Lea Michele in Milly at the “Glee” 100th Episode Celebration

Posted on March 19, 2014

Must we say it?

Very well, then.

Lea Michele attends Fox’s “Glee” 100th Episode Celebration held at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California in a Milly black lace dress paired with Brian Atwood sandals.

Of course.

There’s not one thing wrong with a gal wanting to look, feel and be told  (preferably by strangers) that she’s sexy and hot. We’re huge advocates of taking time off from “BE ME” in order to have a little fun with “DO ME.”  But when you’re someone as talented as she is, with as much going on in her professional life as she has, it’s kind of sad that “I’M SO HOT” is really the only image she seems to have of herself. Even Rihanna dresses classy every once in a while.

And besides, if you’re constantly choosing “DO ME” as your style then you’re not really playing around or having fun with that idea; you’re selling it so furiously and consistently that it never comes off as sexy as it’s supposed to. It’s the ultimate in try-hard.




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  • at least shes not looking scary thin anymore!

  • deelup

    This is so much an “of course” that I’m feeling certain she has already worn something almost exactly like this. Lea Michele stars in “Groundhog Day The Sequel: Do Me Again, of course!”

    • MoHub

      Not sure, but I think Kristen Stewart has.

  • @Biting Panda

    What’s with the stupid “belt” in the middle? If you’re going see through then just show the undies and be done with it. Fuck. (This girl has never not stomped all over my nerves.)

    • SugarSnap108

      I thought I was insane for being most bugged by the stupid tiny strip of see-through lace between the “belt” and the granny undies. I’m so glad I’m not insane. Or no more insane than you.

      • @Biting Panda

        I fight hard for that top spot.

    • sherrietee

      Maybe to keep navel jewelry from snagging on lace? Dunno.

      • Sophie

        Reminds me of Bubbles in Absolutely Fabulous, who got her brand-new navel ring stuck on a stranger’s shirt button in the Tube… Do you think the band is just normally integrated to that dress, or does Lea Michele have a piercing which required the band to be specifically inserted?

  • NMMagpie

    I must be olde. When I saw these, I flashed back to one of Jane Fonda’s workout videos.

    • I know exactly which one you are talking about, my older sister had it and tried to get me to do it with her all the time. I will just leave out how old I was at the time 🙂

    • Cheryl

      Hah, I was thinking more Cher workout than Fonda, but hey same era.

  • And sorry, honey, but that dress says TRASHY in capital letters with neon around it. Sexy is good, this? nope.

    • conniemd

      That puts your finger on it. She always comes off to me as trashy, whereas someone like JLo or even Rihanna manage to look sexy hot. She looks like the girl from the wrong side of the street trying so hard to be sexy, but not understanding it’s not just the clothes, it comes from the inner confidence that you are sexy, so you don’t need to try so hard.

      • See, I guess I’m a bit old school, but to my eye, this kind of dress is never anything other than vulgar in the extreme, no matter who wears it.

        • conniemd

          Yep it is a vulgar dress. I don’t see any real sexy diva wearing it either, as they’d know it was trashy.

          • Evan

            Britney Spears wore something like this to the Grammys once. But she and her people never knew style was anyway.

        • It would sexier and more tasteful if she actually just showed wearing her bra and panties. I do not get the appeal of this look at all.

    • Emily Smith

      Honestly I bet Kimmy K is PISSED that Lea beat her to this.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        Heidi Klum wants in on this fight, too!

    • formerlyAnon

      It’s so bad that the shoes can’t even drag it down. And that’s saying something.

      (And yet – it really doesn’t convey much in the way of sexiness or sensuality. It’s so bereft of . . . anything that conveys feeling, at least in a photo. And it’s not just because I’m a pretty inflexibly straight woman – I can see the sexiness in plenty of women, even if it does nothing for me at a gut level.)

      • Its just a reminder to us all that sexy has nothing to do with short, tight, or see through. Its all about presence and attitude. Look at Marilyn Monroe in the famous Diamonds number: her dress reveals nothing. Its neither short, skin tight or see through in any way, yet its a powerfully sexy look. Why? Because she projected that, period.

        We can too.

        • formerlyAnon

          Oh, keep being a force for good, Kiltd. You do it well.

          • Many thanks, fA, I promise to do my best to keep to the light.

        • KinoEye

          Right on. Marilyn could have been wearing a trash bag, but she still would’ve been sex on legs. There were lots of equally beautiful, sexy women in movies at that time, but that essence of hers is what made her an immortal star. Not how much skin she showed.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          Exactly, or Rita Hayworth in Gilda, or Lauren Bacall in her suits in To Have and to Have Not.

          • formerlyAnon

            Lauren Bacall . . .

            *sighs, dreamy-eyed*

      • barbarienne

        Yes, exactly. My reaction to this was, “Why did she bother wearing anything?” Sexy isn’t about showing skin or wearing things that draw the eye to the wearer’s sexy bits (as defined by their culture’s gender expectations). Sexy is about the tease, and the attitude, and implication.

        “HERE ARE MY UNDIES LOOK AT THEM AREN’T I DARING DON’T YOU WANT TO DO ME” is boring. And boring is, by definition, not sexy.

    • Gatto Nero

      Finished off with the slutty shoe, in case we didn’t get the message.

    • MoHub

      This is probably too trashy even for Snooki.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Oh, snap!

  • DaringMiss

    Sorry, if she is trying for “Do Me”, she is failing. It is an ugly and unflattering dress. The lace skirt ends up looking like lace leggings and she looks like “Even Sluttier Sandy” from Grease 3, the porno!

    • misstressofsylar

      It’s not even an interesting “Do Me” dress. This was so two years ago. The only person who’s ever made granny panties hot was Rosie in that Gucci gown during her Transformers run.

  • MilaXX

    Even worse the overly aggressive “Do Me” mode makes people nitpick all of your feeble attempts at sexy. For example all I see is an orange tan an beige pedicure that somehow makes her feet look dirty.
    Also I watched the 100th episode special last night and was struck by how insanely talented the original cast was. Not to take away from the newer kids who are talented in their own right, but the voices of Lea, Amber & Chris along with the dancing skills of Harry & Heather was what made that show spark in the first place.

  • thecitysleeps

    It’s not even a pretty dress, the lace is too busy and the top part with the very small boob covers and random waistband just looks weird. I like the shoes though.

    Can we appropriate ‘Of Course’ also to her cast mate Naya Rivera? Because jesus, tacky is her default. Don’t if tacky or try-hard is worse.

  • Carleenml

    This is just offensive to fashion. (can fashion be offended?)

    • Beardslee

      If only!

    • Mrs. Julien

      I daresay that the very existence of this website answers your question with a resounding, “YES!”.

  • For me this goes beyond “of course” to “oh honey, please”.

    • Kitten Mittons

      For me it went from, “Of course,” to “Dear sweet baby Jesus, why didn’t I see this coming and try to prevent it?”

  • Betsy

    I’m sorry. She looks ridiculous. I wish she would embrace the fact that she is a talented, cute singer and not a sexy pop star. Until she realizes this, she will never come across as genuine. And that dress? Grieving granny curtains don’t look good on anyone.

    • marlie

      She can also channel “sexy pop star” without always defaulting to the skimpiest, shortest, sheerest garment she can find. This is just tiresome.

      • MilaXX

        This! She needs to learn how to redefine sexy for her personality.

    • Kent Roby

      Granny curtains over granny panties, no less. Ridiculous.

    • gabbilevy

      She’s trying so hard to toe the line between “I’m in mourning!” and “I’m on the prowl!” and… well, just give it a rest, Lea.

  • marlie

    Just… stop it. I’m *SO* tired of her.

  • Constant Reader

    Ugh. She is dressed like the most desperate cougar who ever trolled the bars on a Friday night. That is to say, it’s tacky, attention-seeking, and aging.

    • TrixieConQueso

      We Cougars have standards, thank you very much. We would not wear that…belt.

      • SportifLateBoomer

        Thank you for defending the honor of cougars everywhere! This one would not wear that outfit outdoors; only in private for pre-sexytimes w/my cub. Gotta leave something to the imagination. And with a thong, no granny panties here.

        • MoHub

          Or the bra and panties in red. But still no belt.

  • Anna

    How sexy is it really when it’s a try-hard, “DO ME!!!…please?”

  • SugarSnap108

    And your stupid tattoos that look like they were written with a Bic on its last dying breath. (Sorry, she bugs me.)

    • mlle

      The little music note on her shoulder is cute, but I have an irrational hate for foot tattoos.

      • SugarSnap108

        I actually like tattoos. I have three (that can be easily hidden). It’s the half-assed ones that could be a mole, or a bruise, or an awkward run-in with your own pen that irritate me. And yeah, the foot is probably my least favorite tattoo locale.

  • jw_ny

    it’s not even a sexy look…just laughable. I can’t look at her as a serious artist or talent.

  • SistaT

    She looks completely awful. And look at her face – she knows it.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    It looks as if she walked out of the house in just the slip and undergarments that were suppose to go underneath what she really was going to wear.

    • MoHub

      And threw the belt on to convince herself it was outwear.

      • Vanessa Reyes


  • charlotte

    I’m just waiting for a doodle-like “I’m so hot” tattoo to happen (“Be me” and “Do me” are options,too).

    • mlle

      Nah, “Succeed” in some frou-frou script on the inside of her wrist is next in the queue.

  • Kent Roby

    Just hideous; that is all.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I wouldn’t hate it except that she seems really uncomfortable and self-conscious. Or maybe I am reading too much body language into these shots.

  • For a [scary] minute I thought this was a black lace capri length romper, and I was going to have to run to the bathroom and puke. Slightly relieved to see it’s a dress, but only because the original impression was so beyond awful. She really is a One Trick Pony (and that includes the pony tail here). Her look should be retired to pasture.

  • Lori

    Someone needs to sit this woman down and explain to her in no uncertain terms that Eau De Needy Desperation is not an alluring perfume.

  • Danielle

    My husband just peeked over my shoulder and announced that no one finds those high waisted briefs sexy, no matter how appealing the black lace might be,

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Her smile in that second picture is just screaming “Don’t I just look so hot? Did you see how revealing it is?” Which is kind of hilarious, even for her.

  • VicD

    That mark on her foot looks like what they put on rescue/shelter dogs when they neuter them, to ensure that it’s easy to tell that the dog has been spayed or neutered. I wonder if that was what she was going for there?

  • cocohall

    I think my biggest gripe with this look is that if you want to be very very attention seeking in your attire, you should at least attempt to be fashion forward. This look with the exposed bra and panties seems already played out. Miley has already done it A LOT. Get ahead of the curve, Lea. You are not nearly as clever as you’d like to think.

    On a side note, Kristen Chenowith for the win on Glee. She was adorable last night. Her character was given some of the best lines (whoever writes for Jane Lynch/Sue Sylvester must have been working double time to write for April) and Kristen just cut through the swamp of maudlin platitudes and earnestness that Glee has become to inject some life and fun into her scenes. And she wiped the floor with Gwyneth P, who showed up to ruin Pharell’s song Happy. Please, isn’t there some pressing issue that you can discuss on GOOP? You are a weak singer and dancer, at best. Go juice some carrots.

    • decormaven


    • Sofia

      i heart you. i can never get enough pushback on paltrow marketing.

  • BackseatDriver

    Sweetie, you are a wealthy star who is also now a recording artist. You can do better than white trash (and that market is sorta cornered by others), I understand that you wanna break away from your super sweet TV persona, but tacky lace and bad tattoos is not the thing you wanna flaunt. (PS – Please pay someone to touch up or change those tats.)

  • Nancer

    Ok, I love her. I think she is extremely talented and man, can she sing! I agree, though, that she is really only playing one note with her style choices. She needs to broaden her range. And truth be told, she doesn’t look comfortable in this dress. Like our uncles, I agree that sometimes its really fun to go for “Do Me” – but that can’t be all that you convey. It gets tiring.

  • Carolyne

    “Hey lady, I can see your underpants!”

  • formerlyAnon

    Her midlife memoir (because you KNOW she’s gonna produce one) is either going to be a more-than-usually-fake manufactured simulacrum of a life story or it will reveal a young woman who did not realize she was adrift, working her ass off to anchor herself in her profession with very little self-awareness once past the solid ground of her talent.

  • ojosazules

    What an awkward dress. It turns her into a pastiche of lacy chunks.

  • MoHub

    I see London; I see France; I see Lea’s underpants.

  • Nexli B

    If I may correct your caption on the first photo (sorry I’m a stickler for proper punctiation): Lea Michele attends Fox’s “Glee” Celebration in a black lace “dress” paired with Brian Atwood sandals.

    • MoHub

      Well, Glee needs italics rather than quotation marks, but you totally nailed it on “dress.”

      • Nexli B

        I think the quotations around Glee were appropriate as posted under the pic because the entire sentence was already in italics, but otherwise yes I would agree with you!

        • MoHub

          Your posting wasn’t in italics, though, so you could have used them for the title of the show.

          • Nexli B

            But it was in italics until I hit post.

          • MoHub

            Ah, the joys of Disqus!

  • Janet B

    There are better ways to get attention than walking around in this get-up.
    (I’m channeling my grandmother and she’s not happy)

  • WittyCism

    It’s not her; it’s us. We so wanted her to be a real-life uber talented ingenue, the second coming of Babs, that we doled out, cajoled and flung fashion advice at her, when we really should have long accepted that the girl is just tasteless.

    • filmcricket

      This exactly. This is who she IS. She’s a Bronx-bred child star who by her own admission had no close friends until she met Jon Groff at work, and who felt self-conscious when she was at school because she “didn’t have her own plastic surgeon.” Even on her Teen Vogue cover, where she’s dressed in white eyelet and daisies, she’s giving the camera the come-hither eyes. In Glee’s first year she showed up in some delightful frocks but that time is long past. This is what she wants people to see.

  • tereliz

    Apparently black lace and granny panties is the last stage of mourning.

    Not that she can’t ever wear black lace, but this seems distasteful as well as trashy to wear to a Glee thing.

  • gayle

    Well you did say celebrities are like tinker bell and they need attention to survive… clearly Lea feels the last month of in your face promotion was not enough

  • ovarB

    Over the Brittney Spear’s inspired, “going to dress sexy but play the coy girl next door” shtick on the red carpet. If you are going to dress like a tartlet then embrace the tart and stop smugging like you got the nerd to glamorous swan make-over and don’t know how to act, act.

  • StarburstLady

    I just get such a strong Long Island party girl vibe from her.

    • mlle

      I’ve encountered those kinds of girls. They apply eyeliner like warpaint, well past the point it’s flattering, and scheme before they’re 21 about how they’re going to get into Brother Jimmy’s in Murray Hill with their fake ids.

  • luludexter

    It pains me to see her in horrible outfits like this. This is not sexy, This is not hot. This is just bad in every sense. Lea, listen to the uncles, honey because you are so fabulous on your own – you are a Broadway star! – and have so much going for you – stop trying to be a trashy pop star and go for the real gold you’re capable of.

  • Rhonda Shore

    and this is more tacky than hot…hot is more about suggestion.

  • I keep hearing Gaga’s “Applause” with the words “Of Course” instead.

    • Susan Velazquez

      Oh my god, now I hear it too!

  • AEditor

    Frederick’s of Hollywood.

  • Judy_J

    I think she is too far gone into Trashytown to ever come back. I shudder to think what she will look like in 20 or 30 years.

  • carnush


  • B_C_J

    I just see huge panties that are the antithesis of “hot.” Had this dress been completely lined in a nude fabric & had the heels been a round toe, patent leather pump, the outcome would have been completely different.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Beyond pathetic. Grow the eff up, girl.

  • Jen

    She has always been on my hate list. Looks like she gets to stay there.

  • Missy

    Well, it looks like *someone* forgot to put the dress on over the liner piece. . .

  • therealkuri

    The whole gap between the granny panties and the belt just seems wrong to me, even for an intentionally sexy/trashy look.

  • lalahartma


  • SewingSiren

    So what do we have here? A strapless demi cup bra, power briefs , and a kotex belt ,on full display.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Excellent summation of this regrettable combination. And yes, I am old enough to remember the kotex belt….

  • MerBearStare

    I *just* saw these photos on another site and I was like, “I have to go check TLo!!!”

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Dear, you’re wearing lingerie. I have a similar lace dress, but I always wear a red sheath underneath it. Never granny panties. Ever.

  • Lilak

    Yep, TLo … lack of imagination and “selling it furiously” about sums her up.

  • Joanna

    This is just awful. There is nothing sexy about it.

  • BLauD

    All I could say was “ugh” because, you’re right, of course.

  • Gatto Nero

    Trashy, with a side of insecurity.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Literally just said “ugh” with more and more exasperation as I scrolled down.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Turning 30 must have accelerated my morphing into a cantankerous old coot, because I just can’t with these undies-on-display dresses anymore. It’s undignified and silly.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Lea is the current definition of try-hard (and Miley Cyrus, too). When I think of Lea, I don’t think “sexy,” I think “talented and annoying.” So on that note, she’s been failing miserably.

  • Imasewsure

    I think I could handle the try hard looks she goes for if they ever actually looked good… tacky and unflattering… oh well

  • Reine Bron

    Atleast lea also recognizes how ridiculous she looks, she really needs a new stylist with better taste

    When asked who she was wearing, the actress dished on the designer (Milly) before adding, “and underwear” with a laugh.”

  • quiltrx

    This isn’t even sexy, it’s just trashy and gross. And it’s not even particularly flattering to her shape.
    Plus, if the fashion world paid attention to the throngs of TLo denizens, this look would have been LONG gone YEARS ago.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Glee made it to 100 episodes? Lordy….

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Oh, I just ate yogurt and then looked at this picture. Not a a good idea.

  • Desperate is never sexy, darling.

  • Her head is fine, but everything else is just embarrassing.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Sigh. Is anyone else as tired as I am with the lace/granny panties combo? Note to designers: this is an old idea. It isn’t creative.
    I really want to have Michele take this off, and then grab it, stamp on it and throw it in a dustbin.

    • alliekat9090

      I HATE it. I don’t care how hot your figure is nobody looks good in what amounts to Fruit of the Loom granny panties. I mean NOBODY.

    • in a pickle

      The first time I saw this was from the awful Gretchen on PR. I remember thinking Nina et al had lost their ever loving minds to praise her for this ‘fashion forward’ look. Some phrases along the lines of ‘when pigs fly’ may have crossed my lips, and look where we are now. In some ways, I’ll never understand fashion.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        My eyes! My eyes! Those wretched Gretchen granny panties burned into my brain. I, too, will never understand how those could be “fashion forward”. Nina, et al, still has to answer for that.

  • Oh, good Lord.

  • decormaven

    Imagine. Imagine what you would look like in a less-attention pulling outfit. Imagine. Imagine what you would like without industrial strength Mystic Tan. Imagine what you would look like without hooker heels. Imagine.

  • Cheryl

    This would be nice, UNDERNEATH an actual dress. Don’t wear the lacy spanx out in public. And while I like a nude nail on the fingers, toes need some colour, or sparkle, or something, or just leave ’em alone.

  • Christina

    She always looks like she’s going clubbing at the Jersey Shore.

  • alyce1213

    This is her stylist’s idea of the perfect transition from widows weeds to “I’m on the market again.”
    No words.

  • kimmeister

    Uh . . . I guess we should be grateful it wasn’t a thong? Goodness gracious. And those weird half bra cups succeed in making her bust look smaller, which is probably not what she was going for.

  • traceyishere

    Awful. Begging for attention. Slap her.

  • roverrun

    I think that perhaps the venue made her / her stylist go so far in this direction. Chateau Marmont has such an image of starlets and rock stars and LA clichés. Of course (and I believe that enough time has passed that we can return to that phrase) she looks this way. Had the screening been at the Paley Center, she may have made different yet equally bad choices.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Ugh. Look, I get it to an extent. As a fellow member of the itty bitty titty club, sometimes one feels a little more motivated to prove that one is, in fact, a girl with curves and sexiness available to her. HOWEVER, when one wears nothing but such items at every opportunity, one looks slutty. Don’t look slutty, Lea. It’s beneath you.

  • Sofia

    my only experience of this woman is from this website. she grates every time.

  • unbornfawn

    Kinda sad really. She’s talented. She’s pretty. The desperate sex kitten isn’t working.

  • judybrowni

    I’m tired of saying “Oh dear lord” every time I scroll down a Lea shot.

  • Laura Abrahamsen

    I actually said OMG out loud as I scrolled to the pics. Since I don’t usually talk to myself aloud, it is my measure of how truly tacky this look is.

  • altalinda

    Try-hard indeed. She always gives me a good laugh.

  • Okay, I’ll dish. I work on the Paramount lot. One day while walking around the backlot, near the Glee set – which was on break, I walked past this dark haired lady sitting in a golf cart talking on her cell. I didn’t know who it was, just saw her peripherally. I felt the biggest bitch vibe. Like she was throwing daggers at me for walking by. (I was in a public space – not on set). I realized it afterwards it was LM. So, looking at this…LOL! Yeah. Keep it up, grrrl.

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  • Jacob Bowen

    LINE IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then I would say, “Ugh” instead of “OH GOD”

  • GeoDiva

    She needs a new stylist.

  • Boulderista

    My, my, she does trashy well.

  • Aurumgirl

    I want to tell her to just go home and put some clothes on.

  • mickiemonkey

    Someone give her a bathrobe.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Her personal style actually makes me like her less. I’m sure that’s not the objective.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I thought the “must we say it” was going to be, “The FUCK????” That was my reaction.

  • d4divine

    You took the words right outta my mouth TLo!

  • demidaemon

    HURK. Also lace see-through dresses must die.

  • pop_top

    LOL – I didn’t see this coming from the preview and I should have. Of course indeed. I like the hair though. I always found her bangs to be a bit too much.