Oscars 2013 Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Jennifer Aniston

Posted on February 25, 2013

We keep switching back and forth between the runway shot and the red carpet shot, muttering to each other, “How does she do that?”


Jennifer Aniston attends the 2013 Academy Awards in a Valentino couture gown paired with a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Valentino Spring 2013 Couture Collection

She made a perfectly gorgeous, perfectly simple gown go all stale just by putting it on. Maybe this is why she defaults to sequined bathtowels for the red carpet so often. Because she can’t even make a dress like this work for her. Come on, Jen. This isn’t tough to wear. Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on you because we can’t quite put our finger on why this looks so different on you. It could be that this shade of red is not your color. It could be that your shape doesn’t respond well to a lot of volume. It could be that it got a little wrinkley, which takes all the stark chicness right out of it. It could be the matchy, half-assed clutch. It could be the stringy hair. Whatever factor or combination of factors responsible, the fact is, we just don’t think this looks all that great on you. A classic Not Your Dress moment.

But we’re gonna blame it all on the stringy hair because … stringy hair. At the Oscars.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, style.com]

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  • My first comment at her last night was, “Would you PLEASE do something different with your hair? For once?” This is the Oscars, and you are wearing That Dress. It cries out for an elegant up do.

    • And how! What the HELL does she have a problem with updos for? Jeezus. And might I add, that dress should have been transported in one of TLo’s horse trailers, because it is shamefully wrinkled about the bottom.

      • Anything, but that lackluster, “I don’t give a shit about this Oscar thing” hair.
        And back in the day, studios routinely transported actors around the lot in trucks, so they could stand and not crush their clothes.

        • cteeny21

          Kristen Stewart was like that too. It really looks like they don’t care.

          • I’ve said it before. Its part of the job.

          •  They were both stoned out of their minds. How can you care?

          •  Yeah, but Kristen had an excuse!

      •  Isn’t it wrinkled because it’s too long for her? That’s what it looks like.

        • Polka_Dotty

          Yes, it’s “puddling” on the carpet — much too long for her. If it were shorter, it would have looked less sloppy. I think she’s a “‘beachy” girl and doesn’t ever get that dressed up. With all that golden California hair, there’s so much she could have done with it. Justin looks stunning, though.

      • Mary229

        I agree that she has had the same hairstyle since her ‘Friends” days.  But I’m gonna play devil’s advocate for a second about the up-do.  Do you think she has the right kind of face for an up-do?  I think she’s a very attractive woman but I’m not sure I think she looks as pretty with her hair up.  Am I wrong?

        • barbarienne

           Then she can get an up-do with a few artfully loose strands framing her face. Unless she’s hiding mutant gills or something under there, there’s no face that can’t work the right kind of up-do.

          • I will go with this opinion. I happen to think I look like a lollipop with a sausage stick with my hair up, but people always say it looks gorgeous when I give in on a bad hair day, so I think it is a matter of opinion, and in Jenn’s case,  I’m keeping with her hair needs to be different sometimes.

        • Little_Olive

          I think it might not be her thing, but that does not excuse limp hair. A full, shiny blowout with shiny soft waves, though still not perfect for the dress, would have made a huge difference.  

          • Lisa_Cop

            Also, girl do your roots. It’s the Oscars!

        • capybara_cafe

           There are plenty of other choices between up-do and stringy mess though…

          • Polka_Dotty

            Annie has had a lot of different looks this season with much less hair!

          • capybara_cafe

             No kidding! Who knew you could do so much with so little hair? I’ve had some seriously short, horrible hair cuts before, I wish I had had her stylist while they were growing out!

      • Her problem with updos is probably that they are aging. 

        I think she has a very specific look, and her hair isn’t the problem here, but the dress. It is out of her zone. Too big, too long, too colored. She isn’t owning it.

        I would prefer her usual white or black slip dress.

        • Yeah, too long, for sure. She’s definitely out of her comfort zone, but I think folks (me) want her to go out of it, but with more success.

      • megohd

        I think her ears may stick out. But still. The hair is what fucked up this whole thing.

    •  Or a ponytail. She’s got a ponytail personality. She looked better in Horrible Bosses than she did last night.

      • Mary229

        Ok…now a ponytail I could see.  That would suit her.  I was saying above that I’m not sure she really fits the elegant up-do or has the right kind of face for it.   But a sleek pony would have improved this.  Also, maybe less tan?  She’s been bronzed with self-tanner for like 15 years now. 

      • Little_Olive

        But she’s done the ponytail; the problem is, the hair in the ponytail is as flat as this. So blah. 

      • “Ponytail Personality” so much shade and yet so true. Only positive here is that it’s not black or nude.

        •  “Ponytail Personality” = Girl Next Door, but with style.

    •  even a sleek ponytail!

    • Deb Oswald

      You hit it right on the head- literally.  Her hair brings down any elegance that she could have presented

    • MikeW_Vegas

      the best part about this look is the arm candy. 🙂   

      • You’ll have to fight me for him.

        • MikeW_Vegas

           I think we can agree to share.  

          • Well, sharing IS caring. I I do care about my fellow BKs, so yeah, we can trade him back and forth.

          • urbanamish

             i’m torn about this guy.  i think he’s talented but he reads pornstar to me.  which can certainly have it’s appeal,  no judgements, ( kinky ladies.)

          •  Pornstar could certainly work for me.

          • Polka_Dotty

            I think he looks elegant and classy. He and JGL should give Bradley Cooper grooming lessons.

      • kimmeister

        He knows how to rock a beard while keeping the neck shaved!

    • Mismarker

      Google “Jennifer Aniston updo” and laugh at the image results.  She’s obviously afraid to wear her hair up.  Do her ears stick out? Does she have a treasure map tattooed on the back of her neck? 

      • Kayceed

        The map would at least make her a bit interesting.

      • I loved this.  80 bajillion pics of her, and like 3 of them are sort of updos.  And she looks fine in those few.

      • muzan-e

        There were three actual updos on the first page.  *blink*

        …. and two of them were Angelina Jolie.

      • filmcricket

        I think it’s that she’s got a very strong jaw. But she looks good in up-dos, and there’s no reason she couldn’t still have some pieces framing her face if she’s really uncomfortable about it.

        I think the red is really good on her, it’s the styling that’s bringing this down. You can’t wear a dress like that and match it with your normal California beach bunny face and hair, Jen.

      • Sweetbetty

         On the E network’s pre-show George K. (the guy on Fashion Police) was using some technology to show some designer gowns he would like to see on various stars.  The one he picked for Jenn had some interest at the neck and shoulders and he said he spent a lot of time with Google trying to find a photo of her with an updo that he could edit into the dress but had no luck.

      • Her range of hairstyles is like her range of acting.  Non-existant.  Booooo-ring.  Of course her “standard everyday headsuit” cheapens the dress spectacularly.

    • halleygee


    •  Try to explain that to a straight man with a bald head… I kept saying “that’s not “black tie event hair!!”, and he thought I was a crazy person.

    • LuisaNL

      Absolutely, the hair’s too casual and it ruins a perfectly perfect dress.

    • MaryanneGirl

      Agreed! The hair is why it looks like she’s not pulling it off. I think neck down she looks STUNNING. So beautiful. But running a brush through the hair on Oscars night is a travesty. 

      • anotherEloise

        I could only WISH she’d run a brush through it.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      C’mon now, she’s doing an homage to 1985 Prom Queen court! The 3rd pick down serves up pure  2nd runner up realness!

    • MK03


    • kimmeister

      YES – if you’re going to get thousands of dollars worth of borrowed earrings, don’t hide them for crying out loud!

  • MoHub

    It looks as if there’s about four times as much fabric in her version of the skirt than in the runway version. And her version is such a mass of wrinkles and crinkles. 

    • DinaSews

      It’s a little too long on her too, no?

  • Christy Cricow

    You guys must be in bad moods….

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I’ve never understood why this woman is held up as a paragon of follicle fantasy.  Her hair is just kind of…there.

    • ankali

      It was super cute during her Friends heyday, though. I think it’s just overprocessed now.

  • Agreed about the hair.

    You can’t wear your hair the same way you wear it to go grocery shopping when you’re at the freaking Oscars in a really expensive gown. It just does not compute.

  • OrigamiRose

    Stringy hair is definitely a lady’s answer to a gentleman’s neckbeard.

    Such a major no.

  • Oh Jennifer, please let that hair go.

  • Girl, that’s not your hair.

  • Corsetmaker

    Hair and it’s too long. It’s creasing because it’s dragging on the floor :/ Hair up, and slighly higher heels would help. But I don’t think it’s a great colour on her anyway. Stunning dress too.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Except for the hair, I thought she looked great. Maybe it was just surprise that she wasn’t in a sequined beige bath towel. 

    • ankali

       I give her lots of credit for wearing something outside of her comfort zone. Next time I’d dress her in a more flattering color and polish the hair, but this dress is a major step forward for her.

  • Violina23

    I thought she looked nice: not perfect ( fit is off slightly) but a nice change. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have the runway version as a reference…

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i was about to say, girl that’s not your hair…but of course it’s always her hair and therin lies the problem…

  • bxbourgie

    This dress is screaming for an updo.  I mean really. 

  • DinaSews

    Stringy hair – always. 

  • I am so salty about this.  Honestly?  How is it possible that this travesty is the same gorgeous Valentino creation from the picture?!  Jennifer, why do you ruin everything that is good?!!  Okay, dramatic, but really?  She looks like a hot mess.  Get new hair, and stop ruining couture with your blandness.  The end. 

  • Janet B

    Sad mess.

  • A big yawn. As Joanne Worley used to say on “Laugh In”——BOOOOOOOORING. That boulder on her finger is also way too much.

  • It’s the half-assed hair. the dress is fantastic, and the jewels are right. but her hair looks like the same hair she’s had for the last 15 years. and not in the good Halle way.

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    The bustline of the runway version is a lovely arc.  On Jen, it’s become a straight horizontal line.  It takes the dress from classy to prom.

    • Honestly, this dress — which is gorgeous on the runway — somehow went all prom on her.  You’re absolutely right.

    •  My thought exactly. Looks like a David’s Bridal prom dress on her.

    • filmcricket

      Wow, good catch. It’s a very subtle difference, but you’re right.

  • I was so bored by her hair and makeup that I never even made it down to the dress. Zzzzzz.

  • Totally agree about the hair. And also, it needed a necklace or something.

  • procrastinatrice

    Yeah, I agree that this is not her dress. But for once, to me at least, this doesn’t mean that she looks at all bad. I don’t think she was among the worst dressed at all, this is still pretty, despite the clash between her personality and the dress.

  • Kayceed

    Most everything she puts on is rendered banal.

  • Really. I’ll send her a comb for a wedding gift. 

  • You two were the very first thought I had when I saw her last night, but my reaction was more positive… ish. “She didn’t wear champagne/blush/lingerie-color!!!!!”  I thought you would be thrilled! But on further review, of course, you are correct. 

  • IAmJ

    She just makes me sad. And she makes this dress look sad. Not a good match. The hair is simply inexcusable.

  • Sobaika

    At least she is wearing a color!! Baby steps.

  • stagmania

    Disagree. I thought she looked pretty great in this, and it’s a nice change from her usual sparkly neutral.

  • warnerave

    nothing wrong with this IMO…she looks pretty!

  • fungstyle

    I think you’re right on the hair issue. A up-do would have done a lot to bump this back up to chic. The clutch is also half-assed, but the hair is inexcusable. 

  • Wellworn

    It is the hair, and her coloring.  I think red doesn’t go with her overall bisque coloring.  There were rumors that she chose this voluminous dress to hide a baby bump.   

  • Brooke

    Her body language is killing this look more than anything. She looks extremely uncomfortable….either in that dress or to be at the Oscars.

  • Oh good Lord Jennifer that HAIR!  For crying out loud, you can’t wear it up? Make it look prettier?  You have to have the same `ol looks like you just got f–ked hair? 

  • Tatiana Luján

    The runway dress looks like it’s made in a non shinny fabric and the shade of red is so different and so much more beautiful and deep.
    Also, the model has a updo.
    I don’t think the problem was the dress, but the shiny fabric, the stringy hair and the poor accesorizing.

  • It looks like it’s made of completely different fabric than the runway version. I’m sure it’s not, but it looks like cheap taffeta. 

    • Dot

       I agree. The fabric looks completely different.

  • Dot

    This looks miles better than anything I’ve seen her wearing in years. The hair is a hot mess and the clutch is fugly as hell, but I guess I don’t see how this is THAT bad…for her. An elegant updo would have really made this look. I don’t know why she insists on this hair.

  • fringebenefit

    I agree with the defenders on this one. She looks good. Agree that the wrinkles bring it down, though. 

  • mjude

    i only watched minutes of the red carpet show (do not like) & of course of all the people i didnt see, i get her.  she kept saying she felt like a princess…whatever, i didnt believe it for a minute.  yada yada yada, not a fan

  • The color overwhelms her.  That dress needs someone like Sofia Vergara in it, someone who has big, bold, sexpot, good looks, as opposed to Ms. Aniston, who has wholesome, surfer girl, girl-next-door good looks.  Gorgeous dress and a gorgeous woman, but they don’t belong together.

  • nannypoo

    Everyone is complaining about this dress on her, but I think it’s beautiful. Even after reading the comments here I don’t see the problem. Her hair is shitty as usual, but I think the dress is perfect for her.

  • alyce1213

    I have no problem with the dress, which I thought was a great color for her.
    BUT THE BOTOX!  And the HAIR!
    When she presented, she could hardly speak because her face doesn’t move normally.

    • OrigamiRose

      I keep waiting for that moment at an awards show where an overly Botox’d female presenter suffers through her face falling off, a la Death Becomes Her.  It is inevitable.

      • alyce1213

        That we’d all pay to see, but don’t give the men a pass — they abuse it as well (Stallone, Crystal, Travolta, etc, etc).

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, funny, I thought it was very her. But I have to admit it does look very different on the model, though that’s not unusual. I think it’s in her wheelhouse, but she seemed blah about being there. I got the sense she just doesn’t care.

  • Her dress looks like she had it remade in cheap fabric, not the gorgeous runway version at all.

  • IamstillAnonymous

    I confess to thinking last night that she looked good. Then you showed us the runway photo.  It’s like comparing couture to Macy’s.

  • jw_ny

    yes, the fabric and color looks completely different between RC and Runway…so much nicer on the runway. 

    I imagine she’s quite boring in real life…doesn’t seem to have any fun or desire to play/switch things up.  She has one look and sticks with it.  That hair is her everyday look…not Oscar worthy.  I don’t even know why she was there…

  • decormaven

    It’s the epitome of couture, a stunning color, and capped off by appropriate jewelry. But no, you have to trot out the same hair that is seen on the street, at the gym, and on the beach. Do the work, woman! You’re not being asked to perform hard labor, just get your hair styled, dangnabit.

  • MsALVA

    I think she must really hate her neck, her face shape, her ears and her jawline, because I can find no other explanation for why she never, ever does ANYTHING different with her hair other than blond curtains.

  • Stubenville

    Flat, dead hair. Ugh.

  • The runway version appears to be in a stiffer satin, and is probably so tight on the model she can’t breathe, but she only has to wear it for 4 minutes, unlike Jen, who has to breathe for several hours. It looks like Jen’s gown is made of a taffeta, which is less forgiving, wrinkle-wise.  And it’s a little bit long for her. So she likes her long hair. BFD.  I think she looks lovely.

  • I saw this on her and didn’t even recognize it was the same gown as the one on the runway. The color and shape looks so, so different on her. The hair’s just evidence she doesn’t want to give up the Rachel Greene years of her career. 

  • Lilithcat

    The photos look as though the runway dress and the red carpet dress are made from different fabrics.

  • zenobar

    That red ain’t right.  Not on her.

  • I actually thought she looked pretty great in this dress. No lie.  She’s not perfect but it’s way different then her normal sequined bath-towel route.  Also can we talk about how happy she looks in theses pictures? Maybe that’s why we are inclined to like what she’s wearing because she’s feeling really good about herself.  Also Justin Theroux is smoking hot and in the last shot you can practically see him saying “DAMN, she’s fine.”

  • Oh please; everyone had stringy hair.  The difference is most stringy hair was pulled back in Little House on the Prairie styles.  I think she looks gorgeous, and fresh.

  • Zippypie

    Prom.  Stringy hair, natty clutch and all.  She doesn’t have the personality to carry off a dress like this.  It needs elegance and she’s not capable of that – it’s not her thing.

    I will say in her defense, however, that the dress seems to be a different fabric than the runway version – more a tomato red where the runway version is deeper – and much more shiny where the runway version is more matte.  It’s also too long.  Her over-Botoxed forehead is also freaking me out a la Kidman.

  • Something about that bustline made me think she had the dress on backwards, but perhaps it’s more a matter of fit than style; in any case, I don’t care for it. And her hair looks fried.


  • kikisayshi

    What?!? I like this dress on her. Yeah, she could do something with her hair. Yes, she doesn’t look as polished as the model, but it’s not all wrong either. The color is much richer on the model, but Jen looks good and it’s a classic Oscar dress.

  • Jecca2244

    stringy hair and she is part owner in a HAIR CARE company. 

    but i love how her fiance is looking at her. cute. 

  • lobsterlen

    100% agree the hair.

    You know who would have owned this dress … Angelina Jolie.

  • i felt an irresistible urge to mop my floors when i saw her….

  • I think she is one of those Obsessed With Looking Young people who equate updos with “old.” She will always want “young California girl” hair til the bitter end.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      “young California girl” hair
      This should an SNL skit – a commercial for Young California Girl Hair products, featuring her and Sheryl Crow. Slogan? “To the bitter (split) ends!”

  • It’s too much dress for her, I think that is why.   And damn if she doesn’t change that stringy hair…I am pretty sure it looked the exact same when she went to the Oscars with Brad Pitt. Time fora  major change girl. You can do it. 

  • Wrinkles and stringy hair.  With a good steam and a sleek updo, she might have been able to make this work.

    Or maybe not.  Tan skin and tomato orange aren’t the best combination.  This would look stunning on someone with very dark skin or very light skin (notice how pale the runway model is?).  Not with Anistonn’s Malibu Barbie look, though.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I honestly think that just putting her hair back into an elegant chignon would have changed this dramatically. For me, it is the hair that ruins the look. 

  • pattyw

    I obsessed over that dress when I saw it on the runway — can’t believe it’s the same gown. It looks like a different color/fabric altogether. Perhaps it was only meant for pale skin/dark hair?

    An updo was absolutely essential. 

  • Watching this on tv we all felt the color was doing her no favors and someone should’ve done her hair/makeup a bit better.  Of course, she’s a bit plain and lacks the “Va Voom” power to rock Valentino but this dress is doing her no favors really.  Not awful, but not that good either.

  • shelley514

    Poor Jen.  She should be having HER moment on this red carpet with her brand new fiance looking all dapper.  But for some reason, I think Jen is still sad and hasn’t quite gotten over the Brad thing, and so she doesn’t have the confidence necessary  to pull of a phenomenal red carpet look.  Sadly, her whole look here is telling me this fiance is not the guy for her.

  • Kimberly Southern-Weber

    Gah.  I thought she looked beautiful.  I thought the fit was great and so was the color.  

  • Maluca

    It’s crazy. On her the gown looks like its made of taffeta. On the model it looks like a fancier, heavy fabric.

    And yes. The hair. Friends ended almost 10 years ago. It’s time to let Rachel go. 

  • julnyes

    She is a fount of mediocrity.

  • HE looks GEORGEOUS

  • I went on and on all night to my bf about how this wasn’t “Oscar’s hair” and how it completely ruined the look. She never does ANYTHING different with her hair, and it honestly drags the whole look down. Add that to the fact that the dress was a little wrinkled, and not the same rich red as on the runway, and it equals a pretty disappointing showing on her part. But hey – at least it wasn’t a sequined bathtowel.

    P.S. Good LORD that engagement ring is huge!

  • E. D.

    Needs different hair, and the fabric doesn’t seem to have the richness or drape of the runway version.

  • xmixiex

    it’s definitely the hair.  other than that, I think she looks gorgeous, and the dress looks great on her.  mr. dude looks very proud of her as well. 

  • Carla_Charlton

    Maybe it’s because the dress doesn’t fit her correctly and her hair is a mess — she just doesn’t look pulled together.  Actually, she looks stale.

  • MarissaLG

    When I saw this on TV I thought it was leather. I liked it a lot better then. 

  • Difference is she has breasts.  It throws off the line of the dress.

    • MilaXX

      Not really JLaw wore a similar except she had the crumb snatcher bodice and her dress fit 1,000 times better.

  • I really wanted to give her some credit for wearing actual color, but she manages to look like she’s trying on the dress rather than wearing it. Do something with that hair, Jen!

  • Kimbolina

    Something about the lighting/camera flash combo on the red carpet is messing with the color and kind of making the fabric look cheap, no?  It looks so regal and luxurious in the runway shot but on her, not so much.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I thought she looked beautiful, and with no inch of leg! The hair could’ve used some work, though. Regardless, she looked lovely.

  • Yosa Addiss

    It looked to me like she was finally talked into a princess dress and was just massively uncomfortable with how she looked.

    That said- the dress was exactly the same as my Junior prom circe 1988, sans giant ass bow.

  • lolaleen

    I disagree. If she had done something different with the hair this would have been spectacular. I loved that she did something beyond the normal sequined bath towel.

  • Would it kill her to get an updo? I mean. Rachel hair. Cool. Enough.

  • MilaXX

    She expected the dress to do all the heavy lifting and brought nothing to the table. I have no idea why the dress isn’t pressed right. I heard she had it altered so it was less voluminous, perhaps that had something to do with it. Nonetheless, why didn’t someone tell her to pin that stringy hair up? It looks a hit mess and completely wrong for that dress and million dollar bling.

  • Roosevelt 85

    The fabric on the runway looks entirely different than what Aniston wore. The runway version looks like wool or some heavy knit. Aniston looks like she’s wearing taffeta. 

  • Little_Olive

    Yes, yes and yes. 

    Thank you TLo!

  • bluefish

    A beautiful dress ruined by very bad posture and a hairstyle that ages her beyond belief.  She’s going into Loni Anderson territory with the insistence on this hair thing of hers.  A good blunt bob would do wonders for her and finding a hair color that doesn’t look ten years ago would also help.  That and shoulders back.   The dress on the model is just smashing.

  • trisker

    I think the problem with the dress is the fit in the torso.  It’s meant to be absolutely smooth there and then break into folds below the waist, as shown on the runway model.

  • msdamselfly

    WOW  I thought she looked very good and her hair looks gorgeous

  • Nancy Dunn

    Why does this woman still get attention? Didn’t Friends end like 12 years ago and she made a couple of half-assed movies since then? Why is she even at the Oscars? Angelina Jolie is the best thing that ever happened to this half-talent.

    Sorry to be such a bitter kitten, but really…she is a mess here. And she has been the same mess for 20 years. Change it up, girl, do SOMETHING different!

  • l_c_ann

    That stringy hair ….has to itch when the irrgular ends hit her shoulders.  The color fails (miserably) to flatter her.

  • cteeny21

    I was thinking the same thing. I liked the dress, but it looked weird on her. Her hair really didn’t help. It needed to be pulled back or up. It looked like she did it herself. K-Stew was like that too. Beautiful dress, crappy hair.

  • nosniveling

    Found her hair, which she is usually well known for, to be extremely distracting when she was on stage. There was an enormous cloud of flyaway on top. fail.

  • Tuneful54

    Visually cut the dress off at the abdomen and she looks like she’s
    been lying next to a pool for the past 6 hours and hasn’t showered. 
    It respects neither the event, her date, nor herself.  Maybe she thinks that now she has a rock on
    her finger she doesn’t have to try. Wake up! You’re almost 45. Being
    sloppy looks worse as women age, not to mention trying to hang onto the
    same look you had 20 years ago.

  • Qitkat

    It’s the hair, it’s always the hair. She’s the girl next door, who is no longer cheerleader young, but is still cute, and who has never learned what her best look is. It’s what happens when you cling to the same hairdo for decades, even if you are not famous. 

    I love the earrings, but only that. This is really not an Oscar dress, it’s a prom dress that thinks a bright color and a train elevate it.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Somehow it looked better when she was onstage, but it certainly looks bad here. Also, I think someone tjuzzed her hair before she came onstage because it looked better there too. 

  • mozzer0906

    The hair is just a no.  The clutch is a crime and I agree, I looks 100x better on the runway.

  • barbarienne

    Oh I’m so glad you pointed out the hair, because as I was scrolling down, I was thinking, “What is up with her hair?” I couldn’t put my finger on the problem, but I knew there was something wrong there. Her face looks good, though.

    The dress has volume and drama on the model, and is smooth and billowy. On Jen, it wrinkled and deflated. She is a collapsed souffle.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    THANK YOU!! Her hair was atrocious, and bothered me soooooooo much. I wanted to banish her to a corner with K-Stwe, but then my husband reminded me that Jennifer Aniston actually smiles and seems like a nice enough person. Plus she was in Office Space, so eternal love to her for that.

    I know Jennifer Anison is deathly allergic to up-do’s, but couldn’t she at lease run a comb through it? Or try just a touch of styling? Other people managed to wear their hair down and still look polished. (Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Helen Hunt, Zoe Saldana, Sandra Bullock.)

    Also, does anyone know why she’s always a presenter at these things? Again, I like her, but she doesn’t really do that many films, and it’s not like a lot of them get nominated for awards…

  • Tuneful54

    I think she looks like she’s been at the pool for six hours and hasn’t showered.  It may be meant to be laid back (maybe because she has a ring now?), but it comes off as disrespectful to the event, her date, and herself. Just sayin’.  Nothing sadder than trying to look exactly like you did 20 years ago.

    • Polka_Dotty

      She’s actually made more than 15 movies in the last 10 years, with another four filming or in post-production. I was thinking that, too, why is she there when she’s basically a TV star, but she definitely is a “movie star.”

  • urbanamish

    (and gentlemen)

  • lrhoff

    Well, SHE clearly thinks she’s looking gorgeous.  How nice for her….

  • JP

    The wrinkles in the dress and the just-rolled-out-of-bed hair are what clinched this as a NYD moment.

  • DiverK

    It needs to be better fitted at the bodice and hemmed better.  She also should have stuck with the shade of red the runway version was (ruby vs scarlet). 

  • Larry Bouchard

    Sorry, but that dress ain’t gonna look good on anyone under 5’8″. She’s too short for all that volume.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    This is what happens when TLo bitch about her go-to black dresses long enough…I blame you two!  Anyway, Jen wasn’t the only wrinkly lady on the red carpet last night — people were raving about Reese Witherspoon’s dress and I thought it looked as though she slept in it — Helen Hunt even more so.  Probably someday they will all catch on to the fact that satin on the red carpet is usually not a good idea.

    • MilaXX

       Helen Hunt seriously cracked me up. She was so proud to announce she got that dress from H & M. I was like, “honey it looks like it.” Sharon Stone she ain’t.

  • guest2visits

    This is one of her better looks. Agree a little extra hair styling would have been more suitable for the dress and the event. 

  • Call me Bee

    Of course. 
    (I’m thinking the dress looks kinda wonky/wrinkley because it’s too long!  A draggy hem works on chiffon, but on this stiffer satin, it just serves to cause funny folding in all the wrong places.  Between the draggy hems and Ann H’s darts, there sure seems to be a dearth of tailors in Hollywood…)

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Big big points for her man-candy, right? He is FINE.

  • cleverlady

    All right, all of you.  I think she looks lovely.  The dress is bright, flattering, pretty and her makeup is pretty.  Her hair?… she’s Jennifer Aniston.  Why should she sport some up-do that apparently doesn’t like just to appease folks who have opinions about what is “required” on the red carpet.  I give her kudos for not buying into that.  She is who she is…at a grand event with her number one guy.  Good for her. 

  • maybe it’s because you just hate her, cause I think she looked great and I’m not a even a “big fan” I just don’t have anything against her like most of you seem to do

  • Rand Ortega

    Greazy (Yep. That’s the way it needs to be spelled in this instance) mall hair is what diminishes the dress, IMHO. She has such beautiful blue eyes, maybe a blue gown would’ve been more complimentary?

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Not her dress, but unfortunately, REALLY NOT her hair.

  • teensmom99

    She really looks like someone stuck in a style rut–as the hair gets more and more “real housewives.”  44 is not old but it is older than she used to be so time for a new look.  This one is aging her.

  • Sara__B

    Her hair is so annoyingly wrong (but expected) that I can barely see the gown.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    HER HAIR BORES ME TO TEARS.  Does this woman own a brush?  Can she not put “Sun In” in her hair?  Please?  Just once?

  • Too casual makeup and beach hair with such a dramatic, beautiful dress. Shameful!

    • mhleta

      That’s it exactly. This is a demanding dress and she clearly didn’t feel like putting in the effort required. Which is fine, but if that’s the case she should have chosen a less demanding style. 

  • FoxInSocks

    I think this could have worked on her, but the pictures all say ‘final dress fitting’ not ‘actual event’. Makeup, hair, accessories, hair, hair, hair. She missed a few boxes on the getting ready checklist.

  • 2ndhandchic

    She looked really lovely with the shorter, shoulder-length hair she had for about a minute. I’m kind of disappointed she went back to this length. 

  • dickylarue

    She’s morphing into Barbara Streisand. 

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    It’s amazing how cheap and generic she makes this dress look. And that is just sad. What is her appeal again? 

  • What is she doing at the Oscars anyway?

    • MilaXX

       I was thinking the fiance may have had a movie nominated.

  • MintaHallWriter

    Totally agree. The hair ruined things. Her makeup looked OK. THe clutch was…I dunno.  Maybe she could get over her long-stringy hair mode and actually get someone to style it for her?


  • marilyn

    I blame it on the stringy hair, too.   This is a ball gown, and she needs to change her hair for it.  However, she has been wearing those sequined beachtowels for so long, that I consider this to be a baby step to better dressing.

  • Such a shame. A loose chignon at the nape would have been spectacular. I also think the poor dress got wrinkled on the way. I give her snaps for stepping out of her black comfort zone.

  • crash1212

    Huh. I was thinking this might be a personal best for Jen. I was giving her points for wearing a color, in which I think she looks beautiful. It was a step out of her normal wheelhouse regarding length, volume and color and we usually applaud those sorts of baby-steps.  Her hair is her hair…it’s what she does. I thought she looked pretty.

  • mhleta

    Not her dress. She shouldn’t do regal. It’s not her thing. Chill is her thing. Especially if she’s going to settle for blow drying her hair at the gym before getting dressed. The grey hair fly aways weren’t good either. Take it from someone who is constantly spotting them in her rear view mirror and plucking them out at stop lights. 

  • PrunellaV

    She wore updos on Friends and they looked fine. Maybe she’s self-conscious of her neck.

  • Alyssa

    Seriously Jen, put your hair up. You’re at the f-ing Oscars, wearing Valentino.

  • ConnieBV

    I looked at this dress and thought for sure she was knocked up. That’s the only way I can explain the messy-I-just-yakked hair, the seemingly matronly bust line and the fact that that the inverted pleat over her tummy is gaping. OVER J AN’S TUMMY.

    • ConnieBV

      So what I’m saying is if she is first trimester, IN honey. If not, OUT.

  • bertkeeter

    Jen…if your going to go for a jog up Runyon Canyon just before the OSCAR’S at least have the common sense to put your hair up….dress is simple and beautiful but what you “didn’t” do to your hair ruins the entire look!

  • OffToSeeHim

    But, isn’t she four or five months pregnant? I think she’s doing the best she can if that’s true – God, I could barely get out of bed when I was four months pregnant with my first, and I spent most of that time in my pajamas!

  • TSkot

    Too harsh, guys; she looks like a million bucks.

  • VicksieDo

    I’d give her snaps just for doing something different if she didn’t look so bored and above it all.  Is she only there because Brad and Angie aren’t there?  Her hair is a mess and the dress should have been altered to fit.

    Wonder what happened with all the Valentino promises that ended with just this one dress on the carpet?  Hmmmm

  • That dress is too damn long.

  • Julaine Morley

    Judging by the shininess of Jen’s dress, it seems to be made of a different fabric than the runway version. A difference in lighting could be responsible, but the runway fabric also looks more substantial. And yes, the hair is pretty damn boring – her unwillingness to make a change gives the impression of having a serious defect she feels obliged to hide.

  • insertclevername_ici

    it doesn’t look the same because she doesn’t have the right foundation garments on. the top part isn’t wrinkled, it is deflated. I think even a bit of wrinkling in the skirt would have been fine if she had the right bra on holding the girls and the dress up together. 

  • Cathy S

    I like the gown on her. But her hair is terrible.

  • The problem is, she just doesn’t look happy.  Plain and simple; it brings everything else down.

  • The hair doesn’t help, but it’s the fit.  It’s a half size too big.

  • sweetlilvoice

    JBF hair it looks like to me. Could no one have handed her a comb?

  • EEKstl

    The tomato red of this gown would have so much more impact on pale skin, which is part of the problem, but to me the worst offender is the styling.  The hair, the clutch, it’s all so…prom.  

  • Kate4queen

    She just doesn’t ‘hold herself’ in the way to show off the dress. You need to be a diva in that and she looks as if she’s strolling on the beach, which is fine if you’re not supposed to be at the Oscars.

    • carolynmo

      I agree. In many pictures, her shoulders are practically touching her ears. Very tense, very uncomfortable.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Hey, at least it’s a color.

  • Judy_J

    It looks to me like they added fabric to the skirt and tried to pleat it or something.  Whatever, that gown lost something in translation.  And yes, Jen, ditch the stringy hair.  We are all so very tired of it.

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    I agree that the color isn’t quite right for her, but the hair is really the problem. Shouldn’t it be up?

  • Indigo54

    She just looks so….so…I don’t know.  She reminds me of a little girl playing dress-up in her mommy’s closet.  

  • I really thought Hathaway was going to wear this…perhaps she lost out to Jen?

  • I feel like the stark beauty of this dress is ruined on a tan blonde type. I get the feeling someone like Rooney Mara would’ve killed in this. Also, the wrinkles definitely do not help. She looks like she just finished romping around in an Abercrombie and Fitch ad.

  • formerlyAnon

    Hair. As far as the dress, it’s the wrinkly, if it’s the same fabric at all. I’m sure it is, but it certainly looks like the runway fabric has more body.

  • appliquer

    I didn’t see her until she came out to present, and all I could think was – she looks really old. Perhaps that comes from being in your mid-40’s and still dressing/styling like you did in your 20’s and 30’s.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Too much fabric, hair is a mess but otherise, I think she did good for Jennifer Anniston. More Justin please! 

  • I thought the dress was lovely on her; a well-taken risk. It’s the fried, stringy hair that ruined it. Even if she had pulled half of it up, that would have been a huge improvement.

  • ChristinaRi

    I commend her for trying something different, but the hair was just awful.  Horrible.    But also she’s not doing anything in her poses to show the dress off.

    The red also appears red/orange in the photos as opposed to the red/blue of the runway look.   Not many women with her coloring can wear a red/orange.  

    Also a necklace would have been nice.

    But mainly it was her looking like a 40 year old waif in a dress too big for her.

  • It’s the hair. I think she looked beautiful in that dress, BUT THE HAIR BROUGHT IT DOWN. Come on!

  • peachy

    the dress is too long. the runway look is far less voluminous …. because it’s the correct length to keep it crisp and structured.

  • siriuslover

    I too blame the stringy hair. I try to suppor Jennifer Aniston as often as I can, but would it kill her to get a new style? Or some curl, or something? I loved that bob she had awhile back. That brought shape and definition to her face.

    RE: the dress. I also think it’s the fact that once you take that dress off the runway, it can never look like the same dress. That crispness can only be had when a model is backstage getting steam ironed 5 seconds before walking out. Until they have standing limos (per TLo, I believe), this is gonna happen.

  • I feel that she has worn several dresses over the years that resemble this a lot………  

  • MoreShoes

    I’m wondering if she’s pregnant and that’s why she chose this shape. I think different hair and definitely different attitude would have helped. She didn’t look comfortable in it.

  • butterflysunita

    Why, why is she still around?  

  • lessax3

    I think its the hair. She needed to do something else to it then the windswept I’m walking on the beach hair. 

  • LinXGUA

    She needs a belt. Or a Britney moment with that hair. Enough already, Jen.

  • Look at the rock on her hand and the guy on her arm.  I don’t think she needs to give a rat’s ass what anyone thinks of how she looks.
    I sure wouldn’t. ; )

    • PeaceBang

      Because getting a guy and a big ring is all that should matter, I guess. Not that she’s showing up at the biggest night of the year in the entertainment industry with a failed career? She looks sad and dreary despite her knock-out flame red dress. She’s an actress who hasn’t had a decent project in years and who is currently best known as a tabloid queen. 

  • Anniebet

    Dress gets a 10/10. Jen gets a 4/10.

  • Iroqhard

    It’s the hair. GOD THE HAIR GET NEW HAIR. Don’t they have people for that in Hollywood?

  • neofashionista

    OMG thank you T LO
    I cant agree more with this Post

  • Susan Crawford

    I’ve never understood all the love lavished on Jennifer Aniston’s hair. Sure, it’s shiny, but honestly, girl, you need to at least make an effort at the damn Oscar’s for heaven’s sake! Would a chignon kill you?

  • e jerry powell

    And she looked even worse standing next to the scrumptious Justin Theroux.

  • quiltrx

    I have a seething hatred for her (made worse by her contamination of the wonderful Justin), so of course I didn’t like this anyway…but I was momentarily proud she didn’t wear a sequined bath towel–then focused on the don’t-give-a-shit hair and remembered why I hate her.  Groan.

  • She looks great. Good color on her. Brings her to life.

  • My first thought when I saw her. 



    I love the colour but something just doesn’t quite suit you…

    When Barbra Streisand came on.

    Her and Jennifer Aniston look heaps alike :O

  • pepper76

    She looks kind of uncomfortable. I think that’s what’s killing it. Maybe she felt ill at ease stepping away from the sparkly bath towels.

  • justin shaved his neck!!

  • Therese Bohn

     I bet she’d be stunning with short hair like Charlize! (well, just a touch longer) ‘The Rachel’ has got to go!

  • DesertDweller79

    It’s the hair.  The hair is ruining the beautiful dress.  Also, it does look more shiny on the red carpet than it does on the runway.  Is it actually a different fabric, or is it just the lighting?  Also, it is wrinkled on Jen. 

    Still, it is a beautiful dress, and I don’t think she looks bad in it.  How could anyone look bad in that, really?  If her hair was up in some smooth style, I think she would look beautiful.

  • CarolinLA

    Why was she even there???!!!

  • Floremi Fasollasido

    This might just be me and my crappy screen, but the dress in the runway shot looks just a wee bit CGI to me…

  • yulaffin

    Yeah, it’s the hair.

  • A couple of things (and we haven’t read through the entire thread, so apologies if we repeat)…

    1. Bit of an easy target.  We’re not fans either, but she doesn’t look that bad.

    2. We both work in the industry, and trust us – the runway look was literally steamed on the model before it went out.

    3. Isn’t hating her getting a little boring?  Almost feels like bullying…

  • It’s the hair. If she’d worn her hair up, something sleek and simple, this would be fine All the bronzer doesn’t help, either. It looks like she’s going to the beach in a ball gown.

    Rooney Mara would wear the shit out of this dress and make it look edgy as hell.

  • libraangel

    It’s her hair, I tell you, it’s her hair

  • Her posture and hair ruined it.

  • She’s so dam boring

  • PhillipWilde

    She made a couture gown look like an off-the-rack prom dress.  That takes talent.

  • haf3

    I realize it’s probably lighting, but in the runway shot the color does look very different, and to me the fabric looks different too – I don’t see any satin-y sheen to that one shot. For me, the shininess and the slightly orange tone to the red (also, ok, the bit of extra length and consequent wrinkles) are what take it away from the admittedly more impressive runway look. However, I am one of those who thinks she looks pretty damn good in this – she has a very strong set of features that she’s figured out a way of working with and she isn’t as willing to mess with that formula as she probably should be, but seriously, she’s looking beautiful and happy, and that is one fabulous chunk of rock on her hand.

  • sarah

    jen thought shes in the market not in oscar!hahaha yeah her hair is so boring nothing change..can you pls chnge your hairstyle?