Fashion Multi-Tasker: Hayden Wears a Skirt as a Dress!

08/11/2007 at 06:00 AM ET


The Heroes star is turning into quite the fashionista both on the street and red carpet. While shopping in L.A. recently, Hayden Panettiere traded her little yellow dresses for a bright purple tube number. We loved the color and brass bottons on the top, so we had to track it down! After a little bit of hunting, we discovered that Hayden’s dress was actually a skirt! She isn’t the first fashion savvy starlet to try this trick –remeber Keira Knightley’s belted look from last summer? Hayden’s dress/skirt is actually the “Lena” high-waisted skirt from Tart’s fall line, which will be available soon at We actually like the way it looks as a dress — and a skirt! Talk about getting the most out of your shopping money. Tell us: Have you ever worn a skirt as a dress?

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Lisa on

Hayden has looked cute all summer, not icky or slutty like some of the young celebs. I hope she stays grounded and keeps her beautiful smile.

baby on

I lover her she is soo cute…i like how she dresses….

Shopoholic on

Hayden looks flawless! She can defenitly pull this look off! though i am not a fan of the shoes.

Jenny Lynn on

Give me a break. A skirt as a tube dress? You guys are only applauding this look because you love Hayden Panettiere. If Britney Spears had done this, it would have gone under “What Were They Thinking?”

Jaslene on

This looks absolutely great! I bet hardly anyone could really tell it was a skirt unless (like you guys at StyleWatch) they really search for it. It’s a beatiful color and those shoes finish off the look by matching to the buttons on the skirt.


Mee on

I actually wore the ballgown skirt from my highschool prom as a last minute gown for a wedding. I had 24 hours to find a dress, no money, so I bought some ribbon, made it an empire waist with a cute bow belt and got tons of compliments!

Joanna on

Yes, I actually did. I also worn once skirt as a long top.

kj on

never in my life would i have thought that this was a skirt. she just made me love her!!! :)

Prianka on

I have to applaud Hayden’s guts for stepping out in a skirt worn as a dress when she is constantly being followed by papparazzi. The dress works with her shoes, although I think the look would have been more successful if she had cinched the waist with a gold belt to go with the shoes. That’s how i wore my skirt as a dress at least.

Jenna on

Looks more like a dress anyways.

alia on

It looks cute:)….whatever works…

JimsWife on

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Karen on

i highly doubt she even knew this was a skirt. people act like she’s just done something incredibly brave. however, she still looks good.

Elizabeth on

I once wore a black velvet skirt as a top–it was a longer skirt, so I tucked it into a skinny pair of jeans. My friends all thought it was some fabulous designer top! It was such a hit that I’ve actually considered altering it to be a top permanently.

trang on

i desperately wanna find out what the teens wear in the up coming Gossip girl, especially the coats…help

Rach♥ on

look SO cute who cares if it is a skirt!!!!

Kim on

I always wear skirts as dresses. It’s a good alternative for shorter people like me as my skirts are almost always too long pre-hem.

Chloe on

I could never picture this as a skirt! I think that she pulls off the look tremendousally! I love how the gold accessories were pulled into the look. I think that the gold in the accessories compliments the purple of the dress quite nicely. I think that the only thing wrong with the look is the shoes. I think that a nice pair of gold flats would have looked a little nicer.

Massie on

Love the outfit all together, but hate the glasses. They looks so huge and chunky and dark, that it overwhelms her face. lovvvee the rich purple tho!

Sara on

Hayden DO look cute and preppy. But, I think some of the young-Hollowood-favorite-fashionstas dress to “tidy”. They doesn’t dare doing somethin new, like mkao f.ex. young hollywoods audience supports the celebs who dress kinda “girl-next-door” and bullies the ones who stands out, the misfits.

No affence, Hayden.

Victoria on

shes so pretty.
and she dresses so cute.

Dannielle O on

Hayden definitely knows the meaning of style. And it`s so simple! That`s what I love about that outfit. Definite thumbs up!!

Boo Wangensteen on

Very cute on the right body!!!

laura on

so fetch!! the shoes go great with it

Monica on

I actually have to admit this looks stunning on her. and to the comment a few below me- britney spears would never think of wearing something like this. it als really flatters her figure

Melthes on

it’s good, and good looking, casual,feminim

iamthestory on

I would never say that what she’s wearing is a skirt, it looks too fine for a dress… very good Hayden

♥ Summer on

Hayden is such a cute girl with an awesome sense of style. I love this look exactly BECAUSE it looks like a dress. It’s genius! I recently tried the same style with a long, tight skirt with leggings and got more compliments than i did with an actual dress! Gotta love it!

Linet on

Her “skirt” doesn’t even look like a skirt, it actually looks like a dress. I think she looks pretty. Nothing wrong with this picture.

ashley on

Love it, Love it Love it!

Emilee ♥ on

Hayden is such a doll. Yes, I wore a skirt as a tube top dress once, and no one ever suspected a thing, not even my friends, until I was getting tons of compliments from them and I told them. I love the color purple, and the color looks great on Hayden. I like the gold accessories too, the gold hoop earrings, the gold buttons on the dress, and the shoes tie in perfectly with the dress. Purple and gold are great colors that go together.

Mz.C on

Either she is very short or that is a long skirt no wonder why she chose to wear it as a dress u can’t even tell but hey she is rocking the though

Lexy on

This is what I have been lookin for for the past 30 minutes. Ive been debating whether i should wear a skirt as a dress for months!!!! but now I know! Thanks!!

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