GTNYD: Sarah Paulson in Marc Jacobs at the PaleyFest “American Horror Story” Event

Posted on March 31, 2014

Yikes. Sometimes, you’ve just gotta go with the “sister-wife” joke, cliche though it may be.



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To be fair, we think this is a very pretty dress. We just don’t think Sarah’s the gal who should be working it. Her looks and persona just don’t take this anywhere fun or chic. Instead it looks a little dowdy and serious on her. There’s no styling choice that’s gonna change that. A classic case of Girl, That’s Not Your Dress.

Sweetie, pack this up and send it off to J Lo, who’ll make it sing. You can keep the shoes and bag because there’s no way J Lo’s touching them. Let’s get you in something with a print, like a DVF or Herrera, pronto.




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  • Courtenay P

    but is it ever really Sarah Paulson’s dress? I love her, but no.

    • Lori

      So true. I can’t even remember that last time she looked really good on a red carpet. She desperately needs a stylist because there is no way she should look this terrible all the time.

      • demidaemon

        I agree. She rarely ever gets it even close to right, despite her natural adorableness.

    • Anne

      I was thinking the same thing!

      • Me, too! She never wears her dress!

    • ScarlettHarlot

      The dress she wore in the finale of Coven looked so good on her. She should just wear that all the time.

  • BlairBear

    This is so much better than the last Marc Jacobs dress she donned

  • Evan

    Is that a tat or a bracelet on her right foot? Whatever it is, it’s distracting.

  • lexilexi

    The purse is just dreadful with the dress. The shoes are so painful looking. And the dress… just sad.

  • Mazenderan

    I don’t think her complexion can take white.

    That awkward mid-calf hem rears it’s ugly head again.

    Not loving her hair, either. That’s some early X-Files Scully hair right there – but without the pretty colour.

    • sundaynightaddict

      The hair is definitely a problem. Imagine this dress with somebody with longer, more boho (I loathe that word, but can’t think of anything else that captures what I’m trying to say) hair. Long, loose waves would better complement the style of the dress.

  • She could be such a Little Mouse in the Prairie Fashion with her features but Marc Jacobs doesn’t seem to be the designer for that. SHAME.

  • jw_ny

    It is her dress…if it’s her 3rd marriage, at the county courthouse.

  • decormaven

    This dress, if it weren’t so deeply V’d, could double for mortuary wear. Let’s not speak of the shoes.

  • alliekat9090

    She is just the strangest looking person.

  • SugarSnap108

    The shoes and bag are horrifying. I think I’d like the dress if the skirt were slimmer and a little shorter — and on someone else.

  • ChelseaNH

    The shape reminds me of a Kara Janx wrap dress — I wonder what some color would do for this look.

  • Sister wife on the prowl! Check out those ankles.

    • demidaemon


  • kimmeister

    That’s not her makeup either. It’s giving her Macaulay Culkin’s face.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Yes, the dress is very pretty and I second the idea to send it to JLo.

    But sister-wife here looks like she has reptile feet! Or Martian feet! Or moss on her feet! Très horrible!! Yuck!

    P.S.- clutch looks like an ugly pencil case

  • Elizabetta1022

    Looks like she’s at the spa, and forgot her flip flops so had to wear her pumps out to the reception desk to ask for shampoo.

  • formerlyAnon

    The length, dear god that length. And those are ’70s too-narrow shoulders for her proportions, I think.

    The genius of the Chloe post had cheered me up, briefly. But that respite is over. Time to Google for film of Hiddleston mugging for an audience. Or even better, giggling in an interview.

  • MilaXX

    Not only is that not her dress, but the stark eye/red lip makeup is not her face either.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I can’t picture JLo this covered up either. Maggie Gyllenhaal could rock this, or maybe one of Chloe Sevigne’s alters.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      But on Maggie It would be more rumpled-I’m sorry, but she cannot wear clothes. I vote for this being worn by one of Chloe’s alters, or her character on Big Love

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I agree that Maggie is a disaster, but if she wore this dress correctly, I think it would look great on her. Would love the TLo write up on Chloe if she wore it.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’ve been too hard on Mags. This dress probably would be a better choice for her, but if so I’d like it in a color.

  • Laura Livingston

    Ghost Bride

  • clatie

    Dear Sarah P: If you are working with a stylist, fire them. He/she obviously hates you because, Sarah, you are lovely and graceful and smart but you never look chic. How can this be?! FIRE THAT STYLIST. Next time I see you, I hope you will be wearing something fabulous and worthy of you! kisses!

  • butterflysunita

    Bathrobe from an upscale hotel. Then she grabbed a clutch.

  • berkeleygirl

    She is desperately in need of a new stylist. Paulson is one of the greatest younger actors around, but it’s too soon to go the Meryl “I just want to be comfy” route.

    • Trickytrisha

      Uh, younger? She’s in her late thirties, I believe. And here, yeah, she could easily be 10 years older. So much potential, so little style.

  • Kelly

    You’re right, boys; it’s not Sarah’s dress, but I don’t really think it’s anyone’s. Crossing a bathrobe with a karate gi doth not a chic dress make. It looks more than a little dowdy here, and the length isn’t helping.

  • marlie

    Maybe shorten the skirt and rock some F-me heels? Or yeah, ship it off to JLo.

    • Jacob Bowen

      And maybe change the sleeves?

      • marlie

        I kind of like the sleeves. They’re a little tricky to wear, but on the right ladystar, they could work.

  • NBG

    I am not convinced that is her hair color either. It washes her out.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Is color against her religion? She avoids it like the plague.

  • KT

    J Lo?? No no no. Sarah Jessica Parker maybe, or possibly Christina Hendricks (if it were slightly more fitted) — but not J Lo!!

  • SewingSiren

    I like the dress on her. Though she does look like she’s going to a funeral. The bag looks like the pouch that my mother-in-law kept her notary stamp in.

  • quiltrx

    It’s too bad she couldn’t drop the bank deposit bag off before this event.
    And those shoes kind of look like creamed spinach. Which is a sentence I should never have had to type.

    • Sofia Lopez Garcia

      I literally choked on my lunch reading this. You win the internet today.

      • quiltrx

        Yay me! (and glad the choking was only temporary LOL)

  • Mrs. O

    Looks like they didn’t give her a locker key at the spa so she has to carry her iPad around with her in its little plastic sleeve. The shoes…Yee-gad!

  • Imasewsure

    I love Marc Jacobs but it’s a tough brand. Not for amateurs

    • Gatto Nero

      Unless you’re a skinny 18-year-old with lots of attitude and a strong sense of irony (or Sofia Coppola), MJ tends toward dowdiness.

  • GeoDiva

    Has she joined a cult?

  • MannahattaMamma

    especially with a white background, she becomes a kind of floating lipsticked head…

  • I think Rosario Dawson could bring some Bianca Jagger glamour to this dress. On a pale-skinned woman who has a serious lack of red carpet attitude, it looks like she’s heading for a full-immersion adult baptism.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Oooh, good call! Or Eva Mendes, since she is so good with accessorizing.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    What, she just heard biblical epics are making a come back and wants to look the part to plant the idea in some casting director’s head. That is the only explanation for this I will accept.

  • V No Privacy

    Dowdytown is where Sarah P lives. She’s right on the border by Mustyville.

  • Shawn EH

    She’s such a DVF wrap-dress waiting to happen, isn’t she? When is she going to realize that?

  • She also has a predilection for bad lip color.

  • I can’t tell if that’s her dress or not because i am too afraid to look at the pictures. That some serious Stepford-ness coming off her and it’s like she can transmit it with her eyes.

  • lobsterlen

    I would go with cult sacrifice but sister wife works too.