In or Out: Debra Messing in Michael Kors

Posted on April 19, 2012

We’re torn on this look.

Debra Messing attends the opening night of ‘Peter And The Starcatcher’ on Broadway in Michael Kors.

Michael Kors Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Hanne Gaby Odiele

Mostly, we find how she dresses for public appearances to be a little disappointing. She clearly likes fashion and likes to be stylish, but more often than not, we think she either makes bad dress choices or makes bad shoe choices.

We’ll give you 2 seconds to predict what we’re going to say next.

It’s the shoes, which apparently is a theme with us today. We like the dress, although we still maintain that hem length can be awfully tricky in most red carpet shots due to the angle. But it’s eye-catching and it fits her like a dream. We’re not super-crazy about animal print dresses, but this works nicely for her. It really didn’t need that snake-necklace thing, though. For one, it didn’t need a necklace at all, and for another, the snake motif is a little too theme-y when paired with a safari-inspired dress. Hair and makeup look great.

It’s those goddamn Payless shoes. Oh sure, they were probably more expensive than the average rent payment, but they sure as hell don’t look it. We think they’re flat-out ugly and almost ruin the outfit. They pull focus, so your eyes go straight down, and considering she’s wearing a skin-tight zebra skin dress with a massive bejeweled snake around her neck, that’s really saying something. Sweetie, wouldn’t a simple pair of black pumps feel good right now?


Vote Now!


IN! It’s all working for me!

OUT! I can’t stand the (choose one) shoe/dress/necklace!


The kittens were feeling frisky yesterday and voted Ivanka Trump’s salute to the Brooklyn Bridge and Kerry Washington’s salute to her ladyflower both O to the UT.

[Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images,]

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    • TSkot

      The casual styling is what makes the runway version look chic.  Debra misses the mark.  OUT

      • SapphoPoet

        Exactly. Debra took it into the “ladies who lunch” territory and made it really uninteresting.  

    • RMJ12345

      Maybe it’s just because I looked through that gallery of her terrible Smash wardrobe yesterday, making this look better by comparison. But I love this. Shoes aren’t ideal, true, but I’m not really distracted by them. IN.

      • kimmeister

        Same here, I’m indifferent to the shoes, so IN.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I find the use of the necklace more egregious than the shoes.

      • JDreesen

        i find the use of the word “egregious” MAGNIFICENT!  YOU ARE IN!

        (Ms. Messing, not so much, by way of necklace and shoes combined)

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          Agreed.  Those horrid shoes, combined with a too heavy and too dressy necklace, just ruin the dress, which I like.  I’d have to give her an OUT.

          • ballerinawithagun

            Out. Each item is a statement piece, so too much. 

          • ballerinawithagun

            Out. Each item is a statement piece, so too much. 

    • Susan Bullard Mayer

      Hmmm…  Me no likey.  The dress looks heavy on Debra, and horizontal striping is not doing her any favors.


      • Mars Tokyo

         I agree, I think the print makes her look thick in the middle. The model wearing it is a stick figure, which is why the large belt works on her. I don’t think this dress would look good on anyone bigger than a size 0.

      • Chantelle James

        I think the dress would work better with a really great belt in a fabulous colour. My go-to colour is red but any bright, gorgeous colour would work. The bad shoes and accessorizing make this an OUT.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      Maybe I’m alone in this, but I just don’t think that full-body animal print ever looks classy. This isn’t as bad as it could be, but I’m still unconvinced.

      That snake necklace would only make sense paired with a much simpler dress, where it wouldn’t get lost in the dress pattern and Ms. Messing’s (admittedly pretty fabulous) hair. The shoes aren’t offensive to me per se, but they also don’t belong with this outfit.


      • HomeOfficeGirl

        I agree with you.  It’s a lot of animal print.  The tinier the model, the better it looks.  After my first post, I was sort of thinking about Michael Kors prints – I always love them when I see them online.  And, then I look at the garments in person and think – GAH!  I can’t do it.  And it’s always because it’s so MUCH to try to wear.

      • Ginger

        Nope…you’re not alone.  I always think of hookers when I see full-body animal print.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Lula from the Janet Evanovich books.

          • Ginger

            You’re my new hero for referencing Lula in a fashion post. :)

      • Monabel

        I like the snake very much, and especially peeping out through the hair.  

      • CheriCPat

        Took the words right out of my fingers.  


      • Peter

        At first, I was totally on board with you. But I realized something based on what you said about animal prints and the snake necklace — “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a riff on the Peter Pan story, so she may have been going for a sort of Lost Boys theme. ‘Look at the animal I slayed and turned into some new duds.’

        Granted, she didn’t pull it off. But I still think the idea’s cute.

      • Megan Ishler Anderson

        Not alone. I really like that Messing allowed her body to fill out compared to how desperately thin she was on Will and Grace, and I think her body is gorgeous. That said, she needs help dressing. She should be BFF for whoever styled Megan Mullally on W&G. Not for the Ladies Who Lunch fashion choices but for the impeccable fit and flattery of the body.  Once we are over 40, ‘full body zebra print’ and ‘impeccable’ will not be heard in the same sentence.

        Wait — until we are seventy. Then zebra print can become impeccable again.

      • Cathy S

         I agree. I’m not feeling the all over animal print. I love the necklace but not with this dress. And the shoes are pretty awful. Out.

    • FabGab22

      While the shoes look kind of like old wicker furniture because of the texture I don’t think they pull focus too much, and the rest of it looks great IN

    • RebeccaKW

      Oh, dear.  I think I’m leaning to the Out side this time.  I like the top half, but overall it’s a bit frumpy on her.  The length, the fit in the hips.  I also think it needed a belt.  The necklace is not working.  The shoes are awful.  Her head looks great, though.  

      • Sierra Delta

         Totally agree.  Plus her left big toe seems to be trying to escape from those fugly shoes…

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      No arguements on this one – really sad shoes.  Don’t usually throw someone OUT just for one element, but those are really bad.  Can’t handle toes coming out over the front.

      • Cassie

        I agree – those shoes are unforgivably bad. Gotta give this an OUT.

    • TAGinMO

      This gets a muted IN (or “in,” I guess) from me. Certainly can’t say she looks bad here, but I think breaking up all those zebra-stripes with a wide belt, like the runway version, would make for a more polished look. Also, it’s all a little monochromatic from tip to toe–hair included. But the hair and makeup look good, and overall she looks sleek and put-together, so…


    • guestela

      Out. I don’t actually mind the shoes but I think the dress actually makes her look wide (which she isn’t).

    • Amy Ellinger

      at least they’re not those awful 90’s clodhoppers from the runway…..

      • AnonMom

        Couldn’t agree more!  (I even said the word “clodhopper” to myself when looking at the model.)

    • Kristy Evans

      OUT. I have an irrational hatred of animal print, although I find zebra the most tolerable. The shoes are hiddy, though. Especially with the toe overhang.  The necklace is okay, but it gets lost in the pattern and her hair.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I actually really like her shoes. I’m so ashamed. in.

      • Megan Ishler Anderson

         I would wear the hell out of those shoes. Right there with you, sister.

        Not with that outfit.

    • In_Stitches

      They don’t pull my eye.  Sure, they’re a little…anthropology professor and maybe that’s a little on the nose, but they beat out the patent leather orthopedic shower sandals that Kors decided to send down the runway.  

      The hair is what’s getting me.  TLo pointed out that every star seems to default to that center-parted, textured hair pushed in front of the shoulders look and now it grates every time I see it.  Still, nothing is really out of place and the dress fits her fantastically, so she’s earned an IN.

      • Anplica Fiore

        Ditto!  And I think the necklace, while verging onto safari, is fun with this dress.  I had to look twice at the runway version to see if it was a detailing of the dress itself.  In

    • kittenwithaquip

      I have a bigger problem with the clunky shoes on the model and the length of the dress in general. I’m having Wretchen from PR8 flashbacks just looking at this. I’m beginning to think Kors judges PR to rip off ideas.

    • foodycatAlicia

      At least the shoes are better than the horrible runway ones. 

    • Allison Woods

      I just….no to the whole thing. Hair and makeup are ok but otherwise no.

    • Laura

      The shoes are inexcusable. FAIL. OUT. Too bad because I like the dress. 

    • ZnSD

      Um, does anyone else think that this dress is Michael Kors loveletter to Mondo? Yeah. 

    • AlexisPayne

      So close, but no. Shoes and Necklace ruin it, Out.

      It is nice seeing her in something a little form fitting, what’s with all the layers she wears on SMASH?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      No, just no.  That was a butt-ugly dress on the runway, and it still is.

    • Rebecca Johnson

      I miss the belt. It broke up the pattern and took the dress out of cougar-from-Boca territory. 

      HOWEVER, is that a moustache on a stick I see in her hand? If so, all is forgiven.

      • kimmeister

        BWAHAHAHAHAHA!  I never even noticed the moustache on a stick!!!  I love it.

      • Aly Light

        Really? I was going to say that the mustache on a stick is what sent her over the edge into OUTs-ville!

      • Peter

        “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a retelling of Peter Pan. The Hook character’s name is Black Stache, and they gave out moustaches-on-sticks as souvenirs for photo ops. :)

    • G

      Like the model’s version – kind of loose and casual.  I love D Messing, but this one is out, sorrowfully.

    • Ginger

      Even her toes hate the shoes so much that they’re making a desperate attempt to escape through the ends!

    • Rand Ortega

      Lately Messing has been dressing…messy. She doesn’t quite complete her ensembles properly. Either the shoes are wrong or the dress doesn’t work w/ her shape. Here those shoes are killing the look & she needs the belt from the runway to accentuate her waist else she looks thick & frumpy. With the hair down, the necklace is nearly invisible.
      Is she dressing to coincide w/ her character, who should buy a tarp at REI & quit trying?

    • PastryGoddess

      She is IN. Lets give her some encouragement.

      The shoes are loads better than what the model is wearing.  That snake necklace needs to be set free to slither into my jewelry box.

    • Grace Ritt


    • Heron

      Shoes. Are. Hiddy. 

    • Candigirl1968

      The shoes do look cheap, and rather than a necklace, she needed a belt.  Out. 

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i’m surprised it’s a kors dress. even he is doing external darts? has he no sense? is he not old enough to know a stoopid fad when he sees it?
      her hair looks really nice; the shoes are dreadful; i, myself, like the snake–in particular i like the way it lays against the pattern, both shiny & semi-stealthily. what i am not crazy about is the dress. i think it works much better as a casual dress [as seen on the model], w/ casual shoes [ibid] &, absolutely, a belt. elsewise i just keep wanting to pull the middle of it back so it fits better. only i think the fit is probably fine & what i’m wanting to pull is an optical illusion. still, a dress shouldnt do that. be an optical illusion of ill-fitness, i mean.

      • out for a walk

        Ugh I definitely agree about the darts. It’s not that they can’t ever be good – they have a place, but that place is NOT slapped on any random dress that needs darts – it’s just a pretty rare thing for them to be good.

    • Deborah Lipp

      In. I don’t think the bland shoes are focus pulling, I think they’re practically invisible. Not good shoes, but they’re also very “so what” to me.

    • DCSheehan

      In. Not that it appears to matter…

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Those other two entries were OUT? Then this sure as hell is OUT!

    • Gara St. James

      Looks dowdy.

    • Antonia O’Connor Donnelly

      I love the runway look, clunky shoes and all!  She should have kept the belt, streeted that hideous necklace and replaced the shoes with a black pair of pumps and perhaps shortened the length just a tad.

    • BazoDee

      Out -for hem length and shoes. 

    • kirble

      OUT. She matched her shoes to her hair. 

      Question is: which was dyed to match?

    • Judy_S

      I will give her an IN. I hate the dress and don’t think much of the accessories. But she looks so lovely. They don’t actually get in the way of that.

    • altalinda

      Nope, the shoes don’t bother me enough.  In.

    • ecallaw

      100% agree, exactly what I thought.  So proud when I get it right!!!

    • Amy J Albin

      I think her hair up would have made it look better. I do like the dress and you dont even see the necklace.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      OUT – that dress needs a big belt, like the model has, to break up the zig-zagginess.

    • bluefish

      Sorry out — The famous Messing hair needs to be updated too.  Too much Zebra action and flaming long red hair going.  Tackarama.

    • Sarah Veenstra

      I’m actually digging the snake necklace – draws attention nicely. Debra, I’ll overlook the shoes and do a solid for a fellow redhead: IN. 

    • MilaXX

      I get that she is over 40 and while I applaud her for not trying to dress like a 20 year old, there has to be some middle ground between that and these Helen Miren inspired looks she keeps wearing.

    • amanda lynn

      i’m not bothered by the shoes; so IN.  and i love that necklace, i’d love to see it used again so we can see it!

    • Patricia Gillett

      OUT. Lose the necklace and the shoes. Sleeker pumps, a sleeker bag, and sleeker simple hair (simple pony?) would make have made this an IN. When you wear a busy dress, you don’t need busy everything else too. 

    • alyce1213

      OUT for the animal print dress and snakelace.  

      IN for the shoes.  They’re vintage-looking and a nice color.

    • kikisayshi

      OUT. The only element I like here is the necklace, but not with that dress.

    • CassandraMortmain

      What bothers me most about the shoes is the fit.  Toe overhang is never in.  The necklace gets lost amid the busy print and the hair.  Otherwise, I think she looks great.

    • Mathilde

      Necklace is beautiful but hard to see here. Shoes are fine for me. Far from Werq, but still an IN.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I wish it were sleeveless. The sleeves for me are what push it over the edge into “too much zebra” territory. And too much zebra + a snake + blah shoes = OUT.

    • marlie

      The shoes and the necklace don’t really offend me, and I think the dress, hair and makeup are great, so it’s an IN from me!

    • MinAgain

      I like the ensemble, but I do think it could have used a belt.  In.

    • Kristin Hanson

      I think she looks great, and I like the shoes.

    • Fifi LaRoux

      I’m torn, but I don’t hate it, so in.

    • Mer Carlile

      OUT! I think the stripes on the dress make her look larger than she is. And the shoes are outright fugly. She needs to fire her stylist, if she has one…

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Is it just me or are those god damn payless pumps also brown? I thought the same thing…awful shoes.  She gets an OUT simply for screwing up a good thing with the snake necklace AND god damn payless shoes.   She could have worn the god awful runway shoes, though I’m not sure her choice was much better.

    • mjude

      boys you are going to have shoe nightmares tonight.  but i agree about them even so i will give her an IN.

    • Emily Johnson

      my first thought was ew. This looks like tacky lingerie and the dark toenails look like a fungus. Out.

    • Pannyx

      I’m not that much of a fan of the dress, but it really needs a belt either way. Maybe it is just the difference in lighting, but I much prefer the black/blue of the runway look compared to the brown/beige on Debra. Out.

    • elemspbee

      The brown color is not as good as the black on the runway model. Should have styled it with a belt.

      and those shoes! terrible. OUT

    • rainwood1

      She lost the slouchiness of the runway look because the dress isn’t loose enough and it isn’t belted. And the dress either needs to be longer or shorter.  That in-between length is a one-way ticket to Frumpytown.  The shoes are unfortunate.  

    • hughman

      I wondered what that stick thing was she’s holding, hoping beyond all hope it was a long cigarette holder from the 40s which would have at least explained the Norma Desmond necklace. 

    • Judy_J

      Lose the necklace, put the belt back on. Find a decent pair of shoes that enhance the dress, then you can be an IN.  As it now stands, honey, you’re OUT.

    • Kayceed

      Out. Glamorous tresses and rhinestones, banal clutch and shoes. This look doesn’t know if it is going to opening night or the library, so planned for both. And the dress would be much improved in any case with a belt. 

    • AuntieAnonny

      That dress belongs on a RHoNJ reunion. OUT.

    • bellalozza

      Ugh. Hate it! Out! 

    • MzzPants

      Those shoes are gawd-awful.  And I’m getting tired of that hair.  She’s slowly slipping the way of the aniston.  Time to shake it up.


    • erinbinek

      The dress is so distracting I honestly didn’t even SEE that massive snake necklace until TLo’s commentary.  What does that say about how much I dislike this dress?  A lot.

    • SewingSiren

      I agree that the shoes are no good. But the dress looks surprisingly great. In.

    • MoreShoes

      Out on all accounts. Even the model is wearing orthopedic shoes, what’s wrong with these people?

    • butter nut

      is she really wearing brown shoes with a zebra print dress?  also, the angle of that photo is not working in her favor.  i love her, but this is an OUT for me.

    • crash1212

      This is text book. Accessories matter, people! This look would’ve been killer with a sweet pair of pointy-toe spikey-heeled pumps – in black, or pretty much any other color in the rainbow. That neck piece should be melted down so it can be reborn into something else. I love that dress and she looks very cool in it. Normally her hair makes me want to attack her with scissors, but it looks OK here. Make-up = sweet. However, the grievous deployment of ill conceived neck and foot wear must put this in the OUT category for me. Such a shame.

    • filmcricket

      Lose the necklace, add the runway belt back in, replace those hiddy shoes with a pair of fire-engine-red pumps, and we’re in business. As it is, though, out.

    • DominoEstella

      OUT.  Looks like something my mother bought from Cache’ in 1994.  

    • CPK1

      yes, the shoes are hiddy. Very Margaret Thatcher

    • rumcg66

      OUT. The shoes completely ruin the look. I also really think this length is doing her no favors. But damn, those shoes are awful.

    • Sara Munoz

      She’s IN.
      But what’s the point of wearing a necklace like that if your hair’s just going to cover it up???
      And I hate the shoes. And it needs a belt.
      How is this IN? I don’t know. She still looks good.

    • Karen Stephens Bassett

      The model’s shoes are ugly, too.  

    • Christina Hidek

      She needs a belt to break up the pattern like the runway model wore.  Out

    • Donna Clarke

      Wait…Seriously?  You totally had me until black pumps.  Black pumps with a brown and cream dress?  Umm…no.

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        Check your monitor, honey. It’s a black and white dress.

      • alyce1213

        Are the pumps black?  They look kind of oxblood on my monitor, not black like the dress (it could be reflection from the yellow carpet, but I don’t think so). The dress is maybe kind of “off-black”? ?

    • Nancy Marion

      OUT. Frump City, meet your new mayor.

    • lesmaha

      I can’t stand the dress–I don’t think the color or the fit do anything for her.  I haven’t seen her in Smash, but was watching old episodes of Will and Grace recently–love those, and love her there, but this is a big OUT for me, all around….

    • TieDye64

      Easy OUT. The dress just ain’t flattering, but the SHOES! They’re chunky and matronly. No bueno.

    • terekirkland

      Her torso would benefit from a wide belt like the one the model is sporting. The pattern is making her look thick, when she could be looking voluptuous. Tacky choice of necklace with the dress. If I wore any jewelry with this, I would have gone the chunky and textured–as opposed to silver and shiny–route to evoke more of a seventies vibe without being too literal.

    • Lilithcat

      Your mother was right about horizontal stripes, Debra!

      A belt would have helped, too.


    • blue

      IN. I have to disagree about the shoes. I don’t love them, but they’re nice enough. They didn’t suck my attention away from the outfit until you pointed them out. Like you, I’m not loving the animal print of the dress but it works on her.

    • LocMama

      I’m going to pretend that she’s standing barefoot on tippytoes & vote this IN.

    • Call me Bee

      No, no, no.  It’s an odd dress, and even makes the model look matronly.  Especailly with those grandma shoes on both the model and Debra.  OUT. 

    • Sara__B

      OUT. Dress, shoes, center part hair, neck thing, clutch. I don’t like any of them, at least not all together.

    • annieanne

      On first look I didn’t even notice the snake necklace because my eyes went right to the Payless department down below. OUT.

    • sagecreek

      In. I wish she had worn the belt, as the model did, but she looks ok. Not a WERQ, but definitely in.

    • deliadee

      Hair and makeup look good, I like the dress, but the shoes ruin it.  OUT!

    • lilazander

      In!, but the shoes are are a no! 

    • Spicytomato1

      It doesn’t work on the model (I blanched at those hiddy shoes!) but it also doesn’t work on Debra. Out.

    • prettybigkitty

      So close, yet so far. Out.

    • CarolinLA

      Out.  Needed to break up the pattern with a belt or something.

    • formerlyAnon

      Sadly, overall out. It’s in from the waist up, does that help?

      Because really, if there IS a reason for a neck to knees zebra stripe dress (&, really, there’s not), it’s gotta be a ginormous cubic zirconia (I hope to god they’re not real) snake necklace.

      But really – the shoes look brown and the dress looks like unrelieved black and white. If there’s no brown in the print to pick up, I just can’t evolve to brown shoes with a b&w dress. More importantly, there IS no reason to wear so much unrelieved zebra stripe. None. I can’t believe its a fashion trend, and if it is, it shouldn’t be.

      And her hair is nice. But its final effect is very  “40-and-holding-holding-HOLDING dammit!” as in holding-on-by-the-fingernails.

      Sadly, OUT.

    • Nicole Renee

      Why even wear some crazy ass snake around your neck then cover it up with hair? Uck. And those shoes are laughable!

    • carolynmo

      Out. I can’t point to a particular thing–the moment I saw this, I reacted negatively.

    • greyhoundgirl

      Agree on the shoes, so-so on the necklace–it doesn’t bother me–love the dress.  IN.

    • janetjb

      She looks fantastic, but the accessories are all wrong.


    • Jonika Tannous

      i hate it all. just go home. out.

    • Lina_bee

      Those shoes look like an emergency pair you keep in your trunk just in case. I admit I didn’t even notice the necklace, it’s so lost in her hair.  And her hair DOES look great, but the dress’s pleating is doing weird things around her waist and the shoe problem just clinches it. OUT.

    • nannypoo

      The shoes are bad, and I don’t like the dress either. It’s that unfortunate length that gives everyone cankles.

    • Martha Jackson Deutsch

      nothing about this is good. out.

    • librarygrrl64

      *sigh* Love her, but OUT.

    • jw_ny


      Ambivalent about the dress itself, although I dislike the hem length and really not a fan of zebra/animal prints in general, but the necklace and shoes put it over the edge…way over the edge.  God, those shoes just look awful!   Very pretty from the neck up.  :)

    • Claire Chappuis

      The print of the dress overwhelms her and distracts from her great body. A belt would have really helped to break up the print, and a shorter just above the knee hemline would have been more flattering. Basically, the accessories/tailoring suck. OUT

    • Elena

      Geez. If people voted Kerry Washington’s look an out, then Debra’s look here is definitely an out!

    • Winterhart

      IN.  I love it.  The runway shoes are chunky and terrible.  I wish she had pulled her hair back more though, that necklace looks amazing!

    • CQAussie

      It’s all working for me even though I do hate the shoes.  They are fug but not so fug that it overpowers the dress.  IN!

    • Eovaai

      OUT. Hate it. She took a casual, funky dress and made it OTT and ugly.

    • bellafigura1

      Yuck.  The dress is both too long AND too short.  It works on the runway because it’s mid-calf with that chunk wedge shoe, giving it a hippie vibe.  On Messing, she’s lost that boho-y feeling altogether which would be ok, if she had hemmed it 2 more inches up to mid-knee.  And then, a dark red stiletto … not, my uncles, a black pump.

    • Me Again

      IN!!!  I think she looks great, and the shoes, while not fabulous, don’t ruin the look.  I even like the necklace.

    • guest2visits

      Agree. Can’t think of anything else to pair with that dress. Not even sure I like that clutch with it. Busy.
      But.. maybe her stripes are dark brown, not black.

    • drdirection

      ugh. her hair. will she ever do something different with it? ugh.

    • Jennifer Ford

      That’s a busy print. I think she should have kept the belt to break it up. Shoes are meh. But she still looks pretty great, so my votes a qualified IN.

    • NurseEllen

      If you’re going to wear a necklace THAT showy and attention-grabbing, then why cover up 3/4 of it with hair?  I mean, it’s great hair, but do one or the other: hair up with necklace, or hair down and none.  I knew you were going to hate the shoes, and I agree they’re nothing special, but they don’t make me twitch, either.  An all over, horizontal animal print on someone other than a 6 foot tall, 120 pound model?  No thank you.  This is one of those dresses that is made for the runway, and not for real people, or even real celebrities.  OUT.

    • demidaemon

      I just don’t like this. It’s a bit blah, though I prefer the altered length and her shoe choice. But it really needed something to define the waist. OUT.

    • Kelli Anderson Taylor

      LOVE it on the model.  HATE it on Debra.

    • sleepycat

      In, tres chic

    • Dan_In_NYC

      A short sleeve instead of long, hair up, no necklace and this would be much improved.  I like the pattern on her – and while I agree the shoes look cheap, I don’t HATE them.  Looking again, i could even see swapping the necklace for a fierce belt.

    • Vera

      The dress works. The necklace doesn’t bug me that much. Awful shoes. Still, I’d give it a small in.

    • Merneith

      OUT. I blame the snake. 

    • Mexxoo

      IN – just don’t look at the shoes!

    • Jangle57

      I was fine with the dress and how it looked on her until I hit the shoes which made me think of grandmother shoes, but in the end, I vote IN

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Dress, good. Necklace, bad. Shoes, bad. So she’s OUT for me.

    • mommyca

      Shoes hideous! and they don’t even fit her! 

    • Sophie Collier

      I really hate animal print clothing, so I can’t give an unbiased opinion on this, but I do agree the shoes must GO.  OUT all the way.

    • Abigail Speltz

      I hate shoes that make your toes look like sausages trying to escape. 

    • Sorana Tarmu

      OUT! I can’t stand the shoes!

    • PeaceBang

      Give me three bullets in a pretty little pistol and I’ll shoot both shoes off her feet and that stupid snake off of her neck. Then I will grab the unscathed Miss Messing (because I’m a sharpshooter) and RUN with her to the nearest shoe boutique. Jesus, girl. OUT.

    • PeaceBang

      P.S. I want the shoes the model is wearing. Kthxbye.

    • Jecca2244

      shoes are awful. yikes.

    • AWStevens

      Stevie Wonder could have picked better shoes but I am loving the dress and forgive her for the snake necklace.  IN

    • How to Faint

      Out. The shoes are so cheap and the accessories are so literal. It makes her look like an Ethan Allen chair.

    • Adina Miller Holmes

      I could like this a lot better if that hemline was just over the knee.  And if the shoes weren’t fugly.

    • ccm800

      O!U!T! omg…those shoes look like the things gals have hiding under their desk when they can no longer take the ones they wore for the meeting. Thase are a crime against humanity. I Shuddered a little when I saw them. I mean they SO Pull focus that you never even mentioned the stache on a stick. THAT is an ugly ass shoe that can eclipse faux facial follicle. 

    • RzYoung

      I think I would prefer it slightly longer – even longer than on the model, if it was full length and tapered to the ankle. Hhn, maybe i just need coffee.

    • Cousin_Rose

      In. Like the shoes, like the necklace.

    • Susan Crawford

      The necklace sort of gets lost amid the print, which is a shame, since it looks like a real knockout of a piece. I even like the shoes – but not with that dress. To me, these are shoes you would wear with a nice pair of tailored trousers, a cute silk top and some sunnies to go run errands at the greenmarket. (If you’re a star, that is. The rest of us would probably be selling them on ebay to pay the utilities bill!)

      I wish Ms. Messing had gone with the dress in the colorway worn by the model – with her coloring, it would have REALLY been a smasheroo. I’m giving her an IN because (a) we redheads stick together and (b) she always takes a little bit of an off-kilter risk, which is 100% refreshing. TEAM MESSING!

    • Beardslee

      I thought the jewelry was interesting pins, intriguingly placed, and I am so disappointed that it is really a dumb snake necklace.  Too bad!  In my sorrow I am voting this OUT.

    • Scott Cooper

      Hair and make-up are disaster.  She was sporting the same thing ten years ago.  Both need to be lighter.  And either the length or the sleeves work, but not both.  Together they really age her and make her look a little thick.  I think she’s have won with short sleeves.  And this is a dress that cries for strappy sandals.

    • mochajava13

      Out and not because of the shoes.  The hem on the dress is too long, it needs a belt, and the purse is boring.  The necklace is lost in the print and is pretty pointless.  Her eye makeup makes her eyes look too small, and the hair does not work with this dress.

    • Joyce VG

      The length bothers me. The snake necklace bothers me.  Those shoes bother me.  OUT.

    • Derek_anny

      Can someone explain the mustache on a stick?

    • greatscoutm

      Out.  Not feeling the print, the necklace, the hemline, the shoes, or that hair (she is so pretty, I wish she’d cut it to flatter her face).

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    • BayTampaBay

      Out!  The shoes just ruin the look.  Love the look on the runway model.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I kept staring at her pink little legs poking out from beneath the dress and wanted her in black tights and boots.  This probably means that TLo is right – that the shoes are wrong.  I don’t know if black boots would be right either, but the shoes make me sad.  Also she needs a belt.

    • mmc

      I like it on the model sooooo much better.  The belt!  The slightly clunky shoes!  To my eye, those two items balance out the pattern of the fabric.

    • KathKo

      Ugh… Animal print. Out !

    • Louise Bryan

      Out.  I just think the dress makes her look heavy.  I could barely see the necklace, and that should be a statement piece.  The shoes are, like, totally forgettable.

    • lrhoff

      yuck yuck yuck

    • Haley Buchanan

      I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be alone on this one but… IN.  I like the dress quite a bit; Michael Kors is a good vibe for her.  And I like the necklace a lot!

    • NCDFan

      In. I didn’t even notice the shoes, actually had to scroll up to look at them after reading your comments. And the necklace didn’t register all that much either. My eye was drawn to the unfortunate outside darts on the dress and wondering how she was getting away with all those horizontal lines.

    • newtonGOTbeaned

      Are the shoes brown? They’re really ugly. I don’t love the dress either. OUT.

    • Nanaia

      I think the whole outfit is off. The dress seems to make her look flat chested and extremely wide in the hip. The snake is adorable, if it weren’t trying to hide in the dress and the jungle of her hair and the shoes look like they came from the reject pile at Goodwill.

    • Dagney

      They don’t even look like Payless.  They look like a glorified Birkenstock “comfort” shoe.

    • LambeeBaby

      I like the dress but the length is off, she should lose the necklace, put on a belt and use that magic wand in her hand to turn her shoes into something better.

    • bitterk

      Can’t choose just one.  Can’t stand the office shoes or the tacky necklace.  OUT and OUT.

    • tsid2012

      Love the dress, hate the cheesy necklace and am pretty indifferent on the shoes.  I think the clunky things Michael sent down the runway are worse.  I do think she should have done a belt…..