In or Out: Vera Farmiga in Naeem Khan

Posted on December 02, 2011

We’ll take an interesting, discussable dress over a classic sheath any day of the week, darlings. We think that’s obvious by now. But an interesting dress doesn’t always make a pretty dress, does it? Hence the discussion. Open your books to Chapter 7 and we’ll begin.



Vera Farmiga in Naeem KhanVera Farmiga attends 2011 UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City in a Naeem Khan gown.

Vera Farmiga in Naeem KhanNaeem Khan Spring 2012 Collection

Vera Farmiga in Naeem Khan

Vera Farmiga in Naeem Khan

This is a head-turning look in a lot of ways.  It’s not like she’s showing up in crazy Gaga-wear, but we give her credit for not defaulting to the pricess fantasies and party girl looks that tend to dominate the red carpet. We think the top part is pretty and soft, but not particularly interesting. It’s the skirt that really gets all the attention here. It’s pretty and has a unique take on elegance. Her jewelry is great and her hair and makeup look soft and romantic. So what’s our problem here? Well, if there is a problem, we have to say it’s that top, which doesn’t feel like it goes with that skirt. The latter is such an interesting shape and the former just looks like your average blouse to be worn under a jacket. We think a top as focus-pulling as the bottom would have been a mistake but we can’t help feeling a little something-something up top would make this look more balanced.


Vote Now!

IN! Interesting trumps pretty any day of the week!

OUT! Schoolmarm on the red carpet!

The vote on Uma Thurman’s “...and these are my breasts” Versace was, of course, an IN, with several dissenters who noted the poor fit.


[Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for UNICEF,]

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  • In, as far as I’m concerned.  the only problem here is that they are clearly shooting her under enough light to illuminate all of NYC at once.  It washes both her and the colors in the dress right out to nothing.

  • Wish her hair was more like the models, but she is in 

  • scottyf


    It feels cohesive and elegant to me.

    …and she was BRILLIANT in Up In The Air.

    • P M

      Agree on her performance in Up in … For once, grown-ups playing grown-up-ish in a sort-of grown up fashion. For example, she seemed appropriately disappointed in Clooney’s character for not figuring out her game (that was one part of her performance I truly loved).  

      • Just watched it again last week while in a hotel traveling (yet again) for work…  Anyway, I LOVE her character in this movie – the woman has her life and wouldn’t think of abandoning it all for him.

        Anyway, she’s an IN for being classy and beautiful in this dress.

      • scottyf

        It was such a breath of fresh air to see what is typically thought to be a male approach to that kind of relationship flipped. She brought layers; warmth; feminine nuance and power to a character who–in the hands of a lesser actor– could have come off seeming trite an one-dimensional.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed. in fact, the words I’d put with all of Vera Farmiga’s performances (yes, even in the Departed) is strength, depth and grace. Whether she’s a Nazi’s wife in The Boy with the Striped Pajamas (tissues, please) or the drug addicted mother in “Down to the Bone”, a corporate hi-flyer “Up in the Air”, or any of her other incarnations of women, she brings such a sense of quiet intelligence, depth and courage to her roles.


    • See, I have the opposite reaction to her personally — her character was so aggravating in The Departed!!!  I suppose it’s to her credit that I hated the character that much, as any character written that way was going to be irritating if played well. 

  • That dress is meant to be walked in.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I think this dress looks better moving, like in the runway shot.  Also I feel like the top is too blousy, maybe a little big Vera.  Overall, she looks interesting and pretty.  IN.

  • IN!! It’s interesting and pretty!

  • I like the dress.  It suits her figure well too.  The way she poses with it on, though, makes it look frumpy.  I think we women need some lessons on poses other than the hand-on-waist-with-arm-bent-at-45-degree-angle pose.  Sure, showing off your rings and nails and your waist are important, but there are other ways to go about it.  Anyway, that’s my only beef with this…has nothing really to do with the dress.   🙂

    • P M

      What a thought, eh? Stylists with imagination, who wonder how to best sell the dress on the carpet. 

  • Anonymous

    In, even if I don’t love the skirt. The ruffles look like moss hanging from trees. Points for being interesting though.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  The combination of high-waisted skirt and blousy top makes her look kind of dumpy-frumpy, and the 1910s hair isn’t helping.  Applause for risk taking, though.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  The blouse doesn’t go with the skirt and the whole outfit does make her look frumpy – the hair looks like something a schoolmarm would wear in Little House on the Prairie.  OUT.

  • In.  I wished the skirt was a shade darker, but it might be and the flashes from the camera are distorting it.  Still like it on her. Lov that skirt.

  • Anonymous

    TLo and I live in different worlds if Vera’s blouse is considered “average” – the subtle pattern in the background and the gold thingamadoodles (sorry, I don’t know the technical term for those things) take it way beyond the average blouse in my neck of the woods.  She looks beautiful and owns that dress on the red carpet.

    I give her an IN, despite the Amish hair.

    • agreed!  She looks very elegant and the blouse has just enough interest to not be hidden under a blazer.  In!

  • MilaXX

    IN. I’m not in love with the top, but I think this mostly works.

  • Anonymous


  • Sobaika Mirza

    I love it. On anyone else, probably not, but she’s surprisingly pulling it off. She’s never really struck me as fashion-conscious.

  • I love it. In! 

  • IN – I don’t love the hair though. But I like the whole concept. Actually the more I look at it, the more I like it. 

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    The belt and necklace on the model make the top work better. It’s a little too blouson-looking on Vera.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    Oooh, a really interesting—as opposed to crazy or tacky—look to discuss. I don’t love it, but it’s a look that grows on you the more you study it. I think the top is more interesting than you do in texture, if not in shape. The dress suits her figure very well. And while I’d prefer the hair over the ears, the hair is still pretty and the makeup terrific. I think it’s an IN. Better yet, an INteresting IN. (don’t ban me for the pun)

  • Pennymac

    OUT. I don’t like the placement of the butt ruffle in pic #3. The runway picture shows that the skirt looks better while moving, but I can’t get past the fact that its a dressed up prarie skirt and she’s wearing Ma Ingalls’ hair.

  • Anonymous

    This could have gone wrong in so many ways. However she didn’t screw anything up and while I like it better on the model Vera looks lovely. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Looking at the model picture, I bet this is even better looking when it’s in motion.

  • Anonymous

    IN. I love the look from the waist up and don’t like the skirt. But she looks great so she’s IN.

  • IN for interesting, as you say. I actually like the top more than the skirt on her, and I suspect that the dress looks best on a model, but it looks good on her and it’s a lively choice.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    In. Discussable dress FTW.
    Took me some time to figure out why it looks better on the runway than on her, besides the obvious fact that the skirt is made for walking.  Mz. F is wearing the top bloused out perfectly, but on the runway it is tucked in more. The blousing makes it look blocky. I prefer tucked in, but my mother has been nagging me for decades to un-tuck and blouse more. Still don’t like it.

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s that the model is significantly longer waisted, which creates better proportions. If VF had tried to wear it tightly tucked, the skirt would have looked like it was situated under her armpits. The blouson effect was a necessary compromise.

      And overall, an In. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually love the top; I think it’s pretty, elegant and subtle. It’s the skirt I have a problem with. I think it only works when its walking the runway; when you are standing still, it looks like tiered curtains to me.

    I’m still gonna vote her IN. She looks soft and classy and that white and gold combo is really very nice.

  • Cathy S

    My first thought was that the top didn’t go with the skirt and since you agreed, I feel like a passed a test. I think it’s out because of that.

  • P M

    Very simple. The top needed more structure and less fuzz. Still, IN. Presentable and chic. 

  • Anonymous

    I saw her performance in “Higher Ground,” and I’m willing to forgive her many a sin for that (I’m sure she’s secretly very relieved). But this is totally IN regardless. It’s really her shoes that are taking away from it a bit for me.

  • I really like this. In! 

  • Anonymous

    I think I love it.

  • Anonymous

    With apologies to Nancy Sinatra, “That skirt is made for walking/And that’s what it should do”.  What a world of difference between the “action” photo on the runway, and the posed one on the RC!  Yes, the skirt and the top are a little mismatched, to the detriment of both, but it’s such an interesting combo that the look deserves an IN.  Vera needs a new hairstylist, though.  Jane Austen is NOT the coif that goes with this ensemble.

  • Anonymous

    i thought it was intentional that the top doesnt match with the skirt…?? its so obviously mismatched, i dont think they were intended to match…. 

    i think the bottom looks a bit cheap, and its the top that pulls it to chic. overall this is an in for me! 

  • Anonymous

    She’s beautiful and so is the dress.  Her hair is awful.

  • Anonymous

    IN  mostly due to effort in attempting something less standard on the RC…but there are issues.

    The look on the model is much nicer and more interesting…due to the movement of the skirt and the color of the top.  Since the top appears to be sheer and the model’s skin tone adds color to the top, the top has more punch and contrast to the skirt.  On Vera it is just white and white on light skin.  Dull and washed out.  The top is really pretty though, and she does look elegant.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Out. Definitely schoolmarm.  Before I got to your comments, mine was something like, “Blerch.”  I don’t usually include the “r,” but it was there with this one.

    It’s not really that the dress itself is awful, but it does absolutely nothing for her, and the flat, dead-looking hair was distinctly unhelpful in making up for it.  She looks like a 19th century school-marm who lost her dress and is wandering around in a big petticoat with a glittery t-shirt on top.

  • It’s not a perfect look but, overall, I like it. Let’s give that woman an IN!

  • OUT – The blouse looks wide on her. On the model it’s loose, but it looks like she has broader shoulders than the model and instead of creating an elegant column look we’re left with an inverted pyramid. I suspect that this is the wrong venue for the skirt as well. That is a skirt that’s meant to be in motion, standing still for a photo-op doesn’t show the design to the best advantage. In another venue, or on film, anything where she was moving or had a breeze I think the outfit would be in… but it’s not working for the RC.

  • Ann

    The version of the top on the model appears to be more sheer, thus making the embellishments standout and the contrast with the skirt more interesting.  Making the top less sheer, or “whiter”, takes it into ordinary space.

  • Peter Faso

    Unusual and eye-catching….she looks good. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Out. I don’t understand why it looks dowdy, but it does.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Nope; not feeling the love here. OUT.

  • I think it looks way better on the model than it does on her. I’m not sure why.  She’s not an unattractive person – it just washes out on her for some reason.  The skirt part is to DIE for.  Five-year old me would have stood there swirling and swirling for 20 minutes just to make that fabric swoosh all around my legs in 1962!

  • Anonymous

    Not in love with it, but still IN.

  • L.

    IN!  Its not perfect, but is has a nice retro feel to it.  

  • Anonymous

    I agree the top doesn’t go with the bottom. However, considering the really bad looks that have been out there lately in the last couple of days, this one is at least passable. My, how far we have fallen LOL.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree about the accessories – not feeling that necklace, and I think the belt (in combo with the top being bloused out a little too much) creates the blockiness at the waist which kills the shape.fades into the background more to highlight the narrow waist.  Despite all that, I also applaud different and discussable – and my quibbles are pretty minor.  IN. 

    Also, that hair is laughable.  A center part is never a good idea for someone with such a long (albeit beautiful) face.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if the sleeves were shorter? I’d give it an IN for sheer romantic value though.

  • BerlinerNYC

    I love it, though I don’t know why. She looks stately, and I don’t mean that as a euphemism for matronly. It’s a really classy look. I actually like the top and love what looks like vintage garnet jewelry.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. She has such a long face that the hairsyle and cut of the dress are not flattering, everything just seems to be pulling downward. End result is sad dress.

  • I think the real issue here are proportions. What made this dress work on the model is that it hit at precisely the right point on her hip, and I am sure that height has a lot to do with this. It just doesn’t hit Vera quite right, skewing the proportions a bit. I do applaud her for wearing something daring and different, I’m just going to have to say, girl – this isn’t your dress.

  • Grace Ritt

    While I agree that the blouse wasn’t the best call, I still say IN. She looks so chic.

  • bookish

    IN. I think the top and bottom look great together, and the little gold tassels make the top plenty interesting. I LOVE that necklace.

  • foodycat

    I think it is an OUT. I really like the skirt, particularly the way it moves, but the top looks like she’s got gold moths clinging to her and the hair takes it to Little House on the Prairie. Her makeup is very pretty though.

  • IN!

  • CQAussie

    Voting IN for this.  It’s a good balance between low key and interest.  A more upbeat top might have been fighting with the skirt all night.  This isn’t my style but I think Vera is working it here.  Not sure about her hair or the choice of necklace though.

  • She gets an In for effort, but I’m in complete agreement about the mismatch between the (gorgeous) skirt and (belongs to a different outfit) top.

  • IN.  Beautiful

  • Hilary Sain

    So pretty, IN.

  • Anonymous

    It’s an IN for me. I wish she’d done a little something more with her hair…that might’ve given a bit more balance to the look. Looks like Jane Austen hair = disconnect for me. Love that skirt!

  • Brad and Anne White

    I guess I’m the only dissenter, but I can’t get over her Ma Ingalls hairdo and the necklace. OUT.

  • Judy_J

    In the photo of the runway version, the top and skirt look lovely together.  But somehow, on Ms Farmiga, the blouse looks rather matronly and doesn’t pair well with the skirt.  I can’t quite figure it out, so I’m just going to say “Honey, that’s not your dress” and give her an OUT.

  • Aly Light


  • Anonymous

    IN, but I think the problem with the top is that it is the wrong fabric.  There isn’t anything that unites it with the bottom, so it feels like one of those kids toys that spin & you can choose this head with that body.  Also, I think the skirt is fabulous in motion on the model, but holding still it begins to look a little like an over-decorated layer cake.  (and yeah, I don’t really like her hair) Nevertheless, it’s all still an IN.

  • In but it’s not the prettiest of dresses.

  • Out, this dress is just all sorts of mismatched and odd.

  • Molly Sulds

    In. I agree that it probably looks better moving.

  • Her hair looks awful and the dress looks sad. OUT

  • Anonymous

    I really love it; there is something of a nod to the 30’s to it, I could see Irene Bullock in My Man Godfrey wearing this. 
    IN, I choose interesting over princess drag.

  • R. L.

    Out.  It isn’t the right dress for her.  I think she’s either too short-waisted for it or it makes her look short-waisted.  I like interesting and/or wacky but this misses as a cohesive look.  Her hair needed to be styled differently, too.

  • In. It’s not perfect, but it’s interesting and beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree, TLo.

  • aimee_parrott

    On the whole I give this an IN.  That skirt is beautiful, love the makeup and jewelry.  Unfortunately her hair is a bit too Ma Ingalls for my taste, which I think is making the top look a little less special and a little more prairie.  But on the whole, she looks great.

  • Anonymous

    Mmmm, nope. Don’t like it. This is like Ma Ingalls dresses up.

  • Anonymous

    IN!  That’s how you do a Wallace Simpson fashion homage!

  • Anonymous

    Schoolmarm on the red carpet.  IN1 Double plus love the hair.

  • IN.

    I would have gone with a solid color top, personally, though, to avoid the print competing with the shape of the skirt.

  • Anonymous

    I love it.  Disagree that the top is an ‘average blouse to be worn under a jacket’.  The three dimensional gold embellishments make it very special in my eyes.  She’s stunning from top to bottom.  IN

  • Jennifer Hejtmánková

    It looks way better on the model – she’s apparently too short to pull it off well….

  • Stephen Bornstein

    I believe that tis dress works better in person, where the whites of both pieces jump out ewually and the gole trim glistens. Also, the belt on the cat-walk has a brilliance that also pulls the ensemble together, whereas Ms Veras belt just blahs the top down.
    So except for the belt….IN

  • IN! pretty

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I think the main problem is that white doesn’t suit Vera’s colouring AT ALL. With the model, the striking colouring of her face counterbalances the the attention-grabbing skirt, but this outfit merely makes Vera look washed out.  A different statement necklace, that actually fit with the neckline of the blouse (as with the runway look) would have helped to draw attention upwards too (I think her stylist realised this and gave her a big necklace and earrings, but the necklace just looks sloppy and the earrings are hidden by her hair). 

  • Sara__B

    Center-parted hair that covers the ears will never look good to me, but the overall look is subdued yet interesting and elegant. This schoolmarm gets an IN from me.

  • I’m torn.  I really like the look from the waist up but HATE that skirt.  It looks like she wrapped a fringe-y tablecloth around her legs.  I think OUT.

    BTW, I loved her in Up in the Air but I can only see Violet from AHS when I see her now.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, there’s a balance issue, but I’m giving it an IN for bravery and overall pretty.

  • paula.pertile

    I think its the sleeves. If you cut those off it might work better. The bottom is kind of wedding cakey. I feel confused.

  • Anonymous

    Schoolmarm for sure. Out.

  • Kate Pearce

    IN for Interesting.

  • In.  This is the kind of skirt I’d normally not like, but it’s working here.

  • In. She looks classy and pulled-together.

  • Anonymous

    Agree about the top.  I could wear that to court with a suit.

    I was prepared to say the skirt would’ve been improved by removing the top 2/3 of the tiers of ruffles, but when the model is moving in it, it is pretty fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    Oh c’mon . . . IN.  Skirt improves a thousand percent in every situation but standing still on the RC.  Blouse is fine — suitable visual interest, and might have seemed lots less focus-pulling (if one objected on those grounds) if she’d chosen a different necklace: not necessarily identical to the model’s, but something less loose, more stable than what she ended up with. 

  • In. I think she looks absolutely lovely, and interesting. One of my all-time most iron-clad pet peeves is that hair-over-the-ears up-do, but I think this whole package hearkens back to an almost-never-referenced fashion era without looking costumey. I’m gushing maybe more than is proportional to my love for it, but I think it’s a solid In.

  • Anonymous

    In – I think the still shots just don’t do that fabulous skirt justice.  It’s looks soooo great moving on the model!  I would have replaced the totally non-matching top with a little sleeveless shell & rocked it.  But then again, how often would I show up on the red carpet.  A girl can dream though!

  • Joyce VG

    I love the top and don’t care for the skirt.  The outfit looks great on the model, but not so much on Vera.  I think a nice fitted pencil skirt with the top would have been lovely on her. What kind of top goes with the skirt to balance it out?  Jerry Seinfeld’s pirate shirt?

  • Anonymous

    This is a puzzler.  I think, even though TLo often frowns upon it, she should have stuck with the original runway necklace.  The one she’s wearing takes it straight to Grandma-land for me.  And I would’ve shortened the sleeves.  That length is awkward for the non-tall/willowy types.  A cap sleeve would’ve have looked fresh.

    But that’s all picky-picky.  She gets an IN.

  • Anonymous

    I kind of like it. I think the hair is what dooms it to potential frumpitude, not the blouse. I like that even though the skirt is ruffled and flowy, it still gives her a good butt.

    I’ll vote in, simply because she’s kind of working this unusual look.

  • Anonymous

    It looks top-heavy. It may just be the way the skirt photographs, but I hate it. Out.

  • Anonymous

    I think it works on the model — apparently you need to be 9 feet tall to pull off this dress. Hey, Uma! Here’s your dress!

    In other words, OUT, although with a nod for trying something bold.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not digging the hair, and the dress is interesting, but no stunner. Nevertheless, it is acceptable, so IN.

  • I love it – it has a Spanish Dama flair that makes the little flamenco dancer in my soul SO HAPPY. IN IN IN. The little fringy bits on the top go a long way to make the top go with the skirt, in my eyes – sort of harkens to a mantilla without being super literal. 

  • IN. I love the top. I don’t like the bottom, but I think it works anyway. Overall, she looks fab.

  • Anonymous

    It looks much better in motion but I still can’t help kind of liking it even when it is standing still.  I’m not sure why and if you ask me to give you a good reason I will just run away but IN.

  • Anonymous

    Ruth Buzzi hair. Othewise IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  I like everything but the hair.  I don’t find the skirt as attention pulling as TLo.  It’s about even with the top.  I’m put in mind of a fluted column with a gold flecked marble tchotchke.  It effectively draws your attention to her face, where you get “and now for something completely different.”  That hairstyle looks sad.

  • Anonymous

    This is very Bette Davis in “Now, Voyager”. Well done.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  Actually like the dress, just don’t think it’s her dress.  Hair and makeup also look off to me, and don’t like those fussy necklaces with the blouse.    

  • Anonymous

    IN. I think the contrast works, and the dress is eye-catching without overwhelming her.

  • Anonymous

    In, pretty and a different look then we usually see on the red carpet

  • Anonymous

    Out.  The top is what ruins the look for me.  You boys have it right…it is pretty, but doesn’t “go” with the skirt.  I like the soft hair, make up is great and that skirt makes her bootie look amazing!  I want the skirt!

  • Thinks she is a little too short waisted to wear it.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed, the blouse is a huge problem. It would have looked better sleeveless or even as a halter. 

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan of this dress at all. Out.

  • Out.

  • The skirt looks like a very complicated lampshade. The top bears no relation to it. Hair is a mess. A very loud OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    Rarely do I dare to disagree outright with you gentlemen, but I think this dress is both interesting and pretty, and I like the top even more than the bottom. A big IN for me.

  • Anonymous

    IN! I LOOOVE the top and belt. I can see why people would be turned off by the ruffly skirt, but I think she looks great. 

  • Anonymous

    IN. I agree that a different top would have been better, but the one she’s wearing is still good looking.

  • Anonymous


  • M Carlson

    I think she’s barely. That skirt makes up for a lot. Love it.

  • That thing is hideous. OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    I think the dress is interesting enough and fits her well enough to give her an IN.  But I don’t like the pink makeup at all and I hate her hair (I feel like a bitchy 3rd grader typing that).  I don’t like how it covers her ears–frames her face in a way that elongates it too much, maybe.

  • Samantha Irene

    out – I like them as bits, but not as a whole. The top would look great made more casual with jeans and blazer, the skirt… needs a different top – and i don’t like the belt.

  • up with pod people

    In, despite t-shirt sleeves. I think it probably works better in motion.

  • I WANT IT! In. 

  • Anonymous

    IN! I love the whole thing!

  • Surprisingly, I love this. IN.

  • Surprisingly, I love this. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with all you say about the top not going with the bottom. But In anyway.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the top. I like the skirt too. Although, and this is me sounding like a deranged bride looking for dresses, the white is just too white. Or something? I dunno. 

    Nevertheless, she looks really pretty and the whole look is quite interesting. An IN from me!

  • I’d give it an IN – it is very different, isn’t it. The top makes it feel almost not dressed-up enough, but the skirt is interesting and dramatic. The poor girl didn’t have much to go on in the way of precedent for what to wear with a skirt like that, did she? She is on the leading edge of the style wave, so I will cut her some slack.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the top or the hair, which looks dowdy to me. An IN for me though

  • Anna Vasquez

    I kinda love this. It feels very Barbara Stanwyck to me. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  It looks like she grabbed a random top and skirt out of her closet, that happen to be close in color.

  • Anonymous

    Despite my irrational dislike of Vera Farmiga I have to give this an IN. It’s well proportioned and perfectly accessorised. Hate the hair and makeup but that could just be because it is her.

  • I hate to have to do this to a sister Vera, but skirt’s too much. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    In. I think it’s meant to move. Those little gold bits would flutter if she was in motion and tie it in with the way the skirt moves. The pic of the model walking gives that impression anyway. I think it’s pretty and elegant.

  • Anonymous

    nanny mcphrumpy

  • I think it’s gorgeous. It’s turn of the century in some ways, very elegant.

  • Anonymous

    The dress is great, but wrong for her shape.  if she had a better defined waist, i think it would be awesome. 

  • Anonymous

    it looks very slightly better on the model, but it isnt fitwise or shapewise, it’s probably just the lighting. also the collar, i think, is just a itsy bit different? just enough to change the structure of the top a tiny little, make it fall in a way thats a smidge more structured? but thats neither really much of a solution nor a problem. in fact, you are right–theres a real disconnect between the parts. i wouldnt have necessarily made the top fancier, i probably wouldve made it plainer so it didnt fight w/ the skirt. & accessorized it in a way that would compliment instead of clash.

    but i would still put her more on the good side rather than the bad. also, offhand i thought the thumbnail was jessica beal, our “most beautiful woman in hollywood.” i dont know who the abovenoted would agree w/ re that statement, jessica [yes absolutely] or myself [laughing] but i’m putting it out there in case she’s reading this & thinks it’s nice.

  • IN – antic goddess! :)))

  • Honestly, I love it. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting AND pretty. IN!

  • Anonymous

    That skirt makes it look like she’s melting…OUT

  • Anonymous

    no.  hate the ruffles.

  • Love love love, IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN. Although that hairstyle is some horrible Little House on the Prairie shit.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Turn to page 394… couldn’t help it.

    Anyways, I honestly think the skirt is really ugly. I don’t like tiered skirts at all so…OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I think the top needs more shape, on her if not on the model. Since the skirt is so narrowing toward the bottom (I know, surprising given all the ruffles), the boxy-ish top is making her look top-heavy.

    On the plus side, her ass looks incredible. I give it an IN overall.

  • Anonymous

    In. I completely love it, including the fact that the blouse and skirt don’t quite ‘go’. She looks very pretty to me and just interesting enough.

  • Anonymous

    In, it has personality.

  • It’s a little feather-dusterish but me likey… IN

  • Not a regular schoolmarm. A Fleminco dancer schoolmarm. Or something. OUT>

  • Anonymous

    In. Pretty. Don’t love the Olive Oil hair, but I do love Vera Farmiga.

  • Anonymous

    In. I don’t LOVE it, but there’s certainly nothing to hate here. (Damning with faint praise?)

  • Anonymous

    OUT. To my eye this just doesn’t work very well on her and it’s much better on the model. The skirt loses it’s interest when the wearer is standing still. I hate the hair.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like this isn’t her dress. Someone curvier could rock it better. Somehow Vera and the model look top heavy and out of proportion. Someone with hips and a smallish waist would wear it better. And different hair.

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  • Anonymous

    In – ish. One of those “vulgar” jewels from the Liz Taylor auction would hit it out of the park.

  • Anonymous

    In, unenthusiastically. Waist up it’s a little Virginia Woolf-wannabe and waist down we see the incongruous boho enthusiasm of an intellectual who is on firmer ground in choosing literary heros than clothing. 

    But it does kinda work, and as has been noted, that skirt is probably is waay more impressive in motion.

  • Anonymous

    I really like this! I think the dress looks great. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe someone has said this, but I feel like the top works on the runway because the necklace really looks like an extension for the top and gives it the little zhuzhing that TLo clearly think it needs. Her necklace just looks messy and like an afterthought.

  • Diana Martinez

    Out.  Ugh.  The model has no hips so the skirt falls very differently – it’s horrible to say that, because women are SUPPOSED to have hips and curves and all that, but for this skirt, you really need to be less woman and more coat rack.   Plus, really, it’s just ugly. LOL

  • Miranda Neville

    OUT. That skirt looks good only on a beanpole

  • Anonymous

    I think this is just this side of IN.

  • Nicole Merrill

    I want to love the skirt, but I just don’t. And I hate the top. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  I love this dress.  I think she looks like she goes in a late 1930’s movie.  Love. 

  • Makes her look so very old. OUT.

  • penn collins

    Out….I kept looking at it wondering the same thing… that top with something else, or the amazing bottom with something else… I like the top- alot but not with that skirt….

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  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I think she looks flawless. In.

  • In! I think she looks gorgeous.

  • Out. The skirt is too high-waisted for her. The model has a much longer torso. Plus, all the layers aren’t flattering on her shape. I don’t love it on the model, but it really does nothing for her.