Girl, That’s Not Your Look: January Jones in Skaist-Taylor

Posted on October 24, 2012

Hey, remember how we all used to say that January should really stick to the retro Betty Draper styles that suit her and made her famous? Maybe not so much!


January Jones attends The Paley Center for Media Los Angeles 2012 Benefit in West Hollywood, California in Skaist-Taylor.

Skaist-Taylor Resort 2013 Collection

Not that Betty would ever wear a pair of hot pants, but there’s a definite retro vibe here, and it turns out? She’s not so good at it!

Here to illustrate our maxim that style always comes down to the person as much as it does the garment, here’s Selma Blair, wearing a similar piece a couple of weeks ago and looking completely different in it. Selma rocked it. January? Well, it’s clearly not in her wheelhouse, bless.

That pink is just a bit much on her. We’re happy to be partaking in a moment in red carpet history where we don’t have to complain about lack of color, but the flipside of that is a lot of ladystars wearing colors that don’t help them. January has proven time and time again that she can rock a pink, but this one might just be beyond her pink-rocking capabilities. It doesn’t help that the shape does nothing for her and she paired it with a too-plain and too-neutral pair of shoes. And then there’s her hair and makeup, which look just plain crazy.

Seriously. Look at that closeup. Tell us that’s not crazyface. If elevator doors opened and someone was standing there making that face at you, you’d be all “Uh… I’ll take the next one, thanks.”


[Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa/PR Photos,]

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  • choco

    she creeps me out sometimes with her Barbie resemblance

    • Paigealicious

      Her outfit looks exactly like my stewardess Barbie from the 90s…well, minus the gold tie.

  • SewingSiren

    The shorts are way too big for her. It looks like a boxy shirt dress, which is kind of cool. But baggy hot pant? Doesn’t work.

    • Sobaika

      Right. I think this ensemble might not look so garish if it actually fit her.

    • Yes, it doesn’t help that this entire outfit is huge on her.

    • Wellworn

      Agree about the shorts, they look more like coulottes (or however you spell that).  That pink is way too pink too.  Might have worked if it looked more like what the model was wearing.

  • teensmom99

    I refuse to judge this look on her until JJ puts it on in her size and not the Betty Draper fat suit size.  This is around 5 sizes too big on her. Okay the pink is kind of gross.  I think the hair would look great with a different retro look–like the kind of clothes Megan wore this past season.

  • NC_Meg

    There seems to be a lot of Barbie pink and hot pink lately. Please tell me this isn’t a trend. Please.

    • Pepto-Bismol LOVE

      • That was my thought, too.  Which upset my stomach, btw.

  • Wow, that particular shade of pink is her worst enemy.  The harsh lighting isn’t helping matters, either.  It all makes her look like an extra dancer on Hullabaloo.

    • Susan Crawford

      Wow! Now that Hullabaloo reference really brought back some memories!

      •  I’m remembering my sister’s favorite dress from the time. Lime green and orange parti-colored, sleeveless mini-dress.  Its image is forever burned on my retinas.  lol

        • Susan Crawford

          I had a purple and lime dress . . . yikes! We sure loved us some color back in the day, didn’t we?

    • l_c_ann

      Good call on the Hullabaloo dancers. 

    • ballerinawithagun

      Hullabaloo and Shindig!

    • not_Bridget

      Needs some Go-Go boots!

  • Wow – she’s lost the baby-weight and then some! Something about this is reading very Brady Bunch to me, and I really don’t love it.

    • And she is intent on making sure EVERYBODY notices.

    • call_me_schmeg

      yes, she looks so thin in this. i did love her day looks from a bit ago when she was running errands and giving bitchface. maybe it’s just the angles, because she looked much healthier in those pics. 

      •  It could also be because the shorts are so oversized, but yeah, she looked much better in those other looks!

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        She looks so thin it borders on emaciated.  Maybe its just because she is swimming in that butt ugly outfit, and her hair is just a mess.  Agree with TLo on the scary face.  No way would I get into that elevator! 

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Uh.. she looks like she’s happy to be there, I’ll give her that.  But yeah, a lot of pink

  • Judy_J

    The garment doesn’t seem to fit at all….too baggy and the shorts hang too low.  And that hair!  I would wear that style when my bangs were growing out…too long to wear down, and too short to comb back.

  • WAY too big for her slim frame. Selma’s version was tailored closer to the body, which made it work. And Selma didn’t have Crazy Barbie makeup on …

    • RebeccaKW

       Yes.  I keep scrolling back up to look at the model, then down to JJ, trying to figure out where it went wrong.  It is so big on her!  The shorts are too long and the shirt seem too baggy everywhere, sleeves included. 

      That shade of pink is not working for her-on the clothing or on the lips.  The shoes are terrible and the hair…I might not hate if she were wearing something else.  No guarantees, though.

  • theblondette

    Ok, I really like pink. I am wearing a pink cardigan right now. But what is WITH this obnoxious shade of Barbie pink that’s around at the moment? It suits almost no one’s complexion.

  • RzYoung

    Cray cray

  • When it fits, the outfit is fine (in something other than pink) even though I am not personally a fan of the shorts look.  But this looks like she’s swimming in it.  The hair/makeup are awful.

  • Annabelle Archer

    So. Bad.
    The outfit is way too big, making her look way too skinny.  Her make up looks like my four year old applied in in the limo on the ride over.  And I just can’t with those shoes.   

  • Ick Pepto Bismol pink

    • Scarlet39

      That was exactly my thought.  

    • CassandraMortmain

      I was just going to post that.  Nobody looks good in Pepto-Bismol pink.

      Plus, it’s just way, way too big.

  • Susan Crawford

    Usually, blondes look fabulous in hot pink, but this seems to wash out Miss Jones. And tha matchy lip color isn’t doing her any favors, either.

    I wish she had opted for the black, and perhaps had the top fitted a bit so it wasn’t quite so boxy. That might have been killer on her. And maybe something different with her hair??? It looks a little last-minute random. But those shoes are fabboo!

    But she is still absolutely gorgeous, and I look forward to the next Mad Men season when Betty will be back in fighting trim and ready to take care of business and attempt to wrangle the ever-more-challenging life of Sally. (And my money is on Sally for the big win!)

    • I feel like the pink just isn’t hot enough – the bluishness of the pink is washing her out. If it were a little warmer shade, she’d look better.

    • out for a walk

      And – this is a minor complaint compared with the rest of the look but — WHY would you pile on all that pink and then paint it on your nails as well?!

      • Susan Crawford

        Zounds! I completely missed the pink nails. That is just all kinds of overkill, isn’t it?

  • GorgeousThings

    OMG – my mother used to pull my hair back like that when I was a little kid. I hated it then; I hate it now. This is a classic example of how to turn a beautiful woman into a clownish shadow of herself. 

  • spititout

    Way cuter on Selma, and Selma could have pulled off the pink color too.  January is just too pale and bone-y.

  • dress_up_doll

    Is it this shade of pink or the lights that are washing her out like crazy? And the lipstick? I can’t. It’s hard to believe this is the same gal who rocked the jeans and button-front shirt at the market the other day.

  • jw_ny

    I get that all the pink on the RC lately is in support of Breast Cancer awareness…and I fully support the effort.  There really are more tasteful ways, tho, to wear pink, rather than the overpoweringly searing choices some of them have made. 

  • mjude

    what an awful shade of pink. 

  • miagain

    I wonder if that pink color calms down a bit out of the glare of the photogs and their bright lights?

  • charlotte

    No, no, no. Go back home, blow another bubble and rethink your outfit! Or maybe just ask Kiernan Shipka for advice.

    • In_Stitches

       Bahahaha, Kiernan would have set this girl straight. 

  • Anathema_Device

    Total crazy face! She is doing the Kidman manic eyes, most likely due to too much Botox and the inability to move the brows.

    The outfit is awful on her, and that pink washes her out so badly. And the hair!! Good god, the 2nd grade in 1972 hair!

    • Dot

      You could be right. Her brows look suspiciously immobile. Why do beautiful women do this shit to themselves? Ugh. I have never seen January Jones look this batshit in the face.

  • claudemtl777

    Why does she have a red 5 tatooed on her ankle? To remember her shoe size?

    • Kayceed

      This is not the real January Jones. This is number 5, who escaped from the laboratory.

      • decormaven

        Definitely an automaton. That’s got to be a fall in the back to create that height. The real JJ doesn’t have that much volume in her hair, not even with a generous application of product. 

  • Imasewsure

    It is nice (and rare) to see her looking so happy and comfortable on the RC but um… I’ll also be taking the stairs… she’s a strange one! 

  • L.

    I wish it were a size smaller and that the lipstick didn’t match.

  • quiltrx

    Creepy face.  It looks like she’s ready to tell us about each and every one of her eighteen cats.

  • kat89

    I think she’s a little too thin. When your eyes are looking sunken ad your legs look like matchsticks, it’s time to eat a sandwich. Another 5 lbs. won’t kill her or her career.

  • The color reminds me of the pink Michael Kors dress Brooklyn Decker wore a while back. But this pink isn’t as saturated and is washing poor January out. And the hair is terrible, and she picked a lipstick to match that unfortunate pink.
    Stars need to learn not to tilt their face so far downward that they’re looking up from under their brows. Regardless of gender, it always makes them look like they havee crazy creeper face going on. Plus, I generally thought tilting the face down was to help with a weaker chin (I’ve done it myself and, when effective, it helps cover up any excess softness around the chn); January has a great jawline so I don’t know why she’s overcompensating so.
    She looks really cute in that last picture if you ignore the bad detailing though – she’s got some infectious enthusiasm going on. Her smile makes me smile.

  • nannypoo

    Her face is like one of those extreme characters that Kristen Wiig always played on SNL. I hate this color so much, and it seems to be turning up everywhere. I can’t think of even one person who looks good in it. I would like the outfit in a different color on a different person with different styling.

  • MoHub

    Am I imagining this, or is her blush the same color as the outfit?

  • LuisaNL

    those shoes are hideous and that color is really NOT her friend. she does look happy, though.

  • PinkLemon

    her face has never looked so expressive!!!! weird.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She looks like a groupie for the “Partridge Family”. 

  • Retro, although I wish it were a baby-doll dress and not shorts. The pulled-back bangs are Yardley perfect. But she’s not pulling this off and I don’t think she ever does. 

  • ugh, attack of Pepto Bismol again…the model rocked the black version.  

  • Is that a ROMPER??? For the love of Pete. 

  • Janet B

    I don’t think this would be in Betty’s style book.  

    So far this outfit hasn’t worked at all: on Selma it was too tight through the shoulders and bust, but fit through the hips; on January it fits across the shoulders but it way too big through the hips.

  • It is entirely too big. I wouldn’t have realized it was a jumper if it hadn’t been identified as such.  It’s such a glaring shade of pink, and she is looking a bit twee as fuck on top of it.  I mean, it’s nice to see her genuinely smiling and happy, but damn, she chose the wrong shade of everything.

  • pulpytomato

    From the neck down, I think she looks cute. The hair and make-up kill the look. I can picture it working with a low ponytail/chignon and no pink lipstick.

  • pookiesmom

    The sad thing is, she looks happier than I’ve ever seen her on the red carpet. I like that she’s cheery for once, but that is a horrible look!

  • She is positively swimming in this getup. It might not be quite so bad if it didn’t look like it was 2 sizes too big. But the hair and the crazyface are a disaster. And the shoes don’t work with it. 

  • catlady10

    It’s not a Betty.  It’s a Meghan.  Jessica Pare would look hot as hell in this getup.

  • Horrific. She has the potential to look fabulous (see Golden Globes and Emmys looks, sans this year’s), but ugh, girl, no.

  • Bree The Vole

    She looks like Tippi Hedren who is finally getting revenge on Hitchcock for ruining her career. Do it for Melanie and Marnie, JJ!! Man, she’d make the perfect Marnie.

  • Verascity

    I think she’d look great in this with a better size and styling, actually.

  • Dot

    Holy hell. What happened to JJ?! This crazy Pepto Bismal color is terrible on her and I hate that shade of lip color. Nothing here is remotely flattering; she’s looking awfully gaunt these days. That giant romper isn’t helping matters, either.

  • I think this would work better in a different color and if it fit her waist more

  • ojosazules

    It’s like she pointed at the picture of the model and said, ” I want the exact opposite of that.”  Most unfortunate. 

  • Add some crazy tights or something and she’d look just like Lady Miss Kier!

    • mountainFashionista

       Extra points for the groovy reference!

  • everest19

    Girl is looking SKINNY.

  • janierainie

    This is too big for her right? I couldn’t even see that they were pants til you guys mentioned it. That is eye searing pink.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Kiernan Shipka is looking at this picture right now and laughing her ass off.

  • Jackie4g

    The color so wants to worn by a brunette. If January and Selma Blair has swapped color choices, all would be right with this look.

  • Wow. I completely disagree. This doesn’t happen to us that often boys. hmmmm…
    I love the make-up, love the outfit, the shoes. Not crazy about the hair but I get it. Honestly, I think she looks cute/chic and I dig the blue eye-shadow.

  • Tiffany Birch

    She looks like a chewed up piece of Bubble Yum bubble gum stuck on a popsicle stick.

  • dickylarue

    Is that a Twister Sister symbol tattoo on her ankle? That would explain a lot. 

  • ballerinawithagun

    She has lost way too much weight after having the baby! The hair is frightening. I have pictures of myself with that pulled straight back style and it looked horrible then and it looks horrible now. Is that blue eyeshadow??? I had a friend ask me when I was going to wear a romper, that everyone was wearing them in NYC during the summer. Never, never, never. They only belong at the beach and only on the young.

  • bitterk

    very bizarre choices.  The pinks works on her but the length of the shorts if very unflattering.  

  • kittenwithaquip

    Ooooh, this is Mary Kay Saleslady on acid, in a totally kicky mood! Look at her– she’s happy! She’s gorgeous! She’s tripping balls because that’s the only way a woman could look this shitty and cray-cray and look so fucking happy about it. “Look, my outfit is so bright that I’m seeing tracers! Hey, could you write a number 5 on my ankle so I can remember how many magic mushrooms we ate before I decided to pick this outfit?”

  • I think she looks scarey thin. Fat Betty must have gotten to her.

  • MilaXX

    If this fit January like it fits the model and she was wearing a better shoe, this could work. January is wearing it much too baggy to look cute.

    •  Exactly. Selma’s version was much tighter, in a good way. Also less abrasive in the darker color.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Girlfriend has a defined waist and a gorgeous set of hips, a sacklike garment will never serve her well. This has Selma Blair written all over it: she has a more petite, straighter shape (and quirkier look in general).  If January wants to do a modern take on retro, maybe Band of Horses like that dirty-hem dress Shelley O tried awhile back. She’s still a gal for retro, just not this particular decade.

  • Crazy face!!  OMG, I can’t stop laughing!!  That color on her is making my eyes hurt. That hair is an abomination and the crazy face makeup…well, you nailed that! I can’t help notice that she is SWIMMING in those shorts, unlike Selma. I just wonder if that might have made some difference. Probably not. 

  • Dot

    On second glance, there is something super weird going on with her makeup in photos from this event — like too much white powder around the nose and sides of face. Someone’s MUA needs to be fired.

  • mommyca

    well, i must be crazy because i think she looks adorable… 🙂 

  • Mary229

    I just can’t handle that Barbie Pink on anyone.

  • 3boysful

    Since you guys deem the shoes too simple for this outfit (I agree), I’d be happy to take them off Ms Jones’ hands . . . .

  • Remember Kimmy from Full House? That’s all I can see here. #BurnIt

  • The lips are too pink, the outfit is too big, but aside from that I think she’s one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.

  • Judy_S

    Ok, coming in late and probably the only one to say this, but I like the looseness and bagginess of it. She is so thin that she can get away with it. Pity about the color.

  • oohsparkley!

    It’s too bright and way too big. It might be the lights or flashes washing her out. She’s also looking a little too thin.

  • the crazy eyes are accentuated by the skinny. Why has she gotten so scary skinny?  You can fit two legs into each pant leg.

  • PrunellaV

    She looks like a 6-year-old who got into Mommy’s makeup bag.

  • formerlyAnon

    No. She looks both shapeless (or hiding her shape) and underweight in that. That look has bad (eating disorder) associations for me and the crazy smile isn’t helping. ETA: Before the blowback, I am NOT saying she has an eating disorder, or is underweight, or ANYTHING like that. I don’t know and have no reason to think so. Just saying why the look strikes me as an automatic “no.”

  • melanie0866

    I completely disagree.  I think she looks cute.  Like Barbie/Twiggy.  The only problem I have are the shoes – she should have worn a color, something kicky.  Those are too old-lady, too neutral, too dressy.

  • No, sorry. I never said she should stick to generic retro which can mean anything in the last hundred years. I said, she should stick to Betty-retro, although I get why she doesn’t want. Even fat and depressed Betty wouldn’t leave the house in that thing.

  • la_lala

    Huh. I hate pink (especially that shade) with the fire of a thousand suns, but I think she looks great. Love how pale skin is a thing again (thanks, Mad Men!).

  • I literally said “eek” aloud when I encountered that first picture. She looks like a crazy highlighter.

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    Seriously. Look at that closeup. Tell us that’s not crazyface. If elevator doors opened and someone was standing there making that face at you, you’d be all “Uh… I’ll take the next one, thanks.”
    Omygosh, I scrolled up and literally pictured her face getting wider and wider as the elevator doors opened….. you two KILL ME!  Because I totally would have flinched and mumbled an excuse not to join her in the elevator!  She looks like she had 47 cups of coffee on the way to the 14th floor of the Radisson. 

  • I hate those shoes more than I hate the pepto bismol pink of that outfit, and I’m kinda really hating that outfit.

  • boweryboy

    1- It’s too big 2-I hate the color 3-It’s butt ugly

  • ZnSD

    Didn’t she just have a baby? Girl is skinny.

  • neofashionista

    this would look awesome on her TV daughter Kiernan

  • Trisha26

    I’m really concerned about the red “5” on her ankle. Is that the model number?

  • fwooper

    I think she looks really cute. I love the hair, lipstick and the pink on her.

  • B_C_J

    Wretched outfit. Wretched hair. Wretched make up. ugh!

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    That is a look that needs a tan. It would be infinitely better in a cap or 3/4 sleeve, vibrant shoes, and a tan. ANY tan. Good lord. Too white. And her legs look like pieces of chalk. I never realized she was SO thin until now. 

  • ccm800

    Bazzoka Joe has a girlfriend? Gawd this is harribul. She always looks more to me like a senators wife than a starlet – average (even goofy) looks gussied up for the camera. One that lost her damn mind in this particular outfit.