Fug or Fab: Hayden Panettiere

Gone is the Letterman Dumpster, but it’s temporarily being replaced by its cousin, Incredibly Scenic Wrapped Rolling Table Full of Shadowy Things.

And that rolling table, right now, is thinking, “Man, my plastic wrap looks more convincing than her hair.”

Of course, it might BE her real hair, but it looks awfully plonked on there to me. It’s a plonkathon. The dress and bots might be a little much together, too, but then again, ninety-nine percent of other people would have worn nude shoes with this so hooray for her taking a chance. It’s not terrible. It’s all just… the hair threw me and I haven’t gotten my bearings yet.

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Comments (56):

  1. Katty McNiley Ripley

    So, are they recasting Samantha in The Carrie Diaries?! Cause Panettiere came to her audition in ‘full-on’ character mode…

    • Kelly Smith

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  2. Dana

    I just Googled to see if she is pregnant; she is so petite but this just has a whiff of it to me.

  3. Petrova Fossil

    The dress is adorable, the hair is fine in a “frankly fake” way. The hair plus the boots, I think, is putting it over the top. One or the other.

  4. LoriK

    I don’t mind the dress per se, but it’s too short for a sit down interview. I didn’t see the show, but I assume she either spent the entire appearance tugging on it or she made the audience her gynecologist. The booties are wrong for the dress and the hair is hideous.

    •  HelenBackAgain

      A bit too short, yes, and it doesn’t fit all that well, and I think the neckline could be opened up just a couple of inches – that’s a lot of busy pattern, and I like the busy pattern, but I think it needs some open space for contrast.

      As is, it and the hair are kinda wearing her.

  5. Sajorina

    H-E-Double Hockey Sticks N-O!

  6. H.C.

    It looks like she’s trying to pull a Hannah Montana w the hair — that’ll be fun twist for Nashville!

  7.  HelenBackAgain

    I don’t know if it’s the Extreme Bangs, or what, but if you hadn’t told me this was Hayden Panettiere, I never would’ve guessed. And I consider her extremely distinctive-looking! Something has gone very wrong with the styling when a unique beauty like hers becomes Generic Aspiring Pop Star.

    • Anita

      Exactly. I didn’t vote in the poll because there was no “she is unrecognizable” option.

      • Heather

        Well, there was an option for, “I have multilayered feelings that no one answer can cover…”

    • sorry bout it.

      She looks much older.

  8. RockChock

    The pattern is fun, but the dress’s cut looks unflattering, at least from this angle. No points for taking a risk with the shoes; the hot pink booties are SO terrible, way to heavy and distracting. And her head suit is tragic.

  9. Sketchy

    I like the dress and even the boots, but not on her. She is too short for boots with a skirt. Yoy need long long legs for that to not be stumpifying. The hair looks fried.

  10.  TaraMisu

    No to the hair…. its very wiggy. The dress is cute, but the boots have got to go. Maybe its just me but wearing short boots with a dress is fug.

    • Lizzy

      Agree 100%!
      This bangs trend need to stop, so I’m hoping it is a wig so that she doesn’t have to spend months growing that fug put.
      Those boots would be awesome with jeans.Booties with a mini dress? Doesn’t make sense.

      • Meg

        Wrong on both counts–many, many people look better with bangs, and a lot of boots are certainly appropriate with minis.

        • Natalie

          I think my issue is the hair color and not the cut. The color just looks so light and unnatural. Maybe if she had cut if first, let that sink in, than dyed it, or dyed it a light brown or a dark blonde I would be OK with it. But this? No. It looks too fake and it ages her.

      • lg

        I’m pretty sure it is a wig or maybe clip-on bangs. Look on her twitter. She posted a new photo of herself, where she has her old hairstyle again.

  11. Caitlin M

    The hair does look fakey, but I can’t help wondering: Would a blonde wig really have dark roots?

    • Gretchen

      See: every wig N. Minage has ever worn, and about half the Lady G ones too.

  12. LisaT

    Horrible fit of the dress – makes her look pregnant. Hair is a little too “flat iron Barbie” for me.

  13. Mongerel

    It is beautifully coordinated – looks flammable top to toe.

    • Art Eclectic

      Agreed. I think we should toss all of it into a dumpster and set it afire just to be sure.

      Then maybe salt the ground afterwards.

  14.  ErinG

    my first thought? “wow, Betsey Johnson looks good and seriously less cracked out here!”

    and then i click on the thumbnail and its NOT betsey. whoops!

    • lg

      Haha with me it was the same. I saw an article about hayden and clicked on it and thought: Gosh why are they taking me to a Nicki Minaj article? Then finally I realized it was Hayden.

  15. danny

    I like to think she’s secretly bff’s with Kaley Cuoco, lost a dare and as a result had to wear her monstrosity of a GG wig out to Letterman. It doesn’t look any better on her, I have to say.

  16. HKS

    No to hair, yes to dress, maybe to boots.

  17. SK

    I am pretty sure that’s a Black Milk dress – they do small, revealing and bodycon in unexpected prints – it’s their bag.

  18. Esme

    I don’t know–it looks pretty terrible to me. Way too much going on.

  19. Lizzie

    It’s not terrible. But I can’t shake the feeling I’m looking at Annie Potts in “Pretty in Pink.”

  20. Laucie

    She is so petite, and that dress is so short, that without the sleeves, it probably would have used less than a yard of fabric.

  21. Joyce

    She must be kidding us with this. Hayden you got us! But the joke’s on you.

  22. ohsohappy

    Yes to dress and makeup. No to boots and wig.

  23. TonyG

    The hair is too fake, the dress is too small, and the boots clash with the red in the dress.

  24. Анна Федосова

    boots are not flattering the outfit, too bright cold raspberry color and pointed shape makes it stand out too much, also I guess the boots’ cut makes her legs to look shorter on this photo. anyway, these boots will be great if matched with dark washed pair of bootcut jeans, they are some kind of edgy.

  25. Анна Федосова

    its sad when young girl makes that “wig hair” look

    • lg

      I’m pretty sure it is a wig or at least clip-on bangs. Look on her twitter. She posted a new photo of herself, where she has her old hairstyle again.

  26. Bambi Anne Dear

    Shoes only.

  27. superjosh

    The dress is perfectly cute but hate all of the accessories from the matchy nails down to the confusing bracelet placement.

  28. Tamburlaine

    The dress is fab: it looks like a stained glass window. Not entirely sure about the boots with it, but I think if there was less hair the whole look would be much, much better.

    • Vandalfan

      I agree the dress is fab, but better on someone with a womanly, curvy figure. She’s athletic and boy-hipped. She certainly does not have a thick waist, but that is the resulting effect of the (very beautiful) stained glass pattern on her. She looks like Tina Turner at 55.

  29. MeganR

    The hair makes her look much older than she is, but then again she has a history of wearing things that make her look much older than she is. I think the dress and boots are cute, and I think she is cute, and yet this isn’t quite working. Maybe she’s too petite to have ALL of that going on at once.

  30. Alice

    I remember she took to wearing a wig in later seasons of Heroes, and I once read that it was because all the processing for daily TV work was destroying her hair. She might be going through something similar on Nashville. It looks awful, though.

  31. Dulwichgal

    She looks like she just came out of the Letterman Dumpster. And she needs to jump back in PDQ.

  32. Mikki

    She looks like a go-go dancer from the sixties with that hair and boots! I actually love the boots, they would be perfect with jeans in the fall. I can’t fathom wearing them in the heatwave everyone seems to be enduring this summer.

    • Snarkypants

      Yes, she looks like she’s in costume as a go-go dancer! This whole thing doesn’t suit her at all. I’m always confused by who she is, but I thought I remember her being more boho California-girl looking with long , flowy hair, but maybe I’m just wishing it was that instead of this.

  33. Other Emily

    This has a strangely Eastern European feel to me — the hair, the tight dress, the boots, all of it. I’m going to blame her fiance for that. But I don’t hate it. The boots don’t go with the dress, but they ARE cute, and although the dress is too tight, it IS kinda cute. The hair, I don’t know.

  34.  Charlotte

    Oh, Hayden. Discount Nicole Richie is NEVER the way to go.

    Also, I’m pretty sure she borrowed that wig from Kaley Cuoco.

  35. Megan

    I feel like 1980/90s Suzanne Somers should be nobody’s go-to hairstyle icon.

  36. sorry bout it.

    Very barbie hooker. I think mostly everyone who wants to cut bangs should just… reconsider. Also, those booties with a mini dress. It looks wrong.

  37. Kaybee

    ummm, her hair looks exactly like my hair…which is not fake. I was thinking how nice she looked. LOL