Jessica Chastain in Carven

Posted on June 08, 2012

We thought this looked absolutely adorable when we first glanced at it, but it’s turning out to be a “good on paper” look.


Jessica Chastain makes an appearance on “Live! With Kelly” in New York City in Carven.

Carven Fall 2012 Collection

Which isn’t to say this couldn’t work for her. She just needs to ditch the giganti-pants she’s sporting for some odd reason and actually choose a pair in her size. Seriously, why are those things so massive on her? We also don’t think the silly putty shoes were a very good idea, but you probably knew that anyway. We never say this sort of thing, but if she could have duplicated the runway look, she could’ve had a cute, unique outfit that suited her and looked great in pictures. And as you may remember, that’s something of a Holy Grail for Miss Jessica, who has a pretty dicey red carpet resume. So close, honey. This is kinda cute, but it could have been really cute.


[Photo Credit: Enrique RC/]

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  • It was better in theory.  Look girl, no one wants fat shorts, you know that are SUPPOSED to make you look fat.  That shirt is killa though.

  • Wow I hate it.

    • amywinns

      In a nutshell. Top to toe. Or to be more political, I suppose I could say “I don’t share the designers’ vision”. Because I hate it on Jessica, and I hate it on the model too. (But more on Jessica… the fit and shoe choice are quite unfortunate. Oh, and her hair makes me sad.)

      • MilaXX

         I could have saved myself some typing and just checked like on your post.

    • janedonuts

      Just horrible all around.

    • bellafigura1

      I can’t even figure that shirt out, and I’m an expert.

  • This bish always looks a mess. I mean she has the body and facial structure to pull off couture but she just never gets “it” I think the problem is she simply isn’t a fashionista which is ok. You are a great actress, focus on that and stay off the fashion lane. The more you try to come across as “edgy” and “couture,” the more ridiculous you look sweetheart. Hang it up!

    • amywinns

      Unfortunately, I don’t think she has the option to “hang it up” — her chosen career path requires that she at least keep trying to make fashion statements, and that’s going to include some missteps. She’s not even at the stage where she can have a signature style, because then that would eventually be called “dull” or “par for the course”. It’s likely that she would rather be mocked and watched than bored and ignored.

      •  But she is not a tabloid fixture. Ms. Chastain’s rise to fame was fanned by her acting versatility not her beauty or fashion choices or endorsement deals. I mean she was in every movie last year and stole every scene with electrifying performances. That’s how she became famous: “The actress” Of course she has to do these functions and mingle and do the publicity and what not. That’s a given. However, she can do all the press with simple, elegant pieces. There is no pressure to make fashion statements because unlike 99% of actresses in Hollywood, she became famous simply because of talent. No one is flipping through a magazine what Jessica Chastain is wearing or turning on E! network to see her red carpet interview.

        • Rand Ortega

           Isn’t it a shame that someone of such talent feels it necessary to stoop to such methods? Maybe it’s her publicist, stylist or manager or agent that’s pushing her to go the “Look at me, I’m a fashionista!” starlet route. Or, maybe she just loves fashion & wants to push the envelope like she does w/ her performances. Tough call. Saying this outfit is crap– super simple.

          •  Or maybe she’s not trying to make a fashion statement or push the envelope.  She could just be picking out stuff she likes and she happens to have bad taste.

        • LauraWL

          Eh. I work in “communications” and I smell publicist all over her and her “breakout” this past year. No one had heard of her and then every glossy on the planet is interviewing the ever-living-f out of her? That isn’t a coincidence, that is a good publicist. For better or worse, fashion/celebrity/PR go lock step with one another. Now that she is “happening” in film you can bet that they’re trying to make her “happen” in fashion. (And that’s not said to begrudge her acting abilities).

          •  Of course she has a publicist but my point is her publicist used her eclectic body of work last year to make her “happen” not fashion. People started interviewing her because she was in every movie last year and she wasn’t just in every movie, she stole every movie from her costars, every single one of them. That’s the bit her publicist used to make her “happen” not fashion. Thus, my point. Unlike most actresses in Hollywood who need red carpet interviews and endorsement deals to stay relevant, Ms. Chastain had the ability to gain the public’s attention simply by being a good actress. She does not have to succumb to the fashionista label because clearly she isn’t one.

  • hexiadetrix

    She’s making some interesting choices and taking some risks, though. Keep trying, Jessica.

  • Paigealicious

    Yikes! Just yikes. Fat shorts and shoes that blend in with her legs. No thanks.

  • I think the shorts are intentionally oversized. They’re oddly big on the model too.

    • amywinns

      A little full is different than balloony. Jessica isn’t much bigger than the model, so why is she wearing a pair that are at least 2-3 sizes bigger than those?

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think it’s the angle, and the shorts are oversized no matter what. The problem I see isn’t specifically the balloony shorts – it’s that it’s an altogether terrible outfit. It’s an OUTfit.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I think the shorts are just cut like bloomers or something. They’re weird on the model too. Granted she has a non-real world body size, but yeah. Cut. I like the top part, but I’ve never been able to adapt to formal shorts.

  • I’m confused. Is she wearing a shirt under that black lace top?

  • Miss_Led

    No one with hips need apply to wear those shorts.

  • DinaSews

    I really don’t like any of this. A pretend sheer crocheted top? What the heck is under that top? No thank you.

  • ChiliP

    NO. Just NO. How on earth could those shorts make her hips look ten times larger than they are? There would be nothing wrong if her hips were actually that size, but as it is, it looks like she’s standing over a vent that’s causing her shorts to billow out.

    Also, I’m kind of over the “am I or am I not flashing my entire chest” illusion shirts.

  • RebeccaKW

    I agree, the runway look was the way to go here.  J’s short are insanely poofy.  And I’m pretty sure the top is too big.  

  • VicksieDo

    Her head is gorgeous, but that outfit is hiddy.  Those putty shoes make her feet disappear… :-/

  • Magatha

    Her face and hair look very pretty, but the ensemble is kinda Regretsy. Her torso is being held hostage, and the white collar is like a wee cry for help. We should save her before the torso-device realizes that the collar is trying to subvert the paradigm. Okay, so maybe it is Evil Regretsy.

  • Anathema_Device

     Dickies and fake collars are always a NO for me. I hate seeing a sheer sweater and then…a collar? Where the hell did that come from? Is she a minister attempting a day to evening look?

     I also hate dressy shorts, even when they fit, so there is just so much I hate in one outfit I can’t really look at this anymore.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Absolutely correct!

    •  Dressy shorts are always ghastly.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      A minister attempting a day to evening look? Now that’s priceless!

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I kind of hate everything about this look, including her hair — the outfit looks pretty dreadful on the model, too.

  • SapphoPoet

    Don’t care for the shorts, no matter what the size. I think some slim pants would have worked better. 

  • I agree with your assessment, except I would add that I wish the shoes from the runway didn’t have a platform.  Then I think they would be fine.

  • I. Just. Can’t.   Sorry, I think this is a major mess.

  • MoHub

    The shorts remind me of old-school girls’ gym bloomers. We did the dance of joy when the schools got rid of those.

  • mjude

    do. not. get.

  • Call me Bee

    That top would be so cute with shorts that were longer nad a bit more fitted–in the same color.  She looks silly, but then, so does the model.  Yeah–the sandals would have been better, too.  All in all, she’s a mess! 

    • carolynmo

      Yeah, Bermudas or perhaps a skinny, cropped pant? This is baffling!

  • I think the tulip shape cound have been nice, but it would be easier to count the times that sort of shiny material has looked good than vice versa.

  • LilyPad

    I hate this entire outfit. The proportions are WAAAY off, especially in the shorts area, and is the collar of the shirt white and the lining skin-colored? The design reminds me of a potholder my grandma made me for christmas.

  • Nanaia

    The shorts make her hips look like they are the size of Nebraska. Nobody wants that, except maybe Idaho….

  • jw_ny

    Those shorts look ridiculous…way way too full!  I do like the look on the model, and on Jessica from the waist up.

    Those damn silly putty shoes are not going away anytime soon.   I was watching GMA this morning and they did a feature on Cathy Cambridge’s ( that darn “style icon” that “everyone” wants to emulate) favorite shoes…the SPS’s of course.  Selling like hotcakes…and knock offs too.  I see other shows with supposed stylists in the know that tout how great the SPS’s are since they “elongate the leg”…everybody buys into this line of reasoning…ugh.  I cringe…thanks TLo.  lol. 😉

  • Judy_J

    I don’t know what’s under that cut-out top she’s wearing, but it looks like a nipple is peeking through at the waist, which is entirely wrong on many, many levels.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t even like the runway version. The top is confusing; white collar, illusion top, shiny shorts that eve give the model hips, and she tops it off with nude pumps? No,, just no.

  • SewingSiren

    What is a good look for the daughter, is not always so for the mother. Case. In. Point.

  • twocee

    The way the model is walking in that particular shot, they don’t look like shorts at all, but a very short skirt with a strange cutout in the front.  Which leads me to believe that this might have been cute if the bottom were not shorts.

    It doesn’t help that I HATE formal shorts of all varieties and in all occasions.  They are just wrong on all levels.

  • dickylarue

    For some reason she strikes me as the type of gal who likes to draw all over her face with red lipstick while singing “la la la” like a little girl. Love the shorts though. 

  • Lina_bee

    Oh, I disagree. Even the runway version is too busy.  If the laser cutting were limited to just the center bodice instead of going down below the waistline of the shorts, it might be okay, but there’s just too much of it.  So, if we fixed that, then I’d also put her in a pencil skirt instead of the shorts. Wasp-waisted women often have trouble with making trousers look right — not their fault, just their bone structure — and shorts are always going to look bigger on her than they actually are. So, redo the top, pencil skirt in a fun color, better shoes, and she’d look great.

  • kikisayshi

    Oh, no.

  • jilly_d

    nope, not even close.

  • This is TERRIBLE!  The top looks like a larger & blacker version of a crochet square.  And who wears shorts made in what appears to be a satin?  And putty shoes as well?


  • TheOriginalLulu

    Agreed. I kindasorta like the top, but those shorts are giving me palpitations.

  • Le_Sigh

    Her makeup is really pretty.

  • unbornfawn

    I think she looks like a hot mess. The stringy hair, the granny square sweater thing and those ridiculous shorts, nude shoes, (which you boys are always right about.) Ugh.

  • Sara__B

    Bless her heart. At least her legs look great.

  • melanie0866

    Bleach.  Yuck.  Hate.  Dressy shorts are ALWAYS wrong.  Hate the top, hate the shoes.  OK, I’ll stop now.

  • guest2visits

    I think this is pretty awful; in every way. Saw it live on TV; thought it was fussy and unattractive then too.

  • Aurumgirl

    Okay, this is the problem with Jessica Chastain’s wardrobe selections:  she’s like the actress who plays Joan Holloway, trying to squeeze her shape into clothes made for girls with bodies like boys just on the verge of puberty.  I saw her in the film The Help last weekend and I thought:  pencil skirt, slim fitting sweater–she looked great in that film!  So why does she look so terrible in her promo pictures?  She has a very womanly figure, like Marilyn Monroe–so these outfits made for waifs who have no curves will never look good on her.  The sooner she finds a stylist and designers who know that, the better off she will be.  Until then, she can put on the pricey stuff–including bone coloured pumps that cost more than what many earn in a month, and always look terrible.  

  • love the top, ditch the shorts (or get them fitted better), burn the shoes

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    she is so pretty & she has no idea how to dress.

    those shorts would fit kim kardashian or maybe amber rose, not this one. & they would look equally [if not more] horrible. the top has potential but it’s always gonna be one of those wait. is that her nipple? kind of things for schoolchildren & those of us who were once schoolchildren–even though it does not appear to be clear. too bad, cos it’s awfully pretty, too, in its own way.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d say SHE is cute. The clothes aren’t even making it to “kinda cute” for me. Too much going on for my tastes. Wearing a smaller sized pair of shorts would only marginally improve this.

  • Yikes, no.  I think this silhouette exists to create curves where none exist, on poor Jessica it just completely hides her body shape.  I don’t know that a size correction would change that at all.

  • Candigirl1968

    I want to see a Fanning girl in the runway version.  This just doesn’t work for Jessica (and the silly putty pumps are, well, silly).  

  • it’s all awful.  the shorts look almost as bad on the model as they do on jessica.  but the worst part to me is the top.  it’s the flesh-colored lining with the starched white collar that does me in.  yech.

  • That is awkward looking. Really, really awkward looking.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Did she forget her stylist’s birthday or something? This whole outfit strikes me as what you make someone wear if you’re really mad at them. 

  • SophieCollier

    This is fairly hideous.  The collar?  The huge shorts?  The foot-colored shoes?  What part of this made her go “Ooh!  Pick that one!”

  • quiltrx

    With the shorts being so boofy (a made-up word in my family for things that are ballooned and bouffant-ish), it really makes her look crammed into the shorts at the waist.  With the open design of the top, she looks very cut-in-half.

  • If Jada Pinkett Smith is a master of proportion poor Jessica is just the opposite.  Study your elders girl!

  • LeBarron

    I hate the shorts and shoes as much as I love the top.  So disappointing. 

  • Monabel

    The white collar has NOTHING to do with the rest of the outfit.

  • I even hate it on the model.   What a dreadful color mix.

  • PeaceBang

    You can tell from her face that she’s like, “Yea, I thought this was going to really work but I actually hate it.” She’s so gorgeous, what a shame about the big floppy shiny shorts.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Whoever her stylist is needs to be fired.  She misfires more often than a ’62 Rambler!

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Um, not EVEN on paper.

  • oh hell naw