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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TIa on

No, just NO. and no to the over tight pulled back hair. It is not a good look for her at all.

Dawn on

She looks great…I don’t see what the big deal is…o_o?

Tamarin on

Looks dumb, but I guess it’s better than seeing her underwear.

kevin on

Jennifer looks great.. super hotie

ddcook2 on

Love it! Jennifer looks awesome in that outfit.

CDS on

Jenfun: I agree with you, she sure cannot wait until the last minute to go to the rest room to pee or whatever. She probably has to take the complete outfit off first (LOL)

nelson on

Alex Apatoff you are living in an archaic world of fashion. And terms like fashion forward are idiotic. What fashion world are you living in when you write things like “over” and “under.” This is obviously something Jennifer wore to please Versace. Women don’t wear this in any other setting other than a fashion show. Interest in high couture fashion is over my friend. Jennifer makes this archaic fashion environment just a little bit more relevant. She looks great!

Just being honest on

Trying too hard! And what’s up with all the red make up covering her forehead?!

AJ on

Yuck! Hot mess!

lala on

You forgot to show the bare leg! Best part, PEOPLE mag!

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