Carrie Underwood in Rubin Singer at the 2014 Samsung Hope For Children Gala

Posted on June 11, 2014

We don’t really like this dress so much but it rates an “Attagirl.”

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It’s all a little too tricky for its own good. We don’t like the shape of the skirt or the fussiness of the bodice. But one thing this dress is not? Bland. That can only be considered a good thing coming from the gal we bitchily dubbed “Country Barbie,” because of her predilection for sparkly pastels – and nothing else. It’s got real impact and demands that you pay attention to her. It’s what we call a Declarative Dress. And she paired it with equally as bold earrings and shoes, which, oddly enough don’t fight with the dress.

She’s really grown on the style front ever since she did that “Sound of Music” turn. It’s always great to see stars using their style choices to make statements or sell a particular image of themselves effectively.

Having said all that, she’s wearing so much makeup that her face looks like it’s floating 3 inches away from her head.


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  • Danielle

    The clutch reminds me of a jewelry box my grandmother used to have.

  • NMMagpie

    Love the earrings and that spectacular clutch. Hate when people will not blend out the edges of their blush.

  • Glam Dixie

    I really want to like this, but I just can’t talk myself into it. She’s so pretty, I don’t know why she wears the makeup soooo thick. Dial it back, girl.

    • Anna

      All I see is foundation!

    • kimmeister

      She’s back to “matte as matte can be” after one brief foray into dewiness in her last post here.

    • Face also does not match the excessive arm shimmer. It’s extra jarring that way.

  • misstressofsylar

    Country Barbie would have never agreed to wear this dress. And I like it that she seems to be favoring interesting prints lately. New stylist? On the make up part, she and the Duchess could and should take tips from whoever is doing Kruger’s face. She’s nearin 40, but always manages to look like she’s just in her mid 20’s.

  • deelup

    She needs to be the star in a remake of the film “Mannequin”.

    • Anna Vasquez

      DO NOT PUT THIS OUT INTO THE UNIVERSE! A remake would kill everything that is kooky and kitschy and wonderful about the original.

      • deelup

        Oh, I’m wholeheartedly against remakes of most things. But for her, they wouldn’t need a plastic doll for any scenes. 😉 It’s just practical to choose her.

        • emilyaGoGo

          How about Mannequin 2? There’s nothing redeemable about THAT original, at least. 😉

          (ETA: Except Meshach Taylor, of course – heart him. But even he couldn’t save that drivel.)

          • Anna Vasquez

            We do not speak of such things.

          • Introspective

            meshach!!!! total friend in my head since his sugarbaker days…

      • Sarah

        We can all also agree that Miss Underwood is no Kim Cattrall, I’m pretty sure.

      • stonecoldcuddlewhore

        Mannequin is one of those movies that I love but chuckle when I think about the pitch to whomever financed it….and how much blow they must have been doing to agreed to making it.

  • @Biting Panda

    I approve. I feel like there’s a new stylist and a new game plan at Team Underwood. There is a vacuum, with Reese doing not much outside of parking lots and branding tours, best of luck to them.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I would love this dress with all my heart if the hem wasn’t so weird. Underwood is pretty, but I bet she’s drop-dead kill yourself gorgeous without the 4 lbs of makeup.

    • EveEve

      The hemline is the only problem I have with this dress. I know TLo aren’t generally big fans of “tricky” garments (and Lord knows the runway is crowded with them these days). But! It seems to work for these fabrics and on her figure. And all the diamond accessories are gorgeous without being over the top. Good for her.

  • OhSheila

    That face is powdered DOWN. Somebody give her some Nars Sheer Glow.

  • That black triangle makes a pretty dress look cheap. They should’ve stuck with the chevrons. But she is looking better and better.

    • Kent Roby

      I agree that the black looks a little cheap, yet I find myself thanking the fashion gods that at least it’s not a triangle of nude “illusion”!

      • Or black mesh. We do have to look for the small mercies!

        • kimmeister

          Or a cutout!

      • demidaemon

        I’m with the two of you on the cheapness. You can almost see the threads pulling at the side of the bodice.

  • Kim Elmore

    I basically don’t know this chick from Adam’s cat. BUT. During the Linda Ronstadt tribute in the 2014 RRHoF, she KILLED!!!! And I’m not a huge LR fan either!

    • TrixieConQueso

      Must chime in here and agree 100% on her performance in the tribute to Linda at the RockNRoll Hall of Fame Show running now on HBO!! It is a MUST SEE for all Linda fans, the harmonies are angelic, and wow, do they look fabulous too!!

    • NinaBoo

      Hmmm…I may have to watch it again because she kind of drove me nuts. She shout-sings her way through it, especially “It’s So Easy”. And I feel like she drowned out Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris during “Blue Bayou”. That being said, it’s entirely possible I have a level of adoration for Linda’s voice and the women of her generation that I’m feeling the musical version of “GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!”

  • Anna

    Enough foundation for a week. But yes, dress is improved over her usual pageant choices.

  • Wink

    Kudos to her for trying something outside her usual safe (i.e. boring) choices. Regarding her fondness for heavy makeup, clearly she’s in the camp that believes “there’s no such thing as natural beauty!”

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      “Drink your juice, Shelby.”

      • Wink

        Carrie Underwood’s colors are usually “blush and bashful.”

  • MM4321

    I like the whole look. The darker color, the print, the more natural hair color. Still overdoing the makeup – just want to take a tissue and wipe hard – but she’s definitely moving in a good direction.

  • Gerry Coleman

    It’s the matte face paired with body shimmer that confuses me. I feel like the other way around would make more sense for a young, fair-skinned gal.

  • Kent Roby

    Carrie, PUT DOWN THAT SPACKLING KNIFE, and back away from the makeup table!

  • MarissaLG

    I’d like it MUCH better if the hem was even.

    • MoHub

      Yep. It looks like a sewing-room accident.

  • nannypoo

    I like it. I’d like it more if the skirt were symmetrical, but it’s interesting and pretty.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, it’s far too much asymmetry for one garment.

  • marlie

    I like the bodice of the dress, but the shape of the skirt is all wrong. And the SHOES. No way. Her hair is fine, but the makeup… her face is a couple of shades lighter than her neck and shoulders, and for some reason, seeing that face-toned lipstick on her is making me cranky.

  • Aidan B

    If this was a gown, the length of the skirt would even out the trickiness of the bodice and I’d love it.

    • Kathy

      Yeeeeeesssss! I was about to post the same thing.

  • Gatto Nero

    The cut of the skirt is too tricky, but I like the bold print.
    I don’t like the ankle-choking T-straps, though.

  • YoungSally

    Side mullet skirt….or just a regular mullet skirt that’s twisted.

  • NBG

    This dress is a cruel thing to inflict on someone who is astigmatic. Or seasick.

  • Accademia di Moda

    Not our favorite look by Carrie Underwood, but we have to give her credit for trying! The bold geometric dress and competing accessories don’t compliment each other despite her efforts. We would have loved to see something a little more flattering, maybe even in her signature style, something sparkly or flowy!

  • Carleenml

    I hate this woman’s style. It’s forever Barbie looking to me.

    • Joanna

      My grandmother used to make a ton of my Barbie clothes out of fabric scraps when I was a kid. This looks like some tortured thing that she once made. Grandma had no idea she could have been a designer if she just sized up her creations!

  • LadyVimes

    I wish it was floor-length and I hate the shoes, but yes. Attagirl.

  • BayTampaBay

    I think she looks great.

  • smayper

    I do love a nice T-strap.

  • crash1212

    Fierce shoes.

  • Lilithcat

    The problem is that it’s tricky on the top and on the bottom. I like the top, but the dress would be better served with a simple (and preferably long) skirt.

  • Joanna

    “Having said all that, she’s wearing so much makeup that her face looks like it’s floating 3 inches away from her head.”
    OMG, yes!!! Can’t unsee it.

  • SewingSiren

    I would love to see this girl with no make-up on. Someone has convinced the poor girl that she needs to do the full on silent film pancake job every time she goes out of the house. It is aging , and it looks so uncomfortable.

    • AzSportsGirl

      Watch her American Idol “at home” videos. She’s beautiful and has absolutely perfect skin. No idea why they go full on face everytime.

    • Alyssa

      Back in her American Idol days, she didn’t wear as much makeup. Still wore it, just a more “normal” amount. Being a pageant girl from Oklahoma, I imagine she got used to caking it on at an early age. I knew many OK pageant girls, and they all wore more makeup than necessary.

    • Introspective

      that’s the problem for me. the prom queen aesthetic combined with the aging pancake foundation makes my teeth itch.

      a top candidate for a makeunder if there ever was one…

  • flamingoNW

    The dress mostly works for me, looks great on her. A few weird bits in the bodice but not bad

  • KinoEye

    Ahh, the ubiquitous chevron. Out here, in countryland, chevron is all the rage this spring, and I can’t figure out why for the life of me. Not that I mind seeing it, but I thought it was a trend that had its major resurgence a couple of years ago. Goes to show what I know.

    At any rate, from my geographical perspective, it’s perfect that the country star is wearing chevron when it’s so popular among her fans.

    • decormaven

      Pinterest influence. She needs to be holding a doo-dad’d Mason jar and sporting a mermaid braid for the total package.

  • quiltrx

    The dress is a bit too tricky for its own good, but I really like this look. Accessories are terrific, hair is great, and I really like that chevron fabric.
    The makeup, the more that I look at it, is kind of frightening. Looks like it was done in poor lighting or something…

  • PinkyK

    Her hair is so drab. She should get some brighter blond highlights or something…

  • MilaXX

    I like the print and if the skirt was a simple pencil shape, the tricky bodice wouldn’t be as annoying. The makeup is too heavy and she needs a haircut or a better style. Still she appears to be attempting to dress more like a grown and less like a Disney princess so that’s a good thing.

  • “she’s wearing so much makeup that her face looks like it’s floating 3 inches away from her head.” Guffaw!

  • Moni

    I love this, wonky hemline and all. It is just so much more interesting than what she usually wears. And the shoes are perfect! Not loving the hair, however. It looks oddly shellacked to her head or something? And I wish she’d shake things up with her makeup a bit. This is pretty much the same look she always sports: heavily done-up eyes, pale lips, LOTS of foundation and powder.

  • I keep tilting my head when looking at it…?

  • smh4748

    I really like the dress, though I think the skirt could be tweaked to be absolutely killer. I love the fabric though. She doesn’t look like she loves it much though–maybe the shoes really hurt.

  • SugarSnap108

    It’s like she puts gymnast chalk on her face.

    I like the bodice. It just needs a simple skirt, IMO.

  • I wonder if she and Alison Williams drink tea and eat Madeleines together. They seem altogether too un-hip for macarons.

  • Miss Atomic

    I’ve heard that Carrie does her own makeup. If there’s any truth to that, I wish she’d hire a makeup artist.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    yeah, no. it was all working for me until i got to the hem. and now all i can see is “overwrung bell.”

  • RoseJB

    Looks like something Jane Jetson would wear. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing.

  • MzzPants

    Egad! That’s a lot of war paint.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I don’t like this dress on her or her shoes, but I do give her credit for trying something different.

  • demidaemon

    I actually kind of like the dress. It just seems right for her. It does look a little bit cheap in the black part of the bodice, but, overall, I am liking the effect here.

  • Lisalady161

    Cute dress and hair but Jeezy Petes…did they have to use so much shimmer powder? Her skin looks plastic.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE that she seems to have toned down the hair color!

  • Garcia Loca

    She looks like a teacup.

  • bringbackbeatles

    I love this! I think the dress is great and the shoes and clutch work. Her hair looks pretty too, but I agree that she has on way to much makeup. She doesn’t need all of that. I don’t think they even got a good match her skin for makeup because her face looks lighter than the rest.