Well Played, Shailene Woodley


It’s possible that I like this because I wore this exact pattern to my 7th grade formal:

It’s also possible that I like it because she actually looks totally adorable in it.

[Photo: Getty]

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Comments (32):

  1. Lynne

    I am officially over the granny’s couch hideous floral patterned fabric trend. This dress could be quite lovely but I can’t see anything past the giant ugly roses.

  2. PeggyO

    I had the same dress too. While this one is veering close to the overdone, it’s still pretty classic, and well done here.

  3. vandalfan

    I love this, but would add maybe bigger earrings?

  4. SaraK

    She does look great, and it’s refreshing to see a 20 year old styled to look young and fresh-scrubbed (p.s. happy birthday, Shailene). But do they really have to bring back everyone’s 1980′s middle-school party dress to do it? All I’m asking for is a slightly different fabric pattern, the rest can stay just as it is.

  5. M

    I think it looks quite cute and since the film is set in Hawaii… the flowers and vintage-y vibe are working for me.

  6. Chasmosaur

    You like it because it’s pretty much Dior’s New Look.


  7. val.

    It’s like a costume for Sandy in Grease.

  8. Anne B

    It’s something Goth Betty Draper would wear on Easter.

    Which is to say, I LOVE IT. <3

  9. TaraMisu

    Surprisingly…. I like this. There is a whiff of grandma’s couch but she is making it work.

  10. Sandra

    Yeah, well, we wore those sorts of patterns in college in the ’80′s too, so you can’t blame EVERYTHING on middle school. What I want to know is why everything is strapless these days. Especially “strapless and not quite high enough”

  11. Eliza Bennett

    The pattern is so gross for me I don’t even care that she looks really pretty and the fit is perfect. I just see hunormigantical blue roses and poofiness and think, “nooooooooooooooo!” Change the color on the flowers and take down the inflatable-skirt factor and iId probably be on board, though.

  12. Geemee

    I was inclined to hate it, because we had a couch in the ’80s with a similar pattern, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. I think it’s because it fits so well. I do agree that her earrings need more POW. Brighter lippy, too.

  13. Lina

    The cut of the dress is so very 1956, but the fabric is all 1989. Interesting mix. I’m not fond of the present trend to 80s prints, but I wouldn’t mind the juxtaposition at all if the print were something I found more appealing.

  14. Gigi

    Wow, I would have killed for this dress in middle school. It’s like a sexier Laura Ashley sofa print strapless with crinoline for a skirt poof. She’s very cute and this dress fits her perfectly. It’s better than the dress Intern George pulled out of his magic makeover closet for The Kieb.

  15. Blanche

    Clunk, clunk, clunk
    Pssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Clonk.
    That was my sympathizatrix capacitator that you broke, Jessica. Now I have to go into the shop. Enjoy your Friday.

  16. Amber

    I’m just not feeling it. I just can’t, not with that pattern. Also, it appears that the top doesn’t quite fit right, but that may very well be my eyes playing tricks on me because I find the dress so hideous.

    • ChristopherD

      It’s the rose part on her boob that is doing weird things, oh yeah and IT’S STRAPLESS, please ladies, just no!

  17. Jane

    I just love that everyone’s second favorite teen mother (after Bella Swan, bien sur, the ultimate knocked-up virgin) is now so good in her new George Clooney-starring movie that she’s getting Oscar buzz. Way to go, Amy Juergens.

  18. valueofaloonie

    I’m really, really not feeling it. I think it both gives her droopy boobs *and* makes her look stumpy.

  19. Amy

    I really like it – it looks like a dress that’s fun to wear.

  20. Miranda

    I love that it’s completely a classic 50s silhouette, but they kept the styling very clean and modern. It’s retro instead of costume.

  21. Kyasarin

    Yeah, sorry, it reminds me too much of the worst bridesmaid dress my big sister ever had to wear. And she’s worn a lot of ‘em. There are ways to look pretty and young that don’t involve upholstry.

  22. STK

    Bringing back the crinoline! This 80s girl has never fully recovered from Jessica McClintock, so I love this despite hating myself for it.

  23. Lily1214

    I like this beautiful dress and she can wear it, it isn’t wearing her.

  24. Sajorina

    I really LOVE this! She looks BEAUTIFUL & it’s age appropriate! I wish she was wearing some type of jewelry, but it’s still FAB!

  25. jean

    I will agree that she’s wearing the dress and not the other way around. The cut seems a bit old for her however. Not fun enough for a young person. But her hair looks great and her smile is lovely and she’s pulled together, so overall it’s a win for the younger generation (think about what Miley Cyrus would have worn …yeah).

  26. Bob Stanley

    She looks like she’s been upholstered with leftover West Palm Beach-umbrella material.

  27. NYCGirl

    It’s maybe a bit stumpifying, but overall, I kind of love it.

  28. heather

    I adore the cut of the skirt and the waist, but I’d make the bodice a little taller–it looks like it needs to be hiked up a bit as it stands–and oh god, the 80s fabric is killing me, too. Reminds me of my grade 10 semi formal dress.

    This would also be a really fun look with some chunky Lucite jewelery–a bangle, some dangly earrings…