In or Out: Lake Bell in Marchesa

Posted on April 13, 2012

Honestly, we don’t get this chick at all.

Lake Bell attends The 15th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball in NYC in a Marchesa gown.

Marchesa Resort 2012 Collection

She always looks kinda half-assed on the red carpet. And we kindasorta sympathize with those celebs who just don’t like getting dressed up like a prize pony paraded in front of paparazzi.

Alliteration! Just one of the many ways this blog is entertaining!

But look: you’re a celebrity; it’s part of the package. And if you are going to go to the ASPCA Ball (?) in a free multi-thousand-dollar Marchesa gown and you’re going to get your picture taken, would it kill you to maybe put on some makeup and jewelry to go with it? There’s no better way of screaming to the world “I DIDN’T CHOOSE OR PAY FOR THIS DRESS” than by sabotaging it with shitty-to-no styling.

The dress is just okay. That’s not a very flattering color and looking at it on her, we don’t think it’s quite in her wheelhouse. Also, it sits pretty low on her bust and what’s going on in the back there? It almost looks like when they use clothespins to fit the clothes tighter on a model for a photo shoot. Not loving the weird Dippity-Do hair either.

What we’re saying here is, basically, we hate this whole look. Discuss.


Vote Now!


IN! A fresh and clean look!

OUT! A half-assed and sickly look!


The minions couldn’t bring themselves to love Charlize Theron’s Stella McCartney dress, voting the look OUT.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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    • lesmaha

      Out. That dress is falling off her.

      • Louise Bryan

        Exactly.  That dress on her looks like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.  Out.

      • Tadiana

        Ditto. A little more attention to hair and (especially) makeup would have been nice as well, but the sliding bodice is making me clutch my imaginary pearls. Out.

        • Judih1

          Agree to what everyone said on this thread

          • ChaquitaPhilly

            I also agree with all of youse. Out-er than OUT!

        • VicD

           And the color is HORRIBLE on her

      • Sara L.

         Yep. Another example of a woman with a long torso trying to wear a corset-y dress with a bodice that is way too short for said torso.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Agree 100% – OUT.

    • clatie

      I have no idea what the dress, hair or makeup look like.  All I can see is SAD BOOBS.

      • AlexisPayne

        Exactly! That sad falling bustline kills this look. Hair and makeup take this whole look to sadville. Out.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        It’s true. Her boobs are weeping and I weep for them.

        • tired_mommy

          Her boobs look 10 years older than her. OUT.

    • librarygrrl64

      OUT. I actually don’t mind the dress, but the fit is awful. and I’m with you on the hair, makeup, and accessorizing.

    • Alison Sigman

      OUT! There’s nothing good here. 

    • MandyJane

      Out, sad and droopy. 

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Out to the most emphatic of outnesses. The color is blah on her. The fit is horrifyingly bad. It looks like the only thing keeping a massive wardrobe malfunction from happening is her keeping her arms close to her sides.  And the back truly does look as though it was folded over and pinned to take it in a lot.  Shame on her for allowing rear shots to be taken if that’s the case.

    • unbornfawn

      OUT. The fit is horrible and she looks pissed that she had to dress up.

    • butterflysunita

      OUT.  Actually think the dress is pretty, especially the way the pleats fall on the bottom.  But it’s so low on the bust that it looks like a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen.  

    • kirble

      “prize pony paraded in front of paparazzi”

      Even more alliterative: “prize pony paraded past paparazzi”

      • nomoreprinces

        All this alliteration is making my socks roll up and down!

    • DinaSews

      FUG.  All of it.  And wear a bra. 

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Terrible fit. I could deal with the rest I suppose, but that makes it an OUT.

    • TheOtherChristina

      I actually like the dress and don’t even mind the color. But this is OUT for all the reasons noted above.

    • Laura


    • choco

      I wouldn’t think the boobs were so sloppy if a modicum of effort was put into make up. 

    • guest2visits

      This is a pretty dress in a pretty shade; but it’s slipping off her body (re: early Gwyneth). Alot.
      Even now I think I see it falling to the floor.  If she wasn’t asleep she might be able to catch it.

    • funkypeanut

      It’s not just the boobs that look sad. I want to give her a big cup of cocoa and a robe (to hide the hiddy dress) and sit her in a comfy chair to bitch about Marchesa.

    • TheFashionistaTimes

      Definitely Out. This may possibly be one of the most unflattering looks I’ve ever come across.

    • NurseEllen

      Hers should be the new photo which accompanies the definition of “wardrobe malfunction”.  OUT.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Kind of wrong in every way.  And by “kind of,” I mean “totally.”  Wrong color, wrong shape.  And you’ve either got to have the “choots-pah” for a strapless gown or you’ve got to pick something else.

    • CQAussie

      I can’t with this dress.  It’s 1 second away from a wardrobe malfunction of epic proportions.  The colour is nice though.  OUT.

    • AlieMichelle

      Love the dress – just not on her.

    • Jessica O’Connell

      She is just waiting to flash everyone – that was obviously the only reason to (sort of) wear this dress. OUT.

    • Randy Noak

      The dress might be pretty on someone else, but she’s doing nothing for it. And what’s with the horrendous posture. She’d look 50% better if she just stood up straight.

      • Nancy Abrams

        She was probably afraid to stand upright. If she lifted those girls another millimeter, they’d be smiling at us.

    • piecesofconfetti

      OUT, what is going on here?

    • ICFashionChic

      Dress just looks too saggy. Sorry Lake. Still one my beloved cast members from “How to Make it in America”, only thing is, this look really doesn’t make it in America!

    • MilaXX

      OUT she looks sloppy. The dress is ill fitting, makeup in nonexistent and she needs some jewelry and a better hair do.

    • Knightley

      She’s like a limp piece of lettuce.  And the hair, combined with that wretched bodice just ages her by decades….

    • MissAnnieRN

      Yikes.  How many times do you think she hiked it up?  Did she glue her arms to her sides so she could keep it up?  It looks like a mint-green barbie dress.  Or a mint green disney princess dress.  Or a mint green marchesa dress.  in otherwords, mint green BORING.  Certain shades of mint green are great for your dining room or bedroom walls.  I can’t abide an entirely mint green dress.

    • leah besson

      Out.  You should not see that much boobage.  and a little mascara never hurt anyone.  

    • alyce1213

      OUT. Ill-fitting bust, Easter egg color, cheesy bling, and — is she clamped in the back? What is that?

    • MK03

      UGH. That whole package fairly screams “IT WASNT MY DECISION TO BE HERE TONIGHT.” 

    • Eileen Duffy

      out.  OUT out out.  Her chest is longing to break free, the back looks ready to be a quiver for her Katniss arrows, and she looks overall like she’d rather be somewhere else.

    • Tenille Clarke

      I am SO upset that she RUINED what is a perfectly GORGEOUS gown. She looks like she was just pulled out of an alleyway in panicmode by her stylist as a stand-in, underprepared Lana Bell stunt double. AND Marchesa should rightfully do a garment loan recall. Ridiculous and SLOPPY.

      OUT to the infinite degree!

    • JaneDC

      Oh dear, it looks like she stepped on her hem and pulled the whole thing down 5 or six inches. The fit is abominable, front and back, and it looks like she hasn’t noticed. Can she actually be comfortable with the bodice riding half mast on her chest?


    • greyhoundgirl

      Out.  I don’t care about the hair, I don’t care about the make-up.  The dress doesn’t fit her and will fall off soon.

    • crash1212

      What’s keeping that thing up, a lick and a prayer?  I hate the dress. I hate it on her. I hate her hair, non-makeup and posture. God, if you’re gonna get free clothes, could you get ones that actually fit and look cute on you? GAH! I hate this. Guess that makes it an OUT…and that I need more coffee and possibly a nap.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I love the dress. I hate that it’s the wrong size. OUT.

    • carolynmo

      Whew, boy. Out!

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      If she’s trying to go for that ‘sexy oops’ moment, what’s up with the effort-free hair & makeup? If she doesn’t care and is trusting tape to hold the goods up, why not tape them, well, UP?   She’s a lovely women with a great body.  If she just wanted us to talk about her…

      Oh, I see.  Carry on.

    • judybrowni

      Honey, would it kill you when going out in a fancy-ass public event to put on a bracelet, necklace, earrings, or lipstick AND A FUCKING BRA?

    • RebeccaKW

      Out.  There is NOTHING about this that I like.  I don’t particularly care the dress at all, even on the model.  I do like the color, but not on her.  And her hair is ridiculous.  It took more effort to do THAT than just blow it out.  

    • cluecat

      Out.  There’s something weird going on with the fabric on the bodice because it looks like lefty sprung a leak.  A free dress should be a clean dress!

    • Me Again

      The girls need some support.  Not a good dress on her.  OUT.

    • Laurie Bergman

      I think she looks like Thomas Hayden Church in girl form.  She looks like she doesn’t want to be on that red carpet in a dress that would look a lot better on someone like Reese Witherspoon.

    • Joyce VG

      Awful from head to toe. OUT.

    • Terence Ng

      Maybe she’s frowning because all her mental and physical focus is on using her mind and pectoral muscles to keep that dress stuck to her breasts.

    • NCDFan

      Marchesa gown + DIY styling = out

    • granddelusion

      Whats with the spots on the bodice? Is she leaking?

    • Basket

      The only knowledge I have of Lake Bell is in that dreadful movie, “Burning
      Palms*” in which she plays a doped-addicted nanny to a duo of over-privileged Holmby
      Hills white boys.  In the above sea foam dress, she looks
      just as high and flighty as she portrays in “Burning Palms.”

      Incidentally, I cannot be judged for viewing “Burning Palms.”  It was horrible, horrible I tell you.  But there must have been some subliminal
      magnet from Netflix that forced me to watch the coupling of “Tales from the
      Crypt” meets “Any minute this movie will turn into Mulholland Drive, if I am lucky,” because I
      could not turn away.


    • Kayceed

      This just makes me so nervous for her – one little step on the hem and it’s all over.

    • lilazander

      Her boobs are going so down south in this dress that it looks like its glued to her nipples.

    • chitowndg

      out – there is no in for no effort. The dress should sue her.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      Out.  She needs some B vitamins. 

    • Pennymac

      I’m sitting at home suffering from nasty brochitis and I’m not THAT pallid. Everything is wrong here, and I hope she doesn’t sneeze cause those girls look ready to break free because dress is sitting so low!

    • newleaf1

      Pull it up, it’s melting into a puddle around her and she’s about to flash.  Otherwise I like.

    • Sara__B

      She’s a good looking woman, but this just looks lazy and last-minute. OUT.

    • Grace Ritt


    • Claudia Berry

      She doesn’t even have a clutch or anything.  What a waste of a dress.  I don’t get Lake Bell, either.

    • Cassie

      OUT. Totally half-assed. I think I would quite like this dress on someone who was working it, actually – it’s a very pretty color (when  paired with the right coloring, obviously), and it’s drapey and romantic without going overboard. Reminds me of how Marchesa used to design.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Man, that’s one ugly, ill-fitting dress.

      • Susan Collier

        Man, the only excuse for wearing that dress is that you’re a bridesmaid for the meanest bride ever.

        • BrooklynBomber


    • Caaro3

      Why do woman wear/buy/accept universally ugly-assed Marchesa designs?  Is it because Georgina Chapman is married to Harvey Weinstein (a forehead slapper in itself) and Harvey has achieved world domination?   OUT

    • Spicytomato1

      Out because her girls look like they could fall out at any moment. Yikes. I’m not hating her hair and makeup (or lack thereof) but it’s neither here nor there anyway given the atrocious fit of the dress.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Did this woman really come in 6th on British Vogue’s BEST Dressed List in 2007? Just something I saw on Wikipedia.

      And why should I vote OUT on this one? It is like beating a dead horse. O wait, I just did!

    • Sandisan

      OUT.  Out, damn spot.  It’s too bad cuz she is a damn gorgeous woman.

    • Kat Wright

      out out out! Why the hell did she even bother leaving the house! blergh!

    • janetjb


      I can’t say one nice thing about it.

    • StrandedFashionista

      Yawn. OUT. 

    • guestela

      out. terrible.

    • EEKstl

      OUT.  Ridiculous.

    • Karen

      out, it looks like she couldn’t even have been bothered to pull it up fully!

    • ccm800

      Out! Bridezilla bridesmaid dress. 

    • formerlyAnon

      OUT because it doesn’t fit. I swear what’s going on in the back is the dress is pinned up to make it smaller. Didn’t help enough, still riding too low in the front.  And that unfortunate stain looks like she’s lactating and forgot the nursing pads.

      Other than that, I like the dress. Honestly. And the hair might (I emphasize *might*) not look so droopy were not the dress & her chest cooperating with the aura of droopiness.

      But her makeup does not stand up to photography. It might have been okay in real life, I can’t say, but it’s too pallid and unemphatic for the camera.  And yeah, I can understand when your entire ensemble looks half-assed you might not have had time to deal with jewelry because you threw everything on in a ladies’ room stall around the corner as fast as somebody was tossing the pieces to you . . . well, no. No, I can’t understand because I can’t imagine that that’s how it went down.

      Dear, if you HAVE people and you are paying them? Stop doing so. Find new ones.

    • Emmyllou

      Although I don’t like the dress, the color’s wonderful on her and I think it’s entirely possible that she’s wearing subtle macquillage and no earrings as a style choice. Personally, I like the no-style styling, but the dress? No no no—except for the color.

    • Melissa Brogan

      I don’t care about the actual state of her breasts, but that dress is definitely giving me the impression that they are melting. And that is never a good thing. So totally OUT.

    • Judy_J

      This is just sad, and it makes me sad to look at it.

    • SheWhoMustBeObeyed

      Out. Agree about the fit and the lack of hair or makeup. The animals deserve better than this.

    • sagecreek

      Good God, OUT. Lake, your tits will sag soon enough, no need to rush it along.

    • Mathilde

      OUT. I like the dress itself, it’s beautiful on the model. But it looks like Ms. Bell is losing it and will be naked in a second. Also, I could have done with no jewels, but no make-up here just makes her look sad. 

    • TieDye64

      Bad color on her, no accessories at all and her girls are trying desperately to escape. And the hair. Ugh. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      She really doesn’t look happy either. It’s like she really, really had her heart set on another gown, but the Powers That Be decided that that gown should go to another, perhaps more famous celebrity and poor Lake ended up with the ugly, dusty dress at the back of the rack that nobody else wanted. If that’s what happened, then I don’t blame her.

    • PeaceBang

      A freaking MESS. SO OUT.

    • Deborah Lipp

      Out. She looks like a ten year-old pretending Mommy’s nightie is a ball gown.

    • Beardslee

      OUT, for the reasons you describe.

    • IAmJ

      I cannot get over how much this hair color doesn’t work.

    • Janet Selman

      Love the color. But sad boobs. Very sad.  And her face and what we can see of the hair looks like she just finished at the gym and stopped by to get a coffee.  OUT.

    • elemspbee

      just ugly. oUT

    • fungstyle

      sloppy. OUT.

    • Sara Munoz

      Hate it too. For all the same reasons.

    • MinAgain

      If you can’t stand up straight with your shoulders pulled back, your dress doesn’t fit properly.  Out.

    • MzzPants

      Uhhh, she needs to install some ropes and pulleys before we can even get to make up.  Big, low-hangin’ OUT.

    • Robyn Morelli

      OUT – that bodice is even too short for the model…

    • BeeBeauNYC

      The color of the dress is beautiful, just not on her. And the boob issue is disconcerting. Both she and Marchesa need to go back to the drawing board.

    • greatscoutm

      Out.  The dress looks like it’s not zipped all the way up (that or she has weights below the bodice dragging it down)  But, I do think with MUCH better styling, this could have worked on her.  As it is–Nay.

    • giiiirrrr

      Are we even considering this as an “in”?  I don’t see any “in”s in the comments.

    • Sorana Tarmu

      Dress falling off her boobs. Whole head unstyled. OUT.

    • Martha Jackson Deutsch

      boobies …. boobies …. boobies…. sorry, what were you saying?
      in other words, out.

    • VicksieDo

      LOL, I haven’t thought of “Dippity Do” in YEARS!

    • Mylynka Cardona

      I just want to hoist her boobs up.

    • Mexxoo

      OUT!  Hike that dress up!  I sure hope she didn’t bend over in it.  Wouldn’t be a nip slip, would be a full boob drop!

    • Anathema_Device

      I’m with you on hating this look. It is awful and a big old OUT from head to toe: terrible hair and makeup, ridiculously  bad fit on the dress bodice, ugly dress, no accessorizing. Lame. No effort is not the same thing as effortless.

    • kelsita421

      Out. Does that even count as “wearing” the dress?

    • foodycatAlicia

      OUT. I love the colour but everything about the fit and styling is wrong. Is the woman lactating? Because her left breast looks like it leaked.

    • PeggyOC

      Yeah, it’s an Out.   And it shouldn’t be on paper.  The dress is pretty.  It’s a good color for her and should look fabulous.  But the terrible fit, the bad posture and the styling push it right out.  Funny how that works.  Some people can wear the shit out of completely crazy, and some can’t wear a pretty dress and not look half-assed.

    • Julie Chase

      Out. Holy droopyboobs.

    • jw_ny

      An easy OUT.  I don’t like a thing about this look.  It’s an ugly dress and it’s not her dress either…and the boobs…smh.

    • another_laura

      Get.  A.  Fitting.


    • kimmeister

      OUT – it looks like wilted lettuce.

    • littlemac8

      That does look odd in the back like it’s pinched in to keep it on…barely!  I can’t imagine who would look good in that sickly color.  OUT

    • Pamela

      The best thing about this look is that she supports the ASPCA.  She should adopt a stylist along w/ a shelter pet.

    • Anne

      I think it’s also just the wrong dress for her looks.  I feel like with her strong jaw and broad shoulders, she should be rocking something edgier.

    • TigerLaverada

      Looks scarily like it’s about to slip off her chest entirely. It makes me nervous just to view the picture. Dippity-Do hair! Love the reference.

    • Merneith

      OUT. If she stood up straight, she’d scare the horses.

    • JuliaInBlack

      So very OUT

    • Nicole Renee

      OUT! Hiddy color, hiddy styling!

    • corvina

      Boobs everywhere and I don’t like that minty color.  OUT.

    • Beth G

      Support garments.  Please.

    • Paula Pertile

      Wow, I feel depressed now.

    • marilyn

      OUT.  A dress for a much older woman.  Bad color for her.  Bust too low.   It needs something, but I would hesitate to use a lot of jewelry because of the trim on the dress.  Maybe some killer earrings and a bracelet.  If it weren’t falling off of her chest, I would call it a bridesmaid’s dress for an older woman.   Just put a chiffon layer over it in the same color from the neck, and it’s the 80’s all over again.  Someone needs to tell her that she is not so gorgeous that she can walk the RC without any makeup.  Her hair looks awful.  Yikes!

    • Snickleboom

      Don’t know her, don’t wanna see her boobs.  OUT.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Hate the whole look. Old lady color, squashy too-low boobage, crappy silhouette, weird gold shite tacked onto it, ugly hair, lack of make-up… 

    • Aly Light


    • CatherineRhodes

      OUT. Reminds me of a TLO classic — “nipples are for fun and nutrition, not to be used as hooks for your dress.”

      I agree regarding the dearth of styling on the RC. Most women don’t leave the house without at least earrings on.

    • nannypoo

      What’s to discuss? It’s hideous. The saggy boobs. The drab color. The odd hair. The bad makeup. The fact that I have no idea who this woman is. I need a drink.

    • Donna the Piranha

      If Hedda Lettuce’s little sister was really depressed but still had to drag herself (no pun intended) to the ball….

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Out. She looks like she has the flu, but had to make an appearance.

    • Amy T.

      I actually clutched my own chest when I saw this picture.  The fit on that bodice is horrendous.

    • Aniela Marie Perry

      Sadboob. Wet, left sadboob? Bleh Marchesa. Tired, writing hard.

    • Haley Buchanan

      AWFUL. The color is horrendous on her, and her boobs look so so sad.  Even if I squint, I cant see the “In” part of the “In or Out” with this one.

    • demidaemon

      OUT. Saagy boobs and a saggy dress.

    • Angela

      I’m yoinking my brastraps up right now…

    • DCSheehan

      She looks miserable. Did they not fit her and someone threw her in this dress and pinned it at the back perhaps? Out.

    • Susan Crawford

      Sad. OUT = nothing more to say.

    • altalinda

      Out for all the reasons you said. 

    • mrspotts66

      why is she wearing limp salad?


    • julnyes

      I actually like the dress, just not on her. OUT for a multitude of reasons.

    • mcglory13


    • fashionablylate

      Nice rack, but OUT.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      NO NO NO.  Boobs are wrong.  NO.

      • BigShamu

        Boobs are never wrong.  Boob “fit” may be wrong but boobs?  Always good.

        That is all.

    • Bozhi

      Out.  Very very out.  She looks horrible.  Are her boobs really that ugly is it just the dress?

    • plinkiedoodle

      Ouch is this an ugly look or what?  

    • AuntieAnonny

      She looks like an updated Scarlet O’Hara. OUT. 

    • bellafigura1

      I want to reach in and hoist it up two inches, and drop the waist one inch.  I don’t think it’s terrible, it just doesn’t fit.

    • Boogienights16

      Ok, so the dress could have used a fitting.  That being said, not every girl out there is a 16 year old flat chested waif on the runway.  The color is stunning on her.  Hair is a simple 40’s style chignon, and understated.  Which is what you want with this type of dress. Her makeup is a tad understated which may also have to do with the flash.  I don’t see the need to be nasty about a celeb supporting a great cause.  Haters gotta hate I suppose.  I give it a B

    • ballerinawithagun

      Out. Being pulled to the floor.

    • Kate Lorenz

      Exceedingly boring and ill-fit…wow.  I can’t believe this is Marchesa, I usually like their stuff!  Even if it fit properly it would still be a snoozer.  Out out out!

    • Fifi LaRoux

      Out. Ugh. Some effort next time would be nice.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Lake is dangerously close to Melody Thornton territor if she takes a deep breath.

    • Sharon Schwartz

      She looks like a dust-bowl prairie woman who was dragged out of her cabin and had a dress thrown on her – whether it fit or not.
      Quick photos taken and probably sent back to her native habitat.

    • AudreysMom

      Basically, I agree.

    • Candigirl1968


      Also, when the part your seven or eight figure job you don’t like is looking beautiful in borrowed beautiful clothes as opposed to, say, having to stand over a 500 degree vat of frying oil for minimum wage, I have some advice for you:  put on your big girl pants and suck it up.  Look like you made a modicum of effort or kind of gave a darn. You’re an actress – just ACT like you care, even if you don’t. Geez.

    • Eovaai

      OUT. Doesn’t fit and looks sloppy.  Yuck.

    • tvmovielover

      Out!  Dreadful on her and not much better on the model.  The girls are not properly treated in either case.

    • Julie Fountain

      Horrid. Out.

    • LambeeBaby

      Yuck! out. Really needs alteration badly. It looks like it is slipping down her boobs and stretching them out. Sadly, even if it was perfectly altered to fit her… the color does not suit her, her hair is hiddy as is her makeup and absence of accessories.

    • KathKo

      Girl should search something more flattering for her body type.
      OK, we get it : you have nice boobs, not could you kindly try to give those two poor girls some better support ?
      Thanks a lot.

    • Vera

      The dress really isn’t so bad, but the fit is poor, and Lake isn’t selling it all all. Hate her hair. OUT.

    • AWStevens

      How OLD is this chick?  From the neck down I would say 60 and she REALLY needs some tahtah support.  Sickly as in “pukey”?  Yes!

    • Lauren Lynch Fox

      strapless is not for everyone….

    • ASK26

      She looks like a sad cartoon in playboy with an old lady’s boobs hanging to her waist – awful

    • Cathy S

      Ugh. Marchesa. That particular dress is pretty horrific and it looks awful on her. I kind of like the little pin curl though.

    • Sunshine16

      out, scared that she’s about to drop the whole dress to the floor!

    • Veronika Kaufmann

      I think the nipples as coat rack applies here more than with Zooey’s dress. Plus Zooey isn’t quite as endowed as Ms. Bell here therefore less precarious looking.