In or Out: Charlize Theron in Stella McCartney

Posted on April 12, 2012

We keep putting Stella McC dresses up to a vote and y’all keep shooting them down. You guys REALLY don’t like her stuff, do you? Let’s try one more:

Charlize Theron attends the premiere of “Prometheus” in Paris in a Stella McCartney dress.

Stella McCartney Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Julia Frauche (NATHALIE)

See? Simple! Pretty!

Of course it’s probably the plainest Stella McC we’ve ever laid eyes on, but still. Love the skirt and the simplicity of the top. The color’s great on her. But MAN, those booties are hurting us. Didn’t that whole booties-with-a-skirt look sort of fade away about a year ago? Isn’t April an odd time to be sporting what looks like a cold-weather look? Couldn’t she have worn a piece of jewelry with a little oomph? And maybe makeup that doesn’t make her look like a ghost? We miss the days when ladystars slapped on the eyelashes and diamonds because that’s what movie stars do. Whatever happened to glamour, kittens?

Okay, we’re being melodramatic. That is, after all, the way of our kind. But seriously, zhuzh that hair, slap some color on those cheeks, put on a pair of sandals and pick a diamond from the array of jewels normally thrown at you, Char. Also, the Hillary Clinton hair has got to go.

Are we being harsh?

Vote Now!


IN! Charlize requires neither diamonds nor makeup to look stunning.

OUT! That is one half-assed look.


The majority of the commentariat thought Krysten Ritter’s little lace dress was adorable, voting it IN.

[Photo Credit: Getty,]

    • Caaro3

      Haute Couture Prison Matron.  OUT

      • CatherineRhodes

         Haha, well said.

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    • dewofthedesert

      you forgot the matchy-matchy nails…. ugh! OUT.

      • Florrie Brafman

         What do the nails match?  Each other? 

    • eclare

      Love the dress on the model.  Hate the way the modified version fits Charlize.

      • Jill_3

         Really? I prefer the modified version. I don’t like that little fringey thing around the neck, although you’re right, it could fit Charlize better, and I hate the booties. But I’ll give her an IN because I love the color on her and no matter what makeup she’s wearing, she always has one of the best accessories out there: her face.

        • eclare

          I think the fringe around the collar work because it plays into the very youthful cut of the dress.  And the youthful cut of the dress only works if it’s fit properly, which it is definitely not on Charlize.  In fact, it seems to me that she modified the skirt from the short A-line to a longer pencil skirt, which honestly just changes the entire look. Looking again, she also modified the bodice.  In fact, I’m now thinking that this is an entirely different dress altogether.  Weird.
          I think the dress she has on could work if she’d maybe added a belt.  Would have made the whole thing a bit more business-like and polished, and would have maybe helped with the proportions.

          I agree with you on everything else, except that I’m gonna go with OUT.  As forgeous as she is, I will hold her to a higher standard! :)

      • BobStPaul

         Totally agree.  The dress makes her look oddly proportioned (and the booties contribute to that perception) – plus I  don’t like the reversal of the pattern from the top to the bottom.  I do like her hair and make-up, though.

        • Judih1

          I agree with you but hate the hair and make up. I will give her the benefit of the doubt because she is a new mom, and give her an IN though – just barely

    • kimmeister

      I like the dress, but it doesn’t fit her very well – too loose around the waist.  Hate the booties and hair though.  This is a couldabeen, so I have to give it an out.

      • Bridget Smith

        Hah! Having tried on a dress that did exactly this to me just the other day (plus, well, pretty much every sheath dress ever), I can definitively say: she’s too long-waisted for this dress! That’s the hips hitting too high, and thus extra material is just sort of flopping around her waist while the actual fabric around her hips is a little strained. She could’ve had it fixed, though: even just taking in the waist would’ve been fine.

        It’s too bad. The dress is great.

        • WordyDoodles

           Oh, good observation about the long waist! (I’ve got a sadly short waist.)

          I like the kickier skirt and the neckline on the model’s version. I think Charlize could have rocked that look.

          • Bridget Smith

            I get why a serious actress promoting her sci-fi movie would want a dress a little less Star Trek than that version, but yeah, I like it too.

        • kimmeister

          I feel your pain, I am ridiculously long-waisted, and sheath dresses are the Devil.  That’s why jersey dresses that are either wrap dresses or have some ruching are my friends.

          • Bridget Smith

            Oh my GOD, trying on a wrap dress changed my life. LOVE THEM. But anything with a fixed belt? Nope.

            However, my similarly long-waisted mother and I are convinced it made us better swimmers, so there’s that!

            • kimmeister

              I’ve had to move belt loops lower, or just cut them off and wear the belt where my actual waist is.

              But, we can rock the high-waisted looks like nobody’s business!!!

    • YAELS

      I like the dress, but something about her look is off. I’m inclined to blame the make up and the hair. She looks tired? Gorgeous but kind of tired. I’m saying IN for the dress though.

      • NinaBoo

        I’m with you.  I actually love the dress but the styling killed it.  That said, maybe she’s tired since she has an infant at home.

    • MilaXX

      IN! I think the simple hair/makeup goes well with the simple design of the dress. I’m not sold on the botties, but that’s my only complaint.

    • Kyle Crawford

      again, best dressed Mom at the PTA……zzzzzz…….

    • crash1212

      IN. Only thing I don’t like about this look is the booties. I like Charlene’s version of the dress better than the one on the model – anything with 100% less dingo balls around the neckline is a good thing. I love the hair and makeup and lack of large jewelry. It’s a clean simple look – quite astonishing from the usually hated Stella – and would look tarted up with a bunch of hair/jewelry shenanigans. Well done. I will now resume my usual “hate anything by Stella” mindset.

      As for April / cold weather look comment – it’s April here in San Francisco and it’s f-ing freezing! I’m huddled by the screen for warmth…and have the heat on full blast and am wearing my thickest woolies! Assume same can be said elsewhere in the world. Brrrrrr!

      • Spicytomato1

        Totally agree that Charlize’s version is better than the one on the model. And I think the hair, makeup and jewelry all work nicely.

        • Spicytomato1

          Oops, posted too fast…I’m freezing, too. In Chicago. Summer apparently came and went a couple of weeks ago and I just dug out my wool socks again. Boo!

    • Charlotte Horseman

      Not harsh at all – I think you are totally right.  “The booties are hurting us…” and the lack of make up, especially with such a bold blue dress, seems lazy.

    • up with pod people

      I like the idea of the matte vs. sheen damask, but it needed accessories! Still, La Theron is magnificent, so. In.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      OUT – I like the dress, but the hem seems to long, and those shoes are super hiddie. 

    • BrooklynBomber

      The shape of the runway version is so much better, as is having the pattern on the top. This one looks like her slip is showing through the dress. Even so, it’d work better as a skirt, with a pretty sweater or blouse (different color) on top. As it is, it’s just a dress, nice enough, blah blah. Wrong shoes, though.

      • Margaret Grace

        All I see is her reproductive system.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Oh, geez, you’re right. The fallopian tunes are sitting a little low, but they’re there all right.

        • DrJulieAnn

           Thank you!  I thought I was the only one seeing it!

    • Me Again

      The outfit gets an IN.  Charlize, including the hair, makeup, and accessories, gets an OUT.

    • Kayceed

      Perfect for parent-teacher conferences.

    • Jecca2244

      i love the dress…choosing not to look at the rest

    • Gus Casals

      THISCLOSE to pulling a Jolie, she does have the superior fashion genetic material. But she’s actually in, the dress looks terrific. Don’t like the booties, but everything else is working. IN

    • jcolli69

      Its a fabulous dress, but Charlize (or her stylist) made the mistake of letting the dress do all the work. Those booties are SO wrong for that dress and the hair/make-up is more a daytime-running-errands look rather than movie premiere. We expect more from our celebrities…the dress gets an IN but the overall look gets an OUT.

    • Bitsy Carver


    • halleygee

      Glad she got rid of that goofy neckline but not impressed. OUT

    • Kiltdntiltd

      I’m sayin’ out as well.  Loving the color of the dress.  But other than that. Meh.  And I hate saying that for Missy Char, cuz she usually looks terrific.

    • gdougs

      Those booties throw off her proportions and ruin this look. For such a beautiful woman, it shouldn’t be hard to make her look good. Therefore, OUT. 

    • Sara Munoz

      That is seriously modified. And since the top on this version is plain, she could have gone with a long necklace. And the shoes bring it down. The sum total of this look is too casual for a premiere.

    • MissAnnieRN

      Out for all your reasons.  There’s a curve for rating Stella dresses, so I’ll say this one is good.  The color is gorgeous on her. Am a little weirded out by the brocade effect.  What is going on there?  Is that…screen printed on??? the model’s dress with the freaking poms poms around the neck line is terrible.  Thank god she wore this version.  The pic that the fug girls put up with her and Noomi Rapace is kinda comical.  Charlize really is freakishly tall.  

    • Amy Ellinger

      OUT, and not just because it’s a STELLLLLAAAAAAAAA mccartney piece. darnit, Charlize, amp it up a little and werq that color!!  and ditch the booties, they’re just flat out ugly.

    • Sara Parker

      I love the dress (and I’m glad Charlize got rid of that little frou-frou at the neckline), but the booties. Ugh, the booties. I’ve always hated that look but now it looks both dated AND hideous. Sorry, Charlize- OUT.

    • Adriana Blair

      I actually prefer the dress on Charlize than on the model, and I like the pattern in the skirt more than in the top. She should’ve put more effort into herself, though…I’m giving her an IN but it was a close call.

      • MoreShoes

        what she said :-) IN

    • marilyn

      Nay.  The dress is boring and does nothing for her.  Whyis the print in the skirt, and not on the top?

    • Mike M.

      I get this kind of look for a Sci-Fi movie, so its an In.  However, she had better seriously BRING IT to the red carpet for the Snow White premiers.   

    • jw_ny


      Not because of the dress, it’s ok, albeit out of season…could have used a belt though.  It’s because Charlize put no effort into anything else to amp up the look…hair, makeup, accessories, etc.  The booties really kill it too…not in the good way.

    • CassandraMortmain

      Love the dress.  Hate the booties.  The makeup and hair work for me because they make her look very young and fresh.  “Done” hair and heavy makeup usually age a woman quite a bit.  IN.

    • Sara L.

      Booties are ick, but I love that dress. Simple and pretty, indeed. Lovely!

    • ali meowmeow


      *I’m giving her a temporary pass this time, because I know she’s got her Snow White movie coming up and may be saving up the glamour for those carpets.
      But if she doesn’t bring it in a big way for those appearances, I’m coming back and changing my vote.

    • UrsNY

      IN. I think the original dress looked better than the altered version they gave her. She’s still beautiful, but yeah, low key. But why not go low key, if your premiere happens at the same time as The Avengers premiere, so no one will be watching anyhow.

      Also, please tell us you’re reviewing The Avengers red carpet. It’s 90% men in various states of “oh hell no”. So much opportunity to skim off my pent up bitchiness.

    • guest2visits

      I’m a fan of this fresh, clean style of hair and make-up. For a change; anyway.
      In fact,- I would never have seen how genuinely beautiful all these ‘beautiful people’ really are under the usual treatment.
      Charlize looks terrific; loving it all except the shoes. They were a little disapointing for this dress.

    • Michael Rios

      The shoes and hair and makeup just kill a perfectly cute dress. OUT!

    • StrandedFashionista

      I kind of like it. It has an athletic thing I like. IN. 

    • Sweetvegan

      Although I like the runway version better, Charlize’s dress is IN – Gorgeous! Totally agree about the booties though. It looks like she was trying to reproduce the runway look, but her booties are much heavier than the shoes the model wore on the runway.

    • guestela

      in, tho I like the runway version better

    • Elena

      In. Come on, she looks good, even if her booties are kinda fug and Stella dresses usually suck.

    • suryasnair

      Liked original dress better, and she needs some serious bling to jazz it up. Some jewelry from  ( except the 4th, 5th and 6th pic ) would have looked great on this.

    • GorgeousThings

      OUT – love the color, but that print on the skirt just doesn’t do it. And the booties? Ugh.

      PS, regardless of the look, I’m DYING to see “Prometheus”!

    • Atelier Jimmy Leonardo

      The boots are atrocious but still, the modified dress is stunning. IN.

    • suryasnair

      Out. She is pulling a Joilie.

    • BazoDee

      your comments are spot on -the shoes are dreadful, some bling would have been great, the hair and make up are a little underdone. But still an IN for me -which says tons about Ms. Theron I think.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Out. Though I DO like the dress, it needs more.

    • j_anson

      IN. I like it. Not perfect, but pleasing. I’ll just focus my eyes above the ankle.

    • kelsita421

      The dress is nice enough, but needed oomph. OUT based on lack of details. The dress color is really doing all the work.

    • Sara__B

      OUT. The booties are all wrong, and there’s a big difference between looking effortless and putting in no effort at all. (I do enjoy her smile in the thumbnail. I didn’t know she could smile!)

    • Patricia Hoffman

      I really dislike booties with skirts. Of course, I generally really dislike booties altogether, but with skirts….ugh. OUT.

    • Larkin21

      I think her hair looks great, as does the rest of the look. Agree that the booties aren’t the best choice but otherwise, I give her a very strong IN!

    • Ros Clarke

      IN. Gorgeous dress, great colour for her. So long as you hide those dreadful shoes.

    • Spicytomato1

      “Of course it’s probably the plainest Stella McC we’ve ever laid eyes on.”

      I was thinking it’s the least offensive Stella Mc I’ve seen in a while. Pretty and intriguing in an understated way. I think she’s rocking it. And I like the minimalist look overall. 

      I’d change up the Gwenyth-esque booties but otherwise I say IN.

    • FlamingJune1967

      The only thing I like about this get up is the dress… and the skirt is a smidgen too long on that.  OUT

    • MoHub

      What did she do to the neckline? That was the most interesting feature.

    • Rebecca

      It might be okay on FLOTUS. On Charlize? Boring.

      • foodycatAlicia

        You might be on to something there! Shelley would look SO good in that colour, I’d just be worried that it’d make her torso really blocky.

    • TAGinMO

      I’ll give it a tepid IN. She looks good, but well south of great.

      Much prefer the runway version of the dress. The pattern looks better on top with a plain skirt…although I do prefer the simple neckline on Charlize’s.

    • Ivona Foster

      That’s awful down played for a premiere no? Like the Charlize version more than runway though

    • amywinns

      Love her, love the color, love the modifications — much better than the catwalk look. Hair is underdone, but tidy. IN

    • Jaeda Laurez

      the dress is cute. I would have preferred a little contrast and some cute accessories, like an orange belt and bronze shoes, but you can’t have everything, no? Charlize usually lets genetics do the heavy lifting, and really, can you blame her? She’s what Katherine Heigl thinks she looks like when she walks out the door. 

      Stella’s stuff this go round has been DREADFUL. This is clearly the best out of a really bad bunch. 

    • PaulaBerman

      It’s boring and she made it more boring than the original. Meh.

    • jennyv

      The hair is SO bad! And the dress is meh. OUT!

    • karena10

      Out – just blah. Hair is blah, make-up is blah, lack of accessories is blah.  The dress is a good color for her (the only positive thing I have to say).

    • rumcg66

      The dress is an IN, and I’m usually a Stella McCartney hater.  This look, though, is OUT, for the booties (ack) and the shitty/non-existent attention to hair and makeup.  

    • Little_Olive

      This is Gwineth Paltrow circa 2011, no?

      Honey, get to the salon and while they fix your roots ask Stella to send the original dress. Then we’ll talk about shoes. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      No, you’re riiiiiight TLo! Wherefore art the diamonds? The fabulous glittering jewels that screamed Suck It Bitches, I’m a Freaking Movie Star?
      Liz Taylor will forever be missed. Nobody did it like her. *sniff*

      I do love this dress for her, but I’m with you on the shoes. (I can’t say booties with a straight face)
      I don’t mind the simplicity of the hair and makeup here, but she’s desperately in need of some dramatic jewelry.

    • Emily Scott

      IN. I like it. Sure it’s a little simple, but my personal style has always hewed to the Audrey Hepburn end of the spectrum, so I really like the dress. The booties are awful, but not enough to ruin the whole look for me. That’s one of the most interesting modifications of a runway look I’ve seen since it’s essentially a completely different dress now. That color is killer on her, and I even like the ponytail.

    • BayTampaBay

      The dress is In but the lack of correct style enhancing shoes and jewelry gives Charlize a big fat OUT!

    • Rhonda Hanson

      I love stella mccartney. the dress brookyn decker wore was killer. and same for charlize!

    • Sunshine16

      Although I think the dress is begging for a belt, I hate the booties and agree that her hair could use some zhuzing, I can’t help but give her an IN.  She looks great & seems to love how she looks

    • bailey debruynkops

      I wish it was the same length as the version on the model. & the shoes are bad. Though Charlize’s face can do no wrong, this is an -out-.

    • NormDeplume720

      I like the dress, but the ponytail and booties are just a huge mistake. When will the bootie trend go away? They look so bad so often. How do people not understand that?

    • foodycatAlicia

      Stella’s been on a bit of a roll lately and has produced two or three dresses I haven’t hated. This is so much better than her usual woman-hating rags that I feel it must be celebrated and encouraged. IN. But not with booties in April.

    • butterflysunita

      OUT, but it’s not Stella McCartney’s fault.  The dress is lovely and a great color.  Everything else is wrong though–the booties, the ponytail, the no-makeup look.  

    • Helen

      is she trying to get a role in “mad men”?  what a boring dress, out!

    • Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

      sleeve look too short and the booties make the baby jesus cry.

    • Edwina

      In! Really pretty, love it.

    • Jen Alien-Spouse

      IN – It could do with some oomph in the styling, but the dress itself is quite lovely. A thin belt in acid yellow would have been good and definately diamonds – I am always pro diamonds.

    • Deborah Lipp

      Out. The pattern on the skirt looks like a Cooter Radiation Shield.

    • Dr Skylaser

      Runway version’s better.  Charlize’s version makes her look hippy (which is an optical illusion world record, or something).  And the booties-with-a-skirt, HAAAAATE. OUT. (Neck up, however, she looks killer as always.)

    • Glammie

      Yeah, but in an unthusiastic way.  Except for the booties, nothing’s really wrong, but nothing’s really exciting either.  Mostly, I want her complexion.  

    • CQAussie

      It’s fine, I love the colour.  IN!

    • Patrick Cleary

      Pretty! IN.

    • mcglory13

      I agree with TLo’s analysis but vote the thing an in on the whole.

    • Jessi03

      IN!  Charlize requires neither diamonds nor makeup to look stunning.
      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Susie Pamudji

      IN, though the booties do offend. I’m glad she changed up the dress from the runway version. 

    • Judy_J

      It’s a pretty dress.  I like the neckline detail on the runway version better than the plain neckline on Charlize’s dress, but that’s a minor point. Do NOT like the booties at all.  I’m on the fence with this one, but at first glance I thought “IN”, so that’s where I’ll stay.

    • Sage Andersen

      IN, cuz the dress is rather lovely on her.  though i really hate the booties.  if charlize theron looks strangely truncated, you know they are not that flattering.

    • Mathilde

      Plain beautiful. IN.

    • Kimberly Southern-Weber

      In, but she could use some zhuzhing.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      NOPE.  I don’t like the designed all centered in the middle panel of the skirt.  Looks weird to me.  Booties are wrong.  I love the pony tail, however.  But I still stay Stella McCartney is a hack.  Period.

    • snarkykitten

      The pattern on only the bottom half really bothers me

    • Melanie Clark

      Simple and classy, IN!

    • callie wanton


    • Kelly Ridings

      Those booties hurt my eyes!!  They make freaking Charlize Theron, who has some of the best legs in the world, look stumpy!  Why would you do that to yourself!?

    • Molly Adrianson

      my initial reaction was how sweet she looked. I get what you’re saying about the makeup and hair, but I think she’s going for a more casual feel with this dress and to add diamonds and makeup and strappy sandals would have merely been a different way to go, not better or worse. For me, she looks gorgeous and approachable, so for me, it’s an IN.

    • VioletFem

      IN. The dress is pretty, but the shoes are not right for this look. Something lighter would have been better. The whole look is serviceable enough though.

    • Candigirl1968

      This seems like more of a day look than something for a premier (from the dress to the makeup and hair).  IN because I like it, but points deducted for the blah-ness given the event.

    • formerlyAnon

      Okay I’ll grant you – that’s a perfectly fine Stella McCartney dress.

      But dear Ms. Theron gets an OUT for floating a pale and nearly colorless face and nothing-nothing hair above such an intense color. I suppose she was going for severely elegant, but she missed.

    • ErmengardeGreen

      I need a T Lo set of hair guidelines. Do I need to be backcombing my ponytail to prevent Clintonalia? How can I take this celebrity-fashion commentary and make it about ME? 

      But about this: I never weigh in on the Stella debates because I am not passionate about her work one way or the other; maybe there’s a silent segment of kittens like me, who like some of her stuff but aren’t necessarily moved to ferocious defense? I like this dress better on the model, but that’s not to say it looks bad on CT — just that I prefer slightly more mod proportions on the model. Regardless, though, I enjoy the bright color, streamlined silhouette and subtle pattern. It looks wearable. This minion’s opinion is in(ion). 

    • Rachel Wertheimer

      I love the color, but I think she should’ve kept the frill around the neck. It makes it much more fun, as opposed to now, when it looks like it was ironed over a pattern.

      And if she was going to take off the frill, she should’ve done something with jewelry. Pfft. Nice try, but OUT.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      OUT. The dress is okay, and went from a 2 to a 10 with that modification. A black suede pointy pump was required, not the Elves and the Shoemaker Fall 2012.

    • PastryGoddess

      OUT…Just say No.  

    • AWStevens

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz *forehead hits desk*  OUT

    • Sorana Tarmu

      Nope. You are right. OUT.

    • Ally Monge

      If you manage to make Charlize look bad I am sorry, hang it up Stella. Hate both the model look and the modified. Pretty color and print, terrible design. Also Charlize WTF with the hair and shoes. OUT

    • Delysia LaFosse

      Better than the runway version, but still OUT.

    • Pannyx

      Meh, so boring I don’t even have the motivation to break it down. Out.

    • cluecat

      IN.  So thirsty for cleaner, simpler looks after all of the folds, pleats, bows and other frou frou that’s been around for the last few years.  I wish the “print” had ascended up to include the entire dress.  Also hate the booties.

    • piecesofconfetti

      I like quite a few of McCartney’s looks, and I really like this one… on the model. I don’t like the modified version on Charlize. It lost everything that made it special. And those booties are unforgivable with that dress. I guess, OUT.

    • Laura

      IN. But yeah. Some jewels woulda been nice. Love the dress WAY more than the runway version. 

    • Merneith

      OUT. With a minimalist look everything has to be perfect. This looks like she’s stopped to answer the phone before putting on her makeup.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      On the model with the design on the top it looks cute. Don’t like the print on the bottom version as much.
      She doesn’t look bad, just meh! Can’t give her an out, though, just a meh.

    • twocee

      I am confused.  Why did Charlize have them move the pattern from the top to the skirt, and why did she eliminate original neckline?  And the booties are killing me.


    • PeggyOC

      I love the dress.  I love it on her.  And I really love Charlize.  But the booties.  I can’t.  I have to draw the line somewhere, and in this case it’s at her stumpified ankles.  When a woman with those legs looks stumpy, you know something’s gone wrong.  Out.

    • Sara McDarby

      Totally In!   The simplicity of her hair works with the dress and the shoes are cute.  The alterations from the runway version make a real difference.  The runway version looked out to me.

    • Michelle Argento

      Oh, I love this. She’s leggy enough that I didn’t even notice the fug shoes. In. 

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I’d have to give her an OUT, just for not even trying.  She’s one of the most beautiful women on the planet, she has a killer body, and this is how she dresses it?  BO-RING.  Hair and makeup are underwhelming, too.  And I DESPISE those booties.  OUT.

    • NCDFan

      It’s the same fabric, but a different dress than the runway version. I don’t really like the placement of the design on the sheath version she’s wearing. A belt would interrupt the pattern but that silhouette needs a belt. OUT

    • Liz

      I prefer the version on the model.  But that bitch manages to pull everyfrickingthing off, doesn’t she??

    • lrhoff

      I think she looks wonderful, other than the shoes.  It’s a definite “in” for me!

    • greyhoundgirl

      OUT.  I hate that she changed a kind of nice dress with an interesting top to a vaginal frame.

    • Shawn EH

      C’mon, she is COVERED in makeup, and looks flawless and effortless. Except for the shoes, which are horrid. So, OUT, but only from the knees down. It’s like she tried to do what the model did, but picked the wrong pair.

    • Stubenville

      Good hair, good makeup, the modified neck is much nicer, but that craptastic footwear. So close…

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      IN!  I agree about the booties and lack of jewelry tho.

    • Joyce VG

      IN!  Refreshingly un-eye-twitchy.  Charlize is so beautiful I forgive the booties.

    • Nancer

      I think it’s beautiful, but the styling is all wrong. At first I thought the hem length was too long, then I realized it was the shoes – they are cutting off her leg line and making it look short.

    • prettybigkitty

      Dress is in-ish.  But out overall for the ugly booties, matchy nails, and lack of jewlry.  

    • Kristy Evans

      OUT. Moving the design over her crotch makes it look like a fancy version of female reproductive organs, aka “lady business.” 

    • Melissa Brogan

      Gym hair, daytime office makeup, and awful ankle booties. Is she an assistant vice president on her way back from her lunch break workout, or is she on the RC?

      I LIKE the Stella McC dress. But a star’s gotta do more than slip the dress over her head and show up.

    • alyce1213

      IN.  No need to gild the lily.
      And only legs like hers can get away with those booties under a dress.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i really like the dress on the model. on CT it’s fine, i just prefer it the other way.
      ankle boots are, most often, an abomination under heaven. otoh, i cant imagine anyone ever seriously voting no on CT.

    • Anne Meek White

      Would a belt have helped, maybe? I still like the dress, and i forgive the rest. IN.

    • sagecreek

      OK, I’ll give the dress an IN, but to hell with the booties!

    • sweetlilvoice

      I think celebs avoid diamonds and fancy jewelry due to the current recession. Never mind that they are wearing clothes worth tons of money. Out.

    • librarygrrl64

      Meh on the dress, bleh on the booties and lack of jewlery. So I guess that’s an OUT.

    • cleep1000

      You are not being harsh. This looks like an outfit that could have been purchased at Target. They took away all the things that made the dress look cute on the model. A gorgeous pendant necklace would have helped a lot. The shoes are the worst. Hair and make-up — she didn’t even try. OUT.

    • Ben Miller

      I love Stella. One of the only designers presenting an intellectual approach to fashion, asking and answering questions about how women should dress. 

    • ballerinawithagun

      Love the dress but I guess I have to go with an out because of everything else.

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    • aristida_girl

      IN, because she is still rockin it, although the booties are a confirmation to me that the booties with a skirt thing will never work for the earth-bound masses…

    • Meg P. W.

      Is it just me, or does she look REALLY young here? The hair and makeup take a decade off her, easy.

    • NurseEllen

      I vote OUT.  You’re not being too harsh, she didn’t put in a bit of effort.  Plus I like the model’s version better, with the fancy neckline and the patterned material on top.  Booties = ugh.

      The vast majority of my votes lately have been OUTs.  Hmmmmm…..I wonder if I’m becoming more critical (due of course to the communal tutelage of the BKs) or if the celebs & their styles have been really that consistently deficient?  Opinions?

    • demidaemon

      Love the dress, hate the shoes, adore her. Therefore, IN>

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    • skadi1

      She looks fab. The hair is nice and understated, and while I don’t LOVE the shoes, they’re okay. She’s tall enough to pull it off. IN.

    • Amye


      And even though the booties are atrocious, I still vote her in.

    • Eva_baby

      OUT.  Somehow she looks frumpy.

    • CatherineRhodes

      This is her at a movie premiere — is she kidding? Definitely pulling a Jolie for all the reasons you mentioned. What’s the point in becoming a movie star if you can’t dress like one?

      The original frock was actually kinda cute, but the modifications ruin it.

      So OUT. 

    • Liana Brooks

      Fabulous color on here. Yes, it’s simple, but it’s stunningly so. IN

    • Carrieanno

      To use the vernacular of my favorite sport:  bottom of the 9th, two out; Stella’s one away from pitching a perfect game.  Charlize comes to the plate and hits a home run.  Stella’s streak is ruined.  Who’da thunk.  IN.

    • TieDye64

      Boring as hell, though the color is lovely. A just barely IN. I like the model’s version better.

    • bellafigura1

      *Okay, we’re being melodramatic. That is, after all, the way of our kind.*

      Hilarious.  And thank you for teaching me how to spell “zhuzh”.  I’ve actually experience anxiety over it.

    • altalinda

      Nice dress, but the whole look is out.

    • Louise Bryan

      Hate those booties, like cut-offs, only the other way.  Look like club feet, ick.  And the dress was better with the fabrics the other way.  OUT

    • nancylee61

      Out, she looks terribly plain, and I hate the dress. Plain, yet very wrong at the same time. Out.

    • Lisa

      I’m going to give her an IN, because it’s impossible to make Charlize look bad unless you cover her in pounds of lesbian serial killer makeup and hand her an Oscar.

      But as for the dress – I do like it better on the model.  I like the print up top better than below, and I like the detailing on the collar that the model has.

      I do like this dress though, which is rare for me with Stella McC fare.  And you know, I just don’t get that – why are her clothes just so “ehhhh…”?  Creativity and talent-wise, the girl hit the genetic lottery, so I don’t get it.

    • LambeeBaby

      Her name should be “Peg”.WTF? Those stump like projections from the bottom of the dress are just HIDEOUS. Despite the mangled mess of her lower third she is being granted a stay of execution…baby, tiny, braille like “in”.

    • Jennifer L.

      I’m actually wondering if the low-key makeup and hair are a strategic choice. Given that her va va voom looks tend to be just a smidge aging in that glamourous-out-of-reach-on-a-pedastal way, and she’s playing the evil StepMom to Kristen Stewart, I wonder if this is an attempt to just be Charlize, not Charlize-that-looks-good-for-her-age.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Hers is a damn sight better than the one on the RC.  I think shoes other than booties were called for, but thank heavens they took the ball fringe off the neck.  It’s a good color on her, but needs much better styling.

      I think I just redefined faint praise.

      ETA: OUT on account of rampant half-assery.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Small in. Hate the booties, but it’s still a terrific dress.

    • Eovaai

      OUT. Totally boring look.

    • Aaminah Khan

      There’s just not enough “there” there.

      What a shame. She’s so pretty.

    • BrightsideSusan

      Like the dress but I agree the rest gives HER an out.

    • elzatelzabelz

      In for the dress, OUT for everything else-shoes, hair, no accessories…

    • lesmaha

      Out. hate the booties.

    • Susan Crawford

      This is probably the first McCartney dress I’ve seen in a long time that isn’t completely cray-cray, and the color is great. But as always, I bow to my gay uncles and become a snarling bitter kitten over those hideous booties. And what’s the deal with the rolled-out-of-bed-and-grabbed-a-scrunchie hair? So (heaving a sigh of frustration) I say OUT.

    • Anna

      I love the dress and the hair is plain, but still pretty. The booties have gotta go, but all in all this is an IN!

    • nannypoo

      You boys have nailed it. Love the dress. Disgusted by the stupid shoes.

    • PeaceBang

      The dress is fine, but c’mon. Charlize is like, the most fabulous creature on the planet and she goes out in the booties and the dead hair? OUT.

    • DeTrop

      NO!  This is one of the most beautiful women in the world and she looks like she’s going to a church potluck.  The dress is nice enough but the length is terrible and doesn’t show those legs to advantage.  The booties are boo hoo. There’s nothing that says Red Carpet in this look.  

    • Barbara Potter

      OUT. Out. Out. Actually, I can’t think of anything else to say because the OUT is so loud in my head!

    • fashionablylate

      From the ankles up she looks lovely, but those booties are tragic. I’m torn. Dammit, gotta go with OUT.

    • ccm800

      OUT –  freaking unflattering proportions ON CHARLIZE THERON! Is that even POSSIBLE. Retire. 

    • Dawn Sinclair

      Out, not because I hate Stella, LOVE her trousers, it’s because it’s dull. Nice colour, but dull dull dress!

    • TigerLaverada

      Well, I wouldn’t know that was a Stella McC dress, which means it’s not bad and surprisingly not the worst thing here. Those boots should be burned. Charlize also looks like she overslept for the gig and got ready at the last minute.  Overall, OUT.

    • EEKstl

      IN on the lovliness of the dress and the wearer of the dress, and I am all for simple.  It’s not perfect, however.  I’d have even passed her on the lack of jewelry (I like plainness these days), and even the HC hair if she’d done something more commanding with her makeup. And HATE the booties…wow, I’m STILL giving her an IN?  Really like that dress.

    • Rachel Lee

      I like it! But I think she could’ve had nicer hair. In. 

    • funkypeanut

      I’ll go with half-assed to the point of making me yawn. Go home and try harder next time (which means put in SOME sort of effort). Out.

    • Annabelle Archer

      It’s a PR dress.  It says, Look at Me, I’m a Mommy.  See?  No sex bomb here, nope, no siree. Now we have sleek, I’m too busy with the baby to buy this season’s shoe or do my hair, but I’m here and I’m an actress!

    • Joy Yeager

      Out, that IS one half-assed look.

    • Democracy Diva

      OUT. NO MORE BOOTIES. Well, sometimes, but not with these kinds of dresses on the red carpet.

    • andy

      IN! How the hell did she manage to transform a McCartney into a Calvin Klein?

    • Emmyllou

      Agree. Hate booties, love dress—though I love it more in its original incarnation, with the frou-frou above.

    • Beardslee

      IN, despite the booties.  Beautiful color and fit.

    • julnyes

      I like the modifications for CT and I think it is a fantastic color on her – IN

    • TSkot

      Just gorgeous.  Way in.

    • I’ve Got Rocks In My Bed

      I just do not like Booties. I just can’t stand them. 

    • tsid2012

      OUT.  Can’t we do a “Stella McCarteny: IN or OUT” and just vote her off the fashion island?  I did like the model version a little better with the tone on tone pattern on the bodice with the plain skirt but still…..

    • Derek_anny

      If she had worn that runway dress, it could have been an IN.  This is such a nonentity that it’s not worth talking about.

    • Paige Boerman

      I don’t mind the dress, but it bores me. She’s pulling a Jolie. OUT.

    • KathKo

      Nope. Still doesn’t work.
      And the skirt looks like it’s made out of a Versailles’ tapisserie.

    • bitterk

      Stella managed to make Charlize looks bad.  That is an amazing feat.  OUT.