Carrie Underwood in Randi Rahm at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Honors Gala

Posted on October 23, 2013

We suppose she’ll never not be Country Sparkle Barbie. She’d have to tattoo an anarchy symbol on her neck and maybe stretch her earlobes in order to get away from that image. It’s in her cells at this point.


Carrie Underwood attends the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 2013 Honors Gala in New York City in Randi Rahm beaded tulle periwinkle cocktail dress paired with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and Johnathon Arndt jewelry.

So we suppose we can mostly get behind this look. At least it’s not pink or silver, which have always been her go-to’s. The girl never did embrace color too much in her personal style, so this is a step in the right direction. It’s more than a bit on the mature side, though. The top is just sinking on her and the little sleeves are a bit dowdy. We like the skirt, but the top half definitely needs a little more oomph in the design. Also, the clutch doesn’t really go with it at all. And of course, the Silly Putty shoes were a mistake.





[Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images]

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  • valerie747

    This is one woman who will age well.

    • sagecreek

      And with that dress, she’s already half way there! 🙂

  • I think she, Julianne Hough and Dianna Agron should all be shipped off to Blond Fashion Victim Boot Camp. All three regularly have me internally screaming at my monitor.

    • marlie

      Especially Carrie and Julianne. And maybe they should make some room for Hayden Panatierre, too.

    • demidaemon

      I would add Blake Lively to this group. Indeed, she could be the poster child for this camp.

      • Nay. I refuse Boobs Legsly. She’s nine feet tall, has the body of a brick shit house and looks as goofy as she does because she thinks she’s God’s gift to fashion. She is on record as refusing to use a stylist. She can stick to her guns and keep on looking the fool 8 times out of 10.

        • demidaemon

          Fair enough. So, is there an application process we need to set up, then?

  • charlotte

    This dress looks like a Halloween princess costume, but I have a feeling she didn’t buy it at Toys’R’Us.

  • gabbilevy

    Rebuild the sleeves/neckline to something a little less dowdy, slap some silver heels on her, this could have been WERQ-on-a-curve for her.

    • sagecreek

      Yep, a Vee or a scoop neckline could have saved this from the 1962 Sears catalog look.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      WERQ-on-a-curve is a great sub-genre!

  • lunchcoma

    Well, the color is lovely, and I suppose she at least avoided wearing one of her usual prom dresses. But this looks like Country Sparkle Grandma, not Country Sparkle Barbie. I think she needs to learn that you can tone it down a bit while still looking young.

    • 3boysful

      You nailed it–what granny wears to your wedding. With chunky lower-heeled beige shoes, natch.

      • lunchcoma

        She doesn’t even need to switch bags. It’s just right for holding her crossword and some hard candy for the grandkids.

        • DuBey2

          Wish I could like this 10 times

    • RebeccaKW

      Yea, I was thinking Rose Nyland probably wore this to a mixer for retirement folks.

      • demidaemon

        You know, now that I think about it, she definitely wore this on Golden Girls at least once. The only difference is that hers had full length sleeves.

  • hughman

    Once Maria used all the bedroom drapes, she took to the shower curtains. Method acting, FTW.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. That’s a very housedress-y silhouette.

  • MilaXX

    It’s her version of “of course” dressing

    • Ya think? I always associate her with super short to show the gams.

      • MilaXX

        She did the super shorts a few times over the summer,but most stage and RC appearances are sparkly Barbie clothes. The version just looks like Glenda the Good Witch Barbie

  • kcnitch

    That is way too much eye makeup, and the shiny lip gloss is a problem too.

    • Ms_Flyover

      I had to think for a moment – why do I know that eye shadow look? And then it hit me:
      Tammy Fay.

      I think that defines “too much eye makeup”

  • Bathroom deodorizer.

  • Kelly

    Posture, Carrie!

  • MoHub

    Sparkly and dowdy at the same time!

  • Taylor Bigler

    If she’s going to dress like this all the damn time, it had better be more of a step in this direction. The dress is screaming for metallic strappy shoes. The top needs to be more fitted, but I love the shape and length of the skirt.

  • Laura Renee

    Waay too much make-up.

    • Glam Dixie

      And it’s not like she’s unfortunate looking, she’s too pretty to need that much paint.

      • Laura Renee

        Would we even know if she were unfortunate looking?

        • Glam Dixie

          Only because I’ve seen her on AI and other shots before the addiction to paint took over.

    • ThesisMonkey

      seriously. always. Someone tell her it’s not necessary!

  • ovarB

    Maria Von Trapp goes out on the town!

  • NOLA_gal

    That’s A LOT of makeup. Holy make-up mask, batman!

  • shopgirl716

    She dresses to fit a very wholesome image and she usually looks pretty. She and Taylor Swift have the young girls lining up to buy, and I did say buy, their music and the parents happily shell out the bucks because the two singers are considered inoffensive and trustworthy. She’s being Sparke Barble all the way to the bank.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    A bit holiday, but pretty. Am I the only one who thinks her make up is caked on?

  • marlie

    Country Sparkle Barbie, indeed. The eyelashes are a bit much, along with the slightly-off fitting bodice (would that be fixed if she stood up straight?). And the lack of lip color (again) doesn’t work.

  • Violentcello

    Well, look at that. There is such a thing as makeup that is too matte.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    That’s a lot more fabric than she usually wears. If I saw an unlabeled picture of her in this dress, I would say she was going to church for the Sunday sparkly potluck.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Dear lord, that is a LOT of make-up.

    • Myra Amler

      It would be nice to see her, just once, without the ten pounds of eye makeup

      • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

        It would be, though I doubt I’d recognize her with a natural face.

  • YoungSally

    Beautiful color — but she needs to practice standing up straight or that lack of bone and muscle will curve when she gets older.

  • Myra Amler

    All she needs is a magic wand and her impersonation of the Blue Fairy would be complete.

  • Imasewsure

    Nashville Society Matriarch Barbie? yuck

  • kimmeister

    Those shades of periwinkle look amazing on her. She should make that her go-to color.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    I was kind of saddened when she started transforming herself after Idol; she went from a beautiful girl who was lovably awkward and a real girl, to this polished Barbie looking person. It’s just disappointing to think people have to change this much to be in the public eye.

  • bellafigura1

    This is sooo granny-esque, the sleeves and shoes make me KNOW it’s cocktail hour at my house, so cranky.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Great color on her, but agree with the dowdiness of the top part. But small complaints, it’s a great dress on her.

    That eye makeup, HOWEVER, needs to be dialed back about a thousand percent.

  • Coco Cornejo

    The shoes and clutch are just tragic.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She bores me. To tears. This is no exception.

  • MilaXX

    On second look, I’m getting Glenda the good witch vibes
    from this. All she needs is a sparkly magic wand.

  • Julie

    Her pancake makeup gives me the sads.

  • Trickytrisha

    Methinks the Mascara Fairy spent a little too much time waving her wand at Miss Underwood. On the other hand, she could have used an Accessory Fairy big time.

    • demidaemon

      Everyone needs the Accessory Fairy lately. Maybe if we start clapping she’ll come back to life.

      • Trickytrisha

        Applauding wildly!

  • decormaven

    The scale of the purse is out of balance with the dress, and with all the sparkles going on in the fabric, it didn’t need any bling of its own. The less said about putty pumps, the better.

  • E2_Remote

    The whole thing seems somehow costume-like. From the stage makeup to the dress it’s like she’s starring in a highschool play.

  • Sabin

    The Modern Southern Woman.

  • StylishDreaming

    I hate the effect the layered skirt gives off, especially in the first pic. Very tacky-looking. I suppose she’ll never get out of her rut but she probably doesn’t care either.

  • Deb Stavin

    “And of course, the Silly Putty shoes were a mistake.” Not to mention the Silly Putty face. Jeebuz, what is her foundation makeup made of? Gesso?

  • quiltrx

    I don’t have any problem with her being Country Sparkle Barbie…BUT I DO have a problem with her having the preternaturally smooth face of Barbie. Too much makeup, sweetie.

  • Little_Olive

    That makeup! Someone got a little excited with the proverbial “white canvas” foundation function thing.

  • SewingSiren

    One of the prettiest dresses I’ve ever seen her in. I wish she wouldn’t wear all that pancake make-up though.

  • The silly putty make up was a mistake too.

  • Coolekat

    How could anyone actually wear putty shoes in this day and age? Even I know better than that.

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s only 30. Too soon for this dress.

  • French_Swede

    Well, I LOVE the dress. For me, I’d have to v-neck it. But the color … oh the color! And the ladylike-ness. It’s just not HER dress.

  • CommentsByKatie

    My eye recognizes that it’s a tacky 80’s dress, but my heart still loves it. I have no explanation! lol

  • The dress and fabric don’t go well together.

  • jonesybj_notreally

    clutches with that shape remind me of water-color kits. or whatever they are called.

  • Sally

    I always really despise her makeup. So cakey and always the same look (smoky eye, very nude lip).

  • Geez, Pete, that MAKEUP. Talk about plaster!

  • demidaemon

    I don’t know. I think the visible slip in the skirt makes this all wrong, from neck to toes.

  • Oh jeez, I love this dress!

  • DuBey2

    Is she trying to get into the Junior League with this look?

  • RoseJB

    Makeup is too airbrushed.