Editor’s Note: Dana Weiss is a fashion and entertainment blogger whose popular site Possessionista.com gives readers direct access to styles worn on television. She's also a hilarious sartorialist whose quippy observations on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette keep us (and Bachelor Nation) rolling off our computer chairs. Dana will be writing a semi-regular column for Wetpaint during Desiree's season of The Bachelorette, and to say we're "tickled" would be an understatement. Here's the first one. Enjoy (you will):
We love the idea of Desiree Hartsock as the newest Bachelorette. Her attainable style on The Bachelor had us absolutely giddy and we couldn’t wait to see what she wore when ABC pulled out all the stops (and the price tags) for the new season of The Bachelorette.
Every year, prior to the premiere of The Bachelorette, ABC releases promo pictures of the Lady of the Roses. These pics are a combination of over-the-top fantasy pictures and a toned-down girl-next-door themed photo shoot designed to make those of us at home fall in love with the Bachelorette, relate to her, and, hopefully, see a little of her in each of us.
Recently, ABC released Des’ Bachelorette promo pictures — including some girl-next-door photos that left us scratching our heads. Des’ casual look was the biggest letdown since Chris Harrison promised the most dramatic proposal ever.
Here, we break down why Des’s look left us feeling sadder than that one contestant who dresses like a woman and gets sent home on the first night.
The shoes: We know you shouldn’t judge a person until you’ve walked in her shoes, but seriously, we would never step foot in Des’s satin peep-toe pumps. We’re half wondering if these are actually dyeables that were meant to be sent to Catherine for her upcoming nuptials. For Des’ sake, we hope there’s a bridesmaid running around Seattle with a super hot pair of pumps in her size.
The hair: They say the bigger the hair, the closer to God. And while Des Hartsock makes no secret that faith is important to her, this Bump-It (never forget) hairstyle is truly a fashion sin. We’re just getting used to Des with no bangs. Please don’t make us stare at this instead.
The jeans: Sure, the core audience of Bachelor nation includes plenty of middle-aged women with kids (including this author). But that doesn’t mean Des has to wear “mom jeans” to make her relatable. At the very least, they could have airbrushed them a shade darker.
And speaking of airbrush…
The photoshop: Des Hartsock is naturally one of the most beautiful Bachelorettes we’ve ever seen. (Remember when Sean woke them at 4AM to watch the sunrise and she still looked better than us?) so why the heavy hand with the photo tool, guys? Des looks like a wax figure in these photos. Let’s get back to the natural Des.
And leave the wax figures to the cast of the Bachelor Pad.
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