We’re passing the final call of this one off on you guys because we’re wimps.
Jessica Lange attends the SAG Awards 2013 in J. Mendel navy silk chiffon gown with pleated panels and full panel skirt.
J. Mendel Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Bette Franke
But we suppose we might as well be honest about it: Our first impulse was to say that sleeveless isn’t her friend. Our second impulse was to think, “Oh, Jesus. We don’t want to be those guys.” We’ll point out when something doesn’t flatter a wearer’s shape but we draw the line at espousing the idea that women outside the 25-year-old/size 2 beauty norm are required to cover themselves for the sin of being, well… outside the 25-year-old/size 2 beauty norm. Not our bag. But put it this way: if we were granted a wish by a genie and found ourselves employed as Jessica Lange’s stylists, we’d probably steer her away from sleeveless dresses, but we wouldn’t criticize her for wearing one.
Even so, we don’t think this dress works as well as it should for her. The color and the shape are great, but all the foofaraw going on in the bodice is distracting as hell and possibly a little bit too much for her to handle, and the straps broaden her top half.
Still, we’re throwing this one open to y’all to have the final say:
IN! Rock it, Sister Jude!
OUT! Girl, That’s Not Your Dress.
The Bitter Kittens really dug Rose Byrne’s simple elegance and voted her IN.
[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, style.com]