Jennifer Lopez's Pants/Dress Combo Platter Inspires an Editor Debate: 'Obsessed or Hot Mess?'

07/07/2014 at 03:26 PM ET

Jennifer Lopez is never one to play it safe on the style front — and this latest look, an Atelier Versace high-fashion jumpsuit-slash-dress, is just another notch on her risk-taker belt. And much like any fashion-forward ensemble, it inspired a debate in the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices. Below, we take sides; read on, then tell us where you fall on the great jumpsuit/dress pro/con spectrum.

Jennifer Lopez pants/dress hybridDominique Charriau/WireImage

OBSESSED: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: I have been experiencing jumpsuit fatigue lately. I love the trend, and I have a few onesies hanging in my closet, but it’s becoming a little stale on the red carpet. So when Jennifer Lopez introduced this gown-meets-pants Versace creation at the label’s Paris show, I got very excited. In my opinion, it’s like the jumpsuit’s sassy older sister. Plus, it fit her body impeccably and gave me flashbacks to old-school JLo. To be clear, I don’t think this look would work for just any formal occasion (and if Forever 21 or H&M comes out with a look-for-less version, I’m not sure that I’d be brave enough to wear it), but it was a very refreshing outfit compared to the other expected gowns or minis that we usually see on the carpet. And it has two editors involved in a really fun fashion debate, which I think was the whole point.

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HOT MESS: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I can’t be “over” jumpsuits because I was never “under” jumpsuits (yes, Friends jokes, still as fresh today as they were 15 years ago). But I can grudgingly admit that in certain circumstances, on certain stars, they can look as fun or elegant as a dress. I haven’t, however, ever felt the need to see a jumpsuit combined with a dress. But Jenny from the Block has been answering questions I haven’t asked since way back in 1999, and this Atelier Versace look is no different. “What would a high-slit gown look like with one sparkly rogue trouser look like?” I never wondered, and here’s the result. Listen, I’ll give J.Lo points for choosing a risky outfit — but then I’m going to take all those points away for her “bronzer by exhaust pipe” makeup job.

With whom do you agree? Can this outfit be saved — or is it perfect as is?

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gerry on

Love it…she can pull it off♥

gerry on

Loved it…looked pretty on Entertainment Tonite…she can pull it off♥♡♥

Amaryllis on

Eww.

Lakeside on

Why does JLo always take EVERY picture with that fake pout? I get that Versace is trying something new in a fashion sense, but the pant/gown thing is a little to hybrid for me. It would be better as a beautiful gown than a jumpsuit.

Joy on

It’s different. She looks good.

Janey on

Silly.

anthony on

Two words, stupid and tacky. And what’s up with her face.
Her face is looking a little Tales from the Crypt-y lately.

marty on

She looks hungry, poor thing eat a sandwich :)

Pam on

It’s very similar to a crazy black outfit Lindsey Lohan wore a while back that was 1/2 dress & 1/2 pants. This is prettier than Lindsey’s but I’m on the fence with it so I’ll “skirt” the issue

Ana on

Just because a style icon wears something, it doesn’t mean it’s actually a good idea.

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