Fug or Fab: Emmy Rossum


I was going to speculate that this was vintage, but Red Carpet Fashion Awards informs me that actually, it’s Top Shop:

I don’t particularly dislike this, but I do think I liked it better when I thought it was vintage. No offense to Top Shop, as I love Top Shop and am thrilled we have it in Los Angeles now, but the IDEA that it was old and unique made up for the parts I don’t like about it — namely, that it’s EXTREMELY Church Brunch-y and ergo makes me crave pancakes.

Pour some syrup on me, by which I mean: Hit me with your truth serum.

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  1. anna s.

    I don’t like it, but I feel like it COULD work. Better shoes and clutch would definitely help: good accessories can pull a dress out of blah-ville. Something unexpected and colorful would help, I’m thinking bright orangey-coral or something. Better makeup would help too. I am over this aggressively nude lip trend when it’s used to highlight aggressively boring dresses.

    • Tiffany

      Wow, I am rethinking this now based on your suggestion of the orangey-coral accessories. I think that would really make it feel more fresh and vibrant. Good call! :)

  2. Danielle

    I think the dress itself is cute, but she could use some better shoes and don’t get me started on her makeup and hair. Not sure what’s going on there.

  3. AEMom

    For such a pretty girl she seems incapable of flattering makeup and hair on the red carpet. Such a shame. She is excellent on Shameless, and doesn’t seem to get recognition for it either.

  4. McLisa

    I’m never going to be on board with white heels. Just. No.

    • S

      Not before Memorial Day, at least.

      • Edith

        Not after 1989, you mean. No white pumps. Ever.

        That said, I think the dress is LOVELY. I really like that shade of green, and find the pattern pretty and unusual. Different styling and this would be a knockout.

        • Kat

          YES. THANK YOU. Not after 1989! UGHHH. I just… those shoes are making me unable to verbalize my thoughts. I’m going to have to just start making angry, inscrutable noises.

  5. Rayna

    I have frozen waffles and maple syrup………..also butter and a toaster.

    If that’s any help.

  6. Megan

    I never thought I’d say this, but I think the sheer parts save it. If it were so covered up in the chest and arms, it would be fully in Brunchville, but the sheer stuff make it a bit sexier and more delicate. And I adore that shade of green.

  7. Lisa

    It feels like something is missing. A belt maybe?

  8. Carrick

    She looks like a trellis in my grandmother’s old garden.

  9. jeanette

    I think the dress is lovely, but lipstick of an actual color and colorful accessories would make the lady inside the dress shine. Imagine teal blue or forest green or orangey- coral (thanks anna S!) Her choice of shoes is matronly.

  10. Vandalfan

    The sleeveless white dress underneath is fine. The sheer overlay, with crop top illusion appliques, is so badly tailored it ruins the whole look. Just look at the armpit and sleeve length!

  11. Helen

    I like it, but agree with notes above that accessories and makeup need colorizing.

  12. bookworm1973

    Lose the sleeves or make them solid.

  13. Mary Urech Stallings

    Cure dress, but the shoes are a hot mess even my grandmother (if she was living)
    wouldn’t wear. I HATE white shoes.

  14. h² fashion

    Not a fan, it looks like it’s cheap, but I do like the white heels.


  15. MG

    No white pumps before Easter. Even then… not crazy about them. The dress isn’t bad though– I like the suggestions of coral or maybe red accessories. It would help.

    • Helen

      I really think white pumps should be worn only to Easter services and brunch, and then retired for another year. And I’m only kidding a little bit. :-)

      Coral could work, if it isn’t too bright, I liked that idea too. Or a nice understated bronze. She also needs some showy earrings.

      But I do quite like the dress itself.

  16. Sarah B

    Whatevs, I like it. But I have a personal fondness for dresses with sheer sleeves like that, as I like to cover my arms sometimes but still want to be cool. So I guess what I’m saying is, I like this dress for ME. With different shoes.

  17. M (@crumbsncashmere)

    I don’t mind it. It suits her.

  18. Cristina

    I give Emmy Rossum bonus points just for not using a stylist.

    And I’m a huge sucker for white shoes..