Paula Patton Double Shot

Posted on September 19, 2013

We have absolutely no problem with a lady rocking her own body in her style choices. Or a man, for that matter. But we tend to think it should be one in a range of looks in someone’s arsenal. When it’s the only look a person knows how to work, then we’re forced to conclude they need some style education. Miss Paula could be the poster child for this.

Usually, she either takes a decent idea and screws it up somehow:

Paula Patton leaves a downtown hotel in New York City in a Robert Rodriguez dress paired with Saint Laurent pumps and David Yurman jewelry.

Or lapses so far into cliche it almost comes off as parody:

Paula Patton leaving the “Today Show” in New York City a Dolce&Gabbana dress paired with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and David Yurman jewelry.


Let’s break this down.


The color looks amazing on her and if there’s a lady out there born to wear a leather minidress and studded platform pumps, we’re thinking she’s it. Style-wise, we think this all works, right down to the bracelets. But she either needed shapewear or needed to have this let out a little, because it’s pulling and wrinkling all over her, to the point of distraction.


This look, on the other hand, is unsalvageable and should immediately be burned. Sure, everyone loves Paula Abdul circa 1991, but that doesn’t mean we want you to dress like her, hon.




[Photo Credit: Curtis Means/ACE/, Spartano/MaxNY/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Girl looks like a sitcom version of a hooker Halloween costume.

  • Jacquelyn

    Agreed on all accounts. However, I find it hard to hate those red shoes on their own.

  • EdithP

    She needs to go up a size in the red leather dress. She does have killer legs, though.

    • Sara Brams-Miller

      I was thinking the same thing. Her legs are AMAZEBALLS.

  • MilaXX

    Agree on both points. Paula always just misses the mark in her fashions.

  • teensmom99

    Today I have nothing to add to anything TLo say. But I’m the kind of person who still has to write to point that out.

    • calimon

      One of the best non-comments I’ve read in too long, Thank you!

  • RussellH88

    The first dress makes her look like she just got out of a pool.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Jeez those gams! I need to know her calf workout. Looking at those red pumps, they might get worked out just walking around in gigantic heels all day.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Tina Turner always claimed it was wearing heels that gave her those legs!

      • NoveltyRocker

        Another lady whose legs are stupendous!

  • hughman

    Ladies, body glitter on your legs is definitely a Deal Breaker.

    • Introspective

      coming on here to say the same… jesus, shimmer much paula??

      but i damn sure am impressed by those gams, blinding as they are under the flash…

    • marlie

      I think she suffers from a mild case of body-shimmer-on-Black-actresses-itis. Really, no ladystar of color (well, no ladystar, PERIOD) should wear that crap, no matter what the skin tone.

      • TrixieConQueso

        I am NOt a ladystar so will carry on my love affair with the body shimmer.

    • There comes a point where you just look sweaty.

      • demidaemon

        Yes, I had to look twice to figure out if she had just had a good workout or had applied a wee bit too much sparkly whatchamacallit.

  • Tanya Wade

    Oh laws,the Eurotrash dude behind her in the second photo? I want a TV show about him and his man-purse, stat.
    Also hate the platform on the studded shoes. Too clunky!

    • quiltrx

      For me to be someone who really pays attention to the background goings-on in films–I just really don’t look around at the weirdness in T Lo pictures nearly enough. That guy is priceless! I would at least watch the pilot.

  • alyce1213

    Consistent taste issues. Not to mention visible panty line.

    • TrixieConQueso

      She needs to Blur Those Panty Lines. Sorry – had to get that out before it festered…

  • Trickytrisha

    Dunno why, but she makes me think of female wrestlers. She’s a beautiful woman, but shaky in the taste department.

    • AnaRoW

      Aw, Robin’s alright. He was one of the best parts of “Real Husbands of Hollywood”. He hasn’t handled his new-found fame well at all though. It’s sort of like watching two different people, pre-Blurred Lines Robin and post-Blurred Lines, twerking-with-Miley Robin.

      • Trickytrisha

        There’s actually a show called “Real Husbands of Hollywood’?

        • martha

          It’s a spoof of the Real Housewives

  • Married to Robin “Ewwww” Thicke. Since that’s all I really know about her, I’d say her ensembles are right on target.

    • AnneElliot

      My knee-jerk reaction is to dislike her because she’s married to Robin Thicke. Is that unfair? The whole Blurred Lines thing just makes me hate him.

      • demidaemon

        I guess I’m the odd one out. Here at casa demidaemon, we just love that song unabashedly and don’t think too hard about it.

  • Beardslee

    I think part of the problem is that stylists don’t know the virtue of a good fit. They’ll wedge people into whatever clothes they can borrow and think they look good.

    • marlie

      And ignore any necessary foundation garments that *might* mitigate the effects of something being too tight.

      • teensmom99

        Umm-isn’t that exactly the kind of thing a stylist is supposed to help you with?

        • marlie

          Oh, yea, absolutely. That just seems like one of the steps that they often skip over.

  • marlie

    Look #1… go up a size, and it would be FAB. Look #2… it’s cartoonish. No, Paula, no.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen one look of hers I actually like. She’s beautiful but I can’t recall one time I saw her and went Wow she is something! Oh well, I’m sure she’s disappointed with me too

    • I can tell you, she’s never been here looking like anything other than Hot, Tacky, Mess.

    • NoveltyRocker

      I remember seeing her in sweats in “Just Wright” and her striking me better than the pictures I’ve seen of her on here. I actually didn’t even make the connection for the longest, I thought there were two distinct people out there: one married to Robin Thicke and dresses like it, and another who’s a gorgeous actress landing parts in big ol’ action flicks and rom-coms.

  • SewingSiren

    Sausage casing.

  • Synnae

    She’s relatively tall and curvy. She got the basic gist -body con- but not the length as midi is a lot more classy and sexier.

    The leather dress would look so much better on her with a few extra inches on the bottom and less tacky shoes. Nice bracelets though.

    That second look, sorry to say but black leather, animal print and red fuck me pumps? That just screams street walker!

    Btw I do like the zip on the red pumps, I could so work those.

  • MoHub

    Is she the missing Kardashian?

    • decormaven

      (Shudder). There are more?

      • MoHub

        I hope not.

  • decormaven

    Gotta love the payday loan sign over her head in the second look. Hon, it’s time to class it up a bit.

  • Mr Littlejeans

    I know she can’t help it but every time I see a picture of her my first thought is WHERE THE HELL IS HER NECK??? She always looked a bit off to me (not just because of her clothes) but her necklessness didn’t become clear to me until she wore that white Gucci dress a few months ago and now it’s all I can(‘t) see.

  • Trisha26

    First look: working girl. Second look: working girl in Italy.

  • nannypoo

    If your nipple shows through your leather dress you can assume it’s too tight.

  • BrooklynBomber

    This look, on the other hand, is unsalvageable and should immediately be burned.

    Haha. With sparkles.

    • 3boysful

      Of which there are plenty on her legs. (But those are some slammin’ calf muscles she’s got.)

  • omg_dora

    Wow, I can’t imagine how restricting and sweaty that leather dress must be, so tight and with long sleeves. It doesn’t make me think “sexy,” it makes me think “torture.”

    • Janet B

      Someone here once told me leather isn’t as hot as you might think.
      Unfortunately, I don’t have the clothing budget to confirm one way or another.

  • SugarSnap108

    Is there a documented case of a well-executed leather mini-dress? (I’m honestly asking.)

  • Her stylist needs a harsh lesson in fitting, but if the idea was to let us knows her legs are amazing, mission accomplished.

  • understateddiva

    I have to respectfully disagree on the first look, I think it’s hot.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Been needed about 50 better stylists than whoever she’s paying now!

  • cocohall

    Her husband was wearing a Footlocker uniform at the VMAs that was also too tight. I think the very strong possibility exists that the both of them have an actual FONDNESS for tight, garish and tacky. It is like a form of color blindness. Unless the garment is restricting movement and circulation, it doesn’t look/feel right to them. Another loving couple springs to mind that suffer from the same co-dependency: Dog the Bounty Hunter and his dear wife Beth. Clearly working a more trailer park vibe than Paula and Robin, but the same basic issue.

    • demidaemon

      OH, agreed. There must be something they enjoy about peeling those clothes and the skin attached to those clothes in the heat of the moment.

      I give Dog and Beth a pass because they clearly have no plans to change and aren’t required to poledance in a way Robin and Paula are.

  • martha

    She is always so pretty when she is acting in a role, but seems awkward and self-concious when she’s not acting.

  • quiltrx

    Desperate much?
    I’ll take that first pair of shoes, though…maybe the first pair of platforms I’ve EVER liked.

  • She has a contagious smile, and she is so happily married to her hubby. She is pretty confident, considering all the attention that Robin Thicke gets. When asked how she felt about Miley’s version of Blurred Lines with Robin, she could care less. She’s secure. For some reason, I thought she might be preggers. I guess I was wrong.

    • Fannie Wolston

      Does give off a happy vibe and why not, I like smiles, she reminds me of JLo (J frown) but with a smile

      • She played an assistant D.A. on Law & Order SVU, and she did a fabulous job. She handles serious drama very well without coming across as sexual.

        • Fannie Wolston

          cool, had no idea really who this chick was!

          • Robin Thicke is one of the guys on the Real Husbands of Hollywood, which is mostly a vehicle for Kevin Hart to act like a fool (his schtick) and he lusts after Paula and always hopes that when Robin shows up to an event that he’ll bring his wife. She’s kinda known as a sex goddess. On the other hand, she is like a chameleon when she’s a dramatic actress. Her dark hair and eyes and probably her innate intelligence qualifies her for a wide range of roles. Robin and Paula seem like a very happy couple; they were high school sweethearts and according to them, they are “hot” for each other. My point is that Paula seems very confident in herself. Maybe she dresses for her husband when she wears her clothes too tight. I wish somebody would suggest to her that she dress a bit differently. She could be even more stunning than she is–if that’s possible–if she played up her dark intelligent beauty instead of her sexpot look.

  • HVM

    Based on her pictures above I feel sorry for her. I am in the US for business for a weeks so while I’m here I can take you shopping for shoes that first while I’m here.

    • Fannie Wolston

      Her entourage included with his belt length flipped back, and the knockoff VL bag, cheap shoes over shined. Both ready for a payday loanshark

  • BookishBren

    Nothing to say about this. Hot mess, imo. Saw her on Watch What Happens Live the other night and I found her a little icky. Or maybe it is just because I know who she is married to. Also noticed that she talks with her eyes closed a LOT. That is just odd.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I wish she had gone one size up in the leather dress. It’s so unflattering when it could’ve been slammin. It HAS been chilly the past week in NYC so the amount of leather doesn’t bother me (trust, temperature wise when it goes from high 80s down to the 60s in a matter of a few days it feels colder than it really is, especially early in the AM when it’s like 45/50.)

    Also, if no one saw, she semi-recreated the Miley/Robin dance with AL ROKER in that second outfit. The look on his face was PRICELESS.

    • LocMama

      Thank you for that! Paula & Al 4 evah!

  • ann

    what is with the glitter leg?

  • Miranda


  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Ehhh…. not loving either of these.

  • Milos Mom

    Unfortunately, the woman is tacky as all hell.

  • demidaemon

    I can’t get over how sparkly her legs are. It’s like she is part Twilight vampire.