Kristen Bell's Shapeless Sack Dress Shows How Not To Wear Neutrals

August 16, 2010 by Justine Schwartz
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Neutral or flesh-toned dresses and tops are huge this season, but the trend is not a slam-dunk one – it can be easily messed up. Case in point: Kristen Bell’s potato sack-like, square “hoop dress” (what was Stella McCartney thinking?). We broke it down here:

What she did wrong:

We just want to rip that shapeless bag off – it does nothing for her petite, toned frame.

When wearing a flesh-colored dress, think of it as an extension of your body shape. Accent (not muffle) your best parts.

(The strappy shoes are actually a great neutral shoe choice.)

What she should have done:

1. Find a dress with a geometric pattern that makes the neutral more body-con.

Finding a dress with geometric shapes or accents like this Arden B Slash Stripe Bandage dress ($69) makes the neutral look more modern, edgy and sleek.

2. Find a dress with black accents for a more polished look:

One of our favorite color combinations is neutral and black – this is a great way to wear the trend. Try this MM Couture by Miss Me Geo-Print dress ($89) for an impressive look.

3. Always go body-con over shapeless and ill-fitting.

Always choose fitted over loose-fitting with neutrals; the look is almost supposed to be futuristic and modern. Nail it with this super sexy Pleasure Doing Business Sweetheart dress ($286) – its like the Herve Leger tape dress for a fraction of the cost.

Get more of the best deal of the day picks, plus peruse our calendar of online sample sales, and find yourself you new favorite little black dress or summer dress, and a pair of nude shoes to go along with it.


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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