In or Out: Sarah Gadon in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on August 14, 2012

Hi, Sarah Gadon. Welcome to your first appearance on T Lo Celebrity Assessments. Don’t be shy, dear. Come on out here so we can all get a good look at you.


Sarah Gadon attends the “Cosmopolis” premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in a Dolce&Gabbana dress.

Dolce&Gabbana Lace Pencil Dress

It’s amazing how often we have to run to the IMDB lately for an age check on starlets we don’t know. You will be happy to know that she’s not a teenager. Unfortunately, she’s also not 50 and that’s why this look is a problem. She’s 25, and while the dress is great and the shoes really go with it, the below-the-knee hem paired with the serious pumps gives the look a feeling of maturity. The hair doesn’t really help. We tend to think teal lace is going to be aging no matter what, so we can’t even recommend a higher hem. The only thing we can say is, sweetie, have a little more fun with it next time. This is borderline First Lady.



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IN! Lady is ladylike!



OUT! Lighten up, girl!


Jennifer Lawrence boobtacular luncheon outfit was voted OUT by the kittens who are bitter.
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  • “Teal lace.” That’s a problem. OUT.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    OUT, because it’s too tight. I’ve got nothing against dressing like a classy dame, I’m a fan in fact, but we all saw that video about wearing things that are too tight for your bits. Do you want to be the stinky jeans girl or the fragrant frolicking dress girl? That’s what I thought. 

    • lovelyivy

       Agreed with this- the dress is too tight on the bottom and too big on the top. The poor fit cancels out the effect of a potentially lovely dress. This  also needed better hair and makeup and better choices for jewelry and shoes too. I think if she wore it with a beautiful sandal and with some jewelry that popped it could have been great, but as is OUT.

      • You’ve nailed it, and expressed perfectly everything that is wrong with this. I love teal, and so that’s not an issue for me, but it def needs to be a little shorter and thoughtfully accessorized. OUT.

    • barbarienne

       Yes, that’s what makes it work on the model. It fits the model perfectly (at least from this angle–who knows what clips are happening in the back).

      Still, my OUT is minor and regretful. No one thing is major, but the accumulation is bad.

    • GorgeousThings

      Yes. The first thing I noticed is that the dress is a skoosh too tight. All those wrinkles around the torso are a giveaway. And while I like the pumps on their own (no toe cleavage – it’s such a nice change!), they definitely don’t go with the look, or with August.

    • patticake1601

       Lace dresses always look better when they drape over your body, not so tight that you look like a sausage.

  • Anathema_Device

    I’ll be kind and give her an In, even though I agree with your issues with this. I think she was smart to go a little safe, but she could loosen it up a little, style-wise. She could have funked this up with the accessories and hair, and it would be a whole lot better.

  • MilaXX

    small IN. She needs a better shoe.

  • YoungSally

    Maybe it’s her “I want to be on Mad Men” stare but something made my brain start playing – “Ice Ice Baby”

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Ah – should have read all the posts first.  I got a Mad Men vibe too!

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Ah – should have read all the posts first.  I got a Mad Men vibe too!

  • SewingSiren

    I like the dress. But it doesn’t look right for August. Awesome for a winter party. But then I am 50:(

    • NDC_IPCentral

      SewingSiren, own your age and be proud of it, youngster.  I’m nearly 12 years older than you are, and I proclaim my actual age with no reservation.  You earned where you are and what you are.  One of the lessons we Bitter Kittens have been learning from TLo is that fashion and style are not limited by age, only by a stunted imagination.  What looks good and appropriate and flattering is – fit, cut, color, unflinching body awareness, attitude and a pop of surprise.

      None of those is age limited, and I bet you rock your creations.  I DO agree with your assessment of Ms. Gadon’s outfit, not that great for August but a win in winter.

    • Call me Bee

      SS that’s a great idea! Ive been looking at the lace dresses and you’re right. Awesome as a Christmas dress! Thanks! BTW I’m about 8 years older than you and we are fabulous!!

  • It’s a little too mature for sure, but damn that color and damn that sleekness. In.

    • luciaphile

      Yeah, I’m not in love with this, but it squeaks by for me. Color looks great to me. Marginal IN

  • Joyce VG


  • MarinaCat

    What a young looking mother-of-the-bride!

    •  Heh. I was going to say close to the same thing, only mine was going to be mother of the groom, trying to upstage the bride with her still-buff bod. 

  • Pennymac

    She is beautiful, and the dress in itself isn’t too bad; except for the fact that my mom wore this exact color lace to my sisters wedding in 1971. The marriage only lasted 2 years and he was an abusive asshole. Hence, teal lace dress? Not so good.

  • Alyson Epstein

    Hello makeup and accessories?  what happened there?

  • She’s a tiny little thing, and yet the dress looks too small. If it were a size larger, it might work (though teal lace is still wintery to me).

    And those are some serious grandma shoes.

    I have no idea who she is, but she’s really, really pretty!

    ETA: OUT

  • Hmm, the dress is a little off for the season and she needs better shoes.  It’s the “I’m a china doll” makeup that is killing me, however.  Maybe it’s the lighting?  In any event, I’m cranky and say out. 

  • Out by virtue of those incredibly boring shoes. Yawn.

    Waist up: Young and fresh.
    Waist-down: Dowager countess. 

  • hillmad

    And why is she wearing white underpants!?

    • I think what you’re perceiving as white underwear is just the flash hitting the slip under the dress, which appears to be a little crumpled and thus reflecting light unevenly. It’s got some fit issues. 

  • librarygrrl64

    Lace will never NOT look cheap and tacky in certain colors. Makeup is very good, but hair is problematic. Dress is too tight. OUT.

  • nannypoo

    Borderline First Lady is a great idea. How can we get this dress to her? She would look great in it. This girl, not so much.

  • janetjb

    Too tight.

  • call_me_schmeg

    OUT. total fancy tablecloth.

  • lehen

    I actually think the color is pretty on her, but her hair is BRASSY and overall, its not really working for me.  out.  

  • Jangle57

    Really??????  Only 25?  Geez, I thought for sure much older, like a good 20 years.  Which is reason enough for voting this OUT

  • j_anson

    Huh. I really like her hair and make-up, actually. I think she could have picked a better dress – teal lace is always going to remind me of junior high school dances, and that is the official antonym for chic – but I don’t think it’s tragic. Small in.

  • EHHNT. Fallish looking dress. Unflattering fit around the midsection. Heavy, fallish looking shoes. Aging look generally. Too autumnal, basically. OUT. 

  • ChaCha_70

    Sorry, gotta vote her OUT. She’s got great potential though. A very striking face and figure. If she gets her hands on a good stylist, she’d be a knockout!

  • BlondettaChick

    Lady is ladylike, but the dress just doesn’t fit – not only is it too tight, it also looks too long in the torso. OUT.

  • Too tight and the shoes are awfully matronly, but I still give it an IN. I love this dress. Love. It.

  • filmcricket

    That colour is stunning on her and her hair and makeup look great. (Teal is my favourite colour, so I’m biased). However, the dress is too long & too tight, the shoes are awful, and she needed a bit of shiny somewhere. Gold strappy sandals, some visible earrings, and a good gold cuff would work well, I think.

    A tiny ‘out’ for the missed details.

  • CQAussie

    OUT.  The shoes are a clunk and the hem, agreed, is too long.  I like her hair though.  

  • AlexisPayne

     And not fitting right. Out.

  • out for a walk

    I’m seeing Mother-of-the-Bride more than First-Lady, but either way, too mature. If the hair/makeup/accessories were more vibrant and youthful she could pull it off, but as-is everything is somewhat bland…

  • greyhoundgirl

    Love, love the color. Don’t love the fit.  Keep picturing the top as a top with tight black jeans.  I guess I have to say out.

  • crash1212

    OUT. For the teal, for the lace, for the length – but, more importantly…because it doesn’t seem to fit her properly. It’s all droopy and wrinkley in one area and too tight in others. Odd. She’s pretty though and sports great eyebrows.

  • Judy_J

    Oh, my.  This one’s 25 going on 50.  These girls need a crash course in dressing appropriately for their respective ages.  I like this dress, but I’m 58 years old, and I could wear the heck out of it.  This young thing needs to lighten up and be youthful while she is youthful.  OUT.

  • H3ff

    I see that she has been on Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, like all other young Canadian actors.

  • i say in, though the hemline is aging.  i love the teal lace with her coloring and she certainly carries herself like a princess.  too bad she didn’t choose some kickass fun shoes to lighten up the look.  maybe when you’re more famous, dear, you’ll be able to afford a better colorist. 

  • Imasewsure

    Not blindingly awful or anything but an OUT. This is Laura Bush First Lady not Flotus unfortunately…

  • Sorry, I hate anything teal. It is a color that should not exist. And teal lace? Ug-lee. She’s pretty, whoever she is.

  • siriuslover

    I don’t know, it kind of reminds me of 1980s prom, rocking out to “Crazy on You” by Heart. It’s an out for sure.

  • OUT. bad hair, bad length, old lady lace

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    borderline first lady?  shelly o would smack you to the floor for that comment.  actually, she wouldn’t.  she’d just wear another fabulous, fabulous outfit, and to get revenge on you guys, she’d put on two extra bangles.  

  • allj

    OUT. I truly, completely, utterly hate the shoes. And I want to like the dress, but I’m not in love with it on her.

  • BazoDee

    OUT! Borderline First lady! WIN! 

  • Why is it so bunched up on her torso?  OUT.  Dear lord, haven’t we reached our C.S.L. (Critical Starlet Limit) yet??  Where do they all COME from???

    • formerlyAnon

      It is bunched up because it is TOO TIGHT.

      I swear I think some of these women – or their stylists – think every dress is supposed to fit as if it’s made of spandex.

  • The first thing I thought was send this to Christina Hendricks.

    • alyce1213

      The color and silhouette would be fantastic on Christina Hendricks — she’s sexy and voluptuous enough to overcome the old-lady lace effect. BUT the likelihood that she’d muck it up by wearing it too tight, pulling across the hips and boobs — in other words, poorly tailored  — and badly accessorized is just too great, so I can’t even think about it.

  • meowing

    Sadly, out. 25?  Oh my.  Dearie, take some risks now and enjoy the fun of fashion while you can get away with mistakes.  I’m over twice your age and even I find this look tiresome.  And BTW, you have lovely skin.

  • butterflysunita

    IN because she looks pretty.  Though I agree the dress seems rather old-fashioned and perhaps a bit matronly.  

  • Sara__B

    Out. Shoes are frumpy. Dress is either too tight or way too long in the torso — tailoring needed!

  • Squarah

    I think she looks gorgeous and I love the dress. She could easily be mistaken for Evan Rachel Wood, but who would mind that?

  • OUT.  No one that young should look that matronly.  Also – girl, that is not your shade of blonde.

  • TSkot

    She looks great:  IN!

  • MzzPants

    Too tight + mother-of-the-bride = OUT

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Antique underwear. OUT

  • Out! Lighten up!The model made it sexy with crazy hair.

  • CatherineRhodes

    IN. I actually love it, and think it’s perfect for the premiere of her movie at the Museum of Modern Art. 

  • its too mature, but perfect in every other way: the colour with her complexion and hair colour, the lips, the lace, the prim-chic skirt length… IN!

  • I say In. Sleek and gorgeous looking.

  • In, I think she looks lovely. 

  • From the china-doll foundation to the dark berry lips to the teal lace, this is the hottest dress of 1995.

  • demidaemon

    I despise the shoes she chose. I think, with some better styling and accesory choice, this could actually look age-appropriate. As is, plus the poor fit, means she is OUT.

  • Kathy Cambridge would work the shiznit out of this dress.

    • Susan Crawford

      Ooooh, would she ever, Rebecca! Good call!

      •  Right??? And her coloring would be so, so pretty with this teal!

  • coquette_not

    Undoubtedly, teal lace is bad, but it does bring out her eyes. I don’t know who she is, but she’s beautiful, matronly attire notwithstanding.

  • frannyprof

    Out. Mother of the bride.

  • jmorino08

    I think it’s beautiful and disagree about it being “too mature” for her. From my perspective, it’s the hair that’s making her look older because the dress looks fantastic on the model, who is most certainly younger than 25. Those shoes are a total snore, though… I’ll give you that much, but all in all I giver her a big IN.

  • That color, with her eyes, is kind of genius. I’m going to give it an IN, but if it turns out she’s just a mannequin, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised. 

  • IN! I personally think it’s great that it’s not extremely showy.

  • EEKstl

    She should have gone more funky with the shoes and the hair is really not good, but the dress is so pretty on her I’ll grant her a Beginner’s Luck IN.

  • kimmeister

    I’m going with IN.  Her makeup looks great, particularly the lip color.

  • Though serving up Chad Michaels realness…out.

  • LambeeBaby

    I think she looks beautiful and I love the color. I am so happy when a celeb does something other than black or beige. I don’t like the shoes, they make the whole thing matronly.

  • Daenyx

    The color really sets off her eyes, though; I think it’s a great one for her.  My only problem with it is the fit.  IN. 

  • guest2visits

    I thought this was a gorgeous dress in need of better shoes. The shoes are a little dowdy, the dress is not.
    She looks stunning, whoever she is.

  • michelle shields

    Can we say Mother of the Bride one more time please? Why do these young girls want to look like their grandmother?

  • formerlyAnon

    Out, because it’s too tight in the midsection. Makes her look heavier than she is. Which is lithe and sylph-like.

    (I don’t have a problem with teal lace, on *her.* She’s still young enough that aging is not a problem)

    ETA: forgot to dis the shoes. Dowdy shoes.

  • Judih1

    Ugly color, too tight and makes her look twice as old as she is – OUT

  • StrandedFashionista

    Despite the wrinkly bodice, I like it. IN. 

  • IN – The skirt is a skosh too long, but otherwise it’s fabulous. Beautiful color on her, perfect styling. 

  • sleepycat

    I like it, but at first glance I thought she was in her 50s. Liminal, in and out. Points for working teal lace points off for aging affect and fit. I also like this version of Dolce and Gabbana, which is rare. 

  • Susan Crawford

    It’s definitely a mature look, but I love that the dress matches her eyes. And really, I love that dress. For her Tom and Lorenzo debut, I give her an IN. Nice going!

  • C2inCT

    Bahahaha, my bridesmaids wore that dress….in 1987. Out.

  • Call me Bee

    Shes beautiful. Such nice hair and makeup. Shoe are ok.
    But this dress is… yes. Aging. I’m well into middle age and am thinking a lace dress is too Grandma even for me. But on this young thing its…ok. Not great. But I say IN!

  • IN. But only barely. The color is so great and the dress could be chic if those shoes weren’t being worn with it. You guys are right – she looks too old for her years – but I can’t give her an out for shooting for the tasteful side of things. And that color – gorge!

  • l_c_ann


    It’s too darned tight, look at all the horizontal folds.  Those folds throw what charm might be in the different colored slip into wonkiness, or else the slip is multicolored. I really like the thumbnail with her upper fifth (hair and uppermost dress).  With her coloring and hair color, she should clip a bit of that lace from an inner seam and use it to shop.

  • quiltrx

    OUT.  Wrong size, and boring.  And she looks vapid.

  • Dress is pretty, but is too tight. Shoes are boring. I also have no idea who she is–need to google her.

  • lizajane1776

     In! Gorgeous color for her skin and eyes. Only some fit problems with the underlayer. Well, and maybe some lighter sandals.

  • I actually think it’s kind of a knockout. Love the colour, I think her makeup looks fantastic, hair suits the look – I think it has a retro fabulousness to it, like she stepped off a red carpet 50 or so years ago. I kind of wish she’d gone with different shoes, though I don’t know what I think she should have gone with. Definitely an IN overall, though.

  • velomango

    out! haven’t we seen this dress a jillion times before, in various shades/patterns of lace? I feel like it could be on the discount rack at TJ Maxx.

  • bellafigura1

    That dress, may I say, is killah on the model.  It’s just not working on her — it looks bunchy and inelegant on her.

  • zelavie

    OUT.  I had a dress very similar to this in the early 90s.  Lace overlay is okay, teal is okay, but the two should never meet.

  • snarkykitten

    she needs to size up. It looks floaty & girlie on the model.  On her, it looks like a too tight, overworked neglige

  • julnyes

    OUT, but her makeup is fantastic.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m on the fence. I guess that makes my vote out. But not OUT.

  • Mary Heather Ames

    Where did you find photos of Jenna Elfman, circa Dharma & Greg?  And why did it take 14 years for them to surface?

  • i don’t think it’s quite right for her but it looks lovely on the model.  what a pretty look!

  • llou56


  • For the most part I think she looks nice, but the dress is kinda bunchy in a few places; ergo, it does not fit her well.  I think it’s a good try, but would have been better with a fitting.  In, since I’ve never seen her before, and therefore am assuming she’s largely a newbie to the redway, but she needs to do better next time, or else.

  • Ceur

    This dress was made for a 40 year old redhead. 

  • GTrain


  • Marginally IN. She just needs better shoes.

  • TieDye64

    Teal lace, too mature. Need I say more? OUT.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    she’s really new to this, whoever she is, & is probably just thrilled to be there & wearing a [potentially free, potentially borrowed] d&g. i know it’s not interesting but i bet she went to her own hairdresser, doesnt have a stylist, saw the runway look &, out of nervousness, tried to copy it down to the closest last letter. it’s a pretty dress paired w/ stupid shoes on both people. oh, heavens to everlovin betsey, put me down on the plus side. it’s fine.

  • margaret meyers

    In.  She looks too good here to be an out, but this look is seriously close to being costume, not clothes.  Dita can do that, but not tht]is mere moral!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Total IN!!  I love this.  No idea who she is, but she looks like she could be going for a part in MadMen with this look (I realize that statement pretty much confirms that the look is mature/dated??) but wow – I love the dress, the color… she looks totally put together.  Can’t “out” that.

  • funkypeanut

    Sitcom mom = out

  • PeggyOC

    Give that dress to FLOTUS.  She’d rock the hell out of it.

    • ASK26

       nope – the top would look good, from the waist down she’d look like a mack truck

  • Out because the dress makes her look frumpy and her hair makes her look old. Which she is none of those things. 

    But man does she have a beautiful face. Like OMG beautiful :O

  • I own something extremely similar, bought on super-final-clearance sale at French Connection this past spring, that I plan to wear to my friend’s October wedding. I didn’t know that D&G was into French Connection knockoffs, ha. However, unlike this example, my version (1) fits and (2) probably cost about 1% of the D&G version. Anyway, I will take TLo’s and other’s comments about accessorizing into consideration.

  • kaycem

    i like the color on her immensely.  it’s just right for her hair and skin tone.  my main issue is really the pumps b/c she’s clearly not at some ladies luncheon (unless ciroc usually sponsors ladies luncheons) so it brings it all way down.  pairing the pink bracelet with a teal dress shows good instincts, but since she has literally no other visible accessories, it should have made a much bigger statement.  the dress also a bit ill-fitting through the midriff, but that could just be the lace since it tends to bunch like that.  luckily it’s not distracting since you can only see it in the closest shots.

    this is a tough one. i don’t want to discourage newcomers, but i also don’t want to reward bad behavior…

    ugh, fine:  IN.  but consider yourself on notice ms. gadon — next time no benefit of the doubt will be given.  😉

  • I like it! I want that dress. IN!

  • kelsita421

    i have no problem with lace (judge me!). and i like the color. but everything else is wrong, so OUT.

  • piecesofconfetti

    OUT. And I think that hairstyle and makeup belongs to Drew Barrymore circa 1995.

  • jw_ny

    out…she looks fine, but there is nothing youthful in this look at all. The dress is totally mother of the bride and aging.  Her eyebrows even look mature…severe.  Too much blush.  I do like her shade of lipstick tho.   

  • ASK26

    while I HATE  teal,  I think that a higher hem and better shoes and she would be just fine

  • mjude


  • Out. from the neck down- fine, from the neck up- yech…

  • CurbGirl

    OUT…lace sausage is never in season.

  • Lauren Bradshaw

    Having 80s prom flashbacks.  Bad ones.

  • L.

    IN!!  The color is perfect for her and her hair and makeup look terrific.

  • AWS


  • NCDFan

    It would be in if it didn’t look all bunched up at the waist. OUT

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Gotta go with OUT.  The dress has fit issues, those shoes are too something – not quite sure what, and her hair is bad.  But wow, is she a pretty girl!  I also checked out her IMBd, and although she’s done a lot of work, I have never seen anything she’s been in.

  • oohsparkley!

     It would look so much better if it were 2-3 inches shorter. It’s my favorite color, I like ladylike and I have nothing against lace. In.

  • ChelseaNH

    In, because it’s not ugly enough to be out.

  • ccm800

    in – still pretty as all hell but give this dress to Christina Hendricks – and send a seamstress

  • mia

    In the first shot, did anyone think Fan BingBing went blond for a hot second? 

  • OUT