In or Out: Kelly Rowland in Matthew Williamson

Posted on June 07, 2011

A lot of the bitter kittens seemed pretty upset with Kelly last week when she wore that lace belly shirt,  so we thought we’d do the girl a solid and feature her in something quite a bit more conservative and grown up. Unfortunately, it may have gone too far in the other direction.

Kelly Rowland, the new ” X Factor” judge arrives in Glasgow for the Scottish auditions for the hit talent show. Kelly Rowland is wearing a Chloé blouse and a Matthew Williamson skirt paired with Fendi Shoes.

Matthew Williamson Resort 2011 Collection/Model: Sona Matufkova

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She’s quite the buttoned-up gal here and one could argue that this looks a little “9 to 5” secretarial, but we think it mostly works for her. Or maybe we’re just happy to see her dressed like a grownup after that last getup (which Lorenzo still defends). We like that she didn’t tie the top into a giant pussy bow and opted for something a little more subtle and streamlined. We like the accentuated shoulders paired with that length and style of skirt. It prevents it from looking too literally ’80s. That’s a lot of beige in one outfit, though. We like the shoes, but we would have chosen something a little more colorful. Still hate the spy girl hair. Like we said, it all mostly works. Still, if she wasn’t selling it so hard through force of personality alone, we’d be struggling with the idea that it could easily border on frumpy if it’s not done right. Let the court of minion opinion decide:


IN! She looks grown-up and put-together chic!

OUT! She looks like a school secretary in 1983!

The Minion Opinion on Xtina’s sad cougar/burlesque thing was a resounding OUT, to no one but Xtina’s surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    In-ish for me…wait that’s Ireland not Scotland. Anyway, incorrect puns aside, I like it from the waist down. The blouse is sort of a buzz kill. I like the runway blouse a lot more.

  • Lori B

    IN, love it, shoes too.  Just not the hair.

  • Anonymous

    Out, hate the top, hate the shoes.

  • OUT.  That shirt kills the whole look.  

  • The colors of the outfit is sucking out the glee in me. I wish she added a bit of POP somewhere in her outfit. I’m looking at either the shoes or belt.

  • Anonymous

    I want every item those girls are wearing. Not to wear all at the same time, though.

  • aimee_parrott

    It’s a marginal IN for me.  Love the skirt, the shoes don’t bother me (though I don’t love them), the blouse is a yawn and I still hate the hair.  Dressing like a grown up is what pushes this one to the IN side of the equation.

  • Anonymous

    And not the shoes.

  • she looks so good!

  • Sara__B

    Like the skirt. The blouse would be just fine for work, IF she’d tuck it in the front a bit differently.

    She looks grown up and put-together AND like an expensively dressed school secretary. It’s very matchy-matchy and bland, but I’m going to give her credit for covering up all her lady parts. IN.

  • In. I think she just looks cute.

  • Jillian Kroos

    She still looks like she’s trying to earn a guest spot on Glee to me.

  • Anonymous

    I have no idea who this person is. I just love that skirt so much that I’m going to comment on her anyway. Love that thing. Love. It.  It needs darker, daintier heels, and it needs something more delicate on top, but the skirt is killer, I am alone in adoring her hair, and that picture up there of Dancy Kelly?

    My heart tremored with Happy. 

    How completely charming. 

  • Robyn Morelli

    OUT – tailor that blouse!!

  • Out.  Liked the orange shirt on the model better.

  • It’s not often you say this about celebrities, but she needs that shirt in a size *smaller*.  It’s a bit too blousy, IMO.  If you reduced the volume and made it a bit more tailored, I think it would work well.  But sadly, she has no shape in this.

    Very tentative in, but barely…

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, she was such a black hole on the Fashion Show that I am very surprised Simon hired her as a judge.  Doubt she will go over well in Britain.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right, she was a dull as dirt on that show.  At the time I wondered if she wasn’t just completely steamrolled by the force of wacky nature that is Issac Mizhari, maybe she will be able to add more without such an oxygen sucker in the mix.

  • Lauen newman

    IN- I love it.

  • Anonymous

    im gonna say OUT for the simple reason that its just not working for me

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks cute. More color would be nice, but I think she’s IN.

  • Anonymous

    The skirt is hideous and I can’t handle the bow on the blouse. Also, the shoes are dull. She’s so pretty, but OUT

  • Anonymous

    OUT just because of the blouse.  I LOVE that skirt though!

  • I do like the runway top better (and it would have been a great color on her), but I think she’s put together well.

  • Anonymous

    Is she… jigging???

  • Anonymous

    Eh. Don’t love. Out.

  • Anonymous

    It’s an ok if safe outfit.  Maybe she should have left the tie completely undone and open at the neck?  Anyway, the real question is – why does she appear to be arriving at the warehouse/cargo port instead of the airport where real people normally arrive?  The corrugated tim siding?  The shipping containers in the background?  WTH?

  • Anonymous

    Love the skirt, hate the blouse.Don’t like her whole look. Out.

  • Lattis

    Can’t get behind this one at all – sadly OUT. It’s just too soon for the wallpaper print from my 1980’s gynecologist’s examining rooms to make a comeback. Too soon.

    Also, I’m getting that shirt for my mom’s birthday . . . she will LOVE it. She’s going to be 89. 

  • Anonymous

    OUT! That top is the blouse version of nude platform pumps, y’all! Speaking as someone with a chest, a blouse like that, all buttoned up and with shoulder pads, just makes your top half look like a giant block. No, no, no.

  • AC

    OUT. That skirt deserves better.

  • Anonymous

    IN. The rights outweigh the wrongs and she looks so fresh.

  • Anonymous

    Weirdly, I like her hair (wig?) here, while I didn’t last time. I also like the outfit. Hot Secretary is a definite look, and I think she nails it. IN.

  • Not wild about the shirt, but she looks pretty.

  • Out. The skirt needs the pop of color of the original top. It’s too bland and monochromatic here. The hair and make-up are cute though.

  • Diahna Brown

    In I say. Black girls can wear beige because we’re NOT beige 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I can’t get past the 80’s ness of it.  I have to go with a reluctant out.

  • She looks like Marcia Brady.

  • Joyce VG

    Beige is not Kelly Rowland’s friend.  Maybe she doesn’t have any gay friends?  Very very sad. OUT.

  • snore

  • In, but just barely.

  • Jill Roberts

    Dowdy, beige secretary blouse and shoes.  Schoolgirl bangs.  No, no, no.  Skirt’s ok, tho.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Doing a bit of Highland Fling in those shoes without breaking her ankle gets and IN from me. She looks cute if not great.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    while pulling out one of the colors in the skirt for either the shoes or the blouse would have been totally fabulous, she looks pretty good.


  • Anonymous

    You said “9 to 5”, I said “Working Girl”, but clearly we were both channeling the ’80s with our reactions to that blouse!  But I don’t care for it at all.  The skirt is wonderful–a great length for her, and I like the flouncy-ness of it.  It looks so much better when paired with the orange top the model is wearing.  The hair doesn’t bother me.  The shoes—eh.  Not awful, not inspired either.  Overall, there are more good points than bad so I suppose that makes her an IN.  But I’m unenthusiastic about it.

  • I had that blouse in the 80s – in three different colors! It hurts to look at it now. If she had picked the cute orange number, she would be an in, but I j ust can’t go with that blah blouse.

  • Anonymous

    I think I like the top, I just don’t know if I like it with the skirt, it’s too much beige…like maybe if that same shirt was orange or blue to pick up the color in the skirt, I think I would like it better.  I do not care for the shoes at all.  I don’t mind the hair or makeup so much, but with all the beige, maybe it would have been nice to have some color on her lips.

    I guess I’m going to have to go with out.

  • IN

  • Love the skirt but she took the fun out of it by pairing it with those shoes and that depressing top! OUT

  • IN

  • IN but I also like the runway blouse better.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Hate the pussy bow, hate the shoes, only so-so on the rest of the outfit.

  • In- it’s cold over there!

  • My mom was a school secretary in 1983 and yes she had an outfit like that (although the skirt was longer)   She would have looked prettier with the models top.   The orange would have looked lovely with her skin tone.

  • she looks like a school secretary in 1983 whose blouse is too big but she still looks very nice.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Can’t stand the beige blouse. She would have rocked the orange blouse in the runway version. Hair, makeup and skirt are working for me. The shoes I can take or leave. Considering some of the torture devices that pass for shoes these days, in the end, I’m liking these more and more. But that blouse, bad 80’s. I just can’t get over it.

  • Out. Needs color up top.

  • Anonymous

    She should not have borrowed that beige blouse from her grandmother.  Otherwise everything here is great.  Except, of course, for the hair.

  • MilaXX

    OUT! I don’t like the top. She doesn’t need to copy the model, but a 
    open neck or sleeveless shirt with some color would have looked better. I
    don’t think the hair really works with this look and the shoes disappoint.

  • My first thought when looking at this outfit was “How cute!” but then paused at the missed opportunity she had for color.  Her shirt could’ve/should’ve been a lot bolder and more colorful.  I like these shoes quite a bit.  An in, but could have been an IN with a bit more umph.

  • If she’d paired it with a shirt more like the model is wearing I’d give her an in.  As it is…OUT!

  • Anonymous

    Out. The blouse adds 30 pounds.

  • Anonymous

    IN! It’s all a bit too beige but otherwise quite pretty. Got to love her attempts at Highland dancing, too.

  • In. Sexy. She has that natural “all-american girl” vibe, which goes well with slightly mainstream clothes.

  • We’re not really going back to the bow-tie blouses, are we?  I like the skirt.

  • Anonymous

    She looks good.  IN.

  • The blouse looks totally something I wore when I first started working in the mid 1980s.  So I disagree that it’s just slightly more modern.  And I HATED those kind of blouses, but they were pretty much all you could buy for responsible secretarial look.

      It’s too bad she didn’t opt for something fun to go with that adorable skirt. 


  • Anonymous

    OUT. She looked better in the belly shirt!

  • OUT. Just plain ugly, every piece of it.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. The blouse 100% kills it. Not only does it look like a grandma blouse it makes her upper body actually look like a grandma. The runway version was better.

  • wish she kept the original top

  • Lerae Kroon

    Out, don’t really like any of it. 

  • Lisa

    Out.  I mean, I hated her last look, but she’s done such a 180 here that she doesn’t look good this time either.  Kelly – I come here for fashion.  If I wanted to see the same boring shit that I wear to the office day in and day out, I’d stay at work.

  • Anonymous

    If you boys really want to do Ms. Rowland a solid then snatch that wig off her head and hide it. As for her outfit, neither in or out because I’m as neutral as her blouse about it.

  • out.

  • Anonymous


    Lo was right about her last time!  🙂

    hate the hair…the rest is really good…she’s working it.    

  • up with pod people

    I wanted to hate it but then that dancing photo. That dancing photo. IN.

  • Anonymous

    It’s mostly IN for me.  Love the skirt and shoes, the blouse is okay if a big baggy, and HATE the hair.  But she looks like she’s having fun, and honestly, the first thing I thought when I saw those shoes is that, unlike so many high-fashion shoes, there’s no danger of them falling off the feet — they actually almost look comfortable!  Why can’t I afford them?  🙁  Anyway, she looks cute, although that hairstyle is going to turn from barely tolerable to totally pathetic within a year; it’s definitely got a fixed expiration date on it.

  • Anonymous

    Blouse should be a color. Love the red/orange on the runway. And her wig sucks.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    IN, though I also like the runway blouse better.

  • Yeah, not enough today in this outfit, hairstyle included. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    It’s Glasgow, we get it, no need for the bloody bagpipers!

    I mean, uh…cute skirt…

  • Anonymous

    Overcompensating for my deep dislike of the 9-5 shirt (scarred by feeling forced to own at least one or two, for work, during the 80’s) I will call her In. The force of her personality helps.

  • I love it especially that skirt!  A definite IN!!!!!!!

  • I hate the beige of the top, but she gets an in nonetheless.  I like that she paired a grown-up blouse with that skirt– I think it keeps it from veering into mutton-dressed-as-lamb territory (not that she’s mutton, but the super short skirt needs to be coordinated more thoughtfully in one’s 30s, in my opinion).

  • Anonymous

    IN.  All in all I like it.  Even the spygirl hair and the looseness of the shirt.  I just wish it was something other than that bow / tie.  I don’t know what, though.

  • Anonymous

    Meh. Like the skirt and shoes well enough, but I’m really hating the blouse. It’s exactly what I wore under my business suits in the Marketing Dept. of AT&T in the early 80’s. Malloy’s “Dress For Success” to a tee. I don’t like it any better in 2011.

    That said, she still looks pretty, even in the 80’s blouse. In.

  • Looks like an office manager in 1984. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    The skirt’s interesting, but I hate the blouse, the shoes and the belt, and I’m not wild about the hair either. A marginal OUT for me.

  • IN I think it looks chic, though it does look a bit Girl Scout to me, actually. Like one of those old Brownie uniforms…

  • Out… the top is just not working for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Out. Proportions are off, the colors are horrid and she does look like a secretary c. 1983. The shoes are cute but still… OUT.

  • Grace Ritt

    I think she’s definitely in. It may look conservative but I think she’s making it work.

  • Out. Secretary gone wrong. 

  • L Harlan

    Out. It really does look old and blah.

  • Mariah J

    Secretary. This is such a switch from the last look it tells me her personal style isn’t very strong. Still better than the lace top fit for a 3 year old.

  • It’s ugly. And the shoes are HORRIBLE. Girl just has no taste.
    Also. Unrelated, but she’s looking very Toni Braxton, no?

  • IN. Yes, the top is a bit shapeless and it’s all very beige, but this is still something that would turn heads for all the right reasons.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  She looks acceptable, not great, but it’s a big improvement.  The shirt is just bad, very 1983 school secretary, but overall she looks okay.   

  • Anonymous

    I like the skirt, but the shirt doesn’t sit right when she isn’t moving. I’ll give her an In for the effort.

  • Sorry, Kelly, because I think you are adorable, but the outfit is too “9 to 5/Working Girl” for me. Maybe the third time will be a charm. OUT.

  • In. I think she looks cute in a grown-up way.

  • In, when you can see all of it. For the auditions I think she will be sitting behind a desk and she will just look like an out of place secretary when you can only see the top.

  • IN vast improvement & i love the skirt
    my eye keeps twitching at the proportions of the blouse paired with that skirt

  • Anonymous

     First of all, I’m not sure that pussy bows were meant for streamlining. That little thing she’s working looks silly. Second, the blouse not only doesn’t go with the skirt, it’s killing it! It’s sucking all the vibrancy out of it. And third, the hair is too severe for that blouse. OUT! It’s too bad. If she’d worn the orange blouse she might have been an in.

  • Anonymous

    it would have been a little low-key for the red carpet, but perfectly fine for this occasion. its chic. IN!

  • Anonymous

    Out. If she wear the original top (the red one) that would be a IN. But Now? The wash-out blouse looks… it suits for a 40.

  • zzzzzz…..*snort*  huh?  wha?  

    oh.  Kelly.  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    The orange runway blouse is much better with the nifty skirt. OUT.

  • Lauren Fernandez

    Would have been in without the pussy bow.  As is, OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I love it, the shirt is a bit too conservative, but the skirt is just sort enough to balance the look. Very pretty, very age apropriate, the shoes are perfectly ok…the hair looks a bit like a wig to me, but not too much. IN

  • Anonymous

    That is one ugly look. The original skirt/orange shirt combo was okay, but the huge beige shirt looks awful, especially with the skirt.

  • OUT. The skirt looks so much better paired with the bright orange top (orange is my favorite color, so I might be biased). The shirt she chose is quite possibly the most boring article of clothing I’ve seen. Dull color, dull shape, dull bow. 

  • She really does look like a secretary from the 1980’s; I know, I was a secretary in the 1980’s.  OUT!

  • IN but she should have kept the other top on… that color would have looked better on her

  • M M

    Out …(ditto)!

  • androidanon

    Girls, can we ditch the backup singer — please.

  • Out- she looks frumpy. Not pleased with the way the blouse is billowing over the sides of the skirt. Also, the length of the skirt is too long.