Elisabeth Moss, Chorus Girl

Posted on October 24, 2012

WOW, Lizzie! What a change! Listen, we obviously stopped you on your way into tap class, but we just have to say, you go, Miss Olson!


‘Mad Men’ star Elisabeth Moss attends the The Paley Center for Media Los Angeles 2012 Benefit in West Hollywood, California. Elisabeth wore a Helmut Lang blazer, A.L.C. top, 3.1 Phillip Lim shorts, Jimmy Choo clutch, Casadei shoes, and a Veronika Borchers for Pearl Collective ring.

But for god’s sake stop standing like that. Your legs look like they’re going to snap. We’re reminded of that scene in Black Swan, which was supposed to be horrifying but had us laughing obnoxiously loudly in the theater and saying to each other “Are they fucking kidding us?” through the whole thing.  You know the scene. The one with the puppet legs.

Anyway, we really do salute Lizzie’s – or should we call her LIZA! now? –  style revolution. It’s nice to see her go off in a bold, new direction after two years of neutral bandage dresses; a bold, new direction like formal shorts. No, really. And these actually suit her better than the getup her co-star tried to pull off at the same event. It’s just that this is probably not how we would have gone had she asked us our opinion. It’s all just a bit too Judy Garland gettin’ happy, y’know? Wear the formal shorts if you must, but don’t pair them with black pumps and a tuxedo-style jacket. That’s been done to death.


[Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /PR Photos ]

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  • Sobaika

    What’s with her makeup?? She looks sort of dead.

    • It’s a very close cousin to the consumptive make-up that T-Lo (and the rest of us) hate.  And yes, it’s atrocious.

      • Le_Sigh

        Agreed – its making her look zombie-eyed.  

        • AthenaJ

          Maybe she’s getting ready to jump series over to The Walking Dead?

    • JulieTy

      Yes! My first thought was, “What’s with the jaundiced eyes and consumptive lips?” Sheesh. If you’re going to go black hot pants and red blouse, do a strong lip!

  • That jacket and shirt are ALL WRONG for her. And brush your hair, girl.

    • kimmeister

      Amen!  The jacket clearly cannot accommodate her chesticles.  The fact that her shirt sleeves are hanging out a good four inches beyond the jacket sleeves makes me cringe.

      • Judih1

        “Chesticles – love that word.

    • I like her hair

  • kschwarting

    Her hair is looking like she just escaped from an asylum.  One where they put on shows, no doubt. 

    • CozyCat

      But the new cut is so much more flattering than the old that I’m willing to cut her some slack at least for a while.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        And I LOVE that she’s no longer trying to pull off the platinum blonde, which didn’t suit her at all.  This color looks so much better on her, and the style is good.

    • Laylalola

      The psycho drama room?

  • I scrolled down and cackled. But in a good way.

  • Friedl Vanluchene

    Trying too hard.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I can’t even focus on the shorts suit when my eyes are drawn to her atrocious hair.  Zoey Bartlet, I am disappointed in you!  Go get  a hairbrush young lady.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Lady, if you can’t stand in heels this high like they’re not killing you, don’t stand in them at all.

    Everything above the neck scares me.

    • kimmeister

      Everything below the knees scares me.  I have elbows that hyperextend, and people always tell me it looks like my arms will snap.  This is my first time seeing this in knees.

      • tereliz

        Yeah, my knees hyperextend and it’s pretty scary looking. Wearing heels, it’s scary-feeling, so I don’t know how she’s not falling over in these shots. 

      • Since I started teaching yoga I see people hyperextending all the time. It literally makes me nauseous.

        • Nelliebelle1197

          She really shouldn’t be standing like that because it isn’t healthy for her joints. I have hyperextension like that and experienced yoga teachers know how to work with students so they are not damaging their joints. I hope Elisabeth sees these pictures and realizes that could be harmful.

      • RebeccaKW

         The way she’s standing, it makes me think of horse or giraffe back legs. 

        • kimmeister

          It’s giving her an unfortunate satyress look.

    • I have almost full-body hypermobility, and because I was born with it instead of working my way into that sort of flexibility, when I try purposely to straighten my legs my joints tend to go to far. Might be the same thing with Miss Lizzie.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        I don’t think she has hypermobility, since this is the first time she’s looked noticeably uncomfortable in high heels on a public event.

  • Dot

    Did JJ and Lizzie collaborate on looking completely fucking insane for this event?

  • That is awful! She looks like a reject from a Halloween themed chorus line. Yuck!

    P.S. Glad to see she dyed her hair back though!

  • ShivaDiva

    I think she’s auditioning for a role as Harley Quinn.

    • She’s got the perfect eyes for it! 

    • snarkykitten

       Mista J!

  • Um,…uh,….um,….

  • Is there a new saying: “Knees back, tits out”? If so, she nailed it.  

  • i still love huh! although i’m kinda disappointed she lost the blond hair.

    • EveEve

      yeah, what’s up with the mouse brown hair? She looked good with the blond do for the,  what? two minutes that it lasted?

  • I feel like if she’d tucked a statement necklace under that collar this would look slightly more modern. 
    Also, I love her hair.

  • “Liza!”, LOL, you kill me.
    Anyway, I like the look and it’s somewhat relieving that she’s back into Peggy hair color. As much as I would have loved a Mia-Peggy, it’s just not the character. 

  • MoHub

    At least she didn’t wear the fedora.

    • Snailstsichr

       But it would have covered her hair!

  • Le_Sigh

    Oooh!  Sassy Lizzy!  I like – except the consumptive eye makeup.  

  • miagain

    no thank you…

  • Miguel Molina

    This is not acceptable even as an experiment. Terrible.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The hair is soooo awful. It looks like a moth-eaten brown feather fascinator that sat at the bottom of some trunk in an attic for half a century. Her hair usually looks much better. The proportions on this are pretty off as well, giving her big cartoon shoulders and tiny, pointy feet. Her legs do look great in those shorts, she should explore this further while formal shorts are still a thing.

  • MilaXX

     Her legs look GREAT!  If she dumped the jacket I would like this.

  • snarkykitten

    that’s some serious JBF hair she’s got going on…

  • kolokOlchik

    What, is no one going to mention her horrific hair?

    • formerlyAnon

      Hahaha. I did, but I liked it. Not for itself, per se, but because I think it’s really flattering.

      I will admit, I tend to like short hair on women.

  • Ozski

    Brunette means the Return of Peggy O. and that’s a good thing! She has fantastic gams but just needs to get rid of the jacket and sport some eye-liner and a nice, strong red lip. Done. Also, did La Hendricks make an appearance here? I am steeling myself….

  • AmeliaEve

    Is that a clutch purse or a used paperback book?

  • And the blacks of her jacket and shorts don’t match. 🙁

  • jilly_d

    Pegs, ditch the jacket and undo those top two buttons. We ladies with boobs can not pull off the buttoned-up-to-the-chin look; it makes our boobs look like they’re on our belly buttons. accept it and move on.

    • In_Stitches

      Are they really that low?  I can’t tell if it’s the shirt of how the jacket is fitting her, but she looks like she’s rocking triple G’s. 

  • Train wreck. You think JJ looked crazy? This is crazy on a stick. Two, ready-to-snap sticks.

  • GorgeousThings

    All she needs is a fedora and a barn and she’d be Judy all over again.

    • alyce1213

      Let’s put on a show!

    • MoHub

      And a polished ebony walking stick with a silver handle.

  • tereliz

    Oh, thank God she went back to being a brunette. It looks so much better I refuse to comment on the rest of her outfit, makeup and hairstyle on principle. 

  • she looks a little Milla J. in the face to me… like a cousin, perhaps?  

  • PinkLemon

    speaking of black swan, what’d ya’all think of it? yes i’m asking you, tlo.

  • I don’t like the two different shades of black together.

  • leftcoastpickle

    Scroll down weirdness indeed! I love lovely Elisabeth Moss with the brown hair again, but her stance is vaguely equine. 

  • SapphoPoet

    Ugh. I dislike formal shorts with the passion of a thousand suns. Terrible outfit. 

  • alyce1213

    Oh no.  It’s a cute little jacket (although it doesn’t quite fit well at the armholes), but everything else is a nightmare.

    So glad her hair is back to brown — that dull blonde totally washed her out. Next, a better blowout/style.

    She’s got one foot in my Hopeless pile, pretty much.

  • onefifteen

    Shirt buttoned up all the way to the top? Ick.

  • HATE that shade of red. No one looks good in it. Even people who look good in it, don’t look good in it.

  • Susan Crawford

    Thank God she’s back to brown hair after that weird blonde adventure. The cut is very flattering.

    I definitely like seeing her take a risk as opposed to her usual bland or frumpy dresses. I get the whole Judy Garland effect, though, and it could have been avoided with a different top and shoes. The red blouse on its own might have worked if the sleeves had been shortened, but paired with the tuxedo-inspired jacket it borders on costumey. And again, as with Miss Jones, a pair of really great strappy sandals would give the look a little boost. The clutch is VERY cool, though, and remember, I don’t mind receiving gently used items, Lizzy, so have your stylist send it over to me!

    Her makeup? Dear Miss Moss, lipstick can be your friend. A nice, deep rose would take care of the recently-deceased effect.

  • Kyle Crawford

    Halloween, right ?

  • twocee

    Dear lord, no.  She looks like she should be selling cigarettes in a seedy Vegas casino.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Seriously, what is going on with the women of “Mad Men”?!  Peggy, Joan & Betty – on camera, they look incredible.  Off camera, they look hideous. 

    • alyce1213

      The only one with consistently good taste is the 12-year-old, Kiernan.  She puts them all (and just about everyone else) to shame.

  • Judy_J

    I’m glad to see her as a brunette again.  That blonde hair she was sporting a while back just didn’t suit her.  Her eyes look so incredibly blue with the darker hair.  Not loving this outfit, though.  The jacket just doesn’t fit, and I hate the buttoned-up blouse underneath.

    • sweetlilvoice

      Agreed, the buttoned-up blouse is killing me. She needs to show a little neck because she looks like her head is sitting on her shoulders.

  • Janet B

    Her stance reminds me of my teen.  Locked knees so that she doesn’t fall over.

    I like this more than January’s.
    (She needs a better bra.)

  • She’s ready for her one woman act at Eighty-Eights! Now thru the 31st! Two drink minimum.

  • guest2visits

    I really hate this look. It doesn’t even look like the proportions of the top pieces are working.
    Miss the blonde which suited her so well.  Is she carrying my address book?

  • Anathema_Device

    God, I hate this look.

  • decormaven

    Wackadoodle outfit. And the way the legs are positioned looks like something out of the carney side show. “Come see the girl with the backward stance!” What was this event, anyhow? Ladies of Mad Men Take a Fashion Dive?

  • afabulous50

    Lemme tell ya….THAT is a crazy face…

  • crash1212

    Boy howdy. This is just awful. All of it…what…no mirrors in her house? This is the perfect situation for somebody who loves her to cover her up in a blanket and escort her home. Also, fire your make-up artist.

  • granddelusion

    Those heels are clearly too high, and are throwing off her posture every which-way.

  • notanotherusernameforchrissake

    she’s so trying to sell it.  and I’m so not buying.

  • Imasewsure

    I applaud the idea but not the results. She looks silly but I really like the Mila Jovovich hair on her

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Bieber bedhead

  • i don’t hate it, but she needs some lipstick, at least.

  • ChelseaNH

    That jacket is all kinds of unfortunate, but I love the color and I even like the shorts.  This time.

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    Dance 10, looks 3!

  • Laylalola

    Wow, I’m no expert but that looks pretty ridiculous all around.

  • Rand Ortega

    Where’s her little pill box hat & cane?
    She’s not auditioning for role of newly buxom Val in the traveling company of “A Chorus Line”?
    Then get the hell out of that ridiculous outfit!

  • iCouture

    Its a different look for sure, kinda cute…. But, my problem is the hair.  It appears she has a five or sixhead, so a different hairstyle needs to happen here.

  • karena10

    The shorts need to be just a tad longer to be flattering and the jacket doesn’t fit well at all.  Good for trying something new with her hair, but it just looks messy.  She needs a brighter lipstick.

  • K

    Somebody needs a Toddlers and Tiaras “pretty feet” lesson.

  • l_c_ann

    Cigarette girl who had to borrow her smaller co-worker’s top and blouse because hers was still at the cleaners.

    Gaping fronts are not good.

  • nannypoo

    She looks ridiculous, and she looks like she knows it. I like this hair color better than the recent blond. Everything else is about as bad as it can get.

  • AtticWife

    Forget her outfit. Her face is AS EVER Elisabeth Moss, Tragic Silent Film Prostitute Slowly Dying of Consumption. FUCKING MASCARA, MOSS.

  • She looks like an usher at a performance of the Rockettes.

  • melanie0866

    When I was in high school, that outfit is exactly what our Drum Majorette wore to lead the marching band.  Well, without the pumps – she wore boots with tassels.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Boots might actually improve this outfit. 🙂

  • littlemac8

    I think she looks totally ridiculous – she doesn’t have the personality for hot pants and the whole look is costumey, say  perhaps a sexy waitress.  Gack!

  • She looks like that Chucky doll.

  • nancymae

    Her hair! Wasn’t she just a platinum blonde last week?

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Is she in the cast of Rocky Horror? Little Nell/Columbia, right?

  • luciaphile

    Formal shorts are a contradiction in terms. I know they’ve been around for awhile now, but my opinion has not changed. Hate them. 

  • kcarb1025

    OMG lol

  • She’s looking kind of demonic in these pics.

  • RzYoung

    Oh, I was starting to enjoy her blonde hair!

  • formerlyAnon

    I like that hairstyle a lot.

  • Trisha26

    Not feeling any of this and the blacks don’t match. 

  • barbarasingleterry

    She looks ready to do the Time Warp (a-gai-an).  Love the haircut even if it is a bit messy.  She looks happy and confident in what she is wearing and the shirt color is great on her…

  • PeaceBang

    The Bitter Kittens have me in such hysterics I can’t even read the next two pages of comments. Cripes, I’m surreptitiously wiping tears from my eyes at my desk!

  • samo_samo

    She looks like she’s ready to deliver a singing telegram.

  • ccm800

    Its a less than vulgar way to show a lot of leg but I just hate shorts on the RC despite them practically being a staple at this point. Shorts for anything formal is not okay with me.