Nicole Richie And Marchesa Lose Major Style Points With This Mess Of A Prom Dress

September 28, 2010 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Shop

Nicole Richie looked the victim of a tragic bow-attack accident this week on the red carpet for the L.A. Museum exhibit “The Unmasking.” I wish I was wearing a mask when I saw her in this horrendous outfit – Nicole has been a longtime style icon for me, so to see her looking such a mess is disappointing. Let’s break it down:

What she did wrong:

You want to wear the dress, not have the dress wear you. The bow is a major distraction – but not even the worst part of the dress (see below).

What’s up with the multi-tiered ombre skirt and black lace overlay bodice? She looks like she over-dressed for the prom.

What she should have done:

A better way to get her bow fix would have been this Diane von Furstenberg Granno Panne Velvet dress ($345). It’s pretty and feminine – not scary and over-the-top.

Another pretty way to wear silver without overwhelming is this flattering Lafayette 148 New York Drop-Waist dress ($498). Wear it with black peep toe pumps for a cocktail party, or  a black cardi for work.

Hit the asymmetrical trend and sequins trend with this ABS Sequined One Shoulder dress ($240) – the perfect party dress.

Wear silver/gray in the daytime with this effortless Juicy Couture Gathered Sleeve dress ($158). You’ll love the ombre stripes and sleeve detail.

For more tips on what not to wear, celebrity style, and more – check our red carpet re-do posts. Then head over to our guides of the best black dresses, sheath dresses and celebrity dresses.


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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