In or Out: Elizabeth Banks in Peter Pilotto

Posted on May 09, 2012

Lizzie Banks has been having quite the little fashionista year. She grabbed onto that Hunger Games publicity train and refused to let go, showing up in outfits that ranged from jaw-dropping to eminently discussable for the press tour, ensuring that, even when surrounded by fresh-faced up-and-comers, all eyes were focussed on her. It’s been one of the more expertly crafted red carpet publicity tours we’ve seen in a good while and it made us fans.



Elizabeth Banks attends the premiere of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” in NYC in Peter Pilotto dress paired with Walter Steiger pumps.

Peter Pilotto Fall 2012 Collection

Walter Steiger Peeptoe Curved Heel Pump

You know what? There is no “however” here. We were leaning towards thinking this was way too much dress for her, but the more we look at it, the more we think it’s mostly working. She’s taking a page from the January Jones playbook, wherein she deliberately chooses outfits that play against her WASPish good looks and the expectations people have because of them. Like JaJo, Lizzie could probably rock mid-Century Hitchcock ice princess looks in her sleep, but she chooses instead to be edgier than people expect. It took us a good while to come around to January’s way of thinking on this (mainly because there were some truly eye-murdering looks in her red carpet history), but she changed our minds and showed us how expectations are wonderful things to play with when you’re in the public eye. This is a long-winded way of saying that we really love her desire to take risks and that this dress is uniquely beautiful and eye-catching.

But there’s no way in hell we can sign off on sheer hip panels.

Vote Now!


IN! Striking and unique!


OUT! Awkward and ugly!


Gwynnie’s space waitress and Flo’s stack o’lampshades both received OUT votes from the Minions of Opinions (although there was a healthy level of dissent on the matter.


[Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco/PR Photos,,]

    • Ali

      IN. This is FABULOUS. I love it!

      • Stan

        My sentiments exactly

        • carolynmo

          And I! Love it.

    • Patricia Gillett

      Could have been a cool dress without whatever is going on with the side insets. That killed it for me.

      • makeityourself

        Me too.  Actually, she is making that dress look as good as it possibly can.  The problem is the dress itself.  Way, way too much going on.  It’s another jigsaw-puzzle-I’m-naked-underneath dress and in general, those are distracting from the wearer and the beauty of the garment.

        • introspective

          Peter Pilotto apparently cant create a dress that doesnt look overworked.  exhibit a- ivanka’s met ball dominatrix velvet monstrosity. exhibit b- see above. she’s gorgeous. the dress isnt. OUT.

          • Candigirl1968

            It is stunning, but I, too, wish the side panels weren’t sheer.  

      • mom2ab

        I don’t mind the sides but I hate the boobage- combined with the clavicle cutouts and the hip panels and the shoulder blade openings .All this needs is road flares to be a complete trainwreck

      • ali meowmeow

        That’s what kills it for me. I actually love the look a whole lot from the front and the back, and think it looks considerably better on her than the model, but that side view is horrific.

        Also, I am bitter about the way the voting went on Flo yesterday when I was feeling really forgiving, so OUT.

      • Nikki

        I will politely disagree, I think the side insets are like the pools in a koi-pond of a dress… they take in her waist in a very interesting way and it creates a very captivating distraction with the blue overlay.  If I could afford to even try on this dress I would, I would love to see what wonders it could do.

        • ali meowmeow

          Very true… from the front and back. But in that side view, the insets reverse the illusion and make it look like she split the seam up the side of the dress. 
          It’s a fine effect, as long as your arms are glued to your sides all night and you only allow people to see you directly from the front or the back. Or for photos, where you can control that sort of thing. It’s just not really practical for wearing out into the world.

    • Amanda Albert

      In. Big time.

    • erinbinek

      In. Love her in pretty much everything. Don’t love the hip panels, though.

      • Anplica Fiore

        Agreed.  A bit of editing would have made this WERQ worthy.  In

        • ampg

          Yes, it’s amazing what she’s doing for this dress. IN.

    • Frenchie_M

      Totally in. She looks hot–sexy AND unique is hard to pull off.

    • Lorena

      The side kill it – OUT.

    • Heather Barkman

      I was going to say in until I saw those sheer hip panels. OUT.

    • Verascity

      I don’t like the dress itself, but I think she looks great in it. Better than the model, in fact. IN.

      Edit: Although she probably should have endeavored to have it photographed only from the front. The side and back views are awkward as hell.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      This must have been jaw-dropping in person. IN!

    • AbbottRabbit

      In. I love it. But her shoes are too big. 

      • Heather

        Omigod, they are! Didn’t notice till I read your comment. These must have been hard as hell to walk in.

    • kelsita421

      Most of the dress is fab, not fugs, in my opinion. So then it’s a battle between the sheer hip panels (why!?) and the fact that she’s positively glowing — and glowing wins today. IN!

    • AlinaValero

      IN just for the shoes alone

      • merciblahblah

         Amen. Love this look, and the shoes just killed me dead.

    • Judy_S

      OUT, for the sheer hip panels, though otherwise she looks lovely.
      The weird thing is that I looked at the picture and thought, Oh, I’ve seen this one before, the beautiful blonde in the grotesquely overdone dress. I wonder if patchwork excess will turn out to be as characteristic of an era as 80s shoulderpads.

    • leah besson

      in.  love it.

    • nannypoo

      I don’t actually like this but I sort of admire it. The sheer panels, however, are hideous. And her shoes don’t fit. Her makeup is beautiful.

    • janetjb


      It’s a lot of dress, but she’s wearing it well. 

    • schadenfreudelicious

      The dress is not my cup of tea but she looks wonderful in it, so an IN…however, is it too much to ask to find a pair of shoes in the correct size??

      • janetjb

         I believe it is, considering the number of women on the RC wearing ill-fitting shoes.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          Most things on the red carpet are borrowed, and designers tend to only offer a sample size. I think it’s a 7or so? When their shoes actually fit well, women have either purchased their own or got lucky.

          • Nayasabrina

            Does that mean that the designer gets back a dress that’s been worn all day without -um- benefit of undergarments? 

            • Sobaika Mirza

              Someone with more industry knowledge can probably answer better, but I believe that’s the case. The dresses are returned to the designer, put into archives, or with particularly noteworthy dresses (JLo’s scandalous Grammy dress) they can be put on display.

    • thedogsmother

      How can her hair stylist take all that care with her hair and leave the roots alone? yuk!

      • paginatrix

         Yes. Really wish she’d go back to brown hair anyhow. Remember how pretty she was in “Seabiscuit”?

    • LivePerson

      In! Love it!

    • Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk


    • Violina23

      Against ALL my better judgement, I feel like this is working….

    • Alexandra

      IN — it looks better on her than the model, she looks great

    • Lily

      Total IN. Just wish there weren’t those sheer side panels. But still, WORK IT.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Out, because I think that dress is just flat out horrific. Too much going on.  Her hair and makeup, however, look great.

    • Kayceed

      Out. All the cut-outs were unnecessary. Some beautiful beadwork, however.

    • Dana WhatTheFrock

      IN. It’s weird but it works. She should’ve worn this to the Met Gala instead of that MK monsrosity.

    • Micaela Cannon

      When I first saw the overall look, I couldn’t help but think that there was too much to see. But like you boys, the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. I think in this instance, the way her lipstick matches works really well, and the hair is also really nice.

    • Chantry Banks


    • Pupioso

      The panels make it an “out” for me. Don’t like it. Like her makeup and the shoes are okay. Those panels are terrible.

    • mjude

      OUT, side panels are not a good thing

    • suzq

      Gorgeous, gorgeous, simply gorgeous!  I especially like the cut-outs on the side with the sheer, dark fabric.  They draw the eye in and make the waist look smaller.  I wish all my dresses did that.

    • Lizzyisi


    • Mori Clark

      the hip panel is bizarre, but its still pretty fierce. IN. 

    • vanjar

      I usually agree with your outs, but this one is an IN for me. Love this dress and the sheer hip panels.

    • tsid2012

      I LOVE this dress!  And she wears it really, really well.  Normally, I agree that sheer side panels are a no but these don’t leap out and say “trashy whore” to me.  In fact, I didn’t really notice they were sheer side panels until mentioned so that says something.

    • Alana

      IN! (Despite the sheer hip panels).

    • Andrea Lane

      Huh. It totally grows on you the longer you look at it. In.

    • juliamargaret

      TOTALLY IN. I am in awe that she can expose the number one problem area for most of us mortals, even though I’d be just as happy or happier if the dress didn’t have the sheer panels. Otherwise love the dress. Why be boring? She looks amazing.

    • gabbilevy

      I love this on her so much, I don’t even care about the hip panels. IN.

    • demondoll

      In. I love the crazy.

    • Katie Armstrong

      IN. After seeing so many overbronzed celebs at the met ball, I absolutely love that she’s rocking the alabaster skin. (but yeah, those sheer panels…)

    • belfebe

      IN!  This dress is made of awesome and she’s killing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • In_Stitches

      I love how the red of her lips, the white of her skin and the black of her eyeliner are all echoed in the neckline; it makes for a beautiful mirrored effect.  Everything is working like crazy here, with the sole exception being those sheer side panels which were, assuredly, a bad idea.  This isn’t just an IN for me, it’s a werq. 

    • aubie15

      In in in.  Yeah, the side panels are unfortunate, but everything else about this look works perfectly.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      IN.  See-thru is one of my favorite colors.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      OUT because that dress is not that great as a concept and I HATE the shoes. Her make up and hair are flawless, though.

    • twocee

      IN.  I agree about the sheer hip panels — tacky as hell, but the rest of the dress is beautiful and interesting without being insane.

    • Laura

      ZOMG totally IN. Flawless. LOVE that dress and she totally pulls it off. 

    • Laura

      and those shoes are killer. 

    • Gus Casals

      This is an ice skater costume on acid. A drag queen ice skater costume on acid. OUT

    • Dr Skylaser

      In.  The side panels are unflattering from the side, but it’s a beautiful, interesting look.  And risk-taking should be rewarded.

    • JanieS

      IN – she’s working it better than January Jones ever does.

    • mochajava13

      In.  This is fabulous.  The side inset highlight her curves.

    • Alisa Rivera

      Huge IN. What I love about her is that she’s actually curvy and doesn’t have a model’s body but can still rock these edgy dresses. 

    • BrooklynBomber

      That dress scares me.

    • BrooklynBomber

      P.S. OUT

    • SapphoPoet

      IN! I love it. It’s unique and eyecatching. Good for her for doing something different. And frankly, if I had her body, I’d wear sheer hip panels, too.

    • sherrietee

      Tentative IN.  Not a fan of the black netting on the sides but as long as she keeps her arms down she looks really good and interesting.

    • crash1212

      IN. She’s totally rocking what could be called a ‘difficult’ dress. Not in love with the shoes – loving the model choice with the dress much better – and there’s something about those curved heels that makes me itch. Solid IN though. YAY Lizzie!

    • Michelle Argento

      This is a WERQ. It’s fierceeeee. 

    • Emily

      Out! She looks like she’s wearing my grandmother’s curtains and not in a cute Maria Von Trapp kind of way. 

    • Katherine Lavender

      Ooh, um, urr… in? I really want to like it, (I think I like it?) but agree on the hideousness of the hip panels. Also, the hem is too long and leaves it looking heavy and a bit ungainly. But waist-up is pretty stunning, and she gets major points for trying something unusual. Unlike Dull Old Princess Kate.

    • Sara Munoz

      She looks fantastic! Mrrrowww!!!!

    • Ashley Ellen Wilson

      IN–I LOVE how she looks so put together. Not the biggest fan of the dress itself, but she gets the styling right–she’s paying attention to details. Love those shoes!

    • Nicole Chubb

      The more I look at it, the more I love it – in!

    • Beth G

      It’s a lot going on but the thing I hate most is the curved heel on the shoes.  I don’t know why that bugs me so much but it just does.

    • bluefish

      IN — She looks absolutely beautiful … LOVE the dress — weird hip panels and all.  And her hair and make-up = divine. 

    • Susi R

      I like it! IN!

    • Anathema_Device

      I’m so on the fence with this vote, but in the end, I’m going to vote out. Pattern mixing, fully beaded, cutouts, and sheer panel=a bridge too far.

    • slightlybitterkitten

      The beading is gorgeous!  IN.

    • MilaXX

      IN! I like it. I think the hair is bordering on helmet looking, but I think the dress works.

    • Olive Tree

      Her close-ups are stunning. She must have known that they would be. Gorgeous. I agree about the panels, but the head shots are just amazing. 

    • Judy_J

      The sheer hip panels are a deal breaker for me.  OUT.

    • shopgirl716

      Love it.  She looks amazing

    • Bozhi

      In.  She looks great.  While I am no fan of hip panels, these work.  They are very subtle and work with the dress, instead of screaming out “I’m half naked here” like most shear panels.  These are the first shear panels I really like.

    • Shoelover1512

      I kinda love it. IN!

    • newleaf1

      Total movie star look and she is making it WERQ.  Don’t love the shoes but that doesn’t kill the IN rating.

    • eclare

      IN.  I think she’s actually pulling it off.

    • Rand Ortega

      The dress is a skosh overworked, but quite striking. My problem is w/ the styling. Ms. Banks looks like a secretary who stole her bosses frock on a bender. Pedestrian Hair & makeup lack the drama of the dress.

    • Ethan Barclay-Ennew


    • Terence Ng

      I just think the dress is terrible. Not even the model looked good in it. Out, because you can do edgy in a better outfit than this.

    • Sue_Asponte

      Beautiful! And the shoes are killah. The hip panels are dumb but they don’t kill it. IN.

    • Aurumgirl

      Extensive minute beading.  Embroidery.  Boob cutouts.  AND illusion netting hips.  Normally I’d say look in the mirror and remove one of those features before you go out.  Make the small sacrifice, as it were, of letting go of one of the many glutting indulgences:  it will pay off.  But in this case, you have to remove the illusion netting hips and sides or there is no way anyone would be flattered by this dress.  Out.

    • SheWhoMustBeObeyed

      Out. It’s almost there. There’s just too much happening in the dress. Keyholes and cutouts up top with the sheer hip panels. It’s about 3 too many design elements. And correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like the slit on Elizabeth’s left side has just been tacked down at the bottom, making the skirt hang rather oddly at the hem. If you’re going to sew up a slit, sew it up all the way!

      Accessories, hair and makeup are all fabulous.

    • MinasAunt

      Totally IN.  She looks amazing.

    • RzYoung

      Oooo I LOVE this, so much to look at but not in a ‘too busy’ way. I think it’s stunning and sort of reminds me of that Katy Perry ‘japanese’ look, but a bit more toned down. IN

    • tween00

      LOVE it! Not crazy about the hip cutouts but everything else is FAB!

    • lojoso

      I give her and IN, IN spite of the side panels. It would be so much better without them but still, she looks great.

    • ringthing

      I think she looks great. IN

    • formerlyAnon

      Out. Not because it’s awkward and ugly, because it’s not. Because the bodice cut outs and the sheer side panels with shiny blue sequined designs combine to work against the elegantly ornate vibe I get from the overall cut and fabric of the dress.

      It might [might!] have made it “in” with sheer side panels, but without the blue sequins & cutouts, or with the cutouts & without the sheer side panels.

      It’s a shame because the rest of the dress impresses me more every time I look at it.

    • kat89

      OUT. The side panels are horrible.

    • Jessica Rowe

      IN. I really like it.  The side insets are unfortunate,but overall, a good dress. I like the colours.

    • howdoilook

      Love it. Works nicely with her skin and hair colors.

    • Jessica Goldstein

      I hate the hip panels but like the rest so much that I give it an IN. I think the hair, makeup, and shoes are perfect for this look, too.

    • jilly_d

      IN.  I’m probably biased due to my massive girl-crush on her, but I think she looks FLAWLESS here.  Even love the sheer panels on her.  Skin looks creamy and delicious, and she’s making those lobster shoes (which I normally hate) totally WERQ.

    • J MN

      OUT.  It’s an almost but anytime a woman wears something screaming nekkidness it crosses over to awkwardness.  It wasn’t even necessary, just line those sides and it would’ve been so much classier and an in. 

    • Lexie

      IN! She looks absolutely stunning. Hair/face is perfection. I’m not crazy about the sheer panels, but they aren’t so offensive that it ruins the look.

    • Kel of the Pop Tarts

      IN! She looks fierce.

    • Jen Alien-Spouse

      The hip panels are your deal breakers here?  For me it’s the cut-outs at the collar bone, I think because the cream of the dress is too close to her skin tone for it to really pop, but also, to channel Joanna Coles for a moment, because they make it impossible to wear a bra.  Not that Miss Banks’ assets aren’t looking lovely in that center display cut-out panel, but it just seems to me that the loss of a bra is a high price to pay for not a particularly great style element.

      Actually considering that, and the hip panels, ElBa is looking surprisingly good!  Well done her!

      • leftcoastpickle

        I completely agree! But I am giving it an IN – she looks fab despite those distracting keyholes.  

    • Ebba Svantesson


    • phrenk

      The closeup convinced me: IN.

    • guestela

      In. She looks curvy and beautiful, though I also don’t like the sheer side panels.

    • Adriana Blair

      I’m glad you recanted the “however” because I love this dress and she is definitely working it!

    • Danielle

      The dress is great, and there’s nothing really wrong with it on her, but something just doesn’t work.  I think this is more of a ‘Girl, that’s not your dress.’  This would look amazing on Dita VonTease.

    • jennifervney

      In! LOVE the dress and have to give it to her for going with interesting yet not distracting shoes! Also, she’s got to distract from what has to be the worst movie poster of all time behind her. 

    • Elena

      In. I can’t help but applaud a girl who takes a risk and looks good while doing so.

    • Ruthie O

      In. Fab.

    • Jessi03

      IN!  It’s gorgeous and it makes her figure look impossibly amazing.

    • ChiliP

      In. It’s unique and striking.

      Ok, about Flo and McQueen- I was surprised to see that ensemble labeled “Out” since it seemed to me that the masses were generally loving it . So, in a very precise and scientific undertaking, I went through roughly the first 300 responses (8 of 9 pages) and tallied the number of “Ins” vs “Outs”. I did not count any votes that did not specifically say in or out, although there seemed to be a fairly even number that indicated both love and hate for the look. Anyways, final tally was:

      In: 170 (I ran out of room on my sticky note, so I had to stop tallying here)
      Out: 73

      I would say that is a resounding IN. And no, I’m not bored at work at all….

      • formerlyAnon

         This made me laugh so much!  A slow day for the under-employed is so often redeemed by TLo! (Well, you  may not be under-employed, but I am.)

    • RebeccaKW

      In.  I love this dress, despite those hip panels.  I love the designs on them, I just wish it wasn’t basically pantyhose.  I also don’t care for those shoes and they are too big.  I do like how her hair and makeup kind of sweet, so it’s a nice mix.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Out! Just too many elements. I love the basic design, the meandering floral & the black stripey @ the shoulders & hem. If he would have stopped there, it would have been a fantastic dress. But, he didn’t stop…the sheer insets are horrible, as well as the cut outs at the neck. Maybe the keyhole or the shoulder slashes but not both. The shoes are way too heavy.

    • Kimberly Burke

      IN, because she has somehow managed to look pretty damn good in one butt ugly dress.  I’m all for different and weird, but that dress is nothing but creative idea vomit.

    • Pamela Wess


    • charlotte

      Compared to her Met dress, which made me laugh for about 10 minutes straight,  this is downright dull.
      But don’t get me wrong, I think she looks great. In.

    • jtabz

      IN IN IN, crazy-ass hip panels and all.

    • Layne Alexander

      LOVE IT, sheer hip panels and all. Incredible makeup, too. IN.

    • MissAnnieRN

      She has an extremely small waist already, proportionally speaking to th rest of her body, and those sheer hip panels are making it look even smaller, which I can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing.  In the end, I’m going to have to give this an IN, because it’s discussable, unexpected, it fits, she’s truly gorgeous and her makeup is flawless and those heels are FAB.

    • Heather

      IN! Also glad she kept the hair and makeup basic (but classy) so as not to compete, and REALLY glad she got rid of the arm warmers (which look like the ones cyclists wear).

    • Maya Gurantz

      IN!  No human should be able to pull that off.

    • aimee_parrott

      Normally I would hate the sheer hip panels… aw, who am I kidding?  I DO hate them!  I do!   I hate them so much that they turned an in into an OUT.

    • Kimberly Southern-Weber

      LOVE!!  She looks great, what an amazing dress…in in in in in in in.

    • Sara__B

       Ew. The sheer panels ruin this otherwise striking dress. OUT.

    • M Carlson

      Like the dress, don’t like the shoes. There’s something about that curved heel I find ridiculous.

    • Vaniljekjeks


    • KuriousKat

      In. She looks incredible. But the comparison to JaJo is offbase. Why? Elizabeth looks put together which is something JaJo does not seem able to do when she tries for “edgy”. I wouldn’t call this edgy either. I’d call it interesting and flattering.

    • MoHub

      In, In, IN!

    • Amy Watts

      IN – she’s rockin’ a Dita Von Teese vibe here.

    • JaneDC

      I can’t help but wonder what happens to those hip panels when you sit down. Without them, this is an in. With them, out.

      • poggi

         Oooh, I hadn’t though of that. This might look a mess when seated. 

    • kittyminion

      OUT. Oh so very out. It looks like a christmas table runner.

    • alyce1213

      Wow, this dress is fascinating.  The more I look at it, the more I like it on her.
      The fit is great and the bosom reveal is sexy, tasteful, and flattering.
      It’s accessorized perfectly, her makeup and hair are gorgeous.
      Very, very IN.
      (even with the controversial sheer panels)

    • scrappy1

      In.  The hip panels aren’t great, but they’re pretty subtle, really, and she looks great.  

    • BayTampaBay

      OUT!The shoes are too big and this dress needs to be worn by a burnette.

      This is not a dress for a blond but it is a GREAT dress!

    • AlexisPayne

      In, she looks so striking!

    • leftcoastpickle

      Except for the keyhole cutouts in the front – love this dress! What an amazing design, I could look at it for a long time, so interesting and fun!

    • RutGot

      Totally love it. I’m even ok with the sheer hip panels. I just wish her shoes fit properly.

    • Julie Chase

      I don’t like the top side cutouts, but she looks incredible. In!

    • A_Rimbaud

      IN, it was worth the risk.

    • Teri

      In, because of the sheer panels. No seriously, the way the sheer panels and the print work together make her waist look as small as the narrow point of that center print. The individual aspects of the dress are awkward, but they come together to make E.Banks look striking and unique. Also, her makeup is fabulous.  

    • Merneith

      IN! I wouldn’t normally be a fan of sheer hip panels, but this dress is beautiful enough and has enough going on that I can work with it.

    • PeggyOC

      In.  It’s a lot of dress, but all of it is rather awesome.  I wish her shoes fit her, but hey, that’s her ankle sprain, not mine.

    • LP


    • altalinda


    • Jessica O’Connell

      IN – though I wish it wasn’t quite so Frankendress and that the sheer hip panels didn’t exist. I’m hoping that they’re not actually sheer and have a lining there to make you think they’re sheer (though I don’t know why you’d ever want people to think that) because I don’t feel like I can get behind the whole “going commando on the red carpet!” look….

    • Deborah Lipp

      In. The hip panels frighten me and the shoes are ugly, but she looks striking and carved into a statue of goddessness.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      In. In. In. Don’t love the shoe choice though.

    • Julie Fountain

      I don’t like the sheer hip panel thing either (so ready for the sheer trend to be over) but I still give this an IN because it’s otherwise awesome.

    • marlie

      IN! I think she looks fabulous!

    • Scimommy

      I actually love it. Well, the dress, not the shoes. But the overall effect is – IN!

    • Erin

      IN.  I think she’s working this a lot better than her other attempts at edgy; the floral and pink reference the WASPish expectations while the rest of the dress conflates them.  Agreed that the sheer hip panels are unfortunate, but I think the rest still gets the “in.”

    • Susan Wheeler

      IN. I agree on the sheer side panels, however.

    •!/rmccarthyjames RMJ12345

      Oh, so IN. I didn’t even realize those panels were sheer until the third time I saw these pics!

      She has such great instincts on the RC. She’s always perfectly accessorized and werqs the shit out of everything.

    • Pop Tarts Jen

      In! It’s a little crazy but it works!

    • Melanie Suzanne

      In. Hair and makeup are gorgeous and I love the color in the dress. Not wild about the shoes, though.

    • nancymae

      Though those hip panels are hiddy, I have to give Ms. Banks an IN for sheer chutzpah. Seeing as she’s sharing this RC with Cameron Diaz AND LA DAME JLO, she had no choice but to go a little crazy.

      That said, what’s up with the oversized shoes??

    • MK03

      In. I like it much more than her Met dress.

      • poggi

        Me too.  But even the Met dress wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  She really seems to commit to whatever she puts on.  No hesitation or second thoughts–just go full tilt.  IN.

    • mike__tv

      Looks great front on. Interesting. Weird. Confusing. Great lips. Great Hair. Great Face. Applause. So….IN. 

    • SpcilK

      Fierceness, she is wearing the hell out of that dress. Her hair, shoes, and everything else are sheer perfection.

    • Laura Valentine

      IN IN IN.  although her face is a tiny bit shiny, i think?

    • momogus

      OUT. It’s a good shape for her, but all the beading and lace panels are kooky-nutso. Too busy.

    • FayeKat

      It’s not perfect, but i love it non the less. IN

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      In. I love the dress and it works on her. Even with the sheer insets, which were on the tacky side.

    • sagecreek

      I could go for it without the insets, but with them, it’s a trainwreck. Out.

    • Amanda Herriott Welliver

      I’d give it a WERQ just for the lip color.

    • Amy Ennis

      I hate the hips also. Would be an IN without them. How can she walk in those shoes? They are fabulous, though. 

    • VicD

      IN – just because it’s not what she wore to the Met ball.

    • Danielle Sekikawa

      Go for broke, sister!  IN

    • TAGinMO

      Against all odds and reason, I love this, head to toe. I’d even say WERQ-worthy, so an enthusiastic IN from me.

    • Tracy_Flick

      In – she looks gorgeous, can’t argue with that.

    • sweetestsith

      Man, the side panels are my favorite part. Without that break in the big, busy pattern the dress would have overwhelmed her shape. I really love this crazy thing on her. Her makeup is exquisite.

    • Kris

      In!  It’s a lot of dress, but she is rocking it!

    • Brian @ PWYJudges

      It mostly works, and she gets bonus points for not copying the gloves from the runway look. IN!

    • understateddiva

      In.  With reservations.  Her retro hair and makeup just don’t work with these edgier dresses.  But the dress looks lovely against her skin.

    • Susan Phillips

      Just hit me–could it be that the sheer hip panels are to show off that she isn’t wearing Spanx–and doesn’t need to?  Might be the only reason for them–and if so, look for the more competitive celebs to put sheer hip panels into everything!  IN.

    • foodycatAlicia

      No – I can’t with the boobular cutout and hip doilies.

    • AuntieAnonny

      Yikes, out.

    • NurseEllen

      IN.  So much better than that horror she wore to the Met Gala.  The side panels are annoying but not deal breakers.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      OUT – what bothers me are the side pieces – it disrupts what is otherwise a beautiful dress! If it didn’t have the side panels, I’d give it an IN!

    • kimmeister

      Small in, because I hate the shoes and dislike the sheer panels, but everything else is pure awesome.

    • Hermione_Granger

      I love it. Total in.

    • kikisayshi

      IN IN IN! It’s definitely unique and eye-catching but not too over-the-top. I’m actually surprised that I love it!

    • TieDye64

      She sheer hip panels kill it for me. OUT. Although face and hair are beautiful.

    • Alison Sigman

      IN! SO IN! Even with the unfortunate sheer panels, although if they were black, think how tiny she would look! 

    • SatelliteAlice

      In.  I don’t think it is her best look but I think it works.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I think it’s kind of fab. IN

    • DebB_Rocker

      IN because this is, like you said, striking and unique. And she perfectly accessorized it. Hair, makeup, jewelry, shoes, clutch; they all complement the dress and do not fight with it. Why people with so much money to hire so many professional stylists have such a problem with accessorizing is beyond me. Whoever Elizabeth Banks has on staff must be very well experienced.

    • Marissa Wiley

      IN!  She looks amazing.  I love the contrast of her simplistic make-up, smooth hair, and the busy dress.  But, while I love them, I think don’t think that the shoes are quite right for the look.  Nevertheless, girl has been killing it.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      she looks nice but the stoopid i’m not wearing underpants panels took the dress at least several steps too far.
      i give the dress a no but her a yes for taking a no & running further than anyone might expect w/ it. also i really like the shoes.

    • Louise Bryan

      In.  The panels give the illusion of such a dramatic wasp waist, uber-hourglass shape.  Definitely eye-catching and unexpected.

    • Delysia LaFosse

      I think it has potential, and major props for wearing something like this instead of a standard red carpet dress, but it’s not very flattering. It’s just making her look really wide through the hips and a bit thick-waisted (thanks, sheer panels!). Also: no on the shoes (even if they fit her, which clearly they do not). Sorry, Lizzie. OUT.

    • algaechick

      In! The dress is a bit much in parts, but I think she’s wearing it well, and her eye makeup, hair, and décolletage look fab! I’m not sure yet if I like the shear panels, but they give a first impression of a _super_ skinny waist. 

    • butter nut

      INbut.  i like the dress & in tight shots, the colors & pattern work well for her.  i also like the idea of the hip panels.  but the sheerness looks cheap.  not just “lookee! i’m not wearing panties!” cheap, but dingy discount bin cheap.  if the panels were done in some other kind of fabric, this dress would be killah.  

    • enid soto

      This is so pretty I don’t even care about sheer panels, she’s so elegant she can get away with them without looking tacky.

    • Democracy Diva

      In! Bold and daring and interesting and at least marginally beautiful. Great shoes.

    • CheriCPat

      In.  Way, way In.  Even though it would be better two inches shorter, it is still In.

    • j_anson

      Oh, totally in. I even like the hip panels. They mostly read as grey to my eye, and while they’re a bit of a cheap trick, they are successfully doing what they’re supposed to, which is to make her waist look tiny and emphasize her figure.

    • Imasewsure

      This is Scar Jo’s dress

    • buildmeatower

      IN. And God help me, I actually like the side panels. I think they really help define her curves. (‘Course I didn’t realize they were sheer until that last picture, which may have helped me form an opinion.) I also really love that neckline.

    • NCDFan

      I don’t like the hip panels but still this is a striking dress, very flattering and definitely edgy. IN

    • Sweetvegan

      IN! The sheer hip panels would’ve been better in white than in black, but she looks great!

    • Martha Jackson Deutsch

      OUT. It’s not her, it’s the dress. Terrible. The side faux cut-outs in black hosiery are eye-searing. 

    • EEKstl

      OUT, and it pains me because it would have been so IN without those ridiculous cutouts on the sides.  I would have forgiven the side panels and given her an IN but I love the rest of this dress so much and I am so mad at those cutouts for ruining it that I’m being disagreeable and ornery about it. So there!

      • Super_Red

        that’s exactly where I’m at— really want to love it, but those side panels are horrendous. I have to vote Out. Her makeup is gorgeous, though.

    • Kate4queen

      IN, although I can’t believe I’m saying that. :)

    • Gara St. James

      Out. It’s too busy, and those sheer hip panels are ridiculous.

    • Ashley

      In.  She’s got big lady balls to pull off so much of what she wears.  Perma-in.

    • Gabriella M

      In. I love her, I love this dress, and I think it all looks great. Snaps up. (Except that side angle shot. Yeaaaah, sheer hip panels maybe not so much.)

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      IN. I love this dress and I don’t quite know why. Striking and unique gets me every time.

    • unbornfawn

      IN. I like it. Even if it is a lot of dress for her.

    • kittenwithaquip

      I don’t usually like cut-outs, but these work for me. I don’t even mind the hip panels, and I think the fact that they’re black keeps them from looking super tacky. Imagine if they were nude– they’d look even worse against her pale skin. IN.

    • Sabrina Stern

      In, she is rocking it, and looks better than the runway model

    • Aly Light


    • Joyce VG

      IN!  Until I saw the side panels then I said OUT!  But ultimately said IN again because I think the dress is beautiful and it fits her body so well.

    • amf0001

      this is a Dita Von Tease kind of dress, you have to be prepared for all the attention… but she lookes pretty prepared to me. 

    • random_poster

      IN, despite the sheer side panels.  

    • Julaine Morley

      The little (-ish) dress that tried to do too much – OUT. If only the side panels had been treated along the lines of the shoulder area.

    • up with pod people

      In, I love it.

    • trisker

      IN!  love the shoes, too.

    • Jill Tracy

      IN, it’s unique and it fits her to a tee!!

    • saanrio

      IN.  The shoes are almost too heavy, but they work.  Love this dress.

    • Willis Cramer Kliefoth

      IN. She overshoots it a lot, but this works. It’s edgy but she still looks quite pretty.

    • fiestyfashionfem

      In – I really really like this look.  Its fantastical AND pretty.  

    • Amelia Ross

      Overall, she looks great.  The colours especially really work for her: Pink lips, blue eyes, blonde hair, everything amped up to 11

    • Minta Hall

      IN!! IN!!  IN!!

      Sorry, guys. She’s rocking it…

    • Geno Boggiatto

      It’s an interesting dress, and dare I say she is really pulling it off!! IN!

    • blue

      IN. She makes it work. Love the shoes.

    • Buffy

      In!  I like it!

    • lizykat

      Absolutely IN!!! She looks fabulous… yes the sheer panels are a bit bothersome, but that is a very small issue when looking at the whole picture that she is presenting.

    • granddelusion

      Oh that’s so busy. Way too much going on. Take out a couple of elements (including those awful side insets), and it’s a maybe.

    • NJPaganelli

      OUT. She’s a little too pale for this dress and the cut outs are less striking because of it. 

    • Kirsten Henry

      in. looks way better on her than on the model

    • twigg

      I kind of hate the dress, but I still think she looks fab. in!

    • Nayasabrina

      Look at my pattern!  Look at my beading! Look at my cleavage! Look at my hips! Look, I’m not wearing undies!

      OUT.  Too distracting.

      And with the money you’re making, buy your own damn shoes that fit..

    • MandyJane

      In, I like it! That dress really gives the illusion of an hourglass figure. 

    • Brian Jardine

      The side panels are the only thing hurting this look, as far as I’m concerned.  But the rest of it is fabulous enough to get a solid IN from me.

    • giiiirrrr

      IN IN IN!

    • benjamin478

      It gets an IN from me. Bad hip panels, but great otherwise.

    • Shari Sherman

      IN! Best thing I’ve seen her in — even with sheer panels.

    • jw_ny


      there is too much going on with the different and busy prints, cut outs at the bust, sheer panels. etc.  If one of those elements (*side panels!*) had been eliminated, I’d be inclined for an IN…but can’t as is.  Too much!  Also…hate the shade of lipstick and her face looks rather pink compared to her body. 

    • Cathy S

      I really liked it until I got to the side panels. I’m thinking of still giving her an in because she’s making it work. Hell, In.

    • TSkot

      The styling on the model dresses it down and makes it edgy.  Lizzie’s styling makes it too serious, almost dowdy.  OUT

    • Irene Wroclai

      I like it. IN. 

    • Kristy Evans

      IN. I can’t sign off on those sheer panels either, but honestly, the rest of this is pretty fierce. Hair and makeup are perfect, so that let’s me at least ignore the panels.

    • Mathilde

      Panels are weird, but in a good way. Love the print of the embroidery. IN !

    • TheOtherChristina

      I wish the shoes fit her, but I’d call this a WERQ, sheer panels and all. She is killing it.

    • theblondette

      You know, I would like to see more shaped central panels like that on dresses! (Though without the sheer sides for us mortals.) It’s like corsetry but not as…binding.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Pretty but the hip transparency panels sink it for me. 

    • RoxieRider

      I love it. Even the side panels look sexy.

    • BazoDee

      I was totally onbaord until those hip panels from the side view. OUT but barely. 

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      OUT.  Too busy, too many elements, and the hip panels are just crazy.  Hair and makeup are lovely.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      But there’s no way in hell we can sign off on sheer hip panels.

      HA!  Thank you – in. 😀

    • VicksieDo

      IN, this is a fabulous look from head to toe~!

    • Cassie

      Oh, so IN. The dress is fabulous and she looks cool and sexy and curvy in it. Awesome.

    • AngelaGreen

      Super in.  And while you’re right about the panels, it gives her the illusion of the tiniest waist in the world.  WERQ it, Effie!

    • JackieOBlue

      Out, there is taking risks with your fashion or  just wearing one fugly dress.  This time she is wearing one fugly dress, there is way too much going on with it.

    • meridian5

      Love it, in!

    • Pterodactyl111


    • Shawn EH

      In! Awkward and unique!

    • braziliankitten

      I think she looks stunning. Hair and make-up are great, and though I usually loathe side panels, they way these are arrenged is very flattering, her waist looks really tiny! IN.

    • oohsparkley!


    • Miriam S

      I agree the side panels are too much, but she looks so fab that I have to give her an IN

    • Lina_bee

      IN, but I am SO TORN. My first thought was “Save the sternum cut-outs for when you play Power Girl!” Then I saw the front and back shoulder slits and hated it, but I love the skirt, and I’m choosing to believe the cut-outs are mock-sheer and she’s all safely Spanxed underneath.  Bottom line is it’s a beautiful and interesting dress, and it’s great to see things like this on the red carpet/at photo calls. Yay not being boring!

    • Barbora

      I love this too, IN!

    • turtleemily

      I like the shape and cut of it on her, but I think the dress is over-designed. The stripes on the shoulders and hemline need to go, as well as those sheer panels. In-ish?

    • guest2visits

      I hate cut-outs of all kinds; but this is fantastic!  A world away from the thing she wore to the gala.

    • aristida_girl

      IN, even with the many strategically placed cut-outs for various lady parts…the dress in pretty and sparkly, and I’m a sucker for both

    • ErmengardeGreen

      Dita Von Teese Betty Draper! Love it.

    • CatherineRhodes


    • Char Crop


    • Emily Roach


    • Allison Woods

      Way too much going on here. Owt.

    • Amy Ellinger

      OUT. she’s having an uggo week.

    • eight_of_nine

      I love the other cutouts of the dress (damn, sister has good skin… she must take tips from Dita!) but I hate the sheer hip panels.  Love the shoes, even if they are a little big.

    • Jennifer Krumel

      In. She’s working it like she owes someone rent.

    • Liana Brooks

      An I unexpected IN. Not my dress, but she makes it work.

    • Rachel


    • Annabelle Archer

      oh effie! so very very IN!!

    • TheVeryLivingEND

      ” We were leaning towards thinking this was way too much dress for her,
      but the more we look at it, the more we think it’s mostly working.” – You took the words out of my mouth, TLo. I thought I was going to hate it, then I started coming around. The dress is beautifully made, but….Those. Side. Panels. *Miranda Priestly face* OUT.

    • Isana Leshchinskaya

      IN. but i wish something more interesting was going on with the hair and makeup

    • Megan Riley

      IN….This dress is awesome, and her butt looks great!

    • Florence Whytingale

      Totally agree, everything here is fantastic but for those hip panels. IN… those shoes are to die.

    • RichStrathmann

      In.  Girlfriend looks FIERCE

    • ChelseaNH

      I agree — it’s a lot of dress, but she’s pulling it off (possibly through sheer willpower).  So IN.

    • LambeeBaby

      Love it! 

    • GTrain

      There is a lot going on in that dress but I think she’s handling it. IN

    • Vera

      On first glance, I was all like. “Oh hell yeah, she’s out,” but it’s growing on me…I’m not feeling those side “Look, Ma, no undies” side panels, but it really is an interesting dress,eye catching dress that just right when you want all eyes on you–like on the RC at a movie junket. She’s also wearing it very well. IN.

    • cluecat

      OUT.  Hate the coral lips, wallpaper-from-a-children’s-book-illustration print, and horrible “illusion” corset.

    • chitowndg

      Oh In, it looks like it was fun to wear.

    • corvina

      IN!  Love this on her.  Don’t like the shoes but still in.

    • Ezmartin


    • MinAgain

      I like it much better from the front than the side.

    • Linda Dodson

      In.  Way in.  

    • travelingcat

      I’m choosing to go with my first thought that those side panels were just another color fabric and not sheer. IN

    • LittleKarnak

      I want to like it….but I just can’t. Out!

    • Maya

      In. No question.

    • MajorBedhead

      It certainly gives her a nice wasp waist, but it’s a bit frenetic, which isn’t her fault. And what’s with the gap in the shoes? How does she not walk out of them? 

    • AWS

      Wow, her dress looks like the back scratcher I bought in Chinatown last year…


      I love it!  IN 

    • Aidan B

      I think she looks great! One of the most unique dresses I’ve seen in a while, and she’s actually pulling it off. In!
      And that’s very clever, the way the dress is designed to make the waist look teeny-tiny. Well played.

    • Jangle57

      Like the shoes but not with this dress, and the dress’ graphics looks like a carpet to me.  OUT

    • Monabel

      See the eyes in the side panels in the first three photos?

    • Sorana Tarmu

      Those sheer hip panels make it an easy OUT.

    • Nonnah

      IN!  The side panels don’t bother me, but those shoes are awful.  I don’t know if they’re awful on their own or just with this dress.

    • skadi1

      I don’t like the sheer panels either, but the her between-boob area is so magnificent, I have to say IN. Plus, I love her. So I’m biased.

    • berkeleygirl

      WERQing it like crazy!  At first, it also made my head spin, but I’m loving it.  Most importantly, Banks is not letting the dress wear her.  

    • CQAussie

      OUT.  I hate the shoes.  The dress is too much and for some reason, her boobs look painted on….=( Plus her make-up is garish to me.

    • CQAussie

      Oh snap.  I just noticed the cut outs/inserts/glitter/sequin thingies on the sides.  OUT.  Definitely.

    • Katie Truax

      This is amazing.  Can’t get enough of her on the red carpet!

    • Sophie Collier

      She looks AMAZING.  That dress fits her body perfectly and LOOK how gorgeous her cleavage is!  Not smooshed, not droopy, but perky, smooth and creamy.  Those colors are great on her too.  This is a total IN!

    • SkipperJane

      It has way too many elements, and they don’t seem to go together (especially the netting/beaded hip cut-outs) – OUT.

    • Eovaai

      IN. I don’t love the side-inserts but I do really like the whole look. It’s sharp.

    • Judih1

      great dress, but not on her. OUT

      What about the shoe?

    • mrspotts66

      IN!  i think she’s rocking it!  hair and makeup are fab!

    • cleep1000

      I’d kill to have a waist like that! Hair and make-up are perfection. IN.

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      IN!  She looks fabulous and her risk taking continues to pay off.  You go Lizzy!

    • MissMariRose

      IN. I don’t know why, I just do. 

    • PeaceBang

      IN. And I admire the risk. 

    • PrunellaV

       The side panels are a bridge too far. So close, but OUT.

    • Nikki


    • Jasper Peng


    • How to Faint

      IN a thousand times over.

    • CassandraMortmain

      The side panels ruin it.  The boob cutouts aren’t helping either.  And she’s got so much foundation on that her face is a shade darker than the rest of her body.  OUT.

    • Kathleen B

      IN fab dress

    • David Gibson

      She is working the the bejebus out of that dress..  You go girl…

    • elizonthelam

      This is the first time i’ve seen sheer hip panelsake the wearer’s waist look *skinnier*! The black clutch is distracting from the effect, but still like a lot. In!

    • demidaemon

      IN. At first I was unsure, but the more I look at it, the more I love it.

    • Kate Lorenz

      Side insets are weird, but I like it!  In!

    • Jen S

      So close… I’m not a fan of the sheer side panels (and the run I saw in them on another site… maybe?), but I could live with them if the rest of the look worked. Hate the hair, absolutely ruins the outfit. The make-up is pretty bad too.

    • Katrina Atienza

      IN! the slightly retro pattern of the beading calls back to her hitchcock ice blonde looks. the sheer panels are meh, but not so bad as to merit an out.

    • Larkin21

      I love this! IN!

    • Fifi LaRoux

      There’s just something not quite right with it. OUT.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      OUT.  Without the sheer side panels it might have worked, but the vertical stripes are also very distracting and making her look like a box.  Lizzie, so close….neck up, as always, is stunning.

    • Badriya Al-Badi’a

      I really want to love it, it’s perfectly stunning from above the cut-outs on up, lovely make up and hair, the X design of the beaded area accentuates her smashing figure, but I can’t sign off on the cut-outs either.  Not that I have an issue with cut-outs per se, but these particular ones really aren’t working with the rest of the dress.  Solid panels would have served much better.  I’ll still give an In, but it’s a pretty iffy one.

    • Laura Livingston

      Out. Hate the hemline, neckline, busy pattern and shoes. The sheer panels look grey and are jarring. Hair and make-up look great but not enough to make this an in for me. Maybe if they had the sheer in all of the (way too many) cut outs?

    • librarygrrl64

      Oooo, did not realize those hip panels were sheer until you mentioned it and I scrolled back up. Still an IN, however. It’s a lot of dress, but it’s interesting and a good silhouette for her. Makeup and hair look great!

    • mozzer0906

      I give it an IN, but those mesh cutouts on the side really give me pause.  I think without them it would have been a slam dunk in.

    • marilyn

      OUT.  Too busy.  The dress has a 2 busy prints:  Big flowers and stripes, all in beading, so they are shiny.  Those elements fight one another.  It also has large cutouts on the top and tan colored sheer panels on the side.  The embroidery on the side panels is blue and has nothing to do with the rest of this hot mess.  All of these elements are fighting one another.  This dress might work if there were no cut outs and no side panels. There is enough going on in the colors and prints in this shiny dress without throwing in more stuff.

      Also, it does not help that her skin looks rather pasty, and does not look good with the color of the dress, particularly in the bust area.  This girl needs a (faux) tan, and one that is consistent from head to toe.  Her shoes are way too big.  Haven’t these RC types ever heard of putting kleenex in the toe of a shoe that is too big?  I knew that in middle school (but because I was wearing my older sister’s shoes on a loan). 

      To sum it up:  What am I supposed to be looking at?

    • ccm800

      IN! Yay for however cancellation!  

    • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      IN. Love it, love her.

    • KathKo

      I’m sorry, I don’t understand that dress so I’m not going to vote for it.
      Plus, I’m pissed because that post tells me that I voted to late for fabulous Flo Welch. I mean, I might have saved her, no ? I guess not.
      So not voting.

    • amanda crow

      Definitely IN.

    • amanda lynn

      oh, LOOOOOVE.  in!

    • FlamingJune1967

      Out.  she looks like a cartoon character.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i adore this look.  i especially like the optical illusion it gives when viewed from the front;  she looks like she has a cartoonishly tiny wasp waist.  like betty boop.  from the neck up she’s channeling betty draper.

    • Christina Brennan

      This dress is fan-fucking-tastic.  IN IN IN 

    • Ally Monge

      AT first glance I was inclined to say WTF… but the more I scrolled down and really looked, the more I love this. It looks so damn good on her, it is so unique, and her styling is flawless. So way to go Ms. Banks. IN

    • Rachel Lee

      YESSS! I love how the pattern of the flowers and the hair and the red lips look somewhat evocative of old hong kong glamour. In!

    • Nicole Renee

      In! Interesting and unexpected AND pulling. it. off!

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      In.  It’s totally sexy but not slutty.  It’s interesting!  YAY!

    • lilazander

      That is a definite IN for me; she looks fab!