IN or OUT: Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli

Posted on September 06, 2012

Oh, Miss Amy. We’d give you a sympathetic hug, but you look so brittle and sharp here, we fear we might tear a hole in our clothing or something.


Amy Adams attends the 2012 Annual Style Awards during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in a Giambattista Valli sequin dress from the Spring 2012 couture collection.

It’s Fashion Week and we’ve got places to go, so let’s keep this simple.

  1. The hem is way too long.
  2. The hair is way too severe.
  3. The witchy-poo pumps were not the best choice here and she should’ve worn a light sandal.
  4. That’s a beautiful color on her
  5. She remains a very pretty lady, despite these sartorial issues.

These are your discussion points. From here, you will spin them out to form opinions, like you’re making little opinion-babies. Ready? GO!


Vote Now!


IN! I have weighed the evidence! Bitch is fabulous!


OUT!I have considered all points of view! Girl is tragic!




The Precious Unborn Fawns considered Rose Leslie’s too-big dress and over-product’d hair and declared it OUT.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Out.  The hair is far too severe, and aging for her.  The conga line hem is wrong for her, and too long as well.  The the cockroach killer shoes are a bad choice.   But like T and Lo,  I love that color on her.

    •  Me too. Whoever said redheads should always stick to greens and neutrals was full of shit.

      But I agree with everything else. Out. Poor Amy. She’s so pretty and seems so charming and this is just a sad look.


      • EditKitten

        As a redhead, I can tell you I look TERRIBLE in green. But this color almost always works, and it’s fab on her.

        • As a redhead with yellow-undertoned skin, I have to be careful with my greens (even though green has always been my favorite color). Yellow is reserved for accessories, and I can pull off an orange as long as it tends towards brown. I have many articles of clothing in the color Amy is sporting, and I always receive compliments when wearing them.

      • I have to agree that this is an OUT for her, but I love that dress SO much and need it!! 

    • janetjb

      I totally agree with you.

      I started mentioning the color and severe hair and then thought why not just ‘like’ my friend here?

      •  Saves a lot of time, when you’re in agreement with one of your fellow BKs. (grin)

        • CheriCPat

           But “likes” don’t count as votes in or out!

          •  A smart observation.  I missed that point.

          • janetjb

            True.  I did vote in my own post.

          • mountainFashionista

             Thanks for the tip!  I’ve always wondered about the counting, but never bothered to look it up.

    • paginatrix

       That color (or a slight variation) looks good on almost everyone, I think. Kind of an alterna-neutral.

  • Melissa Brogan

    The color is great, but everything else about the look is OUT.

  • famousamy

    In. Other than the hem length I think it’s pretty fabulous!

    • Sobaika

      YUP. I’m digging the molten sequin affect so hard.

    • Yup, agreed. I think she looks gorgeous. 

    • Vickiefantastico

      She looks a bit too severe on the top and bottom, but I also love the dress. IN!

    • Introspective

      I have to give it an In too. Hem is too long for such a small frame but this color is MY color. And a perfect color on anyone really. and in sequins?? Its divine.

      Imagine it as a sheath to the knee? Shed be killa even with the severe hair. I see where she was going and with some tweaks it would have been fab. But for now the girl gets a pass from me.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I agree – the dress fits her like a glove and the color is fabulous on her.  I love her hair that way – so polished and pretty.  Her makeup is good.  Only thing I don’t like is the shoes.  IN.

  • bittykitty

    i wish her dress and blake lively’s dress had met somewhere in the middle to form a more perfect dress for amy.
    but yes, the color is wonderful

  • nannypoo

    It looks bulletproof. Always an important consideration for the red carpet.

  • kelsita421

    A genuine smile might have helped her case here. She looks so…uptight. Aren’t you having any fun, Miss Amy?? OUT.

    • kelsita421

      But also hate the hair, hate the shoes. Maybe it’s fair to say this ensemble gave her little to smile about.

    • AudreysMom

       I think the problem is that she knows this look sucks and she’s not about to fake it.

  • Kristy Evans

    IN. Her hair and accessories are all wrong, but SEQUINS. That dress is amazing.

  • janetjb


    A big smile on her face might have helped, but she knows it’s not a good look.

  • Out. From her expression, it looks like she doesn’t even like her own outfit. 

    • AudreysMom


  • Jessi03

    In!  I think she looks pretty.

  • mjude

    sorry to say….OUT

  • EEKstl

    IN!  Love the dress and color on her, actually think the length is working, and while I do agree hair and shoes could be better, she looks great.

  • bookish

    I don’t like her hair, but the dress is beautiful. I love that color. IN

  • In. Not the best she ever looked, but girl still looks good.

  • Judy_J

    OUT, for reasons 1 thru 3.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Door is ajar, and she’s leaning toward IN, but still has a foot out.  I actually sort of like the length, though obviously, it necessitates heels (not that this gets me in heels in a skirt that length, but I’m not on the red carpet having my picture snapped).  The color is great, and I like the silhouette.

    I just don’t think the severe look is great for her, and the shoes are on the foot that’s out the door.  Not just because they’re pointy witchy-poo shoes, but because I can actually see the arch on one of her feet, and it makes her look like she’s teetering off them, which is just not a good look for anyone.

  • Terrible length, shiny face=OUT

  • Call me Bee

    Well–I like it.  Beauitful color and shape.  The hemline does not bother, though the sharp shoes do.  Like the hair, too.  Sometimes a gal just wants her cheeks  and ears all hangin’ out.  IN.

  • PastryGoddess

    What the…OUT
    That hair and those shoes are horrific.

    Amy please fire your gays they are obviously under the influence of something illegal

  • LongTall_Sally

    OUT!  She looks pretty, but she could do so much better.   Is it too much to hope that this color will find its way to clothes that I can afford? 

  • call_me_schmeg

    oh, we are always bitching “she shoulda worn a clean ponytail with that neckline.” not just about miss amy, but about ladystars in general. and this is a dress which calls for those bouncy waves and what do we get? a damn clean ponytail! so, is this an OUT-worthy offense? because i love the color and i love her, i’m gonna give it a begrudging IN. 

    • Mary229

      The ponytail and the hem are what hurts it for me.

      This called for a shorter skirt showing off her legs and long, beautiful hair.

  • lilibetp

    Out.  I do like the shape of the dress, but it’s too long.  The color is okay, but if it were a shade or two lighter, I think it would look even better.  The hair is awful, the shoes are awful.  Don’t care for the matchy-matchy clutch.

  • Out. I don’t know if I’d call it tragic but the shoes especially are not happy.

  • altalinda

    Hate the shoes, and she looks tense, but everything else outweighs those negatives.  Tepid in.

  • MissAnnieRN

    IN. For non-rational reasons like I LOVE AUBERGINE. and SEQUINS!!!

    • formerlyAnon

       Made me smile. I wanted to call it in so badly because I LOVE that dress, but I couldn’t get past the hair.

  • amber_julene

    I think she’s in.  Questionable shoes & hair aside, I think she’d look fabulous if she’d managed a smile–would’ve taken an edge off the sharpness.  Alas, I’m now concerned about what’s got her so pissed off!

  • Hermione_Granger

    The dress is beautiful, but her hair is too severe. Just loosening that ponytail a little bit would have made a world of difference. But I’m still giving Princess Giselle an IN.

  • Larkin21

    I think it’s a beautiful dress on her. The hem could go up an inch or two but I think the camera angle is part of the problem too. The hair is way to severe, which is a comment I don’t often make. Also agree that the shoes were the wrong choice. On the whole, I really want to give her an in because that dress is so good on her but she dropped the ball everywhere else so … OUT. I suppose.

  • BM

    You know, I’m not sure. I think these might just be very, very bad pictures. The first picture is awful just because of the look on her face. The fourth picture sells the outfit so much better. I don’t know that the hem length is that bad. If I were to imagine it shorter, then the proportions would be off. The hair needs to be loosened, but I don’t know that it’s a bad idea. However, the shoes are traffic. Basically, I think this is awful–it just needs some editing.

  • I am so torn. I love the color and style of this dress, but that was the only good choice made here for poor Ms. Adams. I am afraid, despite my deep love for this dress, I have to declare it an OUT. If you can’t figure out how to style it, Amy, you can pack it up and send it my way. 

  • CDarcey

    Purse is matchy, her hair does need to be softer and I think she needed a sparky bracelet. If it had a pencil skirt maybe all the severity would have worked but as is, OUT.

  • PinkLemon

    she’s making the dress work too hard. OUT.

  • SusiePamudji

    In. She looks fine.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Michelle Obama would look great in this dress.

  • lovelyivy

    OUT This dress does nothing for her best features, and is oddly unflattering for her frame- it’s making her shoulders look very broad, and flattening her out. The post-gym hair does not help.

    • CheriCPat

       What you said about the broad shoulders.  I was just about to write the same thing.  Shoes, hair and bag are not good, the dress is pretty but Girl, That Is Not Your dress!  Same dress on someone taller (or shorten the hem) with narrower shoulders and/or wider hips, the vote would be different.  Out.

  • SewingSiren

    She’s going to the same  winter holiday party as Zoe. I don’t like the shoes, but have no issues with the rest, except seasonally.
    Why is everyone so anxious for winter all the sudden?

  • MilaXX

    OUT because she’s too pretty to be stepping out like this.  Hair is too severe, shoes are a really bad choice. The only thing I like is the dress. I would give a pass on the hem if she had a better shoe.

  • Out!  Love the color but HATE the hem.  It’s not even the length that bugs me.  It’s that horrible frill thing.  And the shoes are awful as well.  I can’t wait for the pointy toes and toe cleavage trends to die again.

  • l_c_ann


    This flare at mid-thigh and below didn’t look good on Heidi, either.

  • nancy

    Out. I do love the color… but everything else is very sharp, pointy and harsh. 

  • Beverly Nash

    I’m not voting except to say that she looks fine. Somehow, fashion seems irrelevant to her.  Although she is a good-looking woman, there is something about her that conveys ‘serious actress’, and really, that is what she is: a serious person and a serious actress.

    • Judy_S

       I agree with your analysis but give her an IN for that reason.

  • Anathema_Device

    Tough call, as this is a great dress on her. But, the makeup, hair, clutch, shoes, and  jewelry are all let-downs.

    Okay, Out.

  • This is so aging.  When I saw the first photo I thought it evoked Catherine Deneuve – of today.  She’s lovely, but wow, it puts a good couple of decades onto her.  And I absolutely detest sequins used in anything that gathers and folds like the bottom of that dress.  Way too heavy and thick leading into those pointy toes shoes which are sharp and mean.  It’s just too much.  I need another cup of coffee. 

  • IN. Severity or no, I love that color on her. 

  • m0r0

    She looks beautiful. I love mid-calf hemlines. You don’t. I’ll never understand it. 

    • out for a walk

      I think that they can be problematic but that this one works perfectly well. Depends on the shape, and the person’s frame, and where exactly mid-calf it hits.

      Anyway, I can barely bring myself to vote for Amy, which I guess means it is an OUT by default?

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Tragique, oui.

    • PinkLemon

       ha! tragique INDEED.

  • I think the hair comes off looking severe in these pics, but when you see her from the side and realize it’s a ponytail, that makes me thing it’s probably better in person. I wouldn’t have wanted her to wear it down with this dress at all. Love the dress and the color and even with that long hem I’d give her an IN. 

  • Despite the severe hair and shoes, I’m loving this dress on her. So I’ll go IN, but next time let your hair down, lady!

  • SapphoPoet

    IN. I love the dress, the color, and I think her hair looks modern and sleek. A real smile would have helped, though.

  • sweetestsith

    I think she kept her hair up to avoid getting tangled in the sequins, and I can’t fault her for that. I wish it was a *better* up-whatever, but I can deal.

    The hem is so-so, might be partially camera angle. I think it would look better straight on.

    The shoes/clutch/etc. I HATE. No redemption.

    All in all though, I think I have to give her a tentative IN. She doesn’t have a super awesome red carpet history, and she looks good all things considered. 

  • Out, she looks like evil but sad Amy Adams, like a villain that sacrifices herself at the end of a movie in a last ditch effort to rehabilitate her image and regain a modicum of self-worth.

  • kimmeister

    I like everything north of the waist.  From there on down though, the clutch is too matchy, the skirt would”ve looked better in a pencil silhouette and shorter, and I don’t like the shoes.  Small out.

  • In, but I wish she would smile.

  • belfebe

    A narrow IN.  I dont’ like the shoes, but for her, this is a great look. 

  • Eva_baby

    Out.  Disco Schoolmarm.

  • AudreysMom

    and…. she seems to hate it. Look at that look. This is NOT a happy Amy. 

  • egl48

    I don’t know why, but I think she is boring — even in her movies.

  • MarissaLG

    She get’s an IN from me. I agree that the hair is way too severe, but I think that color is so beautiful on her and the dress fits really nicely. Her makeup is also really fresh and youthful. 

  • It’s an *IN* from me! The color is stunning, and I like the shoes. The hair is definitely too severe. 

  • marilyn

    Barely IN.  The color and fit are good for her.  The dress would look better on her if it had a straight skirt that went to the floor.  I don’t care about her shoes.  With all of the shine in those sequins, she was smart to NOT wear any jewelry around her neck.  Her hair is passable.  It is more of a daytime look, but it is okay.

  • Kayceed

    In. Lean and mean.

  • She often goes too severe, but if she wanted to do the “Bitch, I’m severe” look, the ruffled hem was a mistake.


  • She’s trying to give “fierce face,” but she doesn’t look very comfortable in this dress. She’d probably look tons better if she changed her shoes and smiled. 

  • Out, I hate the severe hair and the matchy purse.

  • pookiesmom

    If she looked happier, this would get an unabashed in from me. As is, problems aside, it’s a beautiful color and the makeup is the best I’ve seen on her in a while. IN, with reservations.

  • AlexisPayne

    Hate the hem line, hate the shoes, not feeling generous this morning. OUT.

  • The first thing I noticed is that this dress is one of the few I’ve seen her in which hits at her natural waist (she’s a bit long-waisted, I think?) instead of low on her rib cage and in which she doesn’t look box shaped.

  • Joyce VG

    I say IN B**ch is fabulous.  I think the color is amazing and she looks so pretty. 

  • trisker

    Maybe if she would be willing to SMILE she wouldn’t look so harsh.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    In.  But I agree, her hairstyle is too severe.

  • alyce1213

    Not a WERQ or anything, but definitely IN.

  • shopgirl716

    In, she looks great

  • Patricia Gillett

    IN. She looks great. I only hate the shoes and I ALWAYS hate the shoes. 

  • poggi

    I can overlook everything else but not the hair.


  • Lisa Kramp

    In, if only because; a. We know how soft, pretty and happy here and; b. She looks great in a “I’m really pissed about something but I have to whore for the camera so I will look so chic and angry they will stay well back.

  • guest2visits

    I thought this all looked beautiful on Amy. I even like the sleek hair and the pointy heels.
    She could have worn sandals too, but these work fine to me.

  • IN despite the hair. The dress is so pretty on her!

  • MK03

    Am I the only one who gets her and Jenna Fischer mixed up? 

  • Jangle57

    Between the neck and mid-thigh she looks great; unfortunately, not so much above or below those areas.  OUT

  • TieDye64

    Ooooo, OUT. Gorgeous color on her, and I agree with T & Lo on all points. 

  • Mary229

    Beautiful woman with flawless skin and one of the most natural, effortlessly attractive faces out there. Great figure.

    I really wish she had a stylist that knew how to dress her.

    This woman has great dancer legs. She has great breasts. She looks younger than women who are 10 years her junior.

    I just want her stylist to let her be the bombshell that she is.

  • CQAussie

    The hem could stand to be a tad higher – but I still like it the way it is.

    I like the hair, I think it works to go simple with an eye-catching dress like this.

    Agree – different shoes would have worked better.

    Adore the colour of this dress!  It’s a lovely dress all over.  Not sure about the matchy clutch, it somehow works but it’s also giving me an eye-twitch.


  • newtonGOTbeaned

    I love that dress, hem included. But I agree about the shoes and hair. IN, I think.

  • Snailstsichr

    I don’t like the shoulders of the dress. I’m having visions of linebacker shoulders.

    Love the color; love the sequins. Hate the shoes, line of the dress and her hair. 2:3 so I guess that’s an out.

  • Out. She even knows it. Look at how pinched her lips are. Great color, tragic dress. Plus, that thing must way about 10 pounds. No one wants that.

  • What he said. OUT. 

  • OUT!

  • formerlyAnon

    I think the dress is so fabulous on her (color and fit) that I’d forgive the hem and the shoes and call it in, but with the severe hair, I just can’t. That’s a killer elegant look, and not only is the hair too severe for her face, but the “sleek pony tail” is too much of a day-to-evening quick fix. She needed a *hairdo*.  OUT.

  • Out. I like the dress but I agree with the hem comment. Great color, wrong shoes.

  • Out.  Actually love that dress, but everything else is just so bad.  She looks so very unhappy to have to be at this event.  Sad times.

  • I love the color of that dress. But it looks like it’s made out of some sort of sparkly rubber in these pics. I’m betting it looks better in person. I have to go with out. Less severe hair might have rescued it. I also particularly hate those shoes, but I hate any pointed shoes.

  • karena10

    The dress is a good color, but she looks like she hasn’t had her hair or make-up done yet.

  • Trisha26

    OUT I could probably ignore everything else if the dress were shorter and didn’t have that bottom flounce.

  • IN – any other vote will probably get me killed. She probably has a whip in there…

  • minnye

    I bet she and the dress looked a lot better in person and moving around. I like it all but the shoes. IN.

  • lrhoff

    Oh, she’s in for me.  Beautiful color for her, and the hem doesn’t bother me much….neither do the shoes.  A little severe, yes.  However, she’s looking sharp (excuse the pun).

  • librarygrrl64

    OUT. I was going to point out every single thing you said. Your years-long mind-control experiment is a success.

  • Allison Woods


  • jmorino08

    IN! I agree that the hair is too harsh and the shoes could be better, but she looks great!

  • Sara__B

    Out. Way too severe for this lovely lady.

  • TAGinMO

    IN. Great color and the dress is quite flattering on her. Can’t deny there are some details that could be improved upon, but c’mon…overall, she looks really good here.

  • margaret meyers

    IN.  She looke too good here to be an out.  You may have your quibbles.

  • rainwood1

    OUT for all the reasons you said, T Lo.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • granddelusion

    Amy Adams is so out. Done! You can go now.

  • Nicole Merrill

    OUT. Bleh.

  • sashaychante

    IN I’m so happy to see feminine shoes instead of those hiddy platforms everyone tends to wear, that it’s IN for me.  I think the color looks lovely on her, and I don’t have any problem with the length of the dress.  The hair could be softer, but that is minor.

  • oohsparkley!

    Out.  But it could have been great if she’d had Tlo there to advise her and shorten the hem and change her hair and shoes.

  • jw_ny


    I thought her hair was too severe at first look, but then seeing the side shot, she looks very pretty.  The dress is a good color and I’m fine with the hem length…dislike the neckline.  The purse is too matchy.  Shoes…eh.  

  • frannyprof


  • In. I hate the shoes but that dress is perfect for her.

  • ChelseaNH

    Out, because even she looks like she hates how she looks.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    OUT, because she looks like a nice girl made to wear evil clothing.

  • Vic

    Well, shoot me. I like it. IN.

  • I’m going to go against the grain and say IN, just because she’s got a look on her face that says “I’m severe today. Do not cross me.”  In that kinda mood, it’s okay to wear a shiny armor-dress, angry-looking shoes, and dragon-lady hair.

  • Her feet hurt in those shoes.  That explains the expression.
    The hair is too severe.  Her hem is too long.  The color is gorgeous.

    Sorry, this is a meh.  It could’ve gone either way.

  • adnama79

    Love the color and the fit of the bodice.  Even like the shoulders and neckline.  Think softer hair, softer shoe would make a world of difference and even hem would be fine w/ better shoes (wedge sandals?).  Think the little mermaid skirt part softens dress, might be cute an inch or two shorter, but would probably be cute above knee shift dress sans flare, also.  Color is killer on her and flat tummy highlighted beautifully.

  • lill5

    Softer hair would have been better and the shoes are daft, but the dress color makes up for it. In.

  • allj

    In except for the hair…

  • demidaemon

    Again I am thrown off by the hair here, but I also think the skirt is just all kinds of wrong while the shoes are badly paired. OUT.

  • travelingcat

    IN – the hair isn’t great, but I love the dress and she wears it well.

  • ccm800

    That dress looks like its made from melted purple cello cups and rolled in sequins. OUT as hell 

    • AnneElliot

      YES — like one of those nontraditional challenges from Project Runway, when they iron the plastic cups to make a corset bodice.  It looks painful and heavy.

      Plus I think it’s a weird shade of plum.  I love her but I just don’t like it.  OUT.

  • AWS


  • teensmom99

    IN-I actually love length.  No problems here that better hair and a lovely belt couldn’t have solved.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL


  • neofashionista

    while mid thigh down is yuck i still give her an IN because the over all look completely fits her “pollyanna midwestern goodness with a twist of fierce fabulous no nonsense no bullshit diva style” perfectly

  • PeaceBang

    Between the other days, “Everything here is giving me LIFE” and today’s “little opinion babies,” I am in a good enough mood to say, “IN!” Because I love that fourth photo with Miss AA in 3/4 profile and that dress (well, everything above the hemline, which I hate) is killah. 

  • In – the only thing I can’t stand here is her hair.  

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    out.  she looks too old here.

  • chitowndg

    In: I think the dress is the correct length.  I bet the hair looked fine in person, so she flips over to an in.

  • IN! Sometimes the reds and purples work for her and sometimes not, but this one is just sexy enough to stand the severe shoes and hair. I guess the purshed lips are the Amy version of bitchface: so sweet!

  • qoqo101

    In – just barely

  • AuntieAnonny


  • kaycem

    i just like the sequins on the dress, how a few gold ones were peppered in amongst the purple.  i hope that technique trickles on down to us mere mortals somehow.

    (i assume voting is closed, but if not, i’m going to have to go with OUT … i can’t get over the hair, makeup, or accessories.)

  • kikisayshi

    I love it when I have a thought while I’m scrolling down (like “her hair is too severe”) and then I see that TLo says the same thing! I feel like a true bitter kitten! 🙂

  • BelladonnaRising

    Out. Everything here is too severe. The only thing I like is the dress color.