In or Out: Paula Patton in Clover Canyon

Posted on June 08, 2012

Paula Patton looks like an Aztec princess who hit the clubs, looking for a warm body for the night.

Actually, that sounds kind of fabulous.

Paula Patton attends Sundance Institute Benefit in a Clover Canyon dress paired with Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Clover Canyon Fall 2012 Collection

We picked this for the ol’ “IN or OUT” treatment because it’s been a little gown-y and lady-like around these parts lately and sometimes, a gal just needs to put on something as tight as possible and walk it around the block to see if anything sticks to it.

We’ll say right off the bat that we love the dress a lot more with the sleeves. We don’t think the cap-sleeved version is necessarily bad, but the long sleeve version looks more proportionally correct to us. And the more we look at this dress the more we think it’s gotta be damn tough to pull off in pictures. Credit where it’s due on that one. But we also think she should have worn her hair off her shoulders somehow. What’s the point in wearing a dress like this and then covering it up with a ton of hair? The neckline’s the most interesting part and you can barely see it. The jewelry’s well chosen, we have to say. Those bangles are very pretty and they suit the look. The shoes we can take or leave. We don’t love the color but we can understand why something neutral was deployed here. To be honest, we think a gold metallic sandal could’ve really bumped this look up.

There, she has now been fully T Lo-Assessed. We’re thinking of having a stamp made.

Vote Now!


IN! Fun, sexy, and colorful! What more do you bitches want?


OUT! Who knew ’70s wallpaper could look slutty?


Ashley Greene’s Beigestravaganza was voted a tepid IN.


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

    • BazoDee

      OUT -the angles on the pattern covering your breast should never point down. Ever. B+ for effort though.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        agreed, i like everything else but a pattern that makes your boobs look like they are heading south for the winter is never a good thing…

      • Kerry McCombs

        Agreed. It gives the allusion of super saggy boob. OUT.

      • kimmeister

        It her look like she doesn’t have any breasts at all, which I know is not the case.

        • oohsparkley!

          That’s what I was going to say. Out. You have to be careful what some prints do on the body.  I tried a cute sundress on the other day and suddenly it looked like bullseyes on the breasts and some kind of diagram delineating lady parts.  I couldn’t see it until I tried it on.  It was strange, I had picked up two similar print dresses, one was really cute and the other was a big mistake.

      • kimmeister

        It her look like she doesn’t have any breasts at all, which I know is not the case.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      I love the dress too, and her in it, though I don’t think it’s being shot to its best advantage. In one shot in particular, the way the print is manipulated on the bust looks odd on her. In, with reservations.

      • 3rdsister

         “. . . reservations.”


      • Rand Ortega


    • Stella Zawistowski

      Ungh. No. Removing the sleeves was a terrible idea, and it’s doing strange things in the bust area. OUT.

      • amye

        I agree Stella.  First thing I said after seeing the model version was, ‘the sleeves make it a better dress’.

    • nancymae

      OUT because it really needs those sleeves. But her hair and freshfacedness get a big ol’ in.

      BTW, has anyone seen her new tv commercial with her husband Robin? It’s for an adult beverage and they are one of the hottest looking couples around but something just seems off in the ad. She runs around in some sort of odd get up and he climbs a spiral staircase and somehow we’re supposed to run out and get a drink. Odd.

      • MilaXX

         No, but he’s making me want to punch him repeatedly on Duets. Dude takes the blue eyed soul label a bit too seriously.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I love the long-sleeved version as well, but I just don’t think this dress looks good on her. She’s got no waist to speak of in that thing, I don’t know why. To me, this is a Girl, That’s Not Your Dress.
      She should have definitely done something with her hair.

    • TropiCarla

      OUT – askew and shapeless on her.
      Full disclosure – She rocketed to the top of my irrational celebrity hate list after seeing her interview on a late night talk show. 
      UGH … simpering, giggling mouth-breather!

    • curiouserandcuriousest

      Though I agree with T Lo’s assessment – I’d love the dress much more with the long sleeves, and the extra bit of length you see with the model – I think she looks relaxed and happy and put together here, and I’m giving her an IN.

    • Jason M. Galloway

      IN, mainly because she is just so beautiful she could wear a burlap sack (which this seems to be a brightly-colored variation of).  It seems a bit crooked though, no?

    • msdamselfly

      This dress looks great on the model and references native american motifs.  Unfortunately, on Ms Patton the whole design is off center and her coloring does not flatter the neckline.

    • MilaXX

      small IN. It’s not horrible, just not great. A lot of the IN or OUT have been fairly middling lately. I wana see Ginnefer Goodwin in a yellow whattheheckisthat. This is okay I don’t mind it without sleeves, but I she had kept the sleeves and opened up the neckline a bit. Shoes are okay, but gold sandals would have been better.

    • Tess Danesi

      OUT. I’m not sure why but I seem to have an irrational hatred of this dress in both versions. The neck is stunning and interesting but the rest of the dress just makes me see fug.

      That boob angle doesn’t help at all.

    • Judy_J

      OUT.  I love this dress on the model, but the fit or something is off on Ms Patton.  Her dress looks shapeless and cheap.

    • Ann M. Erickson

      Is it just me or does it look off-centered? Like it needs to be tugged over and straightened on her? I agree on the hair. O to the U to the T.

    • Mrs

      Maybe if we saw a different angle I would like it better.  As it is, looking straight on, all I can see is no waist, no breasts, and a skewed center line.

    • Lisa Dugan

      Slightest In.  It’s a pretty dress but I wish I could see more of it.  I think the lack of sleeves is making her look a bit like a rectangle.  The shoes and jewelry is great though.

    • beebee10

      IN IN IN nice to see something unusual and that works! Not perfect but pretty dang fun and interesting

    • kirkyo

      I like this a lot, actually. It’s not slutty.

    • PastryGoddess

      in-ish.  Cute dress but she needs to pull her hair off her shoulders and STAND UP STRAIGHT DAMMIT.  

    • NurseEllen

      Axing the sleeves was a big mistake.  (“Big mistake.  Huge.”  Name the movie, BKs?)

      Agree about metallic sandals being much better, and major agree about the hair.  The palette is super for her skin color–I’d hate to see one of those milk white English roses wear this.

      Overall: OUT.

      • carolynmo

        I’ll guess “pretty woman”?

        • AthenaJ

          I think you’re right

    • Asmith610

      The dress being off center makes my eye twitch (to use a TLo-ism), but other than that I like it a lot. Definitely should have put her hair behind her shoulders for pics though. She gets an IN from me!

    • Larkin21

      I love this and I especially love it without the sleeves. I agree that it would be nice if her hair weren’t covering so much of the dress (especially neckline embellishments) and I also agree that it would look better with a gold sandal. But she still looks amazing. IN!

    •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I hate to say it, beacuse she finally covered her boobs, but she made more than one mistake with this outfit. OUT

    • alyce1213

      Interesting idea for a dress, but not well executed.  The lines hit in all the wrong places.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      She looks broad-shouldered and waistless, and I’m pretty sure she’s neither.  But she also looks like she’s having fun. I’ll give her an IN for an unconventional dress and a great smile.

    • FlamingJune1967

      out.  this dress makes her look (at least from the front) like she has no shape at all.

    • Little_Olive

      Not digging the apocalypse sky print here, and I’m usually all for an interesting print.
      Not aztec enough to be fab.
      Too much hair.  

    • Sara__B

      How can I judge properly when I can’t see the dress through all that hair? I’m going with OUT for the hair and the shoes and altering the sleeves.

      Could she possibly be 6 inches taller than the model? The pattern hits her body in completely different places than it does the model.

    • SpcilK

      OUT – Proportions are off for her body type. The hair is too much, make – up is lacking, and her eyebrows should be brought down a notch or two.

    • jw_ny


      agree that her hair should be up/away from the neckline.  not sure if I like the cap sleeve or not since her hair is in the way…but I think I like it better this way and seems more suitable to spring/summer.  

    • Alex McGeagh

      She is an incredibly beautiful woman, but I’m pretty sure every time she’s ever been featured here, she fails miserably. This is no exception…love the hair and the makeup. But the dress? SO OUT. Ick.

    • melanie0866

      IN.  Fab, right down to her painted toenails.

    • Kati B

      Out. Why does PP have SUCH a hard time working any kind of red carpet/fashion moment? She’s a beautiful woman who ALWAYS has the weirdest expression or posture when she’s being photographed. 

    • Jangle57

      I agree with the hair being a distraction, I hate the dress with long sleeves, not wild about the shoes but will still give her an IN though with reservations.

    • Ana R.

      Is the dress askew or is it just the way she’s standing. The boobies don’t seem to be pointing the right way, and I’m wondering if the dress is bunched up or just weird.

    • Nancer

      Out. I love a dress with pattern, and this one has  some great ideas, but it doesn’t at all flatter her. It’s working against her shape, instead of enhancing it. By the way, no idea who she is… not that it matters! 

    • Laura Toepfer

      That’s an IN for me. Given where she is and how well she’s pulling that off? Thumbs up.

    • Liana Brooks

      Wasn’t the “Aztec princess looking for a warm body” a Buffy episode? Some dead mummy trying to eat Xander. Anyways… OUT. 

    • TieDye64

      I dunno. Almost in? A sleek pony would have helped, definitely, but the pattern up top is giving her really strange boobage. OUT.

    • Jennifer Hofstetter

      Hair up probably would have looked better, but regardless, down and center part looks tragic. Otherwise very pretty. IN.

    • EEKstl

      I really am not copying from TyeDie64 because before I scrolled down to the comment section I, too, was thinking “sleek pony.”  In fact, sleek phony, those heavenly gold Art Nouveau sandals worn by Ashley Greene a couple of days ago and this could have been a strong IN.  She’s still IN, but not as resoundingly.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      that dress is so so gorgeous w/ the sleeves that it’s almost a sin to have had them removed. she looks fine, i guess, she never does very much for me but, most of all, i am beyond irritated w/ her or her handlers for having those sleeves expunged that you can dump me into negativeland for once.

    • demidaemon

      The fact that the entire dress looks askew is really bothering me. It’s like she put the dress on sideways. OUT.

    • SapphoPoet

      Lowercase in. Lowercase because I agree with all your points about where she went wrong, but in because she tried to do something interesting and different. I love the colors of this dress and think she could looked really spectacular with different shoes and hair. 

    • Lina_bee

      She’s better suited to silver than gold. This is a cool dress, but it would be better on someone with a warmer skin tone.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      IN, but agreed the hair should have been pulled back.  

    • bailey debruynkops

      out because the print is not attractive.

    • Heron

      Gorg dress. Nails and shoes are heinous. 

    • granddelusion

      Out. It’s too busy, and, instead of accentuating her waist, that band makes her look thick.

    • teensmom99

      In because she looks great and dress is gorgeous.  She can carry that hair better than most.  Do wish the fit was better.  And I think it was smart not to go with statement shoes.

    • PeggyOC

      Out, but nice Buffy reference.  You’re right, it needs the sleeves. Or at least an updo, because the collar is getting lost.

    • sk8tfan

      Out. She has a slammin’ body but  you’d never guess from the dress. Beautiful dress, but it does her no favors.

    • cleep1000

      Yes, the proportions are all wrong. The waist is sitting too high, the bodice doesn’t fit right, and yeah, the boob thing. OUT.

    • Fifi LaRoux

      Out. It hurts my eyes. And it makes her tits look funny.

    • CassieLee22

      wish she hadn’t gone with cap sleeves, but it is a hard dress to pull off and overall she looks great IN

    • CarolinLA

      OUT.  Nothing is right with this look.

    • Aurumgirl

      I don’t know why, but the print on that dress reminds me of the artwork in the Denver Airport.  Otherwise, very pretty girl!

    • Aurumgirl

      I don’t know why, but the print on that dress reminds me of the artwork in the Denver Airport.  Otherwise, very pretty girl!

    • Alena Arpels

      Her waist disappears  in this dress. OUT

    • Dixie Murphy Ross

      out. she looks like a fiesta explosion tablecloth.

    • Aly Light


    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      I too feel something was lost when the sleeves were jettisoned. That said, she still looks cute and original and just the slightest bit slutty. Which is, of course, what we are all aiming for. Isn’t it?

    • Rand Ortega

      At least the baby heads are tucked away. Though I don’t love the dress, particularly sans sleeves, I find comfort in only having to look at 1 head.

    • altalinda


    • jennifervney

      Out. Not because I don’t like the dress, but because you are right about there being too much hair, and she just doesn’t look like she’s selling it. Perhaps because her boobs aren’t popping out as usual?????

    • julnyes

      OUT – for fit issues, illusion pointy boobs and enveloping hair.

    • Barbora


    • guestela


    • lrhoff

      It’s different….”in” for effort.

    • Sally Brownson

      In! She looks great, and honestly, I think the dress looks dumb on the model. Much better on her.

    • mjude


    • nannypoo

      Out, and she needs lotion for her knees.

    • Gus Casals

      It’s an IN, the only misstep I see is the hair. Also, she’s in a very un-Paula attitude, which is refreshing. Love the eye makeup.

    • girliecue

      Y’all nailed it. It’s slutty 70s wallpaper. And that’s my new favorite phrase.

    • Qitkat

      I would have liked this dress a lot more without the runway. Out.

    • Bethany Roullett

      IN, because she *does* look like an Aztec princess looking for a good time.  Which is fabulous, I agree.  Also, because now she reminds me of the Buffy episode “Inca Mummy Girl”.

    • eclare

      The fact that the stripe is off center in every picture is making my eye twitch. 

    • CrazyAuntie

      IN – with reservations.  Totally with you guys about the hair.  What I hate is the nail polish!!  But, I love her!! 

    • Laylalola

      In, but it’s obvious that having even the slightest breasts wreak havoc with the top (and raise the waistline to just below the breasts).

    • AWS

      It’s NOT symmetrical.


    • amywinns

      I’d like it better with long sleeves and a bling-ier shoe, and a half-updo or chic ponytail. Which is to say: a totally different look … which makes this one an Out.

    • trisker

      IN.  Really interesting and pretty dress.  I think the sleeves are too much.  I agree her hair should be up or in a pony.

    • another_laura

      Out for the fug print.  And yeah, better with long sleeves.  And too. damn. short.  So really, a misfire all around.

    • DaveUWSNYC

      Looks like the weather report from Jupiter…but she’s happy and looks put together so…IN.

    • leave_Blake_alone

      IN. Though I do agree that gold sandals would have helped.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      at first my lesdysxia caused me to see ‘paula patton in Clever Crayon’ and i think that about sums things up.  interesting and in.

    • Dani Colman


      Pardon me while I go sort M&Ms by colour.

    • lesmaha

      Out–the pattern doesn’t look like it’s aligned correctly. I keep wanting to straighten out the whole dress.  Makes me twitch.

    • shopgirl716

      In – the long sleeved version needs to be hanging in my closet.  

    • Sara Munoz

      Ugly. Uglyuglyuglyuglyugly. Just ugly. OUT.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i love it. in in in.

    • tired_mommy

      out–fit seems off

    • Martha Jackson Deutsch

      IN. She finally looks good and isn’t posing/voguing like an idiot.

    • Shawn EH

      In! Yeah, that’s her dress! Good one, Junior Thicke!

    • erinbinek

      Ugly, ugly, ugly.

    • ChiKat67

      I was thinking the exact same thing about the sleeves.   Sorry Paula — out

    • VicD

      Out – slutty wallpaper

    • formerlyAnon

      Out. I don’t know why. It’s just underwhelming me, and with that sincerely happy-looking grin, I ought to be engaged.

    • butterflysunita

      IN.  It’s different, and she looks pretty and happy.  And no problem with the hair being loose–sometimes a girl needs to toss her hair.  And Aztec princess hitting the clubs looking for a warm body–sounds like fun!  Where do I sign up?

    • butterflysunita

      IN.  It’s different, and she looks pretty and happy.  And no problem with the hair being loose–sometimes a girl needs to toss her hair.  And Aztec princess hitting the clubs looking for a warm body–sounds like fun!  Where do I sign up?

    • marilyn

      Out.  The colors are not good for her.  The dress is mostly beige and pastels, that fight her skintone.  Also, it is too tight on her, and does not sit straight.  I think it takes a very tall model to carry this off, and she is not tall enough to do so.  Taking the sleeves off was the kiss of death for it.  She is a beautiful woman and deserves better.    

    • marilyn

      Out.  The colors are not good for her.  The dress is mostly beige and pastels, that fight her skintone.  Also, it is too tight on her, and does not sit straight.  I think it takes a very tall model to carry this off, and she is not tall enough to do so.  Taking the sleeves off was the kiss of death for it.  She is a beautiful woman and deserves better.    

    • Pamela

      That neon color on her fingernails is too jarring.  If the dress didn’t have that perpendicular stripe, I’d like it more.  And with sleeves, too.

    • Nellie Wilson

      OUT. Losing the sleeves, and hiking the hem up does nothing for the interesting design of the original. Perhaps if she’d worn her hair up, different shoes…..Maybe. Still sticking with OUT.

    • Eva_baby

      OUT.  This woman has a bangin’ body and that dress makes her looks flat & wide.

    • butter nut

      IN – i think it’s a bad photo of a great dress.

      edit – but i HATE the nail polish!

    • SophieCollier

      OUT because it really doesn’t look as good in real life as it does in the promo shot.  Nothing wrong with some wild print and all, but it just isn’t a very pretty garment.  It’s also making her look blocky.

    • Anathema_Device

      Out. It is kind of a cool dress, but the pattern on her chest is doing a weird optical-illusion number on her breasts.

      She looks so much like a friend of mine that I feel really guilty criticizing her.

    • MissAnnieRN

      Meh. Not my thing. Out. But damn does she have some nice legs.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      OUT. Her face looks pretty but her body looks shapeless and the print looks kind of lewd. Lewd in a shapeless and unflattering way.

      • saanrio

         You took the words out of my mouth.

    • CatherineRhodes


    • Sarah Veenstra

      It’s funky-fresh, and she’s pulling it off remarkably well given her usual results. Gonna do her a solid. In!

    • DeGuz

      It’s an IN for me. I think she looks gorgeous. The shoes are meh, but otherwise, beautiful!

    • Eovaai

      OUT.  The pattern is doing very strange things to her boobs.

    • Kay

      Out.  Fabric looks like a low priced motel room bedspread print.  At least it’s not quilted.  

    • bellafigura1

      Too small, out.

    • Louise Bryan

      I hate the sleeves.  I glad she whacked ’em off.  I think she looks good, and she has beautiful hair, so why not show it off.  The embellishments on her shoes are a nice touch, though I do agree the right gold sandal might have been fabulous.  IN.

    • GTrain

      OUT. And too short.

    • guest2visits

      Maybe shortening the hem and subtracting the sleeves just made it easier, cooler to wear in the hotter months.
      The dress looks interesting either way; she looks good in it.

    • ccm800

      Out due to styling and alteration. How to take an interesting dress an make it pedestrian. Boo! 

    • Laura


    • janetjb


      The dress is off center, I want to grab the side seams and pull it a bit.
      Plus her hair is a total fail.

    • Monabel

      What necklace?

    • MinAgain

      I don’t like big hanks of hair hanging down over a dress when the designer so obviously intended the neckline to be a focal point.  And she needs stand up straighter, so the front seam doesn’t pooch.

    • marlie

      It’s IN! It’s the best she’s looked in a while! And I think the dress is really cute. 

    • OneTwoThreeFashion

      I agree, it looks much better WITH the sleeves.  Without them it’s kinda Target style.

    • Hilary Sain

      Totally IN!  She looks fabulous, put together, but also kinda casual.  Lets be real here people, with hair that fabulous how can she not show it off.

    • Ajuna Ariel Fenty

      LUUUUUVED her in Ghost Protocol. WERQQQ those Mayan prints gworl; haters fall back.

    • mom2ab

      I just want to grab it and jerk the whole thing to straighten that line to the center where it belongs. OUT

    • TheVeryLivingEND

      OUT. This dress is a bad choice for her. She looks like a marble jewelry box.

    • TheVeryLivingEND

      And, surprisingly, the only thing I like about this is the silly putty shoes.

    • sagecreek

      OUT. There is something seriously wrong going on with that bodice, it makes her top half look misshapen.

    • JillK

      That pattern is making me dizzy and nauseated. The center line is off-center and that pointy pattern on her boob makes her look oddly like both a granny and flat-chested at the same time.

      Great big huge OUT on this one.

    • PeaceBang

      OUT. Super ugly dress.

    • RzYoung

      Hmm, there are too many ‘ifs’ here, like if she had put her hair up, if she had kept the sleeves, so i’m going to have to OUT it i’m afraid.

    • Judy_S

      IN. I think it’s a nice party look on her. Just to be able to wear it at all is a fine thing.

    • Deborah Lipp

      Out. The angles of the neckline are making her breasts look terrifyingly misplaced.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      IN, although I agree with you about the hair.  And I like her shoes better than the model’s.  Cute dress!

    • amanda lynn


    • Candigirl1968

      I give it an “IN of encouragement.”  This is probably the best that Paula has looked in some time.  

      I love that Paula smiles like a normal person and isn’t trying to rock some Blue Steel face. 

    • Nicole Renee

      I prefer the short-sleeve version, I don’t like how the little border looking thing is repeated so many times in the runway version. I think it works, but its doing the oddest thing to her boobs, they look like they’re inverted or something!

    • staciannjones

      AMAZING!!!!! IN! this dress is stunning! she looks good, but the dress is so unique and interesting and flattering! 

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      OUT!  That’s one ugly dress!

    • Lily

      Give that dress to Zoe Saldana, girl. 

    • bitterk

      She is cute as a button but she needs a gay in her life.  Badly.