Paula Patton in Oliver Tolentino in New York City

Posted on August 05, 2013

We know some of y’all think we get a little dogmatic about the whole matchy-match thing, but come on, now. How is this not totally bridesmaid?



Paula Patton arrives at her hotel in New York City in an Oliver Tolentino hand-dyed canary yellow lace dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps.

A pump in any other color would have instantly made this look a little more modern and a little less wedding party to our eyes. Granted, we don’t think the dress suits her all that well, but some decent styling would go a long way.



[Photo Credit: Felipe Ramales,PacificCoastNews]

    • VioletFem

      She is so pretty, but has such poor style instincts.

      • H2olovngrl

        YESYESYES! I was thinking the same thing, while reflecting back on the times she has been featured on TLo. And, not once, can I recall her wearing anything that didn’t make me wince at how poor her style choices were.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Oh,…Grrrrrrrrl. Yellow is NOT a friend of yours.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Yellow is not a friend of about 97 percent of the population! Monotone grey is one thing, monotone yellow is another.

        • Kiltdntiltd

          Really, only people with a lot of red in their skin tones should go anywhere near yellow as a dominant outfit color. For myself, yellow is a color that I use sparingly, and only in accessories that won’t be near my face.

          • conniemd

            My mom who was dark skinned caucasian (French Canadian) with almost black hair looked great in yellow, especially when she golfed in the summer and was very tan. She claimed her family in Canada probably intermarried with a few Indians, which gave her the darkish skin. Not sure if that means Indians have a lot of red in their skins (perhaps that’s what the demeaning term redskins came from?)

            • Kiltdntiltd

              Exactly my point. Whatever one’s ethnic heritage, if there is a fair amount of reddish tone in the skin, yellow can be your bestie. A former co-worker of mine who happens to be African American, has a lot of red in his skin coloration, and looks smashing in colors that would make most folk look dreadfully ill.

            • marlie

              And while Paula is African American, she’s way too pale to work that yellow.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I think there are more problems for her coloring with tht ugly nude tone that is also in the dress. It makes her skin look grayish and dead.

        • Kiltdntiltd

          Yeah, that illusion netting does not help one bit.

          • Emily

            It’s like a bag figure skating costume.

      • Little_Olive

        I could assess that yellow better if a) it hadn’t been sown on an old pantyhose slip, and b) the yellow part wasn’t so tacky.

        The shoes and the bag are plain offensive.

    • annabelle archer

      Matching is the least of this outfit’s worries. Good gravy, this is a fugly dress. I don’t know why she’s all up in our faces lately, but I’m going to need her to stop.

      • AnaRoW

        She’s in the Denzel Washington movie that just opened last weekend. Also she’s Robin Thicke’s wife. I just look forward to her hiring a stylist because I really can’t imagine she has one. I’d think even the worst stylists would have taught her how to stand on the RC. It’s a shame because she comes off as such a sweetheart that she should be one of the last celebrities people would want to stop coming around.

        • annabelle archer

          Bless her heart, she needs an intervention, STAT.
          So far all I know about her are what I’m seeing here and it’s not painting a pretty picture.

          • AnaRoW

            No, it’s not remotely pretty. I’m in total agreement with you there.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I seriously thought that was J-Lo. Dotted flesh colored mesh is the biggest offender here.

      • annabelle archer

        Oh, Ms. Jessica, I don’t think you shoulda said that. JLo would not be pleased.

    • MsKitty

      No baby heads this time so there’s that.

    • alyce1213

      That dress is bordering on —- no, it IS full-on disgusting. Nothing redeeming.
      She (or her stylist) has awful taste.

    • majorbedhead

      That is a hideous look, from head to toe.

    • mshesterp

      And she’s always doing this weird thing where she’s pushing back her chin/neck, like she’s awkward or embarrassed. Honey, you’re gorgeous. Own it.

    • Emily Smith

      I just don’t think I ever like anything she wears.

    • Julie Chase

      This dress is HIDEOUS.

    • flamingoNW

      That hair…..there’s something wrong with it. And that is one FUGLY dress. Different shoes would not save it.

    • Alyssa

      I CANNOT with this one…she always looks like she’s trying so hard and it just rubs me the wrong way in pictures of her.

    • crash1212

      First off, everything from the neck up is tragic here. That’s not her dress, irrespective of the matchy shoes. The matchy shoes just tops off a really awful look all the way around. It’s made me really crabby!

    • Heather Chandler

      This dress could be saved with a few simple steps.

      1) Take the dress off
      2) Douse it in gasoline
      3) Set fire to it
      4) Pop of color in the shoe

      You’re welcome, Paula Patton.

    • bassfemme

      My eyes didn’t know where to go- was that her decoletage or some illusion crap to make her look worse? And more illusion rippling at her poor underarm? Sigh. Looks like an upstart designer that has too much design software but no style or common sense.

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    • NYCGlamourpuss

      “How is that not totally bridesmaid?” Because it’s HORRENDOUSLY bridesmaid – you scored it too high, Uncles!

    • DilettanteDeconstructed

      Girl seems to have misplaced her style. It’s probably in the same place she put her neck.

      • kimmeister

        It’s like she was pushing her chin in, trying to create a double chin, in every shot.

    • Town

      This looks like something Naomi would’ve worn on Mama’s Family.

    • Wendy Holdsworth

      i didnt know michele kwan was auditioning bridesmaids

    • Betsy

      And having one big lace rose over each boob is VERY bad placement. I mean . . .

    • Stella Zawistowski

      Is that Swiss dot illusion netting? Oh god, I need my smelling salts.

      • Little_Olive

        It is so similar to the pantyhose suit my mother used to have me wear as a kid, when I had to go dressed as “tahitian girl” or the like.

        In other words, please pass the salts when you are done.

    • aeb1986

      even the sunglasses are too matchy

    • hellkell

      Illusion netting makes my eyes twitch. This is a bit much for a hotel arrival. Y’all called it the other day, she’s a tryhard.

    • MoHub

      If I were in a bridal party, and the bride asked me to wear this, I’d pull out of the wedding, cancel the gift, and sever the friendship. Friends don’t let friends wear stuff like that.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Bless her, she’s trying.

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    • cheekypinky

      Green shoes! GREEEEEN!

    • Amy909

      girl has never really learned how to dress for her body… or when she does (I think this shape suits her very well), she messes up the styling…such a shame!

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      This look was DOA long before we got to the matchy shoes. This is NOBODY’S dress.

    • MilaXX

      I’ve come to realize that Paula is another pretty woman who cannot dress herself. She looks terrific in movies, but awful the rest of the time. This is no exception. Being matchy matchy is the least of her worries. That dress is just pure fug, and who wears flesh toned glasses?

    • Diego!

      She is gorgeous, but she has TWO big problems i.e.:
      1) She doesn’t know how to pose to the camera on the red carpet/street/film presentation
      2) She clearly, CLEARLY has no gays around her to tell her what to wear. Not even a decent stylist!

    • Coleen

      Someone needs to blend her foundation better!

    • Wendy Hester

      I’ll take matchy-matchy any day over another pair of nude pumps.

    • YoungSally

      To meet the official definition of bridesmaid she must have (1) a large bow on her butt and/or (2) a matching parasol.

    • Sara Brams-Miller

      Poor style instincts and holy HELL she is making strange faces . . . she looks SO uncomfortable!

    • RuthGo

      Wow, she is… not a good dresser.

    • Chris T

      Who is Paula Patton?

    • Constant Reader

      She looks so self-conscious here that I just can’t say anything snarky — and believe me, I’m trying! I want to put my arm around her and say “Sweetie, listen to Auntie. You’re gorgeous and this dress is not worthy of you. Let’s go inside and try again.”

    • Getoverit

      Terrible all around. Not only is the dress ugly but its not her color. She also needs to lose the sunglasses, those are not her color either.

    • Sarah V.

      She is rapidly climbing up my Irrational Hate list, because she a) tries too hard b) dresses the way she dresses and c) her husband is The Douchiest.

    • OhDoogs

      The nicest thing I can say is that this is not a dress for daytime or – more importantly – day light. I don’t think I’ve seen illusion netting look that bad in a long time, and I watch a LOT of ice skating.

    • Lizzy

      Cause no self-respecting brides-maid would be caught in that much polka dot netting.

    • snarkykitten

      Not even bridesmaid. That’s hideous

    • lrober03

      I thought I hated sheer turns out I hate swiss dot sheer panels even more.

    • Anathema_Device

      That’s an ugly dress. And I agree on the matchiness issue here. Teal might have been a fun choice.

    • formerlyAnon

      No shoe in any color would redeem that dress. The nude dotted swiss pantyhose look of the upper bodice and sleeves is not flattering her.

    • marshmallowjane

      I just saw her in an old Law and Order:SVU. She’s full of personality. So pretty. I wish she’d get a stylist, or a new stylist. She’s fabulous. Her clothes are not so fab.

    • Dagney

      I love a lady with muscles!

    • Julie Ree

      All I can see is bridesmaid hooker- please make it stop!

    • Phyllis Craine

      The bag is 100% wrong

    • teensmom99

      It was so considerate of the bride to buy her wedding party matching nightgowns and slippers for the night before the wedding. I mean that’s what this is, right?

    • clairellis

      Why is she purposely giving herself multiple chins. And yellow, sweetie, no. Just no.

    • quiltrx

      That dress is SO AWFUL that I can hardly bear to look at it.
      To say something nice, she has beautiful legs.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      She’s okay. I’m more interested in pics of her hubby. *swoon*

      • demidaemon

        He is pretty adorable!

    • sleah_in_norcal

      the reason it’s not totally bridesmaid is that the dress is TOO UGLY for even a bridesmaid to wear. i rest my case.

    • sagecreek

      Also not loving the old-bra-tinted illusion netting.

    • marlie

      GAH. She’s so pretty, but this is SO unflattering on her. And she needs to stop making the “derp” face.

    • mickiemonkey

      Not a good idea to match your sunglasses to your flesh colored netting.

    • demidaemon

      At least it isn’t a nude shoe, though black would have been appropriate here, I think. Still, the dress doesn’t seem right on her.

    • Danielle West

      She seriously needs to not smile at the paps. She looks like she’s constipated and happy about it.

    • Stacy Feng

      What is she doing with her chin?????