Thursday, January 25, 2007

Weekly Best Dressed: Jennifer Hudson

I know I'm not the only one who has been delighted by the onslaught of media attention on Jennifer Hudson for her performance in Dreamgirls. I haven't seen the film yet, but according to the critics, she outperforms seasoned actors like Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and uber-diva Beyonce (though I don't know if she counts as a "seasoned actor" when she's best known for her roles in Austin Powers 3 and the remake of The Pink Panther). In her Golden Globes acceptance speech, as in every interview I've seen with her, she comes off as extremely grounded and grateful for all that's happened to her in the last year, and it's so refreshing to see an actress who seems like she truly means it.

Jennifer's not a size two but she exudes confidence and isn't afraid to show off her body, with a good knowledge of what flatters her. At the Golden Globes, she chose a gorgeous empire waist gown in navy blue, a color you don't often see on the red carpet. The deep v-neck is sexy without overdoing it, showing off a little cleavage and drawing attention to her hair and face (her makeup was flawless). The sleeves hide her upper arms (something a lot of us don't want to show off), while the knotting at the bust allows the skirt to drape beautifully over her lower body, a very effective slimming technique. The floor length skirt and train also serve to make her look taller and thinner. My only complaint was that the dress look wrinkled at the bottom, but otherwise she looks fantastic.

For a similar, but more casual look, check out this BCBG dress (above).

But my favorite outfit of hers is this to-die-for black satin cocktail dress. It's ultra flattering with carefully placed ruching that shows off her bust (in a non-tacky way) while minimizing her waist and hips. Because of it's thickness, velvet is also a very forgiving fabric, and if you find a velvet dress with a little stretch, it'll be comfortable to boot. The cap sleeves are cute and modern, the knee-length skirt shows off her calves, and her accessories match perfectly. Two thumbs way up.

Here are a few examples of similar cocktail dresses, perfect for a winter party:

And to see Jennifer perform a song from Dreamgirls (she's amazing), check out this video.

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