It may be the easiest question ever, short of, “Cake or death?”
OFF WITH THE SLEEVE!
Get rid of the sleeve and the scarf. Also, maybe fit the bodice a bit tighter so it’s not so muffin-y.
Her makeups did NOT photograph well in that first shot… but it looks fine in the rest… I’m confused.
Cut off the sleeve, and we’re in business. I love the scarfiness.
Now that I look at it again… is that a scarf and belt in one? Or is the scarf just tangled in the belt? WHAT IS GOING ON, RACHEL!?
Does anyone else feel like she might look a little pregnant? I dunno, it just looks a bit wide from the side. If she’s not, and it’s just the dress, then I think it should be scrapped altogether. If she looks big in it, and she is 2 pounds, I will look like Oscar the Grouch in it.
i was just thinking the same thing! and i KNOW she’s a tiny little thing. so either the dress should be refitted, or she has a secret.
outfits like this frustrate me, because this color is really SO pretty, and i also like sleeved things.
I thought it was known she was preggers with what’s his faces baby?
Ooh really. Michael Sheen. I hadn’t heard that but it would make me feel better for staring at her stomach for 10 minutes wondering what the heck was going on.
so apparently my statement was false and I tried to google if it was true she was preggers but no where says it so maybe I fabricated that rumor in my head… but i def see some bump there and she’s got that pregnant lady I gained a little weight in the face look so I hope she is good for her!
I think the scarf IS the sleeve. I feel that she got the arm of the dress caught in the door of the limo and didn’t have time to fix it so maybe she just draped it around her neck and vuala!
That scarf definitely looks like a misdirected sleeve!
I would eliminate the sleeves and reduce the bulk at the neck to create a more streamlined effect.
That’s what I thought. It’s the result of a horrible taxi accidence. So maybe she gets a pass on the hair.
Takshi acshidenche. Oops.
Why is her face orange in that first shot?? It is totally creeping me out. Lose the sleeve, and it’s not horrible.
Get rid of the sleeve and the scarf. The light is all off in that first shot – her face looks orange and her hair looks blonde.
Such a pretty color, and fabric. Remove the sleeve, of course, since it is still the dregs of summer, and the floor length plus turtleneck provide enough visual (and actual) warmth. The scarf can remain, but a little less blouson in the bodice.
After October 1, two sleeves, scarf abbreviated, or only in back, or only at the waist. Worn with nice boots and a pashmina.
If it was sleeveless it would look a lot better. Love the color on her, though.
Either cut off the sleeve and keep the scarf, or add the other sleeve and get rid of the scarf. OR OR OR, color block the thing vertically down the middle, so it’s like the sartorial version of Two Face. Ooooh.
Add a sleeve & eliminate the scarf. Gorgeous color, though.
Thank God it’s not COVERED IN BEES.
She looks blonde in the first photo, and brunette in the other two. SHENANIGANS, I say!
Agreed! Something is afoot. Or amiss.
The second and third were taken indoors, but the first photo is outside, which also explains what I thought were little stains just below her navel. It’s the sunlight.
In photo # 1, I see a lot of Honor Blackman going on. Which I like.
An Edwardian dress with one arm? Really?
Hey, there was no OSHA during the Industrial Revolution! We’re lucky she still has the ARM!
HA! You guys are killing me.
I think of this look as Vicki/Victoria.
What about re-designing this dress, in this color, to look like Jennifer Lawrence’s 2011 Oscar dress — that simple but sizzling red Calvin Klein number?
I’m with you! I didn’t see your comment when I made mine below, which was basically a suggestion to turn it into Emma Stone’s Calvin Klein dress from the Golden Globes, but I could also totally love this as a green incarnation of the Lawrence Oscar dress. It’s the fabric that’s making us think these things, I believe. The dark green matte fabric would be fascinating (I can think of no more appropriate word) in the sexy cut you suggest.
I always appreciate a good Eddie Izzard reference.
Oh, and take off the sleeve.
Me TOO! Sneaking in some Izzard makes me even happier.
Lose the single sleeve and the scarf. Also: cake.
Cake or death! Cake please. Love, love, love Eddie Izzard.
“We are all out of cake! … We didn’t think there would such a RUSH!”
For my fellow Izzard fans – Stripped is coming out on DVD shortly. You can order it from Kings Road Merch.
And as for this dress? I feel like the Izzardism should be “If you’ve never seen an elephant ski then you’ve never been on acid.”
“Just be glad this is the Church of England”.
Eddie Izzard will never not be funny to me.
Add the sleeve, lose the drapery, dye her hair red and set it loose.
Lose the sleeve and the scarf and lower the neckline. Also, go up a size- it’s looks like she’s wearing a bustle in the back (although if she’s pregnant that explains the wonkiness of the fit).
This ^^^ Ditch the sleeve and scarf, simplify generally, and definitely go up a size. The whole thing is too tight in places. And those places are her stomach, hips, and caboose. She’s not normally a waif (nor has she ever been, frankly), so I’m not jumping on the pregnancy theory train, but I also wouldn’t be surprised. I also think she generally has pretty horrid style, so this one-sleeved WTF-ness is wholly unsurprising. I have rarely seen a more beautiful women do so badly with so much raw aesthetic potential.
I could also love this fabric in a a similar cut on the bottom, but with a simple bodice (either crewneck or modest v neck) and short sleeves. Kind of a calvin klein aesthetic, with the matte fabric and simplicity. But then that would be an entirely different dress.
The Sleeve must go.
No sleeves, no scarf, knee length, done.
From the left she looks like she works at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride.
1. Call Blacksmith, take off dress, start over.
2. Sigh and say: “Well, the color and the fabric were lovely.”
Otherwise: scarf off, and then either sleeveless or long sleeves and pretty scooped neck. Or boat. Bateau. Anything that gives it a neck.
Take off the other sleeve.
I started to work on how to fix this and then decided I don’t care enough about this dress to try and save it. It’s awful and it’s making a normally lovely girl look harried and dowdy. Color is not good. Fabric could be good but seems to be photographing cheaply.
Start over, hon.
Somebody hack off the sleeve and the scarf. I myself will be will be over there beneath the spreading chestnut tree consoling the blacksmith
Just two nights ago we were watching Wedding Crashers and the hubs said “I miss her dark hair….”
And I agree. It almost doesn’t matter what she wears….the blond hair isn’t good.
As for this outfit…. Well, it’s the dress version of that hair.
“I bet he forges like you wouldn’t believe.” HAHAHAHA!
You saved my afternoon with that post! Literally LOL’d at my desk.
I used to date a guy who was an amateur blacksmith. And yes, he was HOT.
DEATH. One of the worst dresses ever, what a mess of too much everything.
Yup – ditch the sleeve, reduce if not completely remove the scarf.
Looks like stains on the front near her lap area. Did she spill her drink while riding the stagecoach in 1890?
oh no you DIDN’T just reference Eddie
Off with the sleeve indeed!
I for one would keep the sleeve. The sleeveless side with the scarf and all makes her look bigger than she is. Two sleeves, but cut just above the knee length and some awesome heels.
Why isn’t this a full on Fug? It adds about 20 years and 20 pounds to her. And her hair is bad. And the bow thing looks like an early ’80s yuppie power bow on a silk blouse with a power suit. And it’s either randomly missing a sleeve or randomly grew a big one. She deserves better than this mess.
I am all for costumer-y and old-timey governesses with romantic problems. So keep the sleeve!
Also, I am dating a sexy blacksmith, and he does indeed forge like your wouldn’t believe. Heh heh.
Old Hollywood starlet always wins out over well-meaning Victorian Governess anyday!
Team Cake & Team Izzard!!! Anyway, I’d just take off the other sleeve, put some sparkly gold jewelry on her, do her lips and nails in red, add visible gold strappy heels and a cute clutch, and let her hair down in a wavy Old Hollywood kind of way! So, I’d start over with the same dress and work from there because it is a nice dress in a beautiful color!
Dude. This is straight up fug. The color = death, the cut…IS there a cut to this dress? It’s like swaths of fabric too busy choking her to dedicate itself to the 2nd sleeve or leave altogether. The makeup is washed out, the hair is an afterthought…. seriously ladies, FUG ALL AROUND.
“So my choice is ‘or Death’?” EDDIE!!
Go back to her lovely brunette locks, add another sleeve, make the dress knee or tea length. Add sparkly gold shoes and a gold and/or ruby neclace to replace the scarf. Also lipstick of an actual color…
I actually really like it!
Put Michael Sheen next to her!
Another “lose the sleeve and scarf and we’re in business” here. Love the fabric, love the color on her, though it may be rushing the season just a little. I know, it’s after Labor Day, but it isn’t really fall weather yet. Anyway, with those obvious changes, I think she’d look great.
What’s weird to me: Apart from the color values change, her hair also looks better in the outdoor shot – more poufy, which I think works for her, and more, just, well, deliberately styled. The indoor shots look like she scraped it back with a comb herself in the car, all in a rush. What happened in between? Were those taken first, before she got to a stylist, maybe?
Rachel McAdams apparently stole this outfit from the closest of some dowager princess somewhere.
Get rid of Rachel! This would look MAH-VELOUS on Swinton.