Selena Gomez in Emanuel Ungaro at the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival

Posted on July 21, 2014

We knew she had a knack for picking tacky outfits, but we’re distressed to find out she also has a grand talent for taking chic garments and making them look tacky. That is the style Kiss Of Death. You don’t come back from that without serious training and help from a smart style team.

In other words, it’s going to take a lot to make us praise you again, Selena. Because this:

Selena-Gomez-Ischia-Global-Film-Music-Festival-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Selena Gomez attends the 2014 Ischia Global Film & Music Festival in Ischia, Italy in an Emanuel Ungaro polka dot chiffon shirt dress.

Selena-Gomez-Ischia-Global-Film-Music-Festival-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2014 Collection

Selena-Gomez-Ischia-Global-Film-Music-Festival-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Selena-Gomez-Ischia-Global-Film-Music-Festival-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

Selena-Gomez-Ischia-Global-Film-Music-Festival-Emanuel-Ungaro-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)

Will be impossible to erase from our memories.

Go home, sit down, and start questioning your choices and why you make them.





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  • @Biting Panda

    This is her go-to silhouette lately, and it’s awful, every time. I thought she showed promise, I was wrong.

    • alyce1213

      I thought so too, had higher hopes back when she was showing promise. Zendaya takes over.

    • Kent Roby

      If this dress didn’t have those black chest pockets, she’d be showing a lot more than promise!

      • judybrowni

        But that thing — I hestitate to call it a dress — is chic?

        Puhleeze, it’s like the ’90s threw up the worst excesses in embellishments and it was tacked together in a Franken Shirt Dress:

        Each side of the “dress” a different color! Sheer! Polka dots! Giant, unwieldy pockets and cuffs in a stiff fabric! Metal snaps! A fucking ruffle! Epaulets!

        • sk8tfan

          It’s equipped with its own dust ruffle to keep the dust bunnies off her unfashionable shoes.

        • demidaemon

          I actually think if she, you know, BUTTONED THE DAMN THING UP LIKE ITS SUPPOSED TO BE, with the headsuit, she would actually look fairly summer chic.

        • Kent Roby

          I never called it chic; I said that she’d be showing more (I.e. Breasts) without the pockets.

  • gabbilevy

    Her latest style requirement must be “only covers top of thigh to navel.” Tack-tastic.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    If this were just a blouse with a pair of pants or lady pants as we call them here, I would like it.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m with you. As a blouse with cigarette pants this could work. As she’s wearing it here, the dress(shuddering as I type this) is wearing Selena, and that ain’t good.

  • imspinningaround

    CHILD, J.LO YOU AIN’T. Go to your room and think about what you’ve done.

    • Thomas

      True, but I don’t think even J.Lo or Rihanna could save this garment. It makes me think Lindsay Lohan is still designing for Ungaro. It looks like a stripper clown outfit.

      • HeisenbergHattie

        And, it’s “stripper clown” for the WIN!

  • Frank_821

    What amazes me is not only did they style the dress to a slutty, tacky way; but they styled her yet again to look more than 10 years older than she actually is.

    • hyperionic

      Well she still has babyface so is that really such a bad thing?

    • NMMagpie

      Premature aging probably justifies the intense level of tackiness, somehow.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I get that Selena Gomez wants to move to a more adult, grown-up look but this is not it. Simply wearing a dress unbuttoned to your navel is not being a grown-up-unless, of course, you have JLo’s bod and are wearing Versace.

  • Noah

    Hey, I want an Emanuel Ungaro housecoat too!

  • SuzyQuzey

    That girl is definitely on drugs. The eyes give it away.

    • kimmeister

      Is there a drug that causes the look of insufferable smugness?

      • demidaemon

        It’s called narcissism.

  • Thomas

    Sorry, but I don’t find that garment chic under any circumstances. She did make it 1000 times worse though.

  • Caitlin Rain

    Her aggressive case of babyface (not her fault) is part of what makes these getups so unappealing to me. Put something this revealing on that body beneath that face and it instantly goes Taxi Driver.

  • rkdgal

    I’m having a hard time seeing what was so chic about this garment in the first place, especially with godawful ruffle trim at the bottom. But any chicness it may or may not have possessed is definitely negated by her styling here.

    • Thomas

      Agreed. She made it worse, but I don’t think it was chic to begin with, esp. that ridiculous ruffle.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I think it looks chic on the model because it’s buttoned up to her neck. The shoulders and sleeves read more masculine whereas the bottom is almost like pencil skirt

      • Monabel

        You are being too kind. It doesn’t look chic on the model.

      • demidaemon

        I agree with you. I actually like the dress on the model, which, to me, is how it should be worn.

  • SewingSiren

    Her hair and make-up are pretty. The dress looks even worse from behind. But it would make a nice swimsuit cover.

  • MilaXX

    She seems to be going all tits and legs these days. She’s basically slutting up any outfit she wears.

  • Anna


    I’m pretty sure the saying DOESN’T go: “The best revenge is dressing up like a Beverly Hills housewife’s failed attempts at seducing the pool boy.”

  • golden_valley

    This is the second picture that is not only tacky, but she has this distant look on her face like she’s mentally somewhere else.

  • Lily

    Honey, there are only two starlas who are allowed to do the deep plunge/thigh slit combo and their names are Angelina and Charlize. Everyone else is an amateur. Pick one vice and highlight it. You’re much too young to give away all the goods.

  • Scimommy

    Her baby face does not go with the tacky va-va-voom of the rest of it.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Even buttoned up, with those four big black pockets, it’s just off somehow…

  • frannyprof

    Why is she all of a sudden into big and blousy looks? I don’t doubt she could make something blousy work, if it’s the right outfit/venue and it’s styled correctly. But this? No no no.

  • Biology Princess

    I think she’s trying to imitate Rihanna, who has the amazing ability to look chic in outfits like this one. Unfortunately for her, Selena does not have the same powers.

    • Thomas

      I’m not even sure Rihanna could save this frock. I think it’s pretty hideous.

      • Biology Princess

        I agree the dress is pretty ugly, but the shape of the dress and jewelry are consistent with Rihanna’s style. That’s what made me think she was copying her.

  • Zendaya wore the same dress in a different color and looked absolutely young, fresh, and stylish.

    • alyce1213

      I remember — blue and black, it was very chic.

    • Introspective

      and it was also buttoned on zendaya so already we are in different stratospheres.

  • Danielle

    Jesus take the WHEEL.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Jesus take the WHOLE DAMN CAR.

  • hughman

    It’s like cargo pants for lingerie.

    • kimmeister

      What a great storage place for all her thongs!

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Omfg she’s starting to look like the Biebs.

  • teensmom99

    70s retro doesn’t work for petite Selena. Where is Lauren Hutton when we need her?

  • What is that stuff flying around on HEM…. and WHY?

    • MoHub

      Mystery of the ages, Bert!

  • mjude

    NO! it looks like a shirt from 50′ woman closet. WTF

  • MoHub

    So, she turned a dress into a bathrobe.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    Why do she always look like she is playing dress-up in J.Lo’s closet?

  • Nazzzy

    Trying to be Rihanna. How cute.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      That’s exactly who it would suit.

  • formerlyAnon

    Hem it to acceptable poolside lounging length (e.g. will not drag in puddles). Button it at least one button more below the waist. Break out the pack of Virginia Slims. That IS the effect we were going for, yes?

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Girl, if that’s your MO, just start with Versace and be done with it.

  • mlurve

    What is the opposite of a WERQ? Whatever that word is, that is how I would describe this. Disastrous.

    • Grace C.


      • myandyleigh

        Or QREW. As in “Selena’s Wrecking QREW took our baby-faced stunner from fabulous to fugly!” Or something like that.

      • mlurve

        I think you nailed it!

  • IAmJ


  • saintebeuve

    “polka dot chiffon shirt dress”. I’m just going to have to sit with that a minute. It’s a lot of words that I don’t think should go together.

  • Aidan B

    Oh my godddd. GIRL. NO.

  • marlie

    OMIGOD. Just… why? She could have buttoned a couple at the top and the bottom and still looked sexy. This is just… tacky and desperate.

  • suzq

    THE DRESS IS TOO DAMN LONG!!! It’s puddling at her feet. The belt IS TOO DAMN WIDE. Her waist is lost in it. The sleeves hang below her wrists. The blouse is too loose. And she’s wearing it like a bathrobe. With the wrong shoes, too.

  • random_poster

    It’s almost like she and Lea switched stylists.

  • Gatto Nero

    Open down to the navel and up to the crotch.
    ETA: Not to speak of the dragging hem, ridiculous flounce, and hideous patch pockets, etc.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She’s too short and too junior to wear this.

  • BLauDGaspode

    Is it really so hard to keep it snapped up? Good grief.

  • Mothra

    It looks like she’s playing dress up with a giantess’ closet.

  • Whitney Barkley

    I blame Justin Bieber. For everything, but especially for this.

    • Preach. I’m lighting one candle for Selena and one for her style.

  • decormaven

    Truly. She needs more than a moment of contemplation to understand how completely wrong this cut to there/bare to there look is for her.

  • Imasewsure

    Wow I can live with the top 3/4 of the dress for some reason… it’s the ugly hem clump at the bottom that kills the look for me (and not the admittedly ugly other parts which I somehow don’t mind). What’s with that bottom??? Don’t get it

  • Tee

    This is what happens when you’re styled by a Jenner sister.

  • bingo

    ugh, that horrid, horrid necklace that drops to the navel. so horribly tacky small flying insects must stick to it.

  • prisma

    We get it, Selena. You’re not a tween anymore. You can button your top now.

  • MarissaLG

    It feels like they’re really trying to bill her as the next J.Lo, but the reason J.Lo is able to make these garments work (sometimes) is her stature is very different from Selena’s. Her body is much more developed and so is her persona. Selena looks like she’s playing dress-up in Mommy’s clothes.

  • Kristi Mitchell

    I feel like she’s trying to take a page from Rhianna’s style book.

  • what the heck is that thing she’s wearing?

  • Miranda

    It works on the model…and I’m guessing that’s the only time it will work.

  • Moocows

    Rihanna try-hard!!!!

  • cocohall

    This dress is like its own crime scene, complete with black and yellow tape and big black squares to block the gruesome details of the murder. Sadly, the details of polka dots and epaulets don’t turn it into something chic. There is an interesting idea in this mess, but it hasn’t emerged, and styling it as a “CFM” dress isn’t helping. But our girl, is, once again, on message: I’m not a role model. I’m not following the Disney play book. I’ve gone off-road and I’m not coming back. I guess we can all be thankful that she at least keeps her tongue in her mouth. She hasn’t gone full Miley. Yet.

    • demidaemon

      No, because she would rather put her tongue in Justin Bieber’s mouth, which may or may not be worse.

  • Kbear

    Is it just me, or did she used to look happier? Is that “bitchface” or “smugface”? Bieber-face?

  • smayper

    In the 4th photo I am mentally adding a speech bubble that says, “See? THIS many times worse than you thought a dress could ever be!”

  • KT

    Oh my god. You totally hit the nail on the head — I was shocked to see how cool and interesting this looked on the model. Selena takes it straight to stripper town, yikes.

  • ChiKat67

    She tried a RiRi and failed miserably!

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like it on the model either but that’s because I think it’s ugly, not because she looks like a tacky-ass whore. Selena, on the other hand, does. If you are young, pretty and rich you should probably be able to do better than this.

  • demidaemon

    Umm, did she forget what buttons do?

  • throwslikeagirl

    She looks like a middle-aged woman who’s trying way too hard.

  • Sherilyne Cox

    My beach cover-ups are reserved for pool parties and surf-side soirees. I’d never wear one to a music festival.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Oh girl, button up-and down.

  • CKMia

    You people on here don’t know anything about fashion. That is obviously a Gordon Gartrell Original. Educate yourselves!!!,

  • BlairBear

    I think the dress is over designed and unflattering. The scale of the chest pockets and their placement seem ill considered

  • stickee

    Is it me or is she going the Vanessa Hudgens route of long tacky dresses? Thing is, Vanessa’s more comfortable with tacky chic (regardless of how awful it looks) while Selena just looks awkward.

  • evave2

    T/LO you are wrong: it was never chic, that ruffle (I just see fuzz balls on the model: FUZZ BALLS my cats would rip apart). I think unbuttoning it to the waist was bad for HER. But the fact the model has it buttoned up to her neck still does it no favors.


    Nobody I read has mentioned it but do you think Bieber is rubbing off on her (no pun)? I can’t remember if it was her or the other Disney girl whose name is sorta the same went to rehab. I immediately thought that he does nothing good for the people around him. I know I am being judgmental but this is just bad bad bad for her (I mean the dress). But I still like her looks.

    She is so cute (I think her makeup looks nice) but the dress is wrong on every level. And I can’t think of anybody (with cats) who could make it look right.

    ETA She looks stunned rather than stunning.

  • GemFemme

    I guess this is her new aesthetic. Sternum bearing, slit to crotch flowy ugliness.

  • quiltrx

    J Lo called…she said “nice try.”

  • frumpybiscuits

    Honey, you are not Rhi Rhi.

  • livesarah

    Looks like she is playing dress-ups.

  • Coleen

    First question: WHY WITH THE BEEBS STILL?

  • boweryboy

    She neither has the stature nor the presence to pull this off. Another case of a Disney ladystar sexing it up to gain “credibility”. Also, that dress is butt ugly. Only a world classs ladystar with PhD levels of dress wearing could make this work, and just barely.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Selena honey, you’re not Rihanna! You can’t pull off this look. Go home and try again. Thanks.

  • gitchygitchymama

    When i see stuff like this it makes me wonder wtf happened to this child…..and where are her parents.

  • Isn’t she a little young for Ungaro?

  • Marts

    Am I the only one who thinks of Rihanna when she went to that Chanel show dressed like this with a long cardigan?

    I really hope this does not become a trend.

  • deech_sea

    Maybe Diane Kruger could have this dress. She is without clothes, since you ordered her to give her dress to Zosia Mamet.

  • i don’t think i would call this a chic garment. that hemline area is needlessly odd.

  • Lilithcat

    Oh, dear, that Huxtable girl is playing designer again, isn’t she?

  • Coolekat

    Lady Gaga already did this. At least Selena isn’t walking through a wet city street.

  • smh4748

    NO! She has Lea Michelle’s airport strip club necklace!!! This access road next to the interstate you are apparently driving down is not a road of good choices, Selena!

  • Meelah

    That’s not her dress. This is a dress made for someone of taller stature or she’d need to have it adjusted to her height.

  • JynxTheCat

    she unfortch has little else to offer…so this is all you are ever going to get until she fades into irrelevance.

  • ktr33

    again with the dead eyes, plunging neckline, and major slit. and wrong shoes. gross.

  • Clash D

    Interesting how buttoning up a couple of buttons could have made this look much better. Makeup’s nice.