Tracee Ellis Ross in Proenza Schouler at the Democratic National Convention

Posted on August 19, 2020

Miss Ross stepped up to the moment.



As always, we’re not here to talk about politics, but when a celebrity steps out in a killer lewk, we are duty-bound to weigh in on the matter.



She did a spectacular job hosting the second night of the Dem virtual convention. She was smooth, warm, and coolly on point the whole night; never ruffled, never seeking the spotlight. A pro in every sense of the word. For the occasion, she opted to indulge her slouchy-chic and slightly off-beat style preferences. We love the richness of the color, which comes off serious, but not overly so. We love the drape and the volume here. It lends her a sense of authority, like a judge’s robes or a priest’s vestments. As a design, we think the dress has slightly too much going on and could’ve used an edit during the design process, but that all would have bothered us more if she were on a red carpet or making a talk show appearance. Something about the shape and style really seemed to fit the moment. Love the softness of her makeup and the addition of the big-ass earrings, which really take the whole look somewhere fabulous. It’s an odd little dress, but she is so much better when she gets to wear the lightly goofy or quirky designs she so clearly prefers. And it says something about how well-suited she is to this style that it didn’t appear remotely distracting onscreen. We’re pretty sure if a lot of other ladies tried to work this dress in this surrounding, they’d have been overwhelmed by it.

As always, the focus of this site in these matters is the fashion component alone. Please respect our request not to make this about politics and please don’t use this post as a launchpad for discussing any other part of the evening.


Style Credits:
Proenza Schouler Bordeaux Fitted Sleeves Draped Dress with Belted Waist from the Pre-Fall 2020 Collection

Styled by Karla Welch


[Photo Credit: Tracee Ellis Ross/Twitter,]

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