Elle Fanning in Vintage

Posted on October 10, 2012

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that Elle has Florence + The Machine posters all over her bedroom walls.


Elle Fanning attends the premiere of ‘Ginger And Rosa’ during the 50th New York Film Festival in a vintage maxi dress paired with Marni gold platform wedges.

We don’t hate this, but we don’t particularly love it either. Just about the only thing we like are the shoes, which seem like a fun way to make that very mature-looking dress look a little more light.

We’re not going to do the “kindly gay uncles” bit this time. She clearly loves to dress to get attention and in typical teenage fashion, she’s dressing in ways that are going to make her cringe when she’s 30. Who are we to argue with that? At least she’s not flashing her hoo-ha at the world or buying into silly, damaging princess fantasies. If she wants to dress like a 60-year-old in 1979, let her, we say.

We suppose that was our “passive-aggressive gay uncles” bit.


[Photo Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images]

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  • Bill Curtis

    Love the PAGU bit.  xo

    • I think PAGU needs to be a “thing.” Brilliant!

  • LongTall_Sally

    That’s just too much dress for her, but I do love her smile.

    •  It’s true! A smile changes her whole everything.  She seems lighter and a lot less serious/more fun!

    • dress_up_doll

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. That’s a whole lotta dress for such a young’un. I’d love to see it on Florence with her red hair.

      • DaringMiss

        Yup…too much dress for such a petite girl.  

  • you like those shoes?!?!?! …. oh god… why

    • mshesterp

      I actually like the dress and hate the shoes.  I think she’s carrying the look off relatively well.

      • Seriously, I thought the shoes made the look even more “old lady” than the dress.

    •  Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Hideous shoes. Hideous dress. Lovely girl.

  • Sobaika

    Looking dowdy. If she’s going to go the long and floaty route (which I’m all for) I wish it weren’t in such drab colors.

  • i disagree–she’s not going to regret it later, she’s just going to keep disagreeing with you on this one. it’s a great look. 

    •  Word. People that don’t get why this is gorgeous make me sad.

  • It’s too much dress on her.  I don’t hate it, but it’s also a bit mature for her.  

  • Stephanie Ryan

    This would have been much, much nicer without the flowers and just the spots.

    • Kayceed

      Yes, the print is hilariously bad to my eyes.

    •  NO. Nono na-anh. nope. wrong. incorrecto nope no no nonnonononoonnoononononoononon nope nah.

  • VioletFem

    I like the dress but hate the shoes. Although, the dress is a wee bit mature for her. Also, she never seems to actually *style* her hair. I would love her to try something different.

    • She is trying something different. #obvious

  • Cathy S

    She’s so adorable when she smiles. But I think that dress is dragging her down. It all seems just too much for her.

  • Wow, I had no idea you would trash this outfit!  I think she looks cute.  It’s definitely not for a wallflower…

  • The print is too oversized for her small frame but the shoes are a kick.

  • ChiliP

    I absolutely LOVE this. Is it just me? I think the colors work so well against her fair hair and skin- she usually chooses lighter colors that wash her out.

    • Sara LaBatt

      Totally agree that I like her in stronger colors better than the pastels she often wears, though I’m not convinced about this particular print.  

  • I agree that the shoes bring a modernity to the look but they’re so hideous that it hurts rather than helps. The dress looks like it’s pulling her down while her hair adds to that effect.

    I do commend her for taking risks and not doing bandage dresses and other gyno outfits. At least it’s interesting and outside of the starlet norm. 

  • Cut that skirt in half, put her hair up with some great earrings, and it would be fun. This is kinda sad.

  • mjude

    even though it might look a bit “mature” for her, i still like the look & appreciate she is a little quirky.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I agree, but I really hate the shoes.

      • mjude

        i had to go back & look at the shoes.  oh dear i have to agree!

  • Sorry, to me she looks as though she is slowly being consumed by a menacing sea weed creature. In some days, all we will find of her is one gold leather shoe.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    As someone who has spent the last two weeks policing the “five Bs” with her just-turned-13-four-days-ago niece (boobs, butt, belly, back, and “bagina” must all be covered before we leave the house), it is refreshing to see a ridiculously dressed teenager who does not look like her life aspiration is to be jailbait. Furthermore, Elle should always smile because she really comes to life when she does.

    Her outfit reminds me of gypsy costume I used to favor, made up of my Mom’s 80s officewear castoffs and yards of hemmed fabrics from the local fabric store. Fun, but certainly not red-carpet worthy. It’s nice see that Elle is still a young girl at heart.

    • mjude

      love your “five B’s”!

    • Kimbolina

      Oh man, one year back in high school, they started a new dress code referring to the Five B’s.  No boobs, butt, belly, back or boxers showing.  Good times.

    •  The 5 B’s are officially “a thing” in my world now, thanks 🙂

  • nannypoo

    I like the dress for someone else, although I’m not sure who it would be. I would hate the shoes for anyone, and her hair is really awful. And as usual her skin looks too shiny and oily. I realize she’s just a kid, but she’s made at least a million public appearances by now and should have developed a simple, age-appropriate makeup routine. She sure is cute.

  • If I didn’t have a husband, *I* would have FatM machine posters all over *my* walls.  I’m almost enough to wear that dress, though, so that’s a little embarrassing.

  • I love this look, but it appears like it could use some tailoring to fit her better. Otherwise, I wish the fashion world wouldn’t be so keen on matching age with styles, because honestly, the thing about fashion is that you can wear what you want!

  • I feel like this could have been tweaked to make it more youthful. Maybe lose the sleeves, or raise the hem to just above the knee. As it is, that’s a whole lotta fabric. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    What if this dress was short?

  • RebeccaKW

    I like the dress.  I think I might like it better if she wasn’t going the full-on hippie route, with the straight hair and no makeup.  And I’m not saying she should wear a bunch of makeup-just that this dress styled that way is a bit too on the nose.

    And I don’t like the shoes.  They look really clunky.

    Love her smile, though.

  • Yes, indeed. No hoo-ha is smart. But I think the dress is quite fab. It’s the shoes and hair that don’t go.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Sorry, but those shoes are horrible. HORRIBLE. By god, Marni needs to STOP.

    The dress is not bad, but it’s not for a 14 year old either.

  • SewingSiren

    Very fun look for a very young girl. If I had tons of money at that age, I would have gone this route too. Of course if I tried it now I’d look like a crazy old bag.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am edging into crazy old bag as far as the need to be gainfully employed allows. It is both restful and fun.

  • jackie cohen

    I love it! She looks like she’s having fun with it, which is great.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    You know, I don’t love the dress, but she’s young, and  I appreciate that she’s having fun with her clothes. I sure did when I was her age. I have a teen daughter myself, and I had to bite my lip this morning when she came down from her room wearing jeggings underneath a pair of running shorts. At least she isn’t wearing micro-minis and belly shirts, right?

    • formerlyAnon

      You have the exact right attitude. Counting your blessings!

  • charlotte

    I guess she found this in the attic. Why didn’t she share it with her sister? As in make two dresses out of it.

  • Melissa Kramer

    I totally love this dress and shoes, so nice to see a teen without clothes that screech aspirational lap-dancer. She looks cute.

  • B_C_J

    This young lady definitely has a different aesthetic from most of her peers. I admire that. I think that she should have pulled her hair back. This would have lightened the look given that she has a lot going in the neckline and shoulder area.  I don’t care for the shoes but then again she is young and they do say “fun” if not necessarily pretty.

  • kolokOlchik

    Those are the ugliest shoes I have ever seen!

  • ecallaw1977

    “At least she’s not flashing her hoo-ha at the world or buying into silly, damaging princess fantasies.”

    I hate what she’s wearing, but THIS ^^^^^^^^^^.

  • Karen Dickerson

    I actually adore the dress. I think if her hair was in a ponytail, she would look perfect. 

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind this on Elle because it feel more like young girl playing/seeking her style, whereas on Flo it would just read dreary. Her hair looks pretty good her and the makeup is young and fresh.

  • …but I like silly, damaging princess fantasies…

  • julnyes

    Definitely too much dress for her, but I love her make-up (usually she has a shine issue) and her smile is adorable.

  • It’s true, I am glad she isn’t being skanky but that’s not enough to counteract my first thought that this is WAY too much dres for someone so young. It’s a lot of dress for anyone. 

  • NCDFan

    I like it. It probably feels great to wear, all flowy and light and she doesn’t have to worry about anything private showing. Her hair is typical teenager but her makeup is a great barely there look. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Dress is a bit much on her, at knee-ish to mid-calf length she’d carry it off better.

    Of course, having had numerous work dresses cut precisely like this one, (minus the bow, an embellishment I’ve hated forever) at knee-ish to mid-calf length, I suppose I would think that that is the proper length for it.  Loaned one in a black & white print to my mom for my dad’s wake.  ETA: All of which is to say that it’s hard for me to get impressed with or excited by this dress, no matter how long or in what print. It was once such a staple.

  • gabbilevy

    Love that she refuses to be ruled by whatever arbitrary conventional rules of fashion the rest of the celebrity world sets. Wear whatever you want, girl. Nobody can deny that she’s her own person.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Completely agree. Even if it doesn’t always work, at least it’s not cookie cutter or trashy or princess-y.  At least she’s trying to do something interesting.  And who among us doesn’t have a couple cringe-worthy pictures of our teen years? 

    I practically lived in a tapestry-print velveteen baby doll dress that my mother had kept from her own teen years in the 60s.  I thought it was cool, but…. it wasn’t.  Nor were the bell-bottom overalls. Yikes. 

    • formerlyAnon

      Oh, yes they were cool! Maybe they wouldn’t be now, but with all the appearance advantages that a healthy young person has (but doesn’t recognize) as long as you wore them projecting the cool you felt, they most certainly were.

      I see a LOT of young people between 14 and 24. I’m convinced that attitude and love for what you’re wearing trumps just about anything in that age range.

  • Judy_J

    Oh, my.  Well, like you said, at least she’s not dressing like a ho.

  • l v

    Why, oh why, do those Fanning girls HATE MAKEUP?

  • Dhammadina

    You are very good kindly gay uncles.  The look to me is “Halloweeney” and I can imagine her going door to door for trick or treat. 

  • Dot

    I actually love this, and I think she looks darling. This dress could have looked dreary, but she pulls it off well. Hate the shoes, though.

  • ojosazules

    The shoes are great with the dress. I really admire this young lady’s fashion boldness. She always brings it, sometimes to better effect than others, but always something interesting. 

  • No.

  • guest2visits

    She looks like she’s playing dress-up; but only in a way a well-to-do child star could; – with very fashionable high ticket items.
    I think it’s overwhelming her; but that’s the style of it, and she still looks pretty darn cute.
    It’s nice that she’d playing around with fashion this way as opposed to the teen stripper/hooker looks. 

  • CFNA1981

    i cannot believe u guys actualy like those shoes… my mum wore those in 1986 when she went into this shiny ugly mode, please hide those… i dont wanna see those sparkling scary things popping down that horrible dress… it’s too much…

  • CFNA1981

    girl that’s not your dress… that anyone’s dress (and shoes TBH)

  • RocknRollmom

    Ah—the love of “vintage”, and ugly vintage at that, by teenage girls.  Been there, seen this.  My then 14 year old would have LOVED this!  Probably still would at 19.  But like the PAGUs, it satisfies my “mom rules” for a 14 year old.  No vital “personal bits” on display and while “old” age-wise, not age inappropriate.  And she is adorable.  And I think my age is showing, but I just don’t “get” Marni.  Everything looks boxy.  I know that is the “aesthetic” but I just don’t like it. 

  • CFNA1981

    i think kids under 18 shouldnt be judge… it’s pathetic… almost pornographic… and they shouldnt dress like they were 50 going to the last joint party of their lifes… all in alll this is a ridiculous post…

  • Imasewsure

    Don’t love it but I kind of like it. Looks fun and she’s adorable so why not…

  • kimmeister

    I think it’s a cool dress, but she’s at least a decade too young for it.

  • The color palette on her is gorgeous, she should do jewel tones on a dark background more often, being a paleface myself I find I must stay with saturated colors and darker backgrounds, pastels = instant death. 

    The shape is lovely as well, she’s got a nice narrow waist and the height to work a high waistline and full skirt.

    What doesn’t work for me.

    The gold spraypainted hooves (sorry PAGUs), the enormous random white polka dots on the background, and the sad pussy bow at the neck.

    I’m of two minds about the length.  Yes, it’s too much dress/too old as a floor length gown, but cut it off at cocktail length and it will take the express train to dowdy-town, population: Elle Fanning

  • Trisha26

    If the dress was above the knee I think it would work. She’s 14.

  • ChelseaNH

    Too much dress and too much dark, but I love the shoes.  She has aptitude, and experimentation is a great way to learn.

  • Sunshine16

    give me that top to pair w/skinny jeans & kickass heels & we’re in business!

  • RoxieRider

    I love it. This is exactly the sort of ridiculousness I’d have worn exactly once if I had money at her age.

  • l_c_ann

    I’m not sure why, but this whole picture makes her look really, really short rather than a young girl who still has growing to do.

  • TieDye64

    Terribly unflattering colors on her.

  • when i am queen, i shall banish pussy bows.  they remind me of dianne feinstein when she was mayor of s.f..

    • formerlyAnon

      I will vote for you for queen.  Let me know when the balloting is coming up.

      They remind me of trying to find a work-appropriate blouse without a bow during a certain stretch of the ’80s.

  • Shorten it, get that hair into a cute ponytail or messy bun, and add some cute red shoes and it would be so much better…

  • kschwarting

    I just can’t hate on her for some reason.  She’s a talented teenager with odd taste in clothes, admittedly, but I’m just glad about the lack of hoo-ha flashing and general lack of tabloid-reported antics.

  • I would be super if it was knee length. I still like it though — on her only.

  • JMansm

    I love this so much. I also love that from the neck up she ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A TEENAGER instead of some kind of overly polished, perfect miniature adult. 

  • I love it–it’s silly and fun, and honestly, being a teenager is when we’re allowed to look silly, isn’t it?

  • TLo said:  “We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that Elle has Florence + The Machine posters all over her bedroom walls.”Hee!  Yeah, I think so too!

  • quiltrx

    I like this on her, and it’s definitely a Flo dress if ever there was one.

    (an aside–I saw Miss Fanning in Super 8 for the first time recently, and really liked her performance.)

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE. Interesting, new, amazing.