Solange Knowles in Diane von Furstenberg

Posted on July 31, 2012

Speaking as people of the penis’d persuasion, there are certain things about ladystyle that still leave us scratching out heads, even after all this time talking about it. Our first thought upon viewing these Solange pics was not “Hey, cute dress. Maybe not our choice of shoe to pair with it, but hey, cute shoes.” That was our second thought.

Our first thought was:


Solange Knowles attends INC International Concepts Unveils Camila Alves As Brand Ambassador in NYC in a Diane von Furstenberg dress paired with Balenciaga shoes.

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2012 Collection

Balenciaga Fall 2008 Collection

“What does it feel like to be out in public with your hair bouncing against your bare thighs every time you take a step?”

The very idea is so alien to us that an assessment of the look is not possible (although, like we said, she looks fine). To be honest – and again, we’re speaking from the point of view of the penis’d – that would drive us NUTS.


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  • RzYoung

    I think that thought would also drive the vagina’d of us nuts too 😉

    • Sobaika

      Haha exactly. Most people in general don’t have any clue about braids brushing up against thighs. That is some LONG hair.

  • StelledelMare

    Forget the outfit, all I can think about is how long she must have had to sit for those braids.

    • With one person – almost the whole day.
      Two or more people – 5/6 hours. 

      I do these type of braids for other people, and even though I’m used to it, I mentally prepare myself for the hours I will be standing up creating this style. *shudders* But, hey, I get paid. That’s enough motivation for me. *shrugs*

      • MilaXX

         I have a big head and thick hair. I had 3 people and it took 12 hours. Never again.

        •  That sounds like sheer hell.

          • tinyredlocks

            It can be, but 12 hours of hell can equal 4 to 6 weeks(or more) of not having to do my hair, so it all balances out.

          • MilaXX

             It was. Stupid me thought micros would last longer than the box braids I usually would get. Nope, lasted the exact same length of time. (2mths)

          • julnyes

             ugh, micros. The one time I tried micros they totally pulled my hair out (AT THE ROOT!) It was horrifying and I will never do that again. If I ever wear braids again they will not be micros.

          • oh  no- Micros are the devil- I am not willing to spend 2 days in my house trying to take them down. 

          • MilaXX

            and people wonder why black women’s hair is such a touchy subject. It darn near literally takes a village.

          • formerlyAnon

            Next to any average black woman, the highest maintenance white woman around is a trifling amateur when it comes to hair.

          • jameela_the_jewel

            Listen, to all you people I havent posted in a while but , please people find out about the Original store Utopia NOT Zenobia or the rest when white folk still was on a certain lane in Philly (white flight, my eye!) Tell Queen Latifa, to ask little Ms “Do you know about  Ishkabibbles” To tell Uncle Huxtable, He shoudda told Mr  , AND told Mr. “Have a coke and a smile” to sit down and

            shut up. Now, Even Kim said Ishkabibbles said Govinda’s was the truth and all you people look at “Good times”, Happy Days, Fat Albert, “Grease” and the rest again now that ya grown. And Reasearch a little sometime! Wooow. ( Sorry, having an “Andre” moment…….”)

        • Whoa! It was still 12 hours with 3 people?!!! I would’ve been pissed. It’s usually a quicker time with more than one person. 

          When I do these braids for myself (and I, too, have a big head w/ thick hair), it takes 12hrs and that’s only because I give myself lots of breaks in between. 

          • MilaXX

             They were micros and like I said, big head. I think we took like 2 30 mins breaks. I had to get my sister and my best friend to help me take them out. Took us 5 hours, I nearly cried. First and only time getting micros.

          • When I got braids put on over my baby dreads it took me about 12 hours with 3 people too. It was HELL. It didn’t help that the ladies who started my dreads were the least professional stylists EVER. ugh. Now it’s been 2 years and I need to get them re-done so I’m looking for someone who works a little faster. I’m vain so I wanted the extensions for the length while my dreads grew in. I do not look good with short hair.

        • TheOriginalLulu

          Jesus. I can’t even imagine. I start getting antsy when my hairdresser takes longer than 15 minutes to cut my hair.

          • janetjb


        • BuffaloBarbara

          That’s dedication. Way more dedication than I’m inclined to lavish on my hair, and I like my hair, and like having it fiddled with.  For forty minutes or so at a time.

        • jameela_the_jewel

          Look Mila my MOM did too, but she sucked it up and she did HER, if it wasnt you, stop complaining and doooo you!

          • MilaXX


      • StelledelMare

        That’s why I usually get braids about as thick (if not a little bit more) as those but only a bit past my shoulders. Still takes quite some time but I could never go that long no matter how many people are working on it. I get super restless after the first 2 hours or so

      • I can’t even begin to imagine how cramped your fingers get!  I have issues with cramped fingers after giving my daughter two french braids down her tiny little 6 year-old head. =)

        That being said, I love braids on black women.  I think it’s beautiful.

      • Personally, I love the way they look (in general), so from my perspective it’s worth the time you & your clients invest.  But then, I don’t have to do it.  These braids, however, are too long, but that’s just my personal preference.  Hair longer than mid-back is too much (and even that is a little extreme).

      • agentilities

        my favourite kind are the micro corn-rows which I get when I go home to Ghana. Cost effective as well (about $20), except, my lovely braider takes a break every 30 mins, and demands Guinness with her lunch. It’s all worth it until you have to take them out.

        • julnyes

           similar to the ones Alicia Keys often wears? Are those annoying to take down?

      •  The time is the #1 reason why I’ve never gotten my hair braided. Both of my sisters have on occasion – both the micros and the box braids, and I don’t envy them the time it takes to get it done. I don’t have one scintilla of patience for that – I can barely tolerate the ~2 hours it takes to get a relaxer.

      • Jennifer Coleman

        Okay, I have a question – these are unquestionably extensions, so are they easier/quicker to put in or maybe even harder in hair still growing from the head? 

        Regarding the dress, it looks great, but the hair is overwhelming and would’ve been better suited in a cool braid updo. Those shoes are killa, but I can’t get a true read on them with that dark floor/background.

        • julnyes

          I’m not sure I understand your question. These type of extensions are braided onto the hair growing from your head. What else would they be attached to?

          • Jennifer Coleman

            It’s not the attachment to the hair – I understand it’s braided in –  but the extension itself that might save some time. Is it easier to braid after you get past the ‘head hair’ or can it be partially pre-braided if long like Solange’s (that sounds iffy, but heck, ya never know)? Vivi N below has some insight, but I’m still curious.
            I have a lotta hair too and never thought I could sit still for braiding. Once I had a partial-head twist at the scalp and about lost my mind after a week I was so eager to get it out.

          • julnyes

            I think that would be physically impossible since to braid it they start at the root and work their way down – the hair has to be loose on the bottom in order to braid the top. Think about your own hair. Can you make a loose braid that leaves the hair closest to your scalp loose and then somehow go back in and braid the looser hair at the top without undoing the hair on the bottom – can’t really be done (am I explaining myself clearly? I think it might be a bit muddled)

            The only way I can see this working is if it was treated like a weave. So that her real hair is cornrowed and then pre-braided extensions are sewn on – the hairdressers in the thread could probably answer if that exists as a styling option.

          • MilaXX

             it’s one process.You separate the section of hair for the single braid, then you gather the braid hair you braid /plait from the root , blending the hair in as you go. It’s not install extension then plait. Rough idea

        • The extensions are braided into the hair. It can be easy/quicker to put in the hair depending on who is braiding the hair. 

    • MilaXX

       forever. I used to pack a bag for braid appointments. Snacks, a book, extra phone battery & water. One of the reasons I went natural was because I could not stand giving up my weekends for my hair.

      • That’s one of the reasons I gave up acrylic nails. Do I really want to be sitting in a salon for 3 hours on a Saturday? Not so much.

      • KC

        OMG, I know…I have braids and I’m getting new ones this weekend. I’m dreading it right now…I always bring in my laptop with some DVDs or a book or something (and of course snacks) I get micros and it normally takes about 8 hours, GRR…

        • MilaXX

           yep it is the reason I went natural and eventually loc’d my hair. I wanted hair I could maintain myself and not give up Saturdays either sitting inn a salon to get a perm/blow out or go through the torture of braiding. I maintain my own locs. Washing and retwisting takes about 3 hours and I can do that at night watching tv.

    • My girl- who I admit is on some otherworldly sh** with her fingers, can do it in about 5 hours, but usually, it’s a good 7 hours and your neck (or at least mine) hurting for a day or two, getting used to the extra weight.

  • Speaking as a person of the kilted persuasion, having hair that long would bug me too. And I used to have hair down to my butt, back in the day. Longer than that, I can’t even imagine.

  • Lilithcat

    The model looks so much classier.

    • Verascity

      What a strange thing to say. I think Solange looks plenty classy.

  • LOLOL!!! at your question. Personally, I can’t rock long ass braids like that. Especially in this effin’ hot weather we’ve been experiencing of late (DC area). I did have box braids (what Solange has right now) last fall and it was mid back/bra strap length. Always kept ’em in a high bun or a scarf/headband to keep it away from my face.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      For me the braids are obscuring the dress.

      • Exactly. Takes away from seeing the print. A nice ponytail or high bun would’ve been perfect.

        • Wouldn’t she be lethal with a ponytail if she turned around quickly? When I lived in humid south Texas, I kept my hair in a waist length high pony and could take out people in the hallways at school if I moved too quickly.

          And I had friends braid my hair during a rainy gym glass one day and it only took an hour with four people but it was all my own hair. Just think of me as one of those big headed Barbie dolls. You have my respect for patience and stamina. If it had taken any longer, I would have run screaming for the hills. 

          • MilaXX

             Beyonce got hers done as well, but has been wearing hers in a bun.

          • lolol. Not really. I’ve put my long braids in a ponytail before I can confidently say that no one was harmed when I whipped my neck around quickly.

  • phoenix4

    her fro was so much cooler than these braids.  and damn, they must be so heavy

    • MilaXX

       they are.

  • MilaXX

    Those jokers are heavy too. Back in the day I would get my hair braided & mine weren’t even that long. I think I did waist length.

    • Joy

      Makes my head hurt just to think of all that weight pulling down.

      • MilaXX

         made the mistake of going swimming with them once. Thought i was gonna need a neck brace. (j/k)

        • kimmeister

          Whoa, I’ve never even thought about that particular consequence!

          • MilaXX

             It was back in my perm days. I was going on vacation and thought I could enjoy beach time without worrying about my hair. Not my best idea.

  • Julie Chase

    I miss the fro, it really suited her face. And those shoes are waaaaay too pointy.

    • understateddiva

       agreed, I think this long look works against her oval-shaped face.  I want to be on board with this earthy-glam look, but I’m having trouble.

  • call_me_schmeg

    with all this talk of the penis’d and bothersome bouncing against things (punctuated with a big NUTS), there’s a very obvious joke that i’m not making. not because i’m classy, but because i can’t get it out in a snappy way this morning.

  • NCDFan

    When not posing, I’m betting those braids are over the shoulder where they will be several inches from her legs due to bouncing off her bottom.

  • I think it would be werid but you would get used to it, just like getting a hair cut and the weight of your hair is gone.

    Personally I think “What does it feel like to be out in public with your balls bouncing between your thighs every time you take a step?” but i am of the vag’d persuasion…

    • Yes, as the great Elaine Benes once said, “I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things.”  But, I do have two sons, so I know they love it.

      As for the braids, heavy, hot, take too long to fix.  Then again, I think blow-drying my hair takes too long, such that I’ll be seen with wet hair in public all the time (and I have hair to my shoulders), so I’m not the one to ask.

      • YoungSally

        I have to think for guys it’s a simple matter of cost/benefit analysis…and for dudes it’s all about the benefit.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         My hair is super-fine so blow-drying has disastrous consequences. I am often seen out and about with wet hair.

  • too bad the braids are hiding the dress, which I rather like. but not with pointy shoes. 

  • MissAnnieRN

    She can rock am Afro so well. If I wasn’t white and I had such awesome hair, I would rock it always (though I obviously have no idea if it’s difficult to take care of).

    • julnyes

       Well I don’t find wearing my natural hair difficult, but there was definitely a learning curve once I stopped permanently relaxing it. She has people I assume, so that should cut down on the time spent on hair care I would think.

  • MilaXX

    The more I look at it, the more I don’t mind the shoes. My question is, Is Camilla Alves getting a clothing line at Macy’s?

  • It might not be so bad if you have really thin, fine hair. If *my* hair was that long, never mind the braids, I’d be walking with my ear to my shoulder from the weight of it.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       I have a lot of hair, but it’s very fine, and I have usually worn it very long. I like the feeling of it against my arms and legs, but I do not enjoy when people on the bus decide that they can sit by/behind me and pet it.

      • Ooh, I got that a lot, to the point where I always wore my hair in a ponytail or sloppy bun because I got tired of the attention and the touches. Now, if the tiny old lady at the bus stop asked if it was real, sure, I’d take it down and let her touch it, but it was a source of a lot of sexual harassment otherwise.

  • I can’t imagine the weight of that much hair on your head. I like long hair myself – sport a head of it – but there comes a certain point where the length just becomes too much. This look is WAY past that point. But hey, cute dress! Cute shoes! Beautiful woman.

    • Monabel

      Maybe high end extension come with tiny anti-gravs?

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She looks great in that dress.  And she has such a beautiful face!  I like the shoes, but not with that dress.  The braids I like too, but maybe just past her shoulders?

  • Judy_J

    Her hair bothers me, too.  It looks like lengths of rope rather than actual hair.  The dress looks like a bathrobe, and I hate those pointy shoes. 

  • l_c_ann

    How did she manage the time it took to install those extensions and then do ALL that braiding?

    We’re not talking two or three hours.  Just to braid one braid…maybe twenty minutes if the braider knew exactly how to do it fast. 

    I just look at the time there and wonder how she didn’t run screaming from boredom.

    • MilaXX

       They braid the extensions onto the naturals hair. It’s not 2  processes, just one and yes it takes forever.

  • BazoDee

    I can’t ..I just…wow! 

  • bookish

    Ah, and she looked so cute with the fro! Those braids are waaay too long. I have thick hair that’s long enough to reach my bra strap in the back, and I get bad headaches if I keep it in a ponytail for an entire day. I can’t imagine what those braids would feel like.

  • tereliz

    Is it me, or are braids that long completely stumpifying her? I know it’s partly the camera angle, but I think that her old hairstyle made her look leaner. And I never understood the point of braid extensions. We all know they are fake when they’re that long, and Solange has been rocking her natural hair for so long it’s sort of mystifying why she would make the change. *shrugs*

    Love that dress on her, though! Sandals might have been a better choice, though. Are none of the ladystars getting free sandals this summer? What’s up with that?

  • The outfit is very cute, in a resort sort of way, but not fully buttoned…..she looks like she’s wearing someone else’s discarded double breasted bathrobe.  I hate those shoes, they’re way too much for the look, although the color looks super against her skin.  And the braids are just plain distracting.  Why bother to wear designer clothing if your hair is going to obscure half of your look?

  • I thought the question from the penis’d was going to be about going to the bathroom and having to be super careful to avoid braid dipping!

  • ballerinawithagun

    I can’t believe this hair; she usually looks so classy and fabulous. I want those shoes!

  • Looks like a robe from a Hawaiian slaon and day spa.

  • Hermione_Granger

    Your hair should probably never be longer than your skirt.

    •  Maybe @TomandLorenzo:disqus will put that rule in their next book.

    • Maria Rosenfire

       I object! My hair is often longer than my skirt, and I’m totally okay with that.

      My hair is about knee-length, if anyone’s curious, and it’s kind of cool to feel your hair brushing the backs of your knees.

  • marilyn

    The bathrobe of a dress does nothing for her.  The shoes don’t go with it at all.  

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Anybody here remember the 70s-80s country singer Crystal Gayle, with her hair that went down to her ankles?

    I hope So-So gets over this phase quickly. She looks much cuter with the short and natural hair she was sporting a while ago. 

    • MilaXX

       I think she’s still around and still rocking that crazy hair.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the dress and hair, the shoes not so much. I would have preferred a nice pair of cork or wood platform sandals.

  • springm

    I had a hair stylist who, when she was a teen, had very long, past her butt hair. She cut it off when it accidentally dipped into the toilet.

    Just saying. 

    • sagecreek

      That seems a bit silly to me…couldn’t she just wash it?

  • BuffaloBarbara

    One of my bosses had a single braid that went down the back of her knees.  (I was annoyed, because I’d thought it would be a conservative workplace and had gotten mine trimmed up to my shoulders, with much metaphorical gnashing of my teeth!)  After a certain point, it just gets too thin in the extremities without extensions.

  • kimmeister

    The longest I ever had my hair was waist-length, and even that was rife with problems – getting caught on chair parts, getting stuck in car doors, under seatbelts, purse straps, etc.  One should probably never be able to sit on one’s hair.

    •  My hair is just past my shoulders, and it still gets caught in things. The #1 problem is getting it caught under the strap of my purse/shoulderbag. #grumble. I just couldn’t imagine having to deal with all of that, and I think my sisters are crazy when they do (they gets braids like this every once in a while).

    • ampg

      I always managed to close mine in the car window, which seriously HURTS if you don’t notice it and go to turn your head.

  • Imasewsure

    She looks beautiful from the neck up and crazy and incredibly unfashionista-able from the neck down… she’s a strange one (fashion-wise) and not in a good way.

  • julnyes

    I would find that annoying, but when I wore braids I stuck to just below the shoulder. The time commitment was a drag.

  • Cathy S

    That is some serious hair. Hate those pointy shoes.

  • Candigirl1968


  • I hate the look from head to toe, but that hair is seriously straight out of 1993.

    • MilaXX

       The last time she was wearing them she said (in an interview) that was the look she was going for.

      •  Just… Wow. I guess she got what she asked for.

  • AmandaCathleen

    I loved her with the afro, but I think these braids would be really gorgeous, too, if they were shorter (maybe boob length or so?) As is, they just look kind of ratty on the ends. Chop a few feet off and she’d be a knockout—and you’d be able to see the dress better.

  • patticake1601

    Is that really her hair though? 

    • formerlyAnon

       She grew some, she bought some – all hers!

    • MilaXX

       of course not, but then again a good 75% of Hollywood is wearing other people’s hair.  No biggie.

  • formerlyAnon

    Personal experience of the white person persuasion: It’s not the walking. You notice your braid/hair against your legs as much as you notice it against your neck – occasionally it reaches your consciousness but mostly not at all.

    It’s the sitting (if you carelessly sit on your hair wrong you can’t move your head) and the horizontal-ish intimate moments. Rare bed partner who can *also* coordinate limb placement with hair, and yet so many of them want it all flowy & all over the place. (News flash, sweetie: real life is not like the movies.)

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       My husband also had long hair for most of his teen years, so we are actually quite skilled at the “don’t-pull-my-hair” tango.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, they do say that practice makes perfect . . .

  • guest2visits

    I don’t see the appeal; this is most unattractive; to me. The braids look very fake, and more like cording or roping sold by the yard
    at the fabric store. I also get creeped out by the Crystal Gayle type hair lengths; it seems like a strange, absorbing, preoccupation
    with the hair (and interestingly-weird, or perverse; exceedingly long hair length for women is practically the uniform of some churches
    or faiths here in the USA).  It’s about functionality and hygiene to me; like those horribly long fingernails that were around for awhile.
       The kimono style dress would have looked so much nicer if it were longer; and the shoes are very pretty, but not paired with this.

  • Wow! Her hair grows fast! She’s Beautiful Chrissy!

  • nannypoo

    I wonder, what does it feel like to be out in public in your bathrobe?

    • julnyes


  • Jill Roberts

    She’s wearing the shit out of that kimono dress and the shoes are fab.  I suspect the hair is less annoying when she flips it back over her shoulders post-photo-op.  But it’s not great.

  • Corazon Nunez

    I wish I had hair like that!

  • didntwanttomakeaprofile22

    dude have dreads and braids this long all the time, this is a pretty gender bias ploy coming from you guys.

    • Did you just skip this part, nameless person?

      “What does it feel like to be out in public with your hair bouncing against your bare thighs every time you take a step?”

      Because that might describe a very small portion of men, but you’d have to really stretch to accuse us of gender bias here.


    It’s a shame she looks so ridiculous because that dress is pretty cute.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    predator realness.

  • Fancy bathrobe w/ ugly shoes.  And the longest event name EVER.

  • jameela_the_jewel

    Yooooooooo TLo, I JUST praised you guys! (Ask Kristen and ….the Original  PR “Pretty Boy”  Robert *SMH*)  anyway. My Mom used to Rock braids at different times BEFORE Bo Dereck By way of Utopia in in Germantown people where there was halal meat since then! *long story* Aaaaanyway Beyonce Dont wanna wear that wig, Neither did Diana, Whitney, “GIA” , Vanity, Tina, and Josephine aint wanna wear them Bananas,…. I Could go on.  Rosie, Tabitha, like Joan Crawford, Pam Grier , etc…. They ALL know what they  said, look guys, We all just want to be us like you wanne be you. Hell we ALL wanna hula hoop in the white house!……

    • julnyes


  • librarygrrl64

    That hair is insane, and not in a good way.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I’ve never had braids, but I’ve had very long hair most of my life. I actually enjoy the feeling of my hair brushing the backs of my shoulders, arms, or legs. I missed it when I cut my hair shorter in college. Of course, I have very soft hair. Hard to style, nice to touch.  

    I love this suit on Solange, though I’m not crazy about the shoes. The print reads like false eyelashes to me, which works in a fun way with her dramatic braids.

  • EEKstl

    Want those shoes NOW.

  • stacey avelar

    The shoes pain me. The dress looks like the shiny wrap my hairstylist gives me whilst at the salon!

  • bellafigura1

    Unless I’m seeing wrong, I believe it’s not a dress but a suit — she just has it buttoned (while the model is showing cami). That makes me like it more as it’s less kimono/robe-y. And yeah, I like the model’s shoe choice better. The hair hurts my head, gotta be heavy.

  • TLo, you slay me.  I thought she was all about being natural with her hair, home skillet, that is not your hair. Ok, we know better. Even us white girls.  

    • 909girl601world

       Natural hair generally means no straightening chemicals. It doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with extensions, weaves, color, or heat.

  • Dot

    Your comment looks like something I’ve seen in my spam folder.

  • Dot

    I do love the dress, but must admit my thoughts wander to, “How the hell would I sit down in such a dress without flashing God and the world?”

  • oohsparkley!

    I wore something with a low back recently and I have to say that my own hair swishing and brushing on my back, kind of turned me on, it felt silky and soft. Not so sure about braids banging against the thighs.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Thanks. Milaxx. Dosen’t seem like there are any shortcuts with extensions. So my fear of giving up days at a time to get my hair braided/unbraided are not unfounded.