In or Out: Laura Dern

Posted on November 07, 2011

We’ll be honest up front: the only reason we’re featuring this look is because we’re loving Laura Dern’s new HBO series, Enlightened, and we just wanted an excuse to tell you that.

Laura Dern attends The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Next Generation Reception in Los Angeles, California.

To be fair, we did think this was an eye-catching look on its own. But first, Enlightened.

She gives a hilariously hearbreaking performance that reminds us quite a bit of Lisa Kudrow’s Valerie Cherish in The Comeback; someone who wants something so badly but who’s clearly destined to not get it. Making this turn all the more heartbreaking is that Dern’s Amy Jellicoe wants something far more high-minded than a better career, she wants a better world. It’s a comedic performance and you will laugh, but you never lose sight of the fact that Amy is hanging on by a thread in a world that seems determined to beat her up.

Anyway, her look. We really like the dress and the little jacket, but we’re not sold on the idea of pairing them, especially on Laura, who has a long torso. Add the visually heavy black tights and heavy black shoes and she’s one stretched-out drink of water. It’s a striking look, but we’re not sure everything here works as well as it should with everything else. Great individual pieces, but not great paired together. Kittens make the call:

 

Vote Now!
IN! Striking and sassy!

OUT! Librarian’s night out!

 

Voting on Felicity Jones’ “Peggy Olson, Dominatrix” getup is still wide open, dolls.

[Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images]

    • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      I think she looks fabulous, and I think the jacket works because she has a long torso. 

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        Agreed. The jacket hits her in just the right spot, giving her a waist where she’d otherwise be a skinny rectangle.

        Love her so much. Since you’re plugging her show I’d like to plug an old movie of hers: Citizen Ruth. Brutally funny and she’s twisted and hilarious in it. Also loved her in Ramblin’ Rose.

        • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

          I agree, the jacket length is perfect for her, and the color of the dress is terrific. She looks great!

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          My two favorite roles of hers! She is such a brave actress.

    • Anonymous

      IN!

    • Anonymous

      I agree there’s something a bit off about the proportions, but it’s a cool dress and overall I think she looks good.  IN.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ebba-Svantesson/1750647220 Ebba Svantesson

      in

    • Anonymous

      IN. Great outfit. Love the dress with the black tights and pumps. The wee sweater is *almost* an OUT, but everything else is so IN that I can live with it. Yeah, she’s a long drink of water, but it works for me. 

    • Anonymous

      There’s something refreshing about this look and I’m not sure why since it’s kinda gloomy with the tones, but it’s nice and I’m happy with it.

      IN.

    • CQAussie

      Considering this is something I would wear in a heart beat – I have to claim some bias here.  I agree that she looks long and lean but I kinda LOVE it =D  The only quibble is that the bottom of the skirt on the dress looks rather heavy because of that bumpy detail.  But still….it’s an IN for me.  I love the clean lines, I love the colour of the dress and I love that she’s smiling like a normal gal =D 

    • MilaXX

      I’m sure others will disagree, but this is an OUT for me. Exchange  the sweater and hoop earrings for a funky necklace and we might have a look here.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      For the venue and the season I think it’s appropriate. It’s not an awards show or a movie premiere. It’s barely a photo op – and here the dress works. On another RC it wouldn’t, but here I’m fine with it. IN

    • Anonymous

      Striking!  I really love the jacket and dress together.  IN

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      IN although the tights and shoes are a stretch for me

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jozayt/100002949685297 Deborah Jozayt

      A beautiful dress on a beautiful person. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

      Can it be an IN while still being “Librarian’s night out”? Because that’s my vote.

      • Anonymous

        As a librarian, I second that.

        • http://twitter.com/Kikishua CMS

          Also as a librarian, I third that.  And if I was size-suitable I would mug her for that dress.

    • Anonymous

      IN. 

    • Anonymous

      In. I love that dress; the color and texture are fabulous.  I would like to see what the top part looks like. The sweater isn’t great with it, but it isn’t a deal breaker either.

      Any idea who the dress designer is?

    • Anonymous

      IN.  The bottom of the dress looks a little stiff, but it’s a really eye-catching look and she looks beautiful in it.

    • Anonymous

      If librarians wear getups like this AND actually go out at night, it would definitely damage their mousy wallflower reputations! Not a perfect outfit, but it gets my attention for good reasons and Laura Dern doesn’t always do that. IN, and so is her new show.

    • Anonymous

      In — I’d  love to have that outfit in my closet. 

    • Anonymous

      IN! the jacket is cute and fits her like a dream. she looks gorgeous.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3QUDQXBX2JPSDX742ID4ZMNCA Theresa

      Love the look.  Tried hard to love the show, but after watching 2 episodes, I just couldn’t get into it.  Too much TV in my life, so I let it go.  If you blog it, maybe I’ll come back to it… :) 

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      I think she looks great!

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t look bad per se.  For what it’s worth, I love that aubergine color, but the whole look is, as you said, heavy, and it seems excessively covered up, especially for LA.  I guess I’ll give it an IN-minus, but she really needs to lose the tights.

    • Anonymous

      IN. 
      I’d wear that every day during the Fall. LOVE the dress!

    • margaret meyers

      In.  She’s showing hot librarians everywhere how it is done.

    • Anonymous

      I love everything she’s wearing. Especially the dress. And I love her. Citizen Ruth is one of the best movies ever, amirite? That said, I don’t love the outfit as a whole. But her face looks beauuuuuutiful and that dress really is pretty spectacular. So I’m going to go IN. I heart you Laura Dern. Even if I still don’t understand Inland Empire.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        I don’t care what everyone says about David Lynch. I think he generally just makes shit up as he goes along. Sometimes he stumbles into greatness like Twin Peaks or Wild at Heart, but other times?? Ugh. Inland Empire, no thank you. I don’t get Mulholland Drive either and I just don’t care. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      Laura’s never been a red-carpet maven.  I’m actually surprised you chose to highlight her, but to talk about the show makes sense.

      She’s definitely an OUT, though.  I don’t mind the jack & dress.  It’s the tights & shoes that kill it.

    • Anonymous

      I’d have switched either the black shoes or the black tights but other than that she’s IN for sure.  She looks fab!  Who’s the dress designer?  Is it leather?  Is it sleeveless? I love the detailing at the hem.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  I think she looks really great.  Bravo, Laura!  

    • Anonymous

      Love it. The whole thing but especially the quilting/trapunto/whatever the technique is called on the skirt!

      IN!

    • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

      A very reluctant OUT for me. It’s a great showing for her though, if we’re grading on a curve. The dress color is lovely with her coloring, and her hair looks fantastic! If she was do to a jacket, I’d prefer a long blazer. This is good styling for someone a lot more petite. She clearly has no idea just how long and lean she really is and unfortunately, her choices here don’t flatter that so much as negatively emphasizes it. I’d love to see her in a very fitted, tailored dress with a dramatic neckline. And if there’s a candidate for those below-the-knee/mid-calf hemlines, it’s her.

    • http://twitter.com/AileenBartels Aileen Bartels

      If you hadn’t mentioned the issue with the proportions, I wouldn’t have noticed it.  I think she looks great. In.

    • Anonymous

      Love the colour and the dress is great. It fits and suits her perfectly. Like the mix of the leather dress and wooly cardigan. IN!

    • Anonymous

      In! 

      Love the color of  the dress.  I personally would lose the black tights but they look good on her.

    • Anonymous

      I love the dress.  I agree she could lose the tights and maybe have a longer jacket.  But I’ll give her an in.

    • Anonymous

      I love everything about this ensemble, especially the exaggerated elongation of her body. I wouldn’t mind a less vertical hairdo, but on the whole this is SO VERY IN.

    • http://twitter.com/vintagesewing VFL Miss Helenes

      Absolutely love it.  IN.

    • Anonymous

      Hmm, out for me. Not a fan of the shiny purple.

      On a side note, I can’t ever get over the fact that she’s married to Ben Harper. I always thought it was an odd pair.

      • Anonymous

        Odd pairing no more! They’ve been divorced since October 2010.  But I totally agree with you – that was one of the weirder pairings out there.  

    • Anonymous

      Does this woman never age? I’ve never liked purple and black together, but her face looks amazing.

    • Anonymous

      Out, but I feel I’m being mean.  If the ensemble makes me ponder over what it does to your proportions, it is not a success. And she has the body to look awesome. OTOH, the pieces should have added up into something better.

    • Sara__B

      A fabulous dress is brought down by bad styling choices. You’re right, T Lo, each added piece is fine on it’s own, but put them all together with her limp long hair style, and it doesn’t work. It’s also making her neck look enormous. OUT. Even though I really like that dress.

    • scottyf

      Enlightened gets a great big IN from me too.

      I wasn’t quite sure what to expect after the first episode. There were some pretty over the top moments that led me to believe that we were in for something a little more slapstick and outrageous. However Amy was dealing with some very emotional situations, and Dern is such a nuanced actor that everything made sense.

      However it really has progressed into a bittersweet look at how we all have to come to terms with figuring out how to deal with the joy and pain that life gives us. How do you deal with the awkward and the messy? I love Amy’s relationship with Luke Wilson’s character, Levi. I find myself both chuckling and tearing up at their attempts to find a new “normal” in the context of their failed marriage. I wish there were more shows that dealt more with simple (yet innately complicated) “slice of life” situations. Good stuff.

    • Anonymous

      IN for the dress alone.  It must have been cold in LA that day.

    • Pennymac

      In! Love it. She is a tall drink of water, but I think this works for her.

    • http://twitter.com/SuzBald Susan Baldwin

      IN.  Hair and makeup are lovely and the fall colors warm the cockles of my heart. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2UJP2N3XZ5YMF5NUIAM3YYATA Dave

      The tights are a buzzkill, but a “B” grade still rounds up to an IN.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2UJP2N3XZ5YMF5NUIAM3YYATA Dave

      The tights are a buzzkill, but a “B” grade still rounds up to an IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Albrecht/100001647200441 Kelsey Albrecht

      It’s just so “meh”. 

    • Anonymous

      The shrug is too much. But the dress is really cool. IN.

    • Anonymous

      The shrug is too much. But the dress is really cool. IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

      Damn, I want that dress. IN

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

      Damn, I want that dress. IN

    • Anonymous

      In. It is a striking look, mainly because the dress is a darker color.  If the dress were lighter, It wouldn’t work. 

    • Anonymous

      I like. IN.

    • http://twitter.com/nicolahearts nicole seligman

      out. she looks like a middle school teacher trying to cover her chest and legs from her students, but still feel trendy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JVRJ67CJ4WP52CDFVIPDBQF5GI Erin

      Loving the dress, not loving the jacket.  Wish more people would wear purple on the RC.

    • Anonymous

      In! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-Jenkins/506864334 Sara Jenkins

      I just don’t like the style of the jacket. Something with a little bit of edge would have been better. But she’s an in for me.

    • Anonymous

      In from me…for the look, Enlightened, and Laura Dern in general.  

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Can I have her hair? She has the prettiest hair. sigh…
      Anyway, the clothes. She pulled a Shelley O. The little jacket doesn’t look bad – it does hit her in the right place which keeps the look from sinking to dowdydom but…..I would have loved to see her without it. Someone else mentioned lose the jacket and add a bold necklace and I’m with ‘em. That looks like it must be an amazing dress – gorgeous color, cool cut, very cool fabric – don’t cover it up. I want to see it!!  Whether she was trying to deal with weather or mitigate an ‘out there’ dress, I have to give her an ‘OUT’ for covering up something that I desperately want to see.

    • Anonymous

      In.

    • Anonymous

      IN. I like the outfit. Your quibbles are valid, but overall she looks good.

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

      The dark tights and shoes could have worked, but the little jacket is throwing the proportions of the look all off making her look weird. OUT, but she got close!

    • Anonymous

      Well, it all works together well enough for me.  I think she looks great.  IN.

    • Anonymous

      Supercute!  In!

    • Anonymous

      In. Very cool and not expected.

    • Anonymous

      IN, because I love the dress and she looks really pretty.  The little jacket reads a bit ‘librarian’ to me with the dress, but might look better without the heavy tights.

    • Mary McClelland

      In. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      In.  Love the dress and the jacket.  The tights and the shoes make it grandma, but still had to go with the in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robin.layton Robin D. Layton

      In!  I think anyone’s torso looks long in that look.

    • Anonymous

      A very marginal IN.  I’m not wild about the texture of the jacket combined with the texture of the dress combined with the heavy tights.  It all seems a little heavy but I love the proportions of the peices on her and the color is great on her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jill-Tracy/100001557759289 Jill Tracy

      IN!

    • up with pod people

      IN! Love it. And what’s more, she looks WARM. I love the way the gorgeous mulberry peeks out of the jacket, or is itself embroidered with it, I’m not sure.

    • Joyce VG

      There are so many layers to deal with here.  I agree TLo, the individual pieces are great, but together it’s not quite there.  OUT. (ohh that was hard)

    • Anonymous

      IN.  I would wear that to work tomorrow.

    • Anonymous

      Ooh, how did I miss that show?  Laura Dern kicks ass.  Off to find it now.

    • Mariah J

      OUT – she needed to lose either the cardigan or the tights

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      IN. She looks great. Though I’m sure she will take your concerns into consideration tomorrow.

    • Anonymous

      IN. I think the dress and jacket/sweater are great. Not a big fan of the tights or the shoes, but I think the dress and jacket are cute enough to get my IN vote.

    • Anonymous

      OUT

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515041280 Glenetta Blair Krause

      I think she looks like I did for work today (sans leather).  Which is ok if you’re an English teacher but probably not okay if you’re a movie star.  Unless you’re a movie star playing an English teacher. 

    • Anonymous

      In – I kinda like it.She looks easy but strong and very confident. 

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      In. And librarians are awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      In – she’s a quirky person and pulls this off.  She looks relaxed and sytlish..

    • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

      I can’t decide, but I think I’d like it better without the tights and/or the jacket.  or maybe the dress in black with the jacket purple?  I guess it needs too much “editing” to be an In so OUT

    • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.kronenwetter Catherine L Kronenwetter

      In, the color is amazing on her.  Although I’d prefer either the jacket or the tights, together it’s too heavy.  I’ll have to check out Enlightened!

    • http://toodles.yelp.com AWStevens

      I am LOVING “Enlightened” also! It cleanses the palate after viewing the testosteroney yet entertaining “Bored To Death”. 

      I love what Laura Dern is wearing and wish I were as lean and tall as she.  IN

    • Anonymous

      In, I think she took a good chance here and I wish I got Showtime!!!

    • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

       I think it’s boring as frick, but it’s pretty, so I’ll give her a reluctant IN.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

      I think the jacket is a little too librarian for that dress but it’s not bad enough to call it an out. IN

    • Anonymous

      IN.  She looks great! And the textures on that dress are fascinating!

    • Anonymous

      In! Love that dress

    • Anonymous

      In.  The dress is great and so is the jacket.  Her hair and makeup are a perfect complement to the outfit.  While I  have no problem with the black tights and shoes, I think she should have gone with a sheer black hose and a shoe with just a little more interest, nothing flashy, but just a more interesting shoe, or maybe an ankle boot.   I would have gone with an ankle boot.

    • Anonymous

      that cardigan is Mandy Moore circa 2001. 
      if it was just dress, id give it an in… but its not… so out :( 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

      that’s not J.K.Rowling?

    • Anonymous

      Could use a couple tweaks, but IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

      I think she looks pretty good, love the dress, but maybe a different shoe… something a little cheerier or less plain. But still IN

    • Anonymous

      I say IN.

      Laura Dern is fabulous

    • Anonymous

      IN. I like it; she looks tall, thin, and striking.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. I love a good cardigan but that one is a just a disaster. I hate the shoes and DETEST that hair (we literally have a librarian who runs around with hair like that). I am indifferent about the tights. On the other hand, I actually adore that dress. 

    • Noelle Haland

      I say “in” and don’t diss the librarians! ;-P

      • Marie Drucker

        Exactly! Next time there’s a Kid Lit night out in NYC, you guys are invited.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katie-Heim/708520610 Katie Heim

      I love it. Very warm and fall.
      IN!

    • Anonymous

      I like this a lot. In.

    • Brad and Anne White

      IN!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      IN. Great haircut.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      I like it. IN!

      And. I have not sen this show but I L-O-V-E Laura Dern. 

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s in. Not a fan of the jacket, but I don’t know what the dress looks like underneath. 

    • http://twitter.com/BookcaseHat Emily

      In!

    • Anonymous

      Very IN.

    • Pam Winters

      Your Valerie Cherish comparison is spot-on, and I wish I’d thought of it. In our household, I loved the show from the get-go, but my spouse had issues with the character being so offputting (I think he had the same issue with “The Comeback”). She’s becoming more complex and relatable, thank goodness…I really look forward to this show. I don’t like the look, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1133424434 Maria McGarry

      I like it.  She’s a little quirky and this works for her.  I agree entirely about the show.  I thought she was magnificent in the pilot.

    • akprincess72

      Within the framework of this being on Laura Dern, it works for her.

    • Anonymous

      In. But then she kind of looks good in anything.

    • Scott Rohr

      She looks like a really chic real person. That’s an IN.

    • Anonymous

      As a librarian I’m afraid I’ll have to dock you for that crack.  I’d never be seen in public in an outfit like that. OUT.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sorana.tarmu Sorana Tarmu

      I love the dress, but never liked pairing purple with black. Too mortuary. I think that’s …killing the look. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      ill say IN, the dress is cool

    • Anonymous

      In. She looks fabulous!

    • Anonymous

      No, this just looks awkward to me. Out.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

      The pieces don’t go together, and the palette is flat and drab, so it’s an OUT from me.

      If she had put a stunning brooch on the jacket, like this one from Alexis Bittar, I’d have given her an IN.

      • Anonymous

        great brooch!!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

          Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      IN

      When I saw it was Laura Dern, I immediately assumed she’d be OUT…she more than usually is.  This looks great.  I like the pairing of sweater and dress, and think the tights and shoes work well with the outfit and her too.  I’m surprised…I wouldn’t change a thing  :)

    • http://twitter.com/younglibrarian Katie Dunneback

      This is a coin toss (I first wrote “toin coss”. oy.) for me. My initial impression was “cute”, but then I started picking it apart, especially when I saw the close up of the jacket. I don’t like that the underlayer of the jacket is a red that doesn’t really go with the purple since the purple gives off a leathery feel. I like the texture of the fabric at the skirt. My personal default this time of year when wearing a shorter skirt is black tights & black shoes, so I want to forgive, but dressing like me shouldn’t give a star points for effort. I really like the hair and make up, though. I’m going to go with a tepid IN.

    • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

      I love it! Classy, understated and very put-together.

    • Anonymous

      Love her.  To me, she will always be Lula Fortune, and Lula would totally wear that. So I say IN IN IN, Darlin’, ’cause that jacket is the symbol of her individuality and her belief in her personal freedom.
       
      (And that’s what fashion’s supposed to be about, right? In this world that’s wild at heart and weird on top!

    • Anonymous

      I like it–IN.

    • Geno Boggiatto

      OUT – I’d love to see what the dress looks like on its own though

    • Anonymous

      Such an out for me – The shrug jacket (yech) matching the black tights and shoes, yikes.  It just looks so outdated.  The only thing modern is the bottom of that stamped leather dress, and it’s a trend I hate.  Why would you make a stiff leather skirt that sticks out like a bell?

    • Anonymous

      I have no idea why, but I kind of love this even though I think I shouldn’t.  IN.

    • Anonymous

      IN. i think she looks fabulous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nasser-Shaheen/100001316048618 Nasser Shaheen

      In.  I suspect it would look better without the jacket but I appreciate the purple and I think it manages to do sexy without showing any skin.

    • Anonymous

      I REALLY don’t like the jacket, but everything else is great.  I say IN.

    • Anonymous

      The shoes were a misstep, but love the dress & jacket – IN.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  Love Laura Dern.  I am watching this series as well and I often find myself thinking about it long after it has ended. In the 4th episode “The Weekend” I was surprised that she reversed the trajectory she had placed herself in and opted to leave with Levi and just accept where he is.  It was sad but at the same time, it seemed like she had grown as a person, seeing things differently, breaking out of old patterns.  Isn’t it a kick that her mother plays her mother?

    • Anonymous

      OUT because I am eating a late dinner while looking at these photos and those colors together are making me lose my appetite.  Maybe the dress on its own, but paired with the black jacket and black everything else, no.

    • Anonymous

      Love the dress. Not so fond of the little jacket. But she looks good. IN!

    • http://twitter.com/verascity Vera Sticker

      I love it. I think she looks fantastic. IN.

    • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

      That dress is gorg, i’ve got such a soft spot for her

    • Julie Woodson

      I love the dress and jacket on her, but the tights are too heavy.

    • Anonymous

      IN… love the dress, and her gangliness is one of her charms (to me, at least) so I’m fine with accenting the long torso and long neck.  She’ll always be Lula to me. 

    • Anonymous

      Super IN. I think this is gasp-worthy.

    • Anonymous

      IN. It’s a little bit librarian, but I don’t see anything wrong with that.

    • Anonymous

      She looks fab except for the black tights and heavy shoes which I have decided to forgive because she is so awesome.  IN

    • Anonymous

      Sassy as hell.  Luv HER!  IN.

    • Anonymous

      in

    • Anonymous

      Heavily seamed purple leather with faux, stitched grommets?  It’s a little sci-fi which is fine, but the hose and the sweater scream matron.  All of that on top of newscaster hair and makeup leaves me confused.  I think I’m gonna have to give her an OUT.

    • Anonymous

      IN

    • Anonymous

      IN.  She looks great!  She’s hardly a fashion icon but I think this is simple, eye-catching, and very in line with her style.

    • Judy_J

      I like the dress and the little jacket.  Black tights are too heavy with this.  But IN, nonetheless.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCARAOJSL553GBBPQSLRYD5REE L.

      OUT-ish.  Thigh-high boots would have made this a WERQ.  The tights ruin this look.  I like the jacket, she’s tall enough and thin enough for it.

    • Erin Nice

      I think she looks great. In.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  My only quibble is with the shoes, which are cute but would look better with pants.

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      Great pieces, but the fit seems wrong, and I agree that the black tights make it seem heavy. But still – not terrible. A tepid “in.”

    • Anonymous

      I wish she had chosen different shoes and somewhat lighter tights.

      That said, IN!  Love the dress and jacket, and of course, since I’m not a moron, I love Laura Dern and am willing to overlook the slight errors.

    • vmcdanie

      In. She looks great here although I do think the tights and the shoes make the look a little…severe maybe?

      So, you like that show? I love her but the reviews of the pilot were so generally negative I didn’t tune in. Speaking of great cable shows, you definitely should check out Homeland.

    • nancy

      In! Love the color of the dress, and if something could make me look that long & lean & slinky, I’d wear it all the time! 

    • http://deeplyproblematic.blogspot.com/ RMJ12345

      In, I’d say. It’s a little office, but the color is great, and I actually like the cardigan with the tights. Plus her hair and makeup are on point.

    • Anonymous

      Qualified In. The dress is a fabulous color, one that I think is flattering on more people than you might think. It has some very interesting elements. I love a solid that is textured. And since the sweater, which reads black from a distance, is really a nice pointelle two-tone in the right length for her figure. Very upscale office.

    • Anonymous

      IN

    • Anonymous

      I really like it. IN!
      I saw her on the street a few weeks ago, by Union Square. She’s much prettier in person.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  I love the color of the dress!

    • Aly Light

      OUT.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      In!

    • Anonymous

      IN.  She looks great.  Granted, I believe she’d look better with different shoes, but the overall look is fabulous.

    • Anonymous

      nope.  the fabrics remind me of a snake dressed in someone’s sock.  gives me heebies.

    • Anonymous

      I really like the total look. Sheer hose would have made that leather dress look too heavy, and the tights balance out the black knit sweater.

    • Anonymous

      IN! Love it. Also am loving “Enlightened”. Great show and it makes me laugh that the head writer guy along w/Laura, was on “The Amazing Race” – twice! He’s a pretty cool customer, and she’s the best. Also, Diane Ladd…seriously.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      I say IN just because (1) I love Laura, and have done so for a very long time, but especially since Wild at Heart, and (2) because she seems like a normal person, who acquires her clothes the same way the rest of us do, and I want to believe this outfit is something that she actually purchased and owns and picked out for this occasion. Maybe I’m delusional, but there you have it.

    • Anonymous

      It looks like too many weak design elements that she is just not pulling off.  The granny vintage-y but not-quite shrug.  The edgy MTV Awards show purple leather. The 80’s opaque tights.  The business suit looking black pumps.  And then the hair, kind of a revisited Jose Eber, easy flopsy-mopsy do.  

      Lose the shrug.  Add Black boots.  Give the hair some edge, and add some metal jewelry.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      In, I think she looks great!

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Well, I’ll give her in an because she looks good, but my first impression was that the jacket didn’t really “go” with the dress, so I guess I agree with T and Lo.  They’re both nice pieces, just not great together.  Still and all, considering all the trainwrecks we see, she gets an In from me.

    • Anonymous

      IN. She looks great. 

    • oohsparkley!

      IN.  I like it.

    • http://twitter.com/Kerry_McC Kerry McCombs

      I kinda LOVE it.

      IN.

    • Anonymous

      Uh, excuse me?!? Are you dissing librarians by confining us to OUT territory?!? For shame, gentlemen!!!! I am appalled!!!

      That being said….

      She-looks-great-love-it-would-totally-wear-it-on-my-evening-out-after-alphabetizing-my-mail-and-feeding-my-52-cats-thank-you-very-much.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Love the new show. Love her. Love that she is not 20 and shows it on her show. Nice to see a “woman” not trying to be a girl. Love the look too.

    • Anonymous

      LOVE Laura Dern, refreshing to see her on the pages of TLo!   That said, this look is so mainstream I’m reluctant to categorize it either way, but I’ll give it an IN because I do like the individual pieces.  If she’d lost the cardigan the look would have been a LOT better.

    • Anonymous

      IN!  Fab, chic and of the season.  She looks great!