Julie Bowen: 'I Don't Fit Into Girl Dresses'

09/16/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Julie Bowen Emmys Dress
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Given her fit frame, it’s hard to believe Julie Bowen would ever have trouble finding a dress that fits. But according to the Modern Family actress, staying slim can make staying stylish a challenge.

“I’m built like a 14-year-old boy. I have no waist so anything I wear has to have a lot of trickeration going on,” Bowen told PEOPLE at Audi’s Kick Off to Emmy Week party in L.A. “I don’t fit into girl dresses. I can’t just slip it on.”

Thankfully, for Sunday’s Emmy Awards, best supporting actress nominee Bowen has already picked a winning look: a black, v-neck Oscar de la Renta gown, which she’ll let speak for itself.

“For the red carpet I feel like the dress is the star and I should keep the jewelry really classic and attractive but not too mom-ular,” she said. “I don’t want to look like I’m constantly just driving back and forth to soccer practice.”

Getting ready for the Emmys has often proved challenging for the mom of three, so this year Bowen is opting for a new plan. “Usually it’s my kids coming in and out of the bathroom and everyone running in and out,” she said. “I have three boys but they have a makeup drawer — otherwise they get into everything and just want to do what I’m doing.”

How to avoid that typical pre-Emmys chaos? “This year I think I’m actually going to leave the house and do it at a hotel and try to have a little fun with it,” she said.

–Michelle Ward


FILED UNDER: Celebs , Fashion , Red Carpet
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Jeanine on


Judy Moody on

She wouldn’t get fat if she ate. She’d look like she did in “Joe Somebody.” (i.e., she’d still be gorgeous, she just wouldn’t be waif’ish).

Judy Moody on

People, she’s not “naturally slim.” Laura Flynn Boyle (and her mom) used to say the same thing all the time (“I just have a fast metabolism”). That’s funny, she (LFB) didn’t have that fast a metabolism earlier in her career (in the movie “Threesome” for example). Then she got on “Ally McB” and joined the anorexia-fest. Julie Bowen still looks a lot better than LFB, but she does look too thin. She didn’t used to be that thin. I like athletic, healthy. I don’t like waif.

anon on

Here’s an idea Julie EAT

Deborah on

It’s one thing to say I’ve never been able to wear girl dresses because of my slight, boyish frame. It is quite another thing to lose a great deal of weight and then comment on difficulties fitting into clothes that are age/gender appropriate. A review of past photos shows that Ms. Bowen used to have a lovely figure. My assumption is that she has dieted herself right out of it. Solution? Eat something.

Linda on

I think Julie is really cute. So what if she doesn’t have a waste. Many woman don’t. She should be happy with her looks.

Sadie on

N, you make a really good point. One of my good friends is built this way and her hips and boobs are the last places she puts on weight. It goes straight to her stomach.

Stephfl on

OMG! Girl, just eat. You would look so much better! If you can see someone’s ribs, they are way too thin, and “I’m just naturally thin” is a big fat lie.

Stef on

Hey everyone, guess what? She has a PACEMAKER, and she has to work out constantly to keep her heart healthy. So why don’t you leave her alone ? She is hilarous, and I think she deserves to win Sunday.

Tara on

she’s kinda too fit

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