Unfug It Up: Ashley Judd


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Okay, look. I don’t totally hate this top:

But that’s a top you pick up at Anthropologie on sale and you wear it with jeans on the weekend.  And flats. At the farmer’s market with the kids. Later, on the deck, for cocktails with close friends. (Note: I have neither kids nor deck, but I DO like to pick out clothes based on what I’d be doing if I were wearing them in a catalog.)  It’s casual. It’s cute. It’s whimsical. I love a whimsical pattern — you should see my living room! — but the pearls takes this whole thing from Charming McWhimsy to Awkward McMyDressDidntFitSoWeHadToThrowThisTogetherOnTheFly, a place which lives right on the edge of Pregnant 50s Housewife. In short: her proportions look totally off in this whole thing. My question: Can you fix it?

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  1. peaches
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    I wouldn’t change a thing. I actually REALLY like the whole outfit. I wish i had that top right now. The shoes too… although those chines flats (you know the ones I mean) would ALSO look super cute with it as well.

  2. Sara
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    I’m more concerned about what is going on with her face. She is such a beautiful woman! Why would she much around with that?

    Also, love the shoes.

    • Margaret
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      that’s what I thought!!!! What is going on with her face????

      • Annie E
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        She hasn’t had work done! That’s what women her age look like in real life.

      • Different Annie E
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        These facial fillers that are taking over Hollywood are just too much. I’ve become convinced that women are so obsessed at looking at their wrinkles that they forget to step back from the mirror and look at their entire face. It really is a shame, she’s such a beautiful woman. Why can’t people take a page from Helen Mirren, Dame Judy and others who haven’t ever had any work done and are natural and beautiful?

      • Kendra
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        Annie, I really don’t think that’s the case. She looks like a different person – and that’s not caused by wrinkles, it’s like her eye shape has changed. And there’s like a tight fullness going on. Just me?

        I actually noticed this in the ads for her new show, but it’s a lot more jarring in a still photo. Makes me sad. LIKE HER OUTFIT GOOD GRIEF.

      • Lauren
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        That is NOT what any women her age that I’ve ever seen looks like in real life. Crikey.

      • Jolene
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        She’s unrecognisable! That’s what women her age look like when they’ve had a TON of work done!

      • mj
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        bullhockey! is she on steroids? women her age don’t puff up like blowfish in the face only. she’s gorgeous, but something is amiss

      • zackster
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        Yes she has had work done. No one looks like that naturally.
        And her fashion sense sucks. She and Katherine Heigl dress the same dowdy way.

    • Clarence Beeks
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      Her face has been bloated and weird looking for a couple of years now. I have worked with this woman, and she is a bitch from hell. I think it is the ugly working it’s way out.

      • Blehx
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        Tell us everything you know! I cannot get enough of the Ashley-Judd-is-a-bitch-from-hell stories. It would cheer me up greatly!

    • Jennifer
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      What Sara said! There was a time when Ashley Judd could have worn a burlap sack and looked gorgeous, but now her pretty eyes and smile are buried beneath a ton of Restalyne or Juvedem. Even if she was wearing a better outfit, I wouldn’t be able to stop looking at her new face.

      • Francesca
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        The face kind of threw me too. She may not have gone under the knife, but I agree with Jennifer ^^ that fillers are giving her that puffy look.

    • Krusticle
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      Yeah, the face got me first, too. She HAS to have had some filler work done, she looks like her mom after mom had a major “rejuvenation.” But, yes, that top is making her look wide (maybe she is pregnant? Jessica, where’s your pregnancy clairvoyance today?). If she was, that might explain the chipmunk cheeks.

    • msd
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      Face puffiness like this is a side effect of certain medications. I’ve seen it with a friend who has to take steroid meds for her arthritis. Anti-depressants and hormones can do the same thing. None of those things are fun so let’s give her a break.

      Having said that … the outfit is not good. The top reminds me of something from the 90s when everyone was doing vaguely Asian-style things covered with bad embroidery.

      • Kit
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        that’s true, I didn’t think of that. Remember what a hot mess Cher’s face was when she was on steroids a few months back? Oy.

      • Lisa
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        Steroids and anti-depressants don’t just make your FACE puffy. I have a friend who has been on them for a year and it causes a big lump on the back of the neck as well, and all-body puffiness. It’s fillers.

  3. Chasmosaur
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    I think flats and a simpler necklace. It’s a cute breezy outfit, so it needs to be accessorized as such.

  4. Gigi
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    I love the shoes, but you’re right, flats would be more in keeping with the breeziness of the top. Maybe sandals with a bright red pedi. Swap the black trousers for white skinny leg pants is the only other corrective. Unless she is having people over for drinks on the deck while in mourning.

  5. madness
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    She needs to lose the necklace (or maybe just replace it with some pendant/chain that would emphasize the V of the neckline) — and the shoulder seems need to go on top of her (duh!) shoulders. Right now, it looks like one of the plus-sized blouses I’m always hopeful will fit correctly, but for which the designers have misinterpreted “plus-sized” as “has shoulders wider than a line backer.”

    • Kd
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      I watched this interview on The Marilyn Denis Show, and her outfit just seemed normal and fine. If anything, I’d cut off the sleeves entirely, lose the necklace and add some bangles.

  6. JJ
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    Lose the pearls AND the Free First Tuesdays at the Salad Bar in the Craft Museum top. Keep the dog. Take the Canoli.

  7. sandy
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    I am sure this top isn’t inexpensive, but it puts me in the mind of the awful tops you see at Walmart, which seems to love anything better if it is embellished with something.

    To improve it? Take Ashley out of the outfit and put it on a hostess at a Chinese restaurant.

  8. Lauren
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    WHAT DID SHE DO TO HER FACE?!?! Seriously, why cant gorgeous women leave their already gorgeous faces alone??? WHY!!!!!!!????

    • Clarence Beeks
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      I agree. She HAS done something to her face. It is bloated, not normal aging.

  9. amy
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    Since it’s sort of matronly, I think she should go all the way and wear some flowing black pants and barely there flat sandals. This really does have a thrown together look about it.

    And there’s something about the belt–it’s too tight or too high or maybe shouldn’t be there at all.

  10. Ann
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    I think it’s fine. Leave it as is.

  11. Kristina
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    No I totally hate this top. But I think it should be tailored a little more, because it looks like a (really nice) nursing-friendly top, and I am not loving the red satin shoes but that might be because they remind me of something one of the characters in Ten Things I Hate About You wore. Not that I don’t love that movie, but no.

  12. Lynne
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    Hair is a disaster. Pearls are all wrong. I would prefer to see this shirt with a great pair of jeans and some flats.

  13. Leah
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    She’s really embracing the middle-aged thing. You don’t need to dress this way! You’re 45, not 65!

    • Kit
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      OMG, she’s only 45? I look WAY younger than her, and I’m 7 years older. This just confirms my belief that cosmetic surgery often doesn’t make you look younger – just really, really smmmmoooooooooooooooooooth.

    • Squirrel!
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      She’s not *quite* 45. She’ll be 44 next month. Why do I know this? Because she’s exactly one year younger than I am and yeah, I’ve Googled celebrities who share my birthday. :-)

  14. A.
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    She looks fine. I just wanted to comment on the cute dog.

  15. Katharine
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    I am not feeling the pants. The top’s not quite long enough for these, somehow, and while I’m sure she’s as tiny as any other celebrity, the combo is really playing up the thickest part of her thighs. And the choppy strappy shoes aren’t working for me either, in this context. Gigi says white pants, which I think would be glorious in June but a little premature in March (although I think a white ankle crop with ballet flats WOULD work). Or perhaps a skirt of some kind. (I can almost see a maxi skirt with this, actually.)

    And yes, lose those awful pearls.

    • witjunkie
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      I came on here to say that too – top is too short and hitting her in exactly the wrong spot. And flats would be so cute.

      But you know, I try on these kimono style tops and I never think I look good in them, and I have yet to see one on anyone else that I really, really like. I love them on the hanger.

  16. namidu
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    The thing that bothers me most about the shoes is that they are sort of garnet-coloured, while the red in the top is bright, tomato-red. Pull out the right shade or go for a different colour altogether. (But really, the shoes themselves are fugly, too and should be flats.) She just looks like she’s trying too hard. Lose the pearls, swap the pants for jeans. Less mumsy = less fug.

  17. Sandra
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    Oh Ashley!! Why are you fighting your beauty so hard? Burn the clothes and brush your hair. Give the pearls back to your granny.

    I would add ‘Go Cats!’ but I shall reserve judgement on the Calipari Era until I know their tournament appearances won’t be vacated.

    • Cindy
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      Sandra, Ashley isn’t the only UK fan in the universe. As an alum, I appreciate a shout-out to the Wildcats at any time. To see one on my favorite blog pleases me greatly, as I’ve shared with Jessica and Heather. However, I take your point about the Calipari era…..

      • witjunkie
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        Hey Sandra, I’ve wondered if you were a UK person ever since the discussion about the college football uni’s last fall…you said blue but didn’t elaborate and calling the football team decent I think or something like that kinda threw me :\ (Although they did better as the season went) Anyway girls, I add my Go ‘Cats! because I live here now but I’ll be wearing my Aztec hoodie as long as I can ♥

      • Sandra
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        I did indeed spend a very happy year in Lexington for graduate school. This was in the Pitino era, so it’s going back a-ways. I must confess that the ‘Cats are my secondary college sports love, as my undergrad alma mater had annexed my affections when I was a child, on account of my parents having attended and met each other there. They also wear blue and white and are much better at basketball than football, having won multiple championships in both the men’s and the women’s tourneys. I have been mistrustful of Calipari since the days when he was coaching next door to my alma mater and got his first Final Four appearance vacated.

  18. Bella
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    Flats and a cuter necklace. Pearls just don’t look right with this.

  19. Beth
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    Shoes are great, top is “meh” and the pearls have to go.
    She looks better in her jeans and UK jersey with her hair a mess around her face and her mouth open cheering for her ‘cats than she does here. She hasn’t done anything to her face – this is just a very unflattering picture of her.

    • Kit
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      Disagree about the face – have seen promos of her new tv series and she looks the same. Weird. It’s a shame…

      • Jessica
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        She definitely has had done something. Every ad I see for her new show I wonder what happened.

  20. Beth
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    Yup, flats, and a simple pendant necklace. Still don’t like the top, though. It’s the sort of thing I know I’d buy and then regret because I’d hate the fit because I know it’d make me look fat.

  21. Pongo
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    I don’t like the top. At all. Looks like the short ‘one size fits all’ robes my salon uses to protect clothes during hair coloring. Can’t really comment on the rest because I can’t get past the ugly top, although this is a very unflattering picture of her face, for sure.

  22. Kit
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    My question: Can we fix her FACE? She used to do this “aging fabulously and winning at life” thing so. well. And now look at her! She’s a shadow of her once-beautiful self.

    As for her ensemble – it too fails. The shoes (which are great) clash with the red of the flowers in her shirt and also clash with her pants (I think ankle strap shoes and narrow-cropped pants should never meet.)

    Although I like the pants on their own and sort of like the top, there’s something about the proportions that’s off – maybe it’s just that it needs to be with flats. But all doubt is flown when worn with those awful “pearls”. Of they’re pearls and not “pearls” – worse still. Oysters went to a lot of work to produce those puppies and wouldn’t want them ruined.

  23. narshkite
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    Universal agreement on the pearls issue. She needs to do something about that hair for sure, and the shoes need to go (they are cute, but not with anything she has on her body.) This top could work in a smaller size (the shoulders are too big) with a cropped skinny ankle length pant (I know you hate those, but I don’t), or if it were about 6 inches longer as a cute dress with leggings or tights and flats.

  24. annmartina
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    However, she does have the cutest collection of sundresses and hats that she wears every season to the racetracks to watch Dario race.

  25. Linda
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    Maybe this is a hand-me-down from Naomi.

    Hey Wildcat fans ! Hoosier here. Only bringing it up because not only do I have to endure seeing Ashley at Kentucky b ball games during the NCAA, but also at the Indianapolis 500.

    She is/was gorgeous, but she is one of those women who thinks because she is so pretty, she can f up her hair, or wear something that looks like she bought it at the assisted living center garage sale, and that her beauty trumps all other bad decisions. Sorry, Ash, not so much.

    She shows up at the 500 in these god awful sun dresses and hats, like she’s trying not to be noticed. Honey, we know who your husband is, so of course we know it’s you.

    Considering the reviews for her new show about the spy mom, she might want to hold onto this outfit, if she needs to find another gig as hostess at PF Chang.

  26. ccm800
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    Oh dear. Face finished. Any way – wash the hair reset it. LOOSE and soft. Bag the damn pearls for god’s sake. Switch out to some cute jeans and pick up that adorable dog or throw a little jacket over everything. AD SHOOT THE GUY WHO FILLED YOUR FACE!

  27. Erin
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    Keep the shoes and start over with the rest.

    Her face looks less like she’s using fillers and more like she’s on prednisone or another steriod for a medical condition – fuller all around.

    • jenny
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      Yeah, I agree. I think we ought not rush to judgment about a puffy face, especially one that clearly doesn’t look great. There are some more medically-related reasons for such a thing, and we’d all feel like schmucks for dinging her for vanity, if that happened to be the case.

  28. Minda
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    A longer, straight leg (rather than the tapered look she has here) would have balanced it out better. Jeans or pants would have worked. And, yeah, a simpler necklace, too. It’s very much her look, there’s just too much competing with it.

  29. Not That Molly
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    She has definitely done something (awful) to her face. I wouldn’t have recognized her. The top is the kind of thing I would buy, bring home, try with various pieces and then realize after many failed attempts that it doesn’t work with anything and end up donating to Out of the Closet, all the while wishing I had the money back so I could buy something cute and flattering.

  30. Eurydice
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    It was CharmingMcWhimsy when my 88 year old great aunt wore it to bingo last week.

  31. Eurydice
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    Ok, now that I’ve calmed down. No necklace, flat sandals or flip flops, cropped pants in some kind of color (maybe the tomato red). And I’d do something about that neckline – either cut it a lot lower or bring it up to a wide boatneck that falls off the shoulder. And then she could join my mother for cocktails.

  32. elgal
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    steam it, wear it with a poppy-colored pencil skirt and a simple slim-T-strap sandal and some clever clutch that up close appears to be made out of rows and rows of chopsticks but which from our perspective just looks a little earthy, a little textural and a little spring-like

  33. megs283
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    So.. you’re saying I should up my game and stop wearing pjs on my deck?

  34. vandalfan
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    This is octogenarian. And what is the venue, with a dog on the sofa? If this was taken in her living room, she can wear whatever horrid thing she likes. But was the dog on the furniture in public, on television? (No, no, I love doggies, I had a Cocker Spaniel and everything, but they’re DOGS, not people, not stuffed toys.)

    I’ll attribute her visage to hay fever medication, to be charitable.

  35. Halo
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    She needs to lose the necklace and the shoes. The ankle-length pants would be cuter with flat sandals, and this top begs for a long pendant necklace–something more bohemian or casual. And tone down the makeup to make the whole look perfect for the activities Jessica outlined, especially the drinks on the deck.

  36. Shiitake
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    Another one succumbs…Her lovely face will never be seen again.

  37. Kris M
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    Cap sleeves.

  38. Laucie
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    Lose the pearls, un-peg the pants, and swap out the shoes with mid-height black or red open-toed espadrilles. And blow out the hair- it looks like mine does when I leave the hot rollers in for more than 5 minutes.

  39. 'Mela
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    Replace tights with black Palazzo pants. Loose pearl choker, in favor of black leather choker with pendant…

    Fluff out fair a bit.

    Black strappy kitten heel sandals?

  40. 'Mela
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    Fluff out hair a bit… the h was so close…

  41. BrownEyedBetty
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    Pregnant 50s HouseWife. I’m down with that.

  42. CJ
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    I’m having trouble tearing my eyes away from that cute dog, but my biggest issue is the empire waist. The empire waist is a tough style to pull off. It looks great if you are a child; if you are (or are built like) a J. Crew model; or if you are pregnant. If you are busty or over 40, it’s usually not the most flattering look — because it makes you look like you are pregnant or like you are 7. I adore the embroidery on the top (how gorgeous that must be in person!), but what a waste to have such gorgeous embroidery on such an ill-fitting top, and the embroidery on the front is placed in a way you usually only see on maternity tops. It pulls focus so you like right at her middle.

    I can picture that gorgeous embroidery used in so many other great ways, but my first thought is a black knit top — very slim against the body — with a boat neck, those fabulous embroidered sleeves, an ivory silk pencil skirt, and those shoes….and I would ditch the pearls.

  43. nobody much
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    I hate that. She looks like Blanche.

  44. Crystal
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    Lose the necklace, change the pants to a some bright variation on yellow, swap the shoes out for espadrilles–whether flats or wedges, and remove the makeup. Keep the dog.

    Sorry, my fug friends. This is my best makeover attempt.

  45. Girlin
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    I really didn’t believe that this was Ashley Judd – what has she done to her beautiful face?? I find this really upsetting. The top is terrible and so are the shoes..they remind me of 90s clodhoppers..and wait…there is wedge! I’m sad for Ashley…I believe this look is un-un-fuggable!

  46. eds
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    I think her puffy new face is what is throwing this mess out of proportion!

  47. foolishgoose
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    I’ve definitely seen that pattern on tablecloths and dinnerware from the 1960s. However, I think it would look great with a pair of relatively short (but longer than the hemline) cutoff jean shorts with super frayed hems and some flat strappy thong sandals.

    On the other hand, I think the top would improve with one or more of the following improvements: 1. Sleeves above elbow, 2. A boat neck with darting down to the waist (instead of just a tie underneath the boobs), 3. A shorter hem (perhaps just below the waisteband of her jeans).

    Also, while her shoes are cute, I wish she’d picked a different color. Yellow maybe? And with the mary jane-style strap, I also wish she’d had her pants hemmed a bit higher (or lower…the strap just visually interrupts the proportions)

  48. EAG46
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    I love the top and the pants. Change the shoes to ballerina flats…and the necklace to a long dangling pendant thing. Cute dog too. Maybe if her hair was a little fuller to match her face?

  49. Linda
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    Face update: the intertubes uproar over Ashley’s puffy face has caused her peeps to issue a statement that this puffiness is due to some serious sinus problems, and taking meds so she could fly to Canada to convince our kind neighbors to the North to watch Spy Mom, since nobody down here is going to watch it.

    I call shenanigans.

    Plus, I found a pic of her at a UK basketball game, and I don’t think it was a game in the last couple weeks, and her face was equally puffy, almost to the point that you barely recognize her.

  50. Kat
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    I can’t get over the frowsy nineties-ness of the top. I liked the nineties fine while I was in them, but this silhouette is too precious and too unflattering to have survived them.

    The shoes are very cute. I’d team them with a boat-necked, pencil-skirted black or navy dress, maybe in a fabric with a cute preppy texture, like a bouclee. Or with a floaty knee-length v-necked dress with a pattern of biggish flowers on a dark ground (which is also veering toward the nineties, but in a way I’m much more okay with).

    Well *that* got quite specific.

  51. Charlie
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    I just think her problem is an overly bulky top with super-tight leggings (please all- can we have a legging bonfire? I’ve never seen a truly stylish woman in leggings… its the Uggs of trousers! In short, the proportions are wrong!

  52. NYCGirl
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    I love embroidery, and flowers, and embroidered flowers, but I think these particular embroidered flowers should be smaller– something about their size makes them look matronly.

    I like that the cute dog gets credited in the photo. :D

  53. Melody
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    I hate spreading rumors, but is it possible she’s preggers? Sometimes women can get that tight, chubby glow when they’ve got a bun… And it could maybe explain the shirt, if that were the case, and she was trying to hide it. Or perhaps she’s studying for her next role as a chipmunk by storing fun winter treats up in there. That’s all I got. One or the other.

  54. Chasmosaur
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  55. jlj
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    I think she’s telling the truth about the steroids. I’m not sure she’s being totally upfront about why she’s taking the steroids, but that’s her business. There’s been a rumor it’s a more serious condition. There are several auto-immune conditions that require heavy steroid use on occasion, and they often happen right at her age.

    But I don’t think she had fillers or surgery. Or rather, she may have had surgery at some point in her life for her face, but this looks more like swelling and weight gain, which explains the blackness of her clothes. Fillers are more specifically placed. Her cheekbones would be higher, for example or her chin different or her lips larger. Instead, she just looks generally swollen. Her hands are puffy as well.

  56. b
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    I think you pair it with some marigold pants, some nude pumps, and a long pendant necklace with some green in it. Bring out the fun colors and lengthen those legs (ditch the weird strap).