Dianna Agron in Louis Vuitton in NYC

Posted on August 28, 2013

Even though we’ve made it our life’s work to cover them, sometimes the stiffness and staging of these sidewalk celebrity fashion shows wind up looking hilarious to us.


“Glee” star Dianna Agron out and about in New York City.

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Andie Arthur

Helmut Lang ‘Ankou’ Satchel. Tory Burch ‘Amelie’ Sandal.

Maybe it’s because Dianna, despite having pretty much every physical advantage a girl could have in this culture if she wants to be considered pretty by the culture, gets it wrong in her personal style so often. In a way, it’s endearing (like her knee scab), but after awhile, it just gets frustrating (to bitchy fashion bloggers such as we). We just want to say, “Honey, you’re playing on the lowest difficulty setting. Let’s get it together, mkay?”

But then she shows up on a NYC street, all by herself, just wandering about without a care in the world, dressed in a gorgeous Louis Vuitton dress and conspicuously sporting a bunch of other names on her person. Not that we’re criticizing her for this. It’s the system. This is how it works. She’s just playing her part. Like we said, sometimes the absurdity of it jumps out at us, like here, because she’s so clearly been meticulously styled specifically for “candid” shots.

But she looks very cute. The dress strikes us a vaguely mature in style, but then again, that’s her style. Love the sandals. The bag, to our eyes, just doesn’t go at all. That’s a bag for a more go-getting, on-the-run, places-to-go kinda look. Maybe that’s why this little sidewalk sashay sticks out to us. It feels like she was just handed that bag for reasons other than “it looks cute with the dress.”

Boy, are we ever overthinking this. What the hell was in our coffee this morning?


[Photo Credit: Teach/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, barneys.com, farfetch.com, style.com]

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  • Donna Tabor

    What a cute dress. And she wears it well.

    Wonder what the hell happened to her knee?

    • ballerinawithagun

      That’s what my right knee and leg look like, always land on the same side. Bicycle?

      • Donna Tabor

        That’s what I was thinking.

        Poor you.

    • conniemd

      That’s what my knees look like from tripping over my cats and dogs.

      • Donna Tabor

        Welcome to the world of the klutz. I know it well.


  • SewingSiren

    I pretty much love her personal style. The only thing I dislike about this is the gigantic bag.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      I can’t unsee the good china in the print. Cute from a distance, but close up………..ewwwww.

      • marlie

        I hate you for pointing that out. Now I can’t UN see it.

  • MaggieMae

    The dress on the model, with the coat, is youthful and fun. The version of the dress on Dianna looks way too mature, and school administrator. The sandals do not go. Strange.

    • barbarienne

      The model version has a much shorter, pleated skirt, and doesn’t have the shirring/yoke three inches below the neckline. It’s the same fabric, but not at all the same dress.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Very true, and a good point. Because I do love it better on the model, and the coat helps. But as you rightfully point out, it’s been very modified. It’s *similar*, but they really “youthed” it up for the runway.

        • barbarienne

          Oh, I also just spotted that the pattern on the model version is rotated 45° from the version on Ms. Agron. Totally not the same dress!

          • conniemd

            And the rotation makes it more youthful since it’s not like straight up and down and takes away the vagina look that she is wearing since that part of the pattern is angled.

      • 3boysful

        Exactly. Diana needs to lose a few inches of hem. And get a smaller, lighter-looking bag.
        But I will take the model’s coat.

      • Claudia

        I was going to post that I much preferred the model’s shorter, pleaty version. Much more youthful.

        • kmk05

          I was going to type the exact same thing! I much prefer the model’s version.I understand she likes thing more mature, but this is too long.

      • kimmeister

        The pleating would have been right up her alley, but not the short length.

    • Nicholas

      Ever seen Marissa Mayer in her Oscar de la Renta uniform? It’s a little like that to me.

  • MoHub

    The knee scab! She’s a klutz just like real people!

    • Judy_S

      I love the scab. The ultimate in temporary body modification.

  • barbarienne

    “Vaguely mature”? My 90-year-old grandmother wore housedresses like that. Almost that exact same pattern, but in blue.

    • Mrs. C

      This! My first reaction—my mother had that housecoat in ’71.

    • DominoEstella

      Yes, it looks very similar to my vintage house dresses that I love and get lots of compliments on from my regular middle class, non-celebrity gal friends.

  • I’d like this dress on her if it was an inch or two shorter. The colors are great for her. She really needs to do some practice time on how to show the bag without “showing the bag”.

    • YAELS

      Totally agree. As a fellow short-girl, I’ve learned you have to go several inches above the knee when wearing flats to not look stumpy. She looks stumpy here.

      • And the bag is way too heavy looking for the relative lightness of everything else.

    • Constant Reader

      Agreed. From the waist up she looks great, but the skirt length is giving her stumpy legs that I’m sure she does not have.

  • Wow. I actively dislike this. It looks like a housedress paired with ugly gladiator sandals and a frumpy bag.

    ETA Maybe my grumpy ass needs more coffee.

    • decormaven

      Not loving it either. The strappiness of the sandals cuts the vertical line and makes the legs appear stumpy – which we know they aren’t! I am never a fan of a useless pocket- and those wee pockets on the bosom just bug.

      • Couldn’t agree more. One of my design maxims is, never put a pocket where using it will throw off the lines of the garment.

        • kimmeister

          The placement of these ones is especially confounding, as they are like an inch under a shirred seam. What the heck?

          • Which means that they would also be hard to use, because sliding something in or out could be problematic. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    • Loola234

      I think it’s the neckline – she could be choking for all we know…

    • LipstickForPigs

      Oh I’ve had about 4 cups and I had the same reaction. Cheers.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    I’ll never understand why someone chooses to hold their bag like that when there’s a perfectly good shoulder strap. And it’s not like there’s a huge logo to show off or anything.

    About the outfit? meh.

    • kimmeister

      Some of us have very slopey shoulders, so shoulder straps just slide right off.

  • EttaKit

    This looks like a housedress my granny made for herself in the 70s and still wears today. The one on the model looks so much more youthful with the short pleats

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I’m in 50/50 mode. LOVE the shades and the bag. HATE the dress and the sandals. Okay, maybe slightly higher than 50%, because I also love her hair – it looks neat and comfortable in this hot fucking weather.

  • Laura Renee

    I love those sandals! Finally celeb footwear I can wear.

  • RussellH88

    She kind of looks like a kindergarten teacher.

  • Beardslee

    I join you in overthinking this, as I too think that the bag doesn’t go. The rest is a nice, comfortable ensemble for a summer day. Though I agree she can dress beyond her age, I give her credit for eschewing the “I am Young and Hot!” school of celebrity costuming.

  • Barbara Thomas

    I had a dress like that when I was seven.

    And, call me naive, but I was genuinely surprised to realize that pictures like this are staged. It just seems so utterly bizarre to me that “go outside and get photographed with this purse” is actually part of the actress job description. It’s weird. Do they get paid? Just get free stuff? Can’t they afford to buy the stuff they are getting for free? I don’t understand why celebrities would agree to do this. It does not help the intrusive paparazzi situation one bit.

    • barbarienne

      Maybe they figure the paps are going to be there regardless; may as well work it for good connections to designers who will hook them up the next time they need a red carpet look?

    • MilaXX

      Sometimes they get paid. Like if they are carrying a designer bag that every media outlet that So-n-so was seen dining/walking/grocery shopping in this label jeans carrying this label bag.

  • sagecreek

    That dress is gorgeous?

    I’m so out of it. To me, it’s just frumpy.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    “she’s so clearly been meticulously styled specifically for “candid” shots.”
    so, how do this work? Do they just put a starlet in some street ?

    • mlle

      I think what happens is her people call the photographers they know and tip them off that she’ll be in x location at y o’clock.

  • nannypoo

    Wow, do I ever hate this. It’s adorable with the shorter length and coat, but her version makes her look like my grandmother in the 50s. And that bag! WTF! It’s too heavy and dark for the season and the outfit. She’s pretty, but no one is pretty enough to get away with this travesty.

  • MilaXX

    That about covers it. Cute dress & sandals, but the bag doesn’t quite go and she’s not good enough to make any of this look remotely natural

  • LadyCelia

    Too look a bit better balanced, that dress really needs to lose about two or three inches in length. As it is, my aged Portuguese grandmother would have happily worn it in 1967.

    • Constant Reader

      Just wanted to say hello because I, too, had an aged Portuguese grandmother who would have worn a dress this shape in 1967. Her name was Agnes and she was a hoot. 🙂

      • LadyCelia

        Mine was named Clementina. And she too, was a hoot.

  • alyce1213

    I don’t like this frumpy, ugly-print housedress. The design is awful, with the yoke and the pocket and those sleeves. It’s throughly unflattering.

  • Dan_In_NYC


  • frannyprof

    she looks like she forgot how to cross the street. wait, do I walk on green? red? yellow? will someone come by and tell me when it’s my turn to go? are the directions in this mysterious bag I’m holding?

    • decormaven

      Heck, that bag is so enormous, it can serve as a buffer if she wanders into traffic. Probably has hidden built in air bags for such purposes.

  • Watts

    I swear it’s only celebs pseudo-endorsing bags and my grandmother who carry purses that way on their arm.

    • MilaXX

      Me and your granny.

  • Watts

    Also, Hey. I like that dress. But I’m a decade older than Miss Agron and an overweight librarian. And I’d wear that dress, just as she’s wearing it, to work in a heartbeat. Either I’m super stylish (not so much) or she needs to up her game.

  • filmcricket

    Sigh. There’s potential here, and her face is just exquisite, but that bag is god-awful, and yes, the dress could be much cuter.

  • abish

    Honestly, it looks like scrubs. Dowdy and unflattering.

    • Not applicable

      yah. this is ‘smock’ in all the worst ways.

  • ashtangajunkie

    This dress has such potential to be adorable, but I really do not appreciate the styling here. Great sunglasses, but the sandals and bag belong with different outfits entirely.

  • Qitkat

    How could the model look so cute?, and Dianna look like, a..a..a. Ah, I’m stuttering, she seems to be wearing a pink muu-muu housedress. The model has the trippy coat to cover it up, and the skirt is adorable with its flippy pleats. And the pattern is turned 90 degrees on a diagonal. Huge difference in concept.

    • Tess Danesi

      I’d love someone to send me that trippy coat. I adore it!

  • AnneElliot

    The length on that is just awful for her. So dowdy. I agree with Barbarienne, the pattern is rotated from the original dress, which is so much cuter. Nice sandals though.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love that jacket!!!

  • SugarSnap108

    The sleeves and hem line turn it in a dowdy direction. I also like the flouncy hem on the model better. I do like how she’s wearing her scab loud and proud, though.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I really like the outfit, but the tit pockets were a tad too far.

  • Sara__B

    This gorgeous young woman is such a puzzle to me. I wish she’d figure out how to do ladylike without being frumpy.

  • Adriana_Paula

    That is not a dress. That is a housedress.

  • Trisha26

    The look on the model is adorable. Diana’s look is just…not.

  • Janet B

    She’d have major elbow problems if she actually put stuff in that bag.

    • MilaXX

      am I honestly the only BK who carries a bag in the crook of their arm?

      • kimmeister

        Nope, I do it all the time due to my slopey shoulders.

      • Janet B

        My bags are half that size and probably 1/3 the weight.

        • MilaXX

          I made myself buy a small crossbody bag for running errands and touring museums, but I have to admit, I’m a big bag type of gal. A few of them could easily fit a small child.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Breaking Amish chic.


  • Imasewsure

    You are not overthinking at all. The bag is all wrong (and also who holds their actual purse this way when you have a shoulder strap?). Come on! Do like the dress even if it is matronly

    • MilaXX

      I carry my bag like that, but yeah, the bags all wrong for the look.

  • ellabob

    The dress needs to be at least one inch shorter… especially if she is wearing flats….

  • marlie

    This is perfect for Dianna’s “school marm” look. It’s… fine. Though I love the shoes.

  • Jacquelyn

    The dress is adorable but I would have worn at least small heels. The flats are making her look shorter and a bit frumpy.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I like the dress. Interesting how the pattern is vertical/horizontal on her dress, but the dress on the model has the print on the diagonal. Bag is too big and black for this look imo.

  • DominoEstella

    WOW! A Really, really, really expensive house dress! Just what we all need is our vintage house dresses to become a couture influence! I am so gonna be in style this year.

    • Alloy Jane

      I used to have a dress quite like it except the print was smaller and in a slightly contrasting shade of pink. Picked it up from a thrift store and I wish I knew what happened to it because I loved it very much.

      Hate the bag, hate the sandals. I agree with the theory that someone hands her a bag as she steps out the door because no woman I know carries a handbag that big without filling it to the brim. Otherwise, you grab the small purse. Another theory is, like Rhianna, who makes everything she wears look like it came from the 80s, Diana has the magical ability to “matronize” her clothing. Rhianna ‘retro-izes” her clothing? “Retrocizes”? Hmmm…

      I really want the coat the model is wearing.

  • LauraAgain

    We all go window shopping in our Louis Vuitton dresses, no?

    IMO, the neckline is unflattering, and the flats need to go. A cute pair of sandals with a kicky heel would be an improvement.

  • mlle

    I’m amazed that Tory Burch actually produced something without a gigantic logo on it.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Designer sister-wife.

  • MoHub

    Is this from the Karen Batts collection? No, wait. It’s too fitted.

  • The dress is gorgeous, but everything else screams “Commuting – I’ll change the shoes and bag when I arrive.”

  • KingCrazy

    Her personal style just isn’t to my taste, at all. I don’t think I can remember ONE outfit she’s worn that I’ve actually liked.

  • Amy909

    I like the shorter style that the model has on, rather than the dowdy version Dianna has on. I know that’s her style, but it’s not like the shorter style is super scandalous or totally out of her style range. It’s amazing how she always finds a way to matronize (not a word i know) everything she wears!

  • Bree The Vole

    I look at this and all I can think is, what would the “If We Were Her Gays..” post for Dianna Agron be like?

  • Bethany Roullett

    I’m pretty sure she’s wearing that exact dress in the article she did for Glamour magazine about the LV shoe makers. I’d check, except I think I already recycled it.

  • I would love that print if it was top and with pants or shorts. I think as a dress it is too much. Shoes are awesome.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    What do they carry in those giant purses? They always look so slack and empty. Do they have those purse insets inside – the ones that move your stuff from bag to bag? It would be ironic to have something so common in a high-end handbag.

  • formerlyAnon

    Despite the print, I think the dress looks “conservatively functional to a fault.” If she were wearing running shoes or the standard service workers’ shoes, she’d look like someone’s maid on her way to catch the bus. (to me, obviously)

  • KayEmWhy

    Mormon Couture.

  • Richard

    At first, I thought it was January Jones.

  • Veronica1022

    It’s pretty good for someone who’s person style seems to be ‘sister-wife chic’

  • Sandra Oh

    Why does she look so dumpy? She’s a tiny girl.

  • Nicola Anna Molly Page

    Third picture (of Dianna) down, I could swear I was looking at JJ. Quite the bitchface in training.

    I mean that as a compliment!

  • jeffreydfoldenauer

    Is it just me or does she appear to be covered in vaginas?

  • That bag is hiddy and it ruins her cute outfit. Hair and sunglasses are perfect with the dress.

  • I love those sandals.

  • Zeze

    It looks like she’s gained a bit of weight and is uncomfortable with it, but this is so unflattering to her body and shape in every single way, except the color. It’s a good color for her. And I find her and her schtick so annoying.

  • This looks like a hospital gown. And I’m not loving the shoes..

  • nyazgirl

    Nana’s headed to her job at the lunch counter. Blech.

  • The bag defnitely doesn’t go. Totally wrong. And the dress is too long. What happened to the little kick pleats? Shorter with the pleats would be much less dowdy. And yes, that’s what this is, in spite of the bright color. Dowdy.

  • macwell

    I’m sorry, but – that scab is gross. It totally ruins all the pictures for me…..:(