In or Out: Leelee Sobieski in Jil Sander

Posted on October 28, 2011

Lorenzo spun his laptop around to Tom, saying, “I know you and everyone else are going to hate this, but I think it’s fabulous.”

“Let me take a look,” said Tom. “Everyone’s all het up over Project Runway, maybe we can give them all a “WERQ” post to cheer the– oh.”

“I told you. You hate it.”

“Put it this way: I’m not snapping up.”


Leelee Sobieski in Jil SanderLeelee Sobieski attends the Fashion Group International’s 28th annual Night of Stars in New York City in Jil Sander.

Leelee Sobieski in Jil SanderJil Sander Fall 2011 Collection

Leelee Sobieski in Jil Sander

Leelee Sobieski in Jil Sander

Leelee Sobieski in Jil Sander

And yes, the “sister-wife” jokes will now commence. Please come up with a creative use of the term.

But we can’t deny that it’s chic and original. Tom doesn’t hate it, but he doesn’t love it as much as Lorenzo does. Kittens make the call:


Vote Now!

OUT! Get this girl deprogrammed, STAT!

The kittens voted both Olivia Wilde’s bold accessorizing and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s sugary-sweetness IN. Aren’t you charitable little angels.

[Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images,]

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  • Sobaika Mirza


    • Dana WhatTheFrock

      Agreed 100%. Only SWINTON can pull this off.

      • Anonymous

        Yes only Tilda could pull this off. Just barely.

    • Anonymous

      SO TRUE.

    • Rand Ortega

      Yes. But. She’s a Swinton in training. Could that be allowed?
      Personally, I love it. It’s minimal, elegant & easy w/out being slouchy or sloppy. She looks like she just stepped off of a Miyake or Sander runway. That blue is sublime.

      • Anonymous

        agreed! IN!

        • judy brown

          I disagree: Amish sisterwife.


    • Laura Schultz

      whose size is it? Honestly the sizing is intentionally big, that’s the look. But I think you need to be more statuesque to pull it off. 

      • Anonymous

        But she is statuesque, isn’t she?  Isn’t  Miss LeeLee kind of a long tall drink of water?  Maybe this outfit is for those stiltwalker women.

        • heartbot

          She’s VERY tall.

          • Anne Lucchesi

            According to IMDB she’s 5’10”. SWINTON is 5’10 1/2″. I think it’s not the height so much as the presence. She needs to be built like Tilda or Uma or Cate but she is more lean and hungry-looking to me.

          • heartbot

            She is a lot younger than any of those women, though, and I do think that makes a difference. Presence is something I think you grow into, and I think for a 20-something, she’s getting there. :)

    • Anonymous

      Oh, my first thought.

      I like the step in the SWINTON direction, buy it came across too copycat. Girl, no style looks good if it does not feel like your own. 

    • Kara Lang Guminski

      Agreed!  OUT! Swinton would be a WERQ in this.

  • Allyson Wells

    That blue color is beautiful on her, but both pieces just look too big. It doesn’t look much better on the model though, so maybe i’m just missing the point. I’m going with OUT.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, if only it were tailored better… 

      This reminds me of when I waited tables and everyone was required to wear menswear. (Literally, men’s clothes, not “menswear” of the Annie Hall variety.)  The justification was that it looked professional, but the fact was, all the women looked ridiculous, swimming in too-big armholes, too-big collars, and poorly-fitting pants. 

      At least Leelee’s waist is fitted — though in conjunction with the shirt, does weird things to her boobage.


  • Anonymous

    Would earrings have killed her?

    I get it. It’s an IN. There’s a real Swinton thing here. But dude. Earrings. Think about it.

    • Anonymous

      Big-ass Anya dreamcatcher earrings would do the trick! Sorry. Kidding. Just trying to lighten up, ’cause it’s just fashion!

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Oh no. I think any jewelry would have messed with the stark look she’s shooting for. She could have gone down a size though.

  • Kit Taylor

    I just really don’t like that drab color palette…

    • Anonymous

      totally.  the blue in other circumstances would be lovely, but that peat moss brown…yuck.

  • Kathrine Marlow

    Not a Swinton..she might pray at the altar, but she is not the creature herself.  I think she looks good though, I agree with Lorenzo

  • Anonymous

    More Amish than sister-wife, to me. The fact that everything’s so huge makes me think God has shamed her about her body.  If it had been a shorter skirt, maybe…

    • Anonymous

      More Mennonite than Amish, due to the buttons. :)

      • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        Nice! 😀

      • Anonymous

        with a little whit bonnet and an apron she can be a pilgrim for thanksgiving.

      • Alloy Jane

        Hah, you know, I’d always vaguely wondered what exactly a Mennonite was, and your comment prompted me to go a’googling.  Now I have learned a little about the Amish and Mennonite faiths!  And they say fashion is frivolous…

        • Amye

          Mennonite have phones, indoor plumbing, some drive cars.  Certain clans allow electricity in the home and may have radios.  My grt-grandfather was Mennonite and some cousins we keep in touch with, still are.

          While some Amish have indoor plumbing, the few phones they have are only in their businesses or in “phone shacks”.  (Some schools now allow cell phones for emergency purposes).  No electricity in their homes, and very conservative.

      • Amye

        OOps, I posted the same thing without looking down.

  • Joe J

    I think the blue of the blouse does wonderful things with her eyes, but other than that it looks pretty blah.

  • Anonymous

    This is a look that sinks or swims on styling, IMO. The severe hair and relative lack of makeup give the sister-wife vibe — the runway look is just as dreary. But imagine this with a softer hair treatment, more interesting makeup and some jewelry. I think it could be pretty cool.

    But as is, out.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. It’s just plain ugly.

  • Anonymous

    There can be no 2.0. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Ohhh I get it, she wore a gigantic skirt so that she could smuggle in a handle of vodka for the evening’s proceedings. Well played, you little minx, you!

  • Vera

    She looks clean and much better than usual, so she gets an IN from me. I’m looking forward to all those more clever than I for the Sister Wives references.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      You know, you’re right about that. The few looks I remember from her have been from the Kirsten Dunst School of Sloppy.

  • Anonymous

    Lorenzo was right!

    No, I don’t hate it because the pieces are nice, but I do not like them together.    First, royal blue and brown, just don’t look that great together.   Then the blouse doesn’t seem right with that rather casually elegant skirt. (Or is it pants?  Can’t really tell)

    • Anonymous

      Totally with you on the blue/brown pairing. I think very few blues and browns work together well. And you’re right, they are both nice pieces separately.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        They were my college colors.  There was a campus legend that at some fabled point in history, the seniors chose new school colors every year, but one year, the senior class was told they’d be the last class to do this, and they’d be picking the permanent school colors.  The class, naturally, did not want administration to take away this fun tradition, so they came up with a wickedly good idea: They’d pick such a horrible, awful pair of colors that the administration would have to relent and let the next class choose new ones.  Unfortunately, the ploy didn’t work, which is why we were stuck with “the dear old brown and blue” for all eternity.  I have no idea whether or not this story is true, but I rather suspect it isn’t.  At any rate, it’s not a legend that speaks well of LeeLee’s Jumbo-sized color scheme here.

        • Anonymous

          “The dear old brown and blue” — lol! It got me wondering what sports/activities would be a good match for those colors?…

  • Laura Schultz

    Hmm. I get the issues with it – it just looks HUGE. But yet. I like it. I like the colors. I like the shape if not the scale. I mean, look at that collar. It’s HUGE!  It’s interesting and might work, but I don’t think these are colors for her, nor can she rock the scale of it. This is not her look.  I’m not sure who WOULD rock it. Maybe Tilda Swinton with a dark dyejob? 


    • Laura Schultz

      oh, I totally missed that you referenced Tilda Swinton! I’m thinking just like TLO!

  • Coralie

    It might’ve worked if it didn’t look quite so crumpled. At least it’s not the standard blargh you usually get on the RC, but… still, out.

  • Anonymous

    IN!  Crazy proportions, but fun.  I’ll take some covered-up silliness over sparkly gyno dresses any day. 

    • Laura Schultz

      right? Instead of one of those bandage dresses with pumps? SO tired of those. 

      • Anonymous

        I hear you!  I’m tired of those too.

        But I’d like a third option, please. :)

  • Anonymous

    Even Tilda Swinton couldn’t make this unattractive, ill-fitting mess work. Everything about it is just awful.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with nannypoo on this.  It’s the proportions. The skirt just looks too big–both lengthwise and volume-wise–and I’m not sure whether a different kind of top would improve that situation.  She just looks like she’s swimming in those clothes.  And the model does too.


  • Laura Schultz

    I wonder what Christina Hendricks would look like in this? 

    • Rand Ortega

      A bumpy weather balloon?

      • Anonymous

        Ha! ha! I just thought “squat and dumpy.” Yours is better.

    • Anonymous

      A big boobed Amish farmer’s wife.

      • Laura Schultz

        You’re probably right…

      • MilaXX


      • Cindi Williams

        I use this sparingly, but I did LMAO. And, since I’m amongst friends, I’ll confess I snorted too.

  • Liana Brooks

    The colors are great on her, but the length? Is this extra-long skirt now in style? We’ve seen it several times but I’m not sure I love it. The proportions are off on her and the model. I think it’s an IN for the color, and OUT for design. #tossacoin

  • Sara L.

    I kind of love it? I dunno, something about her teeny waist (although anyone’s waist would look teeny swathed in that much fabric) and the blue of the shirt with her eyes makes it really striking. Kind of Katherine Hepburn-y, I think. Although I do think the shirt could be a little more fitted, keeping the volume of the skirt, and it might be a little less sister-wife like. I still say IN.

    • Anonymous

      I wrote my Katherine Hepburn comment before I saw yours.  Great minds!!!

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you. And it is reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn’s style, thanks for pointing that out. I was trying to figure out who it reminded me of.

    • Paula Berman

      Except it’s KATHARINE Hepburn.  /nitpick

  • Anne Slovin

    I think she looks like she’s trying to be Tilda Swinton.

  • Anonymous

    There can only be one SWINTON. OUT!

  • Anonymous

    erm… NO

  • Julie Fountain

    Hate. The top looks like a JC Penney’s camp shirt and the bottom is just awful. OUT!

  • Laura Schultz

    I like it on the model, especially with the shoes. Shoes like that are a must with this look. 

  • Anonymous

    Joan of Arc becomes Anna of The King & I and joins a convent.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get it at all.  Plain, doesn’t fit, no accessorizing.  What’s to like about it?

  • Anonymous

    There is but ONE Swinton. OUT. And I hope she doesn’t trip on her skirt as she gets into the buggy.

  • Anonymous

    I like the dress (top and skirt?  whatever) but the hair and makeup and killing me.  It would be much less Amish prom if her head wasn’t so severe.

    In, b/c her head is only a tiny part of this.  I do wish Tilda or Cate wore this to show how fabulous it could be.

  • O Superman

    Very IN. I love it!

  • Nancy

    The skirt is fab on her.  The shirt, the big neck really is bothering me.  A more interesting collar and the gaping could have worked, I think.  Like a split turtleneck, maybe?  (

    • Anonymous

      See, I like the top but think the skirt is awful. Probably either piece would work with a less voluminous counter balance.  Maybe if the skirt weren’t brown on top of being huge it wouldn’t look so Amish.

  • Anonymous


  • Rachel Council

    I like the idea of it, but it’s not working for me. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Out but I have to say.. I don’t hate the skirt.  I think you could make it work with the right top and shoes.

  • MandyM

    LOVE IT! I wish she had worn her hair differently. It’s a little too severe pulled back. She could have rocked a spiky short do a la Annie Lennox in the 80’s though. IN IN IN  IN IN IN ININININININININININ

  • Anonymous

    OUT. I don’t mind it on the model, although I don’t love it on her either. I think this is one of those looks that requires a stick figure. Boobage ruins the line of the Amish blouse and hippage makes the pleating of the skirt wonky. I think the bold lip on the model helps the overall look quite a lot. I just think these two pieces, while seemingly simple, are very difficult to wear properly in the real world.

  • Anonymous

    She still exists? 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t hate it but don’t love it enough to give it an In. I just don’t think she’s fierce enough to pull this off.

  • Anonymous

    The colors are beautiful, and it IS Jil Sander, so the style is not unexpected. However, I’m sure there’s a better way to outfit this than ye olde “wash your face with soap every morning!” (couldn’t help myself, sorry). OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Too dark for sister wife. (don’t they favor pastels?) That looks more like Amish blue to me.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure why, but i love it.  it has a weird vibe to it, but it is also ridiculously flattering to her.  makes her legs look miles long and her bust look big. with a tiny waist. In a way sort of a modern Katharine Hepburn.  Love!

  • squirrel_monkey

    I like it. Really, we need more starlets and models and public people dressing in anything but the most gender-normative, glamorous way. When dressing is motivated by fear of landing on the worst dressed list, the result is homogenized and bland. We need more than one Swinton, as well as more than one Bonham Carter.

  • Sarah Lynnae

    I’m going with IN. It’s not perfect—I think the skirt is just slightly too oversized—but I love the stark simplicity, the colors, and the subtle clash of that almost Victorian skirt with an androgynous button-down.

  • gillian holroyd

    It fit the model (collar, length). It does not fit her. Out.

  • Sara__B

    Department store mannequins have more energy than Ms Sobieski! If her listless, expressionless face didn’t get on my last nerve, I’d like this Jil Sander look a lot. I don’t expect her to grin, but I do expect her to look alive. Instead, she looks as if she might keel over from ennui at any moment. OUT.

  • Judy S

    IN. That seems to me to be what it’s supposed to look like, and she looks like she made the choice to wear it.

  • Anonymous

    Out. One can be fierce in a sober, strict way, but I just find this dreary.

  • Anonymous

    Hepburn-ish for sure.  Desperately needs earrings.  lowercase in

  • Judy_J

    I’m not digging it.  I like the concept, but I can’t get past the fact that the blouse and skirt look a size or two too big  for her (the blouse especially).

  • Amanda B

    I don’t hate the outfit per se, but it would have been far improved with some really unique earrings and better hair and makeup.

  • kmthomas

    Whats to love?  Boob shelf, drab colors, prison matron hair?  Not even the sister-wives dress like this.

  • Anonymous

    i am 1000% with Lo here… IN!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I might like it more if the top was sexier.

  • Anonymous

    First thing I thought of was sister wife.  Sorry, can’t put a spin on it. It’s dreadful

  • Anonymous


    No, she’s not Swinton, but what a good role model to emulate.  It’s a nice attempt at being different and stylish, and for that she gets 1 snap! 

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    OMG I was totally thinking Swinton 2.0!  Mind-meld Lorenzo-  I’m with with you – it’s chic and new and I don’t know what but it’s working. There. I’m all refreshed. Project What?

  • Rachel Lee

    I like it! Even if it is a bit severe. In

  • Mike M.

    Its unusual, slightly unsettling in its proportion, and I love it.  IN.

  • vmcdanie

    Uhhhh, you guys are more upset about the PR finale than I thought.

    But hey, it’s nice to see Leelee is still around.

  • Anonymous


    It looks better on the model than it does on LeeLee, but the proportions are so bizarre that I just can’t.  The strange combination of menswear and intentionally making it look as though you are wearing something originally intended for someone 8 sizes larger to wear is just weird for me.

    It’s Olsen Twin, not Swinton for me.

  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    This is unimaginative and a huge disappointment.

  • Alyson Lamble

    She looks like she got swallowed by a pair of oversized helium balloons.  Out.

  • Anonymous

    OUT!  Okay, first, it looks like its way too big, like she’s wearing a silk hefty bag cinched at the waist.  And it looks like it should be worn by her grandmother… if her grandmother was Amish… and blind.

  • Brad and Anne White

    She’s so serious all the time. Lighten up, sweetie! OUT.

  • Jessie Melcher Brown

    Like the blouse (great color) think the pants are a bit clownish.
    Still think she would be great as Helen Hunt’s daughter in a movie.

  • Amy Minkler

    Amish hand-me downs. Out

  • Joyce VG

    Why does this look even exist? OUT.

  • Anonymous

    If the skirt were black instead of blue, I’d might think about a grudging in.  But blue and brown are never more than business boring together.  And for a look like this, you can’t go half-assed with anything, especially the color.  Sister wife indeed. out.

  • Christina Diaz

    i really don’t know what’s chic about this.  OUT.  i keep looking at it to see what it is that would even make this an ‘in’….i don’t see it.  the skirt is way too heavy and shapeless.  the top is too big, shapeless and bland.  the whole look is just sad.  

  • Emily Smith

    swinton would look beyond fierce in this but i’mma still give the girl an In.  also because it would so horrendously awful on me, in a way which is actually comical to imagine.

  • Anonymous

    oh yeah! I called it the Swinton look way before I saw your voting options!!!! I know my stuff! :-) 

  • Anonymous

    The problem is boobs.  You can’t have boobs and pull this off. It just ruins the flat front menswear thing. 

  • Anonymous

    I love this on the model.

    Leelee bosom is a bit much for this look.


  • Anonymous

    Yeah, sister-wife is the only thing that comes to mind, except the pligs would probably hang her for showing so much skin.

  • MinAgain

    I love the color of the top, but the brown of the skirt is a bit drab, and it’s way too long.  Still, snaps to her for trying something different.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like Leelee put on her Halloween costume (pioneer woman) a bit early!

  • memorexe

    Like. Wish the skirt was trousers. She looks runway ready– perhaps not so hot for the red carpet. “IN” for the effort.

  • Anonymous

    I like it. It’s nice to see someone wearing something that doesn’t show all her assets. The fit is the same as the model and you can tell she has a fabulous shape underneath. I think her stying is spot on – the blue of her eyes is really emphasized

  • Anonymous

    No, no, LeeLee, the goal is not to look short-waisted. OUT.

    The blue does wonderful things for her eyes, though.

  • Anonymous

    The dress would look better without the red background.

  • Anplica Fiore

    I hate the proportions of the BIG skirt and shirt with no hair to speak of.  Out, but I like the idea behind it.

  • MilaXX

    Not her dress. Swinton could wear it or even Zoe. Leelee just looks like an extra from the convent scene in Sound of music.
    In case you were wondering; OUT

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    It covers her sternum and has sleeves.


    • Anonymous

      Oh, E.M.–such a bitter kitten, LOL!

  • R. L.

    Not sister wife as in Mormon but as in Hutterite.  Mormons dress better.

  • Eric Scheirer Stott

    It’s the color combination I don’t like- if it was more complimentary it could worl

  • Super Red

    My first reaction was an out, but I kept looking at it, and the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. More importantly, it made me want to continue looking at it. Which brings us to: IN.

  • Terence Ng

    It’s a wrap-top away from being a chic kendo outfit, I’ll say that…

  • Nancer

    Yuck. So very ugly. OUT!

  • Sara Munoz

    The pants? skirt? would work with a totally different top. That shirt wouldn’t work with anything.

  • myblackfriendsays

    I’m feeling generous. It’s clean, it’s different–IN.

  • Chloe Stabler

    It’s….okay.  That’s about the nicest thing I can say.  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I kind of love it. Can’t think why. A richer lipstick would help give it a more finished feel though.

  • Anonymous

    it gets a “no” from me. The skirt might’ve been okay with something less blocky on top. But… I don’t know. It makes me uncomfortable. And the blouse definitely looks too big and less fitted than the one on the model. Look how loose it is in the neck.

  • Anonymous

    That color combo while good on paper looks terrible photographed. Sister wife business casual, OUT.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Sister wife.

  • Coleen D. Wybranski

    OUT. It’s “Sister Wives: Not Without My Modern Modesty,” starring LeeLee Sobieski as Helen Hunt as Jinger Duggar!

  • Anonymous

    The skirt is working for me, but the fullness of the blouse combined with the super-tight hair is giving her a pin-headed look. I’m borderline because I really like it in theory and want to like it in practice, but I have to go with OUT.

  • Rachel Mason

    I pretty much love it. She’s pulled a Tilda. I say IN for daring to go where only sister-wives have gone before.

  • Anonymous

    OUT-ish…It is chic and interesting, but she is no Tilda!  She is not werq-ing this look.  The hair and boring face are not working for me.  If she had been more dramatic in the styling she could have nailed it.  Love the blue and brown combo!

  • Jack Marquardt

    so chic.  IN.

  • Anonymous

    Props for this Tilda-wannabee, but the neck of the blouse is too damned loose, like a gawky, skinny 14 year old boy in his first dress shirt

  • Anonymous

    This one def wins the Sister-Wife challenge over Anthony Ryan. Congrats.

  • Anonymous

    are we sure this isn’t another stilt-walker costume?

  • Gina Knox Rook

    IN! I’m with Lo she looks fabulous. I love Jil Sander minimal looks precisely because they aren’t crotch-baring folded napkin dresses.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    OUT.  Instant sister wife. No one but sister wives should ever look like that.

  • Jenna Thomas-McKie

    In, for the novelty factor if nothing else, but if she continues to dress like this all the time, it won’t be long before it’s an out.

  • murt

    I don’t mind it — somehow she pulls it off.

  • Victoria Pavlova

    No, only Her Swintonity could’ve pulled this off. Sobieski doesn’t have the right attitude

  • Anonymous

    As OUT as OUT can be. Colors are beautiful, but nothing else appeals to me. The length of the sleeve really bothers me.

  • Anonymous

    I love the skirt, not sure i can get over that ridiculously big shirt. Still, she looks very cool. Very swinton, as previously said. IN.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking more of “Little Outhouse on the Prairie” instead of “Sister Wives.”  The outhouse is OUT!

  • Anonymous

    IN like a sin drinking gin on the win……(it’s friday, ok? GETMEOUTTAHURR.)

  • Anonymous

    i cant…OUT

  • Anonymous

    IN. J’adore Jill Sander.

  • Anonymous

    in.  I’m with Tom.  It’s not Fabulous, but it’s not bad.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  Oversize Amish.

  • Anonymous

    Egad!  I’m just not seeing the chicness–to me she looks awful.  OUT.  

  • Ali King

    …. looks a little like something I would wear. >_>

  • Deb

    Not even as chic as the Sisters at my grade school…oh wait, you said Sister-wives, not Sisters of Charity.

  • Santa


  • muzan-e

    It’s not the pants. The pants are magnificent and the fit is just as it ought to be. The problem’s teaming them with the top – which lacks personality, which hangs too heavily, and which would needs to sport a high collar and sleeves to the wrists. You could go all-out military fetishism with this, or you could go neo-kimono-ish with this. But it’s rolling the sleeves back to the elbows that makes her look  like she just marched out of a commune.

  • Linda

    It makes her breasts look about a foot too low.

  • MerridithK

    She didn’t take it far enough.  Her look needed to be more severe to pull it off properly.  Thumbs up for trying something unconventional, though!

  • Nicole Merrill

    IN. Love. Though from the thumbnail I mis-saw her as Chloe Sevigny, which is kind of hilarious given her outfit.

  • Anonymous

    Her breasts look like they’re at waist level. OUT. Forever.

  • JaneM

    OH NO.  Perhaps you’re so depressed by Anya’s horrible win that anything looks good to you. Whose blouse did she steal? Oprah’s? Somebody better go look and see if Oprah is topless somewhere.

  • Tina

    I love it! It reminds me of Korean formal wear, and I love the wink to the ’80s in that wide-sleeved top. Her waist looks fab!

  • Anonymous

    It’s Swintonesque for sure but she could’ve really gone for it by doing something more with her hair. Love the skirt but the shirt is all wrong on her. Her boobs look like they are way south of their actual location.  Out.

    • Rei Carter

      I thought of Tilda Swinton when I saw it too! 

  • michelle shields

    would look so much better as a shorter skirt.  OUT!

  • Anna Kane

    I kind of love it. IN

  • Ally Monge

    Gosh… the minute I saw it I was like agh Jil Sander, my least favorite designer of all time…. and surprise surprise it is. Why does she insist on making people look terrible?

  • Toto Maya

    I actually really like it, for some reason. I can’t explain why. I say IN.

  • Anonymous

    I actually love this look and would probably love it even more if she took her hand out of the pocket. In from me.

  • heartbot

    My first thought was that it’s really striking. I mean, yeah, a little borderline sisterwife, and yeah, Tilda Swinton would probably do it better. Still. It’s just so different, and such a good way for her to work her figure (which isn’t Hollywood typical, not that you can tell in this dress), and I actually kind of love it. In. If for no other reason than it’s not yet another starlet in a shiny, lacy gyno dress. In.

  • Rei Carter

    Actually there’s something really compelling about it and I think she’s pulling it off really well. 

    It’s just interesting and strangely sexy in a very modest way. 
    I like the colors on her too. It’s striking. 

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I’m not seeing sister-wife, I’m seeing depressed secretary in formal wear.  You’ll excuse me, I need to go lie down now.

  • Anonymous

    IN! I actually like the length. There’s something strange and yet attractive about it.
    Good colors. I’m not getting a sister-wife vibe at all.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps I am ignorant, but to me it just looks like it doesn’t fit. I love the colors, though.

  • Anonymous

    I’m flashing right to the Japanese Streets blog, version UPSCALE.

    • Anonymous

      oh.  and IN

  • Anonymous

    This would be a great look if she gained 10 pounds or had hair that balanced out her jawline. As it is she looks frighteningly gaunt.  OUT.

  • Greg Burchard

    I like it – I kinda wish more people dressed in such exaggerated, dramatic ways, even when the actual clothing style is basic pants and shirt.  The world would be a much more pretty place to walk around in.  

  • Anonymous

    I like the top but hate the skirt. OUT, due to the overwhelmingness of the skirt.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Lorenzo.  IN.  I can’t tell you why, but she’s IN.

    She is not Swinton.

  • Anonymous

    Did she go shopping at the Amish Big & Tall store? If the skirt was a different color I would have no problem with this outfit,but so much despairing brown melts it into a big puddle of Out.  

    But it is always nice to see Miss LeeLee.

  • Anonymous


  • Linda Merrill

    I don’t think it’s chic or original. It looks homemade and cheap. As a matter of fact, I think I did make outfits like that in sewing class!

    • Anonymous

      LOL, well as you see right below you, I quite agree!

  • Anonymous

    Very out to me.  Aside from the already stated Amishness of it, that skirt just looks like a crude home ec project to me, in cheap material.  I’d hate it on Swinton too.

  • Anonymous

    I wish those were wide pants instead of a sister-wife skirt, but I kind of like the look. The hair and (lack of) makeup have her disappearing into those voluminous expanses of fabric, however. But it’s not another shiny dress with Silly Putty pumps. So, IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN! I really like it.

  • Anonymous



    along with maxi dresses.  could someone please explain to me why the female form is under attack?

  • Anonymous

    IN. I actually really love it.

  • Ebba Svantesson


  • Susan Crawford

    I’m going to say IN, albeit with my indoor voice. The color of the blouse is great; the idea of a long skirt with a bit of volume is intriguing. If she had amped up the make-up just a little – some color on her cheeks –  and perhaps done something a bit less of a carbon-copy of the runway hairdo . . . but, these quibbles aside, an IN.

  • Anonymous

    Love it.


  • Anonymous

    yes,yes,yes. in,in,in. love,love,love. ha,ha,ha. ho,ho,ho.

  • April

    It looks like a reject from the stilt walker stunt (I refuse to call it a challenge) on PR.

  • Anonymous

    I like this as is, but I think it might have been super fabulous if she’d turned it into an updated Gibson girl look with a soft updo, pretty earrings, and maybe a necklace or bracelet. Then again, that might be too literally turn of the century and get it a resounding out. hmmm… I wish I could get my hands on her to play dressup!

  • Carrie Lindstedt


  • { edi } ilovetrash

    i like that it’s different.
    i just wish i liked its difference more.

    • Alisa Rivera

      Agree. I feel like she should get major points for taking a big risk, but it falls flat. It doesn’t offend me but I still have to give it an out.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Tom here. I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it as much as I could. I love it on the model, but maybe it’s Leelee’s bazooms that are throwing off the lines for me. I feel like that’s what makes it prim as opposed to androgynous. And the styling is fairly uninspired. I vote EHHH.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the Sander aesthetic, but this looks good on her – she’s pulling it off.  And I do like that it’s different.  A whole-hearted IN from me.

  • Anonymous

    Well, Tilda she ain’t.  Those are some big-ass shoes to fill.  OUT

  • Anonymous

    I totally get it, but I don’t love it. I think she could’ve gone down a size in the shirt though.

  • Dave

    Oh no no no.  Not even remotely Tildaesque.  She’s working the fudge counter at Knotts Berry Farm.

    Sorry Leelee, I too am cranky about Anya.  And OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Lo, OUT in a big way.

  • Anonymous


    So boring that I don’t have anything else to say about it.

  • Brendan Foehr

    In, though it’s the high fashion equivalent of a FedEx uniform. But more to the point, LeeLee Sobieski is still a thing? Where the hell has she been since The Glass House?

  • Anonymous

    grim.   headlines in the Compound, Utah Daily Herald:
        “prophet’s family of seventy five attend eight grade graduation of wife number fifteen.  hallelujah!”

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Frumpy.

  • paula.pertile

    Each piece by itself is OK. Together …. mmmm, no.

    OK, wait – are those shoulder pads? I’m having a 1990 flashback.

  • Anonymous

    strangely, she can carry it off

  • Anonymous

    LOVE this from Jil Sander, just gorgeous.  I think it needs a really great, architectural cuff and stronger make up.  But I will give her an IN anyway.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like a school marm in borrowed clothes. out

  • Anonymous

    If you’re going to borrow the older, bigger sister-wife’s clothes, at least tailor them to fit.
    I mean — you girls do make your own clothes, right?

  • Ali

    I like it. It reminds me of a western, minimalist take on a hanbok. Wishy-washy IN because the boring hair/lack of accessories make it boring.

  • Anonymous

    Cobalt blue and brown?  BARF.  Out.  I rarely ever like Jil Sander’s stuff.

  • Anonymous

    If the skirt weren’t shit-brown and she was wearing platforms like the model (I know we hate platforms with long gowns, but in this case I think it really helps the proportions to have a heavy, VISIBLE DAMMIT shoe), I might be able to get behind it.

    I think it would have been good if they could have come up with something…more for the hair, to help keep it out of sister-wife territory. A bouffant, or (on someone else) a pixie cut, or just something…else.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmmm, I don’t hate it. This is definitely a step up for her but given her consistent fashion faux pas that isn’t saying a whole lot. But, you know, she’s actually showing some sense of style here so I’ll go against the grain and give her an IN.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like something a chic Pilgrim would wear. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Nice try, but OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN! Love it. Only a skinny tall woman could pull it off, but that’s most fashion for better or worse.

  • mrspeel2

    I like the all black set better.

  • Grace Ritt

    IN, but she is no Swinton. She is trying to be Swinton, but no.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to give her an IN…I’ve always liked her, and she looks beautiful and sophisticated here.  It’s not her fault the skirt is too full and too long–that’s how it was designed.  I think if the skirt were more of a column, this would have been a total WERQ.

  • Catherine Rhodes

    I can’t believe this, but I’m going IN. There’s something about the striking simplicity I like. Also love deep blue and chocolate brown paired together.

  • AllForUSophia

    Definitely IN!!

  • Anonymous

    The top is beautiful, especially that color for her. Maybe it’s a bit too oversized, but that’s nitpicking. 
    However, the skirt is boring and fugly — and there’s too much of it!

  • oohsparkley!

    IN. Swinton 2.0.  And I was thinking that before I even got to your vote now comments.  The outfit is severe, but it highlights her eyes and gives her some Swinton cool vibe.

  • Robert Sanchez

    I want to love it, but it’s not completely coming together for me. Maybe if she were really selling the shit out of it, but popping a hip out and giving a sexy, confident expression on her face. As already stated, Tilda Swinton could sell like nobody’s business. Even Evan Rachel Woods did a better job selling her Carmen Sandiego outfit a few weeks ago. Out.

  • Anonymous

    It’s cool, but it’s a little too long. It’s wearing her instead of her wearing it. I’ll give it an IN, with points deducted for the imperfect execution necessary for this to work.

  • Jennifer Marie Wegmann-Gabb

    That’s a chic sister-wife.  In. 

  • Aisling O’Connor

    Oh I love it beyond beyond. She is Bébé Tilda.

  • UltimaEsperenza

    Just.  Terrible.  Out the mfing door, whore.

  • Alina Badus

    OUT. I don’t think this is at all fashionable. It looks like a shirt that’s too big paired with a skirt that’s too long. 

  • Merneith

    Out. David Byrne is asking why her suit is so big.

  • Claudeth Forbin

    Sure fashion chic if you are Amish.  Seriously, I dress like this alot.  Long loose skirt ( I have to loose 42 pounds), with colorful loose shirt (I’m busty).  What’s so chic and original about this?  No earrings, snatched back hair.  Where’s the chic?

  • Anonymous

    No. There is Swinton, and there is ugly. And then there’s this, for which I don’t have words.

  • Anonymous

    um, no.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  The least she could have done is add a pair of sparkly earrings or a few bangles.  She looks like she’s about to bake a mincemeat pie and then breastfeed her three-year-old.

  • Anonymous


  • Melissa Della

    Ehhh…personally this is very much NOT my style and I don’t like it.
    But I have to admit I see where the designer (and Lorenzo probably) is coming from on this one. So while Leelee is no Swinton, she is pretty IN with this outfit.

  • Anonymous

    Surprising even myself, IN. It could easily read as siste-wife but there’s something about it that’s really working. A certain je ne sais quoi. The shape of the skirt is really interesting, the way it comes back in toward the ankles, and that blouse does amazing things for her eyes. She’s making it look good.

  • Terry Graves

    Jil Sander used to make pants that flattered and made the wearer appear slimmer.  So, Sobieski, you may have a rockin body, but that skirt is just not good.

  • Anonymous

    My first thought before even getting to “sister-wife” was “Mormon Chic” *chuckles*

  • Nicole Walraven

    In…i like the clothes, they have an unusual air and are striking. although i think the makeup could have been a little bolder, it would have helped take it out of the little sister wife on the prairies territory.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Some designs don’t translate well off the runway.  This is a perfect example.  

  • Anonymous

    I actually sort of like it. In. 

  • Anonymous

    Out, out, out. Because if she’s going to go Amish Couture, she needs to do something with the hair and make-up to counterbalance all that fabric. She looks like a pinhead. The proportions are crazy off.

  • CQAussie

    I gotta say….IN but points off for the skirt being too long.

  • Anonymous

    I fully admit that I don’t get Jil Sander. Leelee looks sadsad.

  • Dolores Fallon

    Carole Lombard could pull this off. Even dead. Could still pull this off.

  • G and G

    Looks like the Amish wife borrowed her husband’s button down shirt. The pulled back hairdo just adds to the Little House on the Prairie vibe but I do love the make-up around her eyes though.

  • Anonymous

    In. I’m always happy to encourage modesty on the red carpet. I get sick of seeing so many celebrity body parts.

  • nicole seligman

    out out out.

  • tom markiewicz

    OUT. she needs a little less volume on top, i think

  • Anonymous

    IN only because I like the dress a lot. 

    I love the weird porportions and bulkiness of it and it’s done in such a chic manner it’s awesome.   I’d love it even more if the skirt was slightly fuller and a bit more stiff.

    Kudos to her for taking a fashion risk that on first glance doesn’t seem like a risk.

  • Alloy Jane

    In.  Not a fan of the hair, lack of make-up/accessories, or the fit of the top, but overall it makes an impression.  Makes me think of Kikyo and other feudal-ish costumes.  Also, of Katharine Hepburn.

  • Joanie Hunt

    in. i love it!

  • Anonymous

    IN. Ballsy move!

  • Anonymous

    On the fence, but leaning out.

    ETA: Mostly for the color combo. I think the swoopy over-sizedness is the point, and I can appreciate that if not love. But the color combo doesn’t say elegant or stone-cold-fabulous or even latest trend. It just says saturated & darkish.

  • Tiger Gray

    She’s rocking her coloring, she’s done an interesting thing with her shape, I love the colors. IN. 

  • Anonymous

    Is she being Carolina Herrera for Halloween?

  • chhivt

    I’m with Lo here, IN.

  • Megan Moore

    I want to like it… I appreciate that it is unique, yet classic but I think to drab colors ruin it. A more interesting detail on the shirt or a print or more exciting color. All that said going to have to go with OUT on this one. 

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan.  OUT

  • Paige Boerman


  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    IN!, but she isn’t ~ Swinton

  • Samantha Hanson

    I don’t know if it’s SWINTON level awesome, but it does look pretty chic to me. In!

  • Turtle Emily

    The proportions make me think of a kimono.

  • Mary McClelland

    Swinton in her wildest dreams! OUT

  • Praggya R. Barretto

    Out. Pilgrimville… if pilgrim’s had been allowed to wear navy, that is.

  • Matt Morris

    in. interesting, daring, stylized. love the paired subdued hues. love the sweeping Jo March skirt. IN.

  • Anonymous

    In! I like the shape of it, if she’s a sister-wife then she’s the chic sister for sure. 

  • Sorana Tarmu

    Henh. I guess it’s IN! Very fashion drawing. Very designish. This look is the Anna Wintour of the sister wife league. She looks stunning, anyway.

  • Katie Sypher

    There’s something really pedestrian about the way that collar lies on her on the runway, versus how it seems to appear on the red carpet. The top looks like a sloppily tucked men’s work shirt. Not chic.

  • Anonymous

    I like the odd proportions and the minimalism.  In, I say!

  • Pat Biswanger

    IN, but just barely.

  • Summer Born

    I’m going with IN. She is not Swinton, of course, but this feels almost like an American kimono. I’m impressed that I got an oriental vibe off this very not-oriental look.

  • Anonymous

    It is striking but she doesn’t pull it off, OUT.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Out–I can’t look at it without imagining tripping on that skirt all night… plus, it’s just not aesthetically pleasing.

  • Manon Eileen

    I actually like it, I think it’s original and she shows guts to wear something like that to a red carpet. I think she deserves an in just for the effort. Plus I like the blue and brown together.

  • peter baker


  • Karenlibrarian

    Sister-wife stiltwalker!!  OUT.

  • bethannstamps

    soooo  Amish sister wife. dull colors, too big. hate this

  • elzatelzabelz

    OUT- the other commenters speak the truth. This outfit was made for SWINTON. All others look dowdy and drab and dead…and all sorts of d words.

  • Anonymous

    out out out.  she looks like a school marm.  it looks too big, definitely too long.  BUT, it looks the same on the model, so I guess I just think it’s ugly, and Leelee has nothing to do with it

  • Anonymous

    Samurai schoolmarm, Samurai Jack (cartoon network) !!

    In, I think. 

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t a great slim fitting white tee shirt look fabulous with that skirt??

  • Anonymous


  • Sammi M

    I actually kind of dig it. I like the Swinton vibe it gives. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Shirt’s too big. Skirt’s too long.  Waist is too high.  Colors don’t go together AT ALL!  Nor do they complement each other. Hair & make up are boring.  “Sister Wife” is generous.  Lorenzo, what are you thinking?  OUT!

  • Amye

    Sister Wives?

    This is pure Mennonite!  (Not Amish because they don’t mix their colors)  All she needs is a little white cap!

  • margaret meyers

    Out.  Love the shirt, and the skirt might be ok if it wasn’t a solid acre of plain, brown serge.

  • Mary Weber

    In.  Both she and the dress are gorgeous

  • Anonymous

    Why would a young, fabulous woman with all options open to her, dress so matronly?  Someone mentioned Amish Sister.  That was spot on.  Back when Mad About You was on TV, LeeLee reminded me of Helen Hunt.  I’m not sure what she’s all about now!!!!

  • Anonymous

    IN…sort of.  Does anyone remembering wearing shirts like this during the late 80’s early 90’s (probably with a bolo tie)?  The high waist skirt looks familiar too, although it would have been short, not a maxi.  Overall, it’s an interesting look, so for me it’s an IN, but only marginally due to the maxi skirt, which I’m not sure I like or dislike.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Big Love was done?

  • Nick Einhorn


  • Anonymous

    yowsa. no!

  • Suzie Vazquez

    ick out. is she serious?

  • Anonymous

    I was prepared to giver her an out, sight unseen, because she always looks terrible, but for her it’s nice, and the blue looks pretty and brings out her eyes. Gotta give her an IN just to encourage her.

  • Susan Collier

    In! Sister-wife realness!

  • Tara

    I dont even mind the dress as much as I do her pale and severe styling. Out!! Though I am glad to see her still kicking around…I was just wondering the other day whatever happened to her.

  • Samantha Irene

    I’d love it more with the shirt just a tad smaller, not loosing the flowy-bigness just a little of the volume, and I really want a little belt in the huge waistband… The color of the shirt is killa with her eyes, and props for being ‘out of the box’ – but she’s not at Swinton level yet – so OUT

  • Vera Sticker

    I actually love it. IN.

  • Polarity

    I… am puzzled. I don’t get what would be read as fabulous about this, help? I see a very pretty girl in her brother’s work shirt and the skirt her much taller mother wears to funerals.

    About the only thing I can see good about it is that the blue of the top of the dress is doing amazing things for her eyes. OUT, with much perplexity.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    She looks depressed and gaunt… OUT.

  • Katie Truax

    I love it!  IN.  I think she’s wearing it rather than the other way around, so even if it’s rather Swinton of her, she can pull it off.

  • Vic

    Totally love it. Totally original. I would wear it.

  • Pinup Ghoul

    I think she looks clean and dramatic. Girl cuts a striking figure when she wants to. I say IN, because it’s nice to see something different on a beautiful young starlet than a gyno dress or ball gown.

  • Anonymous

    I also appreciate that there’s no vaginal frame or anything hanging out.  And I do like the colors and the boldness…but a little too combination of servant and old fashioned–“Little Nurse on the Prairie”– for me.

  • theresa harnisch

    She’s gorgeous.  Love the skirt, love the colors.  I think I’d like the whole thing better if the blouse was unbuttoned.  Although I get that that’s probably not done. 

  • AWStevens

    I’m pretty sure they buried Sarah Straight And Tall in this getup.  OUT!

  • Anonymous


  • Maria Alcantara

    That is Amish spectacular.  LOVE.

  • Anonymous

    She will never be Swinton, but this is a valiant effort. IN

  • Stacy

    I’m kind of digging it for being so unique! Admit it, if this were Tilda Swinton, you’d be eating it all up!

  • Ben Miller