Rachel Bilson in Preen

Posted on October 26, 2012

We were going to tell Rachel, “Girl, that’s not your dress,” but she’s actually doing a better job of wearing it than the model did.


Rachel Bilson attends the premiere of ‘Fun Size’ in Hollywood, California in a Preen dress.

Preen Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Valerija Kelava

It’s not a bad dress at all; it just looks kind of  … awkward, no? That print’s not exactly pretty to our eyes and the skirt looks stiff and too full; especially from the back. And we think we hate that patch on the waist. None of it’s working for us.

But hey, nice shoes. No, really. Despite our reputation for hating them, we think a good pair of neutral-colored pumps is a wardrobe essential. It’s just that they’re so rarely deployed well. We don’t quite think they go with this dress, but they’re the one thing in the pictures our eyes keep returning to.


[Photo Credit: Getty Images, style.com]

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  • RebeccaKW

    I love those shoes so, so much.  Absolutely not right for the dress, though.

    And that dress…ugh.  I guess it’s supposed to be leopard, but the size is just too large and there’s no contrast.  And that patch is crazy.  

    • Lori

      Is it supposed to be leopard? It’s reading sort of abstract flower-y thing to me. Obviously whatever the print was going for it didn’t get there.

      ITA about the rest. The shoes are great and I want them—because I have the right outfit for them. And that patch is just cray.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         The print looks like something off a “free with purchase” tote bag from Victoria’s Secret.

        •  To me it looks like ‘something biological under microscope’. But great shoes.

          • Lori

            So we have 4 different takes on the print, none of them flattering. I’m not sure what they were going for, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t it. FAIL.

          • RebeccaKW

             Exactly what I was going to say.  If your print can’t be identified, then you have chosen poorly.

  • Verascity

    I think she looks great, actually.

    • Me too. And points for attending the premiere of a movie that’s title perfectly describes her person.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      me too!

    • j_anson

      That was exactly my thought – but that’s totally her dress! It’s cute and brightly colored.

    • bringbackbeatles

      I also think she looks adorable. The only thing I don’t like is the shoe. It a fine shoe, but it just doesn’t go with this dress.

  • MoHub

    The patch is killing it for me. It just seems slapped on, as if the dress got snagged on something, and the only thing available at the last minute was some red iron-on material. I basically like the dress, although it seems to be pulling across the back in unflattering ways.

  • The patch is just making my eye twitch. It’s just…there.  No point to it.  I love the grey pumps, definitely better than the typical silly putty.  At least there is some contrast. 

    • J. Preposterice

      totally.  the soft grey suede makes them.

  • I just think that dress has too many design elements. Plus that block of red at the waist is making me crazy, cause it makes no design sense, in terms of usage or placement.

    • mjude

      i think it looks like a bad patch job

      • “Dress had a blowout, Ma’am, so we slapped a patch on it. Works fine now.”

        • mjude


      • MilaXX

         Reminds me of growing up when my mom would thrift clothes and put a patch over an otherwise good dress to cover a hole or stain.

    • decormaven

      The block of red first lends one to think it’s a belt, but it’s not. Pseudo-belt? Mimi-belt? Anyway, it’s a fail. The model in the designer’s photo- I’m getting an early Bowie/Ziggy Stardust vibe.

  • This colour is perfect with her complexion 

  • librarygrrl64

    Cute, but she still bores me.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      I’ve never understood her supposed fashionista status.  She’s cute enough I guess, but nothing sets her apart from a sea of other starlets with well-paid stylists.

  • pulpytomato

    I think she looks really cute.

    •  But how much of that is the dress and how much is just her essential cuteness? I think she always looks adorable, but I don’t love this dress.

  • Lisa Dugan

    The dress looks really cute on her.  Terrible on the model.  

  • hyperionic

    I think it’s the puffy drop waist that ruins this. Do those ever look good?

  • cleverlady

    Usually not a fan of the one shoulder thing but I really like this… quirky, cute, youthful… seems to be a good outfit for her (unlike the model: yikes).  This neutral shoe is a great alternative to that putty colored plastic looking platform nonsense so many gals/girls/women have been wearing.  Nicely done, Rachel.

    But can someone please explain to me the “purpose” of that over-the-shoulder hair style?????

  • I love the dress. I think she looks cute as can be. The shoes are lovely but suede was too heavy to go with such a springy dress. Now of course, we could revisit said dress and ask why she is wearing a springy dress in October. 

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    That patch is awful.  I would kind of like the dress if not for that random slap-dash of fabric.  And the shoes, while nice, are totally mis-matched.

  • My reaction is pretty much the opposite. I like it, it looks good on her, and I am not crazy about the shoes.

  • B_C_J

    This dress is ugly. There is a red bandaid applied to one side (almost as an afterthought) and some pleating added to the other side.  Are these design elements supposed to balance each other?  The dress is boxy and not flattering at all from the back.  The color is pretty and the shoes are safe.

  • nannypoo

    Except for the patch and the print it’s not so bad, but maybe that’s setting the bar a little low for public appearance outfits. I wonder what the model has on her feet. Rachel’s shoes are too serious for the dress.

  • bertkeeter

    Contrived and boring.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the dress and I think Rachel looks loads better than the model in it. I hate the mermaid hair & the shoe is nice, but a bit bland with this dress. I think I’d prefer a darker shoe, maybe a brown or black. I guess we should give points for the shoe at least fitting. She also needs at least a pair of earrings. Nothing huge or really fancy, a simple gold hoop would work.

  • jw_ny

    Those shoes do not go with that dress at all.

    The print is kind of ugly…red leopard spots?  On a Wilma Flintstone one shoulder dress?

    The big red patch is odd.   It does look awkward, but all in all, I don’t think she looks bad.

  • I like it. Don’t love it, but I like it. 

  • Sandra Megally

    The thing I like most about this look is that her shoes aren’t 7 inch heels with a 3 inch platform. I appreciate the fact that she has feet, not hooves. 

    • carolie_king

       Exactly what I was going to say.  A normal heel on the red carpet gets an A+ from me.  I don’t even care about the dress.

  • melanie0866

    It’s a cute dress.  It’s a completely cute dress.  But it’s a SUNDRESS, and it’s OCTOBER.  So unless these pictures were shot in the Southern Hemisphere, she’s misguided.

    Love the shoes.  

  • Mary229

    I don’t love the dress but she is so teeny, tiny and petite that most things seem to just kind of drape on her and fit.   It’s one of the benefits of being super tiny.   It’s not my favorite dress but she’s very cute.

  • It might be a cute dress if not for that silly giant red band-aid on it. I just don’t get it.

    • Candigirl1968

      It almost looks as if someone started to make a solid band around the waist, but then ran out of fabric.  Also, the dress might have worked better if if it wasn’t one shouldered – it has a fun flirty feel that doesn’t really work with the drama of a one shoulder dress.

      • MilaXX

         You know what, looking at the very depressed looking model, apparently there is a matching patch at the should that Rachel’s hair is covering. It doesn’t make the band-aide a better idea, but it does help balance it out a tiny bit. Except we can’t see it because of the hair. Yet another reason to hate the mermaid hair.

  • choco

    it looks very tween on her. And if you are going to wear a dress that uses a patch as the interesting design element, why not just wear a quilt?

  • It’s nobody’s dress.  Kind of like a Stella McCartney dress.  I actually looked twice to make sure she didn’t design it.

  • butter nut

    love the shoes, hate the dress.  it’s way too wilma flintstone.

  • I’d like the dress more if that random patch wasn’t there.  It’s not a terrible job, but it’s not a great one either.

  • Dhammadina

    Sharp. I love her. 

  • margaret meyers

    Home sewing project.

  • granddelusion

    I’m kind of the opposite. I think the front of the dress looks really cute on her (not on the model, though). Not so much from the back. It pulls in a funny way. I hate the shoes. Boring and mud colored. I’m also not crazy about the hair over one shoulder.

  • I think this dress is doing all sorts of things for her. Her figure looks amazing, and she’s looking long and lean. 

  • For once I completely disagree with TLo (sorry won’t happen again, I hope) I think the dress is super cute on her, love the skirt love the patch, hate the shoes…….

  • Lilak

    The height differential turns that into two VERY different dresses, doesn’t it?

  • This is a cute little print that should go with a cute little dress but instead a perfectly innocent sundress was tortured out of shape and had random patches appliqued to it and then was paired with a heavy pair of suede heels. So, no.

  • Sarah Aronson

    I like the dress. I am sad for that model. 

  • oohsparkley!

    I like it on her better than the model. Cute!  Doesn’t read for October though.

  • Trisha26

    I don’t like one-shoulder anything – top, gown, dress, just no. The patch at the waist is distracting as heck. Other than that I have no problem with it – lol!

  • maggiemaybe

    That dress is totally bumming me out but I agree the shoes are pretty cute.

  • Zippypie

    The color is okay but the dress is just ugly.  A little too literal Wilma.  And what the hell is that stripe on the midsection?

  • Why is a rich woman wearing a dress with a patch on it? Can’t she afford new clothes?

  • judybrowni

    The model needs a sandwich — or six –and a right arm. The poor thing wasn’t served by the Addams family hair and makeup they slapped on her, either.

    But the actress fills the dress out with more womanly curves, and her hair and makeup seem more human-like.

    A weird dress, yes, but the actress almost makes it work.

    I love me some suede pumps, too, but that neutral tone would only last a couple days walking in the city before it became dingy.

    (I know we’re not supposed to comment on the model’s appearance, but in this case it makes a difference in how the dress comes across.)

  • Bwin51

    The print looks like the Target logo gone warped. Not good at all.