Pairs Division: Dawson and Washington

Posted on January 22, 2013

Aw, what a cute couple they’d make. Today, Rosario is playing the femme, and Kerry is playing the bookish, alterna-hipster one:


Rosario Dawson and Kerry Washington attend a celebration of Leading Women in Washington and The Daily Beast Bi-Partisan Inauguration Brunch in Washington, DC.

Rosario Dawson is wearing a Dolce&Gabbana dress accessorized with House of Lavande jewelry.

Dolce&Gabbana Floral-Lace Short-Sleeve Dress

Kerry Washignton is wearing a Michael Kors dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes, House of Lavande jewelry, and a Roger Vivier bag.

Michael Kors Fall 2012 Collection


They don’t even look like they belong at the same event, though.

From the left…

SHE: Looks all right. Just all right. The dress is nice and the color’s pretty on her, but we tend to think this is not the best style for her. It looks a bit too mature and conservative. Plus there’s the fact that it’s clearly a little tight on her. And then, of course, there’s the pair of Payless on her feet. No, this isn’t working for us. Hair and makeup are nice, but that’s about it. Score: 5/10.

SHE: Looks ADORABLE. The perfect “I’m a cool chick on a cold day” kind of outfit. We love how the leather sleeves keep it from going too schoolgirl. Love the tights, love the boots, love the bag. We’re not super-crazy about the necklaces, though. A necklace is a good idea with this look, but these somewhat delicate chains don’t strike us as quite the way to go. Still; it’s cute and it’s unexpected and she looks great in it. Score: 8.5/10.

Combined Score: 6.75/10.  Kerry wins this round, but we know you can do better next time, Rosario. Now why don’t you two go home and snuggle after a long day?

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  • ChiKat67

    Lately Rosario has been wearing clothes that make her look really boxy.  She needs to find something (aside from what appears to be a new set of boobs) that help give her more of a shape.  Looove what Kerry’s wearing!

    • kimmeister

      Totally agree – the last two times Rosario has been featured here, she looked like she didn’t have a waist.  Maybe she really is very straight up-and-down and I’ve never noticed, but if so, she definitely wore more flattering clothes before.

      • LLuL

        I think she’s probably gained some weight. She’s got a great bod, but the latest looks emphasize the weight gain rather than compliment her figure.

        • fursa_saida

          I agree–I think she is fairly naturally straight-up-and-down and when she gains weight, it goes to her middle first. Hence the current situation.

    • Excuse you, Rosario’s bosom size hasn’t changed. She’s always been on the bigger side up top.

      • ChiKat67

        I said “appears to be” which is not a statement of fact.  Try to find a more polite way to disagree with someone’s comments next time. 

        • Sobaika

          The dress is giving her uniboob. But she’s always had an enviable figure, I don’t think it’s anything new.

          • ChiKat67

            Maybe that’s why it looks (to me) like she’s had work done.  She’s been wearing some ill-fitting clothing lately.  

  •  Kerry looks cuuuuute!

  • Puck Thornton

    Rosario Dawson is a gorgeous woman, she looks radiant. But the mother of the bride dress and ghastly shoes are a shame. I love the funky little outfit Kerry Washington is wearing. She could have chosen some edgier makeup though.

    • alyce1213

      Rosario’s smile!

    • Sobaika

      Glad to see Kerry’s hair is looking better.

    • cooperalden

      Yes.  When I look at Kerry I think Vicki Lawrence going to the church social on Mama’s Family. 

    • StephanieLovesTLo

      Love them both but “mother of the bride” was my reaction to RD’s dress, which is so unfortunate because she is fierce. I love KW’s look as well and agree with you on the makeup but it’s not a showstopper for me. 

  • filmcricket

    Rosario’s look would be so much improved if the dress was all teal, like it is on the model. Throwing the lace on over what looks like a plain white slip just looks sloppy. Nothing can save those shoes, though.

    I will take one of everything Kerry is wearing except the necklaces, please. Adorable!

    • gabbilevy

      Agree on the slip.

    • Rrroza

      Agree. The uni-color is much better. And it needs to be a lil more roomy.

  • gabbilevy

    I *love* Kerry’s dress. Rosario’s is super meh.

    But more importantly, how come they didn’t invite me to this Leading Women in Washington event?! I obviously qualify.

  • So we’re slashing Kerry Washington and Rosario Dawson now? Because I’m totally OK with that.

    Love Kerry’s hair in these pictures.

    • Sobaika

      I’d ship it.

      • fursa_saida

        It is shocking how quickly I got on board with this.

  • Introspective

    I love kerry’s outfit. so versatile as its suited to many day or early evening events, and would be a standout at each one. the love is in the details.

    rosario’s got another uniboob outfit going here. I dont get why after a long hiatus, she has chosen the absolute worst looks for her reemergence onto our radar screens. keep it up and we’ll start to forget what you used to get right back in the day….

  • sablehunter

    Oh Rosario, let the girls breath and burn those shoes.  Kerry, love the lumberjack couture.

  • This is the second or third time I have seen these ugly shoes on a celebrity. What is the deal?

  • FrayedMachine

    My issue with what Dawson is wearing is the fit. It seems to be tugging and pulling at parts, specifically the waste. If it were all in one solid color and a proper fit, I’d absolutely love it. Also coincidentally, not really crash about what Washington is wearing, either. It’s in part because I don’t like the awkward mom-bob and also wish the sleeves were not pleatherleatherwhatever.

  • EGADS those shoes! They remind me of those awful Giuseppe Zanotti shoes we keep seeing. Horrid! 🙁

    (Kate Mara had the Giuseppe Zanotti shoes on in this post – )

  • BrooklynBomber

    Plus, it’s a brunch. The lace just seems too evening, too fussy, too dressy.
    I like Kerry’s dress a lot, and it seems better for the occasion (if maybe erring a bit the opposite direction).
    But the strange thing is that despite an unflattering and not-quite-appropriate dress, Rosario looks light and free, whereas Kerry looks a bit stressed and uncomfortable.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Agreed on their perceived temperaments. If I could choose which if rather have lunch with, it would definitely be Rosario.

    • warontara

      I think Kerry isn’t totally comfortable with her smile. When she can’t default to giving FACE!, I’ve always noticed a little bit of weird puckering with her.

    • butterflysunita

      It shows that a great smile makes the look.  My first thought when I glanced at the photo was that Rosario Dawson looked fantastic and Kerry Washington sort of faded next to her.  But then I looked more closely at the outfits and it was clear Kerry was knocking it out of the park stylewise compared to Rosario.  

      • BrooklynBomber

        Exactly. Even though Kerry’s dress is much better, Rosario looks relaxed and happy, and she looks better!

  • Annabelle Archer

    What can I say, that TLo hasn’t?  

  • EditKitten

    I cannot get past Kerry’s hair, which I find AWFUL.

  • MilaXX

    Agree with the scores.
    Rosario is a scroll down fog, neither the dress length nor the shoe choice are doing her any favors.
    Kerry’s look is nice, but I don’t like chain strap bags.  I’d swap the bag for a chunky ring. 

  • Judy_S

    Agreed. I really dislike this type of lace dress with the cutout edges, mostly because I remember cutting around the edges of a similar chunk of flowery lace to make a head-covering for Mass when I was about 10.  Pink lace. And now that I look at the dress, it’s tacked-on edging anyway. Yuck.

  • e jerry powell

    Spot on about Kerry’s necklaces.  Something shorter and chunkier, perhaps?

  • Imasewsure

    Rosario looks like the mother of the bride. I’d give Kerry a 10 for that one. I love everything about it.

    • Karen Maslowski

       At least a 9.

      • Imasewsure

        Yes you are right… I just like it better than anything I’ve seen on her for a while so I got a little over-excited…I’m good with a 9 !!   

      • MissAmynae

        9, only because of the hair…ergh, honey, too much.

  • SewingSiren

    I think they both look good individually. 
    Rosario looks a little older than she is next to Kerry. And the lining of the dress looks too light colored, but that might be the flash being unkind. Other than that very nice. I like green lace . There I said it.
    Kerry looks fabulous and extremely young. Maybe dressed a tad too casual for the event. Unsure on that without seeing other guests. I wish a dress like that would take years off my age, but I’m afeared it would do the opposite. 

  • maggiemaybe

    I’m going out and buying that red and black dress TODAY (you know, in my dreams)! So cute.

    • MissAmynae

      Time to troll Marshalls and TJ Maxx for some Michael Kors…..

  • mmc2315

    Kerry looks adorable!  I agree about 86ing the necklace, and she needs a little lip color.  WANT.

  • I need Kerry’s dress, it will make this terrible weather feel a bit nicer.

  • mmc2315

    I can’t seem to find Kerry’s Kors dress online.  Anyone?

  • schadenfreudelicious

    can we please have a moratorium on those fugly satin bridesmaid shoes…

  • teensmom99

    Kerry has the sense to move the leather to the sleeves, not on the boobs.  Much better. Though I’m not liking the bangs on her and Shelley.  I recently went back to bangs and they look good on my long face–but doesn’t work for either of these ladies.

  • Man, that is one poorly done backdrop. Wires and patches of bare wood showing everywhere. Tsk!
    I like Rosario’s dress, although the color looks a little washed-out in real life compared with the model photo.

  • Ro looks a little heavier than she has in the past which frankly, I think is great because I’m not a fan of the too thin. She looks great now but am wondering if she is not sure how to dress her fuller figure. Someone go help her find her waist. ‘Cause we know it’s in there.
    Kerry’s outfit: want it. The whole kit and caboodle.
    And apparently Shelley O wanted Kerry’s bangs.

    • I think Rosario is partly looking heavier because she is standing next to a very petite woman. Nothing makes me feel heavier than standing next to a wee woman! And yeah, the dress is unflattering, whereas Kerry’s is completely flattering. It’s cut years off her – she looks 10 years younger than Rosario just through the healing power of fashion!

  • jw_ny

    Rosario…Grandmother of the bride. 

  • Eva_baby

    I’ll take one of everything Kerry is wearing, please.  That outfit is cool-girl chic.

  • ankali

    No excuse for the fit on Rosario. None. And that dress looks better with the lining on the model that matches the color of the lace.

  • ChiKat67

    I said “appears to be” which is not a statement of fact. Try to find a more polite way to disagree with someone’s comments next time.

  • Kerry’s giving me wicked outfit envy.  I’d steal everything she’s wearing right off her – even if it meant wearing those not-quite-awesome necklaces.


  • I. Want. Kerry’s. Dress. Love everything about it. I’d wear it to work tomorrow. She looks great too – I love the hair, and I’m still contemplating getting a similar cut.

    I hate Rosario’s dress. The color, and the fabric, mixed with the lace, seem a bit cheap-looking to me. And the SHOES. Hate. Them. But from the neck up she looks great.

  • afabulous50

    Jeesh…they both look hiddy..

  • Natalie Bryan

    Kerry, you know you’re never going to wear these clothes again–pass them along to me please?

  • Trisha26

    Rosario looks very mother-of-the-bride – if that dress had the matching lining, as on the runway model, that would help, but it’s still too tight – very cheap looking. Kerry looks super-cute – almost too young – but perfect.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I really like the blue lace dress with the black shoes on the model — the shoes she’s wearing are hideous and ruin the look. 

  • girliecue

    For the very first time I love Kerry Washington’s look from head to toe. Adorable! Rosario’s dress choice puzzles me, but that face of hers can do no wrong.

  • Tom Shea

    The thought of Kerry Washington and Rosario Dawson going home together as a couple makes my head want to explode. That is all.

  • Rand Ortega

    Rosario looks like she just came from her niece’s Quinceañera. That dress is aging & unflattering.Kerry’s look is hipster awesome head to toe. A pair of giant nerd glasses & I might switch teams.

  • guest2visits

    Agree. Rosario’s is abit bridal party and older. Pretty color though. Kerry’s is adorable, head to toe. And it fits the time of year.

  • conniemd

    Rosario’s dress would look less mother of the bride without the long hair that hides the interesting neckline and the cut of the shoulders which give the dress more of a fashion forward look

  • I feel as if Kerry is so sad every time I see her. And starving! But this look is amzing!

  • unbornfawn

    Kerry knocked it out of the park. Love the look. Rosario needs to go a size up and get a better bra. The lace dress is only OK.

  • ccm800

    They both look cute of course. NEck down Kerry all the way. Neck up Rosario and then some. Kerry looks like she could use a nap poor thing. 

  • No mas encaje!! Por Dios!

  • quiltrx

    I feel like someone who secretly hates her talked Rosario into this dress.  It’s definitely not ‘her’.

    Kerry’s is super-cute–not what I expect from her either, but in a good way.

  • throwaneyeonthis

    Rosario’s smile more than makes up for any shoe or dress deficiencies.  Nice to see a celebrity happy to be at an event.

  • PaulaBerman

    To Rosario: girl, that’s not your dress! Give it to Michelle Dockery, who has that flat-chested chic thing down pat.

  • kathrineb

    Kerry Washington’s dress is so cute!

    Sorry to mention this but I feel like her bangs are too heavy and long, a trim would make SUCH a difference…not that I think she is a good candidate for bangs in the first place.

    I know it’s boring to read but I have to vent… When you are a rich celebrity I’m sure you can get those things trimmed at any time.

  • Kerry looks adorable!

  • fursa_saida

    Stop it. STOP. I AM GETTING TOO MUCH OF WHAT I WANT HERE. These two as a couple? I can’t go on. Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

    Also, I would like to steal that dress straight off Kerry’s back. No doubt as a favor to Rosario.

  • RzYoung

    Kerry looks totally gorgeous and season approps 🙂

  • Terrible_Person

    Who do I have to kill to get Kerry’s outfit?

  • Alyssa Stanfield

    I want Kerry’s dress! And Rosario appears to need a new stylist…she hasn’t been too successful in recent appearances.

  • Susan Collier

    Love that red plaid dress! Love the chevron matching of the prints.

  • silaria

    I adore Kerry’s look.  It’s cute and edgy and I totally want to own it.