Dakota Fanning in NYC

Posted on September 27, 2012

Miss Dakota, we bow down to your fierce-as-shit boots.


Dakota Fanning out and about in NYC.

Comme des Garçons Play Worsted Wool V-Neck Sweater. Acne Astle Denim Mini Skirt. Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton Suede Asphalt Handbag. Alexander Wang Sigrid Over the Knee Boots with Notched Heel.

And while we appreciate your whole ninja schoolgirl schtick, we have to say, aside from the boots, you’d never know these items you’re sporting are high-end. We’re all for buying high and styling low up to a point, but come on, honey. You’re not doing those pieces justice. If they were all low-end or vintage pieces, we wouldn’t have minded, but the sum total of this outfit costs way more than the average mortgage payment.

Also, you shouldn’t be so afraid of color. It’s your friend, you know.

And kittens, if you think we’re being hard on her, ask yourselves this: If I paid over $3000 for an outfit, would I want it to look like this?


[Photo Credit: Felipe Ramales/PacificCoastNews.com, saksfifthavenue.com, net-a-porter.com, shopbop.com]

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  • miagain

    No I would not!

    • AudreysMom

       If I paid over $3,000 for an outfit, I’d look divorced.

      • 3boysful

         I have to tell you I have been chuckling over your comment, and even my husband, who has no interest in fashion, laughed aloud when I read to him why I was laughing!

  • I want that bag 🙁

    • PinkLemon

       me too, and i hate that i want something sofia coppola is responsible for. LE SIGH.

  • charlotte

    I just love how she’s showing off her boots while talking on the phone in the third pic. Girl’s been famous for a while now.

  • Joe J

    Except for those boots, you could probably forage in a thrift shop and come up with a similar outfit for less than $30. There is not one thing above her knee that looks noteworthy from a style perspective.  It’s a nice, safe, inoffensive ensemble to my eye.

    •  Exactly. I wouldn’t pay $3000 for that look in the first place. The bag is kind of cute, I guess.

      • H3ff

        The little red loveheart on the cardigan is hella cute but is literally the only detail. The rest is meh.

        • DeborahJozayt

          It’s quite an expensive little sticker, huh?

          • thebitterkitten

             I love stickers but not that much…

  • I think it’s totally adorable, but I agree that it doesn’t as expensive as I’m sure it is.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    Boots and bag are fierce. Everything else is a throwaway. 

  • Bozhi

    That tee shirt or whatever it is drags the whole look down.  I nicer top even in black, if not another color, would have looked better.  That bag is too big for that outfit.  She looks like she is carrying luggage.

  • shirab

    But seriously, how do you guys identify every piece of an outfit like this? It’s always amazing to the laypeople.

    • meowing

      IIRC, TLo once intimated (guys, did you know you intimate?) that publicists give the media some inside info.

  • I prefer to not look like a slob, regardless of what I paid for my clothes. I will knock her down and steal her boots though. 

  • MissAnnieRN

    Yup. Total TJ maxx outfit. Not that it’s not cute and totally NYC, just…you could easily do this look from target and TJ’s.

  • nannypoo

    I live in Minnesota so I know boots. Is it snowing in New York? Until it does, or until she puts on an outfit that goes with boots, she should lose the boots. 

    • MilaXX

       We don’t typically get snow that early on the East coast. Even if it was those aren’t boot for snow.

      • meowing

        I’m in hot-as-hell CA, but curious:  is it winter in NYC?  Even with my crummy taste and total inability to conceive of how to dress myself, I think I could do better than this with 3 grand.

        • MilaXX

          I’m in Philly, but the weather here is mild. No jacket or coat required, but not scorching hot. People are starting to pull out Fall clothes, so boots would be appropriate.

    • It doesn’t have to snow in order to wear boots. I usually start rocking boots when the temperature hits high 50s-low 60s.

      Besides, [email protected]:disqus mentioned, those Alexander Wang boots are not meant for snow. 

      •  If it had to snow for me to wear boots, I would be very sad here in hot as heck South Carolina.

      • H3ff

        I usually associate boots with rain. And cold.

      • nannypoo

         When the temperature hits the 50s and 60s I might wear boots, but not with a white cotton skirt.

    • Ali

       There are street boots and there are snow boots. Those are not the boots to be wearing in snow, for one. Two, boots can be worn once it gets into the 50s-60s (unless they are snow boots). At least in my book.

      • nannypoo

         According to my computer it was 77 degrees in NYC today, and she’s wearing a white cotton skirt.

    • I wear boots in the summer sometimes (suck it, haters!). I just really love boots. I wear them with sweaters, tweed skirts and tights in winter, and with light skirts and t-shirts in summer. The heat doesn’t bother me (and I live in the tropics so I know heat), and I like the way they look. Sue me?

      • sweetestsith

         Ditto, I love boots with everything and I cannot ding Dakota for that… Her outfit does look silly and unbalanced though. Heavy heavy boots with pale, schlumpy clothes? Meh. Switch the shirt or skirt to a color and I’d be a fan.

        • I think a dark top? It’d balance things out a little and create a little contrast up top to stop her looking like a very chic oatmeal sack.

          • sweetestsith

             that could work, and she could still avoid scary colors that way. 😉

  • judybrowni

    The boots and bag almost make that hideous cardigan work.

  • LLuL

    $3000 for this outfit. I’m having trouble processing that information. 

  • I think those boots are simply way too much for the rest of that pulled back/down outfit.  

    • RebeccaKW

       I think maybe that cardigan would work with the boots, if she had a different shirt underneath and different bottoms.  That tshirt is a throwaway, and that skirt is reads way too summer for those boots and a cardigan.  And those boots are not casual enough for casual, (seemingly) unbrushed hair.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Boots go with some piece of fabric that covers your legs. Out

  • Dot

    The boots are incredible, but I will never understand why she chooses that hair color. That can’t possibly be her real color and it washes her complexion out something awful. Everything else about her look is totally average.

  • Scarlet39

    She’s made me not want those boots anymore

  • Vera L-

    washing the hair, wearing not fug glasses and a skosh of lipstick would elevate the whole look. HATE the sweater. 

  • Joyce VG

    “And kittens, if you think we’re being hard on her, ask yourselves this:
    If I paid over $3000 for an outfit, would I want it to look like this?” 

    She’s young and rich I get it.  But our priorities are out of whack in the country.

  • call_me_schmeg

    answer: NO, but may i have the $3000 anyway?

  • Zippypie

    The boots don’t go with the outfit at all.  What a waste.

    The outfit looks like it came from a low end thrift store – blah.  And the fact that it cost 3 grand makes me want to retch.

  • MilaXX

    LOVE the boots, but honestly boots aside this looks more real world like than fashion-y.  In this case that’s a plus because I think Dakota is one of those  people who looks better in person on the street look than her RC gear.

  • Nah. All of you mofos would KNOW that my outfit cost a good $3000K+. Not a game. But we also have to remember that these celebrities are looking at these clothes and their prices like it’s not adding no kind of dent whatsoever to their pockets.

    But I gotta say, Dakota definitely went for effortless look here and succeeded.

    • StelledelMare

       I’m right there with you on that one. If I’m paying that much money for an outfit, it WILL look at first glance like it’s worth that much with absolutely no doubts.

      • I wouldn’t spend that much on an outfit because I CAN’T!!! Like most of the world.

        • Speaking for me, I’m just saying IF it ever comes to that, everybody would know that my outfit cost that much. But realistically, I would never spend that much on these clothes…at regular price. Now, if there was a crazy sell on the bag, shoes and cardigan (and by crazy I mean like damn near 90% off…lolol!), then I will purchase it.

  • Lizzyisi

    I don’t know. Isn’t it, like $2300 for the boots and bag and $700 for the skirt and cardigan?  I have outfits like that–I mean where the shoes & bag are three times the clothes.

    I think she looks cute but a colored shirt would not have been a bad idea.

    • re: shoes & bags costing more than the clothes.
      Same here! Only that I have watches, sunglasses and bags that are three times the clothes in my closet. I wish I had shoes, too, but most of these designer shoes will not fit my weird feet. Bummer.

  • Ryan Williamson

    I don’t know. Do stars actually pay for this stuff? If they do do they pay full price for it? 

    • NC_Meg

      I think they probably pay for casual stuff like this. Obviously they get gifted bags but I’ve always assumed that they pay for their street clothes. Whether it was bought full price or at a discount…your guess is as good as mine.

  • j_anson

    I’m having trouble separatingmy general loathing of her style from my particular loathing of this outfit.

  • mmc2315

    “….And kittens, if you think we’re being hard on her, ask yourselves this: If I paid over $3000 for an outfit, would I want it to look like this?”

    Well.  When you put it that way.  Meh.

  • Sartorial_She

    Over-the-knee boots will always say “prostitute” to me. 

    • And that’s a bad thing? 🙂

    • LOL! It kinda depends on how it’s worn. Dakota wears it nicely because 1) it’s dressed down and 2) the boots are flat heeled. It would be a totally different story if she was rocking stiletto over-the-knee boots.

  • l_c_ann

    From Ingenue to worn out colorless housewife in just a very few short years.

  • deathandthestrawberry


  • Imasewsure

    Remember she paid exactly $0 for this outfit so I can live with the overall “cheaper” look… think she looks cute although I would upgrade the t-shirt if I had other better looking (also free) options available too… maybe it’s made of kitten hair or something we just can’t appreciate?

  • Larkin21

    I’m not usually her biggest fan and you make a good point about the expense but I still think she looks fab. Those boots are definitely the best part of the look but I like the entire ensemble, right down to the sunglasses. 

  • DinaSews

    WHAT THE HECK is in the bag that she can’t zip it?  It’s a big bag!!

  • TomBord

    See the problemo w/ those boots ladies is while they stun at first and everyone’s like ‘WOW, you look Hawt!’  after 20  mins or so you kind a look like a fool in the room……..except to the perve in the corner. 
    Dead-on comment boys I thought it all the gap at first. 

  • Trisha26

    Those boots are terrible (sorry TLo) – anything over the knee shouts “working girl” (unless you’re riding a horse…and that totally sounds dirty which I didn’t mean it to) and those heels? No. The whole outfit looks messy.

    • kimmeister

      Yeah, those notched heels make it look like the heels are falling off of the boot.  That’s what I literally thought until I scrolled up to see that they’re supposed to look that way.

  • tereliz

    Is she allergic to having color near her face? This look would have killed if she’d worn a tee in a color. Oxblood, maybe since it’s so HOTT right now, lol. Also, I hate how those glasses are giving her a bug face. 

  • janetjb

    That’s a whole lot of blah.

  • TheLaurenJean

    Oh god, she looks 40. Why the glasses, Dakota? Why?

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’m starting to think that all the lady stars and stars in the making keep a large handbag and an un-activated cell phone by the front door, for use whenever they go out to walk among the people. Juggling and rifling through the handbag, while fake-talking on the phone, make them safely unapproachable.

  • Candigirl1968

     “If I paid over $3000 for an outfit, would I want it to look like this?” N0.

  • Vickiefantastico

    If I’m going to spend $2000 on a pair of boots, I’d want them to last awhile. While those heels may be cute, you know they’d snap off pretty easily. And something about then don’t scream expensive to me. Maybe it’s because I live in Kentucky where a huge amount of people wear riding boots just like that (well, without the fragile heels and over the knee look).

    And thank you for pointing out how crappy she looks for $3000. I was thinking the same thing!

  • kikisayshi

    I think it’s the sad saggy t-shirt that makes the whole look turn south.

    •  I think so too! I like the CDG cardigan and people will know how much it cost if they know CDG. It’s the blah t shirt that makes everything look dull, and the skirt prob should be in a better color.

  • Poll:  At what age do you need to stop wearing over the knee boots?  I ask this as an owner of such boots…

    • kimmeister

      I don’t have an answer to your poll, but I do have a question for you: I’ve always wondered, it’s it terribly uncomfortable to sit wearing over-the-knee boots?  I can just imagine them digging into the knee pit.

    • random_poster

      IMHO, it’s more about the outfit with which they are worn and the style of the boot than about the age of the wearer.

  • paintedfish

    Sorry, but I do not like those boots. They look like those spring-heel tennis shoes folks wear as orthopedic.

  • snarkykitten

    I could get a grey sweater at goodwill for 5 bucks and make that applique myself.

    maybe I will. it’s kind of cute


  • kaycem

    i’ve been coveting that sophia coppola bag since it friggin’ came out… the wine colored one is especially chic, but i kind of want one in every color.  where’s a good lotto win when you need it?

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  • guest2visits

    I like the idea of the knee high boots, but I don’t like the shoe or heel design of these boots.
    I think that the t-shirt is too sloppy and meh under the cute sweater.

  • Sara__B

    I can’t be bothered with this one, at least not until she gets through the awkward phase she’s in now.

  • neofashionista

    meh to outfit
    COVET the boots

  • neofashionista

    hope she bought said $3000 dollar outfit at the thrift store becuase looks like she could have

  • kimmeister

    On PR, designers are asked to take cheap fabrics and make outfits that look expensive.  Then celebrities turn around and make expensive outfits look cheap.  I’d rather have the former than the latter for sure!

  • Judy_J

    I hate the notched heel on those boots.  It looks like the heel is fixing to fall off.  The rest of the outfit is just oatmeal.

  • Love the boots, love the bag, but there’s no excuse for the rest of it costing 3K.

  • The bag ALONE is almost $5,000!

  • YoungSally

    She’s an 18 year old starlet at NYU…it could be a lot worse.

    Remember when the fashion world was capitvated by two blonde starlets at NYU who looked like they were fashion freegans?

  • That notch in the boot heel is just stupid and unnecessary-other than that, they’re great boots and that bag is a beaut!  Not $5000 worth but still..

  • marilyn

    One of the problems is that she is wearing summer clothes (skirt and top) with aututmn clothes (boots and sweater).  She needs to get her seasons straight too.

  • LocMama

    I look this bland for a lot less.

  • Pterodactyl111

    “Oh, don’t mind me, just sticking my leg out casually here.”

  • Um, I love all the items here and I would totally wouldn’t mind looking like this for many moneys!

  • quiltrx

    If I paid over $3000 for an outfit, it better make me look like Ingrid Bergman.

  • siriuslover

    No, I would not want to look like that (angry phone face and all) if I paid $3000 for an outfit.

  • Yes, I would! As I was scrolling through the photos I was thinking how effortlessly cool she looks. I like it when people manage to dress down designer items. She can afford it, she should style ’em how she wants. I’d totally wear this outfit; love it to death.

  • $3000, eh?  My son’s tuition and books at the community college for one semester.  *sigh*

  • PeaceBang

    If her hair didn’t look so disastrously ragged, the whole thing would be quite cute. A messy bun would have done wonders here, as would some COLOR, for God’s sake.

  • I think it depends on how much you make. $3000 to Dakota means $3 to unwashed people like us. She probably thinks she is doing great with her “$3”.

  • jw_ny

    I can easily look that dull in my thrift store finds, but choose not to. I’m not a celeb that wants to appear as if she wants to go unnoticed either tho, so…

  • nancylee61

    It looks like Walmart clothes. The boots and bag look good, everything else looks like cheap jersey workout clothes. If you are going to look like this, why pay so much? But at WalMart and send the 3750 to a charity.

    And in my neck of the woods, $3800 is about 5 months mortgage, not a month!!!

  • Contralto

    She looks sloppy but GOD how I love over-the-knee boots.  I’m 20 years past being able to wear them, so lusting after them from afar will have to do.

  • bellafigura1

    I dunno, I think the bag and boots alone cost more than $3K total. And I like the rest of it, it looks louche, bratty, expensive — and why not when you’re 20-nothing and rich? 

  • I don’t know, there’s a glorious kind of excess in dressing down an expensive outfit down to the point where it looks kind of cheap. It’s like being given the latest iPhone and leaving it in the box on the shelf.

  • Fendie Taha

    Now this is rich. She wears it because she can afford it and her style is not flashy. She’s 18 anyways and I think its nice that she wants to look normal – no make up even, and not all dolled up..so what do u want her to wear for that? Forever 21?

  • MzzPants

    The boots deserve better.

  • gubblebumm

    forever21 sweater, wetseal tshirt, gojane skirt, target bag, and aldo boots….necklace by jcp…yup, i can put together the same look!!! 

  • shelley514

    But she’s very young so she doesn’t want to look like she’s trying all that hard.  Oh to be young and able to sport super short schools with super thigh high boots and not come off as a hooker. LOL.