Girl, That’s Not Your … Look: Jennifer Morrison

Posted on March 05, 2012

Sweeties, there is a right way and a wrong way to do certain things. This?

Jennifer Morrison attends The Paley Center For Media’s PaleyFest 2012 Honoring ‘Once Upon A Time’ in Beverly Hills in Theory.

TOTALLY the wrong way.

We love a lady in menswear and we love a lady who can rock some androgyny, but this is both the wrong menswear and the wrong lady. Switch out those black shoes for a pop of shine and color, crop those pants, fit the HELL out of that jacket and undo a couple of buttons in the shirt and we might see this working. But even then, we don’t think she’s the gal for it. In addition, sweetie, we’re begging you: NO DIY MAKEUP ON THE RED CARPET. It doesn’t cost THAT much to get it done professionally. Also, the hair’s kind of interesting but absolutely wrong for a menswear look.

Basically, everything here is wrong.

Now, since we’re ragging on two of its ladystars today and since a lot of people keep asking us about Once Upon a Time, here is the official T Lo opinion: It’s … cute.  It could have been a lot more than that, but ABC went towards more of a Disney/family-oriented route and subsequently, every episode feels like it never quite reaches the potential the story is calling for and the majority (although not all) of the cast is too bland for their roles.  There’s enough story there that we remain caught up on the show, but it’s never proven itself to be appointment television to us. And the horrendous green screening makes V look like Avatar in comparison.



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  • Just looks like the MiB have a new recruit. Federal agents are not red carpet ready.

    • That or she’s one of the Reservoir Dogs.

  • Cameron Crowley

    The episode that aired last night looked like they greenscreened in a scene where the two women were walking on the street.  So odd.

    I like some of it a lot, some not at all. 

    And I agree with the not living up to its potential idea.  Seems like its main quality.  Like, remember how none of them remember anything about their lives before right now?  Where’d THAT idea go?

    • Derek_anny

       I think that kind of changed when Emma decided to stay.  When the clock moved.  And it wasn’t that they didn’t remember their lives, they just didn’t notice that nothing ever changed.

  • moppet

    This reminds me: There’s a Men in Black sequel coming out this summer, no? 

    •  Someone needs to flashy thing us for having to see this outfit. Stat.

      • Lauren Maier

        Love your use of the technical name for the gizmo.  XD

      • NCDFan

        neuralyze and since right after that is the suggestion period to give you a different memory, perhaps, hmm we could get a suggestion of seeing a really hot, attractively dressed, pleasantly behaved person of our choice.

    • MilaXX

       Yes there is indeed. I was just looking at a few stills on AICN

  • kimmeister

    She looks like a Blues Brother reject.

  • I agree. She looks way too much like her character gone Gman. About OUAT–tend to agree with you about its shelf life and most of its characters except Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. He is just beautifully evil all around. Even when he is a sympathetic scene. 

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Rumply is the reason I’m still watching the show. It’s a fine enough show I guess, but there’s nothing like watching a really good actor have fun with a role.

    • I’m just mad ’cause the actor who plays him, Robert Carlyle, had a fantastic, arrogant/evil roll on Stargate Universe, an under-appreciated, unwatched scifi show, now sadly cancelled. So I can’t watch him without being pissed off that he’s not Dr. Rush. Grrrr! This show is crappy in comparison, but I can see that he makes everything just a little bit better.

      • Violina23

        I never watched SGU, but my husband did, and he gets gleefully excited every time he sees Robert Carlyle! I definitely agree, he’s very talented. He’s mastered that evil giggle 😉

  • Emmajanesmith

    I think she looks hot as hell here – like, I want to take her somewhere immediately. I am a lesbian, however, so perhaps she’s just working that angle perfectly in terms of being attractive to the ladies, but seriously, I actually love this look.

    • Sarah Hankins

      I’m also a lesbian who LOVES women in menswear, and I mean straight-up menswear (as long as it is fitted perfectly — no ladies swimming in men’s t-shirts or oversized suit jackets, please).  So I kind of think this is hot.  Pants fit perfectly, jacket isn’t bad, shirt and tie are mostly sharp.  And she’s got that sexy “fuck you, establishment” face going on.  However, I would have preferred less obviously femmey hair and a little more color.  She doesn’t quite pull it off, looks a little like a femme at a costume party rather than a woman truly comfortable in a suit.  I’d still take her somewhere immediately, though.

    • Michaela Tuckova

      yeah, another lesbian here who would hit that so hard right this second. Aside from the make up, which is lackluster, I think she looks fantastic and possibly like sex on a stick.

      She is ACTUALLY rocking the androgyny and genderqueer aspect, instead of the usual “wink wink, sexy woman made even more feminine by putting on menswear” – which is a great look, often hot as hell too, often pretty, but very different. I’m rather disappointed that the latter seems to be the only one accepted* round these parts*.

      *with the obvious exception of SWINTON. Who is, however, SWINTON, and normal rules don’t apply. 

    • amywinns

      Not a lesbian… still like it. Y’all may LOVE it, but I think it’s anything but “all wrong”. Cute, well-fitted, unusual and unfussy. Perhaps a bit underdone for an event honoring a show on which you are the star. But her hair isn’t lazy and we should all have such great DIY makeup (ooh, but a little powder and finishing serum would have really helped take this up to “polished”).

    • Verascity

       I was thinking the same thing! I’m bi and I don’t love the hair or lipstick, but her body looks incredible to me in that suit.

      •  ya completely agree – she looks hot and I love her hairstyle. I would definitely hit it for sure….

      • Sally Brownson

         Wow I was about to write this exact thing further up, but hey, you already did!

      • Leeloo_Multipass

        Joining the chorus of “My thoughts exactly!”

    • M N

      Ahaha, yes!  This bi girl thinks she looks awesomely hot.  But then, this bi girl has worn very similar suits…

    • fashionablylate

      I like it quite a bit too. It fits great and is very understated but classy.

    • Browsery

      Not a lesbian, and I basically agree with TLo.  The knot on her tie is too small, btw, and I never notice things like that.

      Still, it occurred to me that some gay women might like Jennifer Morrison’s look.  It’s good to read the feedback.

    • sweetestsith

       I LOVE the suit on her (its rare to see a girl look that great in a straight up menswear style suit, most of the time girl bodies create awkward wrinkles and lines), but hate the white shirt & tie, it looks too waitressy to me. I want more color in the shirt, a skinny tie, and less brown in the lipsick (that shade does nothing for her). The hair could be more awesome, but I don’t hate it. I feel the same about the shoes.

      That said…unless she is trying to appeal to a less male demographic (and YAY if she is! I’d love to see more variety in hollywood), I don’t think this outfit was the right move on the public persona front.

    • Derek_anny

       She’s got this bi guy’s straight side interested.

  • Love Lana Parilla…  Love, love, love Robert Carlyle.  Agree that they could have done a lot more with the show.  And IMO, Jennifer has rarely ever rocked it on the red carpet.  She needs a new color of blonde, as well.  

  • There’s no wit here, I think is the problem. I’m bored by this.

    • Elizabeth Norris

      Exactly. I feel like if ladystars want to embrace the menswear look (which I am totally in favor of), it should be done with a bit of a wink and a smile, not to mention some sense of style. This just looks like a costume. A boring costume.

  • She looks like one of the cater waiters who got lost and wandered onto the red carpet.

    • uprightcitizen

      My thoughts exactly. Granted, everything fits so rockin’ that she would be the waitress that took home the most tips in whatever place she’s working, but it still reads “wait staff” Switch the jacket for a red one and you’ve got “valet.” As TLO said, some killer shoes and a different hairstyle would have made this go another direction entirely. And the ladies have to play by the same rules as the men … if you’re going to wear a tie, then your collar needs to fit a whole lot better than that one.

  • I just took Once Upon a Time off the DVR last night, halfway through watching the episode live. It was just tiresome — between the mawkishness of half the characters,  the fact that the Queen/Mayor seems to subsist entirely on a diet of scenery, and the fact that they ACTUALLY HAD the Dwarves singing “High-Ho” and dropping all those “Whistle While You Work” references, I couldn’t take it anymore. 

    I may give it another shot, if I’m home on Sunday nights, and nothing better’s on, and I’ve cleared off the DVR, and there’s nothing from the UK that I’m watching on my computer through totally legal and not at all shady means…

    …and I remember it’s on, which is frankly the biggest if of all. I actually forgot about it from week to week until I saw it on the “Scheduled Recordings” queue, which is a terrible sign. Not an interesting or memorable show at all. 

    • MilaXX

      and there’s nothing from the UK that I’m watching on my computer through totally legal and not at all shady means..
      We must be watching the same channel. 🙂

      • In theory I’m totally against piracy; in practice, I just flapped both my hands in the air with excitement that I’m getting to watch the season finale of Whitechapel mere hours after it aired in the UK.

  • Everything about the fitting of this outfit is wrong. But the item that gives me the most eye twitches, is the overlarge shirt collar.  Honey check out some shots of La Dietrich.  THAT woman new how to rock it out.

  • Simply doesn’t work, unless the look she was going for was valet parking attendant.

  • hughman

    I kind of like her look here. I don’t think she’s attempting a “menswear inspired look” as much as just dressing like men do on the RC. Which I think is kind of funny and ballsy and a bit of a FU (which I almost always wholeheartedly endorse). 

    And “Once Upon A Time” is like a Lifetime movie costumed by drag queens. 

    • If she wanted to dress like men do on the RC, she needed to either add a foot of fabric to the hem of her pants, or wear jeans and a wrinkled t-shirt.  She has the hands in the pockets move down pat, though.

  • fungstyle

    I actually think she can pull this type of look off, but she clearly needs some coaching. Here she looks like she’s going to some sort of cross dressing theme party. 

  • cmb92191

    She just got off her shift working the Universal Studios Men In Black attraction.  I guess she didn’t have time to change.

  • nannypoo

    Who the hell is this and why is she dressed as a man? Must google. But first let me run out and get her some blotting papers.

  • My exact thoughts about Once Upon A Time, only yours are much more succinct, incisive and hilar.  But I’m still watching too.  Though last night’s ep almost did me in…

  • JenXer

    It looks like an homage to Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks and not in a good way.

  • mjude

    i have to admit i like it.  no opinion on “once” never have seen it.

  • Anathema_Device

    I love menswear on women, so I’m really bummed out by how badly this turned out. Mostly because I think it will discourage other women from trying it.

  • Yep, the fit of everything is the problem, starting with the collar being too big, the tie being too skinny, The hair is too girly-casual also.  The entire ensemble shouts bartender/waitress who somehow wondered onto the RC.  I know the look well, I’ve sported it a time or two in my checkered past.  I was a waitress/bartender for the university catering outfit in grad school, and I wore something like that, only with a white jacket, black trou, black shiny shoes and bright red socks.  It was after all the 80s ;-), and no, I’ve never been anywhere near a red carpet IRL.

  • well, her hair looks great.

  • NasserShaheen

    What’s this braid thing about? Everyone who does it wrong looks like Heidi. Exhibit A, above. I mean, this is Heidi as a transvestite. And not a hot transvestite.

    • SouthernGirlRena

       I swear I think it is Pinterest.  People are obsessed with complicated braids on that site. 

  • The show is just fluff for me…silly, kind of fun. They could have made it more interesting, but it could have been worse. Now Jen’s outfit here it alright. I hope she wore it in an ironic way if nothing else…

  • MilaXX

    I don’t find the look to be as bad as you guys do. I like the hair/makeup. I think she needs a skinny tie and a pair of killer shoes instead of the basic black pumps she’s wearing. I’d give the outfit a B-. I like the suit and don’t mind that she’s not showing cleavage.

    As for the show. It’s better than all of the other Sunday night offerings ABC has come out with this year, but I agree with the bland casting assessment and the a bit too sweetness of the story lines. I watch every week, but I don’t mind that you guys aren’t recapping.

  • turtleemily

    Scrolldown fug. I like her face and hair. Is it an actual men’s jacket? The arms seem really big.

  • Hmmm it could be improved, but it’s not that bad.

  • SuzBald

    Eh, it’s fine.  For my children.  I have a hard time not laughing aloud at certain INTENSE MOMENTS on the show, and I’m growing very tired of the greenscreen as all here are.   However, I’ll take it, as there are few shows my urchins can watch with us that don’t involve me having to answer complicated questions after I’ve had my evening cocktail.  

    • Violina23

      I’m wondering at what age children migrate from “pumpkins” and “Munchkins” into “urchins” LOL (Mine is 2, and I’m thinking Tasmanian devil..)

  • Lisa

    I think she looks great – the fit is fine, although I will concede, she needs different shoes.  She needs some killer sky-high red pumps, but other than that, I think she did a good job.

    • amywinns

      That would help. And some powder. But I also think she’s been judged a bit harshly.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Where’s Tilda Swinton when you need her? If she did this look, she would have CRUSHED poor Ms. Morrison. 

  • Is it me or does she look like a bleached out Ginnifer Goodwin?

    • RocknLox

      They are mother and daughter, after all.

  • bigeasybridget

    all you said AND black pants/white shirt with NO styling = waiter/waitress

  • R. L.

    I love menswear on women but this looks wrong.  Take a look at Kate Moennig for a look at a modern woman who knows how to wear menswear.  I’ve been watching Once Upon A Time and yawning a lot through it lately.

  • I really don’t mind the look or the show – they both are what they are – but could somebody please put a little powder or something on her face?  

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Is greasy-looking skin supposed to be attractive?

  • Judy_J

    This is too literally MEN’S wear.  There’s nothing feminine at all about this.  And I love men’s wear on women.

  • miagain

    It’s the tie… I think the tie is all wrong.  She’s looking like a Mormon missionary.  Imagine a loosely tied, bright, colorful tie instead.

  • One time during awards season (I can’t remember when, though), Jennifer Morrison looked spectacular. She looked like a real, live, actual  movie star. But she mostly bores me silly. I don’t hate her or anything, and she’s beautiful in the second photo. I just don’t find her interesting.

    The pants fit her ass really well, so there’s that. And I love her lip color. But I hate the tie. It makes the entire look too literal, and like she’s trying too hard. And I see that putting on a man’s suit has taken away her ability to keep her hands out of her pockets. All this time I thought the guys didn’t know what to do with their hands. Now I realize it been the suit’s fault all along. Apparently, a man’s suit has evil powers.

    •  You express my thoughts on her well. She’s a little bit dull. I don’t think the mistakes she may have made in styling etc. drag her down that much, because the range between her worst and best looks is not that great.

  • rafraf25

    It’s ok, I think it’s

  • She puts me in mind of Kirsten Dunst in these pics. Can’t for the life of me put my finger on why.

    • poggi

       Me too.  I think it is the shape of her face and the expression a bit too.

    • rafraf25

      I’ve always thought she looked like Kirsten especially when she started out in House

  • eight_of_nine

    I totally disagree.  Yes, the look could be improved with some colored shoes, but I think she looks chic as hell.

  • bitterk

    Agree, it’s all wrong.  She should study a JCrew catalog if she wants pointers on sporting a skinny suit.  And don’t get me started on those braids…

  • GorgeousThings

    Doorbell rings, and singing begins
    “Hello, My name is Elder Price
    And I would like to tell you about this amazing book….”

    • Violina23

      Thanks a lot, now it’s in my head 🙂  I have tickets… for August. ha! I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Correct! That rustic braid has nothing to do with the already wrongly styled menswear. As for Once Upon a Time – Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold/Robert Carlyle steals the show! Of course all other characters are bland.

  • LANDRU3000

    One word:  Milan.

  • PeaceBang

    Is there an award for Best Commenters on a Blog? Because seriously, Bitter Kittens, you have me giggling and snorting helplessly tonight. I don’t know who this girl is and I have nothing further to add to the critique, because you all have it covered. OUT, even though no one asked (see how well-trained I am?).

  • Violina23

    I enjoy OUAT quite a bit… but I can’t really explain why. Maybe it’s just the escapism aspect of it, it’s a bit of a darker take on the Disney stuff I grew up with (To date myself, I was 8 years old when “The Little Mermaid” came out and I used to cue up my VCR with my best friend and we’d “watch” it together from our respective houses).  

    So… I find every single solitary criticism of the show COMPLETELY justified… but I still enjoy nearly every episode, so they are doing *something* right. But I think the REAL problem is that they are in prepetual exposition mode — we are STILL establishing characters & their fairy-tale counterparts. Once that is done, and the plot actually starts moving (and we find more about the curse, what’s the Queen’s deal, what’s Rumpelstiltskin’s deal…) I think it is going to improve. Or maybe I’m just telling myself that 🙂

    Plus, any actor who can say “I need my pain.. it’s what makes me… GRUMPY” with a straight face deserves an Emmy.

    • formerlyAnon

      Except I’m afraid at a certain point, they’re just going to use one (or at best two) episodes to slap a resolution onto all the exposition and say “ALL DONE!”  Because so far I’m not impressed with how they either bounce off to something new or suddenly get all efficient as soon as any  plot development shows its head.

      • Violina23

        A valid concern — we’ll see I guess! In the meantime, I’m cautiously optimistic, enjoying my fluff 😉

  • aristida_girl

    I think this look would have been much improved by the removal of the tie and a prettier blouse, her features are too delicate for this look, throwing everything off. On a plus note, I like her hair.

  • She looks okay. Some cool shoes and a better makeup job would have helped, but just like too many males on the RC, she needs to take her hand out of her pockets.

  • ccm800

    Once Upon a Time – quit after 5 or six episodes. 

  • Rent a bartender.

  • altalinda

    Though I adore you two, I disagree with you here.  She looks great… and hot!

  • Onymous

    Needs a Pratt-Shelby or Half-Windsor. The Four-in-Hand is a plague on clothing.

    Other than that I like it. It could use a little spit polish but I dig how completely straight shes wearing it. There’s no wink-wink-nudge-nudge.

  • rawrgrowlrawr

    I teach a student-run Mad Men class at my school and two weeks ago I dressed up as Don Draper. It was pretty much this outfit, except mine was perfectly fitted and I didn’t look like a crazy person.

    I am a poor college student. I should not look better than her. Ever.

  • allj

    Agreed on the outfit and agreed on the show. I love her hair, but definitely not for this look. Also, I cringe every time I see her blonde hair– she needs to go back to brunette.

    As for the show, it’s one that I don’t really love but keep watching to see what they’ll do with it. I wish they would get beyond the “here’s the character and how they came to be” episodes and do more with the plot. Right now it just feels like they’re paging through all fairy tales EVER and translating it, but it’s resulting in a bunch of episodes where they explain a character and then you never hear from them again.

    • formerlyAnon

      Perfect summing up of my feelings about Once Upon A Time. Better than I did in my comments.

  • Her hair would look cool if it were a bit less messy. As it stands, it’s a very interesting, complicated braid with some frizzy flyaways. That distracts from the literal menswear aspect of this. She would look better with slicked back hair and kick ass shoes. JMO.

  • Sara__B

    The jacket sleeves need shortening, the shirt collar is too loose, the makeup is thick and greasy, and she desperately needs fabulous shoes and ATTITUDE. This isn’t awful, just dull.

  • Kimmu

    I love it because she’s NOT doing the “ooo I am a sexy lady in menswear that was never intended for men” schtick. It’s a suit. She looks fucking hot in it.

    • formerlyAnon

      ” love it because she’s NOT doing the “ooo I am a sexy lady in menswear that was never intended for men” schtick.”
      Totally agree with this. But IMO, she stopped at dull – see all the references to waiters, valet parkers, etc., and needed a dash of style somewhere. 

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  • judybrowni

    Cater waiter, or valet girl.

  • Bozhi

    A tall slender brunette with long straight hair parted in the middle would be killer in this look.  Jennifer is not the woman for this look.

  • RzYoung

    Kirsten Dunst called….she said you can keep that look.

  • ChristySchiff

    Why didn’t you yell at her to get her hands out of her pockets?  I didn’t know much about menswear before I started on the TLo Red Carpet Course for Bitter Kittens, but now I know that if I find myself on the red carpet in a suit (even a lady suit), I’ll check my hem and get my hands out of my pockets!

  • bluefish

    You two are giving her and the rest of us good advice on the menswear front and honorable mention to the cropped pant and the right hair for the look.  Definitely not the way to do it.

  • formerlyAnon

    It’s artless androgyny. I think it’s cute, but not red carpet impressive. Some women just look feminine because of the face they inherited, no matter how lanky – and if you have that face you have to work really hard with the hair and clothing to achieve something that’s sophisticated or intriguing rather than just looking like a girl in a suit. Looking at her here is like looking at a couple of photos I have of myself, before I figured this out.

    Once Upon A Time is on our home rotation, but it’s something that gets skipped or mixed up with chores. It bounces around too much in tone – mostly ‘is this serious or cutesy tongue-in-cheek’ – and the ability of the actors to make the scenes seem real also bounces around. At its best, the fairy tale scenes feel like those of the Storybrooke scenes which, in their turn, feel like they could be lifted from any quirky t.v. cop/mystery drama. And then they devolve into something that feels like a Nickleodeon Halloween Special.

    But it’s *interesting* in that it sometimes riffs on the fairy tales in unexpected (to me) ways and I wait for the surprisingly satisfying scene. I want to see more of Mr. Gold/Robert Carlyle, and I am sure I will be disappointed in what happens with the Mayor/Lana Parilla. For a while I thought she might have an interestingly ambiguous story arc, but I’ve lost hope. 

    They’ve passed up so many interesting directions in which to take the less prominent characters. I quit thinking much about the plot maybe 23 “well, why didn’t you do this?”s and “REALLY? That’s all you’re going to do to play this one out?”s.

  • When two shows come out at the same time with a similar premise, I usually just pick one to watch.  I went with Grimm, and it’s pretty good.

  • Not all menswear on women has to look “feminine”, this fits well and is a great look.

  • No, no, no, no, T Lo!  I’m not sure I’ve ever disagreed with you two more.  I don’t love everything about this– there is something twee about the braids and I think those pants shouldn’t be as tight as they are– a straight leg would be more classic and classy.  But otherwise, I think she looks stunning, and hot.  Her make-up looks great to me and she’s working that menswear.  And NO to fitting the hell out of the jacket.  It’s menswear, it’s not supposed to be body-hugging. It’s a different kind of sexy.  This is just the right amount of baggy, enough to give it that androgynous look.  Same for unbuttoning the shirt. No. This makes it more menswear and not “sexy” menswear.  

    I admit I’m a huge sucker for menswear, though.