In or Out: Mena Suvari in Georges Chakra Couture

Posted on August 09, 2012

Is this a WERQ? We’re afraid to say; especially since, every time anyone wears a decent outfit ’round these parts, a bunch of angry kittens shriek “WHY ISN’T THIS A WERQ?!?” Of course, every time we give someone a “WERQ!” we also get, “WHY IS THIS A WERQ?!?” Angry Kittens, we salute your commitment to keeping score on this very important issue. So we’ll let you vote on this one.


Mena Suvari attends the 11th annual InStyle summer soiree held at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, California in a Georges Chakra couture dress paired with an Edie Parker Clutch.

Georges Chakra Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Y’know, we really wanted to hate those pink shoes, but the more we look at them, the more we think they were a smart choice – and just the subtle pop o’ color the outfit needed.

An icy blonde in a white dress is always a risky proposition, but she looks sweet and fresh here. It helps that it’s a cute dress. We’re not a hundred percent in love with the slight helmet head, but she’s always had problems finding the right haircut. Too much is working here for it not to be WERQing, if you know what we mean.

But since this is an IN or OUT post, we don’t really need to concern ourselves with whether she has reached the lofty heights of WERQitude. It falls to you kittens to determine merely whether she hit the mark or missed it.



Vote Now!


IN! Hit the mark! Icy blonde realness!


OUT! Missed the mark! Bridal!

Lizzy Caplan’s not-even-good-enough-to-call-it-halfassed look was, unsurprisingly, voted OUT by the minions.


[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images,]

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  • In, but not a WERQ. It reads to bridesmaidy for that for me to give out one of those.

    • luciaphile

      Yeah, I agree with totally agree with this. 

    • Sobaika

      Shoes are DTM if I’ve ever seen them.

      • How are they dyed-to-match? They don’t match any other color she’s wearing.

        • SassieCassy

          As in they have the dyed fake flat look of dtm shoes. least fave part of this overall cute look

          • SassieCassy

            and they definitely match her lips haha

    • Vickiefantastico

      Wow. That is exactly what I was going to write.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      I was thinking utter average ice dancer, which brings me haiku:

      Pale frill iciness
      full skirt dreaming of high lift
      dull ice dancer sighs

      • Vlasta, you are a marvel. Please say you will collect these into a volume!

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          I’m contemplating Barbies and Poetry… ANd thanks… my real work writing has hit an impass. Nice to know I’m good for something.

          • More than just, “something”, m’dear.

      • janetjb

        Your haiku makes me smile

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          aww thanks, blushgigglehairflip

    • BerlinerNYC

      I love it, but agree, not a WERQ. I actually prefer her when she’s pulling her usual Mena schtick of doing grad as a woman a decade or two older. It’s kind of her thing, and she owns this. This is lovely and pretty, and the nearly-nude lipstick with her blank expression gives it a kind of creepy Valley of the Dolls vibe, so she’s not fully embracing “normal,” but it’s still not a WERQ. For that, I want a smidge more of her patented Suvari madness.

      • amf0001

        The hair also adds to the VotD air… 

    • kikisayshi

       Great minds… I said the same thing!

  • teensmom99

    Just as you called it, TLo–IN but not a WERQ.  Weird bodice action is not super flattering but she looks better in this than any one else could. And great shoe choice.

    • All I can see is Michelin Man after Biggest Loser. I don’t like the dress, and as mentioned above, the shoes take it to bridal-town. It’s an okay, I guess.

  • SewingSiren

    IN. I like the whole look. Except maybe the purse, which is a little too mature and serious for the rest.

  • in.

  • miagain


  • StellaZafella

    I like it in a sort of 60’s Atlanta Bridge Club Wednesdays sort of way…if only that’s how it was intended.
    “Here’s to the ladies who lunch” is now stuck in my head.

    • Fordzo

      I’ll drink to that!

    • call_me_schmeg

      living in atlanta, i’ll put a modifier on that: today’s buckhead betty at the riding club benefit.

      (in, but no werq. i prefer when mena does pint-sized sex kitten over this proper lady look.)

      • mountainFashionista

         “If people I don’t even know look at me and want to fuck me, it means I really have a shot at being a model!”

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Not good enough for a werq, but definitely an IN.

  • I despise her local newscaster hairdo.  Other than that, I like it.  Not LOVE it, but like it.  I do want her clutch though.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Ha! “local newscaster hairdo” is the perfect description. In fact, we have a local newscaster who I suspect isn’t well liked by her hair and makeup people, because they’re always putting her in pale makeup and helmet hair just like this. I’m considering writing her a letter demanding that she put a stop to it.

    • Me too!!  In for the cute dress and clutch. 

  • MissAnnieRN

    Beautiful for her 2nd or 3rd wedding.  

    She and I have very similar legs.  She and I should stay the hell away from shoes with ankle straps.

    Pretty, but if she’s not getting married, it’s too bridal for me.

    • Sobaika

      I think her legs look good? Maybe give ankle straps another go.

    • ballerinawithagun

      The ankle straps are the only problem. I have similar legs also don’t wear ankle straps. My legs swell the longer I walk or stand so it only compounds the problem. We don’t have cankles but…

      • Thathoodwink

        Wait…what’s wrong with her legs? If you have similar legs, then you both have great legs! Ankle straps? Hunnneeeee! I found out recently that shoes can make your legs look fatter than they are, when trying on dressy shoes with ankle straps. You talk of cankles? What do you call legs that start out heavy at the thigh and don’t improve as you travel down? That’s what *I* got, sistah! :oD

  • Fordzo

    I draw the line at matching one’s lipstick to one’s shoes.  Also, the nails are clashing with the shoes/lipstick.  The dress is an In, the hair is a Much Better, Dearie and the rest is an Out.  

    Are there yellow bits in the clutch, or is my monitor doing funny things to the picture?

    • Ryan Williamson

      They’re not really matching, they’re completely different shades.

      • SassieCassy

        maybe this is a computer screen thing bc they definitely look like they match to me

      • ballerinawithagun

        They don’t match at all on my screen.

  • I think this is a definite IN. WERQ it!

  • RebeccaKW

    I like it, but not a WERQ.  I’m not 100% on board with those shoes, and I feel like naked face was not called for.  A brighter shade of lipstick, I think.

  • jw_ny

    IN definitely, but just shy of a WERQ.

    Her makeup is so unflattering…lips a bit too pale, and eye liner is too heavy at top and non-existent on bottom.  Agree about the helmet hair. 

    The rest is pretty much perfect imo.   🙂

  • Daisy James

    There’s nothing about the look that prevents it from crossing the international WERQ line, but she just lacks the glamor and attitude to make you sit up and say, “damn, girl.” Still, a clear IN.

    • out for a walk

      Props for the International WERQ Line! I can just picture speedboats full of slightly-IN-but-not-WERQing celebrities racing desperately for the IWL.

  • AlinaValero

    In but it’s not WERQing. hate her hair, love her clutch, shoes are meh, but GOD DAMN that dress!

  • IN!  It could look bridal or bridesmaidy but the pink shoes and glittery handbag save it.

    • MilaXX

       See I think the shoes and bag are fighting for attention.

  • 3boysful

    In.  But I HATE the shoes.

  • Really cute, although I agree that it stops short of a WERQ. Still an IN, though.

  • tereliz

    Eh. I think the makeup is edging this more toward OUT to me. The frosty pink lips are, I don’t know, aging her or something. She’s a beautiful woman, but I feel like she’s always trying a little to hard to do classic-chic with a funky twist and it doesn’t always work out in her favor. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Yeah, my mother has a friend who always wears that same shade of lipstick. She’s 67 years old.

  • out for a walk

    IN. May well be a WERQ with improved shoes, hair, and makeup (i.e. I love the dress, clutch, and fingernail polish)…

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    WERQ!  My only comment would be that she could have gone with a little darker lipstick. 

  • AlexisPayne

    In, love it from tip to toe.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    she looks great, way way better than she’s looked in a long time. the only issue i have is w/ the shoes. it’s this:
    theyre pink, yes, which is fine–but they have a blue undertone. the white dress she’s wearing has a very light yellow undertone. theyre not quite working together. the effect is very mildly jarring. other than that though, redux to the looks great comment. definitely put me down in the plus column, the flaw is a minor one & one it’s most likely will go unseen by almost everybody. i’m just color picky.

    • MilaXX

      I see the yellow undertones in the dress as well.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I’m hoping it is winter white just because a pure white would be too bridal but agree with you re the shoes and mixing warm and cool colors.

      Still, I love the dress, so IN for me.

  • Too many things wrong. So, OUT and definitely not a WERQ.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    It’s certainly a pretty dress and she looks…well, pretty. Also not loving the helmet hair and while I think the light, fresh makeup was a smart choice, I’m not digging the corpse lips. Honestly, the lip color comes dangerously close to matching the shoes. Love the sparkly clutch. I’m giving her an unenthusiastic IN.

  • OUT. Hate the shoe color, hate the hair, HATE the makeup. 

  • IN! She looks nice!

  • IN. It’s close to a WERQ but her hair needs help. An elegant up-do would’ve been better. 

    •  An up-do would definitely have pushed this dress across the line into Bridesmaid Territory.

  • queeniethebold

    I think she looks lovely. Definitely IN.

  • mjude

    IN even if a bit bridal & i am not sure about the shoes

  • kelsita421

    IN, but not loving the makeup. I realize she’s going for “icy blonde,” but that look just does nothing for me. Needs some color!

  • MilaXX

    IN but those shoes are awful with that dress. 

  • l_c_ann

    I love the way the designer worked the predominant dress fabric, just a brilliant use of it.  Dress fits her well and flatters. BUT the froufrou at the top looks like it was attacked by a mad crochet-er.

    Her hair looks bland and she looks bored. The old “I’ll give them my 1/20 of a smirk grin” look met the blank stare + show teeth grin, but the smile doesn’t extend past her lips.

  • jmorino08


  • IN just because it’s probably the best I’ve seen her look on the RC. Hate the lipcolor, tho.

  • In_Stitches

    It’s a bit too frosted for my taste and by that, I mean cupcake, not icicles.  The heavy, oddly unflattering makeup isn’t helping and that hair is sad.  A center part with the back teased?  It’s a bit Nancy Hicks-Gribble.  It fits, isn’t trashy and none of her accessory choices were disastrous (although subjectively, I hate the shoes) so I guess it’s an IN, but I hate it. 

    •  Nancy Hicks-Gribble! LOVE!

  • demidaemon

    I would like the shoes a lot better if they weren’t ankle straps. I’m starting to develop an irrational hatred of that style of shoe, even as a gay man. Also, not really liking the loofah-esque fabric at the neckline. I do like the rest of the dress, even though the flare on the skirt seems a bit too much. An IN, just because she does look good, but needed some work of the details.

  • Terence Ng

    In, but hate the lip. Love the nails.

  • BazoDee

    IN – her make-up doesn’t look right. 

  • Mostly an “in” but certainly not a “werq” for 2 reasons. The shoes did grow on me after a bit but I cannot forgive that nail polish with those shoes. Also the dress needs to be hemmed (as it was on the runway version). The skirt is way to long and overwhelming on her.

    • Elizabeth Silverstein


  • Jangle57

    Just a tad on the saccharin side but still an IN

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    IN, but the hemline/where it hits her hip and the hair keep it from really WERQing.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Anything that gives me an “icy” feeling in a stankass NYC August is automatically IN.

  • rissa42210

    In, but not WERQing.  The shoes are not right.  The hairrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr – what IS that on her head?  Also, her lips look corpse-y.  So, fine, interesting dress, nice bag, but not werq.

  • karena10

    Absolutely in and nicely accessorized.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Bridesmaid with bad hair. OUT!

  • I hate those shoes.

  • Call me Bee

    Love an ice blonde.  Everything is perfect here, except I am not loving the hairdo.  The drape effect of Mina’s hair covers her face to much, I think.  But that’s just me.  IN! 

  • I like it except for the lipstick. 

  • molly richardson

    psh that’s a WERQ if i ever saw one. 

  • alyce1213

    Nice dress, but OUT.
    It’s a bit too ingenue for her – better at age 20, when American Pie was released.
    Seems like a lot of the ladystars in their 30s are having a little trouble growing up.  But that’s Hollywood for you.

  • Scarlet39

    She’s one of my “irrationally dislikes” celebrities, but she does look nice here.


  • KaileeM

    Out. I am not digging the dress. At all.
    But, her hair and make-up look quite pretty, and I like the clutch too,

  • In. I don’t think it’s bridal.  Though I am not qualified to determine a WERQ, I do think 92% about this look works well.  Agree that the nude lip is yawn.  I just think that poor Cranially-Blessed Mena has to work harder at hair than most people and therefore she can’t ever come up short at all.

  • Out.  With the hair and makeup, I get a Corpse Bride feel from it. 

  • ChelseaNH

    I would like the shoes better if the dress showed as white instead of pale pink.  Throw in some color correction and she’s in.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    It’s definitely an IN for me, pretty and fresh with great makeup and accessories. The hair and nails (combined with the unfortunate backdrop) are holding her back from true WERQitude, though. 

  • belfebe

    IN, but not a WERK on account of those pink shoes.  I see the need for a pop of color, but I am not entirely convinced that pink was the right shade of color.  She looks adorable though.

  • ccm800

    In  – same color as skin, lip and nail as well as that nail color with those shoes are not working for me – but solid in. 

  • I can’t get beyond that hair.  That alone makes it an out.  Then there is my absolute loathing of her nail polish color.  Don’t mind the shoes, lampshade dress is cute, but the make-up is not flattering.  A firm Out.

  • Fabulous! This is totally going to be my wedding dress.

  • Little_Olive

    WERQ-worthy IMO. You’ve given many Werks forgiving a lot of flaws!
    Mena does not often look so well put together, and this is adorable on its own. 

  • Sara__B

    More bridesmaid than bridal. And those ankle straps do her legs no favors. OUT.

  • Seriously, how old is Mena these days? That hair is not doing her ANY favors, also a lighter hand w/the makeup would not have been amiss. I don’t particularly like the dress or the shoes. So I’m saying OUT. 

  • In, this is so pretty on her.

  • mcarlson

    I think a WERQ is in order when 1) someone who usually fails actually gets it right and looks great; 2) fierceness – taking a difficult outfit and doin’ it; 3) someone who steps it up a notch at any event (aka bringing the drama) or 4) SWINTON or Iman

  • Sunshine16

    One of her best looks, love the clutch!

  • CassieLee22

    Don’t love the shoes, but love the dress so IN

  • Emily Roach

    IN, oh yes.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya


  • CatherineRhodes

    IN, but not WERQ.

  • I don’t know. The top looks like an odd coupling of the paper cup that holds nuts for your sundae and the ruffle thing you stick on a rib roast. The skirt is gorgeous and she looks great, but the top is making me twitch.

    Aaaagh! I can’t decide! Does that make it an out? 

  • WHY wasn’t that dress around when I got married?

    IN. That is just the right amount of that pale mauve-y pink.

  • Agree with many of the other kittens; this is IN, easily, but falls short of a WERQ.

  • nannypoo

    I say no to the ruffly crap around the top, but I like the rest of it, so it’s an IN for me.

  • rumcg66


  • Mirakel9

    The dress is nice, but the make up and shoes are awful – pink/lavender shoes with a cream colored dress? That is not a “pop” of color, is a clashing of colors….and the make up is bland.

  • I like it very much.  IN, for once.  (NB The last few in/out posts were such get me outtahere, it’s nice to see an IN for a change.)

  • formerlyAnon

    In, hands down. Don’t think I’d call it a WERQ, myself.

  • Betty Draper bridal. OUT

  • From top to bottom: Hair and makeup are seriously aging her. LOVE the dress and the clutch. HATE the shoes. 

  • Hmmmm. I’m going to call it a OUT but it’s a tough one. I really like the dress a lot. And normally I would hate pink peeptoes and red toenails. In fact, I hate them here, too – but they’re the only thing that keeps this from being totally bridal. The clutch is all wrong. Better bag choice would have meant more choice on the shoes. So I’m going with OUT based on the accessorizing.

  • melanie0866

    It’s super-cute, but too sweet to be a WERQ.  To me, WERQ implies a certain degree of fierceness that is lacking here.  (Unless it’s a Keirnan Shipka Baby WERQ, of course.)

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I’m going to go with an OUT here — I think this look is too young for Ms. Suvari.  (Not that she is old by any means, but she is old enough to dress like a grown-up and this doesn’t look grown up.)

  • BobStPaul

    In without a doubt.

  • crash1212

    IN. I love this look on her. She’s usually a big miss for me, but I like all of this – even the slight helmet hair. I think she – or her stylist – made all the right choices. I might even call it a WERQ, if I wasn’t afraid somebody would stomp on me.

  • oh man oh man…. i’ll say IN because overall she looks cute, but she was VERY close to an out with that center part. center parts are my pet peeve. 

  • In! Nothing matches, in the right way!

  • snarkykitten

    The floofy shit on the bodice brings it into bridal.

    and any lady wearing dick pink lipstick is an automatic out

  • Joyce VG

    Scroll down Fug for me. The color of the shoes are so ugly to me that the pop of color went poop. But the dress is very pretty. And I love her clutch.  Ugh. IN.

  • Snailstsichr

    Vague in, but not a WERQ. The shoes aren’t growing on me.

  • Sara R

    I really do love this…if it were winter right now. It feels very holiday party dress.

  • librarygrrl64

    A reluctant IN because the shoes are not doing it for me. Pop of color, yes. Pop of THAT color, no.

    • carolynmo

      I completely agree. A reluctant IN.

  • Synnamin

    out. mutton dressed as lamb

  • ballerinawithagun

    In. The skirt is the perfect length for her since her knees (like mine) need to be covered. The only problem are the ankle straps which don’t flatter her legs (again like mine) a problem many short women have to solve. Beautiful detailing on the dress. Glad they got rid of the weird floaty attachments coming from the armpits?!?!

  • altalinda

    In, but don’t like the color of those shoes.

  • bellafigura1

    Very in. The shoes are wrong wrong wrong.  Needed a strappy pewter sky-high.

  • OUT….that netting/ruffles on the top just look tacked on as an after thought. She needs some color on her lips. Love the shoes tho!

  • In – and I WANT THAT DRESS!  In any color, but probably not white, as a pale, pale blonde.

  • unbornfawn

    Definitely an IN. Not quite a WERQ. Points off for hair and I kinda wish she’d have the straps off the shoulder like the model.

  • IN. That is a fantastic dress and I love the choice of shoe.

  • NCDFan

    In. Praise be she isn’t sporting the underarm wings the runway model has.

  • SophieCollier

    A gentle “OUT”.    It’s too bridal and her toenails clash horribly with the shoes.  

  • AnneElliot

    Cute, but too bridal.  I hate peep toes AND ankle straps, but I love the clutch. Marginal IN.

  • IN. Not WERQ-level, but pretty and fresh.

  • janetjb

    Too bridal for me.

    Her hair reminds me of a friend of mine, back in 1981, and I thought she looked dated too.

  • granddelusion

    In. she looks great.

  • Trisha26

    In. The best she’s looked in many a photo!

  • In and WERQ.  She looks adorable.

  • GTrain

    IN but not a WERQ

  • Joey Melliza

    it’s a nice older sister of the bride that’s not in the entourage kinda dress

  • StrandedFashionista

    Out. I absolutely loathe the shoes and bag with the dress. 

  • quiltrx

    IN.  Almost a WERQ, but I don’t like her really washed-out looking makeup, and there’s something about the hair, I’m not sure.

  • Thathoodwink

    My first impression is that the dress is gorgeous but it’s too young for her. I don’t like the shoes but I love the clutch.

  • kikisayshi

    IN. She looks great, but not a WERQ for me. But the dress does look a little bridal.

  • frankystein123

    Ah… IN. The top looks amazing on her, but the flared bottom is just not flattering. At all.

  • Judy_J

    Not a WERQ, but IN, barely. The dress is cute and fits nicely. Not liking the pink shoes or the hair.

  • TexsChick

    Not a WERQ. Her makeup matches her shoes for Pete’s sake. *shudder*

  • understateddiva

    I wish she had done a shoe with a touch of sparkle and a pink bag, instead.

  • Candigirl1968

    The shoes ruin it.  It’s an IN – with issues.

  • boweryboy

    OUT.  I can’t even begin to explain why.  Too many mimosas today, I guess.

  • Karen Baggarley

    Had Ariel Winter worn this it would be an automatic WERQ. Had Mena worn this when American Pie came out it would have been choir girl fantastic. But at this stage of her career the point seems as pale and wishy washy as her current career trajectory. OUT.  

  • Cat_In_A_Hat

    Soft, fuzzy pastels combined with fluro nails and a big arse glittery purse? Out!

  • Her bodice reminds me of those umbrellas that come with the extendable sheath to keep them from dripping all over the mall, which my high school teacher dubbed “umbrella condoms.”

  • RzYoung

    IN I think it’s all working and I appreciate her continued efforts to dress her difficult forehead, she looks fab.

  • PeaceBang

    Not a WERQ, that’s for sure. I don’t like that dress on her. Or I don’t like the clutch with that dress. Or I don’t like the hair with the whole thing. Something’s not right.

  • IN! She looks fabulous.

  • kaycem

    IN and a werq because of the lavender pumps and coral-y orange-y nail polish.  those items kept it from being twee but also didn’t clash with the look at all.  hair is good for the look, as is the makeup, and as with the other bits of styling, avoided going too twee and making her look like a 12 year-old playing dress up but in reverse.  i can’t avoid giving snaps up to a bitch (or a team) with that much attention to detail.

    usually we’re lucky if the shoes aren’t silly putty pumps, much less well-thought-out additions to the overall look.

  • Ann

    Not a WERQ, but she does look lovely in the dress. Hating the color of those shoes though.

  • IN. Except for the hair.

  • The dress, shoes, and clutch all look like they are part of a different outfit. All nice pieces that aren’t completely fighting each other, but they don’t form a complete picture. Out. 

  • Out.  She looks like a bridesmaid.

  • Kimberly Southern-Weber

    IN IN IN!

  • In. the color is iffy but she does look pretty fab.

  • guest2visits

    I might be in the minority, but I think this dress, even though it’s pale; is ‘dressy’ enough to have needed a stronger lip color, and
    general make-up, including a more sophisticated hair-do. The dress seems very formal-ish, I think it also needed an elegant black or
    deep colored heel. The pink shoes are nice; but I think the dress needed something else. Beautiful dress, btw.

  • OUT. boooring!
    that cape/stola/whatever may only work on the runway, but the shape it makes is the only interesting thing about this look.
    dont hate the shoes but hate the pedicure with them.

  • kolokOlchik

    Not a fan of the hair, but otherwise she looks great – so it’s a definite IN!

  • marilyn

    Barely IN.  The shoes and the bag are good choices, but not together.  The shoes are very casual, and the purse is very formal.  Pick a rant and stay with it.

  • Verascity

    Sweet and fresh, I’m not seeing. She looks tired and trying-too-hard to me. OUT.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I love the dress.  IN.

  • PinkLemon

    OUT. Those shoes. I can’t. Also this dress is overall really dull to me.

  • I was away for a couple of days & am catching up on posts.  I’m calling her IN on this, even though it’s not a look I’d ever seek to emulate, or even want to see someone else wearing.  Somehow it makes me flash back to when my own little girls were jr bridesmaids at a wedding, and they walked into the church wearing matching flouffy dresses, and the entire assmblage went “Awwwwwwww!” with one breath.  So she’s got my vote in a backhand way, via the “prejudiced mother” route.

  • Out.  Don’t like the shoes or hair, and the runway version of the dress is way cooler.

  • LambeeBaby

    In, but not “WERQ-worthy”.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    IN!  But those shoes are wrong.  Black shoes (yes, black) would have worked better with that clutch, which rocks.

  • OUT – hem’s too long, stumpy legs, hate the clutch which has noting to do with the rest of the outfit.

  • in, but not a werq