Katie Holmes in NYC

Posted on July 09, 2012

Katie visited her lawyer, you guys! Can you stand all the celebrity excitement? We’re buzzing over here! Suri’s gonna climb into a bell tower with a shotgun any day now!

Katie Holmes is spotted leaving her lawyer’s office in New York City.

And while we can get behind these sunny crinolines as day wear, we’re a little concerned about the suede boots and denim jacket, since temperatures in NYC hovered somewhere around six thousand degrees Fahrenheit this week. In other words: semi-cute dress but STANK BOOT, girl. We wouldn’t want to ride up in that elevator with you right now. Damp suede in an enclosed space is never anything but unpleasant, to say the least.


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  • DeGuz

    The sunglasses are super-cute though.

  • teensmom99

    My first thought was does she live in an alternate celebrity universe where it was not 100+ degrees.  Thank you dear T & Lo for pointing this out!

  • megohd

    To be fair, those hi-rise buildings are usually frigidly air conditioned.

    I just wish she didn’t always have that goofy Joey Potter half-smile.

    • RzYoung

      I used to joke about her half smile until I read that she suffers on and off with bells palsy and adapted her smile so that if it struct again it wouldn’t be that noticeable… and then felt like a terrible person…so thought I’d spread the feeling 😉 

      But yes, she probably goes from her air con apartment, to an air con car, to the air con office so stank boot is allowed for now.

      • megohd

        Well now I feel like a dick. 

        • RzYoung

          now I feel like a dick for making you feel like a dick 

          • TerryMH

             Oh stop. You’re both adorable dicks.

          • AthenaJ

            I personally love dicks 🙂

          • AudreysMom

             this thread is more entertaining than Katie’s dresss and stanky boots.

          • RedRaven617

            Well I learned something new. Kept wondering about that smile. 

      • I was thinking the same thing, megohd. I don’t think  you’re a dick.

    • EditKitten

      SERIOUSLY — I work in New York and I look like a freaking Eskimo on my way to work, but it is EIGHT DEGREES in here. Layers, layers, layers.

      Also — and this is funny, not meant to make you feel like a dick, per below — I had shingles once and it attacked my facial nerve, so I had half-facial paralysis for a week. I already have an unintentional (…) smirk, so this just made it worse. If she has Bell’s palsy, I just all around feel like a dick for EVER making fun of her for anything. At all.

  • The booties she wears just KILL ME. If you hate your toes that much, Katie, please invest in some pumps or maybe a pair of brogues!

    • MoHub

      A cute pair of deck shoes in a bright print would have been temperature-appropriate and still would have covered the whole foot.

    • Spicytomato1

      Mary Janes are always a cute choice, too. They’re my personal go-to shoes when I’m in between pedicures (in other words, months at a time).

    • Cute espadrilles. Why is this not more of a thing? See also: adorable boat shoes. All made for sweaty/wet feet.

  • The booties she wears just KILL ME. If you hate your toes that much, Katie, please invest in some pumps or maybe a pair of brogues!

  • JaneDC

    She looks pinched and tired. Those boots make MY feet sweat!

  • JaneDC

    But then again, divorce is rough even for the fabulously rich and inhumanely gorgeous.

  • iCouture

    She goes from an air-conditioned condo, right into an air conditioned car, right into an air conditioned hi-rise, and back again…..poor thing is probably cold!  TLo should know this by now, celebs dont walk the streets, hauling up & down stairs to the subway.

  • AmeliaEve

    Sadly, the summer style for the college kids in New York and its suburbs seems to be short-shorts with hiking boots and bulky socks, with cowboy boots a close second.  She’s not so far off.

    • Call me Bee

      Well–to be fair–shorts with bulky socks and hiking boots are required–if you’re really HIKING!  In the city–uh…no. 

    • EditKitten

      “short-shorts with hiking boots and bulky socks”

      Add a sweater and you aren’t that far off during some parts of the ’90s.

  • I’ll do her a solid here and say, she’s probably not got fashion foremost in her mind at the moment.  The  bemused, “oh of COURSE there are photographers waiting outside my lawyer’s building” expression, says it all.

    • CozyCat

      Yeah, the fact that there are a couple of things that are off in her outfit (boots and jacket) signifies:  “I’m so upset about having to end my marriage that I just put anything on.” 

      • Precisely my point. I wouldn’t give a shit either, were I in her place.

  • StelledelMare

     She may actually be wearing some sort of sock type thing with those boots. You know like maybe the thin footie kind? I don’t know. I mean I wouldn’t be wearing suede boots right now regardless but at least if she was wearing a sock, that would eliminate the stank boot. Really though, a denim jacket? I would’ve taken that thing off as soon as I hit the door.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree! I never wear boots without some sort of sock! 

  • alyce1213

    The boots are so wrong, but all things considered, she looks as good as someone can look going through something so miserable. 

    That is one adorable, perfect little denim jacket, which, despite the thousand degree weather, she needed to go from AC to AC to AC that day.

  • LongTall_Sally

    Swap out the boots for a cute pair of sandals and I’d be trying to duplicate this look head to toe.

  • wundernutt

    She has been wearing those boots for about a decade now. I think they may have just sprouted from the ends of her legs, because they are in every picture. Stank boot for sure!

  • It was much nicer last Monday when you gave me Kevin McKidd to start my week.

  • MoHub

    Hate the boots; love the dress and jacket. However, she looks as if she’s trying to recapture her pre-Cruise self.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I would wear everything she is sporting (except maybe the shades and pony since they wouldn’t suit), and I am certain I have never said that about an outfit of hers before. Though it is certainly a spring/early fall in Cali kind of look.

  • Um..Fellas?…Fellas??….FELLAS???…Notice the tight smile and lack of makeup and the puffy face as if she is about to start crying?…or is it just me?

  • n a

    she should move back to colorado with these latest fashions- meh. maybe she’s mormon…

  • In_Stitches

     Is it bugging anyone else’s ocd that the jacket hits at the exact spot the first pleated tier starts?  The whole effect is shapeless and unflattering.

    I won’t even touch on the tragic, incongruous shoes.

  • tatiana86

    You actually took the time to post petty criticism for a woman who is going through a very though and public divorce? I usually enjoy reading your site but I’m afraid your “fashion” posts are becoming increasingly juvenile.

    • teensmom99

      Umm, this site is about fashion and Kate makes very conscious fashion choices.  And I think she is also thrilled to be making her own choices again.

    • Alisa Rivera

      Katie is waging a public relations campaign that will probably be studied in law schools and grad schools as a flawlessly executed strategy for garnering public sympathy. She’s not some little naif who needs to be protected from the big, bad fashion bloggers.

      • AnaRoW

         It seems to me that everyone else is doing the public relations work for her. I’ve never seen so much speculation run rampant within days. She only filed a week ago. It’s as everyone was waiting for some reason to pounce on Tom Cruise and Scientology.

        • you’re right, i can’t wait for the media to pounce on that self-righteous, arrogant, controlling asshole and spread his bs out for everyone to examine.  it’s been a long time coming.

        • alyce1213

          “for some reason”??????

    • Since when is “stank boot” petty criticism?

    • PeaceBang

      Spare us your sob sister protestations. This site is about fashion and image. It is entirely appropriate to the mission of this blog to provide exactly this kind of analysis of a star’s use of clothing to convey messages to their public. If you don’t appreciate TLo’s contribution, don’t read this blog. What are you going to do, cancel your subscription? 

    • formerlyAnon

       Except, I would imagine that her appearance, rather than random, is part of her divorce campaign. At least when she is going somewhere that she knows will garner plenty of photog attention, such as . . . her lawyers’ offices. That might strike some as coldly calculating, but whether she’s doing the calculating or just taking advice, the calculation can be necessary in order to come through a multi-lawyered divorce in the public eye “successfully” whatever that means to you.

  • Beardslee

    What a random medley of clothing.  No.

  • I want that jacket. And I thought my jean jacket days were over.

  • SapphoPoet

    I understand the denim jacket–offices and restaurants are super-cold in summer so you often need to bring a sweater or jacket to keep warm. The boots are terrible, though–this would have been a really cute look with ballet flats or some summer sandals. 

  • VicksieDo

    I think the sunny color of the dress is to make sure she doesn’t look sad…so no one would believe she was depressed and took her life if she should die suddenly…yeah, I need more to do in life…LOL

  • Meh. What is she, 14?

  • YoungSally

    She might want to be careful with the boots if she is trying to show NY as her principal residence…Isn’t LA ground zero for the boots with everything look (although those tend to be Uggs)?

    • ballerinawithagun

      You are so right! Uggs or cowboy boots…Yuck!

  • She looks legitimately miserable. I usually feel pretty skeptical about celebrity emotions, but that is one tight-lipped, barely keeping it together look on her face.  Poor lady.

  • Jangle57

    As I sit here in my air conditioned office with sandals on my feet, I find myself wishing I had her boots on because my feet are freezing.   I can understand her choices however incongruous they seem in the heat.. 

  • MrsKrause

    Cankly boot and STANK boot.  She must be more depressed than anyone thought.  And Tom wouldn’t let her take antidepressants.  Alas.

  • hillmad

    Those are her go-to (too bad, not Go-Go) boots. She wears them any time and any weather. Some kind of security boot?

  • AthenaJ

    To be fair, the woman is on the run from Scientologists. That calls for sturdy footwear, not strappy sandals.

    • alyce1213


  • nannypoo

    Except for the boots this is a cute, regular-person look that you might see on any young woman. I like it.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Echo the dressing-for-air-conditioning posts.  I understand the jacket.   I keep one in my car to go into the grocery store because the store is freezing.  The boots?  All you have to do is pull them on and go.  And maybe the girl needs to not think so much about the fashion details these days–thinking about the rest of her life might be the focus. 

  • Alisa Rivera

    I think this outfit is very much in line with the US magazine feature “Stars: They’re Just Like Us!” It’s a deliberate attempt to get people to identify/sympathize with her. She’s wearing an Everygirl outfit, with boots that she’s been photographed wearing multiple times. No hint of the fact that she’s worth $25 million (this is apart from any money she may get in the divorce). This is all calculated to get people to think “Poor, sweet Katie, I’m so glad she’s gotten away from that creep and his weirdo church. Now give her custody of Suri!”

    • alyce1213

      Cynical much?

      • Alisa Rivera

        Not cynical, just realistic. She has a team of lawyers and publicists advising her and she’s waging a PR campaign against Tom and Scientology. I sympathize with her wanting to get out, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t all planned out from roots to toes. 

        • PeaceBang

          You bet your bippy it is. 

      • formerlyAnon

         In my (upper middle class but no-where near “rich”) pre-divorce circles, if you were contemplating divorce and knew it was likely to be difficult and involve lawyers (or, even if you thought it wouldn’t but if your spouse was a lawyer or was related to a lawyer) everyone from the other moms in the school carpool to your therapist/family counselor would give you a list of particularly skilled and vicious divorce lawyers in town you needed to schedule a consultation with ASAP, simply so that they would have to disqualify themselves from representing your spouse.  Even if you knew your & your spouse’s total combined assets would barely pay for a divorce proceeding handled by one of these particular lawyers.

        I imagine when we are talking about multi-millionaires with problematic child custody concerns, EVERYTHING is calculated. At least if you want to be “successful.”

    • Couldn’t agree more.

    • butterflysunita

      I agree that she’s probably been advised by her lawyer to dress in a casual, approachable way.  In such a public divorce battle, the media is very important. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    She probably would’ve frozen to death without the extra layer in those offices, planning the next move of her brilliant “sole custody, hoorah, Smeagol is FREE!” campaign.

  • I can’t get with this look because every bit of it looks like things that, in my neck of the woods, could be picked up at The Fort western wear store.  She looks like she should be sitting in the stands at a rodeo. It’s got this “city girlfriend of a bull rider” vibe about it.  

    But now that I think about it, maybe the best thing for Katie might be a nice fling with a strapping rodeo man.  Bull riding indeed.

  • janetjb

    Maybe she gets cold feet, but there are better alternatives to suede booties.  The dress and jacket are cute.

  • I think you’ve hit it on the head:  this is trying very hard to look like a ‘cute, regular-person’ to the public, who can’t wait to choose sides in this silly charade.

  • tallgirl1204

    It appears to me that she has forgotten to cover her grays…  There’s a bit (you think?) of acting here– the suddenly dowdy sad Katie.  I’ve always liked her;  I hope that the drama queen-ness doesn’t get worse. 

    • luciaphile

      There have been rumors and blind items that suggest that Cruise was uber controlling and insisted that she look put together every time she set foot out of the house. Maybe this is her act of joyous rebellion. Or needling him? 

  • Poor Katie. Everyone has a pair of comfort “stank boots.” 

  • Lots of work for lawyers on this one

  • PeaceBang

    Frankly, she doesn’t look any more pinched and miserable than she did in countless appearances as Mrs. Cruise. She’s just dressed frumpy this time.

  • Susan Crawford

    What is WRONG with stylists and handlers employed by Katie? Do they never venture outside their climate-controlled, refrigerated closets? Do they not know that a long-sleeved denim jacket and suede booties on a NYC sidewalk in July is just . . . ass hat stupid?

    The little yellow dress is sort of cute – at least what we can see of it, and definitely an improvement over that cult-wife blue schmatta from her own collection she sported on the way to the PRAS2 taping. THAT was just tragic.

    She always looks as though she’s trying to smile through a galactic-sized wedgie, but I’m still rooting for her to empty a big old can of whup-ass on Tommy’s brainwashed head. But it’s gonna be a hella fight, I’m thinking. 

    • alyce1213

      In her defense, I think you may have missed all the commentary about air conditioning.  Katie is not schlepping Suri on hot NYC sidewalks here  —  she’s going from AC office to AC car, maybe AC restaurant, AC home. The jacket is necessary.  The boots are another story.
      Her funny smile is Bell’s Palsy.  I’d rather see a wan half-smile than a KStew sneer.

      (I also have a feeling she’s went sans stylists on this one.)

      I totally agree on whuppin’ Tommy’s ass. Control freak maniac.

  • MilaXX

    Yup,  scroll down fug. I would have forgiven the denim jacket since it could be argued that she’s leaving an air conditioned building and getting into a air conditioned car, but those boots girl! No, just no.

  • sashaychante

    BOOTS with what is most likely a sundress?  WTF

  • judybrowni

    okay, dress and jacket from the limited, even if you’re divorcing a gazillionaire.

    but if it’s 100 degrees in new york, that’s just the temp of the air. you can grill steaks on the sidewalks.

    only someone divorcing a gazillionaire could wear suede booties, ’cause she’ll be carried over the sidewalk by slaves, i guess.

  • Snailstsichr

    If you are visiting your attorney to prove you are the responsible adult who deserves custody of a child, should you be dressing like a twelve year old? This looks very juvenile to me.

    • alyce1213

      I don’t think she has to prove anything to her attorney(s), nor do they give a crap about what she’s wearing.  They’re only looking at billable hours and the firm’s reputation.

  • formerlyAnon

    That boots & jean jacket combo bring back the ’80s for me, and not in a great way.

    But, whatever. She looks cute & young(ish) which she is, and no doubt is the intention.

  • guest2visits

    The combination of blue jean jacket and yellow sun dress should work nicely; but I think it’s the design of the dress that making
    me think not. The dress is both too childish and dowdy and the same time. In fact with the booties; it all looks like stuff from
    the lost and found box.

  • alyce1213

    Whether she wore what she wore to manipulate the media is irrelevant.  They just signed a divorce settlement.  

    Show’s over, folks.  In record time. I might add.

  • turtleemily

    “Spotted leaving her lawyer’s office” is paparazzi for “successful stake-out of her lawyer’s office.”

  • redgauntlet

    She’s looking like a parody of the word ‘haunted’.

  • Candigirl1968

    Boots are terrible, but I could see having the jacket, since those offices are always freezing.