IN or OUT: Julie Bowen in Naeem Khan

Posted on November 06, 2012

The last two IN or OUT posts were either looks we didn’t like or looks we were fighting over, so let’s flip the script and feature a look we pretty much love.

 

Julie Bowen attends the 1st Annual Baby2Baby Gala in Culver City, California in a Naeem Khan purple sequin caftan gown with v-neck and blouson bodice from the Fall 2012 collection paired with Harry Winston jewelry.

Naeem Khan Sequined Kimono Gown

If nothing else, you’ve got to admit, that’s a spectacular color for her. She’s had a tendency in the past to avoid color or to wear very muted colors, so we’re thrilled to see her get her “Prince & the Revolution” on.

She also has a tendency to go for the sternum-baring gowns and unfortunately, we haven’t broken her of that habit yet.

Still, we like this, for the most part. We keep going over it and wondering if she should have done more in the jewelry department, but a dress like this doesn’t really need it. In fact, a dress like this can’t really handle more than a few pieces of jewelry without tipping over into Tacky Land, so she made the right choices here, as far as we’re concerned.

 

Vote Now!

 

IN! BEA-UTIFUL!

 

OUT! BEA ARTHUR!

 

Yesterday, the Bitter Kittens were feeling extra bitter and voted both Solange’s crazed secretary look and K Stew’s “I feel like I forgot something” look O to the UT.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, neimanmarcus.com]

    • Funkykatt

      I think I am the only person on this planet who does not like purple so I can’t comment for or against. Why am I even posting this…

      • librarygrrl64

        I don’t like purple, either.

      • miagain

         I don’t love purple either… {I always think of odd women who will only wear purple}… but even I have to admit that the color of this caftan is lovely!

        • BrooklynBomber

          Yes, what is that about? I call them the purple people. And they’re usually redheads (as am I, but I rarely ever wear purple). Purple head to toe. 

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

            My people! I don’t care for purple, but I really love this on her. Get your glam Mrs. Roper on, sweetie pie!

            • BrooklynBomber

              I agree–I think this looks really good on her.

          • megohd

            They call themselves purple people too. Weird.

            • BrooklynBomber

              No! Yikes.

        • http://www.facebook.com/stephieryan Stephanie Ryan

          marie schrader! 

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        I am the “green sheep” in a family of purple-lovers. This is a pretty shade and looks nice on her, though. Purple is definitely having a moment.

      • NC_Meg

         I hated purple until a few months ago. Dark purple nail polish changed my mind.

      • http://www.djplaw.com/ Tadiana

        My mother lives for purple, so much that it has become Not A Good Thing.  She passed on to me a silky purple top and skirt that didn’t fit her any more and I’m not sure what to do with it (besides not wear them together, at least).  So I can’t look at this in any kind of unbiased way either.   I think purple tends to do odd things to the wearer’s complexion.  Sigh – small “in” anyway.

    • mjude

      IN. she looks great!

    • Cheesely

      dress is beautiful, color is great on her (IN) buuuuut I just don’t understand why stylists haven’t figured out how to safety pin a too-low neckline so that it doesn’t look safety pinned!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5T2QPOAWOBDRHFL2MFAV7KQCY Tracy

         Oh, good catch. Yuck.

    • http://twitter.com/k8twolf Katie Wolf

      IN! She is killing it!

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

         I’d even say she’s gone out the other side of IN to WERQ.

    • Joyce VG

      Meh she looks comfortable and purple.  (I say it’s a Bea Arthur dress for sure) but….IN. 

    • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

      Love the sparkle and the color. IN!

    • teensmom99

      IN.  At first I was thinking jewelry, but of course dear TLo are right re jewelry with this dress.  I think with less sternum and something better with the hair this would be a WERQ.

    • AuntJentie

      In, the color is beautiful

    • kayleymaybe

      IN!  Best she’s looked in a long time!

    • J. Preposterice

      Can’t we say “IN!  BEA ARTHUR!”

      Because.  YES.

      • tsid2012

        You beat me to it!  I am totally a fan of Bea Arthurs style for her at the time.  I’m not a fan of purple but I do like this.

    • librarygrrl64

      It’s a bit “Grande Dame of Hollywood,” but she looks better than usual. IN.

      • JMB_edits

        I had the same thought.  All she needs is a turban!  But same thing, I like it on her!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5T2QPOAWOBDRHFL2MFAV7KQCY Tracy

      She is beautifully styled, I can’t quibble there, and the color is lovely.  But something about the cut of the gown makes her look like a Lollipop Head.

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

      IN. Even though she’s standing in a bit of a fabric puddle, I really love the dress and the color looks fab on her!

    • Janet B

      In

    • decormaven

      Muted in; I’d like to have seen it with the original neckline. It’s the focal point of the design. And who doesn’t love that ring?! 

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

      70’s nightgown.

      OUT.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RocketStarling Ashley Ellen Wilson

      IN. LOVE the color. 

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

      Caftan……….now THERE’S a style I didn’t think I’d see ever again.

      She is definitely working this, so much that you don’t really notice it’s a caftan.  For that, she gets an IN.

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

      IN!  She can get away with the plunge when the arms and legs are so covered.

    • chitowndg

      In

    • ThatPeterG

      IN

    • formerlyAnon

      In.

      So what if Bea Arthur might have worn something similar? One needn’t always be daring to be in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000393765005 Garcia Loca

      That is a spectacular “lounging around the house” dress.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BJTY6KY7LOR7MDOD6QCZUC3VVI Donna Tabor

         Except for the sequins. They don’t look all that comfortable to sit on.

    • In_Stitches

      The fabric looks a little strippery to me which I don’t love and I wish it was a simple sleeveless dress with a plunging neckline instead of this droopy boob-to-arm-sleeved monster, but after all that hate, I still have to give it an IN if we’re grading on the curve. 

    • StellaZafella

      I think this is probably the most comfortable and yet elegant thing a woman could wear on the RC. I agree with the Bea Arthur love.
      It made me think that, just a bit, if it WERE Bea, she’s have the shoulder pads in and it would go in the direction of the 30’s costume designer Adrian…but then, it would be in Gold or Silver.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      In, completely in.

    • http://twitter.com/shiningcui Shanying Cui

      IN. I want that ring so bad!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KBNJ6GJTXYEE6BON3WGK6KEGT4 Elizabeth

      IN. It’s a lovely dress, and she looks lovely in it. I think Bea would approve.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      IN. Disco fabulous. 

      • MoHub

         PR designers: take note.

    • http://twitter.com/uyeahu Michelle Wilson

      Best she’s ever looked.

    • Lilithcat

      Gorgeous color.  I like the look overall.  But not the leather clutch with glittery fabric.  

      On balance, in.

    • Jenna621

      I love this.  She looks stunning.  IN.  (And I love wearing purple.  Us pale girls with the rosy undertones look great in it!)

    • WittyCism

      In, for sure.  She hasn’t looked this soft and beautiful in a while.  It’s all been bony shoulders and elbows, and yes, sternum, so this is an improvement by far.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BJTY6KY7LOR7MDOD6QCZUC3VVI Donna Tabor

      Love that deep violet on her. It’s a pretty color for almost everyone, and I’m surprised more designers don’t use it. 

    • MoHub

      So—dolman sleeves are back?

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      Love it. I think a long tassel necklace would have worked with this, personally. IN

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cortney-Dean/100002491593625 Cortney Dean

      In! I think this is the best she’s looked in ages.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1016141160 Jennifer Sowell Glover

      this probably doesn’t sound all that complimentary, but i’d say it’s a definite improvement for her.

    • TieDye64

      IN, though it sort of looks like she’s melting in the floor, and a stronger lip color would’ve made her makeup perfect. Minor quibbles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000817580744 Adamantia Rosomak

      OUT. I like purple, I like sequins, but  it’s completely not her.

    • mellbell

      Out. I couldn’t quite put into words what about this look didn’t work for me — “aging diva” came closest — but “Bea Arthur” nails it.

    • MzzPants

      IN.  Fab.

    • AlexisPayne

      In! This is so pretty, she looks a lot softer than she usually does.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      That’s a LOT of purple, but the cut and drape are good on her.

    • RoxieRider

      In. Swoon.

    • Kathy_Marlow

      Such an IN for me.  I love the color and the shape is good for her. 

    • Imasewsure

      Love it on the model… only kind of like it on her so it’s a muted OUT for me. It’s a bit Jolie-Pitt for my taste but the fabric is beautiful

      • l_c_ann

        I thought it made the model look hip-ful.

        • Imasewsure

          Yes I ‘d agree but it’s probably just the lines of it overall I like better on the model…. or maybe just the superior lighting! Think it’s just not a true IN for me but it’s pretty

    • claudemtl777

      While I love the color, and think she looks chic overall, the first thing that came to mind was Marian Mercer, the hostess/dining room manager on “It’s a Living”…

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Oh, we love that. We wish we’d thought of it.

        • claudemtl777

          Ok…Color me giddy with excitement….Btw, you guys’ profile was featured in the Montreal gazette a month ago…I can say: “I knew you when…”

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             It was? This is the first we’re hearing of any profile in the Montreal Gazette. We’ll have to track it down.

            • claudemtl777

              If memory serves, it was a reprint of the NYT article

    • jilly_d

      WERQ!

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      She looks awesome. I say IN.

    • B_C_J

      IN!!!  Fantastic color on her. Love the retro feel and even thought it’s a caftan-style dress, it is still sufficiently body conscious so that she is not swallowed up by it.  I would have perhaps added one diamond broach either at the waist or at the bottom of the neckline to fully commit to the total glamour look but that’s a very minor detail. 

    • crackineggs

      IN

    • sleepycat

      OUT! you hit it on the nose with the color commentary, Bea Arthur all the way

    • Patricia Gillett

      I adore purple. This is IN by a little bit for me. Almost became out because of the length but the ring saved her. 

    • Kristy Evans

      IN. I can’t say no to sequins.

    • jw_ny

      IN but, its a bit on the mature side.  I look at it and think ‘thank god she didn’t opt for a turban with it!’  ;)

    • MissFern

      pretty!

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

      It’s… okay. I want a contrasting belt, just a pop of color. But otherwise, she looks fabulous. IN

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Out.  And then there’s Maude…

    • rissa42210

      In!  It looks lovely.  The clutch is a little meh…

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

      In! As the Fug girls mentioned, it’s like a super fancy caftan and I can get behind that.

    • bertkeeter

      Julie B is an amazing actress. I like dress n color….skirt could fit a little better?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

      I’m going with IN. That gown looks like it took a lot of nerve to wear.

    • marilyn

      In.  She did it just right.

    • oatmealpie

      In! Her hair looks really great here, too.

    • NCDFan

      In

    • msdamselfly

      Ech

    • Call me Bee

      Oh my gosh!  The first thing I thought of as I scrolled down…was Maude!  But–I understand there’s a 70s throwback trend going on, and while I was never a fan, even in the 70s, I can appreciate the fashion-ness of it.  For others.  This is a great example, and the color is awesome on Miss Julie.  Well styled, too.  IN! 

    • kimmeister

      In.  The softness in the shape is a nice change over the harsh, angular looks she usually goes for.

    • Jangle57

      I love the dress color but the sleeves are bordering on matronly for me.  However, I feel that’s minor so IN

    • MissMariRose

      IN

    • Kayceed

      I love caftans with a defined waist – IN!

    • altalinda

      Out.  Too mature.

    • poggi

      In.  She looks pretty and soft, but still colorful and glamorous–not an easy combo.

    • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

      LOVE IT.

    • demidaemon

      I think this might be a mite matronly, but that could be do to the bareness and lack of accesories around the bosom area. Still, I can’t deny that she looks stunning. IN.

    • ellabob

      A little too mature for her, but spectacular color…

    • http://onebluetree.blogspot.ca/ Sara L.

      I love this and I normally hate purple? What gives? IN.

    • unbornfawn

      Oh dear, is that safety pinned or tack with a couple of quick stitches down there at the bottom of the sternum? She misses more often than she hits. This is pretty good, I’ll give her an IN. I gotta say, I am not a fan of all the pale practically non existent lipstick the lady stars are favoring these days. This look could use a stronger lip color.

    • newtonGOTbeaned

      The dress is awesome, but Julie Bowen can’t pull it off. That dress belongs to Solange. And I disagree about the jewelry, I think she needs giant gold earrings. Well, Julie Bowen would look ridiculous wearing that dress and giant earrings. But Solange would look amazing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518485090 Jesse Rabbits

      Out: Unless she’s at the premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396777506 Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

      IN

    • MGMcD

      In – I love purple, and since she has a pretty “boyish” figure and often goes to sort of severe looks, it softens her up a bit. 

    • trisker

      IN.

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      Out. It just screams “Night of a Thousand Stars You’ve Never Heard Of”.

    • Jessica O’Connell

      Love it! I think she looks great. IN!

    • elirt

      IN! She usually looks too harsh considering her sharp features and this is the softest and most feminine she’s looked in a long time.

    • PrunellaV

      If Modern Family gets cancelled, she can play Mrs. Roper in the Three’s Company remake. OUT.

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

      In.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DNWEFT2SVBX5T3NPMROQCT4U2U jennyv

      In! sparkly caftan!

    • MilaXX

      OUT! BEA ARTHUR! She’s too tiny for this dress.

    • Kate4queen

      In for the dress but she needs a stronger lip color or face paint to really make it work

    • karena10

      I have nothing against purple, but purple and sparkly are just too much together (unless you are under 10 years old).

    • Qitkat

      No. Sequin googolplex. 

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I was thinking Rue McClanahan more than Bea Arthur, but I’m still on Golden Girl turf. OUT.

    • Judy_J

      I wish she’d worn some sort of tiny sparkly necklace with that dress.  The color is spectacular (purple is a particular favorite of mine), but I’m not sold on this look.  It appears that she’s got the neckline pinned so it isn’t open to the waist as is the runway version, but it is done so clumsily that it looks tacky.  It’s not bad enough for an out, but I can’t give it an in, either.  Guess I’m just one of the undecideds.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N75LLUHGJEGCGJ3HZAXEB3MBJI Deen

      Woah.  My first thought was “Bea Arthur at a disco.”  Not that it isn’t fabulous anyway…. It just seems a little mature for her.

    • ChelseaNH

      IN.  The color could be toned down a tad, but yay!  Color!

    • Lisa Kramp

      It’s the weirdness, man! The shiny purple weirdness! I can’t handle it, man! Out.

    • TSkot

      Bea Arthur it is.  OUT

    • Haley Buchanan

      Yes. The fit and neck on the top are a bit on the odd side, but, other than that, it’s definitely an IN.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LIE6ISFQUBIAO7OB6U5TAVXXQ Depot'er

      love the color, hate the shiny. but an IN for trying.
       

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

      Really flattering on her. Finally giving Elizabeth Banks something to worry about on the RC. IN!!

    • Annabelle Archer

      IN and Bea Aurthur!  

    • jmorino08

      I love that dress, but she looks terribly uncomfortable in it, which makes me think maybe it’s a great dress, but not a great dress for her… Still, I am calling IN. Embrace your Cher side, Julie!! 

    • LittleKarnak

      Bea Arthur is never Out!!!!

    • zenobar

      IN.  Also, I would rock the living shit out of this dress…I’ll take one in emerald green, thankyouverymuch.

    • margaret meyers

      In.  I even like the casual hair.

    • frannyprof

      In!

    • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

      love it!!

    • Trisha26

      In. Maybe a “little” heavy looking but it’s gorgeous. I don’t mind the sternum-baring as long as baby heads – either vertical or horizontal – are hidden and ribs don’t show. (I know these actresses/models are thin but I don’t need to see their bones.)

    • SophieCollier

      IN.  She looks really good!

    • quiltrx

      IN…in a delightfully 70s award show/Mrs. Roper kind of way.

      But it could have been a WERQ with a Leontyne Price turban!!!

    • zelavie

      IN!  Gorgeous!

    • http://twitter.com/Eovaai Eovaai

      IN. Love the colour

    • kaycem

      IN for her vintage halston realness.

    • random_poster

      IN. She looks great!

    • DylanCurtis

      IN!

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      Love it, love it, LOVE IT. That purple is stunning. It’s chic and retro and classy and elegant all at once. 

    • kikisayshi

      Dorothy Zbornak.

    • kikisayshi

       So that would be an OUT for me. In case that wasn’t clear.

    • crash1212

      IN. Best she’s ever looked.

    • Sweetvegan

      In! She looks great!

    • Bailey Debruynkops

      in even though she’s way overrated in general

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1397307912 Jeremiah Capacillo

      IN

    • AnneElliot

      I’m on the fence.  I love purple, but that’s a LOT of purple!  The sequins are pushing it.  And my first thought was Bea Arthur.  

    • aristida_girl

      IN, love the color, her hair and skin look good, and I like the jewelery

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14301272 Kate Gorton

      Love to see that color on an RC! And when did “Bea Arthur” become an insult? :) IN for me!

    • http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/ kvlm

      In.  This relaxed chic is more her schtick than the super girly girl stuff she’s been doing lately at awards shows.  And the color does look great on her.

    • mmc2315

      IN!  

    • lalahartma

      I can’t decide!  I think out. 

    • stagmania

      IN. Beautiful color.

    • CheriCPat

      Out.  Send that dress to someone thirty years older.

    • oohsparkley!

      In.

    • http://twitter.com/jessicapippin Jessica Pippin

      I love this dress, but I don’t feel like it’s HER dress. I would much rather see someone else wearing it. OUT. 

    • Gener1c

      In.  I love her hair so much.

    • CatherineRhodes

      IN

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Louise-Bryan/1177213326 Louise Bryan

      In, even though she’s not an old woman.  Thank goodness she didn’t pair it with a red hat.