Bella Thorne in Ted Baker London

Posted on August 08, 2012

Oh, man. These baby starlets are going to be the death of us.

Bella Thorne attends the premiere of ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ in Los Angeles in a Ted Baker London dress paired with Miu Miu heels.

Ted Baker London ‘Parisian Birdie’ print dress

Miu Miu Glitter Heel T-Strap Sandal

Look: she’s 14, and that’s right at the cutoff of critiquing age. We’ve offered some unasked-for advice to Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld, so it’s not completely out of bounds, but there’s only so far we’ll go in ragging on a little girl’s clothes.

We’ll just say this: she is very pretty and, much like Katherine McNamara yesterday, she’s rushing headlong into grownup dressing way too soon. It’s a very cute dress and pair of shoes, but it doesn’t strike us as all that youthful. Compare this to Kiernan Shipka’s latest, which manages to be both youthful and chic at the same time, which means it can actually be worn by ladies decades older than her without it being too old for Kiernan to wear it. It’s a balancing act.

This is why we could never be gay daddies. If our little girl came out of her bedroom dressed like this, we wouldn’t have the traditionally negative daddy response, which would more than likely be “ABSOLUTELY NOT!” Ours would be more along the lines of “Sweetie, a pencil skirt, ten pounds of hair, and Barbra nails? We’re too young to have a 35-year-old daughter.”


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  • ICK. 14 year old sex doll?  No thang kew.  She’s lovely, and has gorgeous hair, and someone needs to knock off the Baby Bardot routine.

    • Jan Lundgren

       I thought more of Ann-Margaret than of Bardot, but it’s the same sex kitten idea.

      •  You’re right, actually. TOTALLY Ann Margaret.

  • Sobaika

    These baby bitches and their fucking amazing hair.

    • I know, right! What on earth are they feeding these gals or what product are they using to cause such lustrous manes? 

      • Rob

        It’s part high quality hair products, partly that her hair is cut, colored & styled by a world class hair dresser and partly that 1/3 of the hair on her head are flawless expensive extensions.

        • MilaXX

           yep, Ms MaNamara’s looked like it might possibly be ll hers, but Bella here is definitely sporting some extensions.

      • Sobaika

        This is all very ill-timed for me. I got a bob this week. And it’s cute in an I-work-in-an-office-and-have-a-bob kind of way but I need those mermaid tresses.

        •  And with the correct application of products, extensions and CASH, as Rob just said, you can have them!

        • TheOriginalLulu

          Yeah, but just think how much cooler you’ll be this summer without a blanket of hair hanging off your head!

        • SassieCassy

          IDK your hair looks pretty great in taht picture

          is it really that shiny? O_O

          • Sobaika

            THANKS 😀

            Yes, but mostly due to genetics and the right hair products.

        •  Meh, I have that hair (although mine has rather more grey in it) and I am booking in for a bob because I can’t fucking take the maintenance any more.

        • formerlyAnon

          All it takes is money, honey.

          ETA: Properly applied.

      • Lori

        If it makes you feel better it probably won’t last. I had hair like that (without the aid of expensive product or a stylist or extensions) when I was her age. I do not have it any more. Time marches on and it has dragged its boots over my hair a lot harder than over my face. I’m not complaining about the relative lack of wrinkles, but I do miss having thick, shiny hair.

    • Funkykatt

      She is wearing a hairpiece. 

  • mellorcr

    I thought, what’s wrong with that, it’s a cute dress.   My jaw hit the keyboard when you revealed she’s 14.  She looks great, but the dress ages her at least a decade.

    • Same reaction here. I thought the outfit was cute (a friend of mine has those shoes and they’re fierce), but when I saw the 14, I actually got really scared for her.

      The ‘mermaid hair’ combined with the ’35-year-old educated professional out on the town’ outfit really freaks me out.

    •  Yeah, I thought “What a cute and appropriate 22 year old”. If she were my daughter, which god help me she could be without raising any eyebrows about gymslip mothers, she would NOT have those horrible hooker gel nails and she’d be washing off at least half the makeup.

    • luciaphile

      This might have worked if the skirt portion were in a lighter color – like a pink or a yellow maybe? Something not black. And the heels which I thought were great, are not at all appropriate for a 14-year-old. Honey, you have years before you need to start supporting your podiatrist. Enjoy them. 

      • RedRaven617

        I agree, worn with some cute ballet flates, a few inches above the knee and it would have been a whole different look. 

  • gsk241

    You’re right, of course, it is tremendously aging on her.  Personally, I’ve never liked that style of dress – it looks to me like she was trying to put on two outfits at the same time.  Hair and makeup look nice, though.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Yes, an unfortunate “Franken Dress”.  If the dress were all the same pattern as the top, a flared skirt instead of a pencil one, different shoes and 5 pounds less hair and this would have been a “WERQ”.

      • gsk241


  • Anathema_Device

    Whoa! She’s 14? I thought to myself, “Well, this isn’t a bad look. I don’t care for the floral with the black, though.” Then I saw her age. I thought she was about 23 or 24! No, no, no, young lady. Go back and change this instant!

    She doesn’t have to go for super young or twee looks, but certainly nothing this mature.

    Lastly, I do sympathize that it is hard to find the right balance for teen dressy dresses. My daughter needed a few this past year, and MANY were rejected for being too little girl-ish or too hoochie. Tough to find a middle ground for those girls 13-16 years old.

    •  And with the way the clothing industry is pushing the sexy girl thing further and further back along the timeline, it must make a sensible modern Mom, like you, kinda crazy.

      •  Forget 13-16, finding non-hoochie dresses (or clothing period) for my 6 and 7 year old daughters is becoming a challenge. It’s ridiculous.

        • Kimbolina

          That’s terrifying.  I’m years away from having kids and now I’m cringing just thinking about what clothes are going to be available when my nonexistent/hypothetical daughters are “tweens”.  I’m glad I know how to sew.  I should just start stock piling photos of Kiernan Shipka so when the time comes, I’ll have inspiration and won’t have to face the prepubescent hoochie mall clothes.

          • mountainFashionista

             Just so’s you know… your hypothetical future daughters will be-e-e-e-g you for them, and even if you don’t cave, they’ll borrow them from their friends.  Like back in the old “innocent” days, when teenagers used to sneak cigarettes and lipstick as soon as they left the house.

            Or maybe you’ll get lucky, and have tween daughters who dress like Kurt Cobain!

          • formerlyAnon

             In addition to beg, they may sulk, get angry, refuse to offer any further opinions during a shopping trip, refuse to try on your choices during a shopping trip, and/or quietly stand there leaking tears, heartbroken over your incredible brutality.  We got over these reactions after one or two trials – by the age of eleven or so, since my reaction to these options (fine, we won’t get any new clothes, then) was discouraging.

            Of course, I am perfectly aware that sneaking clothes mom doesn’t approve of out of the house either on your person or in a backpack or stashing them at a friend’s house was the next step. But she had to buy them or alter them herself, and I didn’t have to look at them. And the effort involved did, I think, limit her more than a little.

        • Sartorial_She

          Agreed. The amount of inappropriate clothing I come across while shopping for my 3- and 6-year old girls is frankly disheartening. Don’t even get me started on little girls’ bathing suits…

          • formerlyAnon

             Like X 1000

        •  As you might imagine, this is not a realm I know much about.  And the very THOUGHT of this makes me want to run screaming.

      • formerlyAnon

        Jesus, Mary & Joseph, but the battles that started in our home during elementary school (and continued, in a pro forma way through middle school) over my “no writing on your butt – especially if those are short shorts” ALONE nearly broke me.

        I feel like somewhere between 16 and 17 I capitulated. The  Panzer divisions of tastelessness rolled right over me.

        And yet, my daughter claims and observation confirms, that she DOES dress more conservatively not only than the girls wandering around looking like they’re hunting for the  Girls Gone Wild truck but some of the girls whom I KNOW come from fairly old school parents who’ve been fighting the same battle.

      • Anathema_Device

         I am fortunate that my daughter doesn’t want anything too revealing or mature, but at age 13, she doesn’t want to look like a little girl. We don’t have many battles over clothing and make up…YET. Although, I’m always the one trying to talk my kids into dying their hair or getting mohawks (the latter on my son). “Do it while you’re young!” I always tell them.

        •  Because at 45 its going to look insane!

    • I remember it being hard even to find clothes to FIT at that age. I grew ‘up’ first (was the same height I am now by age 12), but it was years before I filled ‘out.’ Too big for kid’s clothes, but other stuff was too mature. Maybe things are different now – a wider range of sizes perhaps? I also grew up in a small town where there wasn’t much selection outside of our crappy mall.

    • kimmeister

      I’m with you on not liking the floral with the black.  It would have been much cuter had the black part been gray or maybe even taupe.

    • MissAnnieRN

      My mother made me my dress in the 9th grade for the winter formal.  I got to pick everything I wanted.  And it fit.  The other thing that is difficult about being 13-16 is that many of the things that fit are far too juvenile.  I’ll never forget that dress – as requested I got aubergine velveteen (!!), a sweet heart neckline, a fitted skirt to the knee, with poofy early 90’s short sleeves that definitely had some crenoline going on to give them shape.  It sounds hideous in 2012, but let me tell you, in 1992, slow Dancing to U2’s One, it was the picture of age-appropriate style.  

      • Anathema_Device

        This reminds me of a story a friend told me. She wore velvet to a prom. She and her boyfriend slow danced all night (regardless of song tempo). Her mom told her to go look at the back of her dress in the mirror when she got home: Her boyfriend’s sweaty hand prints were totally imbedded in the velvet on her ass. We’re talking Graumann’s-hand-prints-in-concrete levels of imbedding. Hilarious.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I…actually thought this was yesterday’s teen starlet… I hope they play sisters in the movie! These heels are straight up not OK for anyone younger than a senior in HS. Maybe my mother was old fashioned, but I am conditioned to think that children should dress like children. I don’t have a problem with the pencil skirt. But that’s because when I was 14 spandex minis were all on trend and easily available at The Gap, Express, J crew, etc… And everyone was wearing them. What I dislike about the dress is the way the black part come up around her torso. Also I hate black with pastels. Yuck.

  • SHE IS 14???  Wow, that getup seriously adds a decade to her age.  She looks great, but geez Louise…..

    How perverse that most women (and esepecially celebs) want to look older when they’re younger, and younger when they’re older.

  • She’s only 14?!?

  • piecesofconfetti

    Stop blowing kisses like Lindsay Lohan! Not a good path, baby girl!

  • janetjb


  • and can we PLEASE stop w/the g.d. blowing kisses pose?  a general rule of thumb should be not to do anything already done by a kardashian.  examples include: sex tapes, dating kanye, faking a wedding, skeletor-recalling plastic surgery, combining horizontal stripes w/shoulder pads, creating shitty clothes for Sears and making g.d. blowing kisses poses.

    on second thought, can that be the 11th commandment?  thou shalt not kardashian.

    • Judy_J

      Love the way you think!

    • But, if I don’t date Kanye, he’ll never write a song called “Cuddly Cunt” in honor of me.

      • DeborahJozayt

        I just died.

        • DeborahJozayt

          And I’m back up. Thank you for the hilarity.

    •  I am adding it to my copy of the Commandments right NOW!

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Thou shalt not Kardashian. Words to live by.

    • Like, like, a thousand times like!!

    • What about butt injections? 🙂

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      hammer of truth.

    • My first thought was that as a “baby starlet” she was following the direction barked out by some pap. Scary/sad thought. Commandment 11a: don’t do anything the paparazzi tells you to! They are not on your side!

  • CYVH9000

    She looks almost exactly like the one from yesterday’s post – Katherine McNamara. Did they come from a factory? And the sight of her nails makes me cringe. They’re horrible on an adult woman, but on a teenager? Yuck!!! 

  • EverybodysStarling

    I don’t know her, but she is HOW old, you say? 
    I thought she must be about 27-28 and was actually going to write, that I find that look adorable. But for fuck’s sake… 14??? 

  • Sharon Tomasulo

    The dress is awful in its own right.  Frankendress.

  • I just cant get over how much I hate the combination of the two fabrics on that dress. Seriously getting a twitchy eye here…

  • BazoDee

    Yikes -add me to the list shocked to learn that she’s 14! She looks easily 10 years older. 

  • Judy_J

    14 going on 24.  The old fogey in me longs for the days when little girls dressed like little girls, juniors (teens) dressed like teens, and women dressed like women.

  • Dot

    Ok, those nails are just laughably ridiculous!

    • mountainFashionista

       Barbra nails = so true!

  • The dress is great – for me, and I’m way older than she is.

    The hair screams prom (and she’s not old enough for a prom!), and the makeup and nails are WAY too overdone. There’s no way she’s 2 years older than Kiernan.

    Like everyone said… she looks nice, but in no way age-appropriate.

  • teensmom99

    My teen’s verdict: too old for her.  I never knew she ever thought like that.  And what’s up with the Barbara nails.  This is not a thin kids are doing and thank God for that.
    I think the dress looks like something a secretary  bought at the dress barn.  Where’s the matching short sleeved jacket.

    • l3icest3r

      “Dress Barn” Nailed it.

      And: SHE’S 14??!? Oh sweetie. 🙁

    • SapphoPoet

      Dress Barn–har!

  • Kristy Evans

    Yikes. That dress cuts quite the grown-up silhouette. At first glance, I thought she was easily in her mid-twenties. Fourteen? Have some fun, honey. Her hair is pretty fantastic, though.

  • Sha-sha-sha-sha-shake it up. 

  •  She looks very cute, for a 25 year old. But I just can’t with those nails.

  • Kara Keenan

    She’s be fabulous if she wasn’t 14.

  • I’m disturbed by dresses that could arguably be two separate pieces. 

    • 3boysful

       Agree!  I guess I’m in the minority, but the pastel print and solid black aren’t speaking to each other, let alone me.

  • That dress, while beautiful in silhouette, is the wrong color.  It reminds me of my friend’s mother.  When deciding what to wear at her daughters wedding, she decided on a baby-doll pink dress with BLACK nylons- because “black is slimming”.

    • My brother is married to a similar woman, who would add white shoes to the above ensemble.

      • kimmeister

        Good golly!  I hope she didn’t wear black nylons with her wedding dress.

  • mjude

    its like you dont even want to comment because of her age.  way to flipping mature.

  • SewingSiren

    It’s a pretty dress. But way too mature for her. And your way of talking her out of it would be way more successful than the traditional parental blow up. Trust me. I’m an expert.

  • kmk05

    It’s the 10 pounds of makeup that make me cringe. I mean, I’m all for makeup, but her skin looks like plastic.

  • Lori

    If our little girl came out of her bedroom dressed like this, we
    wouldn’t have the traditionally negative daddy response, which would
    more than likely be “ABSOLUTELY NOT!” Ours would be more along the lines
    of “Sweetie, a pencil skirt, ten pounds of hair, and Barbra nails?
    We’re too young to have a 35-year-old daughter.” 

    I think this is a perfectly reasonable response and argues for why you’d be great gay dads, not why you shouldn’t be.

    Of course, I don’t have kids so what do I know?

    • I had the exact same thought. Except I do have a kid. But he’s a boy. And a toddler. So what do I know, either?

  • reebism

    She looks older than I do, and I *am* 25. This is really alarming.

  • gabbilevy

    The only thing I really hate is the nails. No fourteen-year-old should be allowed near acrylics, especially not that long.

  • I have to admit, I thought she was upper 20s.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    You know, these babystar posts are making me think back to when I was their age. My friends and I absolutely wanted to dress older than we were and my father declared, ABSOLUTELY NOT! many a time. Actually, his favorite was, “where’s the rest of that outfit??” and then he would turn to my mother in the kitchen, “do you see this? Do you SEE what your daughter thinks she’s going to wear out of the house??” With the raised eyebrows like never in his life had he seen anything more ubsurd.

    But I agree with you guys. If you hadn’t told us that this child is 14, I would easily think she was 24-25. Easily. There’s something wrong with that.

  • Le_Sigh

    She’s 14?  Damn – she looks like she could play Kiernan Shirpka’s young, single mother.  Jeebus.

  • I think she looks great. Before, young teenage girls thought dressing older meant belly baring tops and short shorts. If she wants to look polished and professional, she should be able to. It’s a great relief from babystars dressing trashy.

  • I cannot get my head around the fact that she’s only 14.

  • Squarah

    The eye makeup is 90% of what’s making her look older and the dress is other 10%. Can’t really blame her though as I wore that much eye makeup when I was 14. Ahh, doing my eye makeup in the bathroom after I got to school (early of course) to bypass the parental disapproval. I do blame her stylist and guardian though because I doubt she did that herself in the ride over…

  • Amen!

  • Great dress for our friend Kate accross the seas in Olympic land. I say, send Bella back for the juniors department.

  • sagecreek

    She’s 14? Seriously?

    Also, the kiss blowing photo is absolutely icksome. Someone needs to have a sit down with this gal.

  • cmb92191

    While tasteful (everything is covered), it is still too old… I would not let my 14 year old daughter outside like that- most of it is makeup and not the dress.    I’ve seen worse and I’ve seen better.  Kiernan is only what 2 years younger- but she looks  much younger -like 8 or 9 when you compare the two.    If she had toned down the make up and heels it would look more appropriate.  

  • EEKstl

    As I was scrolling down I was thinking that I couldn’t understand TLo’s concerns about this look, that for an 18 year old she looked just darling.  Point taken.

  • oohsparkley!

    It is aging, but at least it’s not skanky.  I thought she looked nice (and much older than 14).

  • Judy_S

    I  liked Miss MacNamara’s look yesterday, which was a little silly, but I agree this is way too sophisticated for such a young girl. 

  • afabulous50

    Women (and girls) need to stop doing the “blowing a kiss” pose on the red (or in this case green) carpet. 

  • cmb92191

    And none of my 14 year old daughters friends (or her) wear those nails.  If they get them done, they are bright colors with a design on them.  Some get the french manicure with the line of “glitter” at the tip, but nothing like that.   Her nails are “cougar” nails.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Do NOT like that print. Too lightweight to be paired with black. Replace it with a solid hot-pink and maybe…

  • jw_ny

    It’s hard to make any other comment about this other than she looks way more mature than her 14 years, because she does look good.  Some kids embrace their youth, others just want to be older….them’s the ones that miss out on a lot.  😉

  • Jangle57

    Two thoughts: jailbait and Lolita

  • margaret meyers

    The nicest thing about the Kiernan Shipka look is her clean, fresh face shining through.  McNamara and Thorne are both loaded down with false eye lashes, pancake, shadow, blush and , yes, 10 pounds of hair augmentation. 

    This point is where Lindsey Lohan started to go wrong.

    • Seeing Bella Thorne all tarted up like this just reinforces how good Kiernan Shipka’s instincts are.

      • Jessica Goldstein

         And her parents. I’ve got to think their instincts are just as good.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Hate everything about this.

  • Tall and Salty

    In that case, stick to being fantastic gay uncles, roles for which you are fabulously well-suited. 

  • MilaXX

    The proverbial straw that broke the camel for me was her blowing kisses to the paps. Honey, no.

  • SapphoPoet

    She needs to stop posing like she’s 35, too. Very inappropriate. Where’s her mother?

  • Monabel

    NOT a cute dress. The heavy, predictable black fights with the insipid pleated bib.

  • sockandaphone

    its a cute look but yeah shes 14, and that made it go from cute to Im terribly uncomfortable looking at these pictures.

  • formerlyAnon

    Your approach might work better.


    • Jessica Goldstein

       I was thinking the same thing.

  • ChiKat67

    SHE’S 14??!?!?!??! Looking at the pictures I thought she was at least 25!!!  

  • victoria rodeno

    When did these girls get the impression that having mounds of (Phoney looking) extensions was attractive. Real, natural hair is good.

  • SophieCollier

    I’m okay with the dress and shoes, it’s the makeup that’s freaking wrong.  What 14 year old starlet needs three layers of mascara and uber-heavy eyeshadow?  

  • She’s 14?!?!

  • joe_tey83

    I thought she looks pretty. But that’s before I read that she’s 14.

    14?! She looks at last a decade older.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Pretty much exactly my response, which went like this:

      She looks great!

      She’s FOURTEEN!?!?!?!?!

  • I had no idea who she was and thought she looked fantastic until I saw her age. Was thinking 18-20 maybe. 14? Nope.

  • “We’re too young to have a 35-year-old daughter.”


    i like the colour of her hair. thats all.

  • BrightsideSusan

    Her parents should be ashamed.  Only 14 – geez.

  • ASK26

    Yup   Mid thirties.  

  • That’s a lot of slap for a 14 year old.

  • OMG!  Daddies, I want a little sister so I can watch you play dress-up!

  • sashaychante

    OMG  I thought, hey she looks pretty, like that dress, wonder who that is…then scrolled down to see she’s 14!  My reaction IS absolutely not!  Dial it back to teenager honey.  Plenty of time for this in the future.

  • nannypoo

    And she took posing lessons from Lea Michele. 

  • Axel T. Prude Super Tan

    She looks like Faye Regan…

  • Cat_In_A_Hat

    These girls have amazing hair. I am quite envious.

  • Susan Crawford

    She’s FOURTEEN? Seriously? Get back upstairs young lady and wash off the makeup and borrow something from Kieran’s closet. (But don’t touch a hair on your pretty head, because THAT is fabulous, darling.)

  • quiltrx

    If that’s all her hair, it’s really gorgeous.

    And yeah, I was wondering what was wrong with this until I found out she is 14.  I think the splattery print skews it youthful, but it’s too body-clinging otherwise for someone so young.

  • save_the_hobbit

    I actually watch the show that she’s on (Shake It Up – Disney Channel…don’t ask), and holy shit, I didn’t even recognize her. 

  • Or maybe you should totally be gay daddies. Just saying.

  • lrhoff

    14?  Good heavens.

  • Neverbuynewclothes

    Is this the way LiLo started?

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Is it odd that what bothers me most about this ensemble are those terrible nails? SOOOOO bad.

  • KaileeM

    I thought she looked great! Of course, I also assumed she was in her early 30s! Totally right, TLo. The hair, nails and especially the dress are all WAY too mature for a 14 year old. 

  • Candigirl1968

    Had you not said she was 14, I would have thought she was a decade older.  
    Part of the difference (and it will be interesting to see when she gets taller), is that Kiernan, for the most part, still seems to be mining the children’s section of the designer collections.  It’s when kids move into the adult section of the store that they (and apparently their stylists) seem to have problems.

  • HobbitGirl

    Whoa. I was going to say I liked the look until you said she’s 14. I would NEVER have guessed that from the get-up. Girl, you don’t have to dress ugly to dress like a tween!

  • Holy crap!  When you said starlet, I thought she was at least 22-23!

  • PinkLemon

    SHE’S 14?????

  • DevilMayhem666

    She’s quit attractive for her age.

  • Getoverit

    At least shes a 14 year old who is not showing a bunch of skin.