Jennifer Lopez's Pants/Dress Combo Platter Inspires an Editor Debate: 'Obsessed or Hot Mess?'

07/07/2014 at 03:26 PM ET

Jennifer Lopez is never one to play it safe on the style front — and this latest look, an Atelier Versace high-fashion jumpsuit-slash-dress, is just another notch on her risk-taker belt. And much like any fashion-forward ensemble, it inspired a debate in the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices. Below, we take sides; read on, then tell us where you fall on the great jumpsuit/dress pro/con spectrum.

Jennifer Lopez pants/dress hybridDominique Charriau/WireImage

OBSESSED: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: I have been experiencing jumpsuit fatigue lately. I love the trend, and I have a few onesies hanging in my closet, but it’s becoming a little stale on the red carpet. So when Jennifer Lopez introduced this gown-meets-pants Versace creation at the label’s Paris show, I got very excited. In my opinion, it’s like the jumpsuit’s sassy older sister. Plus, it fit her body impeccably and gave me flashbacks to old-school JLo. To be clear, I don’t think this look would work for just any formal occasion (and if Forever 21 or H&M comes out with a look-for-less version, I’m not sure that I’d be brave enough to wear it), but it was a very refreshing outfit compared to the other expected gowns or minis that we usually see on the carpet. And it has two editors involved in a really fun fashion debate, which I think was the whole point.

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HOT MESS: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I can’t be “over” jumpsuits because I was never “under” jumpsuits (yes, Friends jokes, still as fresh today as they were 15 years ago). But I can grudgingly admit that in certain circumstances, on certain stars, they can look as fun or elegant as a dress. I haven’t, however, ever felt the need to see a jumpsuit combined with a dress. But Jenny from the Block has been answering questions I haven’t asked since way back in 1999, and this Atelier Versace look is no different. “What would a high-slit gown look like with one sparkly rogue trouser look like?” I never wondered, and here’s the result. Listen, I’ll give J.Lo points for choosing a risky outfit — but then I’m going to take all those points away for her “bronzer by exhaust pipe” makeup job.

With whom do you agree? Can this outfit be saved — or is it perfect as is?

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lola on

I don’t hate it. Interesting.

Denverpeet on

It works on her

Kimi on

She always has the same pose and the same look. The way she always does her lips gets on my nerves! She is so fake. Everything about her seems so practiced!

It's All Just Bad! on

The hybrid outfit is a miss for me! It’s something about the cut if the dress side that doesn’t look right. And I have no clue who was in charge of her makeup but the contouring is horrible! Waaaay too much bronzer! She’s 44 years old and still trying to dress as thought she’s in her 20’s and 30’s and unfortunately, it’s just not flattering. I love Jennifer ( I refuse to call her JLo! Sounds redic) but nothing good came from this pboto! And I’m hoping her extremely skinny sunken in look is due to her recent break up and not a look she’s striving for. She’s known for being thick and beautiful, she needs to stay that way!!

kaila on

Why does she always jut out her hip like that? Maybe to create the illusion of being ultra curvy. Everyone always talks about her curves, but she seems a little skinny to me. The young girls, well they all beat her in looks, but for someone her age, Sophia Vergara has her beat hands down in curves, sex appeal and looks!

jckfmsincty on

With all that money, why as she never gotten a nose job?

miarol on

I hate the shoes too! As for the outfit, I think it would’ve been nicer if the pant leg was same color and material as the dress. It looks odd because the materials clash. But she does look beautiful…she usually does. God I hate her! lol

Tina kravitz on

Obsessed. JLO can wear anything. She is hot and sexy.

Skiwoman62 on

Weird outfit for JLo who usually knocks it out of the park!

Melissa on


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