Maggie Grace at Coach Event

Posted on April 12, 2013

Pretty much the only thing we’re liking here is the hair – and even that looks a little bit on the crunchy side.


Maggie Grace attends Coach’s 3rd Annual Evening of Cocktails and Shopping to Benefit the Children’s Defense Fund in Santa Monica, California.

We think one of the most common mistakes among starlets is how to take a break from showing off the goods. It’s an idea we fully support; especially if you’re a gal who is expected to dress on a regular basis in a manner that shows off how small your waist is or how big your breasts are or how shapely your legs. We totally get it if Maggie just wants to look pretty, feel (relatively) comfortable, and not expose too much real estate to the world. It’s not like she’s at a film premiere, after all. But this is so shapeless and colorless that it’s really doing her no favors. We’re biased against sheer long skirts over short ones. We almost never like the look. And the whole dress just looks like drab, faded curtains. Except for the neckline, which makes her décolletage look like she has a skin disease.

We just love using that word – décolletage. We really should work it in more often.

Top it off with pale makeup and kinda bleh shoes and the whole thing makes her look tired. Go home, sweetie. Here. Take a Coach bag with you. Thanks for coming.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • If it were cotton it’d be a dress I stopped wearing in 1990 because it was a colour too close to my skin tone that did me no favours at all.

  • Wow, is that from the Laura Ashley Collection? I’m pretty sure I wore something exactly like that in junior high. All she needs is a scrunchie and a trapper keeper.

    • Yep. It screamed ‘1998’ to me.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Laura Ashley nightgown collection at JCPenney, 1998.

      • MoHub

        I’m actually seeing ’70s redux. But then again, I’m old enough to have worn that in the late ’70s.

      • I thought it was 1994, but 98 works as well! Oh large, flowering, flowy dresses that hid everything, where did you go? Here, I guess.

    • jetpackdino

      Mhm. She needs to take this dress off and mail it to 1998.

      • decormaven

        I so had this dress. Please tell me this is vintage, because I can’t believe it’s from a current collection. And a gripe- if you’re going to wear a slip under a garment, have it go to the hem, or forget about wearing it.

    • H3ff

      I was just thinking I’m fairly sure I saw a Buffy repeat where she was wearing this exact dress.

      • GraceArmstrong

        Cordelia would have asked her if she found the softer side of Sears.

    • jmorino08

      I was thinking the exact same thing!!

  • j_anson

    Looks like a JCPenney summer dress that someone left lying in the sun for too long. I feel like I’ve bought more or less this dress several times because I needed something for a summer event and there wasn’t anything better in my price range – and every time after the initial wear it sits in my closet for two years until I give up and take it to Goodwill.

  • flamingoNW

    I think I would like the dress a lot on someone with different coloring and if it had a full length lining or slip underneath it.

  • Imasewsure

    Same reaction almost universally when I see the sheer long over the short dress trend. Ugh.

    Hope she doesn’t pick the boring huge ugly tote in the second picture! Think “goes” Dear, not “matches” to avoid taking off with a free bag that is as dreary as your outfit….

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I got kicked out of art class because I got decolletage and decoupage mixed up.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t even like the hair. There seems to be a very loose dress code for men at this event.

  • alyce1213

    I’ll be in the minority I’m sure, but I really like this. It should have a full-length lining or slip, though.
    Harkens back to the ’90s, but so what? I think she looks very pretty and ethereal.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree with you on all points. Much prettier than the Laura Ashley dresses that I refused to wear. I was a rocker in black leather back then.

  • MilaXX

    The sad thing is other than the stupid sheer bit this is a perfectly nice look for a non celeb. However when you are getting pictures taken that will be posted around the world, you gotta step up your game a bit. I love a maxi and if this was in a better color for photos and didn’t have that sheer bit, I’d cut her a break. On the other hand, I do like the hair and makeup.

  • Hair and makeup are understated and casual, but very pretty. But the dress looks like something I wore in 1998.

  • hughman

    Little Mousey on the Prairie.

  • Jessi03

    From the Mommy and Me collection at Laura Ashley…

  • that laces looks like a skin graft gone wrong, ick

  • Qitkat

    Off Topic:
    Well, it’s official. Disqus has developed chronic indigestion. It just burped up a reply to a comment made over a year ago. Not for the first time since the changeover. Also, if I ever own a racehorse, Chronic Indigestion will be its name.

  • Anniebet

    Aww, you guys are picking on Ms. Maggie. I think she was all ready for bed in her nightie when she heard about the event and just slipped on some sandals and lipstick and was out the door.

  • ralish

    I think I would love this in a color.

  • Trisha26

    I actually like the easiness of the dress (so sick of skin tight minis), the muted print and the bottom of the dress is lovely, floaty princess. Lining/underdress and lace business look like afterthoughts. She needs coffee.

  • Ray Ray

    I think I wore that to a friend’s Bat Mitzvah in 1985.

  • MikeW_Vegas

    Can I have the bag?

  • kaycem

    no interest in the ladystar from me, but i am officially obsessed with that cream tote!

  • sekushinonyanko

    She looks like a ghost.

  • SewingSiren

    My grandmother hated it if the slip length was different from the dress length.

  • eight_of_nine

    Really, we hate it this much? It’s not my style AT ALL, but I think she looks pretty in a really easy, simple way.

  • clairellis

    I like her so this makes me sad for her.

  • gracedarling

    She looks like an extra on Dawson’s Creek.

  • E. D.

    UUUUGGGGGGGGHHHH. I don’t want the late 80s/early 90s (pre-grunge) back, ever.

    The problem is, someone had to go out and *look* for that unless she got that dress from her mother.

  • Dagney

    I think that dress is from 1994. Like, literally.

  • marilyn

    You think her hair is okay??? It has too many colors, too much spray, and was not combed (brushed) enough. She has wads of hair going in odd directions held in place with some kind of shellac. Nothing works here.

  • Her hair here is borrowed from the Character that she’s playing (played?) in ‘Californication’ – rock star muse/not a groupie with perpetually crunchy hair.

  • MzzPants

    I wore the hell out of that dress in 1987.

  • Kristy Evans

    She walked straight out of 1994. Was there a Melrose Place convention nearby?

  • Chris

    Don’t forget that on Mad Men, Joan told Jane to cover up her “décolletage” at the office. Mama Joan read her décolletage real quick!

  • stubbornthoughts

    She looks like she’s about to pass. out. For Christ’s sake, she’s making me sleepy.

  • lobsterlen

    Laura Ashley dress from 1990?