In or Out: Lizzy Caplan in Dolce&Gabbana and Rachel Zoe

Posted on August 07, 2012

There’s a germ of a good style idea here, but unfortunately, it never really comes together.


Lizzy Caplan attends the premiere of “The Campaign” in Los Angeles in a Dolce&Gabbana top and Rachel Zoe skirt. Wedge sandals also by Dolce&Gabbana. Clutch by Kotur.

We really like the idea of separates on the red carpet. And we like even more the idea of quirky young girlstars working that quirk for all its worth rather than agreeing to be shoved into a bandage dress or a gown or something else suitably unsuitable for her.  We even like the idea of a cute pair of wedges on the RC. So we like the idea of this look without actually liking anything else about it. The pieces all look randomly chosen and don’t seem to have anything to do with each other, like she sprayed herself with something sticky and just twirled around in her closet. Belly skin is a huge no on the red carpet in 99 out of 100 instances. In this case, it makes a quirky, slightly casual (in Dolce & Gabbana, to be fair) outfit look a little sloppy and trashy. Besides, the top just doesn’t belong on the red carpet. It’s adorable, but we’d rather see her pair it with some jeans and get her picture taken on a Starbucks run or something. The shoes don’t go with anything and neither does the clutch. Basically, keep the skirt and start over again. Also: even casual, quirky red carpet looks require a little styling north of the neck. We don’t mind the clean face, but if your pre-RC hairstyling routine consists of nothing more than flicking it behind your ears, honey …we need to TALK.

Agree? Disagree?


Vote Now!


IN! Disagree! Quirky girls REPRESENT.


OUT! Agree! Random outfit is random!




Some kittens rallied to defend Anna Kendrick’s wrapping paper dress, but the vote ultimately came down to OUT.


[Photo Credit: David Gabber, Emiley Schweich, Izumi Hasegawa, Richard Shotwell/PR Photos]

    • tonibaloney


      I don’t think I’d even go to work with that hair, and I work at a motherflippin’ food coop! Try harder, Lizzy.

      • luciaphile

        I do go to work with that hair, but I am old(er) and I just can’t seem to bring myself to care. I like the freshness of the colors in her outfit, but it really looks thrown on and not in a good way. I’m not opposed to the bare midriff but here it looks like she put the top on and discovered it got shrunk in the dryer. Since she had no other clean tops, she went with that one. That’s all I got.

      • fursa_saida

        Me either. I may cop out into braiding it back rather than actually styling it, but dammit, it is not going to hang there like that.

    • BazoDee

      OUT!!! Oh goodness OUT!! 

    • antheapena

      she even looks sorry

    • Mori Clark

      would’ve been cute if the skirt had been a little higher and the shirt had been tucked in. the midrift makes it look like shes having a wardrobe malfunction. OUT.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Out – she looks a total mess.

      • Anplica Fiore

        Agreed.  To quote the movie “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” – This one doesn’t even have a mirror at  home!?  HELLO!

    • Trisha26

      Out. I stopped with the hair to be honest.

    • CYVH9000

      I love Lizzy Kaplan and I love that she’s in a major film, but this outfit is OUT. It would be cute for a summer party but not for the red carpet. P.S. Casey and Henry forever. 

    • Anathema_Device

      Agree. Out. It is all just so sad looking.

    • Calinda_L

      All the pieces and parts would look fine… if only they weren’t paired together. Even the hair would look cute if the outfit included a different top and shoes. And if the skirt were cut slightly differently. And if it were maybe teased up a bit for more volume. So… close, but not right.

    • marlie


      This isn’t red carpet, this is “throw on clothes that sort of match to go run errands and maybe stop off at a coffee shop.”

      In her defense, her expression says that she’s not convinced either. 

    • sleah_in_norcal

      she’d better loosen those ties on her shoes before her feet start swelling up.  ouch!  i love that skirt and the white cotton is lovely with it.  with one of the dolce blouses with heavy cotton lace and some dressy sandals, this could be stunning.  if she washed her hair.

    • Tracy

      Out, no doubt.  The top and shoes (That is an ANKLE MUFFIN-TOP. What?) are what’s killing it; I feel like the skirt has a je ne sais quoi that could become something.  

    • janetjb


      Did she forget her shirt?

    • Shawn EH

      Out. Top is just too casual. Sharon Stone would have known what to do with that skirt (no, not in a Basic Instinct way, in a Gap men’s shirt kind of way).

    • Cindi Williams

      I would keep the skirt and the shoes. Find a more interesting shirt, fix your hair, and do something to make your eyes not look so tired. Amy Burley had nightgowns that looked better than this.

      • RL McGruder

        Amy Burley had nightgowns that looked better than this.”

        I actually think she’s halfway cute for a non-RC situation, but…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      Twirly skirt circles
      By Oktoberfest wench top
      Shoes sashay away

    • Catiline

      Agree, that crooked bare midriff made me twitch as soon as the picture loaded.  OUT.

    • J.Watt

      Out. I’m going to have to pull out my Southern side for this…bless her heart.

      • Judy_J

        I know just what you mean.

    • CJ Michalak

      OUT.  but she needs some food IN her.  for real. can you wear Zoe w/o avoiding food ala Zoe, allegedly?

    • teensmom99

      agreed. OUT.  And can we talk fit. That shirt (if it’s a shirt) just fits strangely.  

    • Judy_S

      OUT. My morning kindness to the relatively old and the relatively young has exhausted itself. If I saw her on the street I would think, “She’d be pretty if she was fixed up a little.” For the RC, dismal. Maybe this is as good as she gets, though.

    • formerlyAnon

      I seem to be fixated, lately, with how cute and in-various-ways-attractive the younger crowd of women are independently of the duds we are here to see pass in review.

      She, however, finally corrals my wandering attention – OUT and it is one fine damn shame that it should be so. She’s got what looks like an easy body to dress and enough character/quirky to her good looks to let her stand out from the herd.

      So it makes me sad that these good intentions went so far astray.

    • belfebe

      No.  Just no.  She’s a very pretty girl.  She can do better than that.  OUT.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Just one if those articles of clothing or shoes probably cost more than my mortgage payment, but yet all together, they look like they came from Walmart. Needless to say, my vote is OUT.

    • AlexisPayne

      Out, please try again.

    • librarygrrl64

      OUT, unfortunately because I love her. :-(

    • boomchicabowwow

      I woke up late and ran out of the house without showering.  My hair still looks better than hers.

    • Susan Velazquez

      Out. Which is a shame.

    • greymain

      too random,too sad.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Be honest, kittens – how many times have you gone back to look at yesterday’s Ewan McGregor post?  I can’t stop myself!! 

      • AthenaJ

        Hmmmm thank you for reminding me…

    • Kristy Evans

      It looks like she got lost on her way to a summer barbecue. OUT.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      She put as much effort into this as I am putting into saying OUT, which is none at all.

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      LOVE her, but yes. Out. 

      Kind of into that adorable tiny blue clutch, though. I would like that for my very own.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      This is a really cute outfit for going out for ice cream with your boyfriend on a hot summer night, but not for a red carpet appearance.

    • NurseEllen

      I never thought I’d live to see the day when peasant tops came back at all, let alone at Los Angeles movie premieres.  And she needs to check the circulation in her toes, because professionally, I can see that the straps are way too tight on those shoes.  OUT.

    • Call me Bee

      Yeah OUT.  Just a mess o’ random stuff.  Cute skirt, though. 

    • SewingSiren

      If she were just some girl going to the movies I would think she did a pretty good job spiffing herself up…but come on these people have people to plan and buy and borrow items expressly for them to look great at a specific event. The nails and the bag suggest that the stylist is color blind.

    • Rand Ortega

      Sunday brunch w/ your parents boring.

    • crash1212

      OUT. Really cute skirt and I don’t hate the top…just not together. The shoes…I could watch them burn and not flinch.

    • Jangle57

      She looks like she’s going on a picnic or attending some stree festival – not a red carpet.  OUT

    • Pennymac

      I like each individual piece. Just not together. And not on the R.C. OUT

    • Cathy S

      Really? There was an idea there? “Hmm. These shoes are like, totally cute! What random things can I find in my closet that won’t go with them?” Out.

    • Judy_J

      OUT.  Nothing goes with anything in this outfit.  And I can understand why she looks pained…the ankle ties on those wedges are so tight they’re cutting off the circulation to her feet.  Sweetie, you don’t need a tourniquet unless you’re bleeding to death.

      • MilaXX

         That’s probably because yet again a female celeb has been given a pair of shoes too big. I bet they tied them tight to try and keep them on her feet. If you look closely you can’t see her heel and if those shoes fit properly you should .

        • Judy_J

          Improperly fitted shoes are a major pet peeve of mine.

          • formerlyAnon

            It was never one of mine till I noticed how many red carpet celebs are walking around in shoes that cost more than one-to-six mortgage payments (if they had had to pay for them) and yet somebody couldn’t pay shipping to get the gal a pair that fit. There are, stylists & designers’ “people” several reputable overnight delivery services doing business on the North American Continent. Plus messenger services in all major cities. Not to mention interns.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      “Suck on *that*! AY-YI-YI-YI-YI-YI!”

      Sorry – I enjoy Ms Caplan’s work up to – including – and since Mean Girls but that’s what I hear in my head every time I look at her.

      Agreed re: midriff on the RC – sorry Lizzy, out.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Skirt is trying to do the work. Everything else walked in off other outfits. OUT.

    • StrandedFashionista


    • Dixie Murphy Ross

      Out. No matter how hot you are (this includes JLo, etc), showing your tummy is trashy, a la stripper chic.

    • Nancer

      I have to say, I think she looks adorable and yet I find myself in total agreement with you!

    • Joyce VG

      OUUUUUUUUUUUUT! Whew that felt good!   This outfit is cray cray.

    • BerlinerNYC

      I have loved her since Mean Girls and The Class, but OMG, WTF is going on with that top? Built-in stomach pooch?? *shudder*

    • MajorBedhead

      Good lord. What a mess. Out.

      What is going on with the ties on those shoes? They look like they’re cutting off her circulation. 

      • Jessica | Surely Sonsy

        totally thought the same thing on the close up. yikes.

    • Jennifer L.

      Mostly agreed on the belly being a red carpet no no, but I still have ab envy whenever I think of Keira Knightly doing the original Pirates promos.

    • Ginger


      Dear Uncles T & Lo, will you please let me know if someone with my shape (big butt, little waist, thick calves) can wear a skirt like this and NOT look like a Disney hippo?  I ADORE circle skirts but am afraid of needing a Wide Load sticker on my ass.

    • RL McGruder

      I actually appreciate the skirt and the shoes together (and I LOVE that skirt) – just not on a red carpet.

    • l_c_ann


      If she’d tried with the rough cut ends of her hair, if this didn’t make her look long waisted, and a whole lot more ifs.

    • Nacogdoches

      I love the skirt. But OUT. She looks like she’s dressed for slumming at the family reunion picnic.

    • kingderella

      lizzy caplan! loved her ever since i saw her head explode in cloverfield! (and dont even get me started on party down.) she deserves a great career!

      but this looks a stinker. OUT!

    • demidaemon

      This is just a fail. It looks like something you might wear to a beach or a family reunion, not a red carpet. OUT.

    • kimmeister

      Out.  That shirt combined with that skirt are making her torso look a zillion miles long.  Plus, ankles bulging out of straps.

    • mjude


    • MilaXX

      So very OUT. I’d even allow that the skirt could be made to work with the wedges but the rest of the outfit is terribly tragic. Even that blue bag, which likely cost a pretty penny ends up looking like a 1980’s walkman case.

    • DaveUWSNYC

      Randomial. Out.

    • hughman

      Maybe after she and the rest of the Von Trapps escape she can dote more on her outfits. 

    • Brian @ PWYJudges

      LOVE her, but this outfit is not working.

    • Hannah Prutton

      JANIS IAN!!!!!!!! 

    • stagmania


    • Pamela

      It looks like she didn’t even bother to wash her hair.

    • kelsita421

      So out. But agreed that the skirt and wedges could have been a fun start.

    • elleg929

      OUT for the extreme lack of effort.  Try it with gusto next time.

    • frannyprof

      So out.

    • Joey Melliza

      honey no!

    • samitee

      So distracted by the teeny clutch. It looks like she’s carrying around her retainer or something.

    • fungstyle

      Honey, if you had flip flops on, this would be what I wear to the farmer’s market. You my dear are not at a farmer’s market. 

    • a Studio by the Sea

      Looks like an unknown actress who wants to go back to summer theatre.  She’s wasting her opportunities to be seen and noticed.

    • ccm800

      Cute as hell, day time red carpet…um still out still RC. 

    • Gabriella M

      OUT. The proportions on this are soooo off. She looks like she stole the outfit her little tweenage sister laid out. BAD LIZZY. I don’t care if you want your hand-me-downs back. 

    • Roey Thorpe

      That’s not a clutch, it’s a change purse.  She’s got a tampon and a quarter in there and that thing is full.

    • MarissaLG

      I am SO loathe to say this because Lizzy Caplan is one of my favorite actresses ever, but she gets an OUT. 

    • Merneith

      Out. She looks like she just accidentally wandered out from the crowd. Is she even in this movie?

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      IN for the beach, OUT for the RC!

    • tired_mommy


    • Goldie

      Honestly, I couldn’t concentrate on her outfit because Will Farrell’s wonky right eyeball in that poster is creeping me out.

    • SophieCollier

      It would be an IN if she were out shopping.  On the RC, it’s just a bit too casual and everyday.

    • suzq

      Show me what the guys were wearing and I’ll tell you if it’s in or out.  If the guys were in jeans and tees (as per usual these days) she’s fine.

    • Sara__B

      Out. Enough said.

    • elemspbee

      OUT. OMG she looks terrible. All kinds of wrongness.

    • Penn Collins

      Out. Garage sale bargains do not belong on the RC

    • Sumer Bivens

      Out, but only because of that clutch. It looks like what I used to use to tote around my glow-in-the-dark retainer. 

    • Thathoodwink

      Her outfit looks like something you’d wear to be somewhat dressy walking the boardwalk “down the shore” as we say in Jersey. Her hair is absolutely disgusting. It looks unbrushed and unwashed. 

    • Melissa Cornichons

      Though I think the shoes do go with the skirt..the clutch, hair and shirt are what ruin it for me

    • bellafigura1

      Random is exactly the right word.

    • Liana Brooks

      OUT – And may you be forgiven for thinking that could work.

    • marilyn

      Out.  She looks great to be out on errands, but not to be on the RC.

    • Karen

      Out, i quite like the skirt but everything else is just so sad.

    • AWS


    • LilyPad

      Why would you guys dis Janis Ian’s outfit so bad? I guess it’s because you’ve got a big, LESBIAN CRUSH on her!

    • aristida_girl

      OMG Sooo OUT. That top is awful, and belongs to my long-lost and left behind 16 year-old self at a summer rock concert. The skirt is cute, and should be salvaged by something more appropriate. The shoes are exactly what TLO said, suitable only for jeans and running to Starbucks. Whew! Such emotion elicited by a bad outfit! 

    • turtleemily

      Out. It looks like the pieces of the ren faire costume I’m trying to put together.

    • butterflysunita

      OUT.  Not cute at all.  

    • guest2visits

      How old is she, ? Because this looks like something that came off a little girl under 10.
      The whole outfit looks like something she might wear riding her bike to the beach, with a picnic basket or a cooler.
      Not for this type of event.  Very pretty face.

    • Kelly Bray

      Oh, OUT. I wore those shoes to my 8th grade graduation in 1982. I feel badly for that poor skirt and its terrible waste.

    • Kelly Bray

      Oh, OUT. I wore those shoes to my 8th grade graduation in 1982. I feel badly for that poor skirt and its terrible waste.

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      It’s all wrong.  OUT!

    • quiltrx

      OUT.  Makes her look like one of those low-rent Barbie-compatible dolls with the rolly, swivelling waist.  Just weird.

    • Pop Tarts Jen

      Ahhh! So much OUT! My eyes! They burn!

      I agree it’s a good kernel of an idea, but BLECH BLECH BLECH.

    • lester

      Wow, I’m in the minority here. In. 

    • Ganell Dunn

      Agree. OUT. The top is WAAAYYYY toooo small.

    • mila_8

      Out. Just too many chopped up bits to take in. Skirt! Clutch! Nails! WTF, throw in peasant top! Ballet espadrilles!

    • Susan Crawford

      IN. (BUT: If you’re gonna do a bare midriff, can’t it at least not be lopsided?)

      As far as photo call or red carpet purses go, small is usually the way to go, but this one is so teensy that a couple Kleenex would overfill it! But it’s cute as hell.

      Looks as though the espadrille ankle-wrapping is so tight that her left foot’s circulation is being cut off. But again – I love ankle-wrapped espadrilles, and it’s kind of fun to see them in this context.

      All of this is being said by a Bitter Kitten who has NO idea who this young lady is. At the risk of sounding like Yogi Berra (my long-time idol and the Saint of Non-Sequitors) “She’s so famous I’ve never heard of her!” But she’s pretty cool, I’m thinking.

    • pookiesmom

      OUT. Also, I’m rather disturbed by how unnaturally tiny the shirt makes her waist look. I get that she’s skinny, but it looks very…off…here.

    • redgauntlet

      I like this look. It looks simple, young and fresh but the flash of midriff shows she’s sexy and fun.

      A definite IN.

    • Judih1

      OUT – too ugly for even a Starbucks run

    • Paige Boerman

      Yikes! OUT.

    • Louise Bryan

      Out.  The textures clash, the skirt is a sad color, mustardy, sort of, the dinky top is too casual and too dinky, and the sandals are big and clunky in contrast; not a good thing.  Her hair….well, it’s clean, probably.

    • korilian

      This is a perfectly adorable little outfit for doing you day to day stuff, but not for the red carpet. Her hair is bugging me the most though. I put more effort into my hair when I go to the supermarket! Five minutes of styling will get you better hair than this! I really hope the heat ruined her ‘do and that she didn’t really just fingerbrush it. 

    • RzYoung

      Yeh, OUT, sorry about that. Go home and start again. Plus, don’t get stoned before hitting the RC, her eyes!

    • Sabina Nicole Kallstrom

      out. ew. 

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      OUT! The hair would be a good place to start. Then…

    • Mary Stone

       I’d just leave it at “germ.”  The proportions are off.  The top is a hair too short, as is the hemline on that skirt.  It’s a teenage girl trying to wear things that fit last month, but that she’s outgrown thanks to a growth spurt this month.

    • Purple Fish

      Totally agree. OUT. I look better than that most days and I don’t have high-end designers throwing their clothes at me. 

    • Katie Wolf

      Ok, out. But look at her “smile” – she knows it’s an out. I can’t harsh on someone who’s already feeling bad about it.

    • Patricia Gillett

      Back to bed, start over tomorrow. OUT. 

    • MissAnnieRN

      Out. I like the yellow and blue together and think she could have traded out that top that looks like it should be going to a picnic for something more fabulous and potentially gotten a meh from me. Mostly because I don’t feel these separates are formal enough for the RC. I actually love the skirt and the shoes. But maybe for a luncheon.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      OUT!!!  She’s at a movie premiere and she looks like she’s attending a neighbor’s BBQ.  A BBQ she’d rather not be attending, judging by the sour puss look on her face.

    • Aniela Marie Perry

      OUT. That is a running errands looking outfit… except that I’m sure it costs more than my car.

    • rissa42210

      So out.  This looks a mess.  I agree that the skirt is the only thing worth keeping.  Bad.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Out for the Red Carpet and also because put together this way it looks Forever 21. How can clothing & shoes that expensive look so cheap??? I love the skirt!

    • altalinda

      Far, far out.

    • Sam Smith

      Agree, all nice pieces, none seem to go together.  

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Well, she’s a cute girl, but she needs to try harder.  OUT.

    • phrenk

      Way, way OUT.

    • CatherineRhodes

      We were complaining about Gaga in a fur coat in August, so Gaga meet Lizzy and land somewhere in the middle.


    • julnyes

      this saddens me.

    • Eovaai

      OUT. A messy, sloppy look.

    • PeaceBang


    • fursa_saida

      OUT. She looks a bit like Amanda Peet’s depressed cousin.