Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Posted on January 14, 2014

What do we think, darlings? Pretty or pretty colorless?



“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery attends the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California in an Oscar de la Renta oyster stargazer fil coupé gold sequin embroidered gown paired with Christian Louboutin shoes and Bulgari jewelry.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection

You know what this dress needs? Pop of color in the shoe. A bright blue pump would’ve set the whole look off. Those things she has on her feet now look like liners.

But the dress is really pretty, we have to say. [WARNING: SHAMELESS PLUG ABOUT TO DEPLOY] Because of the title of our book (“Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me“) we’ve been toying with the idea of “Be Me or Do Me” posts in our red carpet coverage. Allow us to explain. This is every inch a “Everyone wants to BE me” dress. Amy Adams, on the other hand, wore more of a “Everyone wants to DO me” dress. Dressing for yourself and maybe because you want to look like a pretty princess right now? Totally “BE me.” Dressing like you want everyone to notice how hot you are? Totally “DO Me.”





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  • DeTrop

    I love this dress. It’s just too colorless for MD. Her makeup and hair (yeah) are perfect. Agree with you about the shoes. Too safe.

    • Sobaika

      I agree – the question isn’t necessarily with the dress, just that she’s way too alabaster for it.

      • jen_vasm

        Yes. Maybe she should’ve stuck some red clip-on extensions in her hair like the sassy-faced model to pep things up a bit.

    • up with pod people

      My girlfriends and I decided that this would have been amazing if the lining were a bright red or blue — why else have the hi-lo hem, if it wasn’t going to reveal a delicious surprise in the interior? Missed opportunity!

      • demidaemon

        Excellent point! De La Renta should hire you, stat!

  • SewingSiren

    Where is Roger Vivier when you need him? A dazzling beaded shoe! My kingdom for a dazzling beaded shoe!

    • Ahhhhhhh Roger Vivier!
      I sigh.

    • Yes – she needs to borrow the ones Cate Blanchette wore with the navy blue dress the other day.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    I love the idea of Everyone wants to Be Me or Do Me posts! You’re right – this is a be me dress – and you’re right, she needs better shoes. I’d have leaned more towards a purple rather than blue, but color is needed.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, purple!

  • Judy_S

    And Lena Dunham’s dress was a “don’t me.”

    • rebeemoon

      Okay. This made me chuckle.

    • kimmeister

      Also, “Be other people.”

    • Kathy Monkman


  • Anna_Cecilia

    Pretty dull. It looks marginally better on the model, who’s not as pale as MD, but this definitely needed a colourful shoe and/or jewellery.

  • Constant Reader

    I confess, I deeply love a pretty pretty princess dress. Also, because I have similar coloring to Michelle, I know how tiresome it can be to be told you “need” bright colors every day of God’s world because you’re pale. That silvery dress would call to me, too. I think she’s rocking it, although I defer to your judgment on the shoes, TLo.

    And if you’re looking for votes on “Be Me” or “Do Me” posts, I vote YES, PLEASE.

    • Lucky you with the colouring! Personally I think her lovely hair and that perfectly judged lipstick are enough to make it work, although colour in the shoes would be nice.

      • Constant Reader

        I don’t have that perfect English rose skin, alas. The ravages of living near the beach, don’t you know… 🙂

    • muzan-e

      Amen. I’ve similar colouring myself (high-contrast and pale), and my struggle’s always revolved around finding brights that don’t sap the last bits of colour from my skin, and less-saturated fabrics that don’t blend me into white backdrops. I love, love that they saved that rich, juicy colour for her lips (although I agree with you all that shoes seemed like the perfect opportunity too), and that they’ve found a garment so gorgeously textured that in the end, it’s anything but ‘neutral’.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I agree…she looks lovely!

    • KinoEye

      I’m with you, Constant. So pale a man in a gas station once told me, much to my chagrin, “You know how the Indians called the white people palefaces? That’s what you look like!” But I adore grays and silvers. Sometimes, I’m just not in a colorful mood.

      • marlie

        That man in the gas station was a d!ck.

        • KinoEye

          No kidding. I was waiting for them to change my oil, and he just kept talking at me. And changed the TV to the Daystar channel. It was a bad experience all the way around.

          • demidaemon

            It’s too bad you didn’t have a witty reply to throw back at him. I hate those hindsight moments when you know you had the opportunity to put a d!ck in his appropriately small place.

          • KinoEye

            I know! I guess I was just kind of blindsided by the dickishness. I still don’t know what on earth I would’ve said. Plus, I think he was trying to hit on me, which made everything more weird. I don’t think that telling a girl she looks like a “paleface” is a great way to get a date. Especially when you’re at least 25 years her senior. Sigh.

      • Constant Reader

        I’m more pale olive, with black hair and dark brown eyes, so my saving grace is that I tan easily. I also dye my hair a warm dark brown instead of black to cover gray, and that helps a lot in terms of warming up my complexion. More than once I’ve showed up at a certain friend’s house for a dinner party wearing a black seater and she said “Oh geez, look who showed up looking like death warmed over” and then ran upstairs to get a bright pink scarf or something to tie around my neck.

  • Yes to Be Me or Do Me posts! Meh, to this dress on Michelle. The dress itself is stunning but she’s so gorgeously pale that she needs something a shade or two warmer.Also a necklace. The shoes are awful.

  • I love it. It seems to suit her to a tee. Though I do agree about the shoe. Blue or purple shoes would’ve made this a killer look.

    • 3boysful

      Agree. Although this breaks the color-coloring rules, I love it on her.

  • deelup

    The styling on the model was better. She needed some bolder earrings to keep this from being Princess Greige.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think it’s a nice enough dress, nothing exciting about it. It definitely needed some statement somewhere, necklace, shoes, etc.

  • Daisy Walker

    As much as I like this dress and think that it suits her, it looks better on the model because of skin tone contrast. MD’s after party dress was actually better because it was sparkly navy and really popped on her.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    pure class

  • Spreecord

    I like the ethereal-pretty, even if I’m not wild about Dirty Bra Beige as a colour for anything in life, including bras.

  • I’m assuming we’re not seeing tan lines on her bosom, that that’s just a trick of the light, right? Because that would be a mistake. I’m on the fence. The dress is pretty, she’s pretty, but the combination doesn’t excite me.

    • I think those are tan lines. Someone’s been wearing a halterneck in the sun.

      • cocohall

        Which with skin like hers could have happened in 30 minutes sitting in Los Angeles sun.

        • Possibly even leftover from the Venice film festival. I have tan lines from a year ago!

    • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

      That’s the first thing I noticed.

  • Sam Erin

    I am absolutely in LOVE with this. I died for this dress on Oscar’s runway and could not wait to see it on the RC. This is a perfect modern-day interpretation of her on-camera roll and it looks like she’s loving. That can also be Amy’s justification for her look– loves her roll and isn’t quite ready to let it go.

    • Sam Erin

      ** ROLE not roll. Clearly haven’t made my starbucks run yet.

    • demidaemon

      I can buy that about Michelle, but since this is the only time Amy has dressed remotely like her American Hustle character in the entire poledance, I’m not sure I buy that. Besides, after seeing pics of Amy with the cape on, I know someone on her team made a huge mistake in ripping it off her.

      • Sam Erin

        I could nor agree more. That cape was EVERYTHING. It really brought the dress to another level. Her team show of had her wear it to at least part of the RC and then take it off during an interview to really show of the look.

  • This and Julianna Margulies were my two most favourite looks of the night, closely followed by Lupita.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Julianna Margulies was my favourite of the night.

    • marlie

      Different order, but all in my top looks, too.

      • demidaemon

        From what I’ve seen so far, Lupita and Cate B. were definitely my top two.

  • thesevenendless

    I hate the oatmeal color, but the dress is BEAUTIFULLY detailed. I wish that it was in a brighter color, with would make the detailing really pop and make the dress soooooooo much better.

  • Tatiana Luján

    how about burgundy shoes?

    • VioletFem

      That was my first suggestion as well to add a pop of color to this gown. I also think she was in need of a necklace.

  • Ms. Schmidt

    Looking at the dress closely it looks like maybe there’s some gold on it that the shoe was supposed to bring out? It’s not translating well in pictures and I’m betting it was underwhelming in person as well. I vote for green shoes, if I’m playing dress up here.

    And a big “Heck Yeah!” to the Be Me/Do Me posts!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    BE ME for sure! Great idea, Guys.
    Color the shoes blue or purple.

  • I usually go all bleh over the colorless gown, but I think it works beautifully for her. I think with her hair and general coloring and her FACE, it just works. I love it.

  • MilaXX

    This is very pretty, but a bit bland. I also think this probably looked a lot prettier in person than it does on camera & in print. As for a pop of color, I would have loved an emerald green shoe and tear drop emerald earrings.

  • kayleymaybe

    It’s a gorgeous gown, but the color does nothing for her. This would look amazing on a (non-pregnant, or maybe even pregnant) Kerry Washington.

  • Anne

    I don’t know, I don’t mind the colorlessness of it. I think it’s exactly the right non-color for her skin tone, and because her hair and eyebrows are so dramatic and dark, I think she can get away with it better than most pale people. I agree that it needs color somewhere (even her nails are silver!), but I like this look a lot.

  • carnush

    Love everything but the shoes. Her makeup is perfect.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    Does she have tan lines ir is it just a game of lights (or makeup)?

  • oklund

    The hem needs to be brought up juuuust a couple of inches on Michelle. Otherwise, pitch perfect.

  • Emily Smith

    I am totally in support of be me or do me posts because really, isn’t one of those ideas that what they always want to impart?

  • Lori

    Definitely pretty. Definitely needed a different shoe.

  • teensmom99

    I love a well-deployed metallic. . I think the color is interesting and works with her skin tone. What is awful is when they wear their own skin tone (a la Anna Gunn) but Michelle (with make up on) can get away with this color against her peaches and cream skin. Yeah, a pop of color would have been nice, but this works. It was also one of the many mullets at the GG’s–and many of them worked. The short in front is a way of taking the dress down a notch or two and making it less Oscar-like.

  • LiliLynch

    So pretty! But I totally agree about the shoes. And try as I might, I just can’t get on board with the high-low hem. I’m choosing to look past it on this gorgeous dress, however!

  • This is the kind of dress every little girl dreams of, but updated: Very Cinderella. Simply gorgeous, but you are right about a pop of color in the shoes. I think purple shoes would have been fabulous here. And I also like it that she doesn’t do the Hollywood fake tan thing.

    • Sunraya

      Hey, where you been? I haven’t seen any of your posts in ages!!!

      • I have have a regular (demanding) day job now and between that, and taking care of an elderly family member and my Downton Abbey blog for PBS ThirteenNY, I don’t have much time. I still read Tlo of course, but I just don’t have much time to post. But my boss is away this week so shhhhhhh…


        • Sunraya

          I didn’t know you were writing! Congrats! Glad to see you, glad everything is ok,

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m with you about MD forgoing the fake tan-far better to play up that gorgeous English rose/peaches and cream skin.

  • Aidan B

    I loved this on her. Elegant and romantic. I first thought to suggest a necklace, but there is already so much sparkle in the dress that I think it’s actually not needed.

  • brown-eyed girl

    Methinks her coloring is just not quite right to elevate this dress from pretty to spectacular. Honestly, not really keen on the skirt being cut to show her shoes, either, especially when they’re meh shoes. She needs the big earrings from the model along with the honey-coloring.

  • d4divine

    “Be me” sounds fun…”Do me” sounds a bit crude. IMO
    Michelle looks lovely and I agree about the shoes.

  • Brigitte

    Love the lipstick.

  • Diego!

    I love it and it shows she loves it too. I agree her shoes are terrible (WTF are those shoes BWT?) Anyway, I like how it looks on her.

    • Sunraya

      She does look like she feels wonderful, doesn’t she?? You can always tell!!

      • Diego!

        Yes we can! 😉 She looks gorgeous! I hate the shoes. Ugh!

  • Blair Sylvester

    I think the shade of the dress is just dark enough that it doesn’t look like a nude dress/blend into her skin. I think a necklace and colorful shoes would work wonders but she looks beautiful and it’s a beautiful dress

  • Jumpingjacks

    A coloured lining would’ve been great and just pops of coloured embroidery

  • MW

    The shoes are extremely disappointing but the dress looks great on her and her face is giving me life.

  • Laura Renee

    Best hair and make-up I’ve seen for her yet!

  • NBG

    Lovely dress done in by being the color of old bras. I still cannot fathom that these ladies all turn to their stylists and say “Make me…BEIGE!”

  • colleenjanel

    The dress is gorgeous, but the color is all wrong. If she wanted to stay in the pale family, she could have gone more silvery or ice blue. She doesn’t need a lot of color, but she does need some.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Be Me/Do Me? I approve.

  • EEKstl

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the “Be Me or Do Me” idea for the RC coverage. You just KNOW all your Bitter Kittens and Unborn Fawns would jump at the chance to opine. As for Michelle, both pretty AND pretty colorless. I agree about the shoe pop (love blue but methinks even a hot pink would be interesting) but in the absence of that I am at a loss as to why Michelle’s shoes match the appliques (i.e. a bit more golden) vs. the dress a la the model, which at least looked pulled together. This just looks like she threw on some old DTM bridesmaid’s shoes she had in the back of the closet since 1987.

  • Danielle

    I think it’s beautiful, and suits her perfectly.

  • guest2visits

    Absolutely loved this dress. Totally agree about the shoes.

  • @Biting Panda

    A triumphant salute to taupe. But I like it very much. And unless they could be a stunning midnight blue, I don’t know that I want to see a POC with the show.

    • marlie

      My instinct was to say that the shoe should have been gold. I can see how any other jewel tone would work, but I really like the idea of a gold more.

    • demidaemon

      Personally I would like something more in the red family.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Pretty, but really could have used some colour. Perhaps a necklace as well. And I love the ‘Be Me or Do Me’ posts idea! I also love the idea of using that question to choose my work clothes every morning. More fun than the ‘pearls or pendant’ and ‘navy or black’ I’m doing currently.

  • At first I was just liking the dress, but the close up of the textile is breathtaking (as in I literally caught my breath when I scrolled to it). Looooove.
    I think I would have gone with a dusty plum shoe to emphasize the regal nature of the dress.

  • Hermione

    I love the dress and the color on her because it just seems so delicate and princessy, but them I’m frequently about the beauty of beigey tones.
    I agree that her shoes could have been more interesting but frankly the idea of blue or purple shoes with this dress makes me recoil. There’s something jarring about an accessory that figuratively just screams “and here’s the pop of color.”

  • mcbishop

    Really lovely, in my opinion, whatever the shoes.

  • nannypoo

    I love this dress, color and all, and her makeup is perfect. She looks gorgeous.

  • TeacherH

    If it is a choice between Be Me/Do Me, are Cate, Lupita, and Tilda in the Be Me category? Because they seem beyond aspiration to this mere human. How about Be (in awe of) Me?

  • MartyBellerMask

    Haha! I love the idea. This is a BE ME dress for sure.
    As for the dress: My first thought was pretty but the more I look at it, the more boring it gets. If you are going to wear a hem that shows off your shoes- WEAR KILLER SHOES. If this had a normal hem, it wouldn’t bother me as much.

  • Chickadeep

    For a dress that is completely encrusted with embellishments (even sequins!), this one is as dull as the dishwater color it resembles. Or is it “dirty bra”? I’m always torn between the two when describing the unforgivably boring and bland non-color that’s not even warm enough to be called “nude” on someone as naturally icy pale as Michelle Dockery. Thinking this dress in a pale blue, deep rose, or pale rose gold (with a coral lining?) would have been spectacular on her.

    p.s. Maybe it’s “porridge”?

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    oh this is so lovely. I like it on her 🙂 ALSO I love the idea of a Be Me or Do Me post!

  • Lilithcat

    That dress is a stunner.

  • Anna Vasquez

    It just occurred to me that, even though everyone wants to be me or do me, I am the only one who can BOTH be me and do me.

    Suddenly feeling like the luckiest person alive.

  • decormaven

    The lighting here on the RC doesn’t do this gown justice. However, another vote for a pop of color in the shoe. As for “Be Me/Do Me”, absolutely- great plug for the upcoming book! “If you wanna bump it, Bump it with a trumpet…”

  • conniemd

    I love the dress for its princessy look and beautiful fabric. I wish that it had a richer color for the lining though or that the green at the back of the lining had been at the front. That would have taken away some of the colorlessness from the look.

  • suzq

    There’s no blue whatsoever in the dress. A pop of dark green or deep salmon in the shoe would have been quite nice. But I think it’s a lovely look. Very Lady Mary.

    • demidaemon

      I don’t think the color needs to come from the outfit. I think it just needs to go with the outfit.

  • Lindsay Donohue

    The perfection that is that pink lip is undeniable. Her make up people are aces.

  • ChelseaNH

    I’m wondering if a necklace would help, to draw out some of the jewel tones in the embellishments. But it would have to be a very specific necklace.

    • Sunraya

      I agree!! To much bare skin canvas there, dying to be filled by a gorgeous necklace!!!

  • I would opt for adding color closer to her face, as in a smashing pair of drop earrings with large sapphires, or emeralds. The “so what” shoes don’t offend me so much in this ensemble. Be me or Do me? You bet!

    • Shawn EH

      Ruby necklace, maybe? This is a Be Me look.

  • SugarSnap108

    Gah! Pop-o-color shoes are a no-brainer here. The ones she’s wearing look like well-worn bedroom slippers. I really like the dress, but not loving it with her fair skin. I have the same skin tone and learned years ago that jewel tones are my best friend.

  • French_Swede

    I think she looks amazing. My only gripe is that IMHO she should be wearing some killer dangling earrings (like the model).

  • marlie

    I LOVE this. Michelle was one of my favorites of the night! The only thing I’d change would have been the shoes; maybe a gold heel. Her hair and makeup are lovely, and I like her jewelry. Way to go, Lady Mary!

    (It was also nice to see that Lady Edith “brought it” too.)

  • Evan

    I think she looks absolutely regal.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Do me and be me are the same thing.

    • Evan

      No, have you ever heard people say about a star, “Girls want to be her and guys want to be with her.” ? I think that’s what T & Lo are referring to. Although I’m not sure it would make a great post category.

      • CatherineRhodes

        Good point.

        What I think TLO were saying is “Be Me” is “I’m dressing to be admired” while “Do Me” is “I’m dressing to be sexually attractive.”

        What you’re saying is that it’s gender-based (or sexual-orientation based). A woman or gay man is not going to look at a female star and say, “I want to fuck her.” So the whole concept of “do me” or “be me” is irrelevant because it’s based on the gender or orientation of the viewer.

        • demidaemon

          What about lesbians and bisexuals?

        • “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Fuck Me” wouldn’t have made a great title for a book, but that’s basically it.

  • Sunraya

    This is a BE ME dress. It is gorgeous. I respect you guys tremendously, but I think that a pop of color at her feet would have brought the eye down too drastically. I was thinking a gorgeous necklace since her hair is above her shoulders and she has that expanse of skin canvas there that seems to need to be filled. Sorry, I think geometrically a lot!!!

  • KinoEye

    So very pretty. With her hair and lips, I think the silvery coloring actually works well for her without washing her out. Would’ve loved the pop of color in the shoe though. I’m most impressed by the hours of work and talent that obviously went into creating that lovely dress.

    • Garcia Loca

      Pretty much every Dame Helen look.

  • Ashleigh

    totally agree. Blue shoes!!

  • bellafigura1

    I loved this, it was one of my favorites of the evening. I liked the shoes, I think “pop of color” would have cheapened this exquisite creation.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    From just a bit of a distance, her dress looks like Formica. You know, the countertop material made by ants? That is not a good thing. This isn’t working for me on account of a lack of color and point-of-view problems.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Such a gorgeous dress-I’m swooning at the photos that show the detail of the craftmanship that went into creating this. I love her hair and makeup.

  • Garcia Loca

    I rather like this dress. Completely behind the idea of more eye-catching shoes — a hemline like that pretty much broadcasts, “Look at the shoes, people, check out them shoes!”

  • Judy_J

    I like the dress. I was going to say that the shoes were all wrong….she needs some color on her feet and y’all beat me to it.

  • Paula Pertile

    I like the blah color, even in the shoes. I think it suits her. (Maybe I’m just seeing Lady Mary, and can’t imagine her with ‘pop of color’ shoes!)

  • gigi kennedy

    pretty but i think another unfinished look. something is missing. maybe that pop of blue shoe you mentioned or like the model employed a large bracelet and color in the earrings (and hair). it’s pretty but i’m left wanting something…something to finish it & light it aglow as you said

  • kimmeister

    I think the bodice might be a bit too long for her torso.

  • boweryboy

    She either needs those door knocker earrings the model is wearing or a honking diamond necklace to bump this up into the glamorsphere. And better hair.

  • Jackie4g

    Well, you’re never going to see Lady Mary in a “do me” dress. I would say she is a perfect candidate for anything O de la R. I like it!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I think it’s a very pretty dress, shape wise. I think it’s a very bland dress, color wise.

    And yes, you should start “Be Me” or “Do Me” posts! It’s your blog – why not do whatever makes you happy?

  • Imasewsure

    Pop o color in the shoes for sure and a different hair style! I love her hair in general but the awards show RC deserves more effort

  • HeisenbergHattie

    Lovely to look at, but I keep thinking to myself: “How much does this dress weigh?”

  • AmeliaEve

    If only she had the Grantham tiara.

  • Lilak

    No objections to the hair or the color of the gown … but … Something nice in the bracelet dept. (maybe with a compatible earring adjustment) and interesting shoes and she lives happily ever after.

  • jen

    The dress is stunning. Totally agree with you about the shoes needing to have a pop of color. Overall I think she looks gorge though.

  • msdamselfly

    Dress is lovely but wish she could be more adventurous with her hair

  • formerlyAnon

    Her hair color is all that’s keeping her from disappearing into the dress. But it’s a gorgeous dress and in her place I’d have worn it too. But it needed something – in addition to shoes, maybe real jewels, in a color?

  • smh4748

    I’m just so excited to see her in something that fits and doesn’t have weird, unflattering lines hanging off her that I’ll forgive the colorlessness of the dress. And it is a gorgeous dress. For her, picking something pretty and that fits are two wins she doesn’t usually get.

  • This is pure English Rose. Love for her, not for anyone else.

  • little_miss_strange

    Love the idea of Be Me or Do Me posts! Can’t wait for your book!! Weeeeeeeeee happy happy joy joy

  • Betsy

    Those bright blue suede Manolo Blahnik pumps with the jeweled rectangle clip on the front, from one of the “Sex and The City” movies. Those would have set off this pale dress beautifully. Or, at least, the modern equivalent of them. (Though they did have those exact shoes at Nordstrom, on one of my recent trips. So I think they’re still being made!)

  • mjude

    BE ME OR DO ME!!!!!…..yes please. as for the dress, its pretty but agree it should have been all about the shoe.

  • MaggieMae

    It falls into colorless territory, but what I noticed first was how my eyes were drawn up to her beautiful face and striking features. Dress takes the back seat.

  • I wish I could see it in person. The fabric is stunning and the dress so beautiful and well constructed, I want to give it a pass – but I’m afraid it really does wash her out.

  • jw_ny

    Dress is really lovely…enough visual interest in the textures and sequins (?) to make it “not colorless.” I’d love it more tho if the lining had a jewel tone. The shoes are a crime, and those tan lines are truly awful. She wouldn’t appear as washed out if she’d applied a bit of tanner/bronzer. Hair and makeup are very pretty.

    I’d love to see her take a real risk and dabble in the “do me” category for a change…

  • Trickytrisha

    This was my favorite dress and look of the night. So elegant.

  • trisker

    This is a gorgeous dress — it might be the lighting, but it looks much darker on the model, which would be better for Dockery. BE ME for sure! Can’t wait till those start for real!

  • Kathy Monkman

    This was one of my favorite looks head to toe. I like the monochromatic thing going on though. And I like your “be me” or “do me” branding idea. Do it! 😀

  • Pretty Princess in oatmeal is still quite pretty, but it doesn’t do much for her skin color. She’s still gorgeous though. Yes to Be Me, Do Me. Might inspire some more theatrical dressing on my part…

  • Truthiness2U

    I side with pretty. I loved this look when I saw it. I thought it was flattering, and classic. Yes, even despite the hem, it has a real classic look to it. So adored. And yes, definitely wanted to be her wearing that dress, and I didn’t mind the shoes either.

  • LadyLuck777

    The dress is stunning, but she seems kind of meh while wearing it. I get a meek “Here’s my dress” vibe from her, when she would look so much better if she were owning it.

  • Pennymac

    I whole-heartedly, unabashedly LOVE this dress!

  • Lily-Rygh

    Both pretty AND pretty colorless. It’s hard to argue that she needed some color somewhere (although her head looks flawless), yet I can’t seem to take much issue with the final effect…

  • Kelly

    Yep, colorless, but I really like it. You’re spot-on about the shoes, though, gents. If ever there was a place for a pop of color, this was it.

  • TigerLaverada

    Pretty AND colorless. It’s that color of old lingerie you Uncles have mentioned before, now with bedazzling. I like the shape, and it looks good on her except for the color. When did putty and beige come to be thought of as “elegant” colors? They’re pretty much not, and make what could be a really stunning dress a rather blah affair.

  • demidaemon

    I love the concept of BE ME or DO ME. Poledance it out, uncles!

    I actually like this on her a lot and totally agree on the need for another shoe, preferably in a color.

  • Joey Melliza

    hem seems awkward. maybe it should’ve been taken up a few

  • CeeQ

    I love this dress as much as I am disappointed about the shoes. Come on Lady Mary – bridesmaid shoes? No.

  • ThesisMonkey

    stylish princess chic, but I do want just a little more color.

  • mdcoon127

    Beautiful dress – not the right color choice for her.

  • katiessh

    love it, and i am loving her hair right now. it’s a hairstyle i would totally get, then remember that i’m not michelle dockery and thus cannot pull it off

  • livesarah

    Enh. If Karlie Kloss with pink-streaked hair can’t make that dress interesting, nothing will. It’s so beige. With the dress and the shoes, she looks like the furniture in a conservative elderly person’s home.

  • MsC

    I love it. The taupe allows the amazing beadwork to stand out. And the cool tone works well with Dockery’s complexion. Her hair and makeup are great.

  • Candigirl1968

    Colorless. And she needs some powder to cover up that tan.