Julie Bowen in Philosophy at the 2014 Step Up Inspiration Awards

Posted on June 03, 2014

Julie-Bowen-Philosophy-2014-Step-Up-Inspiration-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Julie-Bowen-Philosophy-2014-Step-Up-Inspiration-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Julie Bowen attends the 2014 Step Up Inspiration Awards in Beverly Hills, California in a Philosophy sleeveless sheath dress from the Pre-Fall 2014 collection paired with Oscar Tiye orange suede pumps, H.Stern ‘Hera’ Earrings, and a Grupo Corpo ring.






[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, PacificCoastNews, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, style.com]

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  • Karen Belgrad

    Those shoes and matchy-matchy purse make my eyes squint.

  • If she was one of the Ladies who Lunch off to a midday meal, she would be perfect. Boss Bitch of Brunch. At an awards show, she looks under-dressed, like she’s her own publicist looking to expand the client pool.

  • Nancer

    Cute. I wish the shoes and clutch weren’t the same color, but that dress is really pretty. I love the print.

  • TM

    Is this the designer Amy Poehler wore at the Oscars? (The blurry print looks familiar?) She looked phenomenal. Sorry Julie, this looks nice but that’s all I’ve got.

    • Kent Roby

      Amy wore a Peter Som with a much-blurrier print (than this) that really made you feel like your contacts had fallen out (though I liked it).

  • Liz

    I think it’s a personal best. I also think I need this dress.

    • Anne At Large

      No kidding, I have weddings to go to this summer and I want to steal this entire look from the ankles up (she can keep the shoes).

  • Sarah

    Purse OR shoes in orange, love. Not both. Very cool color combo, though.

    • decormaven

      And shoes that fit. Another request.

      • MoHub

        Yes. That gap at the heel is disturbing to look at.

    • leahpapa

      I was thinking metallic or white sandals could have been a nice contrast to the orange. This sort of channels Reese’s signature mommy-who-meets-the-girls-at-the-country-club look, which I think is actually a good direction for her. (Or maybe it’s just that the setting and backdrop look like the hallways of a middle school on parent-teacher night?)

      • demidaemon

        I do prefer when Julie does these simple, chic looks with a bit of interest over her normally overly frou-frou stuff.

    • SugarSnap108

      I’ve always loved blues and oranges together. But ugh, the shoe/clutch matching ruins it.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I love the color combo, but it’s odd how coordinated she is with the backdrop.

    • Kent Roby

      Doesn’t everyone have a friend arrive early to events so they can text back pictures of the decor to help with choosing one’s outfit? Or is that just me?

  • sienna elm

    Can’t handle the fact that her accessories match the decor ~

  • crash1212

    I love those colors together – and do not care about matching shoes and purse…DO NOT! I think she looks pretty fab here – simple dress in a fabulous fabric, accessorized appropriately. Wonder if she knew the background was going to match?

  • sienna elm

    And her dress makes it look like the picture is out of focus.

  • marlie

    If this was me or one of my friends going to one of the many weddings on the calendar this spring/summer, I’d say the whole look is downright perfect. But JB’s “people” should have come up with a less matchy shoe OR clutch. I do really like this, though.

    • kimmeister

      Even the earrings are just right.

  • @Biting Panda

    Loving it. It’s softer than her usual complications.

  • RescueMe23

    For her this is really good!

  • hughman

    Always inform Management about suspicious stains on your motel bedspread.

  • 25or6to4

    Did she plan on coordinating (perfectly) with her surroundings?

  • I hate poses…just be natural!

  • Patrick Cleary

    You know what makes the look? The IKEA shelves with random plastic boxes piled up on them behind her. Classy.

    • Patrick Cleary

      Oh, I missed the Container Store step-and-repeat. I live for the Container Store, and have seen better displays at my local store in the middle of Christmas rush. Do better.

      • kimmeister

        The background saying “Container Store” was enough corporate sponsorship as is. We didn’t need actual containers (in case we didn’t know what those look like).

  • Fyolette

    Switch the clutch to golden metallic, and we’re talking

    • MilaXX

      Agreed. The shoe/bag combo is a bit too matchy. Also shoes too big. I kinda wish she had worn the version of the dress the model is wearing. This one isn’t bad on her, but I like that swing top.

  • Imasewsure

    It’s ok but a little too “HR Manager at the Xmas Party”

  • majorbedhead

    Is her face super shimmery or is it some sort of reflection?

    I have to say, I’m not loving the blurry print. It’s making me kind of dizzy trying to focus it. The shape of the dress and color are lovely, though.

  • teensmom99

    Yes, it’s ladies who lunch-ish and I’d love to see the jacket but I don’t know that Ladies Who Lunch is a bad idea for her at all. Would have chosen a different color to pull for the shoes but I like the dress so much that I’ll let it pass. Would have been easier to let it pass if there were a different color purse.

  • alyce1213

    I like it, except for the orange clutch. The color and shape are lovely on her.

  • Bless her heart. Those shoes and that bag kill the whole thing.

  • In_Stitches

    “GOLD STRAPPY SANDALS!!!” (It’s my fashion war-cry). Come on Jules, it’s an easy fix.

    • 3boysful

      And since when do we wear suede in the summer? (My kid are almost out of school, therefore, it’s almost summer.) Everyone seems to be sporting it lately.

      • demidaemon

        If you are a celebrity, it’s the de facto choice. After all, celebrity seasons are not real people seasons.

      • Jackie4g

        They’re doing suede in some really beautiful colors. I can forgive a lot for a really delicious color.

  • Shalhevet

    I really like this print, actually. The soft focus/blurry affect doesn’t bother me and the colors are gorgeous. And I love that the dress isn’t a tricky shape or overly detailed like so many others lately.

    The accessories hurt my eyes more. I don’t love this searing orange-red here.

  • …She matches the backdrop and props to the left way too well. That had to be intentional. Weird.

  • BobStPaul

    I like the print and think she looks good overall. It would have been better to abandon either the matching clutch or shoes – I’d opt for getting rid of the shoes as they look very painful.

  • boweryboy

    Pretty but plain.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    swap out the clutch with a silver metallic, or the shoes for a silver metallic

  • pattyw

    I can never quite pinpoint why my love for her on “Ed” hasn’t translated to her later career.

  • Danielle

    LOVE the color combo and the pop of pink in her shoes. Fierce.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    This is cute … I don’t even mind the matchy accessories. But she’s got a death-grip on that clutch and the side is dented in. Love the earrings and her face looks pretty.

  • Qitkat

    I’m fascinated that The Container Store is on a par with Halston Heritage for sponsoring awards events.

  • JP

    Throw on a blazer and she’s ready to go back to the office.

  • ktr33

    The shoes make it a little more fun, otherwise she’s just an attractive well-dressed woman going to a fancy lunch, not an awards show. zzz

  • I love that dress. I want that dress. (Dislike the backdrop; sheesh. Container store, with a bunch of shelves.)

  • in a pickle

    I like this look on her. It’s breezy though maybe more ‘age appropriate’ than necessary. However, what is it with lady stars always in huge shoes? Do designers only loan out size 10s or something? How do you walk in them?

  • Too bad she didn’t wear the jacket. I love that look on the model.

  • DesertDweller79

    I just can’t with the teal & orange color combo anymore. I’m so burned out on it from Hollywood’s obsession with doing this in color grading. Ever since this was pointed out to me 3-4 years ago, I can’t unsee it.

  • She tops my list of “scary sternum stars” so I full appreciate and applaud this outfit. She looks great.

  • Heather

    It’s a little Hot Mom at the Country Club, but she looks good.

  • DeniseSchipani

    I can’t with the too-big shoes. They already look impossible to walk in, surely she’s one step away from a broken ankle.

  • Did she dress to match the set?

  • Mothra

    Well. I’ve seen worse. But like I always say, “If I Can Wear it to a Work Networking Event, then it should not be on anyone famous!”

  • I’m looking at the boxes on the backdrop “set” and noting they are the same color as the shoes & purse. Was this a special theme for the event? Because I could find it in my heart to excuse the color for both accessories if it was something the organizers were pushing.

  • ankali

    Uninspired. She always looks uninspired.

  • GillianHolroyd

    That print is drop dead gorgeous. Since I’m not bothered about matchy accessories, I think she looks fantastic here.

  • Julie Parr

    Gorgeous. Shoes are too big though.

    • Clydette Wantland

      And dirty…

      • Julie Parr

        I hadn’t noticed but you’re so right.

  • DagnyReardon

    These are “captain obvious” accessories. Bleh…

  • suzq

    The dress is gorgeous. Not crazy about the shoes, but the orange accessories were the way to go. She looks a sight better than the model on the runway, particularly since she didn’t wear the jacket.

  • Love it. Even the shoes. All accessories make the orange in the dress pop. I know it’s all uniform, but it’s a low key event, no?