Jennifer Morrison (x2)

Posted on April 23, 2012

Time to play “Compare and Contrast,” kittens. Or maybe we should call it “Getting it Wrong and Getting it Right.” First, the wrong:


Jennifer Morrison attends the Us Weekly Hot Hollywood Style Event in an Andrew Gn dress.

Andrew Gn Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Carolina Thaler (NATHALIE)

Jeez, we hate to sound stuffy and paternalistic, but standing with your legs far apart in a short skirt – a bubble skirt, no less – does not a flattering picture make. We’d never tell a lady to stand like a lady, nor are we recommending the “gotta pee” crossed-leg pose favored by so many starlets, but honey, maybe you should bring those feet just a little closer together.

Anyway, let’s talk about this look. We hate it.  A high-waisted bubble skirt under a bodice that seems to designed to turn the female shape into a brick is not a good look for anyone. We think her normal blonde locks look awfully fried but we didn’t really like her hair when we saw these pics. That may have been due to the bright red lip color, as well as the over-one-shoulder mermaid hairstyle, because then we saw her like this:

Jennifer Morrison attends the 16th Annual Prism Awards in a Jason Wu dress.

Jason Wu Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Julia Nobis

… and we think everything is working liking gangbusters. It’s amazing what a lip color can do, because now we think the red suits her. She’s got a face that’s unusually symmetrical and open (big eyes, perfect brows, perfectly proportioned features), which means to us that it’s particularly suited for clean makeup. In addition, this dress is both fabulous and flattering, although we would have preferred an inch or two off the hem. We’re not really loving all the strappy sandals on the RC lately, but this gold pair is perfectly suited for the dress. We always were suckers for a black-and-gold combo.

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  • Huh.  I actually thought she looked pretty mature in the second outfit, but my mileage clearly varied.

    Total aside: her face in the second set of photos kept bringing Faith Hill to my mind.  Weird, huh?

    • MilaXX

       I think the too long hem and bad shoe does lean the dress a bit into Helen Mirren territory.

      • Holly Kinnamont

         But Helen Mirren never looks “mature” in the dowdy sense. Helen rocks the meow-ture.

        • MilaXX

          True but on Helen this would look sexy and body hugging. Since she’s older the length would fee more appropriate

  • RebeccaKW

    In the ‘got it wrong’ picture, I also think the ugly pink background is really fighting with the hair.  Which is in a terrible style.  And of course, that lipstick.  Which is not her shade, regardless of hair color.

    The ‘got it right’ picture, the hair is softer and the background is neutral, so it’s not creating any crazy contrasts.  I agree that the skirt is too long.  Also, I think that you shouldn’t wear black nail polish when photographed in a black dress.  Her fingers look stumpy since you lose the ends of them. 

  • I think she looks super cute in both looks in totally different ways, but hey, I’m no fashionista.  I really do like the lip color in the first look, though!

  • Oh, darling, as long as you’re dyeing your hair, go back to that oh-so-flattering dark brown you originally had on House! Best you’ve ever looked.

    But I suppose the red is working, too. Love the second look.

    • Alyson Lamble

      The red is for a film she’s working on during the hiatus for Once Upon a Time.

    • LeBarron

      Agreed!  I have thought this for years now.  I’ve heard she’s naturally blonde (no idea if that’s true), but she has never looked better than she did as a brunette on House

  • MilaXX

    I like the hair.
    The first look I like the face, sometimes a gal needs to glam up with a red lip. However, that’s not her dress. I think it might work on someone smaller like Ginnifer Goodwin.
    Second look is okay, but needs to b taken up to knee length. The shoes look like dancing shoes or dress shoes my grandma would have worn.

    • Fun story: according to IMDb, Ginnifer Goodwin is 3/4 in. (at 5’6″) taller than Jennifer Morrison. I thought they were both about 3-4″ shorter than that.

      • MilaXX

        I think most heights on IMDB are fudged, (I’m 5’3″ and a few celebs I had the rare occasion to see in person were no where near the IMDB height) but somehow Goodwin doesn’t look any tale than 5’4″

        • You’re right. So I went looking, because apparently I have nothing better to do, and found this photo: It looks like they’re about the same, whatever that height actually is!

  • Look 1: sex kitten.
    Look 2: sex kitten’s mom.

  • Call me Bee

    Gee.  Looking like a cougar, then a schoolmarm.  She must be a great actress.  Well–not really a total schoolmarm–only from the waist down. 

  • jw_ny

    wow…what a difference!  Slutty cougar, in age denial, on the prowl…to a beautiful and sophisticated lady.  So pretty in the 2nd look…agree that a few inches off the hem would have been better.  Love her hair color.

    • cluecat

      She’s 32.  Is that cougar age now?

      • jw_ny

         She looks 15+ years older than her 32 years in that 1st look to me…

  • Jessica Rowe

    She looks SO much better with red hair.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Yes, the second dress is too long but looks good otherwise, and the first dress is just stupid. I’m starting to think this Andrew Gn person may have spent his tutelage under Marchesa.

    I don’t know who she is but I think the red hair looks good on her. Totally get the lipstick issue. I feel like I spend half my life looking for the right lipstick. And no shade of red works for me.

    • TieDye64

      My hair color is very similar to hers and I can’t pull off a red lip to save my life. It took me forever to find a great every day lip color and I hope it’s never discontinued. You listening God?

      • BrooklynBomber

        Yeah, redhead here, too. . . I guess the red lip works on some redheads, depending on skin color. 

        • braziliankitten

          Yeah, my hair color looks very similar to Jennifer’s here, and I look pretty good in red lipstick if I do say so myself!  I agree, the skin color is just as, if not more, important than the hair color. Red lipstick looked good on me with my natural dark hair as well. 

          About Jennifer’s, maybe I’m biased because I chose a similar color, but I love her hair like that (even if the hair style in the first picture is way too Little Mermaid), way better than her previous blond.

  • cluecat

    I’m probably going to be alone but I love the first look.  The bright lips are cute, and fine tone wise since everything else is toned down.  The bodice is pretty bad but the volume on the skirt looks all kicky and fun.  (And, good Lord, her legs are only 1′ apart in the first shot!  It’s not like doing a charade of a home birth or anything!)  The over-the-shoulder shot is one of the best I’ve seen of her.  And I’m a sucker for head-on-fire red hair, no complaints.

    By contrast, in the second pic she looks bland, like she’s going to an Event Where There Will Be Old People, like her niece’s wedding shower, or a someone’s funeral.  

    PS I love strappy sandals, bring them on please.  Death to open-toed ankle boots!

    • This. I hate the bodice of the first one, but that’s about it. I think she looks gorgeous. Don’t like the second look that much, it would be much better with the hem a little higher.

  • Ceur

    The second dress is designed to make torsos look really long. She still looks good, though. 

  • I agree about the hem length…it is so influenced by fashion and that length hasn’t been in fashion for a long time, and therefore looks dowdy to my eye…and the proportion is just wrong for her. But I adore how the dress fits her…so much better than it does the model.
    I think the problem with the first pic is (hairwise speaking) is the flat red color. It so obviously is COLORED. In the second pic you can see lowlights and highlights…beautiful. Oh, theproblem may be the lighting but I don’t think so. Also, the very short bubble skirt thing is just hideous to me, I always think “filled diaper” o_0
    BUT OMG is the woman beautiful!

  • Terence Ng

    I actually like the first dress. The second is nice, but adds 10 or more years to her. How old is she?

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I don’t know if the lighting, a fake tan, or too much makeup, but she looks darker in the first dress and it clashes with the hair. She looks pretty fantastic in the second, even if it’s a bit matronly.

  • cluecat – I disagree with almost your whole post but that’s okay…HipHipHurray for diversity otherwise we’d all be wearing Suede or something.

    BUT I 100% “like” your PS! Open-toed boots are just evil.

  • BazoDee

    I would love both of these if we could do something with the length. The first is too short and the second is too long. I actually like the first one -I don’t recall her ever owning her hotness so it is a nice change. 

  • Beardslee

    I also think that first dress is a cutie pie dress for the very young.

  • G

    It’s amazing how the longer hem makes her extremely skinny calves actually look chunky. 

  • Lina_bee

    Love her, love the 2nd dress.

  • people are still making bubble dresses?

  • I always advocate women with the right complexion going red, and she’s working it.

    I think the top pic would have been better if her hair was up in a fancy ponytail, pink lip, and less bubbly skirt. Otherwise, girl was ready to party. Bottom pic, sexy lady goes to lunch with moms. Still hot.

  • Judy_S

    General agreement though I think she looks pretty good in the first look. The makeup in the second is just perfect, and she generally looks great there.

  • elzatelzabelz

    The first picture is a dead ringer for my 8th grade Homecoming dress. I’ll have you know that it was the height of fashion in 1988!

  • Nariya

    Buh. I like neither dress. The second one looks shapeless, like Washington DC officewear. I don’t have an issue with her legs in the first pose though. 

  • Derek_anny

    I think the combination of red lip and fuscia background was the culprit in the first picture.  At least with the hair.  You see more gold in her hair with the gold background.

  • VioletFem

    Love her new hair color! And I agree the second look is much better (although I like the hair in both pictures).

  • TieDye64

    She looks sooo much better with darker hair. Way to rock the red.

    The first dress should be burned, and while the second one is pretty good I really dislike the gold shoes. They look a wee bit geriatric to me. My polyester loving mom-in-law would love them, God bless her.

  • CassandraMortmain

    I never watched House so I had no idea who she was until I started watching Once Upon A Time.  She’s very pretty but she looks hard and rough and a good ten years older than her actual age most of the time.  The second pic is the best I’ve ever seen her look.  She looks close to her age, her hair is gorgeous and the dress gives her some much needed class.

    Total cougar in the first pic.  That dress would work for Emma Watson or the Fannings but not her.

  • elemspbee

    Red hair looks infinitely better on her. Yah, bubble dress not a good match for her. A bit twee.
    strappy gold sandals not a plus but she looks great in that second dress.

  • janedonuts

    Is it off-sides to say the first look is 100% mutton dressed as lamb? I’m cringing. 

  • marilyn

    I like the first dress, even with the unfortunate pose.  The second one makes her look to old.  You know, I really like her better as an overbleached, overextension blonde.  Go figure.

  • I wish she would have worn the second dress in the original color. In wine it’s amazing, in black it’s pretty, but a little generic.


    Also, I kinda liked the first dress. The hair and makeup in the second look is infinitely better, though.

  • ccm800

    I dont like either the second look is too old for her. 

  • bellafigura1

    No, nope.  The first dress is, like, BeBe from the mall.  Also, please pronounce Gn for me so I can criticize his clothes without feeling guilty.  Wu I got, Gn I don’t. I want to call him Andrew Nnnh. Help me.

  • guest2visits

    I love-love the Jason Wu; but yes it needed to lose a couple of inches, the model’s was the better length.
    She could have used a couple of inches on the bubble skirt, it looked instead like she was too tall for the dress;
    or like she out-grew it. Which was exasperated by the jolly-green-giant stance.

  • BayTampaBay

    Sorry TLo.  I lked her better in your “wrong” look.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    yikes!  in the first look, she’s a very tired off-duty waitress in vegas, looking for a good time.  in the second she’s a fresh and natural auburn haired beauty!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    First Look: that is some butt ugly fabric on that skirt. Maybe you guys are too nice to tell a lady to stand like a lady, but I guess I’m old fashioned that way. I think every girl should be taught to stand and sit like a lady. I learned that when I was like 4 years old. You just don’t stand there like a linebacker when you’re wearing a dress. And I hate the side-hair.

    The second look is much better. Don’t like the skirt length, but it seems we’re stuck with this for a while. I actually think she needs a little deeper lip color here. Not the five-alarm red she has in the first look, but maybe a slightly deeper shade of what she’s wearing. And a little pressed powder for the shine.

  • Nobody could make that first dress look good. Hids.

  • lilazander

    I love the Jason Wu on the model and so-so on Morrison. I like the Gn one on the model, Not on Morrison. But I think J.M. i pretty fab regardless.

  • lonepear

    Dress #1 looks cute on the model, because the model is probably about 16 and that’s probably the only age where you can wear that style of dress and have it look cute. (And even then, it would be better on a petite 16-year-old, not the long-limbed model.)

  • Liz

    Her horrible fried hair is the only thing I can see when I watch Once Upon A Time.  It is so distracting.