So ABC has released the photos of the 25 women competing for Ben Flajnik’s heart.
But I’m more concerned about this picture of Ben, which presents him as dopey and sweaty rather than the polished, worldly man who I am so rooting for this go -ound.
If ABC can manipulate this simple photo, can you just imagine the hatchet job they’re going to do on the 25 eligible bachelorettes?
And that’s even before I’ve gotten my hands on their wardrobes.
Before the women vie for Ben’s affection, I’ve picked out a few trends we’ll be seeing throughout the season and pitted the women against each other. Let’s see if their bachelor fashion is enough to win Ben’s heart.
What were your favorite and least favorite “Meet the Bachelorette” outfits? Leave it in the comments below.
Erika vs. Jennifer: The ruffle halter.
On Erika: Bebe
On Jennifer Express
Where to begin? The wrinkles. The button front jeans. I think this look is hard to pull off without looking like you have swimmer shoulders, but the orange ruffle halter takes it to a whole new level of awful. I know Carrie Underwood was photographed in this top earlier this year, but even if this shirt could sing, nothing could save it from pure awfulness. Advantage: Jennifer
Still want Erika’s orange halter?
Lindzi vs. Jaclyn:Green ruffled dresses
On Lindzi: Fire
On Jaclyn: Sunner
Neither of these looks gives me rage, but I definitely prefer the versatility of Lindzi’s dress, which could go from day to night with a jean jacket or strappy sandal. Kim Kardashian was seen earlier this year in Jaclyn’s Sunner Florent dress, which may explain my preference for Lindzi’s look. Advantage Lindzi
Get Jaclyn’s Sunner Florent Dress
Holly vs. Shawn: One shoulder tops
On Shawn: Bebe
One shoulder tops are so totally summer of 2011 that adding a super trendy print only dates the outfit further. This kimono print screams slutty mall store to me. And don’t even get me started on the stone washed jeans. Advantage Holly
Looking for a similar one shoulder ruffle top?
Dianna vs. Nikki: Ruffle Tank Tops
You know what I like about these tops? If it turns out the Ben takes either of them on a first date at Damons: The Place for Ribs, they’ll both have built in bibs. Truthfully, I like both these tops. Dianna’s cobalt blue is a beautiful color, and Nikki’s top adds a feminine touch to her black jeans. Draw.
Looking for a ruffle front tank?
Sheryl vs. Jamie: black and white prints and statement necklaces.
On Jamie: Top by Magazine
A good rule of thumb is to balance one super sexy item with more conservative pieces. Individually Jamie’s lace trim tank and leather shorts could be cute, but together they scream, “don’t take me home to meet mom.” Even a conservative pearl necklace wasn’t enough to make Grandma the obvious winner in this throwdown. A simple black boyfriend blazer would have amped up Jamie’s sophistication level, and left something to the imagination. Advantage: Grandma
Looking for a pair of leather shorts like Jamie?
Brittney vs. Rachel: Army Green tanks
On Brittney: Bebe
After the Bachelor, it’s hard to go back to real life. Sometimes you’re embarrassed about how you’ve behaved, how you’ve been let go from the show. You may want to blend in, or simply camouflage yourself. Brittney and Rachel may both be prophetic on that account. But if blending in is your goal, lose the shine. Advantage Brittney.
Looking for your own olive tank?
Brights: Amber vs. Kacie
On Kacie: Gap
Sometimes less is more. Amber and Kacie both picked simple swing tanks in rich, juicy colors. These happen to be two of my favorite looks, though I wish both would have put a little more thought into accessories. Kacie is my early favorite, and I’m a sucker for orange. Advantage Kacie
Kacie’s exact tank is from the Gap. Get something similar
Monica vs. Samantha: Black and turquoise
On Monica: Nordstrom Top and sweater from H&M
On Samantha: One Shoulder top Yigal Azrouel
So, Monica? What happened, you totally forgot about your photoshoot and had to run over to Warner Brothers from the grocery store? Because I can’t actually think of another reason for you to be dressed like a PTA mom. Advantage: Samantha
Get Samantha’s one shoulder Yigal Azrouel top, $196
Casey vs. Anna: V-Necks
On Casey: Lucca Couture Romper On Anna: BCBG
Fine. That’s not really a trend. But I love Casey’s romper. Anna’s tunic is a beautiful color, but the length is throwing me off. I suspect if Ashley Hebert ever got her hands on it, she’s wear it as a dress. Advantage: Casey.
Casey’s Lucca Couture romper is sold out, but here’s a similar one
Elyse vs. Amber B: Long necklaces
Accessories are such an important part of an outfit. Your accessories, or lack thereof, can make or break your outfit. I’ve already gotten requests for Elyse’s multi layered necklace. Amber’s? Notsomuch. Advantage: Elyse
Courtney vs. Shira: Girly Dresses
Courtney in Cynthia Vincent
Shira in Elie Tahari
These are two of my favorite looks. Both girls look cute and sweet. And I wouldn’t use either of these dresses to wipe my hands after a meal of hotwings. Which, I sincerely doubt either of them have eaten. Just saying. Draw.
Get Courtney’s Cynthia Vincent Maxi Dress
Emily vs. Jenna: Pink
On Emily: Bellatrix
On Jenna: Tank by Silence and Noise
Pink is the color of love and romance, and both Jenna and Emily executed flawless girly colorblocking. I love the shoulder detail on Emily’s top, and Jenna’s draped skirt adds just a little something extra to an otherwise ordinary pencil skirt. Draw
Emily’s pink tie shoulder top
Lynsdey vs. Blakely: ???
On Lyndsey: G by Guess Roxanna smocked top
On Blakeley: Bebe dress
Seriously? Am I being punked? I’d really like to find something nice to say about either of these outfits. But then I remember, that’s just not who I am. Bless their hearts. Advantage: Nobody