In or Out: Hannah Simone in Bibhu Mohapatra

Posted on July 25, 2012

Hannah Simone, please step into the judging circle. We have determined that your outfit is worthy of discussion. Attagirl.


Hannah Simone attends the Fox Summer All Star Party in a Bibhu Mohapatra dress.

Bibhu Mohapatra Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Quirine Engel

Let’s face it: if you were at a party and someone was dressed like this, she would forevermore be referred to as “that girl at that party we went to who came dressed like a big triangle.”

We almost love this. Certainly, we can applaud it for its attention-getting qualities. That’s a dress that turns heads, no doubt about it. But something here wasn’t quite working for us; something about the shape. It’s that skirt, of course. That odd pleat in the center that causes the bottom of the skirt to flare out. It’s just one element too many. You’ve got the winged shoulders, the print, the black panels at the sides, the center zipper, and then finally that weirdly bifurcated skirt.

Now honestly, can you get such vocabulary goodness as “bifurcated” at your average fashion blog? We don’t think so. Big words; just one of the many ways we pass the quality and savings onto YOU.

Anyway, our point is, it’s quite the little frock, but it’s got too damn many elements to it for us to fall in love with it. Hair and makeup are cute, though.

You are, as always free to disagree. Be warned that we will then turn our judging powers on you.


Vote Now!


IN! It’s all about turning heads, amirite?


OUT! It’s like a Judy Jetson panic attack.


The kittens were mostly in agreement that Cat Deeley’s “Summer Lovin'” dress was just what the doctor ordered after weeks of Christmas dress parading in front of their eyes, voting it IN.

[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos,]

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  • Scarlet39


    I don’t think I’ve ever said this about a dress, but it’s just too pointy. 

  • PinkLemon

    OUT. i don’t need to explain why.

  • Carina Yariv

    My eyes! My eyes! OUT. 

  • Violina23

    More good than bad here. The shape is weird, but I really like the color/print, and I think she styled it well. I’d say IN

    • I agree.  I could really love this dress if the black panels weren’t in there.  As it is, I like it a lot – it’s a challenge to find a truly original dress & I’d say she found it!  Whoever she it…

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         She’s on that Zooey Deschanel show, which often autoplays on Hulu after I watch the no less embarrassing Glee.

  • OK, so let’s revisit the discussion about step and repeats. If your stylist isn’t going to make the effort to find out what you’re going to be standing in front of while being photographed, then for heaven’s sake, wear a solid color. The combination of the backdrop and that dress are giving me a migraine.

    • SignLadyB

      I  will agree that the backdrop for this dress is unfortunate.

  • MarissaLG

    OUT. That drop waist feature is not working for her and it ruins everything else. Weird length too. 

    • Introspective

      That’s the problem. The model has a longer torso and the drop waist doesnt stumpify her in the same way that it does hannah. between the bad proportions and the pointiness I just cant support this. its unfortunate as the color is nice against her skin, and her makeup and hair are flawless.

      but its still an out. just with a small o.

    • Exactly. It’s the proportions that aren’t right. She needs a smaller version of that same dress: not a smaller size but the dress fitted to her smaller proportions. And I disagree with the hair being ok; I think that dress requires the cleanest face possible like the model’s really hurtful-looking top-of-her-head bun.

  • stagmania

    Love the colors/pattern, but the shape is off. OUT.

  • mardia

    Out. Those black panels are not flattering to her figure and add at least five pounds.  The whole thing is just too much. Shame, because she’s lovely and the hair and makeup are great, but the dress–ick.

    • Yes – it’s like one of those bathing suits that the magazines trot out every spring to fix your figure flaws. But I don’t think this lady HAS figure flaws so it just embiggens.

      • aristida_girl

        embiggens is my new word of the day 🙂

  • Out. What if it came to point in the center rather than flaring out to the sides, though?

  • Sara__B

    This isn’t her dress. She’s too short and too shapely for the proportions. OUT.

    • MilaXX

       Give this to Zoe Saldana and it would work.

  • tallgirl1204

    you could cut three inches off the hem, and it would be much cuter.  (not super short, but just a skosh, would take off some of the wideness of the bottom and improve the balance). 

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I love your blog for many reasons, but your masterful use of big, fancy words is surely one of them.  Much as I will always love the song Jesse’s Girl for containing the word “moot” — it just makes me happy.   Oh yes, a marginal IN.  The dress isn’t boring, but that pleat doesn’t lay correctly on a curvy girl — you can barely notice it on the model and it is pretty much the focus on Hannah.

    • Jean Marie Downing

      HA!  I love Jessie’s girl for the exact same reason!

  • janetjb

    She wears the top 2/3 well, but the skirt is unfortunate.  

    • peacockprincess

      Precisely what I was thinking–the bottom 1/3 just doesnt work–though I am inclined to give her an “in” just for trying something so unusual.

  • MissKimP

    Kind of in.  Would have been great at Comic-Con!

  • mjude

    OUT even though i like it on the model, is she just not tall enough?

  • AudreysMom

    OUT. When a beautiful girl makes such a bad fashion choice, an angel cries. 

  • Gracious and Esteemed Gentlmen,

    I must in all honesty humbly disagree with the elucidation you presented regarding the lovely young lady, above pictured. I find that the frock you discuss, would suffer greatly in it’s ultimate effect,if the two balancing notes of the winged shoulder line, and the pryamidic skirt, we’re, either of them, removed.
    So I must, with all due deference and respect call this effort, a resounding, IN!
    Your O’b’t S’v’t

    • Cathy S

       I firmly agree with this excellent critique. In!

    • SignLadyB

      luv u!

    • formerlyAnon

       If I ever get a handwritten letter signed with “Your O’b’t S’v’t” I shall swoon. Even a business letter.

      (Well, unless it’s written by an actual lunatic who’s confused about what century we’re in. )

      • My dearest Formerly,

        I thank you for your ever stalwart support. So I must reply with all speed that I am
        Your O’b’t S’rv’t

        • formerlyAnon

           Kind Sir,

          My astonishment at the speed with which your missive reached me is only exceeded by my gratitude for your kind attentions.

          I remain, fully appreciative of the honor which you do me,
          Your Fellow Minion,

          • You pair of darlings. You have just put a smile on my face. Thank you both.

        • Ms_Flyover

          Except that I can’t even read “Your O’b’t S’rv’t” without mental adding a drumroll and finishing with G. Washington.  My brain is just a host for a soundtrack of my existence.

    • MilaXX

       never change boo, NEVER

      • Quoting from “Topsy Turvy”, I shall endeavor not to, mama.

        • pokokpuding

           BTW, mama is so much better read as ma-MA instead of MA-ma.

    • Introspective

      I read letters by english colonial authorities in the 1800s for a living that have exactly the same sorts of frou language and farewell greetings. i come to this blog to escape my research and remind myself that I am living in the 21st rather than the 19th c. but how much do i love the collision of worlds that your comment presents me at the moment. kiltd, youre the greatest.

      • My Friend,
        You really are too kind. My thanks.

  • Out. It makes her look both short- and thick-waisted and that’s never a good thing.

    I like the top of the dress. The bottom half, not so much. 

  • Out. That skirt is scary. So close, yet so far.

  • kittenwithaquip

    OUT, because neoprene Navaho blanket pointy, pleaty dress is…

    Actually, I think neoprene Navaho blanket pointy, pleaty dress speaks for itself.

  • Jessi03


  • Joyce VG

    I think the dress is trying way too hard but it is beautiful to me and so is she. IN.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      As Tim Gunn would say:  “That’s a lot of look.”

  • KathKo

    Almost a “girl, that’s not your dress”.
    It works on the model because she actually has to put on a push up to let you imagine she could have boobs if she put her mind to it. That, and she has a tiny waist and the photographer smartly choose the quarter side pose.
    I guess he or she must have sweat to produce that one picture, because it makes the dress interesting. You see it and you say “I want it, it’s a head turner !”
    OK, but you  actually fail to intellectually project your size-over-2’s body inside the dress and so, disaster…
    Sad, really.

  • j_anson

    I really want to like this, because it’s adventurous and interesting. I just spent like 3 minutes attempting to convince myself it was in. But I think it’s just on the bad side of Out.

  • Out. I want to like this as well, but too many odd shapes. 

  • lunulaoblongata

    Out.  I’ve never seen that kind of armhole cut work on anyone.  It just creates pit chub.

  • rissa42210

    Out.  Her hair and makeup look nice, but I just can’t get behind a dress that makes a beautiful woman look bad.

  • BazoDee

    OUT – just not flattering to her shape at all. 

  • A geometric orgasm. IN.

  • ChelseaNH

    Out.  Sadly.  This was meant to be a head shot.  It gets worse the farther you scroll down the dress, and the shoes are giving her hooves.

  • RebeccaKW

    She’s great in the closeups, but the skirt on that thing is unflattering.  I have to go with out.  No one should willingly wear a dress that implies you are hiding a pair of extra chunky thighs (and maybe you are-I am.  But I don’t need a dress that screams it to everyone)

  • Judy_J

    I like the shape of the dress; my main problem is with that fabric.  I keep going back and forth on this one, but ultimately I just can’t get behind this one.  Out (but almost in).

  • Michee Rose

    And here is a perfect example of a dress that could work if it was made (from the ground up) for her. The top half fits fine, but she needs a solid inch or two removed from between the waist and hips (moving the interior points of the black section to hit at her navel and the side points at the fullest part of her hips). That would remove that “adding 5lbs” effect it has right now and draw the eye in a more hourglass effect.
    And lop at least another 2″ from the front hem to match the raised hem on the original.
    But, honestly, the whole thing feels like it belongs in mid-September, not mid-July. That fabric is just too damn heavy for July.

    • formerlyAnon

       Man, I wish I had the skilled & dispassionate eye to analyze clothes on myself that way.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Or as others refer to it: “scroll fug”.

  • formerlyAnon

    Judy Jetson is apt, the model reminds me of a rocket ship poised for takeoff. (A good thing, there.)

    Ms. Simone is SO pretty and her makeup is lovely – but I don’t love the print and her figure is too curvy/sexy and earth-bound and it’s not the front pleat as much as the ones at the sides.

    It could have gone either way, but gut is “advise against if asked” so I”ll say out.

  • Amy Walter-Peterson

    Michee Rose is right – 

  • DaveUWSNYC

    O to the UT

  • MilaXX

    I’m actually on the fence about this one. I want to like it, but the fit just isn’t right. At first I thought it was the length or the fact that she’s not a 6ft tall model, but after reading your critique I can see it is indeed that *goes to cut and paste* weirdly bifurcated skirt. Still I think this is Hannah’s first time here and she almost did it right. hair and makeup look cute.

     {{sigh}} I guess I have to give this a small OUT.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I love the dress, because it reminds me of 80s video games, so for me it’s a big IN.
    I do agree about that center pleat, but not enough to vote it out.

  • Ouch…ouch..ouch…my eyes are burning. Please lord, let me type “OUT” before the pain gets too intense and I pass outttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.

  • fursa_saida

    Agreed, something’s not right about the shape. I also don’t love where the hem is hitting her. OUT.

    That said, they did a pretty good (not amazing, but pretty good) job lining up the print across that bust seam.

  • Synnamin

    IN! How this isn’t a WERQ is beyond me

  • DinaSews

    Since I can ill afford for judging to be turned to me, I agree.  OUT.  Too, too much.

  • bookish

    IN. Sure it would be better without the pointy, flared bottom, but she still looks colorful and striking. Also I love her and her gorgeous hair, so I’m probably just biased.

  • butterflysunita

    IN.  It’s interesting, and I think she’s pulling it off.  Major points also for wearing a dress that looks summery and not like Christmas or New Year’s Eve.  

  • Catiline

    Applaud the effort, but it’s just too much dress for her.  OUT.

  • TropiCarla

    IN. She got extra points for looking way hotter than the model.

  • Beth G

    Outish… and it’s more because some idiot at Fox decided to do a red carpet background that was sure to clash with 90% of what was worn on the red carpet.  I like the IDEA of the dress… just not the execution. 

  • O U T.

  • I personally saw my grandmother’s house dress when I first looked at it.

  • AWS

    She belongs in a video game.


  • OUT. It needs editing. I’m not really sold on the black trim either, though it’s got a certain comic book ink line flair. But mostly it’s the shape of the dress and how it makes her look dumpy. I do like the print, though.

  • Out. The bottom is terrible and makes her look wide. And it’s too long.

  • Laura Nugent

    IN!  I think there is one design element too many, but it’s just so fun.

  • The oh-so-wrong proportions, coupled with the crazy angle of the photos, make her look like a PhotoShop Disaster, except I don’t know why anyone would use PhotoShop to stretch a woman’s torso and thighs.  So weird!

  • AlexisPayne

    That skirt kills the cuteness, OUT

  • IN. I love it. Because I’m like that.

  • HobbitGirl

    I HATE the crotch pleat. Why do so many women agree to wear dresses that have tit flaps or boob curtains or crotch pleats? We know you have breasts and a crotch. Do be so good as to avoid pointing to them.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She has a lovely long neck and face, which is great for a high neck. She is also a busty dame, and a high neck is always going to make her look a bit like a sack of potatoes. I don’t have a problem with the shape of the skirt so much as the length of it. It hits so low that her torso looks twelve feet long, aided by the zipper running from chin to china. Great fabric and colors on her, but this is still an OUT for what it does to her fabulous figure.

  • marilyn

    In.  The colors are good for her, she is well put together.  I am willing to overlook that the dress is a littl busy.  This is a pool party, and aparently, she is one of the few people there wearing summer clothes. NOte: She may have overdone the (faux) tan.

  • joe_tey83


    It’s like the losing entry for the Project Runway Design a dress for Judy Jetson Challenge.

  • julnyes

    Out – it looks like a scuba dress.

  • demidaemon

    I like parts of thiss, but, on closer examination, the seaming breaks up her body like an insect’s. And no woman should want that to happen. OUT.

  • bailey debruynkops

    in because i like her and she’s pretty


    It’s a little strange shape-wise, and I fucking HATE peeptoes, but I have to say that overall I kind of love this. I love the graphic elements and the color combination in the dress. Hair and make-up are great as well. IN.

  • Jangle57

    My first instinct was to give her a pass, but the more I look at it, the more I realize it looks like a futuristic waitress uniform; all she needs is a little headpiece: hi, my name is Hannah, may I take your order?  OUT

  • kimmeister

    Out.  It’s about 2 elements too many, and I don’t even like the print.

  • sagecreek

    In. I don’t love it at all, but I don’t want to give her an out. She tried, and it wasn’t offensive.

  • crash1212

    OUT. I don’t like any of it – the dress, the shoes, the bangs. Go home and try again little missy.

  • Allison Woods

    Agreed. There is too much going on. 

  • In. It was so considerate of her people to call ahead and find out what the backdrop would be, so she could match the colors and almost disapear into the background…

  • cleep1000

    It’s doing nothing for her. OUT.

  • the proportions are off somehow, the torso feels too long.  perhaps if the skirt began two or three inches higher and the hem was higher it would feel more balanced.  but i love the print and the colors and at least she combed her hair, so i say IN.

  • lucasuk82

    Out.  I quite like the colors of the print, and the way it has been pieced, but the weird black patches and piping seem clunky.The silhouette might be cool in all one color and the print would make a great skirt,  but all together it’s just too much.  Also, are we done with the Emily the Strange haircut yet?

  • kingderella

    like to colour and the print, and hair and make-up are cute. but yeah, that skirt is a little cray-cray. IN, but just barely, and because i feel risk-taking should be rewarded.

  • Out. It’s not her dress, she needs to lend it to Santigold or some other dayglo oddity of a woman who can WERQ that kind of garment.

  • I kinda like it. It’s weird and architectural, but it gets an in from me.

  • SophieCollier

    OUT.  The shoulder wings are just goofy.  I don’t mind the flared skirt as much as the dumb shoulders.  

  • TomBord

    Interesting placement of the white in that print !  Like fireworks! 

  • Martha Deutsch

    out. also, her boobs are too big for this. she’s got a salma hayek body, and she’s dressing it like salma hayek usually does – not flattering. 

  • OUT! the bottom portion ruined it.

  • snarkykitten

    eeeesh. she looks like a lamp

  • Haley Buchanan

    I love it!  The colors look great on her and the shape of the dress is actually really figure-flattering to her torso.  Sure, the “pointy” part of the skirt makes an odd shape, but it’s an INTERESTING odd shape.  Cute, unique, fun, and flattering.  I’m IN.

  • I say IN.  This has been a sweltering hot summer and these celebrity types have been in fall and winter fashion.  This is a fun summery evening frock.  The print is so fun and colorful.  IN…

  • AuntieAnonny


  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. Looks great on the model, and dreadful on poor Hannah. Guess you need to be 6 feet tall and 110 pounds to make it work.

  • guest2visits

    This would be a great dress without the ugly black side panels. But even with the unnecessary panels (it had so many other design
    elements, including the print itself); she looks very pretty and this looks good on her.
    I can verify this because I put two fingers over the offending panels on my screen, just to see.
    Why, ?  – Because I’m in too deep, thats why.

  • LambeeBaby

    Out. I hate that type of print and it looks like it is made of neoprene. Blehg 

  • Sue_Asponte

    Oh, she’s an in. Not a werq, but an in. Cute hair and makeup, interesting frock that doesn’t quite make it because of the Judy Jetson outline. But still cute! In. Insies.

  • Cute and eyecatching – gets an IN from me.

  • GTrain


  • Way out! That red carpet scrim she is standing in front of doesnt help! The print looks like it is from bad lawn furniture….and I agree about the center front pleat…also the seaming around hips is not what I would call flattering !

  • The underbust seam does not work on anyone over a B cup. It cuts funny and makes the wearer look flat, thick, uncomfortable, or all of the above.

  • boweryboy

    She looks cute.  I hate the shoes, accessories, and hair but she’s working that dress and for that I give her an IN.

  • eight_of_nine

    So IN!  Yes, the skirt bifurcation is weird, but it’s an attention-grabbing dress and fits her perfectly. 

  • OUT.  Hate the print, hate the silhouette.  Just awful.

  • teensmom99

    OUT but more of a girl that is not your dress (except that it’s also a problematic dress).  Biggest problem is fit in a way that tailoring could not have helped–which is why it is not her dress.  It’s for a longer torso (maybe only a model has that torso).  Too bad because with fewer elements this could have been good. Was it Coco Chanel who said that after you design a dress you should remove 3 elements?

  • i say in. the dress has a bit much going on, but hannah does a good job of pulling it off. the print seems like it suits her personality. 

  • Bozhi

    OUT.  The proportions are all wrong.  Maybe if it was shorter, not so tight, and she was wearing dressy sandals.  Couldn’t hurt.

  • OUT. From the boobs up she looks good, but everything below is waaaay too much.

  • Out. It’s making her hips look HUGE!

  • Out. Poor girl.

  • Candigirl1968

    Meet the Jetsons!

  • Call me Bee

    IN!  The dress is interesing, as is the fabric.  Love the shot of yellow.  She looks cute and fresh and I am so glad she is not wearing her hair as the model is.  I saw enough of that topnot on Major Hoolihan.

  • OUT. The shape is all sorts of wrong.

  • William Thill

    IN.   Your readers are bitches.   The dress is a risk, and I almost love it too. A bit too bulky, but give to the girl for takin sum chanciz, okay?   

  • bluefish

    The dress is sensational — love it.  She’s a gorgeous girl but model is wearing it much much better.  Don’t care for Hannah’s shoes or poses — and the hair, while lovely, doesn’t work for the dress.  Still, a long-winded IN for dress alone.   There is a lot going on, as you say, but the fabric is great and it’s beautifully made.

  • Vickiefantastico

    It’s certainly interesting, but I think it makes her look “thick” when I’m sure she most definitely is not. I agree that there’s just too much going on here. OUT

  • Judy_S

    She’s in (lowercase), Judy Jetson is in, dress is out, due to the bifurcation exactly where she bifurcates.

  • Ezmartin

    In. She looks crazy cute.

  • Larkin21

    Print and shape are just unflattering. Do like the hair but still: OUT.

  • Aly Light


  • Mexxoo

    OUT.  This woman has the body of a goddess.  The whole thing is too heavy and makes her legs look stubby.

  • PeggyOC

    Out.  The dress only works if you’re an 8′ tall model, and even then it doesn’t work.

  • “just one of the many ways we pass the quality and savings onto YOU.”
    “OUT! It’s like a Judy Jetson panic attack.”

    TLO has really been on a roll lately!  Hilarious!

  • kolokOlchik

    it’s a fugly dress, so ou

  • littlemac8

    Well, how’s about I give her an A for effort and an OUT for a dress the draws your eye down and weights her in an unfortunate way. Hey, maybe it would lower her center of gravity in a tornado.  I kind of like that image with the lightening bolt affect of the pattern!

  • KateMaryC

    I think that with her gorgeous, exotic face, it’s a good choice for an up and coming actress. She’s dressed boldly in public appearances, which takes guts and makes sense.

  • IN. It’s attention grabbing and visually interesting. It isn’t bad… it’s just not great.

  • dickylarue

    It’s a bizarre dress. From the waist up it’s pretty amazing in photo’s. When you see the full dress though the bottom makes me sad for some reason. It does nothing for her body and she has an amazing body…And for the record I totally love her on New Girl. I think it’s an Out for me. If she were sitting down at a table it’s an In. 

  • EEKstl

    OUT.  If it were a slim sheath with no, ahem, bifurcation it might have passed, but as is…no no no no no no no no no.  Right styling, tho.

  • she is giving rather astonishing katie-face in that next to last shot.

  • sashaychante

    IN  I’m giving this an IN because this is a really difficult dress to wear, and she’s doing a pretty good job with it.  Not sure how tall she is, but it’s just on the verge of making her look a little stumpy.  But over all props to her, and for the low key styling.

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    The skirt is a little weird, but I like it. I don’t like the shoes with it, though. I actually own the perfect shoes for that dress, so if she could just mail it to me that would be great.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I hate it  It looks like something that was inspired by Old Star Trek or something.  ICK.  OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT.  I must say that her make up was pretty.  But that print on that dress makes my eyes water.

  • It seems unflattering to her arm/chest area, but overall I don’t hate it. She manages to pull it off. At least Zooey hasn’t warped her fashion sense and converted her to the dark side aka tights in summer.

  • quiltrx

    Out, but it’s not her fault.  I actually find the dress pretty interesting, but the front zipper is making it all look hectic and “oh look, we matched the print” down the middle.

  • aristida_girl

    I have to say IN, she is working what she’s got. I am ecstatic at the use of bifurcated on the blog, the first use I’ve see of this word outside of botany, Bravo!

  • JMansm

    Is anyone else a little shocked by how much better the dress looks on the model than it does on her. By that I mean that model is small enough that the crazy silhouette is not unflattering to her but I can’t say the same for Hannah Simone. I am shocked by this as obviously Hannah Simone has a perfect body so clearly this dress is just evil. I will say that in terms of colours and prints it’s definitely the perfect dress for a summer television event/party but I could definitely do without any of that extra black (midnight blue?) fabric and just have the whole thing done in the print. Also the shoulder/neckline treatment is a bit too far into the Versace annoying/aggressive vein for this to be something I like. OUT.