Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Sandra Bullock in Vionnet on Jay Leno

Posted on September 30, 2013

Sandy, we love you, but this is so very not working for us. It’s fine when you’re sitting down…



Sandra Bullock makes an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in a Vionnet dress.


Vionnet Resort 2014 Collection

But the whole standing and walking thing is kind of problematic.

The thing is, it’s tough to wear that top with that skirt. The model is a pro and she’s just barely making it work. On Sandy, it’s not looking all that chic or flattering. And that skirt’s really cute, but we’re thinking bright orange pleated minis just aren’t in Sandy’s wheelhouse. We feel bad, because we’re constantly telling her to wear color, but the shapes here just aren’t being friendly.

Sandy, box this one up and send it off to Carey Mulligan. She can use something with a little personality and this is probably better suited to her than you.






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  • marlie

    I sort of like this – in theory – but in practice it misses the mark. Though, if she hadn’t worn those hiddy shoes, the whole look might not be quite so bad.

    • demidaemon

      Agreed. Those shoes are awful. My eye goes straight to them. That shouldn’t be the case.

    • formerlyAnon

      I do not like the neckline and sleeves, either. It’s too much and not enough all at once.

    • Synnae

      Agree too, the shoes (and her posture) don’t help. There’s a reason the model is wearing stilettos. I do like the neckline though. If this was a knee-length pencil skirt it would have been amazing.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      AMEN. Those shoes are atrocious.

    • kmk05

      This needed thin stiletto sandals, and a slightly higher dropped wast. If the blue-to-orange transition started where that blue trimming starts, it would raise the skirt part up and look more flattering. Either that or a tiny nip at her natural waist to accentuate her shape in the blue fabric.

      Sitting down, I think it’s gorgeous.

  • Lesley

    i think this dress is a little young for her, i can see it on lily collins, it’s cute but has an edgy appeal to it. but those shoes with that dress?.. hell nooo

  • I think it would be better if they switched the colors around (orange on top/navy on bottom). Better…but still not good.

    Still, nice to see Sandy looking so happy/put together. I will always love her, no matter the heinous clothing.

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  • MarissaLG

    Sandy has a very athletic build and I don’t think the drop waist effect is really working for her. Also reeeealy not feeling the hair. It looks like she has a few too many extension pieces in there.

    • RebeccaKW

      I agree. I feel like this needs a…dainty lady? That sounds bad, like SB is a tank. But Sandy is muscular and has some shape to her, and maybe someone a bit more straight would work this better. Keira, Zoe, etc. Those shoes are tragic and the stance she has just before sitting isn’t helping, either.

      • Synnae

        Keira is a pear. Most people don’t pick up on this, she is a good example of dressing for your shape, but therefore this wouldn’t work on her at all.

        • H2olovngrl

          Keira has a pretty long torso, as well. Not that there is anything wrong with that! Girl is as gorgeous as they come! As for Sandy’s dress, I think it looks fine except in the shot of her awkwardly standing just prior to sitting down.

    • Kimberlini

      She’s so skinny right now!

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    I think the ankle straps and the very busy shoes do this whole thing a further disservice. The first thing I thought was Sandra Bullock has short legs? She has great legs, but the effect is very bad. It’s 1920’s tennis dress meets studio 54 south of the knee caps. Love the top though and navy is a gorgeous color on her.

  • decormaven

    Those shoes are so wrong for that outfit. But I must say, she has some very toned legs. She’s doing a good job working the PR circuit for the new flick.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      She’s certainly working harder than George, we saw him what? Twice in Italy and that’s it?

      • decormaven

        He’ll be trotted out closer to the release date. He’ll do more of the “think pieces” – Charlie Rose, The Daily Show.

      • kimmeister

        From what I understand, she basically carries the whole movie, much like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

  • formerlyAnon

    Gosh, I hate, hate, hate how she over-straightens her hair.

    She should just get a minion to make a file of Hepburn over the years and use it as a guide. I’m not suggesting she shoot for literal copies, but to remind herself of the overall trend to clean, unfussy lines – even if within those lines the garment is embellished. Dresses need to be simple and preferably long.

  • oklund

    I actually love the dress on her – it’s the shoes and that awkward posture that take it to meh.

    • formerlyAnon

      But she has to dress for the awkward stance. It’s how she moves and how she stands. She manages, sometimes, to overcome for a few static poses, but it falls apart once she moves. If she could change it she would have by now. Even if no one says it to her badass movie star self NOW, you know that when she was starting out she must have been harangued to walk/sit/move like a “lady” or a “girl” by drama coaches, directors, publicists and photographers. That’s not a group known for being mealy-mouthed.

      • conniemd

        Reminds me of her awkwardness in the “Miss Congeniality” movies. In fact, thinking of her Speed movies, the coputer programer movie and 28 days she has a certain boyishness to her carriage and never has been the frippy feminine type.

  • Rhonda Shore

    THe top is the same as the upper half of that dress you posted of Juliette Lewis last week and she looked absolutely divine in it. It just isn’t working with that skirt.

  • Vickiefantastico

    I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. I think she looks very pretty. I like the unexpected pleats in the skirt and even its color. I think the neckline and shoulders are very flattering. The shoes are kind of hideous and the hair is somewhat severe (which is odd for a non-updo), but otherwise, I really like this look!

    • TAGinMO

      I think she looks great, both sitting and walking. The last pose where she’s standing like a volleyball player in a team group-pic is a little unfortunate in several respects, but that was…what, probably 3 seconds of her Leno appearance? It only looks bad when it’s frozen there in a still for posterity; I doubt it was noticeable–and certainly not memorable–to anyone watching it on video.

    • understateddiva

      I agree, it’s fun to see her doing something edgy, but not in a black leather kind of way.

  • editrixie

    I wouldn’t mind any of this except the hair and makeup — they make her look so severe, and the thing I always loved about her and why she’s one of my favorites is that she isn’t severe. It’s so Hollywood, and no matter how Hollywood she got, she never seemed that way in public. Free the hair!

    • Vickiefantastico

      Ha! I also just wrote that the hair is too severe!

  • Tatiana Luján

    I really like the clothes and I like them on Bullock, but her posture in the last picture as well as the ankle straps are making her look stumpy

    • anneland

      Agree. Think she looks great sitting and walking. The standing photo is just awkward.

  • I want the collar on the model. Rawr.

  • nnbb

    I love it.

  • MilaXX

    I like it. Not 100% sold on the shoe, but I like the outfit on her.

  • Imasewsure

    It looks ok – even cute – when sitting and walking… and then you see the straight on pose and… oh yes… not working dear. UGLY shoes… Like the skirt though!

  • crash1212

    At least she had the good sense to get rid of the yellow neck-brace that the model is wearing. I don’t hate this look on her. I do hate the shoes in general and especially with this dress.

    • kimmeister

      And at least she doesn’t have the model’s visible yellow bra straps.

  • filmcricket

    Those shoes are wretched and I feel like the neckline is choking her, but otherwise I’m mostly okay with this.

    That model looks like something out of the “Beautiful Girls” montage from Singin’ In the Rain.

  • Miranda

    I think its cute! But I love Sandy so…BIASED!

  • Lattis

    Boy, there is a lot going on in that look.

  • Jacquelyn

    The shoes are not helping here at all.

  • Maev

    First thing I thought when I looked at this was that really, it should be on Anne Hathaway, though I can’t quite justify why that was my response. The navy looks great on her though.

  • I thought she looked fabulous.

  • CeeQ

    have to disagree – I thought this worked well on her and loved it =D

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Klunky shoes are not her mega fit calves BFF,

  • jw_ny

    hair and makeup are more problematic than the outfit. I think the drop waist is the real culprit with the dress tho. agree that it seems more suited to Carey Mulligan.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Are my fashion feelers failing me today? Because I really love this on her, and want it for myself. But I’m 28, so maybe I see your point…?

  • Actually, the unexpectedness of it on her is mostly working for me, but those shoes are awkward as all hell.

  • tonibaloney

    I’m LIVING for the Cyd Charisse styling on the model, but it’s just not quite working on Sandy. It looks alright in the pic where she’s walking, but when she’s standing there? Totally awkward.

  • Trickytrisha

    Oh dear, that last picture is rather painful to look at. The shoes and the stance read football player in drag – and I adore this woman, so… dang.

  • Miss WKS

    seriously bros? she looks fabulous!

  • Somnaire

    Other than that last picture, I was digging it.

  • pookiesmom

    Aw, I kinda like this! I think she looks wonderful sitting down. Standing up is “meh,” but I’ve seen so, so much worse.

  • Julie Parr

    I think she’s pulling off the outfit, and I like it (very October-y) but the shoes are yuk.

  • e jerry powell

    I was scared to click, I have to say.

    That said, not as painful as I expected, but still NOT GOOD.

  • Filmjen

    OMFG SHE IS SO DAMN GORGEOUS!!!!! I kind of like the preppy vibe of the dress, but I am pretty much in agreement with everyone about it.

  • Sweetvegan

    I think she looks good – better than the model! Why did they put that bizarre yellow collar on the model? The dress is a bit junior for her (kind of looks like a tennis dress with a skort on the bottom) but overall, I think she looks nice!

  • boweryboy

    Maybe it’s not her dress standing ( and those clodhoppers on her feet don’t help), but it’s her dress when she’s sitting. Isn’t that whaat you want for a sit down interview?

  • 909girl601world

    I like it. Different shoes are needed though.

  • knockknockknockpenny

    WRONG. I am loving this. Its remiscent of the 20’s, but with beautiful modern colors. Not loving the shoes, however.

  • MannahattaMamma

    With that hair & outfit she’s veering dangerously close to Demi “I refuse to age” Moore territory. And that is a scary landscape

  • Fannie Wolston

    Leno has the fugliest furniture on set I have ever seen, SB looks pretty!

    What bugs is the whole hamhock exposure when the gals have to sit down in a short skirt.

  • mhleta

    This whole thing looks great to me until we get to the chair. Then it falls apart. Part of it is that the shot where she’s standing in front of the chair caught her at an unfortunate moment. The other problem is that once she sits there’s just way too much under-thigh showing. This, I think, is the inherent problem with finding the perfect talk-show outfit. Other than pants and long skirts, there aren’t really too many outfits that look great doing both.

  • I think it is the shoes that ruined the look. I like the dress.

  • anotherkate

    I’m kind of in love with that dress, although I agree it isn’t quite working for Sandra.

  • sekushinonyanko

    I like it.