Evan Rachel Wood in Jason Wu

Posted on March 06, 2012

Jennifer Morrison? THIS is how you do it:


Evan Rachel Wood attends Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball 2012 in NYC in Jason Wu.

Jason Wu Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Tao Okamoto

This concludes our lesson for the day.

Okay, fine. We’ll talk some more. Her hair’s pretty bad and the makeup’s consumptive, but our point to Miss Jennifer was that if you’re going to wear menswear or menswear-inspired styles, it needs to be fitted to your lady self. Look at how much better those pants and shoes look than Jennifer’s attempts. People will assume, as they are wont to do, that we’re suggesting she girl up her look a little, like Evan did here, but that’s not necessary. If JenMo or any other gal wants to rock a literal menswear look right down to the button-down shirt and skinny tie, go right ahead. Just make sure it fits you correctly and pick the right pair of shoes. That’s all we’re asking.

Also, hair. But that’s another story.


[Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Amnesty International, elle.com]

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  • Hot Hot Hot

  • Hot Hot Hot

  • for some reason i like the bad hair, but overall, it’s a sharp, great look!

  • for some reason i like the bad hair, but overall, it’s a sharp, great look!

    • NC_Meg

       Yea, I don’t mind the hair either. The rest of her looks so great I don’t even care.

    • bellafigura1

      I love the hair!  Something different!  I’ve said it before, she’s got a toned-down Swinton vibe going, and I don’t think it’s an accident.

  • Yay! ER Wood has done it again. Who them other betches how to do things right. I even like the hair. Rock the androgyne!

  • Yay! ER Wood has done it again. Who them other betches how to do things right. I even like the hair. Rock the androgyne!

  • NurseEllen

    I like everything about her look, especially the shoes…..I have a real weakness for animal prints.  Her hair doesn’t bother me at all!  Nice going, ERW.

  • Honestly, I like the makeup. But that’s probably because it’s a relatively refreshing change from her usual troweled on cosmetics. Also don’t mind the hair. It’s a pretty great look for her all around. 

    • mshesterp

      Yep, I’m liking the whole thing, head to toe, face/hair included!  ERW really does some great stuff on the red carpet.  She’s fun to watch.

      • Qitkat

        Agreed. It’s also a confidence thing; she always looks so self-assured without being *here I am, take it or leave it*.

  • It must be a suit thing and the RC.  Hands in pockets?!?  🙂

    • My first thought upon seeing the photo.

  • I’m NOT a fan of animal print but the shoes work here, and I like her make up picking up the hue form the shoes although her eyes are doing some weird things there. 

  • I think it’s fair to say that if you’re going to do menswear looks, you do need to girl it up a little.  If you want to crossdress as a man literally, fine, but that’s a different thing than being a woman doing a masculine look.  You are still female and your clothes should look like they came from YOUR closet and not your boyfriend’s.

    • Onymous

      I don’t see why that’s fair at all. Yes it should look like it came from your closet, in that it should actually fit you, but there’s  reason why it needs to be girled up.

    • JosephLamour

      I don’t agree. This blog seems to have a tendency to want to girly up girls. Which is fine, of course. Yes, it should look like it came from your closet, but the fact that you said “boyfriend’s closet” shows that you’re not thinking of women who desire to look masculine. Here’s a good example of what Jennifer Morrison should be thinking about should she desire to wear a suit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amanda_smith/5992184726/in/photostream or http://beatboxgoesthump.tumblr.com/post/18829878443/femmeinnest-go-to-outfit-of-choice#notes The girl on the right (in the 1st pic, alone in the second) is dressed pretty much how I dress, in the same brands and male clothes, and yet she still retains a level of style. WIthout looking like she stole it from her boyfriend. That was a lot of typing, but the way that the Jennifer Morrison post was written didn’t really sit well with me for some reason. Brain vomit, I apologize everyone!

    • Michaela Tuckova

      That is not fair, that is bullshit. I am sorry to be crass but you’re being extremely heteronormative, offensive and bordering on bigoted. Newsflash: some people are queer. Newslash number two: there are even some queer people that aren’t anything like TLo. 

      I don’t think you set out to be offensive but I suggest you educate yourself a bit.

      • It’s absolutely fair for her or anyone else here to state their preferences as to how people should dress. It’s kinda half the point of this blog.

        And you really need to work on your approach and follow-through.

        • Michaela Tuckova

          I did not read that as someone stating a preference (as in, “I like it better if XY”, or even “XY looks better”). The original poster stated, almost literally, that if one is female one can only dress [traditionally] feminine, with the only possible caveat of outright cross-dressing, and whilst menswear-inspired looks are possible, “it is fair” to expect that they are made feminine.

          In that, they took it away from a question of style and personal preference to an issue of gender normalization, further highlighted by the “your boyfriend” comment. That’s offensive. The implications that reach far further than fashion are even more offensive. I do think that comment came from a place of ignorance rather than conscious sexism and I don’t wish the poster ill in any way (hence insulting the concept, not the person) but that doesn’t make the comment less offensive as it stands.

          You are right that my approach or the wording of the comment wasn’t thought-out well or as thorough as it could and perhaps should have been. I was rushing out the door but wanted to leave a reaction. Anyway, I have the time and space for a follow through now so here it is; I will assume here that you actually are reacting to my comment on Jennifer Morrison’s post as well, which is why I’ll refer to it as well, and I’m sorry if that’s not actually the case.

          There are at least two ways for women to wear what is traditionally regarded as menswear in a fashion-conscious context. The first and far more common is what Evan Rachel Wood above is rocking: a way that contrasts their obvious femininity for a striking and sexy look. It’s awesome. The second is to conceal rather than accentuate the female figure (which doesn’t mean the clothes don’t *fit*, just that they fail to highlight certain curves), going for a look that is far more gender neutral or androgynous, playing with the viewer’s perception of male and female. That’s what I perceived Jennifer Morrison to be doing (and rocking), and it’s also awesome, but not nearly as common in mainstream pop-culture. It’s often rocked by queer women as a part of their gender expression; sometimes as a conscious statement, sometimes because they’re just plain comfortable and happier in it.

          To be told that your style and way of dressing is wrong, yucky, and shouldn’t be done, not because it looks bad or isn’t tasteful, etc, but simply because you are still female and have to show it? It sucks. And it brings up more questions: why? Why do you *have* to follow a set of rules for girls – to make others more comfortable as they can label you “female” and go on about their business? The poster used the phrase “fair to say” – who is that fair to? Keep in mind I am talking about people who are as a group already marginalized and pushed away from the public eye.

          That’s what I was (clumsily, I’ll admit) referring to in my second “newsflash” in the comment above: grudgingly, mainstream culture has accepted the existence of gay people, but only as long as they fit the stereotype of a “queen” – hence Tom and Lorenzo, the two guys blogging about fashion – or the “white suburban lesbian”. That’s it. There’s nothing wrong with either, except for pretending that now we’ve expanded our comfort levels to them, we are accepting of everyone and anyone who doesn’t fit those slightly expanded ideas of normal is just doing it wrong. 

          I don’t care about being bitchy about a celeb’s fashion choices, especially as said celebrity will never read this. I am bothered if a space that I (and others) come to for enjoyment and entertainment gets dismissive or somewhat hostile to a group, though. You guys are usually very, very good with issues like that: judgement towards women’s bodies, personal attacks or insults, etc, and I don’t mean to imply otherwise. However, I think this is one of those issues.

          tl;dr: women who don’t dress traditionally feminine are not doing it wrong. They are just doing something different.

          •  Stating a fashion preference is not being “dismissive or hostile to a group.”

            And “She’s not doing it wrong; she’s just doing something different” could quite literally be applied to every single celebrity fashion post on this site – and there are thousands. This site is all about stating your fashion preferences. We’re fully supportive of anyone who wants to debate them, but flipping out on people and claiming they’re being “hostile” just because they like ladies to wear their suits a certain way is a bit much, and not particularly fair to our commenters.

          • Michaela Tuckova

            You are still female and your clothes should look like they came from YOUR closet and not your boyfriend’s.”

            The above is, in my eyes, more than a fashion preference. And, just so I’m making myself perfectly clear, I called this entire *space*, ie, the blog with the sum total of its comment, dismissive or somewhat hostile to genderqueer or androgynous expression.

            As for the rebuttal – that I could say anyone is simply doing their own thing – that would work were the style in question not an actual *style* worn by thousands of women every day. A commenter above already linked to examples; you’re probably familiar with Dani Campbell, “futch” is becoming an actual fashion term now. To say that a certain androgynous look or outfit (or the entire style) is not pretty or not your cup of tea is one thing. To protest that it’s not feminine enough is… well, it’s something else.
            (and, for the record, that’s exactly what you suggested Jennifer Morrison does: girl it up, in a way – alter the fit of the garment to show off her bust and legs. In terms of sizing, the suit fit her fine on my screen)

            Anyway, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we’re not going to reconcile on this point. If you consider my comments inappropriate or outside of the scope of your blog, you don’t need my sayso to delete them, but I stand behind what I said (although I do wish I worded the first comment more thoughtfully). I will probably continue to flip out in reaction to being told “you are female and your clothes better show it”, much as I flip out in reaction to any other kind of “you are female and therefore you should X”.

          • You can find comments here to the effect of “I don’t like women in pants,” “I don’t like women in skirts,” I don’t like MEN in skirts,” and “I don’t like men in shorts,” among many, many other examples. You can also find many, many examples questioning the masculinity of femininity of certain looks. You’re being fairly selective in your outrage and you’re singling one person out when she hasn’t said anything that hundreds of others haven’t said here. Disagree if you want; debate the point and offer your own take. But don’t come down like a ton of bricks on someone just because you disagree with them.

          • Michaela Tuckova

            I think you’re missing my point, though. I will never take an issue with someone saying “I don’t like X”, whether I agree or disagree. That is very different from the statement I took issue with. Consider a mirror version: “If you’re male, you should dress the part and not wear pink – your clothes should look like they came out of your closet, not your girlfriend’s!” – is the statement offensive? Naive and ignorant? Pretty stupid to say to a gay couple? You tell me. Similarly, I have no problem discussing masculinity or femininity of anything, but I have a huge problem with being told “you are being [too much/not enough] [masculine/feminine] AND THAT IS BAD because you are [male/female]”.

            Tom and Lorenzo, I am being selective because I read here selectively. You guys generate a lot of comments and most of the time I come to your blog to look at pretty pictures, not read through the comments – who has the time (or even interest) – and even then, I usually happily play the lurker. That said, I really don’t see how that invalidates (or really, what it has to do with) what was said. I didn’t respond negatively to anyone else, so I can’t respond negatively to one person in particular? 

            The fact that I was harsh to the original poster is a separate matter, and I see your point on that; well, I still think it was a reaction appropriate to the statement, again, flipping out in reply to something very offensive to me. However, if you want to maintain a code of conduct in your blog comments, that is your prerogative, and I’ll happily abide by it (or not comment). I do wish the original poster would chime in with their feelings on the matter though. 

          •   “If you’re male, you should dress the part and not wear pink – your
            clothes should look like they came out of your closet, not your
            girlfriend’s!” – is the statement offensive? Naive and ignorant? Pretty
            stupid to say to a gay couple? You tell me”

            Yes to all of that. It is also something that has been said here before – and many times. “Sorry, guys. No straight man would wear this. And I wouldn’t want him to!” “Sorry, guys. These are clothes for gay men.” “Sorry, guys. These look like women’s clothes and I don’t know about you, but that’s not the way I want men to dress.”

            If you don’t know that; fine. We’re letting you know now. Fashion discussion will inevitably uncover some things about gender expectations and we welcome that debate, but give people some room to breathe and express themselves. Open the topic up without jumping down people’s throats.

          • Michaela Tuckova

            Fair enough. Do you want me to amend the original comment or leave it for the sake of this giant thread of doom making any sense?

          • It’s up to you.

            And thank you.

  • prettybigkitty

    At first glance I thought it was Kirsten Dunst.  Regardless, very well done.

  • xmixiex

    F I E R C E.  i even like the hair.  hmph.

  • RocknLox

    Queen Sofie Anne on a business trip.
    What kind of hair would you suggest? She has the same do the model is rocking.

    • Qitkat

      The model’s hair is sleek; on ERW it looks like the baby birds in the nest are stretching up to get the worms from momma.

  • Very cool.  But, not perfect.  She kills the other girl’s attempt.  But, ERW could do this a bit more fiercely for sure.  She seems kinda cozy here.  I like it, it’s just not the “nails” look you could achieve with menswear – especially from ERW who could totally push this and pull it off.  I wish the shoes were more.. something.  Not sure what. 

  • Bozhi

    Why are her hands in her pockets?  Where is her purse?

    Otherwise, cute.

  • crackineggs

    She looks great.  I like the equestrian vibe.

  • Cathy S

    Nice. The hair’s the first thing I noticed, but now I’m just looking at her from the neck down and she looks fab, better than the model.

    • She looks happy. Model looks hungry.

  • HengRu

    Well done! ERW is a credit to her alma mater, the Marilyn Manson Finishing School for Young Divas. 

    • best comment ever. he sure does have good taste in ladies, doesn’t he? 

    • I want a Fashion Face Off between Dita and EWR.  Was Rose McGowan part of the school as well?  Too lazy to google it.

      • HengRu

        Yes, she was the first star pupil.

  • Anathema_Device

    Yes, much better. She lLike the other kittens, I like the hair. My only quibble is that the pants look a bit too tight. Maybe it is b/c of her hands in the pockets? I just think a bit more room in the pants would have given the look a sharper line in the bottom.

  • formerlyAnon

    I tend to like my androgynous girls in killer, but non-stiletto boots.  Stacked or flat heels.

  • sweetestsith

    But…when its fitted to a female body it looks femme. Girls tend to be girl shaped, and thats just what happens. I also adore this suit, but has a very very different feel to Jennifer’s. J’s looks like it could be worn by a boy (a teen perhaps, but still), ERW’s clearly could not be. ERW looks hot & female, Jennifer looks more genderbendy.

    While I’m skeptical about Jennifer going for that on purpose (very skeptical), I don’t think her suit fit badly. ::shrugs:: If she wasn’t going for genderbendy, it was a bad choice, but that isn’t (imho) the same as a bad fit.

  • “makeup’s consumptive” – I never thought that I would read this in this century. It’s so 19th century! Love your prose, TLo!

  • sarahofalessergod

    Love it.  Except for the shoes.  I’m not sure leopard works so well with the overall look.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Essentially, below the neck, she’s fierce and flawless. Over the neck, too bad.

  • mjude

    i think her jacket looks to tight?

  • kimmeister

    I would’ve gone w/ a different blouse, but that’s a minor thing.

  • miwome

    I hate the shoes, but otherwise, glorious.

  • MilaXX

    I think the jacket is a hair too tight, but I like the makeup

  • Way too tight.

  • Browsery

    This look leaves me cold.  Jennifer Morrison’s look wasn’t a complete success,  but it had more integrity. It was true menswear.

  • nannypoo

    Really great. She has a great camera face, doesn’t she?

  • janetjb

    That’s a beautiful jacket and ERW wears it well.

  • Judy_J

    Cute, but the jacket looks a bit too snug.  Love the shoes.

  • Jecca2244

    Perfect. and really the hair isn’t bad. Does she confess to a stylist or is this all her?

  • Totally agree. I love the suit so much it made me sad to see Jennifer M. yesterday. Thanks for perking me back up!

  • pepper76

    I can’t believe this chick is only 25. 

  • BeeBeauNYC

    It’s almost totally fierce except for the hair. Love the outfit though. She can bring bad-assery when she needs to! 

  • alyce1213

    I dislike the shoes and I don’t understand why she’s standing with her legs planted so far apart — 4-6″ inches closer together would have made a better line, especially for the pants.  Otherwise, it’s okay.  Not great, okay.
    She’s really got a beautiful face.

  • Susan Crawford

    OK. The pants/blazer and leopard shoes? Effing perfect. Hair? Not so much. Make-up? I actually thought it was pretty great – understated, fresh-faced and emphasized her porcelain complexion. GO, ERW!

  • DesertDweller79

    Jacket is a little tight around her waist.  Otherwise I really like the look.

  • Rand Ortega

    Dammit! Just when I was ready to defend J Morrison, here comes ERW to blow the roof off. I wish the lip color had a little more pop, but other than that, BAM!

  • I like the hair.

    And she is my new fence-jumper.

  • EditKitten

    She looks so fresh here — like the definition of “lit from within.” Love it.

  • EditKitten

    She looks so fresh here — like the definition of “lit from within.” Love it.

  • In my heart I don’t think Jennifer Morrison cares. This woman does. 

    • amywinns

      Cares how? Cares whether we like it? Cares about how she looks? Cares about making a statement?
      I’m curious what you meant, though I would disagree that JM “doesn’t care” about the last two of these three, at least.

  • ccm800

    Neck down: winner. Neck up: sinner. 

  • How cute that she even did the typical Red Carpet Dude pose – legs apart, hands-in-pockets! Why can’t anyone ever rest their hands by their sides so I can appreciate the cut?

  • fiestyfashionfem

    But, wait, is it okay for women to pose with their hands in their pockets?  Serious question – TLo – your precious unborn fawns NEED to know!

  • S R

    I’m not crazy about the hair, but have no problem with the make-up here. She looks hot.  

  • marywv

    Fabulous, fabulous. LOVE the shoes. Hair needs to go – it’s dyed Manic Panic lemonade.

  • That hair is killing me, it really is. The rest of her looks fab, though.

  • PeaceBang

    Milan, are you listening!!!??!? ERW, I bow to you, girl. FABULOUS. I don’t even care about the hair because the rest of you is so delicious.

  • Sara__B

     ERW doesn’t just stand there; she POSES —  with confidence, energy, and attitude. She makes the whole package work, from hair to shoes, even if every little bit isn’t perfect. (I hope that “photo op mouth” hasn’t come to stay. They all do it, and I don’t know why.)

  • Lisa

    Before I even read a single word, I thought, “They’re going to bring up Jennifer Morrison!”, LOL!   And even though I liked Jennifer Morrison’s look, I will concede that this is WAY better!  Love this to bits!

  • littlemissstrange

    VERY nicely played but I would’ve loved it a lot more with some more androgynous makeup. And perhaps without the leopard pumps. But she looks fantastic and a bit like a female dandy.

  • amywinns

    I think JM’s and ERW’s looks are similar in category, but quite different in intention and effect. So it’s not really an apples-to-apples better/worse. It’s more like oranges and grapefruits. I happen to like this look very much, but it’s not like “oh, that ‘fixes’ JM’s ‘problems’.”