Fug or Fab: Kerry Washington


Here’s the crazy thing: If you’re going out in a dress that makes you look like you’re wearing your Halloween costume — an Oscar statuette, obvs — and that you’ve had it on SINCE Halloween,  then you need to SELL IT, facially:

I feel like Kerry Washington is kind of like, “is this…? Am…I? Sure, right? Um…? Yes! Yes? I don’t know. Can I go now? Did you get the shot? I need to go check in on what’s happening on Top Model, so….? Right.” And that’s leaving aside the fact that this style of dress traditionally leaves me totally cold — it’s sort of like a shapeless holiday wine bag.

On the other hand, I LOVE wine, so:

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  1. Karen

    It looks like it needs to be ironed. If it weren’t for that, I’d like it a lot.

  2. GigiNYC

    I agree with Karen. If it weren’t for the wrinkles, I’d like it very much. It fits her well and the bias seams are very flattering. The color suits her skin tone too. I just wish she’d worn a brighter lip; perhaps a nice deep burgundy or plum?

  3. PeggyO

    her face needs some lipstick. Otherwise, she’s carrying this off. But her lips are exactly the same shade as the dress, which is just washing the whole thing out. And wrinkly and washed out are a bad combo.

  4. pyewacket

    She needs a steamer to lose the wrinkles, a bra to hide her nipple and shape her better, and lipstick with some color. But the dress has potential to be lovely.

  5. Willow

    I believe it may be the slightly less ugly sister of this thing that Leona lewis once wore:


  6. christine christine

    I thought it was supposed to be wrinkly, it looks nice that way! Once you compare to the bag of wine, that is.

    I bet this is one of those dresses that looks amazing in movement but yucky in a still shot.

  7. Anne B

    There’s a reason Kerry can’t sell this.

    It’s hard to sell a dress you pulled out of your “keep-donate-toss out” box, five minutes before you put it on and left the house.

  8. Annabeth

    Less crinkly, more smiling and some color on her lips, and this would be … not brilliant, but perfectly fine.

  9. Bevvie Hedstrom

    I can’t tear my eyes away from the dirty cement her dress is dragging along. Is she behind the 7-11?

  10. vandalfan

    I really like the fabric, pulled-from-the-back-of-the-Datsun wrinkles and all. I think it’s a failure of proper undergarments. Also the necklaces in bright gold make the subtle bronzy- gold of the fabric look washed out. Add bra, change necklaces.

  11. yeahandalso

    speaking of boxed wine (which I like more than Kerry’s outfit) how much boxed wine do you think the ANTM producers were drinking to come up with those Pot Ledom music videos?

  12. Rachel

    I ask this dress the same question Kerry Washington’s character, Chenille, asked of her baby-daddy, Kenny, in Save the Last Dance: “Why you gotta be like you are?”

  13. jnadreau

    Ms. W. doesn’t seem to be enjoying herself here. Perhaps she’d be happier with a punch of color – say, some red lippy, a red clutch, and a different necklace that’s not gold-toned. Or no necklace at all, if we have a pop of red and maybe a smile to really seal the deal and sell us on this dress.

  14. NYCGirl

    It’s like a giant, crinkled candy wrapper.

  15. Jules

    I love gold lame’!!!
    I want to think this dress looks better in motion…
    Kind of like a butterfly!
    If you look at it under a microscope, then of course it’s icky.

  16. Sajorina

    It’s not good, but it’s not that bad! It’s just OK! And, when I looked at this picture I thought “Now I know who will be playing Michelle Obama in the Mini-Series”!

  17. kdt

    wow. that looks like it was made out of box of pier 1 table runners.