Jennifer Garner in Yves Saint Laurent

Posted on August 15, 2012

We like this dress more in theory than in practice.


Jennifer Garner on her way into the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ in New York City in an Yves Saint Laurent dress.

Yves Saint Laurent Leather Panel Dress

It’s got a bit of an edge to it, which we appreciate. Although we don’t know if edgy is really in Jen’s wheelhouse. She seems more the chic mommy type. But hey, girl’s got a movie to promote (which looks awful, by the way), so we can’t really blame her for wanting something a little attention-seeking. But we think the leather portion looks really heavy and bulky, and tends to make her look pretty broad up top, or at least broader than she actually is, anyway. And those babyfied mammaries look like they’re straining under that yoke. The shape and the color are great on her, but we’d like it a lot better without the leather accents.

Great shoes, though.


[Photo Credit: Enrique Rc, Az/,]

    • Andrea B

      I think that it’s not quite right for her body type… she has very slender hips (you can see where the dress wants to curve out on the side) and the cut overemphasizes her strong upper body. The colors are great, though…

      • janetjb


        It’s not her dress, not horribly bad, but just not for her.

      • sweetestsith

        That was my thought too, I also think dresses like this need to be super fitted to look good and this one is not tailored to her body. The chest/shoulders are tight, and everything from the ribs down is a bit baggy/saggy/sad.

        Her legs look pretty though, the shoes are a bit heavy for summer, but set off her calves nicely.

    • newleaf1

      I like it.  But more for me than for her.  Hand it over, Jen.

    • epilonious

      It reminds me of car upholstery.  More specifically the “Blue” interior you can get as a touch of fancy in most of Hyundai’s lineup.

      • Little_Olive

        So much. Although it could have been the winner of the PR car upholstery challenge. 

        In other news, who is her makeup artist? and what did he do with her eyebrows?

    • Sobaika

      Not right for her body shape.Cute dress, though.

    • Coralie Legister

      What’s up withe her face in the first two photos?

      • Griffinqueen

         It doesn’t look like she’s wearing any make-up.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think she’s squinting at the sun or glare. I’m just happy that for a once, celeb-on-the-way-to-David-Letterman pictures weren’t taken by the dumpsters.

        • CallMeJane

           That’s so funny – I actually look for the dumpster!  I don’t feel like it’s an official Letterman photo without the Waldo dumpster.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Haha !

        • Call me Bee

          No dumpsters, but two scruffy lookin’ interns just oddly…standing there.  In the background.  Wouldn’t you get outta the shot?  Or are they photo-bombing?

    • mjude

      dont care for the leather stripes, but i think she is a doll.

    • Carolyn Warfield

      What is up with all of these suede shoes during summer?  Awful.  And I don’t like the dress on her, either–not great with her coloring.

    • marlie

      This dress does make her shoulders and torso look way more broad than than really are. This isn’t terrible – there’s nothing wrong with the look – but it’s not the dress for her. 

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      if, like in the original, the leather accents were a deeper version of the color of the dress they’d be fine. as is, theyre glaring, they dont work at all, they make the dress look like you could buy it at kohl’s. same for the shoes, the store source, that is. they dont have an extraneous & thudding T-shaped color panel. theyre still too common, however &, so help me, especially when one can afford much more, they still look cheap. her hair looks nice, though.

      edited to add:
      now that i’ve looked at the dress a little longer, i think the T-stuff may actually be blue. bluish. but still way way too dark, the subtlety & smoothness in the interplay between the two colors is there in the black & lost in the blue. maybe a color halfway between the dress fabric & what they used wouldve worked.

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

      I love the shoes! If I were 20 or 30 years younger, I’d wear them myself. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I had a very similar pair in the early ’70s, so that would be a lot younger.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        that’s the thing, though–they’ve not only been making the exact same pair of shoes since the 70s–theyve been making em since the 40s. maybe even the late 30s. i’m certain beyond any shadow of a smidgen of a doubt that i have at least, i dunno, four or five pairs nearby. some in this room, even, maybe? so as wonderful as they are–& they are or i wouldntve kept buying them all this time–on a celebrity who can get pretty much anything she wants & that, so help me, for free she coulda & likely shoulda stepped up her game.

        • Sara Leigh Merrey

           She may think she stepped up her game. She needs a stylist?

    • Delysia LaFosse

      This dress looks much better on the model than Jennifer. Her figure just isn’t right for this sort of up-and-down sheath, and the detailing is making her look much wider than she really is. Also, if she wanted to go edgy, I think there are probably ways to do that that would be much better suited to her, both in image and silhouette.

      The shoes look like they would go better with the sort of things she usually wears (less graphic and heavy) and I feel like this dress could really use a bold cuff or something, too.

    • Liz H.

      Wow, for a dress that is pretty fabulous on the model, it certainly fails in practice.  On a related note, the NYT review of her movie is likely more entertaining than the actual movie.

    • myangelic1

      I heart Jen Garner.  Back in her Alias/Electra days, she could totally work edgy but having babies has definitely had an effect.  This is not a bad thing at all but as others have said:  girl, this is NOT your dress.  Also, the center-part hair is doing her no favors imo.

    • emcat8

      Huh. I must be blind or just have bad taste. I think she looks smashing.

    • ceceliadid

      That faux- navel on the dress seriously bugs me.  Couldn’t someone figure out how to use one piece of leather down the front strip? 

      • kimmeister

        Good catch, hadn’t even noticed that!

      • Vera

        Yeah, especially since it’s almost $2000!

    • Squarah

      Yeah, that dress is just not working for her. It’s great to see some shoes without a ginormous platform or in nude. Yay! I just bought some very similar to those.

    • AlexisPayne

      She needs a more defined waist for this to work and I don’t know how you do that with the leather strip running down the center.

    • Trisha26

      Shoes are horrible – hate t-straps anyway – too bulky – and the dress is worse. She looks like a linebacker.

      • kimmeister

        Um, they’re not T-straps.

    • J. Owen Dickson

      Err…  No thanks.  It’s a bit of a sad-sacky… sack. 

    • LJCdoc

      That’s not her dress, but those are definitely my shoes. Gimme, Jen.

    • Wellworn

      I love that all the non-celeb “regular” people are wearing flats in the pictures.  I hate that it is so de rigueur for all celebs to wear heels.  That is why I am not a celebrity.  Because I don’t want to wear the uniform.  Ya, that’s the reason why!

    • formerlyAnon

      Acceptable but meh. Nice shoes but in daylight in August? No.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I actually love the hell out of those shoes. Anybody know where they’re available?

    • Me Again

      Needs a belt.

    • CatherineRhodes

      I like it better in the black, then it looks like a dress made out of a wetsuit and evokes a bit of surfer chic.

    • kelsita421

      j’adore the shoes. that’s about it.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Her legs look good. How do women not have a million scrapes/scars/insect bites/bruises on their legs?

      • jayme

         Grrrr, now I can’t remember who it was but I saw a celeb on something lately and I’m sure she was a model and her legs were so human! Bites, a long scratch, it amazed me because it seemed so atypical and it was so endearing. Grrr who was it?

    • MK03

      Yeah, the shape & execution of the leather piece makes her look kinda linebacker-y. Shame, because the styling and the color almost make it work.

    • MajorBedhead

      The stripe-up-the-butt thing is off-putting. But the shoes are killer. 

    • Rand Ortega

      Now, TLo, be nice. This movie is not targeted to your demographic (smart, chic, prone to reason).
      This movie is for all of the parents  out there who are convinced even though their children are spastic nightmares, they’re still unique, perfect &, of course, special.
      I kid.
      The writer/director of “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” is behind this movie, so since that was an interesting, sometimes beautiful movie, I’m going to hold my judgment until I see it. On PPV.

      As for the dress, it’s… interesting. Looks like a bold choice for her. She doesn’t seem very comfortable in it, though. The shoes are nice.

    • RJay

      For someone who doesn’t seem to get out much other than the mommy/kid stuff, you’d think she would take this opportunity to do a little something more with her hair and makeup.  Even for daytime, punch it up Jen.  

      Dress:  No

      Shoes: Yes x1000

    • MilaXX

      She looks okay, but despite the very expensive dress leather accents she looks like and average soccer mom. Nothing wrong with being a soccer mom, just not the look I think a celeb aims for when promoting a movie.

      • PinkLemon

         It’s also just not her dress.

    • marilyn

      This dress is great in black, but I think it loses something when made in blue.  Black is edgy.  Royal blue is not.  Considering how pale she is, the intense colors are too much.  If she is not going to (faux) tan, she needs to stick with softer colors. 

      That dress is great with a ‘Twiggy’ figure (like the runway model), but JG is too curve-y for it.  The severity (edginess) of the dress is lost with a curve-y figure.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      Damn I miss Alias…

      • kimmeister

        My favorite show of all time!

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Agreed, that leather strip makes the proportions look odd.  

    • prettybigkitty

      I’d like it better it fit her right.

    • twigg

      It makes her look both boxy and lumpy…and she’s not even close to either.

    • Imasewsure

      Want those shoes but they don’t work with that dress and that dress doesn’t work with either her body or her look in general. Not as bad at dressing herself as Mrs Timberlake but kind of in the same awkward wheelhouse to me

    • It’s Kimmy

      I miss “Alias” era Jennifer, this version is boring meh.

    • Susan Crawford

      No, this dress is not doing much for her. The proportions of the dress are making her look wider and more broad-shouldered than she is. But then you look at those dimples, and kind of forget about the dress. (I love seeing pictures of her with her equally dimply daughter!)

    • Laylalola

      It’s not working. At all.

    • SummerSquash

      Not flattering on her at all. She’s got a lovely figure, but that dress makes her proportions look weird.

    • Vera

      I like Jen and I like the dress, just not together.

    • greyhoundgirl

      Don’t like what happens to the leather as it travels down her body–it does look kind of like a road.

    • lrhoff

      Wow, she looks bulky.  Sad.

    • quiltrx

      I totally agree with you guys.  If you described this dress to me, I would think it sounds VERY cool.  But there’s actually something kind of not-chic about it.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      What’s up with her neck?

    • nannypoo

      I don’t like this dress on her and her hair looks awful. A agree that the new movie doesn’t sound good. I find the idea of a child who grows leaves to be disturbing.

    • KSuKim

      A whole new meaning to shiny T-zone.

    • Shawn EH

      I like her with a little edge: she’s usually so dull.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Yeah, really great shoes, but the dress just isn’t doing her any favors. She looks kind of shapeless here. I don’t know how long ago she had her child, but her body has been looking fabulous. This dress, however, is making her look oddly boxy.

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      Fantastic shoes!

    • TheVeryLivingEND


    • sleah_in_norcal

      this dress gives her a bit of a heifer look, which is not what she was going for, i imagine.  that harsh horizontal at the top makes her look like a linebacker in a refrigerator box.  maybe something with a defined waist and cut-in armholes or a racer back would be more flattering.  a little makeup would perk her up too.  glad she went for the lovely royal blue, because if i never see another black dress…..

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Such a nice face.

    • SapphoPoet

      Girl, This Is Not Your Dress. 

      She doesn’t have enough edge to carry this off. Also, if she wants to wear a dress like this, she needs to ditch the sad mommy hair for something more fierce.

    • turtleemily

      Too tight on top, too big on the bottom. And I think this dress needs her hair up so you can actually see the yoke. I think this should get sent to Kristen Bell to save her from the jumpsuit.

    • Kirsten Kirsten

      This ought to have been a “Girl, That’s Not Your Dress” item. Would love to see it on Anne Hathaway or Michelle Williams or someone else who can pull off that Twiggy-mod-with-a-modern-edge look.

    • Warrior89

      Love the shoes.  I feel that she needs to wear something that shows her neck/clavicle area better. 

    • Dhammadina

      Chic mommy type? Have you seen Alias? 

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        You mean that TV show that ended 6 years ago? What does that have to do with her current personal style?

    • Dhammadina

      The core of that J.J.Abrams show was the change of clothing/personality of “nice girl” spy Sydney Bristow. Each week she (and I mean Garner) carried this off playing against that type, and Alias also managed to go into some primal  Electra/Oedipal stuff via Lena Olin as Sydney’s mother. I’m not saying Garner’s  current personal style doesn’t reflect what you described. Garner isn’t Sydney Bristow. But I think she’s got it in her to have real range in terms of both style and what she can pull off. 

    • PhillipWilde

      If the leather looks this stiff when she’s standing, I can only imagine how awkward this looked when she was sitting on the show.

    • kvlm

      Awful, awful, not enough words to describe the awful.   She’s a cute girl but you are right, mommy chic seems to be more her schtick and it works for her.  Or hell even a little boho chic would work.  She either doesn’t have a stylist or has a bad one.