Katherine McNamara Gets Assessed

Posted on August 07, 2012

We’re in an ASSESSIN’ mood today! Since we gave the seasoned pro some advice, we thought we’d spin around in the other direction and obnoxiously instruct someone on the exact opposite end of the stardom scale.

We had to do some googling on this one because – and we’re not sure if you’ve picked up on this yet or not – we’re not teenage girls, and that would seem to be where her audience resides. Sorry, Katherine McNamara. We’re just not your demographic. But you wore something that caught our eye and that intrigued us enough to send us to the google to find out more about you, and that’s when our jaws hit the floor, because…

Katherine McNamara attends the premiere of ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ in Hollywood, California.


This is totally not a “Dress like a lady, young lady! Harrumph!” kind of thing. It’s not that she looks slutty or anything; it’s that she looks FORTY. Sweetie, you seem to be working that pole like it owes you back rent right now and to that we can only say “Attagirl,” but whoever’s advising you on how to dress should be politely taken out back and pushed into a trash dumpster.  The colors of this dress (AND ITS MATCHING PAIR OF SHOES MY GOD) are totally not the colors for you, sweetie. More importantly, if you’re a teen, making your way through various teen-and-tween-appealing projects, then for now at least, you should dress more like a teen. Or like a teen girl would dress if she had the chance to walk a red carpet.

We just love writing “teen.” Do actual teens still hate when adults call them that? Then we’ll continue using it, of course.

Anyway, there is nothing remotely youthful or flattering about this look. Also, we don’t care if you are appealing to the Disney Channel crowd, that detail at the waistline is nauseating and gives off the whiff of home-sewn, which is not something you want to be accused of wearing on the red carpet.

Also, the big head of mermaid hair has to go. You are a very pretty young lady and if you want to work a wholesome Disney princess look to get ahead, we’re all for it. But sweetie, as a teen star trying to appeal to teen audiences, you have to actually look like those teens wished they looked. The girl ones, anyway. The boy ones … well, let’s not dwell on what they’re thinking right now, okay?

[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

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  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Disney’s Pocahontas II – Cheif Fire Hair’s Daughter, coming this fall.

  • mjude

    oh dear, hope she listens to her gay uncles. 

  • Judy_S

    I guess I am in an uncritical mood this morning. First I enjoyed Meryl’s interpretation of a frumpy housewife in Louboutins, and now I am enjoying this child’s sparkling-clean hippy chick look. I don’t think anyone else could look as good as she does in this absurd dress. Being young, tall, skinny, and amazingly cheerful, she somehow makes the ridiculous sublime. 

  • You boys are cracking me up this morning. 

  • greyhoundgirl

    Oh, my.  What’s NOT wrong with this?  Even her facial expression, cute as she is, is a little painfully frozen. But she’s very young and hopefully will feel more at ease the more she does this.

  • She is a gorgeous girl, but yes, she looks 40. I would have never guessed 16. I covet her hair. 

    • Sobaika

      I know, right?! A part of me is hoping it’s extensions because I can’t bear the idea of someone being so follicly blessed.

  • Judy_J

    This poor child needs fashion assistance, STAT.  I’m hoping she reads your blog and takes your advice to heart. 

  • Now, if the colors of that dress were switched in proportion, so that the aqua was the dominant color, she would be killing us all. The shows, however, remain ghastly.

    • Sobaika

      The work of Satan is happening on her feet.

    • Yes shoes, but also matchy necklace, etc. – looks like she even dyed her hair to match her dress. 😮

      • call_me_schmeg

        oh dear. that necklace. did her mom make it at a beading class at michaels?

        on the plus side, she’s 16 and not totally slutting it up, like many of the youngladystars. and her hair is gorg.

  • The dress is a little old for her and her hair looks like a wig the Disney World princesses wear, although the colour is gorgeous. I love the shoes, but not with the dress and I hate, hate, hate mullet dresses. She should be in something cute and floral and shorter, but not hoochie.

    And yes. My daughter is 17 and I have a friend who addresses her as “teenager” and it drives her insane. Keep up the good work, TLo. As adults, it should be our mission to annoy and/or embarrass children as much as possible.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Omg, please enlighten me. What do “teenagers” prefer to be called these days?

      •  I would assume that, like the rest of us, they don’t want to be referred to by their age.

      • RebeccaKW

         Young adult?

        • TheOriginalLulu

          But that doesn’t make sense to me, as a person under 20 is not an “adult”, young or otherwise.
          “Young adult” by definition means a person in young adulthood, early-to-mid 20s.

          I’m just not understanding what’s wrong with the term “teenager”.

          • Katie Truax

            Probably because 16-19 year-olds don’t like to be called the same thing as 13-15s.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            You’re probably right. But now we’re going to have the REAL “young adults” (early to mid 20s) not wanting to be grouped in with the “teenagers” who no longer want to be called teenagers, so I guess it won’t be long before they come up with a new term for the young adults that everybody is going to have to remember.

          • formerlyAnon

             No teenager to whom I am related ever thought they were anything less than a “young adult” after the age of 13.  Because, you know, they are smarter than we are and should be allowed to manage their lives themselves. Except, maybe, for all of the tedious household maintenance and earning a living.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            That’s hilarious. All of this is news to me.

          • formerlyAnon

             Ha! Wanting to be called “young adult” and getting called “young adult” are different things entirely . . .

          • RebeccaKW

             I don’t think anything is wrong with teenager, and really, young adult was just a guess, based on literature.  Like at the book store, books aimed at teenage girls are young adult.  And when I was in my early 20’s, I was never referred to as a young adult. 

        • BuffaloBarbara

           Definitely not Young Adult.  That’s the library designation, and they make faces at it.

    •  AMEN!!  I still embarrass my adult children, who are no longer teens, and I get a twinge of pleasure out if it.  I am envious of this young lady’s amazing locks–always have a weakness for redheads, but the dress is a disaster.  Listen to your uncles, my dear, they are giving you great advice.

  • janetjb

    She could work at Disneyland as Ariel with that hair.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Maybe that’s her summer job.

      • Her summer job is acting in movies, television shows, and broadway plays and musicals with seasoned veterans of stage and screen. What’s your summer job?

        • TheOriginalLulu

          Lmao. No offense meant there, Mrs. McNamara. It was a harmless joke.
          Gosh, you mama bears can be so touchy.

          • Sherry Somervell Peck

            HAha. He’s not the Mama bear. Just a fan.

    • if ariel and pocohantas had a love child…

  • BazoDee

    I can’t get past her stunning hair and make-up. Somehow the horribleness of the dress is completely overshadowed by her face! 

  • teensmom99

    As someone who spends a lot of time around a teen (yes we use that word) and helps her shop (or at least drives her to the mall and pays for the clothes), I’d say that this looks like a kid who dressed herself without a stylist.  I agree re colors, but otherwise, this is kind of sweet and not overly sexualized while still revealing enough for the teen to be happy.  And a good way to camouflage the absence of breasts.

  • mhleta

    The most appalling aspects of this look are the accessories. Rebuild this look using different touches and it could be decent. These accessories are right out of Limited Too. Oh, wait, it’s Justice now. We’ll call this an injustice and leave it at that.

  • lilibetp

    I’m okay with certain aspects of this look.  The colors seem almost right, but need a bit more oomph.  Turquoise instead of aqua and a brighter orange.

    Again, her hair needs to be behind her shoulders.

    And the skirt should definitely be shorter.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Except for the mullet skirt, this is how I would have dressed when I was sixteen (and a genuine hippie) — and she has exactly the hair I always wanted.  If I had had a big head of fabulous red mermaid hair when I was sixteen, I’d be Queen of the Freaking Universe right now, I would.

  • Kayceed

    I think she looks like she picked it out herself. It’s rather charming in its lack of sophistication. Cute.

  • Her mullet dress looks better made than L. Lohan’s

    My teen niece would not wear this. (I call here Baby Niece to annoy her).

  • She looks like Isla Fischer, except older. Which is weird.

  • GorgeousThings

    “…the waistline is nauseating and gives off the whiff of home-sewn…”

    Hey hey HEY! I make home-sewn garments that look infinitely more stylish than that. It’s more like home-refashioned. Oops, that’s probably going to piss off some people. 🙂

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Agreed. Home-sewn these days is seen as a bad thing for some reason. Unfortunately, the art of home sewing is slowly dying out and is now being looked down upon.
      My mother is an excellent seamstress and I remember loving it when she would make clothes for me when I had a party to go to. The quality and finishing were better than anything you could buy in a store and the garments were custom-fitted to my body, so they fit me perfectly. Plus, nobody had the same dress that I had. 🙂 

  • nannypoo

    This reminds me of the thing Lindsay Lohan was wearing yesterday. Similar color, similar hem, but this girl is clean. Sure, it’s a bad outfit in every possible way, but she looks cute and hopeful.

    • call_me_schmeg

      it does harken back to the mullet condom. *shudder*

  • TheOriginalLulu

    – Her hair needs to be cut (a lot), but damn that is one seriously gorgeous head of hair.
    – I actually think that shade of blue up near her face is very pretty, but then she felt the need to pop that blue in several different places. There’s just way too much matching going on here.
    – I want to rip that sad little blue flower off of her waist and ask her if she can’t see that this looks like the “silk” flowers at the 99 cent store.
    – She really needs a stylist.
    – She’s wearing a mullet dress.

    • BuffaloBarbara

       Why would she need to cut that hair?  It’s incredible, and look just right on her.

      The dress, however, is awful.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        She needs to cut it because it’s too long.

        • BuffaloBarbara

           It’s only at her waist.  That’s not “too long.”  It becomes too long if you step on it when you walk.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            So if it’s at your ankles, it’s not too long? If you don’t step on it?

            Fine if that’s what you think, but I happen to think that waist-length hair looks a little ridiculous.  

          • BuffaloBarbara

             My mother had waist-length hair the whole time I was growing up.  I always wished mine would get that long.

            More seriously, it’s too long when it reaches the point where the hair decays, and you get a thin, uneven mess at the bottom.  This girl obviously hasn’t got there.  If you think waist-length hair is ridiculous, that’s your business, I suppose, but apparently, she does not agree.  Neither do I.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            Yes, obviously she doesn’t. She also probably thinks it won’t be too long until she trips over it.

            It’s beautiful hair and it’s hers, so she can do what she wants with it, but since the whole point of this is to look at pictures and share our opinions, I’m free to say it’s ridiculously long. She needs a haircut.

  • Swap the dress colors (blue/aqua on a redhead!) change the shoes and belt, and chop off the mullet skirt so its all one length and she would look awesome.

    • l_c_ann

      Yes!.  The thumbnail looks so good, then the bigger picture is a let down, because if the ?brownish were just a loose jacket, she could take it off and the aqua shade could make her and her hair du jour glow.

  • MilaXX

    She did a Miley, or at least the old pre weight loss Miley.  This is so bad, it’s almost good. She literally is head to toe ginger brown & turquoise.

  • My first thought was that she (her stylist) WAY overdid it on the hair extensions.

    And the dress is kinda “my second sewing project ever.”

    Everything, including the shoes, is too matchy-matchy. 

  • fungstyle

    oh honey. never wear a kohl’s clearance rack outfit. especially not when you could buy an entire kohl’s at the drop of a hat. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    She might be showing her age after all cause i am pretty sure she stopped at Claire’s for the accessories….

  • samo_samo

    You know what? I think she looks cute. I like the color combination. Nothing is too tight or revealing. She looks appropriate for a 16-year-old appearing in a family-oriented feel good movie.  Gorgeous hair and makeup.  

    • Sara LaBatt

      I agree, the main dress color is weird but the aqua is pretty and I actually like the shape on her.  Not daring or racy, just a basic non eyebrow raising dress.  Her hair is very pretty, princess-ey and all.

      Is she related to Connie Britton?  Because she looks like she could be her daughter.

  • snarkykitten

    Tyra needs to sit her down and teach her about smizing.

  • I couldn’t take my eyes off of her glorious hair.  Was she even wearing clothes?

  • PastryGoddess

    She looks like a cocker spaniel, poodle, and golden retreiver gave birth all over her head.  That dress is horrific on her and those shoes are just sad.

  • silaria

    Sorry guys, I love you, but you clearly haven’t been in a Claire’s lately.  This is exactly how some teen girls want to look, straight down to the flower on the belt.  It’s not showing as much leg as it might, but she *is* a Disney channel girl.

  • DaringMiss

    I am going to have to say that if you have Disney Mermaid Hair naturally growing out of your head, you should get to wear it styled like a Disney princess.

    There.  I have taken my stand.

  • formerlyAnon

    The flower on the belt has gotta go, the mullet hem is, of course, awful and the hair overdone. Way over done. But fix all that and the only thing wrong will be that the dress looks like it came from Kohls. On the marked-down-last-clearance rack.

    The shoes perplex me, how a multi-colored camo/swirl pattern can look so old lady is a mystery.

    And yet, pretty young things have a power that they know not (which is why so many of them spend all their time bemoaning that they are too fat and that their nose/breasts/hips/thighs/etc. are too big/small/funny looking, rather than making hay while the sun shines). In this case, the power decrees that she still looks simultaneously lovely and cute as a bug.

  • guest2visits

    You hit on the perfect word – nauseating. The colors, the style, the combination… awful.  And such a pretty girl!

  • n a

    ugh- she does look too old in that get up- like not in a good way.  God, to be 16 again– why wear such a dour old lady dress?  I’ll give you the Claires accessories- hell, even the big hair b/c yea, these girls are going that route.  But ugh! the dress! Wear something young! You will regret this later!

  • Sara__B

    Surely no professional stylist was involved in this.

  • I hate those mullet dresses.

  • That is … some serious hair.

  • *sigh*

    As much as it is not the time of year, and as much as it is resisted by the fashion mavens: I want stockings to come back. I’m tired of being able to inventory bruises and flea bites on celebrities’ feet and legs.

    Ans the color story of this outfit reminds me of 4H fashion show competitions in about 1968.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Flea bites. HAHAHAHAHA!

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    it’s cos i’m old, okay, but i kinda think her hair is pretty. not that i think either it, or her age, is real. then again, i think theyve added way more inches in length than they have subtracted years, but i’m pretty sure theyve done both. just a guess. meaning: i still think it wasnt a stylist but her mother who dressed her, i just think she was more on the allowed rather than forced side of things.

  • granddelusion

    Someone get this girl a parent!

  • margaret meyers

    She’s got more wavy curls than 6 My Little Ponies, and it’s just as natural looking. There’s enough hair extenions in play here for a Tranny parade.  Disney Hair Fetish possibly out does the Disney Breasts Fetish.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I was assuming the hair was natural, but now that you mention it, it IS a little My Pretty Pony-ish isn’t it?
      I read your post 10 minutes ago and I’m STILL laughing. Thanks for that.

  • jw_ny

    this dress looks similar to the mullet pillow case that Lindsey was wearing the other day…belted.  Not a good Hollywood trend I’m afraid.

    I can just imagine the conversation between her and her mom, as they were shopping, about how well the necklace, belt, shoes, and camisole all match and goes with the dress.  (roll eyes)  

    Her hair must look ridiculous from behind.  I cannot stand when these starlets pull all their hair forward…showing off their full and luxurious locks.  (roll eyes again and pukes a little)  😉

    16 tho..allowed to make some rookie mistakes I guess….cutting some slack.   

    • TheOriginalLulu

      THANK YOU. I feel the same way about when they pull all their hair forward like that. It does look silly from behind.
      It’s like people who go to the beach and only tan the front side of their bodies, never flipping over to get some sun on the back. Hello, people see you from behind too. You look like two different people. 

  • it’s kind of cute that her knees look like she fell down on the playground.  that waist treatment, though is looking all pulled and rumpled and makes the whole dress look off-kilter.  sorry but i love the necklace.  i’m a sucker for semiprecious stones.

  • librarygrrl64

    Her hair is gorgeous but a little overwhelming for someone her size. A little shorter plus some layers would do wonders.

  • nancymae

    Well, at least her overabundant extensions are perfectly matched to what appears to be her acutal hair color.

    Other than that, I got nothing.

  • Call me Bee

    Sixteen!!?!?!  Wow–that’s a lot of accessories for someone that age.  And old-lady shoes…

  • Nicole Fox

    I thought this was Connie Britton at first.

  • teensmom99

    I’ve now checked in with my resident 13 year old who loves this look and says that if her gay uncles don’t like this look, they haven’t been to Delia’s lately. Teen did think the shoes were wrong and that this dress should be worn with flats. She loved the hair and thought the belt was cute (in a positive way).

  • littlemac8

    What a pretty young thing (PTY)!  How about that for a moniker???  Then you’ve got your tweens who will murder you for saying that!  That’s MY favorite.  As for the hi/lo dress – ugh.  This is a more demure version of that evil thing that cannot be named that Lindsey Lohan was wearing yesterday.  DANGER!!!!  And she’s a redhead.   RUN!!!!!

  • I kinda like the colors here. 

  • Lovely girl and like the colors, but hate the dress.

  • mila_8

    I loved this look! And I’m 39. Match point to TLO.

  • Beautiful hair, but entirely too much of it.  And again I ask, why is it always pulled forward in two big hanks?

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Do actual teens still hate when adults call them that?
    I work with them a lot, and they tend to identify as “tenth graders” or whatever, or more likely, “I’m in high school” or “I’m in eighth grade.”

    They kind of shrug at “teens.”  But for God’s sake, don’t call them “Young Adults” or “YAs.”   Comparatively, “teen” is neutral, so they get less aghast at it.  Not totally un-aghast that an adult is attempting to define them, of course.  But it’s better than the alternative.

  • She looks like she’s cosplaying at a fantasy convention. Just ad a pair of plastic elf ears or fluttery wings an you’re done.

  • the entire Look is way too DTM. but, those shoes? I must have them. somebody, help out a fellow PUF and identify them for me.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Agreed. I’d love those shoes with jeans for a casual night out.

  • This just looks CHEAP.

  • Have you you checked out her Imdb?  She can wear anything and everything.  She doesn’t take a bad picture and if you can wear it well, then you why limit yourself to what the “critics” say is for you.  If I were a fashion designer I would be throwing everything I have at this starlet.  She could wear a curtain and make it look good.  And if you are an actress, being able to pull off 14 to 40 is a good thing, right?  Calm down, boys.

  • Have you you checked out her Imdb?  She can wear anything and everything.  She doesn’t take a bad picture and if you can wear it well, then you why limit yourself to what the “critics” say is for you.  If I were a fashion designer I would be throwing everything I have at this starlet.  She could wear a curtain and make it look good.  And if you are an actress, being able to pull off 14 to 40 is a good thing, right?  Calm down, boys.

  • I think it’s refreshing to see a teen not trying to dress like a 20 something hoochie.  She looks adorable!

  • She always dresses so cute!