Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Bottega Veneta at the 23rd Hall Of Fame Induction Gala

Posted on March 12, 2014

We never thought we’d see the day when Tina Fey surpassed Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the style front.


Honoree Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends the Television Academy’s 23rd Hall Of Fame Induction Gala in Beverly Hills, California in a Bottega Veneta dress

And maybe it’s not fair to compare them  (come on, though; the similarities in looks, style and background are enough for even Tina to make the comparison) but since they both stepped out in the same week sporting looks similar enough in style (a sort of mature, business-like, NYC-esque look) that you’d think they borrowed from each other’s closets, we can’t help it. This just looks like something Tina rejected before she chose that Antonio Berardi. And that makes us sad. We’re happy for Tina that she’s evolved and grown on the style front, but there was a time when JLD owned the “gorgeous funny lady on the red carpet” gig.

If we can do a little armchair red carpet psychoanalysis, we suspect Miss Julia is having a style crisis because of her age. There seems to be this concerted effort on her part to dress more maturely and a little more demurely. You’ll rarely hear us complain about someone paying attention to their style and making tweaks as they progress through the decades, but we honestly think she’s jumping the gun a little. Julia, honey. You don’t fucking age. We’re not suggesting you start dressing like Lea Michele or anything, but you don’t have to be afraid of a little glamour and sex appeal in your clothes now that you’re in your fifties. Hell, even if you were aging like a normal 53-year-old, you’d still have room to dress a little more exciting than this.

Not that this is horrible or anything, but the hem hits at a terrible spot and the blocking on the bodice distorts her shape considerably. In addition, the pinks are kind of harsh against her skin and the super-matchy “gift with purchase” clutch makes us weep. Also: those shoes look HELLACIOUSLY uncomfortable.

Lady, you still got it going on. You don’t have to put it away.



[Photo Credit: MINFphoto.com, Jason Kempin/Getty Images]

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  • MilaXX

    I don’t hate the dress, but she could stand to raise the hem to just at the knee, swap the shoes for something a bit better and burn that bag. It looks like one of those DIY make your own clutch from scrap material projects you find on Pinterest.

  • mmebam

    Honoree? She looks like the hostess…

  • sagecreek

    I think I could handle the dress if the pink didn’t look like shiny metallic iron-on accents.

  • Anna

    I’d be on board with the dress if it was a solid colour (black is fine, or another colour entirely). That Victoria’s Secret Pink-blocking is absolutely horrid and ON TOP of that, there’s an unfortunately-placed swirly/Rorschach Test detail. And that clutch is totally Estee Lauder GWP.

    I love you with all my heart, JLD, but this is unfortunate.

    • wisenhar

      The first thing I saw was the Rorschach Test on her, um, let’s go with abdomen.

      • Anna

        It’s kind of impossible for your eyes NOT to go there.

    • KinoEye

      Someone else called my attention to the Rorschach test upthread, and now that’s all I can see. As I said to that person: Outfits should not double as tools for psychoanalysis.

  • Susan Velazquez

    Man this looks like it’s from the business casual rack from Dillards. The pink accents make it look cheap.

    • decormaven

      Yes, this looks like 80’s business attire with a little more daring cleavage (for that day.)

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Right. I was thinking the same – the biggest problem is that the dress is boring as hell.

  • CakesOnAPlane

    She looks like a red carpet referee. But a hot one.

    • Kitten Mittons

      They need those! I like this idea.

      I like her so much that I want to justify this outfit. It’s not going very well. But her head looks beautiful. And she’s got an enviable rack.

      • kimmeister

        I never thought of her as being super busty, but she sure looks it here!

        • Kitten Mittons

          I know. I don’t think of her as super busty, but they look lovely. I’m two decades her junior, and mine aren’t that perky. Kudos to her shape wear.

  • deelup

    Playing a politician doesn’t mean you have to dress like one.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    She is on my list of girl crushes, but she appears to be sporting an owl (or two) on her torso….

    • Alyssa

      I see a demonic creature (like Pain & Panic from Hercules) holding a pitchfork.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I was thinking Cthulu.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Didn’t see yours before I posted definitely an owl or a cat.

  • RescueMe23

    Sorry – I disagree. She looks great.

  • jw_ny

    I find this dress on Julia to be more flattering than the one on Tina, although this one also draws attention right to the abdomen area. This one seems to be kind of off-the-rack, where Tina’s had more of a designer feel to it. Not a fan of either dress tbqh. Julia looks good here though, but she is not radiating like Tina.

  • I suppose I’m in the minority here, but I like the dress. I think the pink accents are fun, it seems fitted well (though I agree it could lose an inch or two off the hem) and the plunging neck keeps it from being dowdy. I think Tina’s dress is actually worse than this one (it’s giving her droopy boobs in more than a few shots) but Tina’s styling and attitude is better. Julia always looks a little deer in the headlights in front of the cameras.

  • Sharon Weiner

    Gift with purchase clutch, LMAO!

  • cocohall

    JLD and I are the same age, and I would give a kidney to look like her. Even though the dress is a bit problematic (Free Rohrshach testing in Conference Room B! Dr. Louis-Dreyfus will provide on-site interpretations!) I think she looks fantastic. This dress is at least cheerful; Tina’s was sleek, but a bit dreary. But what is going on with designers that are determined to bring attention to the midriff? Really, are there any women over 25 who have gestated that want the focus on their tummies?

    • Wendi126

      Same here. JLD is 5 weeks younger than I and I have found this is a bit of a tricky time fashion wise. If the dress was shorter and less Rorschachy it would be great. But yes I think she looks good and not ‘too mature’.

  • Roz

    That pink is heinous.

  • Betsy

    I hate the dress but she’s the perfect example of “aging gracefully.” Her face looks amazing.

  • Cheryl

    I like the shape of this dress, but I hate those pink, shiny, blotchy, stripey things. That dress in a solid colour, and hemmed up a few inches I think would have been flattering. Perhaps not the most exciting look in the world, but not the cheap look that the pink stripes give it. I’ll be happy when the no hose look finally goes away. I think it’s fine on the cute little twenty somethings, but our legs just get a little beaten up after a few years and need something…maybe the return of leg makeup?

  • filmcricket

    I don’t mind the shape of the dress, but the fabric does make it look like something one could buy at Sears. That said, I do actually prefer the way this fits her than Tina’s does on Tina.

  • Mothra

    Did she get that a referee supply store?

  • pookiesmom

    This is not a great look, but I think it’s a bit premature to call it a style crisis. Most other RC appearances I’ve seen her make, she’s looked fabulous.

  • MoHub

    Both she and Tina Fey need to stop sporting that below-the-knee skirt length.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Cute dress but that style has been around long enough that you can pick up a similar look very inexpensively.
    Am I the only one who sees an owl or a cat right across her stomach?

    • KinoEye

      It’s like an abdominal Rorschach test. I kinda see an owl. I also see anthropomorphic trees. An outfit should not double as psychoanalysis.

      • Shawn EH

        It hits in a really unflattering place, too. Horrible dress, would have been better all black or all pink, no pattern at all.

  • bellafigura1

    I’m her age and I like it although hate pink/black combo always. She does not give off a fear-of-aging vibe at all, she looks sexy and confident and effortless which is what it is all about.

  • marlie

    Aw, Julia. SHE looks gorgeous, but she can – and has – done SO much better than this dress. My biggest problem is that it looks a little cheap. She deserves better.

  • KinoEye

    She’s 53? DAMN, lady. I’m half your age and wish I looked that good out in public. Please do step it up, and show the world that 50-somethings can be just as drop dead sexy as 20-somethings.

    And yes, that particular shade of pink is much too harsh.

  • VicD

    Aw. I like this. I guess that’s the “woman-of-a-certain-age” in me speaking.

  • uprightcitizen

    Wow. Guess I’ll be the cheese that stands alone here, but I didn’t read “mature” or “business” at all with this. If anything, the hot pink and metallic is in danger of looking Katy Perry/Barbie/juvenile, IMHO, but she’s pulling it off by making it look sporty (the neckline and collar) and fun. And the fit is spectacular on her, making it sexy. I will agree about the hem. Even though it’s a popular length right now, a woman as tiny as her really needs to keep her skirts closer to the knee. That’s not the outline of a cat’s head on her tummy?

  • Skippymom1

    I know in the back of mind “Yes, she has to be in her 50’s” but seeing the full shot of her face just makes a woman say “Woah. I need to be her when I grow up.” Who am I kidding….I don’t look that good 6 years younger. She could wear a sack and be gorgeous.

  • Molly

    “Lady, you still got it going on. You don’t have to put it away.” Smooches to uncles for saying that!

  • ashtangajunkie

    I want to be JLD when I grow up. I hate this dress, but her face is all I’m really looking at.

  • alyce1213

    I like Tina’s dress on its own, but this dress fits Julia better, it’s more flattering, and it’s got some sexy. It’s not my favorite on her, but it’s just fine.

  • formerlyAnon

    Ms. Fey DOES look better, but mostly because she looks more sophisticated. The Berardi is IMO a more unflattering dress. But it doesn’t have that downmarket department store sales rack feel that this does. Due to awful pink, trying-too-hard graphic on the pink, and general off-the-rack fit.

  • lobsterlen

    I have made this comment before … Julia she dress more like her character on VEEP.

  • FrigidDiva

    I actually don’t mind the dress. However, I would love to see her with shorter hair like her VEEP character.

    • MaryMitch

      Not sure how I feel about the dress, but I totally agree about the hair.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I don’t mind the pink, but I wish it was so shiny. If the shoes were a bit cuter and the bag was WAY different I would be on board.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    The length of the skirt hurts this dress, along with the overly bright pinks and matchy clutch. Julia, we just know you can do better!

  • EEKstl

    “gift with purchase” clutch. Priceless.

  • Ah, yes, it’s not only us mere mortals who have trouble finding clothes when we’re in our 50s. There is very little to choose that lands between “sexy 20something” and “thisclose to death.”

  • desertsweetpea

    I can’t wait for the new season of VEEP.

  • Sabin

    I like the silhouette of the possessed gopher on her abdomen. Very 1995 “Caddyshack.”

  • kimmeister

    Her face looks great though. Well, I think the brows could use a bit more grooming, but other than that, fabulous.

  • “My piece explores menopause and archetypes as a woman moves from the Barbie pink of the Maiden, through the Soccer Mom years of the Mother and finally the dark depths of the Crone.”

  • Daisy Buchanan

    She’s so tiny, I feel like she should have been able to pull this off. And if she can’t pull it off, who can?

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I would love it if it hit above the knee. She has the gams for it.


  • Gener1c

    This reminds me of some of the tie dye stuff being sold on street corners to unstylish tourists in places like the Bahamas …

  • gefeylich

    I love her almost as much as Fey, and her makeup and hair are perfect (she’s another person who is not aged by dark hair), but yeah, this outfit makes me sad too. It looks like something my cousin from Balboa Island would wear: a Nordstrom/Neiman Marcus OC Rich Lady Outfit (really, in this photo she’s a ringer for my cousin, from hair to shoes). I think it’s the hot pink/fuschia bits which kill it (and not in a good way). I’d expect someone like Marie Osmond to wear something like this, not my classy, smart, usually-tasteful Julia. It does NOT suit her.

    • balboa island! my parents used to rent a vacation home there for a couple of weeks in the summer during the early sixties. that’s where i learned to flirt! all the teenagers would walk around the island and eye each other all evening until curfew. sort of like the mexican promenade around the zocolo.

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