Jane Fonda Pops Her Collar

Posted on June 22, 2012

We breathed a sigh of relief at this outfit. And we suspect Jane did as well.


Jane Fonda attends the Premiere Of HBO’s “The Newsroom” in Hollywood, California.

She cut quite the figure on the Cannes red carpet last month, but ultimately, we found most of her getups exhausting to look at because you could tell there was a LOT of infrastructure under those gowns, cinching her in and hiking her up. We think it’s great that the old gal’s still got it and we don’t judge her for wanting to still show if off now and then, but she kept inadvertently sending the message that to look good in your old age requires major smoke and mirrors in order to make you look as young as possible.

What we love about this look is that it looks comfortable and practical and age-appropriate, while still looking pretty chic and sending a somewhat better message: that in order to look good in your old age, you merely need to pick clothes that suit you and style them well, just like at every other point in your life. That’s how Helen Mirren does it and everyone loves the way she looks.

Sure, those pants are gigantic and high-waisted, and we could quibble with the overuse of gold accents, but overall she looks chic, happy, and very pretty, with just a little bit of attitude underneath it all. It’s not a perfect look, but it’s perfect for her.


[Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Richard Shotwell/PR Photos]

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  • Noshmek

    OMG, I totally thought it was Nancy Reagan and was going to comment about how good her plastic surgeon is…

    • Isn’t Nancy Reagan dead? Then, yeah, that’s some fabulous plastic surgery…

      • VicksieDo

        No, she’s alive and 90 years old now ūüôā

        • Diane_Chambers

          But Jane Fonda is playing her in Lee Daniels’s next movie, so the comment is all good!

  • RebeccaKW

    I REALLY want that jacket.

    I might quibble about the earrings-with the collar up, she should’ve worn something else, so her hoops didn’t get caught.

  • Lina_bee

    That is fabulous. She looks like she can breathe. She looks like she could eat a little popcorn without bursting a seam. She looks like she could stand around for a while in those awesome FLATS. And she looks like she could go on Dallas and play a master of old age and treachery. I approve.

  • G

    She looks fabulous, and the outfit is wonderful for her; glad she’ll be on TV again.

  • moppet

    That’s a neat jacket and I want it.

  • my first thought was Holy Joan Rivers!

    • AnaRoW

       Oh please! Joan Rivers would never allow herself to go with that many wrinkles.

      • CozyCat

        Which is why Jane looks so much happier than Joan does. 

        Actually, I love them both for sending the message a “mature” woman can look good and doesn’t have to be invisible.¬† I mean, does anyone else HATE that cursed “i will wear purple” poem as much as I do?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I don’t know that I hate that poem, but it certainly has been cited far, far too often.¬†

        • littlemac8

          I loathe that poem, she says dripping venom. ¬†I almost faint when I see those women out in purple and red. ¬†I flee in the opposite direction and I’m old enough to be one of them. ¬†Jane looks gorgeous!

      • lamamu

        ¬†Yes! I LOVE it that Jane Fonda’s face still looks like Jane Fonda’s face. (Of course, she’s had a bit here and there done, but she still looks like herself.)

  • GillianHolroyd

    Easy chic.

  • She looks awesome! <3

  • She looks fantastic – my minor quibble is that the pants are a tad too baggy. Love the bronzey gold color!

    • I have pants that look just like that. I thought they were going to have a wider hem, but when I put them on after they were shortened, I found that the seamstress had pegged them. Now they look like clown pants and I won’t wear them. Jane shouldn’t either.

  • TomBord

    Those seps look like they all could be from different decades yet she makes they look so effortless and hollywood chic. She’s the bomb.¬†

  • joe_tey83

    “that in order to look good in your old age, you merely need to pick
    clothes that suit you and style them well, just like at every other
    point in your life.”

    Such a straightforward thing to do and yet something so many cannot grasp and refuse to accept.

    • Sartorial_She

      ¬†I’m looking at you, J Lo!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I think that JLo is going to completely resist dressing in an age appropriate manner when she hits her 50’s and beyond, but maybe she’ll surprise me.

        • Candigirl1968

          Now you know we’ll be seeing her in what are the equivalent of a series of Tina Turner concert costumes.¬†

  • kimmeister

    The pants are a little Golden Girls, but hey, she qualifies!

    LOVE the jacket.

  • MilaXX

    Her hair and makeup look a lot better. I like the outfit as a whole, but I’d un-pop that collar and go down a size in the pants.

    • Deb_Lynn

      Agreed with the pants. Maybe they used a size higher to really emphasize that baggy look, but if that’s the case, maybe they should’ve bought (hahaha, bought….) different pants to really get that look successfully.
      But I agree with you, the outfit as a whole is a gorgeous, summery evening ensemble.

  • Joyce VG

    you go Jane. you go.  What an inspiration. 

  • rougeort

    OMG! She looks like she can move without winning the Most Cacophonous Rip contest!

    On a more serious note, wow. So chic, effortless and age appropriate! Snaps up, Miss Fonda.

  • Mary Baumer

    bitch does not age the way normal people do.  fab.

    • boweryboy

      It’s called a really good plastic surgeon.

      • But he missed her earlobes.

        • Qitkat

          I’ve heard that ears (and noses) continue to grow for life. It is unfortunate that they look a bit stretched out, but is this something a plastic surgeon can even tackle?

        • FayeMac

          I know, I saw an interview of her and those lobes were so distracting and ugly.  Otherwise she looks great.

  • alyce1213

    Cool, effortless, a legend.

  • Rand Ortega

    Love Lady Jane!

  • holdstillnow

    Jane Fonda doesn’t tip. ¬†My wife used to cook at a restaurant in Atlanta she brunches at almost ever Sunday and no one ever wanted to wait on her. ¬†It became house policy that the last server to arrive for work got her table. ¬†Apparently people started showing up for work 30 minutes early, which if you’ve ever worked in the service industry, you know just does not happen.

    Anyway, she looks real good.

    • Pennymac

      This just chaps my former waitress ass. 

  • Lisa

    Beautiful, chic and age appropriate!

  • Judy_J

    She looks great…age appropriate and glamorous. Good work, Jane!

  • I think she looks great!

  • She looks like she’s playing Sandy in the Senior Center’s production of “Grease”.

    • makeityourself

      Yes. Exactly! That’s what I would say if I were clever like you. The whole getup looks like a costume to me.

      • ChaquitaPhilly

        Duh! Actors are ALWAYS in costume.

  • nancymae

    I covet that jacket but I doubt that I have enough life experience to really make it work like Ms. Fonda here.

  • Thathoodwink

    She always was, and still is, a gorgeous woman.

  • Qitkat

    That’s a gorgeous jacket. I want one now, and when I’m 74 I hope I have this much style.

  • Aurumgirl

    What I love about this is its clear those clothes are not “brand spanking new”, they are pieces that she’s probably had for a while, judging by their shape/tailoring.¬† And yet she makes it all look comfortable and modern. ¬† She looks completely relaxed and happy–that’s what makes her look so attractive.

  • formerlyAnon

    Agree with your sentiments, gentlemen.

  • OneTwoThreeFashion


  • Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

    Semi-unrelated. I totally want to see this show. I don’t have HBO but I love Jeff Daniels. Kittens, keep us updated if it is any good.

    • FayeMac

      saw a preview of some scenes and it looks really good Рthere is a thin dark haired british actress who is really kick ass interacting with Jeff Daniels

  • ErinnF


  • what a knockout! ¬†she is WERKING IT!

  • mjude

    its jane & i am bowing down.

  • ccm800

    When does she start production on the Nancy Reagan bioflick? She would be perfect. 

  • guest2visits

    She’s looking beautiful; but I’m trying to figure out what to replace her giant white pants with. Black ? Silver-grey ?
    The sandals have to go too. 

  • ballerinawithagun

    Very classy! I would generally say that style of pants should be worn with a heel, but at her age this is perfect.

  • Candigirl1968

    Great outfit. Nice to see something she can breathe in. 

  • EEKstl

    I would have chosen a more neutral belt but I have to say that jacket looks bitchin’ on her.

  • bluefish

    She looks great!  Love it.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Absolutely agree with everything you said, TLo.
    I never thought I would say yea to white high-waisted pants and a gold jacket, but the ole gal looks pretty fab.

  • Nancy Karpen

    As an older woman I love that Jane is not out there botoxed and lifted to immobility.  I love her outfit and the pants are perfect.  I too want that jacket!

  • She’s learned what Joan Rivers know; distract attention from flaws with a tasteful hit of bling!That jacket is fabric jewelry.

  • I love me some huge high waisted pants. WERQ.¬†

  • nancylee61

    Glad to see her facelift has softened. She looks more like herself than she did last month.