Ariel Winter in Alice + Olivia

Posted on May 23, 2012

And now, a pretty little princess:

Ariel Winter attends the 37th Annual Gracie Awards Gala in Los Angeles in an Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet gown. Le Vian ring and earrings.

Le Vian Yellow Gold Vanilla Diamonds™ and Chocolate Diamonds® Earrings

 Le Vian Yellow Gold Vanilla Diamonds™ and Chocolate Diamonds® Ring

And doesn’t Princess Ariel Winter sound just about right? She’s a fairy tale character. It’s a pretty dress, but the skirt could’ve used some editing. It’s tipped over from fluffy into heavy. We’re also not crazy about the way it attaches to the bodice. But you can tell Princess Ariel is loving every bit of this and that’s cute enough to overcome any quibbles about design.

Sweetie, you’re young. Next time, go for the full tiara.

[Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich/PR Photos]

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  • Are the earrings microscopic? Because I don’t see them in any of the pics. 😐

    • My thoughts exactly.

    • Maria McGarry

      nor the bangle.

      • SapphoPoet

        Good point.

        Edited to add: apparently the bangle is a ring. That’s why we don’t see a bangle.

  • newleaf1

    Adorable, if a bit too boobular for someone her age.

    • NinaBoo

      Babyheads!  Babyheads!

    • She’s 14 years old!! And she did baby heads at 13 for last year’s Emmys. Doesn’t she have parents?

      • As the mother of a daughter who developed early, sometimes they are just hard to cover.  At 14, her babyheads were bigger than mine (mine are normal, medium-sized) .  Just wearing a tank top bordered on scandalous.  

        • I agree they are hard to cover in a low-cut strapless gown. This was a deliberate push-up as was her Emmy dress with the keyhole open over half her breasts. IMO, these are the wrong choices for such a young girl.

          • I agree that strapless was not the way to go but I’d hardly call that gown low-cut.  I don’t recall seeing her Emmy dress but it may not have made an impression because I don’t know who this girl is.

        • mountainFashionista

           Pubescent breasts are not that hard to cover — try wearing a non-strapless dress, et voila!

          (Written as a non-prudish mother of a 14 year old girl.)

    • bluefish

      No kidding — Although Kiernan Shipka is always beautifully dressed — just right — at any age.

      • AudreysMom

         Hailee Steinfeld is still my go to girl for tasteful 14 (probably closer to 16 now) dressing.

  • It’s beautiful, she’s beautiful – but every time I see an under-18-year-old on the red carpet, I’m thankful for my childhood.

  • Lilyana_F

    Naah, she’s so cute and loving it, cannot hate on Princess Ariel, she can still get away with it

  • Sara__B

    Such a lovely girl! But why push up so much cleavage on a 14-year-old, wonders this old fuddy-duddy as she clutches her pearls.

    • JasmineAM

      I’m 20 and I think it’s a bit weird. 

    • Beardslee

      She’s 14??? ewww

    • Judih1

      I agree – too much cleavage for a young girl If she is that busty, then she need a different dress

  • Trisha26

    Pretty and pretty busty, especially for 14 years old – that’s 14! Straps at least.

    • Spicytomato1

      Straps would help. I was laughing to myself the other day at the salon…some girls were there to get updos for their prom that night and their moms were with them. The stylist was asking about their dresses and all three girls rolled their eyes as the moms talked about how they had their strapless dresses modified to include straps.

      • Little_Olive

        The sad part is, I don’t get the aesthetic appeal of strapless. It seems to me that certain straps/necklines showcase the chest and shoulders way better, and the dress looks more “finished”. 

  • I covet her hair. 

    • Celandine1

      I am in love with the color of her hair. Taking a picture of her to my next hair appointment!

      • Pretty color. I think she dyed it to match the diamonds. Now isn’t that a statement I would love to use….”Oh yes, i dyed my hair blue to match the Hope Diamond!”

  • Dunno, but if I was called Ariel and in the biz, I’d also edit the long red (sure LOOKS red or auburn on my screen) wavy locks lest I get type cast as a cartoon mermaid. I agree with you on everything else! She is adorable. The skirt may look heavy, but I bet it MOVED beautifully.

    • NC_Meg

      I think it must be a new dye job. Her hair is just dark brown on Modern Family but it definitely looks auburn here.

  • Aww.  She went to Jared!

  • hughman

    I kept thinking “WHERE’S THAT BRACELET??” Then I saw it was a ring. God I hope they wheel around the Jello cart soon, I’m sick of watching Let’s Make A Deal in the common room. 

    • I thought the same thing. Sigh … Make mine lime, please.

      • Can I please please please reserve a room in the Bitter Kitten Retirement Home?  

  • charlotte

    She plays a nerd on TV, so that’s enough reason to let out the princess. But maybe not the boobies next time, okay?

  • TieDye64

    Not crazy about the cleavage since she’s so young, but she’s so cute here it’s hard not to like it. 

  • I don’t really like the dress, and her cleavage seems a little forced.  Pretty hair, though.

  • j_anson

    What creeps me out is that, at that age, she probably IS named after the Little Mermaid. :

    • turtleemily

      She’s about 10 years younger than that movie. (Which makes me feel old – I remember seeing it in theaters when I was 4.)

  • TP dress galore.  That there be a lot of toilet paper.  How old is she?  Not sure the joke in my head would be appropriate.

  • Spicytomato1

    Pretty dress but (tsk, tsk) that’s way too much cleavage for a young girl! Hopefully some gentleman lent her his jacket for some extra coverage after the photo session.

  • cmb92191

    I would not let my 14 year old daughter dress like that. 

    • kimmeister

      Heck, even if I were 14 myself, I wouldn’t want my friends to show that much boobage.

  • penn collins

    Not loving the dress, I wondered if she slept on it or? looks like someone went berserk with a pair of scissors and some cheap sheer curtains. A project runway challenge? make a dress of tissue paper or flammable sheer curtains? and ditto the creepy boobage/14 year old (a gift from her manager/father?) ick. maybe a belt like the ring?

  • SpcilK


  • AzulFashion

    That is not how a bodice is supposed to fit.  So very sad.

  • Zippypie

    Her poor boobs are just squashed.  Don’t care for the color or the ripped up skirt.  Nice hair and makeup.

  • Sadly, you can find 14-year-olds on any street in any city showing as much cleavage as this and then some.

    She looks like most of us would have looked if we’d been given pretty princess dresses to try on and whirl around with at her age. Good on her.

    • nancylee61

      Maybe on a beach, but most 14 year olds I know don’t walk around with a possible nipple slippage happening at any moment. So, I respectfully disagree. Bad on her AND her parents.

      • formerlyAnon

         Many of them don’t *leave the house* looking like that . . .

      • I don’t know what America’s like, but plenty of Australian fashion chains aimed at teen and tween girls sell stuff that’s this revealing, or even more so. Maybe we just show more skin here, I don’t know.

    • mountainFashionista

       … before our mothers said, “Very nice, but you’re not leaving the house looking like that.”

      • Mine still says that to me, and I’m in my twenties. XD

        I’m just saying, in the broader context of girls being sexualised at younger and younger ages, something like this is (perhaps unfortunately) not that uncommon.

  • Beautiful girl, but that lipstick is bugging me for some reason, as is her all-one-shade hair color. It feels bitchy to nitpick a teen, but those two things are driving me to distraction, and make her look less lovely than she actually is IMHO.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t mind the boobage really but I’m starting to hate those non-corset length corset tops… they don’t do anyone any favors, even when they are young and zaftig enough to hold them up… the top needs three more inches at least and the less we see of the TP skirt, the better…..

  • boweryboy

    Hate the dress but it’s age appropriate and she obviously loves it.

  • giiiirrrr

    I like the way the bottom of the dress is really modest.  Which stands to reason that I dislike that the bodice is so immodest.  Still, she does look pretty.

  • MilaXX

    She does look cute and I love that ring. I wish the bodice sat up a little higher, but that’s my inner old lady kicking in.

  • filmcricket

    Why does the bodice have amoebae on it?

  • Lina_bee

    That dress is meh. Fabulous hair and makeup, though!

  • guest2visits

    I was about to say how beautiful she was, and that the dress sadly looked a little cheap on workmanship and material. But she’s 14 ?
    There’s more wrong with the dress than the fabric.  It would be nice if she didn’t skip the opportunity to wear all the cute, pretty
    and age appropriate things that are available to her, right now.  She’s not missing anything, look at the Miley posts.

  • Sophie Collier

    The dress seems to be fraying along the back of the bodice and skirt.  But even without the fraying, it looks a bit cheesy, like something you can buy at the mall.  Not age appropriate or particularly flattering.  

  • whitrome

    Well, she looks gorgeous, but I can’t believe she is 14. I had braces, glasses, pimples,no concept of style, and no boobies at 14. I mean, how do these child stars bypass the awkward stage?

    • AthenaJ

      I’m 29 and am STILL waiting for my acne to clear up and my boobs to fill out! Seriously though, she looks 18… wtf is going on? Is it all those growth hormones in meat and dairy nowadays??

  • marilyn

    The way the dress is cut, her boobage looks like it is spilling out the top.

  • SapphoPoet

    Cleavage on a 14-year old is just inappropriate. Now you young whippersnappers get off my lawn. [shakes cane]

    • yybb

      Agreed. The first thing I noticed unfortunately. It ruined the whole look for me.

    • formerlyAnon

       I agree in theory. However, empirical evidence would suggest that many 14-year-olds disagree.

      • semirose

        Lol I certainly did when I was 14. You’re boobs come in you either 1)want to show them off or 2) have a choice between showing them off or looking like an old maid. 10 years later and my A-cup mom still thinks I show too much cleavage.

  • Now if only we could get Princess Ariel to stop brushing her hair with a fork on the red carpet…

  • Susan Crawford

    Not crazy about the dress, which is a tad overpowering for her, but she DOES look adorable. And the hair and make-up are appropriately youthful and pretty. The jewelry is also lovely, but totally unnoticeable in the full-length pictures – must be very petite in real life. (And yes – she would have been better off with a charming little tiara-like headpiece!)

  • RzYoung

    Aw cute. 

  • Scarlet39

    Way too much boobage for someone her age. 

  • The top and the bottom look like two different dresses.  I’m not sure I like them individually either.

  • judith traherne

    Late to the party but that bodice is so odd. It’s simultaneously pushing up her boobs *and* standing away from her chest. The whole top looks like it’s floating and as a result there is no definition at the waist. Weird.

  • nancylee61

    How old is she?? If she is under 18, this dress is very inappropriate, with worries of nipple slippage. Bad.

    Edit: OK, she is 14!! I am sorry, in what world is that much breast allowable on a red carpet for a 14 year old?? Where are her parents?? And where are we? I have just googled her and I saw at least 5 stories questioning this dress for her. I think her parents should be questioned as to whether they are fit parents, allowing their daughter to wear this.

  • formerlyAnon

    Agree completely. Especially : “Sweetie, you’re young. Next time, go for the full tiara.” Which made me laugh immoderately.

  • J MN

    No. No.  Her boobs should not be on display, she is way too young and it looks inappropriate.  I’m sure there are teens around that wear the club clothes that are way too old for them but it comes down to her parents.  She is very much a minor and it’s her parents responsibility to make good choices for their daughter, unless they’re all for it and there are no boundaries.  

    • nancylee61

      Absolutely. And the way she is posing in the third, fourth and last pictures makes me want to smack her. Sorry, I am a terrible person. 🙂

  • Judy_J

    Hate to sound like an old fogey, but that bodice is way too revealing for a 14 year old girl.  Whatever happened to age-appropriate clothing for young teens?  (God, I sound like my mother!)

  • twocee

    Aw — I think she’s cute.  I remember (vaguely) being 14 and had I HAD any cleavage, I would’ve tried to display it.  It’s not like she’s dressed like a hooker.

    Side note — my geologist boyfriend laughs and laughs at the notion of “chocolate” diamonds.  Proof that marketing will make people buy anything.

  • EEKstl

    She looks adorable and it’s actually a beautiful gown but I think tea-length would have been a more age-appropriate look for our Little Princess. Also, quite a bit of cleavage for a 14-year old, non?

  • Julie Fountain

    Am I the only one that is floored by the marketing of brown diamonds as “chocolate diamonds?” Brown diamonds are just inferior quality diamonds!

  • The skirt resembles kelp.

  • is she actually wearing the earrings in these pictures?  i don’t think so.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Well, every girl should be allowed to wear a princess dress at least once in her life.  Love the earrings, even though they are unseen.  Very pretty.

  • mtms2jems

    Wow Ariel is beautiful!!  She is amazing now can’t wait to see what she is doing next!!