Demi Lovato in Belstaff at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast

Posted on December 12, 2013

We’re not sure we have it in us to hate a Dalek dress, you guys.


Demi Lovato attends The Hollywood Reporter’s 22nd Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in a Belstaff dress paired with a Helmut Lang jacket, a BCBG Max Azria belt, and Christian Loubotuin heels.

Belstaff Sleeveless Willow Dress With Grommets

It’s actually a pretty cool dress, but bless her heart, Miss Demi screwed it up yet again. This gal’s always got the worst style instincts. For one, this was not a dress that needed a thick, studded belt. We can understand her wanting to give it some shape, but this is when you deploy a micro-thin silver metallic belt. We can also understand why she would want to pair it with a jacket, but this light-sucking boxy thing is doing her no favors. It obliterates her shape and it’s too business-like. A tiny little leather jacket would look cute here. Also: those shoes look cheap. Booties were called for.

Your turn. Let’s play Pretend Stylist.




[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/]

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  • Glam Dixie

    Demi does Braille

  • cleva1

    Exterminate! Exterminate!

    • stillnotalice

      Demi does Dalek.

    • kerryev

      I’m having a very good time listening to Dalek-voice “Dalek dress! Dalek DRESS!” in my head.

  • MilaXX

    Loose the jacket, replace the belt with a skinny metallic belt & swap the shoes for a metallic pair.

  • Anplica Fiore

    The belt to give it shape, the jacket to take it away. *sigh*

    • Betsy

      Result: Dress might have been better if she had added neither.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    She looks a bit like a studded winter tire…sorry

    • kimmeister

      She will be safe if she encounters any black ice, at least.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Wearing jackets seems to be her thing. I get the feeling she’s not quite comfortable with her weight (has openly admitted to rehab/drug issues and eating disorders so Imma keep this positive) yet so she tends to cover her arms. I can’t tell if she’s taken out all the blue in her hair it was looking pretty faded last week on XFactor. I’m loving the dress but she needed less beartrap shoes and a skinnier belt.

    • Sarah

      Too bad. I had a friend once tell me RE: hiding my upper arms, that I wasn’t fooling anybody about my size. (Said of course in the nicest way). She was so right, and it made summers much more pleasantly cool, and the World of Tank Tops opened up to me with excellent welcome.

    • kmk05

      Just posted something to that effect! I actually like her jacket, it’s her ‘style’. Her face is phenomenal.

  • gabbilevy

    Pretty much comprehended nothing past “Dalek dress.” If only the girls at Comic Con would take cues. Also, I miss the blue hair, I think it was working like gangbusters for her.

  • annabelle archer

    Your fixes pretty much nailed it TLo. I am so bummed to see her brilliant blue hair gone. I loved it and was deeply covetous.

    • demidaemon

      Indeed. I loved that too. I has a sad.

  • No jacket or belt necessary. Also, lose the gold bracelets; does not gel with the black and grey dress. The dress just needs some kick-ass booties and a better hairdo.

  • Didn’t Russell Crowe wear this in “Gladiator”? I think it looked better on him, too.

    • Kristin McNamara

      I was thinking Game of Thrones garb, all the way.

  • Chason Dailey

    A plunger affixed to her forehead would complete the look.

  • hughman

    Dr. “Who dressed you?”.

  • Sarah

    Little black belt, colored shoes. Shorter jacket, in light grey leather?

  • filmcricket

    Sorry, I must disagree that booties were called for. Booties are never called for with a skirt. Ever. Even on coltish super-models they have a stumpifying effect and I loudly protest them being worn with anything other than pants. I agree different shoes would have been the way to go, but just say NO to booties. I’m also fine with the belt. The jacket, I agree, is not doing her favours.

    • Synnae

      Not true, I get away with booties and skirts all the time. But I am tall as hell, have super long legs, and only wear my usu. high heeled booties with tights and pencil skirts where it gives a great silhouette. With A-line skirts booties are not a good look.
      I agree with the rest of your assesment though, wrong too big shoes and horribly jacket. Belting the dress as she has wasn’t bad per se. She put on a bit of weight since she got healthy and isn’t completely sure right now of how to dress herself. First tip, don’t hide the curves!

      • Glam Dixie

        My extremely tall and thin daughter wears booties with dresses but only black booties with black tights. This is the only way I have ever seen the dreaded dress/bootie combo actually work.

        • filmcricket

          With the one long line from knee to ankle I can kind of see that working, yes. But otherwise I still think any look would be improved by switching to shoes or knee-high boots.

          • Glam Dixie

            Oh I agree 100%. I think booties are for skinny jeans and pants. I hate the way they chop the leg line.

    • The key to booties with dresses is the shape of the vamp. If they cut straight across at the ankle they are usually stumpifying, but if they dip a bit in front they don’t.

      • filmcricket

        I’m afraid I must disagree on this, too. It helps, but it doesn’t eliminate the effect, IMO.

  • Miss Jada needs to take her shopping and teach her the ways of fierce. The dress is a good beginning, but those are nasty cheap-looking shoes.

  • nannypoo

    I would love this dress unbelted on a tall skinny person. The shoes are awful. And don’t celebrities have access to hosiery? Just asking.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I have a thing for grommets, so I’m good with the dress, nutty as it is. Wrong accessories, though,

  • teensmom99

    This reminds me of a dress I had in the 80s which makes me love it. How about in thin belt in a “pop” color & then black or midnight blue pumps. And just sleeveless. Is is a top you don’t want to cover except perhaps with a coat.

  • Vickiefantastico

    I actually like it, but I think your suggestions to improve it would make me love it. I have an irrational love for her.

  • Trickytrisha

    Is her waist actually that wide, or do the belt and jacket just give the impression that she’s shaped like one of those hard boiled eggs that have been put in a square mold than painted black? Sorry for the snark, but this is baffling.

  • decormaven

    Spot on observations, dear Uncles. She robbed the dress of its fierceness with that belt, that jacket and those shoes.

  • Frank_821

    It’s alright although dalek dresses are way past due and Tardis dress are over as well.

    Cyber dresses are the new look this season

  • Imasewsure

    Yes she dulled it right up. The good news is that someone else can wear the dress properly and it will be new again

  • jackiejormpjomp

    Her face looks beautiful.

  • Pennymac

    As a pretend stylist I’d pair this with some gladiator sandals and a roman helmet, cause thats a centurions dress if I’ve ever seen one. Yuck.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I LOVE this dress. But yep, she styled it all wrong. Lose the jacket and belt. and slap on some silver pumps, honey. And if you must cover your arms, this is where a funky little moto jacket would have worked best…the dress can handle it.

  • kimmeister

    Those cheap looking shoes appear to be Louboutins. Louboutins that don’t even fit.

  • conniemd

    That bigass belt appears to be almost 2 inches above her actual waist, giving her a weird shape. I’d yank the damn belt down at least an inch.

  • Nika E

    I love this dress even with the belt but the jacket and shoes are a no go. She needs to learn how to edit.

  • EXTERMINATE!! (those shoes)

  • marlie

    Get rid of the jacket, and I could have been ok with the belt. But never the shoes.

  • Jacob Bowen

    DEFINITELY a skinny belt, and maybe a bolero jacket with some interesting shoulders?

  • jw_ny

    A different jacket probably would have looked better, but this one might not look so bad when she’s not posing like like Xena. The…doesn’t bug. These shoes are not right, but booties would have been worse. I hate booties with a skirt, unless complimentary tights/hose are worn with it, and in this case that’d been too much black.

  • quiltrx

    Love the dress, but all that crap she piled on and around it…yikes.

  • Instead of a micro-thin silver belt, I’d say a micro-thin neon belt (maybe in a peachy neon orange). And I’d say maybe sling-backs instead of booties (and the clunky shoes she has on) to lighten the look which is already pretty heavy from the front of the dress. I have to say, I don’t mind the studded belt (though the jacket ruins everything, shape-wise). The shiny leather buckle on the belt is what bothers me – against the other textures of the dress, it looks cheap.

  • martha

    A cute little jacket and narrow belt would be perfect. I liked the blue hair on her!

  • kmk05

    Yes, but her face! It is so polished. Apart from the shoes I don’t think this is too bad. A less studded belt would have been better though.

  • PeggyOC

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. The first time I saw this I thought Dalek. So glad someone else saw it.

    • Jennifer McGuire

      Yep, here too…

  • Lanus

    I seriously thought this was Maura Tierney at first glance. Maura T. is awesome and gorgeous and almost old enough to be Demi’s mom. Not good, Demi.

  • MaggieMae

    For very thin, very tall models, no belt, no jacket.

  • Carolyne

    Any shoe that shoes your foot tattoos tells me something about you, and I don’t think it’s good….

  • uprightcitizen

    I see Suzanne Sugarbaker going to an S&M themed party, but a very tasteful one.

  • St. Ace

    Should have gone Full Dalek.