Lena Dunham in Fausto Puglisi at 2014 BookExpo America

Posted on June 02, 2014

Sweet Jesus on a breadstick, WHAT THE HELL:

Girls-Lena-Dunham-Fausto-Puglisi-2014-BookExpo-America-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO  (1)Lena Dunham attends the 2014 BookExpo America 2014 event to talk about her new book “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What What She’s Learned” at the Javits Center in New York City in a Fausto Puglisi palm printed top and skirt paired with Jimmy Choo peach pumps.

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Girls-Lena-Dunham-Fausto-Puglisi-2014-BookExpo-America-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO  (3)Fausto Puglisi Spring 2014 Collection

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Good God, girl, are you NUTS?

It’s possible – but HIGHLY unlikely – that she and/or her team didn’t know she’d be on a stage, above a crowd. But you know what? No. We’re not going to be forgiving on this one. Regardless of whether or not she knew she was going to be giving the front of the crowd a view of her panties, anyone who’s ever done any kind of public appearance that required interaction with the public would have some idea not to pick such a totally unworkable outfit as this. Sure, she may not have realized she’d be crouching down to sign things, but that’s the point: you don’t know what you might wind up doing at an event like this – where camera flashes are going off constantly – so it’s always smart to pick an outfit that gives you coverage and lets you move comfortably while still looking good in candid shots. Oh, and one that flatters you and doesn’t make you look like a toddler wearing a lampshade. 

We know the popular refrain about her is that she “doesn’t care about fashion” or that she’s trolling the world, but honestly, she’s just someone with really bad style instincts. That skirt should not be worn off a runway or outside a magazine editorial.





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  • RussellH88

    Let’s hope she wore clean panties.

    • Let’s hope she wore *any* panties.

      • RussellH88

        I can just see her not wearing panties and suddenly sparking a slut-shaming debate.

        • scoobynacks

          As long as people claim they see the appropriate female body part and don’t mistake it for one that’s internal because they didn’t pay attention in sex ed, I guess that’d be a silver lining.

          • Heather

            I know, right? That whole segment in “The Vagina Monologues” where they talk about shaving their vaginas drives me crazy!!

          • Lower L

            I can’t hear the phrase “shaved vagina” without thinking about razors being deployed internally, and it just makes me shudder.

          • Alloy Jane

            WTF? Why does no one know the difference between a vulva and a vagina? It’s basic anatomy, people.

          • It does seem to be an issue. And then they don’t even call it a vagina, they come up with some cutesy bullshit “va-jay-jay” nonsense.

      • decormaven

        Called it.

  • abishagijh

    Let’s hope she wore any, clean or not.

  • Judy_S

    I must be in the mood for little girls, because i kind of like the toddler wearing a lampshade effect. However, agree 110% about thinking through the venue. Not good to have to think about whether you’re going to flash the folks behind you or the ones in front.

    • RussellH88

      I was dubious when I read “I must be in the mood for little girls”, but your post ended up not being as creepy as I expected.

      • Judy_S

        I also liked Lupita N’s little-girl-matchy outfit. But, yes, that might have other connotations from someone else.

      • scoobynacks

        My mind didn’t go where yours initially did, but I died when I read that post.

  • Maria Parramore

    I think she knew and didn’t care, which makes her tacky (not fearless as many will no doubt say).

  • thecitysleeps

    Oh god, yeah. I can’t forgive this one, Lena.

  • Daisy Walker

    It’s like she goes out of her way to pick the worst possible shapes for her shape.

    • This!! She either doesn’t see what we’re seeing or doesn’t employ people who are honest to her. Or both.

      • Daisy Walker

        Imma go with “both”!

      • hyperionic

        I don’ think it’s right to say she doesn’t care about fashion because she obviously does, but she really doesn’t care about flattering her body or looking chic.

  • gabbilevy

    There’s Fashion-with-a-capital-F, and then there’s just plain ugly. This is the latter.

    • demidaemon


  • jonnyf8

    But it’s so cute otherwise . . .

  • ilovecupkates

    Lampshade skirt aside, those shoes are all wrong. I can’t tell if they’re the runway shoe (Lena’s look more orange to me), but they’re the wrong colour for this dress. I do like the blue palm trees though, and would wear that top.

    • 3boysful

      I have this weird thing where plain, pastel-colored pumps always read “cheap” to me. These aren’t the worst offenders ever, but they’re not good.

    • MoHub

      I read Lena’s as apricot colored and the runway shoes as a true pink. I loves me some apricot shoes, but not with that dress.

  • I mean, who in their right mind would pair PEACH pumps with this?

    I actually like the color and pattern on her, but I am with TLo on the bad style instincts.

    • kimmeister

      The model has peachy pumps too. It fits in the “pick something from the other side of the color wheel” model that the uncles often espouse, but these particular peach pumps are hideous. I don’t care if they’re Jimmy Choos.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I wish we could see this standing straight up, because I think that exaggerated skirt silhouette would actually look cute and flatter her? But this is definitely more of a red carpet stand-and-smile dress, not a meet and greet dress.

    • cbt22

      I actually saw other pictures of her at this event where she was standing up straight, and she actually looked pretty good. I was surprised how much worse she looks here. But yeah, this was definitely not the right choice for this kind of event.

  • @Biting Panda

    “Mommy, I can’t find my tights!!”
    “Then change clothes, because you’re not showing your underoos to the world.”
    “But Mom…”
    “But nothing. Now pull your hair back off your face and smile pretty when it’s your turn to take the picture.”

    End scene.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      I have a feeling she and Zooey Deschenel’s futures involve scrambling to see who can be the Baby Jane-iest of them all.

  • Little_Olive

    Well Lena, you have succeeded in conveying the message. We are all jaded and nonetheless confused, just as your Girls are.

    Anyway, I maintain she’s had some minor things done, so there goes her aesthetic-challenging persona.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    This is a toddler dress to a tee – and she looks like she has to go pee in how she is standing, or even crouching. It’s terrible.

  • And the dress is just, plain, ugly. When even a person who is paid to look good in clothes for a living can’t really pull it off, this should be a WARNING.

    • Introspective

      this. cause seriously the model looks atrocious. so lena: girl? really?

    • Tigrrl

      My thought exactly! The model doesn’t look good in it, so how could a mere mortal?

  • Sobaika


    • muzan-e

      When she crouches down, she looks like a cupcake. A sparkly cupcake with a bobble-head topper.
      How ….

  • deelup

    Nuts? I’m going with yes.

  • Wink

    She’s like dozens of actresses who wear a short dress for talk show appearances. The dress looks great when they’re standing, but when they sit the dress rides up, so they spend the entire interview desperately trying to cover their @$$ with one-inch of fabric. Geez.

  • Joanna

    It’s really too bad that this was such an unfortunate choice for this particular appearance, because if it had been a normal step and repeat, this is one of the better things she’s worn.

  • jilly_d

    sweetie, please do something with that hair.

  • Jennifer Schiller

    I usually don’t like her, personality or fashion-wise, but I would actually like this if she wasn’t crouching on all fours. It’s not the greatest shape, and the shoes are fug, but she looks clean and put together and age-appropriate. This is a combination she almost never gets, and sometimes doesn’t get any of it individually. I just cannot get on board with that skirt for that event though. I’ll give her props, however, unlike her Girls character, she at least seems to be attempting to not let anything show.

    Also, call me crazy, but I really want the letterman jacket the model is wearing. I have zero idea when a letterman jacket with palm trees on it would be at all appropriate, but I sorta, kinda, love it anyways.

  • Sarah

    I don’t know what’s going on with the pattern matching on the back of the lampshade, but that, coupled with back-don’t-match-front, in addition to the lampshade of it all, deployed in this particular instance and with peach pumps (!), makes me hate that skirt.

    • demidaemon

      I just hate the entire dress on principle, so that means I agree with you, in a way.

      • Sarah

        Yes, on reflection, I realize I made it much harder than it had to be. “Dress sucks” would’ve sufficed.

        • demidaemon

          “Dress sucks” isn’t quite as fun or specific, though. I appreciate your in-depth analysis.

  • James

    I … I have nothing. Go home.

  • Judy_J

    I’m with you, Uncles. Lena needs to pay attention to your wise fashion advice.

  • StarburstLady

    On the plus side, her hair and make-up look really pretty.

    • ktr33

      I thought so, too.

  • Janet B

    Who thought she should stand while signing posters?
    Who thought this would be a good dress to sit in?
    Who thought this dress was a good idea?
    Why wear such an awkward dress?
    I know you like to be different, but really this is ridiculous.

    Lena, I’m done with you.

  • AC Simons

    When it looks like crap on the model, just walk away.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    like a toddler wearing a lampshade. Oh, so very true. That skirt was not made to be worn by anyone other than a model on a runway or fashion shoot. I agree, Dunham doesn’t have a good feel for what works for her, and that gives me a sad. I’d really like to see her dress to flatter her body.

    • Sarah

      And it wouldn’t even be hard to do. Sigh.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        She could be showing other woman who have her body type how to dress stylishly, to make the most of themselves, and she comes out like this. Sigh, sigh

  • S-k-s

    She clearly cares about fashion. You can’t wear something off the runway and then when it fails fall back on the “I’m an intellectual and above fashion.”

    That drives me crazier than if she just slummed around in sweats.

    She seems to have no awareness of occasion or body type. She’s cute and could really pull stuff off and be a true role model for not-size-zero people if she would just put a little effort in.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Definitely agree she cares about fashion, but her lack of caring comes in regards to how it looks on her body. There is a huge disconnect there and it’s to her detriment.

  • Nexli B

    It’s entirely possible to be someone who “doesn’t care about fashion” but still look good doing it. This poor girl rarely hits that mark, she always smacks of trying too hard to me actually.

  • SewingSiren

    I a a firm believer that it is no accident. It’s part of her image to be awkward and goofy. She cares about fashion and uses it to promote the image she has established. Good job girl. You are one of “us” nothing ever looks right on me either, Endearing it ain’t.

    • VirginiaK

      Plausible alternative analysis. 🙂

    • Hysterectomypants

      I used to think her look was an act, but at some point I stopped. I genuinely think she makes an effort to look nice, and I think she *wants* to look cute. Which is why I’m always so mystified by what she puts on.

    • conniemd

      Having had body issues in my pre-teen years where nothing looked good on me, I developed a public attitude of not caring how I looked – but of course I did, I hated it. She needs a stylist who can do hair, clothes etc. in ways that flatter her, but first she needs to accept that she can look pretty /end of armchair psychoanalysis.

  • Bridget Smith

    I saw a press photo of this dress where she was standing with the other authors on the panel, and in “stand and pose” mode it actually looked pretty adorable on her. But it was the wrong choice for this event, clearly!

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume


  • StillGary

    “Lena don’t care about fashion…” OK, then just grab some Old Navy then!

    • MzzPants

      Right? Jeans and a v-neck with a kicky scarf would have been a much better choice.

    • alliekat9090

      Old Navy wont work. Im about her size and there isnt a damn thing in that store that I can fit into. As I suggested above ,a quick trip to Nordtrom and some help from a sales associate and she could be dressed and outta there in 20 minutes.

  • alliekat9090

    She proclaims herself to be a strong, self assured woman. Why does she dress like a toddler?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      And Shirley was a child-not a grown woman.

      • alliekat9090

        All she needs is a lollipop and a hair bow .

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Shhh….don’t give her any more bad ideas;she’d do that, and then we’d be treated to a veritable parade of hipsters dressing like toddlers…excuse me, that would be “artisanal” toddlers.

          • Imasewsure

            “artisanal” toddlers… oh no!!! That could easily become a thing… let’s hope it passes soon like a kidney stone (’cause it’s that painful!)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You just know how effing twee they would be-crossing their legs as if they had to go pee 24/7

      • scoobynacks

        “And Shirley” made me think of Anne Shirley. I just got this image of Lena wearing puffed sleeves.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Hopefully Lena would also be wearing a skirt or pants with those puffed sleeves….

    • ktr33

      “nice pair of slacks” “blouse” – that’s not better for her, that’s worse.

      • alliekat9090

        OK then maybe a well fitted blazer and some proper jeans with flats. A personal shopper at Nordstroms could show her what looks good. But then again, never mind. She proably wouldnt listen and go straight to the baby doll dresses anyway.

  • Gatto Nero

    Aside from how wildly inappropriate this look is for the venue, the shape is completely wrong for her body. How does she manage it — nearly every time? It seems calculated at this point, to demonstrate how subversive she wants us to believe her approach to fashion is.
    “Toddler wearing a lampshade” about sums it up.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Maybe it’s how she gets her kicks. Challenging herself to find the worst looks every time.

      • Gatto Nero

        On that front she’s a huge success.

  • Kent Roby

    Apparently “that kind of girl”, which she says she isn’t, is a girl that gives a damn.

  • KinoEye

    The title: “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What What She’s Learned.” Obviously, she won’t be telling us how she learned to dress appropriately for events that directly affect her livelihood.

  • Anna

    Is there a fashion chapter in her book? I’m very curious about what she would tell the young women of America about what she’s learned.

  • MzzPants

    The six month trial period with her stylist has come to an end. The stylist ran screaming into the night.

  • Danielle

    She’s NOT THAT GIRL and she wants you to know it!

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I was going to comment on her shoulders in that first picture, but then I realized I can never tell if she is uncomfortably self-conscious in a dress, or just displaying poor posture.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Tries so hard to be different. Finds she is the same as everyone else.

  • I haven’t seen you use the expression “Sweet Jesus on a Breadstick” in a while, so thank you for the reminder. I fully intend to employ it at one point during the day at work. And by the way–excellent deployment of phrase here, because “SJOAB” is absolutely perfect. She is a disaster here.

  • VirginiaK

    My world of women acquaintances includes more authors and filmmakers than actors, and one style tip I figured out long ago is, don’t wear a short dress if you have to be on a stage, both because of the underwear-display feature and, in a situation where you want to project a bit of authorly authority (versus a situation where just looking nice is fine, like an actor-appearance), make it even longer because the view from below makes it shorter, and shorter usually reads as girl/baby-ish.

    That said, I also think, good for her if this is what she feels like showing up in.

  • andreawey

    maybe she wore some fun panties as a bonus to the crowd, I actually think she looks better here than in a lot of what we’ve seen her in, maybe not the best choice for the venue and the skirt could be a less weird shape but I don’t think it’s so bad………. call me crazy too…….

  • Jenn

    I think she looks cute and this is all mean!

    • Golfkat

      I agree. This is waaay too harsh. I’m not sure people realise it, but yes, Lena Dunham is a person like the rest of us. From the responses people have been giving, it’s not entirely clear. It makes it sound like she wore the most offensive outfit in human history. It’s like the name Lena Dunham makes people think “Free-pass for any criticism, warranted or not, just pile it on!”.

      • nomnom

        Sorry I disagree. She is NOT like the rest of us in this blog. She is a millionaire who gets paid to wear very expensive clothes to public places, and she pays people to dress her and to make her look good. She got a book deal because of her celebrity, without having to work for it. And a significant part of her success is due to her parents and their connections.

        All that said, pretty much all of us dress better than her within much much smaller budgets , so comparing her to us is insulting us in the context of a fashion blog.

        • Golfkat

          What I mean by saying that she’s “a person like the rest of us”, is not that all of our lives are the same – that would be a ridiculous generalisation – but rather that she’s A person. I thought that it would be generally understood. I agree that the public position she has as an entertainer does mean that people will talk about her and look at the things she does through the scope of their own moral compass/personal taste, but it’s as if people disregard the fact that celebrities are people, and only think of them as products (though some of them definitely verge on being a product/persona, rather than a person).

          • This is what we do here. You’re going to have to get used to it or you can just skip the celebrity fashion posts altogether.

          • Golfkat

            That’s disappointing. Consider them skipped.

            (I’ve been a reader for a long time, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your Mad Men posts, but lately I’ve found that there’s been a change in attitude towards something that I think we generally need less of these days. You can delete this post too if you feel like it. I don’t think those two short sentences above warranted censure. It’s a bit ironic considering the tone you yourselves set for and allow in these comment sections.)

          • ScarlettHarlot

            I think you’re being a little sensitive here on her behalf. People in the spotlight are going to get comments. For crying out loud, even politicians get it – Condoleeza Rice was made fun of for her “dominatrix” boots and President Obama got grief over his “mom jeans.” And these are serious people in serious jobs for whom fashion should theoretically have zero impact on their effectiveness. And yet, it does. How you present yourself affects how you are perceived, and in turn, how people treat you and react to you. In Lena’s case, she is a professional seller of her own carefully crafted persona, and what bothers so many of us here is the disconnect between how she talks (“I don’t care about fashion”), how she dresses (designer clothes) and how she styles and poses in those looks. She’s selling herself, and what people in this post are reacting to is that they either think she could/should be doing better, or that they just aren’t interested in buying what she is selling.

          • Golfkat

            I think what I’m being sensitive about, is just the generally casual attitude with which a lot of the (in my opinion excessively) critical comments are made. I’m not a particular supporter of Lena’s, I’ve on the other hand been a little put off by the pretentiousness of some of her work. I just think that there are ways to express your opinions that are less “OMG I am so mortally offended by how ugly this is” than what is generally the case when it comes to what she wears.

      • MaryMcClelland

        First of all she’s a celebrity, whether she wants to deny that she cares about being one or not – she is. Second of all, she wears top designers and hires people, presumably, to procure these designer items. Thirdly, part of being in the public eye is to be judged on your wares (fashion and otherwise), hence the usage of the TLo expression “pole dance”so she’s going out there and seeking such attention and judgement for the product she is shilling. Her image is closely linked to that product as she promotes basing the characters on Girls from herself and the women she knows, so she is basically “pole dancing” for Lena. Fourthly, her schtick is half-assed. She’s an attention-seeker who hasn’t gotten over her mommy issues and tries to present this image of how blasé and irreverent she is – she’s not. Like many have said above, if she truly doesn’t care go shop at Gap and get away from high fashion.

  • Alyssa

    Thank you for a Monday morning laugh. Because this is just bad…I think she’s doing it on purpose.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    At least now she has a topic for the sequel “What I’ve Learned, Too.” Chapter 1: Toddler Clothing Proportions are Unprofessional and Unflattering on a Woman Promoting both Herself and Her Book on Learned Wisdom

  • TheLaurenJean

    Agree with you on all points, but I’d still say it’s the best she’s looked in, well, ever.

  • Jennifer Bober

    If you don’t care about fashion, you don’t have a stylist or purchase designer clothing. I seriously question whether the girl owns a mirror.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    I always wondered why Fausto Puglisi didn’t receive as much BK designer hate as, say, Stella McCartney. Most of his designs are pure fug, or at the very least, highly unflattering to women.

    • PastryGoddess

      He’s not as in your face as Stella. Stella is a bona fide celebrity in her own right and she often shows up to things with “friends” wearing her clothes.

  • MK03

    When it doesn’t even look good on the model, there’s no chance us mere mortals can make it work.

  • ladywholikesbrainymen

    I’m probably the only one in the world, but I think she looks adorable. Maybe a stage above people is not the best venue for this, though.

  • siriuslover

    If she didn’t care about fashion, she’d probably wear more right of the rack kinds of things like most people. But she is clearly being given the opportunity to wear some awesome items. She just doesn’t choose the right ones for her. I do like those pumps, though.

  • Kathy

    I feel like the Church Lady: “Well bless her heart, isn’t that special?”

  • Tanya Wade

    Toddlers and Tiaras: The Awkward Years.

  • It was ugly on the model. ‘Nuff said.

  • Mars Tokyo

    Given the fact that she practically performs the series “Girls” in her underwear, this is not surprising. She’s got an underwear fetish.

    • Imasewsure

      My guess is that she is wearing frilly toddler Day of the Week panties for the occasion… yikes to all of this

      • demidaemon

        Yikes indeed. 🙁

  • Imasewsure

    toddler wearing a lampshade…yup

  • Nancer

    Uncles, this: “a toddler wearing a lampshade.” Yes! Totally!

  • greymain

    “sweet Jesus on a breadstick” INDEED !!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan_In_NYC

    I look forward to a time where Ms. Dunham isn’t a ‘thing’ anymore. She’s on my irrational hate list through absolutely no fault of her own.

  • Shawn EH

    Keep the top, wear the sweater, BUY SOME BLACK SLACKS Lena! God!

  • GeoDiva

    At least there are sleeves, so we can’t see her awful tattoo.

    • You mean her network of sprawling spider veins of a tattoo? I wholeheartedly agree.

  • Carleenml

    she’s definitely on the top of my “I’m glad I’m so old I don’t have to pay any attention to her” lists.

  • The outfit part isn’t the bad part though – it’s the hair. The pixie was your friend, Lena – your bestie! Don’t let that friendship end!

  • Mr. J.

    Maybe you could stop running photographs of this person? Because it’s painful, and there’s nothing left to say.

  • marlie

    FFS… That outfit is hiddy on the model; it’s 10 times worse on Lena. Totally wrong outfit for this event.

  • PastryGoddess

    It is not mean to expect a celebrity to attend an event wearing clothes that fit and flatter their body. In this case Lena is not a “normal person” going about her business. She is there on business as a celebrity.

    Lena Dunham is being paid a crapload of money to show up and promote this event. Lena Dunham also doesn’t pay for any of the clothes she wears to events like this. When people pay you lots of money to show up and promote things, the least you can do is come dressed appropriately in clothes that don’t give everyone underneath of you a shot of your crotch.

    You’ll notice that most of the comments are not body snarking. But instead are about her not wearing clothes that fit and flatter her body type. And when you get tons of free shit and $14,000 couture gowns made for you, the least you can do is show up in clothes that make you look good.

  • LadyVimes

    This is a flat out Oh, Honey No.

  • queeniethebold

    If she really didn’t care about fashion or making a statement, she’d just wear, i don’t know. Jeans and T-shirts and sneakers. But she doesn’t do that. Instead, she chooses mostly horrendous things and then people defend her by saying she doesn’t care about those things and that’s why she looks horrid 99 times out of 100. Nonsense. She cares a lot. She’s just completely clueless and without a molecule of style sense in her. If she really cared, she’d find someone who could advise her well on her strengths and play to those.

    All she cares about is being talked about. And ugh. i’m doing it. Even though i cannot abide her and cannot fathom why anyone thinks she has “talent.” (i realize that people do, and am not saying they’re wrong to feel that way — just that i don’t get it.)

  • EEKstl

    Oh, she cares. She just makes bad choices again and again.

  • I get it. She wants to wear couture. But part of wearing off-the-runway fashion is to respect it. She doesn’t. She treats it way too casually. These are not ‘Casual’ clothes. The shoes are not to be kicked off. It’s not cute to do so. She should figure out her event, and know what she should wear so she’s not defacing these pieces. Sorry, Lena – luv ya – but figure it out.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I would hate the dress on anyone and it’s the wrong dress to wear onstage. My love for Lena apparently transcends fashion sins because I still have it.

  • lunchcoma

    I’ll believe she doesn’t care about fashion when she starts showing up in anonymous black dresses or slacks, or rewearing the same things. Those are the marks of people who don’t really care. Lena’s picking very unusual, very showy pieces. I don’t really think she’s trolling, either. I think she just has very bad instincts, needs advice, and doesn’t have anyone to give it to her.

  • alyce1213

    She should not wear that outfit on stage or anywhere, nor should anyone else. It’s just hideous.
    There’s so much speculation about why the clothes she picks are not for her body type, why she perpetuates a little girl look, why her clothes aren’t fitted properly, why this, why that. I’m exhausted from her, enough.

    • Coolekat

      I worry for her self confidence.

  • Tracie Rivera

    I know she want to be the girl that doesn’t care what we all think, but REALLY…….

  • Lily

    Mind you, her shape, much like Mindy Kaling’s, is harder to fit, but they always seem to go for the outfits that are the least flattering in terms of cut, fit and color. This skirt, in a longer version and with a more feminine button-up blouse, could have been darling on her. But that top is unflattering on any larger girl because the neck and sleeve lines just don’t work. I’m a curvy, big-shouldered and big-“bouldered” broad, and crew necks are just a big no-no in my fashion book. Terribly unflattering and give the appearance of making you bigger than you really are. I will give her props for the coral shoes that are a nice color pop away from the blues in the ensemble.

    • demidaemon

      I will say that Mindy has a better hit to fail ration than Lena does, though they do tend towards similar mistakes.

  • RescueMe23

    Why does she insist on being a 12 year-old on all fronts?

    • Dagney

      but…but…it’s so feminist!!! right? isn’t it feminist to constantly act like a child? l o l

      • demidaemon

        I thought being a feminist was about embracing womanhood. Acting like a child seems contrary to that philosophy.

        • Dagney

          I know….I think that is why she grates on me…

  • dschubba

    This is the wrong dress (both for signing autographs from a stage and for humans, in general), but the silhouette is not that bad. (Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen her look way, way worse than this.) If I mentally project a properly-fitted A-line dress and a bra over the top of this one, it wouldn’t be so bad. The sleeves are the wrong length, but I’m willing to ignore that since they’re covering that janky tattoo.

  • quiltrx

    Unfortunate, mindboggling choice. A shame, the top is kind of cute.

  • CT14

    Her hair doesn’t look washed. That’s not a good thing.

  • B_C_J

    GHASTLY! This dress is absolutely unflattering & quite risky given that she is above the crowd & everyone is looking up.

  • crash1212

    Have you seen her show? Not so much not caring about “fashion” so much as not caring who sees her underwear…breasts…ass…etc. This is awful nonetheless. Awful

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Is she wearing it ironically? “toddler wearing a lampshade” … hysterical.

  • nannypoo

    Why do I even click on her picture? She just pisses me off.

  • formerlyAnon

    Well, props to her for taking the effort to interact with fans, and looking pleasant about it. Beyond that, I guess I cosign the Uncles’ take.

  • Viviennne

    no fashion sense, and certainly no common sense ……

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Infantilized nonsense.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    There is some residual ‘on paper’ cuteness, but the reality takes over. And it is bad.

  • Trickytrisha

    Lumpish, awkward, and downright pathetic.

    • d4divine

      “Lumpish”…ouch, but so true

  • Coolekat

    Pre teen section, Sears, 1993

  • ktr33

    I think I’ve figured out a signature look and designer for her. Cynthia Rowley’s vintage-inspired-slightly-funky a-line shirt- and sundress. She would still be doing twee-little-girl, since she likes that, but pretty and polished. Ok, who’s going to tell her?

  • d4divine

    Somebody on her team or in her life needs to gather the balls to tell you she makes terrible fashion choices. Saying she doesn’t care about fashion is just ignoring her terrible taste. Anybody who puts on outfits worth thousands of dollars, cares about fashion. To deny it is insulting to US ALL.

    • d4divine

      Rant aside…I freaking love GIRLS. Lol

  • E. D.

    My biggest issue was the crappy/nonexistent bra.

  • Malibufire

    Blah blah blah edgy blah blah blah her own person blah blah blah…Woman, grow the eff up and get a mirror.

  • Man Dala

    I hope she was wearing Bridget Jones’ grannie pants.

  • Sophie

    I’d like the skirt if it weren’t so stiff. Instead of palm trees, the motif reminds me of fireworks.

  • demidaemon

    I think it’s just an ugly dress, period, which should have eliminated it immediately from the running in a sane person’s world.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Of course. This is her MO-“I don’t care. I’m proving a point.” Ugh.

  • cocohall

    Well, she is consistent. Let’s give her that. She almost always looks like she was dressed by a particularly demented three year old. I suspect she really doesn’t understand that you can be a size 10 or 14 or whatever and find something fashionable that looks good on you. I suspect she thinks that we have been trained to see women of her size/shape as looking “wrong” when they wear high fashion and she is determined to change that notion, one appalling outfit at a time. I would like to encourage her to understand that even model slim women have to make allowances for fit, proportion, color, and design. Kristen Chenowith can’t wear just anything or she looks like she was engulfed by a fabric store. Taylor Swift often chooses to visually “chop” up her looks with belts, booties, etc, to minimize her height. Little tricks of the trade, dearie. Not concessions to some misogynistic world view. This sort of thing applies to men. It applies to humans, full stop. It’s why we have mirrors. And friends. And if she really wants to cultivate a wacky sense of style, then please, look to people like HBC or Allan Cummings to see how they cultivate their look with their very unique sense of style.

  • lucasuk82

    She got the hair and makeup right, but that silhouette is horrifying.

  • DagnyReardon

    I have an extremely overweight friend who is one of the best dressed and well groomed women I know. There is no excuse for this disaster unless she is deliberately flipping us the bird.

  • NinjaCate

    I know I’m in the minority (possibly all by myself) but I kinda think it’s cute! Completely inappropriate for the venue, but cute 🙂

    • I’m with you.

    • MilaXX

      But that’s the problem. She has no clue on what to wear and when ad she cant accessorize to save her life.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Why does Lena Dunham happen to good dresses…

  • I see what you mean about it being innappropriate for the event/venue, but I like the dress. And her makeup is lovely; pretty face.

  • swissgirl

    Why does she annoy me so much? I don’t even know her or watch her show but I feel like I’m supposed to assume she’s cool or trendy or an icon or something.I guess she’s talented but she was born right too.

  • livesarah

    Despite the lovely print, after seeing it on the model I have concluded that that is just a really bad dress.

  • Dagney

    What’s goddamned annoying is the amount of money she probably spends on looking like pure shit. Seriously, of you hate fashion and are so obsessed with saying “fuck you” to it, buy and wear some flattering basics, AND THEN, donate your “fuck you fashion” budget to someone who is not an overprivileged rich white brat.

  • MilaXX

    I’m pretty sure she got those peach shoes to imitate the model version. I wish she’d hook up wit blogger Nicole Mason or someone to help her learn how to dress herself.

  • kerryev

    The book title seems really informative. I know for a fact I never want to read anything subtitled “A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.”

  • Just Me

    “Good God, girl, are you NUTS?”

    I think this is the first time in all the years I have been a Bitter Kitten that my Uncles have broken it down like that…Slap a stylist? Check! Fire your gays? Check! Style challenged? Check! Looking cray-cray while trying to look sexy/cool? Check! Trying too hard? Check! Check!

    Straight up crazy stupid with a side of WTF?! and please seek help for your psychotic break? That’s a new one for me! Love it.

  • sparkle_burnout

    . . .but she’s so brave to let her ass hang out.

    • Hmmmmmm I wonder if I can pull that off : )