Sarah Jessica Parker’s nude dress: totally cute, or totally unflattering?

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I wanted to hate Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress. But I can’t. The bitch looks great. These are photos of SJP at last night fall gala for the NYC Ballet. The dress is Halston Heritage (SJP is the creative director for Halston), and it could have been boring and unflattering. The color could have been off. The cut could have been tragic. But damn it, this is one of her best formal looks in a really long time. The color is a great peachy metallic nude that only a few women could pull off. The cut flatters her slender, athletic figure, and it appears she’s put on just a little much-needed weight. The hair is bouncy and very Brigitte Bardot. I only have two qualms: the jewelry isn’t that awesome (with this dress), and SJP seems to be carrying an odd military jacket, perhaps to wear over the dress when she gets cold. It looks like she’s carrying her military duffel bag on her way to fashion basic training.

The Daily Mail points out that SJP was newly elected to the board of the directors for the NYC Ballet, and that the event was a celebration for “the New York premiere of a new ballet by NYCB Principal Dancer Benjamin Millepied set to a commissioned score from Pulitzer-Prize winning composer David Lang. The programme also included George Balanchine’s Tarantella and an excerpt from Western Symphony, as well as Jerome Robbins’ I’m Old Fashioned. Tickets for the event started from $1,500, with premium seats costing $5,000.” That Ben Millepied dude is Natalie Portman’s boyfriend. I’m surprised she wasn’t there… or maybe she was, and there are just no photos of her? Or maybe they broke up? Who knows? Mm… more fashion porn, please.

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SJP on October 7, 2010. Credit: Fame and WENN.

 

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  1. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I am a little ify on the pattern of the dress. I like the cut of it but that pattern and the fabric of the dress is a little up and down with me. In the bottom pic it looks great on her and I like it. I also think she has on way to many necklaces. WTF SJP?!?!

  2. sammyhammy says:

    The cut is good, but I really don’t like the color. And I think her hair is terrible.

  3. Arianna says:

    she’s getting madonna-y

    and yeah her hair stinks it emphasizes her beady eyes

  4. guesty says:

    love the dress…but her arms! yikes.

  5. Kitten says:

    Love the cut and the fabric, just not the color of the fabric.

  6. junipergreen says:

    The dress looks like it was made from a shower curtain and shower liner.

  7. melina says:

    Yikes! I don’t like this at all! It looks cheap. I also hate the hair. Is it trendy now to have visible roots?
    On the other hand I like the colour and I agree that she can pull it off, unlike many others that just look washed out.

  8. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I like it. She looks good but lose the jacket!

  9. Azurea says:

    Ditto on junipergreen’s comment! Awful all ’round. And I don’t think she gained weight…shiny fabrics make you look fatter.

  10. trollydolly says:

    Love the dress, she looks less emaciated than usual wearing it. Going to bed with her must be like embracing a bicycle.

  11. brin says:

    Wonder if she is going to see “Secretariat”.

  12. Kaboom says:

    Makes her look like an albino cobra.

  13. Diane says:

    @junipergreen: My thoughts exactly!

  14. marge says:

    don’t like it at all

    it gives me fish-skin feeling

  15. bellebeesting says:

    lol at albino cobra…and fish-skin feeling. I see that.

  16. happymom says:

    This is hideous. I’m not an SJP hater at all-but the color completely washes her out. And I’m with marge-the texture looks like fish-skin. Shudder.

  17. texasmom says:

    The dress is great, but the color makes it look like a giant band-aid.

  18. RHONYC says:

    it’s kinda reminiscent of the famed satc season 1 naked dress, but a more mature version.

    Miranda: “It’s tits on toast, baby. But you make it work.”

    lol :-)

  19. danielle says:

    I don’t like the dress, or her two tone hair.

  20. aenflex says:

    her body is what’s unflattering

  21. bagladey says:

    SJP’s dress may be nice but not on her, and it looks like it was hastily made. Did she wear that jacket with that dress? If she did, that was a major FAIL.

  22. k says:

    You shouldn’t refer to beige tones as “nude.” What’s “nude” for you is not “nude” for someone else

  23. Dirty Martini says:

    Love the dress….but what is up with the long jungle beads necklace?

  24. Erandyn says:

    The dress is alright (even if it does look a tad like bubble wrap). The horse face, large honk, beady eyes and veiny arms, however, are “unflattering”.

  25. ann says:

    Those skinny muscular vein arms ruin the entire appearance. She should wear sleeves.

  26. Donna Wingfield says:

    Don’t like the dress color. She looks better in these photos than she usually does.

  27. Mingy says:

    Dress is pretty…her jewelry and skin tone fugs it up.

  28. Cprincess says:

    Would look way better on someone who doesn’t look like a piece of gristle…
    WTF is up with these women???
    Do they really like looking like pieces of jerky!
    I find it gross- I know my little pony Parker is supposed to be sone big fashion icon but the only time I like how she looks is when she’s wearing jeans, Parker and hat on the street in NYC…
    Most of the time she looks like a half unwrapped gift….

  29. esblondie says:

    Oooh, I like it. But in my opinion, that bitch could make a burlap sack look good.

  30. skibunny says:

    I like the dress but her arms look grissly. It would look better on someone else.

  31. Ron says:

    I think the dress works, I would have picked different accessories though. And the haristyle really emphasizes the roots of her hair which throws it off for mme, but I like the overall style. SJP is such a nice gal that I have good thoughts everytime I see her.

  32. annaloo says:

    I really feel the urge to pop some bubble wrap now…

  33. gigi* says:

    CUTE!And I’m also loving the jacket and the combination of the colors.She over did it though with the jewels!

  34. Merry says:

    Not liking it, at all. Her skin color doesn’t combine well with that pale pink and the two necklaces don’t fit in the look.

  35. dj says:

    I like SJP but yikes, starting to have Madonna arms!

  36. The Bobster says:

    Sleeveless dreses are not for her. She’s got the arms of an 80-yo.

  37. archiepelago says:

    Don’t like the dress and when I was reading this piece it read in my head like the announcer at a catwalk show (except maybe the b*tch part, lol). I think it’s amazing that SJP has become Carrie in the sense that a Canadian is now living the NY glitz and glamor life of her SITC alter ego and is a NYC ‘it’ girl. Kinda cool.

  38. Rachael says:

    Nude is totally in. I love it.

  39. Anon73 says:

    The dress is OK, but I think that color would look better on a darker skin tone.

    For her hair, not liking it. Too hair-sprayed / 80′s old lady coif. Also do not care for the jewelry or jacket.

    In short, while Carrie Bradshaw is a fashionista, SJP is soooo not ; )

  40. womanfromthenorth says:

    she looks like a snake… a cobra?

  41. Anti-icon says:

    Totally Lovely. SJP is a style kingpin, so sometimes thing get a little ridic, but this gown is stunning.

  42. Shay says:

    I don’t really care. For me, it’s not the dress. It’s her. She is simply physically unattractive.

  43. Patricia says:

    I think she could do a lot better. First, she needs to gain some weight. After a certain age being too thin just makes you look sick – (Madonna + most older celebrities). Second, she needs to get rid of the dated hair style and lengthy black roots. Finally, she needs a pretty, feminine, colorful dress for a beautiful (being nice!) middle-aged LADY – with sleeves. Stop trying to be a screen siren Sarah…it’s embarrassing.

  44. Jaxx says:

    I too agree with junipergreen who nailed it with the shower curtain and liner description.

    And the necklaces are just tacky and cheap looking.

    Hair? I’ve never been a fan of the roots look. Makes the hair look dirty to me. Also tacky.

    Who was it that said women over 40 should never go sleeveless? I totally agree. Cover that shit up.

  45. jzhz says:

    Not feeling this look at all. She looks a bit harsh.

  46. Crash2GO2 says:

    I think she looks perfectly fine, although too thin – she hasn’t gained any weight at all. And since when is a 40 plus year old woman either supposed to look like she has a 20 year old body or else cover it up (for God’s sake)? Get used to it. We are older and we are fit. And we aren’t going anywhere. :)

    And that dress is not pink, it’s beige/gold! And it goes very well with her skin tone. I think some people who comment on here must have very bad monitors.

  47. Mingo says:

    Ugh! Skeletor! Maybe SHE should play Iggy Pop.

  48. kim says:

    LOVE me some Sarah and the dress is ok but the neckline isnt flattering on her boyish figure & the necklace (choker one) looks cheap and cuts off her neck. Also the hairstyle is terrible. This is a miss for SJP esp when I typically LOVE how she dresses. I do agree she is way to thin right now. She would look so much better with 10 pds. on her frame.

  49. bubbles says:

    in a funhouse mirror she would probably look okay, but my god that woman is hideous!

  50. S. Peters says:

    Hair F-; dress cut does not flatter her ass = completely ignored..the double or triple necklace thing is current fad-
    You know about fads don’t you, they represent women who have no style, are insecure and seeking attention – Old horse face has yet to discover real personal style and stick with it…

  51. joyce r, dunn, M.A. says:

    She is perfect for Halloween. Looks just like a skeleton…but skinnier and uglier and scarier. I think I’ll dressup a skeleton , draw similarities in face and stature…and hang in on my front porch. That will scare the trick-or-treaters away

  52. JakeO says:

    I’ve been puzzled for years about the fact that someone that is as attractive as a bucket of a-holes could possibly be called “beautiful, attractive, etc” by anyone with two good eyes and half a brain. She looks like crap no matter if she’s wearing this ugly frock or a million-dollar mink. She’s a horse-faced DOG.

  53. KIMBERLY says:

    cute but the cut is a bit too 2001 for me. The texture makes the design seem more modern though.

  54. Nick Mayor says:

    This is a fabric you need to see in person. Any shiny fabric could look different in a photo. She always wears expensive looking clothing and I bet it looks much better in person.

  55. truthzbetta says:

    Love the dress, will grant it needs to jump off onto a new owner.

  56. Lisa says:

    Gorgeous! She looks amazing!!!

  57. askdal says:

    God! this woman is ugly, Horse Face for sure. No way I would!

  58. Christina says:

    Unflattering! Mind you, if you dress a horse in a frock, it doesn’t matter what frock you put on it, it’s still a horse in a frock! FAIL!

  59. Diamond Skylace says:

    I love it and I think she looks great. I’m close to her in age and wish I looked half that good.

  60. Lori says:

    Is it just me or does she get skinnier and uglier? Everyone goes on about how sexy and beautiful she is, I just don’t see it.

  61. pnut166 says:

    SJP is one ugly woman. How she has convinced ppl that she is sexy is beyond me. She has the best publicity team in H`wood !

  62. rudy5 says:

    looks like something my aunt woulda made for her daughters prom dresses

  63. Kimberly says:

    Like the dress, but wish it would have been altered to lose the draping at the bottom. I think a more fitted dress, stopping 3/4 length would have really knocked this out the park. The jewelry doesn’t really seem to go with the dress – but I like the subtle hair and makeup.

  64. Lynda says:

    She needs to stay home with the kids and her husband. Maybe have some pasta. Wear sweatpants.I’m so tired of her.

  65. Jag says:

    Haircolor is off, jewelry is off, but otherwise she looks lovely. She does look healthier…

  66. nickynoneck says:

    crazy ho wthat horse learned how to walk on two feet .

  67. tripmom says:

    awful. she looks like a corpsey mermaid shedding a layer of skin.

  68. REALIST says:

    Okay, I assume you ladies are in the know. What is the deal with the hubby and the kids? From some of the comments she made before the twins were delivered by the anonymous surrogate, I got the feeling that SJP was overwhelmed and Matthew was the push behind adding to their brood (of one, which would be fine for a two career couple unless you’re Brangelina).
    Other than the one story with her dragging the screaming twins to the doctor with the nanny, it’s just her. Alone. In London. In NYC. Wherever. Where are the happy family pics? Marital bliss gone awry?
    Also, this is awful to ask, but must know-did SJP contribute genetic material to the twins transaction, or was it just Matthew as donor?

  69. jemshoes says:

    Older women need MORE flesh and fat, not less, as we age, especially on the face and arms. Surely it’s better to look cuddly rather than gristly?!

  70. Chris says:

    @jemshoes: I agree. I’ve seen a few older women lose a heap of weight and it made their faces look harder and older. They looked better with the weight on.