Melissa McCarthy Style Double Shot

Posted on June 27, 2014

Let’s all stipulate that her hair and face are adorable and she looks like she’s having a blast.

Melissa-McCarthy-Tammy-Movie-Premiere-Good-Morning-America-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Melissa McCarthy makes an appearance on “Good Morning America” in New York City to promote her new movie “Tammy” in an ABS by Allen Schwartz dress paired with Dana Davis sandals, Swarovski rings, and Lulu Frost earrings.

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That still doesn’t turn this into a great dress. We think we’re okay with the shape of it. We say “think,” because the blocking really cuts her body up, so it’s kind of hard to get a read on the shape. We’re not in love with the length, though. We think this could be greatly improved by raising the hem to the knee, but she seems to like a lot of coverage. Dropping it to the floor is an option, but then it starts looking a little like a caftan. Not loving the print either. Color would’ve done a lot to improve this look.

This is a lot closer to how she should dress, in our opinion:


Melissa-McCarthy-Tammy-Movie-Premiere-Good-Morning-America-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)Melissa McCarthy attends the premiere of “Tammy” at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City.

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We don’t love that silver thing, but again, she likes coverage. If she must, then this is at least a sparkly, fun, glamorous way to go about it. We just wish this thing didn’t look so flimsy and cheap. But she got the jumpsuit perfect. Much better than the clown-panted one she wore earlier this week. Loving the shoes, too. This is, we think, the direction she should be going, for the most part. It seems to address all the things she wants out of her clothes while having a little style and personality to it. It just needs to be a little bit more upscale-looking for the red carpet.




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  • Won’t somebody help this poor woman?

    • RussellH88

      When I was much heavier, I used to prefer wearing things that were too big so they just kinda hung on me. It wasn’t until I actually started losing weight and wearing things that I realized that the “Let me wear a sack” method only makes you look bigger than you are.

      I know she likes to be covered, and that’s ok, but she tends to default to stuff that’s just baggy and hanging on her. Like she bought all of MC Hammer’s old pants and had them converted into jumpsuits.

      • As someone who used to be a lot heavier than I am now, I get that.

        However, I firmly believe that jumpsuits are no one’s friend.

        • RussellH88

          Yeah, jumpsuits are tricky enough as it is.

        • MilaXX

          I like a well fitted jumpsuit.

        • sk8tfan

          Ditto. Covered doesn’t have to mean wear a tarp. She’s still on my list of people I want to sit next to at a party.

      • I can tell she feels uncomfortable in the second outfit. See how in the second and third photo she is pulling – first at the jumpsuit, then at the sparkly coverup.

        However she looks a million dollars in that jumpsuit and it is doing amazing things to her, she should get one in every colour of the rainbow. 🙂

        I posted a long post on the last thread we had with her that had a bunch of curvy bloggers to check out and some brands for 14+ clothes which people might not have heard of as a lot of them are from Australia. 🙂

      • MilaXX

        I will admit, I sometime wear shapeless shift/t shirt dresses but not because I’m trying to hid or mask my fat but simply to be comfortable. For fancy dress I may do a more form fitted look and shapewear, but running errands around town and such I’m going for comfort.

    • MilaXX

      I honestly think she has been doing better. The challenge is that’s is difficult enough finding your fashion style when your star takes off, but added to that she has to also manage to find things that fit her larger frame.

      • She is such a great opportunity for a young designer to step-up, do custom work for her, and then become the premiere plus-size designer!

        • Diana Hudson

          I agree. Recent back issue of Vanity Fair had a story about Hollywood stylists and how they work. If your client isn’t A list, you get what you get. And if the designer doesn’t want you in their clothes, representing their brand, you’re blacklisted. But the strategy you mentioned is also touted as the way to go. Good for the star and good for the designer. Can we draft someone? Put up a list of names? She’s talented and very appealing, someone needs to show her some love.

    • FancyPhilly

      I wish her stylist would call in the person who dressed her on Gilmore Girls. Her character (out of kitchen uniform) was always well dressed and looked great!

  • RussellH88

    The first one just looks like a nebulous piece of clothing. I can’t really tell what the shape of it is because of the blocking.

    And she really kind of defaults to Abby Lee Miller on the Red Carpet, doesn’t she? Only this time it looks like she’s wearing one of Norma Desmond’s old jackets.

    • OMG, yes on the Norma Desmond. All she needs is a turban and a cigarette holder, and a mole on her chin.

      • BKagainwiththesweatpants

        JOE!!!! JOE!!!!!!!!!

      • MoHub

        I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

    • Constant Reader

      The Norma Desmond vibe actually made me love the jacket a little. I know it’s probably wrong of me, but there it is.

      • RussellH88

        If she went with it and just wore something that was all shimmery and wore a turban, I’d love it for the pure glamor and dragness of it.

        The dead monkey would be optional.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          With a side of be-monocled von Stroheim driving Ms. McCarthy

    • Heather

      I was thinking, one of Liberace’s reject bathrobes.

    • demidaemon

      I was getting more of a Bea Arthur as Dorothy vibe personally, but same idea, I think.

  • Matthew Davie

    There *have* to be options better than this for her shape. It’s a muumuu. A sparkley one, yes. But still a muumuu.

  • Kristen

    The jumpsuit is perf on her – and the sequin blanket would be SO MUCH CUTER as a little blazer or something. Come on, babycakes; follow Edna Mode’s advice and remember NO CAPES.

    • sojourneryouth

      That’s what I was thinking–the sparkle is good, but it is just shapeless and too reminiscent of Dorthy Sbornakwear. I also really wish she hadn’t gotten bangs. She has great hair, an while she didn’t really ever style it well before, I still think it looked better bangless.

      • AudreysMom

        Yep. And the close up of the sparkly cape thing makes it look super cheap. Thin fabric (not that she needs something heavy in the summer), poorly finished. Like the foil on Jiffy Pop, only long, and in fabric.

  • BitchInChicClothing

    Forgive me, but isn’t the last look serving up a little Stacy Layne Matthews realness?

  • teensmom99

    On a positive note: she’s stopped wearing those clunky shoes that were doing her no favors. And I’m not as doctrinaire as the uncles in insisting on a short hem–I often like a midi length but the length on the first dress is the final straw in making this one of disaster.

  • Rhonda Shore

    She said in an interview that designers have not only not offered her clothes, but turned her down, so she’s been designing her own clothes. That might explain some of the misbegotten looks.

    • Thomas

      Shame on them. They deserve a spanking.

    • MilaXX

      As much as I dislike the first dress, I am happy to see her turning to plus size designers. They aren’t as well known as the big name designers, but they do know how to proportionally dress a plus sized body.

      • Rhonda Shore

        And there’s always Tadashi Shoji, bless him.

        • sagecreek

          Yes! Why doesn’t she have Shoji on speed dial????

          • poggi

            It seems like she wants a more contemporary, less fitted look than Tadashi Shoji and she’s having a hard time finding that in a plus-size designer. Personally I would opt for a classic and more fitted Tadashi Shoji dress than the caftan, drapey, layered stuff she tends to favor.

        • AnaRoW

          Maybe. Tadashi Shoji usually makes clothes that are very fitted in the torso and I’m not sure that’s the best option for Melissa. She doesn’t have the hourglass figure that Oprah and Octavia have. Not that it’s not worth a try. Melissa looked pretty good in a Badgley Mischka dress a couple of years ago so it’s not all designers. She’s been on the red carpet a lot the last few years so I think she’s also having an issue of quantity.

          • Rhonda Shore

            Good point, but Shoji does make separates…

    • TeacherH

      This fills me with rage. She is a MOVIE STAR with an Oscar nomination and tons of box office cred. She is adored. She is beautiful. She is charismatic. She is stupendously good at public appearances. And yet designers won’t make clothes for her?!? Or even let her wear their clothes?!!??? What is wrong with these people?

      Do these same designers refuse clothes to Jonah Hill? Louis C.K? Jack Black?

      • Mona_Visa

        I wish I could upvote your comment a million times.

  • I love both pairs of shoes, and I really dislike that first—I don’t even know what to call it—muumuu? beach cover-up? Not doing her a single favor. BTW, there was a great article about her and this movie in this morning’s Wall St. Journal. Worth reading.

  • Cyprienne Zed

    I luff her, so: I like her …shoes? In the first outfit? They’re cute, right?

    But mostly she dresses like I do. And I’m a librarian. Oh Melissa.

  • mellorcr

    While I don’t love either outfit, I have to admit she looks at least 50 lbs lighter in the sequin cocoon / pantsuit outfit. And I think the hair and makeup with that outfit looks younger. The darker lip on the first makeup look is harsher and aging on her.

  • marlie

    I hate the print in the first dress. I hate jumpsuits on principle, but this one on her is passable. But that sparkly jacket thing is a HUGE no. Her makeup look great, she I love that she seems like she’s having a great time.

  • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

    The dress would work if it was all print or all black. She always has good shoe game.

  • Tarquin

    She has about as much style as a colostomy bag.

    • sagecreek

      That crosses the line a bit.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Yes, that’s just mean.

        • Tarquin

          I’m sorry. That was mean. I’m sure the colostomy bag manufacturers pay careful attention to the aesthetics of their product, unlike Ms. McCarthy, whom I adore; I just wish gurl would get her shit together.

  • She looks 80lbs lighter in that second look.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    This colour blocking trend seems difficult for most women to pull off and Melissa is no exception..

  • Danielle

    I dunno.. the drop crotch on the second outfit makes me twitch.

  • MilaXX

    Blogger Authentically Emmie wore this dress a few weeks back. She got it as part of one of those subscription dress services, Gwynnie Bee. It’s a maxi dress so it supposed to be long but her complaints were similar to yours; the color blocking and print. I also don’t particularly care for kimono sleeves. I think they are intended to give arm room, but I think they just make things look too sheet like. However this dress seems like something Melissa would like. I think if it was in a solid jewel tone it would work better. That color blocking cuts her body up in a bad way and that big is too large.
    Second look is a bit better. She seems in love with these cape/caftan things. She had a red one on The Daily Show last night. My only quibble with the jumpsuit is the top looks like it was pinned because the “V” was too low and it’s very sloppy looking.

    • Lisalady161

      If that’s what Gwynnie Bee thinks is fashion I’m not getting a subscription. That dress looks awful to me…poorly made and cheap. The second look is much nicer but I am so tired of the “she’s plus sized, give her drapy things to wear” mentality. I’m currently a 20 but I still have a waist, dammit.

      • MilaXX

        I’ve seen much cuter things from Gwynnie Bee, I’m just not sold in subscriptions services like this. I agree with @Snoskred she needs to check out Igigi dresses and I would also recommend Kiyonna.

        • You guys are so lucky that you have so many subscription boxes available though – in Australia we have one beauty box, and one grocery box. I read the Subscription Addiction blog and there are so many – even subscription boxes for your pets.

          For Christmas one year, I sent my best friend in the states a 12 month Boxtera subscription mostly so I could live vicariously through him. 🙂

          • MilaXX

            Yes I am extremely tempted by some of the subscription boxes. There’s a vegan snack one that always has really tempting looking items.

          • Rhonda Shore

            i tried a couple of boxes but then cancelled them — and they make it really hard to cancel, by the way. i found them to ultimately be overpriced…and i’d rather pick out my own things.

        • Denise Alden

          I’m going to throw my two cents in and recommend Anna Scholz (out of the UK) and Elena Miro (Italian).

          • MilaXX

            I have an Anna Sholtz maxi dress that I adore. The Elena Miro line tends to run a bit small imo. Pretty but a US 16 would be = to a size 18/20 on her site.

          • Denise Alden

            You’re absolutely right, Elena Miro is cut differently and runs smaller than other lines. But it’s still beautiful stuff, no? 🙂 One last suggestion: Cabiria. Made right here in the US of A!

          • MilaXX

            Never heard of them before, but I love that Francesca in Orange Dot dress.

          • Denise Alden

            She’ll have a fall/winter line coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

      • FrigidDiva

        I just want to say thanks to you ladies on all your info on plus-sized clothing options. For the longest time I was on the bandwagon that I was going to diet and lose weight and get down to a single digit size, but no matter my efforts I don’t think I’ll ever be that small. I’ve started building a better wardrobe for myself and it’s nice to find some new options, since my locale only just recently got a Torrid–prior to that our only plus-sized options were Lane Bryant and Dress Barn.

      • Skippymom1

        The thing I don’t understand is what exactly is she supposed to wear [Ms. McCarthy] ? She is tipping way over a size twenty, and I appreciate that everyone should have access to nice, well made clothing no matter their size – but anything made or bought by her is going to be drapey, shapeless and tentlike – there is no way to give contours to that size of a body. In the first dress she looks pregnant. It isn’t nice to say that, but I really thought she was and I was thinking “How nice a baby.” I don’t like the mentality you mentioned either, but the I’m sorry I just don’t get how some things should look on her at her weight.

    • Thank you – another great blogger to add to my blog reader. 🙂

    • OMG that Chelsea dress in Fuego! Its sold out, I would so buy that if it wasn’t.. 🙂

      How gorgeous Igigi dresses are. Melissa needs to buy some stat!

  • Wink

    Not crazy about the jumpsuit, but it probably would look better without the sequined throw.

    • CPK1

      I can just about live with the jumpsuit but a much shorter, more fitted jacket would look a million times better. She does not need to cover up with that giant metallic thing.

  • boweryboy

    I love that she always looks like she’s having a blast. I wanna do cocktails and boy watching with her. But enough with these fugly Lane Bryant things.

    Honey, you’re a star. You have money. You can get things custom made or tailored to fit and flatter your body.

  • …and she wants to start a plus size clothing line.

    I’m not convinced.

    Meanwhile, she does have a pretty good knack for picking stylish shoes.

  • Ixnay on a dress to the knee. When one is larger and sits down in a shorter dress, you’re sitting on your bare tush in the back and showing too much in the front – speaking from experience. The first dress is a good shape, except I hate 3/4 sleeves with a passion and don’t mind my flabby upper arms showing (hey, they go with the rest of me). The color blocking is all wrong – I would have had the entire mid-section to the knee the same fabric – either fabric. There’s also something going on in the back – there’s a little tie back there. As for the sequined thing – awful. The thing about being heavy on the bottom is that the shoulders should have little more definition to balance it out. Not shoulder pads per se (though I have used small ones) but not so slouchy and expected. Now, the thing i want to know is this: How does that woman wear those tall shoes??? My feet are screaming at me just standing in the in the store. I love her, but am not feeling optimistic about her own fashion line – her instincts never seem quite right.

    • MilaXX

      These shoes aren’t bad. I don’t think they are more than 3 inches which is the limit that I can handle. Some gals just the love high heels. There are loads of plus size bloggers who amaze me with the ability to carry off 4 & 5 inch heels.

  • Violentcello

    She’s been loving those kimono-robe cover-up things. I saw her on Jon Stewart last night (where she was adorable) and she was wearing a purple one.

    I kinda like the first dress on her. She looks cute.

  • Shawn EH

    She seems to have settled on black and white as her version of elegant for this round. Meanwhile, her husband has a cute pink blazer and a print shirt on Kelly & Michael this week.

  • ChiKat67

    As many plus-sized (and formerly plus-sized) women have noted, there is lack of truly stylish & fashionable clothing (that doesn’t read ‘cheap’) for anyone who is larger than a size 21-20. What’s worse is that designers seem to think that all plus-sized people come in the same shape which makes having things fit properly an even bigger challenge (and don’t even get me started on the cost to have items tailored…).

    • I posted a long post on the other Melissa McCarthy thread with a bunch of curvy bloggers that I read – which is how I find out about a lot of the little known plus size brands out there. I also posted a bunch of Aussie plus size brands that you could check out as many of them do ship internationally.

      I think back in the days before the internet there were so few choices available – with the internet there is so much more to choose from. You’ve just got to know where to look for it, which is harder than it sounds. 🙂

    • MilaXX

      Agreed. Check out the previous Melissa post. Most of the stores many be online, but the pickings aren’t nearly as slim as they used to be.

      • ChiKat67

        Yes, things have improved, but I think they are still much better on the “smaller” end of the plus-sized scale, which is why celebs like Queen Latifa & Octavia tend to look much better in their red carpet events.

        • MilaXX

          I’m on the larger end of the scale. Honestly on line is the best way to go.

          • FrigidDiva

            Have to agree. The first site I found while searching online was SimplyBe. I got a gorgeous cream tuxedo blazer with black lapels and some blue-suede sling back pumps. Maybe I can join the celeb trend for the summer and wear suede shoes.

  • You know, I didn’t hate the earlier jumpsuit as much as you did, and I think this is a real look for her. Make the jumpsuit fit well, give her a second piece so she feels covered, and just make sure it’s all well-fitted and in a great color.

    • MilaXX

      I always think of Deborah Lippmann nail polish when I see your name/avi

      • As far as I know, we’re not related. There’s also an author named Deborah Lippman, and when I published my first book, some Amazon reviewer wrote that I was “Deborah Lipp (aka Deborah Lippman).” Nope.

  • R. L.

    You would think designers would want to show off their versatility by offering her clothes that would suit her. Designers, for the most part, aren’t designing for the full range of body types.

    • AnaRoW

      What makes you think designers care? Most of them are in the business of telling the rest of us how we should look. They’re not trying to adapt their aesthetic to fit the masses. Even Tim Gunn once referred to a model on PR as zaftig and the woman was at most a size 6.

      • MilaXX

        Have you read where he says he wants an entire season of PR with models a size 12 and above?

        • AnaRoW

          No I didn’t but I’ve been out of the loop with PR for some time. My intention wasn’t to point fingers at him. I wanted to point out that the fashion industry’s attitude is such that even Tim Gunn, who’s usually very classy, can fall into that line of thinking. I don’t think he realized it at the time he said it but he certainly heard about it enough after that episode aired that I’m sure he reflected on his attitude.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I love the jumpsuit (and that is not something I say often in re: jumpsuits) but the sparkly wrap is too Jiffy Pop for me. I do like the other dress more than you do, even though it’s not a real A for me, either. But I love both pairs of shoes and her hair is great right now. I wonder if she will try to get her cousin Jenny into any of her movies now that The View has fired her and her anti-vaccines opinions.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The first dress, I think the cut isn’t bad, but in a color it would have been much better. I can’t sign off on her love of jumpsuits with the sequined situation cape.

    • AmeliaEve

      I disagree. The sleeves are about as unflattering as they can be. The dropped shoulder suggests that the dress doesn’t fit her, and the band of black creates an unflattering line. A set-in black sleeve that defined her actual shoulder would give her some shape in a non-controversial area. The sloppy full sleeve cuts her arm off at an unflattering point, and also adds fullness at the waist that makes her look wider. Again, a fitted, set-in sleeve that comes in close at the cuff is much more flattering, even in the 3/4 length. (The sparkly cape thing does that pretty well.) The horizontal blocking draws the eye in all the wrong directions, and it can’t even be blamed on a pretty print.

      Your basic off-the-rack Igigi dress would give her the coverage she is looking for with a lot more shape and flow.

      • MilaXX

        Looking at the dress on Authentically Emmie, I think the dropped shoulder is a design element.

        • AmeliaEve

          It’s clearly a design element. Just one that I think is unfortunate because it invokes the look of something that doesn’t fit. This can happen with plus-sized clothing that isn’t cut right; to get something that is big enough in the bust and waist, the shoulders end up being too big, and they look like this droopy dress.

  • JauntyJohn

    Okay, I love the jumpsuit.
    And I “get” the silver drape/wrap/robe/kimono… what *are* we calling that, anyway?
    It’s her movie. All her. This is not a fashion choice this is a Big Bright Bold I am the Star of This Movie choice.
    It’s not a bullseye but she’s absolutely getting the hang of this stuff.

  • Imasewsure

    I like that she is going for a touch of Liza with the Jiffy Pop scrug but of course it’s not working the way she wanted it to… hopefully she’ll find a better way to get her sparkle on in the future because the jumpsuit underneath looks cute enough

  • BLauDGaspode

    I just want her to be my best friend. I don’t care what she wears.

  • I actually really like the grey print, but the dress shape is horrible.

    • poggi

      It is a caftan, but it does come it right under the bust and it could have a nice shape. However, I think one needs to be taller for this to work, especially with all the color blocking. I saw pictures on a plus-size model and it was better–not great but better (which is probably why it was on sale).

  • bayusc

    That silver sequin thing reads straight up Liza.

  • She looks mega-powerful and confident in the jumpsuit/sparkle cape. As you should when you wear something called “sparkle cape”.

  • HeisenbergHattie

    She is having the time of her life. Clothing is secondary.

  • Anathema_Device

    I really like the second look. The over-sweater thingy would have been pretty in that floral print from the first look. maybe?

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Melissa’s hair and makeup are lovely, and she does look as if she’s feeling good in both looks. The jumpsuit is doing more for her than the dress. I agree with the uncles that a shorter length would be more flattering-also, that pattern/colorblocking are cutting her up, and that is not doing Melissa any favors. I would love to see some one work with to find better choices for her-she deserves better.

  • LadyVimes

    If she did her hair up, I think it would pass as more upscale. The hanging hair is too casual.

  • mmebam

    I love caftans, so I’m the wrong one…

  • ChelseaNH

    She really needs to embrace color. Yes, black is “slimming” — but trimming five pounds off her (or my) figure won’t make any difference. But color that complements your skin and hair? So much win.

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Second one is serving up some Blanche Devereaux realness. The first one must not be discussed, only burned.

  • lilibetp

    Does anyone know what size she wears? Because I wear size 20 and I manage to look better in public.

    • sweetlilvoice

      Exactly! She’s famous, she should do better. I have a friend who is a large girl and she always looks amazing. I seriously envy her clothes some days. I see plenty of cute things in larger sizes at the regular stores I shop in. Melissa needs a better stylist.

  • KT

    NO to both. Covering up your whole body with a sack is not fabulous or flattering and it just screams, “I’m trying to hide the fact that I’m bigger than the average bear!” Someone please introduce her to Tadashi Shoji asap.

  • LUV first look…just not the fabric. looks very inexpensive. Second…. If that top was executed better..hate the way the undersibde of the lining rollos out…would be great. As iit s the top looks like a weekend “home sewer” project.
    Like the hair n makeup.

  • suzq

    That ABS dress wouldn’t look good on anyone.

  • siriuslover

    No no no no no no no on that bottom one. Nope. However, unlike most I’m going to say that the top outfit had potential. In the thumbnail link, it looked really cute and framed her nicely, almost like a Regency-style. But then I opened the full picture and saw it just draped there all drab and unloved. I do like the knot to give the dress some shape, but the length kills it. Color and better fit would have saved the dress. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it in and of itself. She needs to embrace color.

  • jilly_d

    I hate all of this, especially the bangs. Melissa, you can do better than this.
    Edited for autocorrect

  • MaggieMae

    I’d like to see how the silhouette of the first dress looks on Melissa in a different fabric, different hem, tweak the color blocking. I sense there’s some potential there.

  • Mothra

    I don’t love either look but she does look adorable from neck up. The first dress does not look well made; there are weird puckers where there should be some very smooth stitching. And I don’t care for onsies. or silver sequins so that second look is right out.

  • Since when did Melissa invade Blanche Devereaux’s closet? Love her hair now. But still don’t think she’s a bang girl.

  • Tina M.

    Melissa McCarthy confounds me. Here’s an actress I find adorable, charming, hilarious and talented and yet she favors dressing in shapeless, colorless sacks and performing in (IMHO) some of the most uninspired, stereotype-driven comedic roles. (I’m really hoping Tammy, which is a passion project written by her husband, is a lot more than the sum of its trailers.)

    I can’t begrudge her for being true to herself, and I’m so thrilled that she’s getting the chance to, but it still feels disappointing. Especially on the style front.

  • Erica

    Eh. They are both better than some stuff she’s worn in the past, but I would still just rate that 2nd one as OK. I think she’s still trying to find her style. Same as every other comedic actress who hits the big time, but she’s got the added challenge of trying to find designers who can and will design well for her figure. I like her hair and makeup much better than I did before, though, as they now emphasize her prettiness and don’t detract from it. And that 2nd pair of shoes is cute as hell.

  • decormaven

    The purse in the first look reads “grandmother.” I love the verve of this woman- her stylist needs to work much harder to capture the energy that is MM.

  • Cheryl

    I like her makeup far better in the second set of photos, than the first. The first ones remind me of a scary dolly. One that smiles at you during the day, and come alive at night and tries to rip your eyeballs out while still smiling at you with her bright painted on lips. That kind of dolly. The print on the first dress is very pretty, but I have to agree with the uncles about raising the hem.

  • It’s interesting…the jumpsuit outfit makes her look about 30 lbs. slimmer than the awful gray dress. I know it’s not high fashion, but I think she looks darned good in the jumpsuit, even with the silver shiny. The gray color-blocked dress…gotta go. There must be a mattress somewhere that needs a new sheet…

  • alyce1213

    The first dress, I can’t even look at it. It may be even worse than yesterday’s dropped crotch.

    She was on Jon Stewart last night in something black (probably the jumpsuit) and a burgundy wrapper — MUCH nicer than that tacky silver thing. I wish that had been part 2 of the double shot here — the color against her face was lovely and her hair looked nice moving.

  • amf0001

    she’s good with shoes, we just need to build on that

  • bunnydiet

    You can be fat and beautiful, but she really misses the mark with her clothes. The black jumpsuit was stunning, the silver cocoon around her was discusting. As for the block print dress, why would anyone want to wear that? Thin or fat?

  • demidaemon

    I think, if the first dress wasn’t so weirdly blocked, I would like it a lot better. The shape is fine, but the blocking makes it all go wonky.

    I cannot approve a jumpsuit with Dorothy Zbornak’s cover-up. NOPE.

  • conniemd

    Color me silly, but I think her stylists should look at Tilda Swinton. Tilda tends to like the long coats with pants or skirts. I think a long printed coat/jacket over a plain colored blouse and skirts or pants would look good on her. Wierdly enough, there have been some pretty smashing men coats over the past week or so that would make great women’s coat/jackets.

  • LittleKarnak

    Sorry but I can’t sign off on the hair……2nd outfit is sorta cute though…..

  • MM4321

    I love Melissa McC but man I hate bangs so much.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    To me, MMc is the female Will Ferrell. Similar humor, similarly fashion challenged.

  • livesarah

    I like the dress way better. Agree on the length, but overall it looks great.

  • quiltrx

    I’m a big gal, but I have the advantage (if big gals like us have advantages) of being long-waisted and pear-shaped. Melissa has the double-fashion-trouble of being really short-waisted and apple-shaped. The first dress is a shame–I really like the grey print portion–but where the ‘blocks’ hit her give her waist-under-the-boobs. And the jumpsuit is better, but still the ‘waist’ is hitting her really high.
    Maybe something that has some shape but not a defined waist per se would be her way to go? She’s so pretty and seems like such a fun person–I’d love to see her find “her look”.

    • cocohall

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. Regardless of your weight, how you’re built greatly affects the way clothes look on you. Melissa is bigger gal, but with relatively small breasts. I’m a pear-shaped gal too, and things that fit in the chest are in for a struggle at the tummy/hipline. So she defaults to flowy tent shapes. I can’t blame her. I just read the profile of her in Rolling Stone and I’m sure she is fully aware that she isn’t a fashion 10, but her attitude seems to be that she would so much prefer to spend her time doing anything other than obsessing about her looks that she is fine with being a 5-6 on the fashion meter. She talks about her weight and her drinking, and she pretty much acknowledges that a little more moderation might be good on both fronts, but she just would rather enjoy herself in the moment. I agree with you completely that she would be better off if she just found her look (Ellen Degeneres is another “funny” lady that has basically turned her back on fashion; she doesn’t get the grief because she is slender; but she has her blazer/pants or sweater/pants looks that define her). For Melissa, the slimming one color jump suit/top and pant with some sort of lengthening top layer (jacket/sweater)that creates a longer vertical is probably a good direction.

  • I’m tipping my age here, but she’s giving me Mama Cass vibes.

    • ktr33

      same thought.

  • unbornfawn

    Heavier women deserve to look glamorous, and there is a market out there. Come on designers, grab a bigger dress form and show us some real creativity.

  • ktr33

    Love both pairs of shoes, and love her. She was so adorable on Jon Stewart last week. I don’t know what to put her in, but surely someone does.

  • mickiemonkey

    I wish she’d wear a red lip more often. She looks beautiful. Highlights that gorgeous skin.

  • Fräulein K.

    I realize that it’s a hard thing to find in this size range, but I’d really like to see her in more structured and tailored clothes. It comes down to personal taste, of course – I love severely tailored clothes myself – but it’s also my experience that it works very well and looks very good on large bodies. You usually have to have the fit adjusted, but I would assume that she’s already doing that, anyway, or she should.

  • kimmeister

    The visible safety pin keeping the neckline of her jumpsuit closed is really unfortunate.

  • Raspberry2012

    Wow, those two outfits are like night and day. Huge improvement with that second one!