Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Ashley Tisdale in Philip Armstrong

Posted on January 24, 2013

We couldn’t understand why we were having such a negative reaction to this look:


Ashley Tisdale attends the ‘Movie 43’ premiere in Los Angeles in a Philip Armstrong dress paired with a Jennifer Behr headband, Norman Silverman earrings, a Lauren Merkin clutch, and Walter Steiger shoes.

Philip Armstrong Skating Skirt Dress with Lace Bodice

After all, that’s a pretty cute dress. But the more we look at it, the more we think it just doesn’t work for her. We can’t say Ashley has all that much of a definable “look,” but if she’d asked our advice (and really, darlings; shouldn’t she have?) we’d have steered her away from this one. It’s a very sweet little dress and as such, we think it probably should be passed on to the Fannings and the Shipkas of the world. Besides, she doesn’t seem to have known what to do with it. The headband’s girly and young, but the shoes and makeup are hit-the-clubs grownup. And that high waist just isn’t doing her any favors.

Honey, box this up and send it along to some teen starlet. Don’t think of it as being too old for the dress; just tell yourself you’re too grown up for it.

[Photo Credit: Getty, Andrew Evan /PR Photos,]

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  • Sobaika

    This is a very cute dress and I’d wear it in a heartbeat, but I don’t think it’s right for her. The shoes are all wrong and you’d think she would want to separate herself from the Disney Channel aesthetic at this point (she’s 27).

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

       I concur completely! She needs a more sophisticated look!


    • Annabelle Archer

      Oh dear, this is awkward, but I think she had that face surgically installed. 

      •  Oh dear that is awkward of me to say then. I just thought she was making duck-face.

    • alaskahyoung

      I was going to say something about her look, but I just FRIGGING HATE HER FACE. This bad nose job + mouth and everything around it just drive me bananas.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    That’s a really ill-advised silhouette for her with that high waistline.  And I think I saw almost that exact same look at my sister’s bat mitzvah.  In 1998.

    • Nariya

        Yeah, I agree that the waist is the problem.  The waist, and the lurking duckface.

    • Mary_Shelley

      Absolutely.  Made me think of Martin Short’s Ed Grimley….

    • Elaine Lang

       It doesn’t give the impression of a high waist so much as the impression that the dress is ill-fitting and cut too short in the upper torso.   Which, really, isn’t likely what they were going for with that look.   The dress also loses its one unique aspect with the reduced skirt…it just looks like a size-too-small dress from TJ Maxx, that she grabbed because it was the only one left under $50 and Homecoming is this weekend…

  • schadenfreudelicious

    the gawd awful makeup isn’t doing her any favors either….

    • Carly Warnock

      i think it might be the effect of the orange tan and the make up killing the dress. i think it would kill any look.

  • Annabelle Archer

    I think by shortening it the skirt has lost that stylish, accentuated flare, so now it’s just boring.
      She recently played a call girl on Sons of Anarchy, not saying she needs to show up in hooker gear, but going backwards towards Tweeville, just makes no sense.  Which roles do you want sweetie,  Big girl or Little girl?  You need to choose. 

    • Alyssa

      I agree…perhaps if she had left the skirt longer, it wouldn’t look too young for her. The way she’s styled this look, you’d think she’s still on the Disney channel! I love the runway version of the skirt, and would kill to have it in my closet!

  • jennsilentcrow

    look at the gorgeous dress in the gorgeous photo of the model. look at HER dress. what the hell happened in between? tragic.

    • Kayceed

      Just a few tweaks, right? Neckline, sleeves, bodice fabric, waistline, hemline. 

      Not only is it not her dress, it is not the designer’s dress.

      •  Seriously! Whose idea was it to swap out that gorgeous lace in the original for something so cheap and blah looking?

    • ballerinawithagun

      I love the dress on the model! The skirt needs length or it just becomes a cheerleader skirt.

      • 3boysful

        A fine illustration of what happens when you screw up the proportions.

    • gabbilevy

      Such a shame. The original dress is lovely.

    • kimmeister

      I hate the changed color of the lining.

    • RebeccaKW

       Yes.  The original dress is lovely.  And I understand needing to make some slight alterations to translate off-the-runway…but really, this looks like she picked the dress out of a magazine and a skilled sewer copied it for her.

  • JasmineAM

    It looks so much better with the sleeves and longer skirt.

  • crash1212

    They took all the bits that make the dress interesting – see model – away and turned it into a proportional mess. I’m not convinced this – in its current form – would work all that well on anybody. Blech.

  • She fucked the proportions by cutting it off short and she looks like Andie McPhee.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Huh. Maybe I’m crazy, but I really like it on her. In fact, I like it a million times better on her than the model. I like the skirt shortened and the top sleeveless. I even like the shoes. The hair is a little meh, but I can live with it.

  • Sue_Asponte

    It would have been so cute if she’d worn the version on the model. More sophisticated, too.

  • Puck Thornton

    Totally agree that this is too young for her. The hair, shoes and makeup are on the tacky side and in complete contrast to the dress.
    I love the original version. 

  • If the cut were longer, hair and makeup were more sophisticated, and she lost the duck face- I’d like it

  • I like it, she took the dress to another level, on the model i find it a little ridiculous. Having those sleeves cut is helping too. Don’t know, it’s kinda Werqing for me.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I think she’d have rocked it in its original shape.

  • hughman

    I think the problem is it’s an ugly dress. The top (even in the model pic) looks ill-fitting, like a leotard too sizes too big. And the skirt, while cuteish when it has that 50’s vibe, is boring and made even more so when Tisdale tries to make it more appropriate for the Clurb. 

  • lehen

    that dress looks both too big and too small for her at the same time.

  • f_yeah_marie

    I agree about the high waist.  To me that’s the most problematic part of the look.

  • Imasewsure

    With a belt and a full head of spaniel hair, this might have worked for me… not WERQ’d by any means, but worked out. Prefer the full sleeves for sure

  • Definitely too juvenile of a dress for her. And the waist sits too high on her. And the headband isn’t doing her any favors. The shoes are ok – they have potential. 

    ETA: And I want to smack the duckface right off of her.

  • Please tell me that is not a nipple in picture #3…

  • Susan Collier

    It’s hitting her waist in a bad place. It doesn’t fit right. The original would look lovely on January Jones though.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Because it’s awful! The original isn’t awful, and Audrey Hepburn could get away with it, but this is almost beyond recognition. 

  • mjude

    i do like it on the model.

  • MilaXX

    With a different shoe she could have worn this in her High School Musical days, but the ship has sailed on that. This just feels too twee for her.

  • I think if the elastic in the waist was a different color, not the creme of the top or the black of the bottom but something else, like I dunno gold or something, it would have actually defined her waist instead of making it look like it comes up too high, and it would have been really cute.  that was an epic run on sentence.

  • I love it on the model, but on her it looks completely different.


  • TSkot

    Add the sleeves, lose the headband, and she’s good to go.

  • I don’t know why, but the whole ensemble strikes me as very ’90s prom. Sweet slightly poufy dress with clunky shoes. And a headband!

  • Judy_J

    I much prefer the runway version.

  • Mexxoo

    The dress works much better with the long sleeves and the longer skirt.  But when you cut the sleeves off completely and shorten the skirt, on top of the already way-too-high waistline, it just looks like she’s wearing something she found in her kid sister’s closet, just to prove that she CAN fit into it (barely – her boobs are squash city!).  Honey, this is a big no.  Give it back to your kid sister.

  • Trisha26

    That skirt just comes up way too high, it makes no distinction between bust and waist. Not crazy about the eye makeup either, she almost looks vaguely Asian in some shots.

  • librarygrrl64

    The runway version is quirky and pretty. This version just looks weird and disproportionate. 

  • quiltrx

    Her entire head looks like a nightmare.  And it’s funny how the model look is so chic and classy, while this (and I know it’s different) looks so darned cheap and tacky.

  • Zippypie

    Sure this isn’t some cheap knock off?

  • nannypoo

    She looks uncomfortable. Maybe she realizes how bad this is.

  • emchicago

    her face looks weird

  • this would look awesome on hailee! i am glad to see ashley in something that doesn’t have bandage in the title.

  • My negative reaction comes from how she chopped and changed the original dress design. I feel like it would have fit and looked a lot better if she kept the sleeves and the original length

  • Lynn Landry

    that pony tail crap hair is bugging me. fuh. looks like she just got back from the gym.


    It gives her the appearance of being quite thick and “sturdy” in her mid section.  And I like the length of the skirt on the model better.

  • mhleta

    Weird. I really like it. I think she could do with a better hairdo, but I really like the shoe/dress combo. She has fit and long legs, so I think it works for her. 

  • What is an “Ashley Tisdale”?   Is it a horse?  Who is this woman?

  • save_the_hobbit

    ugh she’s so hot. I’d climb her like a tree. Even in that dress.

  • Sometimes I get really frustrated at the way the stylists alter the original dresses.  I would have loved the original creation on her; I like the long sleeves and the knee-length hem, but removing the sleeves and raising the hem took it from early-1960s with a twist to junior department in a big hurry.

  • Morales Mike

    Is it just me or should she have been cast as the younger SJP in “The Carrie Diaries”? That is if they’d started her out as 19/20 instead of 16. And it’s the shoes, they ruin the whole look.

  • barbarienne

    The proportions are wrong. Shortening it makes the waistband seem even wider and higher. It’s much more graceful in the model version.

  • Lisa Do

    I don’t know if I like the shape of the dress on her.. It doesn’t really give her any shape at all.  And a different pair of shoes would probably better.