Rachel Bilson’s strange “bra dress”: trashy or classy?


I’ll admit, I rarely think about Rachel Bilson one way or the other. Her style and talent seem hit-or-miss, but on the plus side, she seems like a nice girl with a decent head on her shoulders. Thus, most people aren’t paying attention to her, I think. She’s not a hot mess and she’s not some bombshell. She’s just cute and there. Anyway, Rachel has a new movie called Waiting for Forever, and the premiere was last night in New York. This white Preen dress was what she wore – what do you think? It’s weird, right? Like it could have been really special and cute and amazing, but the designer f-cked it up with those strange boob cups and the rib cage cut-out. If the stuff from the waist up was changed only slightly, she would have looked amazing. Eh.

Love it or hate it?

Rachel Bilson showed off her petite figure in a bizarre bra cut-out Preen frock at the premiere of her new flick, Waiting for Forever, in NYC Thursday. (The actress, 28, also donned nude Brian Atwood pumps.)

The back of the cream colored gown featured a bright yellow neon stripe of fabric.

Bilson — who has been engaged to her Jumper costar Hayden Christensen, 28, since February 2009 — recently admitted to Cleo magazine that she’s obsessed with shopping.

“I’m not a shopaholic in the sense that I spend lots of money; I definitely love vintage and I love finding deals just like anyone else. But I do like to shop!” she said.

[From Us Weekly]

She didn’t pose at all with her back to the cameras, so I can’t see this mysterious yellow stripe, but there is this photo:

Rachel Bilson arrives at the School of Visual Arts Theater in a revealing white dress

A hint of yellow. Eh, the problem is that she doesn’t have the boobs for this dress. ScarJo would have filled this out until the cups runeth over. Rachel just stuffed her A cups into the dress and the underwire section just looks stiff and too big.

By the way, about the actual film… the synopsis for Waiting for Forever is: “Life has gotten complicated for actress Emma Twist. Her mediocre TV show has been canceled, she’s on the rocks with her boyfriend Aaron, and her fathers illness has been deemed terminal. To make matters worse, her childhood friend Will Donner, whom she hasn’t laid eyes on since they were children, has decided now is the time to profess his true feelings for her. When everyone unexpectedly converges in Emma’s hometown, questions of family, love, and how we live our lives are explored.” Rachel plays Emma. Blythe Danner is in it too. Sounds totally boring.

Rachel Bilson arrives at the School of Visual Arts Theater in a revealing white dress

Gen Art Film Festival Screening Of Waiting For Forever - Arrivals

Gen Art Film Festival Screening Of Waiting For Forever - Arrivals

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  1. Icecat says:

    I love Racheal Bilson. I have to say though, she’s not looking so good here. Yes, the dress is very weird.. But also her hair looks fried. She just dosen’t look great to me..

  2. Kaboom says:

    Trashy. She looks like she forgot to put her top on.

  3. girl says:

    The dress is awful. It kind of looks like one of those choices made with the intention of having people talk trash about them.

    In the pic with Blythe Danner, she is starting to look Madam-esque. Hopefully it is just a bad angle or bad lighting.

  4. mingming says:

    Not a very flattering dress!

  5. Melinda says:

    Hate the dress, love the shoes!

  6. lu says:

    The dress design looks bad from the side. It poofs out at the stomach, and you can see the dress lining. Someone should have checked this before the actress did photos.

  7. Sarah says:

    She’s adorable, but that dress is not.

  8. Misola says:

    who’s that greasy emo guy, her co-star? Looks like he is a wanna be Sparkles…good luck grease boy….try again! There is only one Sparkles!

  9. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I think if she had a bigger rack, the bra part was in a different color (like, maybe the yellow across the back), and it had real straps instead of actual removable bra straps (seriously? lol) it could’ve looked kinda cool. Oh, and if she’d actually combed her hair, too.

  10. ligeia says:

    makes me wonder just how dumb and tasteless these celebrities are. did she honestly put this on, looked in the mirror and thought to herself “oh the stylist gave me this so it must be okay”? beyond ugly and horribly unflattering.

  11. CC says:

    @ Misola:

    That;s actually Sparkles’ BFF, Tom Sturridge

  12. Loser1 says:

    Love Rachel; hate the dress.

  13. kelbear says:

    The dress isn’t trashy but it should go in the trash. Love Rachel though.

  14. anon says:

    not a nice dress, distracting roots but such a pretty face. the dude is like a sparkles parody. his hair actually looks like he got swept up in a big gust of wind

  15. Ruby Red Lips says:


    Tho she is very beautiful so almost gets away with it, but not quite!

  16. Erin says:

    she sure benefits from a good flash…she looks awful in the top picture. it’s clearly the most true-to-life.

  17. azura says:

    this dress would look ok on a tanned body

  18. Lady Jane says:

    trashy. this dress is for Scarlet Johanssen not this stick. But it would still look trashy on Scarlet. Just sexy-trashy.

  19. danielle says:

    I usually like how Rachel Bilsen dresses (she acts too?) but this is a hot mess. Hair, makeup, dress, it’s all bad.

  20. Bellalluna says:

    100% agree with you kelbear…so true about it going in the trash! lol

    It’s honestly terrible….But I also agree with Lady Jane…Better on someone like ScarJo…BAHAH @ danielle

  21. Anons says:

    she’s cute but seriously, what is that rig? part bra, part business suit? ugh. some celebs put too much faith in their stylists. just say no.

  22. Kelly-Michelle says:

    When does her movie open in theaters?

  23. Johnd doe says:

    Someone help me out here

    who is Rachel Bilson?

  24. Rosanna says:

    beautiful, classy woman!

  25. CeeCee12 says:

    She was on The OC I believe. I know her from gossip blogs. Never ever watched that show.

    The whole look is hideous. She needs to chop the dead hair and get some PR with a cool new haircut.
    I have always liked Blythe. Elegant lady.

  26. Kat says:

    Love her, hate the dress.

  27. GatsbyGal says:

    Trashy trashy trashy.

  28. stylefile says:

    I actually like the dress and think that Rachel can pull it off better than ScarJo can. A bra-dress on someone with a rack like ScarJo’s will just look trashy for sure.

    I like the congruence of the tailored pieces and then suddenly a bra-top. I think the yellow at the back works too, tho I would have picked different shoes to play off of the yellow (love the shoes she’s wearing but would just pick a different pair for the yellow part). I think the shoes are too safe for a dress that ISN’T.

    Unfortunately, tho I may like the dress and the dress on Rachel Bilson, the dress itself doesn’t look like it was fitted for her. The fit is off-kilter and looks at least half a size too big.

    So, with this movie coming out, does it take Rachel off the list as most popular guess for the barely-working actress who is a call-girl on the side (from CDaN)? Or does one small movie every few years keep her even more firmly on the suspect list?

  29. I'm With Stupid says:

    I say the dress look stupid. Is their a stupid catagory? 🙂

  30. Crash2GO2 says:

    It’s clAAsy (said in a high nasal tone).

  31. Brooklyn says:

    ew. it looks like it is made out of tempur-pedic material. the shoes are good though.

  32. eternalcanadian says:

    Tacky. That’s all I have to say. 😐

  33. kim says:

    not in a good way 90’s style dress is not for her.

    she can’t pull off that dress like other women can.

  34. ViktoryGin says:

    The whole thing (hair and dress) makes her look sloppy and unkempt. She honestly looks greasy, like her hair hasn’t seen water in about a week. Did she look in a mirror before she left?

  35. Whitey Fisk says:

    Scarlet Vixen, good eye, I didn’t even notice the removable straps.

  36. pumak says:

    fantastic dress

  37. sarah says: