Julie Bowen in Etro at the “Modern Family” Fan Appreciation Day Event

Posted on October 29, 2013




Julie Bowen attends “Modern Family” fan appreciation day in Los Angeles, California in Etro.

Etro Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Ymre Stiekema

Now we FINALLY have a set of easily understood images to illustrate the style concept of “proportion!” Because honey? The proportions here SUCK. Seriously, how do you not see that? Your arms and your torso each look like they’re about 6 feet long and your legs look like they’re about a 18 inches long. This is not good, dear. This is so not good that we’re forced to conclude that whoever picked this out for you absolutely hates you. Watch out for that one, Julie. Whoever it is, they’re gunning for you.






[Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, style.com]

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  • It would work with a pencil skirt.

  • What kills this dead is two things. Pushing those sleeves up, and that horribly ill considered bias satin bottom on the skirt.

    • 3boysful

      That frill IS awful. keep the skirt straight, and I’d be good with this.

    • MoHub

      The skirt might not be so bad if the seam hit her mid-thigh and the skirt hem were just above the knee—as on the model—instead of the seam hitting just above the knee and the skirt hem hitting mid-calf.. And those shoes aren’t helping one tiny bit either.

      • Its also a problem of just too many elements. Even the model doesn’t look all that great.

      • tereliz

        Yes. I could get behind it if it were a trumpet flare that started right where her butt starts to turn into her legs, to accentuate the curve. I love the pattern but the silhouette is just so dowdy and not flattering. Ditto on the shoes.

        • MoHub

          Someday, shorter women will realize the what works on a 6-foot-tall runway model needs to be altered proportionately for those in the misses’ and petites’ brackets.

    • Leah Elzinga

      pushing the sleeves up does a wonderful job of emphasizing just how much too big it is on her though. I mean, isn’t that the goal? No?

  • The upper half wasn’t all that great to start with. The print and faux vest looking things were serving up some 70s Key Party realness. But the scroll down revealed horrors I was ill prepared for. Why would anyone chop a dress in such a way? And those shoes?!?! Dear God, make it stop.

    • Is there any phrase in fashion more horrifying than “faux vest?”

      • @jessicafreeman:disqus has a contender with “satin knee peplum”.

      • LipstickForPigs

        Dickie has my vote.

    • marlie

      I liked it before you said “faux vest.” Thanks a lot.

      • YoungSally

        Some in the sewing circles call it “faux-lero” 1950s sewing patterns have a LOT of those.

  • RussellH88

    Wow, that is really unfortunate looking.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Without the god awful satin knee peplum, this might have been reasonably acceptable.

    • mshesterp

      Extend the dress to the knee, and/or maybe the black panels all the way down the side, and you might really have something working for ya!

  • marlie

    I *LOVE* this dress, but the ruffle thing at the bottom should start around mid-thigh and fall just above the knee. This dress belongs on a ladystar with a little more height. I like all of her accessories, though, and her hair and makeup are pretty.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    If they could just cut off that stupid dust ruffle at the bottom…alas. Love the ring, bag, and shoes though.

  • mjude

    I did like the top half but now I can NOT un-see the “faux vest” ACK!

  • Diego!

    I can’t stand that black over skirt down there. WTF is that???

  • Kathy

    Yup, the black portions of this dress break her body up in unfortunate ways.

  • kipper

    hmmmm … I do like this dress, a lot. I can not really figure out where it all goes wrong – with the print it could not hemmed all that much – is she a very short woman? Very much the wrong dress for her, but not a bad one..

    • mlle

      I would take the entire black ruffle off and pull the sleeves down.

    • boweryboy

      I couldn’t agree more. If you look at the dress on the model it hits just above the knee. I think that’s where she went wrong.

  • Eva_baby

    Well now we know that calf peplum should not be a thing.

  • Heather

    On the other hand, I love her ring!

    • marlie

      I covet that ring.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like the pattern on the fabric, but for the reasons already pointed out by the awesome BKs (faux vest and satin knee peplum), I cannot like this. Too bad – I always root for Julie Bowen and most of the time she delivers WTF.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      what? no love for the naughahyde pencil case…er..purse?

  • filmcricket

    It’s too bad, because there’s a germ of a gorgeous dress in there, all swallowed up by black satin.

  • boweryboy

    Phew! For a moment I thought you guys were going to give her a WERQ because she’s wearing color on the red carpet.
    Is she really that short? Because this could’ve looked good on her if she had it shortened to just above the knee like how it is on the model.

  • Laura Renee

    Awww! You had me sold — I thought you were going to finally congratulate a celebrity on going with something more interesting, not-black, and somewhat seasonally appropriate. Though the vest-thing is odd.

  • mmebam

    *brandishes the scissors* Oooh, girl! Lemme help…

  • crash1212

    This could’ve been full of win for Julie…if the hemline just hit her where it hits the model. That’s what this dress needs. I love the dress and she looks great in it…just too long. It’s a shame really because everything else she did with this look is really sweet. Good hair and makeup and I like the accessories – especially the shoes. Too bad.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    “Beautful women and the stylists who hate them, advanced edition”

  • par3182

    Dress by M.C. Escher.

  • tallgirl1204

    I dunno, I like the print and the dress with the long sleeves. 3/4 length sleeves are not the friend of any woman with long arms (I know, FLOTUS likes them but I think they are not her best friend either). So I agree about the arms, not the dress itself. I kind of like the proportions of it– but I understand that I am in the minority.

    • marlie

      I have long arms, and most garments with sleeves are too short on me, so i *always* push up the sleeves to 3/4 length. I’m doing that with the sweater I have on today, because the cuff comes to about 2 inches above my wrist.

    • Snailstsichr

      I have T Rex arms and I adore 3/4 sleeves. If I buy non petite clothing then the arms are not too long. I pray they never go out of fashion.

  • Shawn EH

    You know, it might be a fine snug little sexy number without the black panels and ruff.

  • bertkeeter

    Etro has been lost in the woods for years! A former amazing “old money” design house trying to be too hip and trendy!

  • Rhonda Shore

    It’s like a fun house mirror outfit!

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I kinda like it . . .

  • decormaven

    That stupid peplum. Only thing it might be good for is if it were deployed as a secret propeller to jet her away from the RC. Preferably before anyone had noticed this outfit.

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    Dust ruffle for your knees!

  • I thought it was Christine Lahti in the thumbnail. Christine Lahti is a beautiful woman but the combination of art teacher prints and faux vest (thankyou @annabelle_archer:disqus ) is very aging.

  • Tracy_Flick

    At least it fits?

  • MilaXX

    I would like it if it was all the print fabric because that looks good on her. The solid color bits just chopped her up into weird pieces.

  • Imasewsure

    At least her hair and makeup gays like her. Wow what a hideous look on her (and no you can’t hide behind that awful clutch either dear!)

  • kimmeister

    She’s wearing just the shoes to demonstrate another proportion “don’t.”

    It’s kind of funny that peplums have become so ubiquitous that people are calling all ruffles “peplums” (they are not).

  • Her ring is gorgeous. If that were my ring, oh, the people I would have kissing it…

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Julie Bowen, you look great, just take off that dress and those shoes and all is well.

  • Danielle

    If we just removed that leather frill, I would be head over heels.

  • allcapsERINN

    It looks cool on the model. Is the model 10 feet tall or something?

    It’s one of those dresses that starts out looking pretty awesome but then gets progressively worse as you scroll down. Sad. Props to her for going with something interesting, though.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    Such a shame – the print on that dress is so lovely, if only all the black bits could disappear. And be replaced by … something. Anything.

  • Qitkat

    You have pin pointed what I couldn’t quite put my finger on, as I love this dress otherwise. Also, not the right shoes. I personally hate pushed up sleeves too. They look like “well, I’m ready to scrub the toilet now.”

  • her skater skirt slipped down to her knees, and the top stretched out to accommodate.

  • WOW. Object. Lesson.

  • Erin Schubert Needham

    I actually really like it. It’s not sternum-baring, as is her wont.

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  • unbornfawn

    I just want to rip that black ruffle off the hem.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    I can hear this now somewhere in suburbia “Honey, look at what I found at Goodwill!!! and it was ONLY a quarter! Don’t you just love it?” says the color blind blind wife who thinks polyester pantsuits are ‘cool’ and lives in a trailer. A thrift shop would BURN this, and then scatter the ashes…. please, rent a gay?