In or Out: Michelle Trachtenberg in Bec & Bridge

Posted on March 12, 2012

Good morning, darlings! We’re running very late today because it’s Monday, because our inner clocks haven’t been reset along with our outer ones, and because it’s Monday. Also, because it’s Monday.

But we can think of no better way to jump into the day and get all our little bitchy synapses firing than criticizing a celebrity for her clothing choices. It’s why God put us on this earth, kittens.

Michelle? Why don’t you come on out and show these nice people what you chose?

Michelle Trachtenberg attends the screening of “Bully” in NYC in a Bec & Bridge dress paired with Brian Atwood shoes. Coat by Tory Burch. Clutch by Stella McCartney.


Okay, let’s start with the good: that coat. It’s gorgeous. Love (what looks to be) the patent leather trim, brass buttons and huge lapels. Every inch a kickass coat. The dress appears to be a standard LBD; no complaints there. The tights just make good sense if it’s chilly out and besides, visually, it works well with the almost-white coat. So all of the basic garments that make up the bulk of the look are great. Once again, it’s the detailing that disappoints. That pin-straight center part really needs to go. Her eye makeup seems to have wandered in from another face because everything else is fresh and clean but her eyes look like she’s been sporting that eyeliner for a couple of days. The chain around her neck was probably chosen to give the look some edge but it’s not working and it just looks incongruously heavy. And finally, those booties, which have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the outfit, make us cry.


Vote Now!


IN! That coat’s enough for me!

OUT! Style’s about more than picking out a coat, honey.

Elizabeth Olsen’s velvet suit wasn’t funky enough for the Bitter Kittens, who crankily voted it OUT.


[Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]

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  • sagecreek

    OUT, credit to the booties.

    And just as an obligatory nod to MT’s Whedonesque past, those booties look just like Doyle when he sneezed.

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    • girliecue

      Joss Whedon rules! There should be a TV channel “Just Joss”.

    • LOL!!!!!! True. So true. Sigh, I miss Doyle.

  • in! I’m going to give her the benefit of a doubt and hope that those shoes go better with whatever is under the fabulous coat…

  • Beardslee

    Out.  Scrolldown fug.

  • Jessi03

    Love the coat, but OUT.  Also, she looks sad.

    • EveEve

      OUT. The coat is in, but the coat isn’t hanging by itself on a hanger, now, is it? Seriously, would it hurt to smile for the camera darlin’? What the hell are you there for if you’re not going to work it?

  • OUT. I like her, but this is just diabolical. 🙁

  • homespunner

    For all the reasons stated above.
    And Michelle: Stand. Up. Straight. Your slouch is killing that coat.

  • finnishmaria

    I don’t mind the eye makeup, but the shoes… ugh, they just push it over the edge. out.

  • OUT. This reminds me of those Fashion Plates tracing toys—different head, torso, legs and feet.

    • amywinns

      MAJOR flashback. Wow. Loved those, had totally forgotten about them!

    • rkdgal

      Don’t forget the fabulous patterns on the flipsides!  My favorite childhood toy, hands down 🙂

  • MilaXX

    I’ve already had to tell 2 people off this morning so I’m not in a forgiving mood. Also? Monday.
    OUT – She can do better. Basic template of the dress/coat/tights is pretty good and then she fug’d it up.

  • I was loving it until I got to the shoes…  it’s like the Fug Girls’ call a scroll down fug.  I just…  I can’t.  I normally love her, but this is OUT.

  • 3boysful

    Aw, c’mon, TLo, she followed you mantra about not wearing matchy shoes, didn’t she?  😉

    OUT.  (But cute coat.)

  • I cant stop staring at the shoes. And for that reason, I give it an IN. 

  • Judy_J

    The shoes did it for me.  OUT.

    • I’m with you on that…OUT.

  • sarahofalessergod

    I’ll pretend the photos cut off at the knee, and I’ll give her a semi-delusional IN on the basis of that glorious coat.

  • LongTall_Sally

    OUT, though if the photographer had cut off her feet it would have been an in.  

  • IN – I like everything but the shoes, and since it’s Monday we’ll pretend she was too tired to know which shoes she was grabbing. 

  • janetjb

    Those shoes are enough for an OUT from me.

  • Yulie29

    The coat deserves an in. The styling deserves an OUT. Therefore, she is out. 

    That eyeliner is hideous. 

  • I dunno, maybe the makeup and hair is so she will look “serious” at this particular event.  Certainly she is marshaling a “kick yr ass” vibe here.  Perhaps that’s why the studded booties happened. low level in.

  • TAGinMO

    I actually like everything above the ankles. And the shoes are kinda kickass in their own right, albeit completely incongruous here.

    IN, I say, but I’m clearly going to be outvoted.

  • ringthing

    Love the coat but she’s styled a bit like Avril Lavigne, which makes this an out for me (along with the bedroom slippers.)

  • Jecca2244

    I feel like those booties are meant to be worn with straight leg jeans. or maybe  a super tight pencil skirt? not a dress.

  • guestela

    Out. Wrecked the fabulous coat with just about everything else she chose.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Coat=IN, Shoes + Slouch=OUT, the OUTS take it….

  • Scarlet39

    May I give her an IN simply because this post starts to knock that Vogue Italia pic out of prominence? No? 

    Ok, then based just on the merits of the outfit, she’s OUT.  I could live with the hair and even the slightly wonky eye makeup, but those booties just completely ruin it. 

  • aimee_parrott

    Blech.  Scrolldown fug, for sure.  I could forgive the middle part, and the necklace.  But the shoes?  There is NO excuse for those shoes.  OUT.

  • Lizzyisi

    O-U-T for assault on a beautiful coat.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I can forgive all but the shoes. But those shoes–wow! OUT

  • lalahartma

    Love the coat, but OUT.

  • Sunshine16

    Give me those booties with a kickass pair of skinny jeans & a t-shirt.  Here, they pain me & get Michelle an OUT

  • howdoilook

    Here’s me scrolling through the outfit: Cute, cute, cute, EW.


  • OUT for the shoes alone. Oh my.

  • I could abide the necklace. Maybe the hair. But she lost me at the booties. It’s a shame because the coat is so cute. 
    Ultimately, it’s a Big, Fat, OUT.

  • SapphoPoet

    OUT for the hedgehog booties and the bicycle chain necklace. 

    Also, because the introduction of Dawn made Buffy jump the shark. (I know it’s not Michelle’s fault, but I am still bitter about that.) 

  • miwome

    Outy-outy. The shoes are what really ruin it for me.

  • PastryGoddess

    OUT….that coat does NOT save your outfit honey.  Maybe next time

  • I actually like it all except for the shoes. Did she pick the wrong pair as she was running to the limo or something?

  • OUT – I hate everything single thing about those THINGS on her feet.

  • Jennifer Hejtmánková

    Love the shoes, just not with this outfit….

  • mardia

    I was loving the entire look, to the point why I was wondering why it was an In-or-Out Post, and then I scrolled down and saw the shoes.

    Reponse: “Oh. Ohhhh.”

    Out. Normally I would ignore mismatched shoes for a coat that fabulous, but–those shoes are like a black hole. Your gaze immediately gets sucked away from everything else, and taking attention away from that kickass coat is a crying shame.

  • In. except for booties!  Why michelle?  why?

  • Dhammadina

    Coat is strong enough overall to warrant an IN from me. The booties are so dark a purple that until I stared at them, they just blended into her tights so they didn’t bother me too much. 

    I have loved MT since she was Buffy’s little sister Dawn on the late lamented Buffy Vampire Slayer. 

  • Shoes are a little whackadoo, but come on!! They aren’t nude peep toes! I say IN!

  • Cheri Lee

    OUT. She probably thought that no one would dare criticize the shoe choice since she is standing up against bullying…wrong sister girl!

  • Cathy S

    I love the coat. The rest of it is Out. Can I just give the coat an In?

  • IN
    (mostly – the shoes are tragic)

  • miagain

    If we say OUT does that make us bullies?

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Sorry, but it has to be OUT!
    Buy the girl a mirror.

  • quiltrx

    OUT.  The burlap clutch and booties ruin it.

  • NCDFan

    My first thought was she looked inappropriately dressed for the office. From a distance those shoes look like bedroom slippers. OUT

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    So close, but OUT.

  • Out based on the shoes. I love the coat, though, good job on that. I don’t think that this is horrible, but it just doesn’t parse well. Close, in other words.

  • Scrolldown fug if I ever saw one. Out, solely because of the horrid shoes.

  • altalinda

    Out for the hair and the shoes.

  • SewingSiren

    IN! from the top of her head to the tip of her spiky little toe. 

  • crackineggs

    It would sadden me to give this wonderful coat an out.  I will look at her from a distance and squint and give her an IN.

  • MzzPants

    NO!  I was fine until the shoes.  I draw the line at shoes.  OUT.

  • annebrad

    It’s Monday, I loathe the time change, and those booties made me scoff. Go try again Michelle. I’ll be waiting. OUT.

  • Judih1

    Out. You said it sister -style is more than picking a killer coat!

  • L.

    OUT!  Those awful, leg-truncating shoes!

  • nancy

    Out. The boring hair, awful eye makeup and shoes just kill the look of that beautiful coat, so I’ll take it off her hands…

  • serenitynow02

    The coat is In, but the overall styling is so very OUT. 

    She looks like she is wearing little blue sea urchins on her feet. That might be amusing with something else, but not this gorgeous coat.

  • No matter what she wears, she will always be out to me for portraying the awful, annoying little sister in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ugh. Plus her face looks weird in these pictures. What’s wrong with her lips and cheeks? Faux duckface?

  • jw_ny


    Michelle was thinking that the blue booties would be the pop of color that is needed…she was wrong.  Black boots/shoes would have looked much better with the tights.  The pop could/should have come in the purse…but perhaps that coat is pop enough.  Otherwise, she looks good, aside from the eyeliner. 

  • I like it, save the shoes. I say IN because the coat is so damn amazing, even though the shoes are so utterly horrifying.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out, but barely. The flat hair with the big coat makes her look like a pinhead. And the booties are tragic.

    Horrible bookends to kickass middle still equals an out. It is like the first and last impressions overwhelm the cool coat.

  • fungstyle

    out – all the detailing is a misguided attempt to make a classic look edgy. 

  • fireontiger

    Those shoes are enough to kill it completely. OUT.

  • AudreysMom

    OUT. I was drawn in by the coat and left with the eye makeup.

  • Bree The Vole

    IN because the coat is enough for me, I was the rare Dawn fan in Buffy fandom and damn, she grew up gorgeous.

  • CQAussie

    The coat is gorgeous.  The clutch is cute too.  The rest of the outfit a bit drab but I get it.  She should have gone with a funky necklace for the pop of colour.  I really despise the shoes, they are awful.  I’m voting IN though cuz she got it 90% right.

  • AlexisPayne

    Out, the shoes kill an otherwise cute outfit.

  • Greg Yoder

    I tried really hard to give her an in because I think everything from the ankles up is somewhere between great and acceptable, but MY GOD THOSE SHOES. 


  • Out. Did she forget the shoes she was supposed to wear? It was an in until I got to her feet.

  • ccm800

    Out. Maybe she walked in a mud puddle and needed to borrow some real quick – she should have stopped at Payless instead, she would have done better. 

  • marilyn

    Out.  Bad colors for her.  Black and cream.  Difficult for anyone to wear.  The cream is wrong for her skintone.  If she is going to wear primarily black, her makeup needs to be more intense.  Daylight, neutral makeup with so much black makes her look sickly. 
    The cream is an off color in the mix, and makes her skin look pasty. 

    The style of the coat really ages her.  It should be worn by a much older woman.

    Also, she needs to do  something with that hair-more than washing and airdrying.  The sixties are over.

  • mike__tv

    MY subconscious say IN. 

  • I still think of her as Buffy’s suddenly there and annoying as hell little sister, but I’m trying not to hold it against her. That being said, those booties are killing an otherwise okay look. OUT.

  • girliecue

    A walking, talking illustration of one of my pet peeves. A “pop of color” is not 1) always necessary, and/or 2) not always necessarily a good idea, 3) defaulted to shoes. There are other accessories that can be used, if one really thinks a “pop of color” is still de rigeur, and 4) should never be deployed automatically. Thought IS required.

    OUT, OUT damned “pop of color” fugly booties. Which, experts agree is what Shakespeare meant when he wrote “Out, out damned spot.”

  • hearkentoit

    In, because the look is working for me overall, but I hate those shoes.

  • Jasmine Moten

    I love those booties, but not with this look AT ALL.

  • I hate it when we start the week disagreeing but I have to disagree. IN. Aside from the bad hair and eyeliner, I love the whole get-up. Including the necklace and even the booties. 

  • Sophie Collier

    OUT, because she really ruined a great outfit with the worst choice in shoes.  Totally kills the look.  

  • formerlyAnon

    OUT. All your criticisms are spot on. You neglected to add that the clutch adds nothing, and, at least for me, its woven straw appearance is the antithesis of edgy and also looks summery.

    But it IS a beautiful coat.

  • Sara__B

    Out. That’s a fabulous coat, but Morticia Addams hair and makeup only look good in movies and Charles Addams’ comic strip, and colored shoes with black tights will always look wrong to me. 

  • Joyce VG

    Couldn’t agree more.  What a beautiful coat.  The coat is in.   The rest is OUT.

  • SatelliteAlice

    Out due to the shoes.

  • crash1212

    IN. Because I love everything (including the booties) from the neck down. The hair and make-up are so bad as to defy description except for the magic descriptive powers of T & Lo. That is one kick-ass coat.

  • If you cut off her head and her legs (below the knee), she’d be in. I think that’s a bit drastic, though, so I’m going to say out. The coat is still gorgeous!

  • brookeinmn

    This one’s easy: OUT! The dark tights with the booties just make her legs look so short.  

  • OUT, simply because of the booties.  Looks terrible with everything else.

  • Hate the clutch, HATE the shoes, eh on the hair, love everything else. Well, except for her oddly plastic cheeks. Regardless, I think there’s enough right here to earn her an IN.

    Now run along, Dawnie, before a demon catches you.

  • lucasuk82

    In – I don’t mind the necklace and that coat trumps the weirdness of the shoes.

  • Out! Even though the coat is nice, the overall look is not good.

  • lizajane1776

    Sad that one thing so overshines the rest of a great outfit and brings it down. This reminds me that I hate booties. Different cut, different color for that POP would have been a much better choice.


  • OUT!  As much as I love the coat (and I do love it), those boots make my eyes twitch.

  • Call me Bee

    OUT.  Love the coat, dislike the rest.  Those booties could be killer–on someone else wearing something else. 

  • Adriana_Paula

    Yeah, the necklace and the shoes gots to go.  Out.

  • Farthingale

    This photo has pushed center-parted, flat-ironed hair into the “tired” and “overdone” category for me. It’s dragging her face down and is too linear and structured to look well with such a structured coat. She looks costume-y and made-up, not effortlessly chic and interesting. Terrible, cliche styling. I don’t think a change of hairstyle would have redeemed the shoes, but a high ponytail or soft, easy waves would have gone a long way toward bringing some ease and jaunt into this look.

  • demidaemon

    Those shoes are pretty horrid, to the point of eclipsing what is a pretty good outfit. IN, but just barely.

  • Out, the coat is fantastic but not enough to cancel out those booties.

  • In.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT. Agree with you completely. It’s the finishing touches that ruin the look. This coulda, shoulda,  been a WERQ.

  • DeborahLipp

    Scrolldown fug. I like everything except the booties but the booties are a NIGHTMARE. In from the ankles up.

  • rketeckt


  • OUT!  If you wince at some point in looking at the outfit, no matter how great the coat, it’s got to be an OUT.

  • I think the coat does excuse all. Taylor M. must have done her makeup. IN!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Oh I was happy with the whole thing and then I got to the booties. WTF, booties!!?!?

  • CatherineRhodes


  • OUT. She just feels off.

  • I’m torn. I love the coat but HATE the shoes. They’re monstruous and I can’t take my eyes out of it so… OUT ! Too bad for the coat. The outfir wasn’t bad really, detailing was ok to me, but the shoes are just too hideous.

  • chelwi

    In. The shoes are the only thing I really don’t like.

  • Except for the shoes, she looks spectacular. But the shoes are so egregious, I gotta say OUT.


    I was so ready to give this an in just based on the top half, and then I scrolled down….OUT

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I love the coat and the dress and the tights with it are fine by me. But the hair… And the booties…  This is a close one for me. 50 points for the coat, 10 for the dress and 10 for the tights, minus 40 for the booties and 30 for the hair… She gets a 0 for the overall look and hence she is OUT.

  • IN.  The shoes and bag suck, but otherwise, she looks good.

  • benjamin478

    IN. She looks stylish and put together enough for an IN

  • StrandedFashionista

    Just no. Because of the shoes. Coat’s cute though. OUT. 

  • another_laura

    Out for the booties, hair and eyeliner.  Mostly for the booties.  no excuse.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Based on hair, makeup and booties, OUT.  If it was just the coat, which I want of course, then in, but sadly, no.

  • Shoes are ugly (might be right with something else) but the fabulousness of the coat cancels them out, so I’ll say IN

  • SheWhoMustBeObeyed

    Out. Agreed on all points except maybe the chain.

  • marywv

    I want to give this an in based on the coat, but everything else is a ridiculous catastrophe. Sorry Harriet the Spy, but you’re OUT!

  • R. L.

    I would  love to say IN but one great piece/dress/coat does not a look make.  OUT.

  • OUT.  Are her eyebrows a different color?  Like, a weird, lighter reddish brown?

  • saanrio


    I have to quibble about the tights.  They would have worked for me in anything but black,  sad to say.  However, the makeup, hair, necklace and shoes need a re-do.

  • NasserShaheen

    In. I don’t have major issues with anything. Yes, the shoes are an odd choice but…

  • greatscoutm

    Out. That coat deserves, nay, demands much better footwear.

  • PeaceBang

    Uh-oh, I think she matched her eyeliner to her boots. Still, she’s young and this is very cute. IN.

  • out…but would have been an in with just about any other shoe…those are just weird and in a strange color to pair with black and off white.  Just strange enough to wonder if the light bulb in the closet blew and she was grabbing shoes in the dark.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    the necklace i think works. makeup is too heavy, hair is a snore, but what kills it and makes it an OUT of outs is the choice of footwear

  • Girl, those are not your accessories.  OUT!

  • OUT. Those booties destroyed what would have been a clean outfit.

  • Violina23

    I can forgive the necklace. I can’t forgive the shoes… They look like purple pin-cushins. I want to say IN because I really love the rest of her outfit, especially the coat. But I can’t do it… stupid shoes! Sorry, my friend, OUT

  • Monabel

    The boots are the most interesting thing she has on.

  • Those booties – why? OUT.

  • RroseSelavy

    In. The coat is divine, and the shoes are terrible with it, but if you had those shoes, admit it, you’d wear them to go to the gym, to pick up your cleaning, to haul out your trash cans, and to your 10:30 business meeting. 

  • It’s BLAH. OUT.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    she needed to choose: outfit or boots. cos the contrast is glaring & makes both look worse than either would look alone. it’s like a bad marriage between two good partners who need to split up so they can figure out what made each of them good again.

  • That’s a scrolldown OUT – got to the studded hooves and audibly yiked.

  • NurseEllen

    This certainly is a classic “scrolldown fug” but the coat is fab and I think it outweighs the godawful pairing of those shoes with it.  I’d love to see the shoes with some other outfit, I bet they look fierce.  Here……not so much.  But I’m still going to give her an IN.

  • DinahR

    OUT – somehow it ended up looking dowdy and the shoes are bad.  Reminds me of when I am late and running to pick up/drop off kids at school. I grab any shoes I find because I think no one is going to see. This is what it looks like when I do, in fact, have to get out of the car.  Also, the all black was a poor choice with her hairstyle.  I really do love the coat though.   

  • Way out. Ugly hair, shoes don’t go with the look at all… and then there’s the fact that I inexplicably can’t stand this girl.

    • bellafigura1

      Me too.  What is it about her?  She just, like, lives that center-part, straight-hair, severe vibe right out loud.  Something about her sets me off!

  • Rebecca Zmarzly

    Big ol’ out, courtesy of them big ol’ spiky blue clodhoppers. Great shoes, but totally not with this outfit.

  • Hair and makeup look awful, like a 15 year old highschooler who’s trying too hard. I like the coat. The shoes absolutely suck with this outfit.

  • OUT because I don’t like it, and also out because she’s at the premiere of a film that is supposed to teach kids about bullying in the hopes that they can not be bullies or stand up to them, and she’s dressed like a bully!

  • lesmaha

    out. those shoes!!

  • Haley Buchanan

    I HATE the shoes… but I LOVE everything from the ankles up so I’m gonna give this one the IN.  The coat is über fab and I actually like that chain necklace a lot with the look – I think it has enough heft to stand on its own against the coat.

  • I don’t like that coat.  It looks like sad Easter coats I had as a child in the 60’s. A sad Easter coat and spiked blue shoes=out.

  • eight_of_nine

    I don’t like the shoes, but the coat is fab enough for an IN.

  • Out. Every time I look at her I see the death of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • Rokesmiths

    Out. This isn’t the thunderdome.

  • JuliaInBlack

    Now I usually like nothing more than a bright, fun shoe but those need to be shot into the sun, immediately. 

    Sorry, cute coat.  You tried.  OUT

  • bailey debruynkops

    the shoes and necklace indeed ruin everything. she should’ve worn tan colored heel boots and a cute ponytail with earrings. out.

  • I liked it until I scrolled down and saw the shoes. Yikes. I’m going to give her an OUT for the styling. 

  • IN. I don’t love the hair or shoes but I think she looks great. That coat is AMAZING.

  • aristida_girl

    Out, a swing and a miss with the boots

  • pokokpuding

    Wrong. Try again. 

  • Derek_anny

     If I scroll the page to just amputate her feet, I really like this.  I’ve never understood people who are adamant against the black/brown combo.  Love the ring.  It would have gotten an IN.

    But she wore those shoes.  They’re incredibly off putting.  Like, baby-starts-crying-during-private-time-with-your-spouse off putting.  They should have been dark grey.


  • j_anson

    Those SHOES!


  • Out.  The shoes did it for me.

  • fashionablylate


  • LOVE the coat, but nothing else in this look.  OUT

  • Yosa Addiss

    Hmm, she should have picked a pop of color with the handbag, not the booties.  Then, the chain could have gone on the booties instead of around her neck.  There fixed.  ROFL

  • Jessica O’Connell

    OUT – she looks like Avril Lavigne in a nice coat. That’s not a compliment.

  • Louise Bryan

    Bah, I think the booties are cute, especially on a young’un.  IN.

  • bitterk

    Killer coat.  Wrong shoe.   Those are club shoes.