White Dress Showdown: Cornish vs. Strahovski

Posted on June 29, 2012

We couldn’t decide which one of these looks we wanted to cover, because two white dress posts in one day makes the Stoneys antsy. Since the last showdown kept you all happily occupied, and because you all love to pit celebrities against each other in to-the-death cagematches, we figured we’d cover them both.


Abbie Cornish attends the Australians in Film Awards & Benefit Dinner 2012 in a Christian Dior dress and jewelry.

Simple, crisply tailored, and pretty, wouldn’t you say? It’s a great little dress. We’re always a little iffy about black shoes with a white dress and come down on the side that says they should be somewhat elegant and unobtrusive in shape, since they already have a lot of visual weight by virtue of being black shoes paired with a white dress. That means no bear traps or platforms. These aren’t the greatest shoes in the world but we don’t particularly mind. We think she probably should have worn her hair up or back, though.

We saw this dress first and said, “Oh, she looks pretty. We’ll feature it tomorrow.” Then we saw the following:

Yvonne Strahovski attends the Australians in Film Awards & Benefit Dinner 2012 in a top and skirt by Naeem Khan accessorized with Le Vian earrings and an Amrapali ring.

And girl knocked it OUT OF THE PARK. She looks amazing. The dress fits her beautifully and does fantastic things for her body. The hair and makeup are impeccable and the earrings are gorgeous. Best of all, she’s positively glowing with “I look fucking amazing” euphoria. That’s always the best.

Sorry, Abbie. You look really pretty and chic, but Yvonne takes this one by a mile.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • Yvonne gets a WERQ from me.  She is perfect in every detail.  Abbie looks terrific as well, but not outta the park.

    • call_me_schmeg

      this is a WERQ with a BOOYAH! echo. snippity snap-snap-snap!

      •  right ON!

      • Amy Ellinger

        Schmeg- didn’t see your post–we must be on the same brain wavelength!

    • Amy Ellinger

      A WERQ with a side of DIZZAYUM!

  • sagecreek

    Yep, Yvonne wins this one! Wow.

  • hmariec19

    Yvonne FTW

  • jtabz

    I’m not sure who Yvonne Strahovski is, but, God, I love her gown.

    • teachmusik

      She was on Chuck on NBC for five seasons as Sarah Walker, the primary female character. She’s also on the next season of Dexter in some sort of secret multi-episode role.

      • jtabz

        Got it. I never got around to watching Chuck, though several of my friends really liked it. I need to make TV watching a higher life priority.

        • Monabel

          Well, that’s why we have TLo, to sacrifice their youth by watching the telly, so we don’t have to. Thank you, dear ones.

          • jtabz

             Yet another reason to be thankful for Uncles TLo 😉

        • kimmeister

          That show made me fall in love with Zachary Levi.  Yvonne’s acting was just all right, but I suppose she gets extra points for her believable American accent.

    • nomoreprinces

      Some might also recognize her as the face-model and voice actress for Miranda Lawson of Mass Effect 2 & 3.  (Inserting a little geekiness up in here!)

    • nomoreprinces

      Some might also recognize her as the face-model and voice actress for Miranda Lawson of Mass Effect 2 & 3.  (Inserting a little geekiness up in here!)

  • jtabz

     Yes! This is a total WERQ… Not enough fingers to snap.

  • Deb_Lynn

    Wow. so… do we even need to consider this a cagematch scenario? Yvonne is IMPECCABLE. She wins. You called it, and I am sure that a wide majority of commenters would agree. She is styled and made up perfectly for this outfit. I’m so curious as to why this doesn’t happen on a more frequent basis?

  • TheOriginalLulu

    True, they both look beautiful, but Yvonne looks HOT.
    Note to Miss Boobs Legsley: You don’t have to show miles of skin in order to look hot as hell.

    • Rebecca Zmarzly

       Yvonne Strahotski.

      • Deb_Lynn

        Not trying to be a smartass, but I think she was referring (by Boobs McLegsley) to Blake Lively.

  • jan lee

    C’mon is there really a need to ask this question, Yvonne hands down of course. I love how I (amongst other PUFs) just say Yvonne like we’ve known her for our whole lives even though I have no idea who the freak she is.

    • ballerinawithagun

      You are right. No question about it. CLASSY!!!

  • It’s almost unfair to compare a gown to a more casual dress, but this is clearly pretty versus WERQ, and Yvonne wins for the WERQ. 

    • angryparsnip

       I so agree two different dress types but I also have to agree Yvonne looks Fabulous !

      cheers, parsnip

  • GillianHolroyd

    Agree though Abbie Cornish just needed a Tippi Hedron hair twist and she would have been golden.

  • Damn, girl. Yvonne looks AMAZING. 

  • jw_ny

    Yvonne does look pretty amazing, however her boobs look to be rather low.  Abbie’s boobs look to be set in the right place.  Both ladies kept it classic and simple, and do look great, but the nod must go to Yvonne.

    • Introspective

      I was wondering what was at work there in the bodice cause it was setting off alarm bells for me. a high waist + low slung girls is never a good combo. But alas that is the danger of a backless dress with blousy, almost sheer fabric.

      Still Yvonne looks awards show gorgeous while Abbie looks cute like shes going to lunch. No competition here.

  • Yvonne wins this one hands down. She looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s so hard for the girls to not look saggy in tops like that, but she is definitely WERQing it. 

  • Jangle57

    Yvonne definitely; she looks amazing.  Abbie is ok but hate the shoes

  • Deac82

    The separates keep it from going bridal–as most floor length white gowns do.  Way to go Yvonne!

  • This is the same event that Miley Cyrus was at in that horrid belly flasher dress, right?  Maybe Yvonne followed her onto the RC and that’s why she looks so smug!!

  • Anathema_Device

    I was going to say the dresses are in different categories, as Cornish’s looks more like a day dress and Stahoviski’s is an evening dress. Then I realized they were at the same event. In which case, Yvonne for the win. That is an amazing dress and it fits her flawlessly. Don’t hate Cornish’s, but it isn’t all that special. She could have revved up the jewelry or something.

  • Yay Sarah Walker love from TLo! Yvonne looks flawless.

  • vwinsloe

    I would agree if Yvonne got a better bra.  The high waist and droopy top on this dress really accentuate the pendulosity of her boobage.

    • “Pendulosity of her boobage” is now the phrase of the day.

    • Excellence_and_Elegance

      I was going to post something similar, but I will defer to the “pendulosity of her boobage” as masterfully done.

      Everything about the dress, hair, etc. is outstanding, but her bust is bust.

    •  Yes. In fact, I disagree with TLo that the dress does great things for Yvonne’s body. From the waist down, maybe, but north of that is not perky.

      Abby, otoh, looks cool and chic, and more modern.

    • Alisa Rivera

      Yes, I’m surprised you were the first person to mention this because the droopy boobs were the first thing I noticed. Kills an otherwise spectacular look.

  • mozzer0906

    Yvonne for the win.  She looks fabulous.  Hair, make-up are both perfection.  Dress fits her like a dream and is stunning.  Jewelry is perfect.  You go girl!

  • I dunno, the second one screams bridal if only for the length and foofiness. I love it, and I know the point of these posts is white dresses, but I can’t help but scream “CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR MARRIAGE!” even if she does look gorgeous.

  • SapphoPoet

    Yvonne FTW.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Well, they look like they’re at 2 different events– one day and one night.

    I have no clue as to who these 2 are.

    And seeing so much white makes me think of Karmen Ghia in the original film version of The Producers: “White white white is the color our carpets…”

  • alyce1213

    Wow. Yvonne I don’t know who you are, but this is stellar, memorable.

    The dress is perfection, even with the neck tie. And so is she — my god, she even knows how to stand straight and smile, a brilliant RC appearance.

  • Lisa Dugan

    Yvonne looks amazing.  Her body is ridiculous in this dress.  Abbie looks great too and I like the bag but Yvonne blew her out of the water.

  • quiltrx

    Yvonne is definitely a WERQ.  I can imagine Grace Kelly in this dress…it’s a really lovely design.

  • msdamselfly

    can’t stand the boob look on Yvonne’s

  • lordandtaylor

    Showdown? Can we call it “SMACKDOWN” instead. Sounds more fun.

    Don’t be a hater, but I like the Abbie version. Event hough the gal needs new gays for hair, makeup and accessories
    Yvonne has that strand flap of fabric hanging on her shoulder. But she knows how to work a camera.
    Since we see so many starlet is “pubble on the floor” gowns lately. Is anyone teaching them how to walk in these outfits…or negotiate stairs? Oh for the days of the MDM studio system.

  • JennaMarieS

    Abbie looks crisp, but just ‘eh’. It needs a playful effect to keep it interesting. Yvonne is WERQing that dress like none other. 

    • Why do I get the feeling that Abbie lost her neck no the way to that event?

      Love to see Yvonne show up so gracefully in my favorite fashion blog. Go girl!

  • ohhhhh Yvonne. YES PLEASE.

  • miagain

    They both win!!

  • I seriously thought I was looking at Kylie Minogue and Emmy Rossum. The Emmy clone looks amazing!

  • Lilak

    I love Abbie and I like her look here, but Yvonne (who sure looks kin to Portia de Rossi) is in another league in this contest.  A pretty spectacular look, from every angle.

  • Larkin21

    Yvonne has a Portia De Rossi vibe going on, which is a great thing. She wins but Abbie looks really great too!

  • I love Abbie. Ever since Bright Star which is such a tragically good movie and she’s so heartbreaking in it. She looks fantastic. Yvonne looks great too, but I’m going to give this to Abbie just because I love her and I have no idea who Yvonne is! Yes, BIAS, so sue me.

  • PeggyOC

    Agreed. Yvonne, by a mile.  Abbie looks ok, but that top gives her “sports bra” chest, which is not what one wants if one is on the red carpet.

  • Lina_bee

    I mistook Abbie for Busy Phillips. Yvonne is as lovely as ever.

  • AlexisPayne

    This isn’t so much a showdown as a slaughter, Abbie is totally overshadowed. Snaps up Yvonne.

  • Agree with everyone else that Yvonne needs a better bra.  But sweet lord, I would kick puppies in order to find a dress (or a trainer) that made my butt look that good.  Yvonne wins purely for that reason. 

  • Abby looks “nice,”  but Yvonne looks GORGEOUS. And not bridal, to boot!

  • BazoDee

    3 snaps in V- formation for Yvonne! Dang! 

  • Saucysusan

    Yvonne’s gown is stunning despite her boobs being in the vicinity of her elbows. Hard to believe they’re at the same event.

  • EEKstl

    Wowza!  Yvonne’s got it going on – stunning!  Abby, you’re darling, but…no contest whatsoever.

  • White is the wrong colour for Abbie. She has golden skin, golden hair and brown eyes and would do better with a warmer colour. Yvonne is a different sort of blonde.  Her skin is pale and cool, with ash blonde hair and blue eyes and is the only type of blonde that can wear white really successfully.

    All that old Color Me Beautiful stuff works sometimes…

  • MilaXX

    Team Chuck votes for Yvonne.

  • Qitkat

    Yvonne for the win. Lovely white gown without even a whisper of bridal.


  • Qitkat

    Yvonne for the win. Lovely white gown without even a whisper of bridal.


  • Joyce VG

    Woo Yvonne Strahvoski is a stone cold fox!

  • Joyce VG

    Woo Yvonne Strahvoski is a stone cold fox!

  • Bye Abbie.

  • AthenaJ

    Abbie looks cute, but I let out a gasp when I saw Yvonne. Gorgeous!!

  • aimee_parrott

    Ooh, no contest.  Yvonne is Shutting. It. Down.  She looks fanfuckingtastic.

    I hear she’s going to be on Dexter this season.

  •  Perfect daytime and evening looks.

  • MzzPants

    Team Yvonne!  Cuz..dayum.

  • demidaemon

    Yvonne without a doubt. Abby just looks a little blah in comparison.

  • Wellworn

    Abbie looks good but boring, but Yvonne brought it.

  • Sara__B

    Abbie’s dress is too tight, especially across the bust. Yvonne looks nearly perfect, making her the clear winner.

  • Wrenaria

    I love Yvonne and this look she’s wearing. Lovely.

  • Xtrahotski for the win!

  • Rebecca Zmarzly

    WERQ that white dress, Sarah Walker!

    With that long flowy skirt, just makes me wonder how many knife holsters she’s got tucked under there. 😛

  • Strahotski for sure. I am so giddy that she’s made it to this blog, and I can’t wait to see Yvonne on Dexter this coming season. 🙂

  • Hot DAMN Yvonne. Man, I miss Chuck.

  • another_laura

    Oh yes, Yvonne FTW


  • melanie0866

    That’s not fair.  They’re such different occasions – one is a nice dinner dress;  the other one an evening gown. 

    And I think Yvonne, whoever she is, needed some help with the chest area  Her breasts are down by her waist.  

  • But, Uncles, the darts on Abbie’s dress are not where they ought to be, are they?

  • Monabel

    Am I alone in thinking the first dress too bland?

  • They both look happy and have radiant smiles, and to me, that is the best accessory of all.  

  • Caaro3

    Apples and oranges.

  • joe_tey83

    I still don’t get this whole compare-these-2-different-white-dresses thing. It’s like judging which kid is better by comparing one kid’s score in math to the other kid’s score in art and the kid who gets the better score in whatever wins. Bizarre. 

    • You’re overthinking it.

      • joe_tey83

        I know!!! But still, I can’t help feeling weird…

        • Don’t worry. No starlets were injured in the making of this post.

          It’s like this: every morning, we get up and immediately have to answer 2 questions:

          1) How are we going to feature all of these dresses and pictures we have to choose from?

          2) How can we make it slightly entertaining and not wind up saying the same thing over and over again?

          Result: White Dress Showdown. Or Girl, That’s Not Your Dress. Or IN or OUT. Or WERQ. Or Pairs Division.

  • CassieLee22

    Yvonne wins hand down!!

  • umeboshi

    Who won the last cage match? Did I miss the results?

    First chick looks square-ish and I hate the posture and hair. Second chick has drooping boobies but love her makeup/hair. Id love her dress more if it were shorter though. I guess second chick wins…

  • golspie

    They both look great. They have bith chosen the right dress and they both know how to pose. Just one question: who are these people?

  • This is like comparing apples (with a worm – i.e. shoes) with oranges.  They’re incomparable because one’s clearly a day look and one isn’t

    They both look fabulous and if Abbie had worn better shoes, BOTH would’ve deserved a Werq.

  • Yvonne! I feel a little sorry for Cornish, even though I’m never precisely sure who she is.

  • m0r0

    Was there even a question? KNOCKOUT. TKO

  • zingit

    YES! Sarah Walker kicks ass.

  • guest2visits

    Have to agree; Abbie’s is vey nice, but the more showy, elegant gown is the winner.

  • elzatelzabelz

    I have no idea who Yvonne is, but she hit every mark and then some. Gorgeous in every way. Abbie looks ok-kind of meh in comparison.

  • That’s not really a fair comparison, is it?  One’s a day dress, the other is a gown.  And a gorgeous gown, at that.

  • Yvonne needs a WERQ post.

  • Liverpoolgirl

    That is one beautiful gown. Perfect!  But I agree not a fair comparison.

  • No question.  No debate.  Ms. Cornish, you were pwned by Ms. Strahovski.

  • snarkykitten

    Ladies with thick arms don’t look in tank tops. Trust me. I know from experience X.x

  • TieDye64

    EXACTLY my first thought. Girl (Yvonne) knocked it out of the park. Waaaaay out! Not that Abbie looks bad, because she definitely looks good, but hot damn Yvonne is SHUTTING IT DOWN.