In or Out: Olivia Wilde in Gucci

Posted on August 08, 2011

We’re questioning our instincts on this one. At first, we were all, “Oh, this is undoubtedly a WERQ entry,” but then we got to looking at it and now we can’t tell if it’s fierce or tacky. The line between the two is but a hair’s breadth.

Olivia Wilde attends Cowboys & Aliens photocall during the 64th Festival del Film di Locarno in Locarno, Switzerland in a Gucci dress, Brian Atwood shoes, and earrings by Carrera y Carrera.

Kind of “Bob Mackie for Cher” fabulous, right?

But also really heavy-looking, right? And maybe just a little too dangley, swingy, fringey? This dress must sound like a wind chime. And there sure is an awful lot of stuff going on around the neck and shoulders, yes? We fear this dress left a lot of bruises.

We’re not exactly being the strong, declarative, take-no-prisoners bitchy gay bloggers you know, love, and emulate here, are we? We literally change our minds every time we look at it.

All right, here we go. Find your bitchy gay balls, T Lo.

Hair and makeup we only sort of like, but that’s a taste thing. Truth be told, we think she shouldn’t outline her eyes so heavily and she should get away from the up ‘dos. There’s no jewelry (for which we are thankful, for once) and the shoes are hidden, so it’s all about the dress. And the dress is bold and attention-seeking, no doubt about it. It also suits her. Like we said, we feel like there’s too much stuff up around the top, but once you start complaining about too much anything, you’ve pretty much lost the point of the dress. It’s supposed to be heavy, dramatic, and impractical looking.

Okay, we’ve talked our way back into loving it for being a drama queen dress. The final call, as always, is up to the collective minion masses.



OUT! It’s all good fun until someone loses an eye.

Elisabeth Moss got a very stern talking-to by the commentariat, who almost unanimously declared her sexy septuagenarian dress a bid ol’ OUT.

[Photo Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images]

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  • Jenna Kuhmann

    Fierce.  IN.

  • Fifi LaRoux

    I think she looks fierce!

  • Merneith

    I like the dress in theory but it’s doing nothing for her figure. I bet JLo or Angelina could pull it off though. But it’s the wrong dress for someone who’s so skinny she looks boxy. Out.

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering why no shot of a model in this dress, so maybe this is the reason. On most models these days you’d have same issue.

  • Liana Brooks

    I love it all except for the shoulder fringe. There is a shoe peeking through in the first shot, it looks like a toe cleavage one. Matchy, but passable. I think that if she stripped the shoulder fringe off there would have been enough shape and definition to pull this look off. As it stands, it’s a good dress under an ugly bead shawl. OUT

    • Anonymous

      Amen to the shoulder fringe comment.  Leave the Egyptian looking collar and it is sufficiently fierce.  Add the blingy shawl and the phrase “more is not always better, sometimes it’s just more” comes to mind.

  • Rand Ortega

    I think the dress aspect should have been more form fitting. But the gown is still fabulous as is La Wilde.

  • gillian holroyd

    out. it’s a victorian fringed curtain draped over her shoulders.

  • Anonymous

    IN She looks awesome.  And I don’t mind the broadly lined eyes.  Her make up requires a boot up to stay ahead of the dress so it isn’t wearing her.  She gets a WERQ from this 50ish Fairy.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I think that this is a dress that can go either way, depending on the wearer. Olivia pulls this off without looking over-the-top or tacky. She looks beautiful and sexy. WERQ GIRL! 

  • Lauren Jean St. Martin

    In! I love it and her!!!

  • Wendy Dietzler

    Waist up: IN
    Waist down: OUT

    The skirt is hids.

  • Anonymous

    Oh no. That dress actually makes her look heavy. And she is bone thin. OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    IN!!! It grabbed me from the first picture.

  • Sara Nolan Collins

    OUT!  It’s sooooooo bad.  There is nothing redeeming about this dress.  OUT!

  • Sylvia

    Totes a WERQ. Go with your initial instincts. 

  • Anonymous

    Tacky.  OUT.

  • PostsYouCanDanceTo

    I’m assuming it looks much better in movement; and that it’s supposed to be seen moving.. Which means if we judge it on the photos, we’re not seeing the dress as its meant to be seen. But then that means the dress really never should’ve left the runway – the only place it’s seen in constant movement.

    So on a lesser person, this dress would be a limp “out” of a thing because it’d just hang there instead of flow, but Olivia here is juuuuust statuesque enough to pull it into IN territory.

    But seriously, people, don’t pick dresses you have to pose on a treadmill in.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Hate the hair, the eyes being so over-lined makes it obvious that the liner is not symmetrical (which makes her like one eye is bigger than the other). She has that face and some fabulosity from neck to elbows almost making it work but then the hideous skirt (Pants? Is it an enormous jumpsuit? Ew.) taking it back to Blanche Devereux cruisin’ a funeral for fellas.

  • Jessica Rowe

    It’s kind of Edwardian Egyptian.  For that alone, IN.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In.  She’s really gorgeous! 

  • Anonymous

    Love it. In.

  • Chrissy Barney

    IN! She’s like a futuristic Cleopatra. I’d take a gorgeous, dramatic dress like this over yet another goddess gown any day.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it verges on a being a disco macrame hanger, but she’s pulling it off.  So IN.

  • Judy_J

    I love the front of this dress.  Hate the back of it…looks somehow unfinished.  I give her an IN for the front alone.  It’s killer.

  • Shinobi

    I think it fits with Cowboys and Aliens in a fierce and not to themey kind of way.  And I like the updo with this dress, otherwise I think it would be too heavy.

  • Anonymous

    Fierce!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, IN!

  • Anonymous

    Looks amazing…to a cat!  Plus the it does nothing to flatter her body.  Goth macrame, out!

  • { edi } ilovetrash

    half & half breed.
    {apologies, could not resist.}

    @ first i thought it was pants, & i think it would look much better as pants. you want 70s cher? there but for the grace of, you know.

  • Christy Cricow

    If she looks heavy, it’s only because she is wearing a black skirt in front of a black backdrop. I actually think she looks great–simple hair and jewelry– and lets the dress say it.  In.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  It looks very New Jersey-mother-of-bride.  Blinged into oblivion.  And then it all stops at the sides?  Gah.  No.

    Remember the old adage “Before you leave the house, take off one thing.”  She should have taken off the dress. 

  • MinAgain

    Black and gold usually look tacky together, unless the designer is very, very careful.  Careful, Gucci ain’t.  Out.

  • Anonymous

    i think it would look better if the black part hugged her body more, instead of flaring out at the bottom. IN still, it’s a fun and fab look.

  • Ann Strunk

    IN.  She looks fierce in the best possible way.

  • Maggie

    IN.  She looks gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    IN. Gorgeous…I like complicated, wind-chimy dresses!

  • Anonymous


  • Gaby

    I keep thinking it’s like tinsel tassel. out.

  • Summer Born

    IN. Fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  I think she looks fabulous.  Not a lot of people could carry off that dress, but she does it.  And it’s such an improvement over that black dress she wore before.  

  • Judy S

    IN. But not gypsies, tramps, and thieves. Cowboys and aliens, with some injuns thrown in for good measure. Leather with an Italian designer name. Stuff like that.

  • Diana

    IN – Not on most, but in this case Olivia is totally WERQ-fabulous!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stand Olivia Wilde — mostly because she wears these absurdly attention-getting getups all the time, and she’s done nothing to earn it — but I have to admit this is a WERQ.

  • Anonymous

    In but could have been great. I don’t like the hanging hip beads the most but not enough to out it.

  • Molly Harrington

    I’m in the same boat..I keep going back and forth. But I think it’s ultimately an OUT for me. It just seems like too much. Tacky.

  • Matthew Dinda

    Out. Horrendous. It does nothing for her figure. Yes it’s got a ferocious and brave quality to it in the sense that it isn’t a mini cocktail dress but this seems inappropriate for the event and makes her look larger than she is. I wish she’d work it with a black cigarette pant.

    • Anonymous

      Yes! The very first thing I thought was that she’s overdressed. Also, that’s too much dress way for her tiny frame. She looks lost in it.

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    IN. She just needs a piano to recline upon whilst crooning.

  • Anonymous

    IN. I love it.

  • Kelly Kerwin

    Out. She looks like a living room in the 70s. A tacky living room of the uppercrust swingers across the street.

  • MilaXX

    OUT, It’s a bit too Bob Mackie/Cher for me. I also think her eye makeup is too heavy. My guess she does it to emphasize her eyes, but I think a cat’s eye/winged liner look would be a better look or even a soft smokey brown eye to bring out her eye color.

    • Rand Ortega

      Can you really be TOO Bob Mackie/Cher, MilaXX? Are you sure??? ; )

      • MilaXX

        lol sadly yes. She always looks too costume-y to me.

  • Anique Ashraf


  • Anonymous

    Out. The dress is fabulous, but I think the styling is working against it. Also, she looks a bit like she’s above it all. Maybe she’s just bored. Either way, I don’t think the look is coming together well.

  • AllForUSophia

    Definite IN!

  • margaret meyers

    FAIL:  fussy not fabulous.

  • Emma

    IN How could you walk past that in a store and not desperately need to wear it, no matter how fug the result?  It’s just a big fabulous/ ridiculous costume of a dress. I don’t think it should be seriously debated.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Because she bugs me.

  • Emily

    In, she’s totally pulling it off.

  • MandyJane

    In, I think it’s pretty cool.

  • Democracy Diva

    IN, because I ALSO likened this to cher in my blog, and great minds think alike. Mwah.

  • Courtney Hellams


  • Anonymous

    IN – would have been awful if she had tried to use a lot more elements, but the dress is pretty awesome.  

  • Anonymous

    IN – would have been awful if she had tried to use a lot more elements, but the dress is pretty awesome.  

  • Anonymous

    Two flaming baton twirling ensembles in one day – that must be some kind of record!

    • Anonymous

      I love you for using jolie laide in a sentence.

  • Anonymous

    Two flaming baton twirling ensembles in one day – that must be some kind of record!

  • Derrick Austin

    I would buy bottles of Dr Good from her in a second! IN! 

  • Anonymous

    Heck, In. If she’d worn bigger (not dangling) gold earrings it’d be better.

    It looks like it seemed like a fun idea, I’d love to see her walking in it to see if it was still fun when she had to navigate.

  • Anonymous

    Too much fringe. There’s Bob Mackie for Cher, and then there’s Bob Mackie Costume for the Carol Burnett Show. Miss Scarlet and her draperies are OUT.

  • Meghan Young

    IN. All the way. I’m usually a huge disapprover of many of her looks, but look at the woman: she KNOWS she’s WERQin it! 

  • Anonymous

    In, but I would’ve preferred the base of the dress to be more fitted at the waist

  • Anonymous

    I don’t love the dress, but her face is so stunning that my eyes are drawn there instead.  This woman could work the shit out of a paper bag.

  • Eric Scheirer Stott

    My immediate though was “Cher”.  It’s a bit over the top and doesn’t entirely mix with the formal hairstyle.

  • Anonymous

    Olivia found Cleopatra’s curtains, huh? I didn’t know the ancient Egyptians had curtains before this. So… Thanks for that?

  • Anne Slovin

    I think it’s cool.  Plus she’s promoting a movie about cowboys–it suggests cowboys without being too literal.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Too many tidbits and hoo-hahs around her face.

    I hope she didn’t have to pee at any point during the night, I’m not sure she could have managed to not dip any danglies into the blue water. Ick.

  • Anonymous

    Ix-nay on the inge-fray.  Out for her.

    What this dress needs is a big-ass wig, platform heels, and 50 pounds of face paint.
    Somebody rip that shit off her and get to Ru, STAT!

  • dickinson-julie

    I want to like it, simply because it’s an improvement on the little-funeral-home-on-the-prairie dress she wore to the other premiere.  But I can’t get past the column of polyester looking black fabric that makes up the slip portion of the dress.  Can I vote in from the waist up?  If not, I’m going to have to vote “out”.

  • AWStevens

    I thought it was Elizabeth Taylor come back from the dead in a Cleopatra outfit.  OUT

  • Megan K.

    It’s the perfect thing to wear when you’re in a sci fi western–a little bit of both.  I just wish that the bottom was pants instead of a skirt.  But I’m going to say IN for the craziness of it all.

  • Anonymous

    Love the dress, hate the hair and makeup.

    She just always strikes me as being incredibly pretentious.

  • Amye

    I’m not a fan of hers, but I do love this look and she’s definitely werq’g it!


  • Jennifer Marie Wegmann-Gabb

    Love her.  IN.

  • Alyson Lamble

    Tacky,  And hella ugly to boot.  OUT.

  • Samantha Ritchie

    In. Stick with your instincts. This is fierce. 

  • Catherine Dluzak


  • Anonymous

    IN! I love it, gypsies tramps and thieves indeed!!

  • Rachael J.


  • Anonymous

    When did she turn 60? OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN BITCHES!!!  love the cord shrug!!!

  • Heather Waddell

    Wicked IN. I don’t love the “everything on the front, nothing on the back” aspect, but she’s working it so hard it doesn’t matter.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like the dress a whole lot better if it was a straight sheath without the split. There’s something about the semi a-line split skirt that just throws the proportions off.
    And the hair and makeup are both bad.

  • Susan Bullard Mayer

    OUT.  Michaels’ bead department exploded on her buxom.

  • Stan

    in. and I like the eye make up, just not the hair. She could use something a little bigger…

  • Amanda B


  • Emily D.

    Hot- in!

  • Anonymous

    I really dislike that arm fringe, but the overall effect is pretty dramatic and she’s pulling it off. IN.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    In. Makes me miss all the WERQ Cher used to bring to the red carpet especially the Oscar red carpet. 

  • Anonymous

    Out. It looks like Cher’s funeral outfit from 10 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    IN! I’m not normally a fan of her RC looks so in my mind this is definitely WERQ material.

  • Elena

    In. I think she’s working it.

  • amanda crow

    So, so, so IN.

  • Anonymous

    Unless she is the reincarnation of Nefertiti, this one’s an OUT for me.

  • Santa

    IN. I agree, it is very fierce :)

  • Nicole

    Out. It’s so literally Cleopatra I can’t. All she needs is a little more wing in her liner and a matching headpiece.

  • Anonymous

    O. U. T.

  • Sara Parker

    OUT.  Fringe is only appropriate on ice-dancing costumes.  If I were Michael Kors, I’d say she looked like a Vegas showgirl going to a funeral.

  • Anonymous

    Out. If you have to stare at it and think too long, you’re not admiring how fierce she is.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    In!  Also, I think her make-up looks fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    In, but barely…

  • Anonymous

    Loooooove WERQ it.  But this is coming from someone who thought Kayne’s Paris ‘couture’ dress was amazing and gorgeous, and he was eliminated because the judges thought it was over the top and tacky, so… :)

  • Anonymous

    In. So much better than her awful thin, stringy flat hair and full fledged bang the last time I saw her….Cowboys and Aliens premiere I think?

  • Anonymous

    No. The first word that went through my head was tinsel. Unless it is a Christmas themed Project Runway unconventional materials challenge, tinsel shouldn’t ever appear on a dress. OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    I vote IN. Hell, the poor girl hardly had 20 lines of dialogue in the movie, at least she can dress up and look fab!

  • Anonymous

    Out.  Even Cher would have a hard time WERQing this dress.  

  • Lee Reece

    FAB. In.

    And updo was practically required– her hair would have been lost in all of the neck/shoulder detailing had it been down.

  • Joyce VG

    I like it all! IN. 

  • Anonymous

    So IN.

  • Alina Badus

    Fringe overload. OUT.

  • Brendan Foehr

    IN like sin

  • mc90

    Stunning! –Emmylou

  • Anonymous


    She looks fantastic.  She’s WERQing it, and she doesn’t care what we little people think.  She’s confident in her dangling chains and octopus spaghetti strands.



  • Anonymous

    A little too The Mummy 2 for me, hair pulled back for a nature’s facelift. Out.

  • Anonymous

    Out!  It’s Cher’s version of an Egyptian costume.  Does nothing for her.  

  • Anonymous

    Is it me, or does the dress have more than a touch of Dorothy Zbornak about it?

  • Greg Polansky

    Ferocious. IN. 

  • Anonymous

    IN! I love the Egyptian reference of the collar.

  • Maria McGarry

    If you can’t tell, she’s doing something right.  In for doing something different and having those cheekbones while you do it.  Also, dress is not wearing her, despite its frippery.  IN.

  • Ruby Wang

    As much as I love Olivia Wilde, sorry that’s an OUT. 
    Might’ve looked good in an editorial. But looks like a mess in real life.

  • Tara Hackett Ellis

    out… i thought she could do no wrong, until this

  • Sorana Tarmu

    I totally agree about the hair and make-up which makes her look like “peasant girl goes to her cousin’s wedding” (and Lord did I see way too many of those) but the dress is a big IN.

  • Jennifer Von B


  • Anonymous

    I love it! I don’t even know why! However, I disagree with your “stay away from updos” comment, as this dress could not have worked with her hair down, it would have been weird.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    OUT….she is working it well but OUT

  • Nestor Fuentes

    i dont know  im so confused, the dresss is great on theory but i guess she is to skinny for her like merneith said   boxxxy   im gonna have to give her  a OUT

  • Catherine Rhodes

    OUT. Yeah, it’s fierce, but it’s still ugly.

  • Anonymous

    Yucky!! OUT OUT OUT
    stringy grossness. 

  • Danny Maza

    IN, is fierce and campy at the same time 😛

  • Anonymous

    Out – just too much stuff hanging from the dress. 

  • Suzie Vazquez

    out too much fabric.

  • DH

    Fantastic. IN.

  • Anonymous


  • Sobaika Mirza

    Fabulous, in. And I’m surprised at you, TLo – surely she would have looked ridiculous with her hair down in that dress.

    • Thom Bardin

      Especially if she’d caught her hair in the fringe! Could you imagine? >_<

  • Anonymous

    IN.  She looks amazing, and the dress is wildly different from anything else I’ve seen lately, which earns the “extra style” nod, too.  I don’t know how long her hair is but if it’s any longer than chin length and was worn down it would have been bad.  Long locks were not meant to compete with this creation–up was the way to go.  I’d kill for her cheekbones, too.  

    • Anonymous

      Her cheekbones look like they could be lethal weapons. But this look, I’m kinda loving it, wish I had something that fabulous in my closet, and somewhere fabulous to go…IN

      And I’m sure this might revoke my bitter kitten status, since she’s been on TLo several times, but I still don’t even know who Olivia Wilde is. And don’t wanna know enough to google. Actually I don’t know who a lot of people shown on this blog are, esp the ones under 25, but I gave up saying that long ago ;-p

  • Adella Thompson

    Bizarre and at first glance I wasn’t sure what I thought, but the more I stare, the more I love. In. 

  • Erin Leahy

    Dramatic, not tacky!! ININININININININ!

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Too Sunset Boulevard.  Out.

  • Anonymous

    Someone make this in white and send it to JLo, please.

    I don’t mind it on Olivia, mind yoi, especially given the nature of the major plot twist involving her character (don’t want to spoil anyone). But she’s not working it hard enough.

  • Anonymous

    “In” in a its so tacky it is amazing.

  • Frank

    In!! Even though it is a little Cher. Which should be why it’s in!O:

  • Jamie

    she’s no Cher – OUT!

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  Predecorated Christmas tree.

  • Cheree Winston

    IN :)

  • erin l.

    out. i just think this top is entirely too boxy for such a petite girl like olivia. though i don’t know what t&l are talking about with her hair/makeup- i think it looks breathtaking.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    Fierce.  IN.

  • Melissa Della

    It’s sort of boxy and I wish it was cinched a little at her waist, but I think it’s pretty great nonetheless. IN

  • Anonymous

    OUT. The gigantotassels killed it for me, along with the lack of shape. It sits on her like a depressing sack.

  • Nellie Wilson

    I really like it. Reminds me of Erté and I love that look. Make-up and hair are meh. But otherwise, IN.

  • Anonymous

    she should get away from the up ‘dos

    But that dress needs an updo.  It’s all about the fringe at the neck, and if her hair were down, the impact would be lost.

    I like it. IN.

  • Anonymous

    In – big time — it suits her exotic looks.

  • Anonymous

    In – big time — it suits her exotic looks.

  • Anonymous

    I love it. She looks like a fierce bordello madam. IN.

  • Danielle

    So at ComicCon she was going for Cowboy, and here she’s going for Alien?

  • Erin Hines

    Out. Black sheath covered in my Grandmas room divider from 1972. And that hair is hiddy.

  • Anonymous

    Tacky, out.

  • Sara Munoz

    I’m going with IN here. She’s selling it.

  • Nicole Walraven

    So In. I feel like its channeling Liz Taylor as Cleopatra.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t particularly love the silhouette, but I do like the overall attitude and the balls it took to wear the dress. A situational IN.

  • Laura Schultz

    OUT. Too much, too heavy, hate the make-up. 

  • Anonymous

    OUT. I like the effect on the arms, but it just kinda fell apart on the bodice, with the long black skirt weighing it all down. Plus, I don’t like her very much, so there’s an admitted bias

  • Margot Brose

    honeys… I’m really not sure! D: She looks confident, and she accessorized (or lack thereof’d) like a boss, so we’ll just say IN…. a tenuous in, but an in nonetheless.

  • Anonymous

    In! Gurl is FIERCE! I think it’s just the lack of actual red carpet & non-shiny background that’s throwing it off.

  • Celia

    I totally agree with you on her updos–she has a face with strong, hard features which makes her striking to look at, but whenever she has her hair up or back it often makes her look severe and tends to age her a bit too. At first glance, I thought it was a fabulous look, but up close, the fringing really does look tacky and haphazard. Like someone went nuts with string and macrame. I wish it was beads and fringing on a sheer capelet or something instead. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Love it!

  • Anonymous

    God, I HATE Olivia Wilde, but she is totally pulling that off. In.

  • Tara

    Out…it’s too heavy and looks sort of like she got trapped in some anniversary decorations or something.

  • Anonymous

    In! I want to wear it, it seems like it would be so much fun…

  • Rachelle Neame

    Bleh. She looks like some Egyptian God of sparkly vomited on the top half of a really terribly boring dress. Which is not a good thing. OUT.

  • sonictofu

    In.  I hope she is making a lot of fast, sudden turns, to maximize the fun of the dress. 

  • Anonymous

    IN. just
    I like it from the side.”Kind of “Bob Mackie for Cher” fabulous, right?”   So true. 
    Those overly lined and plucked eyes drove me crazy during Cowboys and Aliens.

  • Nicole Merrill

    Definitely fierce and definitely in.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or have all of her appearances for the Cowboys & Aliens film been themed?
    First we had her as a little wench on the Prairie.
    And this edition we have Olivia Wilde, Saloon Madame and sometime crooner. Both times in funeral black to add seriousness to the camp, I just want to shake her and say sweetie GO WITH THE CAMP. If you’re going to play dress up because you’re in a Western/Sci-fi cross, you might as well play it all the way.

  • Anonymous

    The frock it doesn’t seem right for a girl her age.  To me, it reads as an “Auntie Mame”  vivacious wealthy older woman fabulous, not a 27 year old starlet fabulous.  And also, it could be because it’s a black dress in front of a black background, but it looks very shapeless.  **OUT**

  • Anonymous


    She’s hot. She’s my new Angelina Jolie… with the style that I wish Angelina could have.

  • Anonymous

    The dress is way too old for her. It’s a dowager dress, and I can see Margaret DuMont wearing it. Along with that, I just really hate it.

     I agree that, in most circumstances, she should stay away from updos, but the dress needs one. There’s enough stuff going on around the shoulders. There’s no reason to add more.

    I can take or leave the hair, but I think her make-up is flawless and simple. Not to mention, girl has killer cheek bones.

    Oh, yeah. OUT

  • Irina Ryabchuk

    I think it is a perfect dress for a premiere of a movie about Cowboys and Aliens. Also love the ring. IN.

  • Elizabeth Szubert

    I am of two minds here.  The top of that dress is out but the bottom of the dress, plus hair and makeup, are an in.  So, overall – Fierce and IN.  Rock your inner Gypsy.

  • Anonymous

    IN. Work that face and fringe girl!

  • Anonymous

    Out. Needs some editing to be an in. No shoulder fringe, tight fitting bottom with no split in the middle.

  • Anonymous

    I have to give her an OUT. She just doesn’t isn’t diva-esque enough to pull this off. Hair and makeup are fine. Even the heavy liner doesn’t bother me, what with the shape of her eyes and the rest of her makeup being very soft and neutral. Lovely woman but she doesn’t have the required fierce quotient for this dress.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic! I love the hair and make-up, though. Her cheekbones are to die for. IN.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the dress but I think it is working for her.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Blech

  • KatyMightHave

    OUT for me. Dress is way too shapeless, and no matter how much fringe and dangly stuff you add, it’s still a shapeless black column. I also have to disagree with TLo (*ducks to avoid flying shoe*) and say that I love the makeup and that this look really calls out for an updo.

  • Rachel Council

    Yeah, I pretty much love it. IN. 

  • Anonymous

    Promoting Cowboys and Aliens with a “futuristic cowgirl” sort of look? Sure, it’s in.

  • KittyKnits

    I agree that the dress is too shapeless; it only we could see something of her waist, some sense of figure.  Out.  Sorry, Olivia; I still fantasize about you as 13 though!

  • Jennifer Hofstetter

    I think she looks striking.  I don’t like the hair, but she’s pulling off everything else, including a dress that shouldn’t be pull-off-able.  IN.

  • Anonymous

    Channeling her inner Cher…  It does look heavy up top but overall, that’s a helluva dress.  Might have been easier to evaluate against a lighter background; the black on black background takes away any chance the fringe has of airiness.  But, she does work it. IN!

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    Well, as a belly dancer my taste level is inherently suspect, but I say hell to the in.  Though it might not work as well if she weren’t posed in front of a dark backdrop with leaping leopards to take it over the top.  (Also I have plenty of experience with beaded fringe, and that doesn’t really look all that heavy)

  • Anonymous

    oh that is totally FIERCE. love.

  • Marisa

    Looks great.  It’s unique, stylish, and looks like it might even be comfortable.

  • Trotter

    FIERCE.  IN!

  • Anonymous


    I think this dress makes this girl look old and that doesn’t, in my book, equate with fierceness in any way. There are elements of the dress I like but overall, no, I don’t think so.


  • Kelly Kobiela

    In. I want to hate it, but she really pulls it off well.

  • Micaela Cannon

    This is the kind of dress that would probably look amazing in an editorial, but it’s just too much for reality, in my opinion anyway.

  • Anonymous

    IN. Long live Cher 😉

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm… If it were Cher, it would be IN (although with a skirt only to the hooch, not full length). With Olivia, it’s OUT — it looks good from a distance, but up close it just doesn’t work on her. I totally understand how the initial reaction was a WERQ.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  Remove the fringy shrug and it goes to In.  She’s working it as hard as she can, but there’s just too much going on here.

  • Anonymous

    I love the concept, not the execution, and I feel like this is too heavy for a summery dress.


    She is obviously working it within an inch of its life, and for that reason alone, I think it’s an IN.

  • Anonymous

    Not my favorite look but I like it. The hair and make-up are beautiful. IN.

  • Hildegerd Haugen

    She has aged a lot the last two years. She looks like she is 36/40ish.

  • Eliana Alger

    I think the updo works with the dress….Mmmmm Im not sure I mean I like the back of the dress, I like the makeup, but for me she looks to old in this…I think I will go with an OUT on this one

  • Darien Nevulti LeDisko


    It’s exactly as you said, a “Bob mackie-esque” kind of fierce….and then you all confused me with the last few paragraphs.

  • tw125

    For some reason the dress makes me think of Betty White. If you cover the skin a little more she could totally rock this dress. So I’m leaning towards OUT.

  • aimee_parrott

    IN, because she was smart enough to keep the makeup, jewelry and hair really really simple.

  • Megan Patterson

    Yeah, totally Cher fabulous, And interesting! IN!

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see this look in movement.    I think I might get dizzy.


  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see this look in movement.    I think I might get dizzy.


  • Rachel Lee

    I think black and gold looks pretty fierce on her, like an updated cleopatra. But I also think she looks like she went through a shredder, and for that, a fractional out. 

  • Rachel Lee

    I think black and gold looks pretty fierce on her, like an updated cleopatra. But I also think she looks like she went through a shredder, and for that, a fractional out. 

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Out. It’s not just impractical, it’s ugly and unflattering.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Out. It’s not just impractical, it’s ugly and unflattering.

  • Anonymous

    WERQ it girl, Half Breed style. LOVE.

  • Anonymous

    Totally in. Definitely a WERQ.

  • Thom Bardin

    The more I look at her in the dress, the more disappointed I am in the effort. The hair, the makeup, the jewelry, the shoes are all so non-descript and ‘go-with-everything’: she looks like she was still trying on borrowed dresses until it was call-time. Styling needed to be much more attention-getting: shoes could’ve been strappy and glossy, jewelry could’ve been twice as big, and makeup could’ve brought *any* perceptible color (more smoldering eyes and a red lip could’ve instantly brought the attention back to her face). Good choice on the dress, but a dress this fierce (*especially* if it calls to mind Bob Mackie) needed fierce styling.


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  • andrew

    Out by  smidge. I agree with Thom, a red lip color would have made a world of difference.  And am I alone in thinking some simple long earrings in the mood of the fringy swingy top would have helped as well?  She seems to have two-tone hair– bun versus the rest– but it could just be the lighting.  

  • Anonymous

    Fierce for sure! IN!

  • Anonymous

    Ewwww. No. Totally an OUT. It’s like Cleopatra at the disco.

  • Kathleen Coyle

    I think on a runway or a magazine spread I wouldn’t have given that dress too much credit, but I pretty much think she can fierce up anything.  In.

  • Robyn Morelli

    IN – I think the hair and makeup look very clean and modern. It saves the look from going costume.

  • Anonymous


  • Toni Mitt

    Ooooh I caught my breath when I scrolled down–and not a in a good way.  Way tacky.  OK for Cher–not for our delicate Olivia.  OUT! 
    (Thankfully–she didn’t go overboard with some weird hair and lots of jewelry…) 

  • Toni Mitt

    Ooooh I caught my breath when I scrolled down–and not a in a good way.  Way tacky.  OK for Cher–not for our delicate Olivia.  OUT! 
    (Thankfully–she didn’t go overboard with some weird hair and lots of jewelry…) 

  • Anonymous

    My first thought was Cher too, but she would have worn it over a nude tulle bodystocking. Which would be fierce, tacky and awesome. This is just oddly demure, like she’s hiding a baby bump or somesuch.

  • Anonymous

    My first thought was Cher too, but she would have worn it over a nude tulle bodystocking. Which would be fierce, tacky and awesome. This is just oddly demure, like she’s hiding a baby bump or somesuch.

  • Anonymous

    IN! Fiercely IN!

  • Anonymous

    IN! Fiercely IN!

  • Anonymous

    Wow – THIS is a real “Mother! Sister! Mother! Sister!”, isn’t it? ‘m going to go with the IN, ’cause that’s the way the pendulum is swinging at this very moment.

  • Anonymous

    Wow – THIS is a real “Mother! Sister! Mother! Sister!”, isn’t it? ‘m going to go with the IN, ’cause that’s the way the pendulum is swinging at this very moment.

  • Mary McClelland

    in – IF you’re Cher.  On anyone else – wannabe! 

  • myblackfriendsays

    I’ll say in. It’s a lot of dress, but she’s wearing it well.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  I don’t see Cher.  I see Cleopatra.  And I’ve never understood the fringe-hate.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  It looks like the designer didn’t know when to stop on top with all the stuff and didn’t know when to stop with the length on the bottom.  The whole thing just looks odd and weird.  I can’t even see Cher wearing it as the bottom looks like nuns habit, only she tripped and ripped a slit into it. 

  • Emily Webster

    Ugh. No. Olivia, it’s a really good thing I love you from the neck up…it’s the only thing saving this outfit.


  • Anonymous

    i love it!  the top is like liquid gold, and she has the cheekbones to draw the attention up to her gore-juss face.  the makeup is fine, but she needs more brow.  the hair, not so much.  talk about a messy bun!  the skirt would be more flattering if it was fitted a bit, or perhaps she needs a smaller size.   i say IN.  

  • Anonymous

    i love it!  the top is like liquid gold, and she has the cheekbones to draw the attention up to her gore-juss face.  the makeup is fine, but she needs more brow.  the hair, not so much.  talk about a messy bun!  the skirt would be more flattering if it was fitted a bit, or perhaps she needs a smaller size.   i say IN.  

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like it at all but I think she rocks it like a godess. I think everything is in the attitude and she’s splashing a lot of attitude, a lot of “see ? it’s a crazy crazy dress that would make Nephertiti so jealous and I whish I was living in her era because right now, I know that what single mistep from me is going to put me in the top list of the worst outfit ever. So I work it. Like a godess”.
    In, if only for the attitude.

  • Sara Morris

    IN!!  Totally fierce.

  • Anonymous

    IN. She looks awesome.