In or Out: Cobie Smulders in Temperley London

Posted on September 20, 2012

Coming off a rather fantastic summer, Cobie returns to her day job a full-fledged movie star. And she looks it. Unfortunately…

Cobie Smulders attends the CBS 2012 fall premiere party in West Hollywood, California in a Temperley London dress paired with Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ pumps.

Temperley London Aspen Jacquard Dress

She looks like a movie star in 1956.

We think she looks mostly great, but there’s something just a little too on-point with the way she was styled. It’s like someone looked at this dress – which is fabulous, by the way – realized it had a mid-Century thing going on, and simply made ever decision after that based on how Lana Turner would have dressed. The black pumps, serious red lips and upswept hair all combine to make her look camera-ready for a  fifties “women’s picture” melodrama. She’s the “serious businesswoman” (read: pancake mix entrepreneur) who doesn’t have time for love, but falls for her simple-minded Connecticut gardener to the disapproval of all her pancake mix empire co-ladies, none of whom dress as well as she does, half of whom wear really unflattering glasses because in the ’50s, if you were sexually repressed or just a bitch, you were issued a pair of unflattering glasses by the government. Something to do with the Cold War, we think.

Anyway, we love this dress, but we would have picked a more modern pair of shoes to go with it and done something a little more interesting with the hair. We also would’ve chosen some jewelry with a little oomph to it.

But it’s not a bad look at all. If anyone can pull off mid-Century chic, Cobie can. She’s got the face of a movie star so she may as well play it to the hilt.


Vote Now!


IN! It’s Mid-Century chic with a twist!


OUT! It looks old and heavy!


Cat Deeley got voted IN by a whole bunch of kittens who made it perfectly clear that they didn’t care what she wears, they just love her. Hmmph.

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  • I’m not minding one bit that she is rocking the MGM star of 1957 look.  Its totally working for me!

    •  For me too. I think she looks just stunning!

    • mjude

      i am so about that kind of look too.  so its an IN!

    • What Kiltd said. She has the face and body for it. IN!

    • EveEve

      Big IN!   The dress looks more big shoulders 1940’s post-War, pre-New Look to me.  But she looks stunning in it, regardless.

    • mshesterp

       Word–I think she looks fantastic, i don’t care if it’s 1950’s chic. 
      IN IN IN!

    • you’renotmysupervisor!!

      Agreed. Like a more classically pretty Betty Garrett (she was a bit earlier than  57 though).

      Throw on a pair of turquoise earrings or a bright cocktail ring, and it would be perfection.

    • rh33

       Agree. But she could use a big honking piece of Joan Crawford jewelry or bedazzled mink trimmed gloves…

  • Ceur

    She looks like Ashley Greene’s big sister and I find it refreshing. Also, she sells the dress drastically better than the model does. In! 

    • Sobaika

      Wholeheartedly agree. I’m digging the 50s vibe… although I think it’s a bit much for a TV premiere. Still, in!

      • SassieCassy

        ya its a bit much for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

    • She looks great, and I agree that she outshines the model here – IN!!!

  • call_me_schmeg

    the shoes are killin me, but overall she’s smokin hot. i say IN. 

  • It’ll look better on Cathy Cambridge.

  • Totally love seeing Robin Sparkles all done up like this. She looks gorgeous. IN!

  • Anathema_Device

    In. I think she looks great. I think better, less heavy shoes are in order, but I have no other issues with the styling.

  • I didn’t recognize her at first, wow. Um…. no. There’s nothing about this dress I like. The sleeves are particularly appalling, what’s with those shoulders?  So sorry: OUT.

  • I’m seeing Robert Palmer girl. Not the worst thing, not the best thing. 

  • S_Swift

    I love the way it was styled on the model, though I realize that’s too casual for the red carpet. I guess my vote is mostly- In.

  • IN, Great face, great hair, EXCELLENT Dress, I don’t even mind the shoes!!

  • lilibetp

    I like it, and the shoes really aren’t old-fashioned because they’re on a platform.  The only thing I don’t like it the shade of the lipstick.

  • In, I think she looks great. Maybe some more jewelry could have been used, but essentially I think she looks fabulous.  

  • Tatiana Luján

    I hate those shoes, platform pumps make the feet look cartoonish. And I think her legs would look much better if the dress hit just above the knee.
    Love the dress, makeup and hair.

  • MilaXX

    small IN – nothing really wrong with the look but I think it’s a bit serious and aging on her.

  • TSkot

    Gorgeous: way IN

  • Jess5628

    I’m not gonna complain — if this becomes a style rut, that’s one thing, but for now she looks awesome. IN!

  • BlondettaChick

    I love it. IN.

  • elirt

    I love the dress – she looks fantastic in it, but I think you’re right re: lack of jewelry and the need for better shoes, something with color would have been nice.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Serving up Dita Von Teese realness. IN.

  •  IN! she looks great! i think the dress works for her but it is a little business-y. she’s one of the few actresses that look better on the red carpet than on tv. she’s gorgeous!

  • sweetestsith

    Eh, I think the sleeves are an awkward length, I don’t like the makeup, and the hair is a bit too lazy-college kid for that dress.

    Small out, she doesn’t look awful, but she could look so much better.

  • snarkmeister

    “…in the ’50s, if you were sexually repressed or just a bitch, you were issued a pair of unflattering glasses by the government.”  Aaaaand I just snorted coffee all over my keyboard.

  • She looks like she stole Jennifer Connelly’s….everything.

    • rawrgrowlrawr

      I imagined an aged, tight-pant loving Goblin King dancing around her and suddenly it made sense. 

  • Sorry, OUT from me.  The plain ole suede platform pumps take it right to generic territory.  I know you guys tend to criticize people who just replicate the runway styling, but I think that the thigh-high brown leather boots balanced out the dress and gave it a sort of “polished bohemian” feel. Elegant hippy wearing habanita instead of patchouli.   I think the updo is a bit too messy (look at the bun in the side shot — pure yoga class hair), to make this work in a mid-century modern way, though the makeup is definitely the midcentury modern porcelain skin paired with red lip and a minimalist eye.

  • IN!! If there were a super In option, I would choose it. I love that she looks like a grown-up when so many stars seem to want to look like teenagers. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Coming to teach EVERYONE how a real star looks. This is not just an IN, it’s a WERQ!

  • belfebe

    IN!!!! She’s totally rocking that look.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Would have liked some styling interest but she still gets an IN

  • kimmeister

    In. My only criticism is that the makeup and hair aren’t working.

  • Um, total IN. She looks hot as all hell.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In.  I don’t like the dress, but she’s kind of working it here. 

  • Kayceed

    In – she looks very at ease and elegant.

  • Richard Harper

    I love it.  Love it.  All of it.

  • Judy_J

    I give it an IN, but I do wish the dress hit her at mid-knee instead of just below the knee.

  • janetjb

    I want to like it.  It’s a beautiful dress and she looks gorgeous, but she’s in West Hollywood in September. It’s been darn hot there for the past week.


  • Jangle57

    I think she looks great.  IN

  • Indeed, very Jane Russell…

  • mmc2315

    OUT.  Lipstick is too harsh and not modern enough.  For modern?  See the model pic.  

  • ecallaw1977

    I love every bit of it, even if it isn’t the most creative styling ever.  If it ain’t broke…

  • holzfaellen

    IN! A minimally darker lipstick shade would have been nice, but everything else is working like crazy for me!

  • In, I thought she was Jennifer Connelly at first. Needs more false eyelashes.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    She looks stunning. WERQing the shit out of the 1950s movie star look!

  • I thought the pumps were purple. I think she looks fabulous.

  • PinkLemon

    IN. Love the hemline. THIS is how you do ‘below the knee’.

  • EEKstl

    IN!  It’s working for me, don’t mind the shoes but agree something a little more interesting would have been preferable (a modern sandal, perhaps? It is still officially summer).  She really does give good face.

  • i dont understand what was said in this post at all

    • DTLAFamilies

      Google Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman and all will become clear. 

  • Anna Tree

    Maybe it is the lighting but her face and her neck are two different colors. Also, a big no on the shoes. OUT

  • momogus

    IN. She looks poised and beautiful.

  • I don’t know who she is, but she’s gorgeous.

  • Judy_S

    I would go for OUT. I don’t think this flatters her at all. 

  • rkdgal

    If I thought I could rock this look even 1/4 of the time, I’d do it.  IN!

  • IN! She looks gorgeous.

  • alyce1213

    OUT.  It’s ugly couch material.

  • In! She’s so beautiful, Brunette Kim Novack is like an off-day for her. If only Hitch could see her!

  • formerlyAnon

    Very close to on the fence, but I’ll go with IN.

    I love everything from the neck up & the general silhouette, but do not love the shoes and I really, really, really have reservations about those shoulders. There’s a “packed to protect during shipping” heaviness about the shoulders and upper arms that I do not like.

  • BendinIntheWind


  • IN. I can’t diss my girl Robin Sparkles. (But the shoes are all wrong.)

  • melanie0866

    IN, she looks great.  

  • afabulous50

    I think she looks great.

  • IN!! Love the retro feel of it, she looks great!!

  • lrober03

    Good call lengthening the dress, its a flattering length and makes her look Amazonian.

  • j_anson

    IN. I like it overall. Though to me it reads more 1980s Demi Moore than 1950s. But that’s likely because I’m a philistine, fashion-wise!

  • ShivaDiva

    Pancakes are Forever!  Where’s the spec script?  I’d watch it.

    Don’t really mind the look, either.  She normally doesn’t scream sophistication.

  • Reneesance

    I sort of love it, she’s channeling some Miss Dita realness here.  IN

  • marilyn

    In.  She looks great.  The shoes could have been updated, and so could the hair, but overall, this is a winning look.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Maybe she has a thing for Captain America? I know I do…

    Does she honestly count as a movie star? She mostly functioned as set dressing in The Avengers.

    The hair is sloppy and the lipstick garish, the dress looks as though it is rendered in upholstery fabric. OUT.

  • Violina23

    I hate the shoulders, but I like the rest of the dress. But the overall shape just doesn’t work for me. So I say OUT, but for completely different reasons than our esteemed hosts…

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    IN.  LOVE IT!!!

  • Dot

    I could do without the platform shoe, but holy wow, does she look amazing here.

  • Trisha26

    Out. She looks lovely, but the fabric belongs on a wingback chair.

  • Sabrina Stern

    She looks striking a total IN for me

  • Eva_baby

    [Vamp Willow] Bored Now [/Vamp Willow]


  • OUT. If Cobie has the face of a movie star, she should probably just give it back because she clearly never takes it out of its jar. That hair style is not flattering on her, the dress is made from upholstery fabric, her jewelry is all wrong. I really do like Cobie Smulders a lot; I’m just  not convinced that’s actually her in the photo.

  • stagmania


  • BerlinerNYC

    I like this just like I liked Emily Deschanel’s weirdo vintage chic the other night. Both of them are wearing striking fashion-y looks that remind us that they are not the same as the characters they play on their shows.

  • lalahartma


  • Very much IN!! I would have switched out the shoe with something less heavy, though. 

  • in

  • TheLaurenJean

    IN! Girl looks fantastic. You guys are always wanting not severe up do’s on the carpet…

  • maggiemaybe

    She looks fantastic. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  • neofashionista


  • In.

  • In. She looks fabulous.

  • reddhouston

    IN…I could never vote otherwise for Robin Scherbatsky

  • Lilak

    Nothing wrong with this, it’s just that it’s a two-dimensional version of the three-dimensional Von Teese. 

  • jmorino08

    In. Gorgeous.

  • elizonthelam


  • I am pretty positive I had a pair of Queen Anne wing chairs upholstered in the same fabric, but other than that, she looks fabulous. She definitely has that throw-back look – gorgeous, yet a good physical comedienne. Has she done SNL?

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Sucker for looks from my childhood…IN

  • Snarky_Amber

    It’s working for me and, furthermore, I NEED to know what lipstick that is.

  • She looks fabulous. I sometimes forget just how beautiful she is because the costumers and hair and makeup people on HIMYM seem to HATE HER. 

    IN, I say.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Even though I would change a few things, an In, because she just looks fabulous. 

  • IN!  She’s gorgeous & the look works!

  • ChelseaNH

    I’ll go with in.  The hair and the lipstick are not great, but they’re not terrible enough to put me off.

  • Nikodemos

    In. Beautiful.

  • Qdahling

    I think she looks stunning and all around put together.  Maybe it’s from seeing so many sloppy celebrities or that I like this era, but I’m giving her an IN

  • teensmom99

    IN but almost out because of the absence of jewelry. That white needed to be broken up somehow with some fab jewels. Jewelry also would have made the RED lips stand out less and just look elegant.

  • frannyprof


  • Karen Dickerson

    IN. The shoes are a bit of a snooze-fest, but I am loving everything else about the look!

  • She is killing it! IN!

  • IN! She looks flawless and I do not mind this air of 50s business woman. I like it because it is being done correctly and elegantly!

  • Wow, I looked at this and my absolute first thought was: in ice blue, that’s a classic Mother Of The Bride dress.  WHY did they drop the hem six inches?  OUT.

  • CQAussie

    The pumps are out for me.  OUT overall.

  • margaret meyers

    In.  She looks special.

  • demidaemon

    I love the dress and the red lip, but I hate, hate the hair. The shoes are kind of neutral for me. So, IN, I guess, by random mathematical equation of good versus bad.

    • Have to agree… the hair screws it up for me (and tweak the makeup or…something? a bit of jewelry) but to go from Robin Sparkles to butt-kicker in the Avengers? IN for me

  • phrenk

    I don’t love the shoes, but she looks gorgeous overall.  IN.

  • crash1212

    IN. I love this look. I love this dress – you know it’s a wonder-dress when it looks as great shorter with boots as it does a little more ‘fussed’ up. Excellent.

  • mayavaly

    In, but just this one time. Don’t start f**king with the VonTeese, Cobie, because beotch will wipe the floor with you like she just got herself a brand new Hoover Junior.

  • Kato16

    Dreading what the HIMYM stylists (who must hate Colbie) will put Robin in this season, especially after seeing how fantastic she looked this summer.

  • I think she looks very nice.  No, really!!


  • quiltrx

    IN.  I love the mid-century ‘woman’s picture’ look, and this is great!

  • lucasuk82

    I love this post, too funny. I think just changing the earrings to something less period would have lessened the costume effect.  She does look pretty great, though.  

  • kmk05

    I really on’t like the full-on face pictures, but that picture of her in profile is fabulous. I really really like the way this was styled on the model: the boots and hair give it a very modern and urban vibe. 

  • guest2visits

    She looks pretty stunning; but I would have prefered different earrings, and a lip color that was less orangey.

  • guest2visits

    She looks pretty stunning; but I would have prefered different earrings, and a lip color that was less orangey.

  • tereliz

    The hair’s not doing it for me, but otherwise she looks fab! She really has such a beautiful face. 

  • Jennifer Hofstetter

    Gorgeous. In.

  • In! She’s got the looks for that style. 

  • oohsparkley!


  • StrandedFashionista


  • IN!! J’adore.

  • ccm800

    Out – mother of the bride – casual hair and terrible lip shade on her

  • librarygrrl64

    A big IN for this! She looks fantastic. Love her.