IN or OUT: Kristen Bell in Alberta Ferretti at “An Evening Of Music To Benefit Autism Speaks”

Posted on April 07, 2014

Kristen is one of those people who has a great eye and good taste when it comes to style, but sometime flubs it on the details. We get the impression she’s got good instincts for picking clothes and less well developed ones for styling an outfit. Of course her stylist has a lot to do with that. But Kristen also strikes us as someone who doesn’t just put on whatever look is handed to her. This is all conjecture based on red carpet tea leaf readings (our favorite past time in the world), but we’ve always assumed she’s an active participant in her red carpet styling.

Anyway, our point is…

Kristen Bell attends the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert – An Evening Of Music To Benefit Autism Speaks – in Los Angeles, California in an Alberta Ferretti dress paired with Christian Louboutin strappy sandals.

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Collection

LOVE the dress, but the shoes feel wrong somehow and her hair’s kinda bleh from the front. Besides, it’s gown hair.

That’s us: short and to the point. Now tell us why we’re idiots/geniuses.




Bitter Kittens make the call:



OUT! Enh. Too fussy-prissy for my tastes. 




The Bitter Kittens truly surprised us by getting behind Jennifer Connelly’s “depressed bird” dress, voting it IN. Don’t get us wrong; we agree. It’s just that we could’ve sworn you’d all hate it.



[Photo Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • Cyprienne Zed

    I would like the earrings please thank you.

  • Out, cause of those shoes. she needed something far simpler to balance that dress.

    • lundibleu

      I agree the shoes are horrid, but I’m voting it IN because I like the dress and she looks good.

    • VicD

      I love the dress, but shoes look like the ones that little girl Irish dancers wear (except with heels). But those shoes are terrible with this dress.

    • Tracy M

      Had she worn shoes anywhere close to what the model wore, I wouldn’t give a damn about the hair. Those shoes are waaaaay too fussy for such a busy dress. But I love her anyway. I’m a Marshmallow.

  • Glam Dixie

    Out, something about the entire look isn’t working for me. The length is off, the shoes are wrong, the hair is wrong. It’s all just off.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      It’s black and she’s manually tucking it, but that bodice and waistline are too big on her. She’s elfen.

    • Rhonda Shore

      OUT for the same reasons. It made me shudder a bit.

    • Trent

      Yes, OUT, for your reasons, and it’s a real shame. The dress looks sweet and somewhat youthful on the model but blah and matronly on Kristen. And I love her!

      • makeityourself

        The model’s styling is perfect. Those coral earrings are just the right call-back to the dress’ embroidery; the shoes are simple enough that they work and the length is correct. Kristen just sucks all the life out of it.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Yeah – I don’t think the high-low hem is working on her. It needs a model’s height, and the high needs to be a bit above the knee, not at the knee.

  • amf0001

    the flowers are so pretty but I hate the mullet skirt.

    • elirt

      I normally hate mullet skirts as well (just passed on a cute dress because of one), but I think it’s subtle enough here to pass. I (surprisingly) like it. But the shoes… 🙁

      • kbshee

        I agree–the flowers kind of make it less mullety. I love the shoes on the model though.

  • elemspbee

    IN. Agree; you’re geniuses. Lovely dress, shoes NO! so close!!!

    • Anplica Fiore

      Agreed – and I love her face & hair here. Just not the shoes. But still an in!!

  • Janet B

    Shoes (ugly) and hemline (overpowering)..


    I think she looks great: IN. I even like the shoes, as they have sort of a dark fairy tale feel that echoes the dress.

  • Danielle

    OUT. I can’t “let it go” with those shoes.

  • IN. Although, as an out and proud short woman, Kristen should know better than to wear heels with ankle straps.

    • RedRaven617

      Agree. Ankle straps are the surest way to shorten your legs. But I still give her an IN.

  • Sarah

    Oh, this is hard. I think the dress is pretty, but I hate mullet hems, even though this one isn’t as bad as others. The shoes are wrong, which is a shame – they should be simpler and work to elongate the leg, not stumpify it. I like her hair, but not her earrings, which are neither here-nor-there. So I guess baby-out, but I’m sorry to do it, because it is soclose.

    • random_poster

      Totally agree with this, and another vote for out. It really is close.

  • Comfy

    Stevie Knicks Ultra Light

    • Judih1

      LOL – good one

  • Zeee

    I think I’d like it if the hem were one length. Not a fan of the hi/low hem. I like the shoes, but I don’t like them with the dress. If I had someplace dressier to go than Costco, I’d buy those shoes.

    • Ginger

      Girl, you just need to make the Costco aisles your own personal catwalk!

  • Shawn EH

    The only things that are right here are the colors. Proportions all off. This may be Elizabeth Banks dress, or even try it on Sara Paulson, but it’s not a flattering shape for Kristen. OUT.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Have to go with an out. Cute dress but it doesn’t flatter her curves at all.

  • Hrfe

    IN. The shoes don’t bother me as much as they probably should. I hate the hair from the front but love it from the back somehow so that keeps in as an “IN” for me.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Oh, punkin. An OUT, I’m afraid. Like the idea of the dress, but it does unfriendly things for her figure. The hair and shoes sealed the deal, though.

  • MilaXX

    I was gonna give this a small IN with a deduction for wearing the wrong shoe. Then I saw the back. I cannot with the flowers sitting on her butt like that. OUT

  • Monabel

    The dress is not good enough. Mullet hem, banal top, and the colored flowers are oddly placed, looking like a first thought that needs modifying.

  • trisker

    Agreed. Pretty dress, bad styling. OUT.

  • JP

    I would totally wear that dress, but not those shoes with it. Still an IN for me.

  • Bozhi

    IN – I love the dress. The shoes and earrings are wrong, but not a total tragedy.

  • Jecca2244

    i think she is too short for the dress. (something i deal with daily) or am i wrong and she isn’t petite?

    • RebeccaKW

      I agree. I don’t care for mullet hems in general, but sometimes I’m fine with them. I like it on the model, but it’s too long on Kristen, so it makes her legs appear shorter and then you add those shoes.

  • TheLaurenJean


  • deelup

    OUT. Those shoes, that hair, the dress… Jesus.

  • ojosazules

    The mullet hem is no good. The shoes look like bear traps, or something. For some reason I feel bad about it, but out.

    • Imasewsure

      I felt kind of bad too… I usually go “In” even if it’s slightly “out” but this one seemed to die on the vine even though the dress itself was ok so I had to go out (and kinda want to give her a hug for being so judgy)

  • JauntyJohn

    IN. Dress is so pretty – Shoes are not a “yes” but not enough of a “no” to knock her out, imho.

  • Jacob Bowen

    OUT- bad shoes+MULLET DRESS is NEVER an in. A Mullet Dress alone makes me sad. (But she is SO cute!!!)

    • rockin robin

      Agreed, OUT. Dress would have been okay with a different hemline, and the shoes are wrong wrong wrong.

  • marlie

    OUT. Pretty dress, but it’s not doing her figure any favors. Maybe this needs to be shipped off to a taller ladystar. The shoes are horrible.

  • elirt

    In. Although it’s a mullet skirt, it’s a subtle, low key one, which I find charming. Although the shoes are all wrong, she looks very pretty and happy, which is carrying the look. I really like her hair, wouldn’t call it “gown” specific.

  • LilyVanessi

    I like it. Love the earrings and I think she looks good. IN for me.

  • Julie Chase

    In-that dress is gorgeous and I love the makeup. The shoes I can forgive, but just barely.

  • Voting this one IN!

  • Chickadeep

    IN; the dress saves the rest of the outfit, and transcends the styling. I’m going to pretend she has different earrings on, though.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Out. Hating all of it.

  • kayleymaybe

    IN – although I dislike the shoes.

  • sugarkane105


    That’s all I have to say. The outfit’s fine.

    • MarieLD

      Exactly!!! That’s why it’s an IN.

  • KendraMR

    I hate to say it, but it’s an OUT for me. I like the dress, but would have loved it if it wasn’t a mullet skirt. Also the shoes and earrings are wrong.

  • Kris

    In. I actually like the hair. It’s soft and pretty but not fussy. The shoes add a little bit of edge. I don’t like the earrings, though.

  • littlething

    I like the hair, hate the shoes, don’t understand the earrings. Overall I think she looks good though.

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    Yeah, no. I do not love the dress, or even like it. The shoes, even less. Kristin Bell, however, is fabulous.

  • In, with reservation. The fug shoes almost made it an out, but I like the flowers on the dress.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    OUT because of the shoes and because I hate the hem.

  • The Versatile Chef

    I have a pair of vintage Louboutins that look just like the ones on the model.

    (Back when heels were of a reasonable height).

  • MartyBellerMask

    Lowercase “in”.

  • MK03

    IN. The shoes are weird, but not enough to kill the look.

  • Imasewsure

    I think it’s slightly OUT but would be in on someone taller (with much better hair, better shoes)

  • I seriously winced at the shoes. No, girl. OUT.

  • Sophie

    Out. I like the head, even the gown hair, but the rest is all see-through fabric, mullet hem and painful-looking shoes.

  • LaSylphide

    Out. Bad shoes and makeup, hair could be better. Like the dress except for the hemline. Too much bad, and not enough good.

  • colleenjanel

    IN! Love the dress, love the hair … she needs different shoes and an actual lip color.

  • Tricia Rose

    I vote out. Am I crazy, but the dress doesn’t fit her, the waist hits heavy and weird and gave her a backward baby bump over her rump. Shoes meh.

  • Denise Rambo

    LOVE the dress, hair and makeup; HATE the shoes and the earrings.

  • holla

    while I like her and the dress separately, it just not working here. She needs to have it sized down for her. and the shoes are wrong. so it’s OUT

  • Judih1

    Out. Cute dress but so wrong on her, hair is terrible, shoes are not right for this look. Cute smile and props for trying. Just not her look. Send this to Lupita with different shoes

  • ScarlettHarlot

    The dress is IN, but the styling is OUT

  • Cheryl

    In. Love the dress, would have preferred something closer to what the model was wearing shoe wise, but I don’t hate Kristen’s pair. The hair, just meh again, far from terrible, but she could have done something prettier.

  • Fräulein K.

    In, because the dress is very pretty and she looks good in it. I love that he embroidery or appliqué continues around the back of it, too; that says quality and thorough workmanship to me. Shoes could be better, the earrings feel all wrong for the outfit, even more so than the shoes.

  • Kent Roby

    Those shoes are way too delicate and busy for that dress (love the shoes on the model), and even though this is the rare mullet dress that I like, I think that the front length should be shorter (as with the model) to lengthen KB’s legs. But, even with the problems, I give her a reserved “In”.

  • Belvane

    The shoes look like her feet are caught in a fishing net. A sleek ponytail would have helped this look too.

  • Dagney

    There is a lot of strappy, wrap-around-y shoe action these days. I love them, but they keep showing up with the wrong dresses.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think there is a butt poof situation rendering it an Out for me.

  • Megan Kennedy

    IN, because despite the shoe and mullet hem problems, she looks fairy-tale lovely.

  • StarburstLady

    I like it. I like it all. IN.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    IN for me. Like the hair, makeup, and dress, not the shoes. I wouldn’t like these shoes with anything, but I’m seeing lots of these strappy ass styles this spring.

  • frannyprof

    IN, but only because I love the flowers on the dress and her hair and makeup are flawless.

  • Cathy S

    Love the dress, hate the shoes. The ones on the model are much nicer. I’d hate to give her an out for the shoes, but a Bitter Kitten must do what a Bitter Kitten must do. Out.

  • Julie Tilton


  • decormaven

    Out; the shoes are a major distraction, and even if a pleasing pair had been chosen, the hem falls a little too long on her, and the torso is shortened with the floral applique.

  • conniemd

    In. Love the dress and earrings, not so much the hair. Shoes needed to be simpler.

  • suzq

    In from the ankles up. The shoes should be burned.

  • In. The shoes weren’t a good choice, but I love the dress on her.

  • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

    Totally agree with you on the shoes. The dress is very pretty, but I like the top better than the bottom.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In, but I think those shoes look like torture devices. I mean they probably are, but my feet hurt for her feet.

  • Jangle57

    Love the dress but those shoes – ack, awful, just awful. Makes it tough because better shoes and I’d probably be saying in – no it just looks too frumpy. OUT

  • Sue_Asponte

    That is a ridiculously gorgeous dress, and I love her hair. IN. (I am just pretending the shoes didn’t happen.) IN IN IN.

  • Slanted & Enchanted

    IN. The only part is dislike is the shoes.

  • estella_nyc

    OUT, only because of the shoes.

  • sagecreek

    IN. I don’t love it, but it’s perfectly acceptable.

  • Nancer

    In. Agree about the hair and the shoes, yet this is still totally cute on her.

  • rkdgal

    Ronnie Mars will always get an IN from me.

  • Susan Velazquez

    I like it. Very cute. IN.

  • KinoEye

    The only problems I have with this are the mullet hem, which is wrong on almost any garment; and the shoes, which don’t belong with this dress. I don’t know where they do belong, though. IN.

  • dash1211

    Out. Spider shoes.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I like everything but the shoes, but I’m edging IN.

  • GeoDiva

    The shoes push it out the door. ……OUT

  • Constant Reader

    OUT, for the exact reasons you listed. Plus, the more I look at the embroidery the more it looks too bright and slapped on there.

  • Lori

    In. The hair doesn’t bother me. The shoes are wrong for the dress, but I like the dress enough to let it slide.

  • nannypoo

    Not flattering. Out.

  • Wink

    Nice dress, but the proportions are wrong for her. No.

  • TigerLaverada

    Out. The shoes are just no. The hair looks like a 5 year old did it.

  • Louise de Teliga

    God Awful on her! The dress swamps her and those shoes! And excuse me…it’s about the ghastly earrings…UGH to the whole look…fire your stylist Kristen!

  • Stella Zawistowski

    I hate the shoes and the hair. I love the dress but think it needs to be hemmed or else on someone a bit taller. So, on the whole, OUT.

  • altalinda


  • lalahartma

    It’s hard to say, but I am leaning on out.

  • anneland

    Don’t like the hair or shoes either, but still an IN.

  • BLauD

    IN! I love, love, love that dress and it works for her. (And I normally HATE the high-low mullet hem. I’d prefer it just straight.) The styling does need something different, but I just can’t say what… start with the shoes and hair for sure.

  • LambeeBaby

    It looks too big and the length is not good for her. Shoes are killer but not right for the dress.

  • Not loving the sheer top… All solid opaque black w a different neckline…MAYBE! Is it the angle of shot or does this dress or shoe make her legs look chunky?

  • demidaemon

    The dress is cute, but not awesome. The shoes are wrong and the hair is hella wrong. Based on a mixture of judging and random dice roll, she is OUT, by a hair. Sorry, Kristen, I love you but you mucked it up on the details.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    OUT. You’re right, it just feels unbalanced. I’m not even sure if that’s her dress…

  • anonylind

    In. She looks lovely, in spite of the shoes.

  • SorayaS

    Out. For the reasons you said, dress is good but shoes and hair are not and the earrings, while fab, are for another look. Nothing is working to help her out here.

  • Carly Clement

    IN because it really works on her – the dress that is and I dont hate the hair… I get where she was going with the shoes as well… Then again I am a Marshmallow through and through!

  • somebody blonde

    In. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough.

  • Columbinia

    Out. The shoes say gladiator, the dress says garden party, it’s edgy vs. feminine. She’s mixed genres. The runway model has the right shoes.

  • Heather

    I’m voting IN because I love the dress so much. I think the shoes and hair aren’t right, but the dress is right enough to make it good.

  • semirose

    My thought process scrolling down (out loud, good thing I live alone); “Hair, no. Cute dress. Love the earrings. Needs a bracelet. Hate the shoes. OUT.” I think if either the hair or shoes were better it’d be in but I can’t with both.

  • kimmeister

    OUT because the shoes are just gross.

  • Pennymac

    In. I love the dress, but I think the heaviness of the embroidery thickens her middle. The shoes belong with another outfit entirely

  • OUT, because the shoes are just that bad.

  • AzSportsGirl

    Sleeker shoe.. more romantic, soft,wavy hair. and this is BAM.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I’m going to give her an IN!

  • quiltrx

    IN. I wish the hem were straight across and she had different shoes. But the dress is pretty overall and I actually think the hair is cute.

  • Cristina

    In. While I hate the shoes, the dress more than makes up for it.

  • mdcoon127

    In because she is awesome, but the shoes belong with some other dress – it could be tailored to fit her better as well…

  • Gatto Nero

    This hi-low hem isn’t very flattering on her, and the fit makes her look thick around the waist.
    A closed shoe would’ve been better.

  • MandyM

    IN! She looks sweet and pretty. It’s not perfect but shoot; She’s not Lupita!

  • Michele Morningstar

    In! The only thing I’d change are the shoes. I kind of love those earrings with that dress.

  • Sabin

    Out. It’s a mullet dress. Those will never be okay.

  • Celticharpist

    OUT. Hair really isn’t working for me, shoes are nice but wrong for the look. Also the placement of the flowers is just really odd.

  • formerlyAnon

    Well, y’all are geniuses, but . . . IN because despite all the things wrong here – prime being that hemline is seriously questionable and so are ankle straps on her – she’s a pretty woman in a pretty dress and there are flowers on it which I don’t hate.

    Yeah, not exactly a prime example of the well-argued exposition of reason and logic, as reasons go.

  • mjmiller77

    In. Love the hair – nice and soft with a pretty flowery dress. Earrings and shoes compete too much with the dress.

  • Sweetvegan

    The dress is too long (look at at the model to see how it’s supposed to look) but overall, she’s IN!

  • MM4321

    Keep your elbows at your side and no one gets hurt.

  • This is a rough one to call, I can see why you threw it into the ring, TLo. I love the dress, and I don’t mind her hair at all, but those shoes are SO VERY wrong–way too over-designed and busy for the dress. The model’s shoes are just right, especially as they echo the balletic look of the skirt. However, I’m not sure this pushes the look over into a thumbs down vote, because minus 20 points for the shoes and minus 5 for the silly earrings still leaves her looking 75% good. So I am voting IN. It will be interesting to see how the votes tally on this one!

  • MissFern

    She’s too short for high-low dresses. Wish it was all one length.

  • melanie0866

    OUT. I hate the dress. It looks cheap. And the shoes are an abomination.

  • I love the dress, don’t like the shoes, HATE the hair, and think the makeup is aging.

    That’s an OUT.

  • Mousentrude

    In. I like the dress and hair. Shoes are unpleasant but on balance I think it’s fine.

  • Love the dress, but the hair just aged her 15 years, and those are SO NOT the shoes for this dress. My vote is OUT.

  • amaranth16

    Beautiful dress. That hair is sort of aging on her, I think.