Lara Flynn Boyle

updated 09/18/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/18/2000 01:00AM

WHETHER SHE'S DRAPED in a flowing chiffon scarf or in the arms of boyfriend Jack Nicholson, 63, Lara Flynn Boyle flaunts her passion for old-time Hollywood glamor. "My day-dreams are of old movie stars," the 30-year-old actress explained to IN STYLE last year. But our judges say that when it comes to fashion, Boyle's adoration is misplaced. "She's hit-or-miss," says designer Elie Tahari. "She doesn't know what she looks pretty in, and she's not being herself." Model Mia Tyler concurs, noting that the 5'5" Boyle "could do a lot better." But when it's singer Sisqó's turn to testify about The Practice prosecutor, he pleads the Fifth, explaining, "My mother always said, 'If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.'"

The pink strapless number worn to a charity benefit in L.A. last September gave our judges something to chew on. "She looks like someone wrapped her in bubblegum," says Mia Tyler. "It doesn't fit, it's a very bad length, and it's the worst neckline for her," says Elie Tahari. Sisqó sums up the dress in three words: "Nope, nope, nope!"

She can't be blamed for the feather boa, which was a prop given to performers at a special L.A. staging of The Vagina Monologues in February. The gown, however, was Boyle's, and Elie Tahari's reaction to it is "just blah." Sisqó could only ask a question: "Is it a dress or a shirt?"

Boyle was sending mixed signals in a shimmery David Cardona gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. last March. From the back, the judges say, the dress can look sexy. But from the front, Mia Tyler explains, "it doesn't fit properly. It slouches too much."

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