IN or OUT: Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta

Posted on February 04, 2013

Ohhhhh, we’ve got a really good one for you, this time, Precious Unborn Fawns. This is a dress that demands you form and state an opinion. And bitches? That is the VERY BEST kind of dress.


Kerry Washington attends the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards in an Oscar de la Renta gown paired with a Kotur clutch, Neil Lane jewelry, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Marikka Juhler

We’re not a hundred percent behind the hem, and the accessories are kind of poorly chosen, but we think she looks pretty amazing. We also think this is a dress that very few other celebuladies would be able to pull off. We can’t think of one, off the tops of our heads.

So, you almost certainly have yelled out your opinion already, inspiring sideways glances from co-workers, class-mates, children or pets, so spill it:


Vote Now!


IN! A cool, creamy confection of chic!


OUT! Easter basket!




Amy Adams’ sleek, simple, business-like look was voted IN by the minions with opinions.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evan, Emiley Schweich/PR Photos,]

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  • paginatrix

    The dress is so pretty. But I’ve hated that hairstyle ever since the second grade when my mom made me wear it for picture day. 

    • VeryClaire

      If I were to pull my hair back that way, and I wouldn’t, it would bring me right back to second grade (and not just picture day). 

    • 3boysful

       Well, but it was also the style of DA Joyce Davenport on Hill Street Blues, and she looked great, but mine was never as successful.  (OK, just showed my age–have of you are going Who? What?)

      •  Yes, but DA Joyce Davenport was a goddess (not to say you aren’t, but that woman’s cheekbones!)

        • leilah

          Veronica Hamel … indeed a goddess …

      • barbarienne

         Yes, but that was back in the 80s, the first time pink and green were a thing.

        “Let’s be careful out there.”

        • oekmama

           Nah. Pink and green have (under various other names) have been a thing – think bridesmaidy – for much longer than the 80s.
          I have a problem with the tones. I think the pink should’ve been as visually strong as the green. And the fair looks odd – without even saying that I was liking those cute bangs she’s been rocking. Still… it’s a gorgeous dress.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I still wear my hair that way, every day to work.  It’s pretty and soft and keeps my hair out of my face.  Also, it takes about thirty seconds in the morning.  But if I were going to a red carpet event in a dress that costs more than my car, I think I’d invest in something a little fancier than a barrette.

    • Louise Bryan

      I’ve taken to wearing my hair that way only because I’m growing out bangs, and I HATE when they get in my eyes, especially when I’m trying to work.

      On the other hand, I’m having trouble finding words to express how much I don’t like that dress.


    • wuffgal

      Um that was 6th grade for me.

  • ecallaw1977

    The hair takes it completely into the debutante ball category and absolutely kills it for me.  

    • Jecca2244

      Yes! The hair is where I get confused. It doesn’t go with look. 

  • It’s too long on her. Look at where the hem hits her versus the model. Apart from that, IN.

    • Agreed.  She looks good enough for an in overall.

    • ecallaw1977

      I find it really hard to tell where the hem is actually hitting on her because of the angle of the photograph–I think it looks deceptively long.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I agree.  I’m not a huge fan of this hem, but it seems whenever a ladystar wears it, the dress is never hemmed so that it falls where it was intended to.  That, plus the hair makes it an OUT for me 🙁

  • Sobaika

    IN! This was damn near a werq from me when I was watching the awards. She can do the princess look without going over the top. She looks radiant.

  • CaTobes

    Adore the volume to the skirt, and the look overall is stunning and unusual. Minor gripes: the hair coupled with the dress is a little too princess-y for me, and she should have gone with a red lip. 

  • Vickiefantastico

    I think she looks pretty, like a princess. Perhaps a bit cheesy, but I’m feeling it. IN.

  • IN. I love this. It’s princess-y, in a way, but uber modern. Love the hem. Kinda wish she stuck with the runway brooch, but regardless. Still LOVE. 

  • The skirt looks like a bedspread from one of those Poconos hotels with the hot tub shaped like a champagne glass, the hair is school-girl-ish and she needs a stronger lip colour. So that would be an OUT from me. 

    • Ms_Flyover

      What major said.  First thought – crappy hotel bedspread (at $500 s yard, I’m sure.)

    • Spreecord

       Along a similar vein, my thoughts were that the colour scheme reminds me of early ’90s home decor, the skirt looks like stiff upholstery, the top looks like a grandmother’s curtains, and the hair looks like something my 5 year old daughter would wear. OUT.

  • savicevic


  • tereliz

    IN! I hate the clutch and think the hair needs a little more volume to balance out the look. But I LOVE that dress so freaking much it’s MAKING ME CAPSY!!

  • MaryanneGirl

    I just can’t. I usually love anything she does, but I can’t with this one.  The hair is AWFUL – far too twee, and the fabric of the skirt looks like you just took the plastic off my great-grandmother’s couch. I’ll give you that it’s something unique, but this just makes me unhappy. OUT.

  • karenbttc

    Out. It looks like a dress that Amy Adams would’ve made in Enchanted… from curtains and a doily.  (But the color combo is great on Ms. Washington)

  • jenawesome

    In.  Hell, I’ll give it a WERQ.

  • OrigamiRose

    Aside from wishing a little more had been done to make her hair interesting, I positively love love love everything here.  IN.

  • Ruth Preston

    Yes, it looks kind of like she’s playing dress-up (it’s too long!), and I would have gone for a bolder lip, but the dress itself is just dizzyingly beautiful. IN.

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    The hem is too long. I hate her shoes. Otherwise she looks pretty great. If it was not demanded I would not vote as I could go either way with this one, but from the knees down I have to say OUT. 

  • season 3 of RuPaul’s drag race when carmen had to make a dress based on a cake, the princess cake. this is the dress that she should have made. same colors. 

  • Out out out!   I rarely dislike a garment of such obvious skill in construction.  But LORDY is that thing twee. And he styling isn’t helping at all.

    • Jackie4g

      I don’t know. If you’re going to mix two fabrics loaded with surface interest, isn’t it kinder to do them in pastels?

      •  I suppose its simply my innate dislike of that particular color combination.  It reminds me of the color of cheap chalky tasting candy/mints.

  • halleyg

    I can’t get past her hair! It looks like she pulled it back to wash her face and put on her make-up and forgot to take it down and STYLE it! Go home, do your hair, change your shoes, then we’ll see.

  • A weak in. The dress is great but a bolder belt like the model has would have been better. Also hair up would take it away from too sweet and I wish the shoes would have been a little more nude and less pink. 

    • I completely agree re the belt. The one pictured on the model really makes this outfit pop. The outfit seems kind of.. anaemic without it.

  • I like the dress, but, to me, it reads “MET Gala” more than NAACP. Anyway, it’s a perfect dress for her, so it’s an IN as far as I’m concerned.

  • mysteriousalias

    carrie bradshaw OUT

    • e jerry powell

       Oh, now you’ve made me sad.

  • christinewithanx

    OUT, but for a personal reason. My bathroom growing up were these exact colors (green tub, pink wall tile) and I always found it atrocious.

    • e jerry powell

      How truly hideous.  I hope your therapist convinced you that your parents were truly abusive people for that.

  • mjude

    i am going with IN.  but to me it looks like it could fit better. 

  • halo323

    The stiffness and the texture of the brocade on the skirt reminds me of Lineysha’s wallpaper dress last week on RPDR, and now that’s all I can see when I look at it.

  • Deac82

    I kinda like.  Also, I didn’t know that ODR hired one-legged models.

    • blogless

      I didn’t notice that! Seriously, is this a photoshop mistake of some sort? I mean is her right leg?

  • random_poster

    A skirt that looks like vinyl is OUT

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the dress, but I think it needs the bigger brooch and some accesories that help to blend and break the color story of the top and the skirt, so the don’t look so easter-bunnyish.
    This could have been a WERQ, but it is just an in, for me.

  • MilaXX

    IN!!!!!!! I LOVED this dress when I saw it. My only quibble is I wish she had worn a different shoe since she changed the belt. Perhaps a silver (not blingy) shoe.

    BTW. Her speech had me in tears.

    • Sobaika

      The one for the President’s Award, right? Man, she is eloquent. I started tearing up when Jamie Foxx had a near breakdown when he said her name.

      • MilaXX

        yes! Then add in the fact that Sydney Poitier gave Harry Belafante his award, and my evening was complete. Such moving, motivating speeches.

  • DominoEstella

    I love the dress but I don’t like it on her.  She’s too mature looking and I see this on Michelle Williams or some kind of fair princess.  

    • Sobaika

      I think having it on someone like that would have taken it overboard into the Taylor Swift Magical School For Young Ladies. KW is very much a woman and that along with her coloring prevent it from looking too childlike.

      • SassieCassy

        yeah any blonde who would wear it would look a bit too much like the tooth fairy.

  • mmc2315

    What all this with these INs? (I say, stamping my foot).


    This dress is not working for our dear Miss Kerry.  If it looked more like the runway version, YES!  Kerry looks short, and thick as an oak tree.  

    Hair is MEH, and lip color is MEH.

  • greyhoundgirl

    IN.  When I first saw it I wasn’t sure but the more I watched her the more I liked it.  And, given the amazing and powerful speeches she gave that night she could have been wearing a paper bag and it would have been fine with me–So this dress was the icing on the cake. 

  • Rachel Hull-Murphy

    In, but I like the belt on the runway version better.  Is she even wearing a belt?

  • Funkykatt

    Disney princess

  • zelavie

    My initial response was “ew.”  But the more I look at it, the more I like it.  The hem is atrocious, but everything else is pretty great. So I’m giving this one an In.

  • Out, the skirt is too stiff and puffy and the uneven hem is bad

  • jilly_d

    OUT! Coulda been in had she ditched the matchy accesories, pastel makeup, and debutante hair. Would love to have seen this on KiKi Dunst.

  • teensmom99

    IN.  I actually love the hair with it.  I think it might be “girl this is your dress and your dress only.”  Well it might have worked on the  Barbies I inherited from my cousins.  And maybe SJP could pull this off too.

    • jw_ny

       I also thought this was more of a SJP dress. 

  • stubbornthoughts

    I can dig it. That’s an casual head nod IN for me. Not sure if she’s the right person to pull this off, but I KNOW that’s not the right hair to pull it off.

  • B_C_J

    OUT – It’s a quilted bed spread made into a dress. She is a petite woman and the skirt is overwhelming her. The hair is flat. The shoes are simply ugly and uninspired and the pink clutch is a bit too precious.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Confectionery and twee, with the hair do and matchy little purse nailing it home.  

  • Airkisses

    The dress has potential, but she did absolutely nothing to make it edgy. She needed something to counterbalance the lace top and upholestery fabric skirt in CandyLand colors. The pastel makeup, the nails, the clutch, the shoes… it all just makes the dress more TWEE, precious, and princess fantasy. Would LOVE the dress with different styling. Plus, that hairstyle is giving her fivehead. OUT.

  • OUT. The dress is beautiful and she is too, but it’s way too long for her and I hate that hairstyle (as somebody already said, debutante ball category) it totally ruins the effect (and the mood)


    Is it just me or does this have a hint of Bridal in the air around it?  Not a fan, out

  • E. D.

    OUT.  The dress is OK, but the hair is blah and the makeup nonexistent.

  • This dress screams “Southern sorority princess.” Pink and green–all that’s missing is the little embroidered frogs. Out, out, out!

    • You are so right! I am a member of such a sorority so I give it a resounding… IN! 

  • LaSylphide

    A qualified in. Love the hair pulled off her face – she’s too pretty to hide under bangs – but don’t like the rest hanging limply. Like, not love, the dress, but credit given for wearing something different.

  • Julie Parr

    Dress: good even though I find those colors sickeningly sweet. Pin that she used instead of something like the model used: bad. Too matchy-twee. Purse: bad. Shoes: bad. Overall: too sweet. It makes my teeth hurt. 

  • Jessica Rowe

    I’m really torn.  I love a princess look and I love ODLR.  But the bottom also looks like my grandmother’s housecoat.  I’ll give it an IN, for nostalgic reasons alone.

  • Pennymac

    My parents had an orange Naugahyde chair that had this exact pattern embossed on it. Even so, I WANT to like it, but it’s awkward, somehow. Too stiff and uneven in the hem, me thinks.

  • oatmealpie

    She looks like a 4H Barbie cake, but at least she’ll win a blue ribbon.

  • I just don’t know, and it’s killing me inside! Love the colors, don’t so much love the stiffness of the fabrics. In…I think?

  • Hate the hair, am not sold on the hemline, but love everything else. An IN for me, though I wish she’d done a sleek pony or updo of some sort. 

  • tony_q

    The model’s hair takes it to a fun tongue-in-cheek place, while Kerry Washington’s hair is taking it to her own bat mitzvah. Unusual dress, poorly worn. OUT.

  • SassieCassy

    IN!! i would hate it on anyone else but kerry is making this happen.

  • Zippypie

    OUT – She needed the hem to come up in the front the way it does on the runway look and she definitely needed the runway belt.  She looks enveloped by that pressed relief vinyl they used to make kitchen chairs out of in the 60s.  And with the no makeup look….  It just is not working at all.  Give her bunny ears and a wicker basket full of colored eggs and all it a day.

    • MilaXX

       I wish there was a close up of the face. On other sites it was quite beautiful. The eye shadow had a pink-lavender tint and the lip a a hint of pink as well. To me it was just a very soft, makeup look which really suited the pink top of the dress.

      • Zippypie

        I actually saw her on another site close up and the makeup was pretty – for an everyday person or look.  For on camera, which she knew she was going to be for a red carpet, and with a dress this dramatic, it was a failure.

  • momogus

    100% IN.

  • VicksieDo

    IN  for the cool shape of the skirt, not crazy about these colors.  OUT for her head. Blah makeup, barbie hair.

  • rissa42210

    No, OUT.  I hate it.  The pink is pretty on her.  I guess the green is also a pretty color, but together and with those cutesy accessories, it’s just so very thirteen years old.  It looks a million times better on the model with the edgy hair and accessories. It should be shorter, at least.  And also, those shoes are offensive.

  • Ohmygodno.  OUT.

  • LOVE the shape, LOVE the colours. Wish the fabrics weren’t so bridal.

  • MissFern

    Dear Kerry, with a bold lip and a bigger broach on the belt, I could get behind this.  But…….no.

  • decormaven

    Out, due to styling issues. If she had stuck with the belt in the runway look, and picked a fierce hairstyle (something maybe early Faye Dunaway or Julie Christie), I could get behind it.

  • alyce1213

    OUT.  I’m not even sure if it works for runway or editorials.  It’s just nuts.

  • Laurie Bergman

    I had a porcelain nightlight shaped like a lady holding a hand mirror dressed in a stiff brocade gown all to similar to this one. Way too doll-like. OUT.

  • IN. No way she didn’t turn heads in that thing.

  • Gorgeous dress, but it’s way too much dress for teeny tiny Kerry Washington. AndI don’t like her hair and make up.

  • OUT. As usual, I think she looks beautiful, but that dress is so STIFF. I like the hem length on the model much better. And the prom hair is just taking this too far into Disney princess territory. Agree with the posters who describe it as a “bedspread.” Miss Scarlett ran out of curtains and started in on the bedding. 

  • MissMariRose

    Girl, that’s not your prom dress. OUT

  • lehen

    Out.  hate it.

  • Julie Fountain

    I think it’s a little too Barbie’s Easter Dress and I don’t care for the hairstyle. Out!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Out.  Hate mullet skirts.

    • kimmeister

      The “gradual mullet” is even worse.  On the model, it’s like, “hey everyone, look at the lining of my dress.”  And then it hits at a particularly awkward spot on Kerry.  So, I agree with your OUT.

  • IN! Although I’d be curious to see how it looks in non-pastel colours. 

  • DinaSews

    IN.  This dress is just so refreshing compared to all the other boring gowns.  The hair and the accessories aren’t on par with the dress, but still IN.

  • altalinda

    Out by a narrow margin.  The dress is great, ring and purse nice.  But the hair is schoolgirl, I think it needed a showier belt, and maybe she could add some bracelets. 

  • Trisha26

    OUT. She looks like my Grammie’s bedroom – all doily and bedspread. I strongly dislike the shoes and really, really dislike her hair pulled back like that – she looks like a surprised 16-year-old.

  • I made a ‘yuck’ face at the first picture. I guess that means I don’t like it? Am I giving Ms. Washington and OUT? This is a problem for me, clearly. 

  • Imasewsure

    Hate the hairstyle too. The dress is too long on Ms W which ruins the overall look for me. Do love the top on her though I think a more defined belt also looks better

  • LongTall_Sally

    OUT!  The dress if fine, even very pretty.  But the hair and makeup are all wrong to me.

  • EverybodysStarling

    Out. But that skirt would make a killer upholstry fabric for a wing chair. 

  • Rand Ortega

    Dreamy. Love her hair. Particularly love how Ms. Kerry can run the gamut of fashion. She may not be able to hit the heights of avant garde like the Swinton or Great Cate, but from fairy tale to hipster, she’s certainly pulls off a myriad of looks.
    Borderline WERQ! 

  • OUT.

  • OUT, but not because washington is doing anything wrong. i just hate this dress. aqua bedcover princess.

  • In_Stitches

    OUT!  There’s no contrast-she’s wearing two heavy brocades in very similar tones with similarly sized stitching.  Plus, her makeup is off and the dress doesn’t give her a waist. 

  • Nonmercisansfacon


  • e jerry powell

    The shoes are making me cry.

  • Snailstsichr

    The dress is OUT. I just can’t get the image of a bedspread out of my mind.

    I am, however, tickled to death to be among the “minions with opinions.” I love rhymes.(Oh Dr Suess and Princess Bride, you trained me well!)

  • guest2visits

    A beautiful dress; it was made for her, I think. But the hairstyle really throws me. It’s not polished enough for the gown; it needs
    to be up and chic or down and beautifully styled.  Mostly in?

  • Out from me, it looks like Easter circa 1978 threw up on her. That combo of pink and mint green is bringing some serious Sunday service flashbacks. I liked the top until I scrolled down and saw the matelasse bedspread skirt. 

  • Chickadeep

    With an updo and the right shoes (something sparkly?) she would be perfection. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaate the nude pumps.

  • mike__tv

    Out! but then what do I know? I think it kind of verges on trying to hard for me, great in theory not so great in reality. 

  • butterflysunita

    Oh, this dress has inspired a lot of controversy–so am happy to weigh in!  IN.  I prefer the accessorizing on the model–especially the belt–Kerry’s look is a bit plain.  But the dress is pretty and flatters her figure.  

  • leave_Blake_alone

    The hair does take it into too-princess territory, but I still love this.

  • Barbara Woodruff

    O to the UT  OUT. The skirt looks like a mattress cover. And the bodice looks like the top half of a bridesmaids dress. It’s too much dress for her, although I can’t say I even like it on the model. Just no.

  • mightbewrong

    The first thing I thought of was my barbie Skydancer toy I had as a kid…

  • pattyw

    Hair and makeup ruin what should have been a gasp-inducing look. The bejeweled belt on the model goes a long way toward tying together the top and bottom of the dress, which seem disconnected on Ms. Washington.

  • RocknRollmom

    Too much dress for the little lady.  Hair looks like it was not given any attention.  Not convinced that the skirt would look good on many people, but I think the model pulls it off.  Better accessories on the model as well.  Whoever decided to not go with the model’s belt should be smacked.  I also think the dress may have a basic design flaw.  The bottom looks too heavy for the top, throws the dress off balance, particularly on a tiny girl like Ms. Washington. 
    All that for an OUT.

  • Elleachaudaucul

    In! But I wish there was more going on around the waist, either a bigger brooch or a belt.

  • Joyce VG

    TWEEE as F—.  Easter is in late March dear.  I don’t like the hem and the shoes are just so wrong and the colors together are giving me a migraine. And I don’t like her hairstyle.  OUT. (but she is reminding me of a delicious white chocolate/mint candy so that’s a positive…)

  • gabbilevy

    In. It’s a tad too long and the makeup could have been stronger, but she looked absolutely lovely on stage and *adorable* greeting Tony Goldwyn and I love her.

  • MintaHallWriter

    OUT. My first thought about that dress (skirt in particular)?  Sally Field. Flying Nun. Once that image hit my brain, it was impossible to see it as anything else.

    OUT. Definitely OUT. And I hate the lace bodice. Bodice and skirt just don’t go together. 

  • miagain

    IN… she looks lovely!

  • Claire Scott

    definitely in, love the pastel tones on her and the stiffness of the material, perfect transition for spring

  • Aly Light

    The accessories on the model manage to give it a flamenco flair. Kerry’s negated that entirely with her accessory choices, and she really needed to have that hemline lifted a little. Instead she looks like a Spring-themed picnic blanket. OUT.

  • jw_ny


    not her dress, not her hair, not her makeup…

  • I am a longtime visitor to this blog but I never knew the comments section was so active. Hello everyone! This appears to be a controversial look so I feel compelled to weight in….. IN IN IN IN!!! She is so so pretty. It really is HER dress.

  • SaraKal

    I know this should be about the dress…but did she do her own nails and is there polish on her fingers???

  • BrooklynBomber


  • In! Sure, the colors are Easter Eggish, but I love that she is wearing something so very out there. It has an unusual shape and structure, yet still looks flattering. The fabrics are gorgeous, though definitely the dress looks as if it could stand on it’s own. And that’s why it works for me. On so many women this dress wouldn’t work, but Kerry is really pulling this off.

  • ashtangajunkie

    In. I hate the hair, and despite my dislike for the makeup, I still think that she looks pretty. That dress is hers and hers alone.

  • OUT.  colors are too twee.  Send that to Taylor Swift or Michelle Williams or one of the others that can work the twee shit.  I prefer her in the more chic.  Too costume-y.

  • Jessi03

    Is that skirt a comforter? 

  • OUT – I love pink & green, I love quilted skirts, I love her makeup. And yet I just don’t think this works.

  • crash1212


  • Cathy S

    The hem is a little weird, but I love it anyway. In!

  • Lisa Dugan

    In.  I prefer the runway belt and she needed a stronger lip but she looks lovely.

  • Oh my.  I’m in the minority here, but I so don’t like this dress.  I don’t like either fabric, or the combination of them. I don’t like the shape or stiffness of the skirt.  I don’t like the colors, or the combination of them.  OUT.

  • The hair and the shoes unfortunately make this an out.  Otherwise it would have been an in.  I love the gown but the styling is farkakte.

  • afabulous50

    IN – now give me my cotton candy…

  • SorayaS

    Oohhhh. I actually like the dress, love the texture and the colour and even the shape BUT my first reaction was OUT. Ultimately, I feel this is a “Girl, that’s not your dress” situation. Don’t get me wrong, she looks gorgeous but it feels a little… young?… for her. Kerry can pull off some super fierce looks- this kind of princessy seems a bit off.

    Also, I know it’s a whole lot of dress but she could have done more with her accessories. Love the clutch but don’t love the shoes. I reiterate, she looks gorgeous, however I think her makeup is too subtle for the dress.

  • stagmania

    IN. Those colors are really working on her. 

  • It looks better on the model. The hair here is bad, the skirt looks stiffer, and I want that pink clutch to burn in hell. Plus her permanent pursed lips are beginning to grate on my nerves. Out.

    • SorayaS

      That pursed lips affectation is getting on my nerves too! She used to smile- what happened?

  • Meh. Out. I just don’t like it.

  • fursa_saida


    I am fundamentally opposed to this cutesy “oh look this is a direct takeoff from a Disney princess” kind of dress anyway. (For real, am I the only one seeing The Little Mermaid all over this thing? Pink top, long green bottom? Add in princess-style cuts and away we go.) Add in to that that I think she needed way stronger makeup to balance the dress (I am seriously worried for her health in these pictures) and that the hairstyle is adding to the overall bare impression of her face* and I am hopping a fence and running as far away as possible.

    I’m sorry, I recognize that she doesn’t actually look all that bad, but this particular dress pushes SO MANY OF MY BUTTONS.

    *This is not a criticism of her face! It is a great face. I am unendingly envious of her face. But I feel like she’s looking really washed out and tired here.

  • Dot

    I don’t hate the dress, but that hairstyle is not flattering on her at all. The makeup is far too underdone for such a dramatic gown. Wish she’d worn the same belt that the model is wearing!

  • ToniMacAttack

    Out. But reluctantly so. I think if she’d done something more punkish with her hair–like the runway model–and had better accessories  I’d have voted In. The nude shoe and the matchy-matchy clutch were a biiiig mistake. Dress was screaming for a metallic. Silver? Or gold, like in the runway version.

  • bailey debruynkops

    easter egg IN

  • Sabrina Stern

    In-I love the fact that she was willing to go full princess without looking to precious or twee

  • DTLAFamilies

    60s baby nursery colors + hairdo that makes Sade’s forehead look small in comparison. OUT. 

  • nancymae

    Okay this random but related. Does anyone know if Ms. Washington is an AKA (first historically AfAm sorority) ? I ask because their colors are pink and green and there would be many in attendance and watching the award show. That dress would quite the skee wee to her sorors.

    As it is, I love on her so it’s an IN.

    • formerlyAnon

       I have no idea, but “sorority sister” was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the picture, so I’m betting yes. As the kids say “TSM” (Total Sorority Move.)

  • willworktomorrow

    OUT!  It just screams Disney to me.  I’m pretty sure in the next photos birds have landed on her gently extended hand.

  • kayleymaybe

    IN.  Every once in a while, a girl just wants to feel unabashedly PRETTY, you know?

  • Out. It’s just so out there for red carpet appearances, that I can’t get behind it. I do applaud her for being so bold, however.

  • Adriana_Paula

    I saw her on the broadcast.  I want to like it.  I should like it.  But I don’t.  I love a tulip-y skirt and I don’t mind a hi-lo hem, so I think it must be the colors: too frosty, too Easter-dressy.

  • RMJ

    Love it, love her. I don’t love the hair – it’s a little too young – and the shoes are nothing, but that dress is stunning and I can’t think of anyone else who could wear that color combination without looking too much like cotton candy. She owns that silhouette right now. IN.

  • This looks like Amy Adams’ costume from Enchanted. 

  • kaycem

    is hemming dresses a thing?  i’m sure there’s a different name for it, but i don’t see why ladies don’t insist on having the dress hit them where it’s supposed to.

    that said:  IN.  i’m a full-on fan of the saltwater taffy mermaid color scheme and it doesn’t come off twee on her.  i’m not wholly sold on the frosted pink lipstick, but since it’s perfect for the outfit, i’ll not deduct points for it lol.

  • Interesting dress, but I think the length looks better when it’s shorter. I’m saying OUT due to the accessories, hair, and hem length.

  • Monday1900

    I think the skirt material is way too heavy and the colors clash a bit.  Still, kind of fabulous in a Babe Paley kinda way.  I’m on the fence.

  • rumcg66

    IN. I like the bigger pin/ornament/whatever at the waist on the runway version, and I think the shoes are boring, but overall it’s an in. The dress is beautiful and interesting.

  • Sara__B

    OUT, for the hem, hair, makeup, and accessorizing.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Nonna’s couch…the one under plastic in the parlor that NO ONE sits on (the real one is downstairs). 

  • lucyloo222

    Easter basket… the hair, the accessories, the weird-ass hem, the bulky fabric, the colors… I am making noises like I am about to cough up a hair ball.

  • demidaemon

    I hate, hate the clutch. Takes it a little too close to Easter Sunday territory. And I wished that she hadn’t removed the jewelled waist detail from the runway version. In the end, though, SHE IS PULLING THIS OFF! So, IN, without a doubt. (She should really give her stylist the side-eye for poor accessory choice, though).

  • Bill Curtis

    Douglas Sirk, please come to wardrobe. Mr. Thomas would like your approval on Ms. Washington’s gowns.

  • silaria

    In!  It took me a minute, but I really, really like it.

  • I love everything about this. In.

  • l_c_ann


    The home ec class went to thrift stores and repurposed as many prom dresses as they could.  This didn’t earn the A’s in the class.

  • Super_Red

    In! in! In! I adore this. I like her hair, but her makeup looks kind of weird– or maybe she’s holding her lips weird? Something …. odd seems to be going on in the mouth area. 

    But seriously, IN! 

  • ringthing

    I hate everything about this. OUT.

  • I don’t think those soft Easter Egg colors suit her the best.  Dress is lovely though!

  • poggi

    I like the dress.  I just don’t like the makeup or hair.  Did we all wear our hair like this for second grade pictures?  I am having flashbacks too.  I am torn but given that it is Kerry and what she is capable of, I am going with out.

  • SublimatedRage

    LOVE IT!  I love the color, texture and silhouette… She strikes me as one of these “tiny” celebrities when you meet them in person, but this doesn’t look like it is swallowing her up (like most of Chenoweth’s dresses do….)

  • RebeccaKW

    In. Love the dress.  LOVE. Don’t like the shoes, but they aren’t offensive.  

  • CatherineRhodes


  • Deedles

    Lilly Pulitzer-esque nightmare. Where’s my copy of “The Official Preppie Handbook?”

  • Kristy Evans

    OUT. I do not like those colors together. One pastel at a time, please. That may just be a personal bias. The dress itself is pretty, but the color combo, I just cannot do.

  • IN! It’s a tad bit “precious” for her, but she’s still pulling it off. I would have preferred that she kept the larger belt that was on the runway version, though. 

  • IN

  • AmeliaEve

    There are a lot of ideas going around in there. Ideas are not a dress. This is confused and cutesy and the skirt is too stiff and the colors are too babyish and just no. OUT

  • nannypoo

    I would like to see a color other than pink, and her hair sucks.

  • I love it, and she really pulls it off.

  • another_laura

    Out.  Intense dislike for the pale pink and – what – pale turquoise?  Also dislike for the hairstyle; oh man, does this remind me of trying to keep my hair out of my face when I was in my First Communion Dress.  Too Barbie-in-waiting-princessy by far.  At least she didn’t wear white mary janes….  But still, out.

  • tylka5

    Out. She is so beautiful but here she looks like an Easter Egg.

  • OUT.  Save this dress for a Hailee Steinfeld or that other young girl from Mad Men. And make sure they remember to wear the belt.

  • Natalie Bryan

    In on everything but the shortyhem in front. That gets an out.

  • Jangle57

    The dress makes my teeth hurt, it looks so sweet….  But her hair – if she had done something edgier with her hair and maybe different shoes, it might have helped tone down the sugar overload from the colors, but no, I just can’t – OUT

  • oohsparkley!

    Small in.  Extra points for re-cycling your grandma’s old bedspread.

  • the skirt looks a little (insert upholstery fabric of your choice) and I don’t really love the pink and green combo it kind of looks a little worn down hotel in florida to me so out 

  • Hell, I love it! Confectionary cool.  The hair’s a little flat, but otherwise IN

  • I feel I could like it.  But the hair, the uncomfortable look, and the accessories are what making the sad trombone noise for me.  OUT.  (also: natural lip?  injections?  if it’s the latter….STOP)

  • Don’t like the belt.  Hate the bag and shoes.  This dress clearly demands well chosen accessories. And the hair… oh dear.

  • Judy_J

    When I saw this, the first thing I thought of was My Little Pony.  OUT.

  • karena10

    Out.  The skirt looks bedspread material from the 50s or 60s.  

  • Mexxoo

    Am I the only one who looks at the skirt and sees Grandma’s bedspread?  It’s such a good try, and it’s so nice to see pretty pastels out for a romp.  However, I just want to tell her to stop shopping in the tween closets…  OUT.  🙁

  • Warrior89


  • Love the dress, and yes, she’s one of the few who could pull it off.  The questionable part is her styling – needed a fierce belt (a la runway), better shoes and STOP with the matchy-match purse.  Hair and makeup could have been better.  Guess that sounds harsh – she really is gorgeous but this could have been so much better.

  • CheriCPat

    OUT!  It looks like a dress for a teen starlet.  And she clearly knows it, what with the childish hair.  

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Oh so very far out – the dress, the makeup, the hair – all of it out.  And I am pretty sure she is doing duck face in the second picture. 

  • Dress IN, styling OUT.

    This needed something to bump it out of Betty Draper drag, and the hair and matchy purse were exactly the wrong direction.

  • julnyes

    Nope, I don’t like any of it – OUT.

  • Verascity

    I love the dress, but I hate the styling… Still, I’ll give it an IN.

    Incidentally, I just saw Django Unchained — was anyone else MASSIVELY disappointed by her character/storyline? I thought Quentin Tarantino would be above relinquishing The Girl to the sidelines of victimhood and practically zero dialogue.


    My Great Aunt Louisa ( a very grande dame indeed) had this as bedding in 1958.  It was very chic then.  As bedding.  It should have stayed there.

  • ojosazules


  • Wrenaria

    Out. I can’t say I really like any part of this look, tbh.

  • IN!!!!  Except for the shoes.  And needed the whackado at the waist. 

  • lizlemonglasses


  • Big huge NO. The skirt is way too big and stiff, she looks like a walking cake. 

  • I wish she would’ve used a big broach on the belt like the runway version. With the hair, the pink clutch, and the bitty little belt accent, she looks like a Southern church lady. It pains me to say it, because I love Miss Kerry, but OUT.

  • unbornfawn


  • Kirsten Kirsten

    OUT. W a a a y too much volume in that skirt for her. Look at the model –  it’s just skiming the ground, not dragging the way Kerry is wearing it. She could hide a small child under there!

  • siriuslover

    Hair “style” aside, I think this is a pretty cool look. In

  • Mixie matchie!

  • I’m teetering, but OUT. It’s cray-cray. Love her hair, however.

  • nerdykitten

    IN!!!! But hate the hair…and the belt the model is wearing is WAY better

  • ThatPeterG

    i love it. IN.

  • snarkykitten

    not liking it one bit!

  • PrunellaV

    Pretty dress, hate the bald-pated-old-hippie-guy hair, and the lip color is terrible, making her look like a model for a Silent Hill movie poster. OUT.

  • It’s too long for her. If it fit her like it did the model, then maybe. As it is, it’s an OUT from me.

  • colleenjanel

    Is that a bad lip liner job, or has she discovered collagen? Her top lip especially seems plumper than usual. I really hope it’s the lip liner. 

  • libraangel

    Another case of scrolling down and being disappointed. That skirt is just not it, especially for her. And, Kerry, what happened? You are so cute, but the top of your head What’s up?! Too much Dippity-Doo?! I’m sorry that I have to give her an OUT

  • melanie0866

    OUT OUT OUT.  She is so pretty, but that dress looks like a Barbie fashion.  Right down to the fact that it doesn’t drape properly.  The bottom is like a bedspread, the top is like a tablecloth.  No.

  • This dress looks like the Easter bunny threw up on it…I don’t like the color scheme.  It would be prettier in different colors I think.

  • formerlyAnon

    Her hair is a mistake, it adds to the impression that she’s one of Sorority Barbie’s BFFs, in one of the [many] dresses each girl in Sorority Barbie’s wedding party brought for the events of the pre-wedding 3 day weekend.

    In, nonetheless. I like the weight and texture of the quilted skirt, and I think the hem emphasizes that. It’s a clean look despite the lacy, girly vibe.


  • up with pod people

    I love her and so I love this. I like that she is playing straight up barbie fantasy.

  • appliquer

    Out. The dress was much better with the original belt and her hair and makeup kill it for me.

  • bd73

    just plain hate it. i’m not liking anything at all. even the model looks pissed at it.

  • PeaceBang


  • IN!! Gorgeous dress, love the glamor of it,  and I think it’s a great color on her.

  • In, but I’m sick of lace.  Not sure about the hair.

  •  In of course. I mean… it’s Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta, what’s not to love?

  • Eva Guevara

    Juvenile and saccharine. Not working for me. It looks like a two-year-old’s Halloween costume.

  • lesmaha


  • neofashionista

    she looks Great
    I am sure SJ Parker is crying her eyes out that she didnt get her clutches on this dress first it is so something she would wear

  • AnaRoW

    My first reaction was wedding dress (for one of those brides not wanting to wear white) so all I can think is that this is the wrong venue to wear it.

  • StephanieLovesTLo

    In! KW is serving up Jackie O realness. She can do no wrong in my book.

  • hate it. knee jerk reaction, but a strong one.

  • margaret meyers

    This is more look than Miss Washington can handle.  The hem needed to come up, she needs the more elaborate gen at her waist for emphasis, and she needed some big jewelry around her neck, at her ears or in her hair.  That dress is operatic, and it needs operatic details.

  • This reminds me of an early 90’s version of a real-life Barbie…Or it would if she were a foot taller. Since she isn’t, this dress just doesn’t sit right and totally overwhelms her, not to mention the terrible hair/makeup/accessories.

  • samo_samo

    IN…I don’t love the dress, but I don’t hate it. Kerry is making it WERQ. Overall she looks gorgeous. She is wearing the dress, the dress is not wearing her. 

  • Anniebet

    A big fat IN for me. I love the juxtaposition of the textures and colors of the skirt and bodice. Love the heft of the skirt fabric, the way it falls and keeps its volume. I don’t mind her hair, but I do wish she didn’t try to minimize those luscious lips by only applying color to the central part of the lower lip. The shoes are unfortunate.

    As far as the length of the skirt on her vs. the model… meh, models are freakishly tall. Designers do real people no favors by creating couture for only the 6 foot Amazons they employ to model their clothes. Sure Kerry would have looked better in a shorter version, but sheesh, can you imagine having to hem that sucker?

  • barbarienne


    #1 reason? The hair. That just does not look good on her. It doesn’t look good on most women, and it’s double-plus-ungood when a woman has the “five finger forehead” as Tyra says.

    The dress is kind of cool, actually, and the silhouette suits her. I’m kind of loving the stiffness of the skirt. However, I don’t dig on pink and green (and haven’t since the first run of it, back around 1980-82). Moreover, I don’t think those colors look particularly good on Ms. Kerry. They don’t clash or anything, but they’re not working with her golden tones. Those colors want a bluer complexion.

    Between the princess hair and the colors of the gown, she looks like a cartoon. I can’t approve of a Disney character on the red carpet.

  • My professional assessment is: Sure, why the hell not!

  • ThaliaMenninger


  • carolie_king

    Looks like something Glenn Close’s character would’ve worn in the Stepford Wives remake.  Maybe she did.  OUT.

  • gracedarling

    OUT. The dress is gorgeous but the styling is over-the-top, unnecessarily twee. Send it over to Christina Hendricks, with the caveat that she pulls her hair back, puts the brooch back on, and wears a bra that fits. 

  • ccm800

    In Krueger, Portman, Little Elle Fanning all could pull it off I think. It is way too Spring for this moment in the season but she looks cute if not a little juvenile. 

  • Going to go with In for effort.

  • innnnnnn

  • elemspbee

    OUT. Dress is quite fun, fashion-fantasy combined. the face and hair brings the whole look down. One never thought one would say that about Kerry W.

  • TSkot

    That hair is inexcusable:  OUT
    (And big mistake to switch out the belt buckle)

  • i saw this and immediately thought “this will be in an or out!”

    i love it. IN.

  • The bottom half is too reminiscent of my Nana’s Easter tablecloth. I like the idea of it but not the execution. It looks like the top was finished and in the spirit of Project Runway the skirt was tacked in so the model wouldn’t be in her unmentionables.

  • pookiesmom

    Don’t love the hem, but IN. 

  • Tom Shea

    IN. I think La Blanchette could wear the shit out of that. (Or anything.)

  • Someone’s Disney princess fantasy just came true. OUT, because nobody over the age of twelve can pull off “Disney princess”.

  • Hate the hair, but love that dress. Wish she’d stuck with the big buckle on the runway version, though.

  • Frank Lithium

    The dress is too long, and I am not loving the hair. But overall it’s alright, so kinda IN.

  • Samantha Irene

    In, though I wish she’d gone for the bigger belt… draws the eye in and makes the waist look more defined.

  • Keira Knightley could pull it off, because she’s Keira Fucking Knightley.

  • sleepycat

    The dress in by a million miles, the hair out by a million miles, but the dress is stunning, so it is over the line IN, but not by much

  • RzYoung

    IN but the hairstyle’s mighty unflattering

  • Claudia Fernandes

    In, although the first communion hair

  • Out.
    Because the hair is so 3rd grade. seriously schlumpy uninspired hair style for a dress that says “look at me”!

  • Jennifer Hofstetter

    I HATE mullet-dresses, but somehow this looks so chic. IN.

  • littlemac8

    OUT, can’t with the pastel confection or the hairdo!

  • Love the dress, hate the shoes!

  • Marginally in–I like the runway styling much, much better but it’s a delicately pretty dress that not everybody could pull off, and she does.

  • See, now that I’ve seen Easter Basket, I can’t get it out of my head. Her makeup looks beautiful, though I’m not loving the hair. Hate the hem, the color combination and the meh accessories. 

    It’s a reluctant, conflicted OUT for me. 

  • lilibetp

    I don’t really understand the two fabrications/colors.

  • capybara_cafe

    0_0 the skirt looks like a bedspread, and the top belongs to a totally different dress. OUT!

  • leftcoastpickle

    IN gorgeous! this is how you dress when you are in the spotlight and have the best fashion offered to you, lucky girl knows how to take advantage of being famous and beautiful and wearing dreamy amazing clothing! 

  • First reaction: WHOA.
    Second reaction: NO.

  • ItchyInKentucky

    The dress looks like it should be reserved for an Easter Cotillion and the hair makers her look like Jiggly Caliente out of drag. Out. 

  • marilyn

    Out.  The colors contrast, the fabric textures fight each other, the hem is weird and the top is boring.  Just a conglomeration of leftovers from the fabric basket and odd parts from many designs all pieced together.

  • trisker

    OUT.  Hideous colors that even Kerry Washington can’t save.

  • fashionzombie

    IN with reservations.

    1: the hair is doing her no favors
    2: I’d like a belt

  • maggiemaybe

    She looks gorgeous and I love the Priscilla Presley hair. There is, however, something about that skirt that is reminiscent of my grandma’s bedspread…

  • i want to love this look so badly. i love the look on the model because i love the belt/hair. i DO love the fit/color on kerry, but i don’t think that was a good hair choice (this needs an updo) and i wish she had a more grandiose belt and earrings. 

  • Kathryn Wyman

    I’m voting this as IN. Similar to how Lucy Liu’s golden globes dress shouldn’t be immediately compared to grandma’s bedspread simply because it is floral, pastels shouldn’t be immediately compared to an Easter. She looks beautiful and dramatic.

  • alaskahyoung

    In for the interest it brings to the table. Really hate the clutch, though.

  • Vita Reed

    In, in and in. As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, I love the look and expect to see it (or ABS facsimiles) at upcoming conventions. 

  • Almost an “IN” but the hair is wrong: if you’re going to rock a 1950’s-inspired dress/look, do the hair and makeup right (ala Lana Del Rey).  Still, she (or her stylists) have good taste!

  • kolokOlchik

    I am not a fan of the hair or makeup (that’s not her lipstick shade!), but the dress is amazing.  So I will give an IN because of it.

  • Cheri Lee

    She looks like a special issue “Under the Sea Dance” Barbie.

  • rh33

    Easter basket? Bed quilt!

  • Noelle Haland

    I hate the color of the shoes, I wish her hair had a little more oomph, and I much preferred the bigger, more colorful pin on the beltline on the runway version….. BUT, I still say she looks really lovely and is pulling it off. IN.

  • Honestly?

    I think she needs to be about four inches taller to really pull this off–the wackadoodle hem is making her look shorter.

    But great color and makeup!

  • Jennifer Hofstetter


  • Tashina Savage

    This gown is perfect, and she looks amazing in it. One of my favorite looks of this year, so far. I don’t mind the hair, and can’t see why it is up for debate as much as it is in this post. It’s just…pulled back. What is twee about that?

    Wish she had went with gold accents like the runway version is showing. My only gripe.

  • BrightsideSusan

    So sick of the “princess” thing.  The skirt looks like a bedspread wrapped around her.  Out.

  • stuartwayne

    It looks like a re-purposed quilt with a weird hemline. Only looks good from the side. OUT, OUT, OUT!!!!

  • Yosa Addiss

    Hmm, I loved it with the original below the knee hemline- I would have loved it on her with some hemming.

  • Perfection

  • kathrineb

    Gorgeous. She pulls off those colours so well (which is hard to do)! I’m so happy to see those long bangs are out of her face, now you can really see how beautiful she is. I am not sold on the train/hem length but other than that….amazing. 

  • librarygrrl64

    OUT! I think that was Doris Day’s bed spread in Pillow Talk. Also, not a flattering hair style at all.

  • Alyssa

    I know I’m far too late to vote…but I say beautiful dress, terrible lipstick.