Fug or Fab: Amanda Seyfried


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I have been looking for little black ankle booties — the ones I want, I can’t afford, because they are Rag & Bone and therefore I would have to trade some months of pre-school for them — so maybe that’s why I am feeling charitably toward this outfit.

But another thing I love about it is how young she looks compared with Anne Hathaway, who went with something decidedly more poncey and Important and whatnot. The difference in their outfit choices is almost symbolic of their characters themselves– the Fantine here being Anne’s darker, less inspiring, spiritually toothless dress, and the happier (sort of) and more vibrant Cosette being this basic but bright flowery smock. These two actresses are only four years apart in age, but by the wardrobe it feels like a bigger chasm — which would be kind of a fun passive-aggressive stab if the two secretly hated each other, although I have heard nothing to that effect and suspect they have no issues with one another at all. I just like drama, and want to read a Vanity Fair article in ten years all about how the depictions of the cozy after-hours cast sing-a-longs left out a few crucial details about hurled vases and hair-pulling and attempted poisonings.

And, might I detour a moment to say that I am THRILLED the Les Miserables world tour is beginning? Anne and Amanda rarely bore, even when they fail to enthrall. It should ensure happy holidays for Fug Nation.

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Comments (43):

  1. TonyG
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    No. Reminds me of potholders.

    • maggie
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      Yes! Potholders! That’s exactly what I thought. Generally I resist the domestic analogies–comparing dresses to napkins, tablecloths, doilies, curtains, bedspreads, whatever–but in this case there’s just no denying it: Potholder. (She also looks very strange and pale. She has about the coolest eyes on the planet, and they vanish here.)

  2. Edith
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    If it’s cold enough for black tights and boots, it’s too cold for sleeveless floral prints.

    • Sylvia
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      YES! I see this on campus all of the time. Pick a temperature, because you are far too young to experience “the change” as my grandmother called it.

      Also, I don’t hate this, but it’s a little “I saw it in my grandmother’s window and I had to have it.” Plus, in the spirit of fairness, I must admit I don’t quite get Amanda Seyfried. I’m clearly one of the few, but I know it colors my judgement.

  3. Leah
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    FLORALS FOR FALL!!

    Haven’t you seen a magazine rack in the past three years?

    • Edith
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      I’ve seen it, I just don’t like it – and while it’s possible to do a fall floral, this is clearly a summer dress. It’s a sleeveless mini in a light fabric, and thus (imho) it looks wrong with winter legs.

      Besides, the cut of this dress, combined with her slouching, make her look super boxy.

      • Leah
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        I guess you have to open the magazine to see the articles about “buy it now, wear it all through winter” dresses.

        • Edith
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          Why are you attacking me?

        • chickadee
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          Magazines also show things like harem pants the GFY dreaded jumpsuits. It doesn’t mean that either of those things are automatically attractive.

      • Judy
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        yes to all of this. Especially the boxy part, and she is the farthest thing from boxy.

    • Esme
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      Seriously, they don’t mean this! Fail.

    • Esme
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      If a magazine told you to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it? ;)

  4. Stacey
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    I agree about the climate issue…pick a season and dress for it. I do think the dress is cute, and whatever with the tights, but those boots are not for that dress AND they have OBVIOUSLY been worn several times. They are all scuffed and dingy around the bottom. You’re rich, girl; buy some new booties. If nothing else, send the old ones over to Heather, she’s been looking for a pair.

  5. mara
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    She’s looking a bit like Dakota Fanning here, in her paleness, posture and style. I suspect there is a bit of bad photography here making her look so unlike herself but the outfit also isn’t coming together quite right and as TonyG noted, potholders. The pattern is just not cute.

    • Megan
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      That’s it exactly. Amanda doesn’t look like herself in this one, although to be fair she IS standing against a gray background.

  6. Miranda
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    Waitress at high-end Asian restaurant is all I see.

    • Carol
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      I had the exact same thought. I was just about to write that it looks like what the hostess wears at Empire Szechuan, although the hostesses usually wear pants with their tunics!

  7. Sandra
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    Why is she wearing a hairdresser’s cape for a dress?

  8. Vandalfan
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    I like the Chinese waitress vibe, but the cap sleeves plus her clasped-in-the-back pose don’t flatter arms. Her stockings are good, but I’d rather her boots were smooth leather rather than suede. That’s the velvet of the leather industry.

    • hillary l.
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      Agreed on the arms. Her genetic material deserves better than this.

  9. Kirst
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    The cut of the skirt makes it look like a pinny.

  10. bex
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    Protip: got me a pair of gorgeous black suede ankle booties at Target last winter, and I’m positive they have them again. Around $30 if I recall correctly, and despite the cheapness, they still look great after a lot of wear and tear. Target fo life.

  11. Ladyblahblah
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    Agree with the potholders comment. One of the less successful looks from a Project Runway kitchenware challenge.

  12. filmcricket
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    Yeah, she’s wearing an oven mitt.

    I’m impressed by how leggy she appears, since she’s a wee lass I believe, but the dress is horrid and her features have completely disappeared.

  13. Minda
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    Yes, I love this. I also loved it in 1997 when I was going out to clubs and needed sleeveless tops to keep me from passing out in a mosh pit. This is great for going out. Press junket…eh, no. But I’m old now.

  14. Jo
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    Looks cheap with the black edging.

  15. Katie
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    I detest booties with skirts, but that is really my only problem with this.

  16. Esme
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    This looks like an apron I made in the 4-H club and gave to my mom circa 1968, so no.

  17. swingbird
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    I don’t think this dress flatters her like AT ALL. And maybe it’s an effect of the angle (pics taken from below never look good) but even her normally fab, shiny, thick and totally envy-worthy hair seems just flat and drab here.

  18. Trina
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  19. TaraMisu
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    I thought this was Dakota Fanning LOL!

    This is not flattering at all…. and I also have to agree that the dress is too summery to wear with heavy tights and boots.

  20. natalie
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    i LOVE this!

  21. FiestaGirl
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    @Trina, LOVE those booties you bought. So cute and nice price!!! You learn so much on this thread. I really like the diversity of opinions here, if we all agreed it would be boring but respect for others’ opinions is key. BTW, I have no love for Amanda’s little apron.

  22. akay
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    Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if the marketing people for the movie wanted to play up her being youthful and Anne being more mature, because for people who aren’t familiar with the story, there’s bound to be some confusion about the character’s relative ages.

  23. Chrissy
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    That’s a terrible pose. I don’t find her very appealing. With her AND Anne Hathaway in the movie, I’m not sure I want to see it at all.

  24. Elizabeth
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    Fug girls! I too have been coveting those damn Rag and Bone boots. My child will not appreciate that extra semester of college in 18 years as much as I will love those boots tomorrow!

  25. Bambi Anne Dear
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    Those boots are awful.

  26. Sajorina
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    I love Amanda Seyfried & I love her outfit! That dress is FAB! WANT!

  27. Helen
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    Pinny, potholder, apron, Chinese waitress… all have one thing in common: It’s BAD.

    I also don’t think it’s intended for an adult, or should have been. This might look completely different, and possibly rather cute, on a 10-year-old.

  28. Big Hungry Shelby
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    The sueded booties Boden has right now are really comfortable and very, very close to these.

    • Helen
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      And they’re adorable. But, like every other name mentioned here, including the Rag & Bone, they only come in one width. Regrettably, that isn’t going to work for everyone… and I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone. We should all get our feet fully measured and re-fitted every few years, according to podiatrists.

  29. kindakute
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    Hideous dress. Gorgeous, talented girl. An actress of her caliber should not appear in an event with obviously scuffed booties. I could pull these off but I know I will not be photographed. She looks hella cheap, but unfortunately that is usually the case with this one.

  30. Jane Swanson
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    Forget the crappy dress, how about the fact that she is a terrible actress? I don’t know how the heck she got a role in Les Miserables!!!!!