In or Out: Marisa Tomei in Roksanda Ilincic

Posted on July 03, 2012

Darlings, we veer wildly back and forth on this outfit. Never so far as hating it, but not quite sure if we love it.

Marisa Tomei attends the Berluti Menswear Spring 2013 show in Paris in a Roksanda Ilincic dress paired with Aperlaï sandals.

Roksanda Ilincic Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Aperlaï ‘Demi’ Circle Sandal

You have to kind of get in the Marisa Tomei mindset to appreciate this look. Generally speaking, her style translates to: KILLER shoes, an interesting dress, and let’s not fuss too much with the hair and makeup, mkay? It’s not the kind of look that every woman can pull off, but it tends to work really well with Marisa. She’s an actress heading toward 50 and she doesn’t appear to have had much, if any, work done on her face. She dresses so that her face isn’t the focal point of the look. In a way, it’s pretty smart, although we don’t like the implication that an older woman has to somehow camouflage the fact that she’s an older woman.

Anyway, this look. Those shoes are pretty amazing, but it has to be said: her feet are looking tortured in the closeup. The dress? Well, that’s the part that really has us flummoxed. Our first thought was that the cuffs were too distracting. Our second thought was that the dress would be boring without them. But having considered it for far too long, we’re going to go with this: It’s distinct; it gets her noticed; and it’s a look that really works for her. Sounds like an IN to us.

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IN! Chic and unique!


OUT! Bland and half-assed!


Blake Lively’s salute to margarine was the cause of vigorous debate among the PUFs, who ultimately decided she was OUT.

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  • shirab

    Ouchouchouch those shoes, in Paris where you might actually have to walk, and on cobblestones as often as not. At least, most people have to walk. Maybe not Stars.

    • I don’t understand how actresses can act without the use of the facial muscles

    • that hair style isn’t doing her any

  • Lilithcat

    I like the idea of this outfit, but the execution is off.  The dress is ill-fitting, particularly at the neck and shoulders.  And the shoes are really clunky.

    So, on balance, OUT.

    •  I also like the idea. Fabric is too heavy.

      • call_me_schmeg

        ditto. and that beige clutch is making my eye twitch.

        • Yeah, agreed and she looks tired too.

        • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

          oops I didn’t see the beige clutch.  that clutch reminds me of Gramma goes to Church.  Hmmm.

    • Onymous

       Yeah, the fit in the shoulders/neck ends up adding a bunch of extra lines to the dress that aren’t supposed to be there. It makes it look like a different top altogether from the model shot.

  • SewingSiren

    Chic and unique! Her face looks way better than the ones that go the plastic route. I don’t understand how actresses can act without the use of the facial muscles anyway.

  • I think it’s IN too, though the hair is dreadful.

    • Clueless_Jock

      Yep, the hair looks like Imelda after riding a motorcycle.

      • BigWhiteGrannyPanties


  • OUT. This is a tough one, but I’m going to have come down on the side of hating those shoes. Also, honestly, that hair style isn’t doing her any favors.

    • EditKitten

      Totally — the shoes just don’t work. I find them hideous. And the cuffs would have been acceptable, but the shoes create such a bizarre visual combined with the cuffs … just, no.

  • One of the Princesses, Bea or Eugenie, wore this dress recently and it’s a lovely dress, if you rip off those damned cuffs. So distracting. Marisa looks pretty darned good overall though.

    • AudreysMom

       Actually part of my OUT for this dress was that it looked like an experiment from 8th grade sewing class. The assignment was to sew a basic tailored dress and the student decided to go off the grid a bit by trying bright contrasting cuffs. The teacher gave her an A for effort – then told her to rip off the cuffs if she wanted to keep her grade.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Your comment nailed what was bothering me about this dress. It does look exactly like the kind of dress that I made in 9th grade home ec-the simple sheath that teaches you how to sew set-in sleeves(sleeves! What a concept…they’re sooooo harddddd!!!! Waaaaa! Whoops-gotta stop the bitter flashbacks to Season 9 of PR) and attach the skirt to the bodice so that you demonstrate that you can properly align the seams. 

    • It was Bea York.

      I’ve seen pictures of the dress on her, two models, and now Marisa.  It actually hasn’t looked like it’s fit any of them well, and no matter how it’s been accessorized, those CUFFS have been gargantuan focus-pullers.  Although Marisa’s shoes are giving them some stiff competition.

      OUT because it bores me.  And reminds me in a bad away of my seventh grade Home Ec teacher.

  • GillianHolroyd

    In. Love the cuffs and the soft darts. The shoes are perfect, just don’t look so close. 

    I like her slouchy pose, yeah I still got it.

    • Rebecca Jay

      I dig the pose too, but not the smirky face in pics 1 and 3.

      I’m not good at the dissection but I know what I like when I look it, so… In.

    • Louise Bryan

      Actually overall I think the slouchy pose is an effort to relieve her feet a little by shifting her weight.  Lord, I hate that women’s feet get tortured so often in so many cultures.  I give her an IN, not that this is the best she’s ever looked, but she deserves an IN for looking as well as she does while coping with what is probably a lot of pain.

  • jtabz

    I love when you guys feature Marisa Tomei! She’s always such a breath of fresh air, and her outfits have such personality.

    I like the dress and like the shoes, but don’t really love them together. The cut of the dress, even with the funky cuffs, is too refined for them, IMO. But still an IN. 

    • Sobaika

      Exactly this. I wish she’d gone with simpler shoes that were less matchy.

      • raininmai

         I’m going with IN, because I love Marisa Tomei.  That is all.  🙂

  • Loving the dress. Hating on the shuz a lot. They look like something Michael Graves would have done during the Memphis deign group era. But she gets a cautious IN from me.

    • Beardslee

      Michael Graves!  Perfect!  You are so right.

    • Rand Ortega

      Michael Graves x 2! You’re positively brill.

  • RebeccaKW

    I’m going with a teeny Out.  I really don’t like those shoes, and the dress doesn’t fit well.  The sleeves are really big and then it’s tight across her middle.  I HATE the hair.  I don’t mind a bouffant updo, but this is really messy, like she did her hair and then realized she was still in the t-shirt she wore to get her makeup done.

  • She looks like she’s hanging on to dear life via her toes. Ouch. I don’t like the shoes at all. They’re too 70s referential, and not in a good way (although I’m not sure there was anything good about 70s fashion). And I don’t think they pair well with the dress.

    The dress seems awfully heavy for summer time. It’s a nice dress, but it doesn’t scream summer.

    So, OUT.

  • The shoes are crazy fabulous. The dress is a little wintery, frankly, but chic and interesting. The hair sucks.


  • Spicytomato1

    Yes, chic and unique. But while I’m not usually a fan of patriotic color schemes, I think I like the red shoes on the model better. Still, Marissa is an example of someone who seems to realize that one doesn’t need to succumb to crazy procedures to look fab. For that I salute her. And I give her an IN.

  • luciaphile

    Out. Princess Beatrice wore this dress too and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but she looked a lot better in it! 

  • rissa42210

    In.  She looks nice.  I’m not over the moon, but it’s interesting and pretty.

  • SapphoPoet

    The longer I study the outfit, the more I like it. It has a certain quiet authority. 

  • Charmella…a DIVA at large!

    Funny…Princess Beatrice wore this dress last week. Didn’t like it on her and don’t like it on Marisa. Looks like a Simplicity pattern from the 70’s…and oops…I ran out of matching fabric for the bias cut frilleries, so hey, I used what else was available!
    …plus the shoes are hideous!


  • RzYoung

    Yeh life in those shoes looks pretty tough but i do sortof like the dress…but I also sort of liked it more on Princess Beatrice. However my love for Marisa Tomei concurs all so it’s an IN from me 🙂

  • pattyw

    This dress is getting quite the PR boost of late. Britain’s Princess Beatrice (of the cray cray hat) wore it recently — and dare I say better.

  • Beardslee

    In.  she owns what she is wearing and she doesn’t think aging is a sign of personal failure.
    but oh, to be a podiatrist to the stars.

  • Out. just for the fact from the neck up- bags under the eyes? great grand dads powdered wig? the wrist things look like napkins (from the dollar store) she is keeping in case she has to sneeze (or for some ‘to go’ from the buffet) and the shoes look like a 9 year old trying to torture evil step-mommy. Get a gay to rework the make up (or is she really 73??)

    • Ha! My mom, a child of the Depression, used to bring a Ziploc bag in her purse when she’d eat at buffets. Her justification was that she “didn’t eat as much in one sitting as some of these people.”

  • kelsita421

    Oh to dress like this when I’m approaching 50! Bless her. She must be IN.

  • MilaXX

    OUT! It’s the details. I can buy she wants to redirect the attention off her face, but she can do better than this. Makeup looks almost nonexistent and the hair is matronly. The dress I like. It’s the shoe I’m not feeling. She gets points for wearing shoes that fit, but I prefer the contrast like model is wearing. Not that she should have copied the model and went with a red shoe, but a shoe that contrasted the blue on the cuffs would have worked better. To sum it up, hair down, a bit  more lipstick, change the shoe,

  • IN, but hate hair

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Definitely an IN. I wouldn’t be comfortable in the shoes, but hey, I’m never comfortable in heels, so that doesn’t say much. I don’t think she needs to pull any attention from her face though. She looks like she’s in her 30s, probably early 30s at that. Flaunt it girl! I WISH I will look that good at her age but, alas, I doubt it very much.

  • Oh this one is tough.  The shoes are what is making this not work.  They are so distracting, and with the bright blue cuffs, I see everything but HER or the dress.  I guess that’s sufficient for an OUT.

  • lizajane1776

    Part of why the shoes look tortuous is that line around the right ankle. I see that as an indication that she JUST slipped these on for the photo op and had some other strappy flatter sandals for actual life.
    I like the combination of the funky shoes and simpler dress, but the fit in the neckline is just horrid. Judging by my own body and how things fit, I think the boobs are pulling the neckline forward and that is causing those wrinkles.

    But she doesn’t care about the wrinkles on her face, so she is an IN.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Hate the hair, hate those shoes, I like the dress, but it looks like something more appropriate for April or May.
    I’m giving her an IN because overall she looks good and I appreciate it when a woman doesn’t feel the need to stretch all the lines (and all of the character) out of her face.

  • Is that dress made of WOOL? Although it may be cooler in Paris than here in my home office, where I have all fans cranked to ‘turbo,’ the very thought of heavy wool crepe is repulsive to me right now.

    Love the shoes, though. She looks a little jet lagged which is understandable, but I’d recommend one of those de-puffing eye creams for post-journey (Garnier makes a good one, you can probably get it in Paris, Marisa).

    • theblondette

       It’s about 24C and rainy in Paris atm – which is still a  bit hot for wool but it’s certainly not scorching.

  • phrenk

    Blergh, other than the basic shape of the dress, I like nothing about this.  Out.

    • kimmeister


  • deliadee

    Love her, but don’t like this dress on her.  Too heavy, doesn’t fit well in the torso, cuffs and shoes too distracting.  It’s an Out, but may I say again how much I love her?

  • Judy_J

    I like it.  The blue cuffs add interest to an otherwise simple dress.  And those shoes are KILLER!  They don’t look comfortable, but sometimes you’ve got to sacrifice comfort for fashion.  Just don’t stay on your feet too long.  IN.

  • The dress needs to drape the shape. I don’t think it does. Killer shoes and cuffs. No vote

  • VioletFem

    IN. I kind of like the dress. Without the blue rim around the sleeves it would not be particularly noteworthy. The shoes seem overly complicated but overall I like this look.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The shoes feel too big for this dress. And I do think the dress would look better on her in a different color. It’s also a pretty heavy look for mid-summer, even in Paris. OUT on technicalities.

  • alyce1213

    The shoes are not for this dress, but overall it’s IN for me because she looks good in the dress + points for keeping it real.

  • theblondette

    I think I’m gonna go with IN. Those shoes look painful, and the dress doesn’t quite fit right round the bust, but it’s an eyecatching dress whilst remaining classy and the low key hair and make up is very Paris in summertime (having lived there, I can say I’ve seen tons of women with that kind of look).

  • nannypoo

    Hate the dress. Hate the hair. Hell, I don’t even like the shoes. Big OUT.

  • deltabronze

    In — if, as noted, her objective is to keep anyone from noticing her face.

  • I like it. Especially the darting. The shoes at least look like they fit. I hate shoes that end up leaving a full inch gap in the rear as if to say, “Hey, I’m cute, but I’m borrowed and they didn’t have the right size.”

  • Nariya

    OUT.  Idea’s good, but the execution tips it into a fail. I second (third?) whoever said the fabric’s too heavy; it looks off-season. Sure, the cuffs draw the eye, but that doesn’t make them a good idea. Hair looks tortured/dead. The shoes are cool in theory, but  in execution they look clunky/cheap/painful. 
    She can get noticed in much better outfits than this one. 

  • reddhouston

    In…I like it

  • All I can see when I look at Marisa in this is the blue diagonal strap on the shoe and the cuffs. Princess Beatrice wore this dress last week to an Arts thing in London. Looked better on Beattie without the matchy distracting shoes. 

  • TheLaurenJean

    Out. Not working for her.

  • LuisaNL

    In. she looks great. don’t love the shoes. too clunky!

  • MarissaLG

    It definitely has a weirdness factor, but I like it! IN.

  • enchanted216

    I love that sleeves are back, but it is summer! It’s driving me crazy!

  • enchanted216

    I’m so happy that sleeves are back, but it’s summer! It’s driving me crazy!

  • Jangle57

    Blech, nothing about this looks good to me: the shoes look hideous, the dress looks like something you’d be wearing when you enter your novitiate, minus the blue cuffs. The white does nothing for her complexion.  Now if the dress was that shade of blue with white cuffs and less hideous shoes, I might be saying something completely different.  OUT

  • Le_Sigh

    Love this.  IN!  Also – she’s aging magnificently well.  Would love to see her in something that highlights her face at some point.

  • Saucysusan

    It may be that I just really like Marisa Tomei, but I think she looks great! I think the wrinkling around the neckline is simply from the way she is standing. The hair is a little too high & the shoes look painful (though gorgeous). Standing ovation for aging gracefully!

  • Out. Love the chic lines and simplicity on the model, and those shoes just make it a kind of “car wreck on mah feet!” moment for me.

  • DinaSews

    An IN for me but would be even more IN if it was September.  Looks a little warm for this time of the year.

  • Those toes look like they are hanging on for dear life. Help, help don’t let me escape!!!!!

  • beebee10

    Ya know, I don’t love it but I think it’s dramatic and Paris is the place to where it. For me, the neck looks like it’s strangling her. 

    I had the same thought that you had: she looks like her face is untouched. How refreshing and she looks beautiful. I love that about her. 

  • Charles Barthelme

    She is rocking the dress way more than the model. Disappointed though in the lack of effort on her hair. The dress and shoes look great on her though.

  • Those shoes are weird and fab and totally her. The dress is different and I like it. This gets an IN from me because it’s very Marisa and she can pull it out where others can’t.

  • C.

    Shockingly, I think Princess Beatrice (?) wore it better.  Wow.  Never thought to type those words…

  • Warrior89

    Don’t like the dress or the shoes, BUT…I love that she is a beautiful woman who isn’t trying to turn back the clock.  Killer body, gorgeous NATURAL face.  So….she’s an IN.

  • quiltrx

    IN.  I wish the neckline were different, but she looks great, and very Paris.  Love the shoes, but wouldn’t want to walk in them!

  • Ummmm… I really can’t say I like the dress, but somehow? I’m going to go with IN. I think mainly becasue it suits her style, and she just looks so cool in it.

  • mhleta

    This dress says “winter” to me. Maybe spring. Definitely not summer. I like it on her, though. I much prefer the red shoes the model is wearing with this dress. The shoes Ms. T wearing, not so much. They look better without a foot in them. Put them on a shelf in a museum and I’ll admire them, but they are otherwise unwearable. BTW, my husband was at BU when Marisa was there as a freshman. He said all the guys swooned whenever she passed by. She smelled really wonderful, apparently. She used the phone in his dorm room and they all came in to smell it after. Guys are so weird. Straight guys, anyway. 

  • 3boysful

    Weirdly, the length of the dress seems in proportion to the rest of it, but it seems too long on sweet Marissa.  So perhaps this is not your dress?  And I prefer the red shoes on the model–relate better to the blue cuffs.

    Luv huh tho.

  • butterflysunita

    OUT.  A disappointment–Marisa Tomei usually looks so effortlessly chic and beautiful.  I don’t like the outfit at all and a woman that striking does not need to divert attention from her face.  

  • mmc2315

    I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it.  IN

  • VeryClaire

    High heels torture women’s feet! You can’t count that against her when you insist on women wearing “killer” shoes on the red carpet! If everyone wore comfortable shoes you guys would have a shit fit. You can’t have it both ways, TLo!

  • Jessi03

    In!  The shoes are TO DIE!

  • tired_mommy


  • mjude

    IN but those long sleeves are making me sweat.

  • OUT because the shoes kill it. Simpler shoes would have worked. Too bad because I like the cuffs and the dress. 

  • Kayceed

    I like it, and her. A bit heavy for July, especially since the French do not freeze everyone out with the AC. I’d add a chunky necklace. Overall, In. 

  • Lauren Dattilo
  • I love the idea of the pop of color on the cuffs and I think the shoes are awesome, but there is something about the cut of that dress that I can’t get behind. It needs to have a different collar or something. 

  • poggi

    Maybe it’s because I just got my power back on and everything looks good as I catch up on my TLo posts (I missed you guys) but I like it with reservations. So In. Hope all the bitter kittens (oh wait are we the Emma’s or the stoners now?) are safe and staying cool.

    • Anathema_Device

       Congrats on having power back! That was a really long outage!! Hope you and yours stayed safe and sound.

      • poggi

        Thanks. We did. It is so good to have AC, the internet, a fridge, a stove…Once we can brush our teeth without boiling the water first, everything will be back to normal. But at this point, I am not complaining. It’s a lot easier to boil water on the stove in a lit kitchen than outside, in the dark, on a grill.

  • sagecreek

    You don’t hate this? Why not?

  • Ezmartin

    In for everything but the clown cuffs

  • NurseEllen

    She gets an IN from me, she’s selling the look.  I do hate her hair, though–she’s only about an inch or two away from Bride of Frankenstein height there.  And I think a pair of earrings and a little lipstick would have done wonders.

  • Princess Beatrice wore this a week or so ago and it looked WAY better, so I’m going to say this is an OUT

  • snarkykitten

    I googled the weather in Paris for the week…apparently it’s in the upper 70s/low 80s. so WHY IS SHE WEARING LONG SLEEVES?!

    • Anathema_Device

       I was just in Paris and wouldn”t trust the weather report. The weather was changing wildly during the day.

  • It’s an in because she looks pretty nice, but I wish the dress fit her better around the bust. Those shoes are insane in a good way.

  • Larkin21

    There are aspects of this look that I really like but on the whole, it’s not working. Barely an OUT.

  • MzzPants

    I think she’s rockin’ her style.  IN.

  • julnyes

    The shoes are giving me sympathy pains, but I like the dress and am going with an IN
    I wish she would play up her face more  – she is lovely and not botoxed out the wazoo – that should be celebrated!

  • Qitkat

    Another pair of crazy-ass beautiful shoes that belong, as another commenter said, on display in a museum, rather than torturing Marisa’s feet. However, I admire her overall look. It’s a very chic dress. Who knows why she chose long sleeves in the summer time? I have been known to make such quirky decisions myself. How refreshing that she has stayed natural. How sad that this is worthy of comment as it seems to be unusual.

    A lovely IN.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    At first glance I thought those blue cuffs were fingerless gloves, and I recoiled in horror. I’m still not onboard with this look, but it is an interesting dress. Gotta give her an OUT, though. Heavy, winter-white fabric in July. Yeesh. I know these stars have to push the fall collections, but I’m sweating looking at her.

  • Anathema_Device

    I’m voting In. Part of it is that I just dig Tomei, so she gets slack where others wouldn’t. The shoes could be dialed back a notch, but I like the idea of the art-piece shoes with the simple, but still interesting, dress. The matchy clutch works b/c anything else would be one focal point too many.

  • samo_samo

    IN…INteresting shoes, INteresting dress, INtriguing look overall. 

  • sk8tfan

    In because the dress is  sophisticated and elegant and  doesn’t look too young for her (which is a mistake many maturing celebs make), because she looks like she feels beautiful, and because her face looks great, even though I hate the shoes. At least she has attractive feet and doesn’t need to hide them, unlike those bunion-ridden monsters that Christina Hendricks has to walk on.

  • meowing

    Sorry, guys, and sorry, Marisa, but OUT.  Dress is to0 intentionally strange, and the shoes look like colorful torture devices.  Not that every woman approaching (and over) 50 needs to wear grandma shoes, but these are either poorly fitted or are poorly constructed.  Love her “normal” lady face, but could do without the bump-it hair.

  • j_anson

    Aw. I want to hang out with her. So, In.

  • Saucysusan

    I totally disagree (respectfully)! It looks too tight on the princess & that she tried to match the shoes to the cuffs & failed. Marisa FTW.

  • janetjb

    I’ve given up judging shoes when it comes to “In or Out”.


  • Fordzo

    Princess Beatrice just wore this dress and, I can’t believe I’m about to say this, I think it looked better on Beezus.

    Can’t stand the cuffs. I know the dress needs *something*, but not those cuffs.

  • marilyn

    Out.  The shoes and the cuffs are fighting each other. 

  • janetjb

    The dress is just about perfect on Princess Beatrice and I like her shoes a lot better than Marisa’s.

  • tereliz

    Those shoes are amazeballs, Marisa is gorgeous, but the dress just looks too fussy on someone who isn’t shaped like a hanger (or who bends at the waist, ever). It’s supposed to be minimalist and modern, but her curves give it a more dated appearance. I blame the soft darts and the weight of the fabric. 

  • erinbinek

    No way is this an IN. Ugly shoes, ugly dress- She can do so much better. I love her but this is a tragedy.

  • erinbinek

    I agree- so much better on the princess!

  • Total IN for me. Some of the choices are weird, but I think she is working the hell out of it. Also, I think she’s GORGEOUS and I love the low makeup look.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    As compensation for the agony of de-feet, she gets an IN from me. 

  • VicksieDo

    Overall, it’s an IN for me.  Interesting  and chic.  But there are fit issues that make it a bit lumpier than it should be.

  • aimee_parrott

    This is an OUT for me.  The truth is that the combination of the cuffs and the shoes is making both of my eyes twitch, and that never happens with an IN.  I love her, but this is not a good look.

  • Lizzyisi

    In!  Chic, unique and–even though it sounds like a backhanded compliment–“age appropriate”.  She looks attractive, confident that she’s beautiful and sexy, but not like she needs to prove it. I would have done more lipstick, but then, I am not Marisa Tomei.

  • OUT. Silly spaceship stewardess. 

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    I don’t know about the dress, but I definitely hate the hair. It makes everything bad. OUT.

  • Snailstsichr

    In. I like the overall better than the pieces, though.

  • nancymae

    The first photo has a serious ‘I really didn’t give a flip about this show’ tone to it what with that pose and all.
    I think she would have been better off going all American like the runway look and wearing a great pair of red shoes. Her blue shoe attempt is so far from the blue in the sleeves that they really clash. IMHO
    Besides, it’s clear that those shoes are evil incarnate.

  • In, despite the hair. I like everything else, though. And I don’t mind the tortured feet– bleed for fashion, darling!

  • I don’t like the shoes at all, but the dress is sort of sweet on her. Plus, I just like her. I’m going to say IN.

  • allj

    OUT. Hate the shoes, hate the neckline, hate the hair.

  • Rand Ortega

    Conditional IN. Hair & make-down– No. Everything else– Tres fantastique!

  • Sara__B

    OUT. The dress doesn’t fit as well as it should, and the shoes are heavy and ugly. (I liked the dress better on Princess Beatrice, too.)

  • momogus

    I veer wildly back and forth on this outfit too! IN – chic dress, nice hair. OUT – killer (and not in a good way) shoes, desperately needs some jewelry, especially earrings, to balance out everything that’s happening with the cuffs and shoes. Mild OUT, I guess.

  • guest2visits

    The shoes destroy this dress. The model’s are a better choice. Although I like the classic silhouette;
    I think the color is way too much oatmeal; and it doesn’t flatter her at all.

  • FlamingJune1967

    In.  I think she looks chic!

  • Eclectic Mayhem


  • BrightsideSusan

    First glance she looks great though the sleeves are too long, I like the contrasting cuff.  The shoes are too much, too clunky, too many colors. Closer look says the fabric is too heavy.

  • Candigirl1968

    The shoes feel matchy matchy.  I think the way she is standing makes the dress look particularly odd.  I “appreciate” but don’t love the look.  A very borderline “IN.”

  • another_laura

    Oh, an IN from me, for sure.  The cocked hip is throwing the dress off, but I like the shoe/cuff coordination and I applaud Marisa!

  • jw_ny

    Back and forth on this one as well, but ultimately IN

    I finally decided that it was an IN because it seems appropriate for a Paris menswear show…sophisticated, stylish and interesting.  That, with the hair & makeup kind of feels Parisian.  It does seem heavy for June/July though…the long sleeves and weight of fabric, the boring bag, as well those shoes are rather hiddy…

  • Imasewsure

    I have to go with a slight In… I think if there was just a little bit more color or something on the main part of the dress (a stripe, a collar, etc), then it would work better… dress is too plain and weird with just the cuff…. shoes I kind of like on her….

  • I want it to have a belt on her. It looks fine on the model without one, but on her frame, it just looks…unbelted somehow.

  • tonibaloney

    HATE the shoes, HATE the cuffs, fit is off. OUT.

  • The shoes are a little too busy.  I like the pop of color on the sleeves but I think it would work better if they were smaller and more cuff rather than flounce.  And for heaven sakes girl, stand up straight!

  • jilly_d

    Don’t love the hair, but otherwise I think she looks chic and age-appropriate.  Well done, missy!  IN!

  • AlexisPayne

    This is missing something, the blue on the sleeves and the shoes is throwing off the visual weight. Out.

  • AWS

    I love it.  It’s like Mary Tyler Moore mated with Liberace. 


  • I’m confused.
    Can we cut the sleeves off altogether? And get rid of those weird waist darts?
    Love her, not this outfit so much.

  • formerlyAnon

    Out. Mostly because if you are going to wear something uber-severe it needs to lie perfectly. I know she’s standing hip-shot, but those fold/bunch/wrinkles running down from the shoulders makes the outfit look dowdy in the head shot. (between the fit there & the hair, my  mind keeps returning to a younger Princess Ann, nobody’s model for how-to-wear-a-dress).

    There’s a lot else I don’t love about this, but the TLo rationale for the dress *might* have won the day if it didn’t look so dowdy in the neck & shoulders region.

  • teensmom99

    I am a shoe fan and have admit that in a store/catalogue, I would be drawn to these shoes.  But I see this picture as a cautionary tale–the shoes really don’t look good on her feet.  I will remember that the next time I fall in love with crazy shoes I can’at afford.

  • afabulous50

    Hmmm – if she ditched the blue cuffs on the dress it would be an “in” for me…but she looks quite miserable so “Out.”

  • Emily Roach

    Out. You’ve got to zoom out, pointillism style, because even though the individual pieces are… well, somewhere between meh and fine, the overall look isn’t cute. The lines of those shoes just majorly compete with the cuffs and even her stance. Bleh.

  • cleep1000

    The shoes ruin it. But still, IN, for being fierce.

  • ChelseaNH

    I’m on the OUT side, though not a lot.  The dress just doesn’t do anything for her; it’s too stark around her face.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    IN.  Love her.  Interesting dress, cool shoes, hair and makeup are good.  Maybe a little jewelry, a bigger pair of earrings, would have been nice.  Otherwise, love.

  • AuntieAnonny

    I hate those shoes, but I love that dress.

    I have to go with IN

  • Caaro3

    OUT.   She usually looks sooooooooooo much better.

  • KathKo

    I don’t think she wears extreme dresses to take the focus out of her so called aging face.
    I think she’s a 50 years old woman who choose to wear outfits that she likes just because she can. She likes them and know she has the figure to pull them out.
    The shoes are out. I find them silly.
    But Marisa ? Definitely in.

  • lesmaha

    This is a “girl, that’s not your dress” for me.  That shade of white makes her look kind of washed out; the dress looks heavy. I actually like the look overall–and the shoes are fabu–but I don’t think it’s working for her. OUT.
    Edited to add: I like the shoes from the side, but they are awful from the front–! So, OUT again.

  • I…don’t think so. I LOVE her, but she can really look a lot better than this. OUT.

  • StephanieLovesTLo

    Love it.

  • lamamu

    “…although we don’t like the implication that an older woman has to somehow camouflage the fact that she’s an older woman.” Straight guys never say that to us ladies. Thank you, T + Lo!

  • Love the dress, but I think Princess Beatrice wore it better.  The shoes look painful.  Still, I’ll give her an IN just because I love her!

  • bellafigura1

    No, not happening.  The shoes are ridiculous so let’s just forget those. 

    This is so NOT Marisa’s dress.  The dress does not fit. And the cut is not right for her. It’s cut for a tall and slim girl not a petite, curvy woman, and the color is terrible on her.  It is Kate the Duchess’s dress. 

    Having said that, I love Marisa Tomei’s face and hair and makeup.  She looks like she just got well and truly laid, all the time. 

  • Again, an outfit that would be immeasurably improved by being worn four months later in the year.

  • demidaemon

    I hate the shoes and the hair. The dress is nice, but those cuffs are weird. On the whole, I think she is just barely OUT.

  • Lisa Dugan

    In.  The shoes are awesome although painful upon closeup.  The dress is cool but is it too big?  Is it supposed to bunch like that?

  • unbornfawn

    Major points for her natural looking face! Beautiful. The shoes should be on a shelf to be looked at and never placed on human feet. This should be a knock it out of the park look for her. BUT, the hair is too high and the fabric and fit of the dress are just too far off. OUT.

  • Mmm… OUT. Killer shoes but that dress leaves me flat.

  • Trisha26

    Out. In every respect.

  • aeg66

    Someone needs to wear moisturizing socks.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The shoes look horrific. Dress is fine by me.

  • TieDye64

    I give her credit for doing something a bit different, but I don’t think this is working. The dress just isn’t doing it for me and while I love the idea and color of the shoes, I can’t say I like them. It’s an almost in for me.


  • IN.  Love the cuffs. Such a great pop of colour.

  • altalinda

    Alas, out.  The shoes, I think, are the biggest problem – not attractive worn on human feet, though on their own they’re fun.

  • SophieCollier

    I just flat out don’t like the dress or the shoes.  I like Marissa Tomei, though.  She’s gorgeous and has no need to pull attention away from her face.  I’mma have to say OUT.  Great cut, though.  

  • DeGuz

    Not perfect, but I’m giving it an IN for being interesting and a bit daring. And I love the cuffs on the dress.

  • IN.  Love her.  Love the dress, love the shoes, love the lack of unnatural intervention.  She’s not dressed like a teenager (talking to YOU Catherine Zeta Jones), does it with class and interest.

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    Yeah, I actually — and this is rare — disagree with my beloved T and Lo.  HATEHATEHATE THE SHOES, the heals esp. “Ouchy ouchy” is all that comes to mind. 

  • Melissa Brogan

    IN! Not everything is hitting the high notes for me here, but she’s managing to sell it.

  • TomBord

    Love her – hate this !!  She’s way too beautiful and interesting  to be in a sad design school attempt of a ill-fitting dress and the shoes have clashing colors and seem a wee bit overwrought.  Her expression pretty much says, ‘yeah i know this is a big mistake, mkay!’ .

  • In.

  • Is it really camouflaging that she’s an older women if she’s not really wearing makeup and zhuzhing her hair as much? It seems to me more that she’s more, “Well, I’m not going to try to fool you with makeup, but I’ll wear something interesting so you have to look at what I want you to look at.” But I suppose that’s a different sort of sleight of hand. Still, I appreciate her approach if only because it’s a different approach. Something about it sort of reminds me of Nina Garcia, which doesn’t seem like a bad act to follow. 
    I go with IN. But Marisa is always in to me – I even love her looks in My Cousin Vinny.
    (Yes, I have an occasional fondness for the deeply tacky – see e.g., my love for The Nanny, also my BlackMilk love.)

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  • Judih1

    Out – the color of the cuffs is too strong a contrast, but I like the concept. Also I like the shoes but not with that dress. Hate the hair and the clutch, which look “old” especially with such youthful shoes.

  • Sweetvegan

    IN! It’s not perfect (Why does the fabric look so much heavier on her than it does on the model? And why is the neckline so much tighter around her neck?) but it’s in!

  • OUT. Good Lord.

  • meconopsis

    I do not get the logic behind the comment that NOT having cosmetic surgery on her face and NOT using lots of makup implies she needs to camoflage the fact that she is older.  If she has never been a big make-up gal, starting to use more make-up to me would imply the need for camoflage.  She’s a natural beauty with a kick-ass attitude who apparently doesn’t feel the need to camoflage at all.  You maybe owe her an apology!

    • “I do not get the logic behind the comment that NOT having cosmetic surgery on her face and NOT using lots of makup implies she needs to camoflage the fact that she is older.”

      Probably because that’s not what we said.

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  • CassieLee22

    IN they might look and feel horrifically painful, but sooo fabulous

  • siriuslover

    I think she looks great. IN

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    hate the shoes with this dress… dress is fine. love the red shoes in the model better.. would be a great 4th July outfit. 🙂

  • I’m sorry but this is Marisa Tomei serving some BTFD. In.

  • ccm800

    INish – looks too heavy for the time of year is my biggest complaint. 

  • EEKstl

    OUT but oooooh, soclose!  I like the dress but 1: Killa as those shoes are they are the wrong shoe choice for this dress.  A solid in an interesting pop of color would have wowed.  2. A more polished, chic-er hair and makeup would have let me forgive the shoes. You can’t pull off this look with hair and makeup that look like you were on your way to pick up milk and eggs at Ralph’s.

  • In! She loves this kind of stuff, and she looks comfortable (heels notwithstanding).

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  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I love those shoes but i wish they were not so tall.  But they are INTERESTING and NOT SLUTTY.  These make for a good beginning in my book.  Indeed, the whole outfit is Interesting but not Slutty.  Yay!  In!

  • Out. I feel like it looked good on the hanger but it looks terrible on.

  • Mirakel9

    Again, really guys? Those shoes are hideous and the dress is just weird. Maybe I’m getting old….

  • GTrain

    IN. Love the shoes

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I love those crazy shoes, and I think if this were sleeveless (or the sleeves had interesting cutouts instead of those flappy blue cuffs) this would be a WERQ. Her body looks fabulous and I am reminded once again of what a beautiful woman she is. IN.

  • bitterk

    The matchy matchy shoes ruined it – out

  • Is it July in Paris also?