Posted Mon, August 23, 2010 8:59am EDT

Bonnie Says: Kate Gosselin — Your New Wardrobe Looks Tarty! Isn't This Too Racy For A Mom?

Posted Mon, August 23, 2010 8:59am EDT

Here’s the question – when we give birth or adopt, do we also take on an obligation to dress with more decorum than before we had little ones who should be looking up to us as role models?

And does that mean we ditch the minis, short shorts, halter-tops and heels? Are plunging necklines still OK, but only for a night out on the town?

These are questions I can’t help ponder when I look at Kate Gosselin’s latest get-ups. It’s not that the individual fashion items are objectionable on their own, but it’s the combination – high heels plus loads of leg, lots of bare skin on top and then long, bleached blonde hair. It all adds up to a look that just doesn’t reassuringly say “mom,” especially for a woman who sets herself up as a role model for other moms.

She’s not just the star of Kate Plus 8, she’s also the author of advice-giving books, Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets, Eight Little Faces: A Mom’s Journey and I Just Want You To Know: Letters to My Kids on Love, Faith and Family.

Furthermore her new TLC show, A Twist of Kate, has Kate traveling the country giving help and mommy advice to families.

So one of the country’s most infamous moms has decided it’s OK to be a role model and go shopping with her kids for back-to-school clothes, in short, tight, skin-baring looks.

But maybe I’m being a big prude.

“She’s sending a message out loud and clear that she’s available,” points out Suze Yalof Schwartz, fashion and beauty expert and Today Show regular. “Do I think it’s chic? Absolutely not. But do I think it’s appealing to many men? YES! She’s not dressing for her kids. She knows she’s being photographed and this is better than Match.com. It’s the ultimate profile.”

Yalof doesn’t think Kate is actually being overtly sexual, but she is trying to be fashionable and just isn’t quite getting it right.

“She’s wearing all the big trends – animal prints, satin and leather low cut boots/shoes, but it’s just too much,” Yalof says. “Tight, tight shorts and high heels – just doesn’t do it.”

On the other hand, Yalof applauds Kate as a mom of eight for not just wearing scrubs all day.

“It’s amazing, she’s putting in the effort – it’s better than wearing elasticized pants, baggy t-shirts and flip flops.”

OK, those are all good points. However Joanna Douglas, fashion and beauty editor of Shine.com disagrees to a degree.

“It would be fine for her to dress like this if she was going out at night with friends,” Douglas says. “She’s 35, she’s got a great body and is in good shape but no kids want to get an eyeload of their moms cleavage. … Going out with her kids in the middle of the day like this, just makes her seem attention-hungry.”

Or is she just not being practical? That’s the concern of Susan Crenek GLAMOUR.com’s executive online editor for fashion and beauty. “It’s very difficult to run after and take care of a kid (much less eight) when you’re worried about necklines dipping into scandalous territory,” she says.

So what do you think – am I being too harsh to expect Kate to dress in a way that won’t provoke the eww factor from her kids? She has said she’s lonely, and what single mom with the burden of raising eight kids wouldn’t be? She has a right to long for a love partner again. Hey, she’s 35! But are tight, short clothes the right way to telegraph it? Or is Kate right to throw her hands up at me and any other critics and just dress the way she wants – mommy-appropriate or not?

Let me know what you think!

— Bonnie Fuller

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kathleen

Posted at 8:29 AM on March 29, 2011  

sorry – certainly you must have more important things to do in your life than trash Kate’s choice of clothes. She’s young, in shape, having fun. Good for her. Now let’s report on real news.

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Missy from PA

Posted at 10:42 PM on March 18, 2011  

I could have swore that Kate’s main concern for doing the show is to benefit, and provide for the children, yet it seems she’s lavishing herself with more goodies that the children should be receiving. But then again, “It’s Kate’s World and we all just live in it”.
Just remember Kate, beauty first comes from within. Anyone that has seen the show, especially when Jon was still with her, knows she is far from a nice person.

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Oksana B.

Posted at 7:40 PM on March 12, 2011  

She’s really trying… white trash with money.

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dennis teel

Posted at 4:51 PM on September 9, 2010  

i take more of an issue with her loading her kids up in the car and hauling them around all day.parents need to become reponsible and stay at home to take care of their kids!!(mom’s that is).a chid isn’t healthily napping between between 15 minute trips to 20 different places in a 7 hour period of time.but it’s not just hollywood..this seems to be a me-ism attitude common among most young mothers today,especially 20 somethings!! it would kill them to remain home and ‘babysit’ their kids all day..god forbid.
and about her clothes–i don’t remember there being any official miss manners ettiquette guide claiming that women who have children suddenly have a responsibility to dress conservatively/.

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Ashley

Posted at 4:11 PM on September 15, 2010  

WOW that is an extremely offensive remark…”this seems to be a me-ism attitude common among most young mothers today,especially 20 somethings!!”…..excuse me but I am a 21 year old mother, and I take very very good care of my son. He comes first in all of the decisions I make. And I am home GLADLY everyday with him…How dare you categorize all “20 something” mothers that way. Please think before you generalize a group of people and say that they ALL behave a certain way…

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Miles Away

Posted at 1:14 PM on September 26, 2010  

@ Dennis
I believe your the same guy I saw on another site. I’m getting a feeling the type of your person you are. You think that black culture should be segregated and “moved back to hell where it belongs” and now your saying that mom’s should just stay at home and watch their kids. You seem to be a bigot. I applaud Kate for doing all the work she does even though, I do think she is an attention whore and the new outfits are skanky. Your just one of those guys that wants your woman to stay at home cook, clean, take care of the kids and still look sexy. (For you) That’s selfish. you my friend are a sexist bigot.

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AHMAD

Posted at 2:42 PM on September 5, 2010  

EVERTHING IS GOOD . AND I LOVE THOSE CLOTHES . HER STYLIE IS SO BEAUTIFUL . WE THINK YOU ABOUT THESE CLOTHES AND WE HOPE TO GIVE US A NEW .

THANKS RREGARDS

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vic

Posted at 11:39 AM on September 4, 2010  

well she look good. but i remember when she was on tv and sayed i ame broke have no money how can she buy all of these expensive close.

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Anna♥Cierra

Posted at 3:08 AM on September 2, 2010  

She’s effing gorge! R u crazy?!?

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Megan

Posted at 7:58 PM on September 1, 2010  

Kate looks beautiful and she’s def not trashy like some other new hollywood moms. The clothes are trendy but still appropriate. She just lost her A** hole husband and she’s taking care of herself for once. Personally I think she looks amazing and she’s still taking great care of her kids and setting an example for moms everywhere. Good for her! :)

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youngmom

Posted at 7:11 PM on September 1, 2010  

hey i have an idea, how about all you people bashing this woman post your pictures and let everyone judge you..sounds like a good trade huh? do you feel like its ok to trash someone just because you will never meet them?? who the hell cares how she dresses..why the hell does it bother you??? no one is perfect and i bet if you showed your pictures i could sit here and bash them all day if i really felt the ridiculous need to do so.

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dennis teel

Posted at 4:53 PM on September 9, 2010  

about posting a picture—i’ll show you yours if u show me mine..you first

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Cathy

Posted at 7:53 AM on September 1, 2010  

I have 6 kids and am in my 50’s .. I don’t dress like I am over the hill and have fallen and can’t get up. Leave Kate alone. She looks good!!! She is taking care of her kids and making a living. Her clothing is not trashy .. so she is not giving a poor image of Mom to anyone.. Everyone has the own style.. No one should conform to anyone elses clothing choices just because someone else thinks this is no Mom clothes or the prints are tacky. I am sure some fol;ks would look at all of us at times and say call the fashion police. But thats what makes your life your own be who you are not what someone else thinks you should be !!

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Jbo142003

Posted at 9:56 AM on September 1, 2010  

Please, give me a break…She looks excellent! Its not like her “stuff” is hanging out…she is covered and looks great. At least shes not putting heels on her 3 year old like some celebrity did. She looks good and this is coming from someone who thinks her personality is somewhat bitchy at times.

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youngmom

Posted at 7:08 PM on September 1, 2010  

i agree with you cathy. im a mom and only 24, but its been a struggle to figure out what is still appropriate to wear as a mom. i feel like everyone thinks that when you become a mom or get older then you should dress like your great grandma. im not saying we should dress trashy, thats not a good choice for anyone, but dressing in form fitting sexy, but not too sexy clothes is perfectly fine. besides its nice to see moms who still love their bodies even after kids..thats a rare commodity these days. why arent people judging brittany spears or, she dresses way trashier than Kate.

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LJ

Posted at 7:12 AM on September 1, 2010  

Kate looks great, but put a shirt on!!!!!!!!!

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Katherine

Posted at 10:27 PM on August 30, 2010  

What kid wouldn’t be proud to say, “My mom shops at Frederick’s of Hollywood.” Ewwww!

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Amanda

Posted at 10:00 PM on August 26, 2010  

I think people should dress the way they want to dress. BUT, I do think you should have respect for your children. Dressing in this way, in my opinion, is not being respectful to your children. You know they are going to be embarrassed of their moms fake boobs hanging out when she bends over, etc.

Aside from that- her style is SO tacky and cheap looking. I can’t get over the zebra getup! Wowza! Who walks around town like that, just doing errands? That’s an outfit for going out on the town at night that someone with really, really bad taste in clothing would wear.

IMO, the type of clothes she wears just proves how little mothering she is probably doing these days. You can’t run after 8 children in stillettos. That’s what nannies are for.

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jacie

Posted at 2:06 PM on August 25, 2010  

I just don’t get the need to display the sagging, braless, fake boobs everywhere she goes. Doesn’t this woman own a decent BRA!?
I’m sorry….she is NOT attractive…in the least…so the last thing one needs to see are the droopy boobs!!

There are plenty of attractive women with a nice figure (including breasts)…but there are ways to attractively display that.

She’s just gross and dirty looking…tries to hard and ends up looking about 20 years older and like she belongs on a filthy street corner.

She truly looks a Hot Mess…and I think those words were invented just for her.
Put some clothes on…and SMILE!

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TC

Posted at 10:22 PM on August 31, 2010  

Quit being jealous… your probably a hag talking all like you are. She is GORGEOUS.. and her hair is beautiful… You only wish you were half this hot

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magpie

Posted at 11:56 AM on September 1, 2010  

jacie, ure a bad person condemning a person like d way u did. pls grow up & remove d plank in ur eyes b4 u try 2remove a spec from sum1 else.

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sara

Posted at 1:57 PM on August 25, 2010  

The way she dresses makes her look older than she is. I have never seen her in the same top twice. And she needs the money for her kids?

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andi

Posted at 1:57 PM on August 25, 2010  

It’s just that the clothes and shoes look sooooooo cheap!
Like she shops at the most bargain-basement discount store and doesn’t know how to put it all together in a fashion-forward way.
She seems to put as much effort into as a street hooker — but hey!
She’s the one who chooses to put her kids on a network that runs a show about having an Orgasm while giving birth and running ads for the little kids show on that program!
Talk about class!! ((or the major lack thereof!!)
How sick is that!!??!!
Now no one can possibly say she isn’t whoring out her kids — so at least she dresses the part.

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magpie

Posted at 12:03 PM on September 1, 2010  

andi, u know whats cheap? everything about u is cheap! d words u use 2condemn a person like dat is cheap! oh yes! u hv a cheap mouth2 dat stinks & 2top it all m sure u were brought up in a cheap way! u dont even know d meaning of ‘class’…ppl like u shud shut up & grow up!

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