GTNYD: Lucy Hale in Tibi at the 2014 PaleyFest “Pretty Little Liars” Event

Posted on March 17, 2014

This is mostly cute and it almost works, but we’re gonna make a hard call here: Girl, That’s Not Your Dress.


Lucy Hale attends the 2014 PaleyFest “Pretty Little Liars” event at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California in a Tibi ‘Raffia’ patchwork crop top and party skirt.

Bottom line: you’re just too short for it, hon. No amount of alterations is going to make the proportions here work for you. The skirt is a bit too full, the top is a bit too stiff, and the belly strip hits at an odd point. Add serious cocker spaniel hair and a pair of naked shoes that somehow manage the trick of stumpifying your legs and we think it’s safe to say you should’ve scrapped the whole idea and started over.

Also: matching your toes to your dress. Kind of a pet peeve.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans, Janice Ogata/]

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  • Kelly

    The shoes stumpify because the “ankle” strap is actually higher than her natural ankle. But we mentally expect ankle straps to be at the ankle. Result — visual stumpification. (This is totally a scientific term.)

    • MilaXX

      The entire outfit break her in into small chunks.

  • Betsy

    Spot on. Her neck isn’t long enough to pull this off either. To add insult to injury, she looks like a Kardashian.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Definitely needs a V or lower square neckline for her petite frame.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Oooh, that’s way harsh Tai…

  • Kerri

    If the skirt were more of a pencil shape and maybe an inch or two shorter, I could see it working better. As it is, it’s not quite there for her.

  • Pablo

    The shoes give her cankles and I’m just tired of ombre hair

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  • Jessica Freeman

    Its just so…boring….

  • StarburstLady

    Honestly, the GTNYD’s are usually train wrecks, but I think she looks cute enough. I find the color a little bland, and to be honest the midriff top and skirt style isn’t my preference, but I don’t think it’s particularly mismatched with her. I’m gonna have to disagree on this one!

  • Right on, gents. In addition I don’t think that straight across neckline is helping matters, nor is the myriad of horizontal lines, which is making her look even shorter than she is. She’s a lovely girl, and this isn’t helping her present that.

  • MilaXX

    Agreed. Pack it up and send it back to Zoe Saldana where it belongs. It’s making Lucy look chunky and I’m pretty certain she isn’t.

  • kmk05

    I think it’s mostly a case of Girl, That’s Not Your Head (or Feet). She has a beautiful midriff, and I actually really like that top. But her hair swallows her up, and that makeup is dated. Too 90s and matte, not fresh enough. I am not a fan of the skirt length, so chop it to your knees and add a pair of combat boots à la Doc Martens.

  • sagecreek

    As a short girl, one of the first lessons I learned was — no ankle straps. No matter how cute.

    • Anna

      I’m a short girl myself and no ankle straps is rule #1. Also, v-necks are short girls’ friends. The neckline is what I find most unflattering on Lucy. She’s a truly beautiful girl and has the potential to really be a show stopper if styled properly.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I’m also short and you’ve hit 2 of the pitfalls that I must avoid!

      • CupcakeTrudy

        I don’t know that the neckline is necessarily unflattering to short girls. However, it is a curvy girl’s worst enemy, no matter her height. And Lucy is curvy enough that it does her no favors.
        Honestly, I think the extensions are a bigger problem and that, in general, super long hair makes us short gals appear even shorter.
        The combined effect of ultra long hair and all the horizontals of the dress (midriff, waistline, stitching) make her look fairly stumpy and squat. And those are two words most short ladies NEVER want used to describe them, no matter how comfortable they are with their height. I speak from experience!

    • LipstickForPigs

      Short girl reporting in: Just say no to all of the aforementioned, particularly if you have a small waist and curves.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        Short girl with small waist and curves here too and can testify to the evil effects of ankle-straps. I do have one pair of really cute herringbone heals but I swear I only wear them with pants.

    • SugarSnap108

      It took me years to accept this sad fact, due to the cuteness of many ankle-strap shoes. But I’m now able to admit the truth.

      • Sarah

        I just pretend I’m more “average” than short, and do it anyway. (Tights in the same color as the shoes will help cancel out the cankle)

        • SugarSnap108

          Unfortunately, I not only have short legs, but disproportionately long thighs/short shins. There is no canceling my cankles. (On the bright side, I’m so glad there’s a forum where I can make that statement, and people understand.)

          • kimmeister

            You must have my same problem with knee-high boots. The curvature of my calf muscle starts much lower than where boots have the curve.

          • SugarSnap108

            Ugh, yes. The difficult footwear life of the short-shinned.

    • kimmeister

      And tall or short, if your ankles are naturally on the thicker side, no ankle straps. (I won the genetic anti-lottery of having legs that are both short and thick.)

  • Judy_S

    I think she looks cute. I don’t know her from Adam so I can’t speak to her persona, just the impression of a very young woman who is naive enough to paint her toenails to match her dress. She does not look tall and slender, but she looks pretty and sweet and as if she bought the dress for herself and wore it because it’s her favorite.

  • Courtenay P

    she’s so pretty, but damn she could use a stylist.

  • marlie

    I don’t really like the dress anyway, and it’s largely because of the bare midriff. Make it a whole dress, and there might be something here – though the skirt would still need to be hemmed.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I like the top half of this outfit quite a bit. Her hair bugs me a bit, but her makeup is lovely, and I like the top on her as is. I wish she’d paired it with another skirt and different shoes. A pencil skirt, perhaps, or maybe just something a little more youthful.

    The Google says she’s 24? You could have told me she was 17, and I would have believed you.

  • deelup

    How dressing like a blue brick wall was a good idea, I’ll never know.

  • cocohall

    I think part of the problem is that the tiles on the top are vertical and the tiles on the skirt are horizontal. If they were all vertical, and the skirt was shorter and less voluminous, and there were different shoes, the stumpification MIGHT have been avoided. But that’s a lot of “ifs” to get to an acceptable look. This is clearly the sort of dress for a girl like Taylor Swift or perhaps even Brandi on RHOBH who are approaching six feet. I actually like the textile a lot. Pretty girl, too. My guess is she fell in love with the color of the material, which does look good on her, and then overlooked the actual fit.

    • kimmeister

      Also, the pleating on the skirt is interfering with the effect of the black lining. On the top, you can see the black lining all over the top. On the skirt, like right behind her left leg in the last photo, the way the fabric folds up on itself makes it look like some of the lining is black, some is light blue.

  • Little_Olive

    I saw this dress on Shopbop, featured on the front page, and it looked so interesting on the model. So yes, I reckon TLo is right in their assessment that this needs a much taller girl.

  • Jacob Bowen

    She looks the cells of the onion skin my students are looking at under microscopes…and the black waistband cuts her off even more. Ugh.

  • Cheryl

    From the waist up I thinks it’s okay, it’s the too full, too long skirt and the damn ankle straps. I met her a while ago, and she was a couple of centimetres taller than me, and I’m 153 cm, so yeah, she’s quite petite. Btw, she was very sweet and friendly.

  • I don’t mind the top, but I would have paired it with some skinny black tuxedo pants and a soft updo to show off that pretty face. (Or, better yet, a haircut.) I’m not sure ankle straps work on anyone other than shoe models…..they are just so problematic in terms of fit and, as pointed out, “stumpifying”, which may be a word I strive to work into my conversations this week.

  • Gatto Nero

    “Stumpifying” was my first thought before even reading the commentary. The proportions (paired with the ankle straps) are awful, for all the reasons mentioned.
    Her makeup is fine, but I’m so over the ombre hair thing.

  • littlestars

    The bottom half isn’t great (the ankle straps and skirt length aren’t terribly flattering), but from my perspective it isn’t bad enough to cancel out the adorable top half. I think she looks really cute overall. And I love her hair…but then again, I sport the dreaded cocker spaniel hair myself, so I’m a bit biased.

  • RuthGo

    I think the whole thing looks cute.

    • Hermione

      I agree except as to the shoes. I really do think they “stumpify” her.

  • The top half of the outfit is super cute, but I don’t think that the bottom half is at all. I don’t think that the length of the skirt is flattering on her. And those ankle straps are just a big no no xo

  • Liz

    I almost want to disagree, but that’s only because I’ve seen the shit that they dress her in as Aria on Pretty Little Liars. At least she hasn’t killed any woodland animals to wear as accessories! The toenail polish is making my ass twitch.

  • silly little thumb

    Also, she looks like a fashion victim. She’s wearing way too many trends at once.

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  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    It’s way too much everything…hair, dress, shoes. Too bad, because it’s a sweet little dress and a great color on her. I tried to watch PLL once…the writing made my brain twitch.

  • Makes me laugh that the knees are carefully covered (as if for some kind of old-fashioned modesty) and then there’s that belly strip.

  • SorayaS

    She makes it look bland whereas someone with the right colouring would really make it sing. The ankle straps were a very poor decision. And that HAIR ugh- it is the cocker spaniel-iest cocker spaniel hair I have seen for a long time. That’s not style, honey..

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  • quiltrx

    If this were one continuous dress instead of the two pieces, I think it would have been great on her. Too bad.

  • SierraDelta

    Can we start a GTANYS (Girl, Those Are Not Your Shoes) acronym?

  • A.E. Boredom Queen

    It’s so strange to see her smiling, after all of the angst on PLL. I think the outfit would be adorable if she had different shoes, and it was a dress instead of separates.