Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta on “Good Morning America”

Posted on May 20, 2014

Well looky here. Look who got herself all done up “Maria leaving the Abbey”-style for middle America:


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Can’t be flashing those micro skirts at good folks just having their morning coffee, now can she? Attagirl. Save the hooker outfits for Jimmy Fallon. You’ve got an album to sell.

Do we like this? We hate to say it, but not really. She’s finally not falling out of some little tiny dress and you’d think we’d be thrilled by that, but this is styled just a bit too plainly and clean. It’s like she defined “good girl” as a longer skirt, no makeup, plain shoes and a ponytail. Which, to be fair, is pretty much how Hollywood has always defined “good girl.” That makes us wonder if she doesn’t take her style cues from rom coms. It would explain a lot.

Anyway, what we would have recommended was a metallic sandal or more colorful punp and some blown out hair to make this stand out a little more.




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  • Girl, that’s not your hair color. Or lipstick.

    • KES4K

      Right? Although at this point I don’t think anyone knows what her actual hair color was/is/should be.

      • Richard Harper

        I’d happily settle for something that didn’t look like she had to let it grow out because the trailer needed a new something-something.

    • Looks like orange streaks in the bangs. Blech.


    We cannot see Lea Michele’s breasts, belly button or mid-thigh.

    One small step for Lea, a giant leap for our poor harassed eye bulbs! 🙂

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      What does it say when I’m just relieved that Lea is not flashing the good china or boobs?

      • demidaemon

        I know. Luckily, the uncles remind us that, even though it’s finally not an “of course,” we still shouldn’t let her slide on the details.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That’s why we love our uncles!

    • holla

      almost didn’t recognize her without all the flesh showing…that sounds skeevy =(

  • imspinningaround

    All the textures are fighting with each other.

  • flamingoNW

    Yeah, cute dress but yawn with the styling. Too bad.

  • Capt. Renault

    Aah, the good ol’ days, when a mark on your wrist or hand like that meant “I was at the bar last night, and didn’t do the required reading.”

  • kmk05

    That ombré hair colour is disastrous, especially at her bangs. It’s a little bit Britney Spears circa 1999: I think it’s the ponytail.

  • Anna

    I almost didn’t recognize her without her cleavage. Appreciate the lack of exposed skin, but hair colour could use a do-over, those are some ROOTS.

  • kimmeister

    I don’t love the shape of the skirt. I’d normally say it needs a belt, but I think the fabric is just to thickly layered around her midsection.

    BUT, she looks non-skanky so that’s a win.

  • PeggyOC

    I’m going to give her finger snaps and head rolls for it anyway. It’s actually the one of the best looks we’ve ever seen on her. She’s so much more attractive and interesting when she isn’t trying so damned hard. Nice girl is actually her sexy look. She never sells sultry well.

    • ktr33

      YES! She looked so cute on a recent ep of Glee, in Audrey Hepburn drag, walking a bunch of dogs.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Very plain, if nice pieces. Her hair is godawful.

  • susu

    I actually really like the simple hair and makeup on her, and don’t have any quibbles about the shoes with the dress (in fact, the shoes seem to have a little design interest to them). I just don’t like the dress all that much.

  • B_C_J

    I love the dress but it required a tad more makeup, a bracelet & some earrings. The hair styling & color are hideous.

    • 3boysful

      Agree. She needs a non-nude lip, and differently applied eyeliner.

  • alyce1213

    I think we should encourage more of this. It’s not perfect, but it’s not making me wince. Needs better accessories and hair.
    I think her makeup (she is wearing some) is fine for early daytime, more would have elicited an “of course.”
    (She’s still on my most annoying list)

    • Qitkat

      I agree, though she doesn’t annoy me much one way or the other. It’s a really cute dress, and also, importantly, she looks happy.

  • majorbedhead

    That dress looks as though it’s made of crepe paper and her shoes are too big.

    • ivfive

      Why do starlets always have on their mommy’s shoes? Don’t loaners come in any size but 9?

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      I think she should have borrowed the bathrobe..err…coat from the woman escorting her. Then the dress would not look so bad, ’cause it would be covered up.

    • It makes her look lumpy around the midsection. Not really a good look.

  • numenah

    Her hair color looks like the disastrous results I got in high school when I streaked my hair with Jolen lip bleach. Bring on the brassy! Dress is very cute, and I always prefer less makeup.

  • Pablo

    The hair is definitely bad, I don’t even know what color is that supposed to be. Let’s just count our winnings with her and be happy she’s at least a bit more covered up.

  • nannypoo

    She looks fine, but if I were watching that show and she came on I would probably switch to Today.

    • MilaXX

      I switched to something on the dvr. She just annoys me. She is the embodiment of the humble brag. Can someone please shut her up?!

  • Danielle

    Let’s not get too excited, she’s probably not wearing underwear.

  • katiessh

    I despise the fact that she’s actually ombred her fringe. just, why?

  • SewingSiren

    Very cute. I don’t like the stripped hair though. Her real hair color is much nicer.

    • tallgirl1204

      I’m confused by the hair. That’s not ombre, right? Doesn’t ombre, like, fade? This looks like she’s trying to aggressively grow out color– except somehow her hair grows way faster in the back than in the front. What am I not getting?

      • Reine Bron

        She had to dye it for a L’Oreal commercial and I guess it’s slowly being washed out

  • Betsy

    Well, it’s not perfect but at least the look is in her wheelhouse—-sassy theater girl as opposed to sexy diva. Plus, she doesn’t appear to be trying too hard, even though she probably is. I can get behind this and that’s a good thing since normally, she grates on my last nerve.

  • trisker

    “Maria leaving the abbey” gave me a great big chuckle!

  • Jessica Freeman

    Well I’m torn because while finally covered up, it’s quite boring. It’s just a ruffle dress that did not need cut out shoes. Definitely a metallic shoe and a good pair of earrings.

  • Alyssa

    Those mid-stride photos lead me to believe that she even exaggerates the way she walks…but I’m biased, because she bugs me. I appreciate the fact that the dress is demure for her, but the hair is not good.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I have an aunt that does this. She seems to sway from side to side with hair/ponytail swinging. It’s dangerous to walk too close.

  • EditKitten

    Beautiful color on her. I think if the neckline were lowered about two inches, this might actually work.

    • ktr33

      NO NO NO! We finally got her a little covered up! Don’t lower anything!

      • EditKitten

        Oh, this is nearly Duggar territory. Let’s not cover her up too much. 🙂

  • Not applicable

    I dunno- I think we just need to be supportive here- this is a big step in the right direction! 🙂

  • cocohall

    I am so happy not to see her sternum or upper thigh that I am standing here clapping in my kitchen. I think she looks cute and comfortable and it’s nice to see here with a little bounce in her step and a big genuine smile. And I’m most likely wrong, but I will pretend that they told her not to worry about her hair – someone on set would take care of it. Because that is some serious post-workout hair – suitable for apres 10K cool down, but not TV.

  • jonnyf8

    Would have looked cute and believable on Dianna Agron.

    • Imasewsure

      But she would have paired it with a twee little cardy and some embellished flats – and that would have made this so much better… Still baby steps away from the hoochie so that is a plus

  • Glam Dixie

    And a big on the move smile which allows no time for standing and vamping and posing at us. It’s a win!!

  • If I had more time to waste, I’d make a gif of her walking and sync it to the “Put One Foot In Front of the Other” song from Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

  • SugarSnap108

    I want to encourage this step away from showing all the goods, so … nice color.

    Too bad about the hair and the high-heeled Crocs.

  • Lex

    That is some straight up ghetto hair dye job

  • BrooklynBomber

    That hair color – er, colors – is terrible on her.

  • R.A.


  • MartyBellerMask

    There is no middle ground with her.

  • Coleslaw McGraw

    Those shoes give me a sad. But I like the dress.

  • Little_Olive

    What TLo said, plus I don’t like the dress. It’s infantile and matronly all at the same time.

    The hair color is the embodiment of her duality and I’m not liking it one bit.

  • ktr33

    OMG, you guys. First, I think it’s an attagirl, bc I’m so relieved I don’t have to feel mortified on her behalf. BUT ALSO because I am going to be delusional and TAKE CREDIT! Yes! I tweeted to her to stop wearing such “look-at-me-I’m-hot” stuff; I said it was an intervention. So I’m gonna be super-nice, in the completely unrealistic unlikelihood that she a) read the tweet, b) responded thusly. YEs, I already acknowledged I AM DELUSIONAL.

    • Constant Reader

      You tweeted her? That is hilarious! I think we can let you off on a technicality — I’m pretty sure delusional people don’t know they’re delusional. So you’re fine! Great work!

      I’m definitely giving this look an Attagirl, too. It’s not perfect, but it’s much, much better than usual. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and all that.

    • robin-m

      Being delusional is fun!

  • Zeee

    Sorry, y’all, but I like this. Maybe its because its a relief from her other outings, that this strikes a big yes for me.

  • traceyishere

    The dress is cute.

  • GeoDiva

    The dress is really cute, just not for her.

  • formerlyAnon

    This really ought to be dismissed with “doesn’t do much for her” except that she looks SO GOOD compared to her usual slinky oversell that it must be treasured, not dismissed.

    Fashion is odd.

  • YoungSally

    I think she’s actually plugging a book on “life issues, beauty, fitness”….saw her on, I think, Letterman and she was tooooo “aw shucks” — which we all may sense is not her.

  • robin-m

    I’ve never seen her looking so fresh before. She looks like a young woman in her 20’s. As opposed to her usual Carnival Cruise Ship menopausal cougar drag.

    • NBG

      Wow. I love that sentence so much.

  • NinjaCate

    What ring is that?

  • marlie

    I’ll give her an “attagirl.” The dress is cute, and it fits perfectly. I’ll let the nude shoes AND lipstick slide, since she’s finally not flashing her boobs and hoo-ha at everyone. And the ponytail is cute enough for morning TV.

  • Gatto Nero

    But that hair.

  • unbornfawn

    Well, it is refreshing to see her covered up a little.

  • dschubba

    I can’t believe that Lea paired a conservative neckline with a conservative hemline! I’ve been faked out so many times by these TLo thumbnails that I’ve been conditioned to expect at least 50% of her silhouette to be a trainwreck.

  • demidaemon

    Pretty much what TLo said. Dress good. Styling is too tame.

  • Terri Terri

    You’re not kidding that’s “Maria leaving the Abbey!” With her little swinging arms and all…

    I have confidence in sunshine
    I have confidence in rain
    I have confidence that spring will come again
    Besides which you see I have confidence in me!!!!!!!

  • Soozables

    Rachel Berry drag.

    • ktr33

      which is her best look

  • ktr33

    I have a soft spot for Ms Lea (maybe just season 1 Glee? Revenge of the Nerds?), but unless she pulls out another attagirl, I’m going to have to give up on her forever. I just watched her completely “of course” dreadful video, which might’ve just been called “I’m not Rachel Berry; I’m a very very sexy babe.”

  • NBG

    The hairstyle makes this whole look seem contrived. Like she wants to look like she just left the gym and slipped into Oscar da la Renta. “You guys, look how down to earth I am!”

    And I hate the shoes. I would wear the dress…but it probably costs more than my mortgage payment.

  • KT

    This looks like something I would have worn to my 8th grade Valentine’s Dance. In other words, bleh.

    I lol’ed at the idea that she takes her style cues from rom coms. Hilarious, and probably accurate.

  • JynxTheCat

    Rare White pump op. missed.

  • musi_

    gahh this made me shudder. average hair. invisible shoes. plain face. you don’t do that to Oscar