Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Michelle Dockery

Posted on June 26, 2012

Oh, LADY MARY. We can see we have our work cut out for us with you.

Michelle Dockery attends the Burberry Prorsum Menswear Spring/Summer 2013 show during Milan Fashion Week.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Jasmine Tookes

We were going to attempt something smart-assy and then check out, but we’ve decided to give you the full T Lo assessment. Aren’t you lucky, dear? You’ve arrived!

Sweetie, let’s talk proportions. You see, none of this is working on you, even though we think the pieces are all pretty cute. The waist on that skirt is sitting high and the hem is hitting low. That’s a terrible choice to pair with a t-shirt. It looks better on the model because, like all models, she is grown in a vat somewhere in France and engineered to be well over seven feet tall.  And while we don’t love the belt the model’s wearing, we can admit that it is a belt and not a piece of strap leather she tied around her waist. Also, this skirt is from the fall collection, which makes sense because it’s a lovely, rich velvet. You know what doesn’t make sense? Wearing it in June. With suede booties. You know what also doesn’t make sense? Shoving that t-shirt into the skirt like you were on the loo when the fire alarm went off.

Check us! We said “loo!”

Anyway, what we’re trying to say is that these pieces are really adorable but they’re not working on you at the moment. Keep the t-shirt, pair it with some super-skinny pants and really kickass pairs of sandals and shades; choose a knockout clutch to punctuate it, and girl? You’d have to fight the photographers off.


[Photo Credit: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images,]

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  • kimmeister

    Calf-length skirt + ankle-high booties = legs that look 2 inches long.  NO.

    The shirt is cute but needs to not be tucked in – the weight of the owl ornamentation just doesn’t lend itself to that shirt draping well.

  • One does not wear blue velvet after Memorial Day.

    •  Frankly one should not wear that heavy velvet after Valentine’s Day.  Not in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway.  And I hate how this whole look is just utterly lacking in cohesion. She looks like she lost an Amazing Race challenge at Portobello Road Market.

      • NC_Meg

        In my opinion, one should never wear blue velvet any time of year.

  • Saucysusan

    I agree completely. I like each of these pieces except her “belt”, just not together and not in June. The owl is sitting too low on the tee even on the model. Save the pretty skirt for fall/winter.

  • In London this is high summer fashion. She’s obviously being frugal not buying summer clothes she’ll never wear again…

    • Hiptobesquare

      Except…she’s in Milan.

      • I know. That’s why she’s being frugal…

  • lovelyivy

    I love almost all of these pieces on their own, but I’m sweating just looking at this outfit. I know that it reverted to Spring-ish temperatures this week, but velvet in June? Crazy talk. So ridiculous that this has to be OUT.

  • Call me Bee

    Does not make sense, indeed.  Blue velvet with a tee and heavy booties.  In June-almost-July.  Its cute on the model because it’s a fall look with stockings and a wrap.  Here?  Silly.  Go home. 

  • nannypoo

    Just once, after you boys tell one of these celebrities how they should have worn it (super skinny pants, sandals, shades, etc.), I would like to open my computer to TLo the very next day and find that celebrity wearing it exactly like you said she should. She would look so much better if she would just listen. This is a case of many parts that are just fine, and she has no clue what to do with any of them.

  • this look is hideous on you, michelle, and even worse on the model.  so sad, a waste of that beautiful blue velvet.

    ok you grammar buffs, which is correct:  in the loo or on the loo.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I think it’s more about being familiar with British slang than being a grammar buff. It’s both since the loo can be the actual toilet itself (hence ‘on’) or the room the toilet is in (hence ‘in’).

  • MilaXX

    I don’t know why they even showed this look like this on the runway because who’s wearing a tshirt in the winter?  It’s like the tshirt should be in a summer collection and the skirt * booties are from a fall collection. All the pieces are cute as separate, but not together.

    • I wear t-shirts in the winter all the time, but I live in Texas and I’m hot-natured.

      • RebeccaKW

        Truth.  I see such cute winter stuff and I think ‘yea, only if I’m going on vacation to a ski resort.’

  • SapphoPoet

    Yep. What TLo said. I don’t want to see that skirt on anyone until September, possibly October. 

    (Although I say this as I sit shivering in my office dressed in a long sleeved tshirt, a sweater, jeans, socks, and sneakers. Plus a hat–I get really cold now that I have no hair.)

  • AmandaCathleen

    More than the outfit, what struck me here is how lovely Michelle would look if she cut some bangs. Just something soft, sweeping across her forehead. Not sure if that would fly when she’s playing Lady Mary though.

    • AudreysMom

       yep, I think Michelle deserves a “Girl, That’s Not Your Hair” for this one. Well, sadly it is her hair and it’s well, just hanging there. Layer, style, do something with the bangs, but doing nothing only draws more attention to the sorry state of affairs she’s wearing.

  • Let’s get this straight.  She is wearing a Bedazzled owl t-shirt.  What the what?

    • Sartorial_She

      And the bedazzling is soooooo heavy, it’s causing the entire front of her t-shirt to sag. Not a good look.

    • NC_Meg

      My thoughts exactly! And I can’t believe it’s BURBERRY. I think I could run down to Target and find something similar for about $10.

      • Laurie Bergman

        Or at Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul for maybe even a few bucks less!

  • disagree…she looks beautiful….as for the proportions of the dress, they are meant to be that way and looks fantastic, fashion should not fall prey to rules and trends, its about free spiritedness. celebrities wear skirts to NYFW  in feb and thts ok…this should be too

  • schadenfreudelicious

    the skirt is cute… for December, and if she wanted a bedazzled owl t-shirt she could have picked one up on Etsy for $10….

  • There’s nothing about this outfit that wouldn’t be improved by it being worn four months later in the year.

  • marilyn

    The runway model is wearing a shawlette in the same color as the shirt, as well as the gloves that were too much for Madonna.  The contrasting belt and shoes, with the dark tights give it a 21st century babushka look.  The accessorizing pulls the runway model together.  On the other hand, Michelle just grabbed a bunch of stuff out of the back of her closet that was the same color, and called it an outfit.   She needs to fine tune her wardrobe.  She seems to have good pieces, she just needs to learn how and when to put them together.

  • crash1212

    I can’t get on board with embellished T’s. The embellishment invariable pulls the entire shirt down and almost always looks heavy and askew. Just look at it. It makes me sad. Everything else T Lo said is spot on and exactly what I was thinking, but would never be able to put into such mellifluousness.

  •  And, on second look, I think she needs to size up on that skirt.

  • MK03

    This loses a lot without the wrap.

  • christinewithanx

    Blech, it reminds me of when I was 9 and tried to copy Madonna by cutting up one of my ballet tutus and using a scarf for a big floppy bow. She copied the runway outfit, sort of, but did a really horrible job. Where that darn Maria to make a jumper for her out of curtains, when you need her???

  • I’ve actually seen the tucked-in t-shirt + pencil skirt with high waist and below-the-knee hem work really well, with the t-shirt giving a relaxed feel to a snug and sexy skirt. It cuts a striking silhouette. But it has to be with a different top and a different skirt – a top without the ornament and maybe a little wider neck and a skirt which is not so hopelessly heavy and bulky around her waist. And good heavens, not with booties. If she had ditched the belt, cut some inches off the hem and worn it with some classic pumps, maybe with a slight platform, the look would have been greatly improved. Although not enough to be really great, I fear.

  • Larkin21

    Great advice. I’d love to see her in the proposed outfit.

    Obvious statement of the day: that model is gorgeous. I know, she’s a model. But really, I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

  • kingderella

    aside from the fact that im not loving that skirt (how do they make it wrinkle up like that on the model?)…
    and aside from the fact that this is so clearly a fall look…
    … without the stola and the belt, the top just becomes a T-shirt, and way too casual for the somewhat prim-and-proper looking skirt. the T-shirt is cute and would probably work on her with a different skirt or pants.

  • She looks a lot like Rumor Willis.  That whole outfit is hiddy. 

  • I suspect Lady Edith had a hand in this somehow….

  • Sara__B

    Droopy hair and tee shirt. Hem meets ankle boots. Awful belt. Lady Mary, you are not dressing well in your own time period.

  • CarolinLA

    MD doesn’t seem to dress to be noticed.  She dresses to blend in and I’m sure that has to do with her innate shyness about presenting herself as anything other than a working actress.  It’s her choice to make but if she wants to up her profile in entertainment, she’ll have to dress to impress more.

  • Good boys.

  • kimmeister

    Am I the only one who sees the skirt as more of a spruce green, and not blue like everyone is mentioning?

  • Ann

    I think that owl t-shirt would look cute on my 4 year old… what is it doing on a runway?

  • Face it guys, the model looks like crap, too. That is one fugly getup. I can see Michelle was going for comfortably chic, but she needs to heed every suggestion you said. This is like her librarian side, plus a little cray-cray.

  • mjude

    jesus christ its fucking HOT in most of the country. what is going on with these people?

  • 3boysful

    I  kinda like the belt, but NOT here.  Maybe with something tweedy and angora-y.

  • It’s the model’s gloves that really make her outfit. Without them, there’s no sharpness to the edges.

  • Disagree. I think she looks adorable, if slightly out of season.

  • Olivia Snyder-Spak

    love it

  • You can tell she’s clueless.  She’s probably thinking, “I’ll just wear something EXACTLY the way a designer sent it down the runway and I’ll be FINE!”  Please, get this girl some gays, or at least a subscription to Vogue, Elle or even Instyle, for Pete’s sake!  She wants to get it right, poor thing.

  • Toto Maya

    I saw a picture of only the top half of her and she looked so cute. Too bad the bottom half is heinous.

  • I think she sort of looks freakin’ adorable…love it, in fact.

  • Why are so many of the ladystars wearing fall/winter looks at the moment?

    • judybrowni

      because designers are promoting their fall lines, and the ladystars get ’em free.

  • formerlyAnon

    That’s nobody’s dress, as assembled. 

  • Dhammadina

    Eek. If the owl can just reach that branch. 

  • guest2visits

    Wow; did anyone else think this was a second helping of Lana Del Ray, for a split; in her alter ego, ?
    Agree 100% with the TLo cure.  That heavy skirt with that awful rope belt is ridiculous. As with the t-shirt.
    The booties are cute enough to go with something else, and the spiked gloves are awesome on their own.

  • Judy_J

    The Ellie May Clampett belt just doesn’t work at all.  That detail alone is enough to derail the entire outfit.

  • H3ff

    That model is FABULOUS. The runway styling almost takes the look into steampunk, hence I love and adore. 

  • Lisa Dugan

    Each piece is adorable but it’s not working together.  I adore that t-shirt.

  • OwnsHairlessCats

    Channeling Ellie Mae Clampett with that belt…

  • judybrowni

    really, a bedazzled owl on a grown woman’s t-shirt outside a swap meet?

    • judybrowni

      although the real crime is pairing it with that skirt.

  • Um, I actually love this.  

  • golspie

    That could be her dress – but not in those clodhopping boots.

  • Aurumgirl

    Yes, it is freakishly out of season, yes droopy bedazzled owl t shirt is wrong, and yes the booties make her legs look like stumps.  I just wanted to add (about the skirt, specifically):  go up a size. 

  • Jecca2244

    I was going to give her a break for a second because it has been awfully cold in England…but she’s in Milano where it is a hundred degrees. soooo Michelle…the pieces are great just maybe not together ps i miss lady mary and the rest of the upstairs/dwonstairs crews

  • Saggy Owl Breasts are sad.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I can’t judge, because I’d totally wear this minus the belt and shoes.  Of course, I’m taller than Lady Mary here. Can’t wait for the colored velvets this fall. I am going to do so much shopping.

  • LambeeBaby

    I agree, all pieces are great individually but not together and they are off season.

  • HobbitGirl

    This is fug. Also, one is “in” the loo, never “on” it. “On” would imply far too much specificity of position for delicacy. 😉

  • cleep1000

    Spot-on commentary.

  • And save the skirt for October!

    Best post today guys – you’re killing.

  • Jane Dough

    It doesn’t even look good on the model. And that’s a pretty damning statement.

  • RzYoung

    Yeeah, that’s a shame…I was going to say ‘in her defence the weather here in UK in June has be dreadful’ – but then I saw this picture was taken in Milan. There’s no excuse for a velvet skirt in Milan in JUNE ….ew sweaty bum

  • greenwich_matron

    Adults should not wear t-shirts that are derivative of Gymboree or MiniBoden.

  • mhleta

    Nothing more to be said. TLo nailed it.