Amy Adams on David Letterman

Posted on August 29, 2012

Not gonna lie, we recoiled at the sight of this and before we could stop it, a “Girl, that’s not your dress” escaped our lips.

But we’re going to reconsider. Walk with us.

Amy Adams heads to the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ studios in New York City to promote her latest movie ‘The Master.’

Because this really isn’t awful. It’s perhaps a bit too twisted and wrinkled for our tastes, and we don’t think it’s as figure-flattering as it should be, but upon reflection (because that’s we do around here; reflect) we think our initial reaction came down not so much to the dress being wrong as it did to the dress being not what we’d expect Amy Adams to wear. And upon further reflection (we’re on a reflecting streak), we think that’s not quite fair to Amy Adams or to this dress.

So in the interest of fairness, here’s what we like about this look: the color and shape are great on her. Like we said, we don’t think it’s the most figure-flattering dress in the world (because it turns curves into straight lines), but Amy’s got the figure to handle it. We also really like the hair, which also took us a second or two to get used to. It’s just so goddamn refreshing to see a ladystar with long hair brushed off her face and shoulders, instead of hanging down in front like basset hound ears. And finally, we love the booties, but we’re not loving the idea of them in August. Basically, she’s about 6 weeks early on this look. It’s totally a “first week in October” getup.


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  • MaryMG

    I didn’t see the show, but the neckline seems like it would frame her face beautifully when she was sitting down. I hate the booties.

    • EveEve

      The color does not do her complexion any favors.  She looks much better in fully-saturated tones. The hair style is lovely, but I miss the red.

      • Mexxoo

        She’s still got red hair.  It’s just not standing out as much against the deep color of the dress.

        • Mary229

          She still has red hair but this is a more strawberry red than she used to have.  I know she’s naturally very fair but I sometimes wish her colorist would give her something closer to an auburn as opposed to the strawberry look.

    • amian3

       Yes, I would like to see a shot of here on the show. With these Letterman outfits 50% of the score at least should be based on how they look sitting down. I bet this is pretty good, the longish skirt, the ruching and the neckline.

      • Mary229

        I watched it.  Her legs looked beautiful and her face was framed beautifully.  She’s effortlessly pretty.  Probably why I often forgive her even if I don’t like her outfit.

  • Violina23

    I think the booties are actually what drag down this look for me — if she had some strappy sandals, along with maybe shorter sleeves, I think it would look decent.  Also, some brighter/lighter eye makeup.

    • LaylaSV

      The booties feel feel quite heavy and hoofie for the look. My eye goes straight down. The dress, despite the sleeves and color, is lighter in weight and texture. I too would have liked to see different footwear.

    • elemspbee

       Good call on the strappy sandals and shorter sleeves.

      the haus of T’Lo, methinx, over reflected on this. She looks thick all around, right down to the shoes.

    • kschwarting

      I completely agree on the makeup–it looks like the eyeliner might be a little harsh.

  • I agree, this outfit worn in about 6 weeks would be adorable, minus all the ruching, which I kind of hate. 

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I agree.  This outfit just makes her look stumpy and she’s not. 

  • I deliberately looked at this, as I was scrolling down the page, with her from the waist up. And in that context, semi-close up, it looks terrific.  Its the skirt that takes it too far for me.

    • mjude

      just a quick hello to you my friend.  sometime i loose you in all the comments.  wanted to make sure you were available for champagne or something else? at the TLO bar tomorrow 🙂

      •  What a sweetheart you are!   I will, of course be stopping by for an early libation or three. I will be at work, so yakking in the T Lounge all night isn’t a reasonable notion. But I will surely show my face before the undoubted clusterfuck begins.  lol  Besides, missing the opportunity to toss some champers back with you is untenable.

        • mjude

          i will be looking forward to it! 

  • greyhoundgirl

    I think she looks great in the dress.  For me, it’s the sleeves that drag it down a little.  They’re tight and a little transparent, making them look like cheap fabric.  Other than that–looking good. And I totally agree about the hair–it was really great to actually see the dress and her face.

  • Love the dress, hate the booties. 

  • My first reaction to the entire thing was “oh god, no.”  And I’m going to just go with that.  The color is good for her, I think, but I don’t love the dress and it’s just not flattering on her.  Too much ruching is almost never a good thing.  I think the booties are just wrong for this look as well.  Adore the color of them, but I’d prefer a nice sandal.  Also, is it me or is her makeup REALLY harsh?   I think I may need more coffee. 

    • Violina23

      No, I thought the same thing. It’s too heavy. I think the hair called for more earthy, natural makeup.

      • charlotte

         I agree. I think it also makes her look much older than she is.

        • Mary229

          Honestly, I think that is one of the mistakes her stylist makes alot.  Amy is late 30’s but she looks YOUNG.  If you didn’t know she was late 30’s you would never guess it.  Her skin is flawless and with her youthful energy she easily passes for a woman 7-8 years younger.  I wish her stylist wasn’t afriad to emphasize that in the way he/she dressed her.

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Regarding her makeup, I’m wondering if her makeup looks a tad harsh when she’s outside on the street because she’s made-up to appear on television.

      • Yeah, I think that definitely could be the case.  I’d be interested to see how the makeup looked on the actual show.  Perhaps the look would be a bit better. 

        • I like it regardless. I think she can give a sexy smoky eye when she wants to!

  • miagain

    I like a ruche as much as the next girl… but I think that dress needs an intervention… too much of a good thing!

    • Spicytomato1

      Exactly. It looks like a fancy Roman shade. Which is too bad because the top part really is cute. A good idea gone too far, as you said.

  • Lilithcat

    The sleeves are too long, the shoes are all wrong, and she needs hosiery.

    • Kayceed

      This was absolutely my reaction as well – I realize most BKs loathe hosiery, but her legs simply look undressed in this photo.

      • Spicytomato1

        I don’t know. I think her legs look spectacular, even unadorned. Hosiery would take this look into full on autumn. Perhaps a smidge of color via tanning lotion would have helped?

  • formerlyAnon

    It was extremely unflattering when she was sitting. I don’t know how much extra flesh (I mean “rolls”) she has on her midsection, but I doubt sincerely as much as it looked like.

    • ballerinawithagun

      We watched the show just to see Amy Adams (we hate Letterman) and agree with you on the unflattering rolls. Unfortunately a dress like this one requires Spanx of some sort for any normal non-model person. Amy has had a child after all. She is a beautiful, talented woman. Stockings are in style again so why not cover your legs in some fabulous stockings and then the booties would have been perfect.   

      • Why not? Because I’m sweating just thinking about wearing stockings at this time of year in New York! Agree with whoever said she should have saved this look for six weeks later.

    • jennifromcali

      I thought the same thing! It was very unflattering when she was sitting with LOTS of midsection rolls. As she came out, I thought she had on Spanx. The constantly tossing the hair thing out of her face was annoying. I really like her and liked her appearance on the show. Dress, not so much.

  • DinaSews

    Does anyone know who the designer is?

    • call_me_schmeg

      forever 21?

      • Kayceed

        Oh snap.

  • mjude

    i would feel better about this if the temp in my neck of the woods wasnt going to be 98. 

  • I’ve never liked ruche at all’ reminds me too much of Vanna White in the 1980’s. But I do love the color of this on her and I agree with your hair comment-she has gorgeous hair and a lovely face, nice to see it un-curtained.  I really don’t love the shoes (in any season) they look too much like horse hooves, but hey, that’s just me. 

  • teensmom99

    How about “girl, you could do so much better.”  Also,in 6 weeks,I think tights would be great.  I don’t like the booties with a bare leg. That really throws off the look (understandable for August that she’s bare-legged but that just highlights the problem of a fall ensemble in August).

  • Aurumgirl

    The booties–and all the endless ruching–combine to make hundreds of horizontal lines on a body that could probably handle one or two but not a multitude.  The overall effect makes her look stumpy.  And the booties especially make her ankles and legs look thick and heavy.  The colour and the cut of the dress are great, though, and perhaps would have been especially gorgeous if another fabric were used (this looks like jersey to me) so that the design wouldn’t be so dependent on all those crunchy gathers running up and down the sides of the dress.  A great suede pump would have improved this outfit, too.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i think the dress is fine–actually, i really like it–but the shoes just dont work. usually ruching makes ones figure look better, often exponentially so, so i dont think thats whats causing the problem. it’s the clash between the dress & the shoes thats not working.

  • the ruching is a really weird effect, especially around her boobs when it disappears. it makes her tits just pop!!! 

    • myangelic1

      Yes!  This!

      I’d say this is a “Close, but Not Quite” look.  Many things are *almost* right but the sum total is not quite there. 

      And the booties in August are tragic.  Sorry.  Hate them. 

  • KateWo

    Amy Adams is a gorgeous person and I’m sure in real life she looks very fit but this dress makes her look larger than she is and totally shapeless.  It also looks weird that her boobs are two smooth circles amongst all that ruching.

  • call_me_schmeg

    the booties do look waaaaay to fall, especially in comparison to those green two-toned wedges in the background of the 5th picture. i’d take both, if offered, but would be rockin those wedges right about… NOW!

  • lehen

    it looks like it got stuck in her armpit

  • Dress swallows her…looks creepy!

  • The booties are just wrong for this dress, but I think the sleeve length might be her way to handle the chill temperatures inside Letterman’s studio.  I saw his show once years ago (when it was at NBC) and he likes it meat-locker cold.  She probably just wants to avoid showing goosebumps. She’s so pretty – loved her the instant I saw her in “Catch Me If You Can.”

  • theblondette

    Ooooh no no no. She looks like she’s been stuffed into a sausage casing.

  • The booties are hideous with a capital HID.

  • Crooked boobs and a gut, neither of which do I believe she really has.  NO

  • The sleeves are a bit long and it’s making her look like she has bulges and bumps that she probably doesn’t have. The shoes are hideous with this dress – I do not understand the ankle boots with an above-the-knee dress look. 99% of the time, I think it looks ridiculous. The top half of the dress is lovely.

    She’s another of my girl crushes. She was the only thing that made the Julie half of Julie & Julia bearable and she was delightful in Enchanted. 

  • jw_ny

    Two things ruin this look…her shoes and the strained detail above her boobs pulling to her left side.  It’s like the sleeve got twisted when she put it on…tho I realize it’s intentional. 

    I appreciate that she swept her hair back, perhaps a bit too much hairspray at her temples. 

  • Judy_J

    Sorry guys, I respectfully disagree.  The only good thing about that dress is the color.  The only good thing about her look is hair and makeup.  I don’t like the booties, either.

  • Judy_S

    I feel the color of the dress is potentially good on her, but her face looks kind of blotched. Different makeup is needed for this dress…? She’s a strange combination of a truly pretty woman (beautiful?) who also is a great actress; it seems like I want her to look perfectly lovely all the time, and at the same time I think she should be cut some slack because maybe she has other things on her mind.

  • I don’t like the color on her, and it makes her look thick, which she is not. I flat out hate this. 

  • This looks like a big ol’ pile of “NO” to me.

  • MilaXX

    When the celebs wear these clothes on chat shows, unless it’s Leno I try and watch to see how the look holds up when they walk out. Amy was a fail. She looked great from the neck up, but everything below was awful. The dress made her look lumpy and the shoes made her legs look stumpy.

  • PinkLemon

    Dress, Those Aren’t Your Shoes

  • l_c_ann

    The neck line looks like someone was trying to put on a very loose sweater and got one arm turned inside out.  It has to have felt funny for the Amy with that thick, twisted fold.  The overlong arms did the design no favors.

    I really liked the look for the woman in the background wearing a (?) navy blue trench coat dress.

  • nannypoo

    It looks hot and uncomfortable and it makes her look huge. Those shoes are also unflattering. Luckily there is a convenient dumpster nearby. She should jettison this outfit and start over.

  • The styling is awful but the dress isn’t the worst.  If her eye makeup wasn’t so matchy matchy to her coloring and there was a different shoe involved, this could have totally been smokin.

  • jilly_d

    Nope. Would’ve been better served by a sandal and an updo. Though her hair does look great, admittedly.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    I think there’s something off about every detail (in particular, I has a sad about the makeup), but I’m with you guys that the overall direction of the look is a welcome departure for her – and she could totally deliver it.  She just didn’t this time.

  • Chillmer

    It’s August, right? I got confused for a sec and thought it was November.

  • mhleta

    Nope. You were right the first time. Civilian-level dressing at best.

  • pookiesmom

    I have to agree with your first impression on this one. Hate the dress. The color is great, but aside from the dress not being very flattering (to anybody, I imagine), it’s the sleeves that really do this one in. They emphasize her arms and upper body in a very unflattering way. 

    Also? Booties are to me what silly putty pumps are to you, TLo. They make people look stumpy, period. I have yet to see an instance of them where they were better than passable. And even when they’re passable, it’s usually because they’re paired with pants, which make them look like they could pass for regular boots.

    Also also? I want to agree with you on the hair, and I do in theory, but I do not think that hairstyle is flattering to her at ALL. Maybe paired with a lighter dress I wouldn’t mind as much, but all I can think of when I look at her hair is small bump-it + wind tunnel. The makeup isn’t helping, I think, especially the heavier liner on the lower lids. But yeah. Not my favorite look.

  • jmorino08

    Nope… still a Girl That’s Not Your Dress. Save it for Helen Queen of Fuckingfantastica or someone else at least 15 years older than Amy!

  • Mexxoo

    No, guys, I think you were right in the first place.  That dress pulls and tugs and stretches thinly across the wrong spots.  It makes her boobs look lop-sided.  The assymetry of the neckline would look lovely on a simpler dress, but with all of the twisting of the fabric, it looks more like one of those dresses which was just too tight, got stuck under her left arm, and never got straightened out.  I’m glad to see Amy trying something edgy, but this isn’t the way she should have gone.  🙁

  • ojosazules

    Hope this isn’t too gross, but the first thing I thought of when I saw this dress was a placenta. 

  • Genesis Hansen

    I’m still going with “Girl, that’s not your dress.” For one thing, it makes it look like one of her boobs is higher than the other, but mostly it reminds me of when female Olympic athletes appear on talk shows in ruffly clothes that don’t work with their athletic builds. It’s not terrible, it just doesn’t seem quite right.

  • Her face is radiant. So very pretty. I don’t care for the dress and the booties though.

  • Mary229

    My thought when I saw the outift was that it was about 4-5 weeks too early to wear it.  Even then, I’m not sure I would like the booties.  I would have preferred a different style shoe.Can I just say though….this woman is one of the most naturally lovely women in Hollywood.  Her skin is flawless.  She is sincere and funny in interviews.   I wish her stylist would do more with her incredible natural beauty.    Also…this woman looks YOUNG.  

  • granddelusion

    The dress is ugly and it’s ugly on her.

  • At first glance, I thought she was Nicole Kidman in the top photo.  But she’s so much more!

    I do love the rich burgundy color, but I think a sharp black heel would have been better than the bootie here.

  • Mary229

    You totally just spoke my mind.  Amy is a really, really pretty woman.  Yes, I would call her beautiful in the sense that she has flawless skin and a lovely figure.   But she’s also a really serious actress and a woman who just doesn’t seems to care about posing on the red carpet.   I expect her to look perfect all the time because well…she’s beautiful.  Yet, the fact that she’s always more concerned abuot other things is sort of endearing to me.

  • Mary229

    She does sort of resemble Nicole Kidman prior to all the plastic surgery. 

    Truthfully though do you know who I think she looks like?  Grace Kelly.  Imagine her blond and done up like Grace.  She should be playing Grace Kelly in the movie.  Not Kidman.

  • marilyn

    The dress is too tight and her boobs are crooked.

  • I find the neckline sort of unflattering. A little lower and BAM.

  • kelsita421

    no to the hair. no to the ruching. no to the booties. just no. love her, but i can’t.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    You reflected a bit too much; those booties are soul-crushingly awful.

  • Call me Bee

    Cool dress. 
    Yes– I agree about the hair–I hope the cocker spaniel-type hairdos are finally gone.  So annyoing. 

    But I do not like the boots with this dress.  Boots like this make your feet look huge, and would be good with a similarly colored pair of tights–but that would totally turn this into a winter look.  This dress with a chunky sandal would have been so much better….
    (I am particularly sensitive about big feet, wearing a size-gulp-12…) 

  • afabulous50

    lumpy, bumpy & frumpy.  And we all know she is tiny. hate the booties with the intensity of a thousand suns…

  • There is nothing ever that will make me like booties. NOTHING. Show me a pair, and I will show you a pair I hate. 

    I love her hair and makeup though so snaps up for that.

  • I think the dress has potential; it could use some straightening out. And I’ll never be OK with these booties with this dress. 

  • sorry, but she looks like a brick in this dress.

  • Cathy S

    I walked with you, but I still hate it.

  • Anathema_Device

    No, not a good look. Your first instincts were spot on. Ruched dresses are supposed to  enhance the figure, but somehow this one kind of makes her look like a board. Weird. And it is really wrong for August, especially with the booties (which are awesome in their own right…I have to get some booties or oxfords in gray suede this season.)

  • I think it’s more a case of ‘girl those ain’t your shoes’. This dress would look completely different with a simple but elegant black pump

  • kamo12

    Okay I’m just going to throw this out there, but this outfit looks slightly “5 years ago” to me. Not super current.  The whole ruched drapey dress with solid booties thing is triggering my “surfing online sales between classes  during sophomore year of college” memory quadrant which dates it at approximately 2007. At least everything going on around her head looks great.

  • Ahhh ruching. Never fails to make a dress look like dried out innards. 

  • AuntieAnonny

    Poor girl looks like Nicole Kidman.

  • atticus229

    I thought she looked great on TV and what was even better, is that she’s just so darn likable.  Poised and charming… so much so that you sorta don’t care what she’s wearing as long as she’s as her true self.   

  • Ooh, no, bad from top to bottom. The dress’s shape makes her look really boxy, and even with the folds of the dress, it’s not hiding the fact that her panties are too tight and cutting into her waist. And those booties are horrifying. And I’m saying this as the star who introduced “Caucasian Dashikis” in the mid-’70s!

  • TomBord

    The dress and styling is very project runway, just not in a good way. 

  • MsHPataki

    I think she’ s in the early stages of a pregnancy.  She has a slight overall bloat that we’re not used to seeing and she looks a tad midsection-y.  I think in about six weeks we’ll hear an announcement.   In that “growing but not ready to announce” phase it can be difficult to dress oneself.

  • MissKimP

    Sometimes the dumpster is the most interesting thing in these “arriving at the studio” photo ops…

  • CarolinLA

    She’s one of those actresses that I literally can’t stand.  Don’t get the hype.  Kinda how TLo feels about Reese Witherspoon.

    • Lilak

      Aw . . . hope you could at least admire her work in ‘Junebug’ (her best work was in her first film, regrettably). 

      • CarolinLA

        I will give her that – she was good in Junebug.  And she frankly owes her career to Roger Ebert.  He HOUNDED people about how good she was and she got an Academy Award nom.  But The Fighter?  Puhleez.  Absolutely HATED her in Julie and Julia.  I skipped past all her scenes and just watched Meryl (who, frankly, I don’t love – she’s fine but she was terrific in that).  Amy is super-ambitious and it has served her well.  She has a hell of a resume.  And I’m open enough that if she knocks it out of the park in something, I’ll become a fan.  But not now.

        • Mary229

          That’s funny because I honestly think she’s incredible in everything she’s in.  She’s the only person that I think could have brought that character in Enchanted to life like that.  I also loved her in the Fighter.  She was raw and trashy and sexy in a way that totally worked for me.  Different strokes I guess.

          • CarolinLA

            I hated everything about The Fighter except Christian Bale.  Mark Wahlberg cannot act and I guess she looked good in comparison.  Definitely different strokes but I do love it when people try to change my mind.  It’s worked many times on this board but I guess not today.  Thanks though.

          • Mary229

            Wasn’t trying to change your mind at all.  The woman has 3 Academy Award nominations and she’s likely to have a 4th within a few months.  She comes off genuinely happy and in love and has a gorgeous child.   She’s about to play Lois Lane in the new Superman franchise.  I don’t think anything about her banks on you changing your mind. I was just sharing.

  • SapphoPoet

    Agree about the timing; it all seems very autumnal. But she looks really good and I appreciate the fact that her hair is both brushed and not hanging down like basset hound ears, as you so eloquently stated. 

  • another_laura

    Totally agree, T Lo, with your assessment.  

  • lalahartma

    It makes her look bigger.  Maybe it’s good for sitting down.

  • Susan Crawford

    I love the neckline, but the gathering down the entire length of the dress? Not so much. However, this is an AMAZING color for her – it really sets off her beautiful complexion and hair. And the very first thing I thought when I saw the photos was how terrific it was to see long hair in this sleek, refined, off-the-face style.

    I actually own a VERY similar pair of booties, but I won’t wear them until the leaves start turning up here in the Hudson Valley – they are definitely an autumnal choice, but they do look dynamite with the dress.

  • “It’s just so goddamn refreshing to see a ladystar with long hair brushed
    off her face and shoulders, instead of hanging down in front like
    basset hound ears.” PREACH IT!

  • nancy

    I have a dress that does this- makes one boob look different sized, because of the neckline & the way it pulls. I don’t care for this at all, it makes her look like she has little tummy rolls when I know she doesn’t! The color is lovely, though. 

  • SatelliteAlice

    I can’t stand that much gathering.  It looks like someone pulled a string and scrunched it up.  The color is fabulous on her though.

  • littlemissstrange

    Her tits are twisted. I can’t.

  • I like the booties, but not with the dress.

  • guest2visits

    The color is nice, but I don’t like the dress at all. It’s too much like a long inexpensive looking t-shirt, twisted up.
    Agree about the booties.  I do like her hair and make-up, I thought she was very pretty.

  • Peeve

    I unfortunately agree with your first impression, TLo. That dress gives her a titscrepancy (or maybe she has a titscrepancy of her own, and the dress highlights it). The dress makes her look, as someone mentioned before me, “like a brick”–all straight up an down. Hate, hate, hate the booties with it!

  • BrightsideSusan

    I am with you on the fall-ness of the outfit.  I will never like those booties.

  • averill stevenson

    Ugggh  HATE it.  Between the off center twisty  neckline and the ruching, it looks like she pulled the dress on over her head and it is twisted up on her body, or like a badly made dress where the armholes are too tight. Know what I mean?   Looking at the photos gives me the heebies, like I personally have some twisted up dress on, and can’t straighten it out, no matter how much I tug and pull.  Plus the sleeves are sort of sheer??  Ick to the NO to the shoes as well.  They look like last year’s fall stock, now on sale.  Am I cranky?

  • ccm800

    Colr yes. Shape HELL NO  – she’s a stump. 

  • Sorry Dear Uncles, this outfit made me sad. I hate the shooties. 

  • Lisa

    Amy Adams and Eva Mendes are on my Irrational Hate List, so it makes me happy that she looks like crap in such an ill-fitting dress. It’s fashion for spite!

  • quiltrx

    She looks really pretty.  The dress is not flattering, though–makes her look thick in the middle.

  • She’s a girl who can work pinks and jewel tones, not reds. And those shoes are evil. And she seems to have the Charlize torso thing going on. Not flattering. Non-Werq.

  • Dot

    I really love this color on her, even though the whole outfit is a fall look. I am clearly in the minority on this, but I think she looks great.

  • butter nut

    here’s the problem with this outfit – she’s wearing the wrong foundation garments.  she’s got on a pair of spanx & a padded bra.  you can tell because the gauzy fabric of that dress reveals everything it clings to.  the dress requires much softer under-pinnings.  her boobs need to be hanging a bit more naturally & there should be no elastic line high up on her waist.  it’s a shame, cause she certainly has the natural figure to kill this dress.  instead, everything looks out of place.