Emma Stone Style Double Shot

Posted on April 15, 2014

We’re tired of judging her as part of a couple. We’re feminists, darlings. We believe in judging women harshly ON THEIR OWN.

No, no. Sit yourselves down, little ladies. No need to rise up as one and applaud our sensitivity.

Emma-Stone-Dolce-Gabbana-Valentino-Spiderman-Rome-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Emma Stone attends “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro” Photocall at Grand Hotel St Regis in Rome, Italy in Dolce&Gabbana.

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The reason we want the lace dress trend to die die DIE PLEASE GOD WOULD YOU JUST KILL IT ALREADY is not just because we think they look either bridal or funereal (and thus totally in appropriate for the red carpet) depending on the wearer and the color of the lace, it’s because after years of this trend (Seriously: is this not the longest lasting fashion trend ever?), we have absolutely nothing left to say except how much we want it to die.

This looks drab against her coloring and the shape is boring. Also: weird hair.



Emma-Stone-Dolce-Gabbana-Valentino-Spiderman-Rome-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Emma Stone attends the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro” at The Space Moderno Cinema in Rome, Italy in Valentino.

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You know what? We’re just gonna say it. We don’t think anyone else has. Her style’s not that great. She’s very cute and has a great personality. When all the stars are in alignment, she can step out looking amazing and we think such “she got it right” appearances tend to generate so much good will that we’re all making excuses for her. The fact of the matter is, we dislike what she’s wearing roughly eight times out of ten. Most of the time, it’s not because we hate the look. What she’s got on here is kind of groovy-fabulous. But she constantly chooses things that simply don’t suit her. All the credit in the world for switching it up so much and dressing a little outside the box, but after all this time, we think her style is largely undeveloped. She has a fondness for trying odd and off the beat things, but she has no through-line in her style; no sense that she knows where her strengths lie. It’s just a lot of random outfits and every once in a while, she hits one that looks great on her. It’s a constant case of “Girl, that’s not your dress” with her.

In other words, this looks awful on her, but we suspect someone like, say, Kerry Washington could really make it sing.





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  • Watts

    Pffft. That last dress was supposed to go to Florence Welch.

    • StelledelMare

      I was just about to say the same thing.

      • H2olovngrl

        What she said.

    • Ragnarockette

      No no no. It was supposed to go to me. That top is to die for.

    • Kent Roby

      My thought as well, before reading your response.

    • wisenhar

      I think Florence Welch has ruined Valentino for almost all other women because almost no other women can work Valentino the way she can..

      • At this point she should just go in after the runway show and box it all up to take home with her.

    • MW

      My first thought was literally ‘I had no idea she’s filming a Florence biopic’.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        I had no idea she was filming a Florence Henderson biopic.

    • My immediate thought too!

    • Adrienne

      Just thought Florence Welch as well! And thinking – man, Florence really needs a new album out, and wouldn’t that dress be great to wear on awards/red carpet night.

    • gabbilevy

      Plus, now that her hair is back to red, the comparison is unmissable.

    • H2olovngrl

      Edited to add: I really need to learn to scroll before commenting.

  • j_am

    That last dress belongs to Florence Welch. Hands-down.

  • thecitysleeps

    i like the first outfit though. Adore the shoes, dislike the hair, but love the outfit. *shrugs*

    • Donna Tabor

      The shoes are fabulous.

      But that dress, really? White lace looks so dreary.

  • Golfkat

    The shoes she’s wearing with the first outfit are FAB. Love them!!

  • conniemd

    The last dress is gorgeous. Somehow she’s made it look totally drab, but I have no idea why. Definitely a Girl This is Not Your Dress.

    • d4divine

      She’s missing that ethereal presence required to pull off the Florence Welch dress…aka standing up straight

  • EveEve

    Shoes from the first, top from the second (burn the bow) and we’ve got a halfway decent start to something worth wearing.

  • Love the shoes with the first look.

    • conniemd

      They look pretty fantastic. Strange with white lace though.

      • Very odd. D&G have so many things that would look better with them!

        • d4divine

          They also have a lot o lace. Lol

  • Reine Bron

    Don’t think even Kerry Washington can make that last dress work

  • MilaXX

    First look: DIE.LACE.DIE! On the other hand, I really like the shoes and I think the lace skirt could work with maybe a black tee. That hair, tho…
    Second look. Totally not her dress. Agree Kerry could make this glttery prairie Sue look sing.

    • kimmeister

      I agree, the white lace skirt is pretty cute but definitely should not be combined with more lace!

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    I used to braid my hair like that first look, back in 1982. That being sad, the rest of my hair did not look like I’d just taken a spin in a food processor, either.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Second look… Studio 54 and Little House On The Prairie …. Next up will be… Woodstock and Dark Ages?

  • Carly Clement

    I am just gonna say it… I LOVE both looks! The beautiful flower work on her heels in look One is amazing! And I think it is so appropriate to be dressing in vintage lace in Rome… It just works for me! As for the second look… I thought WOW in a good way… yes she needs to hem that skirt and I would suggest a nude bra to bring out the details in the top… But I think it suits her colouring perfectly and her hair and make up is perfection! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    • marlie

      When you point out that she’s in Rome, I like the first dress even more (though I liked it anyway). It’s a shame that the trend is SOOO overdone, because then we’re tired of it when it’s deployed correctly.

      • Carly Clement

        Yeah it is just the perfect look for a day-time event in Rome! I think for an event like this you don’t want a dress which is too busy or is too tight… the more relaxed silhouette is perfect!!!

  • My very first thought was “Miss Havisham” and nothing she has shown me has changed that.

  • The lace dress. Wrong on so many levels. It does nothing whatever for her in either shape, texture or color.
    The second dress belongs to Phyllis Lyndstrom, and she wants it back right now.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Hostess ensembles were only meant to be worn at home back then and that is where this one should have stayed. It would have looked great in the Minneapolis apartment.

  • kmk05

    BUT HER FACE IS SO AMAZING. Although you are right, Uncles, and her dress sense/fashion sense/stylists suck.

  • BlairBear

    That last dress needs to go into a fire. Those gross muddy colors and cheap shine

  • CatherineRhodes

    The longest running unfortunate style trend is the mega-high heel a.k.a. “stripper shoe.” Also, severely pointed-toed pumps. Ladies and gentlemen of the footwear industry, please stop torturing our feet.

    • Carleenml

      stop wearing them! I’m sorry. Wear them if you want. But I’m like a one woman “wtf women why do you torture yourself” when it comes to killer shoes. I’m so happy to see flats appearing on runways and groovy youngsters wearing their Vans.

      • CatherineRhodes

        For the record, I have never worn either skyhigh shoes or extreme pointies. I own my own small business and don’t want to send out either a stripper or a barbie vibe to my employees and customers. My point is that when the footwear people are making those shoes, they’re not making something else, so there hasn’t been as much selection in the “stylish but sane” category. I also gently mention my distaste with the trends to the manager of the Nordstrom shoe department so that the message will eventually sink in. I’m a woman who buys at least a dozen pairs of shoes each year, and if I don’t like the shoes on the floor, I’m not spending money.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          Good for you. 🙂

        • Carleenml

          you go, girl!

    • marlie

      I don’t consider these to be “stripper shoes” in the least. I actually own several pairs of shoes like this, because the thicker heel makes them much more comfortable, and they’re totally appropriate for a fairly conservative business setting (they’re not made of plastic, and they don’t have ridiculous 2-inch platforms). I also don’t think that there needs to be a call for a moratorium on high-heeled shoes. Sure, plenty of people don’t like them and/or find them to be painful. But there are also plenty of people who like them, and who DO find them comfortable. It’s really about finding the right brands/designers, not eliminating them from store shelves.

      • CatherineRhodes

        Marlie, I wasn’t suggesting that these are stripper shoes. I was referencing TLO saying lace dresses were the longest running bad trend, and I added that IMHO “stripper shoes” are the longest running bad trend.

        • marlie

          Ah. I misread. I think I was already rather sensitive about the topic.

          • CatherineRhodes

            I really love the shoes Emma Stone is wearing, so if you have several pairs that’s awesome!

          • marlie

            I do! One pair is emerald green patent leather. LOVE.

  • In_Stitches

    I think she’s owning that second look. Hair and makeup are flawless and perfectly suited to the clothes. She looks lovely and daring.

    The first is an indefensible mess. That hair honey, THAT HAIR. The dress might work on the right girl, but she sure as hell ain’t that girl. White lace on a very lithe, pale girl is always going to make the wearer look like a doll.

  • Scott Cooper

    Lace dresses with stick-straight, center-part hair and naked six-inch heels, with appliques on the nails and a visible tattoo. Throw in the mermaid braid and a tongue piercing, and you’ve got the height of fashion.

  • Capt. Renault

    At least they got the backdrop the right way up this time. So there’s that.

  • Sarah

    The Valentino is totally awesome. I adore it, but that being said, it is really looking like Psychedelic Prairie Schoolmarm, which is not, I’m pretty sure, how it was intended to appear.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I think I really like the Valentino pieces separately, but not so much together. That top could be really beautiful, though.

      • Sarah

        Yes, mayhap separating would be good. I adore the fabric of that skirt, though. I have a hankering for new living room drapes now.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Ha! It is pretty amazing.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          I love that word — “mayhap”. 🙂

  • lbl

    I’ll add that I also dislike her makeup in that first look and think that less is generally better for her on that front.

    On your final point, I agree. It’s something I started thinking during her first Spiderman promo tour. Take a look at her tag and it’s easy to see that her style is all over the place. I do appreciate that she usually goes for a full on look though. And I’ve said this before, but I love that she’ll try different shapes on the red carpet. It’s just that, for me, those shapes usually only work when they’re more modern, fresh, simple or whatever. I’m no good with fashion terms.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    That skirt in look 2 is pure ’60’s sofa fabric glam. Hideous.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I like the shoes from the first look.

  • Introspective

    Uncles!! Thanks for coming out and saying that the empress has on no (good) clothes!!

    Could not figure out why she looks so crazy all the goddamned time when shes tall thin and easy enough on the eyes to be a quick win for a stylist. She’s trying too hard and failing at that Elizabeth Banks trick of being pretty but not resting on it by choosing complex clothes. So she ends up being like Julianne Moore’s sadder younger sister. Cause even Julianne, whose had many tragic RC wrongs, has many fab moments too.

    Sadly Emma has many lows and little to no highs. Fire your team girl.

    • demidaemon

      I don’t know. I think Julianne hits us with such grand fug that her highs seem like flukes. Not that Emma is in a much better place mind you. Where Julianne has huge highs and truly low lows (though she’s in the valley more often than at the peak), Emma is a flatline with the occasional blip of a high. Take that, metaphors and mixing!

  • girlsaturday

    I’m seriously coveting her shoes in that first look though…

    In the second look, she looks like a Klimt portrait and frankly, I can get behind that. If a look has a clear reference of ‘this is the painting that I just stepped out of’ then I’ll probably be on board – unless it’s Mondrian, because the fashion world needs to let that one go for a little while.

  • Lilithcat

    My great-grandmother called. She wants her tablecloth back.

  • luludexter

    I love the shoes in #1 though!

  • OffToSeeHim

    And plus, when you’re young, beautiful, have a great body, spectacular hair and designers throwing clothes and jewelry at you – how hard is it really to bat better than .200??? For crying TFOL girl, it’s just NOT THAT HARD.

  • deelup

    I like both of these. Not spectacular but I like them. Is it the allergy medication?

    • kittentoes

      That must be good stuff!

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Glitter patchwork quilts are a thing now?

  • @Biting Panda

    Neither of these are her looks. She’s wearing Elle Fanning’s outfit first and Florence Welch’s (as noted by others) second.
    Also, regarding that sparkling personality of hers….where in the Hell did it go? Somewhere after Crazy, Stupid, Love, she lost me.

    • demidaemon

      I’m going to go on the record here and say that these lace dresses are for nobody pale, quite frankly. They may work on a Lupita, though, but I’ll take that on a case by case basis because I’m pretty much over doily dresses.

      • @Biting Panda

        So. Very. Over.
        I was over them the moment Winona Ryder wore one her date with Ben Stiller in Reality Bites.

        • demidaemon


  • cocohall

    In addition to having no “through line” in terms of her style, she also hasn’t a clue how to pose. She could not look more awkward. It is a bit endearing, but it just serves to underscore that the dresses are not capturing her essence and making her feel confident. I’ve seen mannequins with more attitude. So perhaps she is a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal at heart. Who knows. She still is fairly young. She has time to stumble around a bit and find a look that she can own for the red carpet. I watched the Fashion Police review of the MTV Movie Awards last night, and truly, she could be doing so much worse. There was such a train wreck of ugly and tacky, that I had my best laugh in days. Someone named Pia Mia who had MADE her own dress. Another girl named Victoria Jackson who looked, as George K said, like a Russian hooker. At least our Emma isn’t putting all her goods on display in a misguided attempt to look adult and “sexy.” Maybe few of her looks “sing,” but at least she isn’t embarrassing herself.

    • Sarah

      OMG I saw that do-it-yourself look. They were WAY too kind to her about it. It was frikkin’ heinous.

      • cocohall

        It makes you suspect that perhaps Kelly and the little Julianna stand-in are friends with Pia-Mia and/or that she is booked on an upcoming Fashion Police show, because they were being far more kind than the look deserved. It was dreadful. My daughter was watching the show with me and asked “do you think they mind being critiqued on the show?” and I said, being passed over and NOT being mentioned is FAR worse. It may sting, but each one of the girls they featured just got 5 minutes of national TV exposure and multiple mentions of her name. Their publicists are smiling, I guarantee it.

        • demidaemon

          No doubt. That is exactly why everyone is so pleased with Fashion Police as a show, despite wherever they may end up on the list. Does anyone know if you can catch Fashion Police online anywhere? I finally bit the bullet and cancelled my satellite TV, and I’m still trying to find places to watch a few of my favorite shows online.

          • cocohall

            There is something called yidio that has it, but I think you may have to pay. I couldn’t find it on E online, but my advice is find a teenager to find it for you – my kids find everything they want to watch online. I can still barely get the DVR to work. Sad sad sad

          • demidaemon

            Hmm. I’m already paying for two streaming services, so I’m not sure if I want to pay for another. perhaps it is time for some judicious Google-fu!

    • Anna

      I didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards or any post-awards fashion recaps, but I just HAD to google this Pia Mia person once I’d read she’d made her dress.

      DEAR. GOD. And there’s a matching bandana! And the platform sandals!

      • cocohall

        Apparently the bandana is her trademark. FP showed a few other of her “looks” and there was a matching bandana for each one. I know the importance of branding, but dear god, what a limiting look. There are only so many outfits that actually call for a bandana, and the only one that springs to mind for me is the I Love Lucy episode where she is crushing wine grapes in a barrel.

        • Anna

          Yikes, I truly would’ve had no idea who this person was if it hadn’t been for your comment. The only other thing I could think of with the bandana is perhaps a gangsta rap/Tupac reference?

          • cocohall

            I think your reference point is much more likely than mine. I am dating myself, I realize, with the I Love Lucy (and also Rosie the Riveter, now that I think of it) reference. But it does make her memorable and perhaps that is the goal for now. She can evolve (just as Nicki Minaj has – that was the other big news of the show- how she was unrecognizable without her usual hair/makeup), but beautiful.

          • Anna

            According to Google she’s 17, so that explains the bandana trademark and homemade outfit. She’s young and doesn’t quite have the access yet to the usual celebrity resources. But being associated with Kanye West and his fiancee will likely change all that, probably not for the good though.

      • Danielle

        She’s billed as Kanye West’s protégé by Google, so you know her judgment is skewed.

        • Anna

          Ah, that makes sense.

  • cmb123

    I think the last dress is actually quite lovely on her in an “I’m an artist” kind of way. I think her make up is unflattering and ages her, but overall I like the look. the lace though – no. Just make it go away.

  • Besiana Balla

    Have you noticed how whe wears italian in Italy, french in France and so on… The girl is a born diplomat!

    • decormaven

      Her PR team is savvy. Cunning little creatures.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Too bad her stylist isn’t as savvy as her PR team.

  • B_C_J

    The first look would be better if you used the top & skirt as separates. However the skirt hem is not attractive. Her hair is awful but her heels are gorgeous.
    The second look I really like. It’s very sophisticated & understated. I like the hair as well.

  • Danielle

    I like the second look because pockets, but it’s totally Florence Welch’s dress.

  • NBG

    First look: could not get past the hair. What the hell?
    Second look: the skirt looks 80s era sofa/loveseat set upholstery.

    Double-shot, double-fail in my book.

    But it is nice to see her on her own and not part of the Andrew/Emma creation. (I pray that no one portmanteaus their names.)

  • boweryboy

    So, the lace dress trend has veered into Grandma’s lace doily territory? That thing is hideous.
    I think the second look is fabulous, (if only she got rid of the pussybow) but that’s probably because she’s channeling her inner Florence Welch.

  • KinoEye

    The second dress is gorgeous, but not hers at all. She looks unhappy and slouchy in it. Based on her personality, I think Emma should try working a sportier look. She’s not the sex kitten, the mysterious vamp, the rocker, the hippie, or a doily, as the first look might have you believe.

    She’s the cute, fun, approachable girl next door who can make you laugh and is a blast to hang with. Like Jennifer Lawrence. But she does have a bit of a twist to her. Sporty girl next door with a twist. Get to work, stylists.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I’m just dying at the fact that she wore shiny eye shadow with the second dress!

    • demidaemon

      She’s a drag queen at heart, apparently.

      • Jacob Bowen

        She’s stolen MY heart!

        • demidaemon


  • decormaven

    She looks so uncomfortable in the second dress, and poses so awkwardly, there’s a backstory there. Please, please let lace dresses fall silently to the bottom of the ocean, and stay there. Little fish can swim in and out of the netting.

  • V No Privacy

    Girl loves a neck bow.

  • rebeemoon

    I believe the white lace was chosen so that your eyes would immediately focus on those fabulous shoes. Sadly, this ploy did not work. Still, fabulous shoes.

  • msdamselfly

    I think the first look is really cute. Love the hairdo

  • marlie

    I sort of like the first dress, but I HATE that hairdo. And I think I love the shoes! As for the second look – I like her hair and makeup, but that dress is FUGLY and needs to be set on fire. Actually, it looks flammable.

  • Rachel Sawyer

    I believe my Aunt Joan wore that second outfit to my parents’ 1976 New Year’s Eve party.

  • ejsesqueer

    Florence Welch realness on look 2

  • Frank_821

    I kept expecting you to right “Lace must die, die my darling!” A little old Talullah refernce

  • Grumpy Girl

    I do not understand at all, what they were going for with that first look’s hairdo. If that was the best I could get my hair to do because of atmosphere or hormones or whatever, I would slick it all back or cover it. She looks jetlagged overall in that first one, and I wonder if her hair looked reasonable a few minutes earlier, before she walked onto the stage and it all fell into a mess of blah and product.

  • Aurumgirl

    I love the shoes she’s wearing with the doily. But that second outfit: the skirt has exactly the same print as I bedskirt/duvet cover I have on my guest bed. My set is slightly less sparkly.

    I’d have to agree she doesn’t have great style. It always looks like she’s trying her best with whatever she’s been given to put on.

  • Deb Oswald

    Egad. That is all

  • MannahattaMamma

    No one, not Kerry Washington, not Cate Blanchett, not Tilda, not nobody, could make that last dress work. It’s wrapping paper, literally tied up with a bow around her neck. Yay for pockets but pockets alone cannot transform that sack of sackiness into anything other than a sack. With pockets. Dress #1? Two mis-matched tablecloths or a tatting project run hideously amok. And then in both, there is her pretty perky face, just sort of floating above whatever the hell she’s wrapped herself into…

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I want the shoes in the first one . . .

    • marlie

      Me too! Let’s pool our $$…

      • Sara Brams-Miller

        YES! I am so in. We live close enough to each other. 😉 What size shoe do you wear again? Hehe

  • demidaemon

    I don’t despise the second dress as much as our hosts. I think it looks kind of cool on her. However, I am totally in agreement on the first. SO. TIRED. OF. LACE. I also don’t totally disagree on their analysis of her style. Seems about right for me. Her perkiness, for some reason, gives her much good will when it comes to her dress choices.

  • Imasewsure

    I actually like the second look. Hate the first look from the ugly harsh makeup to the ugly lace dress… the second one is interesting…dunno

  • unbornfawn

    That first look is totally twee and the second look is matronly on her and her hair in both looks sucks. Get some help dear.

  • Sophie

    I like the shoes and the skirt in the first look (but not together). And the top in the second picture. That second skirt somehow manages to be drab and glittery at the same time.

  • TAGinMO

    I actually love the second dress and think she looks pretty great in it. But it definitely belongs to Florence Welch.

  • Kate Andrews

    I think the second look would be OK minus the pussy bow. And the first is just dreadful, except for the cool shoes. I’ll take a pair.

  • nannypoo

    I think the second dress is fabulous and it looks great on her, but the bow has got to go.

  • CT14

    Pinstrosity hair.

    The first dress looks like a homemade Pinstrosity, too.

  • Linderella

    The hair. It hurts my eyes.

  • Raspberry2012

    No, these looks are both no for me, no, no thank you, nu-uh, nope, GTFO, stop…

  • MM4321

    I feel like she is so skinny and scrawny that such sophisticated looks just don’t work on her. It comes across as a little girl playing dress up. And this coming from me who loves Emma S.

    • MM4321

      And no, that’s not a slam on skinny and scrawny folks – I wish I was one!!

  • Rhonda Shore

    The first dress isn’t just lace, it’s lacey tablecloth, the second is blousey. She deserves better.

  • Amy D

    Yikes.. that is some funereal makeup (and not from the good funeral home either but from that one across town that no one admits they sent their aunt to.)

  • suzq

    I like her shoes in the first picture.

  • GeoDiva

    Except for the yellow gown from a few days ago, her entire press tour has been one GTNYD after another. Such a disapointment! She needs a new stylist.

  • DominoEstella

    I love both of these looks and I will always love lace and crochet and frilly things. I think some girls just do.

  • Cassidy Olsen

    She looks like Florence Welch in the second dress. I don’t know, I think I like her style, but I suppose I’m biased because of how cute and fun she is.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I immediately though about FloWel, too.

  • Call me Bee

    She’d look awesome in a short pixie haircut a la Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Watson. Then all these weird outfits would look more edgy and less grandma.

  • uprightcitizen

    Saw a bit of “Zombieland” the other night on TV and remembered what she looked like back then. She wasn’t so waif-like and she exuded a kind of tough-girl vibe and a bit of girl next door, both of which she seems to have lost, at least in her public appearance persona. She was more interesting then, IMHO.

    • quiltrx

      I totally agree–I liked her persona better then.

  • quiltrx

    Send that second one to my girl Florence, she’ll know what to do. (I think Emma was trying to channel her and kind of failed)
    Send that first one to the burn pile.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    No and no.

  • Judih1

    You said it – she has no consist fashion style whatsoever. Unless you call “random” a style. And most of the time her shoes are not just wrong for the look, but ill fitting as well. Why can’t she hire a stylist?

  • ♠♥zee♣♦

    Her style is just so bad. Most of her choices near old lady. She needs to hire new stylists to help her with these appearences. I sometimes feel like someone is playing a joke on her or something.

  • Amel

    On the money, dear Uncles