Style Summer Soiree Red Carpet

Posted on August 09, 2012

Darlings, it was the Instyle Summer Soiree! No, we’ve never heard of it, either! Let’s judge.


Ariel Winter

 Adorable. But those look like Mommy’s shoes.


Ashley Bell

 SUPER-cute dress; dull shoes.


Ashley Rickards

 Fly your beige freak flag if that’s your thing, but platform shoes with an ankle-length skirt is an abomination unto the LORD.


Ashley Tinsdale

 It’s like her skirt is slowly creeping up her body in a desperate attempt to expose her cooch.


Christa B. Allen

All the credit in the world for wearing something unusual on the RC, but honey, you’ve gotta commit to it. You don’t strap on a crazy dress and then finish it off with neutral shoes, dear.


Dania Ramirez

It seems a lot of the ladies opted for simple, one-color party dresses. A little boring, but less likely for mistakes to occur. This looks cute.

Derek Hough

 Just left the office to meet everyone for Happy Hour.


Emilie De Ravin

What the HELL? What happened to her? Miss, we’re going to have to ask you to say the following out loud to determine your identity:

“Moy BY-BY! They took MOY BY-BY!”

Christ, she looks like a mental patient, and not in that totally adorable way when she was carting a squirrel carcass around the jungle.


Jaime King

Seems like a lot of dress for the event, but it looks good. We just hate the shoes and wish she hadn’t matched the clutch to the dress. Also, the pinhead. She loves this hairstyle but it doesn’t love her back.


James Van Der Beek


Jesse Metcalfe

Okay, we’re putting these two together because we’ve recently learned something ourselves and we’re passing it on to you. Guys, if you are going to wear a white dress shirt – ESPECIALLY if you are going to wear it sans tie or sans jacket – you can’t just throw on any old white button-down. These two shirts clearly required an undershirt and should be worn with a jacket. And if it’s too hot and you don’t want to wear an undershirt, then wear a cotton button-down that doesn’t go see-through under camera lights. In short: if you’re going to wear a white dress shirt without a tie or jacket, then you need to make sure it’s slightly thicker than the average dress shirt. It ensures that we won’t see your nipples and that the placket and collar will stand up without a tie holding them in place.

Also, sporting a pocket square with an untucked shirt looks ridiculous.


Jason Ritter

Try harder.

Cute smile, though.


Jenna Elfman

 Preacher’s wife at the church picnic.


Jordana Brewster

Cute! Hate the bag, though.


Malin Akerman

Enh. Hate the blousey, droopy top. And the clutch doesn’t match the dress but she clearly thought it did.


Maria Menounos

 The hem’s too long, but it looks good otherwise.


Marisol Nichols

 REALLY cute dress. What the fuck with the matchy pillbox clutches? ENOUGH.


Nikki Reed

 Looks a little dreary, to be honest.


Olga Kurtylenko

 Okay, we hate the weird shit on her upper arms, but that’s a killer dress.


Sophia Bush

We will dance a little jig when high-waisted, flared minis go out of style. The proportions always look awful to us; like toddlers with freakishly long legs.


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  • Sobaika

    Sophia Bush’s hair looks like a disgusting greasy mess.

    • SassieCassy

      looks both greasy and fried which is an accomplishment

      i dont know who most of these people are but they all look boring.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Right? Who is she? Is she so busy that she couldn’t squeeze in a hot oil treatment and a thorough shampooing?

    • MilaXX

       yeah bad hair & makeup.

  • MissAnnieRN

    Wtf is happening on charlotte’s dress? The orange and pink striped panel is so confusing for me. Is it a belt? Is it apliqued? I don’t understand. Yes, it a risk, so props for that. But in the end I’m just left looking at it moving my head back and forth at different angles to try to make sense of it.

    • MilaXX

       It’s not her dress. A dress with that much pattern takes a more accomplished fashinista to wear it well. She can’t even pair the right shoe with it, much less give off the right attitude.

      • littlemac8

        Yea, and there’s no way to carry off a fashion forward dress with matching plastic earrings!  I just have to say, though, I hate that dress.  No one needs apparel that looks like a deconstructed art project!  Just sayin’

  • annie_wonder

    Emilie De Ravin’s shoes make her feet look like cloven hooves.  Not a good look.

  • Oh MAN do I love, want, and need to have Olga Kurylenko’s dress.

    I was going to say “kindergarten teacher” of Jenna Elfman’s look, but “preacher’s wife” is so much better!

  • ASK26

    nikki came with derek from the office

  • I gotta say,the girls here really tried to get to it.  Sure, some of these are fails to one degree or another, but most of the ladies gave it their all. The boys, as usual, fell far behind.

  • call_me_schmeg

    olga wins. that’s all i’ve got. where’s the coffee?

  • dsco3031

    Why does Ashley Tisdale just naturally convey desperation? Is it because she’s nearly 30 and still lumped in with the teen crowd– and still dresses like them?

    • MilaXX

       she’s at least 5 years too old for that hair.

      • janetjb

        and that skirt

    • I don’t know.  I thought she looked cute.  I’m about 30 years too old for the whole get-up, but if I could wear them and look that good, I probably would.

  • ccm800

    all these grown ass people dressing like they are in high school is getting ridiculous. Men in untucked shirts and ties and women in  twee little flare skirts. Grow up. 

    •  Amen, Sistah.  Our cultural obsession with youth has gotten to the ludicrous stage.

    • janetjb

      At least it keeps us busy.  25 – 50 year-olds trying to look 18, and 16 year-olds trying to look 40.

    •  And it baffles me that no one has realized that nothing ages you more like looking like you’re desperately clinging to a style or look that is far too young for you. Dressing one’s age has the amazing effect of actually making you look younger, if you do it right!

  •  To Jason Ritter:

    • He really does look like his father though…at least when he smiles.  It’s a little endearing to me because I grew up on Three’s Company.

      •  I have to agree with you on the endearing factor.  He’s pretty adorable.

        • Billie_Dawn

          But ever since a character on Parenthood called his character “Captain Morgan,” that’s all I’ve been able to see him as 🙁

      • It’s striking! I think it’s the eyes and smile. Beautiful but makes me so sad; such a loss.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Same here. Jack Ritter was one of my first crushes. I like the goofy men. 

        • Elizabeth Silverstein

          Ah Lulu, I think you meant to say either John Ritter or Jack Tripper. I too was completely in love with the latter when I was 6 years old – he was my first love. Speaking of 3’s company – when is the high side ponytail going to come back in style? 

          • TheOriginalLulu

            You are right. Jack Tripper. My head is not functioning today. I thought he was dreamy, even when he was bumping into walls and falling over things.
            LOL, I do remember rocking a high side ponytail quite a few times, as I walked around in my Daisy Dukes and my Dr. Scholl’s wooden sandals, thinking I was hot stuff.

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  • RzYoung

    Are TLo typing with their fingers taped together today 😉 I joke because I love xx

    Otherwise I love that crazy complicated dress Christa B. Allen is wearing, I like how it sort of has an Obi and isn’t all about legs and boobs

  • mjude

    little ariel is my favorite.  thank god they are dressing like its summer time. 

    • MilaXX

       Like her dress, but hate those Barbie shoes paired with it.

      • mjude

        i argree with you about the shoes.  what is up with the bad shoe choices?

        • Billie_Dawn

          I wouldn’t mind the shoes except they’re the same shade as her lipstick. Bizarre.

  • Ashley Tinsdale. Of course!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I have always had a soft spot for cameos, but Ashley Rickards looks like she is wearing a hand mirror around her neck….

  • frappefest

    Jaime King is that your nipple?

  • MilaXX

    It looks like we’re seeing a mini trend of matchy clutches.  Maria & Malin look overdressed to me. Maria’s dress is everything I hate about hankerchief hems. Jason Ritter may be cute, but he’s under dressed and needs to go home.

  • sleepycat

    I want Jake’s suit so bad

  • pookiesmom

    I’m a preacher’s wife and I would NEVER wear that to a church picnic. Elfman fail.

  • EEKstl

    If that Sonja girl’s dress had just stayed sleeveless it would have been perfection.  

    • alyce1213

      Olga ???

      • EEKstl

        Uh, yes, Olga.  This is what happens when I sneak my TLo in at work when it’s NOT my lunch time ;-).

  • nannypoo

    Jordana Brewster’s stringy tendrils have formed a boob curtain.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      The girl is always in need of a trim. On the show, it’s her bangs in her eyes. On the red carpet, it’s the ratty ends.

  • Judy_J

    Wish I had Marisol’s dress.  I’ve got a pair of shoes that would be killer with that dress.

  • Friedl Vanluchene

    Yesterday you showed a lot of examples of 14-year-olds that dressed like their mothers, today Marisol Nichols is an example of a mother that dresses like a 14-year-old. 

  • bellafigura1

    Olga, FTW.

  • moreteawesley

    Jason Ritter! What is with that dirtbag bumming a cigarette behind a 7-11 facial hair?? Good god.

  • l_c_ann

    When your hair is longer than your skirt, the look isn’t going to work.  (Ashley)

    All the print blocking makes for more interesting overall looks; lesson: never throw anything away, it might become part of a skirt in ten years.

  • Hurrah for Ariel!  Last time we saw her on the RC she looked like a baby hooker.  Jason Ritter is my boyfriend.

  • FlamingJune1967

     “Preacher’s wife at the church picnic.”
    Nailed it!!!!

  • Oooh, that Olga whatsit’s dress is GAWJUS. Love. (minus the weird sleeve thing)

    Jason Ritter looks like the IT guy at every company I’ve ever worked for. Only slightly less greasy.

  • Jason Ritter gets a pass ONLY because of that cute smile, which reminds me of his dear dad.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I have come to *despise* long hair on women. It’s either ratty ends or heavy curls. It seldom suits the wearer’s features/height and I’m sick of it, I tell you. Sick!

  • Ashley Rickards looks like an updated Fran Drescher.Marisol Nichol’s dress clearly called for a neon green or lavender clutch. Tsk. And possibly coral-pink shoes. 
    Love Olga Kurtylenko’s dress, full stop. 
    Thank you on the high-waisted flared mini point. 
    (My text became formatted bold in the text box – wonder if that’ll affect my comment and make it look weird.)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Back off, starbees, Kurtylenko won this round.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Holy shit, Jason Ritter is the spit of his father. RIP 🙁

    Ashley Rickards – I’m confused by everything here.

    Emilie de Ravin – Oh no!!! What happened?? I’m usually fully supportive of women going dark with their hair, especially when they have very fair skin and beautiful crystalline blue eyes like hers, but no. Not here. The hair is making her look very ordinary and this woman is FAR from ordinary looking. That’s a beautiful color on her, but the dress itself just isn’t working for me.

    Christa B. Allen – Girl That’s Not Your Dress

    Jesse Metcalfe – I don’t care if the clothes are bad. The boy is seriously easy on the eyes.

    Jordana Brewster – It won’t kill you to trim those ends, girl.

    Sophia Bush – It doesn’t help that she paired that awful skirt with the most shapeless, most uniboobular top she could find, so that her top half not only looks short, but blocky as well. Just what every girl wants! And what’s with the Jehova’s Witness hair?

    • Saucysusan

      Saying what’s with the Jehovah’s (note correct spelling) Witness hair is just about the stupidest comment I’ve ever seen. How many do you actually know? How many have the same hair? It is a very uncool comment.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    this person who i’ve never heard of–Ashley Rickards–it has to be her mother, right? cos she’s not twenty years old, correct? maybe it’s just a bad makeup job. i hate being cranky w/ people. she just startled me.

  • Allyson Wells

    Ok, I just read that Ashley Rickards is a member of Mensa… that just proves that a high IQ certainly does not translate into style IQ! That’s one of the worst ensembles i’ve seen in a long time.

  • Snailstsichr

    Sophia’s skirt looks like quilting fabric from sometime in the last millenium. I cleaned out a closet last weekend and believe I found said fabric – which I’m giving to Goodwill.

  • Susan Crawford

    What an assortment of styles! I guess the invite encouraged guests to be creative, come as they are, go jacketless or formal . . . interesting mix. And after a few drinks, I’m sure nobody cared in the least. The girls outdid the boys, though. Between the hands jammed in the pockets, the untucked shirts and the uncombed hair, the boys need some style lessons.

    The one dress I really liked was Jordana Brewster’s swingy white ensemble – she looks cool, comfortable and chic. I’d have substituted one of those amazing McQueen knuckle-duster clutches for the clunky, boxy clutch she’s sporting, ut that is a mere quibble.

    And again, my popular culture IQ has apparently dropped precipitously, as I have no idea who many of these people are.

  • Uh…you guys have a problem with seeing a suggestion of Jesse Metcalfe’s hunky body under that white shirt? Now I’m confused!

  • there need to be more people named ashley.

  • Ann

    You seriously had nothing to say about Sophia Bush’s hair???  What is going on???  I couldn’t even see the toddler mini skirt because I was so distracted by her disasterous hair!

  • Don’t you guys ever want to just say “they all look awful” and leave it at that, then go have mimosas or something? 

  • teensmom99

    Ashely Bell must have been absent the day they discussed how accessories can be your friend.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Have these things always been alphabetical, and I’m only realizing it now??

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    Dawson’s pants look a little too snug.

  • Call me Bee

    Gee–usually there’s at least one gal on the RC who is far and away better than the others.  Not this time.  All poorly styled and/or boring clothes and shoes.  The only one that comes close is Olga what’sherface.  Great dress and pretty shoes and bag. 
    And the guys all look douchey.  Every one of them! 

  • Wait–what’s wrong with Emilie De Ravin to inspire such a reaction? She looks fine to me; confused by T-Lo’s vehemence. 🙁

  • turtleemily

    Belle stole Tinkerbell’s clothes.

  • Ariel Winter IS dear but isn’t that a lot of makeup for a 14-yo?  Why didn’t T-Lo jump on that along with the mom shoes?  Jordana Brewster’s dress looks like the doilies from my grandma’s house.  Does anyone else think Jaime King looks like the blonde version of Marcia Cross?

  • I hate Ariel Winter’s lipstick. It’s florescent pink. 

    Someone needs to tell Ashley Tisdale that that hairstyle went out of style 5 (or 10?) years ago.

    Emilie de Ravin’s bridesmaid dress looks like it’s made of cheap polyester lace.

    I wore Jenna Elfman’s dress… in 1996.

    Jordana Brewster wins this round by a landslide.

    And ditto the sentiment on the demise of short, flared, high-waisted skirts and dresses. That trend cannot die soon enough.

  • Thathoodwink

    I have seen Jenna Elfman’s dress at Dress Barn! This year, five years ago, fifteen years ago, twenty years ago…….

  • LambeeBaby

     Jordana Brewster wins, hands down, despite the “Toyota-Corolla-leather seat” reproduction clutch.