonymous

    It’s great till you get to the shoes, a hesitant lower case in.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    In, and don’t ever quitcher bitching about the shoes! I love that shade of purple. so many brunettes (myself included) look great in that shade. Glad to be seeing more of it around.

  • Democracy Diva

    I’m proposing a blanket OUT on any starlet in silly putty shoes when another shoe option would have been better (i.e., 99% of cases).

  • Susana Reyes

    She looks great. IN

  • Anonymous


  • Aaron Fancey

    It bores me.  OUT.

  • Judy_J

    Oh, those ugly shoes ruin the whole look!  But I give her an in from the knees up.

  • Jasmine Moten

    Who is this girl? Love the dress.

  • Michelle Argento

    This dress looks itchy. Love the color, but the fabric is too thick. 

  • WordyDoodles

    Agree with others that this color is stunning – and the dress is better than the prom number. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say the cuff isn’t doing it for me. If the dress had shorter sleeves or no sleeves, I’d be all about this fabulous cuff. But the 3/4 length sleeve kind of takes away the impact.

    And I know this is matchy, but how awesome would it have been if she’d found shoes in that cuff’s fierce color? Kind of bronze-ish?

  • Anonymous


    Dress and makeup..great, she looks very pretty.  The cuff is a bit too bold for this, imo.  Shoes…yawn.  Hair…at first glance I liked it until I noticed the bump-it …looks fake. 

  • Sara Parker

    I love that dress, but the accessorizing is atrocious. It still boggles my mind that beige platform pumps ever even got made, much less turned into a thing. It’s a dealbreaker– she’s OUT.

  • Laura Schultz

    Sister has some killer legs, and I LOVE that cuff. I’ma have to go with IN.

  • Anonymous

    In. Love the color, love the sleeve length, love the smile in the second picture. Hate the shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Going with In.  She looks good, I love the dress.  Hair and makeup are good, like the cuff. The shoes, of course, are hideous.  I don’t like this style of peeptoe at all, in any color.  These give her hooves.  And while I love off-the-wall nail polish choices, I also feel that you should pick a color that is at least flattering to your skin tone-and this ain’t it.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Don’t like the hair or the armband. The dress is blah.

  • VicD

    The dress is 2 inches too short (at least), and she’s wearing the dead zombie nail polish. OUT

  • Jonika Tannous

    in. she’s been brainwashed into thinking the shoes are ok. they are not. but just look at the back. damn.

  • Anonymous

    Thrown to the wolves, indeed!

    OUT!  The dress is boring and too short, the hair is boring, and the shoes are beneath both contempt and comment.

    (“TLo Theme-seeking Industries, Inc.”!  On floor!)

  • Anonymous

    A Lucky Magazine Cover party?  Really?

  • Anonymous

    I really can’t stand her legs, no idea why that is, they look like perfectly normal legs and yet here I am hating them every time I see ’em. The dress is fitting her in a weirdly uncomfortable way and just isn’t working for me.


  • Anonymous

    Out, but I wish I had her legs.

  • Anonymous

    That dress is really great. If I were her I would only wear that color. Too bad about the shoes, but overall she looks too good to be anything but IN.

  • Grace Ritt

    IN! The dress is just fabulous.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Out.  I really like the dress, but it’s wearing her.  Needs better shoes, agreed.  And her hair looks really… synthetic.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Minimalism is about getting just a few details perfect, right?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really want to, because I don’t find this particularly interesting, but I have no choice: IN. She looks too good. 

  • Anonymous

    In addition to losing those boring shoes she should drop the hemline about two inches. The proportions are slightly off and I think a little more length would make it perfect.

  • Anonymous

    In…let it go. Gals have it in their heads that nudetops make their legs look longer. And it is kinda a valid point.

  • Anonymous

    Oh I find myself so apathetic about this look. Ok IN. A weak IN.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I’m giving her an IN because she looks hot and I love that cuff, but those are definitely the wrong shoes.

  • Anonymous

    another gal with gray nailpolish…

  • marilyn

    She has the expensive kept-woman look.  The shoes are bad, mostly because of the color.  That is a bold intensely colored dress.  The shoes should match that intensity.   I was okay with the dress until I saw the back.  She looks like she’s headed over to the stripper pole for a session.  (The expensive stripper pole)  Out.  

    • Laurie Bergman

      You said everything I wanted to say.  “Expensive kept-woman” look indeed.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  Meh.  Something off about the whole look.

  • Sam

    I’m going to go with OUT, that dress seems to be hitting her really bizarrely on the waist, making her torso look really short.

  • MilaXX

    OUT! I like the dress, but I don’t think the wonder woman cuff works with it and I absolutely hate the putty peep toes. I like funky  nail polish, but this is dug.  She needs a funkier shoe and maybe one cocktail ring instead of the bracelet. It’s almost a look that killed by bad accessories.

  • Anonymous

    Not bad, but the shoes are dull: in.

  • Anonymous

    The central paneling on this dress looks really awkward to me. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    God, the shoes are so horrible it’s like she doesn’t even have feet. What a boring awful choice for an other wise perfect killer look. That being said IN. Great dress and she looks really vibrant!

  • Adrian

    IN…however. Yes, he shoes are bad. And also, the proportions are off, here, to my eye. She clearly has a slammin’ bod, and the color is great, but I think the dress would look better a few inches longer, like just above the knee. At this length, it threatens to make her look a little thick in a weird way. But makeup is fab, the cuff is fab, and her hair is pretty fab (even though it looks like she’s wearing extensions and it would look just as fab without that).

  • Anonymous

    HATE the cuff.  The dress needs great earrings, or a statement necklace.  A bangle could work.  That cuff looks like it was left over from shop class in my high school.  It and the shoes are ALMOST enough to make this an out, but the dress is great.  So whoever this girl is gets a barely in from me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know.  It’s a nice look (although I hate the shoes), but that’s about it.  It’s nice.  Not great enough to be in, but not bad enough to be out. 

  • Jen L.

    Horrible boring shoes.  But since lately a TON of red carpet peeps have had horrible boring shoes….I choose to ignore them.  The dress is fabulous, sleek and interesting.  Hair and makeup are flawless.  IN.

  • Anonymous

    In.  The shoes aren’t totally hideous, but I think some pewter strappy sandals would’ve improved the look.

  • Anonymous

    a bored IN. she looks good though

  • Lauren Maier

    OUT on the shoes alone.  
    Normally I can ignore shoes.  Not these – that’s how bad they are.  

  • Anonymous

    She looks great except for the shoes, which are every bit as hideous as you say. Is this the one who married an American Idol guy? (My overall vote is IN, but just barely.)

  • Anonymous

    I’m not getting the “two purple dresses” comment.  To me, Kristin Davis’s dress looks cobalt blue and not purple at all.

    I’m getting a laugh that the cover behind her says “Fresh Looks for Spring”     This is not a fresh look, imo.   Nor is the one on the cover!   

  • R. L.

    Nice dress, bad accessories.  I am on the fence…woops, falling, falling.  OUT!

  • Kelsey Albrecht


  • Anonymous

    There is no getting past the shoes.  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    There is no getting past the shoes.  OUT.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    I’m just kiddin’. She’s fine. But I feel like I am saying ‘IN’ because she doesn’t look trashy. Grading on a curve today.

  • Delysia LaFosse

    I love the dress, hair, and makeup. The cuff is just okay, although I like the idea of a cuff. I disagree with some of the Kittens and really like the polish color. Shoes are appalling, but there’s way more good than bad here. IN.

  • Geno Boggiatto

    Usually I want to fight you, TLo, over your nude shoe opinions, but I must agree with you 100% that these just aren’t working! Her nail polish color is also throwing me for a loop.

    Despite this, her body looks amazing, and the color is fabulous on her. Love the hair and makeup, too – IN!

  • Anonymous

    Out.  Boring.

  • Cassie

    The pumps are wrong, I agree, but she looks really fabulous otherwise. IN.

  • Jane Morris

    I didn’t even notice her shoes, because I got stuck on her stick stick stickison muscle legs. I don’t think that length does her any favors, but she does not merit an out. IN>

  • Anonymous

    Out!  That dress makes her look lumpy, the cuff is just silly and then there are the shoes…

  • Joyce VG

    IN! She’s a pretty girl.

  • AWStevens

    The spandex 80s are so ovah girl…


  • Anonymous

    In but I loathe those shoes.  Let the insults begin, TLo!

  • Elaine Lang

    I’m not going to whine about her shoes.   I’ll whine about her cookie cutter starlet hair.

    (I am totally biassed as a woman who is sporting a razored choppy short cut that mimics the one she had in the Movies So Terrible I Will not Speak Their Name.)

  • Anonymous

    You know, I’m gonna say “out” because of those shoes. I mean, otherwise how is it going to stop?  (I do love the dress though, but enough!)

  • Anonymous

    OUT!  I hate your shoes!  But the back of the dress is very pretty.  

  • Jessica Pippin

    Can I have her hair, please? Hate the shoes, but love the dress. IN. 

  • Anonymous

    IN. I don’t love the wonder woman thingy and I cannot approve of those shoes in this instance, but she still looks incredible.

  • Sorana Tarmu

    IN just because of the cuff. Shoes – hate them. Dress – meh.

  • Sorana Tarmu

    IN just because of the cuff. Shoes – hate them. Dress – meh.

  • Aaminah Khan

    Stunning. Also, can I steal her hair? IN.

    • Anonymous

       Not if I get there first!

      I htink a nice caramel-colored shoe would’ve been good.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Imagine the dress about 6 inches longer: then the cuff becomes proportional with the outfit and therefore great.  Since it needs only a very simple fix: OUT

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan. OUT.

  • bellalozza

    Oh she looks hot and you know she does. All those gals are wearing nude pumps to give their legs the illusion of being super long. Grant it, they seem a bit dated now that we’ve seen a thousand pairs, but at least they do make the legs looks long and shapely and Ashley is pretty short, so they work in her favor. Nude colored shoes like the Audreybot’s might be cooler, though.

  • Emily

    In.  Kristin should have worn this!

  • Anonymous

     You know what, I’m feeling cranky today, and I’m damn tired of hideous shoes.  OUT.  Someone needs to be sacrificed in order to send the message.

  • Anonymous

    I like, nearly love the dress on her, dislike the shoes with this dress.

    But really, it’s such a covered-up dress and it IS a winter month – what kills the look for me is that it looks like she forgot to put on hosiery.

    Sorry, but all it took was a couple of the gals to be photographed in stockings and my early home training kicked in. Did those of you under [mumblety-mumble] know that at one time, wearing dress shoes bare-footed & bare-legged was considered trashy? It meant, at best, that you were too poor to wear stockings every day and had to save them for ‘dressing up’ and that socks didn’t go with the shoes but you wanted to/had to wear them anyway.

    And that was the *best* interpretation.

    Oh, wait – I must haul myself out of the dim and distant past – can’t call her out because she’s not following the ‘rules’ of decades past.  Sigh. Teeny, tiny, reluctant in.

  • Nicole Seligman

    nbest she’s ever looked. love that bangle and i need the dress. IN

  • Anonymous

    In.  That color suits her better than the color she’s wearing on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Too short, invisible shoes, no hose and Wonder Woman bracelet. No go.

    • Anonymous

      I vote OUT for the same reasons, plus she needs better posture if she wants to work a dress.

    • Anonymous

       You said it, sistah.  There is nothing remarkable about this look save for the intense & wonderfully saturated color of the dress–and that alone doesn’t save it.  OUT.

  • butter nut

    IN.  no clue who she is, but i love that dress!  the shoes are dopey and useless, but that dress is fly.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to say out, just because of the shoes. Also, she’s not really working the dress.

  • Anonymous

    In! Relax with the shoes, already

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Great color but not enough to make this boring dress -with minimal accessories and nothing special hairstyle – an in.

  • Anonymous

    she looks fine, nothing exciting but nothing too awful. other than the shoes, of course. i wonder if demanding a real understanding of fashion, right down to exceptional thoughts re: color co-ordination, is too much for a lot of people so they default. also i’d bet you ten to one, if not a hundred to one, that people think the fleshy looking things are leg lengthening. maybe they are, cant really say.

    otoh, whats interesting to me is the contrast between the living & the cover beings. do other people remember much of women being fleshed out via photoshop rather than carved down? cos if the real cover picture looks like the cover pictured pictured here, thats what cooks. i guess i will have to see when i go to the market. strange, if true.

  • Anonymous

    IN, lookin good

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give it an IN. 

  • Anonymous

    IN. She looks hot. and she’s working it.

  • Anonymous

    hate the bracelet or whatever it is, hate the shoes, not crazy about the hair, and blue nail polish is a nono with a purple dress and nude shoes!! hole in the back is unexpected and also not really necessary (lots of times, backless dress are really surprising and it makes me look at the dress completely differently, but with this one im not really feeling the effect as much… if that makes sense…) this is an OUT for me!!! 

  • Susan Crawford

    The dress is terrific: simple, well-fitted and just sexy enough with the back cut-out. The color works for her, too. BUT: the nail color; that big, scary bracelet; and the hiddy peep-toes . . . not so terrific. But over all, the dress puts Ashley in the (qualified) IN category. Ms. G., get your stylist to Accessories Rehab, okay?

  • Fifi LaRoux

    IN. She looks beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Yea, the shoes are borring, but you can’t say they look bad. And overall, she is killing it. IN

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to stand with you on this TLo, she looks awesome but I’m willing to OUT it for the shoes alone – they’ll never learn otherwise! Out

  • Anonymous

    Major IN. As a public service kill the shoes.

  • Samantha Irene

    Dress looks great – shoes ruin it. OUT

  • Anonymous


  • Sara Munoz

    IN. Undeniably gorgeous.

    But I don’t really understand nude peep-toes. I can’t see the shoes anyway, but now I see a hint of toenail polish? Looks kind of like she spilled a bit of wine on the toes of her shoes. But she’s still IN.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Except for the cutout in the back (and the shortness), the dress looks like a 1980’s secretary’s dress. I’m getting flashbacks of Melanie Griffith in Working Girl . Oh great, now I’ll be singing “let the river flow” all day. 

  • Brittany Johnstone

    IN but those shoes suck. They highlight the veins and discolorations that everyone has but most of us have figured out how to disguise! Well designed shoes in a color that agrees with your skin tone. Does wonders for disguising feet-flaws!

  • Jennifer L.

    Out. Too casual. And the cuff looks like a cheap prop from Spartacus. 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    The dress fits her like a glove.  Love the cuff.  I would kill for her hair, and makeup looks good.  I hate those shoes too, but still, it is an IN.

  • foodycatAlicia

    IN – although my inner Wonder Woman-worshipping 6 year old wishes she had matching cuffs. Give me symmetry. 6 year olds LOVE symmetry.

  • Rebecca

    IN–she is fabulous!

  • Beth G

    I’m hoping for a surge of play-dough shoes….

  • Beth G

    I’m hoping for a surge of play-dough shoes….

  • Anonymous

    in in in.  i like that cuff.  not too overdone.  and i’m sorry but i really like those shoes.  

  • Anonymous

    She gets an in, but you’re right about teh shoes.
    New question: why is everyone suddenly wearing nail polish that looks like their finger nails have been smashed & are about to fall off?!  Perhaps is a subtle reminder that The Walking Dead will be back Sunday!!!

  • MBD

    Love nude pumps, especially the patent ones!