Lena Dunham in Narciso Rodriguez on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”

Posted on March 19, 2014

She got it right.

Seriously. No punchline.

Pinky swear.


Lena Dunham makes on appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center in New York City in a Narciso Rodriguez dress.

Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2014 Collection

It’s little more than a smock, but she’s proven a thousand times over that this is her favorite silhouette. The color looks good on her and it suits her. We think she could’ve gotten away with a black pump, but we commend her (or whoever’s helping her) for picking the perfect shape of pump for her legs and feet. She tends to prefer flat shoes and that’s perfectly fine, but if she does want to or get the opportunity to put on a pair of heels, well… honey, these are Your Heels. Buy a dozen pairs.

Oh, who are we kidding? One black pair would probably last her years.

Also: We think we’d hate that mushroom top hair on a lot of ladies, but it actually looks really cute on her.





[Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • Danielle

    I’m going to have to politely disagree with you re: the haircut, uncles. I had that same style in 1993.

    • MoHub

      It’s a classic bob. It doesn’t date.

      • charlotte

        Looks more like a classic mop to me.

        • d4divine

          Yup, that’s what we used to call it…mop top

      • NinjaCate

        It looks better in the last shot than in the others, but no… it’s not working for me.

      • ellisd123

        Bobs have waaaaaaaaaaaay more shape. Also, her hair is so limp it just constantly looks sad.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      My second grade teacher had that haricut, it’s not one you’d expect on a young actress. I personally don’t think it’s flattering to her face, I like her with shorter hair.

    • Mismarker

      As did I.

    • another_laura

      Yes, that’s it. I did, too, my fresh out of law school cut. It’s not a bad cut, but it’s taking me back in time to a strange time.

    • Spicytomato1

      I’m going to speculate that her hairstyle is an interim ‘do while she grows it longer. I’m afraid my hair has looked similar at numerous times in my life, not because I wanted or liked the style but because it was just the only way to go on the torturous journey from pixie to long.

    • marlie

      Baby steps, for our Lena here. At least she doesn’t look like she cut her hair herself with nail scissors while blindfolded.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Oh god, my sister AND I had this matching cut from age 3-7. It seemed to be a requirement even though we are 2 years apart.

    • MGK

      Ramona Quimby Realness is not OK after 12.

  • @Biting Panda

    I hate the hair. Love the makeup, love the genuinely happy smile, love the ladylike (as opposed to childish) feel of the ensemble.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Two more inches to the hair and I think it will be much more flattering to her jawline.

      • halleygee

        I also think it would be more grown-up looking with a little more length, it looks like a pageboy you see frequently on little girls.

        • tereliz

          Her style is so very, erm, girlish (I almost wrote immature, but that’s not quite right) that I think the pageboy hair works for her. It looks great all sleek and blown out like this.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I think so, too. I really like her hair and makeup here. The dress is ok, but at least it has some color, and a little shape.

      • Chickadeep

        Agree, but—barring extensions—I’m pretty sure she’s stuck with the length for now. It was cut rather short; looks like she’s growing it out (and we all know how fun that can be).

  • RussellH88

    She seems to look better in more casual, effortless clothes because the results can be kinda painful when she attempts an outfit you need to work.

  • Sam Smith

    Sit up straight.

  • Emily Dagger

    I can’t even with the hair, and I’ve apparently been possessed by the ghost of my Southern grandmother because I want to smack her for her sloppy posture.

  • RussellH88

    Sure, the hair is a little Ramona Quimby realness, but it’s not the worst fashion sin she’s committed.

    • tereliz

      I love you.

    • moppet

      Thank you for Ramona Quimby. And, you know, this is where I’m helped by not knowing anything about Girls — I think that most of the time her FACE looks so cute, even if her clothes are a little wackadoo. Great skin, great genuine smile, all on display here, plus a dress in a great color. Hey, it’s better than I can do most days.

    • zenobar

      Jesus, Beezus! Do you think this cut is more pre- or post-burr crown?

    • another_laura

      See, this is why I love this site. I learn something new every day. Ramona Quimby, age 8, for sure.

      • MK03

        This looks EXACTLY like the cover of the version that I had. Pink clothes and everything. She just needs an egg in her hair and it’s spot-on.

    • Beardslee

      It’s hard to go wrong if you remind someone of Ramona Quimby. Even if she was a pest sometimes.

    • Yes. Love it. She should be wearing shoes made out of scratchy paper towels.

  • Adri Wahl

    Really? I think she looks like my awkward homeschooled cousin trying to sexy. It’s not working. I can’t with the hair, the dress is too plain. I do like the shoes though.

    • imspinningaround

      I don’t know if you meant to leave out a word in “trying to sexy,” but I love it and I’m going to steal it and use it forever.

      • Sarah

        Ha, yeah. Real life story: I was TRYING to sexy, and I broke my ankle in f**k-me heels. Turned out very unsexy. And expensive lingerie is NOT for the emergency room.

        • KateShouldBeWorking

          Shitty, dude. Hope you have healed (or are healing) up nice and strong.

          • Sarah

            Thanks. It was years ago, on a Vegas trip. But it remains the most embarrassing “trying to sexy” moment in my life. I have 18 pins and a plate, so said ankle is positively bionic, now (I still eschew heels, though. Not for me!)

          • formerlyAnon

            And people have wondered why I am not a huge fan of very-divergent-from-the-usual ensembles for intimate fun times. It’s because the klutzy (me, not necessarily you, you probably just suffered from an Act of God) really need nothing to be too different or challenging when our attention is on . . . the delightful prospective activities. “I Love Lucy” moments aren’t sexy. Though they do weed out people you can’t laugh with.

          • Sarah

            I’m indeed klutzy. Esp. in four inch zebra peeptoes. (Sold at yard sale after one fateful night of wearing.)

        • mjude

          thank you for sharing that story….I so needed that today :).. HA!

        • formerlyAnon

          This sounds like something I’d do. Thankfully, nothing requiring an ER in my embarrassing history, though.

          • Sarah

            Thank goodness my fellow is very solicitous. He was quite the gentleman through it all, holding my hand while they pulled and set my shattered ankle. And I’m sure he enjoyed the fact that I was in very expensive ruffly bloomers and a bustier throughout the whole ordeal, topped by a ratty sweater 😉

          • formerlyAnon

            If your fellow was such a doll, then even the embarrassing isn’t too bad. ER folk eventually see everything, and I bet that goes triple in Vegas. (One memorable dinner party when my ex- was doing his internship, the guests began listing everything they had removed, or seen removed, from ER patients’ orifices. It was hilarious, and mildly horrifying, and somewhat educational. If we’d been in a restaurant I bet we’d have been asked to leave.)

      • RussellH88

        When I say that phrase to myself, I just imagine a Russian guy trying to explain to a paramedic how a woman suffered a concussion on the dance floor.

        • Sarah


          • RussellH88

            I actually had a VERY gay and VERY German professor for a Women and Film class and I imitate him all the time. He was fabulous. Our final project was to compare a movie we watched in class with a movie we watched on our own, so I chose to compare The Gold Diggers of 1933 (From the Class) with Cabaret (On my own) and we had to include a picture of the movie poster as part of it. When he saw the Cabaret poster he said “I had zis on my vall when I was seventeen!”

          • Danielle


    • Permission to add “trying to sexy” to my vocabulary?

  • charlotte

    Angela Merkel is feeling groovy!

  • MikeW_Vegas

    Saw this last night and was hoping you’d mention this. I thought she looked phenomenal!!

  • Sarah

    The dress is reading too short to me. I know when I sit down, I don’t want the tippy-top of my thighs hangin’ out. But yeah, she looks worlds more polished than usual, and it’s cute.

    • Spicytomato1

      I’m with you. I think the dress actually looks better on her than on the model but it’s too short for sitting. I mentioned in a recent post that I think more ladies should consider pants when going on talk shows. Seems like it would be too distracting to sit for an interview while worrying about how much skin you’re baring on the couch.

    • kimmeister

      It’s especially wrong if you sit as if you were going down a waterslide.

  • “Diamonds, daisies, snowflakes – That Girl!”

  • NMMagpie

    She could be Dorothy Hamill’s daughter in these shots.

    • alyce1213

      Whoa, Dorothy? I’m not getting that at all, except there’s bangs. I think BK charlotte nailed it earlier with groovy Angela Merkel. She could be her daughter.

      • NMMagpie

        It’s shape of the hair and the color of the dress that brought that thought on. I am clearly feeling my age today.

        • alyce1213

          I bet I’m older! But D had that WEDGE, this is just a bob. I’m being cranky, my apologies. 🙂

          • NMMagpie

            That made my day!! 😀

    • MK03

      I immediately heard this in the voice of Amber in Clueless. “She could be a farmer in those clothes!”

      • NMMagpie


  • alyce1213

    The color’s lovely, but not the fit. She consistently misses on proportion and fit, whether it’s length or width or shape. This is too baggy and too short.
    I hate that bob on her. It only exaggerates her tendency toward looking juvenile. She needs something more sophisticated, less little-girly.
    Makeup’s very nice.
    Why cant she just sit up straight, like a grownup?

    • Sofia

      nailed it

    • Lucinda Head

      Yes, this is a short shapeless sack! Works for me in a weeeeird way, though, since I always misread his name as “Nabisco Rodriguez” and imagine clothes designed for snacking.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        why was I thinking ‘hip correctional uniform + sack dress’? too short on her.

        I have not watched the show (2 million people watch it? why is she being treated like the second coming of comedy?)…that said I don’t get her (and on SNL…zzzzzzz)

    • makeityourself

      I agree.

      TLo are grading on a curve again. Sometimes they just can’t help themselves.

  • beebee10

    yes uncles, yes!

  • Lilak

    Something between “not unpleasant” and “serviceable.” That’s as far as I’ll go.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    SIT UP STRAIGHT! Gah!!!!

  • You can see it best where he’s helping her up the stairs, but that shape looks better on her than the model. She’s a dynamic new member of the sales team.

  • tereliz

    That is her color and her makeup looks very pretty. I think that silhouette works for her because she feels comfortable in it and it shows. Better than being trapped in an outfit she doesn’t feel comfortable in.

  • Leah Elzinga

    as someone with imperfect teeth myself, it bugs me when someone points them out on someone else… BUT I finally figured out why hers bug me so much: because she dresses like a middle-schooler and the slightly crooked teeth make her look like an awkward just-pre-braces tween.

  • Cute! I wonder if someone with a large bust like me would work it as well as her : )

  • colleenjanel

    I much prefer the Twiggy ‘do she was rocking in a post a few days ago. This hair is a little too ‘fourth grade teacher on picture day’ for me.

  • sugarkane105

    I love the color on her, and would actually wear the dress and the heels myself (God-and-gravity-willing). Attagirl.

  • You know? Baby steps. I’d ordinarily find this a bit juvenile, but it’s light years more polished and coherent than her usual look. If there was a stylist involved, KEEP HER.

  • shirab

    Wish someone had told her at the commercial break to rub in that streak of bronzer or whatever it is on the outside of her lower right (i.e., audience-facing) leg. It’s in the details, people.

  • xmixiex

    She just always has to dress like a frumpy office admin. Isn’t she in her 20s?!

  • Mismarker

    I can’t hate on this lady anymore after hearing her on Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF, a few days ago. She is an absolute delight and I love how happy she looks here.

  • luludexter

    I think she looks lovely. Especially for her. If she’s going to do a sheath dress, this is an improvement and much more flattering that past attempts. The hair is a classic silhouette and suits her — it’s polished. And her legs look great!

  • Guest

    That dress looks like it came from Chadwicks of Boston; like two decades ago.

  • teensmom99

    I like that she’s stepping away from the cray-cray and if it means some easy stuff while she’s doing her fashion course work, I’m fine with that. And I like the hair on her. And I want those shoes in every color and they are classic, damn it, so they can be worn for years.

  • Town

    Maybe Anna Wintour jazzed her up.

  • I want to add an inch or two to the hemline so it doesn’t show so much thigh when she’s sitting, but otherwise I’m into it. Love the color on her.

  • BLauD

    She (and the dress) would look so much better if she just sat up straight.

    • Jessica Freeman

      And crossed her legs, or at least crossed at the ankle.

  • Coleslaw McGraw

    I can’t say i care for those shoes much. I saw her on the show last night and all i could think of was that they were GIGANTIC. Does she have man feet? But that color is most assuredly HER COLOR and her hair looks cute, and she looks happy! I like that.

    • Sofia

      🙁 that’s kind of mean. we don’t get to choose the size of our feet. all women were not born with “dainty” feet.

      • Carrps

        Eh, I was thinking it was not the size of her feet, but the shoes that made her feet look ginormous.

      • Coleslaw McGraw

        Didn’t mean to be mean. Her feet, I am sure, are perfectly good feet but those shoes aren’t doing her any favors. I have seen her bare feet on her show and they look perfectly proportioned to her body. Those are like clownshoes, though for fancy clowns.

  • kmk05


  • decormaven

    Good look for her, and props for picking a dress that was appopriate for the venue.

  • J.W.

    She looks nice but I’m reminded of the Pink Ladies at the hospital.

  • lalahartma

    Her legs are looking good!

  • Jecca2244

    i think the bangs really helped.

  • The mushroom top hair looks good on her because, as you guys mentioned in the recent Girls post, she dresses like a toddler.

    It’s toddler hair.

  • MarieLD


  • Kent Roby

    She does look really good here. Also, I LOVE the shape of the shoes on the model; they are so much better than pretty much every shoe collection we’ve seen lately (with Siriano’s line being a big exception).

  • That color is gorgeous on her! Death to the smock once and forever, but damn if the color doesn’t sing.

  • Richard Harper

    The dress looks like a shapeless t-shirt and does her no favors. Silhouette Fail.

  • Samantha Ann Mauro

    A little too mid-thirties PTA mom for me. And is that streaky fake tanner on her legs?

    • TrishR

      As a mid-40’s PTA mom, I object! but seriously, best I think she’s looked.

  • Trickytrisha

    So sad that this frumpy, dumpy dress is her equivalent of a WERQ. The makeup is nice, shoes are too. The slouchy posture isn’t, nor is the hair.

  • conniemd

    It’s the first time I actually thought she looked good. I like the haircut. Everything about her look is simple and sleek from the hair to the dress to the heels. It’s nice to see her smile in a natural way.

  • MilaXX

    We’ll I’ll be darned, she got it right. Kudos to you Lena!

  • marlie

    The skirt is maybe a tad too short for a sit-down (we’re veering dangerously close to an up-skirt crotch shot, but Lena looks pretty good. Great color, the dress is loose-fitting but still has a shape, and the shoes – while not my favorite, work with the look.

  • kt

    She is wearing not the ugliest thing ever, and for that, kudos. Is drunk posing the new awkward standing? The public needs to know.

  • Her hair looks so cute! Love the bangs. It’s a little frumpy, but as someone who doesn’t have a waist (moi) – not fat, but no curves (again, moi), I understand the comfort level. So I’m a little curious as to why she sticks with that style. She has the curves to pull off something a ilttle more fitted.

  • BlairBear

    are those self tanner streaks on her legs?

  • Stubenville

    Is it even the same color? It looks much more watermelon-y on the model.

  • unbornfawn

    Best I’ve ever seen her. Like the hair cut or not, it looks clean and combed. Atta girl!

  • melanie0866

    Agreed. What a relief! She looks as cute as can be.

  • Sabin

    I think it looks like someone photoshopped her junior high-age head onto her menopausal body (age-wise). And I can’t get behind the shoes, if only because it looks like she’s tiptoeing through the tulips with four-inch spiked embedded in her heels in that standing shot.

    • sagecreek

      Wait, what? Menopausal? The woman is 28 years old. And btw, lots of women look great after menopause, so let’s not be using that as an automatic pejorative, alrighty?

      • formerlyAnon

        I am working on coming up with a shorter version of “Post-youth Ninja Warrior Women Who Invisibly Get The Real Shit Done” which I will mentally substitute for “menopausal/postmenopausal women” whenever I see it out of a medical context.

      • Sabin

        My menopausal brain isn’t very PC. And I’m okay with that!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Ugh. No. 80’s PTA mom.

  • formerlyAnon

    She is an object lesson in why posture has been my #1 self-improvement project for the last 2 years.

    (My mother, who spent years trying to get me to stand up straight, has been having a good laugh from beyond the grave, I’m sure.)

    ETA: Her genuine smile sells it all. When I see her somewhere with that smile, I instantly forgive sooo much.

  • Gatto Nero

    Not too tight, not too short — a relief to see a 20-something on a talk show who isn’t tugging at her dress constantly to cover her parts.
    Funny that TLo should mention flats, though, since it seems that every time I see her in a promotional appearance, she’s wearing heels so high that she can barely walk.

  • bluefish

    She has good legs and the hair looks cute. Sick of her though — too much exposure.

  • Athenrein

    I was just watching this interview on youtube and halfway through I thought “I wonder what TLO think of this” and paused it to see if it was here and of course it was.

  • judybrowni

    I think the smock could have been a bit more body skimming, a bit brighter in color, and I like her shorter hair in the series now.

    However, the model is swimming in the thing, so maybe it’s not meant to skim.

    And I like the fact that Lena has human-colored teeth, and not the distracting Chiclets of most Hollywood actors.

  • nomoreprinces

    For months I’d been silently thinking to myself, “this chickie reminds me of someone.” Today I finally realized who…. Nodame of Nodame Cantabile. >.>

    • Strangely, she reminds me of a very young Jean Stapleton.

  • altalinda

    Agree, except when seated the dress rides up too high. But, vast improvement.

  • quiltrx

    She looks cute! Good job.

  • Leslie S

    those shoes are sex.

  • Sofia

    in the picture where she’s waving she looks like a young jean stapleton.

  • Colleen Hogan

    I agree she looks way better than usual but can we just teach her to sit up straight! Good Posture makes a huge difference!!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She does look really cute here. I think that dress looks better on her than the model.

  • Constant Reader

    I’d like this just a couple inches longer for more ladylike sitting purposes (although she’s got great legs and I like that she’s showing them off). Add a cuff bracelet with a little oomph and she’d knock it out of the park.

  • suzq

    I saw her in the previews and it made me watch the show! The dress looks better on her than it does on the model! Narisco Rodriguez scores again!

  • Little_Olive

    I guess she finally accepted she doesn’t need the hipster fallacy of not caring, and so I hate to be too hard on her, but this is far too plain for both her body and her persona. She looks like the new girl at her first grown-up job in a law office. Jazz it up, lady.

    • Melanie

      yes!! good god, this is a sack with zero tailoring. is this seriously what we praise women with curves for wearing?

  • sagecreek

    The dress is better than her usual, but her posture still drives me nuts. Sit up straight!

  • Sharon Weiner

    Funny some folks were grousing that they thought she would show up “undressed” like her character. SHe totally nailed it for the leftover Leno fans and was true to her own style!

  • Annistella

    I went to put on my judgy-wudgy hat but then I realised that styling Lena might not be so straightforward. She is a writer first, actress second, by choice. So if clothing is about communication what would be the message? I think this get up perfectly balances the two – I look lovely and take me seriously ploise.

  • GeoDiva

    You know why it looks good???…. You don’t see her ugly tattoo on her am.

  • Pennymac

    Yay, Lena! Grown up clothes and shoes! And you look like you feel pretty! Now, STOP SLOUCHING!

  • Judy_S

    I spotted the thumbnail (or do we call it a preview now?) and was just so impressed. The makeup is great. It brings everything into focus. She looks wonderful.

  • elzatelzabelz

    The color and shape are nice, but I think it bunches too much when she’s sitting. It’s not a flattering cut for her when seated.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Every time I see her, I sit up a little straighter. I thought *I* had bad posture, but damn.

  • Aurumgirl

    Goddesses forever bless the soul who talked her into some sleeves. Yay!

  • livesarah

    Wow does it bug me to see a woman wearing shoes so stupid that she needs a hand up to avoid falling over a couple of stairs. How many male guests need their hand held by Jimmy?

  • JynxTheCat

    Something about her makes me think of Peggy Cass

  • fananafanafophalec

    next on Is It Your Jewish Grandma or Lena Dunham In Couture

  • redhead with tattoos

    She got the smock tailored in at the waist and that fixed any issues that would or could have popped up otherwise. She looks great. Bangin’ color on her too.

  • RuthGo

    I just think this looks like way too much fabric when she sits down. A good walking dress, not a good sitting dress. Totally agree with you on the shoes, her legs look fantastic.

  • FridaStaire

    Me too – love a bob. But the fit of that dress is awful! Riding up, pulling at the shoulders. Makes me squirm. Good colour though.

  • OffToSeeHim

    She looks completely great here!

  • KinoEye

    Refreshingly cute and not as if she’s trying so hard to stand out through lack of style/awkward style. She doesn’t look so much like a toddler. Good work, Lena and Lena’s people. But maybe we should get her checked for curvature of the spine, because lady seems incapable of sitting/standing up straight.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I’ve never seen her show, so I have *tried* not to form opinions.
    But I caught this on TV the other night and was positively CHARMED. She is self-aware and very funny.

    • KinoEye

      The show… well, I decided to watch the first season last weekend. Kind of a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, I found it almost impossible to sympathize with her character in regards to her parents supporting her. She’s two years out of college, not working, and expecting her parents to foot the bill for living in NYC. With the way I was raised, I was about ready to spit fire at the screen when she was whining about her parents cutting her off — “You know, you could always get a JOB like every other recent graduate. Like I did because my parents couldn’t support me anymore!” But then again, the show was never intended to be representative of everyone my age (mid-20s). So I can begrudgingly let that one go.

      On the other hand, I liked the way it dealt with modern relationships. A guy not calling/texting back unless he wants something, being bored in a long-term relationship, a guy who has no backbone and does/says things only because you asked… I could relate. So, for me, not a great show, but interesting enough.

      • DinahR

        All those relatable details go away in the 2nd/3rd seasons… things just get more and more unbelievable from here on out, I’m afraid. These are some seriously deluded, selfish people that somehow have apartments in New York with no gainful employment. I still watch it because it’s only 1/2 hr… so I’ll catch up on it every few weeks to see my favorite character… New York. I watch mostly for the scenery and I like the cinematography. Plus, we are treated to some cool guest appearances in season 3. Still… I’m at the point where I might just let this one go, the Girls are actually starting to become unwatchable for me — far too annoying.

  • Sally Spannagle

    Her hair and makeup look great and fit her personality. The color complements her well — Again I wish she’d go for a little more shape and a little more length in her garment choices, but this is a HELL of an improvement.

  • Fuchaforever

    Omg I LOVE the stilettos!!!! So proud of her for that! Yes she should get a pair in every color and definitely the black ones- in matte and patent! Agree with the Uncles- That’s your stiletto silhouette, GIRL! As for the dress and haircut…hmmm…yes baby steps…it’s a great effort but….not quite there yet. I think the dress ages her and the hair infantilizes her. I give her a B+.

  • MaggieMae

    She looks GREAT, quibbles and all. Let’s go out for drinks, Lena!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Wow, she is a very pretty woman. I’m glad someone’s gotten her over her fear of showing that.

  • Suse

    Screaming for a fab necklace!

  • dschubba

    She looks good. I just wish her lips didn’t match the dress exactly.

  • gefeylich

    Well, miracles do happen. She looks great, and I agree about the hair – it totally suits her.

  • Nataki Vickers

    she looks better than the runway model

  • DeTrop

    Are nylons making a comeback? I think I saw HBC wearing shear stockings too.

  • Mojone

    I hate those half sleeves on EVERYONE.

  • Dreamwr8tr

    I’ve seen better hair on her. The color is good for the dress, but it’s too loose and too short (or maybe she forgot to smooth down the back of her dress before sitting down) so it looks like we’re about to see her underwear. The shoes are right for her.
    She could wear this to church.

    • I think she wanted to show some leg and look slimmer, I should know

  • yllas

    Nice color, but the dress is plain ugly. Those awful baggy half-sleeves look like they belong on a dress worn by a 200 lb. kindergarten teacher. I am interested to see those beginner’s EZ-Sew shifts I made back in the 60’s are making a comeback, but I wouldn’t wear one outside of the house.