Amal Clooney’s pleated silk Gucci dress in NYC: retro-cute or just fug?


It feels like a good day for a lighter street-style post, doesn’t it? My God, this week has been insane. I need Amal Clooney to mod-style her way into my heart. These are photos of Amal out and about in New York yesterday. She’s been attending United Nations events for the past week, and Wednesday it seems like she made a speech about human trafficking.

So, the fashion. Amal wore this pleated silk Gucci dress with a giant bow. One of the worst fashion descriptors ever, in my opinion, is “pussybow.” I hate that word/term. It’s just a personal thing for me, it feels like a really filthy and crass way to describe an incredibly dated style. Many of you probably like this, pussybow and all. Minus the bow, I’m fine with the dress. Amal loves retro looks, and I think this would have been a solid, conservative, professional look. The bow makes it seem costume-y and twee though.

Meanwhile, George and Amal are about to celebrate their second wedding anniversary on September 27th. Just think, two years ago we were going crazy about the super-public extravaganza in Venice. Memories!! Sources tell People Mag that George and Amal “always stay focused on keeping their marriage happy and healthy” even though they both have “important work.” The source also says: “They are very keen on not spending too much time apart.” So keen! I love when unnamed British sources speak to People. Everyone is always so keen.

PS… what is going on with her hair though?



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Astrid says:

    Terrible dress. Is she wearing white leggings?

    • crtb says:

      At first I thought that those are not leggins but how the dress drapes around her legs. Then I went back and think differently. I really don’t like her choice in clothes. She doesn’t have a sence of style. Sleeves are ugly. Bloomers are ugly. Collar and bow are ugly.

    • Santia says:

      Very twee. and very unflattering.

      In answer to the hair question, I think she took out the hair extensions.

      • Justjj says:

        What’s with all her twee? Her looks never seem to suit her physically nor do they exude the same personal and professional power she can exude when she wants to. She wears a lot of baby clothes. It’s exhausting. Also, I think she needs a good haircut.

    • Mary Carol says:

      The dress is wearing her. I don’t think the people at Gucci or her stylist like her. Only an enemy would dress a person like this. She looks ridiculous. This is what too much money on clothes look like.

    • Tessy says:

      Those silly sleeves make it look like she doesn’t have any arms. Not helped by the way she clamps her arms tight to her body when she walks.

  2. Ball says:

    God she is so annoying. Such a snooty miss priss pants. That outfit is fug by the way.

    • Gena says:

      It’s snooty to battle sex trafficking now? I wish everyone was as snooty as Mrs. Clooney in that case!

    • qwerty says:

      You might be projecting your issues here a bit…

    • Sabrine says:

      It seems even people who try to bring evil criminals to justice are trashed because someone doesn’t like the dress they’re wearing.

      • Jenny says:

        Ha! So true, Sabrine!

        I applaud the work she’s doing suing ISIS right now on behalf of Nadia Murad, and I admire Nadia Murad even more for having the courage to go after the monsters that kidnapped and raped her. Even though it may not really lead to any real consequences, any way to fight the destructive ideology of ISIS is a good idea to me.

        About her clothes in these photos, they are not my taste at all. But I think it’s definitely entertaining the way Amal C dresses and she’s brave in her experimentation with style and clothes even though she quite often fails perhaps. At least she tried.

        Also those are the same shoes from the other day, right? They suit this dress better I think but I still don’t like them very much.

    • Nimbolicious says:

      I agree, Ball. This outfit deserves a clown car that will take her away forever. There are a lot of smart women out doing remarkable things sans a big red bow tie and a forced unicorn narrative.

  3. HH says:

    Dislike the dress. What’s with the way she holds her arms?

  4. Birdix says:

    With a yellow hat she could go as Madeline on Halloween.

    • sills says:

      LOL! I was going to say “twee clown,” but you are spot on.

      And I’m saying this as someone who really enjoys Amal’s fashion eccentricities. Just not feeling this one.

    • Emily says:

      Okay, you got me. I kind of like this outfit, but you aren’t wrong either.

  5. escondista says:

    Amal must like anime.
    The dress is Japanese schoolgirl and something I wouldn’t personally choose for a courtroom or office.

    • Poisonous Lookalike says:

      Yes! That or something a second-grader in the late 50s/early 60s would have worn for school picture day.

    • Jenny says:

      I think she’s brave for choosing such non-conformist styles even at work. The world would be a much more visually interesting place if more people had the courage to do the same.

    • Janetdr says:

      I was thinking more Gibson girl, but I think you nailed it! I could live with the dres s (on someone, not me!) if it didn’t have those dopey sleeves, and the white bottom.

  6. Georgia says:

    Sailor. Moon.

  7. Thaisajs says:

    A Bump-it and a bow? God help us all. She looks like a character in the Madeline books.

  8. AG-UK says:

    Don’t like that dress but saw a photo of both she and George sitting on this panel but holding hands on the table. I mean I get you love each other but it’s like going to court and you both are defense attorneys and sitting there in front of the judge holding hands.. so weird.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      The hand holding gave me the creeps too. If you are at a professional event and want to be taken seriously as a lawyer, then she needs to act like one.

  9. NotSoSocialButterfly says:


  10. TrueStory says:

    I like it, she’s maintenaned her unique fashion sense. It’s obvious she has personal style and taste. I wouldn’t wear this dress, but I get why she does. She brings an intelligent quirky bend to high fashion. She definitely has an you either “get it” or you don’t kind of style.

  11. HK9 says:

    The dress is fug. Just because it’s made in your size doesn’t mean you should wear it.

  12. Lilacflowers says:

    Channeling my grandmother here: “That dress needs a slip!”

  13. It'sJustBlanche says:

    Minus the bow it’s cute, but I have a serious addiction to black dresses with white collars.

  14. QQ says:

    She Works it I wouldnt but she does and it works

  15. Jan says:

    I don’t care for the style of grown women dressing like they’re little girls , it kind of grosses me out . Especially when they do “coy” little things with their arms and feet . I really think George and Amal are gearing up for some political announcement soon . But holding hands at work is so extra IMO.

  16. Almondjoy says:

    It’s not bad! I think I would like it without the red bow though. I’m obsessed with wearing black and white but I like to keep things monochromatic without adding the predictable red or pink to the outfit.

  17. kodakay says:

    She looks like a clown in that “get up”! She always seems to miss the mark.

  18. Flowerydefense says:

    Dress hmmm, not sure what to think.
    Amal wears a few rows of hair extensions under her hair, there are a few photos that have revealed the extension band in the past.

  19. Jayna says:

    It works on her except leave off the red bow. I wouldn’t wear it.

    People just took things from past interviews and made a story on their anniversary. No new quotes from sources.

    • kate says:

      I don’t love the dress but I think she looks fantastic. It is a polished, professional, but high fashion look. I have become a fan. She does important work but does not feel like she has to fall into the trap of women wearing black suits to blend in. She’s confident enough to show her own style and even be a little girly in her appearance while being serious and effective. I mean, who wrote the rules? Men. She’s writing her own rules on how to be effective in her profession. LOVE HER.

  20. Smokey says:

    Can she just be over now? Don’t care what she wears or who she married. And, yes, I tapped the post just to comment about how much I dislike this pair.

  21. Margo S. says:

    I guess, amal, you do you, but just know that you look like a crazy person.

  22. MickeyM says:

    I am keen to say that her dress is really ugly.

  23. Ravensdaughter says:

    She likes bows, doesn’t she?

  24. Dippit says:

    I’m tired of everything she does having a sub-function (not always that sub, but more primary) of being her shilling, wear once, for all the high end, high cost clothes she is gifted or loaned on the strength of her surname.

    That she is a walking ad hoarding, by choice, undermines the seriousness of work she, at times, is being seen to do.

    As to the hand holding at The Roundtable – George and she clearly chose to put the messaging of their ‘relationship’ ahead of expressing/showing proper gravitas given the importance of the matters being discussed. That this was their priority speaks badly of them both and indicates that they are focused too much on their personal images despite whatever they may say otherwise.

    If Amal spent more time on forming solid strategy/aims in regards Yazidi women/Daesh – because in International Law much of that which she is proposing is supremely flawed and cart before the horse – rather than her style walk product placement then perhaps I could believe in her and respect her a bit more than I do. As it is, despite (perhaps even moreso BECAUSE of the insubstantiality shown professionally) this recent conspicuous media blitz, I consider her an empty vessel merely promoting herself and Clooney, by design. I know myself not to be alone in this regard.

    • OhHellNo! says:

      You are definitely not alone, the hand holding was just unbelievable and so obviously fake PR it was utterly embarrassing and I would have cringed with mortification had it been me! Pretty much everything she says and does is flawed and yet people now crowing over how wonderful she is for representing Nadia Munro but personally I can never look up to a woman who represented the Lockerbie bomber and all the other shady clients she has helped to represent. If only people would do a bit of background checking on this woman and her fast ageing husband they would hopefully look with less rose tinted glasses and finally see the truth regarding these two dodgy dealers.
      As regards the dress, she is not a 6 year old child and it would be better if she were to stop dressing and posturing like one, this will never happen as @Gusto says below her insatiable need for attention is never going to end.

    • JustBitchy says:

      Ditto to Dippit. Well said

  25. Guesto says:

    I really wanted to and tried to like and appreciate this woman but her insatiable need for attention is so incredibly off-putting. Ditto her equally needy, arrogant and ego-driven husband.

    • kate says:

      I really see it differently than the two comments above. Is she using her fame and marriage to attract attention? Sure. But it’s to her cause. This incredible young woman she is representing wouldn’t get a quarter of the attention if it weren’t for Amal. That might not be the way the world should work, but it’s the way it does work. Amal is using her celebrity to help others. Who knows how much ego is thrown in there but are we expecting her to be a saint? As to the clothes, I’ve already stated my view that I applaud her for flaunting her style, but is always appropriate (it’s not like she’s wearing daisy dukes or see-through tops). And the clothes add to the coverage she gets, hence more coverage for her causes. Again, not saying that’s the way things should be but it’s the fact.

      On the hand-holding, I don’t think they did it the whole time but think it shows they were a bit nervous — who wouldn’t be — and were leaning on each other. Maybe I’m not cynical enough but I doubt they talked about it ahead of time and made a plan to hold hands to prove something about their marriage.

      • Dippit says:

        Kate, it is one thing to bring some awareness to an issue, quite another to, inaccurately, present yourself as having the solution or strategy to address said issue. There are many aspects of statements made by AC this week which are flawed in Law or re: ICC remit and scope, and practise of the UNSC… and she must know that. That makes her media splurge questionable and somewhat hollow of purpose in my eyes.

  26. nicole says:

    Dippit and Guesto, I both agree with you, she and her husband are nothing more than show peices, all big talk and no action. That dress is horrid, and I find her to be extremely unattractive in looks and her snooty personality.

  27. Kitti says:

    Y’all jealous and projecting down here..

    • Dippit says:

      Not in the least bit jealous, more frustrated that she is making false promises to Yazidi women and questionable statements about the manner in which Daesh can be brought to account at variance with ACTUAL UNSC or ICC remit, scope, and procedures.

      AND that she does so seems to be keen grandstanding for personal ends pure and simple.

      BUT because she wears the Clooney name and designer clothes you think we all, needs must, be merely jealous. You wish to discuss with me where/why her proposals are flawed and cart before the horse we can do that Kitti. I’ll type UNSC/ICC whats and whyfores with you should you wish? In the meantime, I maintain my position as expressed above.

      • JustBitchy says:

        +1 Dippit. I totally support your POV and appreciate your insights on ICC. Keep pushing back on the Clooney lovers. They are both over their heads and without substance

  28. Jenny says:

    I too am wondering what happened to her hair? It looks so damaged. Not used to seeing such bad hair on Amal.

  29. Elizabeth says:

    I think it needs knee-socks and saddle oxfords to look right.

    Not to mention dog ears with red dilly-boppers to match the bow…

  30. Angel says:

    Actually recoiled from the image. Just no, all kinds of no.

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  32. Achoo says:

    A statement necklace would have looked better than the Christmas wrapping bow.