Tina Fey in Naeem Khan

Posted on December 04, 2012

We’re so proud of Miss Tina. Her relationship with the red carpet has been a rocky one and she started off as a gal who didn’t seem to believe she had the right to wear high-end clothing and look as glamorous as possible. She was the quirky, funny nerd girl who found herself standing in the spotlight and wondering how she got there. It was endearing, but after one ugly outfit too many, it started getting frustrating.

Tina Fey attends the 35th Kennedy Center Honors  in Washington, DC. in a Naeem Khan gown. 

Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Collection

But look how polished she is now. We wouldn’t call this a “WERQ!” moment, mainly because, to our eyes, it looks a bit on the mature side of things, but she looks comfortable and put-together in a way she couldn’t manage just  a few years ago. We like the dress, but we think she could’ve done something a little more youthful with her hair here. This exact look, from hair to dress to clutch could be replicated on Meryl Streep and look fabulous. But Meryl’s a good 20 years older than Tina. We would have recommended something more fun with the hair and maybe a more prominent pair of earrings to youthen it a little.

Youthen is a word now.


[Photo Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images, style.com]

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  • Patricia Gillett

    I think this is a WERQ. It’s the Kennedy Center Honors for goodness sake. It’s not about “youthen-ing” hair. It’s about hobnobbing with diplomats while reveling in the fact that you’re just as smart but far more attractive than they are. In Tina’s case, true on both.

    • mmc2315

      My thoughts as well.  Spot on for the Kennedy Center Honors.

    • AuntieAnonny

       I totally agree, but now I’m sad that we’ll never get to see Meryl in this dress.

      • gabbilevy

        Considering what Meryl actually wore to this event, Tina’s dress is downright sexy. (Not that Meryl didn’t also look great… plus she took a selfie with Hillary and it was awe-some)

        • Patricia Gillett

           That was indeed awesome!

    • CozyCat

      Agree.  Plus this is Washington DC, which has always been more staid that NY or Hollywood (flotus has actually been criticized for bearing her arms).  It’s a perfect dress for the city and the occasion.  Plus, it looks good on her.  I call it a WERQ.

  • RzYoung

    I think she ‘knocked it out of the park’ as you Americans would say 😉

  • crackineggs

    She looks lovely.  I’m going to miss Liz Lemon.  Sniff.

  • lilibetp

    How can you tell it’s Tina Fey?  She’s not wearing black or navy or charcoal…

  • DTLAFamilies

    This is WAY too matronly. That dress would look too old on Helen Mirren. Even the model looks 20 years older in it. 

    • cooperalden

      It’s pretty, but don’t know why I am thinking Angela Lansbury.  (And I love Miss Angela).

    • G

       Helen would look great in this… no leg showing, but her ample bosom on full display.  Arms covered.  perfect.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Definitely not from the Ragazzi Robusti collection.  She looks damn good.

  • If skincare ads have taught me anything, it’s that youthen has been a word for a while. 😉 It’s in the dictionary though – y’all are good. (But the more I look at it, the less it looks like a word.)
    Anyway, she looks good. But I agree funkier earrings are needed at least, if not some zhuzhing of the hair. I kind of want Tina to say “fuck it” and come in with JBF hair.

    • Ooh, you know who Tina should wear if she likes this sort of style? Laura Bennett! Same sophistication, but with more youthful wit and charm. 
      I bet bad mommy would have styled this with a funky belt of some sort.

      • cooperalden

        That’s a great idea.  You guys need to hook them up.

      • alyce1213

        Brilliant idea. Laura Bennett’s designs also have an ‘edge’ that Ms Tina could use; she should be less safe and predictable.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        If she could avoid the plunging neckline. Laura Bennett makes dresses for the very straight-bodied, and Tina Fey is just the opposite. While I agree that Tina could use some of Laura’s style, I worry about a boobsplosion.

  • Youthen has been a word since the 1880s. 

    • StellaZafella

       Maybe but I’m 60 now and have no desire to be youthenized.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    Baby steps, I like it for the progress, I agree about the hair a bit, it could have been a little more fun. Considering her red carpet past, I’ll take it. 

  • I LOVE HER!!!! I love her sense of humor, and now she’s come around when it comes to dressing herself. I think she looks wonderful. She’s very successful and now she’s dressing the part.

  • Oh, Miss Tina! Gorge!

  • I was wondering if you were going to feature this.  I think she looks wonderful, but I’m a crush-addled fangirl, so I might be biased.

  • kimmeister

    Was her Sarah Palin hairdo for a skit???

  • zenobar

    And so begins…The Youthening.

    She looks lovely here.  Love the glossy little lip – wearing a dress made entirely of gold lace, anything else might have looked overdone.

  • Ian

    I think Florence Welch wore this dress for her performance at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s just that kind of gown. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    She’s beautiful, confident and radiant in a well-fitted golden dress and somehow manages not to look like an Oscar. It’s a WERQ.

  • “Youthen” was used in the King Arthur/Knights of the Round Table saga.  It referred to Merlin, who got younger all the time–he didn’t age, he “youthened”.  So you’re in good company, Sir Tom & Sir Lorenzo!

    Yes, she looks lovely here.  I wouldn’t have guessed it–somehow I see a woman with darker skin bringing off this particular color better–but she really shines.  Nicely done.

  • Definitely a touch mature – it’d be Jane Fonda if Jane still did decolletage. Beautiful though.

    • Judy_J

      My thought exactly.

  • Kayceed

    She looks fantastic. She has consistently rejected the teeth and tan and too-much-skin starlet uniform, which is wise. Glad to see she’s finding a beautiful but dignified look to call her own. I would add a jeweled belt and earrings, but then I think even subtle elegance can stand a bit of bling. 

  • Introspective

    Oh ms. bossypants!! I gay gasped when I saw this pic! 

    i can understand the arguments for more “youthened” styling. (ah the wrangling of the english language continues) but Tina makes me so proud here. yay for her.

  • Tatiana Luján

    She loves that kind of Sarah Palin hairdo and I don’t know why.

    • Patricia Gillett

       Maybe she’s being ironic? 🙂

      • alyce1213

        That’s funny.  I think she’s being ‘safe.”  She is too often safe, and I’d like to see a bit more pizzazz from time to time — still classy, but more imaginative.

  • Hetha Innis

    This is one of those gowns that a photo can’t do justice. Not a fan of it in these shots, but pretty sure I’d gasp if I could see it on Tina in real life. 

  • bertkeeter

    Needs more “youthen”! 🙂

  • She looks fantastic! Go Tina!!

  • kategs

    I’ll bet she knew she had the right and certainly how she got there but that maybe she didn’t want to mess with it?  But then said the heck with it and decided to have fun.  She looks fabulous here and I agree with folks who say it’s the perfect dress for the Kennedy Center.  Elegant.

  • Anathema_Device

    I agree on the hair and earrings, but daay-um she looks gorgeous! Way to represent for brunette nerd girls everywhere, Tina!

  • Judy_J

    I agree with the comment that it looks like a Jane Fonda dress.  Still, Tina looks lovely and elegant.  I just wish she’d ditch the Sarah Palin hairdo.

  • Hot Mama!

  • She looks very elegant if a little washed out. Maybe a bolder lip would have…youthenized her?

    • But wait, does Tina’s dress have a slit like the model’s? I can’t find it! I’m starting to panic! Quick, get me Lea Michelle’s phone number!!

    • MilaXX

       a little more berry color on the lip might have been nice.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I agree.  A bolder lip would have helped, but overall she looks terrific.  And I just finished reading “Bossypants” last week – it was very funny!

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Maybe she could practice youthanasia.

  • MilaXX

    I like this. I wish she had added a color earring, maybe a deep green or blue. Sure it’s a little mature, but she looks good.

  • decormaven

    Now let’s get Miss Tina up to speed on the Joys of Accessorizing, now she’s gotten her PhD (Doctorate in Dressing). She’s such a smartie, she should pick this up in no time. She looks great in this shot!

  • marilyn

    She needs to darken her lip color.  The look overall is great, but her face fades out.  She needs a lip color that stands up to her hair color.

  • Lilithcat

    Youthen is a word now.

    I hate to break it to you, but it’s been a word for a very long time.  It’s in my OED, with a citation from 1882.

  • CeeQ

    How about “youth it up”? But sure, we’ll go with yours….LOL

    Liz Lemon has boobs y’all! And they look great in that dress. But her hair is too matronly, agree. Baby steps LL, baby steps. 

  • Totally a WERQ! Look at that va-va-va-voom bodice! I wish she’d both keep her glasses and up the bling, though!

  • T+Lo, I’m surprised you didn’t do a Kennedy Honors Red Carpet. Were there enough photos available to do so? 

  • EEKstl

    I actually like her hair here and think it’s appropriate to both the dress and the occasion, but agree that a pair of statement earrings would have kept her looking appropriate and also given her a pop of modernity that this look is missing.  But overall she looks great.

  • alyce1213

    Huh?  Hasn’t “youthen” always been a word?  

    I’m not a fan of gold lace, it’s always looked very grandmother-of-the-bride to me.  But it’s a nice dress. 
    She needs bolder colors, this washes her out.  The burgundy gown at the Emmys was the best she’s ever dressed.

    (Just scrolled down and saw other “youthen” comments, sorry for the repetition.)

  •  Y’know what’s funny?  Both my husband and my father-in-law recently agreed that they no longer have crushes on Tina Fey.  It’s because they think she looks like any other glamazon in Hollywood now, slender and plastic and not a hair out of place.  Just goes to show you can’t please ’em all; fashion bloggers and nerdy New York academics with a penchant for bitingly funny brunettes do not have the same preferences for red carpet appearances.

  • msdamselfly

    She looks lovely

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    She looks great but I’m not loving the long sleeves at all.

  • Trisha26

    She looks nice, but if there isn’t a pink lining on the sleeves – yikes that pink skin looks creepy showing through. 

  • raininmai

    Youthen is a word now.

    Oh, I love me some word creators!

  • Tina managed to pin up a plunging neckline without any ugly pulling!  Just for that, she is my hero.

  • withbreaththatisbaited

    The first picture I saw of her in this gown was from a terrible angle and I instantly hated it because it made her look three times her size. It looks much better in these pictures, and it’s definitely event-appropriate. In the past, she’s had some cute hair styles (including my favorite for her – low ponytails), so I don’t think she’s afraid of going younger with the hair, just that from the front, they all look like a typical updo. 

    But I’ll take praise from TLo for my fav lady any way I can get it!

  • “Youthen”is ok. “Youthenize” would be a bit much.

  • formerlyAnon

    Youthen is not just a word, it’s one we’ve been in sore need of for some time. ETA: the more erudite than I note that it IS a word. In which case I will amend to say that it is one we need to bring back into common usage.

    I agree, it’s a little grande dame but still good. I am dubious about the gold color of the dress, but I have to admit that I think it is setting off her hair miraculously. Or, possibly, she recently had her hair colored by someone very, very good. Or the lighting in this photograph is just lucky . . . um, well yeah. Thought I had a point there.

  • amaranth16

    This is utterly gorgeous. I don’t find it overly mature at all. I’m going with Personal Best, and probable WERQ.

  • maggiemaybe

    Looks even better on her than on the model. How ’bout that?

  • llou56

    tina, thank you for sewing up the front slit to your hoohah

  • ShayShay

    Very nice Ms. Fey.

  • Liz Lemon was right. She DOES have a pair you can do something with!

  • guest2visits

    What I like best about this look is that the dress is close to her figure and not excessively bulky like some previous gowns.
    This is very pretty, but I agree she could definitely work a more youthful and carefree hair-do with it.

  • sherrietee

    This is perfect for a DC function though.  Brava.

  • Just asking. who’s honored this time?

    • CarolinLA

      Letterman (who Tina was there to honor), Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin, and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

  • CarolinLA

    I wish she’d worn something a little more fun because she was there to honor David Letterman.