Mindy Kaling in Kaelen

Posted on June 04, 2013

In a reversal of our normal “We thought we liked this but in fact, we hate it!!” post, we thought we hated this, but it turns out we kinda dig it.


Mindy Kaling attends the premiere of ‘This Is The End’ in Westwood, California in a Kaelen dress paired with a TOMTOM bracelet and ring and Luv AJ earrings.

Kaelen Spring 2013 Collection

TomTom Negative Space Chevron Ring

It’s just that we don’t at all dig it with a belt added to it. It – quite literally – ruins the line of the dress. We understand why Mindy had the impulse to bring the waist in a little bit, but we really think this dress only works when it hangs free. At first we were going to roll our necks and intone that Girl, This is NOT Your Dress, but we have to say, we think this could work for her without the belt. It might need to be fitted a little better to her figure, but the effect would be worth it. That bold line of black would look great if it just hung straight on her.

Excellent jewelry choices, though. Love that ring.



[Photo Credit: Getty, kaelennyc.com, tomtomjewelry.com]

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  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, TLo, I love you both so very, very much, and respect your stylish and fashionable opinions. But girls, that is NOT her dress!

    • Ediths_Head

      Love my uncles, but they are very wrong here and you are right. The belt shouldn’t be an issue because that dress is all about a long smooth line and should only be considered by the tall and somewhat flat chested who can wear cream. Which is to say, almost no one.

      Side note, it is pretty easy to dress to lengthen a short neck. My dear Mindy should do that.

      • drdarke

        Yes, not a good dress for Mindy Kaling – if she doesn’t wear a belt it looks like a muumuu, if she does it looks like an ill-tied potato sack. Nobody with curves could carry off a red carpet look like this.

        My wife is short and stocky, too – and when she dresses for good, it’s generally in dark pants with colorful tops and long duster-style jackets, and she always looks well put-together. When she dresses for home, it’s always jeans and a t-shirt, but that’s for comfort.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Totally agree with you. I absolutely love Mindy. She’s just beautiful, but this dress is doing all kinds of wrong things for her figure. I wonder if she lost the belt and maybe had it hemmed right at her knee, it might look somewhat better. But no, it will never be her dress.

    • Levedi

      As a short-waisted curvy girl myself, I completely sympathize with her and the struggle to find a dress that looks good when everyone is designing for women with waists like swans’ necks. And to her credit she manages to look cuddly here, rather than dumpy. But you’re right, this is not her dress. The belt is really not the issue – the dress would probably look worse without it. But I love the lip color and the accessories.

  • Diego!

    No, sorry but the fit here SUCKS BIG TIME. It’s dreadful!

  • Rhonda Shore

    i don’t know…the belt is so thin that i think it’s the right choice for her…without it, the dress would look like a mumu.

  • Tatiana Luján

    her hair should be on an updo or at least pulled back, the neckline of that dress is too high.
    And she would look much better if she stood up straight.

    • marlie

      Better posture would improve SO MUCH here.

      • Rhonda Shore

        I’m hearing Kay Thompson’s line in “Funny Face”, “Girls, if you only KNEW how important posture was” (or something like that)…

  • bxbourgie

    I agree. Its like the belt needed those little loops on the sides to hold it in place AT the seam. On her it just looks like something she threw on at the last minute. Usually when I try to wear a belt and that happens, I just take the belt off, add another accessory and keep it moving. I like the dress on her though.

  • tignor

    She needs a better bra with it. Mercy.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    The real problem is the black hair draping over her chest and futzing with the clean black-and-white panels.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, it is the hair that is causing the biggest problem. I’m so surprised the boys didn’t mention the hair problem.

      • marlie

        Maybe they gave up. The cocker spaniel hair has become an epidemic, ad there doesn’t seem to be any cure in sight.

  • Sobaika

    I always want to take Mindy aside and help her out a bit. She’s clearly someone who enjoys clothes and getting dressed up and is always thisclose to making it all come together.

  • I think a classic high pony tail with her hair up and off her face and better posture would have made all the difference here.

    • And a better bra. I don’t think this is her dress, but the detailing is so off, it might have worked out differently.

  • MilaXX

    I like it, belt included. I just wish the belt was black.

    • Sobaika

      YES! I’m irrationally mad at the leopard print or whatever.

      • Little_Olive

        I see tortoiseshell, which does not fix it but makes me far less mad than if it were animal print.

        • Sobaika

          You’re probably right. The belt, however, is still wrong.

          • majorbedhead

            The belt is glaringly wrong. If it were black, it might be better. If she would stand up straight, she probably wouldn’t need the belt, although I understand her impulse to add one. And I really wish she’d do something else with her hair. It’s such pretty hair and it’s long enough that she could do lots with it.

      • MilaXX

        lol, yes the tortoiseshell is distracting, a black belt would blend in better. Still I think this is one of her better looks.

        • demidaemon

          I would have preferred a much wider belt. It would have broken up the lines of the dress–obscuring the muumuu effect—and seem more like a deliberate decision. This belt feels more like a last second addition when you stop in the last mirror before you go out and realize you have put on an ugly caftan.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Sorry gents this is not her dress, she looks neckless i fear she just doesnt have the height to pull this off, even sans belt

    • marlie

      I don’t think it’s the dress making her look “neck-less,” rather, it’s her horrible posture and the cocker spaniel hair doing that to her.

  • sugarkane105

    The only thing that REALLY bugs me here is that the dress is crooked.

  • Jennifer Bober

    If she would stand up straight, the line of the black would work and the belt would be ok if it actually stayed at the seam line of the waist. Definitely a bit too tight and she needed pale undergarments on her bottom half because the top half is obviously lined so the color bleed through on the bottom is pretty obvious.

  • Chris

    Mindy Kaling is great and very funny but she is a serial over accessorizer. I think TLO is right, it could have been very good on her. They should call it “Girl you botched that dress.”

  • $11431954

    Not buying it at all. The eye goes to her hips and her bust looks droopy. This is a clearly a dress for a tall person. Her hair looks so sleek and gorgeous.

    • ms_kat

      Bust looks droopy because she needs to be fitted with bras that actually fit.

  • Little_Olive

    This is a “Girl, this is NOT your dress” if I ever saw one. She is just not tall enough.

    Plus it’s like she left her neck home, and the hair completely ruins the two interesting parts of the dress.
    TLo, have some calories please!

  • marlie

    I sort of like this on her, with the belt. My only quibble is that I wish she’d worn her hair up, and had better posture. Those two things would go a long way towards making her not appear quite so… short.

    This is an improvement for her, though. She hasn’t quite learned how to dress to best accentuate her figure.

  • ConnieBV

    I see why she was tempted to belt it, and it is the same reason I fall into that-our figures are very similar. It’s because you THINK it is, but the dress itself is not one piece, it has a waist seam that is not quite even and so you think it is telling you to belt it when really she needs to think not of how she looks in her bathroom mirror, but how it’s going to photograph. Hopefully her gays get this right next time.

  • Kate4queen

    Hmm it makes her look like she has no neck.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    She has no neck, she needs a lower neckline…

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Wrong hair, clumpy lashes, no neck, bad bra, WTF a belt?, and white orthopedic heels? Y’all hittin the pipe today because this is just a big ole pot of NO.

  • Anathema_Device

    The fact that it isn’t hanging straight is bugging me. Totally agree that the belt ruins it. This had potential.

  • nannypoo

    Easy to fix this: better posture, a better bra, no belt, hair up. She’s adorable.

  • Le_Sigh

    I’m a bit mesmerized by her hair.

  • SugarSnap108

    I have to partly disagree with you. You’re right that the belt doesn’t work with this dress. But I think the reason she used it is because the dress, as is, does not work for her body at all. She’s very short-waisted, and I think this dress really only flatters someone with a longer waist. Definitely a “not her dress.”

  • Nancer

    Love her, but not in this dress. It’s the wrong proportion for her, and makes her neck look stumpy.

  • Tracy_Flick

    So close.

    1. Lose the belt.

    2. Get it to hang straight! The stripe drifting to port is driving me nuts.
    3. Better support for the girls.

    4. Stand up straight.

    5. Hair up, or at least de-basset-hounded.

  • Corsetmaker

    Nooo, not for her. For all the reasons already mentioned. She REALLY needs a better fitting bra! That would lift her up, lengthen her waist and help tremendously! But still not really her frock.

  • Deedles

    As a gal who received an extra visit from the Titty Fairy when I was a teenager, I have this to say. If you are going to go down the road of wearing a dress like this, you MUST commit to proper foundation garments that will 1) Work with the cut of the dress up top; and, 2) Give the girls much needed support. Oh, and three (as my dad always says when he sees my sister and me slouching) “UP AND BACK!!!”

  • JP

    If the belt was wide enough to cover the waist stitching, maybe a belt would work. Then maybe it could be Her Dress. As is, Not Her Dress.

  • Sobaika

    Just throwing it out there: I disagree with those saying this isn’t her dress. Sure, this style would work easier on someone taller, but fit and execution are 90% of the success with most cuts. A few adjustments and this could work on anyone, especially Mindy.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree with you. The style of the dress would be elongating if the fit were better.

    • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

      Here, here! Thanks Sobaika, well said.

    • l_c_ann

      How about we reverse the white and black panels? I think that would flatter all of us (even the model) a lot more.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the dress on her , but the skinny belt is all wrong . Maybe the black panel should be slightly wider. If she just took off the belt it would look much better.

  • Yikes. I feel very strongly that this dress is not her dress. At all.

  • Bklynface

    This dress would be a WERQ on her if only only only she would stand up straight! She’s beautiful and working her curves. Don’t be shy Miss Grrl, throw those shoulders to the sky…

  • Rand Ortega

    How the hell do you expect me to give an out to that adorable face? The dress doesn’t work for her shape. God, that hurt to say. But I’m giving her an IN for being Mindy. I’m nuts about her. How’s that for crackhead reasoning!

  • Jecca2244

    in a few of the pictures she’s all hunched over. like she has period cramps at her desk and she’s trying to wish them away

  • kim bunchalastnames

    ya, i’m usually arguing FOR a belt, but, in this instance, no. say no to the belt.

  • Richard Harper

    No belt, different bra, hair up and a little more attention paid to posture, and it might work.

  • Sheneve Butler

    Yeah, maybe with a better fit it could be her dress. I can see why she thought the dress needed a belt. Also, I want to add that I love her show, The Mindy Project.

  • txngyrrl

    I want to yell out to her: Stand up straight! Shoulders back, chin up!

    Wow, I sounded just like my mother…but she would be right in this case.

  • julnyes

    That is not her neckline.

  • crash1212

    Agreed. The belt kills it. Also, the hair placement had me confused to begin with thinking that the black strip took a winger off to the left shoulder.

    • pop_top

      THIS. I wondered why the dress just couldn’t have had one straight stripe up and down until I saw the model photo.

  • Because I was curious myself (and avoiding real work), here’s my very rough Photoshop sans-belt.

  • tvmovielover

    Belt is bad and no good for us short girls almost ever. I thought if TLo made a good point that not only would it look better with unbroken lines but also if the bust fitted better/differently but maybe the minions are right that it is just not her dress any which way. I wonder if it would look better with black sides and white stripe and as said, different hair. I love the ring and cuff.

  • fishmermaidman

    One of those no-neck monsters hit me with some ice cream.

  • TSkot

    Can she not see that her hair down ruins the whole concept of the dress??

  • ashtangajunkie

    I think this absolutely could be her dress if it was tailored to her figure a little better. No belt, a sleek ponytail, dress perfectly fitted. That’s all she needs, in my opinion.

  • Anniebet

    Mindy – “Let’s see. Maybe I should slump over to the photogs and dip my head so my neck is invisible and smirk?”

    Me – “I’m sorry to be so snarky, but that’s what hit me looking at these pics.” The girl needs to stand up straight and forget that thin, leopard print belts ever existed. She’s adorable and needs to present herself as such.

  • conniemd

    I couldn’t get past the fact that the belt was above the dress waistline on her.

    • i’m with you, it’s a pet peeve of mine when the waist seam is peeking out above or below the waist. tacky.

  • jmorino08

    That belt does nothing for the dress or her figure. That was a really unflattering spot to put it.

  • GTrain

    Horrible. It makes her look dumpy.

  • elemspbee

    it ain’t her dress

  • demidaemon

    I don’t like this on her. She’s beautiful, but when you see the dress obscuring the fact that she has a neck, something has gone wrong. I also think–had she foregone the belt–it would have looked even worse.

  • dschubba

    This is so close! Her hair looks really good, but it’s working against the dress.

  • Mona_Visa

    I think I have to go with Girl, That’s Not Your Dress for this one. The model’s version is long and drapey and luxe… I know they hemmed it because Mindy is petite, but the result looks cheap. The weight and length of fabric probably also helped with the line.

  • gurl boy

    Looks like $10 worth of polyester jersey!

  • gefeylich

    Have to give it to her for wearing the clothes she likes whether they’re good for her body type or not (she’s much more adept at this than, say, Lena Dunham), but this…doesn’t work, especially with that strangling little belt. I don’t think the color combination is good for her, either.

  • bellafigura1

    She’s not even giving us a fair look! Please, Mindy, stand up straight and get a better bra!

  • sagecreek

    As a short-waisted gal myself, I feel her pain, but no — she made all the wrong choices here.

  • I like it. Just needs three easy fixes:
    get rid of the belt
    push your hair back off the front
    stand up straight darling
    That’s better now isn’t it?

  • murt

    I like it actually – including the belt.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She needs to straighten her stripe, lose her belt and get a better bra. And stand up straight for goodness sakes.