The Dress Code Is Unclear At The Gracie Awards

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The Gracie Awards celebrate programming created for, by, and about women. Not to be a bitch, but it's clear from what they're wearing that these chicks are television and not movie stars...the whole affair is just a smidgen less glamorous than something the film industry might bust out.

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So, were there no attire instructions on these people's invitations? They all look like they're going to different events. Despite that, these three women—Blossom, Maria Canals-Barrera, and Patricia Heaton—are all working different interpretations of mother-of-the-bride.

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Seriously, though: While some women wore evening gowns, others chose cocktail dresses, summer brunch attire, or contesting-a-speeding-ticket-on-my-lunch-hour get ups.

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Given the red leopard print, eyelashes like broom ends, and strategically-placed tendrils, you'd think Francia Raisa was a reality star on a New Jersey-based show. But she's just a TV movie actress.

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Even though Lucy Hale's anklet Western boots are grody to the max, I love this dress because she totally evokes Bette Midler's "Otto Titsling" number in Beaches.

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Morgan Fairchild, 61, has more wrinkles (two, in fact) on her dress than her face.

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From afar, Brenda Strong's floor-length emerald dress is stunning, but upon closer inspection, the gold accent at her waist looks like the kind of sequined ric-rac usually found on dance recital costumes.

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I think with the no eye liner, lack of jewelry, and no-fuss hair, Chelsea Handler may have been going for a "simply elegant" look, but to me it was simply boring. I like trash and flash.

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Kim Delaney ruined a classic look with that hair. She's doing that thing that the girls on Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant do, where they create this weird comb-over instead of just getting their bangs cut into a swoop. I guess she gets points for being up on youth trends?

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NOOOOO! Nude hose and open toes!

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DISCUSSION

The last photo finally give me an opportunity to ask: Are nude hose and open toes really a no-no?

I'm trying to understand the general rules around tights/hose/leggings and open toed shoes.

Help me here, I am clueless!