In or Out: Freida Pinto in Contrarian

Posted on July 18, 2012

Darlings, Freida Pinto would like to wish you all the very happiest of holidays and a prosperous and blessed New Year.


Freida Pinto hosts Flaunt Magazine and Agave Denim ‘All Wrapped Up In Blue’ dinner reception celebrating The Denim Issue in Los Angeles in a Contrarian dress.

We’ll start off with this: it’s a pretty cute dress. It’s not without its issues, however. The white clerical collar PLUS the white bow directly underneath it is way too fussy and distracting. Too much going on near the face – and that’s never good for pictures. And the skirt’s awfully stiff and shiny.

But the real issue here, as if you couldn’t tell from that opening line, is that it’s so ridiculously off-season. Maybe we’re being a bit too reductive in our thinking, but we can’t look at a satin-y red skirt without thinking of the winter holidays – or winter style in general, for that matter. It’s not that she can’t wear red during the summer, but at least pick a dress that looks like summer, y’know? Hair and makeup are as pretty as they usually are and the Minnie Mouse pumps, while tired, do actually go with the dress. It’s just that she looks like she’s posing for her Christmas card. And if you’re there to “celebrate” the “Denim Issue” of a magazine, wouldn’t it make sense to wear some chic little denim getup? Granted, we’re hard-pressed to define exactly what a “chic little denim getup” is, but still.

And man, do we ever hate that collar the more we look at it.



Vote Now!


IN! Don’t be so narrow-minded, bitches. This is FINE for July.


OUT! Girl, I don’t want to be mean, but your Christmas tree is kind of ugly.


In other bitchy news, Anne Hathaway’s twisted goddess gown got a well-deserved OUT from the PUFs.


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  • It *is* too wintery. I’ll never look at satin as something appropriate for the summer, much less red satin and big white bows.

    • EveEve

      Box pleats.  Get used to them because the are showing up all over the place. 

      Edited to add: OUT, bien sûr

    • meowing

      Yup.  Just bought a linen shirt today–I think of it as the epitome of summer dressing, but I’ll look like a limp rag by the end of the day. BTW, Out.

  • Catiline


  • J D

    Freida looks fine… a little Christmas-y, but fine.

  • Pretty much loathe this dress. The juxtaposition of the overly formal shape and cut of the skirt is at odds with the relaxed shape of the bodice. And that collar and bow are in entirely the wrong proportions to work well. Fail. Out.

  • Zippypie

    I hate this.  She looks like one of the female elves in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All she needs is a pointed cap.  I can hear Burl Ives singing “A Holly Jolly Christmas” to her and Hermey as she twirls around that tree with the magazine “gifts”.

    • Thank you for this!

    • AlexisPayne

      And now that is stuck in my head.
      Also, OUT!

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    OUT – she looks like the hostess at a steakhouse.

    •  God DAMN, do I wish I’d come up with that one.

    • Sara__B

       An unusually beautiful hostess at a steakhouse. A steakhouse with a red & black color scheme.

      • butterflysunita

        If she was the hostess at a steakhouse, I might have to go there for dinner.  And I don’t even eat steak.  

      •  Maybe a slightly upscale steakhouse? Ie, not Outback or Sagebrush. But a steakhouse nevertheless.

  • G

    She, as usual, is adorable.  But the dress is abominable for July, or December for that matter.  OUT.

  • Plus, the top doesn’t fit and is pulling in every place it is possible for a top to pull.


  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Carhop uniform 

  • DinaSews

    Ugh, OUT.

  • unbornfawn

    She looks like a hostess at a low end restaurant. The bodice and the skirt do not go together. And I, agree, off season. OUT.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    aside from the obvious seasonal issues with this dress, the girl simply cannot seem to dress in clothes that either fit properly or have the right proportions for her body, how hard can that be exactly?…it’s an OUT i’m afraid

  • Judy_S

    OUT. Not so much for the season, though that’s relevant, as that it doesn’t look very comfortable for someone who’s playing host at a dinner. The top doesn’t look to me as if it fits her very well, the collar is neither soft nor crisp, the bow looks designed to catch bits of food. Even as a Christmas-party dress, this looks to me like a doodle of an outfit, not an actual dress.

  • teensmom99

    I don’t think that the red satin means Xmas to Freida.  I too have a lived in a non-Christian country and there is just not that association.  I would guess that she is used to dark satins all year round.  Don’t love the outfit but she is gorgeous.

  • kimmeister

    Is it really a dress?  Looks like a skirt and top.  Well, I love the top as is so I would give the top half an in, but an out to the bottom half.  So, overall I have to say out.

  • Joyce VG

    She’s an IN but the outfit is a big OUT.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out. This would still be ugly in December.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree.

  • Hey Santa!

  • Out. She looks like a bad Japanese knock-off of a Playboy bunny.

    • littlemac8

      YES!  I immediately thought horrible rendition of the old Playboy bunny collar – all she needs is the cuffs!  OUT!  This will not work in any season.

  • altalinda

    She’s beautiful but the whole outfit is Xmas waitress fug.

  • Rand Ortega

    No, sorry. Love Ms. Frida. But. Shiny AND bows? Ugh. Rami’s adorbs little # for the Levi challenge would’ve been much more appropriate than this sad, anti summer Xmas outfit.

  • OUT….it wouldn’t even be pretty in the winter, too shiny, too stiff!!

  • Larkin21

    I don’t think I’d call it in no matter the season. OUT.

  • kikisayshi

    OUT. Cute skirt for December though.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the blouse and I like the skirt. I do not like them together and I do not like them for July.
    The skirt would be fabulous with a tinsel green lam’e blouse for a goofy theme Christmas party, I love that the box pleat in the front looks like a Christmas tree.

    • JMB_edits

      You had a sort of Suessian vibe going there at the begining…. I do not like them side by side, I do not like them for July! 🙂

  • out! 

  • Carla Axtman

    O-U-T OUT.  This young woman is a goddess with a banging body.  Why she consistently chooses to dress like a 60 year old hostess at the local greasy spoon is beyond me.

  • rissa42210

    Girl, I don’t want to be mean, but your Christmas tree is kind of ugly.

  • greyhoundgirl

    OUT, very out.  I thought Christmas, I thought waitress, I thought her skirt would start ringing because it looks so much like a bell.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Damn, I was wondering where my Christmas tree skirt went. And the top just confuses me. I feel like I’m looking at a Mother-of-the-Playboy-Bunny-Bride get-up. OUT.

  • There actually isn’t one single aspect of this look that I like, no matter the season. 

    • Catiline

      This!  I hate both the sum and the parts.

  • I love the collar.  I just don’t like that top with that skirt.

  • For a minute there, I thought I had to run out and buy Christmas gifts for TLO. Very off season outfit. Very catholic school girl gone bad.

  • Jangle57

    My first thought was: Playboy Bunny?  Then I traveled down and realized only in Mother Superior’s dreams…  But the top fits badly and the skirt is too stiff.  OUT

  • MissAnnieRN

    Oh dear. She’s breathtakingly beautiful and yet I can’t remember the last time her outfit matched her face.


  • Out, it’s too shiny and I hate that stupid little bow. Even her face can’t save her from this one.

  • stagmania


  • bailey debruynkops


  • jmorino08

    Out! Way too holiday-y

  • Yeesh. OUT.

  • WOW…those are some toned arms… OUT still. 

  • Sara__B

    OUT. Not because she looks like Christmas, but because I agree with IMNAngryLiberal — she looks like the hostess at a steakhouse.

  • I think that fugly is the right term. This dress looks like the designer slapped the collar and bow on first, then stood back to take a look. Seeing that the collar and bow were droopy and sloppy, the next step was to make sure that the skirt was as stiff and unwrinkled as possible – thus the cardboard lining (I can only assume). Not working on any level.

  • butterflysunita

    She’s gorgeous, but that dress is hideous.  OUT.  

  • ThaliaMenninger


  • Aly Light

    She looks like a caterer. OUT.

  • BazoDee


  • aristida_girl

    out…too much dress for her tiny frame, as well as being out of season

  • sagecreek

    OUt — something seriously wrong with the bodice, and the skirt is far too shiny. I wore something quite similar in a dance recital once, but I was 6.

  • Out – unless she’s here to take my drink order, in which case I’ll have a Tanqueray & Tonic, extra lime.

  • Out out damn spot. OUT!

  • dulcinea86

    I wonder if she wanted to wear a neck bow to echo what’s going on on the cover of Flaunt? I’m sure there are better dresses with neck details out there (I really don’t care for this one), but I do give her some credit for the attempt, if that’s what it was.

    • AthenaJ

      Good catch on the bow, you might be right about that. Agreed there are a lot of better options she could have gone with.

  • janetjb

    Out, Out, Out!

  • alyce1213

    OUT.  And it is not pretty cute by any stretch of the imagination.  It’s a joke, right?

  • SapphoPoet

    This is a winter outfit. Also, it’s kind of ugly. OUT. 


  • DaveUWSNYC

    Out. Gay rabat on top, Christmas tree skirt on the bottom.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    As she is Indian, and therefore has different notions attached to the color red, I am giving her a pass. Plus I think she is generally adorable and thus would probably give her a pass if she showed up with Christmas-tree-printed granny panties on her head. The bangs are looking pretty weathered. An irrational IN. 

  • JMB_edits

    She went with the “All Wrapped Up” portion of the event and she should have gone with the “in Blue” part!

  • Julie Fountain

    Out out out, she’s like a Christmas elf!

  • Lilithcat

    No, just no.

  • Judy_J

    So very, very OUT. That blouse is making me twitch. It looks horribly uncomfortable and doesn’t fit properly. And don’t get me started on that Christmas tree skirt.

  • MilaXX

    small IN because it’s cute, just out of season. Before I found out that was a dress and not a skirt and top, I was thinking that a air of skinny jeans instead of that shiny, red skirt would have worked better.

  • She’s gorgeous, but the dress is out. 

  • Cathy S

    She looks really cute, except for the dress. I guess that means she’s an attractive woman wearing an ugly dress. Out.

  • Snailstsichr

    Out. That’s one ugly skirt, but then the top isn’t much better.

  • NurseEllen

    OUT.  I’m not used to making such an instantaneous judgment but this one was easy.  No waffling, no “buts”, no “if onlys”, just plain emphatic and unapologetic OUT.

  • joe_tey83


    X’mas costume.

  • aimee_parrott

    Uh… no.  OUT.

  • mjude


  • Out.

    So glad TLo mentioned the wear denim thing. I looked at this and went:
    A> it’s not denim
    B> why isn’t she wearing SOME shade of blue to the damn “wrapped up in blue” party? I mean yes, it’s obvious, but there are ways to be in-theme and still clever about it. this is just NO.

  • formerlyAnon

    Out. Looks like a poorly-conceived server’s uniform at a very nice [winter] holiday season event.

  • another_laura

    Out for the color treatment, not for the red skirt.

  • OUT for that collar alone. She’s still cute as a button, though.

  • Out. Pricey waitress outfit.

  • granddelusion

    I hate her hair, but envy her arm muscles.

  • AudreysMom

    Out. Yet another Home Ec class attempt. This time it’s “my mother found a couple yards of red satin pretty cheap, so I’m going to dress up my assignment.” It doesn’t matter what season pretty Frida wears this. It doesn’t work (she even seems to think so – most of the pictures she’s covering it up).

  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. Even if it was Christmas, I wouldn’t like it.

  • SophieCollier

    The collar and bow are silly.  OUT.

  • guest2visits

    Working the Christmas counter.

  • Imasewsure

    OUT! I don’t think it’s cute at all even as a home-sewn Xmas party dress

  • pookiesmom

    She’s incredibly gorgeous as usual, but this is totally OUT for me.

  • demidaemon

    OUT. Untimely and inappropriate. The name of the line she is wearing is apt, as it makes me feel contrarian, and is quite contrarian for the season.

  • snarkykitten

    it looks like she wore an Xmas tree skirt. Yuck

  • ChelseaNH

    OUT.  That skirt is so stiff, it doesn’t even qualify as clothing.  And the collar is just stupid.  I used to be in a good mood, but those pictures have made me cranky.  So OUT, OUT, OUT!

  • IN as it’s a cute look, but it does look quite Christmassy.

  • mom2ab

    PUFs I get it **snort**giggle***- oh and this is a merry old OUT.

  • jw_ny


    all that shiny red satin and that wretched white bow…egads…screams Xmas party. 

  • tvmovielover

    OUT!  Makes her look fat.  Not pretty enough for her face.

  • TSkot

    Frumpy.  OUT

  • OH GOD! OUT!!!!

  • TieDye64

    Happy Holidaaaaaays. Way too shiny Christmasy.


  • H3ff

    She could have just work a tight pair of dark skinny jeans instead. Done.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    OUT! Because it’s stiff and ugly. At least limp linen is in season, stiff satin? NEVER!

  • Out! Don’t mind the top, but it doesn’t go with the hiddy skirt.

  • marilyn

    Out.  She looks like a receptionist for Hugh Hefner.  The skirt and top do not go together.  Is she having a bad laundry day, too?  That would explain the Christmas (tree) skirt with the waitress top that was left over from when she worked at a ’60’s style steak house. She should have worn what ever else was in the back of the closet instead.

  • melanie0866

    Out.  It looks cheap and ill-fitted and out of season.

  • Beardslee

    out out out
    Let’s have fun with the season we are in!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT put your thumb over her face and then you won’t be distracted by her obvious beauty.  OUT OUT OUT.  It looks like a Barbie costume for a knock off Barbie-TYPE doll from 1988.   OUT.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle


  • Out. Maybe a different fabric for the skirt would have made it an in.

  • DCSheehan

    I want to hate it but I can’t. It’s naff, yes, but she looks good. In, barely, but in.

  • BayTampaBay


  • Haley Buchanan

    OUT.  Too wintery and , even for winter, too shiny and too much pussy bow.  She looks like an in-costume Rockette at the holiday spectacular.

  • belfebe

    OUT. Ho Ho Ho.

  • ccm800

    OUT OUT OUT! Ugh!