Top 15 WORST 2012 Red Carpet Looks: 15 to 11

Posted on December 26, 2012

That’s right, darlings! Now comes the end of another year and with it, a new opportunity to be judgmental about some old dresses. Let’s run down T Lo’s picks, shall we? Our only criteria for inclusion on the list was that it had to be a look we already featured on the site in the last year. We figure a lot of these choices are going to be met with arguments, but we’re just the little bitches to say “Bring it.” Besides, we judged a lot of these looks not so much for the conventional prettiness or lack thereof, but for how well it fit the venue, the person wearing it, and the statement they were trying to make. It’s power dressing, celebrity style, kittens. And as you’ll see, it’s very, very difficult to get right.

But don’t worry; we have a Top 15 BEST list in the offing for those who did.

Hit it, ladies!

15. Jennifer Lopez in Lanvin

Jennifer Lopez attends Summer Tour Press Conference in California in a Lanvin dress paired with Giuseppe Zanotti pumps.

We trust these pictures will suffice as an explanation.




14. Scarlet Johansson in Rodarte

Scarlett Johansson attends the premiere of ‘Hitchcock’ in New York City in a Rodarte dress paired with Gucci shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

The open-mouthed, heavy-lidded, “I had to smoke 3 blunts in a row just to wear this in public” expression really sells the look here, yes?


13. Kristen Stewart in Erdem

Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of ‘On The Road’ in New York in Erdem.

Shiny, see-through, and ill-fitting, topped off by Walk of Shame shoes.


12. Christina Aguilera in Pamella Roland

Christina Aguilera attends the 40th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles in a Pamella Roland dress and Jimmy Choo shoes paired with Neil Lane jewelry and a Judith Leiber clutch.

She just looks so pleased with herself, doesn’t she? Bless. Apparently no one told her she’s orange and wearing clothes Miss Piggy threw out in 1989.


11. Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Jennifer Lawrence attends the ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ New York Premiere in Christian Dior.

It takes skill to make a Dior pantsuit look cheap, just as it takes skill to make a gorgeous young 20-something look frumpy and middle-aged.


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  • gabbilevy

    My favorite year-end list, hands down. If these are the bottom 5 of the top 15… :shudders:

    • Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of ‘On The Road’ in New York in Erdem. …

  • I can’t think or remember  anything worst than Mrs Lopez and her snake-around-the-neck dress. That was the highlight of my year!

    • call_me_schmeg

      someone else wore it (before? after?) her and i remember it not looking as hiddy. emma stone, i think…? 

      • Really? That snake bothers me sooooo much. I can’t imagine anybody making it work. And I like Lanvin! 

        • BrooklynBomber

          There’s Lanvin, and then there’s Lanvin On Drugs. Honestly, sometimes I think there’re two different Lanvins. It’s like Lanvin, and Evil Twin Lanvin.

          • call_me_schmeg

            evil lanvin doppelganger

          • Introspective

            Bizarro Lanvin. Created by Lex Luthor in a lab accident. 

          • turtleemily

            Mirrorverse Lanvin

      • pop_top

         Yeah, it was Emma Stone.

        • call_me_schmeg

          yep, it was emma. googled it. and, uh… i was wrong about it being less hiddy. i’d say it looks equally unfortunate on both of them. yowzers. 

    • Sing4yursupper

      That first photo looks like she’s giving a benediction a la Eva Peron.

    • Ms. Lopez’s dress is 100% fug.  At best it looks like a snake eating a giant slice of neopolitan ice cream.  It worst it looks like everything that was wrong in 80s fashion (taupe, mauve, shoulder pads, duchess satin) and mixing them all together in some sort of apologia with an :edgy: twist.

    • If a dress rides up enough to show off your Spanx, it is a terrible, bad, no-good dress.

  • God, how much grease does JLo have on her legs?

    I’d managed to forget about that look, but now it’s SEARED INTO MY MEMORY AGAIN.

    • there’s so much that there’s yellow stuff running down her thighs.

    • MarissaLG

      When I see legs like that I can’t help but think of the 30 Rock episode where they use Italian dressing “because it gets a better sheen”. Ha!

  • MilaXX

    KStew is by far the worse on this post. All are hideous, but this one takes the prize.

  • MoHub

    Sorry, but KStew’s see-through mess should be number one.

    • AliceAlicia

      I’m assuming the top 10 positions are reserved for Paz de la Huerta.

  • It’s hard to imagine TLo has worse looks than these to assault our eyeballs, but I’m looking forward to the fashion insults.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    So disappointed to see Kristen Stewart make an early appearance. That outfit is truly horrible.

    And I don’t think the Scarlett Johansson look is so bad. Really, it’s what’s happening from the neck up that makes it fall apart.

    • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

      I have the feeling this is not the last time we see Miss Stewart in this list.

    • MilaXX

       I don’t think the shoes work either

      • Kenisha Hill Phillips

        I don’t either. But, I have seen similar choices made in the past. So I chalked that up to my personal preference.

    • Sobaika

      I guess I’m the odd one out, but I’ve grown to accept Kristen Stewart’s mess for what it is, and ScarJo is the one really setting me off here. The hair, the makeup, the proportions, – really? those shoes on her legs on that length? – and the weird bust fan are not cute.

      • libraangel

        It’s the pale skin and Goth lips that do it to me – scary and ugly.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’d say the head (especially hair) and shoes doom this look. Not that the dress is great, but on its own I don’t think it would rate 15 worst of the year.

  • Kristy Evans

    I LOVE that you can see J. Lo’s Spanx when she’s seated. Makes my life. “Stars…they’re just like us! [in more expensive clothes]”

  • call_me_schmeg

    which personality is miss chloe featuring here? oh yes! tiffany! the hair gel addict. gah, i love you, tlo.

  • Little_Olive

    I love how these recaps show how ridiculous fads can get. Some things that seemed like a good idea at the time now -not even a year after- seem like craft projects (JLo, drink to that). 

    More! more!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    yaaay! it’s my pretend husband The Sev!  and she’s on this list twice!  

  • teensmom99

    Interesting that so many of the bad outfits are fit problems.  and then we have Ms. Chloe and her alters to make it about more than bad fit.

    • lovelyivy

       Don’t forget styling- there are a few looks up there that IMO could have been saved if they fit properly/were styled appropriately. In particular, I think if she wasn’t orange and had styled it differently Christina Aguilera’s look could have worked- the color of the dress and the cut (from the front view) are dated, but pretty.

      • teensmom99

        Good point re styling. Still, I’m just irked by super-thin people  wearing clothes that are too small.

  • (I hate to be *that guy* but shouldn’t this be #11-16 of the top (or is that bottom?) 16?)

    • BrooklynBomber

      • Little_Olive

        If you hit “Reply” again, the window disapears. 

        • BrooklynBomber

          Thanks–I’ll try that next time.

  • Thuc Dang

    I have no memory of the Christina look, and now once I do, YIKESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, what fun. Can’t wait to see what’s next, ’cause it’s hard to imagine it gets much worse than the JLo, Christina, and Kristen offerings here.

  • Dear TLo:  What about at least 1 male to represent the scruffy, unshaved, unhemmed and pocket pool players?

  • alyce1213

    These are delightful!  Thank you.
    I’m hoping to see Beyoncé at the Met Gala Ball, my personal worst, in the next posts, maybe.

  • Tamara Hogan

     I hope Miss Xtina got a new stylist for Christmas.

  • allisankelly

    Xtina’s dress as Miss Piggy’s old clothes is spot on. Can’t wait to see the rest of the list! 

  • Martha Deutsch

    If Christina isn’t #1 in that thing, I can’t wait to see who is! 

  • PaulaBerman

    How Chloe Sevigny has never won Fug Madness, I don’t know. To my mind, she is the worst dresser walking the red carpet these days (followed closely by Maggie Gyllenhaal, who might make your list yet). However, ScarJo doesn’t look too bad. That dress is certainly the best of these 5.

    •  God bless Sevigny and her numerous bad choices; she definitely makes the world a more interesting place!  I personally think that she chooses hideous outfits to make us forget about the blowjob in Brown Bunny (which is impossible).

      • PaulaBerman

         I tried to forget it, but now… thanks Kent! 😉 Yes, she does make the world a more interesting place, and she is very brave in both her roles and her fashion choices, but there is a fine line between brave and crazy, and she crosses it often!

  • YoungSally

    Jennifer Lawrence is channeling her inner Liza circa 1972…..1976….1979…..1983…….

  • Derek_anny

    Thank you for posting this, and reminding me Scarlett has Mjolnir on her wrist.

    • I scrolled back up to see and shouted with laughter.

    •  Is it a…tattoo?  And does this mean she has a thing for the Hemsworth?

      • Derek_anny

        On the cheek of the hammer it says “I<3NY."  Google says she's had it since Avengers, and Hemsworth was already married at the time.  So I doubt it's referencing him.  The storm god was known as a protector, so maybe she wants to be an advocate for safety in NYC.

  • butterflysunita

    Miss Piggy is currently shrieking in horror that she’s been associated with Christina’s look.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Miss Piggy is getting ready to deliver a big karate chop for mentioned in the same post as Xtina.

      • l_c_ann

        Um, bitchybitdhybitchy, Miss Piggy also has an aversion to an mention of (pork) chops. 

        Just sayin’

        • libraangel

          JLo is beautiful, but she has big porkchops that she should hide, not wear hideous skin-tight snake dresses.

  • fringebenefit

    Everything is suitably eye-poppingly bad except for Scarlett in Roadarte. Not her best look to be sure, but not bad enough for a worst-dressed list.

  • Wendy Wetzel

    Let’s hope the ugly shoe trend is over….. ACK!

    • halleygee

      Seriously, we endured an endless amount of ugly shoes this year!

  • Judy_J

    I love this list. These 5 are really bad….can’t wait to see which awful look of 2012 wins the grand prize!

  • Jackie4g

    From the cropped promo shot on the home Page, I was sure it was going to be Christina Hendricks, rather than Christina Aguilera. Was this some kind of post partum madness?

  • Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal. I’m willing to overlook that pantsuit. But my GOD, JLo. So happy to see that even she needs Spanx.

  • KSpence

    Sevigny’s hair here is the worst thing in the world.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    You just know when Christina looked in the mirror she couldn’t get over how classy and elegant she looked.

  • Monday1900

    The Miss PIggy comment for Xtina nailed it!  Count me as another one who thinks that KStew outfit should be higher on this list. 

    • l_c_ann

      Now for the suspense: will KStew appear in the worst 1-5?

  • 13. K. Stew. That is a transparent sheath over your UNDERWEAR. The hell?
    other 13. Aguilera or Hendricks? When we can’t tell, y’all need to reconsider your wardrobe.
    11. Chloe Sevigny hits the Olympic ice in… wait, that’s a red carpet?

  • mhleta

    Once I was driving through Brockton, MA, a pretty high crime town that’s seen better days, and peered in the window of a furniture store that supplied bedroom sets to brothels. There in the window was a black lacquered affair with panthers carved into the posts and a neon lit headboard. JLo’s dress is its equivalent.

  • hideous is such a great word!! 

  • Markatha

    I like Christina, but the girl takes “hot mess” to a whole new level.
    She just needs ears on top off her head to play Piggy’s stand in in the next Muppet Movie.

    Did the snake crawl thru JLo’s hair on the way over her shoulder? 
    Betty & I wear a snake much better in our picture.  No brag just  fact.

  • J-Lo’s asp has gotten huge.  And Scarlett better watch out; it looks like Hopkins is about to penetrate her bush!

  • I opened the worst and the best posts in two different tabs and I thought I was in ‘best’ when I scrolled down and saw Jennifer Lopez. …”We trust these pictures will suffice as an explanation.” It was like a wave crashed in my brain.

  • DCSheehan

    Thanks to Christina A for answering a question I’d never asked myself, namely what would an Oompa Loompa in drag look like?

  • e jerry powell

    Didn’t someone on the last PR season make a Rodarte-esque breastplate, only in a solid color?

    • l_c_ann

      Wasn’t it the generic blond who did that sort of thing often? who had the orange leather dress in the Fashion Week finals?

      • e jerry powell

        I think I’ve lobotomized myself to the point that I only recall season ten in brief flashes. Perhaps that’s best.

  • Pretty women in bad outfits all. Xtina pains me the most because she really is cute, but she needs to stop dressing like a cross between Miss Piggy and Mae West. JLaw is my girl crush, but she totally deserves to be on the list with that look, Ugh.

  • these are all bad, but stewart and aguilera are the only ones that are jawdroppingly bad.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    JLo’s appearance is definitely a “Girl, That’s NOT Your Dress”, but I’m afraid she’d slap me through my computer monitor for saying so!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    JLo’s appearance is definitely a “Girl, That’s NOT Your Dress”, but I’m afraid she’d slap me through my computer monitor for saying so!

  • This must have been a pretty good year for red carpet appearances, ’cause Miss Christina isn’t THAT bad. I mean, considering atrocities like KStew and those blinding shoes. The dress fits her beautifully, at least. 

  • I predict ScarJo as the next celeb to enter rehab.

  • Call me Bee

    So fun to reminisce about these awful fashions.  God those KS is wearing literally hurt my eyes….

  • DesertDweller79

    I can’t believe this Kristen Stewart look doesn’t crack the top 10 worst of the year.  Absolutely everything about it is terrible.  Shockingly terrible.  As in, I can’t believe this is a real dress.  Even if it actually fit her, or anyone.  Could it ever look good?

  • Imasewsure

    Well chosen gentleman….Xtina wins it for me on this list although I would not challenge the order or the inclusion of any. A joy to behold again…

  • ccm800

    that Jennifer Lawrence debacle still amazes me.

  • Nancy Dunn

    I still like the Aguilierea gown – gorgeous colors!

    • libraangel

      That dress MIGHT look o.k. on anyone besides Christina.

  • I don’t think I could have imagined J.Lo being upstaged by the furniture behind her…but it happened. total fail.

  • libraangel

    JLo – SCREAM!!! Your line about ‘smoking three blunts’ is so funny! But I have a question for you, T&L and fellow posters: The dresses, pantsuits, etc. are created by well-known DE-SIGN-ERS, for gosh sake, and  while everyone can have an off day, I guess, aren’t they in the business of making beautiful and/or interesting designs. Yeah, taste is in the eye of the beholder, but how do they justify THIS universal dreck!

  • bitterk

    Lanvin never fails to disappoint with these schizophrenic dresses.

  • I missed a lot of these – Thanks! And my God, what was Ms. Stewart thinking — the dress is bad enough but the shoes burn my eyes!