Girl, That’s Not Your Emmys Dress: Claire Danes

Posted on September 24, 2012

Hey, Claire Danes! Congrats on your win! Would you mind answering a question for us? What, in your opinion, is the absolute worst silhouette for a pregnant woman?


Claire Danes attends the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a Lanvin dress paired with Barbara Bui sandals and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Lanvin Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Montana Cox

You are correct, Claire Danes! A bright yellow, droopy, shapeless sack that somehow manages to obscure the fact that you’re pregnant (or female, or human) while simultaneously making you look like you have a hump on your back IS the absolute worst kind of dress to wear. You’re so smart, Claire Danes.



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  • CMS

    And a terrible clash with her hair colour, to boot.

    • Gotta say, this was probably pretty f-ing comfortable.  

      • alyce1213

        I find it hard to believe anyone can feel comfortable in something as awful looking as that.

        • neofashionista

          Omg I totally agree in fact she pained me

  • RzYoung

    Oh 🙁 I’m gutted for her.

  • Patricia Gillett

    That color is horrid. 

    • Sobaika

      Right. I could deal with the shapeless sack (I mean, she is baking a bun right now) but that color was a poor life choice.

    • dschubba

      It looked so much worse onscreen. She looked like a highlighter when she was accepting her award.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Her eye makeup’s scary.

  • when she turned….didn’t realize it was possible for the side view to be that much worse (if possible) than the front view! shudder

  • Why do these blonde women keep wearing that mustardy bright yellow? When my hair was that colour, I could rock a light lemon yellow but this shade is not right. I like the bangles though.

  • voter1

    Fugly.  That is all.

    • WERQitspice

      i may have to borrow that one from time to time!! LMAO!!!

      • e jerry powell

         You never heard that one?

  • aja1223

    I feel like this was her attempt to not look back at these Emmys as “the year I won while pregnant.” Instead it will just be “the year I won while wearing a bad dress.”

  • im sorry, I HAVE TO AGREE!!!

  • Amy Griner

    My husband took one look at this and said “Is there such a thing as a HazMat garbage bag?  Because she’s wearing one, I think.”

    • love it. your husband needs his own account to comment on TLO. 

      • patticake1601

         mine said it looked like she draped a tablecloth over her body.

    • Anathema_Device

      When I commented on her outfit, my husband said, “But she’s pregnant!” Evidently I trained him well to never criticize a hormonal woman. Heh.

  • Alanna Wisteria

    There are so many amazing dresses for pregnant women these days. This is NOT one of those dresses. Good lord. I’m assuming the 360′ view looked better on the model, because the whole thing is just soooo “sack of movie theater popcorn butter”.  

  • DTLAFamilies

    Why does anyone wear Lanvin? Aggressively ugly clothes. Bleah.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    This dress is the absolute worst silhouette for ANY woman.  

  • afabulous50

    That dress is such a shame because she’s such a beautiful woman.

  • Fordzo

    Pfft…girl is having Hugh Dancy’s baby, which means that at one time she most likely had sex with Hugh Dancy.  She can wear a trash bag and I’m still jealous.

    • Billie_Dawn

      My favorite part of this comment is the “most likely.”

      • Fordzo

        Since I wasn’t there, I can only assume.  Actually, I prefer to believe it all happened in a laboratory and that Hugh is still saving his virginity for me.

  • e jerry powell

    What was that color about, in fact?  It was all over Julianne Moore too.  And Kaley Cuoco (whoever the hell she is).  And Julie Bowen did a slightly greener version of it.

    Does that color even exist in nature?  I think that color was manufactured in Photoshop.

    • twocee

       Kaley is on Big Bang Theory.  I noticed the color as well.  I really hope it’s not the “it” color for fall.

    • BelladonnaRising

      This color is EVIL. I can’t even imagine why so many women are wearing it right now. Why? Why would you want to look like you’re draped in toxic waste??

  • MilaXX

    I was really disappointed in this. Claire has been doing pretty good in maternity wear while doing press for the upcoming season of Homeland, but this is just a sad, yellow sack.

  • You know, for some reason. . . I kinda like it.  I don’t think I can defend it, but I like it.

    • Me too. I think it’s kind of interesting.

      • understateddiva

        I agree – it ain’t boring or standard, and that’s more than you can say for about 75% of this red carpet.

    • Araina23

      Me, too.  I think it’s cause of her speech where she called Hugh Dancy her baby daddy and said, “Mandy Patinkin, Challah.”

      • EveEve

        Was that “Challah”?  I thought it was “Holla!” Either way, that dress was all kinds of hiddy. Pregnancy is no excuse.

    • you’renotmysupervisor!!

      Me four!  She’s so tiny, the pregnancy may just make her feel awkward in her changing body, and it’s gotta be hard to find a dress that will fit two or three or four weeks out.  

      The blond is necessary for her role on Homeland, and it looked better on camera than in the stills.  

  • neofashionista

    Uggghhhh I love her so much but to me she was the WORST dressed person the entire night
    Why oh why did she wear an over priced mustard pool wrap NOT ok
    Still neck up she is glowing and she did deserve to win

  • Spicytomato1

    The dress doesn’t look horrible from the front, but from the side…yikes! But it’s her hair color that has me really concerned. It most definitely is not a shade found in nature, except perhaps in specimen cups. Ack!!

  • Fibercrazed

    Having been pregnant three times, I know a “Fuck it. I’m pregnant and it’s comfortable,” kind of ensemble when I see one.

    • But she doesn’t look that pregnant. I’m not sure how far along she is, but it’s not like she has a basketball belly at this point. I’ve never been pregnant (yet), but most of my friends who have, have still been in mostly-regular clothes when they’re this size.

      • EveEve

        Yeah, she’s gone up from a size zero to maybe a size four?

        • Exactly right. She’s basically the same size everywhere else but her belly, which is only SLIGHTLY larger.

    •  I’d accept that reasoning if it weren’t for those shoes, which can’t possibly have been chosen for comfort.

    • alyce1213

      She’s not all that pregnant. No excuse.

  • In one of the interviews, she commented that it didn’t even need any alterations to fit her pregnant belly as if that was a good thing. So unfortunate.

  • Judy_S

    I actually watched the show; I was willing to accept this dress up to a point. I did not find it hideous or unflattering (assuming that she has a bump to hide), though the color is headache territory. But as the night wore on I kept thinking about whatever is keeping it up, and worrying that it would slip, get uncomfortably tight, etc. Dresses you worry about are not attractive. 

  • NCDFan

    Someone declared this year to be the year of eye searing yellow, orange and chartreuse. Poor Claire got caught at the end of the line and they whipped something together out of left over fabric. I has a sad.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Thank God you guys said that – everyone else in the world is raving about the color and that dress, and I KNEW the bitter kittens would not support that!

  • In_Stitches

    She doesn’t look that bad in these shots.  Had I not seen last night’s carpet, I would have given her an in.  On camera, ohhhh it was tragic. 

  • shirab

    Also, bad roots! All the superblondes had bad roots last night, I thought. Claire, Julie Bowen, Kaley Cuoco, and Jane Krakowski in particular. Is it a trend? If so, why?

    • jenno1013

      Agree — those roots were the second place my eyes went, after the unfortunate gather above her poochy belly. 

    • alyce1213

      I won’t give Clare Danes a pass on the dress, which was the worst of the night. But I give her a pass on the roots because she’s pregnant and hair dye is a no-no.

      • HengRu

        ::Holding envelope to head like Karnak the Magnificent:: I see lowlights in her near future.

  • jilly_d

    Am I a lone wolf here? I thought she looked great, but i might be biased because i have an undeniable girl crush on her.

    • Call me Bee

      Well–I think I do, too.  She is gorgeous and smart and a great actor–her acceptance speech was awesome.  But it’s still an ugly dress. 

  • This is so sad, especially since from the neck up she’s quite stunning.  That dress shouldn’t even be used as a beach cover up. It should be burned. Immediately. 

  • Elizabeth Denton

    I’m not a fan of hers, but I love this dress. Not everyone wants to wear a super tight bump dress. Agreed on the color though! Not the best on blondes. 

    • alyce1213

      There are more choices than super tight bump dress and laundry sack.

  • So goddamn disappointing. She is usually one of the best (or at the very least most interesting) dressers on the RC, she has a cute little baby bump, and THIS is what she goes with? I’m willing to bet this was a (VERY) last minute pick on her part.

  • I don’t know which is worse: that it looks like a terry cloth beach coverup or that the rancid yellow clashes with her hair and skin.

  • This was quite possibly the worst dress there.

    And just once, I’d love to see a pregnant woman rock a tight dress on the RC: make the bump work for you! No need to hide it in a muu-muu!

  • That dress is hideous on any one, pregnant or not! Hello Alber Ebaz…enough with the tedious sacks and design something for a change!

  • Rand Ortega

    I’ve seen towels w/ more shape. & better color. Nice shoes, though.

  • janierainie

    I winced everytime I saw a side view of her last night. MAYBE she could  have pulled off the color if the shape had been better, but that’s an all cap maybe.

  • piecesofconfetti

    Crazy. When I was in that pregnant phase where you couldn’t *quite* tell if I was pregnant or just very bloated, I wanted to emphasize the bump. Embrace the bump! Why try to hide it, when everyone already knows you’re pregnant?

  • “Oh god, the shape of this is ghastly.  How can we draw attention away from the fact that this is a glorified sack?”
    “Hey, do you still have that tub of industrial waste? That stuff stains like you wouldn’t believe!”

  • Looks like a bed sheet wrapped around her. 

  • janetjb

    I can’t think of anyone who could wear that dress.

  • VicksieDo

    Hmm, she didn’t seem surprised to win, so she must have just been beyond caring what she looked like, which is a shame because many women have looked just as stunning as ever pregnant.  This was the worst dressed look in my opinion.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    What’s yellow and and should spank their stylist for that dress and their hair stylist for that color? This Emmy winner!

  • Judy_J

    Poor thing….from now till eternity this dress will be featured in clips about her Emmy win.

  • nannypoo

    I’ve seen terry cloth wraps for after a shower that are a lot like this, but they come in better colors.

  • it looked even worse when she was moving.  Really hideous!!!

  • That is ONE. UGLY. DRESS. 

    Although to be fair, it doesn’t look good on the model either.

  • SapphoPoet

    Also, she looks like a bottle of French’s mustard. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i have never been much of a fan of yellow in any of it’s incarnations so perhaps i am not the best to judge, but a yellow droopy sack is doing her no favors. A friend watching who was unaware of her pregnancy said ” i just thought she put on some weight”…and that hair color…is there not a colorist in Hollywood who could offer her a more flattering shade of blonde, it’s horrific…

    • alula_auburn

      I like yellow in theory, but as a pale girl like Danes, I find that yellow can be really hard to get just the right shade or tone or warmth or something–I can wear golden yellows and pinkish-yellows, but orange or green yellows look awful on me. I think this one makes her look a little jaundiced or something–it is not her yellow.  And ditto on the hair color.

  • I have to think that something was tucked or pinned when she left the house that came untucked or unpinned when she sat down because JESUSMARYANDJOSEPHFIENNESNO why would you do that side view to yourself?

  • DominoEstella

    I like it and I think the color is very pretty.  It might not be her best color but I think it would look great on a brunette.  The make up is a little rough.

  • drdirection

    Clearly neon yellow was the ticket to win…Julianne Moore, Julie Bowen

  • Deedles

    Is her hair color not right for her? Yes. Should the dress be a different color (maybe something along the lines of The Kluminator’s)? Yes. Just tell me what a 6+ month pregnant woman should wear when it’s over 100 degrees at award show time. I know what I wanted when I was pregnant in the summer: something soft, flowy and lightweight that clung to me as little as possible. You also need to remember her pre-pregnancy style-minimalist Calvin Klein all the way.

    • alyce1213

      Where was it 100 degrees?  Weather in LA has been very comfortable in the 70s-80s.  In any case, there’s no excuse for anyone, pregnant or not — and she’s not that big — wearing an ugly laundry sack to the Emmys.

      • jw_ny

         while watching last night I recall someone on the RC saying it was 114 d.  It wasn’t?  Perhaps that person was exaggerating, but it didn’t seem like they were.  idk.  They even showed one of the ladies walking under an umbrella.

        I agree with “ugly laundry sack” comment…lol.

  • Anathema_Device

    This was a godawful choice on her part. Bad color on her and HORRIBLE shape. Gold jewelry is awful with it, too.

  • meowing

    Yup, bad design (pregnant or not pregnant), bad color, bad makeup and hair color.  Dress looked like she took her baby-to-be’s diaper and wrapped herself up in it

  • julnyes

    That dress is hiddy.

  • Noga O’Connor

    I have been following this site for several years, and this is the first time I’ve written a comment. Yes, I think that this dress is *that* bad.
    When I was pregnant, the most important thing in the world to me was to not look like a huge lumpy tent. It is so easy to look good in a dress when you’re pregnant! Just wear something form-fitting that hugs the belly. There. No problem. Why oh why the tent?

    • Call me Bee

      Welcome to the flock.  Enjoy your opine-ing. 

  • Neverbuynewclothes

    Not to mention wrinkly and sagging on her right hip as if the elastic failed.  Lane Bryant beach coverup. 

  • ThaliaMenninger

    And the color is awful. Does anyone look good in that mustard yellow? It makes her hair look slightly green.

  • For this alone, I was annoyed that she beat Peggy for the Best Actress in a Drama Series award. Pegs was working her butt off, as always. 

  • Worst. Pregnancy dress. EVER.

  • Wellworn

    What a sad yellow baby bump. 

  • Candigirl1968

    It looks like something very expensive to wear to a pool party that you’d slap on top of your suit when you moved from water to cocktail.

  • guest2visits

    I couldn’t believe how wrong this dress was.
    Claire you’re pretty and pregnant – why cover it all with a big yellow beach towel.  
    On the other hand, she was looking beautiful herself.  Pretty jewelry and shoes.

  • She looks like she’s in some sort of cult.

  • Dot

    The is also one of the absolute WORST colors a fair-complected blonde person could possibly choose.

  • nancylee61

    I always confuse Claire Danes and another actress – not Cate Blanchett, but that other actress in the Titanic, Kate Winslet. I have no idea why!! I know Danes was in Romeo and Juliet, but I didn’t know anything else she was ever in.

  • Awful. Looks like an expensive bed sheet.

  • Call me Bee

    As MK would say, this is definately a “what was she thinking?” moment.  When I mentioned that it was an ugly dress, The Hubs said, “well, yeah, but she’s pregnant…” but there have been myriad PG gals on the RC that looked fab. 
    This dress is plain ugly even if you aren’t pregnant. Bad shape, bad color, bad, bad, bad. 
    It’s too bad, because the fabric itself it gorgeous–all floaty and ethereal.

  • Zippypie

    God awful yellow sack.  If it were in a little less offense color, I might just give her a pass but egg yolk yellow??  *shudder*

  • Trisha26

    Every time I saw her on camera I said “bath towel.”

  • Dress is fugly, but I”m so glad she won for her incredible work in Homeland! I have to quick marathon re-watch the first season in preparation for season 2.

    • EEKstl

      She is genius in Homeland.  Can’t wait for S2.

  • mmc2315

    I’m over this color on the white girls.  No.  ==stomps foot down==

  • sashaychante

    This dress looks like a bunched up beach towel wrapped around her body.   Otherwise, she looks pretty.  Maybe she figured who cares, I’m pregnant and I’m gonna be comfortable.

  • RoxieRider

    If she weren’t pregnant, she’d probably be one of the few humans on earth who could make that dress work for her at least passably well (Drew Barrymore comes to mind as another candidate). I don’t like the sack look in general, but she’s so uniformly shaped that she can get by with more floppery than some. I even like the color. But unlike the thousands of other times we’ve all used this particular metaphor, this time it is quite literally true that she looks like she wrapped herself in a bedsheet. Maybe a Catherine Malandrino bedsheet. It’s profoundly unflattering.

  • surfergirl70

    Horrid.  It looks like she took a wrinkled sheet and draped it around herself.  It bums me out, because there are GORGEOUS maternity clothes out there, especially if you’ve got some money to spend.

  • Srw27

    It looks 500 times worse from the side.  The Quasimodo look is NEVER a good one & she looks like she’s melting into the red carpet.

  • ojosazules

    You have to see it from the side to appreciate the true horror. It’s like her statue is saying, ” Yay! We won! Now let’s fly home and get this dress off!”

  • EEKstl

    Oh how I wish this were just a long, straight column.  Because I really loved the color on her.  But the drapey, sack-y s–t was a true WTF??? Moment.

  • It may be ugly on the red carpet but I think it really worked for her during the broadcast. Because of the color, she caught our eye practically every time there was an audience shot. My husband even remarked that the main thing he would remember about the show was Claire Danes’ yellow dress, so it maybe wasn’t such a terrible choice from a strategic perspective.

  • txanne

    From a distance, I mistook her for Jessica Simpson. 

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    I guess I’m more of less alone on this. I know it’s an unfortunately shaped dress, but I think she managed to wear it well and I found that fabric in that color pretty striking. It helps that her hair and make-up are absolutely flawless. Very happy for her…even if her show did beat out Breaking Bad for Best Drama. 🙁

    • Qitkat

      No, you’re not alone, but apparently we’re standing way over in the corner of BitterKittenLand. It’s an unusual, very striking dress and I loved her in it. I thought she looked like a Greek goddess last night, beautiful and elegant. I think her hair color is lovely and perfect. Do I adore her? Yes, and think she is a phenomenal actress.

    • Lilak

      May I please join y’all in Qitkat’s “corner”?

    • Magatha

       I am crowding into this corner as well. She looks great. I don’t want that color on my body or in my home (except for maybe as an accent pillow), but we are not talking about my body or my home. It looks terrific on her. Usually I am perfectly happy to be BitterKittenish, but I think on this one, we are venturing into BetterKittenLand.

    • Dagney

      Agree with you.  I would seriously hesitate to critique a pregnant lady anyway, but I think she looks stunning here.

      • Cousin_Rose

        Agree with your agree!  She looks great and she looks comfortable and that trumps for PG on the Red Carpet. 

  • Sara__B

    This sack of a dress has made a lot of best dressed lists. Thank you for returning sanity to my world. It IS an unflattering dress for her, even though I’ve never seen her look happier.

  • Poor Claire. It was the pregnancy hormones that made her do it. 

  • ccm800

    Gosh. I think she looks fantastic –  I guess I’m alone on this one. 

    • Nope, I loved it and presumably her and her stylist were on board. NEVER ALONE.

  • Yeah, there’s no reason to make a pregnant woman look schlubby.  With the right dress, she could have looked amazing!

  • LambeeBaby

    That is bad even for a bed sheet.

  • I have no problem with the color but the shape and the cut of that dress is horrific on ANY woman.

  • You’re all very harsh… she still looks incredibly elegant and her hair and make-up are flawless. The colour probably isn’t the BEST for her but it grew on me over the course of the evening. She won me over completely with the ‘Mandy Patankin, holla!’ line. Bless.


  • Loudoun Family

    It’s Big Bird’s bath sheet.  She’s nesting…sssh….

  • Jesus on a breadstick, that is horrific.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Awwww… I sort of like it. I know, I know. I just sympathize with how hard it is to dress a pregnant body. I definitely defaulted to shapeless a time or too. 

    • SquareMaire

      Yeah but it doesn’t look good on the non-pregnant model either.

  • Stephani Hecht

    Thank you!!!! I hated this dress, yet nearly every magazine or fashion show raved over it. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone.

  • margaret meyers

    Resort.  Not Emmy.

  • KathKo

    What’s killing me is that Elle’s french website went exctatic with love at this sight.
    And I was like “are you crazy ? Did you actually look at her and got over the fact that’s a Lanvin dress”
    Apparently not…

  • Thathoodwink

    Thank you. Fashion Police had her as a Best Dressed Nominee. The neckline reminded me of those awful terrycloth beach coverups that were strapless and shapeless. I could not understand why they likes this dress so much.

  • PeaceBang

    I think she looks pretty darned terrific.

  • berkeleygirl

    It’s long past time that she tone down the blonde.