Kate Winslet Wears Optical Illusion Dress, Fools No One

Beauty & Style 106

Kate WinsletKate Winslet is known for her refusal to submit to the belief that all Hollywood actresses should weigh 90 pounds and wear size zero clothes.

I've always loved the fact that she has a curvy, healthy body -- she's beautiful and in shape, without making you feel like she hasn't eaten in three days.

But her new penchant for "optical illusion" dresses makes me wonder if Kate secretly wishes she could shave off a few more pounds.

The first time I saw her in one, I thought it was simply an interesting new outfit.

The second time, I'll be honest. It seemed a little weird. I mean, the optical illusion dress is a very memorable look. I think one in your closet is enough -- particularly if it's the Stella McCartney 'Miracle' version that Kate's wearing, which retails for about $3,900!

If you like this look, I have good news --

There's a knockoff still available that's far more budget-friendly.

Check it out after the jump!

ASOSASOS has this nearly identical dress available for a much more reasonable $80.87. Awesome, right?

In fairness, Kate's probably getting her 'Miracle' dresses free of charge from designer Stella McCartney, who has made several versions for her fall line. And she's not the only celebrity trying them out -- celebs ranging from Liv Tyler to Gloria Estefan have also been sporting the dress, and former 'Pussycat Doll' Nicole Scherzinger even wore one on the cover of UK InStyle.



According to the New York Post, Stella's version is made of a heavy stretch cotton, which effectively acts like a girdle in addition to giving its wearer cartoon-style curves.

Ultimately, I'm not a fan. It seems a bit gimmicky and makes its wearer stand out like ... Jessica Rabbit.

What do you think of the optical illusion dress? Would you wear one? And do you think Kate should make the look a one-time-only deal, or should she fill her closet with 'Miracle' dresses?


Images (top to bottom): Splash News, ASOS, InStyle UK

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nonmember avatar me

I think it's a beautiful dress, and Kate Winslet looks absolutely stunning in it. While the other two women look ok in the dress, she fills it out and is gorgeous. Yes I would wear one. I don't see why she should only wear a dress STYLE once, especially if that dress looks amazing on her. It would be one thing to wear the very same dress (for a celebrity) over and over, but to wear another? Nothing bad about that at all.

Susie19 Susie19

I want one! :)

Elizabeth Pattison

Who cares? It simply is a beautiful dress to me.

Amy Morrow

I love the knock off one--I think the neckline and shoulders are much more flattering--for me at least. I just went to that link though, and the only sizes available are M(8), S(6) & XS(4). If you're already that small, why do you need a miracle/illusion dress?

mandy... mandyhornbuckle

Not a fan of the dress, but I will admit that we do design our BikeMS jerseys with that kind of slimming design. Let's face it, when you're spending 2 days on a bike in Spandex, you can use all the help you can get. :)

Melis... Melissa042807

I would totally wear that dress. And honestly I think they look best on ultra-curvy figures! The knockoff, I am coveting. If I were not pregnant I would be begging Husband to add that dress to my Christmas list. 

kalisah kalisah

It's like the female version of the tuxedo t-shirt. 

ceciliam ceciliam

It looks really nice on her. Lots of different pieces of clothing can be made to look like an optical illusion.

Bmat Bmat

I like it . :)

frysh... fryshannon34

I'd like to have one in every color!:)

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