In or Out: Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture

Posted on May 15, 2012

Darlings, gimmicky red carpets made up to look like lawns only make the stars who populate them look like they wildly overdressed for a graduation ceremony.


Charlize Theron attends the World Premiere of “Snow White And The Huntsman” in London in a Christian Dior couture gown. Clutch and sandals by Christian Dior. Jewelry by Solange Azagury-Partridge.

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Josefien Rodermans (WOMEN)

Step cuff in 18ct blackened white gold and emeralds

Cup ring in 18ct blackened white gold and emeralds

Mirror Ball earrings in 18ct blackened white gold and emeralds

So, stunning, right? Almost?

Look, she cuts a figure, no doubt about it. And this look is high-impact, which means one’s initial impression can be quite different from one’s impression after taking in the details. We love the hair, the makeup, and the perfectly chosen jewelry, but we’re not entirely sold on this dress.

For one, it’s black and sheer, which means it’s thisclose to being played out. For another: granny panties, which, I mean, come ON. Normally we try to mount a more compelling argument than that, but we think in the case of granny panties, one only needs to post a picture with an accompanying caption of “Come ON.”

But really, what tipped this over from an almost-WERQ to an “IN or OUT” post is the fact that this dress is insanely unflattering on her. She’s got almost no shape to her at all and what shape she does show doesn’t appear to be particularly accurate to her real body. In other words, this dress makes her look thick-waisted and flat-chested and Charlize is neither of those things. We suppose we could have made this another “Girl, That’s Not Your Dress” post but we don’t like to tell a lady wearing couture that she’s wearing the wrong couture.

You do it.


Vote Now!


IN! Serving up Evil Queen realness!


OUT! Oh, honey. Leave the granny panties to the models. And the grannies.


Katy Perry’s goth prom dress was the subject of much debate, and the voting came down to the wire, but ultimately she was considered OUT.


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  • fiestyfashionfem

    NO! – Out.  Stop with the sheer dress, granny panties, legs showing through sheer shit.  UGH.  Stop it, fashion people.  STOP IT. 

    • What she said. The jewelry is fierce, but the dress? NO.

      • EveEve

        Agree. Out. With the granny panties she looks like she’s 4 months pregnant and trying to hold the tummy in, and you know that isn’t what she intended!.  Or maybe it is?!

    • luciaphile

      This. It does no one any favors. Line your work, fashion designers. I’m starting to think that half of them don’t even know how anymore. Love the jewelry though. But still OUT.

      • raininmai

         As I see it, if a dress can’t flatter Charlize Theron, it can’t flatter anyone. It’s an OUT for me.

        • AlexisPayne

          Exactly! Out.

        • formerlyAnon

           Yup. Catalog shopping rule: if the catalog model looks dumpy in it, don’t even bother.

          • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

            Well, granted, though, Charlize is more amply endowed than the stick model.  If the model’s dress is lined, it is hard to see the lining on her.  I actually like it better on the model than on Charlize.

        • Kristin McNamara

          yea… i’m not quite sure how it was even physically possible to make her look that much bigger than she really is. it should be considered like, a feat of engineering or something.

        • demondoll


  • IN. 

  • Out Sorry, Ms. T, it’s. It working for me.

  • Judy_J

    I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this, but I just can’t.  It’s just not flattering…the undergarment she’s wearing under the bodice is too obvious.  The granny panties are hideous.  I love the accessories, but they can’t save this dress.  OUT.

    • girliecue

      The undergarment killed it for me too. Not only is it too obvious, it does weird things to her shape. Isn’t that the opposite of what a foundation garment is supposed to do? OUT.

    • I think the dress worked better on the model because the sheer black on the bodice was more evenly placed and you don’t see the undergarment.

    • formerlyAnon

       I assumed it was lining – because an undergarment is meant to boost up, squeeze in, and push out one’s flesh in order to flatter, is it not?  And this item does not effectively do those things. It might even be acting against those things, since her figure is pretty darn good to start with and not so impressive, here.

  • Well, I like the first picture, but on further perusal, the boob seams make it an OUT for me. Too bad because I think if it had looked a little more like the runway on her I would have liked it enough for an in. 

    • kimmeister

      And it’s an INTENTIONALLY visible boob seam at that, since it’s black while the lining is tan.  Blargh.  OUT.  Although mega points for her jewelry and makeup.

  • OUT. ‘Nough said.

  • Ruth Preston

    Out. It’s somehow managing to make her look pear-shaped, which I didn’t think was possible. And, yeah. Granny panties. And the bodice thing that looks like it’s made of Danskin ice-skating tights. 

    The jewelry is stunning, though.

  • Sobaika

    In. This looks like Gwyneth’s sheer goth dress except… you know. Not awful. I just wish the lining wasn’t so obvious.

  • annrr

    That side view tells the whole story. Not flattering at all. The models version is lined with tan and lining it with black made that mid section panel hit her in all the wrong places. Love the jewelry

    • AmandaCathleen

       Your comment about the different colored lining on the midsection made me take another look and you know… I think that black lining there is actually her grannie panties. Which truly makes this look even worse. Super high waisted, visible grannie panties??? No.

      Agree on the jewelry love, though. 🙂

  • OUTSVILLE. Super unflattering on her. Although the gems are nice.

  • I dunno. I don’t think dressing and fashion should always be about looking sexy or showing your body. I think this is a dress that has a lot of presence and gives Ms. Therone a lot of presence, and it doesn’t matter if it follows the lines of her body in a way that’s “flattering” or not.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I completely agree with your point about fashion, which has (or can have) ambitions beyond showing off how much someone works out.  This is a pretty body-conscious dress though: I think with, say, Balenciaga coats from the 50s, where the lines of the body are not being followed at all, that comes through more clearly.

  • Paigealicious

    I’m tired of sheer over granny panties, but…it’s really working on her. Love the hair and makeup too.

  • It’s not flattering to her, but the real problem is the dress itself. Dress that shows your panties (granny or otherwise)? Defeats its own purpose. A shame, because as you say, everything else is close to perfection. 

  • OUT

  • In.  But she needed the original dress wrangler.  The hard black cummerbund and granny panties make her waist thicker than the sheerer versions on the model, and the top is too clumpy.

    Hmmm … maybe Out? 

    No, still In, based on initial first impression and the fabulous green pops of jewelry.

  • ChristySchiff

    I think it’s the dark granny panties.  I think (and this will be the only time I recommend visible BEIGE granny panties) that granny panties in the same color as the lining on top would have helped her figure here.

    But she could have just set the dress on fire and saved herself some trouble.

  • In, she’s the right girl for it.

  • slightlybitterkitten

    No!  It’s giving her a pooch.  I don’t think she has one of those.

  • Calinda_L

    Just like a blond with red lips in a mustard-yellow dress will automatically be compared to Michelle Williams’ to-die-for Oscar dress (Diane Kruger did it well, but is still only second best), a gorgeous blond with a sleek updo, blackliner-rimmed eyes and a sheer black dress will do nothing but call to mind Gwyneth Paltrow’s (highly unflattering) version. This is just the 2.0 of that look.

  • SHE looks gorgeous, but I hate this dress. Out.

    No worries, darling, I am still going to go see your movie opening weekend, and I’m pretty sure I’ll walk out of it worshipping you.

  • OUT.  It’s just so unflattering considering what a faboo bod she’s got.  Everything she wears should just say BAM! and this doesn’t.

  • shirab

    Can’t quite see the shoes but they look suspiciously bear-trappy.

  • Nariya

    IN. The dress sucks but she is WORKING it like it’s liquid gold. 

  • AmandaCathleen

    Out, because as you said, it’s insanely unflattering on her. I actually kind of love it on the model, though—the movement in that pic really makes the dress seem more dramatic and fabulous than it is.

  • janetjb

    She is absolutely gorgeous. I love her jewelry, hair, and makeup.

    The dress isn’t good enough for her: OUT

  • nannypoo

    Waaaay not her dress. Probably also not anyone’s dress. Her undergarment doesn’t even fit well. A true hot mess if ever I saw one.

  • random_poster

    The Shroud of Theron is OUT.

  • petalfrog

    I got distracted by that green bracelet. For that alone I have to say IN. That thing is gorgeous.

  • MissAnnieRN

    In. But I’m far from impartial. I can’t juge the clothes because they’re on Charlize Theron and the jewelry is to die.

  • Charlize! You’re breaking my heart, here! Ix-nay on the granny panties. So sad, but OUT.

  • crash1212

    “Blackened White Gold”…who knew? LOVE the jewelry…LOVE. Hair and makeup are both great. Dress? Not so much. At least she changed the granny panties from beige to black – I’ll give them that – but come ON. Wrinkly underlayment at bodice is not cute. I fear I must go with OUT.

    • kimmeister

      I know, right?  Who would blacken white gold???

    •  Blackend white gold is the thing that bothers me the most for some reason, I think they are beautiful earrings, but why bother with gold if you are going to blacken it.

  • Scarlet39


    Not only does it look like granny panties, it looks like a granny panty girdle!

  • fringebenefit

    OUT. Absolutely spot on in your critique, TLo.  Dress is wildly unflattering on her. On the model, it is breathtaking, so something went awry in the real world translation. 

  • AlinaValero

    out. i’d be okay with the granny panties (I KNOW RIGHT WHAT AM I SAYING?!) if the top/middle didn’t look so terrible.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    The ruching (sp?) in the bodice has to be spaced out perfectly (as it is on the model) – but it’s all gotten scrunched up over her chest on Charlize and that makes it look a little sloppy and odd.  The granny panties are not flattering… and outdoors it seems even more odd.  Out.

  •  I love the dress on the
    runway, but not on charlize. And it was the wrong choice for the event.
    However, I commend her stylist for pairing it with dark green. I’m a
    HUGE lover of dark green and probably the only trend in my life I’ll
    ever embrace, lol. Hard enough finding dark green as it is, I welcome
    its availability ;P ♥

  • Beth G

    Out.  Just.  Out.

  • Melissa Brogan


  • RebeccaKW

    At first look, it’s great.  I really liked it.  Then I scrolled again and…I like it less.  I don’t hate it, but a dress like this on Charlize should be WOW.  I don’t like the wrapping on the chest.  On the model, it seems like it’s well-placed, gathered, like it’s actually holding her breasts.  On C, it’s not gathered and you see the undershirt thing and it loses the impact.  I MIGHT be willing to accept the granny panties if the rest of the look was flawless, but whoever dressed her did a poor job of getting the dress on correctly.  The jewelry is amazing and her face and hair are great.  But overall, an OUT, for failing to be a knockout.

  • OUT. This couture gown has such potential, but I hate the sheer, and the granny panties, and the fact that it looks like it’s strangling her. I do love the green accessories though.

  • mrssage

    In. I think she looks stunning and this is a perfect match between role and red carpet plugging of said role.

  • EEKstl

    When I saw the “key cap” at the heading of this post I thought she looked WERQ-worthy. Then I saw the full effect.  Black/sheer = gorgeous if done right; jewelry = perfection; hair/makeup = perfection.  Granny panties and a beige bathing suit from 1946 = OUT. What a shame.

  • The walking shot makes it look like the saving grace might be the gown in movement. But that’s just not enough. 🙁

  • Celandine1

    Whatever is under that dress is insanely unflatteringly. Those boob seams are awful. The dress doesn’t even look good on the model. OUT.

  • cluecat

    Ugh, I’m conflicted because I really think she looks stunning from the waist up.  (And, she isn’t totally shapeless – she has beautiful and feminine hips and behind, it’s just that she just has about 15 pounds on the model and the midsection belt thingy is sitting too low.)  I wish the skirt weren’t sheer and definitely would have gone with a different selection of undergarments.

    But the makeup and styling (except for the shoes) are some of the best I’ve seen on her.

    Tentative IN.

  • Bozhi

    Out.  Not flattering, and I’m sick of sheer.

  • jjfg

    Wow.  She actually looks – almost dumpy.  And, Granny Panties.  OUT.

  • Lina_bee

    OUT, omg. This is TERRIBLE. It looks fine on the waif in the runway shot, but Charlize is not that girl. I know she’s contractually obligated and all, but was this the best they could do? Beyond that, the earrings & makeup are great, but the hair is eh.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Oh Charlize… you’re young and gorgeous and your jewelery is perfect. Why’d you have to ruin it with the granny panties? OUT.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out. Not flattering at all on her, which is a crime, given her killer body. I, too, am way over the granny panties. No need to justify any further than “Come on!” T Lo. You don’t even need to go that far. Just stating “Granny Panties” pretty much makes the case.

  • IN for the jewellery, OUT for everything else. Can I have that ring please?

  • I think I might have liked this better if the skirt wasn’t sheer and if the top were … looking more like the one on model.  The lining is too obvious on Ms. Theron’s dress.  Bleh.  


  • I would have liked it better had she gone with the nude granny panties instead of the black. 

  • Looks like a dress for an aging cougar in the backyard of the country club. Dreadful. Out.

  • mmgk

    I really hate the top part on Charlize.  What looks interesting on the model looks like not enough material on someone with breasts.  Way too much lining showing.  I love the jewelry, hair and makeup though.

  • janetjb

    The RC makes me smile. 

  • allisankelly

    Out!!  Saw this last night and was dying for your critique. She is a stunner, but this dress does absolutely nothing for her. JUST SAY NO TO GRANNY PANTY DRESSES!
    Love the jewelry!

  • KuriousKat

    Out. The presence of the granny panties would have been enough to rank this as an out, but then there is the long sheer skirt, the way the top is arranged is messed up, and I agree with TLo that the dress does not flatter this incredibly beautiful woman. I am also not a fan of the make-up: it’s applied precisely (kudos for technique), but she doesn’t look like herself.

  • newleaf1

    It takes a really bad fit to make a teeny-weeny actress look big.  And she looks big!  Can’t imagine how that would look on normal size women.  OUT.  Love the ring and earrings, though.

  • OUT

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I’m giving her an IN, granny pants and all. She looks beautiful. Love the jewelry.

  • bookish

    Love the earrings, HATE the dress. OUT

  • Corsetmaker

    No problem with sheer, no problem with the big knickers. But it doesn’t flatter, mostly because the pants are black. However if anyone should be able to do a great dress foundation layer it’s Dior but this doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all for her.

    That jewellery is gorgeous though!

  • In for the jewels alone…I am in lust with them.

  • Kayceed

    Out. Fancy beach sarong over retro bathing suit.

  • I stopped by Leicester Square yesterday just to see how crazy the premiere was and Charlize arrived like two seconds later and got out of the car right in front of me! She is breathtakingly beautiful, but that dress was awful. I really didn’t need a look at her granny underpants. Out. 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Again I am creeped out.  I believe that it is because the dress is sheer but I am expecting to see nipples where THERE ARE NO NIPPLES.  This makes her look like a six foot tall Barbie.   Can’t people just wear normal dresses that don’t make me look for nipples? Because I must clarify that I do not typically look for nipples.   Ten bucks she’s wearing suede shoes as well.  Ick.  OUT.

  • Sophie Collier

    Ah, but for lack of a lining….  The jewelry is fierce (well, except for the so-so earrings) and overall I like that she’s rocking the evil queen look, but that dress needs a lining.  It looks like a negligee and the nude bodice lining vs the black granny panties (which only Katy Perry has managed to wear and get a WERQ from y’all) give it an almost embarrassing “oops, I forgot something” feel.  Pop a black lining in that and come back to show us.

  • Super_Red

    Have to say Out… Definitely high-impact, as you said, but it doesn’t fit her well- especially the bust area… I’m not sure exactly what it’s doing, but it’s doing weird things. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    OUT , the woman has an amazing body and this schmatta is doing horrific things to her midsection…

  • PaulaBerman

    Love everything but the dress, so I have to regretfully say OUT.

  • Marissa Wiley

    The granny panties are not the problem.  I think that the way her legs show through the skirt is sexy, and I chose to believe that the panties are more vintage-shape inspired and not granny attire.  It’s the top that’s killing me.  It’s not sitting on her right.  The lining is not right.  Her waist is lost.  The jewelry, hair, and makeup are on point.  I’m not sure how I feel about the evil queen theme, but I suppose it couldn’t be helped.  Overall, the impact of this look makes it an IN, but there are serious problems upon closer examination.

  • SewingSiren

    Well if there is a perfect situation for a granny pantie sheer couture dress with flesh tone undies on top and black undies on bottom, I would say it is for a premiere of a movie in which you play the evil queen, so IN.
    But omg the emerald cabochon  set in blackened gold should by all that is rightful and good, belong to me and no one else.

  • The awesomeness of her jewelry tips it to an IN for me. Oh, for a winning lottery ticket so I could buy myself that incredible bracelet.

  • fungstyle

    IN. Who says everything has to be flattering? She still looks fantastic and very chic in my opinion, if not in the standard tits up, ass out way. 

  • Wellworn

    Love the jewelry.  Hate the I see London I see France dress.  I think it might be worse if she wore undies that were more skanky, like a thong, too.  I understand why the granny panties, it’s more of a dress element than actual underwear.  The whole point is, we shouldn’t see anything under the dress.  And that is an unflattering waistline.  OUT.

  • I LOVE those earrings, and they remind me of a pair Megan Draper wore a few episodes ago. Clearly I need to make myself a pair of turquoise/emeraldy blue-green dangle-ball earrings.

  • OUT! That dress is hiddy. What is going on on top? Did someone wrap her in ace bandages and then put the dress on over her? 

  • I love the jewelry, but that dress has no redeeming qualities. OUT.

  • Puckndc

    Fredericks of Hollywood lives!

  • elemspbee

    OUT. This dress looks terrible on her. Did she see how her midsection looks expansive in this get up? I suppose this is high impact as in notice how awful that dress is. Fez is always nice, and the green accessories too.

    Love her but not the dress. What a waste of a world premiere.

  • O-U-T!

  • TheLaurenJean

    In. She can do no wrong. Seriously.

  • Can she not wear it? I have an impression that since she is the spokesperson of Dior, she has to wear whatever Dior team throw on her. 

  • Out. Cannot stand the underwear showing look anymore. I dont want to know if you are a boxer or brief person. LINE YOUR DRESSES. 

  • In.

  • Is this even a question? IN.

  • MilaXX

    OUT. Love hair, makeup and accessories. HATE that dress. Even worse Kristin Stewart wore a lace version as well. I’m tired of this look, make it go away.

  • judybrowni

    OUT: granny panties and her top half looks like it’s wrapped in ace bandages.

  • KateMaryC

    There’s way too much room for error, since the sheer fabric clearly isn’t laying where it should be, so her left boob looks overexposed.

  • bluefish

    Can one vote Meh?  I think CT is one of the most beautiful women in the world — to my eyes, far lovelier than Angelina — and she has an amazing figure.  She manages to be that hot blonde —  Those Dior perfume ads that get trotted out at Christmas time — the whole J’Adore campaign — I never get tired of them because Charlize looks so stunning and moves like nobody else.  But you’re right — the dress is not flattering to her.

    • alyce1213

      I agree with everything you said above and would include that she’s a really good actress, to boot.  But I have to go lower than Meh because I am so deeply disappointed in how she looks here.  This is a Feh for me.  Maybe worse . . .

  • lilibetp

    The dress is out.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the jewelry, though!

  • I am surprised that the dress is deemed shapeless on her. It seems to flatter her more than other dresses have, at least this year.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    OUT. This is a strategically tied chiffon curtain. I don’t even understand how this is called couture and not “lazy ass attempt at a widow genie costume”.

  • sherrietee

    Out.  That panel around the middle just keeps doing weird things to her abdomen.  I mean, the potential is there – I like the idea of a dress like this, but the middle is just too wonky.

  • Granny Out.

  • GorgeousThings

    Girl, that is not your dress. OUT, and it’s a shame – she’s stunningly gorgeous and one of my favorite actresses.

  • Out. That dress does nothing for her. But the makeup and accessories are fabulous.

  • OUT. but the detailing is absolutely fab.

  • OUT. but the detailing is absolutely fab.

  • Aly Light


  • ChiKat67

    O. U. T. Why is everyone afraid of doing a black lining on a sheer black dress?  And can we PLEASE stop with granny panties!?!?!? Seriously designers, I DARE YOU!!!

  • jw_ny


    The dress is really pretty horrible, and granny panties…yes, I agree with “come on!” But, the overall look is very well put together and she looks almost fabulous despite the dress.  Hair, makeup and accessories are all beautiful.  

  • YoungSally

    TLo — What’s the fashion rule about Granny panties?  The model’s undergarment is all nude…..For Charleze — the drapes and carpet don’t match.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Is there a fashion rule about Granny panties? There certainly should be. Let’s make one:

      Granny panties strictly prohibited. Violators will be mocked.

  • JanieS

    It’s an out, definitely. That is a dress that wouldn’t flatter anyone. But the JEWELRY. I WANT IT.

  • chitowndg

    out: just line the thing.  It really only has to be lined from the waist down, so why didn’t she do it?  Love the green jewlry.  I think the figure she strikes is fine, so I disagree with TLo on that.

  • miagain

    OUT… make it go away, and all others like it…bleeeccchhh!

  • Cathy S

    Terrible horrible dress. Great hair and jewelry. Did I mention the terrible horrible dress? NO.

  • BazoDee

    Oh it pains me -because he hair, make-up and accessories are flawless. FLAWLESS! All the pieces are there -except the dress. The initial impression is so striking -but sigh OUT for me. 

  • I mean, she, overall, looks beautiful, but OUT. The dress looks good on the model, but something about it on her doesn’t work.

  • granddelusion

    Subtle. I loved the earrings in the long shots, but up close, not so much. OUT.

  • snarkykitten

    oh goodness. no. it looks sloppy

  • Susan Crawford

    IN, despite the sheer dress which I have grown to dread seeing EVERYwhere. This woman is one of my personal Goddesses, folks, and I know she would smite me with a J’Adore-scented lightning bolt if I dared to criticize her. Plus, she gets a special IN the size of Texas for that collection of emerald jewelry. That cuff! That ring! Those dangly emerald earrings! Lord have mercy! 

  • Carla_Charlton

    Can I say IN just because the jewelry is gorgeous?

  • ballerinawithagun

    Out! But I must have that jewelry!!!

  • StellaZafella

    This is moving into floor-length negligee for me, even on the model. The old drag queen mutters, “Why fake nudity OR modesty?  Why not take it all the way to babydoll territory and layer it over some reeeealllllly expensive French underwear (Black lace bustierre, crotch holster and gartered black nylons – seamed) Maybe I’m just too into rereading my old edition of Collette but I think Ms T could make it work…if not werq. And I love Emeralds – they’re an Irish girl’s best friend….

  • DinaSews

    Very unflattering indeed. OUT.

  • Lilithcat

    Out.  Visible panties are never anything other than out (well, except in the boudoir).

    Love the cuff, though.

  • gsk241

    She’s can do better, but I’m still giving her an IN because she looks so poised and confident.  It may not be “her” dress, but she’s certainly werking it! 

    Also, I would do unspeakable things to possess that ring.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, it is so OUT. From A-Z.
    A. It’s ugly
    B. Granny panties
    C. It’s ugly
    D. Black sheer over granny panties
    E. Ugly
    F. Ridiculously complicated
    G. Ugly
    H. Someone with arrested development’s idea of sexy
    I. It’s ugly
    J. Granny panties
    K. Ugliness
    L. Unflattering
    M. Ugly
    N. Wrinkled undershirt thingy
    O. Sheerly ugly
    P. Way too much trouble to suggest nakedness
    Q. It’s ugly
    R. Way too much trouble to ensure no nakedness
    S. No trouble taken to ensure against ugliness
    T. It’s looks stupid
    U. It’s ugly
    V. Granny panties topped by cummerbund
    W. X. Y. Z. Ugly, played out, complicated black sheerness that has to be placed exactly so over an undershirt and granny panties.

    • alyce1213

      You may have understated the impact of the wrinkled undershirt thingy, mentioned but once.
      I’ve been laughing for 7 minutes now.

  • BayTampaBay

    “Girl, That’s Not Your Dress”.

    You are wearing the wrong couture.

  • Larkin21

    I think she looks amazing. I agree the dress isn’t perfect but she still looks amazing. I even am okay with the granny panties but I understand those who aren’t. IN!

  • nancylee61

    Hate this on her. I cannot believe this is a Dior. The cami or slip is ill fitting and wrinkly, and the granny panties – horrid, just horrid. Love the jewelry, but a huge OUT!!

  • frannyprof

    OUT. But love the jewelry.

  • Out.

  • mjude

    i think you are right TLO.  sorry girl, OUT

  • Out. As you said, it just doesn’t flatter her figure.

  • GTrain

    Love that hairstyle on her and the jewelry but agree with the overall fit of the dress. OUT

  • Out. Sheer and unflattering. Kristen Steward in Marchesa was way better than that, altough it has impact on the first look.

  • Just line it! It would look almost the same, but you wouldn’t have to wear stupid gym shorts. Just fucking line it!

  • Nicole Chubb

    Out – I mean seriously, would it kill them to use black lining??? That would kick this dress up like 5 notches.

  • Joyce VG

    OUT.  Charlize overall is an IN, but this dress is an OUT.

  • OUT- my first thought was that the dress is terribly unflattering. 

  • Aurumgirl

    She’s always very beautiful, but this dress isn’t just unflattering, it actually detracts.  It’s a post on what not to wear, ever.

  • LinXGUA

    I think the model looks very good in it. I don’t mind the granny panties, but Theron’s are black, and i think that affected the look. The proportions doesn’t look right in her neither: the black stripe of fabric that cuts the hip is ideal for the teenage model, but not for Theron.
    Also, that dress looks like underwear in her, partly because of the lack of long gloves and mostly because she has those secondary sexual body characteristics that designers forget that women have.She’s beautiful, but that’s not the dress for her.

  • I don’t think it’s unflattering- I thought she looked totally gorgeous until I noticed the granny panties. SO PAINFUL. She’s really working the evil queen thing, and that’s awesome, but there is no reason for her not to have a lining on that skirt because otherwise it’s such an elegant dress. It just looks  like she doesn’t know her underwear is showing. It hurts me to say this about her, but OUT. If I cannot stop staring at your underwear, nothing else matters.

  • msdamselfly

    Dont like the color on her  Also perhaps it is too long

  • tired_mommy

    Sheer is meant for swim suit cover-ups and lingere, not movie premieres–OUT!

  • sashaychante

    OUT  I’m less offended by the granny panties than the really obvious use of lining in the sheer top of the dress.  It really makes the dress look offensively CHEAP.  LOVE the jewelry, and Charlize looks stunning of course, but even this can’t overcome the seriously cheap look of this dress.

  • marilyn

    OUT.  You are right about the setting for the RC.  Walking on lawn makes evening clothes look odd in the  middle of the day.  So, that makes the whole process strange from the start.  Then, the dress:  It is an EVENING dress absolutely.  So, standing on the glade in the light of day, makes it look tacky and lingeree-ish.  Too sheer, too costume-y, and seductive black.   I think the jewerly is not really suited to the dress.  It may be hideously expensive, but it looks odd and cheap on the dress.  It is not bold and big enough for this dress either.  I think that she is gorgeous otherwise, but this whole effect makes her face look generic and her figure is lost.  We KNOW Charlize Theron is a world class beauty, but this does nothing for her.  She deserves better.

  • ugh.. OUT!

    K. Stew’s dress at least tries and fails, this one doesn’t even try. 
    Love the cuff

  • OUT.  I see London, I see France, I see someone’s underpants.  

  • NCDFan

    Out. hate the sheer, hate the shape, hate the granny panties.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT. I am so over having to look at granny panties. I don’t care how beautiful the actress is. I don’t want to see your underwear.

  • Louise Bryan

    Out.  She looks like she’s wrapped up (clumsily) in black sheer fabric.  I definitely prefer the black granny panties she’s wearing to the ones on the model, and the jewelry is gorgeous.  The “dress” is just bad.

  • the jewelry and hair/makeup are a werq, the dress an out

  • Violina23

    Out. It looks like some layers of it flew away…

  • Vaniljekjeks

    It’s so hard, because the hair, makeup, accessories are lovely.  She looks beautiful, it’s just SO not her dress.  

  • Maybe it’s just the angles it was photographed at? I’m still giving it an out, but it could just be how it was photographed.

  • Belvane

    What if we just outlaw the term “granny panties” and reclaim that garment as a sexy way to show off legs without giving away the good china? Rename to something like demi-maillot, perhaps?

  • TieDye64

    OUT. This ain’t your dress, honey. The folding, pleating or whatever, on the bodice is really wonky on you. Too bad because everything else looks lovely.

  • ErmengardeGreen

    How did someone manage to make a couture dress that makes Charlize Theron look stocky? That is a miscarriage of justice. She even looks kind of wide and shapeless from the SIDE, and that woman is a slyphlike thing if ever there was one. Slightly fuller hair might have helped with balance, but there’s no saving the weirdly balloony, up-and-down proportions of this thing. Mystifying. 

    P.S. Excellent point about the garden-party red carpet. It should look glamorous and different but she does look overdressed against this backdrop.

  • Kate4queen

    Out, sorry.

  • Sunshine16

    Out – why oh why is this stunning lady subjected to such an unflattering dress?!

  • Allison Woods

    Not flattering, Char. Out.

  • Out.  It’s definitely unflattering on her.  and boring.

  • No.  If the skirt had been lined then maaaaaybe it would be ok.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    OUT. She should have lined it. Then, even with the figure altering aspects to it, I would have voted for an enthusiastic IN. 

  • I want to give it an IN just because of that jewelry, over which I am now breaking the tenth commandment, but I just…can’t with the swishy and shapeless and granny.


  • poggi

    Yes, exactly!  The dress flattens her chest and the layered or heavier fabric at the torso seems to make her waist disappear.  If she can’t wear this couture than no one probably can (although it doesn’t do this on the model–maybe the fit of the top lining is better and the waist is set higher).  IN any case, valiant effort but OUT!

    • maybe it’s because the model actually weighs under 100 pounds, so in this dress she looks average weight.

      • poggi

        Probably. But can Charlize Theron weigh much more than that?

  • Lisa Kramp

    WANT the jewelry. That is the most awful dress I’ve ever seen her in. Adds 40 pounds to a woman almost too beautiful to be human!

  • veronkimo

    Y’all are crazy! IN! She’s serving up Evil Queen realness, right there! So, yes, the details make her look like she doesn’t have the A-list body that we all know she does have! BUT, this is high impact, and hair and make-up and accessories look flawless! She looks fantastic!!!

  • enchanted216

    IN! Serving up Evil Queen realness!The jewelry is to die for!
    I think she looks GORGE!!!!!

  • rainwood1

    OUT.  Because of what you said, T Lo, and the visible seam bisecting her left breast.

  • Sara__B

     OUT. A granny panties dress will always be out, not matter how lovely the hair, makeup, and jewelry are.

  • guest2visits

    uck. No kidding.   More granny-panties? More unflattering see through gowns? This did bad things for Charlize’s figure.
    The jewels are beautiful, so is she; – bad choice gown.   The fake nature behind her is better then some truly ugly fencing
    and other back grounds I’ve seen.

  • I really can’t find the words for it, but I’ll try. That middle band around her hips/waist is just… meh. It’s the wrong size/fabric/placement. I can’t really put my finger on it. Jewelry is amazing, though. Mmm OUT :

  • samitee

    Stunning. IN.

  • you’re right, this dress does add pounds, but i would wear it anyway, because it is just too beautiful. IN. 

    re: the emeralds.  everybody look over there in the flower bed while i cut off her hand above the wrist and rip the earrings out of her ears while i take off running.  don’t tell that it was me, and i might let you borrow the earrings.

    • Qitkat

      I’ll be chasing you, even with my bum knee.

  • Synnamin

    alas, Out. With you on the jewelry (GIMME!) and the makeup and hair, but that dress just doesn’t flatter her.

  • Qitkat

    Darlin’, I luv you. Your jewelry is STUNNING, as is your face, hair, attitude.
    I want to vote IN on the dress, so I went and looked at Kristen’s first.  If that is an out, and it is, for me, you have to be in.

  • Renee Thomas

    In. She looks insanely gorgeous from head to toe. She likes to make bold choices (remember that giant shoulder bow from a few years ago?) and I think this one works.

    That said, I hate the dress. It’s just that she looks so amazing that in this particular context I can love it for a moment.

  • bailey debruynkops


  • AnaRoW

    Despite the issues, I’m going to give her an IN.  It’s mainly because I’ve saw what Kristen Stewart was wearing and, compared to that, this is perfect.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • BeeBeauNYC

    OUT – Tlo’s analysis is spot on – the jewelry and hair are fab, but the dress doesn’t work on her, which is really weird to say given how rocking her bod is.

  • formerlyAnon

    OUT! Despite the fact that she’s gorgeous and the jewelry is pretty fab.

    1) Granny panties, as noted.
    2) Transparent, gauzy black fabric is, one supposes, meant to convey some element of glamor, no?  Well, when your bodice lining looks like an ill-made Soviet-era swimsuit for the over-sixty crowd at a down-market Eastern bloc spa, you don’t even need granny panties to kill it. Who thought those visible black seams were a good design element? Did they run out of beige thread?

  • SapphoPoet

    I don’t care for it. There’s no there, there. 

    I do like the accessories, however. 

  • greyhoundgirl

    Very OUT.  Looks terrible on her–both her and the dress.  What is she wearing under it on the top?  And sheer skirt–bad.  She looks like she’s strangling and her proportions are unflattering.

  • Rrroza

    Ooof. OUT. The granny panties are bad in either color. Or any color. Even the outer parts of the dress makes one think too much about support undergarments. Bleh.

  • Bad, Charlize, bad!  This dress isn’t yours, so send it to Katy Perry so we can complain about it righteously.

    And, since we’re stripping you of your godawful dress and its abominable granny panties, send the jewelry to my house, where I’ll find something amazing for it to bedeck.

  • sagecreek

    OUT, although that jewelry is fine. The bodice, however, is not.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Love the jewelry — do you suppose there is any way someone would lend it to me?  Otherwise, not so much.  Charlize Theron is all kinds of awesome and there is no reason she shouldn’t look fabulous always — yet her red carpet looks are only about 50/50 with me. 

  • ZnSD

    Fire your stylist. If for nothing else, not arranging the chiffon properly over your breastesesesss. Horrid. And Granny Panties: just. stop. it.

  • j_anson

    IN. It’s working for me. Although I agree the details fall apart a bit on close inspection.

  • Nayasabrina

    Out- Shoulda taken some of the fabric that’s making her hips look wide and covered that hideous top lining.

  • The earrings are magical, probably due to popping flashbulbs, but I love the effect. The hair and makeup are stunning. And that’s where I’ll stop.

    I can’t stop! Oh CHARLIZE!! You’re one of my style icons but this. This was uncalled for. Even if they said, “KStew has to look like she’s winning the couture war” (and she still didn’t), you didn’t have to roll over. The granny panties– smh.

    But you WERQed the accessories, so there, I’ll end on a positive note.

  • TSkot

    This may end up in the year-end-review of the most hideous dresses it’s so OUT.

  • belfebe

    IN.  I actually like it.

  • Char Crop

    Granny Panties…or ‘bingo bags’ as my neice calls them…PLUS what looks like a belly-band…sorry…OUT!

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i love every piece of jewelry there [the ring the least] but i absolutely hate parures. i believe i’ve hated them on sight since i first saw them, when i was maybe two years old & my mother had demi-hippie parures, made out of plastic. i liked her old pre-hippie ethnic silver better but now i am really wandering far away from the subject at hand.

    as per:
    i almost like the dress but, for some reason, it just does not hit the proper mark. the first thing i thought when i saw this was almost –no, actually, the first thing i thought was how can anything be an out on charlize theron? but i can see how this one edges nearby. on anyone else, however, i am not sure we would be asking this question. it’s cos she carries everything off so well that we can even propose it.

    but it’s not her fault, it’s the fault of the dress. & the people who couldnt find anything better to do w/ their in-house drunk & disorderly than fire him for foolishness. &, yep, it’s how my second ex used to say, my people, that he rambled on & on about incoherently & i still think that. just call me a beat up beat down modernist but he wouldnt design something that looked almost bad on charlize theron.


  • Out. She looks four months pregnant and that dress was designed for an A-cup. Look how it’s gathering on either side of each boob.

  • OUT. The black granny panties hurt the proportions of her figure so badly that this beautiful and statuesque woman looks like she is stuck in some poor goth’s curtains.

  • BobStPaul

    Out.  Hate the dress.

  • jessicasac

    It’s lovely on the runway, what did she do to it? yikes!

  • altalinda

    Quite out.

  • Lipchap

    I hate that this dress makes her look like she doesn’t have the figure to pull this off, we know she does. 

  • Out.  You had me at granny panties.

  • joe_tey83

    The head looks good. That’s about it.

  • ccm800

    Out. 100 percent right on the shape shifting. She looks thick and matronly in a SHEER dress. That is bad magic. 

  • frances rossi

    Yes, boy shorts would’ve worked so much better. I did love the dress when standing next to Droopy Drawers but now that you point out those things, Charleze could’ve done bettuh.

  • OUT. If it weren’t sheer or had a proper lining I might reconsider. 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I COVET the ring and bracelet.  Dislike the earrings.  Her the lining is wrinkly and sad looking.  Hair and makeup are good.  All in all, though, despite my MASSIVE girl crush on her, this dress is an OUT.

  • dharmabum8

    In. Exception to the granny panties=fug rule, no doubt.

  • mozzer0906

    OUT, it makes her look thick and we all know she isn’t.  Granny panties are never in.  The jewelry, however, is absolutely fabulous and I’d cut a bitch to have it.  

  • allj

    OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT. I LOVE the hair and makeup and jewelry, but that dress is terrible and is not flattering on her and she is CHARLIZE FREAKING THERON! So out.

  • MzzPants

    Window sheers basted to foundation garments.  OUT.

  • AuntieAnonny


  • sweetlilvoice

    In, for the jewelry and makeup alone. Also, I really want to see this movie.

  • Judy_S

    I would like it if it wasn’t sheer. Does that make sense? But OUT.

  • Judy_S

    I would like it if it wasn’t sheer. Does that make sense? But OUT.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    OMG that cuff! I wants it my precious. I wish there were a straight-ahead shot of her in this dress because I suspect that might be the most flattering angle. She is Evil Queen all over but just can’t give that blockifying dress an in. OUT.

  • demidaemon

    I think if the color of her granny panties had been different–like on the model–the shape would be better. Still, I love me some Charlize and she is killing it with fierceness, despite the somewhat unflattering dress. IN.

  • Lola67

    In. I noticed HER first and not the dress. Isn’t that the point? Hair and makeup are so beautiful, I can forgive the granny panties.

  • Out.  You’re right in everything you said about it.

  • Zippypie

    WTF with the sheer w/granny panties????!!!  This was out a year ago!  BURN IT!  And it’s hideously unflattering in the boob department.  Charlize is gorgeous – but this look is not. 

    Her jewelry, however, is to die for!  I want NOW.

  • carolynmo

    Yikes! How in the world do you make a dress that’s not flattering to this woman? Well, here’s how.


  • aristida_girl

    Oh man, this is a toughie…I want so badly to say in, put poor choices in undergarments forces me to say OUT, a lovely black bustier or body suit would have served so much better…I love the dress but there is no excuse for improper deployment when you are wearing Dior…

  • oohsparkley!

    Out.  Naughty dress!

  • Out. Facts is facts – it’s the wrong couture.

  • Jangle57

    She was damned if she did or damned if she didn’t – if she didn’t wear granny pants, then what?  Rather like War Games, the winning move was not to play – or in this case, was not to wear the dress.  Out

  • aimee_parrott

    If Charlize Theron can’t make your dress look good, you need to take a good look at your dress.  In spite of the fact that I hate the dress on her, this is a close call because her makeup, hair and jewelry are SO perfect.  From the neck up she’s perfection.  Nothing should make her look shapeless though.  OUT.

  • Warrior89

    Gorgeous cuff and ring.  No to the earrings that look like they could be had with a quick trip to Claire’s.  The dress – yuck.  Goth bandages.  Out.

  • glennethph

    That’s ugly.  You’ve lambasted other people for wearing marginally better ones.

  • no.  ice dancer.

  • Lisa

    Yeah, it kind of doesn’t fit her well.  She’s done better.  

  • she looks like she forgot her dress.

  • golspie

    Her body is superb and the dress should be a free-floating vision but it seems like she’s wearing body armour underneath it which gives her a blocky, unnatural shape.

  • Megan Patterson


  • OK, I’ll do my part, OUT. Girl, that is not your couture.

  • OUT. Hate the granny panties thing and it doesn’t suit her at all.

  • IN, viva la Charlize, almost as fab as that wine coloured Oscar dress with the giant bow she wore a few years ago. Now I say this for several reasons, I appreciate the fact that a) Charlize is not scared of couture b) unlike many stars who wear couture she almost always embraces the full design and I must applaud those two habits. Could she have picked a more flattering dress that was still couture? Yes, and next time I will judge her for that (see Dita for reference of couture that works for you) but, she tries and for that is the recipient of my IN.

  • L.

    OUT!  Years from now the granny panty trend will be regarded with deep embarrassment.

  • saanrio

    OUT.  Had the granny panties been the same nude that they were on the runway, I might have been able to excuse giving it an “in” (but only because this girl is beautiful in her own right).  However, they were not and I am really getting sick of sheer skirts or lace skirts and granny panties.  At this point, I would almost like to see someone do a sheer skirt and a thong, just to be different.  I would likely still hate it, but at least it would make me laugh.  

  • Out.  It’s such an interesting dress, but it looks terrible on her.  I do love the jewelry, though.

  • Kathleen B


  • Joanie Hunt

    Forget about the dress. My birthday is Friday and I’d love the jewelry. Okay, maybe just the bracelet. And the ring. Oh, hell. It has to be the whole set or it doesn’t work! If you all chip in, I’m sure it would be immensely affordable.

  • hearkentoit

    I love it. Everything. Sorry, T Lo.

  • So close to fabulousness and the nude lining ruins everything. I could get behind even the granny panties if not for that. If you don’t want your tits out, just go opaque, okay? OUT. So close, and yet so far.

  • I love this. On her. In!

  • HK4Seven

    Love the hair, makeup, and that jewelry is beautiful and interesting.  But I HATE that dress.  Granny panties- OUT!

  • IN, it is Charlize Theron.

  • Beardslee

    Anything with those underpants is automatically OUT.  Plus all the other problems that you so aptly described.

  • Haley Buchanan

    OUT.  For such a beautiful woman and such a beautiful dress, something just doesn’t add up.  The look is FAR less than the sum of its parts.  That cuff is KILLER though!

  • Greg Yoder

    Love her.  Hate the dress. Out.

  • Stefanie Mackenzie

    Nope…so not her.

  • lilazander

    Call me crazy, I love “granny panties”, for my boyish narrow hips and skinny ass, they are perfect in helping to create a fuller figure. Besides, they are not really “granny”, but traditional pin-up and with the dress is just the underwear that actually was going to work.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    IN!  But the dress is the least of the reasons she gets the IN.

  • Anonymoth

    *Sigh* Damn it. I always come to IN or OUTS too late. Why, oh why do the dresses I like always get voted out? Clearly, the rest of TLo’s audience have very different tastes than I do. It saddens me.
    (Though I do admit that it isn’t that flattering on her. Gorgeous on the model, though. And I am just dying over that jewelry. Love it.)

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m on the OUTS with this dress. Hair, jewelry, lovely. But that dress? Mais NON.

  • I saw this and immediately loved it! It’s a new style, it’s a little daring, it’s beautiful. IN!

  • The jewelry is perfect, but the model kicks her ass. Black panties were a mistake.

  • IN! i think she looks incredibly stunning. and if anyone can make a dress like this work, it’s charlize theron. as for the thickwaisted thing, there’s been too many instances lately where the dress has been accused of making her look thick in the middle; i actually think her shape is just changing as she gets a little older. 

  • also, they’re not actually granny panties; that’s a panel around the middle of the dress on the OUTSIDE, and then she’s just got underwear on underneath.