Melissa McCarthy at “The Heat” Premiere

Posted on June 25, 2013

We just don’t get it.

 

 

Melissa McCarthy attends the premiere of ‘The Heat’ in New York City.

Don’t get us wrong; we absolutely get that it’s difficult for Melissa to find designer, red-carpet-ready outfits that suit and flatter her. We’re not pretending like she can just wave her hand and have her choice of instantly wearable dresses dropped at her feet. But we don’t understand how those difficulties necessarily result in a track suit with a … we don’t even know what that is wrapped around her waist.

Far be it for us to be all, “Hey, get it together, Melissa McCarthy! GOD. What’s your damage, Heather?” But we don’t know… we don’t exactly live on a magical island of size twos. We see women and men of size who manage to actually get dressed in appropriate clothing pretty much every day. There are some decent ideas here – like the ideas of separates and pants for her – but it all looks way too casual and that waist valance is not helping.

A cute blouse and a pair of straight-leg pants, with some kickass shoes and chunky jewelry. Add color liberally and get your hair and face did. That should do you every time, Melissa. You’re overthinking this.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Janet Mayer, Marco Sagliocco/PR Photos]

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  • Jessica Freeman

    I’m seeing bathing suit sarong in the middle.

    • Rand Ortega

      Just saw the skirt. Now desperately trying to unsee it.

  • http://twitter.com/irmaladuce_l8ly IrmaLaDuce

    She was always so cute on Gilmore Girls. Can’t she call up whoever bought clothes for Sookie?

    • twigg

      I LOVED her on Gilmore Girls. You know why? She wasn’t the “fat friend”. She was Lorelei’s best friend and chef extraordinaire. Her characterization didn’t include her size.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        I get that. I loved her too. I don’t like fat jokes but she does the most unusual physical comedy with her body. I liked her in Identity Theft more than in Bridesmaids.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I feel bad for her, she doesn’t even look comfortable on the red carpet anymore. Whoever did this to her should go play in traffic.

    • Rand Ortega

      In a blindfold.

      • Glam Dixie

        and roller skates

        • twigg

          drunk.

          • drdarke

            @jessicafreeman:disqus , @randortega:disqus , @glamdixie:disqus and @disqus_XIj4PU4JD2:disqus – I’m really liking where all your heads are at on this one.

            No, Ms. McCarthy – I’ve seen you be plus-sized and looking good plenty of times. WTF possessed you to pick this wardrobe malfunction, anyway?

  • imspinningaround

    I’m impressed that she’s wearing the Tribute 165s instead of the 120s. I’m Melissa McCarthy’s size and I’ve tried the 165s on at the Saks Fifth Avenue outlet and they are VERTIGINOUS (and frankly I’m terrified of snapping the heel off the shank).

    • kaysarasara

      Liked for “vertiginous”! Great word.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    This hurts my feelings.
    eta : I am really pissed, on her behalf. This is fucking ridiculous. She could walk into an awful big box store with a plus size section an come out with something infinitely more flattering.

  • RussellH88

    Why is she dressed like Abby Lee Miller?

    • alyce1213

      Actually, I think Abby Lee dresses much better. You wouldn’t catch her in baggy harem pants.

  • decormaven

    Love her, but this is not a good look. She needs a style team, pronto. If there was one involved on this look, they should be fired.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I know this is a bold notion, but couldn’t she PAY SOMEONE to make clothing for her as opposed to going the ready to wear route? She makes enough money and it is Hollywood for pete’s sake. I’ll wager there’s a decent seamstress out there somewhere. If I had money and time, I’d get all of my clothing custom made. She should think about it.

    • MilaXX

      The dress she wore when they won the Oscar for Bridesmaids was custom. I think part of it is her comfort level with being covered up.

      • tvmovielover

        I think that is part of the problem. She just goes for covered when she could go for big woman but comfortable with myself and looking my best. She never does but instead goes for tents whether in dress or pants form. As said above, she always looked cute in her Sookie clothes. What happened now that she is working even more and successful? I thought I read at the time of Bridesmaids, she was going to design some big woman clothes-if her taste is to cover-ups:NO!

        • Darren Nesbitt

          What are the best features to show on a woman her size? I remember seeing Gabourey Sidibe’s Marchesa dress from the Oscars and thinking it was great! (She had her shoulders, chest, and some arm showing).

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          I was dreading her clothing line. She doesn’t seem to have a grasp of what would look good on her or any plus size woman and her taste level is not the highest.

          As a big girl for most of my life I have learned to wear set-in sleeves, not raglan or batwing, an open neck, solids or small overall prints, no horizontal stripes (sorry Stacy and Clinton – you’re wrong), nothing clingy and colors that flatter me. As I’ve said before, black only makes you look slimmer if the cut is right.

          Melissa is never going to look good until she analyzes her body and figures out what works for her. Right now, she’s just covering herself and doing a very poor job of it.

          • akprincess72

            I agree on all EXCEPT the horizontal stripes if the cut is right (I’m pear-ish). I recently (completely against type) bought a brightly colored, horizontally striped pencil skirt & it has rocked my plus sized world. I’ll be questioning more rules in the future

          • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

            I with you except that sometimes if the cut is clingy in the right places, the piece really works for me. I’m friends with a low cut vee neck and also something that cuts in under the booty. And things with boots. I love me some boots. But this outfit she’s wearing is just sad. Someone tell her.

    • filmcricket

      Pretty sure she does. She’s spoken on the red carpet about working with some designer who helps execute her ideas. Which means she’s doing this to herself.

      Love the shoes (seriously impressed with the height) and her face looks great. This … thing she’s wearing in between does not bear speaking of.

      • ailujailuj

        Goddamn. If I had a dime for every time I did things to myself.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        Gotta give her MAJOR points for the wonderful wonderful smile! Why we love her comes out :)

      • bellesprit

        Oh! Now I’m completely horrified. These are *her* ideas? Please, Melissa–I know you’ve threatened to, but do yourself a favor and never start your own label.

    • Kane

      She does. She’s mentioned multiple times that she has a personal seamstress make many of her clothes for tv appearances, red carpet, and for her character on ‘Mike & Molly’. It’s why all her clothes are shapeless cover-ups in icky fabrics with long sleeves.

      What needs to happen is that she needs to fire this person. A crisply ironed button-down shirt and wide straight-leg black pants would cause brain-breaking levels of figure flattery compared to this New Jersey mob harem tracksuit.

  • girliecue

    I keep hoping her pal Octavia Spencer stages an intervention or arranges for Tadashi Shoji to *happen* to drop by one day when Melissa and the girls are over for margaritas. You can do it, Melissa! You can own the red carpet!

    • LJCdoc

      I was just thinking, that in a work where Octavia can dress the way she does all the time, there’s really no excuse for this. Heck, I’m a big girl, and if I had the bucks, I could do better than this.

      • NC_Meg

        Yes. Octavia and Queen Latifah, call Melissa STAT. I’m not sure who Tadashi Shoji is but if she can help, she gets to come as well.

        • julnyes

          He is a fashion designer.

          • NC_Meg

            Oh gosh, I thought she was an actress. He is a designer. Oops.

    • Lisa McKissack

      I just posted something similar. Should have scrolled further down.

  • jkatkins

    Two words, Melissa: Tadashi Shoji.

  • frannyprof

    Oh dear. Looks like she was the unfortunate contestant on a PR “real woman” challenge. She needs to steal Ms. Octavia Butler’s stylist and beg him/her to work for her. I KNOW there’s a beautiful woman under that mess. But, at least she looks happy…

    • carnush

      HAHA! “Real Woman” challenge. Exactly.

  • siriuslover

    This outfit pisses me off. I am a woman of size and I wouldn’t walk out of the house to a major event like that. For crying out loud, Target and Macy’s have plus size prom dresses on clearance right now that would have worked far better than this zip-up monstrosity she’s wearing. It’s like the pantsuit equivalent of a moo-moo. And it depresses me because it reinforces stereotypes of women of size. Thank goodness for Queen Latifah’s fabulousness.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I’m pissed too. I feel like someone is making a joke of her at this point. Like she’s being mean girl’d by the studio.

    • TAGinMO

      Liked for “moo-moo.”

  • myangelic1

    This makes me sad because I heart her. I almost wonder if there were some sort of wardrobe malfunction and all they had to “fix” it was a tablecloth.

  • Danielle L

    Violet Beauregard wants her outfit back.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    Fuck me gently with a chainsaw, Heather.

    Sorry, had to get that out of my system. I love that movie.

    I feel like the odd peplum thing is a misguided attempt to disguise her apple shape, the way girls in the 1990s would wrap their jacket around their waist thinking it would camouflage a big butt, but neither actually works that way.

    In all fairness, I think her hair looks great and the makeup is cute.

    • Qitkat

      I think you’re right (about trying to disguise an apple shape). Here’s the thing. This may be high on the disturbing factor for a lot of you. I’m guessing that the part of her body that she is the most sensitive about is the abdominal area, just below the waist, roughly parallel to the start of the hips.
      In larger women, unfortunately, I think because we are female with the anatomy going along with it, that area pouches out differently than it does in a larger man. The man gets the beer belly gut and wears his pants waist below where the belly hangs out, or he pays big bucks to get specially tailored clothing to fit nearer his physical waistline. Women who have a significant amount of extra weight, end up with two bulges, one above the waist and one below it. The one below, called the omentum, to put it delicately, sags, and creates the curved shape we see here, under this drape and is very, very, very difficult to disguise. Even with highly elasticised undergarments.

      I am not body snarking here, I am trying to give the facts as I know them to be true. People who don’t have weight issues probably in all innocence do not realize this is what happens. This look is seen in larger women all over the world. The lower abdominal muscles simply cannot support the extra fat that is above them. It’s one of the most devastating body issues to try to dress properly, and to disguise. I have an enormous amount of sympathy here, for Melissa, being constantly in the public eye, and trying to find clothes that she feels comfortable in, and that are flattering.
      As others have said, unfortunately, draping extra fabric here, draws attention to the very area she probably would rather we didn’t focus on. I don’t know why she doesn’t wear Shoji. Perhaps she has tried to, and doesn’t feel herself in his clothes. I have tried on many plus size designers myself, and often, even when something fits, you just don’t feel comfortable, at all. It’s a genuine struggle for all plus size women.
      I debated putting this comment here, but felt it was an opportunity to gently educate people, even as I realize it is such a delicate subject.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        I know exactly what you mean.

      • akprincess72

        You did good Babes.

        • Qitkat

          Thank you.

      • Corsetmaker

        It’s also a shape that the ubiquitous wrap dress suggestion often doesn’t work for.

      • AmeliaEve

        That was an excellent description of the physical phenomenon (apparently known in the Chubby Chaser community as “belly drop”). I’ve got one of my own. And when I’m wearing formal clothes, just as I use a bra to control my breasts, I use a foundation garment to control my belly. I’m not saying every large woman needs to do this all the time, but if you are going full hair and makeup, it’s probably best to make it part of the package. It’s also a situation where dresses are generally more flattering, since they can just kinda flow over the territory, while pants have to come back in at some point (unless they are Adele’s Dirndl Pants™).

        It’s too bad this is such unflattering concept, because it actually does fit her pretty well. The neckline is unfussy and lets her face shine, and the pants seem to fit correctly. But even without the wretched sarong and the stumpifying harem pants treatment, it would still be too casual for the event.

        Also, I live on the magical island where this event was held. I could show her a few places to shop. Jes’ sayin.’

      • Coleen

        THIS. SO MUCH THIS, A MILLION TIMES THIS. I actually started tearing up when I saw her in this outfit, because oh I am there with that belly sag. It is awful, it is embarrassing, and unfortunately, almost no amount of Spanx or draping will truly mask it.

        • Qitkat

          Colleen, I really didn’t know how people would respond, it’s such a *hidden in plain sight*, *never-spoken-of* issue that it just seemed time to give it a little clarity and breathing room. Even our medical personnel must be uncomfortable bringing it up. If it makes any difference, maybe it helps a little bit to know we can share and not feel so all alone about this. [[hugs]]

  • Daisy James

    Points for the shoes, though. I do love the Tributes.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    Flat shoes and she would be a ninja!

    • Glam Dixie

      I’ve read this like three times and I still keep snickering. hee!

  • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

    She is a gorgeous woman but this look doesn’t work. It looks like a track suit with the hood cut off. Had to edit my initial comment, as I was also recommending she call Octavia.

  • Coolekat

    Absolutely NO ONE would look good in this.

  • Glam Dixie

    I don’t see a single thing here I like. She looks like she’s wearing an apron. The zipper is off center and it doesn’t look intentional. Idk whose idea this was but get rid of them.

  • Jangle57

    When I saw the initial head shot of her, I thought how pretty she looked and how the navy flattered her. Then I opened it up and saw the outfit in it’s entirety and blanched in horror. There had to be something better she could have worn.

  • Virginie

    A few people have suggested Tadashi Shoji as a solution for Melissa, but I disagree. She clearly doesn’t want to dress in a nice inoffensive way with all of her body strapped down or delicately covered up. She wants to look like a fashionista. Maybe she should take a leaf out of Gabourey Sidibe’s incredibly stylish book instead?

    Edited to add: I think her hair and face look beautiful.

    • DTLAFamilies

      The difference between the women is Sidibe always looks like she feels fabulous even if the outfit isn’t quite right and McCarthy gives off a feeling of apology, like she’s not comfortable being looked at. If McCarthy felt like she could look great, maybe the better choices would follow.

      • MilaXX

        yep, and I think Gaby dress far worse than Melissa most days, but Gaby has that “I don’t care, I’m fabulous” attitude.

      • Virginie

        I’m such a pollyanna, but I can’t help thinking she must have looked in the mirror and thought she was rocking that outfit. No doubt she knows that every outfit she wears publicly will be criticized and that knowledge takes some of the shine off her smile. But my honest first thought was that she looked good. I do agree that her smile does not have the confidence of Gabourey’s — and I sincerely hope it soon will.

    • conniemd

      But the way Olive Spencer wears Shoji is often with bare arms and low necks. I never think she looks like she’s wearing a nun’s habit so we can’t see her voluptuous curves. BBW women only like bad when they run away from their body image.

      • Virginie

        Personally I put Shoji dresses into the ‘nice’ category, bare arms and low necks aside. Obviously this is all in the eye of the beholder though. For myself I don’t think it’s about bare arms, or low necks, but about style and attitude. Octavia Spencer rocks the Shoji – but that seems to be far away from the look that Melissa is interested in here.

      • alyce1213

        I must disagree — Octavia Spencer wears Tadashi Shoji WITH SLEEVES. I’ve never seen and can’t find a picture of her in sleeveless Shoji or sleeveless anything, for that matter. She always overs her arms, upper arms at the every least.

  • Patrick Cleary

    She looks gorgeous from the neck up. The color on the pantsuit seems to be two different colors, and it’s just wildly weird around the waist.

  • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

    Why does her stylist hate her? What did she do to him/her?

    • Donna Tabor

      I don’t think she has one.

  • Frank_821

    Like everyone says she looks great from the neck up. She’s an attractive, likable woman. I know she’ll never be Zoe Salanda but she ought to look better than this. Yes she’s a big girl but she clearly could manage to wear bright colors or certain prints. Personally I think if those pants had been more palazzo-ish and she matched it with brightly colored top or jacket with a mild print, she’d look fabulous

  • bessann28

    Can’t touch this!

  • conniemd

    TLo has treated us to a real horror show today. What did the bitter kittens do to you to deserve this?

  • StellaZafella

    Disco Track Suit?…it’s the zipper, and the fact that the top isn’t the same color as the bottom half…if this was a dress with that hemline over harem pants it would be dated as hell but, at least, not a ZIPPER!

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

      It doesn’t help that the zipper is not straight. For one thing, she needs to stay away from clingy, shiny fabrics.

      This makes Adele’s outfit look good.

  • Rand Ortega

    Who’s the designer of this…uh…outfit? (the shoes look like YSL Tribtoo)

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    I want to give the larger size actresses fashion love, but I just can’t here, That outfit wouldn’t work scaled down to Kate Moss’s size on Kate Moss’s body.

  • VioletFem

    Why hasn’t anyone introduced her to a a wrap dress? It’s chic, stylish, and flattering at any size. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in one for any of her red carpet appearances.

  • poggi

    Those are great shoes, and her hair and makeup are cute. Pair it with a nice dress and go. Gabby Sidibe and other women of size have managed to find some great red carpet wear. She can do better.

  • marlie

    So. Horribly. Unflattering. I don’t have the words…

    Her hair and makeup look good though.

  • Call me Bee

    Yes–as a woman of size, there are way more choices out there now than there were 15 years ago. And I’m out here in fly-over country (where, granted there are probably more plus-size women around here than any other part of the country…but still.) There are plenty of clothes out there for Miss Melissa. Though I imagine she just wanted to wear something fun, rather than another dress….Her hair and makeup are really pretty–and those are killa shoes!

  • majorbedhead

    It’s highlighting everything she’s trying to obscure. I get that it’s hard to buy clothes when you’re a big woman – I’m a big woman and routinely fly into fits over some of the schmatta they have the nerve to call plus-sized. If I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what that wrap thing was doing to my stomach and how the top was clinging to my arms, I would have taken it off and had it burned. I’ve bought nicer outfits at freakin’ Wal-Mart, FFS. She needs to fire whoever suggested this for her. And if she picked it out herself, then she needs an intervention.

  • bd73

    i get it. it’s a disco diva outfit. the cut is meant for a sylph. a onepiece bodyshaper would help smooth things out. and golden shoes to match. love the purse.

  • MK03

    Pantsuits are never okay. I don’t care what size you wear.

  • nannypoo

    A woman as pretty as she is should be able to find something that looks good on her.

  • mozzer0906

    Her stylist needs to be taken outside and beaten.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Her hair and face look fab. And I will help Mozzer0906 beat some sense into her stylist.

  • bassfemme

    What I want to know is who is that actress posing with Sandra Bullock in the poster??

  • StephanieLovesTLo

    This makes me so sad….I adore her.

  • eandh99

    I could do better for her with $300 and 5 minutes on the internet – Igigi has some gorgeous stuff or the blue lace Shoji that Octavia Spencer wore is available through the Nordstroms website

  • stephbellard

    Oh that reminds me. Don’t vote for Chris Christie in 2016.

  • cowper

    At least she looks comfortable and can move easily. I’d take this over another bandage/bondage dress any day. I have every confidence that Melissa will figure out her own style at some point. I’m rooting for some bold patterns and colors myself, but she’s gotta figure it out for herself.

    • ailujailuj

      Excellent post. I just love this girl and I may be biased but I think she’ll get it figured out. Unfortunate that she has to do it publicly but i guess making movies w/ bateman was too hard to pass up. And I applaud her for trying to be uniquely herself in such viscous company. Heh – kitten bitches just IS.

  • LaSylphide

    This kind of mess is such a shame because she’s so pretty; if she could just get the clothes right, she’d be a knockout.

  • Caleyna

    I’m probably Melissa’s size. I could look way, way better than that if I needed to be red carpet ready. I could head on down to the Dress Barn and find something much more flattering than that for less than a hundred bucks.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    I do have to say, from the neck up she looks lovely. I wish that Octavia’s stylist would just grab her and go “girl, we can fix this cause your body be banging.” I weep for her style choices daily.

  • Bridget Smith

    Completely disregarding the question of why she chose to wear this, I have a more pressing question: WHY DOES THIS OUTFIT EXIST?

  • In_Stitches

    To everyone that keeps telling her to follow Octavia’s lead and to turn to Tadashi Shoji…just because they’re the two large women in Hollywood doesn’t mean they have the same bodies or the same taste. Octavia has a classic hourglass figure that is fairly easy to flatter, similar to Rebel Wilson. Melissa, well, doesn’t.

    In regards to this look, I kind of love the pants. They’re flattering, interesting and tasteful. Hair and makeup are great as well. The track jacket and skirt flap contraption are failing her drastically though.

    • pookiesmom

      THANK YOU. I’ve commented on this before, but I am so sick of people comparing Melissa to Octavia simply because they’re two women in the industry who weigh more than 120 pounds. THEIR BODIES ARE NOTHING ALIKE. Comparing Octavia to Melissa is not a far cry from comparing Audrey Hepburn to Christina Hendricks and saying “I don’t understand why Christina doesn’t just dress like Audrey. Audrey always looked great in her clothes!” It doesn’t matter their weight–they have totally different body types. /rant

  • amanda lynn

    agreed. i’m plus sized, and i try to look nice. i also wouldn’t put this on. this looks like something that she ordered online, doesn’t fit well, but she didn’t want to return, so is trying to make it work.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    That a woman this beautiful, successful and with an army of people who’s main job it is to make their client look good ever has to resort to wearing something like this in public makes me livid. This is the *best on offer* and what designers think women want to wear? This isn’t an unsuccessful fashion risk, it’s a travesty. COME ON.

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    Am I confused, or has Melissa made some of her previous outfits? This looks absolutely awful. Unforgiving fabric. Dreadful. I love her so much. She can do know wrong by me except for this outfit.

  • amanda lynn

    i see a lot of dresses on this site that i think would be pretty great as plus sized wear. it’s possible, just not *that* available.

  • GTrain

    I think she’s got plenty of resources to dress decently. She’s certainly seen other women her size do it. I think she’s just tacky. She has no taste, no idea what looks good. Some people are like that.

  • Pepper Collins

    Those look like genie pants.

  • quiltrx

    I’m a big girl myself–differently shaped than Melissa, but I can relate to the clothing challenges. But MY GOD, I wouldn’t be caught dead in this. And I’d tell anyone who tried to make me to wear it to f off, after I stopped laughing.
    She’s such a pretty lady–she deserves better than this. Can we get Mr. Shoji in here?

  • Erica

    OK, my grandma had a non-PC joke about ending up wearing something that Omar the Tentmaker made, but this actually looks like that! I live in Texas, and we have some big gals that can wear the hell out of some cute outfits here. Do we need to send some of them to consult with her? This just doesn’t compute for me–you’re attending your movie premiere, not a movie at the local cineplex. I just cannot.

  • friscogal

    This actually makes me angry. I am not a size 2 either and I find it really difficult to wear clothes to events that makes me feel good about myself. But this outfit is an insult to me. It basically tells me, “give up, girl”. I look to larger women like Melissa McCarthy to be a role model and show me how larger women can indeed look beautiful. Thank goodness for Octavia Spenser.

  • paintedfish

    I also don’t like the movie poster, how she’s all blown out and unrecognizable and Sandy is the only you can really see.

  • demidaemon

    The shoes are the best part of the outfit. And she has cute feet (coming from someone with a huge aversion to said appendage, this is a huge compliment). But the rest of the outfit is a big ol’ NO.

  • Claudia

    Someone said to you, “Harem pant track suit…” and you said “sure, okay!”???

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    I had a harem pants track suit when I was 9. It had batwing sleeves. It was very similar to this but grey marl jersey.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    Waist valance? How very Tim Gunn of you.

    Also, the waist valance looks like an after thought, like some poor stylist had to make a quick run to Mood, definitely a ‘make it work’ moment. It’s a shame because this chick is boss.

  • carnush

    I like the top by itself. It’s modern and a nice color. Would be perfect with a pencil skirt or a basic straight leg pant, as you say. Also really pretty makeup and hair. The bottom half is just weird.

  • http://twitter.com/kendallbrunson SassyMcFrench

    Yes. Agreed. She’s amazing! But she needs to hire an amazing stylist ASAP to help her with her red carpet look.

  • Sagecreek

    Unks, you guys have contacts, can you not get her a lunch with Octavia Spencer’s stylist?

  • leahpapa

    I get so angry when I see women with bodies unlike runway models’ or starved starlets’ whose stylists simply do not know how to dress them. I imagine them disgustedly recoiling, as if to say, “What do you expect me to do with all this…flesh?” The thing someone put her in at the Oscars was the same sort of freak-out: “I don’t know, she can’t possibly wear a nice gown – what if we did something like Hardtails Couture? Big girls like lounge pants, right?” The job of a body is not to make clothes look good; it’s the other way around. She needs a different stylist with no latent fat-hate, someone who knows that his/her job is to show her off, not to disguise what’s “wrong” with her.

  • bertkeeter

    She needs to startshowing her legs….maybe in an very simple somewhat flared A line cut just below the knee?

  • ErmengardeGreen

    Unfathomable. Great shoes, though.

  • spinachleaf

    It’s a blue velour sweat suit as worn by fatties at any Walmart, no?

  • mommyca

    to me the most offensive thing is that she was obliged to stand in front of that offensive photoshoped work they did on the movie poster….. she should have refused…

  • rage_on_the_page

    She needs a Tadashi Shoji in her life.

  • barbarienne

    Seriously. She’s 5’2″. Looking at her proportions and extrapolating from my sister’s 5’9″ frame with almost the exact same proportions/distribution, there are, in fact, nicer outfits available off the rack. They might need hemming, but I’m betting Ms. Melissa can afford a tailor.

  • Candigirl1968

    Paging Tadashi…

  • Lisa McKissack

    Octavia Spencer needs to call her up, introduce her to Tadashi Shoji so he can hook up my girl Melissa. Cause this is a lot of hot mess.

  • Tuneful54

    She’s in Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet territory with this getup, and that frightens me.

  • Silly Grrl

    Man, I keep rooting for her, but hell. I am one of those women of size and can manage to get my shit together most days.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, dear.

  • kimiakay

    Is this her version of the middle finger?

  • ItsDicey

    Oh, dear. This would look good on NO ONE. Anywhere. Ever.

  • Simone Cumberbatch

    She should check out Gabi Fresh. That’s a big girl who always looks adorable and put together.

  • Kent Roby

    I’m as saddened by her outfit here as I am by the photoshopped-beyond-recognition picture of her in the movie poster behind her.

  • EEKstl

    NO ONE, of any size, should wear this. Ever. Two words: Tadashi. Shoji.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Why can’t a wealthy woman like Melissa hire a dressmaker and have custom-designed and tailored clothing?

    Janie Bryant seems to make most of (non-size-2) Joan Harris’s outfits and God knows, she looks fabulous. It can be done.

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