Vanessa Hudgens in Dolce&Gabbana at the 2013 YouTube Music Awards

Posted on November 04, 2013

Let’s play Pretend Stylist. And let’s do it with a TON of attitude, because that’s how it’s done. Ready? We’ll go first.

God, all she needs to do is take up the hem and put on a pair of dark blue or red pumps and this outfit would go from awkward to gorgeous.What is WRONG with her?


Vanessa Hudgens attends the YouTube Music Awards 2013 in New York City in Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Catherine McNeil

Also, the basset hound hair would need to go. As would the witchy nails. We don’t care how on trend they are, they’re too much with that dress.

She ALWAYS seems to default to red carpet looks that overwhelm her. Does she not own a mirror? When she looks in it, does she only see the dress and not see herself in the dress? That’s, in our opinion, the #1 style mistake people tend to make: they fall in love with the garment and can’t see whether or not it works for them. Hence: Girl, That’s Not Your Dress. But this isn’t a GTNYD entry because like we said, with ridiculously minor adjustments, she’d be WERQing this thing like a stripper pole.

Agree or disagree with our changes? What would you do to restyle this into a winner?




[Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images,]

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  • Jessica Freeman

    Well the Uncles took the words right outta my mouth….also take off 5 of the rings.

    How in the hell does anyone manage with pointy nails?

    • tereliz

      I still die every time I see nails like those—and every time I watch the Lord of the Eagles scene in the Hobbit thanks to the uncles—

      “She could carry Thorin over the Misty Mountains with those things.”


      • Jessica Freeman

        My nails never want to grow out, and I’ve tried the faux nails, even very short and simply cannot type on my phone or keyboard…so I cannot understand how a pointy nail would work at all.

        • zuzu

          You have to have an assistant.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I bet I would have them less than an hour and then, I would be so very injured.

    • LipstickForPigs

      I used to be a manicurist. When ladies would request “Dragon Lady” length I would cringe and try not to wonder at their butt-wiping struggles.

      • Jessica Freeman

        And I almost spit out my coffee. Brilliant.

      • NC_Meg

        I always wonder how you would put contacts in with them. I’m assuming most celebs don’t wear contacts because they could easily get lasik but I’m imaging myself making an eye ball kebab with those things.

        • JeanProuvaire

          You have to put them in/take them out with the pads of your fingers, and when taking them out, you hold your fingers sideways. I have really long (though not pointy) nails and it took me a while and a lot of eye pain before figuring that out, but now it’s a piece of cake.

      • melisaurus

        I remember a girl in college who her fake nails as long as they came in the box – so like 2 inches? Often neon orange. Absolutely ridiculous and gross.

    • Kimmu

      I don’t have them right now since I’m going short with my nails, but I do occasionally do the long, pointy nails and honestly, you get used to them in about 15 minutes and just type with the points.

  • She should borrow Drew’s teal suede shoes.

    • Introspective

      i was thinking the same! those teal shoes were so fab just not at all with what earth mama drew was sporting. but what a lovely pop of color they would be against this dress…

    • Katesymae

      Agree. The shoes she has on seem like such a afterthought. She really missed the chance for drama with the styling!

  • HM3

    I love this dress SO MUCH on its own, that I don’t care about her hair, makeup, nails, shoes, whatever. I’m gleeful that someone actually had the guts to put it on!

  • Clueless_Jock

    Indeed, there’s a huge disconnect between the styling and the dress.

  • Annarosa

    I would change dress, ’cause that one sucks.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    That dress really looks great on her, but yes, less length. Blue pumps, file down the talons and pin up the hair, girlie. A text book “almost.”

  • MilaXX

    Considering how bad she used to look this isn’t bad, but fixing the hem and a pair of pumps the color of her hairs (assuming of course she then wears a more natural nail look) would have made this a homerun. I’d even overlook the hair sheets.

    • marlie

      Oops… nevermind. 😛

  • Roz

    It’s the Youtube awards. She wanted to look like a tube.

  • nannypoo

    While I realize that is not Jesus, I can’t get the idea of a dress with Jesus on your boobs out of my eyes. I wouldn’t recommend Moses or Muhammad either. I really hate it a lot, and I think she looks almost as trashy as she usually does.

    • leahpapa

      With this one I usually hear Tim Gunn by way of the Captain: “What we’ve got here is a taste problem.”

  • After looking at my local newspaper’s site this morning, I finally realized what these D&G dresses remind me of: the Miss Universe national costume show! D&G are designing for Miss Italy.

    Yes, it is time once again for that. Some look so costume-in-a-bag.

  • Hack that dress, make it a mini. She’s so petite, she needs to work the stems. Put the hair up, Maybe a braided pony? Not sure, but off her face, for sure. I love her rings and nails (FOR HER) and wouldn’t change that. Drew’s shoes might work here.

    • gigi kennedy

      Drew’s shoes! good call

    • AmeliaEve

      That is the only possible solution. This kind of print only leaves certain specific points where you could cut it. I am actually thinking it would be great as a tunic, cut right between the two medallions and worn over slim midnight blue pants. And short sleeves. And one of those D&G crowns, because crown.

    • marlie

      New TLo concept: at the end of the day, see how we could improve each featured ladystar’s outfit by switching out elements from the *other* stars that day. Am I making sense?

      (And no, I’m not really asking for T & Lo to do even more work.)

  • cocohall

    The thought process goes like this: I love the dress. Yes I’m shorter than the runway girls, but lucky me, I’m so short I don’t have to hem it – on me it’s a gown! I love my long hair and it is so pretty and shiny so I will wear it down so I can see it. I love rings so I will wear all the ones I own! I think pointy nails are so so cool! These shoes are so pretty. Pretty Pretty Me! This is the equivalent of watching a little girl go nuts in the dress up box. Which is cute when you are three. We are lucky she didn’t find a tiara and a wand while she was getting dressed.

  • lobsterlen

    Good lord its not just the hem length. Look at the selves … Did she fold them up? Her arms are swimming in them. These clothes are wasted on so many of these starlets.

  • Malibufire

    The long barrel-curled extensions are so very over.

  • gabbilevy

    Agree. She came surprisingly close. Of course, all the decisions after the dress were wrong, but we PUFs are used to that.

  • zenobar

    Change the hair to a more austere/severe ‘do (maybe a simple pulled-back chignon?), lose the rings, add some giant bejeweled earrings, shorten the dress a bit, and change over to a luxe, velvety suede pump in burgundy or teal or even a mossy green.

  • boweryboy

    What she needs to do is completely remove the dress and start all over. It’s a great dress but she’s not tall enough to pull it off. There’s some cute attention grabbing looks in that D&G collection but this is not the one for her.

  • gigi kennedy

    yikes! those nails!! scary scary!

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    And fresher makeup.

    • marlie

      At least this time she doesn’t look like she applied today makeup on top of yesterday’s.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I can’t get past the hair. I really do not enjoy that hair. Oh no wait, I can. The dress needs to be shortened, as do the nails. A wine-coloured pump. She can keep the rings if she promises to file the nails.

  • YoungSally

    OK just want to keep this straight — this is D&G doing Jesus vs. Versace doing Jesus, vs. ___ doing Jesus this season, right?

  • mjude

    hair & seriously those nails need to be changed.

  • marlie

    Considering how ticky-tacky she usually dresses, this isn’t so bad. I don’t mind the dress length or the shoes. I would have recommended pulling her hair back, though.

  • MilaXX

    You know what, I take that back. The sleeves are also too long. Wearing a designer dress that is too long with the sleeves cuffed up is tacky. She needs to find herself a stylist who can get clothes that can be altered better to fit her. She doesn’t look cute when everything she is wearing is swimming on her. It’s all very little girl playing dress up in mommy’s clothing.

  • Mary Lauer

    Okay, this comment will most likely be censored, but it is all I can ever think of when I see nails like that: How does the person EVER have sex?!?! I mean, fingers end up in/near/on sensitive body parts, and usually stabby items should be kept FAR away from senstiive body parts.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Having once donned fingernails like that for a Halloween costume, my question is not sex, but how does one use the potty? It is very difficult to negotiate zippers, buttons or any other sort of fastener when one is sporting claws. Not to mention anything with spandex or other snaggy, stretchy or clingy fabrics.

      • JeanProuvaire

        It’s actually not nearly as hard with real nails as it is with fake ones. I tried fake ones for a while back when my nails didn’t want to grow, and maneuvering was really difficult, but then overnight my nails decided they wanted to get really strong and grow out (maybe they were jealous of the fake ones?), and they’re actually very easy to get used to. It becomes second-nature to just do everything with the pads of your fingers, and the nails don’t really get in the way at all, for anything.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    For one thing, I would fashion tape the heck out of that icon on the front to make sure it stays centered. It looks very odd when a picture like that is wandering around one’s chest. Meanwhile, is it ok to appropriate the religious images of the past from a dominant power like Russia? Or are we considering this an art statement rather than a religious one? I confuse easily.

    • decormaven

      It was bothering me- at one point, the image is to one side of the bodice, then in another shot, it’s in the center of the bodice. Crafty D&G- it’s better than Santa, who sees you when you’re sleeping, and knows when you’re awake. As for this look, it needs to be shown on someone with a longer torso and legs.

  • flamingoNW

    I don’t mind the length so much but agree on all other points, especially the nails

  • formerlyAnon

    I like that fabric so much (well, the mosaic effect & the colors, I am neutral on the iconographic imagery) that I am brainless before it. If you’d asked me, you should make it up into the draped robes from a Klimt painting and swan about, draping oneself romantically over the furnishings.

  • Lorelei_D

    Hair is awful, nails are awfu,; they obscure the cool effect of the dress; but otherwise I like this. The shoes are better than the black ones shown on the model: If her pumps were dark blue or red, you would have said they were focus pulling,

    • Imasewsure

      Depends on the shoe…. I love the gold shoe but it’s too matchy and a pop o’ color shoe would work depending on the style of the shoe. It would also young it up a bit more. I do love that dress though.

  • SugarSnap108

    I agree with all your wisdom. But how high is high enough on the hem? Even the length on the model seems awkward on a petite person like Vanessa. But if you go too high, you lose a whole deity.

    The nails are hideous. Are they really on trend?

    • Synnae

      I’d go on the knee or floor length to be honest.

  • clatie

    2 reasons – it isn’t hemmed is that it would cut the figure in the circle in half AND she had to return it. There’s no way D&G are going to take it back if she hacks 6″ off the bottom.

  • alyce1213

    If I were her stylist, I’d never had brought that dress to her. I had a visceral, negative reaction to this collection, which brings to my mind the damaged Ecce Homo fresco in Spain. Don’ like it. Burn it all.

  • sagecreek

    I’m not sure who could pull off that Shroud of Turin.

  • Bexxx

    At least the face is perfect.

  • Imasewsure

    I love that dress but why would you cover it with hair? Why gurl, why? Agree on changes. Done!

  • Who do we have to pray to so good fashion to happen? Answer – apparently her breast.

  • Danielle

    LOATHE AND DETEST the talon nail trend.

  • Qitkat

    GTNYD because reasons. And height. And fit (why is this deity playing twister on your chest?) And also attitude. This is not a dress you wear with a silly grin and bassett hair and Elvira nails. No dear. You must be haughty with serious hair and a lot of attitude. And dark blue pumps would be awesome, and unexpected.

  • Janet B

    Get the dress (and her hair) fitted properly for her petite frame, and she’d look fabulous.

  • Trickytrisha

    IMO, she doesn’t have the gravitas to pull off a dress like this, especially with the hair and a goofy grin on her face. It’s like a six year old wearing mommy’s fancy clothes. Have to agree with all of TLo’s points, but I’m not sure the changes would make her look anything less than playing dress up. That said, I’m not sure that collection was meant to be worn by human beings.

  • She always lands on Too Damn Much.

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    Hair, Makeup, Shoes, Nails….I feel like the hem-line is negotiable…Either shorter hem, or shorter sleeves.

  • She got some emperor on her tits.
    She really does have the potential to work this. Raise the hem, raise the hair, swap the shoe, get some clean nails. She wants to wear these HBIC looks but she’s so teeny and sunshiney it just doesn’t work.

  • gracedarling

    Keep the length but lose the sleeves; clean nails, no jewels, chignon, flat sandals.

    She can probably work an earthy/sexy Marisa Tomei vibe, so I’d deglam this look and ’70s poolside it up a little.

  • rondele

    Trim the nails, change the shoes, pull back the hair, and that would do it for me. The length is negotiable, at least we can see the shoes.

  • she can’t take the hem up much or she’ll cut off part of the circular medallion print, and that would just be wrong. perhaps it’s just a taller person’s dress. red shoes would be killer, though. red velvet round-toed pumps with just a touch of beaded embellishment.

  • MannahattaMamma

    As my mother would say “honey, pull your hair back so people can see your pretty face.” To which my teen-ish self would say “eff that” and stomp off. Clearly ol’Nessie is having the same conversation.

  • Michelle Gennari

    That print is gorgeous! I like the length but the hair and shoes need “something”.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Haircut and dark shoes. Bam, there it is.

  • calbear97

    “God, all she needs to do is take up the hem and put on a pair of dark blue or red pumps and this outfit would go from awkward to gorgeous.”

    I love that you addressed your comment to God. So appropriate for the dress!

    (Sorry about the manual quoting, I don’t know how to do that for real)