Well Played, Amy Adams


I don’t think I have any wise-ass take on this photo. I’ve been staring at it and staring at it, and all I can think of to say is, “Yay purple.”

I mean… maybe a darker eye, if she was going to go light with her lips? But generally, Amy just looks really good — it fits, it flatters, it’s a killer color. And she’s making me want to drop and do forty, except that would never happen because I think my arm muscles are made of pasta. Which you serve with eggplant parmesan, which is the color scheme of that dress and the carpet. Phew. FULL CIRCLE. I didn’t think it was going to happen. Maybe it shouldn’t have.

[Photo: Getty]


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Comments (30):

  1. aeb

    legit metaphor, heather. i’m all for pasta arms as well!

  2. lefty

    No comment about her stink face?

  3. pantsonfire

    The fabric is to die for. I love the deep and mysterious spangly golden purple. So cosmically great. And everything about the dress is flattering to her EXCEPT why are the arm and neck holes so small? If you just cut them bigger, show a little bit more skin around the neck and arms, you make her neck and arms look longer and more slender. I’m like a broken record with this, I know. But I don’t understand the unflattering constricting cut when you can make this more of a tank cut and improve it so much.

    The hair is too severe for her particular face, which generally needs a punch of brighter, softer hair. Not digging the shoes. I wonder if a gold shoe of some kind would have been better.

  4. Dyanna

    I wish her hair didn’t look so severe.

  5. Katharine

    I… really? Maybe it’s my monitor, but it looks like she’s been dipped in a mixture of stage blood and fresh tar, even in the closeup.

  6. Annie S.

    Outfit: divine. Hair and makeup: Pilates class at the rec center.

  7. Elaine

    i really like the color/sequins/top half…. but i am definitely not feeling the skirt. i think the length cuts her off, and i don’t like the trumpet-style at all.

    if it was tight all the way down, or if it had more of a circle-skirt starting at the belt, i could get behind this. as is, between the skirt, hair & shoes, i’m not a fan.

  8. TonyG

    I don’t like the shininess combined with the dark purple color and snug fit. Parts of it looks as if the dress has been painted with pureed liver.

  9. Anne

    Get rid of the ruffle and leave it as a “just hits the knee” shift. The ruffle/flare makes it look dowdy.

  10. qwertygirl

    If she can pull her hair that tight, she’ll never need a face lift. Unfortunately, it’s not a flattering look. She’ll be unwrinkled, but at what cost to her overall appearance?

    • Amanda

      Are you sure about not needing a facelift? Because she looks kinda…worn to me in this picture.

      Full disclosure: I have absolutely no idea how old she really is, but if you’d have asked me before showing me this I’d’ve said early 30s. Here she looks in her mid-40s which really isn’t old, but also isn’t probably what anyone in Hollywood (especially if they’re actually only in their 30s) wants to look like.

      The moral of the story? Severe hair is seldom ones’ friend.

      I do want to steal the dress, though. Winter is coming* and that looks like a lovely cool-weather frock. The shoes, however, need to burn.

      *Please forgive the GoT’s reference. I’m going through a bit of withdrawl.

  11. miriam

    I think this outfit is a bit frumpy on her. The colour is similar to the dress she wears at the end of Enchanted. And that was such a disappointment after all the extravagent princess dresses she wore in the film.

  12. lindsay

    i quite liked it when i first saw it, but reading the comments made me realize it could be so much better (you ladies combined would make the best stylist ever). i love the idea of a tank cut for the bodice + pencil-ish skirt that ends just above the knee + metallic shoe + softer hair + darker makeup + smile. so, basically, change everything but the fabric and i’m sold!

  13. cruzilla

    I definitely think this is an “unfug it up”. Change the armsholes and neckline, soften the hair, and then it’s a win. It just seems a little off to me.

  14. Carol

    I really do love the colour. The shoes can be done better though. Plus the clutch might be too matchy? All in all, I am loving this look.

    And am also thinking about pasta now….LOL

  15. Sandra

    I did not know that vampire ballerinas existed in this world. I guess you learn something new every day.

  16. Erin

    I don’t understand why she picks many dresses with tight necklines and arm holes, since she’s clearly in shape. I also think the dress should have a much shorter ruffle along the bottom. In its current form, it’s reminiscent of the bedside table flounce in my room as a teenager.

  17. anny

    It’s all bedazzled-yoga-class from the waist up and Barbie-goes-to-cocktails from the waist down. Soften up the hair and neckline (even a V would be better), add a bit of jewelry, and it would be pure win.

  18. Bella

    Those shoes look painful!

  19. vandalfan

    It’s Blake Lively’s rooster dress all grown up. DO. NOT. WANT. From the facelift ponytail to the ill fitted cockroach kickers to the sad, droopy ruffle. Sequins don’t need ruffles!

  20. NYCGirl

    Yay, purple, but not this dull, bloody shade.

  21. Sajorina

    LOVE the dress, but not with those lackluster black shoes & clutch… I wanted something brighter and more bling! She looks GREAT, though! FAB!

  22. Ms. A.

    The only thing I like is the fabric of the dress. This is a do over.

  23. Emma

    I just don’t love this. I’m not sure why. Maybe on someone else? Weirdly, I think I’d like it better with a trim little jacket or something. The top half is just too butch. And maybe her hair and makeup needed to be a little more dramatic?

  24. Helen

    Love the dress and clutch, hate the shoes and hair.

  25. Lily1214

    Beautiful gown. With the right makeup she’d be a knockout in it.

  26. Sarah O

    Beautiful dress.