Michelle Dockery in Barbara Casasola at the LoveGold Luncheon

Posted on January 10, 2014

How very Lady Mary.




“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery attends LoveGold’s Celebration of Gold and Glamour Luncheon in her honor at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California in a Barbara Casasola dress accessorized with David Yurman jewelry.

Barbara Casasola Fall 2012 Collection

We think this is a pretty dress, and very appropriate for her. She must not be planning to do any eating at this luncheon, because there’s not much room to breathe in that thing. One cheese puff and she’ll have to go to the ladies room and unzip for a while.

Also: her ladies could use some support.






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    • @Biting Panda

      Weird. I was *just* looking at her picture elsewhere, and wondered if you’d feature her.

      I give credit for pulling off a difficult color, but the lack of proper lift (in the bust) is keeping this from being a solid home run.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        I’ll give her a slide-in triple for looking so tall in a tricky-length hem.

    • Sofia

      is bralessness coming back? it seems to happen quite a lot with our beloved celebs.

      • @Biting Panda

        I wonder if the material and tightness lead to visible undergarments? I’d like to think they are given these clothes with enough time to be prepared for that though.

        • decormaven

          I think she was looking to the tightness of the bodice to serve as support. Not working…

          • YoungSally

            No I think she is wearing a bra — it looks like there are straps but she may also have a long bust point (low slung)…if it is a bra fit issue — it looks like (1) the band size is too big (2) she needs to shorten the shoulder straps…or (3) she doesn’t understand the proper bra donning process…..i.e. the hook the bra, bend over, insert boobs, put on straps and stand up.

            • @Biting Panda

              You gotta get the girls in there and UP there!!

            • Some women just can’t get them up that high. In which case, this is just not the dress for her.

            • The bend & scoop method is lost on many people. But I think the tightness of the dress is fighting the fit of her bra, dragging it down.

            • YoungSally

              I think bend and scoop is a classic technique that is generally only truly learned when taught…or rather enforced….by a proper bra fitting….preferably from a generously busted four foot tall woman of Eastern European lineage who also performs facials and waxing.

            • Haha!

        • Valdri8

          She has no boobs – this is an ill-fitting bra I believe. What a shame because the dress is stunning. From the Deanna Troi dines out collection

          • Wish I could like this twice!

          • Aurumgirl

            I think the dress may just be made for those with very, very small boobs. The dart detailing works perfectly on the model. I hate to say it, but Michelle is too busty for this dress.

            • Corsetmaker

              There’s enough space there, she’s just sitting below it. A bra with more lift and she’d be fine.

      • d4divine


      • marlie

        Maybe it’s my eyes/monitor, but it seems like she is wearing a bra. I think…

        • filmcricket

          I see it too.

        • MoHub

          In that case, she needs a better one.

        • kimmeister

          If not, her boobs have a bizarre texture.

          • teensmom99

            She’s wearing a bra but it’s not high enough.

      • ailujailuj

        I disagrees w/ the T-Lo on the ladies. Some women carry their girls a little lower on the torso. I think they look fine. I love the fact that they look natural and not molded and presented as if they’re being auctioned off. Would not be good for this dress. And I would not say that anything is sagging by any stretch – but would like to take this opportunity to mention that the natural breast form has resurfaced – saw an article online recently about a fashion blogger who was asked by a fan “how she got her saggy look” – kinda funny, since she “created” this look simply by wearing a regular, unstructured bra that changed her shape and natural drape of her breast. But the sadder truth is that her breasts looked perfectly natural – just not recognizable these days with all the boobie-jobs and mechanics and what-not-an-stuff.

        • mshesterp

          Love all of this. I think we’re way too critical of a natural (and possibly low-hanging) bosom (and I just love the word bosom) because we’re used to fake perky tits. I think her breasts look wonderfully real and they’re fine just where they are, whether she’s wearing a bra or not. We’re so quick to yell “saggy boobs!” That I think we forget what real breasts look like, even in clothes. You go, Lady Mary.

          • ailujailuj

            bosom!! shout it out! love it.
            funny how it’s a question sometimes “where shall I wear my bosom in this dress?”
            I like being a girl. 😉

            • teensmom99

              It is not a problem that her breasts are where they are–it’s just a problem in this kind of dress, especially with darts that are meant to fall higher on the breast. So while she looks pretty amazing, what keeps it from being truly great is the fact that she does not have a foundation garment that would skootch the breasts up to the point where the dress wants them. Another possibilty would be different tailoring on the dress but with this neckline, I don’t think that would work.

            • ailujailuj

              you nailed that. look at the diff between her fit and that of the model.

            • golden_valley

              Somehow the fashion world forgets that clothing should fit the person, not the other way around.

            • ailujailuj

              now that I’ve studied the photos a bit… I think the waistband is also hitting her too high on the torso. girl just has a longer torso. and dress wasn’t made for her figure. guess that goes with the territory of wearing a designer “piece” that done got designed already.

            • It’s not that it wasn’t made for her figure; it’s that it was made to be worn with a bra that supports her better.

            • “It is not a problem that her breasts are where they are–it’s just a problem in this kind of dress”


            • teensmom99

              I have died and gone to heaven to have TLo “yep” a comment of mine. Everything I know I learned from you (and my dear departed fashionista mom).

            • @Biting Panda


        • Corsetmaker

          Problem is though, they’re lower than the bust point of the dress. I’ve seen her in various… positions…. and I’d say she just needs a better fitting bra under this dress.

      • MissWix

        She seems to get dinged for low boobs a lot. As a tall women with boobs who just sit lower now matter how much bending, scooping, and supporting I do, I totally get this. A friend once told me I had “tall boobs”.

        • ailujailuj

          agree – I don’t think any type of bra is going to move the ladies up into the dart area, where this dress was designed for them to be. and if there were, it would be horribly uncomfortable and wrong. I have the same problem in the opposite way, my girls sit high because I have a short torso so everything is long on me. darts tend to hit low…. but can’t really move the girls down. poor mary, hope you’re not reading all this fuss – your breasts are just lovely, girl.

    • JasmineAM

      Giving her total flapjack tits.

      • barbarienne

        I should not have LOLed at this as hard as I did. :shame: :laughs more: :repeat cycle:

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        With cinnamon maple syrup on top. Mmmmmm. Syrup.

    • teensmom99

      Yup. Those girls definitely need a little lift. In related matters: this reminded me to finish watching last week’s DA. I’m feeling so over it–it’s all just a retread and so predictable and there are only 2 things that keep me watching: 1) it’s become a mother/daughter activity and 2) the uncle’s tweets and commentary.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I’d like to take her to the corset shop in Silver Spring, MD….

      • teensmom99

        Hey, I know that shop. Personally, I think they do better fittings at Bloomingdales in friendship Heights.

        • shirab

          Wait, I’m from SS, MD, and I don’t that shop (I moved away before such services became necessary), but next time I visit my parents, I’ll stop by. Name and location, please?

          • 3boysful

            I grew up there, too! And it still bugs when they call it Silver SpringS in a news report!

            • shirab

              I feel your pain, SS friend. And when people say they are from DC, and you say hey I’m from around there where exactly are you from, and they say Olney or Poolesville, do you roll your eyes (for real or mentally)?

      • MoHub

        Dor-Ne, n’est-ce pas? On Georgia Avenue.

        • Rhonda Shore


          • teensmom99

            Hate to say it, but someone at Dor-Ne did a bad fitting on my daughter for one of her first serious bras (she is a full figure teen) and that’s when I discovered the nice ladies at Bloomies–who were even more professional and understood that a D-cup teen still wants a fun teen bra and not the same style her mother wears . . . while also minimizing, etc.

            • Rhonda Shore

              That’s good to know…maybe we’ll take Miss Michelle there instead!

            • Corsetmaker

              The phrase corset shop always makes me head to google 🙂 and oh dear, on their website they still advocate the adding on inches to the band method of measuring. Not good at all.

      • YoungSally

        In NYC you HAVE to experience The Town Shop on the UWS. The woman who started it passed away probably a decade ago…but she knew her stuff….and the people who run it still do. I remember I had to special order a bra because they were out of it in my size (I think it was a Warner 2468 or something)….the old lady said — Oh the Warner 2468…great cup contour…..you can get the same shape from (some very expensive brand) but it’s twice the price.

        The best part is that her son and grandson (alas no daughters) run the place. The son is probably in his 70s….and has a really raspy voice and sits behind the very pink front counter all day watching horse racing on his laptop. It’s even better when he calls to say your order has arrived. It’s like a chain smoking mobster talking to his bookie – “It’s the Town Shop – we got your warner 2468 34DD in the cameo color…give us a call and we can have it ready to pick up when you arrive.”

        • ailujailuj

          yes… I LOVED my first experience there – was so enlightening. a lovely old woman was groping and grabbing and shoving my girls all over the place and eventually got me the right fit. there are so many bras in there it’s like running through a wheat field – your arms brush up against all the bras. I went back a year later to pick up something I ordered and the old cranky yelly son dude just yelled at me. don’t remember why. I think he might have been suffocating from all the estrogen.

          • YoungSally

            It has to be an interesting experience…especially for the older son. The mother was very strong-willed and reminded me of my grandmother who started her own residential school for children with severe physical and learning disabilities in the 1940s.

            The son is very professional….he’s just so – unexpected..and sort of a Damon Runyon character. The younger man (I am gathering he is the grandson) is a bit more approachable… I first went to the store when it was on the west side of bway and still in the little tiny space (before they moved to the old Polistina pizza space)…I have not been in since they recently moved across the street next to Laytners….but I do need to go.

            • ailujailuj

              Damon Runyon – oh yeah. I bet it was really wonderful to be reminded of your grandmother – who sounds like a great dame.
              There’s another gal in the east 70s(?) who has a shop (teeny tiny when I was there 5 yrs ago or so) who is also quite lovely. She has a great newsletter and excellent selection – google “Linda the Bra Lady”. great tutorials, too.

          • YoungSally

            Actually — I forgot my favorite experience. When I couldn’t remember my bra style — the saleswoman walked behind me in the middle of the store…yanked up my shirt and pulled down the back band to read the tag and then casually walked over to one of the pink drawers and grabbed the right bra.

    • With that fabric and color I can’t help thinking she’s a Starfleet engineer at a formal event.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      It’s a lovely colour but those tumeric tatas need some support….

    • Latin Buddy

      I’m presently in my office with my pants unzipped because they’re too tight. #gayboyproblems

      • Also #straightboyproblems?

      • Glam Dixie

        mumbles #alsoastraightgirlproblem

      • Isn’t that just a #postchristmasproblem?

    • Dominique Francon realness.

    • TrixieConQueso

      Queen of the Wasps – in so many ways.

    • butterflysunita

      It’s striking. If this were an In/Out post I’d say In.

    • crash1212

      I got properly fitted for a bra a few weeks ago and it changed my life. Lady Mary should get to a Nordstrom lingerie department forthwith. Other than that, she looks great.

    • rainwood1

      Hate this look. The pumpkin shade is wrong for her coloring, the silhouette isn’t great, and the location of the color blocking is a disaster.

      • kimmeister

        I have to agree with you that this shade of orange isn’t her friend.

        • GillianHolroyd

          Is it orange? It looks like baby-shit on my monitor.

          • demidaemon

            I thought it was more goldenrod, personally.

    • Frank_821

      I hate that hem length. And why couldn’t they loan her a dress in her size? She looks like she’s barely able to walk in that, much sit and have lunch

    • Corsetmaker

      Oh Michelle, get a bra fitting. I’ll bet you’re in too big a band size.

      • MoHub

        Most women wear too big a band and too small a cup, mostly because the math used to determine cup size is off if you’re actually and odd band size.

        • Corsetmaker

          Yep, too big a band, too small a cup is the most common combination I see (my ‘day job’ is as a bra fitter).

          • MoHub

            Yep. In actuality, I’m a 31D, so I wear a 32D in the tightest position. However, according to the formula in most bra catalogs, I should be a 32C because they ask me to round my band size up before I take the bust measurement and calculate the difference.

            • Corsetmaker

              Thing is measuring can only ever get you part of the way. It can’t allow for whether your back is wide or your ribcage pronounced, how much your back flares to the shoulders or how far apart the breasts are or what shape cup you need or even how stretchy the bra elastic is. No substitute for a decent fitting 🙂

            • MoHub

              Absolutely true. The HerRoom site actually has a very thorough quiz that deals with shoulder width, breast separation, breast shape, and even whether one has underarm “flaps” and then recommends bras based on the answers. If one can’t afford a custom fitting, it’s a very good way to go.

              I’m very narrow across the shoulders with a small ribcage circumference, and my results pretty much validated what I’ve found works best for me in real life.

    • nannypoo

      If it were shorter and a bigger size it would be a great dress for her. She definitely needs a new bra. I like her makeup.

    • marlie

      The “girls” look good, but maybe the bra needs to be adjusted to hoist them up a bit, since the dress counteracts by smooshing them down? But it’s a great dress, and so very “her.” Though I’m not sure where the hem should hit. I almost want to take a full 6-8 inches off so it hits right below the knee.

    • Call me Bee

      Yes–very pretty, and yes her girls need a lift.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      If they ever do another Jackie O bio pic, she should play Jackie.

    • filmcricket

      Too tight – it’s pulling and squishing in unflattering places. This is the second time we’ve seen her in a super-tight top that squashed the girls; lady is in dire need of a proper bra fitting.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      her golden globes are being flattened. actually, the dress is great, but it’s about a half-size too small for her all the way around.

    • MilaXX

      The lack of boob support makes me sad. Otherwise a nice look.

      • J. Preposterice

        right? you can see from the structure of the dress (and the pic of the model, and the weird lumps) that the dress needs one’s boobs to be yoinked up and locked in place where the dress has room for them.

    • imakeart

      When the hell did she get boobs?? I find myself commenting on her excessively flat chest at some point in each episode of DA.

      • kimmeister


    • StillGary

      I must be a weirdo — but I was thinking the under shadows were pretty cool, sexy.

    • Youbeguilemenot

      She looks lovely and all that. Yet somehow, I feel like both Lady M and Allison Williams emit this air of bland sophistication, that having a swig in their presence would mean to summon for a martini without a twist of lemon.

    • Trickytrisha

      Let out a half inch or so that dress would be great. Like many others here, I’m wishing she’d supported those bosoms better.

    • KT

      She looks gorgeous, and I love that the dress is just slightly out of the ordinary so as to keep it from being boring. I totally want to wear this.

    • ashtangajunkie

      She looks lovely. The style suits her perfectly and her hair and makeup are pretty.

    • thecitysleeps

      This dress would be perfect but I’m not in love with that mustardy-orange colour on top, and the weird, unflattering thread panels on the boobs are making my eyes twitch. Also, better bra, jesus. Love the hemline though, very Lady Mary.

    • Tracy_Flick

      That dress is PERFECT for someone tall and willowy. And she is working that color combo. A slightly more supportive undergarment and a size bigger in the dress and it would be perfection.

    • Shawn EH

      Mustard is hard to pull off; this is how.

    • Nancer

      So much potential here, it is really, really close to gorgeous. If only it fit a bit better and she had a good bra, I would love it.

    • Imasewsure

      Perfect outfit for a Hollywood royalty luncheon at Chateau Marmont… I love this on her!!

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      I love this look! Well done Lady Mary. Tres chic!

    • az67

      Class to the max.

    • Bigger earrings please, but otherwise lovely. That goldenrod sings on her.

    • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

      She looks fantastic in the dress; it really suits her. Too bad her bra let her down. For real.

    • Hoffa_w_HerHead

      I actually think this is one of the best looks she’s had. I really love this on her! That hairstyle softens her jawline perfectly!

    • Vainte

      I don’t care that her boobs could be better supported, look how happy she looks compared to the model, and It makes the outfit sing. You go girl!

    • MannahattaMamma

      Too much makeup. You can see it all powdery in the sunlight. Plus coming to these pictures & then to those of Lupita in the previous post, ol’Lady Mary looks like a piece of overcooked pasta.

    • Mia Moreno

      I think she looks great…except I agree about her girls-it’s the darts that make them seem low. Also the hemline-It would be perfection right below the knee.

      • sisterb67

        The dress looks spectacular and her hair looks amazing; but seaming is absolutely throwing off the proportions of the bustline – it would behoove Lady Mary to give her Lady Pillows some gravitational assistance.

        • Mia Moreno

          Yes, my sentiments exactly!

    • Fred Vaughn

      The girls are pressed like the grilled cheese sammy I just finished!

    • Cassidy Olsen

      I like this in general, but why does she so often choose things that are unflattering on her chest? It reminds me of her Globes dress from last year. Also, this looks a little Star Trek-y.

    • Kent Roby

      She clearly took the title of the event to heart (“I love gold. Seriously. Just look at my bodice!”). But I’m not loving this new look for Star Trek.

    • jjtxgrrl

      I think this outfit is so fitting for her classic style. Modern take on an older look. She also looks radiantly happy. Amazing what a smile can do!!

    • nerdykitten

      Its like a really elegant Star Trek uniform. Nice.