IN or OUT: Lena Dunham in Rochas at the “Girls” Premiere

Posted on January 07, 2014

It’s… well, it could be worse, we suppose.


Lena Dunham attends the “Girls” season three premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in a Rochas dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes.

Rochas Spring 2014 Collection

It’s not a bad little dress, although we think she could’ve done with a bit more of a shoulder. The shoes practically scream “I don’t know what I’m doing.” We can’t imagine a stylist told her to pair sparkly silver shoes with a sparkly silver dress. That shit may work for Barbie, but here in the real world, it just gets eyerolls from bitchy fashion bitches like us. The makeup’s not bad (although it looks pretty DIY), but the hipster hair is rage-inducing. Pair that hair with ironic t-shirts and vintage cardigans, but leave it off the red carpet; at least when you’re wearing a sparkly gown.

We don’t know… we did a lot of bitching, but if this is how 2014 looks for Lena Dunham, we’d say it’s an improvement. What do y’all think?




Bitter Kittens make the call:

IN! It’s better than most of the crap she wears/You leave her alone, you sound old!

OUT! I want to give her positive reinforcement, but there’s too much wrong here/I HATE THIS I HATE THIS I HATE THIS RAAAAAA!!!!



Everyone hated Kelly Osbourne’s horrid red lace thing. Or it seemed that way, at least. What we know for sure is that the Bitter Kittens voted it OUT.




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

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  • that neckline and that length are really horrible on her. It’s not like she’s got an impossible body to dress, I don’t get why her stylists have such issues?

    • 3boysful

      Spot-on re neckline. She has enough bust that she needs a v-neck to break up the expanse of fabric. (Am one who knows.)

      • filmcricket

        I was looking back through her archives earlier this week, and there’s a YSL dress in gold that she wore to something or other. The dress itself was god-awful, but it had one of those sternum-baring necklines, and you know what? It looked really good on her. I am not a fan of those because if you’ve got too much up front it’s hookertown and if you’ve got too little it’s “whee, count my ribs!” but her cleavage was the perfect medium.

        • teensmom99

          Also, to belabor a point I made earlier but that is relevant to the neckline discussion: better bra needed stat. Bras can be your friends (or your girlfriends’ best friends).

      • Little_Olive

        I dare say a decent bra could have saved the neckline. There is also something wrong with waist, like it’s too high, which seems to affect the neckline as well.

  • Karen Belgrad

    I think it’d be an “almost-in” if she had proper support for her “girls” (pun intended) and stood up straight. The slouching makes my eyes twitch.

    • Lorelei_D

      She gets points for not looking like bad pajama girl and her beautiful smile,but… the neckline,the short waisted-ness, the posture… OUT!

      • Karen Belgrad

        I think the lack of “girls” (can’t help myself) support and bad posture cause the short waisted-ness!

        • MoHub

          No. The dress is actually short-waisted. The bodice needs to be longer, perhaps with a dipped waist. Agree about the posture, though.

      • MilaXX

        I think if she was wearing the right bra & stood up straight, the short waistness would be less of an issue.

        • Agreed. Honestly, if her feet both pointed in the same direction maybe she could actually start to address these problems. Shaky “almost-in” from me.

      • snarkmeister

        The length and fullness of that skirt is rage-inducing. It makes even the model, who is probably 6 ft tall, weighing 98 lbs, look overweight and stumpy as hell. This is not just GTNYD for Lena — I don’t think it’s *anyone’s* dress.

    • VicD

      ditto – an “out” for these same reasons

    • therealkuri

      Yes, I just want to run to her and adjust her shoulders. It looks so painful and sloppy. Also, slouching this much is probably putting her on a path to muscle imbalances and a back injury.

    • her slouch is so bad and so constant, i’m wondering if she has an orthopedic disability. a friend of mine has something known as “widows hump” (horrible misogynist name), and she looks similar. well, a little more pronounced. anyway, it’s something a stylist should take into account. if she didn’t always pose pigeon toed it would help.

    • bravobravp

      Fun fact….if you google image “Lena Dunham Slouch” the first four images come from Tom and Lorenzo.

  • OUT – definitely an improvement but not enough to make it an IN. Different shoes, different hair, cut 12″ off the hem and stick a belt on it.

    • SugarSnap108

      Agree on all points. Get rid of the slumped-shoulder, pigeon-toed stance and she’d be IN like Flynn.

    • StellaZafella

      Before, she looked like she didn’t care about the fashion, was almost anti-fashion. Now, lately, she exudes a vibe of someone at home trying on all the expensive clothes she’s found in her friend, Edina’s, closet…but the lack of posture says I can afford this…but I still don’t care.

  • SewingSiren

    She shoes are all wrong. And the length is a weird even on the runway. The hair isn’t making me mad. Overall I think she does better when she’s trying to be ironic/funny, with this one I’m not quite sure if it’s intentional or not.

  • I actually really like the hair – but I think that’s because for me her short hairdo did NOTHING so a little length makes a big difference. Too bad that dress wasn’t knee-length. OUT.

    • kimmeister

      Yeah, the hair is the only thing I like about this whole look. OUT!

    • ankali

      I think this whole look would be an easy in if the dress were cocktail length, even with the shoes. As it, It looks frumpy. Out.

  • thecitysleeps

    I’m gonna go with IN for encouragement and because I like her. I like the dress in theory, but it’s not working in the shoulders/boobs area and she seems like she’s clouching. The shoes I can’t. But I love the hair, ha!

    • Lizzyisi

      Right. The neckline is wrong for her, which is particularly jarring when the rest of the shape is good for her. The shoes are awful, but I also like the hair (and makeup!).

  • What? No! When the dress makes the model look terrible, don’t put it on!!

    • gefeylich

      Dunham insists on wearing runway clothes made for women who are 6′ tall and weigh 95 pounds. I admire her doggedness, but you’re right – even the super-tall genetic mutant couldn’t save this thing, so what the hell did Dunham think it would do for HER? I think her stylist not-so-secretly hates her.

      • My mom’s advice when looking through the Sahali catalog: “These women are PAID to make the clothes look good. If they can’t do that, you should NOT buy the clothes.”

  • Kathleen


    And stand up straight – shoulders back, girls out!

  • carnush

    STAND UP STRAIGHT LADY! You’re famous and you’ve got a hit show. Stop posing like a little girl. Ugh.

    • Beth

      “Little girl” is what I’m getting from the hair, the pose, and the raised waistline. Out.

      • E2_Remote

        Ugh, I know! Cannot stand her little girl shtick – OUT!!! But at least she’s not doing that stupid giggly toddler thing with her tongue stuck half-way through her teeth like she normally does when she smiles.

      • Lulu

        Yes. The hair screams First Grade Class Picture Day.

  • Laura Renee

    OUT because she won’t STAND UP STRAIGHT. Bad posture is not an acceptable personal style.

  • petithiboux

    I don’t love the dress; it actually makes me miss the crazy flower-print Prada that at least she looked like she was enjoying. This isn’t her style at all. I also wish she didn’t stand like that, with her shoulders peaked and her toes turned in, like she thinks she’s gonna get deported off the red carpet. Girl, you’re a talented writer and showrunner at, what, 25? You’ve earned this strut, so at least TAKE THE STRUT.

    • marlie

      I don’t even like her, and I agree with you. She’s THERE, so she might as well own it.

  • WendyD

    OUT for the simple reason that she won’t go have a proper bra fitting.

  • PeggyOC

    Out. For all the reasons you listed. I want to give props, but between the slouchy shoulders, and the cut of the top, she’s got no neck and looks like Yertle the Turtle on his night out. The slouching is also drawing the visual line directly to her tummy, which is not where you want it. Oy.

  • Jangle57

    I’m torn; it’s certainly way better than what she usually wears and yet it still doesn’t do much for her. – ok, its an out but not as much of an out as usual if that helps

    • ampg

      Yes, I think it has to be an OUT if only because you can actually point to the changes she could make that would bring it up to an IN. Which is still a huge improvement for her.

  • HVM

    Her posture in the last picture makes me so uncomfortable.

  • KateMaryC

    It would be so much better if she did a fauxhawk or something. That would actually give her the “IDGAF” vibe she wants, while actually being styled.

  • Annarosa

    I don’t like the pose and the tattoo, but for me it’s an IN

  • Sarah

    Out, because POSTURE and HAIR. And I think the dress could lose a foot of length and look better.

  • Kathy

    In. It’s better than usual, but only slightly.

  • Daisy Walker


    • NYCGlamourpuss

      What she said. Mostly the “RAAAAAAA!!!!” part.

  • suzinrva

    I just feel if she were to figure out where her waist is located, get fitted for proper undergarments and had better posture that this look would work a lot better for her! The make-up and hair are not bad. .

  • @Biting Panda

    in. barely.

  • rumcg66

    I will never give Lena Dunham an IN until she learns to stand up straight. So, OUT.

  • Sobaika

    I am all for grading on a curve but this is still OUT.

    • Constant Reader

      That’s what I’m thinking, too. I can forgive the hipster hair, but not those shoes. OUT.

    • Erica

      Yep, better than truly awful is not an IN.

  • stan bobwood

    OUT. Could she stand with shoulders back just a bit?

  • Carleenml

    stand the fuck up! you can delete this for profanity, I just had to get it out there.

  • I’d like to start off the year on an encouraging note but I just can’t. The athletic cut of the sleeves does absolutely nothing for her. If she’s wearing undergarments they are not helping her one iota. (GO GET A PROFESSIONAL BRA FITTING. Buy some in every color. Then wear them. Not only will your bustline look better, you will stand straighter.) The dress should be shorter, and have a belt. The shoes are a little too much but I don’t know what would be better. I like the hair & makeup. The scales of judgement, however, tip to OUT.

  • MilaXX

    I’m going to try a little positive reinforcement and give this a small IN. The dress is a good cut for her and that’s a very goo start. It’s everything else that needs work. First of all she needs a better bra. She appears to be one of those ironic floppy A cup gals. The boobs are very big but they still need some help. The shoes are totally wrong. This would have been the time to deploy a simple, black pump. The makeup is horrible. This is the second time she has done this one dimensional dark shadow. It’s as if her inner 12 year did her face. This would have been a great opportunity to do a cat’s eye and a pinky lip. Her hair is in a grow out phase and the cat’s eye would have added a retro feel to that cut. Also? Earrings. Put the glitter up near the face, not on her shoes where it’s fighting the dress, and maybe a few skinny bracelets. So yeah, In with a load of reservations, but finding the right dress shape is a huge step in the right direction.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      At it’s core, I think the problem is that the dress is un-accessorizable.

      • MilaXX

        The dress doesn’t need lots of accessorizes, but it does need the right accessories. Like I mentioned in my post, a nice earring,1 or 2 skinny bracelets and a simple black pump is all it really needs.

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      This is pretty much everything I wanted to say while giving her a tepid In.

    • @Biting Panda

      yes, my friend. this.

  • LadyLuck777

    I think if she stood up straight and acted like she was owning the look it would go a long way – even with the shoes – and the hair would take it into fierce bitch category. But here she is slouching and being all pigeon toed doing the “awww shucks” stance and she just looks goofy.

  • Frank_821

    This could have worked in theory. however the dress is just too long for her. It’s a fun kicky fabric. I groaned when i saw the shoes. too old school prom-y

  • nannypoo

    I can’t imagine what she could do to get an IN from me. She has cultivated the OUT for so long I can’t imagine her any other way. So, OUT.

  • She can’t take her HBO money and buy a bangle or a pair of earrings?

  • Jan Crews

    Stand up straight!

  • Chrisanthe Kostalas Green

    What is wrong with her posture!? OMG STAND UP STRAIGHT WOMAN!

    • Carleenml

      One consolation of that posture is knowing Lena Dunham will never appear on Downton Abbey.

      • StellaZafella

        Maybe as a put-upon second scullery maid…it’d give the assistant cook someone to take her frustrations out on.

      • Chrisanthe Kostalas Green

        You got that right!

  • She has pretty eyes. But that’s all I got. out.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Let’s not lower our standards and grade on a curve. This deserves OUT.

    Anyone see the brilliant SNL parody of “Girls” where cousin Blerta from Albania comes to visit? Captures my feelings precisely about the show and the cast.

  • marlie

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is an “in” for me. A lowercase “in,” but still… What I like: The fabric. The general silhouette of the dress. What I don’t mind: The hair. The makeup (mostly). What I hate: The SHOES. How narrow the shoulders of the dress are on her. The lack of a real color on her lips. The length of the dress. But… this is progress for her, so I’m grading on a curve.

  • RussellH88

    It looks like someone made a dress out out of double sided tape and then had Lena roll around a kindergarten floor.

    • Scimommy

      Well, yes, but is that it an IN or an OUT?

  • Scimommy

    I’m ignoring the shoes & hair and voting IN to encourage her. (because obviously she reads this blog religiously and hangs on the commenters’ every word!)

  • cleva1

    in. Better that some of her RC stuff but still much room for improvement. I love her for loving her body and look but , for crying out loud, she should stand up straight and really own it.

  • queeniethebold

    Can be naught but an OUT.

  • Roz

    May need another category called “Baby Steps” for stuff like this…an accomplishment but in no way actually looks good. (OUT)

  • Kelly

    Unflattering, and she’s doing nothing to sell it. That last picture just sets my teeth on edge. She’s acting like a backward eight-year-old. OUT.

  • She really needs to stand up straight.

  • bellafigura1

    The shoes suck, her hair looks like it’s whining, the tattoo is a misery and the posing is gah. But. Yes. This dress works on her.

  • Violina23

    I don’t have HBO and so I don’t watch her show (In other words I don’t know how they dress her for it), but I feel like pretty-princess is NEVER going to work for her, especially with those tattoos.. Wouldn’t she do better in a more flattering suit-like dress with sleeves? She just always looks like she’s awkwardly playing dressup in someone else’s clothes instead of wearing something that flatters her own body.

    • marlie

      IMO, you’re not missing anything by not watching the show. I was talked into a marathon of the first season with a couple of friends, and I didn’t make it past the second episode.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Is it just me, or does anyone else want to haul her shoulders back and tell her to stand up straight?

    It’s definitely an improvement over a lot of things she’s worn in the past, but I agree about everything else. Hair, makeup and shoes needed help. Also, would it kill her to wear jewelry?

  • hillmad

    I hate the dress on the model, too. And why does the model have bedroom slippers, smeared eye makeup, and just-woke-up hair? The whole thing annoys me. And if Lena would just stand up straight and wear a good bra, she’d look about 99% better.

    • prettyinmink

      I was just thinking how horrible the styling looks on the model. She looks like she just crawled out of a swamp.

    • bellafigura1

      I kind of love the dress and the styling on the model.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    The shoes are screaming to not be accepted. Actually her hipsterness wants us to reject her, so I’m giving her an IN out of spite.

    • bellafigura1

      That is so meta, I’m gonna have to have a second cup of coffee to wrap my head around it. But I feel in my bones you are right.

  • Carolyne

    Could she just stand up straight, or is that not possible for her? She looks like a sparkly potato.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Sparkly potato. Yes, a peeled spud rolled in sequins.

  • Oof, this is hard. I’m grudgingly giving it an IN because it’s a step in the right direction. She needs to send me that dress; I’ll make it an unquestionable IN.

  • Deedles

    I think I’ve said this before to a photo of her, but as my dad always said to me, “UP AND BACK!”

  • Coleen

    She’s aiming for coy and instead just looks dumpy and slouchy. STAND UP STRAIGHT.

  • Sorry, OUT. I like the shape of the dress on her, but that fabric looks cheap, at least on these pictures. Her hair is a catastrophy, and why is she standing so weirdly?

  • abishagijh

    I know that tattoos are meant to be cool these days but every time I see her I want that horrid blotchy thing on her arm to be removed or covered. And get a dress that fits. And a bra. And stand up straight. And get off my lawn!

  • Mary Carpenter

    Oh girl, chin up, tits out! Cut that dress to tea length and we’re getting somewhere.

  • Julie Parr

    She looks way better on the show in her playclothes than in dress-up gear. But, I think she should wear things that are more tailored, perhaps cover up her dirty-looking tattoos a bit and are more monochrome. Not saying black — maybe a maroon or a deep blue. But, not all this wacky pattern. Too much.

    • Julie Parr

      Or, maybe if she went monochrome, her tattoos wouldn’t look so dirty.

  • In_Stitches

    OUT for the posture alone; she needs to learn. I actually like the hipster hair; there’s a lot going on so a clean, unobtrusive style that suits her face in a lovely way is fine by me. Shoes are just plain silly.

  • Sarah Martin Bemrich

    She’s lost her humility factor. Too posey in her photos, especially the ‘mouth pulls and pouts.’ Those shoes look like her first Prom shoes. Lovely on someone who knows at least how to stand in them. She is whiney talented, hopefully this, and her lack of stylist’s taste level will improve. How embarrassing. Better than her last red carpet. <3sBm

  • AmeliaEve

    OUT — Dress: 5, Shoes: 2, Hair and Makeup: 7, Posture and Support: 0

  • TAGinMO

    I’ll give it an in, on a curve, because she looks pretty. I think a medium-width belt would have helped her, as it would any non-model-sized woman wearing this dress.

    Also, how did she get her feet to do what they’re doing in that first photo? She looks like a doll whose legs have been disfigured.

  • jw_ny


    It’s all kinds of wrong (fit, shape, color, shoes, etc.), but her quirkiness makes it work…mostly. I actually really like her hair/makeup here…she’s no glamor girl, so simple with an edge, is her best look.

  • tinyredlocks

    Fashion-wise, it is a step in the right direction, but that is not good enough. She is actively slouching. OUT.

  • formerlyAnon

    Out. It’s . . . it’s not bad for her track record, but I can’t grade on THAT steep a curve. I mean, an “in” implies that one either looks good or looks only o.k.-ish but is stylish and/or interesting in a cool way enough that one needn’t actually look good in the ensemble. None of the above.

  • Hifigoddess

    In. Pretend she’s wearing different shoes. I think she spends most of her time working on her show, part of her time dreaming about pretty clothes, but not enough time trying to put together a whole composed look. I realize this is a sin in the fashion world, but I think she looks pretty, and it’s a far cry better than a lot of the stuff she has worn in the past.

  • Viviennne

    A sparkly mess….that dress wants to get up and excuse herself from this schlump…..

  • ashtangajunkie

    Out. My new year’s resolution is to stop grading on a curve.

  • MaryMitch

    I just want her to quit with the “standing like a 3 year old who needs to pee” pose. Honestly.

  • almondemy


  • crash1212

    OUT. That neckline/shoulder line is not her friend. The hem length is not flattering. The shoes, while fabulous, are a joke here. She bugs.

  • Judy_S

    Proofreader’s tic: “We can imagine a stylist told her…” Shouldn’t that be “can’t”?
    I like the makeup. I don’t like the dress but it actually looks better on her than on the model. Shoes awful. But given the rather relaxed parameters you assign to “in,” she gets an “in” from me.

  • luludexter

    Everytime I see her on the red carpet, I can’t help but think she doesn’t know how to dress her body. The silhouette always seems off, always makes her waist look so thick. I think she needs to rethink this and get something that elongates her torso and still flares at the bottom. Maybe separates. But this doesn’t work for her. And she does need to stand up straight!

    • marlie

      Then she needs to hire someone who DOES know how to dress her body. Like, yesterday.

  • ChelseaNH

    I’m going to say IN — not only is she moving in the right direction, but she also seems to be owning it. More “Here I am” and less “What the hell am I doing here?”

  • DinahR

    OUT – I feel like she wants to be out, all the time forever. This one tries to be non fashionable, so let her have it that way.

  • boweryboy

    OUT. I usually give her the benefit of the doubt but enough is enough. It’s a giant disco tent, and her poor posture and pigeon toe stance aren’t helping any.

  • Megera

    Margot Tennenbaum

  • samo_samo

    Ya know…I really don’t like the dress on Lena or the model. I like the makeup and the hair. It shows she really made an effort. I’m going to give her an IN just for that.

  • KinoEye

    Ughhh… The dress isn’t terrible, but her posture and that pigeon-toed sh*t is getting super old. It’s not cute. It’s not cool. It makes you look deformed. OUT on that basis alone.

  • MichelleRafter

    She’s trying.

  • LeelaST

    OUT. It’s not doing a thing for her (posture notwithstanding), ditto shoes & hair. I’m all for anything that’s not skin-tight – but the model looks like a mental patient wearing a sequined hospital gown.

  • teensmom99

    Am I allowed to vote IN : I want to give her positive reinforcement, and there’s somuch wrong here? Worst offense: wrong undergarments. This would look so much better with better support. Also, in the the thumbnail, I thought the arm tattoo was more of the silver glittery stuff. Why would any one do this to herself. I know my comments sound like an out but it’s still so much better and I grade on a curve.

    • MissKimP

      Second worst offense: the posture. Would look so much better if she threw her shoulders back.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Cheap. Even Miss Universe contestants, who know from cheap and tacky formalwear, would give this one a pass. And the model on the runway is styled to look like she got into a post-weeklong coke bender brawl during her walk of shame, I think that’s a sign to walk away from this. The shoes with the dress are a glittering nightmare.

  • gabbilevy

    Out, for trying and failing. But, ya know, keep trying.

  • Garcia Loca

    The girl certainly has a knack for picking cute things that are ill-suited to her.

  • I love this dress but just like the Cate Blanchett dress, this is a terrible colour for her. 🙁 I think even gold or perhaps a copper-ish shade would have worked a lot better, especially with her skin tone, eyes and hair.. but a jewel tone would probably have been an epic win – in fact that would have been perhaps one of my favourite looks for her ever. Please Lena, go sparkly, we love that. Just try another colour next time. 🙂

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    STOP TURNING YOUR FEET INWARD, LADY STARS! Stop it stop it stop it!!! (*Dives out a window*)

    (*Returns, brushing off bits of broken glass*) Okay, I’m fine now. Just had to get that out of my system. Why, beloved Uncles, why do we keep giving Lena Dunham chances? Especially an “IN or OUT” post – ‘cos it’s gonna be an out, babies!

    Of course, to be fair, it’s an out on the model, too. It looks like a sequined night gown.

    • formerlyAnon

      Sometimes a post makes me wish the poster was in the next cubicle, ranting aloud. This post does that. XO

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Thank you, boo!

  • Aw, she looks good; the dress is pretty and she looks happy.

  • StarburstLady

    Oh man, this is a hard one. It’s so substantially better than what she usually wears that it totally changed my mind about her looks– I had fallen into the trap of thinking that she couldn’t be made to look conventionally attractive. I can tell based on this outfit that that idea was horribly wrong. There are seeds of a good outfit here. But those shoes are just driving me nuts! Also, I’m surprised you didn’t bring up her lack of jewelry. I think it’s a nice dress, but it makes me think of trying on a nice dress to see how it fits, but not bothering to check it with the right accessories. So torn. I’m gonna give her an IN as a sign of encouragement, because it’s so much better than usual, but man. I feel like she should be peeking out of a dressing room like this.

  • Candigirl1968

    Why she is standing like that, I do not understand. Too matchy shoes and she could use some happier makeup (less dark), but the dress is a giant leap forward.

  • Jenna Marie

    I may be standing alone on this one, but I give it an encouraging IN. I don’t love all of it (primarily the shoes and the fit) but it’s such an improvement. I actually really like the hair – it is flattering to her face, though it’s not quite right for the dress. The dress really is beautiful.

  • Elizabeth Hille Cribbs

    I love her, but can someone please tell her that if she’s going to wear couture that she needs to stand up straight? I feel like my grandmother…

  • MoHub

    At least she’s not replicating the runway model’s eye makeup.

  • Bernadette


  • hellkell


    However, a vintage cardigan might have helped this look.

    Girlfriend DESPERATELY needs to buy a good bra. Her tits will be on her toes by the time she’s 40 at this rate.

  • tereliz

    Needs a belt. And black pumps. And a pompadour. And a plummier lip. A jacket wouldn’t hurt.

    Baby steps better than usual, but still an out.

  • Patrick Cleary

    She looks fine, but would look terrific if she’d stand up straighter.

  • She doesn’t have to dress like a shiny pear. That’s not a rule. She could choose something flattering.


  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Wrong color for Lena and wrong shoulder for sure … actually I hate this dress, even on the model. I really dislike that inset shoulder and can’t think who it would look good on (upon whom it would look good?).

  • elemspbee

    OUT. she’s exhausting.

  • surfergirl70

    I fucking hate that not-sexy sexy smile thing she does – it doesn’t work for her at all. the neckline is wrong, the hemline is wrong, and the goddamned pigeon-toed stance drives me bonkers. OUT OUT OUT

  • Shawn EH

    For her, this is effort put in. And she’s wearing it correctly, according to the model. And she has very pretty eyes. So, IN!

  • decormaven

    Out with this! Sparkly dress and pumps aside, girl, you are willing yourself to a lifetime of NSAIDs, chiro appointments, and a date with a surgeon to correct the damage you are inflicting on yourself with poor posture and lack of proper foundation garments. And if that is an old lady rant, then so be it.

  • Paula Pertile

    At least she’s wearing clothes, period. (cuz you know, on the show, she seems to default to nekkid a lot)
    The shoes hurt.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Wow, I had no idea it was possible to make a designer sequined gown look as dowdy as an old housecoat. But that could be my hatred for her clouding my judgement.

    • Imasewsure

      I could care less about her personally (or professionally) since I’ve never seen her in anything but the housecoat reference is spot on… dowdy sparkle gown… who knew it could be achieved so easily??? 🙂

  • ThesisMonkey

    Yes, it’s an improvement, but the dress is way too bottom-heavy and the neckline isn’t flattering. Won’t even speak of the the hair & shoes. OUT

  • StelledelMare

    If this was knee length at least it could’ve been miles better. But still an OUT.

  • Rhonda Shore

    It looks like it’s made out of that stretchy material that opera singers wear so they can breathe while they sing. This dress on Lena is matronly and blah. And as T-Lo have pointed out, she does care, she makes an effort. I wish someone would help her. OUT.

  • DeniseSchipani

    Out. And I can hear my mother and grandmother in my head: “Throw your shoulders back!” That said, I’d LOVE to own that dress (and have a reason to wear it), and her face is pretty.

  • stagmania

    OUT. She looks better than usual, but the skirt length/shoe combo kill it for me.

  • Imasewsure

    Not hideous but not good either… points for improving over the worst dressed list but still way OUT

  • Just Me

    She needs lessons in “working it”: stand up straight, using your angles and sell it. This would have looked so much better on her if it didn’t look like she said “shrug, oh well and I hope I don’t fall in these shoes.” So much of getting away with normally iffy outfits is in the presentation, darling.

  • veronicafish

    I try not to let my opinion of her (good grief, she annoys the crap outta me!) influence my opinion of what she’s wearing at any time, but this isn’t working. The cut of the shoulder, the neckline, the length, the shoes, her posture … it’s all just wrong!

    • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

      Thank God, it’s not just me. She drives me CRAZY!

  • jspark

    Sorry Lena, but Edie Sedgwick you are not. Please find your wheel house. OUT.

  • allieboo

    The neckline of this dress is awful. And someone needs to go push her shoulders back!

  • butterflysunita

    IN, grading on a steep curve. She looks okay–nothing is hurting my eyes. I will never forget the photo of her on the red carpet in a shirt with no pants. This is a huge improvement.

  • sagecreek

    Still out. And still, she needs to STAND UP STRAIGHT.

  • Lori

    Stand up straight! It makes me kind of rage-y when stars reduce me to sounding like a nagging grandmother, but come on.

  • traceyishere

    Where is the waist on that dress and why is the hemline there?

  • Cheryl

    I am tired of her, “I’m so blase, so cynical, I don’t give a shite” posturing. Either show up and do it, stand up straight, act like you do give a damn about your show, or just don’t bother at all. Stay home in your ironic pajamas and eat a tray of brownies from a crappy mix, that you didn’t even bother to make correctly because you didn’t have eggs, and wallow in your ‘I’m so above that premier garbage’ attitude. Btw, I confess to liking the shoes, just not with that dress.

    • Chickadeep

      Righteous rant. SO there with ya.

  • She makes me tired.

  • MaryMcClelland

    OUT – while it is an upturn of events, it’s extremely off. It’s not flattering, made worse by the way she’s standard, and everything looks amateur hour. What is the point of wearing expensive elegant clothing and insisting on wearing it so very badly. Girl go home you’ve been sequined to death!

  • ShaoLinKitten

    The dress itself is fine. It’s the posture, the shoes, the headsuit… Which all makes me think that she needs some, I don’t know, coaching of some kind? About how to stand up straight, about why greasy hair is not good with a sparkly dress, etc. But I’m not sure any of that would happen, since she is cultivating this “I am what I am” persona. That said, Girls is one of my favorite TV shows and I love Lena Dunham. She’s just a fashion fail. I don’t let that interfere with my enjoyment of her work. As for in or out, I’d say IN because I am grading on a curve, and from admitted personal bias.

  • vickilu


  • CT14

    Dress is too long. Hair is too flat.

    But it’s good for Lena.

  • Kate4queen

    out because there are some basic issues here that any good stylist or friend should be able to point out. High necks are not her friend, she needs round or boat neck and the length isn’t good either.

  • E. D.

    Out – those shoes and the narrow cut on the shoulders killed it. The thing is, it didn’t have to suck.

  • Lilyana_F

    Out! Lol, I can’t with her anymore…

  • trisker

    If she can’t stand like a model at least she could stand up straight and act like an adult with her feet. Shoes are BAD. I’d like to see a plain, lower heel shoe with this dress. I’d say just barely IN.


    (I like the hipster ‘do on her.)


  • Sam Smith

    She is at least smiling and I’m generally in favor of the dress. Her hair and makeup look nice too. I say this is progress.

  • Nimith

    I don’t understand her. Has she not been offered the services of a stylist or is she making a point of not using one? And what the hell, shoulders rolled forward, toes pointed in and derp face in that last pic?

  • kimmeister

    My initial reaction was that she definitely needed a stronger shoulder. Hers are narrow as it is, and then the poor posture makes them worse. Some of those Elena jackets with the pronounced shoulders would fit the bill, to help create the appearance of an hourglass shape.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out: The shoes, the length, and the fit are all really bad. And I know others have said it, but she needs to stand up straight.

  • I know it’s grading on the curve, but it’s an IN. Like Zozia, there is actual effort and nothing “arrrggghhh” to it.

  • The Versatile Chef

    I wish I could conjure my mother from the great beyond, if only to poke Ms. Dunham between the shoulder blades and say “Can’t you stand up straight, for chrissakes? You look like a slouch!”

  • Betsy

    O. U. T. spells “out” and you are not “IT”!!
    I have to echo all of the motherly / brotherly / sisterly comments already made, about: 1) bad posture; 2) bad bra fit(!!); 3) bad waistline; 4) bad armholes; 5) bad hem length; 6) AWFUL shoes.
    So, from Mama Betsy, here are your marching orders:
    1) Stand Up Straight. Shoulders back, “ladies” out! That doesn’t mean they’ll be in anyone’s face. Just that they’ll be present.
    2) Go. To. Nordstrom. OR, since you’re a lady-star with some bucks, find a GOOD lingerie store that carries EUROPEAN bras. Expect to find that the band size is smaller than you’re “used to”, and the cup size significantly larger. [If you lived in the San Francisco area, I’d take you to A La Folie for a good fitting! BEST lingerie store for non-flat-chesties!]
    3) Don’t buy something that looks short-waisted even on the model! OR get them to alter it so you look less like “Shirley Temple, the EARLY Years”. (Picture her dancing with Bojangles Robinson in “The Little Colonel”. YouTube that bad boy!)
    4) That cut-in armhole look will never be your friend. You’re not built like a stick-figure, and they’re the only ones who can carry that off. Picture Gwyneth.
    5) Longer or Shorter. Either would be good. (And LONG would cover the hiddy shoes!)
    6) Keep those killer shoes to wear with an absolutely SIMPLE, PLAIN, SHORT little dress. Notice I didn’t say “black”; you’re better in a rich dark color — navy, aubergine, wine — all of those are friends of the pale skin.

  • Leslie Streeter

    Awful. Hunchback shoulders. Her bra is not helping and she looks like Glenda the Good Witch’s cousin, Patty the Ambivalent.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      The cousin that they make sit at the kid’s table at holiday dinners.

  • e jerry powell

    The outfit is an improvement, but I’m so done with her half-assing it.

  • Morales Mike

    Is it me or is it in every closeup of her face on the RC does she do a “Liza in Cabaret” thing?

    • Nimith

      It’s not just you and it’s SO confusing. I can never tell if she’s trolling the red carpet scene or if she actually thinks she looks good!

  • alyce1213

    OUT. I like the idea of the dress, but she’s doing nothing for it and it’s doing nothing for her.
    Saw her on Letterman last night in a black dress with skinny shoulder straps. Her hair was well-styled and full, not flat and unattended, the dress was flattering. She looked much, much better than this, and she was funny and flirtatious. It all surprised me.

  • In. I find the sparkle clash to be interesting and it feels modern, like she found these pieces in (the most fictional and amazing) thrift store ever and said, “DONE.” I feel that could be her style and if she keeps going like that, some really interesting choices are going to be seen. (Unlike my blue hair which my firm has demanded I undo immediately.)

  • Jessica Freeman

    OUT. Because “it could have been worse” really isn’t an IN.

  • LaSylphide

    Out. Shapeless, styless and unflattering. To be fair, the model doesn’t look any better. Great makeup, though.

  • Town

    She tried.

  • SRQkitten

    OUT.. She needs to get over herself and get a good stylist.

  • Chickadeep

    Hair and makeup are fab. The proportions of the dress are all off—too long, weird arm holes, neckline, waistline placement (and the lack of a good bra is not helping matters). The sparkly shoes with sparkly dress are just overkill. The only thing going for it is that the glittery nature of the frock distracted me from her habitually slouched posture. So….OUT.

  • Ros

    OUT. It looks like it doesn’t fit in the bodice, the waist is at the wrong height and the proportions of the whole thing are wrong. Needs more shoulder and a different neckline. Plus it clashes with the tattoo.

  • MzzPants

    She may feel like a pretty princess, but….just….NO.

  • Madeline Zappala

    “hipster hair” is not really a real criticism -her haircut is short and simple but it is neat and somewhat styled. I just don’t buy “ugh that HIPSTER hair” (what does that even mean?)

  • barbarienne

    Because it’s Lena Dunham, I’ll give it a mild “in.” If nothing else, she managed not to look like a deranged sleepwalker in a sparkling nightgown and rubber house slippers, unlike the poor runway model. At least LD knew not to slavishly follow the runway styling.

  • GeoDiva

    The length is awful and those shoes scream 5-year old wearing mommy’s pump. I wish the dress would have been tailored more at the waist too. So I guess that means I’m out, but it is a much better improvement from her Emmy dress.

  • ConnieBV

    I would have cut this off above the knees and tossed in some blue d’orsays. The hair is SO MUCH BETTER than it has been that I can’t hate, but the length is what is wrong here. She also needed some cute retro button earrings.

  • It’s better than usual, but doesn’t actually rise to an IN. Still, it’s not rage-inducing enough to qualify for an OUT.

    I’ll give it a MEH, much like Lena herself.

  • Janet B

    Better than her usual; OUT

  • Trickytrisha

    Yeah, better than usual, but still OUT. I do not believe for one instant that a woman with the money and resources that she has is incapable of presenting herself decently well on the public stage. This might be a step in the right direction, but time will tell.

  • RCH

    So very OUT. Her pose does not help at all, and how come nobody figured out a way to work her proportions. Love the shoes though…Sparkles…Yay!

  • melanie0866


  • another_laura

    Out. The dress is a bad shape for someone with her figure, the cut-in shoulders don’t work for her bustline, the shoes, the hair, and frankly, I really dislike her ink. Just out.

  • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

    I have to admit, this actress fills me with senseless rage. This is a person with so much talent, who has found so much success already in her young life. Why does she slump around like a sad sack? Stand up, shoulders back. Don’t stand pigeon toed and knock kneed. This girl needs a new stylist and a few months at a finishing school in Switzerland. OK, so her body is not the Hollywood standard of beauty, but it is a perfectly good figure and with the right clothes and some concept of deportment she would be adorable. Grrr….

    • WhyDoIReadtheComments?

      I totally want Camryn Manheim to knock on Dunham’s door and teach her how to carry herself with confidence and grace. Maybe I’ll go write a short film about it.

      • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

        That would be good for her. And a session or two with a chiropractor.

    • snarkykitten

      I understand not being into the Hollywood scene & being upset when the paparazzi harass you the moment you leave your house, but seriously, this girl needs to get the fuck over herself. part of her job, which, unlike 98% of the world, she got to WILLINGLY CHOOSE to do, is pimping your projects and looking good. it’s not that fucking hard.

      • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

        At least make the effort for the red carpet. It seems childish and kind of bratty to go all knock kneed and slack jawed at red carpet functions. She can wear whatever she wants and do the fashion rebel thing, as long as she learns to walk and pose like a lady.

  • KT

    I think this is a pretty good look overall. I like the dress, agree that the shoes are a terrible choice, but I actually think the hair looks good here. I don’t think it’s as much hipster as it is an attempt to make this tricky ‘do look sleek. It’s not the best styling in the world, but she looks like she put in the effort here and mostly succeeded — good for her.

  • Thundar99

    The whole, “I’m just a awkward little girl” pigeon-toed stance thing is be-yond affected at this point. I can’t…

  • Bailey Debruynkops

    out. more shoulder less skirt better shoes

  • her hairstyle is making her look like she’s five years old.

  • Sunraya

    Not bad, but the woman needs to stand up!!!!!

  • Dreamwr8tr

    How does she manage to look awkward and lumpy in nearly everything she wears? NO. And that lank little kid hair has got to go. There is no way you should look this awful if designers are throwing couture at you. She has managed to take something passable from the sales rack and make it terrible. Don’t care if it’s better than her norm –OUT.

  • Susan Velazquez

    God this is an improvement. I’ll give it an IN. Hopefully the year gets better and better. Different shoe, no doubt, maybe a pop of color like pink or cobalt blue. I can’t make up my mind if she needs a belt to cinch the waist or not.

  • Tatiana Luján

    her skin looks lovely.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    IN. It’s definitely a step up- she can wear fashion but not look crazy. One day she’s going to wear a bra, and look amazing. The Apocalypse will start the day after. But I love the dress and the shoes.

  • Chartreusite

    An absolute improvement for her and she looks slightly more comfortable, so IN.

  • Sarah V.

    Bride of Tin Man.

  • Jacob Bowen

    OUUUUTTT!!! The waist proportion is WEIRD, her upper half looks too small…(maybe it’s lack of proper support?). Also, WOW. Those are the shoes my sister bought at Payless when she was 10 and was going to “Daddy Daughter Date Night” and she wanted to be a princess. Those combined with her posture and hair that looks like it deserves a barrette make her look like she wants to be 10 again. The thing that’s IN is her make-up. It looks GREAT!

  • Aurumgirl

    Lumpy, frumpy, dumpy. How you would manage that result with a spangly glittery confection of a dress and matching pumps is a mystery to me, but here it is. I know she can look fantastic, I just think she works hard not to.

    • WhyDoIReadtheComments?

      She manages it by having the posture of a marionette with a missing string.

  • SorayaS

    Out. The hair and shoes are awful but it is the lack of accessorising that really lets her down here. Though she could have been at a near-WERQ and that posture alone would have merited an out- horrific.

  • demidaemon

    I guess it’s not awful? I don’t want to call this OUT, because it is a huge step forward for her, but it’s not any great shakes either. IN, I guess, because it isn’t quite bad enough to be out.

  • anneland

    IN. I think the hair is a cool juxtaposition of nerdy with glam. Even like the shoes. Just stand up straight.

  • WhyDoIReadtheComments?

    It’s her posture and her underwear that consistently enrage me. She would look at least 50% better if she wore a bra and stood up straight with her shoulders back. But she hunches like she’s trying to protect her breasts and her vital organs from someone. Lady! You’ve done well for yourself. Stand up and communicate how proud you are!

    And yes, different shoes, or shorten the dress by two feet. But nothing will look good on her if she cannot STAND UP STRAIGHT. Nothing.

  • bravobravp

    I know this goes everything she stands for, and I am not even condoning it….but a spray tan (not orange) could have gone a long way here. Feel like she looks so washed out with the pale skin and silver.

  • bravobravp

    Fun fact….if you google image “Lena Dunham Slouch” the first four images come from Tom and Lorenzo…someone send her here ASAP!

  • Sarah

    Posture! Present yourself like Lena, the woman who gets her show on HBO, not Hannah, the girl who’s got more issues than National Geographic.

  • paintedfish

    GAH!!!! Stand up straight!

    • J. Preposterice

      I know, right? SHOULDERS BACK, TITS OUT.

  • lynnlee

    I like her hair here. I think it is the most flattering hair style I’ve ever seen on her. That sloppy, unevenly cut style she usually sports is more hipster looking than this simple, sleek style. Her make-up is flattering too. The dress is awful. Bad on her and frumpy looking in general.

  • Veronica1022

    I’m just glad she’s growing out her hair. That short do just screamed “I have a potato head”. Also, that dress could be cute on her if it had a boat neckline, and it was shorter, and she stood up straight, and wore better shoes.

  • elzatelzabelz

    OUT- I want to give her extra points for at least trying, but the shoes are bad with it, it needs a belt, new neckline, an accessory at least. Not as bad as her usual, but not good enough for an “in.”

  • CarrieBaby

    Well… her hair looks nice. Someone please teach this girl good posture! It makes all of her red carpet looks even more awkward

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    It looks as if Lena is making an effort;now she needs to sit down with some stylists who could help her dress her body so that her clothes flatter her, while retaining however much quirk Dunham wants to keep.

  • antonialee

    It’s awful, and honey, stop hunching over. You have the worst posture!

  • PeaceBang

    It was tough there for a moment. I thought I’d give her a tentative IN with Raised Eyebrow of Disapproval for the bad bra and posture. Then I scrolled down and saw the hem and shoes and erased any doubt. OUT.

  • M. H. Leader

    Someone should also teach her to stand up straight, shoulders back, chest out, and without pigeon-toed feet…


  • somebody blonde

    Out. It’s lots better than what she normally wears, but it’s not good enough to get an in.

  • LambeeBaby

    OUT! Awful, cheap and amateur looking.

  • snarkykitten


  • Dagney

    I cannot fucking stand this bitch.

  • altalinda

    An improvement, but out.

  • Rena

    Bless her heart… But OUT

  • quiltrx

    OUT. The styling is just awful. And the dress is a winner in the “most horrible dress made from fabulous fabric” awards.

  • TigerLaverada

    Better, but OUT. Somebody needs to give her posture lessons. Just the way she stands makes her appear dumpy, no matter what she’s got on… of course, what she usually has on doesn’t help. I did like her makeup in that face CU, though.

  • unbornfawn

    This is kind of an “atta girl” There is some improvement, but still too much wrong, a great dress that doesn’t suit her, the hair and make-up are pretty good. She doesn’t help herself with the awkward posture. She could do with a little coaching on how to pose for the red carpet.

  • ellisd123

    Her hair looks like Melon Cat ( and her posing grates. The shoes and that neckline take this way over into Out territory. Very Out.

  • Sam Erin

    She smiles like she has peanut butter stuck to the roof of her mouth. THAT is distratcing and the shoes make me sob.

  • martha


  • EEKstl

    OUT but by less than usual. I do like the dress but the shoe choice was laughable (she’d be out just for that in my book). Hair doesn’t make me want to go screaming into the void, it’s better than some of her ‘dos, and I actually think her makeup isn’t bad. You can do it! C’mon, girl! C’mon!

  • housefulofboys

    Out. That’s more than just poor posture, she seems to be pushing her shoulders forward in order to get a little extra slouch in the back. And pigeon toes can’t help. Dress is not flattering, and I think my sister had that haircut when she was in kindergarten, in the 1950’s.

  • ThaliaMenninger


  • Deborah McLaughlin


  • fashion4ever

    She needs to stop wearing dresses with such short waists

  • LittleKarnak

    Out because I find her horribly overrated in every aspect…..

  • kategs

    STAND UP STRAIGHT! That would help so much.

  • lalahartma