Dianna Agron in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on December 04, 2012

It takes a special skill to turn a little black dress from Dolce & Gabbana into something so sickly-sweet it’ll give you a toothache.


Dianna Agron attends the 2012 Ripple Of Hope Gala in New York City in a Dolce&Gabbana dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry.

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We realize that demure and ladylike is her thing, but … too much, Miss Dianna. Too damn much. Either the headband OR the shoes, but not both, dear.

Actually, you know what? Just ditch the headband. And change your lipstick color to something a little less “old lady.”


[Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, mytheresa.com]

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  • Jessica O’Connell

    Ugh the makeup and hair are SO BAD. I actually like the shoes because, while they look somewhat mature because of the heel, they add some visual interest.

    But the hair? Oh honey, no.

  • I like the headband! She looks like a sweet fairy princess. I wish she’d added wings to complete the look.

    • MilaXX

       why on earth would anyone over 10 want to look like a sweet fairy princess? Grown woman would be a much better loo for her.

      • lovelyivy

         This is true BUT every time I go into Alice’s Teacup (restaurant in NYC with some of the best scones and tea in the city) for brunch, I still have to argue myself out of buying a pair of their fairy wings, at $50 a pop. And I’m 33. Some looks are harder to let go of than others…

        • DeborahJozayt

          Well, you can hold costume parties that only you know about. Child privileges like wearing fairy wings and princess costumes be damned!

        • StellaZafella

           I wanna come to YOUR party!!!

        • MilaXX

          I just don’t get the fairy princess fascination. Even if I liked that sort of thing, I would be more likely to decorate a room than prance about in them like a four year old. Even though I like wedding shows, I hate the brides who say they want to look like a princess on their wedding. I get different strokes and all, but this one almost offends for some reason.

          • lovelyivy

             I’m not sure how to explain it, but this is my take: I am not particularly girly, but there is something in me that responds, quite directly, to beautiful things (one of the reasons I love this site- I think there are a lot of people like that here). Those wings and that whole pretty princess look are their own very specific form of beauty. I will agree with you that there is a whole passel of problematic social norms that CAN walk hand in hand with that particular look the obsession with purity- female sexual purity specifically, the obsession with blue-eyed blonde fragility, the insistence on a specific brand of femininity that is more about being rescued than being strong- basically everything that is Disney.

            Taylor Swift seems completely devoted to casting herself in line with all of those problematic pretty Princess connotations. It’s who she presents herself to be- and I really can’t stand her in large part because of that. It turns me right off. But for every Taylor Swift you can also have a Dita- fucking fabulous in every way, wearing beautiful things and 100% celebrating her femininity, but I never look at her and forget that she is also a smart woman and a force to be reckoned with. I think the key is to bring your brain with you- as long as you do that you can rock pretty much anything. Including wings (yep, totally buying them).

          • MilaXX

            That’s pretty close. As a matter off personal choice pretty fairy princess is never gonna be something I strive for, but as a fashion choice Taylor is a great example of a more successful interpretation of the look. Part of why Diana’s fails is because the headband is too literal and the dress misses demure and lands straight on geriatric. I like pretty, there are even days when I may like a more delicate styled dress, but primarily, I am primary colors. Wrap dresses and garments with a bit of structure. I can’t imagine ever looking at fairy wings and finding them anything but costume-y.

          • lovelyivy

            I do not do pretty princess myself in normal life- in the battle between makeup and complicated hair vs. more sleep sleep will always win, and clothes-wise I tend to be pretty diverse- pastels, jewel tones, black and white w red accents- it all depends on how I feel.

            The wings are going to be on hand for Halloween, Comic-Con and Sundays where I am either babysitting or simply feel like wearing my damn wings. Possibly also at parties. ETA: I am going to have to think through a way to pull them into my outfit for Santa-con this year. The opportunity to do a Santa or elf variation with the wings is too good to pass up.

          • MilaXX

            Now that I could cosign. Makes perfect sense.

          • lovelyivy

             LOL. I am thinking of going as Rudolf’s love-child with Tinkerbell. It could work!

      • Because sometimes it’s fun to be absurd.  If she had worn fairy wings I would give this look a pass.  But she didn’t, so I’ll settle for giggling at her.  And coveting those shoes.

        • MilaXX

          Granted it is indeed fun to be absurd, I am fairly certain that is not what is happening here. Dianna is not Gaga or Nicki Minaj or Katy Perry who would actually try a princess fairy look on the RC. This as an attempt at fashion that failed.

  • Nicholas

    She Swift’ed the hell out of that dress.

    • This is perfect and I’m definitely adopting it in my daily life.  Too twee?  She Swift’ed the hell out of it. 

    • lovelyivy

       Winner. This was a dreadful thing to do to that poor dress.

  • Sobaika

    The hairband is ridiculous.

    I think her makeup looks perfect though. She’s so very beautiful.

    • mshesterp

      I just bought a lipstick in that color (and I’m pretty fair, so it was a bold statement)–so…I agree!  I don’t think it’s old lady, it’s just the hair is so silly.

  • jmorino08

    Total head redo. STAT!

  • Fred Leighton, this is on you, assuming that by jewellery we mean god-awful first communion headbands.

    • mjude

      i was thinking the crown for the blessed mother 🙂

    • BrooklynBomber

      Let’s hope it means the diamond studs. There is a headband on the Fred Leighton site, but it’s nothing like that.

  • Little_Olive

    I don’t care for the dress but I certainly would also (re: that hideous headband) lose the shoes. Something about them make her legs chubby. 

    • lovelyivy

       Not sure if that’s the shoe or where the dress is hitting her. Homegirl has muscular calves (I do too, I recognize one of us when I see it) and SOMETHING in this whole outfit plays them up.

    • Kristin McNamara

      I just hate the whole damn outfit, tip to toe. Headband? Embarrassing. Shoes, ugly and non-leg-flattering. Skirt of that dress? Doesn’t go. Lipstick? Way too Barbie.

      And the girl is SO damn pretty (and young and rich and famous and thin). How is it even possible for a woman of her position and with her resources to look this bad?

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Oh, I don’t know.  It IS too sweet – but she looks really pretty.  The headband is… much.  But there are all these pretty things out there that are too precious to actually wear.  If not at a Gala, when?  I like it.

  • Le_Sigh

    Her and Taylor Swift must share a closet or something.  

  • marilyn

    The dress is too sweet and demure.  The lace at the hem and the neckline, the bows at the shoulder. D&G made this one into bad home sewing.  She just went with the flow.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      It reads road-company “Sweet Charity” to me – all I can see is Shirley MacLaine!

  • Janet B

    This isn’t a good look on her, from head to toe.  I have to admit I find the headband pretty although over the top.

  • Yes, definitely change the lipstick color…that looks like an Avon-brand color…

  • Anathema_Device

    I don’t mind the lipstick. It is bright but not the obvious red most women would go for (or that hideous fleshy nude color). Ditch the headband and hairstyle and wear some funkier shoes, and she might be in business. I think the little girl bangs + headband are really sending this into twee overload.

    • I love the lipstick & want to know brand/color

      • This is almost certainly just me projecting, but the shade/shine looks very close to the YSL Rouge Volupte in Forbidden Burgundy.  Why do I think this?  Because it looks a helluva lot like what I’m wearing today, and now I am wondering/worrying if I also look like an old lady.

        • Anathema_Device

           It doesn’t read old lady to me in the least. Unless the lipstick is wicking  up your wrinkles in rivulets toward your nose. 😉

  • dsco3031

    Lose the hair, the straps on the dress and the lipstick. 

  • S_Swift

    The bangs with the fluffy hair and bedecked headband are giving me serious ’90s flashbacks. Make the bangs a bit fluffier and that was my go-to style as a kid. Somewhere my mom has a box of chunky ornate headbands, giant scrunchies and big beaded barrettes. I might just have to look for it. 

  • Heidi goes to her first semi-formal. .

  • If there’s one woman who didn’t need bangs, it was her. Her hair with the headband looks like something an 11 year-old would wear.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    “Heidi of the Alps goes as a witch for Halloween.” NAILED THAT ONE.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    ladystars please leave the Heidi headbands for the Fanning sisters, they are young enough to get away with it….you all look ridiculous…

  • MilaXX

    Hate the headband and I hate those Loubies. That particular style just distracts from every outfit it is paired with.  Great is her power that a lip shade that would be sexy on any of her peers, looks like she borrowed it from Helen Mirren. Bag reads payless clearance rack.

    • BrooklynBomber

      And headband reads Family Dollar. But those shoes are just the worst, aren’t they?

      • Introspective

        snort! family dollar!! a total nyc institution, that I revere for house stuff in the $1-5 range might I add, even if it does carry the tackiest of tchotchkes and “accessories” if we want to call them that.

        sadly, dianna’s headband does give off cheap vibes. as most BKs have noted, its this outfit’s most damning feature.

      • alyce1213

        The worst!  And it kills me that they cost a grand.

      • MilaXX

        I will be glad when the Louboutin trend as the shoe of the moment is over. They used to make nice shoes, but the last few collections have been hideous.

  • She does look sweet, and I’m such a sucker for headbands.

  • notoffred

    I don’t watch Glee, but sometimes I see ads for it and I think Dianna Agron looks hot. But this… I just lost my ladyboner. Sad. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    My god. Even if you cover up the headband or the shoes, it’s still too much. 

  • Ugh, what is she, 12?  

  • Larkin21

    Wow, that headband is pretty awful. Don’t like the bangs either. Disappointed she got them because her hair was looking great recently.

  • CeeQ

    Couldn’t even get past the headband but the shoes just sent it way overboard. Terrible stumble with the accessories!

  • Corsetmaker

    The dress is dull and the headband… the problem with the headband is the plain dress is throwing too much focus on it. It might, *might* work with the right dress, and with a bit of attitude/humour. She just looks like a wee girl off to the school Christmas party.

  • mhlmh

    I think she looks adorable.

  • kimmeister

    Are these going to be the next pair of shoes that become ubiquitous on the red carpet this season?

  • Imasewsure

    I actually kind of love it from the neck up and from the neck down (except the shoes) but those two looks definitely do not belong together. Dress would have looked perfect on her with some sexy hair.

  • Super_Red

    I absolutely adore that headband! Hate the shoes, but that’s mostly due to the toe cleavage. But I’m seriously in love with the headband. I’d rock it. 

  • Taylor Swifty. Enough with the brocade already. Never liked these shoes. 

  • Of course.

  • Hate the headband, love the shoes.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    If it weren’t for that stupid headband, this could be a WERQ.  It ruins the whole look.

  • PeggyOC

    Those shoes look like they’d give quite possibly some of the most painful blisters in the world.  

  • alyce1213

    I can’t stand the headband and hate the shoes, but the dress is really quite nice on her, it’s perfect for her body and her personality.
    She’s such a sweet-looking, pretty woman — a great face.
    I’m totally over seeing Louboutins everywhere; they are overrated and so overpriced.

  • pop_top

    I love Dianna Agron, but no, not with that headband.

  • J. Preposterice

    She does have the loveliest eyes.  I think the headband works with the eyes….

  • Judy_S

    This is what I wanted to look like when I was in 6th grade. Except the lipstick would have seemed too unsophisticated.

  • Aurumgirl

    This is the holy first communion dress for the prepubescent girl in mourning.  In Italy, about 100 years ago.  

  • i dont love this dress, which gives me a lingerie vibe, despite not showing all that much skin.
    love the shoes and the headband, but the combinations too matchy.

  • Send this back to Taylor Swift, Di.

  • I dislike this whole D&G line, I think the clothing should have stayed in the ads where they were celebrating the so-called Italian life.  I haven’t seen anyone wearing these “creations” who looks good while doing so.  Therefore, I don’t care that the headband is wrong and the lipstick is tragic and the shoes are just too much–although they ARE getting quite a lot of exposure this season. 

    • MilaXX

       Not even the gold/black Helen Mirren wore?

      • Nope, not even.  I looked at the dresses she wore on posts from 11/20 and 11/27 and one was more hideous than the other.  I realize all clothing is costume to a certain extent but this collection takes the cake.  I just don’t think it’s flattering on anyone at all, not even the runway models or the folks in the print ads.  And if THOSE genetically superior specimens don’t look good, then there’s no hope for mere mortals, or even Hollywood types.

  • nicole seligman

    hate the bangs, but i love everything else. actually, i wish that lipstick color had been matte too.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That’s probably the most demure dress that I’ve seen with a D&G label attached.  I agree, either the shoes or the headband, but not both.

  • CozyCat

    She looks like she’s going to the prom.

  • Trisha26

    The headband has to go for sure. But I think the dress is the main problem. I don’t like the bow straps for a start, but it just looks like lingerie – an all-in-one corset/slip situation. 

    • l_c_ann

      ITA with the corset aspect, and too tight (or not tight enough) from the waist down a couple of inches.

  • I don’t mind the lipstick, or the shoes really, but the headband needs to go. 

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  • julnyes

    I love the shoes and dress; but I hate the headband and lipstick. I’m glad this is not an In / Out post because I would be flummoxed.

  • I politely applaud every word of your advice, gents. I have six cavities just from looking at her, and that headband is riDOCKulous.

  • Scott Isaacs

    I simply wonder what this creation looked like walking down a runway, to provide some much needed contrast, like a palate cleanser.

    Toothache central. Yowzah.

  • Qitkat

    Here’s the back story. Her beloved grannie is very craftsy and always participates in the annual church Christmas bazaar. This year her specialty is bejeweled headbands, so of course Dianna bought one and promised to wear it at an upcoming red carpet event. (She doesn’t like to disappoint her favorite relative.)

  • Qitkat

    Oh I’m so disappointed. D&G is ripping off their ideas from church bazaars now?
    [Since this will absolutely make no sense to you, see my other post from later today on this thread]

  • crash1212

    I hate those shoes with the white hot heat of a thousand suns. The rest of this get up doesn’t get much better than that. Blech.

  • Argh. This makes my teeth ache.

  • formerlyAnon

    This one just perplexes.

  • jonnyf8

    It sure was nice having Quinn back on Glee last week though.

  • ShayShay

    Tree trunk cankles.

  • decormaven

    Sure this isn’t a PR event for Dylan’s Candy Bar? This look is too sweet. CL must be giving out these shoes by the truckload- they’re showing up everywhere. 

  • Dot

    That headband is truly LOL-worthy.

  • Kriky

    The shoes are wrong for the dress obviously, but I think this look could almost work (even with the shoes) if she did something else with her head entirely.  It would look better with tousled wavy hair and a different lipstick. I don’t think this shade complements her peachy blush.

  • kikisayshi

    Kinda diggin’ the shoes.

  • She’s adorable. There is a genuine prettiness about this look that I can appreciate. 

    ANYTHING from Taylor Swift cannot be classified as such. Ugh.

  • guest2visits

    The headband is cute and all – but it doesn’t belong with this dress.

  • frankystein123

    She is a good girl who can get freaky too!

  • Ditch everything but the headband and hair and makeup, and then start all over.

  • Do those shoes need a pair of socks? It’s weird to see her toes bended in there.

  • She’s a gorgeous girl who always makes herself look SO much older. 

  • Judih1

    I only like the shoes, and would prefer to see them with a pair of straight leg pants. Everything else about this is too twee (even if in black versus pink) for my tastes

  • Modernized Faire-wear with that headband.  I kinda really love the shoes.

  • Strangely I like the headband and I like the shoes but I hate the dress. 

  • jw_ny

    It’s a great headband on her, just not right for this dress. Those shoes are too mature for her/the look.

    It’s a sexy LBD tho…overall she looks pretty.  

  • oohsparkley!

    She looks cute and super-feminine, which sounds like most people read as too twee or too young. But I’m fine with flowers in the hair, bows, etc. It’s not my style but I’m fine with it.  Viva la differance!

  • I don’t care what y’all say. I love it. Sometimes a lady just wants to go out and feel cute and princess-y. Diannna wants to feel that way a lot. I don’t fault her for it. I think she looks cute.