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,,]

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  • Ali

    IN. This is FABULOUS. I love it!

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  • In. Big time.

  • erinbinek

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

    • 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.

  • The side kill it – OUT.

  • 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!

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

    • 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.

  • 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”?

  • In! Love it!

  • IN.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • In…Incredible.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • IN! (Despite the sheer hip panels).

  • 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.

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

  • and those shoes are killer. 

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

  • 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!

  • This is a WERQ. It’s fierceeeee. 

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

  • 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.

  • She looks fantastic! Mrrrowww!!!!

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • In

  • 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.

  • IN! She looks fierce.

  • 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.  

  • in

  • phrenk

    The closeup convinced me: IN.

  • guestela

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

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

  • 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. 

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • IN

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • A_Rimbaud

    IN, it was worth the risk.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

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  • 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….

  • 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.

  • IN! I think she looks fabulous!

  • Scimommy

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

  • 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.”

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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. 🙂

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

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

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

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

  • 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!

  • IN. She makes it work. Love the shoes.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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..

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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~!

  • 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


  • 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!


  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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

  • IN!

  • Annabelle Archer

    oh effie! so very very IN!!

  • ” 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

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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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!

  • In. No question.

  • 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 

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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?

  • 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.


  • IN

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!  

  • 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.

  • oh, LOOOOOVE.  in!

  • FlamingJune1967

    Out.  she looks like a cartoon character.

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!