Fug or Fab: Jessica Alba


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This all happened at a gala honoring Jessica Alba for her work with Baby2Baby, which provides needy families in Los Angeles with baby gear, diapers, and clothing, so it seems apt that she would go both fancy and feminine. It would be weird to show up for an event thanking you for helping little kids dressed up like a dominatrix or a Hot Pocket or some such. I gotta say, I think it works for me.

But what about YOU? What do you think?

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  1. PegMN
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    Love the dress! The hair is too severe.

    • Jill
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      This! I love a feminine, girly dress and that one is exquisite. But the hair updo could’ve been a little softer. She looks beautiful though.

      • epigirl
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        Agreed! In general, I love this, but if I had to pick nits, I’d want to change the hair.

    • Rachel
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      FAB! But I agree on the hair.

    • Gill
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      Ditto! Just loosen the bun a tiny bit, give her some volume on the sides, and it’s perfect.

    • martyn
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      this

  2. PegMN
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    Since it is 60s debutante, this would have been cute tea-length with a crinoline.

  3. susannestyle
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    i love it! although i think i might love it more if the dress were not floor length (maybe knee- or tea- length instead?)

  4. Eliza Bennett
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    It’s..something’s…I don’t know, man. I think my biggest problem is that I had that wallpaper when I was 10, and I switched rooms with my big sister because it was too froo froo for me. I think I love the shape and length, and if the flowers were bigger and brighter, I’d be on board.

  5. Joe Dwarf
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    Gorgeous.

  6. Mara
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    Love it. Also, though I find ‘honoring’ someone just because they do something for charity like the rest of the world kind of icky, I am totally on board with the charity itself. Way to go, Jessica A!

    • Rebecca
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      I love this, and I think the hair is perfect.

      As for events and galas honoring celebs and business people for their charity work–often most of the work being done by the celeb is the huge check the honoree cut to the charity. At the itty-bitty nonprofit I work at, our honorees pay $20,000 to be one of three honorees, and then tickets to the event are about $250-500. Not sure if that makes it feel any less icky, but it does a ton to quickly raise money!

  7. Jerika Coleman
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    I don’t care for the hair, it’s a little severe for the dress, but the dress itself is lovely.

  8. Aria
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    I think I like the dress, but feel like it is too spring-like. Maybe it’s just because I don’t know what the weather is like wherever this function was, but where I live, it is definitely autumn, i.e., sweaters/boots season.

    • LoriK
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      The event was in LA and it’s been hot there, in the 80s last week I think and it’s supposed to be 90 today. Not sweater weather, no matter what the calendar says.

  9. Chasmosaur
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    I agree with everyone on softer hair – if you’re going 60′s, you need the bouffant ;)

    I would have loved to have seen this in a cocktail length, though. This is pretty, but I think that length might have worked a little better.

  10. Consuelo
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    I do wish her hair were less sever- but overall love it, so pretty.

  11. lesliejeannene
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    like most of the above, i agree. Love the dress would like slightly softer hair. I feel like if it was too soft it would be too much, but something a little looser.

  12. Ines
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    i love it (but if it were some inches shorter even more)
    and the hairdo is a nice twist with this girly dress

    ps: when you see dresses like these you understand the incredibly high prices. this is really haute couture.

  13. Ms.B.
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    Love the concept, but I think that a tea length version on an Ellie Fanning/Abigail Breslin would be AWESOME.

    • Vandalfan
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      Yes, I’d like to see this in tea length and on someone even younger than Jessica; it’s so very youthful and delicate.

  14. Laura
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    Eh. I think the dress is very pretty but it’s extremely twee for a grown ass woman. She is dressed like an American Girl doll.

    • CreLa
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      Twee as hell. I dislike the dingy pink, but especially cannot tolerate the bow. It looks like Great Aunt Ethel made this.

      • Kat
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        I think it is just one step too far into twee land. I think if it was strapless, or short, or something, it would be okay. But the total package is juuuust a step too far. Still, an overall lovely look, even if it is a little froofy.

        • Petrova Fossil
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          I was on the edge of too twee until I got to the bow. That takes a giant step over the border.

  15. Lindy
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    This is a very pretty dress and probably correct for the occasion, but it might be a wee bit too young for her.

    I totally disagree about the hair being too severe. The severe hair makes the dress more “fashion” and keeps the look from being too twee or sweet.

  16. Kit
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    I really like this. It’s simple and sweet, and reminds me of something we saw here recently that was done better, although I do like this a lot. (Maybe Taylor Swift’s dress? ) Anyway, I like this “little sister” version a lot.

  17. Bluedogj
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    She wears it well, and it suits her. And she’s positively beaming! What’s not to love?

  18. Valentina
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    I thinks it’s a gorgeous dress, but it’s definitely not meant for Jessica Alba. Young girls like Elle Fanning or Taylor Swift would pull this off easily, but I’d love to see Cate Blanchett wearing it.

  19. Kristina
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    I would so wear this! But I agree with a few others, the hair could be a little softer.

  20. mel
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    I agree that softer hair was the way to go with this dress. Also think this would look lovely on the Duchess of Cambridge.

  21. AM
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    I love the dress, but it’s a hard base color (since it’s a non-color, more or less, from these pictures). In other words, with her skin tone, I’d like the dress to be more color. Also, more poufy hair. But she looks very pretty.

    • Valerie
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      I’m with you… Wouldn’t this be nicer with a royal blue base? Or a deep purple? That shade of pink does favors for no one.

  22. TaraMisu
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    Also agree…. lovely dress, hair needs to be loosened up a bit.

  23. Ellelake
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    I love this site! You girls are amazing! Adorable dress! The hair has to be pulled back into bun of some kind or it would be too distracting with the definite beading and embroidery. Love the soignee look!

    • Lizzie
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      Perfect from top to bottom. The hair works like you say because it does not fight for attention. The dress is exquisite. FAB!

  24. OH
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    I think the dress is very pretty but I feel that I’d like it more on someone a little younger. Think Elle Fanning.

  25. Art Eclectic
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    I would have loved this in a different color. The combination of pink and beaded flowers is just too girly-girly for me.

  26. Jen from cincy
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    LOVE.

  27. MsG
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    She did change into something similar but shorter, which was just as gorgeous. I think she looked stunning. It was a lovely event.

  28. Gail
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    I had a bedspread just like that when I was 11.

  29. Dazie
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    Pretty dress- I’d have liked it a little shorter, I’m a sucker for a ballerina length dress.

    BUT IT IS NOVEMBER. Shell pink with rosebuds? Oh Honey No.

    Get the same shape in a fall shade and we’re in business.

  30. Rebecca H
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    I love it completely.

  31. Nancy
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    I’m surprised no one has picked up on this: This dress = Friendly Fungus

    • Jeanette
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      Agreed – it just looks mouldy – and pale pink is not a colour for grown adults. (though she does look quite pretty)

  32. Mia
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    No no no. It’s too much–the bow, and the pink, and the tiny little flowers. Too little girl.

  33. Maxameliana
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    she has Robert Palmer girl hair in a Betty Draper dress

  34. jen
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    To the people who think that honoring a celebrity, but not normal folks for helping a charity is “icky”:

    I agree, it doesn’t feel great ethically. But, after several years in nonprofit fundraising, I’ve learned that a big name is what brings you the most money, no matter how great the cause is that you’re working for. I’m willing to bet that attendees had to purchase tickets to this event, and there may have been a live auction or other donations solicited. So I imagine the organization probably profited from the event even after food/venue costs, not to mention all the future donations it may receive related to the publicity it gets from Jessica Alba.

    And Ms. Alba, let’s hope, is savvy enough about the world of marketing and fundraising to know that her name and image are being used to raise money for a good cause under the guise of being “honored.” Plus, she gets good publicity from it.

    So in the end, it’s win win win for the charity, the celebrity, and the media.

    ps. I really like her dress. I bet you she held up two and had Honor pick, because this screams little girl. But it’s fun to be excessively feminine and frilly now and then.

  35. roser
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    I think she looks fabulous. The dress is beautifully made, and the hair works because her face is just so damn lovely. I give it a solid well-played!

  36. ErinE
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    I think it’s beautiful! I love the Betty Draper look. I also don’t love the hair, but I also think having a more severe hairdo keeps it look modern rather than costumey.

  37. Kristen
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    Lovely dress but her hair…I just can’t get behind it. It’s too severe.

  38. Miss Louise
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    She looks gorgeous. I would *never * wear a dress like that, as it would make me look like Baby Jane Hudson in training … but she’s pulling it off, ballerina hair and all. Thanks to Jen for explaining the mechanics of charities ‘honouring’ celebrities, as I have to say I was with Mara on the ickiness of it.

  39. TonyG
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    That is one pretty dress on a very pretty woman.

  40. Andrew S.
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    I feel like we’ve seen this dress several dozen times already but on either Taylor Swift or Zoey Deschanel so at least it’s not either of them? meh.

  41. Esme
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    Darling and appropriate.

  42. Chrissy
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    I love the dress. The hair is a bit dull.

  43. pantsonfire
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    I think I might die for this dress if it was somehow revised into a more modern, edgy silhouette, to take a little of the sweetness out of it. .But I’m still quite fond of it, as is. But here’s my problem–I don’t think this works on Jessica Alba, specifically. And I’m an Alba apologist–I think she’s gorgeous and has passable style, generally. I just don’t think this works with her hair or makeup here at all, and it’s making me think she’s just the wrong gal for this dress. And now that I’ve been staring at it, I definitely want this dress to be less pink.

  44. Amy Farrah Fowler
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    It’s really beautiful and if I could at all wear those colors I would be coveting. However, I would love it even more with a different belt – either leather or metal. Just not so on point with the pink ribbon.

  45. Tiffany
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    I think this is beautiful but wouldn’t wear it myself (I look sweet enough as it is, would be overkill). I agree with others that if it was shorter, it might balance out a bit better.

  46. Helen
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    Another “yes” on the dress, but would like to see the hair a little looser.

  47. Robynne
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    Oooh, can I have a dress just like this in my size? Please?

  48. Moi
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    Ixnay on the entire look. Grown women should not dress like fairy princesses.

  49. Infoqueen
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    Can I see the Hot Pocket outfit first, and then decide?

  50. ChristineM
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    I look this dress, but I feel it would have worked better if it were shorter. Plus, I agree that Alba would have looked better in it with a less constructed hair-do; maybe a messy chignon or loose curls

  51. Guerra
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    I hate this dress.. Everything about it & I love Jessica alba!

  52. Sajorina
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    FAB!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE all of it! It is elegant and feminine with a touch of romance… GORGEOUS! Clutch & Jewelry = AWESOME! And, her hair & makeup work perfectly with the outfit! But, without that pink bow, it wouldn’t look so young and inappropriate for her age! With the pink bow, the dress is better suited for Dakota Fanning or Taylor Swift! Still, COVET!

  53. Louisa
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    The pink bow belt makes it look a little Sweet 16. If the belt had been green, I’d think this was perfect. It’s lovely though, so I’m going to imagine she wore that belt because her kid picked it out and call it awesome adjacent.

  54. luxsword
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    Fab.

  55. katkin74
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    I LOVE this. It’s very pretty and feminine without being twee. I could also see keira knightley in this in a minute.

  56. Mina
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    I love the dress — love it! But not on her. This dress demands a cool Hitchcockian blonde like Grace Kelly or — if not that, a redhead.