Garcelle Beauvais at the InStyle Summer Soiree

Posted on August 15, 2013

We swear we’re not cranky lately. On the contrary; we’re riding an unexpected period of post-matrimony bliss. No, really. But for some reason, we seem to find ourselves typing the words “not working for us” a lot lately.

Because this?


Garcelle Beauvais attends the InStyle Summer Soiree in West Hollywood, California.

Not working for us. We think the bottom half, right down to the shoes, looks great on her. But nobody can work a lace top and visible bra with a skirt like that. Sorry, hon. It’s just looks heavy, tight, and uncomfortable all around. And we’re not crazy about the hair down in front with a high neckline like that. You look awkward, girl. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go hold hands and skip, or something.

[Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images]

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    • somebody blonde

      Honestly, I think the top half and the bottom half are both fine, but not together. The top half could’ve used a pencil skirt or some slim pants in a color, and the bottom half could’ve gone with something sleek in the top, but they look awful together.

      • The Gifted Collector

        This skirt would be beautiful with Heidi’s strapless sequined top.

    • random_poster

      Your work is done. Skip away, you Lovebirds!

      • H2olovngrl

        God, what wouldn’t I give to see these two skipping through the streets holding hands and blowing kisses to passers-by!

        • littlemac8

          It will NEVER happen! No blowing kisses – it is verboten! Read Jennifer Anniston post from earlier today!

          • H2olovngrl

            Well, crap. I guess that means finger guns are out then…

    • Cara

      Is she wearing something tragic? Yeah – I couldn’t get past that lip color. Why, Garcelle? Why? You’re gorgeous. Why do you want hypothermia lips? Maybe I’ll get to looking at the outfit at some point. Right now, I’m just stuck at the makeup.

      • kimmeister

        You’ve hit the nail on the head with the hypothermia descriptor.

      • wisdomy

        THANK YOU!!! Girl, that’s not your lipstick.

      • boweryboy

        I was thinking pink Good’nPlenty lips.

        My gay 9 year old self would lick the pink ones and rub them on my lips. It looked just like hers.

    • Imasewsure

      Head to toe no… beautiful woman though. Always love to look at her

    • charlotte

      It’s not your fault that the celebs are sporting such lousy outfits at the moment. Maybe they could dress better and consider it a wedding gift for you two?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      So a long sleeved turtleneck works in LA in August as long as it’s lace?

      • Lori


    • kimmeister

      That clutch is gorgeously embellished, but man is that thing HUGE!

      • Little_Olive

        Hmm. It may be her makeup artist’s brush case.

        But hey, it’s good for fanning herself -which she may need considering the top she chose.

    • frannyprof

      *Why* is she wearing a heavy, stiff, black and long gown in August?! Why are the ladystars so afraid of clor and light fabrics this summer? Ugh.

    • hughman

      While I would NEVER want to deny T&L their “Ricky and Lucy blissed out in Connecticut” moment, I personally like this on her here.
      1. You can tell she feels beautiful. Which, yay. And
      2. It would have been easy with that choice of top to go all hoochie-mama skirt and not something to retro. So no, I wouldn’t personally pick this but it doesn’t bug me out.

      • annabelle archer

        I’m with you. I’d have liked to see the waist of the skirt lower, and her hair up, but this is a sexy widow look I can get on board with.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Well, it’s not working for her, so why should it work for you?
      Glad you’re enjoying post-matrimony bliss.

    • smh4748

      Because the shoes and the carpet almost match, if you squint a little, it looks like she’s got weird nubs for feet with a white strap across them. Try it!

    • SuzBald

      Sooo happy for you both!

    • elemspbee

      Oh this is not working FOR HER!

    • Little_Olive

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the wedded bliss, and I will account that into your acceptance of horrid white ankle-strapped shoes with a black tea-length skirt.

    • MilaXX

      When bad clothes happen to pretty people. None of this works for me; the hair, the makeup, the sheer top, the white (mostly white) shoes with all that dark clothing and the too large bag. It’s just all wrong.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      Black Bra + coffin liner does not an outfit make. blech.

    • SewingSiren

      Love the skirt, shoes and purse. Hate the blouse. You know what would have looked great. A snug boat neck striped t with 3/4 sleeves.

      • Tatiana Luján

        A snug boat neck striped t with 3/4 sleeves would have been perfect!

    • princessricky

      i’m pretty sure FLOTUS is going to be wearing that skirt soon. with a cardigan and a belt.

      • Tatiana Luján

        She’ll place the belt right under her breast.

    • e jerry powell

      I know that soiree is evening, but SUMMER is also in the name, right? This just doesn’t seem to work for the summer event, white shoes or no.

      • Mod_girl

        Yes, nothing screams “Summer Soiree” like this outfit…

    • boldprint

      I did the sucking-air-in-through-my-teeth thing. Sorry, Garce.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Swap out the bra for a camisole and wear it in winter and she may have something there.

    • conniemd

      I really like the skirt. It could go a lot of directions, with a slinky couture type top, not black, but color it could be a smashing evening wear. pair it with a red or white blouse and it could be a FLOTUS outfit, as someone suggested. It could even be a Project Runway day wear to evening wear with a sexy cut blouse with a cape or jacket over it to wear at the office.

    • formerlyAnon

      It’s also darn sure not working for her.

    • formerlyAnon

      P.s. Yay for post-matrimony bliss.

    • Anniebet

      That clutch could practically double as a surfboard. She’s so lovely it hurts to see that lipstick and the flat hair. The skirt is fine, love the shoes with the black back and they actually fit her!

    • MzzPants

      Haphazard at best.

    • quiltrx

      Perfect for getting felt up by some old lech at the office Christmas party.

    • kathrineb

      The lace top is so cheap and nasty looking

    • MannahattaMamma

      Bad Prom, right down to (up to?) the funky lip color, which looks like Bonne Bell Lipsmacker in Mauveberry.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      She’s really attached to that Foxy Brown Wet and Wild lipstick, and I wish she wouldn’t do that, because her face is awesome without it.
      I don’t like anything she’s wearing- she looks amazing in simple, clean lines, with color; her body is lovely. This? Is the exact opposite of flattering.

    • Dan_In_NYC

      That clutch is hilarious.

    • marlie

      I can’t wait for this high-waisted trend to be over. It’s rarely that flattering on anyone (including me).

    • ashtangajunkie

      Girl, that’s not your lipstick. Actually, girl, that’s nobody’s lipstick. Couldn’t get past the lips to comment on the dress.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I love the skirt, but the top, the makeup and the shoes are horrible.

    • velomango

      I like the sneaky “post-matrimony bliss” comment…many, many congratulations to Tom and Lorenzo! I’m a big fan of marriage, and I am so happy you got to have the “Let’s get married” experience.

      And re: Garcelle’s ensemble – I strangely dig her lipstick.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      least favorite style trend of the year: white shoes with EVERYTHING.

    • Warrior89

      Hate her lipstick, hate the sheer bodice, hate the shoes.

    • e jerry powell

      Oh, and the clutch? I thought she was carrying half of an accordion.