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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Hair Gone Wrong on

Its different cute, but there was something like that designed in the 80’s so not really new to fashion but is anything really ever!!!

Tracy on

Odd, but she had the body to pull it off.

Guest on

Awful. ESP the klunky shoes. Looks like 2003 . Where’s diddy? Act your age jennifer. Tacky tacky. Gotta go home to the kids at some point. Nothing sadder than a woman in her late thirties or older trying to be a popstar. Don’t want to end up like Madonna. Fifty something with gloves w no fingers. Embarrassing!

Guest on

Looks tacky. ESP the klunky shoes. Looks like a pic from 2003. Where’s diddy? Another middle aged woman making a fool of herself. Give it up jennifer

jenfun on

how do u pee in that thing?

Janie on

Not even Counselor Troi could pull this look off.

Pam on

Different – Yes
Attractive – No
Too bad – would have been a gorgeous gown.

Sue on

She is trying way to hard….peculiar outfit at best.

Yo-Yo on

Yuck. Not a good look at all.

pthomas on

It’s ok. Looks like a student project. She is a gorgeous woman I wish she would stop trying so hard. She dresses too young and it does not do her looks justice. And I am tired of her slicked back hair. Why have long hair if you always slick it back?

yahoo on

I actually like the outfit, but what is up with all that brown makeup shading on and around her forehead (crown of her hair). It is not attractive and if she isn’t careful, it will leave brown smears on the jumpsuit/dress.

Iris Day on

The gown would have looked classy and gorgeous without that strange pant leg worked in! But if anyone can pull off risky looks, it’s Jennifer. She’s just luscious!!

Kate on

Why didn’t they “line” the dress part….that seam down the middle looks awful and unfinished.

slb on

Nope, looks stupid! Her face though, flawless as usual.

bettyann greco on


Yolanda Davis on

Odd but kinda cute.

Ru on

She is so beautiful, she could wear a potato sack and look stunning!

Gg on

The entire look is awful from the fake tan down to the shoes. I generally like some of the things she wears but this is horrible.

Guest on

It’s too Flo Jo

Hrword on

Effing awful. Fire that stylist

gerry on

Love it…she can pull it off♥

gerry on

Loved it…looked pretty on Entertainment Tonite…she can pull it off♥♡♥

Amaryllis on


Lakeside on

Why does JLo always take EVERY picture with that fake pout? I get that Versace is trying something new in a fashion sense, but the pant/gown thing is a little to hybrid for me. It would be better as a beautiful gown than a jumpsuit.

Joy on

It’s different. She looks good.

Janey on


anthony on

Two words, stupid and tacky. And what’s up with her face.
Her face is looking a little Tales from the Crypt-y lately.

marty on

She looks hungry, poor thing eat a sandwich :)

Pam on

It’s very similar to a crazy black outfit Lindsey Lohan wore a while back that was 1/2 dress & 1/2 pants. This is prettier than Lindsey’s but I’m on the fence with it so I’ll “skirt” the issue

Ana on

Just because a style icon wears something, it doesn’t mean it’s actually a good idea.

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


TIa on

No, just NO. and no to the over tight pulled back hair. It is not a good look for her at all.

Dawn on

She looks great…I don’t see what the big deal is…o_o?

Tamarin on

Looks dumb, but I guess it’s better than seeing her underwear.

kevin on

Jennifer looks great.. super hotie

ddcook2 on

Love it! Jennifer looks awesome in that outfit.

CDS on

Jenfun: I agree with you, she sure cannot wait until the last minute to go to the rest room to pee or whatever. She probably has to take the complete outfit off first (LOL)

nelson on

Alex Apatoff you are living in an archaic world of fashion. And terms like fashion forward are idiotic. What fashion world are you living in when you write things like “over” and “under.” This is obviously something Jennifer wore to please Versace. Women don’t wear this in any other setting other than a fashion show. Interest in high couture fashion is over my friend. Jennifer makes this archaic fashion environment just a little bit more relevant. She looks great!

Just being honest on

Trying too hard! And what’s up with all the red make up covering her forehead?!

AJ on

Yuck! Hot mess!

lala on

You forgot to show the bare leg! Best part, PEOPLE mag!

kevin on

she looks stunning.

kevin on

she looks stunning with anything she wears.. so sexy.. now i see why Latinas are taking over.. they are exotic and beautiful.

Terri on


Terri on

I meant Yuck!

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