IN or OUT: Julie Bowen in Zuhair Murad

Posted on October 11, 2012

Our hearts seem to be full of love today, because we seem to be handing out praise left and right.* It’s Gay PMS, darlings. Every 28 days, we stop being loudmouthed bitches and turn into a basket of fluffy kittens.

*Although even we couldn’t work up the kindness for Christina Hendricks’ Big Black Mistake.

 

Julie Bowen attends LA’s Promise 2012 Gala in a Zuhair Murad dress paired with earrings by Sutra.

Now before you get out the pitchforks, let us ‘splain, Lucy.

Yes, there’s a slightly disturbing fungal quality to this dress. Yes, the length and looseness of those sleeves are problematic. Yes, the shoes are distressingly matchy. But here’s the thing: Julie has a history of hitting the red carpet looking very hard and severe. She favors tight dresses with plunging necklines in either black or metallic. We’ve been saying for a long time that she desperately needs to soften her look. This is a step in the right direction. We like that it’s colorful (and a color that suits her like crazy, to boot); we like that she looks like she can breathe in it; we like that we can’t see her sternum. We’re all about the positive reinforcement here at T Lo Celebrity Feelings, Inc. You, on the other hand, have no responsibility to be kind whatsoever. So let’s hear it.

 

Vote Now!

 

IN! She looks colorful, soft, and happy!

 

OUT! She looks like she’s covered in cobwebs and algae!

 

And lo, there was much arguing amongst the kittens who are bitter as to whether or not Selma Blair’s romper/jumper/whateverthefuckyoucallit was chic or silly, with the ultimate vote coming down to chic, otherwise known as IN.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, zuhairmurad.com]

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLJGWC4T6AO6XW7NHN3CB42QHI Brittany and Jordan

      I don’t particularly like the dress itself, but I think she looks good overall. So IN. 

      • http://twitter.com/marieldrucker Marie Drucker

        Totally agree. Don’t like the dress, but she looks very good.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

      In! It’s a POSITIVE change for her. :D

    • kschwarting

      I just can’t with the sheerness of it.  And she looks extremely peppy in the first photo, which is not making me less snarky.

    • RebeccaKW

      In.  I love this and she looks good.  Yes, the shoes match, but it doesn’t bother me.  And speaking of, I need those shoes.  In that color.  I don’t like the clutch with it, though.  

      • http://twitter.com/SuzBald Susan Baldwin

        Yeah, what exactly IS that clutch? Is it burgandy or gunmetal?  Satin or suede?  I think it was wise to at least go darker with it….I like the shoes too.  Were that they were silver!  

      • http://twitter.com/ddaniell_e dani

        I own the same shoe. Got it from H&M a few years ago.

    • Anathema_Device

      Hmmm…I kind of wish this dress had a lot more or a lot less beading. I’m not loving the pattern on the skirt part, especially. What the heck, I’ll vote her In just for stepping out of her comfort zone. She looks pretty and relaxed here, that’s for sure.

    • Stubenville

      Out. Sheer like this is gauche.

    • http://theargiehome.blogspot.com/ Gus Casals

      She looks nice and is making a difficult dress sing, thus an IN. And yes, hair and face are softer, and she doesn’t look borderline anorexic, which is very, very good. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

        I agree – love this dress on her & the rest of the look works as well.  I’ve have liked to see something other than a brown leather clutch that could have been part of a western collection, but over all very good!  IN

    • filmcricket

      Out. I’m very over this trend (if I was ever under it) and this looks like a particularly cheap and half-assed iteration of it. Like the shoes and make-up, though.

    • pugluv

      This dress is very similar to the Zuhar Murad dress that KStew wore in Toronto just a different color, correct????  I don’t like the match/match shoes but overall I think she looks great.  Of the two Murad dresses…I think I prefer the darker floral pattern of KStew’s

    • dress_up_doll

      I have no problem with the fungal quality of this look. I do, however, feel slightly freaked by its sheerness (despite the masking of both the good china and dirty pillows).

    • Lochery

      I can’t. Too much mesh.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Out.  As Michael Kors would say, “She’s too matchy-matchy, disco ball, mother-of-the-bride”.

    • imperfectlaura

      One word: pedicure.

      About the dress: I only think this dress would work on a redhead making a “Fuck you, I’m not Ariel” statement.  As a natural redhead, I have dreams about doing just that.  For both reasons, OUT.

      • charlotte

        I thought for a moment that you were talking about the Ariel who plays her daughter. As in “Wait, she is not a redhead?”…”Oh, THAT Ariel!”. Silly me!

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        Gotta disagree with you on the pedicure — her toes look fine to me, just not painted….and I think a lot of times, painted toenails look cheap….like they put on several thousand dollars worth of clothes, jewels, and accessories and then slapped dimestore polish on their toes.  (I know it was probably $$$$ polish, but if it LOOKS like dimestore polish, it’s all the same.)

        • TieDye64

          Yep, just because there’s no color on the toes doesn’t mean she hasn’t had a pedi. Some prefer the more natural look. Either way usually works for me.

        • imperfectlaura

          I didn’t mean it in a “her toes look ugly” kind of way.  I meant more that with matchy toes a bold and different colored pedicure would downplay the matchiness more.  Probably should have explained it. :)

    • Allison Woods

      I like it, but I think the middle bit makes her look a little boxy. Cute hair.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      I understand your positive response, but personally, I think the dress is kind of creepy. 
      I mean like fungus. 
      Growing…on her.Ick! But except for that it looks great!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      A cautious, milqutoasty in. Mostly because those shoes make me feel queasy.

    • MilaXX

      IN. she finally got the ponytail right. That tight, sever look wasn’t working, but this is not as plastered down and looks great. Love the color n her and don’t really mind the length.

    • LadyCelia

      It’s a step in the right direction, I’ll give her that.

    • BazoDee

      Tough call -the shoes draw focus and the cut just isn’t working for me. But it is an improvement. But I just don’t like the dress-not even on the model, which means it isn’t really her fault exactly….hmmm. OUT

    • Janet B

      A giant step in the right direction.
      Out

    • afabulous50

      IN! She looks colorful, soft, and happy!

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      i dont love this dress, on her or otherwise, and the shoes are a little on the matchy side.
      but she doesnt look bad. IN?

    • belfebe

      IN.  She looks great.

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      I don’t even mind the matchy shoes.

      IN.

    • Kirsten Henry

      in!

    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      Only the length prevents it from being an ice-skating costume. And WHY the matchy shoes? I’m gonna have to go OUT on this one.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Out! I was wondering when someone would say ice skating costume. Also making my toes hurt and I always wear heels.

    • mhleta

      Jumping into the basket of fluffy kittens. IN!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

      Out. It looks strangely cheap to me.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/R3DYATQM2QRPBUMNUW4YISMZ6Q Jane

      Love the shoes, makeup, and hair.  The dress makes her look shapeless and the clutch looks like my mother’s checkbook.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        Also love the shoes, makeup, and hair.  I don’t mind the shape of the dress and think it would have looked okay in a non-sheer, non-lace (or non-whateverthehell that fabric is) fabric.

    • DinaSews

      After a deep breath and second consideration, I’m going with IN. 

    • Lilithcat

      It’s fine.  I don’t mind the matching shoes.   The clutch, on the other hand, looks as though it wandered in from an entirely different outfit.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      The shoes are matchy (and appear to be from Kohls or similar), but they FIT! So she’s an IN just for that.

    • lalagigi

      In. Terrifically flattering color for her. I don’t even mind the matching shoes since they are quite lovely.

    • ringthing

      I’ll give her an IN, or at least a Most Improved. But in that last shot looking over her shoulder, she bears a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched, all ready to go out to dinner with Darren.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCARAOJSL553GBBPQSLRYD5REE L.

      IN!  Love the low back, the color, fun shoes, ponytail.  She looks great.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      I like it. She looks happy and confident in that dress. And yes, it’s miles better than some of her other red carpet appearances.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      We’re grading on a curve here, so IN. You’re welcome, Ms. Bowen.

    • ralish

      I think that sheer netting only works if it’s done perfectly. Otherwise it looks tacky and unflattering. So, out. But I love the hair!

    • mjude

      i have to say IN.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/47S737MGWCAZEZ73QOAFKDFEKQ Jill

      Ugly dress, she looks like she just crawled out of a pond

    • AnnaleighBelle

      I actually think cobwebs and fungus are pretty, and I like the shape of her sleeves.  The photo of the back view is lovely.  I do prefer the dress from a distance rather than close up.

      IN.

    • TheLaurenJean

      It’s an ice skating costume. OUT.

    • TieDye64

      Yay, no severe sternum. Hair and makeup look really nice. Not digging the shoes and clutch, and the fungal aspect of the dress is a little annoying, but the color is great and she is looking pretty in general. Minor IN.

    • http://twitter.com/iraki86 IraKi

      IN

    • 3boysful

      This is really good for her, so I’m going with IN.

    • Trisha26

      In.

    • sashaychante

      OUT Cannot get past the hiddy pattern of growth on the dress.  It’s just disturbing.

    • MarissaLG

      I think this is pretty. IN.

    • http://aldonsusi.blogspot.com/ Susi R

      IN!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      IN. Well deployed matchy shoes I believe.  

    • formerlyAnon

      Out. Nothing with that many sequins should look that dingy.

      Especially since (as best I remember and it’s true these things can fluctuate) she has a typically actress-trim figure and in that first shot she looks almost thick-waisted.

    • AuntJentie

      In

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      OUT, oh so out. It’s the toe-thong shoes that really really get me, but the whole frock is upsetting. But I like her face.

      • kimmeister

        100% agree.  I was about to like the shoes by themselves until I realized they had a thong component.  In what appears to be suede, yuck!

    • http://twitter.com/the_hedgepig Lauren Searle-LeBel

      Ugh, OUT.  I just can’t see where you’re coming from here.  That dress/shoes combo is a TRAVESTY, though things do look good above the neck.

    • Miss_Led

      Barely IN. She looks happy!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/37TPKASIMXVUPYK5BNQFOL43KU Carina

      I think it works and it looks like she’s comfortable in it. IN!

    • frannyprof

      Out.
       

    • Judy_J

      I’m trying to be kind, but I just can’t find anything to like about this outfit.  The bodice of that dress makes her boobs look sad and droopy.  And I’m sorry, but if my toes looked like that, I sure wouldn’t be showing them off in barely-there sandals.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      OUT.  The clutch – NO NO NO!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603005248 Jeff Warhurst

      “Ariel out to drinks”.  Out.

    • Dagney

      The dress is okay, it’s a bit “Miss Rodeo 2012.”  The shoes would be better suited to a summer casual dress.  OUT.  The makeup was done at the mall by the girl at Glamour Shots.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bert.keeter Bert Keeter

      Love the dress…thanks for close up shots so we can see the lace details! Not loving the matchy color on the shoes! LUV BOWEN…n she is LUCY!

    • Kayceed

      I like the sequinned fungi effect, but not its placement on the dress, which looks a bit to anatomical to me on the skirt. Also, the top of the dress doesn’t fit very well – I’m guessing the open back doesn’t help matters. A for effort, but still out.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      I like the close up, but not where the hem falls. Great promise, no follow through = OUT

      But only by a little… keep trying, sweetie!

    • Aly Light

      OUT, and not really because it’s too complicated, but because it’s complicated in ways she can’t handle.

    • altalinda

      It’s not offensive, but it’s boring and old-fashioned.  Marginal out.

    • Judy_S

       I really don’t like that dress, and I don’t know her enough to like her. So I’m an OUT.

    • Kyle Crawford

      Blanche Devereaux !

    • Rrroza

      Even though I don’t like this dress (I find the embellishment pattern awkward) the overall effect on her is pretty. IN

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

      Looks a bit matronly. Take or leave.

    • lalahartma

      Sorry, Out.

    • DylanCurtis

      IN…I guess.

    • DinahR

      IN   The looks pretty and soft and its an interesting dress in a color that looks good on her.   I don’t mind the algae growth look so much.  Algae is ‘floral’ right?  

    • LeifBallard

      the dress is an anti Monet…from first glance i was like gross, then when i saw the up close picture I was like wow that is gorgeous! The hair, shoes, and earrings are nice too just the clutch needs to go!

    • BobStPaul

      In.  She looks great even though the dress itself is not fantastic.  

    • SophieCollier

      I really don’t like the dress at all, but I see your point(s) in why you’re pleased with this look.  Still, it’s kinda ugly.  OUT.

    • l_c_ann

      Out.

      Because the matchiness caused a really stupid idea to get stuck in my mind:  maybe she’d look great on Startrek in that outfit if they’d given her teal colored contact lenses. 
      Matchiness can do that to an occassionally orderly mind.

    • jw_ny

      IN

      I only dislike her shoes.  Dress is ok…hair and makeup are pretty.

    • ChelseaNH

      In, for the most part.  With a less severe hairstyle and a different clutch, I would be more enthusiastic.

    • kimmeister

      I’d much rather look at a basket of fluffy kittens than this look.

    • DaveUWSNYC

      Happy colors, happy woman. IN

    • Zippypie

      Out.  It’s just ugly.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I like it, except for the clutch.  That cordovan color is just so out of left field for the ensemble.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

      What’s wrong with the length? I think it’s perfect. Love the shoes, the hair, the jewelry. IN

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      There’s something about the tattered lace in the bodice that is giving me a Miss Havisham vibe. 

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      Out. The dress looks like it was made from bath scrubbies. Also, it doesn’t fit as well as it does on the model.

    • Dhammadina

      In. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L6FKGKUXWF6QSWWYAHJZYKKI3E Adrian

      The shoes are too matchy, and the clutch totally doesn’t go. But the hair, makeup & jewelry are pretty hard to argue with, and the color is pretty much perfect. I call it IN.

    • Karen Dickerson

      She looks so much better than she normally does, so while I see some problems, I’m going to give her an IN. 

    • MarinaCat

      Is that her checkbook she’s carrying? I give her a marginal in, as she still looks severe to me.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      She always looks so uncomfortable, like she hates dressing up but someone (agent, manager, stylist, producer) is making her. I wouldn’t dislike this so much if she didn’t look like she was getting her teeth drilled.

    • Lisa Kramp

      She looks happy and cute, even though it is a very strange dress. I’m hating the tiny fringe at the bottom…makes it look like they didn’t hem it. Overall, IN.

    • Northern_Light_27

      Mother of the bride, if everyone in the wedding party are zombies.

    • Jillaine13

      IN.  Gloved claps for the step in the right direction.  

    • notdorothygale

      Too showgirl-on-the-town for my taste. The lady had some filling and freezing done over the Modern Family hiatus; too bad a style transplant wasn’t offered.

    • guest2visits

      It would be very pretty if the bodice were not so low on her, it appears the dress doesn’t fit well. No to the matchy shoes.

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      In! Love the dress, AND the shoes; think she needed different hair and bling, though.

    • Imasewsure

      Gentle out… me no like but she still looks pretty overall

    • Jangle57

      Oh ultimately it’s ok, I’ve seen much worse so IN

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=122613264 Carly Warnock

      In. Every time she poses she looks like such a silly pet, it’s quite endearing.

    • http://twitter.com/ndpndntfilm Susan Velazquez

      in

    • Haley Buchanan

      The first thing I thought when I saw these pics was, “she looks happy.”  That’s worth a lot.  Plus the color and the not-too-soft-not-too-severe hair are great on her.  IN.  

    • sleepycat

      Out the dress is like halloween cobwebs

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      She is giving it the old college try but it’s not working.  I’m not sure anyone could do it.  The dress is a mess and the pretty earbobs and cute clutch can’t save it.  Props for trying, with attached courage cluster for trying something new, but OUT.

    • demidaemon

      This is a personal best, in my opinion. Obviously, IN.

    • mayavaly

      I had a hard time getting passed the “Look at meee! I’m so cute” expression in the first pic. And then those overlaid sheer dresses make me very uncomfortable. They’re like creepy, eye road maps, and this one has a veritable Rond-Point sign pointed directly to her lady parts! OUT.

    • Carla_Charlton

      Maybe this looks better in real life because in the photo, it’s a little too illusion-y for my taste. But I love those shoes and they look nice on her feet.

    • msdamselfly

      IN

    • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

      Out. It’s a sheer dress with lace on it. Just can’t.

    • PeggyOC

      Out, out, out.  Mermaid skater with bridesmaid shoes.  Bleach.

    • lrhoff

      I like it…..good coloring for her, too.

    • NCDFan

      Since there is a lining below the decolletage, I give it an in.

    • quiltrx

      OUT. Ugly plastic tablecloth dress.

    • http://twitter.com/BrienneCalmer Brienne Calmer

      Ugh, fine, it’s not terrible, so lower-case in, I guess.

    • jmorino08

      Jesus Christ TLo!! Are you smoking crack?!? This is so clearly an out, I… I… I just can’t…

    • Emily Wilkerson

      I love the dress (aside from the weird fit of the sleeves) and I think that the accesories are killer. Overall, she looks great. A clear in.

    • DCSheehan

      She is so gorgeous! Why can she not find a look that suits her? That said, this isn’t a trainwreck and she’s clearly trying hard so I vote in.

    • http://twitter.com/jeremiahcapz Jeremiah Capacillo

      IN. She looks so feminine!

    • Marcela86

      IN, I really like this look!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y3OY6COEVBS2STNCUNIRZ3COUE Claudia

      I like the dress on her a lot, but the “too matchy shoes” were a bad choice.  All in all, however, its an IN.  

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Ice dancing costume realness. OUT.

    • SewingSiren

      In. I love the SIrenian quality of the dress. Her shoes are too small though.

    • Larkin21

      Other than the shoes (which I don’t love regardless of the matchy-ness), I think she looks great. IN! 

    • http://TheDoseofReality.com/ The Dose of Reality

      OUT. “Disturbingly fungal quality” nailed it…especially near the neckline. (But I was never one for the “lets put some sequins over only your lady bits and keep the rest sheer” kind of dresses. Tacky)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1476648069 Scott Cooper

      If Betty White were to join Stars on Ice, this would be her costume.

    • iheartbuffy

      IN, but the shoes make me cry, and not in happiness. 

    • pookiesmom

      Weirdly, the outfit you panned was arguably the one I liked the most. Clearly I have not internalized years of reading style advice via your blog.

      This is alright. Love the shoes and the color, but I just am not a fan of the dress. I have no idea why this gorgeous, rich, thin-as-a-doornail woman has so much trouble dressing herself. If she can’t do it, what hope do the rest of us have?!

    • EEKstl

      IN but I wish she’d done something different with the shoes.  Not always a hater of the matchy matchy, but in this case it’s really bothering me, probably because the aqua of the sandals is greener than the aqua of the flowers.  It’s “not quite matchy matchy” which is very distracting.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      IN. It does look like algae but it’s working for me and I think the color and fit and hair are all lovely.

    • stagmania

      IN; the color looks great on her, so I’ll forgive the matchy shoes.

    • ccm800

      OUT!!!!!!!!!!!! Weird veiny chest yuckiness must go away. Just EW! 

    • Myra C

      I concur. I like it. No complaints.

    • cleep1000

      It’s too Sophia Loren. Ages her. OUT.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

      none of the accessories look good with this dress.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      IN.  Except the clutch.  But still, IN.

    • up with pod people

      In! Love it, love the colour, want those shoes desperately.

    • http://twitter.com/dontpanic503 Brian Jardine

      OUT.  Can’t get past the dress.

    • bitterk

      A tad too old lady-ish for me.  But i like the color.

    • neofashionista

      IN

    • elemspbee

      OUT. Dress is creepy.

    • librarygrrl64

      I don’t love the dress, nor that bag with it, but she looks much better than usual, so, IN.