Jaime King Goes Shopping

Posted on August 15, 2012

If there’s one fashion maxim that probably gets quoted way too often, it’s Coco Chanel’s suggestion that you take one thing off before leaving the house. Personally, we’ve always been partial to her purported quote, “Elegance is refusal,” which amounts to roughly the same advice.

Why are we bringing this up? Oh… no reason…


Jaime King attends C. Wonder Fashion Island Grand Opening in Newport Beach, California.

Okay, okay, It’s a “shopping event,” whatever the hell that is. Something where celebrities pose while touching merchandise, evidently. It’s August. What do you want from us?

Anyway, we’re not quite sure what rules of celebrity dressing apply here, but there’s:

  1. A celebrity
  2. A photographer

So we’re just gonna proceed as normal.

It’s a really cute outfit (MUCH better than the puffy crotch of the other day), but come ON. That thing on her neck is so very wrong. We just don’t get it. Everything else says, “I’m sassy summer-cute!” but the necklace, which says, “MEET ME ON THE DANCE FLOOR, BITCHES.”

Love the sandals, though.


[Photo Credit: WireImage]

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  • Hey Mr T…I think I know who stole your gold necklaces!

    • Anathema_Device

       At least he knew how to pair them properly!

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Hahaha. “I pity the fool”.

  •  Wow is that ever way too much necklace for such a light and breezy look.  And I am puzzled about what it might look good with, besides something achingly plain, and dead black.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      As always, my dear, you have hit the nail on the head. That necklace just doesn’t work with a casual summer look.

      I’m now expecting “events” to include the next In-And-Out burger opening, so that celebs need never miss an opportunity for a bit of publicity.

      • If its a red carpet at the In and Out Burger, I am there! My treat, too.

    • MilaXX

       point taken, but I think it could also work with a long, gauzy, white or pastel maxi dress. It’s just never gonna work with a chambray top and jeans

      • You’re so right! I can see it working in that context.

      • GillianHolroyd

        omg it is chambray. First glance I thought it was gray poplin. 

      • I am partial to statement jewelery, but for all that is good and fun about it a long necklace should never EVER be paired with a line of buttons. And the knot at the end of said line of buttons is making my eye twitch.

    •  Nothing. It would look good with nothing. Unless this was 1978 and she was on the dance floor with John Travolta. That necklace is beyond hideous. It looks like something my children would do if they raided ALL the jewelry boxes in town.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        that’s exactly what i thought, shaking her thang at Studio 54 circa 1978, wearing it on it’s own as a top of course…

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        You are so right — I have to confess to buying a similar necklace several years ago.  I’ve tried it on with everything I owned at the time and everything I’ve bought since and I have yet to find anything it looks good with….but it is a killer looking necklace when it is just sitting there in my jewelry box.

    • Susan Crawford

      My thought exactly: a really severe black sheath dress. Or she could wear it with a thong bikini bottom at Nikki Beach on the Riviera.

    • Sobaika

      I can see it working (maybe?) if she undid a few buttons and had the necklace peaking out from underneath.

    • Anathema_Device

       A fairly plain knit shirt would work. I wear statement necklaces with knit shirt, jeans, and a fitted blazer as my not-too-dressy-but-nicer-than-jeans-and-a-tshirt look. How’s that for a hyphenated adjective?

      • I’m impressed! That’s a lotta hyphens all in one bunch.

  • AthenaJ

    The necklace would have been semi-ok had she not worn a BUTTONED shirt with it… GAH!!!!

    • Lori

      That was my first thought—what in the world made her think that necklace belonged with a button down? I don’t like it in any case, but I’d probably be willing to let it pass under the “tastes vary” rule if she was wearing it with something that didn’t button up the front.

    • Kayceed

      A tailored button-down to boot. I see your Gah and raise you a Blech!

      • AnneElliot

        I’m especially amused by “I see your Gah and raise you a Blech”  

    • formerlyAnon

       Agree. Intensely agree. Can’t believe nobody told her.

    • jenno1013

      A BUTTONED shirt with a COLLAR.  Gah, Blech, Ick!

  • kimmeister

    Well, her hair looks soft and cute at least.

    • l_c_ann

      Her hair is beyond soft and cute.  It is flattering and, at the same time, just right for shopping in summer.  She won’t be doing the teenage girl hair fluff that so many seem addicted to. 

  • I think she did take off one thing…..it was just the wrong one. A bracelet or two, that would have been better.

  • MilaXX

    She could have been so cute if it was for that necklace.

  • Why is she wearing a cross-body bag over her shoulder? If she wanted to wear it over her shoulder, why didn’t she shorten the strap, which can obviously be done, judging by the buckle on the thing. And why is she holding it in such an odd way?

    Dayum, I haz teh cranky today. These celebs aren’t helping. Here, I’m going to turn my head away. Someone spike my coffee. 

  • Michael_Jones

    I know this is a “shopping event,” and that I’m a boy (and probably, therefore, don’t understand such things), but how many bags does this girl need?  There’s the large black and white tote bag, the beige/cream shoulder-strap purse, and then there’s another red clutch?  Is the red a piece of merchandise that she’s just posing while holding?

  • mjude

    that look is just stupid

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Whatever overpriced purse/bag designer did the tote, he/she was clearly inspired by L.L. Bean, which is a LOT less expensive for accomplishing the same purpose.

    I can’t imagine what prompted donning that necklace with a button-front, pointed collar blouse; it’s beyond me.  That big a piece of neck jewelry needs either a plain jewel neckline, or a bare neck/lower neckline garment.  Don’t the stylists and the clients take a good, assessing look in the mirror after the client is tricked out??

  • 1) I have eyebrow envy, hers are PERFECT.  2) I do not have necklace envy, however–hers is NOT perfect.

  • Everything is perfect but the necklace. Why, Jaime, WHY?

  • PastryGoddess

    That necklace requires at least 90% of your chest and 80% of your thighs to be exposed for proper deployment. Not your boyfriends favorite shirt buttoned up to the neck

  • Susan Crawford

    Put. The. Necklace. Away.

    Love those red slipper-flats she’s studying, though.

  • Buuut would you be featuring her on the site if she han’t worn the necklace? That necklace guarantees attention.

  • I think the necklace is so odd with the outfit that it transcends bad style into actually working. 

  • AnnPopovic

    It’s a how-to for shoplifting. You’re so befuddled by the thing on her neck you don’t notice she’s walking out with a huge bag filled with OTHER bags? 

  • alyce1213

    What on earth possessed her to put on that hideous thing?

  • What this mainly reminds me of is Kim Jong Il inspecting a radio manufacturing plant.

  • Judy_J

    Maybe she lost a bet and the loser had to wear that thing around their neck all day.

  • I’ll take that necklace if no one else wants it…

  • bluefish

    How truly bizarre, no?  And the purse ain’t helping either!

    • is she actually carrying two purses, or is she trying one on?

  • unbornfawn

    That necklace with that shirt? NO.

  • I think she was trying to do the cute thing where girls wear a chunky necklace/choker beneath the collar like it’s a tie/bowtie, but this was not the right necklace for that – it’s just too long and dangly, and has too many strands. It makes no sense, basically. 

  • that necklace looks like a baby bib…”it’s disco baby feeding time!”…a braying tangerine moment.  i hope this shopping event doesn’t involve trying on clothes, cause that thing could be hell to get in and out of.  i guess celebs don’t try on clothes, they just buy them and if they don’t fit, they just have their people take them back.  or in some cases they just wear them and then they hear about it from us!

  • Plus, that tote bag is like one my mom used to have, from LL Bean. Nothing against LL Bean; their offerings are sturdy and practical, as was my mom’s tote bag (she used it for library books). But if I were at a ‘celebrity shopping event’ I would go with something a bit more fabulous.

  • formerlyAnon

    That necklace belongs over a clean, pristine, expanse of jersey or cashmere or almost anything EXCEPT a button down shirt. Surely SOMEbody could see that? I mean, she’s in a department store, right? It’s a store’s grand opening, sure there was someone there who’d take her off to the side and mutter a few words of counsel?

    • AnneElliot

      Exactly!!  Maybe a cashmere mock turtleneck dress, something with a solid mass of color behind it.  Then she’d be very chic and French-looking, especially with the hair in a knot.  

  • That is one of those necklaces that you buy and never wear and one day you just say “I am going to wear this” and you just should not. Otherwise, I think she looks shopping cute!

  • oohsparkley!

    Her hair is so cute! I don’t love the necklace (looks like a shredded baby bib), but it would have been too much if she’d added big earrings.  I think she looks fine. To each their own!

  • Thathoodwink

    Is it ever correct to wear a necklace with a buttoned-completely-to-the-top oxford shirt? I’m thinking no.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I always enjoy her when she pops up, much more than I think I will, and then I wonder why she disappears for such long stretches. Now I know: she cannot dress herself. This gorgeous girl looks frumpy and plain in that crazy getup. 

  • Call me Bee

    Oh yes.  Cute summer outfit ruined by disco chain mail. 

  • greyhoundgirl

    Ha-ha-ha-ha!!  Burst out laughing at seeing this.  It really does look like a joke.

  • Bozhi

    I LOVE shopping at Fashion Island, or I used to.  It’s hard to get there from Seattle, but I have soooo many wonderful shopping memories.  My husband always went with me, that’s how great it is there.  (he does not usually like to shop.)

  • bellafigura1

    Yeah, sandals, and love the bag too! Anyone? ID?

  • MissAnnieRN

    I’m equally vexed by the fact that the chambrary shirt IS TIED.  It reminds me of the 80’s.  Not in a good way.  

  • librarygrrl64

    Pretty hair style.