Kristen Bell in J. Mendel at the “Veronica Mars” LA Premiere

Posted on March 13, 2014

We’re going to be honest here: we struggle mightily to try and get a handle on Kristen’s style. Sometimes – a lot of the time, in fact – we don’t quite get what she’s going for.

Case in point:


Kristen Bell attends the ‘Veronica Mars’ premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California in a J. Mendel silk strapless gown with draped skirt accessorized with Piaget earrings.

J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

We don’t love the dress. She needs a stronger shade of pink than that for her coloring. Plus the fabric looks thick and heavy, and the fit around the bust and butt is a little off. But our assessment so far is , “Okay, she’s going for Old Hollywood Glamour, clearly.” Except she’s sporting socialite hair and makeup. And the shoes don’t look all that fabulous, but that’s hard to tell because she’s wearing a slit-to-the-thigh gown and standing with her legs clamped together. Not that she should be doing the Angelina pose, but why wear slit-to-the-thigh and then hide it? A little flash of ankle or even calf won’t kill anyone, dear. We’ll give her points for the earrings, though. They make the look (insofar as the look is made, if that makes any sense, which it probably doesn’t and speaking of probably, we should probably close this parenthetical now). Our point is, if we had to pinpoint what doesn’t sit right with us about her style it’s this: she doesn’t seem capable of making a statement. Say what you will about someone like, say Allison Williams, whose clothing choices we find maddeningly prim and matronly, but at least she has a defined style. Kristen seems to bounce around a lot but never quite nails any one look decisively. So you get looks like this, which is Old Hollywood Glam as filtered through modern NYC socialites.

We think this dress requires a little Gilda-style boldness. The earrings are pretty, but we’d probably swap them out for something just as showy, but a little less on the romantic side. We’d slap on some seriously glittery, attention-seeking shoes and order her to show them off at every chance. And finally, we’d order more glamorous hair and face for her than this. Strong lip and done-up eyes with the hair down and swooping over her face slightly. You’re gorgeous and you’re at your movie premiere in a goddess gown and tons of diamonds. If you’re gonna go there, then really GO THERE, y’know?





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  • thecitysleeps

    A too long bath towel. Next.

    • NinaBoo

      I designed this exact dress in 1971 when, at the ripe old age of 4, I took my abuelita’s leftover housecoat fabric and wrapped it around my body. Of course, I had to clamp my left armpit down since that’s the only place I could tuck it and not have it look silly.

      My momma helped me fix it later with a fabu gold and rhinestone brooch from her jewelry box. Good times.

    • judybrowni

      With after-bath limp hair and no (discernible) makeup.

  • 8daysaweek

    She could wear a paper bag to the premiere and I wouldn’t complain this week. One more day until I finally get to see my beloved Veronica Mars again!
    But yes, absolutely, the look isn’t working. Her face is pretty though.

  • Leah Elzinga

    that face, those cheekbones, and that body, and this is what she does with it. tsk tsk Miss Mars.

  • Emily Giovanni

    3 things. 1. I don’t know whether it was God-given or sculpted by a surgeon, but her nose is perfect. 2. Those earrings are killer. 3. Most importantly, Veronica Mars!

  • Richard Banger

    That dress actually looks like this dress my sister made for her Barbie when she was a little girl

  • ashtangajunkie

    I probably could have accepted the dress if she had gone with more glamorous hair and makeup. And obnoxiously blingy earrings. This dress needs lipstick and diamonds.

  • The earrings are stunning!

  • @Biting Panda

    Her style rarely conveys her personality. From what I can tell, she’s smart, she’d razor sharp fun, she’s a bit hippie, and bit dark. None of that translates in into baby pink column dress.

    • Ginger

      Really? Well then, that automatically makes her more interesting to me. She’s never been on my radar as somebody of interest before. It’s the “a bit hippie and a bit dark” that bumps her up.

    • filmcricket

      This. I also think because she’s so petite it’s difficult for her to find gowns to wear that both fit and suit. She looks pretty great in cocktail dresses and absolutely fabulous in more casual wear, but the big glammy thing really isn’t her. Her appearances on Craig Ferguson’s show are an endless delight, and I wish the girl who shows up there could be more evident on the red carpet.

  • lunchcoma

    That’s how you style the dress, but I don’t think that’s what she’s actually going for. I get the feeling she wants to come across as being easily, simply elegant. The hair and makeup work fine for that – she just needs to find a dress that reflects that image rather than one with such a va va voom feel.

  • marlie

    I may be a lone dissenter, but I like the dress. The color may not be perfect for her, but I still like it, and I like the detail at the bust. BUT, because she is one column of pink(-ish), this look begs for some statement makeup and accessories. I love the earrings, but maybe not with this look.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree with you, a fabulous dress that needs more…especially hair! At least put a jeweled eclip on the pony. That first shot of her gorgeous, so I was actually surprised when the Boys didn’t like it. Definitely needs to be shortened!

    • Tatiana Luján

      I like the front of the dress, but the back is wonky.
      I like the soft makeup and the ponytail. Hem the dress, add a bangle, correct whatever is wrong with the seams on the back and I’m on board with the whole look.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t know if she has that impossible to curl stick straight hair or what, but her hair never matches the dress for me. I also do not understand choices gowns for this pole dance when you are so tiny. It’s harder to disguise that the dress is too big. This is too long and the style eliminates her waist line. I like the earrings hers and her face looks okay, but that’s about it. This feels like a GTNYD to me.

    • Felicia Zuniga

      There used to be a hair show on Bravo (or something) that was about Jonathan Antin and Kristen was on it at one point. I remember him being pretty nasty to her because she needed alterations on her dress at the last moment which meant he had to wait for her.

      The relevant part is that I remember him bitching about her hair being baby fine and impossible. She’s had some pretty cute styles over the year, so maybe it was more due to a time limitation because they’re doing a crazy press push this week?

  • BarniClaw

    Sounds like the wind blew her dress wiiiide open and gave everyone a glimpse of her undies, poor thing, so I’m guessing that’s why she’s not flashing any leg here…

    • You beat me in sharing that! I saw a picture of that wardrobe malfunction on another site. She was standing with her legs broadly apart and smiling. The photographer must have snapped it before she realized her underwear was showing. Poor girl!

  • cocohall

    She looks like she just finished a treatment at a high end spa and is wrapped up in her lux towel on her way back to the changing room. Which is to say, she doesn’t look bad – she is very pretty in a doll-like way, but this just seems a missed opportunity to really work the RC. I’ve never watched VM, but spend enough time on the planet Earth to know that she has a huge following for this show. So own it, honey!

  • jilly_d

    Yes….wrong earrings….sweetie take them off and I’ll hold them for you. *snatches and runs away*

  • msdamselfly

    I think she looks really lovely but that this is not the right venue for this soft, feminine look

  • SewingSiren

    Too long .

  • Felicia Zuniga

    Why do you insist on suppressing your hotness? The world is ready for you, Veronica Mars.

    • filmcricket

      You’re red satin. You’re STRAPLESS red satin!

    • kimmeister

      She definitely wasn’t suppressing it in the red number she wore after the Oscars.

  • decormaven

    She’s not owning this look. A gown with a slit like that demands a glimpse of leg. Also there’s some fit problems in the bust area. However, the color suits her, and the earrings are gorgeous. She is definitely getting the press this week!

  • Janet B

    What would Veronica wear?
    Not this.

  • Alyssa

    I like the dress, but for somebody else. The earrings are to-die-for. I had much higher hopes for this pole dance, but I can’t stay mad because VM returns tomorrow! 🙂

  • Danielle

    That seam in the back is tragic.

  • kmk05

    I like her face and hair, but that bedsheet dress has got to go.

  • E2_Remote

    She appears to have very, very straight fine hair that I think would look better with it cut short, like Charlize Theron’s. A pixie-cut would do wonders for showing off her delicate features. These sad ponytails I’ve seen her sport lately just aren’t doing her any favors. I would also maybe refer her to Kylie Minogue’s people for tips on how best to dress someone with a petite frame.

  • Concept is great… Just a tad over constructed. HALSTON did this look sooo much better. And your right…she’s not right for this sexy, GILDA vibe.

  • deelup

    This overwhelms her and gives us nothing.

  • Shawn EH

    Send it to Allison Williams and stick with the LBDs, Kristen!

  • Imasewsure

    Wonky and dull… I’m thinking discount stylist at best

  • peachy

    you nailed it. i was coming here to say that the fabric reminds me of the towels at the spa.not a good start to a wannabe WERQ moment.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Prom princess.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Second dress in a row that has obscured her waist – starting the pregnancy rumours in three… two… NOW!

  • coco ebert

    I think with a shorter hemline the dress would have looked fab on her. I like the color and think it looks nice on her.

  • Gatto Nero

    Way too cautious all around. And (as you said) the fit is poor, for which there is no excuse.

  • She looks like Glenn Close here.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      And not in a good way.

      • I feel bad, but I’ve never been able to see Glenn Close as attractive – I always see lurking psychopath when I see her. I don’t know what it is.

        • MilaXX

          Watch The Big Chill. She’s young and her features look softer.

          • Yeah I think part of the problem is her tendency towards harsh looks as well as really intense roles. I blame Stepford Wives – even when she’s almost soft, I just think it’s a veneer.
            But I will check out the Big Chill!

  • JynxTheCat

    Man I like the look on her! The cut and proportion are working really well on her little gnome body but the styling belongs to another look for sure.

  • quiltrx

    What is that hard-looking issue with her left boob? Otherwise, shiny bath wrap.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    …And I’d hem the dress to a proper length!