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Tabatha's Takeover: Carey Mulligan Didn't Dress to Impress

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We all know Tabatha Coffey, Bravo’s sharp-tongued Aussie style pro, from her stint on Shear Genius and her latest hit, Tabatha Takes Over. And now, she’s bringing her talents online, joining us at PEOPLE StyleWatch once weekly to dish on some of the best – and worst – celebrity looks of the week. Keep in mind the opinions below belong solely to the stylist … though she’s probably saying what lots of you are thinking, anyway!

Today, she takes on Carey Mulligan, who selected a sparkling cocktail dress for a recent charity event:

So this is my last critique for 2012 and I must say I think Santa has me on the naughty list. Seeing this dress on Carey Mulligan is like getting coal in my stocking! I’m not impressed and actually quite disappointed. She usually looks exceptionally stylish and fashion-forward and I feel like this is something she pulled out of her great aunt’s closet.

Don’t get me wrong — it’s not 100-percent horrible. This can be fixed. Now, picture the dress with no sleeves, a couple of inches shorter and fitted to Carey’s petite frame. Close your eyes and imagine it. I’m right, huh?! See, it’s a little beyond her years the way it is, but can be youthfully updated in no time.

And what’s going on with this drabbity drab drab hairstyle? It has no life to it! Let’s get some volume, some “oomph” if you will. Aside from my dislikes, I will say Carey’s makeup is fresh and youthful as it should be.

–Tabatha Coffey

Tell us: Do you agree, or was Tabatha too harsh? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!