Reese Witherspoon's Oscars Gown: Love It or Hate It?

02/23/2009 at 03:00 AM ET

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Reese Witherspoon has thrilled us with her award show looks over the years, from her vintage Christian Dior to collect her Best Actress Oscar to her sexy yellow Nina Ricci at the Golden Globes the following year. And when the surprise presenter took to the stage at tonight’s Academy Awards, it was no exception. The star chose a daringly fashion-forward Rodarte gown with a billowing ombre skirt and an asymmetrical beaded bodice. We love that Reese is supporting a young American label — Rodarte is designed by two twentysomething sisters in California. Reese is one of our Best Dressed picks, but it is more avant-garde than most. So we want to know: What do you think of Reese’s edgy look? Vote in our poll below!

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assaft on

am i the only person who thought this gown was awful? those ‘straps’ or ‘bands’ are too close together and do not flatter her decolletage at all. and then, i need to see more pics, but wasn’t the back strange? it kind of looks a bit like a mess to me…


Reese is trully that 1 girl who could make a paper bag look GREAT!!!! Not only is she beautiful on the outside she’s beautiful on the inside and that’s why she can pull off anything, still this dress is beautiful too.

susan on

reese always looks beautiful! she could wear a paper sack and look georgeous. she is a real lady!

mary on

love resse she looks beautiful.

Tina on

Reese Witherspoon’s dress was the ugliest dress of the ceremony.

Bad makeup too.

Reese has no taste!

sewdragondesigns on

Everything about her last night overwhelmed her. Her makeup around her eyes was too dark and heavy, it almost looked like it might have looked good the night before, but she slept in it and didnt remove it.

Reese is so small and angular herself that this dress having sharp angles also is just too much for her. Maybe if it was a different color against her creamy skin.

Michael on

Awful dress, what was she thinking?

Reese Witherspoon is a redneck woman.

Sharon on


Mr Blackwell on

That dress is AWFUL. For starters, it looks like she’s wearing a backpack with those black straps. The back section and around the shoulders was a pink/skin color mesh – if you want backless, wear backless, don’t try to cover it up with something that’s supposed to look like your skin. The zipper was also lumpy and visible. There were also little plastic bra straps she was wearing, what’s that about? And then to add to the mess, her hair was stringy and she wore heavy makeup and cobalt blue eyeshadow. Ugh.

Geez on

Reese Witherspoon has bad figure and fugly face, she should take care to look presentable.

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