In or Out: January Jones in Preen

Posted on May 27, 2011

Jesus Christ, January Jones, must we tell you how to do everything? When you have your first big budget blockbuster movie come out after making a splash on basic cable, and when you have tongues a-wagging (as they say; we certainly don’t talk like that) about the identity of your baby daddy, then THIS:

January Jones attends the “X-Men: First Class” New York Premiere in a Preen dress.

Is a HUGE mistake – and not just for the obvious reasons like it’s ugly and silly-looking.

To be fair, it almost works, if you’re a size 0, standing still and looking pissed off.

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But sweetie, you’re so much more than a hungry model. You have been riding a famewave that most celebrities would kill for; starting off with a television role that almost instantly became iconic, then appearing on every single magazine cover worldwide for a year (we’re guessing; we could be wrong about that), crashing your car and having the world wonder who you’re sleeping with, being  feted and toasted and dressed by some of the biggest fashion designers in the world and now, here you are, a superhero and pregnant by an unknown sperm donor. This is your moment, dear. This is when you show up in sparkling couture, with a turban and a cigarette holder, offering mystique and style and a “You’re always going to wonder, bitches” response to the paternity questions. This is most definitely NOT the time to show up wearing a sheet not-so-cleverly knotted to look like a dress, with hair, makeup, and facial expression that says “Fuck it. I give up.”




IN! She’s PREGNANT, T Lo! End of style discussion!







OUT! Just because she’s baby-baking doesn’t mean she gets to slack off! She’s gorgeous and gets free clothes. Work it, bitch!







The Minion Opinion on Lucy Liu’s Judy Jetson, Hotel Maid costume was a not-sanctioned-by-T Lo IN and Jesus Christ, January Jones will be the title of our blogging memoirs someday.


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  • Out! I could barely even recognize her. The hair and the makeup is the worst! Like you said, she could have that allure and mystique about her because she really is such an ice queen sometimes but she just looks like a trainwreck half the time on the red carpet which is ridiculous since she’s one of the best dressed characters on tv. I really want to like her outside of Mad Men. She’s not making it easy. The dress is practically CALLING ATTENTION to her baby bump, it’s pointing towards it, it reminds me of that one Project Runway challenge with the purple dress for Rebecca Romijin. 

  • scottyf

    Don’t be too hard on Ms. Jones, boys. Maybe she’s campaigning for Daryl Hannah’s role as Pris in a Blade Runner re-make.

    …and I’d buy that memoir.

    • THAT’S who she looks like here.  Thank you, because it was bugging me.  The dress is ugly, and this is an out particularly because of her hair, but she is a real chameleon, isn’t she?  She can look completely different from one event to another.  I suppose that’s what makes her a good model.

    • Anonymous

      She *does* look like a little of every person every poster has mentioned: Meg Ryan, Darryl Hannah, Courtney Love….which is probably why she has appeared on all those magazine covers: that very ability to be a canvas for what others want to paint.  Of course, not all painters are good, as evidenced here.  NOT a flattering or successful look in any way.  But I am impressed by JJ’s talent for disappearing in a look, even a hideous one.

      Sign me up for a copy of the memoir, too.  And copyright that title before anyone steals it, TLo!

  • Anonymous

    It looks like she’s still trying to hide the pregancy. And if everyone didn’t already know she was pregnant she would have been fairly successfull in that.
    I don’t hate the dress. It’s not exactly red carpet. The neckline is working for  her.
    At the middle school the girls wear t-shirts under tube top sundresses, so they don’t get busted and sent home. That’s the impression I get from the rest of the dress. Not exactly sophisticated.
    She’s in the grey netherworld between out and in.

  • Anonymous

    OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT i need sunglasses to look at her hair…

  • If Kate Hudson can wear that fab yellow gown while looking a whole lot more pregnant than this, January Jones can get her shit together and maybe brush her damn hair. OUT

  • Out!

  • Anonymous

    Out.  I guess she is someone for whom all the dressing up is just a tedious chore, not an every girl’s fantasy thing.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Out!  That dress looks like it got tangled in the washing machine and she let it dry like that, and then said “fuck it” and put it on.  

  • Anonymous

    Oh, dear, that’s all so unfortunate looking… out!

  • Anonymous

    Ugh.  Her hair and facial expression sort of remind me of Meg Rayn a few years ago when she flamed out.  And that dress?!  “Knottted sheet toga” indeed. OUT

  • Out, if only for her hair. She looks like a drowning wet rat. Not ok. And it looks like there was some amount of work put into it to make it look like it does. WHY??? Even not doing her hair would have been better than this. Throw it up in a scrunchie and it would have been better than this! 

  • K

    LOL @ her facial expressions, she looks ridiculous!

  • Anonymous

    That is just a big ill-conceived mess of a dress.  January: babe,….NO!!!
    And as for the runway model: Of course she looks pissed off, look at what they’re making her wear!

    so so very OUT

  • Anonymous

    Definitely out. Though I like the color.

  • Anonymous

    Killer shoes, though.

  • OUT It’s as if she’s wearing a disguise. I think she is trying to look as unlike Betty Draper as possible, but she can only do that by painting a mask that hides her features. Otherwise, I just don’t get it.

    • Gail Kwak

      That’s the only explanation I can come up with.  She’s in her “I AM NOT BETTY DRAPER!” drag.

  • Aly Light

    I’m seeing shades of Courtney Love here. That’s not good. I hate to do this to you, old girl, especially because I genuinely admire your attempts to go the edgy route with your ensembles, but Jan, this is OUT.

    • I actually thought it was Courtney just glancing at the thumbnail, until I read the caption!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, Aly Light, you beat me to it (I mentioned Courtney Love, too).

  • Carla Agard

    I CANNOT BELIEVE that hair and makeup. I could have squinted enough to partially forgive the dress but everything above her clavicles is atrocious. *shudder*

  • Anonymous

    I actually like it! Except for the hair….

    • Anonymous

      Me too! I especially love the makeup & fierce shoes. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    It’s curtains for you, January! The black top looks like a valence and the rest the draperies! Good Lord.

  • Leslie Carver

    OUT. Good god, does she need to fire everyone. Hiddy dress, hiddy makeup, hiddy hair.

  • Street urchin chic…..

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  I don’t care if she is pregnant, there has been many a pregnant celeb werqing the red carpet!  

  • Ella B. Mudge

    Out. Inexplicable.

    I was much more fascinated by the third picture in the bottom picture scroll, where either a drag queen or stripper appears to be standing in the background.

  • Anonymous

    Pregnancy is no excuse. She looks like she’s just a hop and a skip (not even a jump) from Courtney Love territory.

  • Her hair appears thicker than normal … must be the prenatal vitamins, no?

  • Oh HELL NO!  Why oh why aren’t celebrities hiring you for style advice???  You guys are describing the JJ we are all DYING to see!

  • aussiegal77

    Sign me up for that memoir lads!  Get ON it!

    And oh yeah….JJ is an OUT.  From the front, I kinda dug it but from the side – horrible.  Her hair, again, for the first hot second I dug it then it just went downhill after that.  

  • MilaXX

    I want my copy of those memoirs signed. As for January, there’s one shot you posted where this look almost  works. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really like this dress even on the angry looking model. When you are preggers and can’t dye your hair, harsh eyeliner is not the way to go.


    BTW she looked cute on the Today show yesterday so there is hope.

  • aimee_parrott

    If you didn’t tell me that was JJ, I wouldn’t know it was JJ.  I would make some allowance for her being pregnant, but there are plenty of pregnant ladies who manage to leave the house not looking like they put on their makeup in the dark and knotted a bedsheet around themselves.  She is so OUT we need to invent a new word for how out she is.  Good god.

  • Anonymous

    She doesn’t even look like the same person. But, I do see a bit of both Britney Spears and Courtney Love.

  • Anonymous

    Yikes. That is some nasty, nasty look.  What’s with the Darryl-Hannah-Blade-Runner hair and makeup??

  • Anonymous

    “Jesus Christ, January Jones” is not just a brilliant title for a memoir, it is the perfect title for a volume from a series of best-selling works. 

    This is a VERY hard call for me. It’s not successful, so it ought to be an out. But I think as a “now for something completely different” look, it missed by millimeters. Of course she’d want to abandon her mid century princess looks which have been (IMO) her most successful, the maternity options for mid century princesses being so generally dreadful.

    The hair & dress almost combine into an edgy look that is very hard for a pregnant gal to achieve. (as scottyf called first, Blade Runner) So close. So very close.

    Hell, I’ll abandon reason and go with my gut. IN.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, pretty much what you said, FA. Actually, I’d say she missed by just a silly millimeter.

      Usually, all I need is the mention of her name here and I cringe, because when it comes to dressing herself (or hiring a competent stylist), we need a negative number to rate her cluelessness. But I actually like the dress, her hair and the make-up. And, holy cats, those shoes are fabulous.

      I know I’m fighting a losing battle, but IN.

      PS: I had no idea she’s pregnant until just now.

  • OUT.  At least Emma Frost has better style…and she’s dressed like a stripper for the majority of her supervillain/hero career.

  • Anonymous


    I think it has been said before but January Jones tries so hard not to  look anything like Betty Drapper in her real life. She seems to be almost mental about it bordering on OCD. Who is the exact opposite of Betty Drapper’s style? Courtney Love and that is who January looks like here. However if she wants to go full Courtney she needs balls the dress up and let marinate at the bottom of hamper for a week before her red carpet event.

  • Anonymous

    Purple feedsack.  Raggedy Ann hair.  OUT

    Natalie Portman needs to take her out to lunch and school her.

  • Anonymous

    What! You don’t think she looks a little bit like Claudia Schiffer……..

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree. I thought the same thing when I saw the pics. She’s still an out, though.

  • Anonymous

    I really want to like her and support her but she makes it so GD hard.

  • Anonymous

    So OUT.  so sorry JJ. 

  • Judy_J

    Sorry, OUT.  And I love January Jones……

  • Mariah J


  • Jessica Marcrum

    Sad hair and vagina curtains.  OUT!

  • mrspeel2

    January usually looks washed out on the red carpet and her hair is almost always a rat’s nest but today, because her hair and make-up are so sublime I barely even noticed the dress! I have no doubt she’s on the path to getting everything right so she’ll do better next time boys. She’s taking baby steps (no pun intended) and is improving day by day IMHO.

  • oh so OUT

  • Most importantly, WTF is up with her hair? The dress isn’t great but she looks just like Suzanne Somers!

    Clearly an OUT!

  • Anonymous

    What’s weird is that the hairstyle is making her look like she has a HUGE forehead, which I don’t think she does. And that kind of hairstyle rarely does that. The dress looks kind of cool on the model (who is wearing it  much lower on her shoulders), but it is doing all kinds of bad things to Jones.


  • Anonymous

    I think you need to be flat chested and size 0 to make that dress look the way it’s supposed to, being pregnant makes both of those things impossible to do.


  • Anonymous

    Out. Work it, bitch.

  • Her hair is horrible.  Her dress is ugly.  Out.

  • Sara__B

    OUT. Words fail me.

  • OUT.

  • Joyce VG

    She’s kinda a freak show sometimes.  Congratulations with her baby, she seems so happy.  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Huh. Harsh minions today. Hate the dress…on anybody…but love her hair and makeup. It’s casual and piecy, which I love and the makeup makes her eyes pop. The snap of her smiling is beautiful. But…dress is one ugly thing.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  It kind of cheers me though even when a girl has looks, money and position, she can still make bad fashion choices.

  • Anonymous

    Jesus!  Yikes!   OUTOUTOUTOUT

  • She looks a lot like Claudia Schiffer here, which is pretty interesting when you know that the X-Men director (and Schiffer hubby) Matthew Vaughn is January’s rumored baby daddy.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  There’s not really much to say that you haven’t already said.  Except:  There are some views of that dress that make her look chubby, and pregnant or not she is NOT chubby.  Just a bad choice in every respect. 


  • Anonymous

    On first glance, I thought she was Nicky Hilton. In fact, the only reason I believe it’s January Jones is that she’s dressed so badly.

  • Anonymous

    OUT!! Pea in the Pod has cuter dresses than that.

    • MilaXX

      I never understand why these celebs seemingly refuse to wear Pea in the Pod when preggers. Most of the designer frocks look horrible on baby bumps. Is the fee the designers pay that great?

  • Anonymous

    What the heck happened to her hair? It’s awful. The dress isn’t doing her any favors either. But I can’t get passed the hair.

  • Emma Frost… -THE- current X-Men faghag, and she’s represented by this fugly dress.  O-U-T.

  • OUT. Hair?!

    I wonder, if there will ever be an IN/OUT where you say IN, and we say OUT. Either, we all agree, or we say IN when you say OUT.

  • Anonymous

    OUT!  It really is an ugly dress.

    That seam between the black and purple is just so sloppy…and the fabrics don’t look like they belong on the same dress.

    It does looks like she’s wearing a leotard and tied a bath towel or sheet around herself after her work-out. 

  • maddy lucas

    OUUUUTTTTTT.  so out.  I didn’t know it was possible for her to look this bad, I mean, what happened there?

  • Feminism means not giving women free passes to dress ugly just because they’re with child. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  It’s not fabulous but the dress doesn’t deserve the hate being served up here.  I like her hair and make-up.

  • Out–She seems to be wearing a purple dress inside a space bag.

  • K S

    Is it just me or is she giving off a Suzanne Somers vibe?

    • Anonymous

      You hit it. With a touch of Courtney Love.

  • Anonymous

    i like the dress quite a lot. im a sucker for those straight horizontal necklines. the drapy-knotty-thing isnt bad either. it fits her. the only thing that really doesnt work here is hair and make-up. it destroys the whole look.

    IN, but just barely, and only because im overcompensating, thinking that tlo is being way harsh here.

  • Betty’s ridiculous 60’s pregnancy getups are preferable to this mess. I barely recognized her.

  • Anonymous

    What you said, TLo – OUT! Let’s just hope complete lack of fashion sense isn’t genetic and her baby doesn’t suffer the same fate.

  • Anonymous

    I think she is just a moderately pretty woman who looks a lot like a million other bland actresses.  I don’t like the dress and her hair is kind of a mess, but her makeup here is the best ever.  If you can just isolate her face and ignore the rest of this chaos she actually looks good.

  • She is channeling Darryl Hannah in blade runner. 


  • Anonymous

    I have to go read more celeb blogs – she’s preggers? I will dedicate my weekend to catching up. I feel shamed.
    Oh, and her hair looks dumb.

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  • Anonymous

    I like it. Here’s why. First of all, I didn’t recognize her. I was like, “Oh, that’s a fun looking blonde lady in a quirky dress.” And then I realized it was JJ and I was kind of psyched for her because she wasn’t pulling that uncomfortable ice princess thing. This look seems to match her real personality better (not like I would know, but it *seems* like it might). I think the dress is cute with the shoes and the hair. And I LOVE the hair. She looks like a Swedish indie actress to me. Now I will run and hide as I am apparently the only one in the TLo universe calling this an IN.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll hide with you – I think she looks gorgeous. IN.

      • Anonymous

        I’m already on the record as liking it too. It’s an odd dress, but it really appeals to me.

        And I forgot to mention in my previous comment that I LOVE her shoes.

  • Anonymous

    EWWWWW!!!!  This look is one of the worst I’ve see her in.  I can’t figure her out — she needs to shit or get off the pot.  IMO she needs to decide — be edgy, embrace the freak flag that obviously wants to fly, OR embrace the Betty/Grace Kelly retro glam persona all the way.  Halfway doesn’t cut it.

  • Christ on a bike. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get her, she (seems to have) ZERO personality and usually has a constipated/b++chy look on her face. This outfit is ugly. Don’t know where to go from there, other than I don’t get her??!! Is she conceited, shy, dumb?? What’s going on with that hair??

  • Anonymous

    OUT! I thought of Daryl Hannah too. 

  • Sweet screaming Vishnu on a bicycle.  She looks like unholy hell. OUUUUT.

  • Betty White on a Unicycle!  OUT!

  • Mary McClelland

    Out. She looks terrible. 

  • OUT. Dress is awful, hair is awful, even her makeup is awful. Seriously, this is quite possibly the worst she’s ever looked!

  • Tina Tian


    Totally didn’t know it was Janny til I saw the title. 🙁 The makeup is just unacceptable, not to mention the dress. This is one of her biggest flops. 

  • I’d say out, but with the caveat that she looks like she might be at the “puking and exhausted” part of pregnancy.  (You would not think that something the size of a small rodent could suck up all your energy, but it does.  They’re effective little parasites.)  Still, glamor is her job, and lots of women have to do their jobs through that stage — suck it up and sparkle, Jones!

  • Lisa

    Out out O-U-T, OUT!  Look, I can understand, she’s pregnant.  But ladies such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Annette Benning, and more recently Natalie Portman have looked gorgeous on the red carpet while being a lot more pregnant than this.  It’s not like this is way back before they had really pretty pregnancy dresses – these days there are some truly fierce stuff out there for mamas-to-be!

  • Anonymous

    I like it. She looks like she’s in that awkward pregnancy phase of clearly showing, but not so huge that people will let you get away with anything. I found that to be the hardest time to dress well. In many ways, it’s easier to look good when you’re “a lot more pregnant than this.” And when you do manage to find a decent dress at that point, what looks good on you on Tuesday won’t necessarily look good on you on Friday.  I think this was a good way to go. And I think the hair ( which I normally would hate) is trying to hide the fact that she’s carrying pregnancy weight in her face–which is miserable for those of us cursed with that genetic disposition.

  • taodon


    I could see making an argument for the dress.  It’s not my favorite, but I could be persuaded.  But if she was going to come even CLOSE to pulling it off, she needed to look really sharp.  Not like ass.  Seriously, I don’t think she’s ever looked this bad.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. This dress was so bad, it blew up my internets.

  • Honey, Betty Draper made this endless series of fiascos possible… embrace her, learn from her.
    Courtney Love crossed with a somewhat less sunny Cameron Diaz are NOT role models.  Repeat, NOT.

  • Out! She’d be out on the hair only! And that’s got nothing to do with being pregnant.

  • Anonymous

    The hair would be OK if the color worked better. Dress yuck. OUT

  • Anonymous

    I like it, apart from the hair. I want those shoes.

  • Anonymous

    She looks great. People here are being ridiculously harsh for some reason.

  • Totally knotted sheet. Pregnancy – not an excuse for rich celebs. OUT.

  • I like it from the armpits up…but otherwise  OUT! Betty Draper’s Maternity Clothes were sexier than this! 

  • Patricia Biswanger


  • Out!! Dress looks cheap. 

  • Anonymous


  • Lynn Landry

    Out! Major titscrepency. If I was able to be pregnant and stylish, surely she can!

  • In!  I think she looks great.  And what…is that a slight hint of a smile in one picture?!  Holy cow! 🙂

  • chhiv_t

    There is a tear in her upper right arm sleeve – le gasp!

  • androidanon

    There’s a tear in the upper right arm sleeve — LE GASP!

  • Anonymous

    She completely lacks the “glow” of pregnancy. She looks horrendous — seems to have a Courtney Love thing going on here. What is with that hair?

  • Let be bi-polar guys…OUT, just because, it is terrible and she is way too much for that mess…and IN because for some of us girls…PREGNANT AIN’T FUN…she looks a little ill so I will cut some slack.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing I like is the color. The rest = blech.

  • I think she looks like Claudia Schiffer with all that black eye makeup. What’s up with that? and the hair is just terrible. I won’t even comment about the dress….

  • Anonymous

    Out.  That green eyeshadow on the inside-corners of her lids is awful.  The bed-head adds to the illusion that she woke up late for this thing and just wrapped her bed sheet around her pajama t-shirt.

  • Anonymous

    Out. That makeup alone is enough to give her the thumbs down.

  • Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood

    I honestly don’t mind the dress.  It’s the hair and make-up that make it one giant OUT for me.  


  • I wish she would use a cigarette holder AND promise never to speak in an acting role for the rest of her life.  It’s the only way she can every at least look the part.

  • In – perfect with a baby bump!

  • In, for being a pretty cool way of hiding a baby bump. 

  • OUT! The dress works on the stick thin model, but not on a real walking, breathing, and pregnant woman. I blame her stylist. Surely better advice on dressing for this event was available?

  • I barf all over her OUTness.  And that’s just from the neck up.  The dress looks like the loser from a Project Runway challenge.  The sleeves and collar are made of black pantyhose (notice the run on her right arm??) and the rest is made from a paper tablecloth.  Apparently “unusual materials” is the new “origami dress”.

  • I agree with you TLo 🙂