Chandra Wilson: Red Carpet Fashion Intervention

01/13/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

Who doesn’t love Chandra Wilson as tough-love Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy? She is riding high this awards season, not only nominated for a NAACP Image Award but also as the only female cast member of the hit show to be nominated for a SAG award. We’re thrilled for her, but it might be time to step it up a notch on the red carpet. The 5′ actress arrived to the People’s Choice Awards in a mauve satin pantsuit that is not only out of step with current trends, but didn’t do justice to the petite actress’s figure. That night, she told PEOPLE that she started picking out her awards show wardrobe in September and would be wearing a dress by Sherri Hill, who turns out to be a prom dress designer! Oh Chandra, you can do better than that — what about a great pantsuit from Donna Karan or Armani? We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the Globes on Monday night.

For more of the latest news and gossip on the Golden Globes and other award shows, check out our Red Carpet Confidential blog.

Photo: Chris Hatcher / Photorazzi

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New R on

no offense, but with her height , she should’ve picked something more elegant and simpler like a black dress maybe up to her knees with a nice heels (not too high) and just simple accessories….. Obviously she dosen’t have a good taste in that area !!!!

enigma on

No offense as well!

But, satin and silk fabrics have never looked really good on people who are over weight. I agree, with New R about the black dress (or even a red dress) and nice heels.


yen on

When bad fashion happens to good people,its so wrong that i donĀ“t even know where to start.The only thing good is her make-up and hair

Christine Charles on

Oh… poor thing! It looks like she has just put on a hideous and tacky silk night gown that went awry! Not her best choice!

superkitty on

it’s horrible! The shiny satin sleeves just make her arms look a lot BIGGER which I believe she’s trying to hide. If I were the designer I would propose soft chiffon sheer sleeves to cover the arms, and a cocktail length dress to accommodate her height.
She’s a beautiful woman but now she looks like a giant ball of grapes! Sorry! Nothing personal. Just she has bad taste, she definitely need a stylist!

Jll Browne on

She looks fantastic. Please Chandra don’t listen to the critics. As a matter of fact, any chance you get tell them to BUZZ off (your too classy to say what I thought first of typing).

KT fr Cda on

Def not a good choice. I’m short too and a little over weight myself. I wear black a lot and it doesn’t show height and weight as much. She should wear a black dress that is flowing and has sleaves. Black heals would be really good too. She should do her hair professionally. She shouldn’t wear her hair back.

heidi on

What was she thinking?

Amanda on

Her scrubs would have been better than that. I totally agree with a previous post, a black dress above the knees would have been perfect.

Shasha on

Okay so the outfit isn’t the greatest but look at her she’s beaming.C’mon Y’all it’s the inside that counts.

Alice on

I love her. Her hair and makeup look amazing but the outfit isn’t working for her.

Michelle on

OK, not the greatest look. On the positive side of things: (1) as Shasha said, she’s absolutely beaming; (2) the color is beautiful; and (3) the placement of the waistband makes her look taller.

Kay on

I think if you take off the sleeves, lose the pants, and make this an A-line dress that stopped at the knees it would have been perfect. But she does look radiant and the color and empire waist are beautiful.

BC on

I like it

Kiki on

she needs to let her hair down and take some style lessons from Jennifer Hudson, another beautiful curvy lady.

Lindsey on

She looks like Barney. Someone should have helped this poor girl out!! Purple + curves = NO! It just doesn’t work on her, especially with that fabric.

Dorez on

We’d love to help Ms. Chandra Wilson with her wardrobe. She’s a beautiful woman and we would consider it an honor to work with her. Maybe she’ll see this and contact us via our website. Here’s the link:
As you know, plus size women have extremely limited choices when it comes to clothing. And if a designer isn’t full-figured, they usually have no idea how to create something for us. I’m a big girl myself… so I know what I’m talking about.

Anna Nicole
Designer/CEO Jahqoi

Christine on

Overweight? Because she isn’t the size of a twig? Come off it now! The outfit itself is not flattering to my favorite Grey’s Anatomy cast member, but the color is good on her, and her smile is sincere, infectious and says that she is glad to be where she is and happy to have been acknowledged. As she becomes more and more accustomed to being honored by her peers and fans, she will get it together and dress like the best of them — Halle Berry, Gabriel Union, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Williams. OK wanna be fashion critics, we all have to start somewhere! Lighten up!

maya on

I agree with you about that, Christine. The color does become her. It’s hard enough for us full-figured girls to find stylish clothes. So, I can only imagine how hard it is for a celebrity to find something that has the ‘WOW’ factor – for all those red carpet events.

As you pointed out, too, she’s still a newcomer to being on the ‘star’ level. It’s not easy getting the hang of things and figuring out what looks good on camera too. I was once a guest at an Academy Award luncheon and I can remember how grateful I was to be an ‘unknown’ person… ’cause I couldn’t afford a designer dress. I had to buy something off the rack. : ( I’m glad new designers are starting to make more ‘diva-like’ clothing in plus-sizes. I just hope the full-figured women will support them. Too many stores are getting rid of their plus-size departments.

ker on

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