Julie Bowen in Dsquared2 at the “Planes: Fire & Rescue” LA Premiere

Posted on July 16, 2014

It’s a white dress paired with nude sandals. There’s only one thing worth discussing here.

Julie-Bowen-Dsquared2-Planes-Fire-Rescue-Movie-Premiere-Red-Carpet-Sturat-Weitzman-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Julie Bowen attends the premiere of the “Planes: Fire & Rescue” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California in a Dsquared2 dress paired with Stuart Weitzman sandals.

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And that is: Should she have removed the brooch on the shoulder? We suspect her stylist thought it would look more youthful without it (since brooches have yet to come back in a big way in the fashion world). That may be true, but the shoulder treatment just looks weird now. Do the Bitter Kittens under 30 wear brooches? Or do you see them as something for your mothers’ generation?

Other minor points of discussion:

1. Why is this dress so lumpy?

2. Are we horrible for suggesting that maybe a pedi was in order?

But hey, at least it’s something soft and pretty, for the most part. She was stuck in a “hard and angular” aesthetic for too long.



[Photo Credit: Getty Images, farfetch.com]

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  • kipper

    Im sorry, what ? I totally fell asleep – ( but her hair looks nice )

    • Carleenml

      great hair – love this length on her.

  • Mothra

    It is boring but she looks ok enough. I am pretty sure I could wear this to work (which means it should not be on any kind of carpet unless it is the blue/grey carpet of my government office) I like her shorter hair. We should have a new, hm, catagory? not sure the word. But it could be WERK! or Work?

  • I’m glad she removed the brooch: that one is a bit cheap-looking. But it needed something. And definitely some colour on the toenails.

    • FrigidDiva

      I think a brooch would have looked ok, just not the one that was on the dress. If she was going to go with those terrible Nudist sandals and white accessories, she could have gone with a pop of color and some sparkle in the brooch.

      • Lisalady161

        I have a mid-century blue brooch that would look fab on this dress!

    • luluransom

      Agree on both counts. I think something sleek and gold and modern on the shoulder rather then the budget frippery on the model would have made a perfect accent.

      • smayper

        Yes to all 3 of you. Love brooches, but they have to be the right ones.

        • I agree with all of the kittens, above. I love brooches – I’ve been collecting vintage jewels for decades, and don’t understand the brooch-hate out there (I know that they can go “little old lady” if they are not right, but just like any other jewelry, there is so much to choose from out there!), so as you all said above, it’s got to be the right one. Any sculptural modern or modernist brooch or anything with some color (colored enamel or colored rhinestones would have been really fab!), would have done this look a world of good. Love that there are some brooch lovers still around!

  • Cee Layton

    She just always looks so happy. It’s pretty refreshing to see! I hate her bland clothes didn’t reflect her dynamic personality.

  • Anna

    The brooch was the best part of the dress, I am pro-brooch! I’m 33, but I’ve been collecting vintage ones since my 20s.

    A pedicure would’ve been welcome, but they wouldn’t have helped those shoes, which are atrocious. She looks like she’s had them since Happy Gilmore, and probably wore them to the premiere then too.

    • MoHub

      Agree about the brooch. Without it, the shoulder piece looks like a piece of random facing that was meant to be tucked in but somehow escaped.

      • Anna

        Yeah, the dress looks unfinished without something there.

        • demidaemon


    • This is curious — I was just thinking about brooches this morning, as I pondered how to tie a new summer scarf I have. I thought it would be neat to fasten it on my shoulder with a brooch, but 1) I don’t own any, apart from a few questionable ones I inherited from my grandmother and 2) I was uncertain whether brooches are at all a passable thing for women on the verge of their 26th birthdays.

      Now, though, I’m thinking “fuck it” and I’d wear it with a brooch if I find a good one. Except that I don’t want to poke holes in my new pretty scarf. 😛

      • Anna

        I agree, if you find one you love, wear it! My style has changed a bit since I started collecting them, so I don’t wear them as often. But I like putting them on my winter coats, brightens them up!

        • Ooh, that sounds like a great idea! It needs to be fall/winter again (and not just because I purchased my first leather jacket in Italy the other week, and am psyched to wear it).

          • Anna

            Ha, I’m not ready to revisit freezing temps and polar vortexes anytime soon, but I do look forward to fall :).

          • Ah, yeah, I’m lucky to be in a region with mild winters. But the trade-off is extended furnace-like summers.

          • Anna

            I don’t do well in extreme heat either, so I’m probably the only one not complaining about the cool summer we’re having.

          • MeiraNiibori

            Definitely not the only one! I’m LOVING the weather this summer, and shushing all my friends when they complain about the lack of hot weather.

          • Anna

            It is PERFECT. Summer should always be like this!

          • Bite your tongue. It will be here soon enough.

        • Constant Reader

          I just bought an iridescent dragonfly pin and my first thought was how it would jazz up my black wool coat.

        • Janet B

          I seem to only wear my winter/Christmas broaches and only on my coat in December.

        • smh4748

          I like putting them on winter coats too! Maybe it’s a bit mumsy, but my favorite coat is bright orchid, so in my head, that counteracts any dowdiness.

          Also, I’m 29, so I’m glad to hear I’m on the verge of no-questions-asked brooch-wearing, according to TLo. Thank goodness there’s something to look forward to with the dreaded 30th birthday! 😉

          • Anna

            I love mid-century fashion: late ’50s/early ’60s and I used to pin them on my cardigans in my ’20s, I loved it. As I approached my 30th birthday though, I did feel that perhaps it wasn’t really the look for me anymore. But I like the way it looks with my leather-sleeve trench now. Your bright orchid coat sounds lovely!

          • MilaXX

            I would love a bright orchid coat!

          • I bought a beautiful pink coat last year and it helped me get through our extended winter with my sanity intact.

        • Yes! That is exactly where I wear mine. I wish I could find a place for them in my summer wardrobe but I don’t wear scarves and most of my dresses are patterns. hmmm…

          • Anna

            I’ve never tried it, but when they’re just the right size, they can look cool in your hair (ie an updo or similar).

      • Constant Reader

        If the scarf is thin enough, slide the pin into the jacket or top where you want to wear it, then slide the scarf in between the pin and the brooch. Close the pin. That will keep your scarf in place without poking holes in it.

      • Beardslee

        Go for it! Seeing them as for old ladies is a fairly arbitrary construct. They are fun, they are cheap (I just picked up cool mother of pearl one for $3) and they add pizzazz. Get ahead of the curve; surely they’re going to be fashionable again.

      • decormaven

        Wear the brooch and enjoy it! I have a ton of vintage brooches from my late aunt. I get lazy about accessorizing with them, though.

        • Sarah

          I know! I’ve got a boatload of them, but I always get out and about and feel plain, THEN remember that I had a pin that would look good with my outfit.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Doesn’t help much today, but google “scarf clips.” I’d never heard of such a thing, but they do have clips just for scarf-securing purposes, and then you don’t have to worry about holes. I found them when I went on a brooch search earlier.

    • Introspective

      shade. but i totally had a pair of shoes that looked just like that from nine west around the time happy gilmore was out…

      • Anna

        LOL, I had a similar pair too from Aldo. Hers just look so dingy, especially from the side. I don’t understand why with that kind of access, you could at least wear a new, clean pair of nude sandals.

        My mom has the best ones, I steal hers too!

    • FrigidDiva

      I’m 29 and I have a small collection of brooches, most of which were gifts from my mother-in-law and a few I inherited from my grandmother. I have a dark purple cape style coat I wear in the winter (with a faux fur collar) that I large brooch pinned to and I always get compliments on it. I think I’m going to have to take my sister out shopping so we can scour the antique and second hand stores for some new ones. I work in an office that sets it’s AC to Artic blast during the summer, might have to add some pizzazz to my cardigans.

      • Anna

        I’m thinking I need to go shopping for a new winter coat, all the colours you BKs are describing for your coats are making me jealous! And then I can pin my brooches on my new coats ;-). The dark purple cape style coat sounds fabulous, and I love scouring antique and second hand stores for vintage jewellery. They just don’t make them like they used to.

        • FrigidDiva

          I used to have a gorgeous, red, vintage 1940’s coat that I found for $1 at a garage sale. It had a detachable mink collar and it was fabulous. Unfortunately after a few moves when I was in college (and having no clue how to truly take care of such a great find) the coat was in really rough shape. Sigh, I still miss that coat.

          • Anna

            That sounds amazing, especially for $1! I’m hanging onto a leopard print vintage Lilli Ann coat, hasn’t fit me in about 10 years and would probably read as “mature” now that I’m in my ’30s, but I fantasize about rocking it in my ’70s if it fits me then. With a turban. And a menagerie of animal-themed brooches ;-).

          • FrigidDiva

            Oooh, a turban! I’d really like to find a cream satin robe that I can lounge around in my house in on Sunday mornings while wearing a turban and drinking a mimosa.

          • Anna

            Ah, to live the dream!

    • Kitten Mittons

      Agreed about the brooch. It was the only thing of interest.

      I’m slightly over 30, as well, and I love brooches! In fact, I’m taking two to have the clasps repaired today, and I can’t wait to get them back. One is my grandmother’s, and I just love wearing it.

      1. The brooch would make her shoulder floof thingy look less lumpy. Pro-brooch.
      2. Yes to the pedicure, if only to bring some color into the look.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Same! I’ve got so many brooches and try to bust them out where applicable. I have found seeing how Joan wears them on Mad Men has been helpful as well. I also wear them in place of buttoning my cardigans.

    • Juniper Bell

      I agree, the brooch was the showstopper on this snooze of a dress. I’m 31 and I used to be all into brooches in my early twenties! Loved them, now,..not so much but I love a well deployed brooch, no matter what age.
      Hell even a button will so sometimes..

      In my best Carrie Bradshaw: “Are buttons the brooches of the youth?”

    • conniemd

      I’m 60, and was of an age when brooches were considered old fashioned. Of course every thing like that comes back around into fashion, so I’d imagine that for someone your age, brooches wouldn’t have the same negative connotation. But in any event, I’m happy to see the return of brooches if they are back in vogue and the dress looked much better with it. I do agree with others, that if she’d had a pop of color brooch, that would have been even better.

    • mila_8

      I think it’s funny it’s literally called the “brooch detail dress.”

  • LilyVanessi

    I would have kept the idea of the brooch, but not that dull thing that came with it. Something vintage with flair would have elevated the whole look.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I think she does have a pedicure. Also, leaving off the brooch was a good choice. The dress lumpiness is a puzzle.

  • Jarethee

    I thought you guys were going to talk about how her hair looks dry and straw like O_o I’m team brooch! It was lovely and quirky and vintage-y and classy looking.

  • Liz

    I WANT to wear brooches, but agreed it’s hard to find a place for them. I would said to have kept it here.

    • I might have to do a series on this over on my blog, now that I’m blogging again. 🙂

      There truly are a multitude of ways you can use them.

  • Emily

    I’m just glad she’s taken a break from the ultra-severe look she seems to favor. I’m not necessarily a fan of that specific brooch, although I do think it’s amusing that the “Brooch Detail Dress” is featured sans-brooch. I guess that makes it just “Dress,” which seems appropriate.

    • Denise Alden

      I’m so glad that she’s left that hard and angular look behind that I’m going to call this a win.

  • Irina Ryabchuk

    I like the brooch, at least the idea of white/golden something on top of that half-bow. It’d set off the clutch too, however, the look would’ve still been a jaw-clicking yawn.

  • carnush

    Without the brooch it looks like there’s a napkin on her shoulder. I would have replaced the original brooch with a more colorful one, maybe.

    • Yeah, something in jewel tones would have made it dazzling.

    • THIS.

    • mixedupfiles

      A ready-made burping rag.

      I don’t think there’s any law about broaches that says they need to be the old flowery ones. A groovy couple of bars, for example, would fit her angular thing and look entirely modern on the dress.

  • marlie

    I like the dress fine enough, but it’s a little too tight. And while I wore brooches when I was under 30, and still do from time to time, it’ usually with an outfit that’s otherwise a little youthful or retro-ish. Maybe she could have gone with some sort of shoulder embellishment, just not the one that the model is wearing.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Yeah, I think I wore more brooches when I was in my teens and twenties, than I do now when I am . . . more than twice as old. But this dress needed something for a zap-bam-bow. Although her head looks lovely. I like the idea of neutrals for the summer, but this is too neutral?

      • marlie

        I don’t hate all-neutral looks on principle, but this could have used maybe different neutrals. Throw in grey shoes maybe? A navy clutch? I think the problem is when it’s monochromatic neutrals. Then it gets snoozeworthy.

  • StellaZafella

    My friends, who are with the local order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence keep borrowing (stealing) all my vintage brooches for their wimples… the dress needs one, too.

  • SewingSiren

    Usually brooches that “come with the dress ” are ugly and cheap looking, so I don’t blame for not using it. But she should have added one of her own choosing. I love brooches and would probably love them a little less if they came back in a BIG way. She looks good though . A little lumpy , my guess is it is too hot for industrial strength shape wear.

    • Kent Roby

      That is so me, the comment that you’d love them a little less if they came back in a big way!

    • demidaemon

      I was thinking the same thing on the shapewear. Thanks for mentioning it.

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress needs an embellishment at that shoulder — if not the brooch shown on the model, then something else. Otherwise it looks like an unfinished bit of fabric hanging there. I’ve worn brooches all my life, trends be damned.
    And it looks as though she’s had a pedi, but the nail color is neutral, like everything else about her in this shot.
    ETA: WIsh those “nudist” sandals would go away for good.

    • decormaven

      Echoing your prayer. With such a thin strap, it must make the toes grip for dear life if there’s much walking involved.

  • I don’t wear brooches but I am barely under 30 and maybe the kids are more open to them.

  • Kent Roby

    The dress didn’t bother me without the broach until I saw the version with the broach; now I don’t love either version, yet I think she looks great, probably because of how she contrasts with the RC. Does any of what I just said make the slightest bit of sense?

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I just appreciate the fact that she’s not trying to do too much- she usually wears some terrible color or some overly difficult, edgy dress. This is much closer to what she should be wearing, although it deserves a better pair of shoes.

  • Janet B

    The dress looks as if it’s sticking to her undergarments not sliding over.
    Should’ve worn a broach.

  • mariavii

    It needs the brooch!

    I’m just a hair over 40 and I have inherited, and then added to, a large collection of vintage brooches. Have been wearing them faithfully since my early 30s. And every December I do a brooch-a day of sparklys (with no repeats).

  • Sophie

    Maybe not this one, but maybe another brooch? The rest is nice enough. Don’t much like the shoes.

  • Under 30 (for a few more months!) and I would totally keep the brooch. I love them on blazers, and I keep wishing I could be more like Joan Harris and wear them to the office.

  • msdamselfly

    I like her new hair color and style

  • Constant Reader

    I’m pro-brooch, but this outfit looks better without it. it isn’t perfect (I wouldn’t have minded a pop of color on her fingers or toes) but it’s a step in the right direction and she looks good.

  • Martha Anderson

    the added darts appear insufficient, she is lopsided. A slightly larger dress fit would have allowed undergarments and probably would have made those extra darts unnecessary. The dress might drape a bit better.

    The clasp on that clutch would have been better placed on that shoulder. a colorful shoe to finish.

    Is this the new trend in neckline?

  • Denise Rambo

    The first thought I had was … what happened to the brooch on the shoulder? I think it’s MUCH better WITH the shoulder detail.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    I love pin’s and brooches. this would have worked better with the brooch, without it its so boring that its a crime.

  • Danielle

    The brooch would have absolutely elevated this.

  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    If only she’d worn red sandals to match the apostrophe on her bag!

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    i say that broochwise – it depends on the fabulousness of the brooch. i’m 31 and don’t really wear any but have lusted over the ones with insects on them… like beetles or the like because i see those as a little edgy or unexpected but a big flowery one would be a little too mature and boring for me.

    • BayTampaBay

      Faberge made the original insect and spider brooches during imperial Russia.

  • Anapestic

    Ditch the brooch. Add a parrot.

  • BayTampaBay

    I love brooches. Always wear a great big gaudy 1950’s Eisenberg or Kramer brooch on my jean jackets and my velvet jackets because it is great look when you cannot wear showy earrings. She should have left the brooch on the shoulder but maybe her stylists did not receive the brooch?????? That is one good looking brooch but white really does not show it off.

  • kat89

    I’m ok with no brooch. It looked cheap and brought the dress into Mother-of-the-Bride territory. The dress looks a bit more modern without it. I do agree that a mani-pedi would have been a good idea though.

  • I always have one on a jacket lapel or coat collar in appropriate weather, and often use one to anchor a scarf. I agree that this dress is screaming for a bold accessory. I might have replaced the generic brooch with something more colorful–maybe in turquoise or coral. And no, you are NOT awful for suggesting a pedi. If you are publicly displaying a body part, you have a responsibility to make sure it is well groomed. (Which is the same reason I think guys should shave.)

  • Kbear

    The brooch that came with the dress was ugly. I still think brooches are old-looking. What bugs me is that the fabric seems too thick for that neck and left shoulder detailing. It looks like a clump of fabric at the left shoulder instead of elegant draping.

  • cocohall

    Okay, she’s at the premier of a kiddie movie about planes and helicopters – surely there is some aviation-related pin she could have worn in place of the brooch. Because that shoulder area is begging for something, and why not be a little whimsical at a daytime Disney event? She has three little boys – raid their toy chest, if necessary. Otherwise, I think she looks good – she doesn’t pretend to be a fashion girl – but she does look event appropriate. I bet she changed back into her work out clothes the second she got home.

    • SewingSiren

      Yes! Excellent occasion for a thematic brooch!

  • gsk241

    I’m 49 and I love the idea of broaches, however I’m extremely busty and don’t feel like I need to draw even more attention to that area of my body. If I were more slender and less top-heavy, I would definitely go for a big brooch!

    Also, Madeline Albright wrote a book about her pin collection and the stories she told with them called Read My Pins. If she’s the “mature” lady I would be compared to for wearing a pin or brooch, then I have no problem with that at all! 🙂

    • Glam Dixie

      I love, love, love my brooch collection and am also a larger chested lady, I’d say just wear it a bit higher, above the chest and closer to the collar bone if it’s just on a shirt or dress but if it’s on a winter coat lapel, who cares if it’s on your chest, wear it proudly.

    • MarieLD

      me too. too busty for broaches or much else near the neckline.

  • enchanted216

    I’m over 30 and think it looks fine without. I think the only thing worth discussing here are her ROCKIN’ arms! Nice job!

  • Shawn EH

    Yes ditch the brooch; her feet look good!

  • crash1212

    On the whole, I like this look on her. She can wear white well. It’s too tight though and a pop of color on her toes would’ve been welcome. Also a bracelet of some kind. As for brooch….I’m not under 30 and so can’t speak for those darlings, but I don’t think a lack of said brooch ruins the look. If I hadn’t seen the model picture, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. The draping at the shoulder is quite pretty.

  • RoseJB

    I’ve purchased a handful of beautiful brooches, but I am unlikely to ever wear them (though I rarely wear jewellery to begin with).
    I pin them onto my bulletin board in my cubicle at work.

  • I like the idea of the brooch, only a different one than the one featured.

  • spirit52

    The brooch makes the dress!!! Shoes are nice, but not with this dress…yawn.

  • nannypoo

    Those lumps are her uneven boobs. And yes she needs a pedi. And a hairbrush. And the brooch.

  • I feel like certain high necklines call for a brooch, but I wouldn’t have used the one the model is wearing (I feel like a lot of metal ones tend to be the ones that look dated). Instead, I might have gone with a funkier, more season-appropriate brooch – the ones I have are big costumey pieces – maybe a brightly colored enamel brooch, like a retro late 1960s daisy?

  • OffToSeeHim

    How do you pick out those shoes and *don’t* immediately think “pedi!” I don’t see what’s so terrible about noticing it. I didn’t even know the thing on the shoulder was a brooch – I thought it was okay with it, and looked stupid without it. There are a million dresses in the world. I don’t see why you have to pick one that has *one* design element, and that element you don’t care for. Just move on, leave it for Helen Mirren.

  • SophieCollier

    It absolutely needs that shoulder buckle/pin thing.

  • Paula Pertile

    The brooch on the model looks like a Christmas decoration from Michaels. So, glad its gone, but maybe something else tasteful would have been OK.

  • SugarSnap108

    It needs a brooch, but not that brooch. She needs a funky brooch. Are there funky brooches?

    I cannot fathom nude shoes with a plain white dress. But I do like her hair here.

  • suzinrva

    A broach at the shoulder that is a pop of color and perhaps in reference to the movie? Yes, color somewhere – anywhere – would be good.

  • histrogeek

    It’s her comment on red carpet appearances for voice work. You don’t see her in the movie, so you shouldn’t notice her on the red carpet.

  • AlisonHendryx

    I wear brooches! Have a whole collection! I am (as of about three weeks ago) no longer “under” 30, but I think I should count because I’ve been wearing them for years, and people, especially young people, compliment me all the time.

    ETA: She looks fine, like you said, soft and pretty, and definitely an improvement over her metallic phase, but boring without it.

  • MilaXX

    I was thinking they removed the broach because it looked too bridal. (second wedding/bridesmaid/mother of the brde) I think a red mani in that sea of beige and white would have been most welcome

  • LibKat

    I’m really liking her new hair length. It is much more flattering to her lovely face. Just wish it wasn’t styled so crunchy. I agree with everyone who said it needed something on the shoulder, but not the brooch on the model. That looks like something you’d pick up at Neiman’s for Grandma.

  • Bradio311

    I think that brooch overwhelmed the look instead of enhancing it. It looks a bit odd and plain without it so perhaps a smaller brooch or pin would have been better than nothing?

  • Cheryl

    I like broaches. Not necessarily that one, but generally. I love the little clutch! A nice pedicure with pretty pop of colour would have been nice, but I don’t think she needs to be sent home for lack of one.

  • Jackie4g

    I think she ought to have replaced the brooch if she didn’t like the one originally shown.
    I like brooches and for that matter, I like interesting necklaces, too, and no one ever seems to wear these types of jewelry. Besides a ton of fun costume brooches, I have a diamond dragonfly, a bunch of gold with real colored stones, and some enameled flowers that are just plain pretty. I will wear a brooch because I am old enough not to care if it isn’t hip. Pretty is pretty. Sometimes spare is boring.

    • Gatto Nero

      I envy you your diamond dragonfly.

  • twocee

    for some reason, the brooch makes it look more like a wedding dress to me. Perhaps because the most common way to “dress up” an otherwise simple white wedding dress is to go wild with the jewelry accessories? So at least now she doesn’t look like she’s supposed to be getting married.

  • boweryboy

    By removing the brooch, she removed all visual interest from the dress. I’m a sucker for a well deployed brooch. It adds a touch of old school class that is sorely missing in today’s fashion.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    As an under 30, I do still definitely see brooches as an older lady style. I think they can be deployed correctly to not be so, but generally I think of them as being for the older generation. I say this despite the fact that my grandmother has given me two to date.

  • SusannaGA

    I vote brooch, but like the idea, previously suggested, of a more colorful and flowery one for summer (and to avoid the bridal look). And it looks like she actually does have a pedi, but in a very soft pink — too subtle for this look.

  • alyce1213

    Over 30 (way over). I love brooches, especially big vintage ones, but I don’t like this brooch with this dress. Maybe a prettier, much more fun brooch would work, but this clunker makes the dress ‘cocktail hour for matrons.’
    I think the dress is lumpy because it’s badly lined and the fit is a little off. Her feet look pedicured already, but with a natural color polish.
    Even with that, she looks really good and I LOVE her hair shorter, it’s a very flattering length.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m over 30 and haven’t worn a brooch (except on a winter coat) since I was under 30 (all those “fun” insects, etc, in vogue briefly during the ’80s – or at least, I thought they were).

    That said, I think this needed a brooch on the shoulder – but not the one on the model. Something sleeker, more modern/minimalist and less grandma.

    I think that IS her pedicure.

  • Imasewsure

    The brooch was necessary although I can’t say I like the shoulder either way. And this is really boring…

  • MandyM

    Adding the brooch would have sent this into Jane Fonda territory, which is not a bad thing if you’re Jane Fonda’s age. Jane would have rocked this dress. On Julie however, it’s wrinkled and boring. Also open toed shoes = pedicure ALWAYS. Period. Points off an already low score for sporting ugly toes. (and if this WAS her pedicure, she needs to find a new salon!)

  • kimmeister

    – Should have worn a brooch
    – I’m happy that 95% of the BK’s have managed to correctly spell “brooch,” seeing it with an ‘a’ makes me crazy
    – The choking neckline is awful
    – Well at least the shoes are the right size!

  • quiltrx

    It needed the brooch, now it just looks odd. It also looks too tight (which I think is giving the lumps).
    Those shoes do not even look like they are shaped for human feet.

  • gitchygitchymama

    The Dboys should stick to circuit party wear.

  • Judy_J

    That shoulder needs something, it looks unfinished without the brooch detail. And yes, if you’re going to wear nude sandals, go the extra step and have your toes done.

  • unbornfawn

    She doesn’t look bad. The dress is lumpy because it doesn’t fit right and she needs a better foundation garment for the girls. This is a situation where the body has to do all the work. I liked the brooch at the shoulder it gave the dress some interest. It didn’t have to be the runway version. Without the brooch she could have had more dramatic earrings. Why not some fun shoes?

  • frannyprof

    Keep the brooch. Otherwise she looks like she has a spare maxipad attached to her shoulder. And she’s doing the Toe Grip of Death in those sandals.

  • BLauDGaspode

    I would have kept the brooch. Or at least a brooch. I’m in the 30s range, and I kind of dig a fab brooch, but that could be the magpie in me.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I think she’s wearing nude toe polish. But, it’s too nude!

  • somebody blonde

    The shoulder looks completely stupid without something there, but I definitely think of brooches as something for my mother’s generation, so I don’t know what the answer is.

  • The dress needs the brooch to maintain some interest. I’m 30 and I love brooches, and this one is pretty.

    Everything else is so bland I can’t make any suggestions.

  • judybrowni

    Gawd, but I hate that cloth lump on her left shoulder.

  • demidaemon

    I wish she would have kept the bling at the shoulder. Adds some needed interest.

  • mary

    Absolutely YES on the pedi. Every woman wearing sandals anywhere should have their toes done, a wise woman once told me this. Some people can’t afford or some are not so handy for a DIY polish at home, but if you’re a celeb, there’s really NO excuse!

  • Fred Vaughn

    Her toes are screaming at us!

  • I wear brooches with more formal outfits (I turned twenty-nine last month.) I have a vintage beaded-bouquet brooch from the sixties that I wear with my suit jacket, and it always fetches compliments. Then again, Madeleine Albright is one of my idols and she has a fierce brooch collection. She should have kept it here, the shoulder treatment is modern enough that it wouldn’t look “dated.” This ensemble really needed the brooch to look complete, I mean, it’s in the name: “Brooch Detail Dress.” It’s the only detail. I just wrote brooch so many times that it’s lost all meaning.

  • Julie looks great…love the shorter hair!

  • snooze……and my daily, ‘enough with the gripping toes.’ But brooches, there is a subject I love! I have lots but only wear them on winter coats and solid color sweaters of some heft. I have yet to find a place for them in my summer wardrobe.

  • Yoshio

    Brooch would have elevated it from the snooze category. Not just yes to the pedi, but “Hell Yes!”

  • Alloy Jane

    Naked shoes on the red carpet demand a pedicure. She should’ve kept the brooch. She’s an adult who plays a mother with adult children on tv. WTF does she need to look youthful for? It’s not like she’s in a Barbara Bush outfit and a brooch would be the tipping point from “geriatric” to “corpse.” Cute hair though.

  • Rebekah H

    The brooch ages the dress at least a decade. Good decision to remove it.

    But a pedi was definitely in order.

  • Izzy_Gremlin

    I think the neckline frumps it up more than the brooch ever could have. Totally agree with other assessments that it needs a *better* brooch at the shoulder, and some more color (maybe even just to match her lips) on the nails. The jewelry is a little ho-hum, which is a shame because this dress is simple enough to make one or two bits of flash really stand out.

  • mickiemonkey

    Not horrible. If the toes are out, a pedi is in order. It’s a rule. Like you don’t eat corn-on-the-cob with your hands when fine dining, you pull over for a funeral procession, you don’t blow your nose at the dinner table.