I mean, I’m not OFFENDED.
But I also don’t know why Jenna Elfman is dressed like the lost, youngest Fanning.
It’s the hair-dress combination.
The hair would work with a badass outfit and the dress would work (probably?) with a sleek hairdo. Together, it’s Shirley Temple Fanning.
You took the words out of my mouth, Gigi. This hair OR this dress, but not both.
Yes, Shirley Temple was my exact thought as well! And frankly, Shirley Temple doesn’t deserve this.
Shirley Temple Fanning FTW!
Her head looks disproportionately small with the exaggerated shoulders. She’s reminding me of David Byrne in the Big Suit. A slightly scaled down version would have been fine.
Also: I can’t stand her: I’ve never forgiven her for the squealing and nose-wrinkling on Dharma and Greg.
aw man, I knew everyone would say it’s too young for her. Which makes me depressed about my future, as the fit-and-flare is the most flattering dress shape on me. If I’m 29, how many more years of wearing similarly-shaped dresses do I have ahead of me?
It’s not so much the fit and flare. it’s the overall effect with the puff-esque sleeves and little girl curls. The awkward “I am not sure how to pose” pose is certainly not helping either. Different styling could have turned it into a big girl dress.
The dress has weird angles, the shoulders and skirt. It’s very paper doll, or Stepford Wives, and her hair is making it worse. I kind of want her to start dancing the robot.
Bwahahaha! Yes! It sort of looks like she IS starting up ‘the robot’. I think it’s mostly her pose. Awk-ward…
I thought she was a life sized cardboard photo.
It looks like the seamstress was 3 shots over the legal limit while she was cutting. I mean seriously, what is happening on the sides above the hemline?
I think the shape is fine, it’s the color that I hate. If this were in a vibrant green or deep royal blue, I would unabashedly love it.
@CakesOnAPlane I’m 40 and I have a couple of dresses shaped like this that I wear often. It can easily be done with the right styling.
well that is a relief! I was planning on wearing one tomorrow!
I think it’s the color that’s killing it too! If it were in a jewel tone or black it would be better for an adult.
i agree – it’s the styling. i’m about Jenna Elfman’s age and i wear fit and flair dresses, but i try to keep everything but the dress sophisticated. and that hair has got to go.
oops, i meant fit and flare. although a little flair is always nice.
I agree that with different hair it would look much less-Pollyanna or TSwift-y (pre-sleekifying makeover) and might actually look cool.
I’m pretty indifferent to the dress, but can we talk about how homegirl apparently DOES NOT AGE? sheesh. Whatever she’s doing is definitely working out for her.
Eww, really? I think she looks about 50 and then some.
That’s the REAL secret of Scientology. Scary.
i think the combination just doesn’t suit her. it’s just not her style.
The dress is fine foir her age. BUT she looks like she’s been hit on the head with a mallet.
I actually really like the dress – but the hair is the thing that’s putting me off. I think if you put this dress on Cate Blanchette she would completely make it work.
Only five things are stopping this from looking resoundingly OK
Or should the last two be 6? I swear, someone hear pointed them out years ago, when she was the same age she is now, and now I have nightmares about them, and can’t look away from the digits of death.
Mommy! Jenna is threatening me with her thumbs unless I get clear!
…can you elaborate? Is there something wrong with her thumbs? I have never heard this before.
They’re 18 feet long.
I hate this new look, the dresses made of stiff fabrics and rounded cuts that stand out from the body.
I call it “The Upholstery Look”.
Paper doll. She just needs tabs on the edges.
The dress is good, that hair would not be good on anyone or with any outfit. The dress also needs a different shoe.
I don’t know what’s happening, but every time I try to load this post it takes me to a Facebook error page. I don’t know if it’s me or you guys, but I thought you might want to know.
I was able to stop it early enough to read the post, though, because I’m THAT committed to looking at Jenna Elfman’s weird dress. I can’t tell if it’s really weird, or just weird on her, or what. I am certain of nothing today!
I had the same facebook problem, but it seems to have resolved itself. I thought the problem was my computer.
To me it looks like its two sizes too big and the flare at the bottom is squarish rather than flarish.
Am I the only one bothered that her eyeshadow matches her dress?
I agree with all of the “it’s the styling comments”….. but I am truly bothered by the eyeshadow.
I hate the matching eyeshadow, too. And it’s a really unpleasant color for eyeshadow even if worn with something else anyway.
She looks like Joan Cusack’s robot character in Toys
I wore a velvet midnight blue version of this to My First Dress-Up Party when I was 12 or 13.
Am I the only one who’s getting a Priestess of Something vibe with her standing in front of all those candles?
All those candles are freaking me out. It doesn’t help that Jenna’s dressed like some celluloid sacrificial virgin, either.
Yeah, I think this is the frock you don when you reach Thetan Level 3, or whatever.
She looks like a Stepford Wife. Or a malfunctioning Betty Draper robot.
Funny you should mention that. I was wondering what she’s doing in Kiernan Shipka’s dress …
Oh, what a good idea, Shipka would look terrific in this.
And also, not at all like a zombie.
Is she at a seance? Are they going to ask her soul to inhabit her body again so she can see the errors of her sartorial ways? Please, let it be so!
I think the problem is her hair. Otherwise, it’s fine.
I thought she was in a hair salon standing in front of a product wall showing off her new bouffant.
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It’s not horrible. The shape is interesting and she doesn’t look amazing in it, but not horribly ugly either. The dress is definitely wearing her rather than the other way around though.
The doll hair is the worst part. Or maybe the vapid expression?
I think is the hair style. If the hair was styled in a different way, and the dress is about an inch longer, then it will look appropriate. Even if the color is changed to a creme color or even black the result would be totally different.
This would be so much better with different styling: the pastel makeup and little-girl hair are not good, and the dazed expression is too Scientology-cult-adjacent.
“Too young”? The whole thing looks almost too aggressively prim retro to me, very much a barely modernised interpretation of an extremely mature 50s/early 60s look. I don’t know where anyone is getting “young” from this.
Ugh, it’s that Nicole Kidman thing all over again. Why are they all dressing like little girls all of a sudden?
I could live with the dress, but the hair is little-sister-goes-to-the-beauty-parlor-with-grandma), she looks like she’s been drugged (hon, your mouth is open), and she’s standing in front of an entire rack of sacrificial candles. I’m a little worried about this entire scenario.
This is kind of awful. It’s too young of a dress for her, and in combination with the twee Shirley Temple-esque hair it makes Jenna look 1.) older than she is  and 2.) like she’s wearing a Shirley Temple costume to a fancy dress party. It seriously looks like a costume, and the stiff way she’s standing doesn’t help. It would be nice on a younger person, but only in a different color that was a little more fresh and a little less washed out. I had to scroll back up to make sure she wasn’t wearing my 6 year old’s black patent mary janes.
The fence I’m on would crumble if she would just smile. Where is dharma? The funny hippie girl I loved and the rest of my family couldn’t stand? You were whimsical and this dress is too. Not that it’s too young, but your face isn’t showing me how pretty you are. You look scared. No not scared, dazed? Frazzled? Waiting for that cookie you ate 15 minutes ago to kick in! Nailed it.