Anna Chlumsky in Novis at the “Girls” Premiere

Posted on January 07, 2014

Gather ’round, girls. Anna needs our help. Let’s fix this:


Anna Chlumsky attends the “Girls” season three premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in a Novis ‘Polly’ Dress in sapphire velvet from the Fall 2013 collection.

Because we hate to see a good dress on the right gal go to waste. We’re suckers for a fabulous velvet and that color looks great on her. But the shoes make us cry and the hair is a right mess. The makeup’s too clean and the earrings are sad.

We would put her in a cool grey pump and then punctuate the look with some silver jewelry with maybe a diamond or two. We’re thinking “icy.” Stronger eye makeup. Maybe an over-the-shoulder braid (even if that’s getting to be a bit of a cliche).

What would you do with your Anna Chlumsky paper doll?



[Photo Credit: Janet Mayer/, Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images]

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  • gabbilevy

    I’m not sure why (maybe it’s the makeup +horrifying shoe combo) but the color of the dress isn’t working for me with her coloring. But that seems more like an accident than an unsolvable problem.

    • Rachel Simpson


      ☸☸ ☸☸☸ ☸☸☸☸ ☸๵☸☸ ☸☸☸☸ ☸☸☸☸This dress needs to be dripping in jewels. Plus add a belt. And the shoes – light silver?

  • rkdgal

    The lines of the dress are so simple that it needs something to jazz it up. A sparkly pin might read too old, but I’m a fan. Her hair is tough up, as she has prominent ears. (See Hill, Faith and Gable, Clark.) Diamonds somewhere — anywhere!!

  • hughman

    I would :

    1. Bow down and worship her for the genius that is “Veep”.
    2. Jewel the shit out of this ensemble. The dress already looks like a display pad at Harry Winston. Bring the bling 2014.

    • Scimommy

      I’m with you on #2 all the way. This dress needs to be dripping in jewels. Plus add a belt. And the shoes – light silver?

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I’d leave off the belt, that’s the only thing I disagree with you on. But silver shoes – yes!

        • Scimommy

          Yeah, I’m ambivalent about the belt myself. Need to see it with and without one to make the call!

      • hughman

        Jimmy Choo also does a black mesh pump w/ rhinestones that would be fab.

        • Evan

          Why aren’t you a celebrity stylist, Hughman? You always know exactly what to do and obviously you keep up with the latest things. I would have never known Jimmy Choo currently makes those.

      • TrixieConQueso

        I will bow down for comment #1.

    • Sobaika

      Excellent advice *joins you in prostration*

      • teensmom99

        And suggests that she have a pow wow with the great Julia LD about how to always do it right.

    • mjude


    • charlotte

      Can we also bow down and worship her for the genius that was Vada?

  • Coleen

    I would do muted gold shoes and some fun bangles, and do a sleek high ponytail. Go for SJP Realness.

    • Shawn EH

      You know SJP would not be confused by that dress.

  • StillGary

    I’d take some scissors to the neckline and give the girls a little play!

  • Hair off of the face, punchier lip. She is the goddess of all twelve year olds in the nineties – she should dress accordingly.

  • marlie

    The dress is gorgeous, and fits her like a glove. I even think her makeup is really pretty, and with the right REST of the look, would do fine. But the shoes make my heart hurt, and her hair makes me want to cry. Silver/grey accessories are absolutely the way to go, though I’m not sure how I feel about the braid. Maybe just sleek, loose hair would have worked.

  • Violina23

    It’s Vada Sultenfuss! (Sorry, am I showing my age?)

    I would be OK with black pumps on a dress like this, agree on some diamond jewlery, but then I’d think there’s a risk of making her look too mature. Maybe wear the hair down with some ooomph & wavy body would sexy it up a bit? I think the velvet in that color is really working, but agree that that’s about it…

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I don’t think remembering My Girl is that aging (please, please, may it not be a sign of aging!). Still one of my favorite go-to movies if I need a good cry.

      • Violina23

        I was an awkward pre-adolescent when that movie came out, so I absolutely adored her character! It was the first (among very few) movies to make me cry. That was before I got pregnant and thought “Up” would be a fun movie to see…. HEh

  • nannypoo

    She looks like some kind of bridal shower game. She stands there all blank and the party guests add toilet paper and kitchen implements to dress her for the wedding.

  • Shawn EH

    Statement earrings, chic hair back and off the face, do NOT burnish those already pinchable cheeks, a far stronger lip color. It’s a shame because she’s got a bangin’ bod in that nice dress, but oy!

  • filmcricket

    Well definitely ditch the SJP-inspired make-up, that’s for sure. Silver or grey shoes, definitely, and I think a really good diamond bracelet and a belt of some kind, and we’d mostly be in business.

  • Janet B

    Serious jewelry (earrings/bracelet/ring) is required here, along with more polished hair and makeup.
    And better shoes.

  • KT

    Here’s a tip: go home.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I think you hit it on the heads, Uncles. That’s exactly what this look needs. Although I wouldn’t do a thing to that dress – except steal it from her!

  • sagecreek

    The shoes and the earrings are just so, so sad.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Needs a belt.

  • Danielle


  • jilly_d

    Belt it, silver pumps, a pony and a big ol’ honkin’ pair of emerald dangly earrings aught to do it.

  • Trickytrisha

    Uncles say: “Let’s fix this”. Well, we could all sing “She wore Blue Velvet, bluer than velvet was the night” while we fancy up Anna. That dress is pretty much a blank canvas. She needs hair, jewelry, makeup, shoes, did I say jewelry? Those earrings are 5th grader starter earrings. Great dress, put it on someone who knows how to work it.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling.

  • kimmeister

    Whoa, this seriously doesn’t even look like her.

    What I would do:
    1. Not put her in a sheath. She is bigger on top so I would put her in an A-line or maybe even add a peplum (dodges spitballs from the other kittens)
    2. Fix the “I just played a little soccer” hair and makeup
    3. Stick her in some pewter pumps
    4. Upgrade to bolder jewelry

    • demidaemon

      I’m not anti-peplum! I don’t think she necessarily needs a silhouette change, and I definitely second all your other points.

    • housefulofboys

      I think also that the cut of the neckline and around the armholes makes her look a little more broad-shouldered than she needs to. Loving the dress as much as I do, though, I think shiny things scattered around and on her feet would distract my gaze and make me smile.

  • Anplica Fiore

    She looks a lot like Melissa Gilbert…

  • MilaXX

    Love the dress on her, and I don’t mind the hair, but the shoe, makeup and jewelry all need an upgrade.

  • barbarienne

    I want a thin silver belt of some sort, bigger earrings, and a couple of bracelets. Either the belt or the bracelets should be a chunky chain, but not both; I’m leaning toward the belt. Maybe the bracelets should be gem-studded, something green.

    Icy pale blue shoes, bordering on gray.

    Open up that neckline just a bit. Same shape, but maybe another inch out.

    Any hairdo that looks like someone spent time on it, and that draws attention to her fantastic eyes, would be good.

  • Sam Smith

    The shoes have gotta go, but I like the clean makeup.

  • Sunraya

    Same, but some kind of big silver statement necklace, fun and edgy, to contrast with the “serious” velvet. That is all.

    • Constant Reader

      I second the “big, fun, edgy statement necklace” motion.

  • Red pumps, because Vada will never be icy. A substantial bracelet and necklace. I’m okay with the general shape of the hair, I’d just like to see a more polished version.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    TLO, you nailed it. Your prescription to fix this look are dead on. Is Anna Chlumsky on Girls this season? Love her on Veep.

  • Lily-Rygh

    Those earrings are a complete waste of time, but the shoes are awesome in that “I can’t stop laughing at whomever thought those were right for this dress” sort of way.

  • bellafigura1

    This dress, on her, needs some kind of sleeve/shoulder treatment and a lower neckline. The fit from the bustline down is so good, but she’s got a strong, swimmer’s upper body and this cut is detracting from her femininity.

  • Cheryl

    Stronger lip colour, something wintery like a deep burgundy. This is perfect dress for some over the top sparkly jewellery. Maybe she could wear Leah Dunham’s shoes. I’m of two thoughts about the hair, either loose bouncy but controlled curls, or the one I like better, super severe slicked back, the better to show off her big shoulder duster earrings that I’m going to put on her.

    • You are dead right – in fact, she and Lena should swap shoes.

  • SugarSnap108

    Definitely silver jewelry. Would a long necklace be appropriate? My eye want some sparkle in the midst of all that velvet. Cuff bracelet or set of bangles, hair down, and a stronger lip. And obviously, burn the shoes.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Follow Michael B. Jordan’s lead! Take this BEAUTIFUL simple dress and add TONS OF JEWELRY! There are SO many colors that would look great with this dress….wait did I just like VELVET? I normally HATE velvet.

  • Natalie Harris

    neon belt, for sure. matching earring. dramatic lip color.

  • butterflysunita

    Please take off the shoes immediately. Barefoot would be better. I do like the dress.

  • teensmom99

    I am in love with the dress (to piggy back on Hughman–I love the dress almost as much as I love Veep). I think the uncles are spot on with the paper dolling but wonder about a big belt wiht something over the top on the waist. And can’t agree with the braid on this and would be pretty flexible as long as she doesn’t go for pin-straightness.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Different shoes and maybe a cool pair of tights, hair down, with a low part pulled back, a cropped leather jacket, maybe-edge it up a bit.

  • Katesymae

    Fix the hair. Lower the neckline. Switch the shoe. Add some bling. Va-voom.

  • MzzPants

    That neckline is begging for a big-ass diamond collar, something pointed on the lower edge. It’s too plain and is unflattering to the shape of her face. Add a highly styled up do, some dramatic eyes, and we just might have a look. Maybe a shoe with some silver accents, nothing too gaudy.

    She could go the belt route too, but the hair and accessories would need to be different.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I want to believe that those shoes look a different color in person – because that’s just peculiar otherwise. I also think if you’re going to wear your hair up, you would want a more dramatic earring.

  • shopgirl716

    She needs a longer necklace with some shine. I like the icy theme but that blue needs to be broken up with jewelry or, maybe, a belt. I like the grey pump idea.

  • understateddiva

    Don’t over-line the eye and use less pinky tones of shadow – they’re making her eyes look green while the dress is trying to make them look blue. It’s a mini-war. Hair down and sleek or the shoulder-braid idea, which was pretty inspired, guys. I agree it’s used too much but it would be just right here. I like the gray pump idea, my idea would be a charcoal or platinum toned (not too shiny) sandal with a sparkly detail. I’m thinking some vintage-look crystal and silver jewelry.

  • quiltrx

    I think this needs a bracelet or three. And the updo isn’t really flattering for her–she’s prettier than she looks here. And I totally vote for the grey pump insertion.

  • Garcia Loca

    Metallic shoe (I’d prefer bronze or gold). Bolder earrings, maybe bangles. Can leave makeup alone, but fluff up the hair a bit. Boom. Done.

  • boweryboy

    I would make her start over. That’s not a dress, especially one suited for the red carpet.

    It’s a basic pattern sloper mock-up rendered in velvet.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    This dress was screaming for a metallic shoe. Silver.

  • BELT!!

  • tereliz

    I’m just so glad Anna’s famous again I almost don’t care how bad those shoes are. ALMOST. Her hair looks like she just came from a lunchbreak where she was shopping instead of eating–like she’s pulled a few sweaters over her head and her makeup is too everyday. I wish she’d worn her hair looser and wavy, and done a strong cat-eye if she was going to wear that pink lippy.

    Then I’d add a pointy-toed snakeskin (B&W or grayish) slingback and a huge silvery-bling necklace, with diamond solitaire studs. A spangly cuff-bracelet would be great too.

  • EEKstl

    I’m into pewter metallic these days so I’d do that for the pumps; I’d line the eyes a bit more and do a high pony tail, stronger earrings and an interesting cuff.