Fug or Fab: Sophia Bush


I lost my voice this Christmas, and went around for about a week and a half sounding EXACTLY like Sophia Bush, and it made me think, “How does she DO IT?” Nobody could make out what I was saying unless they were standing right next to me, although I do think it made me sound more exotic and less… well, you know how it is when you hear your own voice on and realize it sounds way worse in the world than it does in your head, and suddenly you’re like, “My face is like that TOO, I look way creepier than I thought,” and then you’re on a shame spiral wherein you apologize to all your friends for having to hear, see, or know you at all, ever.

Ahem. Speaking of friends, and Sophia Bush:

Jessica has a major thing for ruffly necks and I was going to leave this for her just out of curiosity about what she’d say, but she has the flu. So instead we shall content ourselves with a poll and our own ogling. Me, I think it’s too much. Sophia’s character is getting married on One Tree Hill at some point, and her fiance’s mother is played by Sharon Lawrence; I swear to God I expect to see this exact outfit on Sharon when she trots down the aisle. For that reason alone I am going to vote no — Sophia Bush not being in Sharon Lawrence’s age bracket, and all — but I will at least say to Sophia that her hair has been looking really cute this season and she was great in that episode where she (SPOILER) almost died. Of course, none of that will help her in the poll, but it’s at least useful for a daily affirmation, right? And I’ll give her points for the fact that I read somewhere the dress is entirely green — as in, environmentally friendly, and not, “That’s GREEN? OH MY GOD I AM COLORBLIND.”

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See if you think she did better the next night:

I personally like it. I like a short dress with long sleeves — in fact I almost never say this but it COULD be even just the merest bit shorter. (But really only a bit.) Since apparently ‘Tis The Season For Adding Belts To Everything, I wonder if something cinching it would’ve streamlined her better, but I don’t think this needs to hop on that bandwagon. It’s really crowded there, and sometimes the band on the wagon isn’t really very good, so why get stuck somewhere with bad music?

You know, based on that last paragraph, you’d think I was the one in bed with the flu.

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Comments (28):

  1. M.Amanda

    The first dress belongs on Joan Collins. If I were less lazy, I think I could find a picture of her wearing something just like it.

    The second dress is cute. No belt, but would have liked to see her hair down.

  2. jessicookie

    I’m not sure how a belt would have looked with those sequined patches, but the second dress really needs more shape. Right now, it’s a little too “Sparkly Garbage Bag Dress,” especially with the boat neck.

  3. vandalfan

    (I don’t think Sharon Lawrence would be tacky enough to wear white to someone else’s wedding.) I love #1, but want the skirt in a color, electric blue probably.

    #2 is nice, but I’d belt it with a nice black satin ribbon to take it out of Pretty Pretty Smock territory, and I think the hem AND sleeves are a tad too short. And, for goodness sakes I’d do anything else with her hair, especially with such a wide neckline. Tendrils or something.

  4. Peony

    The first dress just looks like a big box of ruffles (mmm, potato chips). The second dress looks great on her in that kicky, sequins-y shift-y dress-y way.

  5. Juju

    She can’t let any hair down in #2 – it would get caught in her sequins. Beyond that, I think #2 is as lovely and chic as #1 is wrinkled and fussy…

  6. Alli

    HATE the first, waaay too old for her. LOVE the second, including the shoes, and I don’t think a belt is needed. I do think it would’ve looked a little better w/softer hair. And if the CW cancels this stupid-a$$ show (to which I am secretly addicted and watch reruns on Soapnet) without a huge Brooke-Julian wedding, I will be ragey.

  7. Patti

    Is this chick always so squinty? Open your eyes!

  8. Jill

    I’d feel really claustrophobic in those ruffles. I think I would like it more if they were a little more toned down and the skirt lay a little better. And color wouldn’t hurt it, either.

    The second is super cute and makes me wish I had the legs to pull it off. I, too, love a short dress with long sleeves and it’s sparkly. I dig it without the belt, too. Gives it a sort of Audrey Hepburn in the sixties vibe.

  9. InfamousQBert

    is it just me, or does she look EXACTLY like neve campbell in the second dress?

  10. fritanga

    I read this whole thing in the Guardian’s fashion pages (which are lovely and whiny) about how spangly tunics were the IT outfit for New Year’s Eve. I guess Sophia took it to heart with the second (very cute) dress, albeit a little late.

  11. Fuh Ugh

    When did she become a 1960′s era 60-ish divorcee? The only other things these outfits need is a martini glass, the key to a Palm Beach residence and a young gigolo in tight pants.

  12. Rachel

    Don’t hate the first dress (except for the sleeves, which are too old and also look like shedding skin), but it’s too busy for her compact frame.

    I saw a different shot elsewhere of the second outfit and thought it was a total winner–simple, sophisticated, and the earrings (which are turquoise or maybe jade) really pop.

  13. Anissa

    Why has no one mentioned that the shoes for the first one are the “Carrie wedding shoes” aka Big’s engagement gift?!

  14. granny

    The first dress looks like her whole torso got caught in the stumpification machine and compressed.

  15. janetr

    Just want you Fug Girls to know – I HATE your new website. It’s so unwieldy and unfriendly and unfun to use. My daughter says the same thing. We have both nearly stopped visiting. Why did you do this?

  16. Kate

    Ditto to what Fuh Ugh said (well put!)…if the first one is Joan Collins, the second one is a bit Liza. And while I love me some Liza, for a young starlette, that is a bit problematic. Sophia is just very petite, and all of these embellishments she is into seem to swallow her whole.

    PS. Let the haters hate, but I am very content with the new website :)

  17. Shnaggi

    1st outfit so wrong Sleeves too short, Ruffles are about to consume her, The Queen wants her slippers back. 2nd outfit is triumphant great length, fantastic neckline, flattering length and no way does it need a belt. I covet the Shoes and purse.

  18. justme

    @ Heather: OMG, I am like that too! I’ll hear my voice on a tape recording, or catch my reflection off-guard in a random mirror, and think “do I really sound/look like that?”, and then I’ll be depressed for the rest of the day….

    As for the dresses: hate the first one, the second is pretty cool, though.

  19. Anne B

    There’s a simple way to clear this whole thing up.

    Sophis Bush is shooting a reality show, called “When Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Closet Happens To Young People”, and she never has any time to change out of the clothes.

  20. witjunkie

    In dress #2, she looks like what all those people who wear those boxy shiny shifts want to look like but don’t, quite.

  21. Breda

    As a former DJ and commercial-maker, I have to say: if you’re listening to recordings of yourself talking several times a week, you actually start to like your voice more. (The training as to how to sound best on-air helps, too.) This means I no longer have to hide when people play my messages off answering machines, which I very much like: that was awkward.

    Oh, the dresses? MEH to both. The first one makes her head look tiny, and the second one, while very cute, isn’t the most flattering on her.

  22. lc

    Boat necks are not your friend if your much over a b-cup, particularly if the fabric tends to hang away from your body like this does. Skinny me liked boat necks, carrying-a-few-extra-pounds me avoids them like the plague! If the top was fitted and had a scoop neck I would love it!

  23. Ken

    She needs to be 20lbs thinner to wear this, at least.

    Only the slimmest models could make this dress look good.

  24. testington

    #2 is almost cute but all I can think of is “Sophia with a Z”

  25. Brooke

    Is it just me, or does she look a lot like Olivia Palermo in the first shot?
    I like both looks, she’s so cute!

  26. Graygrrrl

    Oh Helen, you’re usually so spot on! I can actually forgive the red outfit due to her age. If she weren’t THE Helen Mirren and just some looney old grandma, I think we’d just be happy she was dressed and out of the house. Probably trying to stuff a butterscotch in our mouths.
    The shrug however is horrid and I’m pretty sure we sold those at Hot Topic in 2002.

  27. Mags

    For the second dress…if the sleeves were tight I think it would solve some of the streamlining issues instead of a belt. Otherwise its perfect! (Obviously the first one is terrible)

  28. Brian

    How as Anissa been the only one to mention that Sophia is wearing THE Carrie shoes? Like from the movie THREE YEARS AGO?! She should know not to repeat a shoe from seasons ago…