Lea Michele in Helmut Lang

Posted on August 14, 2012

Darlings, here is our list of promises to you as we go forward with this Lea Michele post.

  1. We will not write “Of course.”
  2. We will attempt to ignore her annoying-as-fuck facial expression in every shot.

There. It’s all official-like. Lea? Come on out here.


Lea Michele takes a lunch break on the set of ‘Glee’ in New York City in a Helmut Lang sweater.

Helmut Lang Net-paneled Loose-knit Sweater

She’s on the set? Does that mean this is a character costume? Because that’s one radical change for Miss Rachel Berry.

We really like the look and it suits Lea very well. It’s sweet, but has a little bit of a sexy edge to it, which takes it away from her usual “PLEASE TELL ME I’M HOT” style of dressing. Granted, a sweater and leather shorts in NYC in August sounds like a form of torture, but we’ll hold of on criticism in case it actually is a costume for the show. Regardless of whether it’s Lea’s outfit or Rachel’s, we feel confident declaring those shoes kind of ugly.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, net-a-porter.com]

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  • ChiliP

    Sorry, my mind goes straight to “stank crotch” when I see leather shorts. I’m uncomfortable just thinking about it.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      first words that came to my mind too, that and some serious chafing…

      •  Chafing Stank Crotch. Sounds like a really bad grunge band.

        • schadenfreudelicious

          *spits out coffee*! LOL!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Whoa, you made me laugh, MajorBedhead.  That band name would give the media as many fits as the Russian group Pussy Riot has.  This has got to happen for reals.

    • frannyprof

      You stole my line!!!! I so agree. Stanky stanky stank crotch.

  • No, of course, but a definite meh. Further important news from me: she needs to ditch the sex kitten bangs right this minute.

    • colleenjanel

       Oh please no. They hide the ridiculously annoying eyebrow gyrations when she sings.

  • call_me_schmeg

    i’m sorry in advance but OH MY GOD I WANT TO SMACK HER WITH THAT LOOK ON HER FACE.

    there. i feel better now.

    • I’ll hold her. You smack her. Then we all go to lunch.

      • Would that be a lunch of the liquid kind?

    • mountainFashionista

      But these are candids — is she never allowed to let her face do whatever it wants to do?  Think of how neurotic-making “official” celebrity life must be, and then imagine what it would be like to have to be “on” even when getting off work for lunch, listening to a co-worker’s funny story, walking to one’s car, etc.

      I’m no fan of LM’s but jeez…

      PS  Thanks, TLo, for following your two self-imposed rules on this post.  I enjoy bitchery as much as anyone, but not when it veers into visciousness.  I was actually dreading a scroll-down “Of course” on this post, and was delighted not to see one!

      • call_me_schmeg

        listen, we all have our irrational hate list. that person who, no matter what, gets on your last damn nerve, even when it doesn’t make sense (a la that someecard “look at this bitch eating those crackers like she owns the place.”). sometimes it’s your aunt betty or someone in your office or tom cruise. that person, for me, is lea michele. is it justified? hell no. but if putting lea michele on my list keeps aunt betty and my poor co-worker off it, i stand by my irrational hate.

  • lrhoff

    What’s with her smirk?  Grow the hell up, sweetie, and look confident instead of goofy.

    • If TLo’s posts have taught me anything about Lea Michele, it is that she is a deeply, deeply insecure woman and until she fixes that she will never be a good dresser.

      • lrhoff

        That’s for sure….there’s nothing more attractive than confidence.  All the best clothes in the world won’t fix it, if that’s missing.

  • Lori

    I’m honestly impressed that you can ignore her annoying facial expressions, because I sure can’t. Good lord, the woman is just so very irritating. 

  • CPK1

    loathe the bangs. Love love love the sweater

    • I was so busy trying to figure out the sweater pattern that I *almost* was able to ignore her smirk. Maybe if I put a post it on the monitor I can get back to it.

  • RebeccaKW

    I don’t mind the leather shorts so much.  But I have said it before-if it’s warm enough for shorts, it’s too warm for a sweater.  Even if it has ventilation panels.

    • The very thought of “ventilation panels” just skeeves me out! “Ugh”! Imagine being down wind of her!!

    •  My thoughts exactly.  I don’t care who is wearing it or where they are wearing it – it’s either cold enough for a sweater or hot enough for shorts.  Not both, never both.

  • Two tone hair or hair extensions? discuss.

    • MinkaL

       I’m pretty sure that’s actually her hair; she’s always been blessed with really great hair. And I may be the only one here, but I actually really like the two tone hair on her. It still looks healthy and I think it actually makes her face look warmer and brighter.

  • This doesn’t make the comfort in the heat any better, but the shorts are probably pleather or Lea’s a hypocritical vegan.

    • alyce1213

      What about her shoes? Leather or what?

      •  No idea since TLo doesn’t have the brand, but you can get nice fake shoes. Look at MooShoes. She’s been a vocal vegan and a particular advocate for removing the horse-drawn carriages in NYC for years, though, so I doubt she’d be wearing leather shorts.

        • alyce1213

          I didn’t know she was vegan, generally don’t pay much attention to her except for the funny posts here, but good for her!  I’m not, but I admire the commitment of those who are. 
          I know MooShoes! There’s a store near where I live and I stop by from time to time. Very good selection, can be pricey for me — I favor deep discounts which they don’t give. 
          I just looked online and saw a couple of pairs that would have been a better choice for her. Can’t stop myself.

        • Isn’t that what Natalie Portman does? I recall reading she’s a vegan and also advocates for faux leather shoes

          •  I think she might even have her own line.

    • formerlyAnon

       Well, hypocritical if she’s a vegan for the animal welfare angle. While that may be the dominant or original motivator, I know vegans who simply think it’s healthier for them.

  • HeatherMcIlrath

    did she just hotbox in her trailer or something? because that smirk on her face leads me to believe she has a secret…and that secret is probably nicknamed mary-jane.

    • Mary Janes would have been an improvement over those shoes.

  • kjthorp

    I love the sweater– but wait until September to wear it. I’m getting hot just looking at it.

  • H3ff

    She just looks so PLEASED with herself. Ugh.

    • PinkLemon

      Her narcissism is palpable.

  • Catiline

    Weather appropriateness aside, that sweater is adorable and I want it.

  • kimmeister

    The shoes aren’t cute, but they do look comfy and well-ventilated . . .

  • getouttadodge

    I’m not sure if it’s because of the leather shorts in the Summer, or the fact I watched her horrendous performance in that crapfest “New Years Eve” yesterday (yes, I am really behind in my Netflix queue, and apparently engage in masochism) but she is just all kinds of MEH in this outfit.

  • Amandack

    We are in a heatwave in LA, and it’s not cooling down at night as much as usual.  I can barely stand a sundress, but leather and a sweater? With a mane of heat-holding hair over it? Uuuuggh.

  • VioletFem

    Agreed on all points. I’m surprised we haven’t seen her in shorts like this before, because they suit her very well.

  • LadyJin

    What look on her face? She’s smiling and turning away from the camera. People really will find absolutely anything to obsess over and whinge about. I hate those shoes too, and I definitely want that sweater.

    • A hilariously perfect example of the common reader response of “That thing you said I disagree with? That just shows that you’re whiny/obsessive/haters/jealous. That other thing you said? I totally agree with that.”

      • LadyJin

         Haha, you’re totally right.

        •  Or, y’know, people just see things differently.

          • LadyJin

            Right back at you.

          •  We haven’t said one word otherwise.

  • jmorino08

    Who me!?!? You want to take a picture of little ol’ me?!? Why I never!


    • alyce1213

      nailed it

  • Shelley H

    Not costume – I saw the set pics, and Rachel’s style is slightly updated (shorts and tall boots in one shot) but not that much. This was her leaving set. 

    I think this is a cute autumn look, but way too heavy for August.

  • jacklaudia

    Cute sweater, but I’m betting that from the back you can’t see the shorts. And that’s a big, old no-no. Unless you want people to think you aren’t wearing any shorts. And that’s quite possible from her.

  • MarissaLG

    This is so out of character for Rachel, that it must be Lea’s outfit. In which case- BITCH, IT IS WAYY TOO HOT OUT FOR THAT SHIT. 

  • Squarah

    You know, a whole helluva lot of female celebrities dress in the “PLEASE TELL ME I’M HOT” style, but it seems like she gets a disproportianate amount of shit for it. That bugs. And now people are pissed because she’s smiling/smirking? Clearly, she just can’t win. If she wasn’t smiling everyone would be bitching about what a humorless bitch she is.

    I don’t even particularly like her, but the way people respond to her is fucking ridiculous and just embarrassing. A couple bad gossip items (which who the hell knows if there’s any truth to them) and she gets the full Heigl treatment. You never see the same bitchy high school snob shit with the male celebrities, even when they get caught red-handed being a massive diva or misbehaving to the hilt.

    • Uh, Shia LeBeouf, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson…

    • Call me Bee

      No?  Ever read the comments when a pic of Tom Cruise shows up here?  He gets the same irrational high-school-hate shit. 
      That said–there are certain celebs who are on an Irrational Celeb Hate List for each of us, and it doesn’t matter what they do–they’re gonna be hated!  Katy Perry is on the tippy top of mine.  She can dress like Dutchess Kate M and I wouldn’t like it because I don’t like her public persona.  And she can’t sing. 
      Lea just seems to be on a lot of lists. 

      • GorgeousThings

        Don’t forget Reese Witherspoon and Gwynnie. Not to mention Madonna and there are irrational haters on every Gaga post.

    • Jaxlyn

      She does provoke particularly strong emotions in people doesn’t she, even when she’s doing nothing? My take on it is, unless they met her and she like spit on their cat or they’re one of those people who believe every rumor out there about celebs because they want to, they think she’s Rachel Berry, the character she plays, and they may not like Rachel Berry for whatever reason. She can’t dress sexy, because Rachel Berry isn’t sexy, so when she does, it’s immediately decried as try hard, etc, despite the fact that anyone who has actually taken the time to look at her style from Broadway on has by now realized this is how she has always dressed. She can’t be sarcastic and human, because Rachel is actually a pretty passive character and doesn’t respond to the humiliations heaped on her really, except when she explodes with jealousy and sends people to crack houses, which of courses angers people, and so on. She can’t smile too big, because then its a fake Rachel Berry show face. She can’t not smile ever, because then she’s just a bitch and obviously arrogant just like Rachel Berry. Add that on to the fact that the writers have destroyed the Rachel character in a lot of ways and she’s not as likeable as she was season 1, and that there are more people who know and like the other characters/actors now and take out their frustrations over what they imagine Rachel/Lea is getting that their favorites aren’t, and well, you get a lot of this post. I think just like Reese Witherspoon and Tracy Flick, she’s going to have a hard time shaking off that image and being seen as likeable. It’s really not all her fault at all in my opinion. Good luck to her tho, as these comments show, it’s going to be an uphill battle for her. But at least she’s talented.

      Holy wall of text.

      •  One thing’s for sure: her fans are some of the most humorless people on the internet.

        • Jaxlyn

           Wow, I wouldn’t even call myself a fan. I was honestly just expressing
          my perspective to that person’s comments. So I don’t know, at this point you might be challenging
          them for that title.

          • You’re doing an awfully good impression of one, then.

          • Jaxlyn

             I mean, I’m quite new to actually commenting on here, but is having immature, catty little bitch fights (and really, actually provoking it by conspicuously targeting groups of fans as the recipients of your disdain) on your site the norm? I suppose I missed that before. Okay then, get down with your bad, self-righteous selves!

    •  Meanwhile, just one post over, half the comments section is calling Shia LaBeouf a douchebag.

      • My point exactly.

        • Really? I see him being called slimy because his hair looks terrible and gross cause of the neck beard but I’m not seeing a lot of comments that are about him as a person sucking instead of how he looks sucking. Heh. I also don’t think I saw any comment “jokingly” desiring to physically assault him. 

          • Well then spend a little more time here reading more comments sections, because there is absolutely nothing unusual about the comments being made on this post. If this is not the site for you, then it’s not the site for you, but we’re getting damn tired of over-sensitive fans coming here and flipping out over some very mild commentary. There are plenty of fan sites on the internet. This is not one of them.

          • Much like what you said to someone else earlier in this thread, it can just be about accepting that people see things differently. Why is an opinion that differs from yours any less acceptable? 

          •  Who said anything about your opinions being unacceptable? Do you like Lea Michele? Do you like this outfit? Do you disagree with something said here? Then by all means, say so.

            Are you going to accuse us and our readers of being unfair and having an irrational hatred of her? Then you’re going to be told to knock it off.

          • Other than those who’ve admitted on here having an irrational hatred, then no. But saying some people see it differently and then being dismissive of those who do is something else. That was what I was saying in the prior comment.

            So we’ll agree to disagree and just accept that we see it differently so as not to go in circles.

          • Squarah

            Wha? This is such a weird reaction. I don’t even see any fans or any flipping out on this post. Like Jaxlyn said, the only humorless people around seem to be you guys today. Did somebody miss their nap time?

          • JasmineAM

            Someone’s taking this a little bit too seriously. It’s a fucking fashion blog (albeit a very fabulous one that i adore!). They are celebrities. Being talked about, whether it be good or bad, is all apart of the job. 

          • H3ff

            I called him a bland, talentless hack.

    • Warning: do not EVER go to TWOP & read comments there, esp about reality tv ‘stars’.

      • Oh yea, it’s rough on there. I’ve found, though, that a lot of shows I used to bitch & moan about on TWOP I began to enjoy more when I quit that site.

  • Poor thing has to open her own car door.

  • patticake1601

    Stop looking at the camera….you’re so obvious!

  • Joyce VG

    LOVE THE SWEATER!  She has wonderful taste in sweaters. 

  • GorgeousThings

    Oh please – she’s in New York, where everyone will ignore her, yet she has to have two not-hot handlers guiding her into a black SUV?

    Of course.

    • MinkaL

       of course… to this comment.

      She was on set, and literally being mobbed to the point where they were threatening to arrest people.

      • GorgeousThings

        Well that would explain it, but then there’s no accounting for taste. 🙂

  • DaveUWSNYC

    The guy in the first pic is cute as a button. 

  • cam_lo

    i’ve never seen a pair of sunglasses so unfit for someone’s face. 

  • Keyanita

    Please don’t stop saying “of course” when it comes to her!  It cracks me up every time. 🙂


  • guest2visits

    Not really liking this look, especially the shoes. And the hair looks like do-it-yourself highlights.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks cute.

    If there were ever a sweater which out-performs its hanger appeal (shelf appeal?) that is it.  Not a fan of leather shorts. Especially not on girls. On boys, there is an, ahem, niche look where they work.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh, and the expression? To me it just looks like something is amusing her & the camera caught her “un-posed” face.  There’s a reason why some people make destroying candid photos of themselves a minor hobby. (or in today’s parlance, “make un-tagging candid photos of themselves a minor hobby”)

    But YMMV.

  • 3boysful

    What everyone else is saying.  Except I really like the shoes.  So there.

  • MilaXX

    It’s a great celeb look because you have to be someplace air conditioned in order to wear leather shorts and a sweater in August and I’m pretty sure this isn’t office wear but it’s cute.

  • TLo, I think we’ll always disagree on Lea Michele but I appreciate the attempt to mostly make it about what she’s wearing this time around instead of just bashing her outright. 

  • letter_M

    Love the sweater but somehow Helmut Lang + leather shorts don’t seem “her” at all.  Trying to be “New York Edgy” or something.

  • Imasewsure

    I like it (ignoring the temps in NY) and I hate to say it but I even like the shoes

  • ccm800

    Clearly Wardrobe effed up and this was meant for Kurt

    • i’d love to see kurt’s butt in those shorts.

      • formerlyAnon

        I cannot explain why this cracks me up. But it does.

  • Lord knows I’m part of the Of Course brigade, but this outfit actually works for her.  Insane for the weather (of course) but a cute look.

  • sockandaphone

    dear celebrities: stop wearing sweaters on august, i really dont comprehend you all at all.

  • so i saw the post caption and thought oh, she’s all covered up with a sweater.  what’s wrong with that? (except the temperature) then i scrolled down and the usual came to mind.  Hi i’m lea and here’s everything i’ve got from the waist down.  again.

    and…summer stank shoe.

  • PeaceBang

    LEATHER SHORTS? Is she in rehearsals to play the Emcee in a bus-and-truck of “Cabaret?” Just no.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I honestly don’t like the outfit.  I think it is just “meh”.  And why isn’t she sweating? 

  • Susan Crawford

    I’m going to assume this is a costume, since she’s on-set. On the other hand, we’ve been inundated with bazillions of pictures of celebs and wannabees out and about in sweltering weather clad in knitwear, leather, heavy denim jackets, boots, scarves, wool dresses and so on.

    And please do NOT tell me they are “dressing for the air conditioning”. Yes, it CAN be chilly in overly AC’d spaces, but that is what a linen or crepe jacket, a lightweight little cardi or a nicely coordinated pashmina is all about.

    And what do I need to do to join the ranks of these sweatless wonders?

    • LambeeBaby

      Botox in your pits. Don’t eat for an eternity, those emaciated bitches don’t have to break a sweat digesting anything. Remember there was a cold spell in NYC Sunday, it was only 86 chilly degrees. I hate sweatless A-holes.

      Her legs look amazing.

      • Susan Crawford

        Oh, honey, I would need Botox injected into every single pore! Some women “glow”, but this woman has had to perfect the art of subtly flicking the sweatballs off the end of her nose.

        And yes, Miss Lea has some nice pins on her. (Of course, if I were wearing those leather shorts, I’m greatly afraid that rivulets of sweat would be trickling into my unseasonally heavy shoes. Booty botox? And let us not even broach the subject of Prickly Heat, which, by the way is my porno name.)

  • mayavaly

    The only time I visited NYC, a crazy man, dressed in what appeared to be a duct-tape shift, stopped me in the middle of a cross-walk and started screaming at me “A SWEATER!? WHY-ARE-YOU-WEARING-A-SWEATER? WHY-ARE-YOU-WEARING-A-SWEATER?” over and over until the lights changed and we we’re almost killed. It was August, and I was wearing a cream linen/silk JCrew cardi. I was very much alarmed at the time, but I appear to be channeling him now as I consider this baffling outfit. She pulled the same shit in Paris a few weeks back. Why? 

  • bellafigura1

    1. Stoned.
    2. I can honestly say I would never have expected to see the names Lea Michele and Helmut Lang joined, thusly.

  • julnyes

    that outfit is not 100% seasonal, but it is cute. I agree the shoes are hiddy.

  • Miranda Loeber

    Wait… she’s still on Glee? I thought them graduating meant they were gone! Guess I’m not going to try watching again after all.

  • alwaysanswerc

    I kinda love the outfit, but she needs to stop with the “Who me?” face.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I was gonna say about those shoes – I totally had those in 1998.  I got them in Italy, and they were like the crown jewel of my closet that summer.  Big, clunky, platformy-wedges.  Yup.  The 90’s indeed.
    I really dig that sweater.  I’d dig it even more with a pencil skirt and some FMB’s with a trench over top.  

  • EdgarAllenPwn

    It’s been pretty autumn-y her the past week, so that outfit looks like it would be perfect for the current weather

  • Lilak

    Aviators are the exact wrong accentuator of, shall we say, “the feature in the middle of her face.”