In or Out: Carrie Underwood in Oscar de la Renta

Posted on March 01, 2012

Color us SHOCKED, darlings.

Carrie Underwood attends the Nordstrom Symphony fashion show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville in an Oscar de la Renta dress.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Constance Jablonski

Because we normally hate what she wears in public and we really love this look. Like, REALLY love it; possible personal best for her. You see, like so many starlets, Carrie Underwood is allergic to color and has a tendency to only go out in gowns that are white, silver, or some beigey neutral. For a relatively pale-skinned blonde, it made for a succession of looks that were either boring or unflattering, washing her out and making her look, at best, like a glamorous bride wearing too much makeup and jewelry.

But THIS, darlings. This is the kind of thing that makes T & Lo so very happy after literally years of bitching about the same thing. We really enjoy the pretense that these little attention whores actually listen to us, but the fact of the matter is, there’s a “color moment” happening on the red carpet right now and like all red carpet “moments,” (or, in fact all moments, period), this will be short-lived. We give this one an unreserved IN but we have to give the Bitter Kittens something to do or else they’ll destroy the furniture, so we’re turning this over to you, darlings.


Vote Now!


IN! Gorgeous and colorful!

OUT! Enh.


On the Oscars red carpet, Meryl’s gold gown was voted IN, Michelle Williams super-twee red gown was voted OUT, and Rooney Mara’s corpse bride dress was vehemently argued for and against, with the final vote coming down to OUT.


[Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images,]

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    • ChristySchiff

      Hate the hair, but I guess I’ll side with you on this one.  She looks great.

      (Still, start trying to convince her to do something different with her hair.)

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      • EveEve

        In, but I’m still looking for some color. All I see is black. As far as I’m concerned, black is not a color. 

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      LOVE.  So much better with her skin and hair.   She looks gorgeous!  Much more classy dame and much less Grand Ole Opry. 

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      IN.  A pretty dress and a big improvement for her. 

    • Kiltdntiltd

      I’ll give Carrie an in. Though switching from pale non colors to a dark non color doesn’t seem that huge a leap. Sure it’s got interesting hints of deep blue in there, but the overall effect is black. Still, she looks good and the darker tones suit her well.

    • mhleta

      I wasn’t sure about it until I saw the runway shot. The dress looks great on the model but the neckline is all fakakta on Carrie. What happened? Not enough cowboy to fill the hat?

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Snorting into my hand! I will have to remember this one.

      • Megan Dietz

         bonus points for use of “fakakta” !

      • Joyce VG

        I agree the neckline on Carrie is fakakta. Woah. Great word.  And she doesn’t have enough cowboy to fill the hat either.  Wow. Great zinger!  But an IN because look! she’s wearing color.

      • quiltrx

        I think it’s the lack of an appropriate undergarment that’s causing the problem here.  She’s not overly busty, but she generally fills her bodices much better than this.  Looks like her boobs aren’t speaking to each other.

    • Aaminah Khan

      The fit on the bodice seems a bit off, doesn’t it? It looks a little more drapey than it does on the model.

      She does look great, though. IN.

      • SapphoPoet

        I like the drapey, though.

        • ampg

           Me, too.  It gives the top more visual interest. I say IN.

        • Aaminah Khan

          I don’t hate it, but having seen the way it sits on the model, I think I prefer it that way.

    • kingderella

      dig the ‘oil on water’ effect, and the drape around her bust, which looks even better than on the model. not loving the belt. its an IN for me, although i probably dont love it as fiercly as you guys seem to. its a good look, not more and not less.
      gotta say, though, isnt it strange that youre pointing at a mostly black look as an example for colour?

    • Melissa Brogan

      It’s draping over her cleavage kind of oddly and the belt seems askew (or is that a thing now?), but otherwise she looks lovely. IN

    • Ennovi_R


    • Anathema_Device

      In. She looks very pretty, fashionable, and elegant here. (Even though that fabric reminds me a little bit of the glitzy table coverings you get at the discount party store).

    • Anplica Fiore

      In!  Love the color and the dress in general.

    • dress_up_doll

      It’s a striking dress and the girl is workin’ it.

    • Scarlet39

      In.  Full stop.

    • TheLaurenJean

      Going with out. She looks so messy! 

    • howdoilook


    • Sara Munoz

      I’m on the fence about the hair and belt, but I can’t deny this is IN.

    • Stacy Parker Cole

      IN.  She looks great.

    • crackineggs

      In.  Although she seems to look just a tad uncomfortable – maybe she’s not used to the plunging necklines?  She should consult with JLo on that.  But then again, maybe not.

      • Judih1

        Totally agree with everything you said! In and she should consult with JLO for plunging neckline tips

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      Maybe it’s her pose, but the neckline seems way off.

      Regardless, she looks great and I love the dress.  Kudos for changing the look up.

    • fireontiger

      This is fantastic. Consider that an emphatic IN!

    • lalahartma


    • Sarah Veenstra

      improvement? yes. in? NO.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Out for the mere fit on the chest.  Stop being such a prude.  You look more ridiculous trying to cover up what little you got. Hair looks like shit too.  Overall it’s more than an “Enh”…its a full on OUT: fuggly.

    • Little_Olive

      Great color. 

      The fabric looks highly flammable (I bet it’s not). 

    • DinaSews

      IN.  But would have loved a pop of color with the purse!  (That’s toooo much leap from where she was, huh?)

    • EC

      Think she looks hot. 

      Wondering if you’ve seen Hulu’s Fashion Fund and what you think of it. It’s been my fashion competition fix in a boring PR year. But how do I really know what to think if you’re not blogging it?1?1?

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Love the dress, but not the belt even if it IS the original model. 
      But it’s still an IN! Great dress.

    • Mariah J

      Wow this is not something I would normally like but somehow it just works. Definitely IN

    • Patricia Hoffman

      I would like it, if it didn’t look like she was trying to cover herself up in the photos. I think she looks massively uncomfortable in it.

    • Emily

      In.  I love the color on her.

    • Tadiana Walton Jones

      Seems like she’s playing dress-up; the dress and pose don’t quite fit with the face and hair, although that could be just my pre-conceived notions of Carrie Underwood coloring my view.  Anyway, got to go with IN.

    • SewingSiren

      Well, I thought the Corpse Bride was the best looking girl at the Oscars. This one is in too. The dress is pretty and so is she, but she always looks a little uncomfortable in the skin she’s in.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Not only in, but bonus points for not wearing the terrible shoes shown on the model.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      interesting color, tho i agree with the kittens about the wonky neckline…now if she would just do something about her prom hair…a conservative IN

    • Cheri Lee

      Her accessories are a bit weak for me and her posture is killing me. The dress is beautiful though and I am giving it the IN rather than her. 

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I still hate her hair, but otherwise, IN.  That is one gorgeous gown, and I like the shoes. 

    • Vickiefantastico

      Love it! In!

    • Amy Ellinger

      IN, but my word, she looks uncomfortable.

    • Sunshine16


    • TieDye64

      IN, but not quite sharing your enthusiasm. While it’s leaps and bounds above what she normally wears, and it’s a relief the dress isn’t a pale non-color, but this isn’t exactly bursting with color. Dark and dramatic is definitely more striking, though.

    • Pannyx

      I’m all for color (Yay color!), but I just really hate this dress. A big old OUT from me.

    • Aly Light

      I particularly like the belt on the dress- it lends some cowgirl style to a princess dress that suits her image. IN.

    • Karen Stephens Bassett

      Bo Bice was robbed.

    • Deitra S.

      True, the hair is still a bit honky tonk prom-ish, but I agree that this is possibly a personal best.  IN!

    • AnaRoW

      OUT. I like the dress but not on her. It’s like she decided the dress was too sexy so styled it to keep her as far away from that as possible. And she looks stiff and uncomfortable.  I’ll admit that the color (or absence of color, actually) does look good on her.

    • Kayceed

      Love the oil-slick color, and love the hair (it could go even bigger for me, as I love me some big hair on country singers). The bodice is problematic. The deep-v on the model is very nice – it has turned into a weird elongated-u on Miss Carrie, and it looks like she has pulled on the tulle to cover up her decolletage. Coupled with the caved-in chest posture, she is giving herself away as very uncomfortable in this lovely frock. Poor dear. Out.

    • Susan Bullard Mayer

      LOVE it on her, though she looks uncomfortable.

    • VioletFem

      I don’t love it, but I can’t find much wrong with it either. She looks good. IN

    • Ellen Behm

      I would like this dress so much better if they actually fit the bodice to her, like on the model. As it is, it just looks like a mess, and that she is wearing a dress too big. So while the addition of color does give her points, it’s still an OUT for me.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      IN, she looks fabulous, definitely the best I’ve seen on her. Love that the big blingy belt still has that “buckle bunny” vibe. 

    • Jessi03

      IN!  Worried she’s going to have a wardrobe malfunction, though.

    • jw_ny

      I feel like destroying the furniture only because I must give Carrie Underwear an IN.  :(

    • MandyJane

      In, love the dress!

    • piecesofconfetti

      In. Very pretty.

    • butterflysunita

      Easy IN.  

    • Judy_J

      Girl looks good.  IN.

    • Ivona Foster

      It’s awfully shiny, but for her = IN

    • CQAussie

      Gotta love it, she looks fab – IN.

    • BayTampaBay


    • Nancer

      How lovely! Definitely an “in.” I’ve always thought that she is a beautiful woman, this really makes her shine.

    • Gara St. James

      In. She looks pulled together and very pretty.

    • 3boysful


    • NasserShaheen

      In to the in! She looks ravishing.

    • Jessica O’Connell

      Her look is also not screaming out “Country Music Star,” for once. For that alone I would have given her an IN.

    • aristida_girl

      IN..she looks great!

    • kolokOlchik

      So IN!!

    • Larkin21

      Not crazy about the sheer skirt but she looks really great. IN!

    • karena10

      In.  Not really colorful, but definitely flattering and a step in the right direction.

    • NCDFan


    • alyce1213

      I’m not fully understanding what’s going on on top (it looks kind of haphazard and the model’s top looks better) or her choice of necklace, but IN, because it’s really pretty overall.

    • Sara__B

      On my monitor, this dress is an iridescent black, NOT a color. She looks pretty, but uncomfortable, which may explain the fakakta (my new word for the day) neckline. I’m not liking the hairdo, either, but IN anyway. She and the dress are both pretty.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I wonder what the fabric looked like in person — it photographs cheap, cheap, cheap. I have to give her an OUT for that.

    • saanrio

      IN.  Hair not quite right, and her pose could use a little work, but it is nice to see her getting away from the more ‘virginal’ colors.

    • PeggyOC

      In.  Love what she’s done with the bodice to make it scoop necked, but not a dip to Hootertown.

    • janetjb


    • formerlyAnon


      But there’s nothing egregiously wrong with it, just no fireworks. And she looks pretty. So in. A rather underwhelmed in.

      I’m a little sad about the Corpse Bride vote, but having seen the back of Michelle Williams’ dress since I voted, I’m very o.k. that that one went against me.

    • Sorana Tarmu

      No enh here. IN.

    • kimmeister

      Colorful?  It still looks like black to me.  I don’t like the way she switched up the draping around the bust, but overall I’ll give her an IN.

    • belfebe

      IN, but the chest fits a little funky.  I like the more fitted version on the model.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Not a fan of hers, but she looks spectacular! IN!

    • Shawn EH

      Pretty good for her, but I hate that one Playboy Wife hairstyle she always has. Grudgingly IN, because she is a pretty girl in a pretty dress.

    • amye

      Definitely an IN!  I agree that it’s personally one of her best, if not THE best.  And look at the bright smile!  It’s like she knows that TLo are going to give her an unabashed ‘Huzzah’, and she’s ecstatic about that.

    • MarissaLG

      IN she looks great!

    • thebitterkitten

      not a big fan of the sheer but she totally won me on this look!  IN!

    • NurseEllen

      So very IN, she looks fab.  Congratulations, Carrie!

    • pottymouth_princess

      I am as pleasantly shocked as TLo. She’s young, has a slammin’ bod, but I guess the Country image prescribes her to the boring side to keep her image sweet and pure. I’ve hated her musically since AI (the tapping on the mike drove me bonkers), but never denied she’s a lovely girl who finally looks like a grown-up here. Well done, Carrie.

    • MilaXX

      IN, a little too much train, but definitely a step up.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      In.  I don’t know who she is, but this dress is fantastic on her.  It’s almost a WERQ.  Almost.

    • lrhoff

      Very nice — perfect for a symphony event, too.

    • Fifi LaRoux

      IN. She looks great!

    • serenitynow02

      Since this is indeed a personal best for the lady, I’ll vote her IN.

    • Snailstsichr

      pretty. IN.
      And, when she’s done with the ring on her right hand, she can send it to me.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      I’ll give the gal an IN. 

    • malvernite

      out. the footstance and scrunched in shoulders (to stop her boobs falling out?) makes me think she’s a bit afraid of the dress.

    • mjude


    • Cassie

      LOVE THIS DRESS. Definitely IN (but would a vibrant color kill you, girl?)

    • finnishmaria

      I’m not convinced about the necklace or the shoes, but I also think she looks really nice. I really like the belt. IN! 

    • MoHub

      The titscrepancy is making me nuts!

    • Sandisan

      IN.  She usually looks hiddy, but I dunno, she’s kinda … hot in that blue dress.  I feel unclean.

    • reddhouston

      In…nothing much else to say good or bad about it

    • Me Again

      In.  I don’t love it as much as T-Lo do, but IN.

    • Patricia Gillett

      In, but stand up straight, young lady!

    • MinAgain

      She looks great, but I’m shocked.  I had no idea there was an actual red carpet event at the Schermerhorn.

    • AlexisPayne

      Hate the hair, make-up is ok, I’m not liking how the neckline sits on her. The dress looks navy or black to me. 
      Improved but not wowing me. Out.

    • MzzPants

      Perfect.  IN.

    • unbornfawn

      This bitter kitten gets up, stretches, glances over, mews, IN, curls up and goes back to sleep.

      • Qitkat

        Can I snuggle IN with you? Surely two bitter kittens are better curled up than one.

        • unbornfawn

          Absolutely. Bitter kittens are always better in pairs!

          • Qitkat

            My husband and I are thinking of adopting a pair of kittens from the shelter where we got our last kitty, who went to the great sandbox in the sky over a year ago. We’ve had to come to terms with his loss as we had him for 19½ years, so it’s taken a while, but I think we’re ready. Now for the hard part, coming up with names. Well, the really hard part will be choosing the right kittens :)

            • unbornfawn

              That is so sweet. I hope you find a terrific pair of kittens. Once you meet them. It will be much easier to figure out their names! 

            • Qitkat

              I think one of their nicknames must be the Bitter Kitten Twins. We always have lots of nicknames for our cats. Stay tuned…

            • unbornfawn

              Love it. Keep us posted!

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      it’s OdlR, it’s gorgeous. it looks better in the rarefied reality of being photographed, worn by something of a person person on a red carpet rather than in the rarefied atmosphere of a runway worn by a model. very good.

      btw, i think sometimes they do listen to you. i’m not sure. but this is a big big website now. the one that startled me was the hair of viola davis. although, sadly, i have to temper this comment by noting that i dont read any other celeb stuff anywhere [other than infrequently on jezebel] so i dont know if any- & everyone else has also been saying ditch the wig. but i wouldnt doubt she heard it here first.

    • S R

      In. She looks gorgeous.

    • Cassie (C.M.W.)

      IN. Hate the shoes, but the rest of the look is killer. It’s finally something other than “country starlet”.

    • Ann M. Erickson

      the neckline is weird. It makes her look concave? otherwise, in.

    • newtonGOTbeaned

      I want it

    • In_Stitches

      With the soccer mom hair and beauty pageant smile, I’m thinking this is a “girl, this isn’t your dress” moment.  It’s a great dress, but it has a dark sultriness to it that just doesn’t work on her.  I’m not gonna give her an out for it, but I don’t love it.  She’s squeezes by with an “IN”.  

    • blixtme

      Color! Resounding IN!

    • Lauren Maier

      Swanky.  Not really invested in the dress or the starlet, so it’s not a very enthusiastic IN, but and IN nonetheless.  

      Definitely swanky.  

    • cleep1000

      That neckline makes it an  OUT.

    • Noelle Haland

      So I guess the color is a very navy blue…?  It almost looks black. Either way, she looks great. IN.

    • Lisa

      OUT.  It’s just so weird and bunchy looking.  I can’t give her an in just because it’s a radical departure for her.

    • warontara

      Oooh. Love it! IN!!

    • altalinda

      Yes, in.

    • amanda crow

      I’ll say IN, but I feel like she looks uncomfortable in it.

    • marilyn

      Out.  Boring.  She looks like Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke.  Where are the feathers sticking out of her hair?  Too bad this is an improvement.  She has a nice face and a good figure.  

    • Liana Brooks

      IN… it’s a step in the right direction and I’m encouraging it even if the dress looks like it was made out of shiny trash bags.

    • Pterodactyl111


    • accidental housewife

      Her hair is a mess (that’s saying something coming from me. I’m a big fan of messy hair), but everything else is fabulous. A big IN

      I’d kill to have that dress.

    • ThatPeterG

      IN. Definitely IN.

    • loverungay

      She looks great!

    • giiiirrrr

      That fabric looks suspiciously like shiny, velvet upholstery, but I like the way CW’s wearing it.  IN.

    • harleydear


    • mhlmh

      IN. Very pretty. 

    • Megan Sullivan

      Definitely in.

    • Megan Sullivan

      Definitely in.

    • benjamin478

      but what about jessica chastain’s in or out?
      carrie’s in. she looks great.

    • Kate Lorenz

      Out out out out out out!  That fabric is the tackiest, shiniest pile of ugly!  Ugh!  That’s the stuff you buy in the flatfold area at Jo-Ann to make curtains for your first apartment – polyester crystal organza.  I have no doubt it’s some sort of high end silk, but if it photographs as polyester crystal organza?  That’s an out!  How embarrassing for her.

    • TheOtherChristina

      I actually think she is one of the few who successfully works the hell out of the white/gold/champagne looks. I’m not against her shaking it up, but I think I hate this dress.

    • quiltrx

      I think she’s SO beautiful anyway, and she’s really serving up some sophistication here.  IN.

    • Joy Yeager

      In, she looks fabulous!

    • PeaceBang

      She looks lovely. In. 

    • pokokpuding

      In! And I would not have thought that she of all people could pull off this dress. 

    • snarkykitten

      are you blind? it’s pooling around her lack of boobs making her chest look weird

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties


    • Kirsten Henry

      YES in so many ways

    • tinyredlocks

      In. But what I really love and covet are the shoes on the model. Love. Want. Love.

    • Vera

      Much better than the” Kountry Kutie” look she normally goes for. IN.

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      It doesn’t fit correctly, and it’s a weird length: OUT

    • Bozhi

      IN.  I’m no Carrie fan, but this looks really great.

    • StrandedFashionista

      Looks better on the model, but this is the best she’s ever looked. IN. 

    • Merneith

      In. That said, the neckline on Underwood is weird compared to the neckline on the model.

    • allisankelly

      Best I’ve seen her look…including the horrid shit they dress her in for that music award show she co-hosts seemingly every year. Plus her husband is kicking ass on my fantasy hockey team!


    • Mathilde

      Just doesn’t suit her as well as it suited the model. Color is not enough. That neckline is just weird on her. OUT.

    • JaneDC

      A gorgeous dress! Love how it moves on the runway shot. It doesn’t look as good on Underwood, but it’s still an IN.

    • Depot'er


    • SapphoPoet

      IN. But I wouldn’t call this a color. I would have left off the necklace; it looks rather insignificant next to all that wonderful fabric. I think she should have just let the neckline be the ornament. LOVE the belt detail. 

    • sagecreek

      In. She looks lovely.

    • tsid2012

      I’ll give it an IN just because it is a HUGE improvment on her usual blandness.  But what is going on with the neckline on her?  It is a simple deep vee on the model but seems rather askew on her.  And hate the necklace, this dress really should have a great pair of earrings like the runway model and no necklace.

    • Erin

      Can we turn over the furniture anyway?  Oh, and IN.

    • sid123

      ewwww  shiny….like cheap curtain sheers.

    • miwome

      I’m really bothered by the way the bodice is lying, or falling, whatever, on her. It’s very different, and far less flattering, than the way it lies on the model. Is she not broad-shouldered enough? What happened there?

      It’s bothering me enough that I’ll say OUT. I like the color and the textile, but somehow the overall effect is really messy to me.

    • MissFern


    • Eva_baby

      IN.  But only because the dress is pretty, not because she is wearing it well or anything.  As a matter of fact, she doesn’t do the dress justice at all.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I can’t believe it! Usually she looks either ridiculously tacky or completely washed out. Not loving the hair, but this is definitely an improvement. 

    • Kerry McCombs

      Is this how Carrie does edgy? If so, I’ll give it a pass for something different. IN.

    • random_poster

      IN.  Love the look on her.

    • PhillipWilde

      Very much IN.

    • Rachel Lee


    • Sophie Collier

      It doesn’t seem to fit right.  Maybe because she’s slumping or something but it doesn’t look like the same dress the model is wearing.  And sorry to say, I kind of hate the skirt.  

    • bitterk

      Gorgeous and Colorful

    • JillK

      Fab. IN

    • Lebogang Mogashoa

      Hate the hair. And it’s like she’s drowning in oil. Enh.

    • R. L.

      Love it!

    • amyw

      In, but I’m not nuts about how the neckline is sagging. Pretty dress though. If I didn’t see it on the model, the neckline probably wouldn’t have bothered me.