In or Out: Debra Messing

Posted on March 21, 2012

Debra ditches the sweaters and scarves she’s been sporting on Smash for a cute little attention-getting dress.


Debra Messing attends celebration of her Gotham magazine’s cover in NYC.

As we said: cute and attention-getting. What more could a gal want when she’s “celebrating” her magazine cover?

What’s it like to “celebrate” a magazine cover? The things celebrities do.

Anyway, it’s cute, but because we’re bitches, we have a few complaints. We think it would look much better if the hem hit right above the knee. We also think a smart pair of pumps would have been much better than those somewhat sad-looking sandals. And finally, girl we love you, but the big hair has GOT to go. A little layering, perhaps? Maybe a little softening of that color?


Vote Now!


IN! Oh please, you picky bitches.

OUT! Wallpaper dress and big hair is not a good look.


The kittens were not impressed with Mena Suvari’s disco napkin, voting it OUT.


[Photo Credit: WENN]

    • lilibetp

      I think the crazed look in her eyes is what’s got to go…

      • Charlotte Horseman

        Haha!  Yes.

      • NinaBoo

        I’d have crazy eyes, too, if I had just slain a dragon and then used it to make that dress.  The first thing I thought was “Eragon”. 

      • LaVonne Ellis

        She’s smizing.

        • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

          She’s Sminocidingentirecivilizations. That’s some serious cray face.

      • AC

        Ha! I was just about to make that comment.

    • G

      She is very pretty, but it is hard for Hollywoodites to age.. they don’t want to give up the hair.  Ever.  Too heavy on the makeup.  Out.

      • Charlotte Horseman

        Agreed – I think it’s great that she is “showing” her age – she is beautiful.  But softening things up all around will help.

    • Evan Hart

       I agree with your ideas, TLo, but my biggest problem is her hair! She’s gorgeous and her hair is lovely, but the way it’s styled, it almost feels like it’s choking her. I’m not saying she had to pull it up or straighten it, but it’s covering up too much of her neck and face, and it makes her look a bit larger than she is. OUT

      • drdirection

        And how about the fact that she’s been sporting the same ‘do for 20 years.  OMG, try something new!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Too much hair.  Then again, in about a week and a half, I’m going to have no hair, but I assure you my observation is not made out of tonsorial envy.  A peppy print and a nice bodice, but I agree with T Lo that the hem should be a smidge shorter and the footwear should be more streamlined.  I’d also soften the eyeliner, too.

      Ergo, OUT.

      • BrooklynBomber


        • NDC_IPCentral

           Hi, BB – I started chemotherapy last Friday, and I’m on once-a-week interim infusions between the “big” cycles.  The usual time for the big hair loss to occur is about 13-15 days from the start of chemo, so I’m figuring I may be at my hairdresser’s for the Big Shave at the end of the month.  No wigs for me – caps, scarves and hats.

          All the best,


          • Kiltdntiltd

             My very best wishes that your time with chemo is mercifully free of nasty side effects.  And of course, my best wishes too, for a full recovery from your illness.

          • sagecreek

            Wishing you all the best, NDC!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Just want to say that I wish you all the best with your treatment and recovery!

          • P M

             Best of luck and wishing you a speedy recovery! Stay Fabulous, Kitten!

          • Cindi Williams

            Best wishes for a speedy recovery and good health!

          • BrooklynBomber

            Oh, geez. Sending the good thoughts your way. Excellent healing, minimal side effects. 

          • Ginger

            Prayers for a successful course of treatment and a speedy recovery. 

          • NDC_IPCentral

             Thanks, all you Bitter Kittens, unborn fauns, poodles and pals.  It sounds trite, but even though I don’t personally know a one of you, your good wishes really buck me up and boost my spirits.  I have family and friends all pulling for me as well, and the kindness of the T Lo community is much, much appreciated.

            • Isabel

              Hoping for the best! Hope a designer reads this and sends a purse your way!

            • NDC_IPCentral

               Isabel, my firm and I used to do the trademark work for DVF until a few years ago when the fickle winds of administration shifted the portfolio to another law firm.  I’ve even met DVF.  I’d take one of her wrap dresses…. No need for a new bag.

              I’m soon gonna need new chapeaux!

          • Ms_Flyover

            My fondest wish for you is that the treatment is wildly successful and uncharacteristically short.  

          • another_laura

            Like my other Precious Unborn Fawns, I wish you the best experience and outcome possible. Courage!

          • Rachel Hewitt

            Hair-shmair. Your good attitude is beautiful. IN!

          • Gener1c

            I’m so proud you’re embracing the shave [yes, of a stranger], and I send all the luck, strength and best wishes I can muster!

          • NatalieD28

            Like all of the Precious Unborn Fawns before me, I wish you only the absolute best, and of course a speedy recovery! I will be sure you keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

          • formerlyAnon

            So glad to hear from you, NDC! With everyone else, I hope the ride will be smooth, short, and successful.  And it sounds as though you have a hand or two to hold if you need one. 

            My unsolicited advice is to ask your nurses [& other patients, former patients, etc.] as well as your doctors about any side effects, even ones you feel are not a big deal, and consider trying whatever ameliorative suggestions are offered.  I have one friend whose chemo months were relatively easy once she started taking an anti-anxiety med on her infusion days; my mother’s post-surgical life was vastly improved by switching to a different [prescription] laxative. Sometimes the little things make a big difference in your experience, and the “big guns” doctors understandably are not focused on those things.

            To quote TLo: “XO”

          • Nancy Abrams

            I want to join our fellow PUFs in wishing you an easy and full recovery. Please know that we are all pulling for you.

          • HazellC

             Good luck!  When your hair grows back, may it come in whatever colour and texture you like best!  (If only mine had listened).

          • butterflysunita

            Best wishes for a speedy recovery, NDC.

          • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

            Oh, NDC, best of luck and the prayers and thoughts of all us UBFs and kittens are with you!! 

          • TheDivineMissAnn

            Sending blessings and good wishes your way.

          • aristida_girl

            best wishes from the bitter kittens…we are with you :)

        • Sara Munoz

          Mwah! Good luck on your chemo!

      • Edwina

        Good luck with your treatment, keep us posted on how you are doing.

      • serenitynow02

        Hi NDC, good to see you in the comments. A little celebrity unreality check is always good for maintaining one’s sense of humor! All the best during your treatment phase.

      • DinaSews

        Good to hear from you NDC.  The surgery went well?  Good luck with the chemo.  The doctors told my mom ‘it takes a year of your life so plan on it’ and that’s exactly what it took.  

        • NDC_IPCentral

           Hi, Dina – the 03/09 surgery turned out to be only an exploratory procedure, not the full-on cytoreduction, because, alas, I’m too full o’ tumors.  My doctors put a camera into me, looked around and decided on chemo first.  Neoadjuvant therapy (chemo first) is now the recommended course of action to shrink the tumor mass; this should mean less drastic (my sister says “less carnage”) surgery after the chemo concludes because the chemo will have knocked out some of the bad stuff.  So, it’s IVs and imminent hair loss now, the Big Open probably in the early summer.

          Your mom’s timeline sounds quite right.  And my life- and world-view has really changed.  One day at a time, and a profound appreciation for the generosity and caring of so many wonderful folks from all over.


          • dress_up_doll

            So glad your’e checking in, NDC. Best wishes to you for a speedy and gentle recovery and a a life of good health. With fondest wishes from your friends you haven’t met.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            *redoubles sending of healthy, healing vibes & restorative virtual hugs*

            Thinking of you m’lovely.


      • NCDFan

        Agree. And best of luck with your chemo. Praying for you. Here’s hoping you’ll be one of the lucky ones who can look great without tresses a la Persis Khambatta in the first Star Trek movie.

      • EveEve

        Ack – hair grows back.  Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery! 

      • Judy_J

        Good to hear from you, NDC.  Please keep us posted on your progress.  We’re all pulling for you!

      • schadenfreudelicious

        i set all schadenfreude aside and wish you nothing but a quick and healthy recovery and some fierce headwear if needed!

    • DeborahLipp

      The dress is very stiff, like it’s made out of placemats. Out.

      • VicD

        hee hee. Placemats!  LOL

      • Tadiana Walton Jones

        SHINY new placemats.  Or wet cobblestones from the Blue Fairy King’s palace courtyard.  Out.

    • Shelf Afterlife

      It’s a little stiff and boxy looking.  Like the pattern.  Agree she needs to let go of the “Will & Grace” hair.

      • RebeccaKW

         I agree-it looks like she couldn’t sit down or bend over. 

      • algaechick

        Yes, the stiffness at the waist makes it stand out from her like her hips have expanded from spending so much time sitting on her ass waiting for callbacks.

        • Nancer

           I totally agree! And since we know that she’s really thin and stunning, the dress is the culprit here. Not a good pick.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      out.  I agree completely about the hair, gorgeous strands of proteins that it is. Its too much and in this instance would have better served her in a bun or french twist.  The dress?  meh. Its not doing it for me.

      • EveEve

        Agree.  Out. 

    • SewingSiren

      I think the dress looks great on her, even the length. I agree the shoes aren’t quite right. And what are you going to do about the hair? I don’t think she’ll ever change that. So put it on ignore. Over all — IN.

    • MaryMitch

      Love the color, pattern, and style of the dress, and it looks great on her! But what material is that? It looks almost like it’s made from one of those vinyl tablecloths, the way it’s draping around the hips.

      I agree about the hair; it’s a great color and texture, but she needs a trim.

      Anyway, we should all look that great!

    • Daniel Wheeler

      in : it looks good it’s not perfect but what is?

    • Joyce VG

      The dress is very pretty and fits her well except for the hemline I agree.  Overall an IN.

    • Ennovi_R


    • MK03

      Is that thing made of tin?? Because it looks like some shitty little craft-store picture frame.

      • Kiltdntiltd

         THAT’S what I was searching for to describe my feelings about the dress.  Thanks!

    • WordyDoodles

      The hair harkens back to the glory days of Grace. I can imagine it’d be hard to let that go. But I’m with you; I think it’s time. And it could be good to mark a new chapter, and subtle layers would be lovely.
      Check and check on the sandals and hemline. xoxo PUFs

    • TAGinMO

      I’ve always liked her hair, but it’s really starting to age her. And all the frizz and flyaways in these photos don’t help matters.

      As for the dress, it looks like it’s made of ’70’s wallpaper.

      Gotta go with OUT here.

      • NinaBoo

        Now I’m depressed.  I’m 45 and have naturally curly hair.  I’m sporting flyaways and frizz today…time to wonder whether I need to let go of a hairdo from days gone by.  In my defense, my clothes are made of natural fabric and do not bear any resemblance to wallpaper.

        • Girl_With_a_Pearl

          I’m going to add that I hate it that when a woman reaches a certain age, probably age 40, when she is considered too old to wear long hair any longer and is told that her hair should be shoulder length or preferably much shorter than that. Why can’t a woman continue to wear long, beautiful tresses if she wants to?  I know many people say that it draws the face down, but I hate to break it to some of these women, but even with shorter hair, they’re still looking older anyway.  My mom always liked the freedom short hair gave her and that’s great and more power to those who love their short hair, but I’m tired of people saying that a woman can’t keep her hair long if it makes her feel sexy.  My own hair is shoulder length, BTW, but I wear it that way as it makes me feel good, but I feel the need to defend my longer haired sisters out there.  :)

          • cluecat

            I think the whole  longer skirt-length/shorter hair-length aging thing is changing a lot as people are aging better than previous generations.  It all depends.  Someone like Gwyneth Paltrow who is pushing forty has hair several inches below her shoulders, and people don’t bat an eye.  Diane Lane wore long hair at the Golden Globes and I thought she looked great.  Sophia Vergara is 39; I don’t imagine she’ll be chopping her hair off anytime soon.

            What I think is aging is when people get stuck in hair style ruts.  Debra Messing’s hair hasn’t changed in eons and you look at her and remember her from 10 years ago with the exact same style (same with Jennifer Aniston, Brooke Shields, etc.) Mixing it up is always a good thing!  

            But, there are people who will push these hard and fast rules, I agree with you that women should do what they want.   I loved it that Helen Mirren is in her 60s, poses topless and wears bikinis on vacation.

          • NinaBoo

            Oh, I’m with you on the certain age women must-do BS.  However, as I have aged, my hair has changed.  It was wavy, now curly.  It’s thinning a little more than I like. I need to pay attention to that and make some changes…or stop whining about the frizz and flyaways.

        • formerlyAnon

          If you’ve been wondering off & on for more than 6 months, I’d say go for it.

          I begged all of my friends and acquaintance to PLEASE tell me when my (long) hair crossed the line into ‘faded hippie’ territory (N.B. I have colored it for decades, so it never has gone through a “greying” phase – indeed, it’s been years since I really knew what color it is under there.)

          Nonetheless, no one ever suggested it was time. The (straight, of course) guys always swore I should never cut it.  After spending literally two years cross-examining people whose haircuts I admired, I chose a hairdresser and finally got it cut when my oldest was getting ready to graduate high school. I was SO thrilled with the result, that I think I should have made the change much sooner.

    • Cathy S

      I don’t like any of it. Her hair is terrible, the shoes are atrocious, and the dress is doing nothing for me. Sorry Debra!

    • Isabel

      IN – Agree with you on the hair. Shoes OK but not the worst I’ve seen. Love the print and cut of the dress. She looks happy.

    • Cindi Williams

      I’d like the dress a lot better if it fit from the waist down. The fit bothers me enough to declare OUT.

    • Delysia LaFosse

      I agree with your corrections, but she’s definitely still IN. The dress is lovely and very flattering to her.

    • R. L.

      OUT.  It is time for a hair change.  And as you said the sandals and hemline detract seriously from the look.  And I don’t care much for the dress other than its color.  the piping seems wrong and makes you look at her midsection.  Who wants all looks being directed at their stomach?

    • lalahartma

      I like it! 

    • calimon

      I see fish scales…out.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Ooh, I sure don’t like that dress.  As for the haircolor: red is so tricky. The first few days it’s way too much and then it calms down and comes as close as it will to what you actually wanted, where it stays for 2-3 weeks if you’re lucky. 

    • Gus Casals

      Dress is cute, but you are so right about the hair. It’s always been an issue, though. Remember the “Rachel” she had in Ned & Stacey?
      Still and IN, but hair needs to be assessed. 

    • RebeccaKW

      Out.  The dress isn’t ugly, but it’s awfully stiff and seems to give her no waist.  Plus, it needs to hit at the knees.  I hate the shoes.

      I don’t hate the hair length, but I hate this style.  Parted down the middle, frizzy, brushed out curls.  

    • StrandedFashionista

      At first glance it was an in, but your critiques swayed me to voting it ultimately an OUT. 

    • Guest

      Dress is cute, but you are right about the hair. But it has been an issue for her forever. Remember the “Rachel” she was sporting when she was doing Ned & Stacey?
      Still and IN, but hair needs to be assessed ASAP. 

    • Jen Alien-Spouse

      Spaniel Ears. 

      Lovely frock though.

    • BazoDee


    • butterflysunita

      OUT.  Don’t think that dress is flattering on her.  

    • lordandtaylor

      Oh she looks cute. The gal has style…and good gays.

      Agree with the comments about the hair…looks like it is closing in on her face. How do you make hair stay in place like that? The style is worthy of GCB!

    • kolokOlchik

      I love DM, but she’s out

    • sagecreek

      OUT. Time waits for no man, or woman, and Darling Debra, you have outlived that hairstyle.

    • Sara__B

      This is better than usual, and definitely not awful, but the shoes, the hair, the heavy eye makeup, the hem length — the DETAILS! — make this an OUT.

    • Greg Yoder

      The first two pictures look like her mom’s warning that someday her face would freeze that way finally came true.

      But the overall look is fine, really.  IN.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Decent dress. Weird smile she has on. If we have better detailing, then we can talk, but for now, OUT.

      Debra Messing is such a funny name, though.

    • fringebenefit

      In. (Agree, though, that TLo’s edits–esp the length of hem–would improve look.)

    • Ms_Flyover

      Black nail polish and toenail polish on a woman of her age (her age being over 15) is an auto-out.

    • miagain

      What a pretty dress!

    • annrr

      I think the dress is ugly, reminds me of a turtle shell. And is too long. Out

    • Anplica Fiore

      Meh – out

    • GorgeousThings

      OUT. I had that color hair, and after a while, it just looks old and makes the wearer look old right along with it. Some highlights might help, if done well, and losing about 4 inches would make her look so much better.

    • sarahofalessergod

      OUT.  That shiny wallpaper does her no favors.

    • halleygee

      I didn’t even have to contemplate this for a minute, OUT.

    • AuntieAnonny


    • serenitynow02

      I want to like this, I really do. But between reading the turtle shell comments and the hair and the fact that I don’t think it’s hitting her in all the right places, I am talking myself into a little out.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      OK, the hair is way too much for her to be IN. The dress is not great, but also, not too bad. Hate the shoes.
      So… maybe she’s a meh.

    • Peeve

      Out. I really don’t like that print at all, and the shininess and stiffness of the material make it look like she’s wearing armor. I like the wavy hair better than the flat-iron look she wears quite often, but something about it just isn’t flattering her. I think you’re right about the shoes and hem-length, TLo, but I still can’t get past the ugly print.

    • beebee10

      IN your critique is spot on (but I sorta like her hair here. whats a girl to do with so much curly hair”)

    • alyce1213

      Agree with every point you made:  length of dress – shoes – big hair.
      Spot on, guys. 

    • MeganT

      Out. I can forgive the hair but the fabric of that dress is not doing her any favors.

    • VicD

      Wow, that hair reminds me of my rather unfortunate 8th grade class picture.  OUT

    • piecesofconfetti

      Sorry, OUT

    • NurseEllen

      The shoes don’t bother me but her hair is WAY too big, it overwhelms her and the dress.  I’m on the fence about raising the hem; I do hate miniskirts on “women of a certain age”, even ones with good legs.  It just doesn’t seem right.  Maybe an inch higher here, but not more.  Dress is awfully cute.  IN.

    • Judy S

      IN. Messing and her hair belong together. In that dress.

    • Sara Munoz

      OUT. That print is weird. I could maybe get past it, but it does not fit right and therefore does not flatter her bottom half.

      And yes, the hair. Time for a change.

    • AlexisPayne

      In, you’re being picky.

    • marilyn

      IN. Great dress, and you are right about the hemline.  My complaint is her legs.  She needs hosiery or a tan, or something.  Her legs look pretty bare and unfinished.  I think the shoes are too busy for the dress, too.  Overall, a solid 8 out of 10

    • kirble

      OUT. I didn’t realize wearing gift wrap (and the box it came in) was a trend on the RC this season.

      • LittleKarnak

         Right on, Kirble. Out!

    • unbornfawn

      Nothing wrong with the overall look except I look at these pictures and everything looks stiff, her smile, her hair, the dress…..
      The whole look needs a bit of adjustment… …. IN.

    • Trevor Burroughs

      Her smile looks pretty forced.

    • Susan Crawford

      IN, because it is great to have her in a cute, well-fitted, flirty dress. (Although I’m not crazy about the stiff material – it is a little “tinny” looking, but I love the overall design.) Definitely don’t agree about her hair – it’s La Messing’s trademark, it’s a glorious mane, and it’s red! Love it, love it, love it!

    • CQAussie

      An IN but only just….the dress borders on frumpy because of the hem and yeh, the big hair, not a fan.

    • JimiG

      Marginal in. Cute, well-fitted dress, but that center-parted hair is not doing her any favors.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      OUT – she looks too much like a turtle in this dress.

    • Judy_J

      Something about this look doesn’t quite work…maybe it’s the Loretta Lynn hair, or the fact that the fabric of that dress looks too much like last year’s Christmas gift wrap.  It’s just not working for me.  OUT.

    • Aaminah Khan

      I’m not sure I like what it’s doing to her hips. OUT.

    • Clydette Wantland

      Love the dress.  Hate the part down the middle of her head.  That’s so 1970s.

    • DinaSews

      UGH, OUT! I hate everything, the dress, the hair, the shoes, the smile.  That dress makes her look like she has a wide bottom and weird boobs.

    • another_laura

      Agreeing with you in all respects and giving her an In despite the hair and hem. I just really really like that dress and she looks good in it.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      IN. Quite like it. 

    • amywinns

      I think she looks cute, fit, happy and like a very well-turned-out normal person, which I find endearing. Not every event needs to be a five-alarm fashion moment. She’s the center of attention already, no need to look desperate for more attention (which would also earn scorn). In.

    • Jessi03

      I like the dress, but I really can’t stand her and therefore can’t bring myself to give her an in.  Also, the dress is not helping out her hips one bit.  OUT from sheer irritation with her.

    • IAmJ

      What’s to like here? The dress is unflattering and the pendant necklace is almost invisible, the shoes look cheap, the hair is completely inexplicable. The eye makeup and dark nail polish are hurting me, too. So OUT.

    • granddelusion

      In. With absolutely no prevaricating.

    • Laylalola

      Out. The dress looks too much like … vinyl. Like it should be the covering for a diner bar seat, or a teen’s suitcase, or something.

    • TheOtherChristina

      Wig hair, ugly dress, crazy eyes, OUT.

    • Karen Stephens Bassett

      Her butt looks as wide as the Grand Canyon.

    • foodhussy

      out – looks like it’s made out of metal – is she on full metal jousting?

    • dress_up_doll

      Eeeewwwww! Now, I do, too. Gross.

    • meowing

      Out.  Makes her look pear-shaped.  And definitely time to re-do that ‘do.

    • MilaXX

      small IN. The hair is a tad big, the shoes aren’t the greatest but don’t clash. My main quibble is the dress appears to be a tiny bit tight across the hips. Not a complete OUT, but not her best look either.

    • Dave

      It’s making her very boxy. I’m getting a Wilma Flintstone vibe on it.  Sorry, Little Debbie – OUT.

    • AC

      I really, REALLY like the dress. Unfortunately I hate everything else on her. With a heavy heart, I’m giving this one an OUT.

    • tallgirl1204

      I’d like to see her hair up.  She has the bone structure.  Can’t we think of her hair as “for the part” and give her a pass as we do Brad Pitt’s eternally evolving wacky looks?  (Oh wait, maybe we don’t give him a pass.)  At any rate, if ever I was so lucky as to look so good.  In. 

    • margaret meyers

      The dress looks stiff and her hair is terrible.  I’m sure she did this to herself — no stylist would have let her wear her hair like that. OUT

    • ccm800

      She self admitted to jewfro – so – I think this is great hair on her. I love this. The length is perfect at her age, and maybe she has jenky knees? Its a def IN for me. 

    • fireontiger

      It’s just not doing it for me. The slightly too boxy shape, the sad sandals, the big hair, the crazy look in her eyes… she’s out, I’m sad to say.

    • GTrain

      OUT. I think she looks horrible, dress and hair.

    • Anathema_Device

      Out. Each element is off just enough to throw the whole look out of balance. The dress looks stiff on her, is a bit too long, and is pulling across the hips. The shoes look a bit orthopedic. And her hair just looks weird. That center part with the hair flattened down to her head is horribly unflattering.

    • DCSheehan


    • Dan Howell

      She is one of my favorite people, but oof, I’m not feeling this. And I totally agree on the hair. On W&G, I always preferred when they toned down the volume on that mane. 

    • Akh621

      Wait until PETA finds out she killed a tortoise.

    • leave_Blake_alone

      OUT. There’s just something wrong with this looks. The dress looks stiff and the hair is scary.

    • suzq

      In.  Please.  You two have too much time on your hands.  ; )

    • Fifi LaRoux

      OUT. She looks older than she is. I can’t believe you didn’t comment on her horrible make up.

    • Merneith

      Out. Cool dress but it fights with the styling.

    • mhleta

      Let me just say, I’d love DM even if she was covered in dog shit. HOWEVER, I’m not a fan of this shiny cobblestone dress. The problem is in the shine, which bounces light in a way that adds volume, specifically to her hips. Coupled with the general horizontalityness of the pattern, it makes her look thick when you bounce a flash off of it, and I’m pretty sure she’s not. I do love the cobalt color and I think the general idea of structure and a nipped in waist is good, though. I totally agree about the sandals and the length. They take it dangerously close to Mother of the Batmitvah’d territory. I love her hair, though. It’s thick and luxurious and shiny and she sure as hell should show it off. 

    • formerlyAnon

      Reading the comments, I wonder if we’re all looking at the same photos.

      For me, OUT, hands down, and any other flaws aside – it’s the dress!  It looks awful on her – makes her look tank-like and boxy. Though I am amused by the speculations that it is perhaps crafted from tin or dragon hide.

      If she chooses to stay with this version of her hair, and I imagine she will, she needs to master its styling. (Because this looks as if she did it herself. Hours and 3 meetings ago.)  I don’t know if better styling will really help or if she needs a few inches off the bottom and/or some shaping. VERY subtle highlights maybe.

      But really, it’s the dress.

    • cleep1000

      She has never learned how to pose. She looks so stiff! Agreed about the hair. It’s too much around her face.  OUT.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      OUT.  The dress is too complicated for that big of a shiny ole print.  I love Debra Messing, but agree about the hair, the shoes, and the length of the dress.  Close, but out.

    • Megan Sullivan

      Dress is super unflattering and I hate the shininess….. out. :(

    • Carla_Charlton

      Really hate the old lady shoes.  And the dress doesn’t look like it fits all that well on the bottom half.

    • demidaemon

      There is something weird going on with the midsection of this dress. It just looks wonky. I don’t mind the hair so much, but I do mind the shoes and the dress. OUT.

    • jw_ny

      I haven’t watched Smash so I don’t know this for sure, but that dress makes her ass look huge, which I doubt it is.  OUT

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      Like the dress. Agree about shoes and hair. Her hair would look gorgeous a multitude of ways. She is more than the hair. Do not follow in Jen A. and Sarah JP’s footsteps and never change your hair Debra. Don’t do it. Show you can move on. 

    • fungstyle

      As Karen would say: Honey…. What’s this all about?

      Out. No dress could save that hair and those shoes. Get it together, Grace.

    • greyhoundgirl

      The style looks great on her, color, too–but those horrible huge fish scales?  Out.

    • benjamin478


    • PantherontheRunway

      Her face scares me!

    • Sophie Collier

      The middle parted hair needs to go.  She can keep the waves but do a side part.  Terrible choice of shoe too.  The dress is fine and although she’s giving crazy-eye to the cameras, her makeup isn’t awful.  Still, I don’t like this enough to give it an in.  So…

    • Sorana Tarmu

       Barely IN – because of that hem. She is looking like fifty.

    • AWStevens

      At first glance, I liked the dress and it looked a little Wilma Flintstone 2012.  But then I scrolled down.  She reminds me of a leggy mermaid.  I totally agree about the hem. She needs a make-up and hair makeover. And some rouge on those cheeks! She’s got this 50-something gaze I am not liking.

      After all that critiquing, I still think she’s an IN…

    • Eovaai

      OUT. The dress is ok but the shoes and hair are killing it.

    • CatherineRhodes


    • finnishmaria

      I actually quite like the shoes…. I think it would look less modern with pumps. But what the heck do I know.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Dear TLO: would it be possible for the minions to take up a collection to buy some fabulous scarves and hats for one of our fellow minions (NCD) who is undergoing chemo? Her hair is going to fall out and of course she wants to look chic anyway!

      Perhaps we could send checks to you and you could pick out a few nice pieces and send on to Miss NCD on behalf of the  TLO family.

    • Brendan Foehr

      Oh, Debra, Debra, Debra. You’re better than this. That fish-scale patterned wrapping paper of a dress DOESN’T fly in NYC (the society wives are laughing at you) and that big hair sure as shit wouldn’t, even in Texas (it would make all the other big hurr said.) YOU ARE MAKING ALL THE OTHER BIG HURR SAD DEBRA WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

    • natalia h

      I don’t like it. It makes her look big on the hips

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Out. The dress looks stiff and clunky and it’s not very flattering.

    • marlie


    • Ezmartin


    • Derek_anny

      No.  out.

    • berkeleygirl

      I’m just glad she’s not super-skinny anymore.  She looks like a real woman, and I think that’s a good thing.

    • cluecat

      OUT.  The shape of her hair is like a bell around the top part of her face – what stylist thinks this is flattering?  I think she might have some layers but they’re folded into the flat-iron waves.  (Will that style please die?)   The dress has a nice shape but the print is fugs.  Hate the shoes too.

    • lojoso

      I had been wondering what they were trying to hide on her body. Turns out …nothing.

    • Elizabeth Denton

      EEEEW she sucks, out. 

    • crash1212

      OUT. For reasons stated. Also, the dress looks so…stiff? Like if she moved, it wouldn’t.

    • Kat Wright

      OUT. Terrible hair!

    • luciaphile

      I like the dress, but the hair and the makeup are an out for me. It’s not a matter of age — I’ve seen a lot of women far older than Debra Messing who can carry off long hair — it’s the styling. 

    • oohsparkley!

      In.  She doesn’t look bad enough for an out. 

    • DiverK

      At first glance, I kind of liked the dress, but upon further viewing, there are issues. It looks like she’s wearing a shiny blue turtle shell.  The detailing along the front is giving her an odd look, like she has a belly and no boobs and she’s trying to disguise the whole thing. The hair isn’t bothering me nearly as much. Out.

    • PeaceBang

      Middle-aged Mutant Ninja Turtle dress. Do not like. HATE the shoes. And you’re right about the big 90’s hair. OUT.

    • bluefish

      Yipes — Scary stuff.  Dennis  Hopper in Blue Velvet scary stuff.  OUT.  And it’s not even the dress — it’s just the too muchness of it.  She’s a big girl with a huge head and large features — Someone should be helping her dress accordingly.  And when I say big I don’t mean fat … I just mean big — operatic — Coming at you.  Too much hair too … Way way too much hair.

    • Stubenville

      Hate the dress, wrong shoes, but I kind of like the hair compared to the deathly flat hair she was wearing during fashion week.

      Nice try, but out.

    • random_poster

      Out.  The hair is huge, but the dress just makes her look hippy and kind of dumpy too.  Nothing is flattering her here.

    • nancy

      I’m tempted to say OUT just because of my irrational dislike of her, but I’ll say OUT because of the overdone hair and makeup. 

    • chitowndg

      I don’t have a problem with the length of the hem – what would help is if the skirt was tapered.

    • aristida_girl

      Out, poor thing, I am sure she is devastated by my opinion…the dress and hair are tool long, and she is kinda giving crazy-face, no? I am sure she can do better…

    • bellafigura1

      Ick, although less ick than usual.

    • Amelia Logan

      OUT for the hair alone, but i don’t like any of it.

    • mila_8

      She must be teeny tiny, but that dress makes her look so broad. Out!

    • Louise Bryan

      Too much hair.  Dinosaur (?) dress; very strange print, and not a really good color for her.  Out.