I’ve really been doing my best to lay off of Gwyneth Paltrow lately, but can we talk for a minute about what she wore to Wednesday’s L.A. premiere of Iron Man 3? Because it needs discussing in a big, BIG way.
Gwyneth arrived at the premiere clad in a green, black, and white Antonio Berardi dress that didn’t really do much for me from the front; mostly I think it’s a little busy, although the silhouette is nice.
But then I saw it from the back. And, well… just look:
SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. The most pressing of which is probably, did she go commando for this one?
I usually feel a little “eh…” about outfits like this. It’s not that I’m a prude or anything—I PROMISE you I’m not—but the way I see it, “sexy” isn’t about how much skin you can show off; it’s about how comfortable you are IN that skin. You can be totally, jaw-droppingly sexy without revealing everything you’ve got—and indeed, leaving a little something to the imagination is often the sexiest thing of all.
But that’s just me. I suppose when you’re voted the World’s Most Beautiful Woman, you can wear whatever the heck you like; but then there’s this: When asked by People why she picked this one, Gwyneth responded by eliminating her own agency and pinning it on someone else. “You have to ask my stylist,” she said. “I think because it’s sexy. You’ve got all the sheer bits but it’s sort of ‘superheroes’ on top.” That? Is a little weird. Because I find it extremely difficult to believe that someone can put on a dress like this and go to an event where many cameras will be present without having any strong feelings either way about what she’s wearing.
What do you think, Bettys? Love it? Hate it? As weirded out as I am by Gwyneth’s self-imposed lack of agency? Tell us in the comments!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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