Elizabeth Banks in Jill Stuart

Posted on June 27, 2012

Okay, sure. This is really cute.


Elizabeth Banks celebrates the release of “People Like Us'” in NYC in a Jill Stuart dress paired with Barbara Bui pumps and Pippa Small earrings.

Jill Stuart Resort 2012 Collection

Barbara Bui Suede Color-Block Pump 

In a “my child’s First Holy Communion” kind of way.

But really, isn’t it just a little too tonally similar to yesterday’s look, right down to the matchy, two-tone platforms? She really likes pinks, oranges, and indigo a lot, doesn’t she? And while we were willing to love yesterday’s super-matchy getup, we’re finding it a little harder to love this one. Never return to the same fashion well in the same week, Lizzie; especially when it’s such a distinctive look. It’s a cute dress and it looks great on her, but we don’t love it as much as the previous look.


[Photo Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images, elle.com, barbarabui.com]

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  • Yesterday was also more figure flattering. Today the pattern and the ruching on the sides make my eyes hurt.

    • kimmeister

      The ruching surrounding the non-ruched panel down the front completely obliterates her bust.

    •  My thoughts exactly. Yesterday’s look was magic, this is just a magic eye poster. Brainhurt.

    •  I agree, but I’m thinking the step and repeat isn’t doing the look any favors. There’s so much going on with the dress already, then that busy background of sponsors just makes my eyes exhausted.

  • MilaXX

     I can forgive a too matchy look as a one off, but this one is too Stepford Wife looking for my taste.

  • Lina_bee

    Yikes. I’m not fond of the dress, although it might be cute with combat boots. It definitely needs an edge to keep it out of sister wife territory. The hair, though, is making me crazy. Can we just pretend this never happened?

  • cleep1000

    It’s not awful. A monochromatic shoe would have worked better.

  • CozyCat

    I like both looks quite a bit.  They’re fun without being too OTP.

    As for the semi matchy shoes with both looks:  they are both an improvement over the shoes the models are wearing, so I give the gal major points.

  • blogless

    I think she does look cute, although I’d like the dress an itsy bit shorter. It would be hard to resist wearing those shoes – I mean they look like they were made just for that dress.

  • Alisa Rivera

    Love the dress. Hair and makeup are bad. Shoes are great but too similar to the dress to work.

  • I find that she tends to wear very top-heavy dresses, big sleeves! big hair! …. you know what I mean ….. and it occasionally looks like her clothes are trying to smother her.  This is one such case, I feel.

  • PinkLemon

    this is a ‘people’ look, not a ‘celeb’ one.

  • Anathema_Device

    I dig the dress, but she’s not working the vintage feel of it. She needed to be a little edgier with the hair and shoes for this to work…and even then, that kind of styling isn’t really in her wheelhouse

    • GillianHolroyd

      *that’s* what was bugging me about this look.

  • tereliz

    I hate the bodice panel. It’s like, “boobs? where? not here.”

  • formerlyAnon

    Today’s dress is more ‘middle-America’ because it’s a tad figure-obscuring, compared to yesterday’s.

  • Saucysusan

    This is very JCPennys. I’m not knocking the store, this just looks too ordinary. I do love the shoes.

  • mjude

    ugh, once again suede shoes

  • I actually like this dress a lot more than the Charlie Brown one, although I really liked the colors and feel of the earlier dress.  But was not for the shoe paring with the Charlie Brown dress or this one.  I think the color block shoes with both lead the look into more of a costume arena.  

    Agree that both dresses and shoes in one week was too much of the same type of look.  

  • SpcilK

    She looks really cute and her shoes work nicely with this outfit. If she wore a purple, pink, or purple shoe Ms. Banks would be reprimanded for being too matchy.

  • Something about the poofing and gathering in the shoulders makes it look like she’s shrugging.¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • mshesterp

    I don’t love love the dress, but i actually think, just like yesterday, the shoes are an inspired choice.  I’m digging the combo.

  • Sara__B

    This reminds me of a b&w photo of my mom as a young bride in the early 1940s. Even the shoes look similar. Mom explained the ugly dress as doing the best she could in hard times. Unfortunately, Jill Stuart hasn’t improved it at all, and the 70s hair style is just making things worse. I don’t like this outfit at all.

  • marilyn

    I like this look better than yesterday’s.  She is young and this look is much younger and more casual than yesterday’s look.  I am on the fence about clothing made from big prints.  There are always seams that break up the print.  It is very noticeable here.  The question is whether it is offensive or not.  This is a casual daytime dress, so I suppose the broken prints are okay.  However, it is something I notice.  PR was criticizing designers for this.  Were they just being overly picky, or is this a problem?

  • TheOtherChristina

    I wish the neckline was lower — the high v makes it look sort of like it was altered by someone who uses the word “dirtypillows” — but otherwise I think this look is killer. I don’t mind how similar it is to the previous look either.

  • Aurumgirl

    What I love about Elizabeth is that she rarely wears the predictable, cookie cutter starlet shoe.  And she loves strong colours.  

  • That hair. I can’t. Not with that dress. Are you teaching third grade English or something?

  • bellafigura1

    I too think she looks terrific … in both looks.  And the shoes can stay too. I’m so happy to look at a celeb who is not wearing skin-tight, strapless/one-shoulder, boobilicious, lady-bits baring, see-through hit-me-over-the-head snexy (my word for so-not-sexy-even-though-you-think-it-is) clothes that have the double whammy of being snexy and BORING because everyone else is wearing the same. damn. thing. 

    *deep breath*

    Anyway, cheers to today’s Elizabeth Banks snappy number.  I can certainly handle two in a row.

    • clairellis

      I completely agree!! I love her 🙂

  • nannypoo

    Give her an apron and she’s June Cleaver.

  • another_laura

    Yeah, this dress looks a little twee (notwithstanding the print).  I really like those shoes – I’m surprised because it’s all about the little color accent, otherwise I think I would totally utterly hate them.

  • guest2visits

    This is cute; but I feel the same way about it as yesterday’s matchy toy box theme dress.

  • I’m sorry you guys but she looks fabulous. That dress is so cute and well done. I love the shoes. Let’s not blame the girl for having orange in her outfit two days in a row. 

  • CassieLee22

    i say freaking adorable, she likes orange, go for it

  • quiltrx

    I like the fabric if not the cut of the dress.  And it looks like she might have washed her hair!

  • I love this outfit! It’s “regular cute,” but it’s cute. 

  • i love the dress, but the length and her hair and makeup (or lack there of) is putting her in betty draper land.  more color on her face and lips , a shorter skirt, and an edgy hairstyle would do wonders.  maybe some ultra-modern jewelry, too.

  • SophieCollier

    It’s freaky how much she looks like Kate Gosselin in these photos.  It’s a cute dress and I love how the shoes match perfectly.  But that center parted hair is aging on her.

  • littlemac8

    That print is hideous and it’s wearing her!  NO NO NO

  • understateddiva

    Matching suede platforms once, shame on me for giving you a pass, matching suede platforms twice…I like her dress choices more often than not, but the detailing is so odd.  It’s like her stylist picks out an awesome dress, then lets some intern accessorize her.

  • RzYoung

    She’s killing me with all this cuteness!! i can’t take it anymore, i’m going to implode, someone lock her away for a week so I can recover

  • Yea, this dress just isn’t exciting.  And the draping at her ribs looks like, well ribs.  She’s still doing it better than most. 

  • Judy_S

    I don’t like the style of the dress much but I actually love the matching pumps.  In both matchy cases both shoes and dress are multi-colored and some effort is involved in matchng them up. I’ll take this over the two-sizes-too-big neutral Louboutins any day.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    You know, she’s a lady-like updated prepster at heart. I like that she knows that and mostly dresses accordingly. I like this look on her a lot and prefer the shoes to the one in the last get-up. 

  • ballerinawithagun

    Cute dress but a little too retro 40s looking for her. I love those shoes!

  • She seriously needs to change her hair.  She is looking so much like Chelsea Handler.

  • Cathy S

    Yesterday’s was the clear winner. I don’t like the print on this dress.

  • EEKstl

    This is just 1940’s matron, and while the shoes are fab on their own she shouldn’t have pulled the same trick on consecutive days.  Now it’s just a gimmick.

  • Monabel

    “Dress, where are you going with that girl?”

  • Lisa Dugan

    I don’t mind it but the design of the dress sits too high on her neck.  I love that she’s not wearing the band-aid color neutral shoes all the time.  Sure they’re matchy matchy like yesterday but they’re pretty adorable.

  • Toto Maya

    I don’t really like it. I feel like she could have pulled it off better if she had her hair up. I also don’t think that the middle part in the hair is all that flattering on her.

  • melanie0866

    It’s NOT a cute dress.  It’s an office secretary-circa-1991 dress.  Looks like she got it at a garage sale.

  • m0r0

    why are you comparing? they are both so different and both look great on her.