IN or OUT: Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott

Posted on October 04, 2012

We totally dig L’Wren Scott’s aesthetic, which can best be described as “ladylike, with a rocker chick twist.” And we totally dig this dress:


Nicole Kidman attends Gala Tribute in her honor during the 50th annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City wearing a L’Wren Scott dress and shoes paired with a Fred Leighton bracelet.

L’Wren Scott Spring 2013 Collection

But we’re not entirely convinced it’s working on Nicole. Here’s the thing about her: she’s obviously a very beautiful woman, but she has to be careful not to style herself to look too severe. The key word for her stylists should be “soft.” We like this dress in a general sense; the color and the texture are fabulous and the silhouette looks great. But that neckline, those 3/4 length sleeves, and that below-the-knee hem length are too much “lady-like” for one dress. Any one of these elements would have been fine on their own, and maybe even two of them would have worked, but all three in combination just age the look up and makes her look a little severe. The matchy red lipstick and over-penciled brows aren’t helping.

Don’t even get us started on the matchy shoes, although they are a gorgeous pair.



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IN! Striking and gorgeous!


OUT! Severe and matronly!

Rashida Jones’ “secretary on acid” look did not enchant the Bitter Kittens, who voted it OUT.


BONUS: Just because we think she looks incredible:

Nicole Kidman covers Who magazine‘s 20th anniversary issue.

Now, we ask you: WHY would she cover up those fabulous legs?

“Soft,” Nicole. Flowy. Windblown. That’s your look, hon.


[Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images,,]

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  • Except for the twisted strap on the shoes.  Looks uncomfortable.

    • i wonder if that’s intentional?  i thought it just got twisted when she was putting them on, but then it’s the same on both sides.  hmmmm…

    •  Ouch. Either way it looks blister-inducing. And her toes are crammed in those things. For once, the shoes appear not too big, but 1/2 size too small.

  • Sobaika


    She looks just okay on the red carpet. I don’t like the length or the shoes.

    • i LOVE the cover… but anyone else is gettin some kind of “desperate housewives vibe” from it?

  • The top of the dress is unflattering, and the collar is awkward.  Frankly, that dress is trying to give her Christina Hendricks’ body, and that doesn’t work on Nicole.  I think it would work better as a wide-set v-neck.

    • It would look AWESOME on Christina, right? I think the collar is what’s rubbing me the wrong way here.

      ETA: Without the boob window of course.

    • Agree. On Nicole it just looks strangely geriatric. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    What a bizarre case for both celeb and designer, when the dress is not form-fitting enough. L’Wren Scott is famous for making dresses this side of Herve Leger tightness, and Nicole Kidman used to be the muse of Balenciaga, makers of dresses for the inhumanly thin. This dress, however, is too long in the arms, too sack-like in the waist and too open in the bust. Nicole Kidman deserves better. OUT.

    • NC_Meg

      That’s my issue with it: it doesn’t fit her well enough. It’s an out from me too. (But that cover shot is amazing.)

      • Rrroza

        Ditto. OUT

        • harleydear

           Couldn’t agree more. OUT.

    • littlemac8

      And that neckline makes her look small shouldered and it also throws the proportions off.  An OUT paired with the glorious cover an IN.  NB:  Face cannot move! 

  • I’m afraid its an OUT for me.  If it were just above the knee, I think I’d be on board.
    And hells to the yeah, that cover shot is SLAMMIN’.

  • PeggyOC

    Out.  It’s reading frumpy in the neckline.  Shame, because from the boobs down it’s really working for her.  

  • ojosazules

    This is the worst I have ever seen her look. It’s like Grandma’s meat dress. It’s freaking me out.

  • StellaZafella

    Looks like my 8th grade history teacher. Mrs. Palmeroy  was very pretty and tried to “dress it down”…she always called out the boys for staring at her. I looked too, but only with a critical eye for her fashion sense.

    The cover shot is the Nicole I love to see.

    That and also whenever she plays an Ice Queen from the 30’s or 40’s.

  • Yep, makes her look dowdy.  This dress would be great on Taylor Swift, as much as I can’t stand her.

  • She looks like a schoolmarm, as if she’s about to say “Now, children, we will use our INSIDE voices today, OK?” as she takes out the yard stick to administer the beatings.


    That cover shot, though, is fierce. 

  • BazoDee

    out – something about the shape and lines is making her look very blocky and frumpy. 

  • newleaf1

    Bring the hem up just a few inches to the knee and this would have been perfect.  I DIG those shoes, even if they are matchy.  And a smile softens her look by a mile.

  • OUT. You nailed it with the severe and matronly. 

  • PinkLemon

    i’m saddened to have to do this to L’Wrenn, but, OUT. just too boxy on nicole here.

  • Out! Not her color at all.

  • EEKstl

    OUT, I’m afraid.  I just don’t like the way it fits her.  The shoes are stunning, tho.

  • VicksieDo

    IN. I ‘d rather see an age-appropriate look ANY day then too bare (cough-JLo).  That cover is awesome!!

  • MissMariRose

    OUT. It’s too Grandma of the Bride.

  • Janet B


  • She looks like Jessica Lange.

  • G

    Love the cover shot.  Red carpet look is OUT.  And I have tried, but just don’t think she’s even close to “beautiful”.

  • gabbilevy

    She should give that dress to me. Also the shoes. And I’m normally not a fan of Nicole’s fashion choices.

  • I kind of love it on her. I think this is an example where the keyhole works really well. in. also love the soft hair 

  • afabulous50

    IN for both….better than her ass cheeks hanging out…right Cameron?

  • Geriatric.  OUT.

  • i’m on the fence here.  on the upside, color and the embellishments are beautiful, and she looks great in red.  her hair is lovely.  on the downside, the dress is too long and the makeup is atrocious.  the brows and lips are so heavy and severe, she looks like a harridan harpy.  the shoes are just ok, i prefer the red and black on the model, but then the bows are too cutesy.  

    all told, i guess i have to give it an out, due to the very scary makeup.

  • DCSheehan

    Out. Great dress though.

  • Out. The hem is too long on her and the fit around the bodice is too loose or something.

  • How is this dress making her look so top-heavy – from what I recall in Moulin Rouge (and looking at that cover), she’s TINY. The top of the dress is not doing her any favors. OUT. 
    ETA: on an unrelated note – does anyone else feel like the new layout leans too far left? I feel like it’s about to slide off my screen. Or is it just me?

    • BrooklynBomber

      It does skew a bit far to the left. But that’s better than skewing to the right.

  • she makes it look too matronly. how does she do that? Out.

  • Gorgeous dress, doesn’t fit, not for her.  OUT.

  • charlotte

    Out. This is the rare occasion where the dress looks better on the model.

  • BrooklynBomber

    She’s looking more and more like Samantha Stevens, isn’t she?

  • MilaXX

    OUT! Severe and matronly, especially when you compare it to that magazine cover which looks great even with silly putty shoes.

  • TSkot

    Looks to big on her somehow: OUT

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I think this should have been a “Girl that is not your dress,” because I love the garment, just not on her. 

  • Out. It’s severe, it’s too much red, and the neckline is gapping too much.

  • I think she’s an IN, but the shoes look horribly painful!

  • From the side angle it looks lovely, but straight on it just overwhelms her and completely changes her shape. 
    This is where I brag that I got to go to the Oscar’s red carpet in 2007 when she wore that completely stunning red Balenciaga dress and she was breathtaking in person. 
    This red dress does not work for her.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Out for the dress.  IN for the magazine cover – beautiful!

  • My issues with this are styling/posture. That dress without the matchy lipstick and shoes, and without the stepford wife hair, and without Nichole looking hunched over and stiff and unsmiling might have worked. Still probably not the ‘wow’ moment of the magazine cover, but her natural beauty would have shone through. Right now, the focus of the look is the dress. Nichole looks the best when we see her and the clothing is just there as a garnish.

  • Out. Bad length and the shape of the dress is doing odd things for her waist line. That magazine cover is fabulous, though.

  • Aly Light

    She’s scaring me. OUT.

  • sanja_ramic

    This pains me but it just isn’t working. OUT. I also wish she’d find a more interesting hairstyle.

    • Billie_Dawn

      How I yearn for her crazy-awesome “Days of Thunder” hair.

  • The fabric of the dress intrigues me, but the shape is beyond awful. Love the shoes and hair, but her makeup is pretty severe. OUT.

    The magazine cover, however, is completely IN.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She looks like a starving vampire. I feel scared and afeared for my neck. OUT.

  • RebeccaKW

    That cover-sexy and not needing to flash underwear to prove it.

    I love the dress, but it needed some tweaking for it work on Nicole.  And while I do love the shoes, not with this dress.  I think Out because I dislike it more than I like it, though I can’t actually pinpoint the exact reasons why.

  • msdamselfly

    Agree  OUT  Too severe

  • PuttyGalore

    Wow, OUT. That could be a septuagenarian in that first picture.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • Out, that is a ugly length on anyone

  • MK03

    It’s making her look awfully broad-shouldered. So OUT.

  • rissa42210

    Out.  It does nothing for her and those adorable shoes look like torture.

  • mjude

    i feel like giving her an IN.  as for the cover, she looks fab.  glad she is back to the red hair

  • OUT. It’s a really beautiful dress, and she can rock a great red dress (as evidenced by that fabulous cover shot), but this style isn’t working for her. It makes her look strangely a-sexual while the cover shot is sexy, sexy, sexy. I will happily take the shoes off her hands (or feet, actually).

  • granddelusion

    Photoshop is an amazing tool.

  • PeaceBang

    OUT. As you said. Matronly and too matchy. 

  • Sarah Thomas

    RE: Who magazine; wow, Sigourney Weaver has never looked better. 

  • AthenaJ

    Yes! I immediately thought ‘severe’ when I saw the picture. TLo, you are rubbing off on me. LOVE her on the magazine cover, I would kill (or at least maim) for legs like those!

  • Matronly is not the same as severe. I think she does look severe, in this dress, and it ages her, but not as much as when she tries to wear something that makes her look young and babydoll. Severe and ladylike is her natural style. She should stop fighting it. And thank the stars someone stopped her from putting the flower in her hair.


  • MoHub

    Hard to believe a dress could make someone as tall as Kidman look stumpy. Definitely needed the hem taken up about 2 inches.

  • IN!

  • I was about to vote this in but then you supplied that cover shot of her. Now I see what you mean about her looking severe. OUT. This is a case of Girl, That is Not Your Dress.

  • sk8tfan

    Also, she cannot make blonde hair work. She’s tried for years, and all it does is make her look pasty and washed out. She should stick to being a redhead.

  • j_anson

    Out. That neckline is just all wrong for her. It’s making her look… oddly burly.

  • AlexisPayne

    Out, this isn’t working for me

  • neofashionista

    OUT! I am seriously hoping that her this picture was manipulated becuase she looks like she was stretched like gumby it is not Normal at all freaky

  • tired_mommy

    Out. It just doesn’t fit right and she can’t possibly be very hard to fit.

  • I give her an “IN,” but I would have shortened the hem just a skosh (I actually like the longer hems), and would have switched out the shoes, which I really do love, with something less matchy.

    But she does look great, and it’s a beautiful dress.

  • OUT. Something’s just not quite working for me.

  • BrightsideSusan

    LOVE the shoes.  I give her an In.

  • IN from me-I don’t see this look as severe on her. I love it actually.
    Edited after a closer look-Oooof the hem length is awkward. I’d like to see it a little bit higher. I hate that length in general, but particularly here. I still say IN though.

  • meowing

    I finally got it–the eyebrows, the “a little severe”–she reminds me of one of the Angry Birds. 

    • mhleta

      Nailed it. 

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like this on her. I think the reason she looks severe is that her eyebrows are too close to her eyes. And when she gets carried away with pencil like she did here she looks like Angry Birds.

  • Judy_J

    Another keyhole neckline!  I think this would look better on her if the hem of the dress was shortened an inch or two.  And I also wish she’d worn less matching shoes.  I’m sure that style must come in different colors.  Why pick the red when you’re already wearing so much of it? Be that as it may, I’m going to say IN, because I’m feeling generous today and I do like the style and color on her.

  • Anathema_Device

    It looks a little big on her, especially across the neck and in the shoulders…or in the underarm area. I think the hem and the sleeves should be an inch or two shorter.  I’m on the fence b/c I like the color, pattern, and general style on her, but the matchiness of everything plus the bad fit kind of suck the fun out this.


  • Introspective

    The dress is nice in theory. But as for execution? OUT

  • rkdgal

    O to the U to the T.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I gotta give her an IN.  Love love LOVE the dress – I want it!  Hair looks good.  Not crazy about the shoes, but I LOVE the ones the model is wearing, which are also L’Wren Scott.  Makeup is just plain bad. The cover shot is simply GORGEOUS!

  • tereliz

    Am I the only one who wants to see Solange Knowles in this dress? I like the idea of it on Kidman, but the tailoring and styling are too harsh and matchy. She looks better with more delicate hair and makeup. 

  • Sara__B

    Out. Severe and matronly. She doesn’t look bad, but she can look so much better.

  • Timea Krajcovicova

    Not too impressed with the shoes and I would have liked the dress a lot more if it didn’t have sleeves, but still, I can’t help but give her an IN. The overall effect is not so bad.

  • Monabel

    Although both severe and matronly can work in some situations, not now. Out.

  • tallgirl1204

    I would like to see this dress on our Ms. Christina Hendricks.  Nicole is too straight-bodied to work this.  Of course on Ms. C, it would need careful tailoring, and possibly a belt.  But maybe now I’m just obsessing. 

  • mhleta

    Out. The length is the biggest insult here. It’s never flattering to cut across the widest part of the calf. She has broad shoulders and slim hips, which this dress emphasizes, pushing it dangerously deep into drag territory. The cover, on the other hand, is all kinds of fabulous.

  • frannyprof

    OUT. Mainly because you showed the flowy pic, which is so beautiful. 

  • Judy_S

    OUT. To my mind it makes her look like store mannequin, or as if her face had been photoshopped onto a strange body. The dress seems to be more alive than her. I think maybe a woman of color would look good in the dress. 

  • l_c_ann

    “at a Gala Tribute in her honor”

    Giant exclamation mark.   So that makes the dress a total miss. 

    If she had worn almost any of her great Emmy dresses, it would have been a win.  (Unless Tom kept them)


    Not just because she can look better, but because it would be hard to find a less flattering dress. 

  • Carolyn

    Don’t like this one at all. FYI there are some beautiful photos inside the mag that I’ve seen on other sites where she is equally as beautifully styled.

  • theblondette

    Out – evil headmistress at prom

  • Nonmercisansfacon


  • Call me Bee

    Very matronly, but because of the shoes, not the dress. The shoes are way too “ladies who lunch.” That dress needs some edgier footwear. OUT.

    The cover, however, is awesome. Even with silly putty-colored shoes.

  • RoxieRider

    Out. She looks like she’s wearing a paper doll dress.

  • rh33

    Maybe she’s trying to counterbalance her prior soft porn photo shoot.

  • out

  • kimmeister

    Out. That is way too much red.

  • Dagney

    Agree that this dress would be better suited for Christina Hendricks.  Poor Nicole looks almost dowdy.

  • Joyce VG

    It’s an OUT.  Her last pose looks insecure and that takes everything all away for me.

  • melanie0866

    TOO LONG.  I guess that’s the hem length of the season – old-lady – but I hate it and plan to keep my showing my 50-year-old knees to the world.

  • Eh. I was leaning toward an IN, then I saw the cover and reevaluated in light of what she’s capable of. I’m just not in love with the dress, period, and I really don’t think it’s right for her at all. Plus, the twisty strap on the shoes makes my eye twitch. OUT.

  • Allison Woods

    Nope, hate everything about it.

  • teensmom99

    I give it an in because of the shoes.  Not fair, but that’s the way it is.

  • She needs to scoop up the Who magazine’s stylist and put them on permanent retainer.

  • Zippypie

    OUT.  It’s too much.  On a brunette, this might have worked, but not on her.  And again, what’s with these peek-a-boo boob cutouts? Yuck.

  • OUT. As you say, those eyebrows are working overtime.

  • littlemac8

    I think wearing her hair down was supposed to soften the look:  FAIL

  • guest2visits

    I like all of this – except the length of the sleeves; it makes the dress look off proportion.

  • Beth G

    Given what her legs look like in the photo, I’d say that the cover picture is SERIOUSLY photoshopped.

  • ThatPeterG

    yes, it’s matchy, but on the strength of that dress, i say IN.

  • demidaemon

    OUT. I agree with TLO; it is way too covered up. Additionally, it’s making her loook short, which seems impossible given what she has worn before.

  • Contralto

    dreadful.  OUT.

  • Jennifer Anker

    I keep seeing evil Genie Francis…and I don’t know why

  • poggi

    It also seems to be making her into a rectangle.  She has a great figure but this dress and maybe the heaviness of the fabric completely obscures that.


  • mayavaly

    Out. It’s dreadful on her.  There’s no definition across the top of the arms through the chest. The neckline and little cut out only serve to widen her chest still further and it just ends up looking terribly frumpy (compounded by the length). Fabulous cover though. For me she is absolutely the epitome of an icon and a star.

  • Jangle57

    I might have been willing to give her the benefit of the doubt until I saw the cover shot where she looks terrific – so OUT

  • Trisha26

    Out. Totally agree, TLo. An off-the-shoulder boatneck or a halter with no sleeves. The dress is too heavy as is. The shoes are pretty but what’s with one strap being turned over on each arch? Ouch!

  • julesj

    Out. She has the Bewitched era, botox face goin’ on. The dress looks dowdy and, like TLo said, everything is too long.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    OUT. the first thing I thought was 65-year-old NY Society Grand Dame. Nicole is too young for that although the botox has aged her into looking practically geriatric. Unfreeze you! 

  • ThaliaMenninger

    OUT. Alexis Smith during her matronly years.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT. Not her dress. Too matronly.

  • lrhoff

    It’s Nicole, and I think she looks great.  It’s not the best look in the world for her, but she’s making it work enough.  “In” for me.

  • formerlyAnon

    In. Yes, it looks arbitrarily long – a length chosen to meet some fashion dictate rather than to flatter her – but it’s still a gorgeous dress and she can wear it well.

    I really like the shoes, iffy on the hair and makeup, dislike the marble tombstone look that botox or lighting has given to her forehead.

  • The dress doesn’t quite work, and the shoes look as if the are disappearing into the carpet, yet it’s not so bad to be an out, so it’s an IN of sorts.

  • RzYoung

    Out, it looks somehow matronly

  • I think it looks fairly good, but NK should be kept to a higher standard, so OUT.

  • Kolo_Ol

    First thing I thought of when I saw this is “wow, it makes Nicole look old!”
    so obviously it’s an OUT

  • Almost in, but out–and all for the lack of proper boob support, which would have changed the look from slightly frumpy to glamour bombshell.

  • mmc2315

    To my eye, it’s an OUT.  I look at that dress with the neckline, sleeves, length, and frankly, I picture a MUCH older celebrity in it.  I mean, I’m talking elderly-lifetime-achievement-award kind of dress.  It’s a pretty dress, just not for Nicole.

  • DeGuz

    Gorgeous dress. Too severe of a style for Nicole though. Too bad. She is gorgeous. But girl, this is not your dress! OUT!

  • Catiline

    OUT.  It’s a pretty dress.  But on Nicole, between the too-loose fit and the pattern, it’s reminding me a little bit of a dental assistant smock.

  • She’s looked better, I blame the length, for her the whole get-up is a bit matronly.

  • Astonishingly, this dress is doing her no favors.  Hard to believe, but true.  OUT.

  • Larkin21

    Matchy=matchy doesn’t usually bother me as much as others but for whatever reason, it is here. Which is a shame since I like the dress and shoes so much on their own. I do agree that the dress is also a bit severe, as is the make-up. I love her hair, though. Overall, not a terrible look but still OUT.


    Out. Def a beautiful dress, trying to decide who it would look better on…just doesn’t work on Nicole. I like the model shoes with more black. The twisted straps on Nicole’s shoes are driving me nuts, but I LOVE the shoes!  Also, it is too matchy to the red carpet.
    And the cover shot, while she looks lovely and soft, I hate because the photoshop stretch is silly. When will mags stop with the nonsense!

  • stagmania

    OUT. Hem is hitting at the wrong spot, and I hate the matchy shoes.

  • Out. It mostly just looks…boring? How that is possible in red sequins I do not know.

  • lalahartma


  • OUT. I love the dress but you can’t leave the house with your eyebrows like that. Talk about drawing focus – omg! It’s like they are taking over her forehead!

  • Hard to fathom why this is an IN/OUT.  Her majestic height is perfect for that perfect dress.  Lovely.  IN.

  • lesmaha


  • holdmewhileimnaked

    gorgeous pair of shoes but wrong for this person in this outfit. here she looks like the model’s mother–something which i dont believe she is trying to do.

    in order to cut the conservatism inherent herein she needed to go w/ wild shoes. boots, even, if it wasnt hot wherever the photo was taken. as is she’s at grandma’s garden party. we’re about the same age, she & i, & she is much taller & thinner. i think, in fact, she’s a little younger–but i never trust hollywood ages. otoh, if you put a wearable variation of that dress on me, i’ll look twenty years younger cos i know how to put laughter & dirt into it. sardonic laughter, but still. she’s playing her cards too cleanly.

    ps. yr right about the bottom photo too. how can someone who gets photographed so much not know the difference between what she makes shine & what she, not to put too fine a point on it, pushes [even if thats by using too much delicacy] to stink? easy metaphor, maybe, cos i’m so tired.

    edited for the same reason as in the last sentence.

  • TieDye64

    I think she’s normally chic as hell, but this is just a sad effort. Sad and OUT.

  • ccm800

    Out: skinny old broad treatment a notch to far. Life the girls a little higher and lay off the freeze ray. The hung off a hook pose is not helping. 

  • lucasuk82

    In – it’s a lovely dress and a great color on her – though styling isn’t good.  I know you’d lose the hem detail, but a couple of inches off the bottom, a pair of pumps in the dark color from the dress, and softer makeup could have taken this to  WERQ for me. I agree that soft makeup always works best on her, but I kind of wish she’d embrace her inner glamazon from outer space for clothes.  When she first started getting attention as Mrs. Tom Cruise in that crazy chartreuse dress I was completely entranced with her.

  • librarygrrl64

    OUT! Great dress, totally wrong on her body.