IN or OUT: Lucy Hale in Topshop and Free People

Posted on August 31, 2012

Lucy shoots for some bold pairing, but we think she may have missed the mark.

Lucy Hale attends the opening of New York retailer Henri Bendel at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.

Topshop Paisley Lace Insert Peplum Top

Free People Vegan Leather Circle Skirt

Ohhhhhhhh HONEY. Find a classier way to show the world your borrowed jewelry, you tacky little thing. And stop wearing so much of it at once.

The skirt is really cute and looks great on her. We even kind of don’t mind the platform peeptoes. But that top is … something, all right. We’re a little impressed that she picked it at all, because it so has the potential to go wrong. Black lace and paisley with a peplum? Gotta give it up for the risk-taking. And this top might actually work under other circumstances, but you can’t just shove a peplum into a swing skirt and expect it to work. Credit for picking something off the beaten track, but style is as much about knowing your limits as it is about making a statement. A cute idea that should have been scrapped the second she tried it on.


Vote Now!


IN! I’m all about the risk-taking. And the hidden peplum.


OUT! Learn to say “No,” dear.


The minions were impressed with Kate Hudson’s ability to bare her butt while still looking pretty fabulous and voted her IN.
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  • NC_Meg

    I will give her an IN. I wish she didn’t have those sunglasses tucked into her shirt and I wish she had chosen different shoes but those are minor complaints.

    • Literally the only thing I wish was different is,  , as mentioned by NC_Meg, the sunglasses in her shirt. Surely she could have found some place else to put them.

      • Bozhi

        When I lived in Vegas, I never got too far from my sunglasses.  You need them constantly.  But she must have had a purse.

  • Call me Bee

    “Vegan leather skirt.”  That’s just…plastic, right? 

    • MK03

      It’s a schmancy way of saying PVC.

      • DinaSews

        Is that the new politically correct way of saying ‘pleather’?

        • AthenaJ

          I think it’s a more expensive way of saying it

          • teensmom99

            politically correct and more expensive–a twofer.

          • greyhoundgirl

            Some people don’t want to wear leather–nothing wrong with that.

          •  Nothing at all wrong with not wearing clothes made from animals; hell, the last one I bought was almost a decade ago. But I think the decision making process behind giving it an oxymoronic name like ‘vegan leather’ because they’re too shallow/embarrassed to fess up about the plastic content is  questionable.

          • IMNAngryLiberal

            Yesterday, one of my daughter’s friends sent out a twit asking if anyone knew of a “vegan Philly cheesesteak” place.  My daughter made the comment that if one choose the vegan lifestyle, there were certain things that one should have to forego — Philly cheesesteak being high on that list.  Same with leather clothing.

          • NC_Meg

            I think “vegan Philly cheesesteak” is a bigger oxymoron than “vegan leather.” I don’t even know how that would work.

          • Yeah, most of the vegans I know (the ones who are successful at it) wouldn’t even bother with that. They know that you can’t substitute meat. It is better to focus on what you can have than dwelling on what you’re missing.

          •  I’m pretty sure a “vegan philly cheesesteak” is better known by its other name — “bread”.

          • formerlyAnon

            You can obviously take pride in your daughter.

          • I’ve never understood vegan “leather.”  PVC is a terrible product.  My family is from an area of the country that produces most of the PVC used in the U.S.  I’ve lost too many relatives to cancer due to the polluting chemicals used in products like this.

          • greyhoundgirl

            Yes–thank you for writing that–interesting to have a first hand example.  I guess there isn’t an ecologically safe alternative if someone really wants leather-like.  

          • Far out. That’s so good to know. I mean, sure, it’s great to be aware of how many animals are killed exclusively for hides, but if the trade-off is that we have to poison each other to produce animal-friendly fashion?
            Why do these ridiculous industries never focus on making the necessary evils safer and more humane for everyone?

  • butterflysunita

    Don’t know who she is, but I say IN.  I agree the top and skirt aren’t such a great pairing, but overall she looks cute.  Plus, she’s in Las Vegas and it could be a lot worse.  

  • Mmm, no. I don’t like how the skirt looks on her at all. The top is kind of a mess, hair and makeup are amateur. Jewelry showing off crosses the line from tragic to unintentionally comical. OUT on all levels. 

  • call_me_schmeg

    i predict an IN vote from every bitter kitten who hates the peplum and thinks peplums should die die die. it’s a guess, but i’m rolling with it…

  • karena10

    In.  A cute outfit, nothing exceptional, but just cute.  

  • OUT. Hate it.  

  • She looks like she’s doing the Macarena. And enough with the “I have to pee” posing. God. Just cut it out.



    •  I thought in the second picture she was “raising the roof.”

      • fashbible

         Haha me too!

  • She’s so used to wearing the ridiculous shit they put on Aria (like a skeleton shirt) that this seems ok to her?  OUT!  Try again, Aria Montgomery!  However, that leather skirt is way better than then wonder woman ridiculousness she was sporting Tuesday night.

    • JFC I didn’t read properly.  That skirt is PLEATHER?  NO MA’AM!  Skirt comment RETRACTED!  OUT!  Go find some feathers or forks or animal print, Aria!

    • NC_Meg

      I was thinking this is so much less tacky than what Aria wears that I’m willing to accept it. It’s still very Aria, though. That blue skirt from the other night was HILARIOUS.

    • Scoobydrew

      SO WITH YOU!!!  It’s like the people who do wardrobe on Pretty Little Liars  HATE her .

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    That top is so ugly it hurts my feelings.

  • In!  Cute skirt, and made a heeeeedeous shirt somewhat less hideous by hiding a great deal of it.

  • MilaXX

    OUT I like the skirt, but I don’t like the shoes with it, the top doesn’t work and while I understand she is shilling the jewelery she has too much of it on.

  • another_laura

    I will give her an In because I believe that peplums are the work of Satan and should never appear so brava to her stylist for tucking it in.

    However, she should have gone with a shoe in some shade of red or blue, non?

    And the phrase “vegan leather” has got to be silliest I’ve heard in quite a long time!

  • Roxzanna None

    I actually love this outfit on her. The great thing about Lucy is that she can pull off just about anything. (I mean, have you seen some of things Aria wears on PLL? Yet she always looks fabulous.) She’s hosting the opening of a jewelry show so of course she’s wears lots of it. Though, to be honest, I don’t think she’s wearing very much. Layering is in anyway.

    Literally the only thing I wish was different is, as mentioned by NC_Meg, the sunglasses in her shirt. Surely she could have found some place else to put them.

  • hughman

    Season 3 – American Horror Story : Straight to Hale.

  • Trisha26

    OUT all around for me as far as the outfit goes. The top would look really cute with jeans. And I really wouldn’t call that a “peplum” – more like a ruffle. Cute. Peplum’s aren’t cute.

  • OUT. 

  • Vickiefantastico

    That is one of the worst poses I’ve ever seen in the red carpet, but she looks cute. I say IN.

  • pookiesmom

    I actually like this, against my better judgment. IN. But she has GOT to take some posing lessons.

  • Excellence_and_Elegance

    Out. The skirt is a skosh too high on the waist. The top is reminiscent of the interior of a fortune teller’s traveling sideshow.

  • Judy_J

    It’s a cute outfit. I’ll give her an IN, but I really wish she’d gone with a different shoe.

  • ojosazules

    I’m not sure why, but I cannot like leather pants, skirts, dresses. Even if they’re “vegan.”  Chaps, of course, are great. 

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      and assless chaps are even better.

  • i give her an IN for sure. to me, it looks like she recognized that the shirt had too many elements and wisely tucked it in. i honestly never would have known it even had a peplum unless you showed me the top alone. i think she’s showing versatility to a sort of hard to wear top. snaps for aria~

  • RebeccaKW

     I’ll give her a hesitant IN.  She could use some tweaking, but nothing here is offending me.  I love that top, but it needs to be worn untucked with some skinny jeans to work.

    I really don’t like that hair, though.

    • MoHub

       You are reading my mind. Untucked with skinny jeans is exactly what I though. Different shoes, as well.

  • BrooklynBomber

    This is beyond out. Two horrific garments.

  • bailey debruynkops

    no the dress is simply hideous and tries too hard. ruins a perfectly good skirt. the shoes never had a chance.

  • petalfrog

    IN she looks really great I think

  • ringthing

    Out. If you’re going to wear a peplum top, don’t tuck it. Skirt’s cute, though.

  • jennifervney

    In, but just barely because of the shoes. Seriously, are there no other shoes available to actresses nowadays????

  • Almost, but between the shoes (which offend mine eyes), the sunglasses tucked into the shirt (I know she’s in the desert, but come on!), and the posing (just, no), I gotta go with OUT.

  • l_c_ann

    Debating whether she’s more of a cocktail waitress or a cigar girl in a cigar bar.  (That cigar will cost more if she has to bend over to pick up her tip.)

  • DaveUWSNYC


  • Out. I really don’t like the skirt, it doesn’t work with the top.  Sorry.

  • I say IN. the posing is obnoxious, but I’d always rather a peplum was hidden than revealed. I do wish she’d worn a shoe more like those cute blue flats in the picture.

  • I’d say IN.  I don’t really feel strongly about it one way or the other, mind you, but I don’t think she looks so bad as to warrant an out.

  • GTrain

    Way OUT.

  • newleaf1

    What a shame – that top would look so cute with a pair of dark skinny jeans.  It’s just a cute casual top.  She wrecked it when she tucked it in.

  • teensmom99

    not as terrible as it might be but the proportions are all off.  What’s with the flared minis?

    • Flared minis, with added zippers. Proportions are wrong, and there’s too much of…. everything. Out.

  • I had a drill team uniform skirt just like that in the 70s. Only my “vegan leather” was called naugahyde. But I kind of like her top tucked in without the peplum.

  • Jangle57

    Oh, it’s fine – certainly not the ugliest thing I’ve seen.  IN

  • Out.  It looks like she should be dealing cards or something.  For all that it’s way too fussy, ultimately it looks bland.

  • CPK1

    i actually like the top, like the peplum  but everything else makes it look fug.

  • I think she looks fun and funky. IN.

  • marilyn

    Out.  Just barely.  She is a young thing, and can get away with a (p)leather full skirt and a black lace/chaos top.  The peplum is covered up, but that is just fine.  She has a good figure and does not need it to cover her rearend.  I don’t like the putty colored shoes.  She needed wicked half sandal gladiator black shoes.  I don’t care about the jewelry.  Although this is a cute outfit for her, it looks like it came from the mall.

  • MissAnnieRN

    Contempo circa 1992. Out.

  • *I* mind the platform peep-toes. And the top is just sad and ugly. OUT.

  • Judy_S

    Out. My first word on seeing the full photo was “Ugh.” 

  • Why’d she bother with a peplum top if she was going to just tuck it in? It would look cute “out”, over jeans or something.
    WHEN are those nude shoes going to die?

  • frannyprof

    Rookie mistakes, but still OUT.

  • Anathema_Device

    It is kind of ugly, but I still like it on her. Does that make sense? One ugly peep-toe over the In line for me.

    I assumed she was showing off the jewelry because the photographer asked her what she got at the opening of the store (looks like a jewelry dept behind her).

  • librarygrrl64

    Oooooo, so OUT.

  • IN. Some rightful criticisms, but the overall impact is working. It’s cute and sassy and young.

  • Out! If only she’d found those aqua pumps, though! And had a hair stylist.

  • Miranda Loeber

    I actually think the “peplum” (see: sad dust-ruffle) on the original shirt is the worst part about it. So tucking it in improved it a lot. I’m just not sure the skirt was the right choice. The shirt is awfully dingy, so I’d have paired it with something a bit less dreary. Coral maybe? I do also have a weakness for bright colors, though.

  • j_anson

    I hate the proportions on this, even though I know it’s kind of a fashionable silhouette right now. So, easy for me to say OUT.

  • guest2visits

    The little leather skirt and platforms look like she should be standing next to a shiny new car or boat on a revolving stage.
    She’s already in Vegas, so I guess that parts’ right.   I just think the top looks like something you’d pair with jeans, untucked. 
    She looks like a 12 – 13 yo. playing dress-up.

  • Looks like a zombie going for braiiiiiiiins in that last pic. Out.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Out.  Weird proportions.

  • aristida_girl

    I say IN…I like the piled-on jewelry, and i think the top is much cuter under this skirt than it would be on its own…Fresh and cute, except I don’t like the shoes, a bootie would have been much better…

  • ballerinawithagun

    Out. She showed up at a Henri Bendel’s looking like that?

  • Joyce VG

    I really like the skirt and I would have loved to see the shirt in it’s entirety just not with that skirt.  The last pose was hideous. Who is this child anyway? I’m torn.  Oh I’ll give it to her. IN.    

    • Thathoodwink

      I think she’s on one of those “tampon shows”…that what I call them because my husband of 58 years watches a number of shows and the commercials are many times for tampons. I have pointed out to him that if they are advertising tampons, then they don’t expect old men to be watching! I think she might be from the Lying Game but I don’t feel like googling. :oD

  • Rachel Hazen

    What the hell are those ghosts on her feet? OUTOUTOUTOUT.

  • TomBord

    So i’m stewing about ‘vegan leather’ either being pvc or vegetarian cow?  I’m confused!! 

    I like her impersonation of Lohan getting hand-cuffed.

  • unbornfawn

    The skirt is really cute. The top and shoes are tragic. OUT.

  • altalinda


  • L.

    OUT.  She’s wearing bad wedding shoes and a plastic skirt you guys only have a problem with the top?

  • JMansm

    IN. I like it. I think it’s weird but fun. And I really like her hair and makeup. I wish she had chosen a darker shoe though. 

  • OUT. The hair, the pairings, the shoes, the posing/showing off the jewelry… I’m sorry to be so blunt but I’m cranky and she looks annoying.

  • Synnamin

    OUT. awful awful awful

  • Sweetvegan

    Out – that skirt is too short. I *love* that it’s vegan leather, but please don’t give vegan clothes a bad name by designing them poorly! Only figure skaters and tennis players should wear skirts that short. In other words, it only works if you’ve got a leotard or shorts built in underneath.

  • demidaemon

    OUT. Overaccessorized and weird.

  • ccm800

    hell NO – pair that top with some faded jeans for a cute street look. 

  • NCDFan

    In, I think it was smart to hide the peplum and the only way is under a full skirt.

  • Bozhi

    In.  It’s a store opening in Vegas, but that is a strange, but creative, way to use a peplum top.  I used to love the Fashion Show mall, haven’t been there in 18 years. 

  • the skirt is kind of hideous and makes even the model look bigger than she is. Out. 

  • Thathoodwink

    I’m not being sarcastic but I don’t understand why the long top is being tucked into a it to fluff the skirt on top of it, out? Why wear a long top if it’s just going to be tucked? And even on the model…so it was designed this way?? I’m so confused….

    • Thathoodwink

      Oh, wait…the top that the model is wearing is not the same top. Oh..then no, stop tucking that blouse. I really like that blouse, but as another commenter said, with skinny jeans.

  • Out – the proportions are weird and it looks like she drooled spaghetti sauce on her top.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    OUT because of that last picture! Well… OK, not because of that, but because it is not such a great pairing.

  • Out.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I like the top, but it doesn’t go with either that skirt or those shoes. The skirt is cute, too, but needs a different top and shoes. And the shoes are just hiddy. Plus she’s got sunglasses hanging from her bodice like it’s a necklace. On that busy top? No, no, no. She’s OUT.

    And she gets a “Girl, that’s not your…” Or maybe, “Skirt, that’s not your top!”

  • Eva_baby

    Can’t pose worth shit, but the outfit is cute.  IN

  • miagain

    no thank you… I’ll pass!

  • In, as in, “Go back Inside”.

  • mjude


  • IN, but just barely. mostly because iabsolutely love that top.
    i think the skirt works nicely with it, but it should have been worn a little lower.
    the styling is atrocious. shoes are ugly, the sunglasses are puzzling, and the posing is ridiculous.

  • OUT for the shoes.

  • lill5

    In. I think it’s tacky, but still cute.

  • I hate the skirt but that’s neither here nor there. It seems to be the style now. WAIT- does that mean Josh from PR last year was ahead of the curve? Weren’t all his skirts circle skirts?? Holy cow…

  • PeaceBang

    I actually think the top is really cute, but hate the skirt and shoes. a LOT. OUT. And stop with the zombie arms, young lady.

  • crash1212

    IN. I don’t care that she tucked in a peplum. I re-purpose my clothes all the time. I think it’s quite a good idea, and I think this look is very cute…right up until the scroll gets to the shoes. Those are butt ugly and a bad choice for this outfit. Not sure a peep-toe platform was the way to go, but if one must choose that avenue, perhaps just plain old black would’ve been better. Love the hair and make-up. Like the jewels, but agree one or two or four fewer items would’ve been better.

  • jjfg

    She’s about 12, maybe 14, right?  Because that’s the only way she could possibly think this works.  Out.

    Vegan leather skirt?  Seriously?

  • IN! But, then again, I love her and she can do no wrong in my book.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • AWS

    She stole the entire outfit from Madonna, circa 1983 and for that she gets an OUT.

  • fashbible

    I don’t see Tom and Lorenzo’s issue with her wearing a peplum top under a swing skirt. It’s a tiny peplum and it’s not making the skirt bulge. Under a pencil skirt– I would understand– we have a problem. I mix and match everything in my closet. I’ve worn a dress as a top and no one else was any the wiser! (Of note, I don’t actually like the top, but the problem isn’t tucking this peplum).

  • Snailstsichr

    Out. None of it goes together and I hate the shoes and jewelry.

  • formerlyAnon

    OUT. I think the skirt is too short. Or the shoes are too beige. Or both.

    The top just contributes to the overall look of “outfit put together from my traveling companions’ luggage because my bag got lost.”

  • LambeeBaby

    It looks like she is wearing a peplum skirt without the skirt portion. OUT.

  • In – she looks cute & age appropriate, for once. 

  • loverungay

    The outfit’s more appropriate for a bar opening then Bendels. OUT

  • CheriCPat

    Out.  The basic consideration in choosing clothes should be “Is this flattering to me?”  The answer in this case is no, probably due to the too-high waist, but aided by the ugly shoes.  

  • 3boysful

    Out.  Proportion”s off, too.

  • Out, blech.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT.  Her skirt is “pleather” and looks cheap and crappy.  Either bravely wear a damn leather skirt or don’t.  And it looks weirdly high waisted on her.  And what’s the point of that cute top if you tuck it in?  How about something else?  And those shoes?  They are crap crap crap.   OUT OUT OUT.

  • I say IN. She looks great, and I think it works. That hair though…

  • Shannon Chad

    OUT.  Ugh.  Cheap little whore.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Oh God how I hate paisley. SOOOOO OUT.

  • why bother with the peplum top if you’re going to tuck it in to the skirt? To my eye the issue is weight.  Top is way too light to be paired with such a heavy ‘bottom’ as that leather skirt. both are beyond cute individually, but they don’t play nicely when paired.  They are both focus-pulling, so you don’t know what to look at.  No wonder she has to do the mummy arms to show the jewelry.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    IN. I like the pairing! The shoes are bad though (needed to be black I think) and the accessorizing is not great, but this is still in for making an odd combo work. (I think tucking the peplum was smart.)

    “Tucking the peplum.” Heh.

  • oohsparkley!

    I think her main mis-step was the shoes. In for the top and skirt.

  • redgauntlet

    It’s young and cute and short, and so is she. But you’re right, she needs someone to tell her how to flash the trinkets.

    And yet… IN