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September 4, 2007

Good Nikki/Bad Nikki

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Plumcake @ 11:36 am

This wounds me to say because everyone knows that here at Manolo for the Big Girl our collective bosoms heave with love for Miss Nikki Blonsky, but say it I must.

Nikki Blonsky is not tall enough for this outfit.

Bad Use of Leggings

See, when you are travel-size like the Divine Miss B, there is a danger of having Too Much Going On. There’s just not enough distance between objects to let the eye rest. You’ve got to break it up a little.

La Blonsky has a LOT going on with this outfit, what with the big hair and the Pucci-inspired charmeuse top and the wrinkled leggings and the electric blue shoes which I do not technically hate but question because is that suede? in July? Really?

Fortunately, Nikki redeems herself. Same idea, but a cleaner look. Notice how the ribbon gives us a break from the pattern and draws attention upward while the black peep toes –even in a shorter heel– makes her legs look longer. This is how it’s done short girls.


I love a happy ending.


  1. Going back to the leggings discussion a few weeks ago – I think she is too short to wear leggings. They make her legs look even shorter and wider.

    Now, the same tunics with some beautiful long black pants with a great straight line would make her look so much taller and leaner – ultimately more flattering. Heck, she may even be able to pull off those shoes if they were mostly hidden under pants. Maybe.

    This is, of course, IMHO… :)

    Comment by sara — September 4, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

  2. I agree with Sara, cast ye olde leggings into the bin and never let them be heard from again. A long black pant would have made the entire outfit more attractive. Losing the shoes would also help, hrmm, patent leather in a lower heel? An attractive wedge heel for those of us who are traveled sized?

    I am not sure if the Pucci style charmeuse was the best choice… at all. Admittedly, I have similar styles and patterns (broken up of course) but the brighter colors flatter my skin. This was perhaps… too dark?

    Comment by Adenike — September 4, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  3. Wow — leggings with heels? Not my taste, anyway, but I hate leggings in general, especially those underprivileged ridey-up ones that look like bike shorts.

    But Nikki Blonsky is terribly cute, just the same.

    Comment by Bridey — September 4, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

  4. I love the shoes, but hell to the no with the leggings. The shoes look bad because the outfit looks bad.

    Comment by Lyndsey — September 4, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

  5. I’m 5’2″, so leggings are on my “hell no” are crops, clam-diggers, et al. I either do shorts, skirts, or long straight cut pants. Period. No questions. Nicky is a great kid and is not helping herself here with those leggings. At all. Now, perhaps if the leggings went allllll the way down to the ankle, perhaps. But I would not bet on it either – long straight cut or boot cuts. Yep, that’s the ticket.

    Comment by Toby Wollin — September 5, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

  6. Neither of these looks is flattering in the least. I’m a fat girl, taller than she, and I wouldn’t touch leggings with a ten-foot pole. And I hate to say it, but her shoes are heinous- peep toes and high, high heels do not flatter chubby feet.

    Comment by caitlin — September 6, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

  7. Word on the leggings, but I have to defend 3/4 length pants – I’m 1.62m and they’re the only length I can work, full length pants just swallow me (God forbid they have tapered ankles, but wide-cuts swamp me, too). I never wore pants at all until a loopy but sympathetic sales assistant connived to get me into a pair of black jeans last year. It was a Damascene moment, for reals.

    Comment by Margo — September 11, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  8. I’m sorry, but I totally disagree. Having seen Nikki, she can wear anything she wants.

    I don’t normally watch anything like Hairspray without a fight. I’m a police officer, and while I was at the station the dispatcher was watching the movie. I only had to watch and listen to her for about 30 seconds, and I was hooked. She is beautiful, and she did a great job of showing the world what true beauty is: personality, attitude, and perception. I’m a fan now, and I will watch this movie with my wife and two daughters.

    Comment by peter — June 14, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

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