Jennifer Lawrence, Girl on Fire

Posted on March 21, 2012

She’s out there, poledancing like crazy for The Hunger Games and she’s not about to stop any time soon. What’s kind of cute about Jennifer is that despite her fame, she still comes off a little un-polished on the style front; very much like the average young woman her age. No one has their style locked in at 21, and if they do, they’re doing it wrong. It’s fun to watch her evolve on the red carpet. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ in NYC in a Raoul dress.

Raoul Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Cute, simple, sassy. The Jimmy Choo shoes are KILLA and her hair is gorgeous. If she makes one consistent mistake, it’s that she tends to overdo it just a little bit with each outfit. Not so here. This is just about perfect.

Jennifer Lawrence poses after making an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in Prabal Gurung.

Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Yes, we’ve reached a point in red carpetry where one is expected to wear two different outfits to a TV show appearance; the one for walking in and the one for the cameras. Honestly, she should’ve stuck with the previous dress. This looks a little stiff and heavy. It’s cute, but not as cute as the LBD she walked in wearing.

Jennifer Lawrence attends the Cinema Society & Calvin Klein Collection screening of “The Hunger Games” in NYC in a Calvin Klein dress.

Calvin Klein Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

See what we mean about not quite as polished as she could be? It’s a really cute dress in a really great color, but it’s obviously not meant to be worn by a gal sporting the kind of boobage she’s sporting. We would have liked to have seen a little bit of jewelry here but then again, she could be wearing the Hope diamond and it still wouldn’t pull focus away from that bustline.


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  • I’m just glad she’s not sporting the yoga hair in any of the outfits. I really like this woman; she’s seems fun and normal.

    • AlinaValero

      i agree! she seems so down to earth and normal and young and fresh. 

    • JimMcC

      And happy! She always looks happy! Like she knew what she was getting into by starring in this movie and is happy to be on the merry-go-round. That goes an enormous way for me.

  • Allyson Wells

    Love her style and love the title of this post! 🙂 

  • SewingSiren

    All three dresses look too small. The first look is intended to be a shift style , but on Jennifer it looks like they added some vertical darts to fit it closer to the body. I think the shift is better for such a short dress, but not bad. At least it’s not shiny.
    Second dress  is obviously meant to be very tight. But I think one size up would have been much better. Third dress way too small. The neckline is opening up too much. It’s a shame because this one could have been the best of all.

    • janetjb


    • BrooklynBomber

      Completely agree. The third one ends up w/ a cummerbund effect because it’s so tight above the ribs.  Someone’s dressing her as if she’s got a figure like Zoe Saldana, which is just silly. Enough with the shrunken clothes. Think Jessica Biel, whoever you are, unnamed stylist!  

  • tsid2012

    Wow, she does have a lovely bust, no?  I say, enjoy showing those off now when you’re 21.  At 51, they won’t look quite the same in that dress……  Personally, I hate that PG dress she changed into for the appearance.

    • I have to agree.  I’m gay, gay, gay but those are a lovely sight!  🙂

    • JaneDC

      She may have a nice chest, but her boobs look awry here.

    • AnaRoW

       If she’d worn the first dress for the appearance there would be complaints that she had to cross her legs/cover herself while sitting with Dave.  She needed a longer dress.  The dress isn’t as nice but I think it looks good on her.

  • MilaXX

    Love the first dress, second one is not her dress, 3rd one should have modified the neckline and her shoes are too big. Seriously why do stylist think people will not notice shoes that don’t fit? The hair looks a lot better, but I’m still not a fan of the bangs.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Haha – I never notice the shoes that don’t fit.  But I’m w/ you on the bangs: don’t care for ’em on her.

    • Spicytomato1

      I know, the big shoes are the first thing I noticed. Hate the Minnie Mouse effect.

  • alyce1213

    One out of three, sort of:
    The first look is the best of the three, and even there I’d go a wee bit longer.
    The second dress is just plain ugly on her — heavy, musty-looking, too old, and too tight.  (Ellen Barkin, maybe)
    The third dress is gorgeous, but looks ridiculous on her. All you can see are boobs. Had the neckline been adjusted, this would have been out of this world.
    I hope she and her people don’t think the best way to go is trashy/sexy.  There are other options . . .
    Please, let them know.

  • Isadora Paiva

    Even though I think the first dress is much cuter (and those shoes!), the length of the second dress is certainly much better for a talk show appearance.

    • Or she could have gone with tights, as in the ad styling.

  • oohsparkley!

    Smokin!  I even like the 3rd dress.  That’s what “real” boobs should look like. Not baby heads. Her hair is looking healthy too.  Love the strawberry blond.

  • Maluca

    She’s got a great rack. Better let it out now while she still can! I don’t know what it is about her, maybe that “unpolished” aspect you describe, but I really like her. I feel like she doesn’t take herself so seriously like other “it” girls {Lea Michelle, I’m looking at you!}

    • Alisa Rivera

      The problem isn’t the airing out, the problem is it doesn’t look like a deliberate choice. The bust simply doesn’t fit, so instead of looking sexy it looks like someone should give the poor thing a sweater. She has an incredible body but her stylist doesn’t seem to have a clue how to dress anyone who isn’t a size -0 bobblehead. 

  • nannypoo

    She never looks right to me when she shows a lot of cleavage. I suppose she has the right to decide who she is, but I’m not sure that’s who she is. She was hilarious on Letterman. She comes across as a regular person who’s a little surprised to find herself where she is.

    • NC_Meg

      Same here (although she DOES have great boobs.) For me it’s because her face is so young and sweet and she comes across pretty normal so it looks weird when she tries to be all HEY CLEAVAGE OVER HERE.

      •  YES- totally agree with you both. She does have the right to decide who she is, but it’s not a clear message. Not that it has to be. Just a little jarring.

        But I’m still looking forward to seeing her as the Girl on Fire.

  • You know what, I think it’s the bangs that make her look a little unpolished, a little juvenile.  If you cover up the bangs in the photo with your finger, she morphs into every single other woman on the red carpet – wavy hair, legs, bust, shoes, dress.  So in that respect, I appreciate her keeping the bangs and keeping it real.  

    • NC_Meg

      I don’t like the bangs either. I appreciate that she’s blond now, though, because while I was reading the books, I imagined Katniss as blond even though she said 3867935 times that Katniss has long brown hair.

  • That Raoul dress is so cute – she looks amazing in these chic and minimal looks.

    For some reason, long sleeves on her seem so matronly with me. I noticed the same thing when she wore that Tom Ford dress as well – it made her look 15 years older than she is. Am I the only one seeing this?

    • Spicytomato1

      I definitely see it, especially when you contrast the two black dresses here, the sleeveless one makes her seem so much younger and fresher. I thought the Tom Ford aged her, too.

  • mjude

    she is adorable. 

  • Judy_J

    Spot on with your assessments.  Those Jimmy Choos are killer, and I wish I had a pair in my closet.

  • lonepear

    I love that she has such a warm and happy expression in all of her pictures; I think she is gorgeous to begin with and the expression makes it. That Calvin Klein dress would be stunning with just a tiny bit more neckline coverage.

  • I love her in that first dress. Hell, I want that first dress! I can appreciate her changing to the longer PG dress for the show. I think she looks uncomfortable in the green dress, her smile looks a bit forced. I think she can show that much cleavage, perhaps in a different, more supportive dress, but only if she owns it and she isn’t owning it in those shots. 

    She’s truly adorable and I a fine young actress. I like her bangs too.

  • DinaSews

    TLo – really love the ‘one actress, three styles’ posts.

  • she can do no wrong in my eyes — i think she looks gorgeous in all of these looks, the calvin klein one especially!

  • serenitynow02

    I love the first dress. 

    I imagine there are not too many straight young men complaining about the boobage overflow in the third, even though I feel like lecturing her that I would never let my daughter leave the house like that. I don’t know when it happened, but I have taken a turn toward the old and farty. Sigh.

    • sagecreek

      Right there with you. We should get tshirts.

    • Random aside: when someone mentions “farty”, I immediately think “farty as a Wendy Pepper dress” a la The Duchess.

      *end random aside*

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i confess i prefer the first dress in it’s shift incarnation shown on the models rather than the sheath it’s been morphed into for Jennifer, though a shift does not really work on a gal with a healthy rack, and that is one healthy rack as evidenced by the third dress 🙂

  • Laylalola

    Some designer needs to make Jennifer his/her muse, pronto!, and really go for showing off her curves in the most flattering way possible. Yes, I know high fashion requires stick-thin bodies — but Jennifer is one of her generation’s curvier knockouts and so commercial and I just get a sense that there could easily be at least one iconic photo of her somewhere in her future (think Marilyn’s white dress from Seven Year Itch) and why not be the designer who creates it, not as a costume but for the masses? 

  • formerlyAnon

    I really like how the shoes in the first look echo the cutout at the neck. Maybe that’s a little over-obvious, but that’s my level. Hate the boobage on the final look. It could have been (as Sewing Siren said earlier) the best of the lot.

  • JaneDC

    The fit of the green dress makes her look like a naughty cheerleader.

  • lilazander

    It is probably just me, but sin the first 2 pics she reminds me of LiLohan in her better days.

  •  Its amazing how curvaceous she can look when she’s a wisp of a girl.  Love all the dresses, especially the Raoul one.  

  • ampg

    I’m in the “show ’em while you got ’em” camp, and I love that emerald green on her, so I think it’s a great look.  I do wish she would ease up on the eyeliner a bit, though.

    • Sara__B

      Everyone seems to be doing the rings of eyeliner, from the uber-famous (Cathy Cambridge) right on down to every young woman in my hick town. Jennifer doesn’t look bad, but I agree she’d look better with less liner. It almost seems like an addiction — once you start, it’s hard to stop!

      • nancylee61

        When you have light eyes, as I do, it seems as though dark liner makes your eyes stand out more and look even lighter. Unfortunately, it makes eyes look smaller when you apply it top and bottom. Make-up artists should know this.

  • Her hair bugs me. It always looks messy to me. I think it is a combo of the bangs and the overall length.

  • Dress, schmess.  Bring on the movie and Katniss.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    I notice the second dress is a few inches longer.  Maybe she used some common sense and changed to a longer dress so her lady parts are better hidden when she is sitting down?  Love, love, love the green dress but it is too small on her.  Too bad, in the correct size she would have rocked it.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    the first look in the Raoul dress and those fabulous Jimmy Choos is great-the best of the three in my book.  The Calvin Klein probably does look better on a smaller-breasted woman.

  • Spicytomato1

    Love, love, love the first look. My favorite so far on THG circus. Sassy, like you said, stylish and less stiff than some of her other efforts. Maybe she’s starting to get the hang of this promotional stuff. It can’t be easy so kudos to her.

  • VermillionSky

    Hey, if we are going to get bombarded with photos of a young starlet in a mega-hit series, I’ll take this one over Kristen Stewart any day.  At least Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t look pissed off or bored in every shot.

  • PeaceBang

    Cripes, what a BOD on this kid!! She’s delightful. That first look is total perfection. I wish she’d lay off the heavy brocade and gold gowns and stick with the more classic, tailored looks. She seems too grounded and naturally elegant to go throwing her boobs around too much, so I hope she’ll not continue to be upstaged by them as she is in the green, but to learn how to incorporate her curves into the bigger picture. The bangs are silly and I appreciate them because she’s young enough to carry them off. 

  • BazoDee

    I adore the first one. And I adore the shoes  ! WOW! I LOVE those shoes! 
    The second one is waaaay to mature for her. I get that the first one is too short for TV couch sitting, but surely there was something better. and why didn’t they leave her hair down. 

    The last one is very boobilicious. A little too desperate -too bad -it could have been a knock out! 

  • RzYoung

    I think she looks like Carla Bruni in that first photo, spooky

  • Ha! You see it as a problem but my first thought was, “boobs really elevate that dress.” Look, when you’re boobs are that big, you don’t have a lot of years where youth will hold them up. I say she take advantage.

  • Sweetbetty

    I thought for sure someone would comment on how the cut-out on her shoes match the cut-out on her first dress and call it too matchy-match.  I, personally, think it’s a great idea but I come from the era of matching accessories.

  • victoria rodeno

    I don’t understand why the stylists don’t check the balance of the boobage before they send the “girls” out there. Tape puts things in place and make the look good.

  • Thathoodwink

    She’s so so pretty..and she looks 10x better than the models in each of these dresses. I love her hair in the first photo the best. 

  • vmcdanie

    First, it’s just ridiculous she (read: any actress) has to change clothes just to leave the building.

    Anyways, this girl is adorable and she’s a fantastic actress. She looks cute in every picture. Perhaps a panel should have been added to the Calvin Klein dress to not make the front quite so boobalicious. It’s just an excess of bosom though, nothing vulgar or (God forbid) cheap looking. 

    • nancylee61

      I think the fact that she is about to fall out of that green dress elevates, or lowers it, to vulgar, bordering on trashy. Just not necessary to have everyone worrying you will have a nip-slip. She is supposedly a good actress – the best of them don’t have to resort to flashing boobs to get attention.

  • ChiliP

    Why are people talking about boobs as if they are some sort of blemish that must be covered? I know her life is very different than most girls her age, but she is young, and looks far more demure than most 21 year olds.  I do agree the green dress would be better with a fitted bust, but let her proudly show those things off if she so pleases. That’s her prerogative and it doesn’t automatically make her desperate.

  • CQAussie

    Great Choos…at first I didn’t like them, looking at them front on but in motion, they are fabulous.

  • DeborahLipp

    She really hasn’t gotten her makeup act together. Not only is it sometimes bad, it’s a different face every time.

  • Love the first dress and JIMMy shoes.

  • R. L.

    I too love the first dress with the Jimmy Choos.  That is the right look for her for sure.  

  • eight_of_nine

    My boyfriend runs the tech at the theater where they did the NY screening.  He told me he didn’t see Jennifer Lawrence, but that his coworker did and immediately developed a crush on her, even though he’d never heard of her before.  I wonder why… 😛

  • I know I should tsk-tsk at girls in their early 20’s showing off their pillows like Jennifer in her last look, but when they’re that adorably perky I just can’t hate on it… ‘cuz I did the exact same thing. Now that they’re saggy my necklines are not nearly as deep; ya gotta flaunt ’em while you still got ’em, so WERQ, GIRL.

  • unbornfawn

    The first dress was obviously taken in to fit her curves. The green plunging thing, again altered and not in a good way. She is making mistakes, but not huge ones. She’s making some good choices, color, fit, and shoes. She could do with some softening of the eye make-up with these more casual outfits.  The bangs don’t seem to be doing her any favors.

  • I like J.Law I’m pretty sure we are body twins. I love seeing a starlet with some boobies! It makes me feel like I’m not so alone.

  • snarkykitten

    kind of pathetic that a chick with what, c? boobs can’t wear a standard pretty model dress

    she’s cute. I luv huh weird, not right fashion sense.

  • If I looked as fabulous as she does in the first dress, it would take an act of congress to get me to change clothes ever again – let alone change them just to walk out of the same building.  Well done, darling!

  • Anathema_Device

    The looks are listed here in my order  of preference, with the first being the best on her. I do like that second dress an awful lot, though. the first dress just looks younger and fresher. The green dress is okay on her, and boobs on display don’t necessarily bug me, but she looks like she is about to fall out of that…like it isn’t fitting her correctly. So instead of thinking, “Wow. What a va-va-voom look!” I’m thinking, “Oh dear, please don’t have a wardrobe malfunction in front of a hundred photographers.”

  • ccm800

    Dress one – she should have gone with the red (Best of the lot though for certain)
    Dress two – blech!
    Dress three – wtf is up with that low slung belt ruining the shape of that dress???!!

  • Jessica Goldstein

    Yup, kind of endearing all round. The first look is perfect. The second and third are designed for those of us who don’t have much up top. She’ll figure it out. And as you said, in the meantime it’s rather heartening to see someone come off as such a normal, albeit successful, 21-year-old.

  • sockandaphone

    also from the interviews ive seen she seems super down to earth and chill. doesnt hurt that shes gorgeous too. love that first lbd

  • CassandraMortmain

    The first look is great.  The second one is too – for Helen Mirren.  It’s way too fussy and matronly for someone JL’s age.  But it would highlight Queen Helen’s curves in a most fantastic way.  The last look is awful.  The dress is great but it’s a classic case of something looking chic on a flat-chested model but looking vulgar and tacky on someone with boobs.  I’m all for flaunting some cleavage when you’re young and hot, but this isn’t even very flattering.   It looks a little desperate and the boobs look like they’re wandering off in different directions.  And the too-big shoes make her look like a little girl playing dress-up.  She seems refreshingly normal and is very talented but she never looks quite right on the red carpet.  She needs some gays, quick.

  • Ceur

    With her body and general good looks, she could easily have pulled a Blake Lively while posing. I love her for being the opposite. Blake, take notice. 

  • First dress is perfect on her, she fills it out much better than the models.

  • donnaINseattle

    You know, I thought “that’s how you do baby doll heads”!

  • RWtD

    I actually like the 2nd look the best. The SHOES, I die, they are amazing. But in the first look, her hair takes away from the design element up top.

  • Nonnah

    There’s something about her that reminds me of Renee Zellwegger at that age.  She doesn’t act (or stand) like a starlet just yet.  It’s very refreshing.

  • m0r0

    LOVE the green dress on her. Looks far better with breasts than it does on the model.

  • Laura Maki

    I’m a 21 year old A-cup with green eyes. I want–nay, need–that last dress. And I love that little vintagey belt, but I’m not so sure about the placement. Just the tinciest bit higher would be perfect, I think.

  • Candigirl1968

    Whoever is doing her makeup should be shot.  The raccoon eyes are not a good look.

  • nancylee61

    She looks cute in the first two outfits and trashy in the third. Is this the brand she wants?? What a difference from Emma Stone!!!

  • aftertherockets

    I think Jennifer Lawrence in general seems like a pretty cool person and I enjoy her, but I HATE HATE HATE HATE those bangs. She does not have the face for bangs. And while we’re at it, the raccoon eyes could stand to go, but I’d put up with them if we could just get her to STOP with those bangs.

  • aristida_girl

    She’s cute, I hope she is having the time of her life….also, I like both outfits, but the black one is definitely better…

  • cam_lo

    i just can’t with those bangs. they’re so 80s throwback.

  • Nicole

    I am in love with those Jimmy Choo shoes! <3