Katy Perry at the “The Prismatic World Tour” Media Call

Posted on March 05, 2014

It surprises us how much we like this dress.


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If there’s one thing we can’t stand in ladyfashion, it’s too-tricky skirts, and this is one of the trickiest we’ve seen in a while. We hate sheers over minis and the thought of adding a ruffled peplum on top of that should make us collapse dramatically to the floor in protest. But we actually think this is kind of cute. We don’t like the hair ribbon (in fact, we hate it), the belt or the jewelry, but the dress itself is a good choice for her; up-front sexy but also girly and (to use a really old-fashioned word) coquettish. We’d have styled this much differently. It could have been chic on her without all the foofaraw added. And her makeup’s too heavy. Cleaner face, paler lip, played down belt and jewelry, pale silver shoes. There you go.

Your turn, darlings. Play with your Katy Perry paper doll. What would you change?




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  • Emily Giovanni

    If she must wear a bow in her hair, it should not be the same color as her hair. Should have deployed color there and in the nails.

    • ampg

      On the other hand, I thought at first that it was part of the backdrop, which definitely helped in my estimation of the overall look.

    • lundibleu

      Yup. Some colour in shoes, belt, hair ribbon and nails and this could be getting near to perfect. I’d suggest that matching belt and hair ribbon might work, not sure on nails and shoes.

      I’d also like to see Katy with a shorter bob, maybe a Louise Brooks type. That could work with this dress.

    • Pablo

      I didn’t even notice the bow before I read your comment! now the look got a lot more creepy

  • That’s a hair ribbon? I thought she had very determined fly aways…

  • charlotte

    The ribbon makes her look like Minnie Mouse. I would change just about everything because I am (insert Lena Dunham voice) so not fond of this look.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Ditch the peplum, shorten the overskirt, change out the belt, leave the bracelet, definitely lose the hair bow, lighten up the makeup. I am undecided on shoes.

  • Ginger

    I’d ditch the dress entirely and scrub her face…for starters. Words describing my dislike of that dress fail me.

  • hughman

    Eh. She looks like Snow White in a laundry basket.

    • ushoda

      omg! she looks just like “Matilda” in that close up pic

    • demidaemon

      Yes. Snow White in the dwarfs’ laundry basket.

  • Danielle

    The peplum makes me queasy. Bring back the Moschino!

  • Sara__B

    Snow White attends the adult video awards.

  • Candice Jones

    it looks like madonna and snow white had a baby

  • Gatto Nero

    No peplum, for starters. There are too many random layers here.
    The sheer on the bottom bugs me more than the sheer on the top.
    Bigger belt. Cleaner face. Lose the Minnie Mouse hair bow.

  • Scimommy

    Cleaner face, an updo (NO BOW!), simple neutral belt (or no belt), amber/gold jewelry, and tan or brown leather sandals. This is fun!

  • Anna

    It’s better-executed here, but the top half reminded me of Elizabeth Moss’s dress from the Vanity Fair party. I would just start over. And Katy, go call your friend Rihanna about how to wear this hairstyle.

    • demidaemon

      Me too. Hate this dress with a passion.

    • snarkykitten

      Glad I’m not the only one who thinks that re: the Elizabeth Moss dress.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Losing the hair bow would be a major improvement. Definitely take off the peplum, and let the skirt lining line the entire skirt.

  • myandyleigh

    I can see now that the fashion industry is hellbent on making me despise white shoes the same way I’ve come to despise silly putty shoes. At least these aren’t squared off, making it look as though someone chopped off her toes. Yes, at least there’s that.

    I don’t like anything here. Can we just burn it all and start over?

  • filmcricket

    Lose the hair bow and the peplum, line the whole thing in like a pale blue, switch all the accessories to silver. Now let’s see if Disqus will let me post this, I haven’t been able to get on here for about a day!

    • Coolekat

      You made it.

  • Raise the bustline – she shouldn’t be hanging around at elbow height at her age.

  • MilaXX

    I mostly hate this dress. Since it’s what we have to work with, I’d start by getting rid of the hair ribbon, and the bracelets. I’d also rip off that peplum. I think you need the belt to keep it from looking too beach cover up over a bathing suit. Give her a softer lip, a soft rose instead.. I think the dark lip was an attempt to give the look some edge, but it’s not working. I think the dark nails are enough.

  • uprightcitizen

    The ribbon on her head looks like one of those old images of girls working on their posture by balancing a book on their heads! Agree about the makeup and the jewelry, but I would either keep those shoes or do medium brown leather ones, maybe with a very 1940s profile.

  • Yes, it surprises me how much you like it too.

    • Exactly what I thought.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      lol! Love the witty snarkiness of this comment! such a BK thing to say!

    • decormaven

      Oh, snap!

    • Aurora Leigh


  • marlie

    Idon’tlikeanyofit. {runs and hides}

    I’m just not feeling it. There’s nothing *wrong* with this – for Katy – but it’s also not all that interesting, either. Sorry, KP; go home and start again.

    ETA: Nevermind. I see that I’m not alone.

  • Miss Ruth

    I would’ve thought you’d hate this, uncles. As for me, both the belt and the peplum bug. The peplum is just bunchy and extra fabric; the belt would work better with a pair of Wranglers. I’d lose both and change out the belt for something wider and plainer. Oh, and the (Betty Mouse? Minnie Boop?) hair thing should be set on fire.

  • Deb_Lynn

    See Elisabeth Moss? This is how the bra dress should look.

    • Imasewsure

      Yes that was one of the worst we’ve seen for sure

  • Imasewsure

    Need those changes as described by our dear uncles…. then I’m on the side of liking this (but not the peplum – never the peplum!)

  • I really cannot wait for this trend of “here’s what it would look like if you could see my underwear through my dress” goes away. I never, ever like it. No visible foundation garments, ever! Why, Christina, why?

  • Alfred Cox

    I like this. Its standard KP in some ways, but its got attitude and confidence. And if she has to wear those bows, at least pair it with something interesting. Mission accomplished.
    Love the use of the word coquettish, btw.

  • thought i hated the dress, then i realized i just HATE that belt. i actually like the dress, but i hate all the dark styling. would like maybe a yellow shoe and cleaner face.

  • Jacob Bowen

    If my paper Katy Perry doll was wearing this dress, she may just accidentally go into the fireplace so I can make a new one.

    But if I HAVE to change her: I would remove the peplum, swap out the belt for a simple black belt, line the bottom and midriff area, take out the hair bow, get FUN shoes. and give her a pink/lighter lip color.

    • Nancer

      Let’s change the Cleopatra hair while we’re at it! NOW we’re talking! :]

  • decormaven

    I would rework the eye makeup- there’s a little too much highlight under the brow. And that hair bow would go in the trash.

  • alyce1213

    Take off the peplum. Easy.

  • Akemi

    That hair bow. Is she Snow White? The dress is actually cute though.

  • Coolekat

    A touch too French maid for my taste.

  • StarburstLady

    Light blue shoes in less of a mature shape. A wrist full of rainbow-colored resin bangles. Hair with a little more volume– maybe slap some extensions in and do a mermaid braid over the shoulder.

  • Trickytrisha

    Yeah, the bow needs to disappear. Otherwise pretty scrumptious. And Elisabeth Moss? Take a lesson on how a built in bra dress should look.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Dump the bow, Add black pumps instead of white ones, ditch the pearl bracelet, add a red statement ring.

    • MilaXX

      mmm, I like the addition of a statement ring and red would be an interesting choice.

  • Kelly

    What would I change? Bow. Belt. Shoes. Dress. I’ll keep the bracelet.

    • I do love the bracelet. The artfully displayed Chanel c’s are perfection.

  • B_C_J

    Throw the whole outfit into a acid filled vat except for the bracelet and instead put her in a fun Chanel suit like Rihanna was wearing.

  • lunchcoma

    I would change this by dropping a curtain in front of it so I didn’t have to see it any longer. The best thing I can say about it is that the shoes are inoffensive.

  • KT

    Ooh… you guys are on your own with this one.

  • Paula Pertile

    Plastic tablecloth craft project. Sorry. Maybe I need a nap.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like the bracelet…and two of her songs. That’s all I got.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    It surprises me that you guys aren’t rolling around laughing at the state of her. Jaysus it is awful on every level imaginable.

  • Erica

    Just because this visible bra dress is BETTER than the one Lizzy Moss wore does not make it GOOD.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    I like it. It’s just some lining short of a cute summer linen go to lunch in outfit.

  • Qitkat

    Too many bracelets. Hahahaha. As if that’s all that is wrong with this outfit. Katy, doll, you usually do so much better than this. It’s just too silly.

  • Sabin

    I have no justification to offer, but I like this. On her. It’s kind of 50s diner waitress, in the best possible way.

  • demidaemon

    The dress. I’m sorry; I pretty much hate it.

  • icm

    You know the whole lets see my foundation garments under my sheer dresses look is getting really old really fast. Before you all get in my face I know I know it’s part of the dress and usually is .But from a purely visual perspective It most often looks like the wearers underwear.

  • ojosazules

    I would send her home.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • elirt

    I really don’t get TLo’s blind love for Katy Perry. It’s my one big disagreement about her. I find her insulting to women to saying things like she’s not a feminist, but she believes in strong women (you just sound dumb saying that). She’s so lacquered and contrived. She’s a more tangible Lady Gaga but equally pretentious and phony in my book.

    • But none of this has anything to do with why we complimented this outfit – or any of her outfits.

  • IMNAngryLiberal


  • FancyPhilly

    Does she just wear wigs constantly? Good wigs mind you, but wigs.

  • snarkykitten

    Really? cos this is like the white version of the 5-year old drawing of a bra, aka what Elizabeth Moss wore.

  • TLJezebel

    “Cleaner face” on Katy Perry. Please.

  • Lilak

    I can’t get past the weird ‘apron’ effect. The image it conjures is Wally and the Beav coming home for lunch and there’s Bettie Page rustling up the tuna sandwiches. Fuh-reaky.

  • Mona_Visa

    Green! 😀

    Deep forest velvets, jade satin, and of course that glorious emerald silk bias-cut delicacy from Atonement! My KP doll would wear green, because she reminds me so much of my hero, Scarlett O’Hara.

  • calimon

    those baubles on that belt would go first, then makeup, then bow

  • MoHub

    Don’t like it. Looks as if it’s made of those disposable scrubby cloths.

  • OhSheila

    I would change nothing, because I love it. Well, her foundation is way too heavy, but I like the hair bow and I like the baubles on the hand and waist. It takes it away from chic, sure, but I’m not entirely sure that was the goal.

  • AmeliaEve

    What I hate here is the underskirt. Switch that for some white capri leggings and the whole line makes a lot more sense, including the peplum, which I think is cute. I even like the belt, but she needs another touch of black somewhere else. Shoes?

  • Burn the bow, pink up the lips and send the bracelet to me immediately. I don’t care for the dress, yet can’t deny it looks perfect on her (and probably only her, thank god).

  • Sally Spannagle

    She does not need the bow in her hair — it disappears. That haircut does very little for her as well.

  • ACHATtychica

    HA! I’m sorry, I just had to laugh at the use of “paper doll” in this post, given that her ex John Mayer has a song by the same name. If you can’t tell, I’m a John Mayer fan, and not so much a fan of Miss Perry. As far as the dress is concerned, I can’t get past the stupid hair bow, the belt, and the jewelry to really appreciate the dress on its own.

  • livesarah

    I love the fabric of the dress, but honestly I’d rather see her undies than another sheer-over-mini. And a peplum. Blegh. It works overall, but it could be much better.

  • LeelaST

    She looks like a maid.