Oscars IN or OUT: Adele in Jenny Packham

Posted on February 25, 2013

After her Grammys debacle, we swore we’d never rag on Miss Adele again for wearing a black dress and we’re going to stick to that promise.

 

Adele attends the 2013 Academy Awards in a Jenny Packham gown paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

We’re of two minds, which is good, because there are two of us. On the one hand, it’s so standard a “big girl” dress that it’s gone well past cliche. The sleeves, the neckline, the high placement of the waist, and the way it just hangs shapelessly off her hips – it’s all been seen and worn by plenty a plus-sized lady for years. On the other hand, we think it’s a really pretty dress. The beading makes it. And it’s mostly flattering to her shape. We just wish the skirt had a little bit more shape or structure to it so it didn’t just drop to the floor like drapes.

As for the styling, it’s drag-fabulous. We wouldn’t recommend that amount of war paint for most ladies attending the Oscars, but it’s her signature look and she wears it well.

We don’t know, you guys. It’s not an exciting look, but we’re leaning toward IN.

 

 

Vote Now!

 

IN! Serving up DIVA!

 

OUT! Serving up Lane Bryant!

 

 

Voting on J Law’s massive, trip-causing dress is still open.

 

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

    • Introspective

      i did feel the big-girl cliche too in the silhouette and color, but hell its adele and she’s the greatest. 

      and yes, the draggy makeup, hair and beading take this from a melissa mccarthy type trainwreck straight into the land of the fabulous.so in for me!

    • StellaZafella

      She glows…
      and she’s wearing black…

      DIVA and I LUV it!

      • Mary229

        I always joke that I’m an apologist for people with talent.  The more talented you are the more likely I just don’t care what you wear and will love you anyway.  It’s a graded scale.  In terms of talent, Adele always gets an “A” which means I’ll always love whatever she wears.  I admit it.  I’m an apologist and proud of it. LOL

        • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast janinedm

          Agreed. My only wish is that she had gone for a precious gem other than diamonds to bring in some color. Like Angelina Jolie in 2009 with those huge emeralds.

          • Mary229

            That would have been lovely.  But the earrings she did choose seem to be her style. 

        • StellaZafella

           No apologies necessary with me, hon! I’m utterly UNapologetic about my delightful obsession with powerfully talented people. Adele, Hugh Jackman, Streisand (at the ’68 Oscars with her unintentionally transparent pant suit)…to name a few. When they do what they do, it soars and we fly along with them, when they bomb, it’s not for being half-assed…but they’re often the first to laugh at themselves and move on – Brava!

          Adele is wearing something she’s familiar with here, she’s comfortable in her own skin, and she’s about to sing the house down with Babs on the same bill. I see this whole moment as the serene calm before her storm.

          • Mary229

            I just don’t have it in me to fashion nitpick with people who are super talented.  Adele is such a great talent I just can’t bring myself to bitch. Sally Field?  She can do whatever she wants with me.   It’s why I make excuses for Amy Adams and actually wince when people bash her.   She’s had 4 Oscar noms in 7 years. I just don’t care.  Wear whatever you want.  I will apologize for you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

      In.  She’s so drag-tastically fabulous.

      • MK03

        I would have loved to see her in something more mid-to-late 60s, to match her hair and makeup. Talk about some drag-tastic fabulosity.

    • miagain

      It would look so much better knee length…

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        She wore almost the same dress – a shorter more sparkly version of it – for the performance. Cutting the length did not do much for it in my opinion.

        Not a huge fan of either look – its my boredoms which are getting in the way of liking this dress. I know, she likes a black dress. This is clearly not news. Yawn.

        However, absolute 100% props for not getting made to look 3 times her actual size, as Melissa McCarthy seemed to do in that *shudder* grey number.

    • http://twitter.com/SillyGrrlJen Silly Grrl

      IN I thought she looked stunning. 

    • http://twitter.com/rmccarthyjames RMJ

      Her head is stunning perfection and the dress has some drama and interest. Not setting fire to any rain or anything, but she looks great. IN.

      • Deac82

        I see what you did there…bravo!

    • elirt

      I love her, but I find this so boring. 

    • Introspective

      disqus seems to have eaten my previous comment. oh well.

       adele is cheeky and glam. and i love her.

      IN

    • Sobaika

      Beaded nightgown. At this point it’s clear she’ll wear what she wears and we should all get used to it. 

      • Pants_are_a_must

        When you have a face like that, no one’s gonna care about your beaded black sacky dress. And every designer will make you that dress as well.

        • RebeccaKW

           I also love that she makes a point to say she’s not into showcasing looks, etc.  For her, it’s about her talent and she’s only in a fancy dress b/c it’s required, but she’s not going to go out of her way.  She doesn’t want to be looked at as a style icon, and I respect her for saying it and sticking with it.

          • TRSTL

            I want to give this a million likes!  In my head, I hear her saying,”Oh, someone doesn’t like this?  F**k ‘em, I love it and that’s all I care about baby!”  I LOVE HER, talent, soul and personality, all of it!!

    • BeeBeauNYC

      OUT – I think that dress could have used a belt to help give her a more flattering shape. And there’s too much going on with her hair. Nice make up though, and she has such great eyes. 

    • Frank_821

      I am giving it a marginal out. she’d look so much better if the dress was in a livelier color like a royal blue or purple. She’s young, fabulous and very pretty. The color ought to reflect that.

      I actually preferred what she wore on stage when she sang. It may have been another black beaded dress but it had a lot more zing to it that this

      • Billie_Dawn

        Great point on the color. Okay, she likes this silhouette. No problem. It is very flattering on her. But can’t she at least go for something other than black? It doesn’t have to be hot pink. It can even be a dark blue or purple. Just not black!

        • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

          Yeah – black is so…dark.  She seems to have a vivacious personality and I wish her color choices reflected this.  This is a small in for me, but would have been a much bigger IN with a bit of color.

    • DiverK

      Out.  Total Lane Bryant going on. So many better options out there.
       

    • http://www.facebook.com/henry.maler Henry Maler

      Totally standard, but pretty enough and she’s workin’ it, so IN

    • http://riley-merrick.livejournal.com/ JP

      It’s the same dress she always wears; I would have liked to see it in a color other than black (royal blue?). Still, it’s an IN for me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

      In, but her performance attire was way better. 

    • RoxieRider

      If we were judging her by her post-performance look, when she picked up the Oscar, I’d give her a borderline WERQ. This dress with the JBF hairstyle and the divatastic make-up was to die. She looked showstopping. With this do, it’s just an unadorned in. She looks good.

    • DinaSews

      It looks better in pictures than it did last night, and I was wowed when her hair came down.  IN.

    • MarissaLG

      IN. This is really, really pretty. However I much preferred the hair/makeup look (messy hair, red lip) during her win/speech over this.

      • TRSTL

        She looked AMAZING when accepting and loved the “realness”, love and humilty she was werqing!

    • AZU403

      Was she wearing a different dress during her musical number, or was it that same dress with a cocktail-length hem?

    • http://twitter.com/unflinchingly Lindsey Romain

      In. She looks like herself, not some miserable drone, and I think it’s because of the dress. She looks fabulous. 

    • http://twitter.com/lisledanielle Danielle Lisle

      I would give my left kidney for her hair. I perfer her performance dress over this, but it gets an IN since it’s such a vast imrpovement over the upholstered disaster she wore a few weeks back.

    • kmk05

      IN, because her face is flawless and the dress has beautiful beading. I don’t really like the hair.

    • DiverK

      She would have totally rocked a black version of Octavia Spencer’s dress!
       

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Maybe they could have switched dresses?

    • http://younghovaswitnesses.tumblr.com/ Caitlin Murphy

      In, although it’s not exciting whatsoever. Pretty, yes, but I would love to see her change it up. She’s so gorgeous that she can surely find something more interesting that works for her than the basic black gowns she defaults to.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      In to the most In-ness.  I thought she looked awesome, and was totally adorable with her halting, gushing acceptance speech. I was not, however, on board with the knee length dress she wore to sing Skyfall.

    • janierainie

      In. Boring but in. Basically it’s not an out so it has to be an in. It seems like she could have found a dress with a more interesting neckline. 

    • mellorcr

      Sorry, it’s gotta be an out.  I think the real problem with this is that when a dress is too long and you put it on a girl who doesn’t have experience in dealing with that length you get a rather unattractive waddle as she struggles not to trip over the hem. It doesn’t look bad when she’s standing there, but when she tried to move, it just looked awful.

    • RuthGo

      In. I thought she’s actually never looked more beautiful than she did accepting her Oscar. 

    • Zippypie

      IN. She looks fabulous.  The beading on the dress is spectacular and the simple lines showcase that.  Now if you want a shapeless big girl sack, poor Melissa McCarthy had that on.

      • MK03

        Whoever dressed Melissa McCarthy needs to be fired. She always his the red carpet in one ugly, colorless satin trash bag after another. And her hair last night…total Priscilla Presley on a bender.

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        Completely agree re the Melissa McCarthy debacle. How could any designer or stylist do that to someone else? 

        What a total nightmare of a look from the hair to the titscrepancy to the sack-ness of the middle to the awfulness of the skirt and adding on a bunch of crystals in weird places to try and draw the focus from the awfulness of the rest of the dress.. And who did that to her hair? Who has tits in their armpits right next to their collarbone, in a normal world? Way to HOIK! I did not know we had that kind of technology available to us in 2013..

        • tvmovielover

          Yeah, we got 3 women of size: Melissa (YIKES! AGAIN! TENT!) McCarthy, Octavia Spencer (I liked it-not a fat lady dress-she did not look old to me), and Adele (really nice black fat lady dress) and her beautiful face and hair.  Melissa needs to pay more attention to these other two.  Adele-I give an IN for sticking to what she likes and looking good in it.  Also, how old is her baby now-2 or 3 mos?  She gets a pass.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      IN — mainly because Adele doesn’t give a flying .. fig .. if we like her clothes or not.  The dress she wore to sing Skyfall was pretty much the same only shorter, but I liked the silhouette of it on her better.

    • MerBearStare

      As a fat girl myself, I have to give this a big fat OUT! No amount of pretty beading can make up for the awful shape.

      You can do better Adele! I do better and I’m bigger than you and have way, way less money.

    • homofascist

      IN.  She looks gorgeous and happy from the neck up.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      IN. I thought she looked great and comfortable and authentic and charming.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

      I’m leaning towards in. But how awkward was she standing to that little grasshopper Kristin Chenoweth?

    • teensmom99

      IN.  She looked amazing.

    • Maluca

      IN.

      She knows what works for her and works the hell out of it. Nothing wrong with that. As a larger lady myself, I only wish I could afford her wardrobe (and hair and makeup people). 

    • Lilithcat

      I go with IN.  She is such a beautiful woman (though she could ease up on the eye makeup).  What I like best is that she looks so content.

    • xmixiex

      I agree that it’s not exciting- but she looks beautiful.  She is a stunning lady. 

    • Mary229

      I think she looks fantastic.   Anyone who follows my comments on here knows that I’m an apologist for people with actual talent.  The more talented you are at your craft–whatever that is—the more likely I forgive any and all fashion mistakes.  Adele can wear whatever the heck she wants.  She’s a queen.

      • Margaret Riley

        First: she looks good. Not WERQ or even great, but a solid good. But if this dress had a different neckline, I think it could have been so much better. A sweetheart, oval, or even deep V would have taken this out of matronly and into diva territory for me.

        • Mary229

          I think she looks great.  Better than good for me.  Yes, some of us might prefer a different neckline.  But this woman is really conservative and she’s a new mom.   It’s not matronly to cover up your chest area especially when you are a conservative woman and a new mother. 

        • momjamin

          Sweetheart would be lovely, but even just a little V would be an improvement and add something of a vertical line — she’s worn a little bit more of a scoop before, which was better, but she’s got a bit of real estate to work with (as do I) before the decolletage is showing actual cleavage/babyhead territory.

    • Qitkat

      O.U.T. Hate the hair. I love Adele, but she didn’t serve it for me last evening. Performance hair/dress were better, but after that slammin’ Shirley Bassey number, Adele seemed like she was phoning it in. Wish they had somehow merged the songs, even added a few, and had an awesome duet. It could have rocked!

      • formerlyAnon

        I was thinking how awesome a Bassey/Adele duet could be, as well.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      I think she actually looked even better when she performed. This is pretty conservative, but in the performance there was leg shown! The hair was down! And she owned the drag fabulousness of her signature style like she was born to. IN because dear lord, I just want to have a face that beautiful too.

      • mommyca

         I liked her outfit during the performance better too, and her hair was fabulous! it’s an IN for me too!

    • http://twitter.com/kate_smash Kate

      I find her so annoying, primarily because she’s always wearing the same thing.  Your job is to be in the public eye–don’t bore us.

      • mommyca

        her job is to make sure her songs don’t bore us, so in that respect she always does a pretty good job.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

         To be fair, she’s a singer, not a model.

    • kelsita421

      In. Not a big IN, but In. Has she ever tried a more scooped neck?

    • Call me Bee

      I thought she looked stunning last night–in the close-ups.  Her hair and makeup were perfection (as was her performance–what a voice! And such a heartfelt acceptance.)  And this is a perfect dress for her, as it is for any plus-sized woman.  I just wish the neckline were a bit more showy–one thing us pudgy girls have is….girls begging to be shown off! 
      But that’s a minor quible.  IN!

    • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia

      I dunno, I sort of wish she’d go with the kind of look Queen Latifah wears, but on the other hand, maybe it takes a few years to build that kind of backbone and attitude?

    • Le_Sigh

      IN.  Her face sells the shit out of that look.   Whoever’s been making her up has been doing a phenomenal job.

    • Rand Ortega

      Love her. She’s so beautiful. & real & funny & not jaded. I can’t criticize her dress. 

    • jw_ny

      OUT

      This sparkly sack is just so unoriginal.   The shape, or lack thereof, does nothing for her.  That hair style and her makeup make her look way older than she actually is. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      IN. Stick with what you know, and continue to do it well.  I prefer that over another debacle like her Grammy dress. 

    • http://twitter.com/Hussified Coleen

      It’s an IN for me, but I am kind of wishing I could dress her in Sally Field’s red Valentino number from last night. I think that would look smashing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Not loving the hair, but it’s also her trademark. IN

    • Annabelle Archer

      IN. She’s just gorgeous and that’s the end of it. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N75LLUHGJEGCGJ3HZAXEB3MBJI Deen

      I’m going in- she looks happy and comfortable and GORGEOUS!

    • kimmeister

      In, just because of the interest created by the beading.  I hate how her bangs are parted smack dab in the middle though.

    • mmc2315

      Leaning IN, as well, gentlemen.

    • Stubenville

      As it weren’t hard enough to look stylish, almost the entire fashion industry revolves around size two and smaller models. I’m assuming it’s the same dress she performed in (either that or it’s eerily similar) and that looked lovely and sparkly under the stage lights.  I give her an in.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I am a bigger gal.  Look at my icon. But NO to that neckline.  V neck Adele for goodness sakes! It’s Lane Bryant and it makes her look just DAMN OLD!  I’d get my scissors and cut a big ol’ VEE in that neck.  On the carpet.  And then glue a finished edge on it.  I swear.  OUT.

    • http://www.facebook.com/melanie.martin47 misfit47

      Out. If I look at her only from the upper thigh and above, I might give her an IN, but really that matronly skirt belongs draped over an end table. It just kills it. 

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      The dress looked great in her performance of Skyfall, in front of the glittering background. Wowza!

    • Sara__B

       The dress looks good on her, but I HATE her hair. Perhaps striped mid-60s hair is her thing, but I’d love to see her in a prettier hair do.

    • procrastinatrice

      Can do better. There are plenty of options between this snoozefest and the atrocity at Grammys, even if you are wearing plus size.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535548244 Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

      she’s really … she’s not just “beautiful for some her size” — she’s beautiful.  like, goddess beautiful.  if anyone can turn around this whole “beauty = stick thin” trend we’ve been on for the past 100 years or so, she can.

      • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

        I’m in total agreement!  She gorgeous, talented and simply a flawless diva in every way. 

    • Catiline

      OUT because I can’t stand the hair.

    • MissFern

      DIVA!

    • GretaChristina

      Out, out, out, out, out. A completely boring, tepid, Lane Bryant sleeping pill of a dress. It’s like a “Before” look on What Not to Wear. The single adjective that leaps to mind is “apologetic.” I frakking hate apologetic dresses on big girls. Werq those curves, dammit! Don’t hide them!

      Do like the hair and makeup, though.

      • sweetestsith

         Seriously. I saw Queen Latifah’s dress, and they have a similar body type but QL looked worlds better due to her dress. Mad respect to that lady, she doesn’t always kill it, but she still manages to find a host of interesting dresses that fit. None of this cover-up-every-inch-in-black stuff.

    • Janet B

      Adele’s dress is beautiful, but I have some reservations: I wish the neckline was more of a scoop and that the sleeves didn’t end at her waistline. Sometimes it’s hard for me to commit to one side or the other.

    • SewingSiren

      Not bad. I would call it safe. Except that the front hem looks too long, that’s dangerous.

    • Luke Pacheco

      I agree… I would have liked to see some sort of volume on the bottom for proportion and visual interest … but I’m not hating it by any length.  (IN)

    • Kimberly Southern-Weber

      IN! Divatastic!

    • DTLAFamilies

      In-ish. I wish she’d go for more decolletage and I don’t like the bangs. But she mostly looks good. 

    • nannypoo

      Well I think it’s a huge IN. I love it. Her hair is a bit Drag Queen, but everything else is perfection. I always love her makeup. She’s beautiful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      In.  Much improved over the drapes she wore a couple of weeks ago.

    • savicevic

      IN! I like the hair during her performance much better though.

    • http://twitter.com/chylde chylde

      In (innnish) But Why doesn’t she pay a gay? I mean, really. She needs to try a v-neck once with a little interest around her face maybe.Girl, get thee to Tadashi Shoji!

    • http://twitter.com/MizSpoilt Nicola Page

      I liked her performance styling better, a shorter version of this, sure, but her hair was BEAUTIFUL. The middle parting really softens her, I think.

    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      Makeup: YAY
      Dress: NAY (sorry, but it’s looking very mother of the bride to me)

      In balance, I’m going to have to say OUT.

    • FoxInSocks

      Hmm. I would have liked to have seen something more exciting with the neckline (a v, or at least a bit of one?), but my main issue with this is the sleeves cut her in a terrible spot. Speaking as a former Lane Bryant shopper myself, I know clothes for bigger girls tend to go half or (the god-awful) 3/4 length sleeves a lot – it’s a difficult choice between upper arm flab and matronly, eliminate-your-waist & widen-your-hips sleeves.

      I think she looks very pretty DESPITE the dress, but I’m not sure if that’s in or out…

    • DaringMiss

      IN

      She had a baby less than six months ago, so putting her in a bodice that is more fitted (ala Octavia Spenser) was probably not going to be comfortable.  

      Her nails are a bit problematic…too long and too pointy.  They make her hands look a bit clawlike.  I would have rounded them a bit more to avoid that effect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529792223 Eileen Washburn

      IN. Give the girl a break. If she was showing alot of skin, you’d be complaining about that. She looked great

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

      I think she looks GORGEOUS.  IN.

    • http://twitter.com/SioConnellan Siobhan Connellan

      In… if for no other reason than I love that as long as Adele is around, false eyelashes will always be in style!

    • ToniMacAttack

      As a fellow big girl, I’m giving her an IN. 

      She’s going to loosen up with some time, I think. We big girls often do when dressing ourselves. And if it takes MY size 14 self six hours of beating the self-loathing out of my own head to believe I can wear a V neck blouse and a knee-length skirt, it’ll take Miss Adele, who is notoriously private and loathsome of too much attention, much more time. I have to say, it does make her shape look loverly. And no, that much makeup isn’t advisable for the layperson, but she’s a DIVA. She can work it. And lets not brow-beat the big girls for going back to the same “form” time after time until there’s actually OPTIONS available for big girls that look DESIGNED with big girls in mind. Instead of just “designed for twigs, with added fabric. So you’ll look ridic, FYI.”

    • Julie Fountain

      I love the dress even if it is a pretty standard one.  The makeup is fine, but the hair I just cannot get behind. The style is fine but the highlights look awful, like at-home-drugstore-kit awful.  Still, that’s the only flaw and overall she looks pretty.  She’s so much improved over that Grammy’s look that I’m giving this an IN. 

    • Watts

      It’s an IN for me, even though I liked the on-stage performance dress better.

    • http://twitter.com/BHSushi Beverly Hills Sushi

      Out.  She’s worn a version of this dress to every awards show BESIDES this year’s Grammy’s.  It’s so played out.  Boring as Hell.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      OUT– it ages her. She looks like she’s in St. Petersburg– the musical and is dancing in the production number Call the Dowager Empress- the war is on!

    • afabulous50

      IN…less I be chastised again. 

    • surfergirl70

      With that face, she can wear what she wants, but I actually think the dress looks pretty.  I liked her hair better when it was down (when she was singing Skyfall), but nonetheless, it’s an IN.

    • CMSmith1848

      IN. Better than the Globes. She did look FAB in the dress she performed in!!

    • BuckeyeLou

      Adele has such a pretty face & pretty hair, but she favors the same boring black dress(she saw the bad reaction to that red floral dress!), but this dress would have been so much prettier in a pretty color, like a jewel tone: royal blue or purple.  Wish she would find someone to design for her like Todashi Soji designs for Octavia Spencer

    • tessasouthworth

      A resounding IN, mostly because of her almost Bardo-esque flawlessly contoured face when she performed (the photos, on monitor at least, are not doing her justice). But also because her awesome performance, along with those of La Streisand, CZJ, and the absolute GODDESS Shirley Bassey, not to mention Charlize Theron’s foxtrot, are the ONLY things that saved this show from being a TOTAL effing embarassment of a snoozefest!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603005248 Jeff Warhurst

      She looks like a scratched chalkboard to me.

    • Synnamin

      IN! Love it!! Isn’t she also pregnant? Did I read that rumor somewhere?

    • piecesofconfetti

      IN

    • frannyprof

      In. Not exactly Diva fabulous, but she looks happy and beautiful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

      I like it.  Also, dresses for performances are constructed different, my understanding is that elastic-type materials are used around the torso to allow for full use of the windpipes, diaphragm, and so forth, not to obstruct the airways.  You’ll notice Babs’ dress had a similar profile.

    • fringebenefit

      In. But don’t like this flour sack trend of dresses that just drop without some defining element at the waist (or wherever appropriate to the design). I’m not asking for a big fat belt, just a little contrasting band. Seeing this more and more on the red carpet–and not just with fuller figures. 

    • mjude

      IN. love her.  she said the dress was extremely heavy. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1144283367 Renee Anthony Sitton

      Out…It needs to be shorter and sleeker…Less fuss around her hips…Or maybe if she were corseted , it would look better because it wouldn’t look like it was just hanging on her.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

        The thing is, singers aren’t corseted or belted because it would obstruct the airways.  She’s singing, not lip-syncing.  

    • zmayhem

      IN. She looks happy and at ease wearing it, and both this and the shorter version looked so utterly gorgeous in motion – shimmering starlight and fireflies every time she swayed her hips or raised an arm or even took a deep breath. Both versions looked kind of nothing-y to me in still pictures, but the way the beading caught the light was sheer magic. It’s damn hard to pull off head-to-toe beading without looking either armored or tacky, but this made her look literally aethereal, like a brilliant sky on a clear and moonless night.

    • kmc1138

      I really liked the Burberry she wore to perform. It worked so well against the display behind her, and I don’t care what anyone says, the sparkly Louboutins were not too much. :)

    • moja31

      she looked better on stage, when she lost the prom hair, surprisingly svelte as well. Hated the red lips when she accepted her award though.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Definite IN. It’s flattering, it’s very her style, and she feels comfortable in it. I don’t mean comfortable as in it not being stiff or itchy, I mean comfortable as in confident.

      ETA: I remembered it as short and then I realized that the dress she performed in was short. They look like pretty much the same dress, one short, one long. I like the short better, but, still, in. This is her style.

    • lalahartma

      In.

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      Out. As a plus-sized lady myself, I cringe when I see some of her choices. My sister nailed it: It’s updated Mama Cass. It’s just one notch up from a mumu. 

      Did you see those wacky makeup & hairstyling ladies? (http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2013/02/24/19/12/1gjfaQ.St.4.jpeg) The heavy one who WASN’T in pink leggings nailed it; form-fitted, curvy, a lovely v-neck, and not trying to hide her arms. THAT’S how a big girl should dress. 

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      In, but the Skyfall dress was even better.

    • MaryanneGirl

      Ain’t nothing wrong with serving up Lane Bryant, when that’s all you can fit in!  ;) 

      The pictures looks much better than it did on screen last night. And as much as I adore her, this was bland. I thought her performance dress was so much better.  J’adore Adele, j’loathe the dress. Out. 

    • Kimbolina

      IN.

      She looks great, though her hair/makeup during her performance was GORGEOUS.  Wish she had that for the entire night.

    • MissMariRose

      She’s only 24. She’s too young and fabulous for this.

      Boo-urns, Jenny Packham. Boo. Urns.

    • shelley514

      Very much an “IN”.  That said, the dress and hair she wore to sing Skyfall was the wayyyyyyyyyyyy better look.  If that dress had been floor length, it would have been the better choice for the red carpet.

    • AmeliaEve

      A reluctant IN. It suits her and she looks relaxed and pretty, but it’s so predictable. She ventured out on a limb for the GG’s and got her hand slapped, and now she’s come crawling back home to the black sacks. I’d like to see her be just a little more distinctive. Navy blue? V-neckline? Interesting sleeves?

      Still, someone pointed out recently that she is just a year older than Taylor Swift, and her style is so much more bold and sophisticated. She knows who she is.

    • YayaGurl

      I love her and her attitude and she’s gorgeous but that dress is so boring and schlumpy.

    • http://raistlinsama.livejournal.com/ Raistlinsama

      It may be a little cliché but it really works for her, and the beading really delivered under the lighting while she was singing Skyfall. So, drag-tastic, perfectly right for the performance moment… it’s an IN!

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      IN! It’s pretty standard, but it does look good on her, and it suits her. Hair and makeup are perfect. 

      ETA: She really is a beautiful woman. I mean, look at those eyes!!

    • rococodada

      Now that she’s got Grand Ol’ Opry hair (circa 1974), I think she should do a Patsy Cline bio-pic (or at least a tribute album).

    • Imasewsure

      OUT… hate the styling even if it is her “personal style” and the dress is unflattering for such a beautiful young woman even if it is sparkly

    • Dan Jednorozec

      I love it

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      I think she looks beautiful. Also, for plus sized ladies, there aren’t a lot of choices, and it is easy to go wrong. Witness Melissa McCarthy’s Oscar dress; I’ve seen her in much more flattering and attractive dresses. So back to Adele; the dress looks lovely on her and I think her hair and makeup are her style – definitely an IN!

    • ConnieBV

      I think of Adele as a modern-day Edith Piaf. Wears black, sings sad, too much face paint. Never change, girl. IN.

    • Brooke

      She’s IN.Barely. I wish she would have shown more skin like Octavia. This is why Octavia’ s look works. Even big girls need to show a shoulder or a defined waist to avoid this sequined bathrobe look.

    • f_yeah_marie

      IN!  She looks great and she killed it last night.

    • prettybigkitty

      She looked stunningly beautiful when she performed.  Gorgeous face.  Those skinny bitches better look out.  

    • Imthestein

      I say in, when I was watching with my friend and wife we all agreed it looked amazing on stage.  In particular, we thought it looked great with the set design as well so I kind of don’t feel like this was meant to be judged on the red carpet.

    • Gabrielle Bettencourt

      IN!

    • marilyn

      Out.  The dress could have been cut with a more interesting neckline.  That one is strictly Lane Bryant.  She is a singer, not an actress and she in the public eye because of that talent.  I don’t expect her to turn into a runway model.  But the dress she is wearing could have been more flattering to her by adding an interesting neck.  Sorry.  She is a great singer, but this is just giving up.

    • warnerave

      In .. barely…she seriously needs to lose weight…

      • http://twitter.com/MizSpoilt Nicola Page

        Body shaming is so passé dear. She’s beautiful.

    • Gabrielle Bettencourt

      IN!

    • twocee

      In.  Not only does she look good, she looks like she knows she looks good.

    • greyhoundgirl

      In.  She looked really great last night –better than in these photos.

    • crash1212

      IN. Because she owns whatever she’s wearing and attitude is always IN in my book. She’s SO beautiful. I loved that they took her hair down for her performance – she rocked both looks.

    • MintaHallWriter

      Seems like I saw her first in a knee-length version of this dress which had a stiffer skirt and made her look big as a house. But last night? On stage?  She looked beautiful.  I think her styling was focused on that stage performance of “Skyfall” and for that it worked well. Less good on RC, but that wasn’t the point.

      SO…I give this an IN.  She looked great (and sounded wonderful!) singing that song.  And congrats to her on her brand new Oscar!

    • golden_valley

      It’s clear that Adele wants to be covered up. She consistently picks dresses that cover all cleavage and most, if not all, of her arms. She apparently prefers heavy makeup and fancy hair to showing skin.  So be it.  She’s here on the carpet because of her fabulous voice.  They are plenty of fabulous appearing ladies on the carpet, but many of them can’t sing like she can.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=619406399 Lisa Wagoner

      The dress she wore while singing Skyfall was different and looked better on her than this one.  She is stunning but you can tell clothes don’t matter to her.   Such a talent.

    • Jangle57

      I think she’s great and while maybe the dress could be more figure flattering, it’s still pretty and so IN

    • mhleta

      Agree, her hair and face are stunning. I think a lower neck line could have taken this dress to a much higher level. I’m going to give an OUT because she can easily do so much better.

    • http://frederickvegetarian.wordpress.com sixgables

      bleh.  She needs a different neckline.  This thing is matronly.  You’re young and gorgeous, show off that creamy skin, girl!

    • alaskahyoung

      A bit cliché? Yes. Does she look bad? Absolutely not. In.

    • Chickadeep

      IN. Girlfriend just had a baby; I’m giving her the win based on 1) yes, black is predictable and yes, another color would have been more eye-catching and unexpected, but she clearly feels comfortable and pretty in the outfit and that is no small thing when you’re about to perform in front of a bazillion people, and 2) the *impeccable* retro drag-fabulous styling. I mean, it’s a small detail, but she even has a perfect, straight-up 1960s pointy manicure worthy of Barbra in all her late-’60s glory.

    • ccm800

       IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joy.yeager Joy Yeager

      In, she’s divalicious!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

      I don’t know. It’s pretty enough, but the performance dress (and hair!) was a knockout.

    • http://twitter.com/theclusterf__k Jessica

      I liked it. Not so much on the red carpet, but boy did she sparkle on stage!  It was definitely a drama piece on stage; to match those dazzling set of pipes she has! For what she does/her persona, the drag makeup and hair are perfect.  It just wouldn’t be the same if she sported natural makeup and hair!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      IN! IN! IN! Just don’t wear that Grammy dress again, Adele!

    • Judy_S

      I thought she looked OK on the red carpet, beautiful, and the dress basically not detracting from that. She looked fabulous singing. Was that the same dress? It had a very similar cut but in the lights it looked amazing, wonderfully sparkly.
      Her face is so ridiculously lovely that the only way she could really spoil her look is by wearing a bag over her head.

    • bertkeeter

      She’s beautiful what ever she wears. Even though she’s not a slim girl, I’d like her in more of a fitted mermaidish silhouette than this  ” lost in there ” look!

    • JasmineAM

      I liked this, but her performance hair and dress were SOOO much better. She looked beautiful!

    • alyce1213

      In, no question.

    • Alyssa

      In. It’s definitely the standard big girl dress, but the sequining is beautiful, and she has the attitude to pull off that makeup (for which I am insanely jealous!). She looks classy & beautiful, which is how I imagine one wants to look when accepting their Oscar.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503432049 Kerry McCombs

      IN.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      It’s not exciting on the carpet, but for performing in the hall full of black shadows and twinkling lights, it was pretty spectacular.

      • l_c_ann

        IN for BB’s reasons

    • Zyxomma

      Boring beaded black MUU-MUU. Out.

    • ankali

      IN. It’s not a spectacular dress, but she’s serving up her regular awesome self. I wish I had her gorgeous, creamy skin.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      i’m a dude, and i’m sort of built like her, so i will have to say IN. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/mfwightman Michael Wightman

      Totally an IN.  Her make-up is a little heavy, sure, but she was performing later.  And come on, after she saw those pix from the last awards show, what other choice did she have?

    • SapphoPoet

      IN. She looks wonderful. 

    • Monday1900

      In–as you said, not the most exciting look in the world, but the beading is gorgeous and looked great on stage.   Wish it was navy blue instead of black but I quibble. I see the makeup as stage makeup so I’ll give her a pass there.  Hair is standard but nicely colored and styled. 

    • ringthing

      I would like to see some designer really take pains to dress her and I do wonder sometimes what she looks like underneath all that hair and slap, but that’s her thing and she looks great. I too grade on a talent curve and she seems delightful, so IN.

    • jkatkins

      IN.  Diva-licious!

    • TSkot

      She looks dynamite.  (Melissa McCarthy, take note.)  IN

    • margaret meyers

      In.

    • barbarienne

      With you on the dress, but she’s wearing it well. Her face and hair look great. It’s not a capital-letters IN, but nonetheless solid.

    • Melizmatic

      ‘In’, especially after that hidie knitted-afghan thing she wore the last time she was on the red carpet.

    • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

      She is so beautiful, but that dress says “plus size Mother of the Groom.”

    • Joyce VG

      IN! DIVA!

    • http://twitter.com/MarfMom Maya

      in! it suits her. sure, i’d love to see her in some other shape, but the black dress is kind of her thing, and she hair and makeup look good.

    • PastryGoddess

      meh

      Standard Adele.  If her hair had been more done then maybe it would be an in for me

    • ojosazules

      In.

    • mightbewrong

      I didn’t care about Adele or her singing for a long time, but she’s worked her way into my heart.
      Drag-fabulous all the way, but I was a bigger fan of her performance outfit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      in from me! 

    • suzq

      Take about 1/2″ off the bottom and we’re in.  As it was, the clinky clinks her 20 lbs of beaded dress made as it hit the stage right before her acceptance speech were pretty distracting.

      I liked much better the short version she wore when she sung “Skyfall.”

      • MilaXX

         She said that dress weighed 30lbs which I assume is why she opted to wear it onstage only and not on the RC.

    • andreawey

      boring….. 

    • Nancy Dunn

      In! I give Adele a pass on the big girl dress, she is a singer, not a teeny tiny actress.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jacoryd JaCory Deon

      The hair and makeup is IN (whoever does this for her really works because she is NOT a natural beauty as some Adele sans makeup shots will show you) but that shape makes her look bigger than she is and matronly.  My God, isn’t she 23?  There are ways of making larger-figured women look sexy so why must they insist on these shapeless things for her.  Can’t co-sign on the whole look kids.

      • MilaXX

         I disagree, I think she looks fine sans makeup. Not drop dead gorgeous, but very much like an ordinary person, which out of performance wear she is. I do agree about it aging her though. Aren’t she and Taylor Swift like a year apart?

    • TRSTL

      Complete and total IN from me!  She is such a beautiful woman and most importantly, she looks extremely comfortable with her choices.  And frominterviews, comments she has made, ect., I trulydon’t think hse cares what anybody else thinks as long as she likes it.  Miss Genuine Realness…..

    • andreawey

      BTW did you see her talking to Kristin Chenowith on the RC, if I were Adele I would have knocked her down when she took off her heels just to emphasize the size difference between them. Adele did not seem amused…..

      • meowing

        Chenowith seemed to be fixated on herself and her size.  I’m not familar with her work/media-self, so is this her usual schtick?  Plus, her own look was mighty harsh “for someone of my teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, adorable size.”

      • schadenfreudelicious

        She was insufferable with her constant reference to her tinyness…yeah yeah, you’re pixie sized, whatever…Adele was far too polite…

    • Cathy S

      I think she’s in. The gown is pretty and I love her hair.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Hair, makeup, nails and jewelry are fabulous. Dress is dowdy as hell. Out.

    • MilaXX

      IN, she looked great and more importantly she looked comfortable. I wish this had been in a midnight blue or even deep green, but this is so much better looking than that red mess she wore.

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      IN, barely.
      i think she looks kinda frumpy. but i have to admit, i dont know the first thing about dressing a bigger girl, so there. also, the beading is really pretty up close.

    • http://www.facebook.com/darva.sutra Darva Sutra

      IN!! She sparkled and seemed so comfortable/happy in her interviews. Fabulous!

    • kathryn_dc

      I love Adele. I do think she looks years older than 24. Hopefully the upswing is that 20 years from now we’ll be saying “Adele never ages!” because she will still look like this. :)

    • samo_samo

      In…very nicely put together. 

    • conniemd

      In Hair and makeup, she looks beautiful. Dress has pretty elements, but think how great she would have looked sleeveless with a lower neckline.

    • http://twitter.com/emilyf007 emily

      IN. She’s fabulous in it.

    • Aly Light

      IN, but largely because you put her Grammys dress in there as a comparison. It really drives home how much fresher and younger she looks here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/D.D.D.Dino Dino Bonačić

      in! :D

    • oldbobbydraper

      OUT.

      there are so many colors…… too bad she can’t see of them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810765636 Melba Searcy

      I’m a plus sized woman that has learned how to wear things that flatter my figure.  I want to go help Adele learn how to do this.  Her figure is nice.  She just needs to dress it better.

    • sweetlilvoice

      In, her face is flawless. I think she looks very ladylike too. 

    • Jessica Goldstein

      IN. I wish the neckline were lower and the hips had more structure, too, but SHE looks good, and she looks like she thinks she looks good. 

    • Buffy

      the dress is fine but I just can’t with the hair

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      In – it’s a pretty dress, although I agree that a slightly shorter skirt would have been chicer. 

    • http://hearmeintheharmony.wordpress.com/ Melanie

      In, though I don’t love the hair.  I also really, really liked her performance dress.

      I don’t know her life, but I’m curious how she cares for an infant with those nails.

    • Kate4queen

      In she makes it work.

    • snarkykitten

      it’s a fancy muumuu

    • SatelliteAlice

      In.  I think she looks lovely and very comfortable.  I don’t mean sweatpants comfortable I mean “I feel pretty” comfortable.  Yes it is rather standard for big girls and for her for that matter but I think that the fact that she looks like she feels so good in it makes up for those things.

    • Pterodactyl111

      Tentative in. I think a wider neckline would have suited her better, but she still looks pretty good.

    • mozzer0906

      I’ll give her an IN only because it is 10,000 times better than her grammy’s look.  I hate the drag-tastic hair, and I wish the dress wasn’t so cliche, but she does look good.  

    • decormaven

      In, because her stylist knows what works in terms of hair, makeup, and what makes her client comfortable, yet chic. Sure, it would have been great to see her try something more challenging, but I’d rather her be happy and sing like a bird than constricted and unable to bring the diva-ness to her performance.

    • Indigo54

      OUT! Enough is enough with the black sacks.   At least show a little cleavage and uncover the arms.  BE PROUD OF THOSE CURVES GIRL!   Wish I had ‘em. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1832126583 Mary Lauer

      In. Not totally striking, but it’s not negative either.

    • Judy_J

      IN.  It’s a pretty, if somewhat standard dress.  Her hair and makeup ramp this up a notch or two.

    • mhlmh

      in.

    • thecitysleeps

      Definite IN.  As a big girl,  I say just stick to what you know you’ll look good in.  There’s nothing wrong in hiding your biggest parts and that kind of waist and dropping skirt works great for ‘our’ figures I find.  Plus the beading gives it enough interest to make it not boring and she looks beautiful.

    • demidaemon

      I love me some Adele, but I am not in love with this dress. It’s alright. But, considering what Melissa McCarthy wore compared to this, I must give Adele an IN, just for serving it and not looking like a crazy homeless woman.

    • http://twitter.com/Honey604 Marilyn Johnson

      In.

    • GorgeousThings

      I give her an IN. She looked gorgeous, and it was so good to hear her sing again. I could tell she was being more guarded with her voice, and she sounds like she’s had lessons (Zeitel recommends lessons, big time). 

      • formerlyAnon

        Yes. For several years all my voice teacher acquaintance could say about her was “her career will be very short if she doesn’t learn how to use her voice properly.”

    • tylka5

      In – she looked so beautiful and classy.

    • newtonGOTbeaned

      She looks pretty. IN.

    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

      She’s more IN than out, I think. She looks nice, even if it’s not the most fabulous dress out there. 

    • rumcg66

      I can’t, it’s a MEH. I don’t understand why she doesn’t take one look at Octavia Spencer and put Tadashi Shoji on speed dial. 

    • stubbornthoughts

      In. She’s gorgeous.

    • Carrieanno

      IN.  Her face alone is so stunningly gorgeous, anything else hardly matters.

    • mary_berry

      Even if it is Lane Bryant, I’m not too good for Lane Bryant.  Also, Adele is wonderful and her speech was the best of the night.  Blessedly short and sweet.  IN! 

    • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

      It’s nothing special, but it’s classy and it works on her.  Let’s talk about that rhinestone-studded piece she wore when she sang Skyfall – OMFG!  Stunning!  Spectacular!  Serving up old school Bond Girl realness!  She was giving me EVERYTHING in that dress!!!!

    • belfebe

      OUT.  I wish she took a page out of the Octavia Butler book and wore something structured for a change.  This is doing nothing for her, although the hair and makeup are absolutely fabulous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      She hits me as a girl who is very invested in a certain look and I thought she did it well.

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      IN!

    • appliquer

      In, but have a chat with Tadashi Shoji.

    • http://twitter.com/uyeahu Michelle Wilson

      I thought she looked gorgeous but I’d love to see her change up the black for a deep sapphire blue. She’d still feel comfortable but it would do wonderful things for her skin.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      Adele is a goddess of course but she’s 23 year-old! I’d like to see her in something modern and fun for a change, not an opera dress. 

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      In. Why overcomplicate a good thing? She knows what works for her and she sticks with it. Love the makeup.

    • bluefish

      She’s big and beautiful and larger than life — In need of another stylist.  We love her so she gets away with it and it has become her signature style but it’s really really heavy and dull and her hair choices need to be addressed.  To Sir with Love is fine but why every single time?  She’s beyond the IN and OUT categories, even getting drowned out by the orchestra last night, but girl needs to change it up.  Starting with the 60s hair that isn’t really 60s enough to be fab.

    • formerlyAnon

      In. She wore it with confidence, which makes all the difference. 

    • peachy

      looks great — and a far sight better than poor melissa mccarthy

    • BazoDee

      Ugh – tough call. After the last dress in public that was widely ridiculed – I feel like she felt she had no option other than to go back to safety. In

    • cteeny21

      I think it looks like grandma-of-the-bride. Octavia is a big girl and she wore a beautiful dress. The beading is beautiful, but i hate the silouette. I did like her hair when it was all down, though.

      • Corsetmaker

        Oh I really can’t see Adele in pastel tulle :)

    • http://twitter.com/carelessriver Caterina Maria

      IN. It hits her at a sweet spot, elongates her (well, she’s tall to begin with, but stump can happen to anyone), and manages “glitter” without veering into “disco ball”. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bethany-Roullett/100000413803142 Bethany Roullett

      Going for IN with this one.  Simple and lovely.

    • altalinda

      In.

    • Judi Townsend

      Lane Bryanat with too much make up OUT. She is such a lovely woman personality wise, but her clothing choices are just dreadful

    • mznormann

      Adele = Diva = fabulous!

    • poggi

      I guess she wanted to be comfortable with her choice.  This seems safe for her, but she looks pretty.  IN.  I loved her hair in the performance outfit and liked that dress better too.

    • http://twitter.com/marshmallowjane marshmallow jane

      The dress is flattering. Her face is beautiful. Made up beautifully. Her longer–less poofy hair is very becoming.

    • butterflysunita

      IN.  She is so beautiful.  And that voice.  Just downloaded “Skyfall”.  

    • Louise Bryan

      My favorite moment was K. Chen standing shoeless next to Adele, and Adele happily owning the moment.  I give her an IN, on account of she looked pretty, and she has positive attitude to ladle out.

    • bailey debruynkops

      NOPE. boring blah black

    • Daktari100

      IN.  She looks lovely…a bit like a drag queen, but lovely just the same.

    • reddhouston

      I’m going with In….but it it was the dress she performed in that it would def be an IN…I want that dress.

    • ferngilly

      In, she looks gorgeous.  She always looks gorgeous.  She just has such a beautiful face and I don’t think anything ever looks bad on her.  

    • http://twitter.com/TVcastingcall Reality TV Casting

      out out out

    • Melissa Brogan

      IN!

    • EEKstl

      IN!  Serving up 60’s makeup fabulousness.

    • unbornfawn

      IN.

    • CatherineRhodes

      IN

    • http://twitter.com/WaxPoesis WasPoesis

      I would be shocked to see, just once, a post from TLO about a woman who isn’t a small size that didn’t have to mention HER BODY (and whether she was doing a good enough job covering it up!) Jeezsh. #overTLO #overabhorrentsexism

      • Mary_Shelley

        See today’s posting on Queen Latifah…TLo’s one comment was “flawless”…and she was.

      • PeaceBang

        #thengoaway #youwon’tbemissed 

    • http://twitter.com/WaxPoesis WasPoesis

      I’m so sick of hearing about how every heavy girl isn’t doing enough to “hide” her body (AKA show it correctly), that I’m seriously never coming back here. 

      • Chloroplasticky

        Seems like just the opposite to me – the critique isn’t that she’s not “hiding” her body well enough, but that dresses designed for plus-sized women traditionally do everything in their power to obscure, obfuscate and render shapeless.

        • SewingSiren

          That’s exactly what was written.

          • Chloroplasticky

            Yeah, that was my point. Sorry if I didn’t make it clear enough – I was immensely tired when I posted the comment!

            • SewingSiren

              No, you did. Perhaps I didn’t. I was agreeing with you.:)

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        The thing is..

        Every body shape – plus size or no – you have to work to find the right outfits for. How many times have things been an out (whether via TLo, or via all of us on an in or out post) and it has been a “stick thin” person? Many more times for a stick thin person than for a plus size person, I can tell you that right now.

        People here are not saying she should hide her body. If you think anyone here is saying that, you need to get your reading comprehension checked. 

        People are saying she should work to find something that makes those curves work. It is not impossible.

        I’m not a stick thin person myself. I know that I can go out there and spend hours looking for an outfit which *suits* my shape. I will eventually find it, but it takes hard work and dedication not to mention a lot of legwork going to many stores (and having to walk past a lot of stores that do not deign to stock sizes 14+).

        I can tell you this right now – no way I would ever be coming home with this dress, or with the dress Melissa McCarthy wore. 

        This I think would have been a lot better with a different neckline.

      • SewingSiren

        If you would read what the post actually says, as opposed to what you think it says, you might be less “sick”.

    • LinXGUA

      In, in, in, in!

    • Trisha26

      IN! This is freaking ADELE – she’s gorgeous!

    • guest2visits

      Simple dress – but she managed to look beautiful, radiant.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      DIVA!!

    • Noelle Haland

      IN. It’s certainly not the worst full-coverage black dress she’s worn, but it’s also pretty pedestrian, even with the pretty beading. I wish there was more interest in the neckline, and I’m not nuts about that sleeve length. I REALLY wish she’d wear some rich color — I’d like this exact same dress much more in a better color than black, again with the black.

      Her face & hair are GORGE, and she herself is GORGE and just plain delightful. 

    • Donna Schmidt

      In

    • Anniebet

      So IN. She makes me think of a cupcake with yummy frosting on top. And that is a GOOD thing.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LIE6ISFQUBIAO7OB6U5TAVXXQ Depot'er

      In,… I like the way she ‘vanished’ into the back ground with just the shimmering lights- but SERIOUSLY check those mics!!! I wanted to hear HER and some of the other (orchestra/back ground singers) …I wanted to be blown out of my sofa….so give her more mic power! (and the creepy bleedy-red drippy back drop was…odd (maybe a tie in to the movie).  I do wish she had gone with some color- but how much was factored into her singing in it?

    • PeaceBang

      IN. Not great, but not bad enough for an out.  She deserved better, though, especially around the waist.

    • SRQkitten

      IN. She defines diva. But personally do not like the talon fingernails.

      srq

    • MissAmynae

      IN! now if she could lend our Sookie St. James something from her closet, things would be perfect.

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      I’m so bummed about this, but I have to give this dress an out.  However, her performance dress was magnificent, and looked great under the lights!  Not to mention how vastly talented she is & how thrilled I am for her Oscar win.  Love me some Adele.

    • LittleKarnak

      In!

    • capybara_cafe

      It actually looks better in the photos. I felt like it was a little stiff, but she’s fabulous and I adore her, so I give it an IN.

    • neofashionista

      it is such an Improvement over her Grammy dress that even though she look like my Gram
      I have to give her an IN

    • Susan Crawford

      Oh, thank you, Jenny Packham for giving back the Adele we love to love. This is an IN compared to the disastrously busy print of the Grammy dress. She looks retro-cool (as only Adele can look) and basic black with some glitz is the perfect background for brandishing a shiny gold Oscar! Way to go, grrrlfriend!

    • quiltrx

      I thought this was really pretty on her.  However, her performance dress unfortunately made her look so much wider than she actually is.  I’ll give this one an IN, if nothing else for it in comparison with the performance dress.

      And her hair?  Magical on BOTH counts.

    • http://twitter.com/jalae Janey

      I thought she looked beautiful but I lean further towards her Skyfall performance dress more. She looked SO GORGEOUS when she sung Skyfall

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      IN, she’s fine.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      IN, she’s fine.

    • j_anson

      IN. I like it. But then, I liked that red dress y’all hated to, so. :

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/56LV7NYFK4N5O2L2TYNZFNE2QA T

      IN!

    • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

      IN.  and how refreshing it is to see someone wave and not see a tattoo on her wrist.  

    • understateddiva

      She looks really cute – IN.  I truly hate that hair, though.  It looks less “60s cool” and more “extra from Hairspray” than usual.

    • DesertDweller79

      The dress is a bit of a cliche, but it is also very pretty.  The beading really works.  It also looks really good on her.  I don’t like her makeup and hair very much.  But, I’ll give it a reluctant IN.

    • RzYoung

      IN, she really suits that make up, though I prefer when her hair is entirely up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612223916 Holly Dolly

      Seriously what do you expect a plus-sized woman to wear? If she was wearing something that was not tailored for plus-sized proportions you’d be complaining about that that – loudly. So why not give her credit for wearing what is flattering because when there is a certain cut, there are only so many variations on it that can jazz it up.

    • leftcoastpickle

      IN – you go Adele! Keep on shining bright for all your plussy sisters! I love her accent, and apparently, even with all the resources, it is so hard to get dressed as a plus sized woman, she looks pretty good. I thought she looked better in the dress she performed in. 

    • sylverlight

      In, but I agree with your reservations about it!
      I, for one, would love to see her in a corset-y type gown… 
      just for something different.

    • yulaffin

      I think the gown is beautiful but I would have liked to have seen it in a different color, maybe a jewel tone.  Otherwise, she looks lovely.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      IN.  Barely.

    • AViewer44

      I felt this (or the version of it that she wore for her performance) worked wonderfully when she was in motion on the set with the swirling stars around her.  Not so well when she was static and posing for pix.   I think her makeup actually looks quite muted!  Wasn’t she wearing scarlet lipstick by the time she went up to accept the award?  

    • libraangel

      In. I like the dress. And ah – finally, her hair is down and she looks young!

    • harleydear

      IN.

    • carolie_king

      Understanding that she looks FAR better than I ever would on a red carpet, I’m still bored. OUT.

    • littlemac8

      IN; I can’t argue with this look and I LOVE her!

    • Firdaus Rizal

      Say yes to long-sleeved dressed person.