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octavia spencer

I have a love hate relationship with this style, whether it is a dress, skirt, or even top. This is not a look that everyone can wear so please read on to see which body types fit the drop waist look the best. I was on Essence.com and saw actress Octavia Spencer rocking a drop waist dress. Now I love me some Octavia Spencer but this dress was just all wrong for her body type.

dropwaistNow the color looks great on her, but the proportions are all wrong. When it comes to fashion proportions are key. I mean that’s one of the main critiques that the designers get on Project Runway from the judges. If the portions are off you begin to highlight challenging areas or you create a look that disrupts the flow of your outfit. In this dress her legs look shorter than what they are and  she looks boxy.

I wanted to purchase the drop waist dress from the Prabal Gurung for Target collection, but I didn’t because I just looked awkward lol.

Drop waist dresses work best on people that have shorter torsos and smaller hips. Women who are petite should avoid drop waist dresses because you will appear shorter. If you have a wide or round midsection avoid the drop waist dress because you will accentuate that area.

Marlo Hampton and Porsha Stewart

Marlo Hampton and Porsha Stewart

I think shorter hemlines work best with drop waist dresses and skirts. The longer hemlines seem to make people look frumpy.

Nene Leakes and Michelle Obama

Nene Leakes and Michelle Obama

Would you rock a drop waist dress?

Last week Essence celebrated Black Women in Hollywood. For the 5th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon they honored Pam Grier, Kerry Washington, Paula Patton, Octavia Spencer and Shonda Rhimes.

Take a look at the photos from the events

Viola Davis, Paula Patton, Kerry Washington

Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Tasha Smith

 Lynn Whitfield, Tatyana Ali, Kelly Rowland

Pam Grier, Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter

Jurnee Smollet, MC Lyte, Eva Marcille, Anika Noni Rose

Jill Scott, Nicole Ari Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross

All of the women look amazing. I am just extremely happy that Essence continues to celebrate women of color in Hollywood because we are often overlooked for our talents and our achievements. Thank you Essence.

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If you aren’t following me on Twitter or if you have yet to Like Her Goody Bag on Facebook what are you waiting for? Tonight we ave up to the minute recaps on the attendees and who they were wearing. If you missed it sorry, but let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again!

Here are my favorite looks for the night.

Octavia Spencer looked absolutely gorgeous in this beaded Tadashi Shoji Gown

Viola Davis had many women green with envy in this custom Vera Wang Gown and I love that she went with her natural hair. She looks stunning.

Michelle Williams has become one of my favorites this awards season. She wore a Louis Vuitton gown in coral. On the tv it looks red but it is definitely coral.

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I decided to take a break from my New York Fashion Week coverage. Although fashion week ended last Thursday there are still a few more designers I will feature because I was blown away by their creations. Take a look at these amazing dresses on some amazing wmen. from the NAACP Image Awards.

Pops of color definitely brightens up anyone’s mood and this is true with Tia Mowry and Keke Palmer

Vanessa Williams and Tracee Ellis Ross stunned everyone in their black gowns.

To round up the 43rd Image Awards Red Carpet we have Meagan Good, Holly Robinson Pete and Taraji P. Henson who gave us a touch of glam.

I wasn’t able to get you the Red Carpet footage for the Golden Globes a few weeks ago because I was out of town and I didn’t have my laptop (bad blogger) but I have you covered for the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  • Kelly Osborne-It’s all in the simple details
  • Shaun Robinson- this is how you get noticed! The color is bold and daring.
  • Diane Lane-she didn’t take too much of a risk,but the jeweled detail is what caught my eye

  • Jayma Mays-combining sequins and lace can be detrimental but the execution on this dress was phenomenal
  • Ariel Winter- the mixed prints and textures give this dress major attitude
  • Kaley Cuoco-very whimsical, but I like it

  • Octavia Spencer- Always elegant. With dresses in this shade it’s always a hit or miss because it can look drab but she nailed it.
  • Ashlee Simpson- One of my top looks. It has such a vintage feel
  • Lea Michele- I guess she wanted to add a little flavor and show a little leg! The split is so daring, but it is tasteful

  • Amber Riley- representing for the curvy girls with this peplum and lace dress
  • Michelle Williams- I love the lace detailing on the sleeves
  • Regina King- what I love most about this dress is the color

  • Viola Davis- Yesssssss–she looks phenomenal! This dress is so elegant and her hair and makeup—perfection
  • Sofia Vegara- she’s always spicy and this dress definitely hugs the curves
  • Zoe Saldana- her style is effortless

  • Renee Bargh- the different textures give this dress a unique look
  • Nancy O’Dell- the color is amazing. Red is always a popular color
  • Rose Byrne- I love that she went against the grain and wore a jumpsuit