Jennifer Lawrence in Hollywood

Posted on August 08, 2012

This is cute in it’s refreshing almost-normalcy, but we never did quite get outfits like this one:

Jennifer Lawrence out and about in Hollywood in a The Reformation dress paired with a Jimmy Choo bag and Leisure Society glasses.

The Reformation ‘Citrine’ Dress

Jimmy Choo Bonbon Cross Body Bag

We’ve known plenty of ladies who insist this is the best way to dress for casual errand-running on a hot day. Were sure it is for them. We just don’t get it. We just can’t imagine hauling around all that fabric on your legs, even if it is as light as a whisper. But that’s because we have testicles.

What we REALLY don’t get is when you ladies wear a sleeveless, ankle-length sundress on a summer day and then put a sweater or hoodie or jacket over it. It’s a summer day. You are literally covered from top to bottom. We don’t get it. Then again, we don’t get guys who insist men should never wear shorts. Or people who wear tank tops and scarves.

Anyway, Jen looks cutely normal here even if the jacket puzzles us.


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  • Nice bag. Otherwise? Meh.

    • Cat_In_A_Hat

      I agree. She’s certainly doing a good job of advertising it. I want one.

  • IMO, it’s cooler wearing a long,thin dress than short shorts. it’s like bajinger ventilation.

    As for the jacket, you don’t want a problem with headlights, especially if you go into a heavily air-conditioned store or coffee shop 

    • Sobaika

      Ventilation, exactly. I’m also not into flashing lady bits, so short skirts are a no-go. Seriously, have you ever walked down a flight of stairs in a shorter skirt, or been treated to a gust of wind?  I flail like crazy because I’m trying to keep the stupid thing down. Or trying to sit on a subway seat in a short skit? Ick.

      • MilaXX

         even worse, getting up after having sat in shorts or a short skirt. Ick indeed.

        • AthenaJ

          especially on seats with vinyl covers…

        • Feels like you’re having a wax strip removed… and trust us, testicled fellas, that’s not good. 

      • MemHey

        or wearing layers of slips and underthings to protect against those unruly gusts and urges to bust out in exuberant dance in public places… making your granny proud but doing nothing to effectively address the heat… but while i’m on the topic, are there other 20somethings that wear slips still, or am i the only one? surely, surely i am not that old of a soul…

        • Sobaika

          Nope, depending on the outfit I’ll wear slips too.

      • Candigirl1968

        Yes.  You need some air to move around.  Also, besides sticking to seats, nothing is worse than sitting on a hot seat (like leather in a car) with a bare leg.  

        With regard to the sweater or hoodie – outside it’s 100 degrees, inside it’s 65.  You are constantly burning up and freezing your butt off. 

      • librarygrrl64

        Echoing the “ick.”

    • Allyson Wells

      Right, she’s definitely coming or going from an air conditioned room/car. I carry light sweaters with me all summer for this purpose. Although, depending on how hot it actually is, i’ll take them off when I get outside. That is kind of a skimpy dress on the top though… It seems to me that she’s feeling modest in front of the cameras and covering herself up a bit.

      • Plus, the rays of the sun are stronger in CA! She’s protecting her skin from burns

    • lovelyivy

       Agreed with this. The dress and sweater are pretty understandable in a summer where one runs from heat to air conditioned rooms regularly. Granted, the look would work much better if the sweater was less…. schlumpy. 

      What I find inexplicable are the flip flops. Why would you wear such a cute dress with a kinda ratty sweater and FLIP FLOPS FFS?

      • GorgeousThings

        The flip flops had me scratching my head, too.

      • MilaXX

         hence the reason I splurged for a pair of leather flip flops with a shell design. They are just as comfortable, but a teeny bit dressier.

      • Amy Ellinger

        when you have to wear torture shoes as part of your job, comfy flippity-floppities are great on your days off. but yes, they could be cuter.

        I may be a bit less critical to flips as everyday wear, but its really freakin hot here in Texas and they’re basically necessary, as is some kind of light sweater or wrap for a/c and sun protection.  

        • lovelyivy

           I understand the appeal of flip-flops and am known to rock a pair with shorts or yoga pants on my day off. Hell- I rocked them with a bikini and beach cover for pretty much the entire last week. 

          But wearing them with a (well, for most people) expensive dress just seems really odd. That dress is not casual, and pairing it with flip flops and that sweater is just bizarre IMO.

          • Amy Ellinger

            **nods** Understandable opinion, for sure.  cute gladiator sandals would have served the look much better.

    • MilaXX

       I wasn’t going to mention the lady ventilation, but BIG bonus.

      • my favorite hot weather dressing is going commando under a long lightweight skirt- cotton or rayon.  there again a strong gust of wind can bring embarrassment.  tmi?

  • I hate the sweater, but otherwise, it’s my standard uniform for running errands in hot weather. 

  • crash1212

    Ever see pics of people in India or Egypt or any other incredibly hot place? People are mostly covered up with loose fitting material. It is cooler. Trust the desert people. 

    • theblondette

       Indeed! TLo, I bet you could rock a dishdasha. 😉 I lived in the Middle East and they seemed way more comfortable for men than Western clothes.

      • Sobaika

        If I saw a man on the street here rock a thawb I think I would faint with delight.

        • Or Polynesian guys in their tupenos/lavalavas – looking good AND keeping cool!

      •  Or us perennially kilted fellas

        •  Do you always wear a kilt? I kind of love that.

          •  Every day.  Though hot weather is the toughest for kilt wearing.  Heat rises, you know.

          • I’ll never wear a kilt again (12 years of prep school), but there’s something awesome about a man in a kilt. I so want to be your bestie now!

          • librarygrrl64

            Please tell me you have a Tumblr of all of you kilts. 🙂

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    • Kayceed

      I’ve spent a lot of time running around Morocco – nothing is better than a long-sleeved tunic and loose fitting pants, or a caftan, preferably in a cotton lawn. The sun doesn’t beat on your skin, the fabric breathes and all is right in the world.

      • That’s what it is!  It’s that physical sensation of the sun burning down on you bare skin, it can be like a physical blow.  Anything that breaks the impact is welcome.

        • ccinnc

           … and nothing is worse in hot weather than having sun-heated jeans wrapped around your legs. Cotton lawn is a fabulous summer fabric, better even than linen.

  • Hate how long the slit is (why not just a short dress?) and I HATE the bag. It really looks like something my mom would have gotten from a thrift store in 1990 for me to play dress up with.

  • If by normal you mean crappy or slightly unhinged. Sorry, but she looks like she just rolled out of bed, picked the dress up off the floor that she wore to a fancy party last night, a hoodie (also off the floor) and her shower shoes. She looks homeless. That isn’t a cute maxi-dress, it’s a gown with a plunging neckline and very high slit. Attempts to make it look otherwise are misguided at best. 

  • Anathema_Device

    Oh, I get it. It truly is comfy, cool & breezy. Longer dresses are more comfortable to sit in, too. The jacket is for going into air conditioned places or, as in my case, dealing with an 80+ degree day and then having the fog suddenly blow in and drop the temp by about 20 degrees.

    I would have gone for a less sloppy-looking jacket here, though.

  • DominoEstella

    It can get pretty chilly in LA.  I just came back from there and wore a sweater almost the entire time.. of course, I am from Texas so anything below 80 merits a sweater.  

  • Judy_J

    I live in Austin where it’s hotter than blue blazes, but I always carry a light sweater or jacket….why?  Air conditioning, that’s why!  The temperature in most buildings (and in my office especially) is that of a meat locker.  You need a wrap indoors, no matter how hot it is outside.

    •  I had a wool sweater in my desk drawer (before I went back to school) because it was so cold in there. And I tend to like the cooler temps. Even the guys were cold, so you know it HAD to be frigid.

      • Judy_J

        I have two sweaters in my office…a heavy one and a lighter one.  Also a space heater.  It does get cold in here!

        •  Yes! I had a space heater too. Glad to know I’m not the only one.

        • oohsparkley!

          All the women in the office have sweaters and space heaters.  Even when it’s 85 outside, it takes me a few minutes to take the sweater off, as my toes and skin slowly lose the chill from the a.c.  It’s a small comfort zone.  The women have the bare arms, legs, toes and the men are in long sleeves, long pants, socks and shoes, if not suit coats.

          • Judy_J

            That’s exactly how it is in my office!  The men are all in suits, and since it is the executive office floor, the CFO (a man) calls the shots, and he likes it cold, so we women bundle up and run our illegal space heaters.

    • Amy Ellinger

      Off topic, but shout out from Buda, Judy!

      • Judy_J

        Neighbor!  I’m in South Austin….you’re right down the road!

        • Amy Ellinger

          haha! we were just at Amy’s, definitely a day for it 🙂

  • Just noticed that the model is wearing boots. That’s craziness. 

  • nannypoo

    It looks like Anya is making streetwear.

  • Ceur

    It definitely makes my day better that I, a poor student from no man’s land, have cuter and more flattering grey cardigans than Jennifer Lawrence.

  • With all the skin exposed, it gets COLD in air conditioned places so a little sweater or jacket is called for always.  I live in FL and will wear a sweater with a tank top to go to the grocery store, the frozen foods section is murder and no one wants a “headlight” display. 

    •  Sometimes when I forget a sweater, I skip the frozen foods section altogether. Sucks to have to make a second trip…

      • I couldn’t agree more.  There are too many pervy old dudes running around the grocery store during the day to take the risk.

  • theblondette

    A maxi dress (as long as it’s not so long you’ll trip) is perfect for a hot day. Usually no sweaty waistband, your legs aren’t exposed to the sun (which is great either if you’re pale, or you just don’t feel like being scrupulous with the shaving – come on, we’ve all been there…). I have two maxi dresses I’ve worn a lot this summer. Comfy for travel too.

    •  I *NEVER* wear maxi dresses to cover unshaven legs.

      “NEVER” being on an almost weekly basis.

      • theblondette

         Seriously, I love summer, but the amount of shaving it requires… Oof. I am too lazy.

        •  And my bf and I are long distance (though he doesn’t seem to care too much anyway).

          • theblondette

             Hey, if my fiance is happy to rub his stubbly face on me, I can rub my stubbly legs against his 😉

          • Super_Red

            afreakingmen to all of this! Summer is the worst because I refuse to change my shaving habits. 😛 Long dresses/skirts/pants even in the summer most of the time. Bonus for the b/f being long distance. 😉 It’s just such a hassle! 

            as far as the outfit, I always have a light sweater with me. Like all the other ladies have said- a/c on hot days can be miserable, especially for those of us that dislike the headlight look. IMO she looks totally appropriate for a hot day. 

        •  Waxing.  Seriously, so much easier — you only have to do it once every few weeks.  And it kills follicles over time so the more you do it, the less you need to.

          • theblondette

             I’ve never quite plucked up the nerve… I get my brows waxed but that’s just a leeetle area… I have reasonably sensitive skin so I’m always concerned it’ll become a massive blotchy looking grossfest.

          •  Go to a salon the first time then.  You’re more likely to hesitate and that causes more skin irritation.

          •  I’ve done it on occasion, but I admit that I’m a huge wuss when it comes to the pain.

    • Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t stand to wear a long skirt without freshly shaven legs.  The material of the skirt always seems to get caught on my leg hair…even if I just shaved the day before!  Ugh…wish my hair didn’t grow so dang fast.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    Air conditioning. She probably just got out of her air-conditioned car and is about to walk into an air-conditioned shop or restaurant.

    As for the dress, anything with an button and zip waistband is going to be more uncomfortable than a loose dress or skirt.

  • The trouble with dressing in summer is that even though the weather outside is hot, buildings are aggressively air-conditioned. (Men don’t seem to mind this as much as women do. I’ve worked in offices where there was a battle of the sexes over the AC thermostat.) There can be a 20-25 degree difference, maybe even 30, between inside and outside temperatures. An outfit like this one is extremely practical for these extremes. When you’re sitting inside, the sweater is a must, and you can tuck the long skirt around your legs to keep them warm. Once you go outside, the skirt catches the air and creates air circulation between your legs cooling them. The sweater fabric is very light – warm enough inside, but thin enough that it doesn’t create much additional heat outside.

    • This is true. We’ve had an especially hot summer and I ALWAYS have a sweater or jacket in the car to wear in the grocery store, to dinner, etc. My BF is amazed; he’s like, “you’re cold??” he’s comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts at pretty much any temperature above 40.

      So Jen here is wearing a cute sundress and flip flops because it’s LA, and this is the sweater she keeps in her car to wear when she goes in to Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods, or anytime after 5 because the temperature drops by about 30 degrees.

      What I actually don’t get is the bag. It’s ugly, and totally incongruous.

    • I’ve kept a sweater and a cuddly (low rent snuggy) at work for that very reason.  Until 2015 when we get our morphing adapto-clothes, it’s just about impossible to dress for the indoor/outdoor temperature roller coaster.

      • Super_Red

        morphing adapto-clothes. I like it. I’m adding that to my list of things I expect other people to invent in the near future. 🙂 

  • MissAnnieRN

    My summer wardrobe consists ONLY of skirts and dresses. Long, short, tee length. And I have a pretty decent collection of hoodies, cardigans, shrugs, to go with each color palette. No waistbands. But I only wear sleeves when it’s temperature appropriate. Like at night or in AC. So if I’m shopping, I’m probably wearing aforementioned garment.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I don’t get the bag. It’s a crossbody and she’s wearing it like a shoulder bag, and I bet it banged against her exposed knee all morning.

    •  Right?? The first thing I noticed, since I can’t carry anything that isn’t a crossbody.

  • SewingSiren

    The sweater is a bit sloppy  and the bag is all business (and also displayed a bit to prominently). I like the dress, sandals , and sunnies. The sweater gets a pass. The bag gets voted off.

  • ccinnc

    I wear long lightweight skirts several days a week, here in the heart of Heat-and-Humidityville. LOVE them. They’re much cooler than pants, more modest than a knee-length skirt, comfortable, and I don’t have to worry about shaving/exposing my white, veiny legs.

  • H3ff

    The dress looks sad and shitty on the model too, but paired with that hair and cardigan I just cannot.

  • dsco3031

    Is it just me or does that bag look Photoshopped into the image? It doesn’t look quite right.

  • ChiKat67

    I agree with everyone.  My summer attire has almost exclusively consisted of maxi dresses, and it’s been in the 90’s-100’s in the midwest for most of the summer.  Plus I’m always surprised at how much cooler it is in Southern California then you’d imagine in the summer.

  • SapphoPoet

    Really, skirts are cooler than shorts. Trust me. The sweater is for all the overly air-conditioned stores, movie theaters, restaurants, etc. (Although I would probably carry my sweater in my bag.)

    No to the flip flops.  

    • Anathema_Device

       Yes. Shorts stick to the skin, and your legs stick to whatever you sit on. Yuck. And then there’s crotch sweat. No thanks.

  • short answer: someone gets waxed tomorrow.

  • leftcoastpickle

    This is so normal, I would and do dress exactly like this. It looks like top to bottom Old Navy, my source for couture. The jacket is not just for air conditioning, but modesty. She doesn’t want people staring at her business, she’s off the clock! 

  • G

    Here in California the mornings can be downright cool and then warm up and then cool again.  She’s prepared.

  • leftcoastpickle

    I have the same outfit, top to bottom from Old Navy, very comfortable.  

    • And I’m sure yours cost about 1% of what this one did. 🙂

  • She might have felt the dress was a little too sexy, but in that case she probably would have gone for a cuter little vest or bolero. Because it’s so sloppy looking I’m guessing she tossed it on, because it was windy out or because she was heading for an air conditioned space, in which case it’s not really part of the outfit, but just a temporary extra layer.

    • janetjb

      A vest would have been cute, but air conditioning can kill even the cutest outfit. 

    •  Sometimes, I’ll wear a little cami or tank underneath the dress to make it a little less revealing, but even that can get to be too hot sometimes.

  • fungstyle

    two words: skin cancer. Really lightweight cotton cardigans still protect better than any sunscreen (plus no nasty chemicals) and keep me cool enough. and those dresses feel like wearing nothing. it’s fantastic. 

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    The sweater looks kind of sloppy (although that may be intentional) but I have several items in that kind of fabric and it is very lightweight.  I agree with everyone on the long sleeves/sundress for A/C thing, plus as someone who burns if the sun is in my hemisphere, most of my summer wardrobe consists of lightweight but fully covered items.  What I hate, hate, hate are those cheap looking flipflops — if you are at the pool or the shower or on the beach, maybe.  If you are in public on the street — I don’t care what city you are in, those are an OUT. 

  • TheOriginalLulu

    What about men who refuse to wear flip-flops? My boyfriend refuses to wear sandals of any kind.
    We were hanging out at my friend’s summer home in the mountains, by a LAKE for heaven’s sake and he refused to wear flip-flops. He had his Chuck Taylors all weekend. When I said something, my friend’s husband jumped to his defense and said he also would not be caught dead in flip-flops. He had leather moccasins on. Sitting by a lake. I don’t understand.

    • Super_Red

      I actively despise flip-flops. I hate wearing them- I don’t care how hot it is, I’m wearing socks and sneakers- and I hate how it looks when men wear them. My boyfriend is the only one who gets a pass here, because he’s adorable and we’re still in a honeymoon phase. 😉 I just have a knee-jerk gut reaction of “yuck” when I see men sporting them. 

      • TheOriginalLulu

        First of all, YAY for the honeymoon phase! Enjoy! BF and I are two years in and I feel like we’re in a prolonged honeymoon phase. *knocks wood*

        Yeah, I just don’t get the hate. I do understand it when people complain that some folks think that flip-flops qualify as actual SHOES and are therefore acceptable in any situation. They’re not. But when it’s hot and I’m just hanging around or even running to the corner store, I’m wearing my flips. They’re also my “home shoes” I don’t like walking around barefoot.

        I only get pissed off when people run around with crusty, manky feet. I mean, at least have the courtesy to clean and groom your feet a little. Nobody wants to see your cracked heels. 😛

        • Super_Red

          knock on wood indeed- that’s awesome!! 🙂 

          I should have clarified- I’m well aware that my hate is completely irrational. I have the opposite of a foot fetish- feet just bother me. My own especially. I’m rarely barefoot around anyone. I figure if that’s as bizarre as I get, I’m doing okay in life. 

          • TheOriginalLulu

            Irrational feet hate! Hey, everybody’s got their quirks. Maybe you’ve just seen too many cracked heels in flip-flops and you’re scarred for life.
            In any case, cheers to finding someone who accepts all your quirks and still thinks you’re awesome! That’s good stuff, man. 

          •  I’m glad I’m not the only one who HATES feet too. I went for years trying not to let my feet show. And my sister would put her feet on me just to torture me. I’m over it now, though. 😉

  • j_anson

    There are two reasons I end up wearing a jacket or sweater on a sunny day: 1) I don’t want to put on sunscreen, because sunscreen is gross, so I deal with being a bit warm instead. 2) I’m going from one AC’d building to another AC’d building, and it’s not hot enough to make me take off the sweater in between them.

  • frannyprof

    I want that bag.

  • T-Lo!  I thought you knew the difference between “its” and “it’s.”  Still love you immensely, though.

  • another_laura

    On a hot and humid day (and yes, I know, that’s not Hollywood weather), a long dress is ultra comfy. Some air circulation because no meeting of many seams in the crotch area, the fabric can even sort of create a breeze, and for us with legs that are not fab, it’s totally great. Me, given the previous I would not go for the thigh-high slit.

    On the other hand, wearing a sweater-ish thing over it does sort of mystify me. I might carry a lightweight showl/scarf thingie to adapt to indoors. Just me.

  • Hate tanks with scarves. Such a poser look. Like the dress but that cardi looks so sloppy. And no to the flip-flops.

  • marilyn

    Random stuff from the back of her closet.  She needs to do the laundry!!

  • SophieCollier

    She probably doesn’t want a sunburn.  Keeping the sun off of your skin is generally cooler than exposing lots of skin, as long as the fabric is loose and light.  And I’m assuming it’s not THAT hot in California.  Maybe low 80s?

  • Susan Crawford

    I didn’t like maxi-dresses/skirts the first time around, and I like them even less this time.

    If you want to wear a long, flowy dress at a pool party, or to lounge around on the patio – great. But every time I see a picture of someone out running errands in one, all I can think of is how grotty the hemline will be after a day of trailing along the sidewalks. And they look hot and heavy – and I don’t mean in a good way like an evening with Daniel Craig.

    I love the bag, though. I’d go for the black version, however.

  • Air conditioning.  Its rampant and as a result, one must bring jackets and sweaters where ever we go.  

  • TheLaurenJean

    Air conditioning is why you bring a jacket with you at all times. It may be a little hot outside, but once you get inside in the air? Freeze baby.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      As I type this, it is FREEZING in my office. It’s wonderful, actually, I love it, but I always have a wool sweater hanging behind my door, because it’s like a meat locker in here.
      And then in the winter, it’s like 2 degrees outside and I’m in thin fabrics and short sleeves, because they set the thermostat to ROASTING. It’s very confusing. 🙁

      •  Ditto. Layers, all year round.

  • Dear God, I loathe flip flops.

  • Yesterday was hot as hale.  I don’t know how she could wear that bulky hoodie.  Oye.

  • See, this makes sense to me.  I frequently wear much the same look, because it is COLD in a lot of places, even in the middle of summer — the grocery store, for instance.

  • mjude

    i dont get it.

  • unbornfawn

    Or turtleneck sleeveless shirts……

  • alyce1213

    My objection isn’t to her wearing a sweater over a sleeveless dress — running in and out of air conditioning and the street makes sense of that.  It’s the CONDITION of the sweater she’s wearing.  What a shmatta.  
    How I hate flip flops for walking around in the street, they just bring it all down. A cute pair of flat sandals would be have been much better. 

    • Kayceed

      I think the whole ensemble looks very clearance-at-Old Navy-cheap. Comfy, for sure, but nothing chic here.

      •  But as she’s on the street, and not working, I think it’s totally fine.

        • GillianHolroyd

          And yet we know who makes her dress, bag, and sunglasses. I think there’s a bit of premeditation here.

          •  Definitely with the bag; celebrities are practically screaming who provides their bags. But there are also people out there who make it their mission in life to figure out “who” a celeb is wearing, even if it’s bumming-around clothes.

            OR, a designer – I’d bet especially an up-and-coming one, will say “THAT’S MY DRESS!!”

    •  I’m not going to lie, I went through my flip-flops phase, but I grew out of it a few years ago. Today I’m wearing a similar ensemble, but with a cute pair of flat sandals. Just as easy as the flip-flops.

      • I haaaate flip flops. I’ve hated them since I was a teenager (and used them only as shower shoes in my dorm). I can’t stand the flippy floppy slaps against the bottom of my feet while walking, and I always end up with blisters in between my toes where the thongs come through. HSSST. 
        Now, give me a thong sandal with a strap in the back and we’ll talk. 

        • formerlyAnon

           Yay! I always feel like a weirdo because I can’t tolerate a thong between my toes. It was bad enough when flip flops (and similar, nicer sandals) were common, but now they are ubiquitous.

    • 3boysful

       Maybe she’s on the way to a pedi.

  • CassandraMortmain

    She looks a mess.  Like she just rolled out of bed.  The dress is too formal and the hair, jacket and flip flops are tragic.  I wear skirts and dresses all summer long – you couldn’t pay me to put on jeans or long pants June through Labor Day – just too hot.  But no matter how lightweight the fabric, maxi dresses aren’t as comfortable as a shorter skirt, say knee-length or calf length.  Maxis are fine for parties or hanging out in the evening, but have never made sense to me as daytime errand-running wear.  And while I usually have a light cardigan in tow for heavily air-conditioned spaces, this gray thing she’s wearing just looks so sloppy.  I like that she seems to be aggressively normal, in light of her newfound fame, but this is ridiculous.

  • bellafigura1

    I would accidentally garotte myself with that bag, I have no doubt, walking along, minding my expensive business and then snagged and pulled the hell down, welts, burn marks on my neck, the whole nine.

  • “hauling around all that fabric on your legs” Eh it’s more one’s hips doing the hauling, since the fabric can slide right off of your legs and let in a cool breeze. I assume the cardigan is for obnoxious A/C – I know in NYC, they’re blasting it out of front doors, and after the initial rush of cool, it can get quite frigid. 

  • kimmeister

    While reading the photo caption, for a split second I thought it was gonna say those were Jimmy Choo flip flops!  I was about to have a conniption fit.

  • Well, she is dress better than 90% of the American public. Have any of you seen what people wear shopping or at the airport? The bag is nice but why is the strap so long that it bangs on “the fine china?”

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She looks like she’s headed back to her car after a day at the beach.  Sloppy, yes, but if that’s where she’s coming from, I can totally understand.

  • EEKstl

    I realize maxi dresses are all the rage now, and I have no problem with someone casually running errands in one. However, a neckline “cut down to there” is really not appropriate for daytime errand-running, no matter the length of the skirt.  I also think that explains the cardigan.

  • Cat

    I work as a field biologist in Central Texas and I wear long sleeves and pants through the entire field season, which runs well into the 110 degree summer days. I would be lobster red otherwise (even with sun screen!), so I sympathize with this. I probably would have added a big floppy hat too.

    •  I have a big floppy hat, and I have been known to wear it on some of the sunniest, hot days, and my friends totally tease me for it. I don’t want to be burnt to a crisp, nor do I want to worry about skin cancer in the future, so they can tease me all they want.

      • Cat

        You know, I never used to wear hats because I thought they looked silly, but they really make everything better! I wish functional hats would become fashionable again.

  • MilaXX

    I am in fact wearing a similar outfit today. Mine is a long stripey dress, with the leather flip flops. My jacket is in the car though, I only carried it when I went inside.  Of course this means I like this look. It’s not a stunning look or anything, but much like Michelle Williams  flowered shorts, it cute in a normal people kind of way. I like the bag, but I’m not completely sold on the chains. BTW trust us TLo, the flowy dress is much more comfortable than pants.

  • elemspbee

    I kinda get this, sharing the same zip code as your featured celeb. Light clothing that allow for breeze but cover up against the sharp sun rays. and point already made about air condition cafes.
    hope that gives some insights to your puzzle.

  • oatmealpie

    The way she’s wearing it, that dress sure doesn’t look like it cost $200. 

    • Yeah, it does remind me a little in cut (if not color) of those 3 for $10 dresses Walgreens inexplicably sells.

  • miagain

    I don’t get it either…and I am of the female persuasion.

  • formerlyAnon

    Sweater is probably because of air conditioning.

    In MY life, those sort of dresses usually mean I’m feeling guilty for buying a perfectly nice dress. A perfectly nice dress that I never wear because when I’m being really casual I wear shorts or slacks & it’s either not right for more dressed or I don’t like it enough to wear it even to a casual restaurant lunch with friends.

    In other words, if I were wearing such a dress, it’d be purely out of guilt.

  • sockandaphone

    were in the middle of a heat wave here, WHY IS SHE WEARING A SWEATER?

    also i love maxi dresses, i think as long as the fabric is light enough, theyre okay for hot summer days.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Flip flops are exclusively for the pool or similar places.

  • kaycem

    maxi dresses are as close to wearing pajamas as possible, while still being presentable, and have the added benefit of defying errant summer breezes.  they are my summer uniform.

  • you cannot imagine how much more comfortable it is to wear a long dress. air circulates around our ladybits (so important), the fabric keeps your legs from getting overly sweaty and sticking together (as they will still get sweaty and so when you cross them you’ve got a barrier), the movement of the fabric CREATES WIND which cools you down a little bit (no, seriously) and keeps the dirt you encounter walking around from mixing with your sweat to make you itchy. You add the sweater because, boys, temperature changes wherever you are. Walk into a room and be freezing – add sweater. When you go outside it’s not always instantly hot. Or it gets a bit overcast and cooler; or you’re just feeling chilled. 

    Long dress + cardigan (on and off and on and off again) is a summertime staple for me and a lot of women. It’s the most comfortable thing ever. 

    • This times a thousand. You’d think American dudes would appreciate a cooling wind on their overheated balls.

  • I do live in the desert and long, loose, cottony skirts / dresses are my saving grace. Today is 115* and shorts are unacceptable as I climb in and out of my car.. hot leather on the back of naked thighs HURTS!

  • She’s sloppy looking, but the long dress, sweater and sandals is totally normal dressing for me. Great on a day you felt too lazy to shave and cool to boot.

  • joe_tey83


    Although I seriously don’t get why people even wear shoes, let alone high heels. All you need are slippers if comfort is the only thing you care about. I really hate wearing shoes. It’s uncomfortable and it makes no sense.

    Human beings are not rational creatures. That’s all.

  • Jenny Stark

    The drastic change from morning to afternoon weather here in California leads to some weird outfits for sure.  I totally get what she’s wearing.  

  • BrightsideSusan

    Also – here in CA the mornings are cool.  We don’t have that  humid air that holds the heat.   I question the ease of shopping in a long dress, tripping over hems and all.

  • I live for maxi dresses in the summer.  They are the one true comfortable option and I dread the day they become unfashionable.  The sweater looks a little heavy for layering, but there’s a certain sloppy cuteness about it.  Good for her.

  • Liz

    Do you know how cold it can be in a grocery store?  I like my limbs covered and lots of layers in the event I ever get warm.

  • Thin sweaters/light colored shirts are about the only reliable way to keep the tops of your shoulders from getting sunburned/to protect an existing sunburn from getting reburnt. And they’re not sticky, prone to rub off, needing to be reapplied every hour or so… The shade they provide the skin is actually cooling.

    Skirts are much cooler than shorts which are thick enough to wear decently in public, and if they’re made right (lined from waist to mid-thigh, basically) you can go commando, which is heaven in hot weather.

     (And that looks like linen stockinette knit, so X2 on everything).

  • jmorino08

    Two words to answer the sweater question: Air Conditioning.

    Stores can crank that shit up so that you’re freezing and sporting headlights. A lightweight sweater like that solves the problem.

  • She’s wearing the sweater (and grasping at it) because there’s no way to wear a bra with that dress. It’s a modesty gambit.

  • siriuslover

    Jennifer, here’s a hint: It’s a Jimmy Choo CROSS BODY bag. That means it should be slung over one shoulder and cross the body…you know, kind of like arrows.

  • rach_fraser

    It looks kind of like when shes spotted the cameras she is feeling uncomfortable and tying to use the cardi to cover up a bit. 

  • MissMariRose

    Phoenician here, just adding to the chorus of kittens who need to carry a summer sweater or scarf for air conditioned buildings.  Out here, we go from 115 degrees outside to 78 degrees indoors. 

  • butter nut

    the sweater is to cover up her cleavage from the photographers.  last thing she needs is some nipple shot close-up on tmz or some shit.

  • quiltrx

    I love the bag.

  • Emmyllou

    I do that——the thing with the sleeveless summer dress and the lightweight cardigan/jacket. I do it because I never know how the air-conditioning’s going to go in NYC in the summer. You go in a shop, it’s freezing; back out on the street, it’s hot; you go onto the subway platform, it’s roasting; your train comes in, you get on, it’s freezing. I could go on. However, I’m not sure that works outside of NYC. (Of course, there’s always the I-hate-my-upper-arms reason.) Smooches, as ever.

  • A vintage Coach bag would have been much more cool

  • Bozhi

    She looks like she woke up and put on whatever was lying on the floor. 

  • lrhoff

    She looks like s*(%%t.  Good grief.

  • Thathoodwink

    “Yeeshy-ballz”. That’s what I said when I saw this. 

  • librarygrrl64

    I think it’s the same theory behind lightweight saris in India. I’m in the hotter-than-Satan’s-armpit Philly suburbs, and my dress code for work in fairly casual in the summer, so my summer staple this year has been long, flowy sundresses with lightweight cardis (for air-conditioned buildings) and flat sandals. So comfortable, and also kind of a no-brainer. Blogger Lesley Kinzel calls sundresses “onesies for adults,” and I can’t disagree. 😉 Also, as a pasty lass, the longer skirts help protect my skin from the rays. 

    • I’m in the Philly area as well, and really, that’s all I’ve been able to tolerate on my body this summer.

      “Hotter than Satan’s armpit” – HAHAHA!

      • librarygrrl64

        That’s the best way I can think of to describe the evil combo of heat and humidity going on right now. 😉

  • janegray

    Yeah, that’s not really a thing I’d do. But I kind of hate dresses in all their forms. 

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    TLo – There is no great mystery about completely covering up in hot weather: think about tradional clothing in hot cultures eg saris, tunics and dhotis etc in india, thwabs in Arabic nations etc. Draping the body head to toe in loose fabric shields from the heat of the sun and creates air movement and ventilation. A dress like this is very comfortable in the heat of the day (although I would prefer light, loose sleeves to protect from the sun). Her bare shoulders may need covering in the cool of the evening or morning (the low shadows suggest this photo taken at one end of the day), hence the cardi.

  • She has admitted to like to eat a lot of junk food. .All I have to say is: a moment on the lips, forever on the hips.

  • Nicole

    I say just get rid of the jacket cuz she doesn’t need it. Or if she’s coming from an air conditioned place just leave it there or got a bigger bag to put it in. I love Jennifer and the look just the jacket isn’t doing it for me.