Unfug It Up: Lena Dunham


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We can fix this, right? Right.

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  1. acake
    +29

    I don’t think so. Why does it look like the dress is pitching forward? Why is the belt part riding up in the back? If someone can answer these questions, MAYBE it can be fixed, but lard jeezus, I would have just stayed home if that dress was my only option.

  2. Tiffany
    +2

    The belt is a tricky thing. I think it emphasizes her high waist…but with out it she might appear to be shapeless. Overall I think she looks decent, but I am not a big fan of the color/fabric.

    • Kristan
      +1

      I agree. The “pitching forward” that acake mentions above is the main problem for me, along with the color. I think if the belt sat level and it was a more contrast-y shade, we’d be in business.

    • Liz
      +3

      I agree – I think my biggest problem with this dress is the fabric/color. Her hair looks fantastic, which makes me happy.

  3. holly
    +107

    It can be fixed with fire.

    • Lizzy
      +3

      Bingo!
      It must be completely destroyed in order to save it.

    • Helen
      +9

      One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
      In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie…

      Only thing to do is throw it into the fires of Mount Doom.

    • Erin
      +11

      agreed! hate the color – it is too dirty-dishwater gold. and that material… it looks cheap and itchy.

      i do think that the halter neckline is more flattering than her usual shapeless clothes, and i like the shorter length (wish it was uniform!) but the rest of it does her no favors.

      • Erin
        +23

        two more thoughts:

        1) the material might maybe be loofah.
        2) the shoes are cute. she should’ve picked an outfit that did them justice.

    • Kat
      +11

      Dracarys! ooops, sorry still not recovered from the last GoT. Seriously this can’t be fixed. I saw the runway version, very few people outside the modelling world could pull this dress off in a halfway convincing manner – and they all need a sandwich.

    • EG
      +2

      Yes, fire is the only way to save that dress.
      Ugh!

    • Cas
      +2

      The back is throwing me off. Something odd is going on in the front too. I don’t love the color on her either. Can we really make this one work?

    • fritanga
      +6

      Heh. Yes – cleansing, cleansing fire.

      Ahh, she’s just messing with us now. The disgusting color, the tulle (or whatever the hell it is) the defiant display of her god-awful tats, the necktie as belt, the deliberately hip-enbiggening high waist and gathered skirt: all of it is designed as a huge middle finger to her detractors: “Guess what BITCHES – Time Magazine [that bastion of edginess] says I’m “one of the most influential people in America,” and YOU’RE NOT.”

      Have to give her props for sheer chutzpah and her willingness to look terrible in the name of “freedom and self-expression.”

  4. Katharine
    +31

    Yeah, no. This is awful; the colour is horrible on her, it doesn’t fit, I don’t know what the heck is going on with the skirt (but it looks like more “doesn’t fit”, possibly with a side of “badly made”), and it really just plain doesn’t suit her.

    Also, I wish she’d either wear things that reveal her tattoos altogether, or wear things that cover them. I don’t find her tatts particularly compelling or attractive examples of the genre in the first place, but her back looks like a graffiti’ed bridge that the civil works guys are only half-done painting over.

    In short, while she is pert enough in the chest area to wear a deep V neck, I don’t think it should be this one.

    • Kelly Neely Olsakovsky
      +1

      This is what I was thinking. It’s like she needs someone to explain to her the difference between “able to zip” and “fits” is. And then maybe tell her about how some colors are especially flattering and others are not.

      Her hair is adorable, her makeup is nice, it’s just that dress that is doing her no favors at all. And she could be quite cute if she just would be. Although I guess when one is Voice of Her Generation that doesn’t matter?

  5. filmcricket
    +2

    Drop the waist about an inch, get a more emphatic belt, take about a third of the pouf out of the skirt and zhuzh the hair and we might be someplace. I would also recommend a bra of some sort, although with that back and plunging V, I’m not sure what kind exactly. Maybe one should have been built into the dress?

  6. Eliza Bennett
    +1

    GFY Jessica, you were thinking Christmas Pageant because she ganked my tutu from the year I was one of the sparkly stars at the Christmas ballet recital. losing the belt would NOT help. Without the belt she’s a golden puffball. Ok, let’s fix this: Give the dress more of a waist, take down the poof by 40%, lengthen the skirt…? Nah, that might take the exit to Stumpville…. More waist, less poof, a leetle longer and some colorful jewelry.

  7. amys
    +19

    We can fix it if Lena takes it off and has someone else wear it. Nothing about this flatters her.

    • Helen
      +2

      Yeah. I don’t like the dress itself, at all, but I could see it looking better, at least, on a completely different type. Maybe someone really tall.

      • Jane
        +2

        Somebody taller, thinner, less pallid skin tone (the gold would be fab on someone like Viola Davis), and no tats.

        • Miss Louise
          +3

          What some people call “pallid”, other people call “fair”. Me, I love to see someone ignoring the imperative to be tanned at all times. But I really don’t like the tats. I’m neutral about tats in principle, but in many cases they don’t enhance a red carpet look.

        • Maretha2
          +5

          I saw this dress on the runway model and it looked awful on her. It’s just a badly designed dress, in my opinion, and flatters no one. That weird asymmetric hem is part of the dress design, but it makes it look like she has the back caught in her undies. The fabric looks cheap and uncomfortable, and the waist isn’t cut right for any human body.

          • Helen
            +1

            So that’s a no, then, it’s just a bad, unflattering dress on anyone and everyone.

            Which I’m beginning to think means, of COURSE Dunham is going to wear it. She doesn’t really wear ugly things exactly, per se; she wears things that fug up the wearer.

        •  Vandalfan
          +1

          This is all Tits n’ Tats, for me. The V neck is wrong for the fabric and far too deep. The tulle adds to much volume in the wrong spots. The shoes are too harsh for the fluffiness.

          But I had to force myself to notice, because all I can think is “What the hell did she put on her back, permanently? What could possible be so important as to disfigure yourself in large? An homage to Abe Lincoln?”

          • Helen
            0

            I thoroughly cracked up at “Tits’n'Tats.” The sleeping cat in the windowsill is sleeping no more!

  8. Scully
    +3

    She has such a great face and this hair style just proves it a hundred fold. It’s almost enough to forgive the bad dress. Almost.

    • Art Eclectic
      0

      I know. I so desperately want to take her shopping and find things that will look lovely on her.

      • jenny
        0

        She really does. But sometimes the faces she makes on the red carpet are the only thing that remind me that she’s SO young. That first one is just the silliest semi-duckface!

  9. lizzy
    +19

    Chop it off at the waist and pair it with tuxedo trousers or a black pencil skirt. That ballerina skirt makes her look like a chunky toddler.

    • mepe
      +1

      Agree! This tutu style skirt really only works for kids and waifs. I totally get the desire to wear it but with a women’s body it, unfortunately, doesn’t work. But at least she looks like she’s having tons of fun it…that’s the only thing making it halfway work. Oh, and I kind of like that funky belt…just not with this dress.

    • One of the Leahs
      +1

      That sounds like a good direction to take it!

  10. Kristina
    +6

    I am similarly shaped, and I find that halter neck dresses make me look sooooooo wide in the shoulders. For me, that is the number one thing on the chopping block. I also find that much volume around my thighs is about as flattering as the halter top.

  11. Nanny
    +2

    Why is she going for such a twee look? A girl has the right to a pretty dress, but that one is so not her I feel.

    • fritanga
      +2

      Dunham is a bit like Mindy Kaling: bigger girls who feel it’s their right to wear ANY dress, no matter however how unflattering to their body type, just because they think it’s cute. A good attitude in theory but fairly grim in reality, as evidenced by Dunham’s dress here.

      • Cara
        +3

        I think Mindy Kaling dresses SO perfectly on The Mindy Project. I think she shows there you don’t have to be tiny to wear super fabulous stuff. Sometimes IRL her red carpet looks have been a little wonky but I think the past year or so she has really started to find her sartorial voice.

      • Charlotte
        +6

        Only in Hollywood would Lena be considered a “bigger” girl….

        And yeah, as a (truly) bigger girl, it is my “right” to wear any dress I damn well please. It’s any person’s right. I have a healthy sense of self-preservation, so I shy away from tutus and halter tops, but there are far worse crimes than a plus size girl wearing a dress just because she thinks it’s cute.

  12.  Samantha
    0

    I kinda love this. The color might not be the best, and I think the structure would make more sense if it were just an inch longer or the skirt was slightly less poofy, but I think it’s one of her best red carpet looks.

    • simply_read
      +1

      Compared to the other wretchedness she’s worn on the red carpet, you’re probably right. However that’s not saying a whole helluva lot!

  13. LoriK
    +5

    If it was a different color, had about half as much skirt poof *and a better belt and it fit a bit better it would probably be fine. Not great, but fine. IOW, once again Lena should have picked a different dress and I don’t want to hear another word about how she looks like crap all the time because she doesn’t care about fashion. She’s wearing Saint Laurent. She cares, she’s just not good at it. I’m sympathetic because I’m basically the same way. The thing is, if I had her money and I was being photographed as part of my job one of the first things I’d do is hire competent professional help.

    *IMO the poof is the worst crime because that was added on. The runway version was poof-free

  14. maryse
    +1

    i like the halter on her. it’s the skirt that’s a problem for me. it’s just too voluminous. i kind of hate the color too.

  15. clampers
    +1

    Either a wider belt or no belt at all.

    Color may be coming off different in photos than in real life…

    I like the back but don’t like that they are dangling…at first I thought they were sewn into the dress, racerback style. I like that idea better.

    Shoes=good
    Hair=good
    Face=good
    Smile=great

  16. Em
    +7

    I kind of like the dress (without the belt) and I think SHE is lovely, but somehow those awful tattoos seem to ruin most of her outfits for me…

    • qwertygirl
      +17

      RIGHT?!? Tattoos, like it or not, are an accessory. And like any accessory, not every tattoo goes with every outfit. If they work with the outfit, show them. Otherwise, FIND A WAY TO COVER THEM UP because they just CLASH.

      If you’re gonna ink, you gotta think.

      Where’s my cane. Those dang kids are on my lawn again.

    • Charlotte
      +1

      Right? I love tattoos, I plan on getting a few myself, and I recognize that tattoos are often (or at least, should be) deeply personal and meaningful to the person wearing them…but I really don’t get hers. They’re not terrific pieces of art, they don’t fit the body parts they’re on particularly well, and they’re not very well colored. They just seem kind of random. They remind me of Justin Bieber’s tattoos, which I find fug because you know he didn’t give much thought to them.

      Thoughtful, well placed tattoos done by a skilled artist can be really beautiful. These are just so meh. I don’t understand why you would get a meh piece of art on your body for life.

      • Robin
        +1

        This. I’m personally ambivalent about tattoos so I didn’t know if my reaction to hers was because of a bias against tattoos or because they are particularly bad tattoos. I find them horribly unflattering on her and not particularly well-done as pieces of art.

        And that dress needs to be burned for crimes against fashion.

  17.  Stefanie
    +11

    I got nothing. Just take it off and start over. And fluff the hair a bit. It reminds me of when mothers give their babies a combover to hide the bald spot.

  18.  karacocoa
    +6

    There is no “unfug” to be had here. This is just plain NO!

  19. Jocelyn
    +1

    I like the halter, but it needs to be sleeker. That poofy bottom just makes her look bigger and why the hell is it so much shorter in the back?

  20. Babs
    +3

    My grandmother had a couch made of that exact fabric. It has no place being worn in any way, shape or form, and I do not understand why she is constantly making herself look like this. Start over, Lena, and seek help!

    • goldfish
      +4

      My grandmother had a couch in that exact print of those ranch-house tattoos. It goes perfectly with a wagon wheel coffee table.

      • Leah
        0

        That house is from Eloise, the children’s book. She chose them as an intelligent, literate female, and as she explains on the show, at a time when she needed to feel in control of her own body. The inability of American women to accept Lena Dunham is just such a perfect example of what’s wrong with our society’s image of women. Chick on Chick crime has to stop, y’all can’t blame it on the media.

        • Jules
          +3

          Or, you know, maybe it has nothing to do with ‘the media’ or ‘chick on chick crime’ (wow, nothing as pro-feminist as calling a woman a ‘chick’, right?), and some of us just aren’t buying what she’s selling. It’s been known to happen.

          • Jessica
            +5

            Also, you can TOTALLY “accept Lena Dunham” and not like her outfit.

            • Leah
              0

              I chose the word chick to underline the reference I was making to Wyclef’s “The Industry.” Also, I am responding to those people judging her tattoos, as well as those here who have responded negatively to her body. The vitriol displayed in these comments about Lena’s body would not be accepted in a post about another celebrity, particularly if readers were remarking on someone’s extreme thinness. We would all be reminded that it’s not a body issue, thank you. But on Lena, that’s OK because she’s “an exhibitionist.” Feel free to not like “Girls,” as the Fuggirls have freely stated that they do not, but calling her a “big girl” with trashy tattoos is still not OK. It doesn’t make it any better if you add, “but her face is so pretty,” either. Imagine if someone said that about you. It’s called empathy.

  21. Sara
    0

    Both she and Michelle Williams are going through awkward Kate Gosselin-esque “growing out the pixie cut” phases.

    I don’t mind the color of this dress, nor the shape, but I really hate the fabric. It looks very tutu-esque. In theory the punk rock/princess juxtaposition sort of works for her, but not in this iteration.That said, this whole look is very “Lena Dunham.” Good for her that she has her own aesthetic going.

  22. Amy
    +11

    Chunky toddler, indeed! I have short legs & a rounded backside and can relate – you THINK a full skirt will hide some of that, but what actually happens is something else…. the skirt gets a lift from the back porch and it turns into the tutu from Hell.

    • Charlotte
      0

      That’s a *perfect* way to describe it. If you’re pear shaped and going with a full skirt, make sure it’s in a longer length. Otherwise you’re going to spend the entire event yanking it down in the back. (Said by someone who’s been there, done that.)

  23. goldfish
    +10

    Even working together, it’s going to take us a long time to find a less flattering color for her.

  24. Helen
    +3

    And here I really thought I’d be pleased if she just showed up somewhere in something that wasn’t an ill-fitting, droopy strapless.

    Be careful what you wish for… you might get it!

  25. Bella
    +6

    Wow! How bad can one girl look?

  26. simply_read
    +10

    Ugh:the dress, the color of the dress, the too-big shoes, the too-small belt.
    Biggest ugh of all: That hideous tattoo of, what?, a ghost town across her back?!
    Complete tragedy.

  27. Other Emily
    +1

    I like the halter and deep V on her okay. The skirt is too voluminous — it makes her whole bottom half look huge. She looks great in the third picture because she is smiling big (and she’s a pretty girl with a great smile) and because the angle of the photo takes away the bottom-half problem entirely. I’m neutral on the back, but leaning toward dislike. I’d rather her back just be exposed.

    • HKS
      0

      This is exactly how I feel about all of it. She looks good in the third pic, which makes me think the top half works. It’s that lower half of the dress that’s terrrrible. Just less poufy and longer, and I think it would be great.

  28. Genny
    +5

    Can’t be fixed

  29. ringthing
    +1

    Her head looks good and her shoes are kind of spectacular. I think if the dress was, say, black, we nixed the asymmetrical hem and narrowed the skirt and gave some more support where needed it might work. Different belt, too. All in all, though that may be YSL but it’s a cheap looking dress.

  30. other_heather
    0

    This is close for me. Lose the belt and A-line or even pencil the skirt. Take a tip from Joan and cinch that waist.

  31. kickassmomnyc
    +10

    This is a uniquely ugly dress, manufactured by the new YSL — Saint Laurent — and it’s even more hideous on this particular person. What on earth possessed this woman to put on a Tinkerbell dress in a horrid color, cheap fabric, terrible (for her) silhouette, wanky asymmetrical length, disturbing tie down the back . . . shall I go on??
    All that AND we get to see her nasty tattoos!
    Lucky us.
    Make her go away, please.

  32. Hannah
    +2

    Lena, I like Modcloth as much as the next girl, but maybe start trying things on before you appear in public in them? The V is nice on her, but I’m not sure about the halter. The skirt, as others have pointed out, is disastrous. If it were a little less voluminous … and there were regular straps or sleeves … and the fabric were something other than mosquito netting … this would have been lovely. Alas.

    Also, frankly, I would question whatever I was wearing if Bryan Cranston were standing next to me making that face.

    • Mel
      +1

      Hannah, spot on. That expression on Mr. Cranston is worth a thousand words.

      Personally, nothing about this monstrosity is redeemable. And I’m not just saying that because I find Ms. Dunham repellant. I am imagining this dress on the three women who can pull off practically anything – SWINTON, Blanchett, and Theron – and I don’t think any of them could wear it either, particularly. That fetid color, the horrid poof, the saggyness up top, the afterthought belt… The good folks at YSL, pardon me, SL, should be concerned.

  33. Sue
    +8

    The color of that dress is dreadful. The neckline makes her look short-waisted and rotund. The shoes make her feet look HYUUUUUUUGE, and are proof positive that black shoes DO NOT go with everything.

    • Kim
      0

      Thank you! I have not been understanding the shoe love, except maybe as a desperate “there’s gotta be *something* we don’t hate” thing.

  34. lynn
    +5

    This is what you wear when playing the princess in your third grade play (with a turtleneck of course under the v). All she needs is a fairy wand. This does not flatter her.

  35. Miriam
    +3

    OK, but Bryan Cranston, YEA!

  36. AM
    0

    Oh please, it can be fixed: better color, many options with her coloring. This is not one. Higher neckline and better bust support. Cute shrug, sweater, sleeves, back of the dress that cover the ink.

  37. Bebe
    0

    An empire waist with a same fabric cummerbund and a tailored, pseudo-wrap skirt. It would give her an hourglass figure instead of… well… what she’s got going on here.

    I’m not a fan of the itchy-looking fabric and color, but, eh. Maybe toss the fabric and go with a rich beige silk charmeuse? But I digress. That’s a different dress entirely.

  38. MegaeraThe3rdFury
    +8

    No. Can. Not. Be. Fixed.

  39. goldfish
    +10

    She short of looks like a corn-husk doll.

    From Vegas.

  40. TereLiz
    0

    I think a wider, edgier belt would go a long way toward making this more flattering to her figure. The color isn’t horrible on her, but this dress is designer and it really ought to have been tailored better. Then again, it IS Hedi Slimane…

  41. Chasmosaur
    +16

    As a fellow high/short waisted gal who is also not a toothpick?

    Lena, please – things that are structured from the shoulder and skim over your torso. As regrettable as it is – because there are many fabulous dresses with belts – you cannot wear dresses with belts.

    You have money. You can afford bespoke or to have clothes seriously altered. I have almost no dress clothes that haven’t been altered because we do not have “off the rack” figures. This is not a slam against us, it just means designers don’t really design for our type of figure.

    On the upside, while I find you kind of smug and don’t get Girls I will say I absolutely adore that pixie cut on you. You have a great face and your makeup is absolutely top notch.

    • Goldfish
      +1

      This is so nicely said, and so on target (if she does indeed want to get her look together) — I wish we could just email it to her.

  42. Other Emily
    +8

    Also, can I just have a wee rant about her tattoos: People, Lena Dunham has tattoos. She’s probably going to have them forever. Given their size and location, you’re probably going to see them in at least some of what she wears. To me, picking on the tattoos is close to body snarking, as they are part of her person now, whether you like them or not. I don’t know what they are or represent to Ms. Dunham, but they are hers and I suspect she got them for a reason. I recently read that something like 30% of people under the age of 40 have at least one tattoo. So maybe we should all just get over it and concentrate on her clothes like this site is supposed to be about. (And yes, I do have tattoos, and sometimes they show, and I don’t give a rat’s ass because I like them.)

    • goldfish
      +23

      I think they are fair game. They are a choice, and they are to adorn her body. Like clothes. I’ve seen some fabulous tattoos. But hers ain’t it.

      She’s rich, she could have them removed if she wanted.

      Fair game. AND, truthfully, it’s why we can’t get behind anything she wears. They make everything ugly.

      • Helen
        +8

        The tattoos don’t help, and they were and are absolutely her free choice.

        But I think it’s a bigger problem that she can’t be bothered to choose clothing in styles and colors that suit her, or ever, ever to get anything tailored.

      • Other Emily
        +5

        This isn’t an argument I would expect to win or anything. It’s just my opinion. I don’t love her particular ink, but I guess I just don’t see it as so overwhelmingly distracting as others do. To me they just sort of disappear.

        • Jane
          +4

          My shorter rant: tattoos suck.

          Moreover, getting them in visible locations like Lena did is unwise. People’s taste in their hairstyles, clothing, jewellery and shoes don’t stay the same their entire life, so I don’t know why they’d expect to love at 80 the giant honking tattoo they got at 20.

          • Charlotte
            +2

            People aesthetic tastes change, but the memories, feelings, or idea that tattoos represent to people don’t. Tattoos – when carefully considered and when real thought if put into their design, which admittedly happens much less often than it should – are a chronicle of people’s lives.

            But then you just tactlessly told a person who said she had tattoos that “tattoos suck,” so I really wouldn’t expect you to understand the emotional reasons people get tattoos.

    • Robin
      +2

      I don’t see it the same as body snarking since getting a tattoo is a choice and there is also the option of removing the tattoos.

      I have no doubt that they have (or had) some personal meaning to her. But the way she dresses tends to put them in the worst possible light, and on a pure aesthetic basis (which is what GFY is all about) I find them poorly placed and poorly sized for her body. While tattoos are not to my particular taste I have friends who have everything from small ankle tattoos to full sleeves, and none of them seem to have the issues that LD has in either covering them when appropriate or showing them off to their full beauty.

  43. AnnieB
    +13

    Sorry agree with the masses here. She continues to pick the worst clothes possible for hers body/. Horrible color and horrible fit. The only time she looked worse was on her show when her toddler romper was going up her butt. She’s a no from head to toe. The back tatoo looks like someone drew the Ponderosa ranch on her back with a couple of bic pens.

  44. Charlotte
    +1

    I think with a wider belt and a longer, less full skirt, we might be in business. In general though, speaking as a girl who also has a short neck and broad shoulders, I don’t recommend the halter tops. I think this would be much cuter with two regular straps, and a higher back.

    • One of the Leahs
      0

      Charlotte, I’m with you on the belt and skirt shape, but I think the halter top looks really good. I’d like to see the dress in a darker mustard or maybe a rich brown.

      • Charlotte
        0

        With a longer waist, the halter top might work. I admit I’m distracted by the curtain she’s wearing in the back. I still think it would look better with two straps, though.

  45. Fifie
    +8

    I think we can fix it with by replacing her with another actress who isn’t so ugly and cluttered up with tattoos.

    • mary lou bethune
      +1

      Mean!
      I love her. If she had worn Olivia Munn’s dress, she would have looked fine. Not only the beautiful may go to these things, after all. I bet Lena and Mia Farrow had a great time together.

    • Claire1http://gofugy
      +8

      While I am not a fan of her tattoos….she most certainly is NOT ugly.
      I think before we start ranting about other than something like clothing, ink choice ( i.e. the genetic make up we were issued) we should probably post pictures of our own perfect genetic material….you know, for reference material.

    • Charlotte
      +5

      That was uncalled for. If you want to write hateful things about strangers, there are plenty of other websites you can clutter up with mean-spirited, body-shaming comments. GFY has always been body-snark free. It’s one of the things that makes it so wonderful.

  46.  Sallie T
    +6

    It’s just weird to me that a creative artist whose work signature is self-obsession is so persistently — willfully? –oblivious in her extracurricular clothing choices.

  47. goldfish
    +18

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this. I don’t think she ever wants to look “good” in a conventional sense. I think she gets these designer clothes that are expensive, but intentionally unflattering (extremely, extremely unflattering) and she wants to taunt everyone into criticizing her look so that they can be busted for bashing her “body type.” There is no way she hasn’t been told every single garment she wears is unflattering. (“What, this is YSL – it must be my body type your are criticizing.”) Sigh.

    If this is true, this also explains her gigantic, ballpoint ink style tattoos. Again, she’s rich — why would your tattoos look like that if you were rich? Well, you’d want them to glare out from beneath your unflattering frock, worsening your look.

    Out of patience with Lena.

    • Lizzy
      +9

      Huh, I was starting to wonder the same thing. That this is some sort of statement.

      Just look at how beautifully dressed Octavia Spencer is – consistently – despite not having the typical model/actress body. It’s possible, especially when one has the money and people (stylists) to help her do it.

      • Charlotte
        +1

        Adele is another good example of dressing well for curvier figure. I know that her Grammy’s dress was hotly contested, but I think it showed that a bigger girl can wear a shorter, full skirt and not look like a loofah. It’s fine if Lena wants to play with non-traditional silhouettes – but she can do it in a way that’s still flattering for her body.

  48. feendog
    +8

    This is hideous. I am frankly amazed to find it in the unfug it up category. C’est impossible!

  49. CC
    +16

    Her head looks great. And I like the shoes. That dress, though, is terrible. The fabric looks cheap. The color is unflattering and washes her out. The cut does not flatter her figure at all, it looks longer in the front somehow, and the belt looks like something my child made. Not fixable.

    I am a firm believer that every woman’s figure can be flattered with clothes that fit properly. This can be expensive — to either have things made for you or to have things altered for you — but this rich girl has no excuse. She picks such terrible outfits for her shape over and over that I almost wonder if she is being kind of defiant in her bad taste; it’s easier on the ego to pick something you know is bad than to try to pick something great and it fails.

    As for the tats, sorry, but I think they are absolutely fair game. I think it’s cruel to make snarky comments about what God gave someone, but she chose those tats. And we are here to critique the choices that people make in adorning themselves… clothes, shoes, hair, makeup, jewelry, and yes: tattoos, dye jobs, Botox and lip implants are also choices. And I think these tattoos make her already bad clothes look even worse.

    • Goldfish
      +3

      I think you’re forgetting something. sometimes we come down really hard on people’s extensions, also.

  50. nobody much
    +4

    nope, what feendog said. it’s just hideous. Throw it on the floor and step on it. Then choose a color that flatters your skin tone, and a dress style that flatters your bod.

  51. Roser
    +8

    I’m with goldfish – I think she deliberately picks the most unflattering thing possible, every time. For me, it’s got nothing to do with the tattoos, just the fugliness that a five year old girl with no color sense would create playing dress-up. Except that on a five year old, it would still be cute.

  52. Nadine
    +1

    change the material, make it black/red/navy/green/anything but this, change it to a pencil skirt, cap sleeves, sleek belt, you’re done.

  53. holly
    0

    THE COLOR! IT HURTS MY EYES

  54. Claire1
    +6

    I just don’t get her.
    She’s so pretty. OMG to have that skin and that shiny shiny hair?!
    She is NOT an impossible body to dress. I know this, because neither am I. And it’s not like she should hide under a floral print mock turtle neck and high waist pleated pants either.
    She can totally Vavoom it.
    Just imagine A true deep V halter in a rich teal blue and a pencil skirt ( yes, I love them, shaddup!) with those shoes!? Or even a really good pair of slacks, full. straight legs that stopped at the appropriate place so we could see the cute T of those heals.
    Or just a straight skirt dress? In a real color.
    Why be that pretty and have the only thing anyone ever talks about is how bad you look and then blame it on body issues????
    BTW… the whole “Well the designers” thing just annoys the crap out of me.
    OK, so some idiot “designer” isn’t making cuts for you….then go hit pinup girl, or Heavy Red, or Bettie Page, or Trashy Diva and get something in your size and REALLY flip them the middle digit.

  55. Vi
    +1

    Her skin is amazing!!! and that is saying something in a dress of this washed-out, awful color.
    Brighter colored dress and no belt….keep the sassy smile, excellent shoes and beautiful skin.
    Lena is far prettier than she is given, or gives herself, credit for.

  56. hillary l.
    +1

    She needs something young and kicky, and of all people I feel she ought to be in some fun prints. I’m thinking Naaem Khan, Michael van der Ham, Costello Tagliapietra, Tadashi Shoji. She needs color. Also: a bra and lipstick.

  57. Esme
    +6

    If by fix, you mean chuck it in the hopper and flush it, then yeah, it can be fixed.

  58. Sandra
    +4

    1. Loose the belt. As a fellow high-waisted person who is older than you, Lena, I can promise that no belt will ever look right on a dress.

    2. Raise the waist seam, drop it, or wear something that doesn’t have a waist seam. Just like belts, these are not your friend.

    3. Get the bodice fitted properly.

    4. Reduce the volume of fabric in the skirt by a least 1/3. This is not floaty; it is simply overblown.

    5. Post that 3rd picture by your bathroom mirror. See how pretty you look when you smile? Now go and do likewise. Also, stand up straight.

  59. Caroleena Stantonova
    +2

    How do I begin…NO!

  60. Ann
    +2

    This dress is TERRIBLE. On pretty much anyone.

    Lena is gorgeous. I love her tattoos and her face is really interesting. But when even a clothes-hanger can’t pull off a dress, she should not be wearing it. Why not dress the pretty? Sigh.

    I don’t think this look can be unfugged. I wish everyone luck, regardless!

    • Maretha2
      0

      This is a horrible dress. (I don’t get the love for Slimane’s Saint Laurent collection in general, and this dress is a good example why. Blech.)

      Her head and feet look great, though. This is my favorite make-up of hers that I’ve seen, her hair looks great in the front and back, and I do love those shoes. If only she looked as good between neck and ankles.

      I do like the deep v-neckline and halter on her. It flatters much more than her usual strapless choices.

  61. amys
    +10

    I’d call that color meconium yellow.

  62. kindakute
    +9

    Just no. What everyone else said in spades. Laser removal is her only option. There isn’t a dress in the world than can work with those hideous jailhouse tattoos. Love me some good ink but this ain’t it.

  63. elz
    +2

    There is literally no way this dress works. Unless you are seven, without the belt, AT the Christmas Pageant. Ugh- I can’t even with her anymore.

  64. dee cee
    0

    I think negative reaction, so keep me sporty, tomboy, aw okay.. dressed up female, maybe dull shimmer or sparkly.. who cares.. was her determination in order appear this way….

  65. MollySC
    +3

    I hate that fabric so much it hurts. My Barbies used to wear that stuff, and I thought it was itchy.

  66. Brooke M
    +1

    I wouldn’t have believed i if I didn’t see it, because I thought this dress was hideous and unflattering at first glance, but I just saw some other pictures from this event where she actually looks great and is working this weird, bile colored rag. They are here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/famous-people-hanging-out-at-the-time-100-gala
    There’s one with Lena and Amy Poehler where Lena looks genuinely fantastic. It might be the best I’ve ever seen Lena Dunham look in a picture. There’s another one with Jimmy Kimmel and Bryan Cranston where she also looks good.
    Maybe with Lena Dunham it’s just that she looks her best when she’s posing with other people in more candid shots rather than trying to pose alone. Maybe it’s just the glorious light that Amy Poehler cast on anyone near her.

    • Elle
      0

      Looked at the photo in the link. Not better just more of it hidden.

      • Ann
        +1

        I agree. I looked at the photo, and Lena looks like she’s having a fabulous time despite the unflattering itchy yellow mucus dress. Those photos just hide more of the hideous dress.

    • Charlotte
      0

      I don’t think the dress look any better, but it’s not nearly as embiggening on her when it’s viewed from the side.

      Actually, with the pouf skirt hidden, the dress gave off a sort of 1920s flapper vibe. I wish she’d gone for that aesthetic instead. I think she could rock a deep-v bodice and drop waisted skirt.

  67. Kelly
    0

    I love her and think she is adorable. But for the love of heaven, doesn’t she have any girlfriends to tell her when something looks bad on her body type? Or her mother? I’m in my 40s and my mom still speaks up if something doesn’t suit my figure!

  68. Chris P
    +2

    It would help if we lost the dress. This is like the time M.I.A. was pregnant and decided to dress up as Violet Beauregard, except not nearly as cracked-out or as fun. (For reference: http://gofugyourself.com/grammy_awards_fug_mia-02-2009)

    Lena, honey, we get your Statement. (Or at least I do. I’m sorry now for every misogynistic thought I’ve ever had in my life.) Now please – PLEASE – put on something flattering to your figure.

  69. Mel
    +2

    Seriously? There is NO fixing this.

  70. Deanna
    +8

    Lena has a perfectly normal body, that she somehow always dresses to look worse than it is. I actually don’t think this dress is fix-able – i don’t like the fabric, and i think everything about the cut is unflattering.

    I’d fix this by putting her in an architectural/structured LBD with some kind of unusual/funky detail.

  71. Sajorina
    +3

    I like her hair, the makeup and the shoes, so I’d just swap that dress for a nice one and she’d look great!

  72. googler
    +3

    I never realized how cute Lena Dunham is. Her face is great, as is her hair. And I love the shoes. They would have looked fabulous with a 50s style circle dress, and that style’s pretty universally flattering.

    This dress, however, hideous. It’s one of the most unflattering things I’ve ever seen on anyone, period. I have to agree with others that her tattoos worsen the problem, and I’m not an anti-tattoo type.

  73. Um...
    +2

    Horrible. I always get depressed when I look at her red carpet pics.
    Oh, and I would consider burning those tattoos with fire and acid, if I was their unlucky owner.

  74. Franziska
    +4

    I’m afraid this dress is not salvageable. Not only does it not fit, the colour doesn’t suit Lena. And I am really puzzled that none of her friends turned around and said, “do you really want to go out like that?”. Come on, girls have to stick together! All Lena needs is one day with a stylist who shows her how to dress for her body shape.

  75. Vanessa
    +4

    This is another case of excusing a BAD dress because the wearer is charming and delightful. She is both of these things and the shoes are great but the dress looks like someone tried to polish a sugar sack.

    • Emma
      +4

      Yes! She’s also not a typical hot celebrity (her boobs are real, she doesn’t have hair extensions, she’s not stick-thin) hence the reluctance to be overly critical. But the fact that her shoes, hair and makeup look great suggest there’s no excuse for the sometimes heinous outfits she chooses. The dress is irredeemable.

  76. Marie
    +3

    I love Lena Dunham, and this dress is not worthy of her. Here’s the issue y’all – she’s a pear, much smaller on top than she is on the bottom. I am a pear myself and and familiar with the challenges of dressing for that shape. When you’re bottom heavy and don’t have much in the way of shoulders, something needs to be going on up top to balance out the bottom, even if it’s just a cap sleeve or a wide strap. This means no strapless dresses and no halters, which I feel like we see Lena in a lot :(

  77. ChaChaHeels
    +2

    I agree, it’s unfixable. She does have good hair and her make up is really pretty, also the shoes would look great with the right outfit–just not this one.

    Girl needs a good stylist first; then, a good tailor. Nothing in the world will fit her “off the rack”, and someone has to make her cover up those very bad tattoos.

  78. Elle
    +3

    Seriously-Maybe she just wanted to look in-you-face-ugly as a social statement about girls and their pretty dresses.

    • mary lou bethune
      0

      That is what I think and it makes me love her even more. There have never been so many responses, have there, dear GFY ladies?

  79. Nancy
    0

    The only people who should wear tutu dresses are ballerinas. She is not a thin woman, but that doesn’t mean she should look ridiculous. Perhaps a shift dress in a Flattering print? I don’t know, but I am to a stylist. It is easy to make the size 2 women look good, and stylists still facial at that more often than not. Isn’t there. Anyone out there who can dress the “normal” or bigger women? It’s very disheartening.

  80. Carolina Girl
    0

    When I saw that second picture, I imagined Lena looking at Padma and saying “B**ch, do I know ?”

  81. Arlette Barahona
    +2

    I don’t think that this can be fixed. The color and the cut of the dress are unflattering. I have never seen Lena wear a flattering outfit to an event. I think she needs a stylist that will exclusively bring her cuts and colors that work for her. Not every garment she tries on will look good, and that’s what the stylist is there for: to advise on what can be tailored to make her look insanely hot (which every one is capable of looking regardless of shape), or tell her to skip the item and try the next thing on. This dress is obviously not suited for her and I could tell you that without her trying it on.

  82. MelissaW
    0

    Either make it a LBD or a jewel tone. No one on Earth looks good in that color. And instead of a skinny/jewelry-style belt do a thicker one.

  83. fiatluxury
    0

    I actually like her tattooes quite a bit, and I’m a 41 corporatron. Tattooes! Not just for basketball players and barristas any more. I also LOVE that color, though I agree it’s not optimal because she’s sort of pale pink (like me) and, well, whoever upthread said Viola Davis, you hit it square on the head. In sum: I don’t have a problem with how she wants to bare pale skin or even wearing a froofy dress just because it’s pretty….but this skin and this dress, not so much together.

  84. jenelope
    0

    Honestly? I kind of like the top part of the dress. I disagree that the color is unflattering and I don’t hate the fabric. I also don’t think she needs tons of support. She has nice, average-sized boobs and can get away with a deep vee halter. The problem is the skirt. That is way too much volume for a woman with a pear-shaped figure. If she wore a black or navy pencil skirt, or even a matte satin pencil skirt the same color as the top, it would be a 100% improvement.

    It may sound counter-intuitive, but Lena should always go for body conscious styles. She’s got the body, face and attitude of a vamp and should play up to that for event dressing. Knee-length pencil skirts and pointy-toed shoes would showcase her great calves. (For the record, I’m not a fan of skinny twig legs- I like legs like Lenas.)

  85. katkin74
    +1

    NO. She has a bit of a body built like a linebacker – this does not look good on her. As a bigger-boned girl myself, twee-ish things do not look good on us. The tats aren’t my bag either. It’s too bad you can’t take them off. I’d never put a bumper sticker on a Porsche, but if I’m riding a Harley they’re perfect. With a formal function, they just make one look cheap IMO.

  86. Debra
    +1

    how about just hiring a stylist and give her clothes that fit her frame. she is a pretty girl but always looks like she is about to tackle someone…i get the hipster whatever look but come on…the best accessory she could have is a great stylist…

  87. Lily1214
    0

    I don’t think it’s fixable.