Baby WERQ: Elle Fanning

Posted on June 10, 2011

We usually reserve the WERQ posts for ladies who have rocky red carpet pasts, but she barely has a past at all and we can’t really recall any disasters. Like big sis Dakota, she’s always been a presentable and put-together young lady. With this outfit we get the impression she’s a bit more likely to have fun with her clothes than her sister is.

Elle Fanning at the premiere of “Super 8” in California in a vintage dress and Lanvin shoes.

Lanvin Platform Wedges

It’s all so MarciaMarciaMarcia while still being a little chic. Maybe a bit literally retro, especially since the film is set in the late ’70s, but it’s just far enough off the beaten path of mini-dresses and ruffled cocktail dresses that so many young starlets march down. We can’t help but smile when we see her. Not that we think she doesn’t have professionals helping her make these choices, but we sense someone who might know how to have fun with her look.


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  • Grace Ritt

    I love that dress! I always refer to her as the more talented Fanning sister, but maybe she will grow to be the better dressed sister, also.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like she’s a pretty devoted nail-biter. Of course, so are a lot of people at 13.

    • Felix

      I tough it too. Looks like a pretty nail-biter, and I know it because I’m one of them. I need to stop the nail-biting.

  • Remy S

    I don’t know, it’s just a little bit Renaissance Faire to me… I’ll take fun over boring any day, though!

  • Anonymous

    Very cute, she looks like one of the sisters from The Virgin Suicides.

  • Patty Wetli

     OK, this has been bugging me in photos I’ve seen of her: Is it just me or does it look like she dyes her hair? Look closely at her center part. Because if she does, at 13, why?

    • Fangirl401

       Why not? I went red at age 12 and stayed red for about ten years before moving on to blonde and mixed shades. My mom and I had fun coloring my hair together.

    • Dina dV

      Because she’s a working, professional actress and she has to accommodate her director’s demands?

    • Rand Ortega

      Because blonds are much more preferred in Hollywood.

    • Dani Colman

      I went to grade school with a couple of girls who had naturally fair hair and dark brows, and their roots tended to be naturally a little darker: their hair lightened as it grew.  Having said that, if she does dye – why not?  I started dyeing my hair when I was about 13.  At least she’s keeping it natural and healthy-looking, not bleached and fried like so many young starlets.

    • Kirsten Haney

      I had very light blonde hair like this as a child up till about 13-14 when it started going darker honey blonde. The sun bleaches it lighter as well. I have pictures where my roots (very close, like this) were super dark and the bleached out hair just made it seem even darker. People still ask me if I dye my hair because naturally the end of my hairs are lighter than the roots. 

    • Kelly Broderick

      I grew up w/very light honey blonde hair which started to darken around middle school.  I wanted to keep the color, so I started dyeing it around the 6th grade.  That would mean by 13 I had already been dying my hair for two years.  I don’t really see why this is shocking, my mom helped me do it every time.

  • Paula Berman

    She looks a little Loretta Lynn to me, but I prefer this look to what many teen celebrities wear.  She’s very cute and looks comfortable, so for a 13 year old, thumbs up.

    • Rand Ortega

      Because blonds are much more preferred in Hollywood.

  • Lauen newman

    Too one tone to me. Cute though.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE! So cute. I seriously wish I had looked both this self-possessed and well-groomed at thirteen, but no. I had a depressing lack of access to couture and I was drawing raccoon circles around my eyes and rolling my skirts up. Sigh.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    She looks so pretty here and I do like that dress a lot. 

  • Anonymous

    While the look is fine I find the whole outfit way too old for a 13 year old girl. She looks about 20 years old and i find that a bit sad. 

  • { edi } ilovetrash

    i apologize for asking but i am seriously curious. are you sure it’s vintage? for the life of me, i know the time period from which it sort of looks like it arose, but for the life of me {redux}, i cannot really place it there. the rhinestones are wrong. it’s like someone, years later, took two early 70s tropes–rhinestones & renaissance–& mixed em. but the rhinestones would go w/ glitter rock stuff–& the renaissance would go w/ the low profile kork-ease water buffalo plats {that lanvin, hate to say it, copied}. i cant put them together on one garment.

    sign me,

    ps. closer to topic, she looks very nice.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t have your expertise, but the decorative pattern did look to me more like the retro-inspired patterned fabrics that are out now than what I remember from the period. Though I wouldn’t be familiar with the full high-end spectrum of the period, as you are.

  • margaret meyers

    It’s crossing the line between clothing and costume.  There isn’t much that is subtle about the thinking of a 13 year-old, so I like her retro vibe choice.  It is absolutely 13.

  • lilithcat

    Cute dress, hate the shoes, and why is she made up to look like she’s 30?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, so I guess she’ll be playing Elizabeth Smart in the inevitable movie.

    • Anonymous

      Spot. On.  She looks exactly like her!

  • Kim Lombardini

    Virgin Suicides. Sophia Coppola did it first.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not awful, but not a werq. She looks like a younger Glinda the Good Witch + hippies sandals. 

  • MarieanneDH

    Oh, she is just adorable.  WERQ, indeed.

  • erin l.

    I am so excited to see where this little fashionista ends up. I feel that she is more talented than her sister, who I had a previous love affair with, but Elle is the true deal. Styling, modeling, acting- she’s phenomenal.

  • MilaXX

    Cute. finally something that looks like a typical 13 year old might wear a non designer version of this.

  • Shayne Laughter

    I had a sudden wicked thought, of a film where the Fiennes brothers play sibling dads, and the Fanning sisters are their daughters. The two Gyllenhaals, Jake and Maggie, figure in there somewhere, too, and Colin & Jonathan Firth have cameos.  This could get even more wicked if the Tilly sisters, Meg and Jennifer, pass through.  Are there any other sibling actors who should be in this film?

    • Anonymous

      The Bridges brothers, the Quaid brothers, Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty, the Hanks boys, and a host of others. (Actually, this is starting to sound like a remake of The Long Riders.

  • Anonymous

    Love it!  I have long been a fan of both the Fanning girls (well, as long as one can be of pre-teen actresses), I think Elle is going to be known as the more glam of the two.

  • Shayne Laughter

    Answered myself: Luke and Owen Wilson, Joan and John Cusack.  Anyone else?

    • Anonymous

      Beau and Jeff Bridges, the Ashley twins…

      • Shayne Laughter

        Wow, I forgot Julia & Eric Roberts, and Keenan & Damon Wayans.

    • JackieO

      Tim Daly & Tynne Daly

  • Shayne Laughter

    Answered myself: Luke and Owen Wilson, Joan and John Cusack.  Anyone else?

  • Phyllis Craine

    Lanvin does Kork-Ease

  • Anonymous


  • Judy

    Now that platforms are back, why are they called wedges too? Platforms, like those shown here, are almost equal in height forward and back, with the back a little higher typically. Wedges are a wedge by definition, much higher in the back and lower in the front. This shoe looks like a platy to me. And she looks like she dyes her hair. And who is the mysterious black pump in the background?

  • Anonymous

    maxi is making a comeback

  • Fifi LaRoux

    Love it!

  • sonictofu

    Wedges or platforms, whatever you call them, sign me up! 

  • moodring54

    Love everything but the shoes.  

  • Laura Davies

    It also has the charm of making her look 13 instead of 13 trying to be 30.

  • Anonymous

    Cute dress, shoes would be nice with a pair of jeans but not with this dress, looks older than her 13 years.

  • Lisa

    Yeah, I agree about the “MarciaMarciaMarcia” part for sure. I mean, she looks pretty and age appropriate, but I wouldn’t go so far as giving her a WERQ spotlight.

  •ébaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

    Excusez-moi, but she looks like a wench from the Low Countries.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    This is a perfect look for a young teenage actress promoting a film that takes place in the 70’s. I would have died to have those shoes as a young teen in the actual 70’s

  • Anonymous

    I wish her hair color didn’t look so fake.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful from head to toe. Nice to see someone her age dressing modestly but still fashionably.

  • Anonymous

    She looks adorable.  Her makeup is applied with a very light hand — certainly less than my friends and I painted on as soon as we were out of the house and our mothers couldn’t tell us no — and the dress is very cute on her.  Yes, it’s a bit costumey, but there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that at her age.  She’s going to be a lot of fun to watch as she matures.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t so sure, but upon seeing the full-length side shot I love the proportions and the palette.  This suits her.

  • Anne Slovin

    God, maybe if I had been in the movies when I was thirteen, I could have skipped that awkward phase too.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT??!! Have you boys lost your minds? When I first saw this outfit (on another site), I thought it was awful – “U-G-L-Y, you ‘ain’t got no alibi”! I am shocked – SHOCKED – to see that you think it’s a WERQ! Seriously, that dress is UGLY.

  • Anonymous

    The definition of WERQ. It’s that certain je ne sais quoi that makes this work. It is on the edge of going wrong in so many ways but totally werqs.  Love it.

  • Anonymous

    I love her style. She likes vintage clothes and is kinda quirky with a seemingly old soul. I just wish I didn’t feel slightly creepy about liking the style of a 13 year old.

  • Kelsey Albrecht

    Sarah Plain and Tall Goes to the Discotheque

  • Judy S

    Just right.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I love it; she looks adorable!

  • Kristin


    And as far as the acting goes, I prefer her to Dakota (though I think they are both talented).

  • Aidan B

    Love it. Chic and age appropriate.
    And oh my lord, people, go see Super 8. It was incredible.

  • Owen T. Niland

    Comes off a little ren faire to me, although the shoes are fierce!