Ariana Grande in Dolce&Gabbana at the 2014 Grammy Awards

Posted on January 27, 2014

A perfect example of the right dress on the right girl.



Ariana Grande attends the 2014 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California in a Dolce&Gabbana floral print dress accessorized with Aldo heels and Effy and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

On Katy Perry, this would look twee and retro, but on Ariana, who’s as twee as a human being can be without being made out of candy, this almost comes off edgy.  It suits her and it has a slight sophistication that prevents her from tipping over completely into “porcelain doll.” Even if she does look like one of those outrageously creepy Marie Osmond dolls from the neck up. And holy Jesus, those shoes are AWFUL. Payless clearance bin on the red carpet, people. Domenico and Stefano were cursing her over their espresso this morning for wearing those things.


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  • JasmineAM

    How many horses were killed to make that ponytail?

    • Glam Dixie

      Did you ever have the Barbie that came with her hair in a ponytail and when you took it out, her hair just stayed in that shape anyway? That’s what I imagine this girl’s hair does.

      • YoungSally

        Did Barbie do that too — or was it just the Chrissy doll? And her little blonde sister Velvet.

        • Glam Dixie

          I had a Malibu Barbie that came with a red (I think) bathing suit and 2 side ponies.

        • JP

          There was some kind of Valentine Barbie I had — red velvet sweetheart bustier top and white chiffon with red hearts skirt — that had a high pony like that.

      • MK03

        When I was a kid, Barbies had their hair sewn to a big plastic strip that was attached to the box. Barbie always had a huge bump in her hair that never went away completely.

    • Emily Smith

      She apparently said something about the fact that her hair got destroyed from constantly dying it red for that tv show she was on, I think on Nickelodeon? And how it fried her hair and broke a lot of it so she’s trying to grow it back out but the only way it looks good is pulled back in a pony tail so she is wearing more hair than a drag queen and people should just let it go because it is what it is right now. I’d have to find it on the interwebz again. You would think they could find SOME other way to style it though. Sounds like she’s really uncomfortable with her hair right now.

      • mixedupfiles

        So the idea is that she doesn’t have much hair, so she plops the ponytail on for appearances rather than doing a full wig or a weave?

        • Emily Smith

          She said in the statement she doesn’t like wigs or weaves. Finds them both extremely uncomfortable so she only uses extensions.

      • So the way to deal with hair getting fried from colour is to incite traction alopecia? Seems slightly unlikely.

        • She probably doesn’t even know what traction alopecia is, much less how to avoid it. Bless her heart.

          • She needs someone to manage her headsuit better if that is the case!

          • She seriously does, especially if the last person fried her hair off just by dyeing it.

      • alyce1213

        Now I feel a little bad.

      • marlie

        Years ago, my hairdresser told me that wearing my hair in the same style day after day was causing it to break off and fall out in certain places. She warned that I should never wear the same style for more than two days in a row. So if Ariana is trying to repair damaged hair, she’s going about it totally the wrong way.

    • sojourneryouth

      I wish it even looked like real horse hair. That is some My Little Pony realness, right there!

  • Glam Dixie

    Does her hair form into any other shape? Hate the bridesmaid shoes, the dress is cute.
    ETA: I like the dress but it doesn’t really read as Grammy Awards, more like Garden Party

    • Susan Velazquez

      She said in an interview that her hair is extremely damaged due to dying it bright red for her TV role and this is the only hairstyle she feels secure in because she hates weaves and wigs.

      • alyce1213

        I would recommend a haircut.

      • jilly_d

        I had my hair dyed all shades of red for at least three years, and when I was done, my hair was NEVER so damaged that I would have considered this…..monstrosity of a hairstyle. Girl, if it’s that bad, get yourself a hot oil treatment and a pair of scissors and lop about 10 inches off.

      • YoungSally

        Was she dying her hair at home? That should not happen.

      • lunchcoma

        I sympathize with the trauma of damaged hair, but I think she should consider losing some of that length, especially if there’s a lot of damage there. Barring that, I wish she’d at least change that front part with the piece swept to the side.

        • Susan Velazquez

          God I know! She claims that there are more important things to worry about than her hair but it’s like, “You’re an entertainer who will constantly be judged on what you’re wearing. And please, we all know you have money. You CAN get a different hairstyle.”

  • gabbilevy

    No, literally, her shoes are from Aldo. I could almost certainly afford them… which is not good, all things considered.

    • marlie

      But you wouldn’t wear them anyway because they’re hiddy and you have taste. 😉

      • demidaemon

        Indeed. Thems some bad bridesmaid shoes that cause a lot of trashtalking when the bride turns her back.

  • She’s like a My Little Pony in human form. (Have I already said this?)

    • @Biting Panda

      Not sure, but it fits. I’ll refrain from what I usually say about her, to help balance it out, just in case.

      • Oh come on. Inquiring minds want to know.

  • RussellH88

    Her eyes always have this earnest look to them. Like she’s a caged beagle looking up at you in the pound.

    • SugarSnap108

      Almost. I would never have the heart to make fun of a beagle’s shoes.

      • RussellH88

        Anyone who makes fun of a beagle goes straight to my shit list.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          hahahaha (again).

      • DebbieLovesShoes


    • conniemd

      With that hairdo, looks much more like a caged Afghan Hound.

    • Katesymae

      It’s true, especially amidst reports that she cried a little backstage after walking the red carpet because the paparazzi were so mean/overwhelming. Maybe she’s a little too earnest for fame?

  • elirt

    Red ribbon ala cabala? Ugh

    • That was literally the first thing i saw after the dress…what the hell? In other news, girl needs to smack her makeup artist for not filling in her brows better, in the close up shot they just look weird.

  • Little_Olive

    I’m tired of commenting on that hair. I can’t even think of something creative to say how much I dislike that My Little Ponytail.

  • newleaf1

    She’s very young – other than the unattractive bridesmaid-y shoes, it’s really pretty nice to see a girl her age trying not to look 40. Abby Breslin – take a look here.

    • marlie

      The difference is that she usually tries to look years younger than her actual age, which is a different kind of weird.

      • newleaf1

        Good point. I’m not sure even my 15 year old daughters would want to dress this young.

        • Maybe she’s like Morning from Episodes; young-seeming, but actually somewhere in her late fifties/early sixties if you go by the references she drops.

  • @Biting Panda

    Laura Ashley Hell.

    • colleenjanel

      That was exactly my thought. All that’s missing is the little lace petticoat peeking out from under the hem.

      • Sam Smith

        I have a LA floral jumper from my sorority days. I don’t know what I was thinking back then, but I kept it when I was cleaning out my closet, b/c it was just so horrible I figured it might come in handy one day.

    • decormaven

      Yes, and this same pattern was replicated in Laura Ashley wallpaper as well. Perfect for the powder room.

  • I’m usually a fan of hosiery, but these are terrible pantihose too. Gorgeous print on the fabric, though.

    • They’re toddler ballerina pantyhose. I don’t know why anyone would inflict that on themselves.

      • This girl does have the air of thinking she *is* a toddler ballerina. Bet she has a pink wraparound cardigan.

  • Danielle

    She needs to remove 10 pounds of weave and I would be giving her an Atta Girl.

  • Ariana Blande. I always see these quotes from about how she’s weird and quirky but it never shows. In the words of a very smart Sicilian, “I’m waiting.”

    • demidaemon

      Thank you for saying what I was thinking but felt too mean to type until now: I find her irredeemably dull.

    • She says she has a lot of demons following her around. Not metaphorical demons, actual demons. That’s kind of quirky, right?

      • That would explain why she looks like clowns are going to eat her all the time…

  • manina

    Starting with the hair, it looks dirty. Her makeup is pasted on, even on the eyebrows. The lipstick or lipliner is way out of her lip line, reminds me or an old lady who can’t see very well. The dress is too big for her, too much fabric. The shoes and the panty hose, beyond ugly. The manicure is totally wrong for the “look”. This girl needs a stylist, stat.

    • barbarienne

      The lipstick outside the lines has been a thing lately. I hate it. I suppose it’s fractionally better than everyone getting their lips filled with silicone like they did back in the 90s/00s, but it does give the impression that people were eating something with frosting and didn’t wipe their mouths.

      Crom help us if the “outline in dark color, fill in lighter color” thing comes back. THAT WAS THE WORST.

  • andi56

    Who is this person? I could swear Ariana Grande was the name of one of the new typefaces I was using.

    • ovarB

      Ahhh yes!! Better than Comic Sans but will never out do Helvetica!!

      • andi56

        Ha ha! I’m a Nicholas Cochin girl, myself!

        • alyce1213

          I know Cochin, I like it a lot. What’s Nicholas Cochin?

          • andi56

            It was named for the great French engraver Charles-Nicholas Cochin; the name was shortened to Nicholas Cochin. : )

          • alyce1213

            Ah. Thanks.

    • ewes_urn_aim

      That’s the best comment on here. lol

    • alyce1213

      This makes me laugh personally because for a little while I misread the font name Lucida Grande as “Lucinda” Grande, who would be Ariana’s sister.

      • andi56

        That reminds me of a mail program years ago (it really was years ago, on my Apple II!), called Eudora. Now, any good reader of American lit knows that’s a reference to the great Southern writer Eudora Welty, who wrote the story “Why I Live at the P.O.” My old boss used to call the program “Endora,” after the mother (Agnes Moorhead!) in “Bewitched.”

        • alyce1213

          I remember Eudora! I learned e-mail on Eudora (and what a pain in the ass it was).
          I also like Eudora Welty. And Endora too, for that matter.

          • andi56

            Hey! We must be about the same age! : ) That’s where I learned it, too!

        • I remember Eudora but I did not know that was who it was named for! God I love this site!

          • andi56

            We learn from you, too!

        • poggi

          I remember Eudora too. The good old days, when email programs didn’t “correct” your text and have me sending emails signed Satan Pigeon.

          • andi56

            Satan Pigeon! That is awesome. : )

    • DebbieLovesShoes


  • Sarah

    Bad hose. She looks like a tea cozy.

  • crash1212

    I love the dress and she looks cute in it. Everything else – from the hair to the makeup to those absolutely HEINOUS shoes – is terrible.

  • ovarB

    Same song different verse. Grammy’s style a whole lot worse.
    Fried ham, fried ham, cheese and bologna

    I have no idea who this child is beyond the posts contained of her here on TLo. And if that is all I know of her, this is a one trick pony dressed in the same thing over and over again.

  • Nika E

    Omg there are ao many things wrong with this it feel like we’re being punked. First that hair is fucking balls out crazy. WHY!? Why is this her hairstyle? The first couple of times I thought it was crooked on accident but no, no thats how that shit is supposed to be. I swear I usta wear my hair like this in the 6th grade.

    Okay, not only is her hair crooked her dress is too. She has on sheer white stockings! Like, wtf? I saw on another site her shoes are custom dyed from Aldo. This is not an Easter outfit this is the Grammys. Her voice is lovely but homegirl is coo coo for cocoa puffs when it comes to her style. Lawd have mercy.

  • Caaro3

    Never heard of her. Why are he eyebrows grey?

  • hughman

    “OMG, I can’t believe Taylor Swift came to my Bat Mitzvah!”

  • snarkykitten

    My parents had curtains with that print on them. and for some reason, looking at the pattern is making me taste Chinese food. O_o

    • Oh my god. The Chinese restaurant my parents used to take us to growing up had a similar pattern on their chairs! I went back recently and they’ve updated it to a vinyl that mimics generic Jo-Ann’s Fabrics “Chinese” brocade and I felt kind of bummed out about it.

  • Leah Elzinga

    this is going to sound silly, but… there are tights. there is hosiery. there are stockings. and then there are pantyhose. There’s a reason “pantyhose” is the ugliest of those terms. Because “pantyhose” are UGLY. And these are PANTYHOSE in the absolute worst sense. These are the hose that your mom forces you to wear to the middle school dance because ladies don’t go bare legged, that you IMMEDIATELY rip off in the girls’ locker room. Why would she even OWN a pair of those??

    • alyce1213

      Well, not exactly. Wolford, Mayfair, La Perla, etc. make good pantyhose. They’re expensive, of course. So I would say, there are CHEAP pantyhose (that you want to tear off your body) and there are great pantyhose that have a hand like fine hosiery, look good, and fit comfortably.

      • demidaemon

        So, these are the pantyhose that come in the egg you buy at the drug store?

    • kimmeister

      Don’t forget “nylons” in the list!

  • ginnyt20

    She always looks SO SURPRISED! I can’t tell if that’s her natural, relaxed expression, or if she’s always got her brow raised.

    • ginnyt20

      A quick google search determined this is not her natural expression…she is capable of looking relaxed.

    • marlie

      This is her version of the “resting bitch face.”

  • ccinnc

    Why is she wearing support hose? Why are her eyebrows gray? Love the dress on her.

  • alyce1213

    Adorable dress, but that hair! HAIRCUT!!! And the shoes . . .

    • quiltrx

      Actually almost all of it is extensions. There was an interview recently…her real hair is apparently effed from being dyed Cat Red repeatedly.

      • alyce1213

        Sure looks like it – extensions, that is. It’s all too heavy, outdated, and damaged.

      • Imasewsure

        Wish she would join the ranks of the cute little pixie cuts then

  • Jacob Bowen

    GIIIRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLLL I need to be your stylist because even I know that Quinceanera hair DOESN’T WORK on the Red Carpet! You are SO fabulous on stage can we please just get your appearance to match your talent?!?!?!

    • kimmeister

      Quinceañera hair is an apt description, especially given she does look about 15.

  • CB

    Sick of her shtick and her smirk.

  • IraKi

    I cannot get past the shoes and the pantyhose! Sorry this is an out for me. They bug that much!

  • Laura Renee

    Does anyone know what the red string is about?

    • Tracy_Flick

      Isn’t it related to Kaballah?

  • jw_ny

    maybe the dress is right for her, but the rest is so wrong that none of it works.

  • boweryboy

    The shoes are dreadful. The dress, although cute, does not seem venue appropriate. It’s almost a bit too overdressed for the Grammys.

  • frannyprof

    Maybe edgy for a bridesmaid.

  • Anna

    Does this child only have the one hair style?

    • marlie


      • Anna

        Appears to only have one facial expression as well.

  • quiltrx

    I borrowed almost this exact dress for a pharmacy school fraternity formal. In 1991. It was Gunne Sax, FYI.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I have more affront towards the stockings. OY VEY

  • MilaXX

    Her shoes and hair detract from what could have been a good look.She is always toddlers & tiaras levels of creepy to me.

    • livesarah

      That’s it! I just couldn’t pinpoint what it is that bugs me so much about her. I think it’s the constant Jon-Benet Ramsay styling that icks me out whenever I see her.

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  • marlie

    The dress is great on her. Possibly the best I’ve seen her wear on the red carpet. But I hate the color of the hose, and those shoes are HORRIBLE, and need to be set on fire.

  • Daisy Walker

    The dress is grandma’s curtains and too long. The shoes and hose are horrid. From the neck up, same as she always does. Honestly, I can’t come up with anything positive here.

  • SorayaS

    I didn’t think it was possible to be blander than Taylor Swift.

  • Lily-Rygh

    Is that a Kabbalah string she’s wearing? Just wondering.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the dress. Hate the shoes even more than I hate the hair (and that is quite a lot). She looks cute though.

  • Elizabeth Voss

    I personally think those pantyhose are worse than the shoes…

    • my thoughts exactly. i was loving it til i got past the hemline. ugh those hose…from grandma’s drawer.

  • lunchcoma

    The dress is a good choice, but she really needs to do something about her hair. That style makes her look 5 or 10 years younger than she is, which is not a compliment when you’re only 20.

  • I have no idea who this is, but she looks like she’s going to a cotillion at the country club — which is probably more of a slam on the state of the Grammys/music industry than this girl’s outfit.

  • Jessica Freeman

    She also has hose on, which I’m usually all for, but I don’t think they were necessary here. She really needs to give up the little side part situation going on at her forehead. It makes zero sense and looks silly.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    The stockings need to go.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Four things are darting around in my head, smacking into each other:

    1) Sad pantyhose are sad.
    2) Is her left eyebrow naturally raised like that?
    3) I used to wear my hair like that (and inch of hair pulled to the side and tucked behind my ear) in middle school.
    4) Layers, sweetie. Your hair would look lovely with them!

    Other than that, cute girl.

  • KT

    I can’t even see the dress, I’m so distracted by all of the other horrible choices on display. I think I’ve said this about her before, but THAT HAIR!!!!!!! And those SHOES and NUDE PANTYHOSE and CHEAP JEWELRY and KABBALAH BRACELET CIRCA 2002.

  • ms_bdc

    When she miley-s out in 5 years or so and shaves her head into a pink mohawk and starts appearing in ripped fishnet bodystockings on the RC, I will look back on these pantyhose and cackle with glee.

  • DesertDweller79

    Ah, so close. Wow, those shoes are so, so awful. Otherwise the dress looks cute on her and I like her makeup. Wow, those shoes really take it to a different place though. Blech.

  • littlemac8

    I thought the dress was just right for her. Very fresh and young but couture!! Everything else blows!

  • Diego!

    Shoes and make up are killing the dress. Because it looks great on her! What a pitty the outcome is not good… Sorry girl.

  • VicD

    There is a bridesmaid somewhere in the Atlanta area who is missing her shoes…

  • Kate

    I literally gasped out loud at those awful things on her feet.

  • CherHorowitz

    She looks awful. Everything about this is so wrong. Obviously, the hair (are you telling me she can’t even put it up in a bun because it’s so ~damaged~? lol please). The dress, hose, and shoes just look like something from an Italian bridesmaid dress from the 80s. Torch it all.

  • So cute!

  • Carly Clement

    Those tights…. sooo bad!! The dress is super cute though!

  • demidaemon

    The dress is pretty. The styling, however, went straight into YIKES territory.

  • elzatelzabelz

    It maybe the dress for her, but it is the wrong place and those shoes are too hideous for words.

  • Nanaia

    This would be great if she really were a tween, but she is 20 years old. She should be doing more than wearing Barbie clothes, right down to the pantyhose and shoes.

  • CarrieBaby

    I know she has hair damage but is that the only hair style her hair is capable of being styled in? I would have loved to see an updo on her with this dress. The hair, pantyhose and shoes took this look for me from a WERQ to a MEH

  • Tara Gray Burkholder

    Ixnay on the hose, girlfriend.

    Also, all these teens who insist on taking pics with their eyebrows up in their hairlines are going to be begging for Botox in a few years.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Shoes appalling and the only way they could’ve been made worse would be to wear them with Great-Aunt Tillie’s support hose…oh.

  • Dagney

    jesus girl, lose the shoes, the SUPPORT PANTYHOSE, and cut those extensions by half. What is with all the extensions in Hollywood? I mean come ON…the gig is up. We all know they exist. People don’t have THAT much hair for fucks sake.

  • Danielle West

    OMG. The pantyhose! No!

  • Vainte

    Who would have thought an Ariana Grande thread would lead to My Little Pony and type font jokes. My hats are off to the kittens:)

    I’m just happy she’s taking baby steps away from her Disney anime persona. She really can sing, I hope she gets a chance to focus on that.

    • I’m actually looking forward to the day when she Miley’s it up. Bust out that pixie cut and tattoos child! Break free!

  • That fabric is so beautiful I can’t take it. This after Lucy Liu and Juliette Lewis wore similar prints… I so hope it’s a trend.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    She needed to remove the tights and this would’ve been perfect. I actually don’t mind the shoes it’s the pantyhose that make her look like she has cankles.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Can she please learn to smile?

  • myristica_fragrans

    i feel like a jerk for saying that i hate her face. would it kill her to stop looking confused for 20 minutes?

  • supri_supri

    Photoshop out the hair curtain….she would look amazing with a pixie cut. It would so suit her whole twee thing too.

  • Kathryn Jones

    People who talk negatively about Ariana for wearing pantyhose are bigger fake cunts than Godzilla’s Fleshlight.