In or Out: Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann

Posted on November 29, 2011

Darlings, we’re about to commit fashion heresy, but we think Tilda might be in a bit of a style rut. We actually turned down the opportunity to feature Tilda here a couple of times recently because what she was wearing didn’t really excite us. Can you imagine?


Tilda Swinton attends the IFP’s 21st annual Gotham Independent Film awards in New York City in Haider Ackermann.

See, we totally dig her form of androgyny. It works really well with her features and she’s found a way to make herself – an attractive, but otherwise not head-turning woman – into something strange and beautiful and intriguing. But we liked it more when she was sporting the minimal makeup and Bowie hair with some sort of wild or unusual gown. The juxtaposition really worked. But if you sport the androgynous look with a pantsuit (which she’s been doing a lot lately), it just feels sort of … expected. There are things we like here, but the overall look doesn’t grab us. If she’d worn that exact coat and blouse with a long slim skirt with a slit up to her thigh and a pair of kickass shoes, we’d be screaming “WERQ it!” from the top of our lungs. But when you pair them with a balloony pair of pants and simple black pumps, it just looks … average.

And Tilda Swinton, we think you’ll agree, should never look average.


Vote Now!

IN! “AVERAGE?!?” Where have YOU bitches been hanging out lately?

OUT! Pegged, pleated pants are a pernicious problem!

Voting is still open on Charlize Theron’s half-assed (in our opinion) red carpet look.

[Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]

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    • Liana Brooks

      This needs to get filed under “Girl, that’s not your dress.” She’s Tilda. She’s fabulous. But that’s not her outfit. OUT

      • Heather Waddell

        Those aren’t her pants. And quite honestly, I don’t want to know whose they are. Oh Tilda, you’re so blazingly hot and stylish, it’s terribly disappointing to see you fail so badly.

    • Anonymous

      No one does butch like Tilda.

    • MilaXX

      IN Tilda on a bad day still wipes the floor with half of Hollywood.

    • Anonymous

      Agree with your comments completely. Bring back old school Swinton!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I’d like to see it on the Bieber. Then we might have something there.

      Out, as you say.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  She has more style and confidence than half the other “stars” featured here combined.  WERQ it girl!  Own your look.

    • Sara Munoz

      Hardly average. I get what you’re saying but she looks great. IN!

    • Anonymous

      OUT.  The jacket rocks, everything else flops.

    • Anonymous

      great jacket. she looks pretty fierce even though it’s become somewhat of a signature look, and not really an original one. Is anyone truly original these days, though, besides GaGa and Helena BC?

    • Sarah Lynnae

      A weak In. It’s great except for the pants. I hate the pants.

    • Renee Bender

      If anyone can work those pants, it’s Tilda.  Plus, I’m loving the jacket – IN. 

    • Anonymous

      I see what you mean, but her hair is short, her bone structure is what it is, and she can’t go around in gowns all the time, can she? Well, maybe she can. She’s Tilda Swinton, after all.

      That said, the hammer pants and Golden Girls duster aren’t exactly giving me a woody.

    • Anonymous

      Love the jacket, but I agree with y’all’s assessment. On the other other hand, she still looks awesome. In. 

    • Anonymous

      I’d love it without the jacket.

      But SWINTON still looks fabulous.

    • foodycat

      I’m sorry, no. I think she is amazing but that jacket is just too 80s and I am unhappy about the pants.

    • Gaby

      IN because shes flawless and I want that jacket in my closet right now. Although those pants D: but since this is swinton were talking about, Ill let her pass.

    • Anonymous

      If that’s “average,” then the 49% of the population who are above-average must live on another planet.  IN.

    • Anonymous

      God I love her hair. And the outfit. IN.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  And that coat is very cool.  

    • Anonymous

       No. She looks like a very ill David Bowie.

      • Anonymous

        Hmm. I thought that was the good part.

      • crush on you

        This. I don’t dislike her outfit as much as her shiny forehead here. Mind you, I love her Bowie looks, but she does seem like she’s not feeling that well.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      In. She’s being Swinton at the Parent Teacher Conference, but it is Swinton nonetheless. 

    • Gaby Ripoll

      I desperately covet that coat. I have no opinion – I’m sorry, I’m a terrible unborn faun – so I abstain from voting. I just want that coat so damn bad. 

    • Anonymous

      Meh, lukewarm. Out.
      I like editorial Tilda.

    • Robert Sanchez

      She looks like an ’80s lead singer of a synth-pop band, in a good way. I think she’s almost always “in” and I say “IN” on this one, too. 

    • Anonymous

      For me, it’s her pants that hold up the look. She’s mixing androgyny and sheer clothes with a strange but somehow interesting jacket and then those pants………But you know it’s just like her to make us not scream WERQ. She wants mix in her own ingredient of strange and unexpected and sometimes that is not about looking “good”. ya know? 

    • Anonymous

      OUT. I’m missing our fabulous Swinton. Pull it together darling, we know you can do it. (again)

    • Vickie Lord

      She skeers me

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      Sorry but she is TIlda Swinton!  She cares not what you mere mortals think, she wears what she wants.  And like it or hate it, the Goddess does not care!  The mark of someone truly fashionable…who does not care what is fashionable..and wears what she wants.  Like it, great.  Don’t like it, great.

    • Anonymous

       I have to concur with your assessment, TLo.  I’m not one who swoons over Tilda’s every appearance, so she has to put the work in for me to get excited.  And in the parlance of old English novels, Tilda is what was known as a “handsome” woman.  That is, she isn’t really pretty, at least in the conventional sense, but she has a commanding presence that is scintillating in its own right.  And a “handsome” woman needs to really bring it to keep that commanding presence working for her.

      That coat is fantastic and the blouse would work fine if the bottom half of the outfit was bringing it as much as that coat is.  I’m afraid the pants and shoes keep this from being worthy of an androgynous and handsome woman.  OUT!

      • Anonymous

        My dad used to call women handsome and he too meant that they were good looking in an interesting way.  I think it’s a compliment and use it myself but then I have to explain what I mean!
        I’m distracted by how much all that black is draining her.  It is not her color.  A rich color under that jacket would have looked great and something other than those pants.

    • Eliza Lagerquist

      I totally get what you are saying but I think she looks fantastic….especially with the slight sheer blouse…sigh

    • Sara__B

      Yes, she’s in a bit of a Tilda-style rut lately, and no one, not even Tilda Swinton, should wear pegged, pleated trousers.  I love the coat, but not what she’s done with the sleeves. A very mild OUT, for being expected and getting dangerously close to boring.

    • Anonymous

      Jesus, no. That coat is way too winter mother-of-the-bride. Pants are tragic. Blouse is cool, though.


    • Anonymous

      I agree that the same coat over a minimalist gown with a more interesting shoe would have been better, but I still think she looks fantastic, not at all average, and totally IN. 

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Out.  The coat is great, but she needed to pair it with something more tailored underneath.

    • Sorana Tarmu

      Pegged, pleated pants are a fashion disaster no matter who wears them. OUT.

    • Charles Purdy

      It’s almost like “drab-kitsch” … is that a thing? I get what you’re saying, but I don’t think she looks so bad. I guess if I were in charge, I wouldn’t put her in so much black…. But I’m a fan, so I dig her in just about everything. She’s stunning. Way above average. IN.

    • Matthew Dinda

      Um. It’s Tilda, and even if it’s not her regular stratosphere of fabulosity it’s still an enthusiastic IN!

    • Anonymous

      how is it expected that Tilda shows up in a pantsuit with a see through top? IN and nevah out.

    • Anonymous

      In. That jacket is fabulous and almost no one else could pull it off.

    • MandyJane

      Out, it’s kinda boring.

    • Joyce VG

      I love it. IN.

    • Anonymous

      maybe she’s tired.
      but i like the jacket a lot & it is one of the only cases of dropped waist i’ve ever liked at all.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      It’s not that she looks bad, it’s just when you think of SWINTON you expect a certain baseline level of amaze which those slacks fail to achieve. I will say that I can’t see anyone else in that jacket. 

      Still I can’t quite bring myself to say Ouuuuuu……

    • Victoria Pavlova

      IN. I love the jacket.

    • Anonymous

      Its an IN. expected, but she looks really good.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think “not great” qualifies as an Out. She’s not great. She’s not out. 

    • Barbara Affolter

      Out.  Tilda is far too fabulous to look like she borrowed her outfit from Phil “Duckie” Dale’s closet.

      • foodycat

        Very nice Pretty in Pink reference. It would have been better with Duckie shoes, I think.

    • Ditty Nicolaides

      IN, what’s the matter with you two?

    • marlie

      Agree… The jacket is kickass, but the rest of the look is “meh.”

    • Vera

      Not her most interesting look, but still IN.

    • Toto Maya

      hahaha WTF. That is the only reaction I can muster.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle


    • Anonymous

      I think she looks great.  Clothes always seem to  hang better on her than on anyone else.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t love the crotch sash–in fact, I kind of hate it–but that jacket makes up for a lot of otherwise minor mistakes. IN, but just barely.

    • Anonymous

      She can get away with wearing just about anything…. but this.   Too sloppy.  

    • Anonymous

      On anyone else, this would be an unmitigated disaster. On Swinton, it looks like an everyday kind of outfit. That has to count for something, so I guess a small in from me.

    • CQAussie

      Sadly, I do agree with you that she looks average here with the pants like that.  So….it’s an OUT from me too.

    • Vic

      I saw the Gotham red carpet runway on another site this morning and made a bet with myself: T&Lo will cover Tilda Swinton. Predictable and boring. Sorry, she lost me a long time ago.

    • Anonymous

      LOVE IT, although it is a bit expected, IN!

    • Anonymous



    • LocMama

      All I can see is sequined zoot suit and those pants make me sad.  OUT & that pains me.

    • Gustavo Casals

      She’s Tilda, thus she’s in. But favoritism aside, the coat is all kinds of rocking. IN IN IN

    • Richi Robilotto

      This is a great look, no matter if it is kind of boring comparatively. IN. 

    • Aaminah Khan

      IN, because SWINTON.



      She transcends our petty mortal classifications.

    • Anonymous

      Ooh, never mind the clothes, I don’t like the hair color.  It needs to be less golden orange!  Still, she is Swinton, and there is no other.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with everything you say, but I cannot give La Tilda an OUT. I simply cannot. So, in.

    • Alexandria

      Innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn I think she looks so great

    • David Beauchamp


    • Anonymous

      SWINTON is never out.  therefore she is IN

    • Now I am The Bee

      TLo says: But when you pair them with a balloony pair of pants and simple black pumps, it just looks … average.

      Amen.  I’ve seen that outfit many a time here in the Midwest.  Nothing special.  And–I get the whole “I don’t wear make-up” thing, but honey–please.  Just a teeny bit of powder on your forehead wouldn’t hurt ya…

    • Aly Light


    • Anonymous

      Nevertheless, an in.

    • Ally Monge

      I think she is one of a kind, and always looks like some sort of celestial being gracing us with its presence, but I personally always think she looks OUT. Her fashion is interesting to say the least, but not in a good way. And I don’t like how she colored her hair.

    • Anonymous

      Awesome 80’s rocker chic IN.

    • Emily


    • Anonymous

      in . . . but not IN!!!

    • Paige Boerman

      It’s still way more interesting and head turning than what everyone else in Hollywood wears. IN. I refuse to vote Tilda out, ever.

    • Thom

      La Roux in 30 years.

      A tentative IN.

    • Anonymous

      OUT.  Wish she’d worn that rad jacket with something else.   P-to-the-5th indeed.

    • Anonymous

      Meh. I give her an “in” because she’s Tilda, but I’m not digging those pants, and I actually totally agree with your argument.

    • Anonymous

      Love the jacket, but those pants are weird looking–and not in a good way.  Badly cut.  She can do sooo much better–so, OUT.

    • Judy S

      I think she looks great. IN. You are setting the bar too high, or maybe she’s done it in the past.

    • Anonymous

      In. This is definitely above average.

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree, this is a yawner.  OUT.

    • Scott Finley

      Not perfect but definitely superior to her contemporaries, and her androgyny is wonderful. I’ll take her visual intelligence any day.

    • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      Boys this is SWINTON we are speaking of. she is always IN

    • soren

      Oh whatever, Swinton will always be IN.

    • Nimith

      Ok maybe she’s in a style rut, but I love everything about this look.

    • Roey Thorpe

      When I saw the thumbnail, I thought Tilda was Carson Kressley.  Uh oh.

    • Anonymous

      In.  Nothing witty or erudite to add.

    • Barbora

      OUT :(
      Tilda can do it much much better!

    • Anonymous

      Out.  She is capable of so much more.

    • Karenlibrarian

      Tilda, it hurts, but I have to say OUT.  I agree with TLo, the jacket and blouse could have been paired so much better with something else on the bottom.  

      And she is so shiny and what is with the hair?  Weird shade, looks all dried out.  She can do better.

    • Anonymous

      In – shes getting a bum wrap for not living up to her Swinton

    • Anonymous

      IN, but falling short of SWINTON divine potential. 

    • Anonymous

      In. Not far in but in.

    • Anonymous


      The jacket is really cool…the rest is average & acceptable.

    • Anonymous

      I really wish people would stop with the clothes that dangle things between their legs.

    • Joy

      Out, that crotch halfway to her knees can never be in.

    • Anonymous

      In.   “Pegged, pleated pants” ARE a pernicious problem.  But not so much so that a skinny, lanky woman with Presence can’t pull them off with that AWESOME jacket & intriguing blouse combo.

      So, in, in and in.

      But pants of that cut should be banned by law. Or dictatorial fiat. Or destroyed in a series of tragic warehouse fires. Or purloined from shops in the dead of night by ninja fashion police.  Who cares how?

    • Anonymous

      IN.  Tilda rules, and I love that jacket!

    • Allison Woods

      An ill David Bowie? Yes, perhaps. But it IS La Swinton. IN.

    • Dawn

      She looks like Jane Lynch’s albino sister in this getup. BACK TO GOWNS!

    • M M

      Johnny Weir on crack. Nothing “average” about that.

    • Anonymous

      IN!  Love the jacket!

    • penn collins

      Agreed, this rates a “meh” …. love the slit skirt idea….so many ways to make this (much) more interesting….

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      In, but only for her. No one else could pull this off….

    • Anonymous

      I love the jacket and blouse, but the pants and shoes are amazingly seen-at-the-mall. Ackermann makes such unbelievably beautifully draped gowns and long skirts–they are perfect for Tilda, so I’m disappointed that she didn’t choose one of those.  And in the photos above, she looks a little like she might have just stepped off the plane and thrown on a few things out of her suitcase. OK, so it was an indie awards event and maybe a gown would have been too much. But those pants and shoes are too little.

      My heart’s on my sleeve:  A teensy little in from me, but with expectations of better things ahead.   TLo are right.

    • Merneith

      Out – those pants are the Death Valley of Fabulosity.

    • Buffy

      This might be fabulous on other people but on Tilda it’s just ok.  OUT.

    • Anonymous

      OUT.  Those pants are irredeemable.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not a rut! She is SWINTON.

    • Lauren St Martin

      Out. It’s dull.

    • Mary McClelland

      In – just for that fantastic and beautiful coat. Although technically she’s an out for pair pairings and dare I say it uninspired dressing. Maybe she just needed a day off. 

      • Judy_J

        Agreed.  That coat is gorgeous.

    • Nancer

      I’m kinda loving this look…  IN

    • MandyM

      Out. It’s boring and blah. If this were on ANYONE else would you even have to ask? Plus her face is hella shiny and that’s never a good look.

    • Anonymous

      dramatic makeup and hair would have done it..

    • Anonymous

      I am not a Tilda fan by any means, but I like this outfit.  I like the coat with the strong shoulders and the metallic plaid paired with the light and airy top.  And the pants are just fine.  So it’s an IN for me, which is surprising, because I honestly don’t get her and don’t get all the love you guys have for her.  Is it just because she’s weird?

    • Cathy S

      I love the coat on her. But the rest is out. Come back to us Tilda!

    • Anonymous

      There’s something very “Miami Vice” about the jacket that makes the whole thing look a bit literal for my liking. I hate to say it, because I do love me some Swinton, but OUT.

    • Dave

      Look at her eyes in the last photo: she is plotting ways to take down bloggers who fail to recognize that the Swinton doles out the fashion fabulosity in the exact measurements that are good and required.  IN – and I wouldn’t turn my back to her any time soon, boys.

    • A. Wagner

      Sometimes you just want to wear pants. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know. Tilda Swinton has found a designer she loves, and feels very comfortable wearing his clothes.  While this isn’t my favorite Tilda fashion moment, she still has something that many others walking the red carpet will never have. So, a qualified IN.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t mind pants in principle, but THOSE pants are hangey and blah, and that tie thing that drapes down her middle makes it look as if the crotch is just north of her knees.  Makes her look short, and I know she’s probably 7 feet tall IRL.  OUT

    • Anonymous

      What a disappointment.  I got nothing to add.  T & L, you nailed it, exactly.  Neither OUT nor IN, which for Tilda is an OUT.

    • Anonymous

      IN This is Tilda Swinton bitches.  She can do no wrong.  Period.

    • Brittany

      Some of the waist / pant detailing is a little weird. But otherwise I find this a surprisingly wearable look from her. Thus an IN.

    • Anonymous

      In the first pic she looks like Conan O’Brien. That’s not good.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  She amazes me and I long for that jacket.

    • Anonymous

      Great coat with Satan’s pants.  I can’t make up my mind.  

    • Anonymous

      Tilda is IN – that jacket is fantastic and I can forgive the pants since all else works in my opinion. Admittedly I am very forgiving of any slight missteps Ms. S makes since she has built up considerable good will in my book by being her fabulous self year after year.

    • Anonymous

      Why does she have to look like an albino? Something wrong with a little mascara and a touch of lipstick? 

      Not sure if anyone saw “I Am Love” — but she looked amazing! She was dressed in Jil Sander throughout the film, had shoulder length hair and looked like an incredibly beautiful, stylish woman (with a hot much-younger Italian lover). 

      Not everyone must be forced into a narrow band of what society deems attractive, but IMHO her look is is aggressively unattractive, like she’s trying to rout out anything that might be considered conventionally beautiful. 

    • Anonymous

      I love David Bowie.


    • Anonymous

      It may be a little low key for SWINTON, but she still looks great. IN!

    • ace

      wait, it’s expected if an androgynous woman wears pants, but not if a feminine woman wears a dress? i don’t get it. tilda, wear all the pants you want, honey. there’s nothing wrong with not looking feminine. in other words, IN.

    • Samantha Irene

      Yeah – I agree. This would be fine for her for say – going to a movie, or the shops or a low key dinner – but at an awards show… Tilda, I just expect more. OUT