Celebrity Style Reality TV Stars

So I came across this site called RealityTea.com, which is a celebrity fashion/gossip site devoted to reality TV stars.  I’d never seen it before and didn’t know most of the people who are on it, but some of the fashion jumped right out at me so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts with you.  It’s always easier to understand what to wear and what NOT to wear when you have pictures, right?

The Good

The Kardashian Sisters

Kim Kardashian looks SO amazing here, I thought this was an ad.  It’s not.  She and her sisters (what’s up with those hats?!) were snapped leaving a hotel in New York to do some shopping.  With the slicked-back hair, beautiful makeup, and dramatic cape and boots, she looks chic and of-the-moment.  Absolutely stunning!

Kyle Richards

Kyle Richards is an actress and one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  Her sparkly cocktail dress is not only appropriate for the TV Guide event she’s at, it also shows off her hair, face, and figure.  The neutral colored platforms lengthen her legs without detracting from her dress.  Beautiful!  (Did you know she’s Paris Hilton’s aunt?)

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez also gets it right while attending an event with husband Marc Anthony.  The white goddess dress showcases her toned physique, and the ensemble’s gold accents are repeated in both the belt and the bracelets.  It adds a little drama without going over the top.  Nice!

Rachel Zoe

Stylist Rachel Zoe literally glows as a mother-to-be.  The few extra pounds of baby weight suit her well, filling out her face.  Rachel usually tends to over-do the accessories in my opinion, but she gets it right with the statement necklace and simple bracelet she wore to this Halloween masked event.  Notice how the tassel on her evening bag repeats the tassels on the necklace.  Beautiful!

The Bad

Adrienne Maloof

Adrienne Maloof is another Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member who typically dresses well – which is why this ensemble doesn’t resonate with me.  Not only is she nearly 50 – way past the shorts-as-evening-attire age limit – the textured tights look ridiculous (and not just because the stripes are straight on one leg and twisted on the other).  The outfit screams costume, not class.

Lisa Vanderpump

Lisa Vanderpump  – yet another RHOBH castmate – just misses the mark with her textured hose.  British and always elegant (she reminds me of a younger Jacqueline Bisset) she’s one of the reasons I watch RHOBH – to see all her jaw-dropping jewels (notice that diamond cuff?  It’s the “real McCoy,” baby!).  But this outfit is confusing.  Are we supposed to look at the lace in her bodice – or the lace on her legs?  It should be one or the other, not both.

Sonja Morgan

Sonja Morgan of the Real Housewives of New York typically scores with her chic selection of figure-hugging clothes – which is why I’m scratching my head over this caftan she wore to the Princess Grace Awards.  Not only is it too long, it makes me think of tacky Mrs. Roper on Three’s Company instead of elegant Princess Grace.  Tsk, tsk.

Kelly Bensimon and Karina Smirnoff

Kelly Bensimon of the RHONY has a personal style that defies explanation and this ensemble is no exception.  She’s 40+, wearing a ballerina tutu under a boyfriend jacket to a night club in Vegas.  Huh?  Even DWTS dancer Karina Smirnoff knows that you wear cocktail attire to a night club! Heck, even the girl with bad posture standing behind Karina got the memo.  Kelly, honey, please — rein in that free spirit and learn what to wear when, okay?

The Brave

Kandi Burruss

Photo courtesy of TheBlackUrbanTimes.com

For the opening of her boutique in Atlanta about a year ago, singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss of the Real Housewives of Atlanta wore a white textured top, white leggings, and white platform shoes.  Brave!  While I love the top, the leggings are another story.  She has long legs and is toned enough to pull them off, but I have to confess, not only was my attention immediate drawn to the camel toe crotch, I kept looking for cellulite as I scrolled through the pictures.  Nothing like having other women check out your behind, right?

Kourtney Kardashian and son Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian was trying on Halloween costumes and naturally asked a photographer to tag along (don’t we all?).  She looks amazing in everything she tried, which is why it was SO brave of her sister Kourtney and her mother Kris to opt for her rejects.

Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord

Simon van Kempen of the Real Housewives of New York also has his own style.  While he’s taking tons of heat in the press for wearing this jacket, it makes me think of menswear c. 1790. Not as fitted, perhaps, but every bit as flamboyant.  And what is Simon if not flamboyant?  Fashion history and a social event – “ you go, guy!”

The Snooki

I’ve never watched Jersey Shore or Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi in action, but I do have a question:  does she not realize just how bad she dresses?  I mean when both Ellen and Joan Rivers go as you for Halloween, wouldn’t that make you stop and ask questions?

Apparently not, since this 4’9″ dynamo hasn’t changed her style at all in recent weeks.  Observe:

Snooki in New York

Where do I begin?  The collar?  The overly long sleeves?  The two clashing prints?  Way too much going on in such a small space.  As my 13-year old said, “She looks like a toasted marshmallow on toothpicks.”  That pretty much says it all.

Pauly D and Snooki

Snooki with “Pauly D.” (and here I thought all those Jersey nicknames were only fiction in mob films!  Who knew?).  Observe the weird green nail polish and the too-small bra that pushes everything up so she can rest her chin on her breasts.  This little V-shape needs a fashion intervention (not to mention a minimizer bra)!

Snooki as the "Pickle Princess" for Halloween

Snooki as “The Pickle Princess” for Halloween.  Not Snow White, not Cinderella.  The Pickle Princess.  Hmm.  And who would her Prince Charming be? Peter Piper?  (Meow!)  To review:  light colors reflect light and make you look heavier.  Textured fabrics make you look heavier.  If you’re petite, shoes in bright colors with straps or bands visually shorten you.  Scepters that are taller than you make you look shorter.

Now everyone’s entitled to a few fashion faux pas in her life.  But when you walk out the door every day dressed like this and you’re on a reality show and you’ve got photographers and videographers following you around, here’s what happens:

Ellen De Generes as Snooki's PoufPhoto courtesy of People.com

Ellen DeGeneres dressed as Snooki’s pouf for her Halloween show.  The cabbage patch doll is Snooki (“It’s actual size, I’ve met her,” quipped Ellen), and Ellen is the pouf.  Yikes!

Joan Rivers as Snooki and Snooki

Note:  Unless otherwise noted, all photos courtesy of RealityTea.com

Joan Rivers dressed as Snooki for her Halloween Fashion Police show in which Snooki was a guest and offered fashion critiques on other celebrities.  Seriously?

I just don’t get it.

What do you think?  Sound off below.

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2 Comments

  • Shel

    Reply Reply December 7, 2010

    I think people in the limelight dress outrageously because it gets them more immediate attention. I mean, why be just another Belle who got it right when you can be a pickle princess? Besides, it is entertaining for the rest of us. These entertainers are simply doing their job, right?

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