In or Out: Olivia Wilde in Calvin Klein

Posted on October 01, 2012

The fact that Olivia Wilde is wearing a just-above-the-ankle length bright green caftan and we’re not automatically reaching for the Bea Arthur jokes is a testament to … something.


Olivia Wilde attends after party for the premiere of ‘Butter’ in NYC in Calvin Klein.

Calvin Klein Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Marie Piovesan

No, really. You say “just-above-the-ankle-length bright green caftan” to a couple of bitchy red carpet commenters and we can assure you, they’re going to simultaneously sharpen their claws while flipping through a thesaurus to the entry on “hideous.”  But this is kind of working for us. Or at least, it’s working better than we thought it would. We’re  not super-crazy about the length (just above the ankle almost always looks awkward to us), the weird cape-like thingy that covers her arms, or the fact that she’s wearing absolutely no jewelry, but this is kind of eye-catching. Personally, we think this called for a big ’70s-style blowout, some dramatic eye makeup and at least one statement piece of jewelry, but we’re willing to admit that might’ve tipped it over to DragLand. Still, it needs something more than what she’s giving it.

Are we nuts? Is this horrible or does it kind of have something going on?

Vote Now!


IN! It’s got something!


OUT! It’s horrible!


Many of the kittens loved Emma Watson’s dress-and-pants combo, but slightly more didn’t love it, which means it’s OUT.


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  • joancarol

    Her eyes are her jewelry.

    • J. Preposterice



    • terpsichory

       Can I put you on retainer? You’d have to tell me stuff like this, without a trace of irony, probably at unreasonable hours.

      As to Ms Wilde’s dryad chic, even though I’m not completely sold on the cape (I think it only works in motion) i adore the colour and general vibe enough for an IN.

    • One of my favorite comments ever! Although personally I think this whole look is an ode to Endora of Bewitched.

      • drdarke

        Nope – the beautiful niece to Ursula, The Sea Witch, liqthemoon !

        She has great powers, but has yet to decide if she will use them for good…or evil ….

  • I think I love it. 

  • Its sheer and shapely, so it works.

  • Celandine1

    I give her points for the gold shoes but I have to say OUT. If as TLO mentioned, she added the statement jewelry or fabulous big hair, I would lean towards a IN. That fabric is kind of freaking me out, like a weird Monet painting. 

    • galcurly

      More Georges Seurat.

  • LuxuryLime

    I like it! It’s like leprechaun Stevie Nicks.

    • AudreysMom

       great description but I give it an OUT.

    • Bravo.

    • TieDye64

      Ooooh, you’re good. I used to have a girl crush on her, so of course it’ll be an in from me. 

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I adore it even though I could never wear it.  Olivia knows how to make it seem chic and not silly.  And I love that Francisco Costa can design two get-ups with essentially the same fabric that give off such radically different vibes (this and Emma Stone from a few days ago).  That’s talent.

  • Lizzyisi

    It suits her. I’d like to see a cocktail ring or a pendant, but I’m glad she kept the hair and make-up simple (and not too 70’s-referential, although I guess the nude lip is pretty 70’s). I give her an In.

    • librarygrrl64

      Yes, I would have voted OUT if she had had big 70s hair.

  • call_me_schmeg

    this is some edited sexy mrs. roper realness, if that ever was a thing to be. 

    • call_me_schmeg

      which means IN. i love this kinda stuff. 

  • harlowish

    Yeah, Bea Arthur jokes aren’t appropriate here.  Elf princess jokes, however, are.  OUT.

    • Ná, Arwen haryëa i laiqua vaima, ar ná vanima lá Olivia.  OUT.

  • Jessi03

    Weirdly, I really like it.  In.

  • Dr. Derf van der Derf

    I think it looks like some sort of sleeping garment for hippies, so OUT

  • frannyprof

    Out. Are capes a thing now?

    • Glammie

      Have been for a few years.

  • Sobaika

    WERQ! I love me a caftan so, biased.

  • EveEve

    Ethereal and stunning. A breath of fresh fall air.  IN.

  • Mildred20

    I give it a marginal out.  It doesn’t quite work for me, possibly because she is just standing in place.  I like it more on the model because at least there is movement and flow to it.
    She was on my irrational-hate list until I saw her on Jon Stewart.  She’s quite funny and charming, won me over.

    • librarygrrl64

      Loved her on Stewart and, before that, Colbert. She seems like a smart cookie, and refreshingly doesn’t seem to take herself (or her looks) too seriously. I love how understatedly sexy this is.

  • karena10

    Why not, I like it.  It wouldn’t be right for a red carpet, but for an after party,  its fine.  The color is great on her.

  • DaringMiss

    Love the color!  Hate everything else!

    • I love the color too, so that makes it an IN for me. And also very pretty curtains.

  • Larkin21

    The color looks amazing on her but the cape over the arms and the length are just too much to overcome. OUT.

  • j_anson

    The color is nice, but otherwise it’s doing nothing for her. OUT.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    If the cape looked sheerer or it were sort of swept back, like on the model, I’d be better with it. This just isn’t working for me. She looks like she’s inside a boy scout tent.

  • Judy_J

    I’d like to see more of the dress.  That pose she’s holding doesn’t really show it off, does it?  And it’s so dark…she’s kind of blending in with that background color.  If I’m forced to judge on these photos alone, I say OUT, although I do like the runway shot.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like it, even if she looks like a forest elf, right out of a J.R. Tolkien book. I like the pairing with those shoes.
    She could have used some earings.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      If they ever remake “Rings” for any reason, I’d say she could make a great Arwen.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Yeah, she would.

    •  My first thought was the Lady of the Green Kirtle. (Of course, I am reading _The Silver Chair_ to my kids right now, so that character is on my mind).

      • Tatiana Luján

        How old are your kids? I have a sister who is 7 years old and I would like to read that story to her.

        • Mine are 6 and 8. They are loving it. My thought is that they will enjoy the next Narnia movie more if they know the book first.

          • Tatiana Luján


  • sweetestsith

    I dislike it, but the color looks SO GOOD with her skin tone, the shape isn’t actually unflattering, and I like her hair/makeup. Tentative in?

    • Chantelle James

      That’s where I am, too. The colour is amazing on her, the shape is not unflattering, and her eyes are arrestingly beautiful. The length is a bit weird and and I don’t love the ankle strap on the shoes, although the camera angle is bad. Overall, tentative in.

  • SapphoPoet

    IN. Beautiful. Ethereal. Faerie.

  • SummerSquash

    In. She’s making it work.

  • formerlyAnon

    In. It has a slinky, cartoon-villain Something.

    Though with very few additions she can appear in it on Halloween as Super Gecko.

  • Clueless_Jock

    She reminds me of Ann Bancroft in “The Turning Point.” IN.

  • Glammie

    It’s actually kind of gorgeous–the fabric’s light enough and the cut is slim enough that it doesn’t scream caftan–and the way it matches her eyes is kind of stunning.

    It’s a great dress that’s both comfortable and flattering.  So, In without question here.

  • MrsMaxPower

    Out for me…it’s too much like Malificent’s baby sister just about to go to the dark side for me. 

  • TSkot

    Lovely lingerie; thus: OUT

  • ecallaw1977

    OUT.  Hate.  HATE.

  • StellaZafella

    Not Bea Arthur…Rue McLanahan.

  • 3boysful

    Because she is so tiny, and the shoes aren’t orthopaedic, and she has such great eyes, it somehow works.  Woodland nymph-ish IN.

  • Eclectic Mayhem


  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    It’s really very pretty, but I think it reads “pool party”. So In for the outfit, Out for the location.

  • butterflysunita

    IN.  It’s for an after party, and it looks super comfortable.  Her attitude carries it off.  

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Aquatic. Seaweed.

  • jmorino08

    Out… doesn’t look like it fits that well and it definitely needs some accessorizing.

  • piecesofconfetti

    I think she’s pulling it off. IN.

  • Kristina Toma

    Between your recent Rihanna post and this one, I’d say you guys are on a Golden Girls kick. 

    We’ve got Blanche and Dorothy. Now we just need two more…

  • IN!  She doesn’t need showy accessories.  

  • Insidiously

    This woman is just gorgeous. She is one of the most stunning young actresses in Hollywood!

  • holzfaellen

    I’m a bit surprised that I like it, but I do. IN!

  • tired_mommy

    She’s not missing jewelry, she’s missing gold sparkling fairy wings. Out.

  • Something about the lighting makes it look like she’s growing moss. 
    But I’ll give it an In. It skirts the line between hippie-chic and Studio 54 and yet still looks pretty fresh. Should have added some chandelier earrings though. 

  • alyce1213

    IN! Very nice on her, and she got the shoes right (better than the runway).

  • lalahartma


  • The color is fabulous on her and does amazing things for her eyes, but the cape-thing is spoils the shape. OUT.

  • Cathy S

    In! I love that.

  • LadyCelia

    In.  Kind of a hair-up Samantha at the Witches Council vibe.

  • Hmm. I’m going to go with OUT. I think more youthful modern interesting shoes would have made it, and maybe? jewelry? dunno. 

  • MoHub

    I’m actually having a bit of JLo flashback.

  • I love caftans, but this is not working for me. It seems to beach casual or something with the stringy dress straps. OUT. 

  • Kristin McNamara

    She looks like a dragon.

  • I want to hate it, but I can’t, because she looks so stunning. Man, she has gorgeous eyes. And, y’know, everything else. 

  • jw_ny


    Hair down and showy earrings, 70’s style, would improve this, but I like the simplicity of her look here too. 

    It’s a party, so I assume the cape came off later.

  • In. She looks all willowy goddess “inflame your lust with the shape of my eyes” hot.

    I don’t know what that means. I guess I’d jump the fence and make out with her face?

    • kimmeister

      I just nearly spit out my yogurt all over the screen.

  • Anathema_Device

    It does have something, so In, but just barely. She needs a little color on the lips (not a lot, just not flesh-toned lips) and some jewelry. I would go with earrings and maybe not mess with the delicateness of the neckline.

  • I just don’t think so. I have to give this an OUT.  It’s very “Woodland Fairy” to me.

  • kimmeister

    IN.  I’d only change the yoga-ish hair and what I consider overdone eye makeup.

  • Joyce VG

    At first it was an OUT but then I peeled back my claws and saw the whimsy.  She looks like a nymph from Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pretty! IN. 

  • The color is amazing and it does almost work.  But if you’re going to attend an afterparty in your peignoir set, go full drag or go home.

    Lower case in.

  • janetjb

    Beautiful color on her. 
    It looks like a nightgown, and I’d love to have it.

    eta: OUT

  • teensmom99

    She is beautiful but this is out. But I think you  have the wrong TV reference–this is totally Esmerelda from Bewitched.

  • My initial reaction to this look: “She is rising out of a foggy swamp”.

  • Rand Ortega

    Ethereal. I love it. IN.

  • mellorcr

    I love T-LO, but have to give you a fail for calling this a caftan.  This is a slip with a cape attached.   I also give it an OUT.  I can think of only two occasions this would work for, some kind of ritual where she wants to call on the spirit of the forest, or an old 30’s movie where the ingenue is planning to seduce the producer in her dressing room.

  • crackineggs

    Completely fabulous, IN. 

    Plus, shaving her legs must have been a breeze since she didn’t have to scrape too far past her ankles.

  • This is a chiffon cape over a shapeless chiffon halter dress (Anya special) in a pontillist red/green micro print, paired with oversized sandals, no jewelry and yoga class hair.  OUT.

  • BazoDee

    IN!! That face and those eyes are all she needs! 

    • shirab

      The cheekbones! Yikes.

  • msdamselfly

    Looks better on the taller model

  • IN IN IN IN. Although I don’t consider this neither a caftan nor bright green, but ok. Whatever it is, I’m loving it.

  • Trisha26

    In. It’s not a caftan – it’s a long green slip dress with a cool-looking capey thing. 

  • It’s a gorgeous color on her, but it looks like a sad ghost costume. OUT. 

  • MzzPants

    IN.  Kind of sexy for Bea Arthur, don’cha think?

  • Call me Bee

    She’s always stunning, and that color is perfect on her.  IN. 

  • neofashionista


  • Monabel

    Poetic. IN.

  • nannypoo

    I think it’s weird and fabulous. I love it. I hate her shoes and her hair looks like a mistake, but the dress is great.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In.  It just works.  She looks gorgeous. 

  • boomchicabowwow

    Am I the only one who feels like she’s being subsumed into the wall?  I can’t tell if I like it, mostly ’cause I can’t SEE it.

  • Kristy Evans

    OUT. She looks like she’s going to a particularly fancy pool party. 

  • tereliz

    In! Love the color, but yeah, she’s playing it kind of safe with the styling. I mean, she’s such a beautiful woman she can make a CAFTAN look great, but imagine how GLAM it could have been. She doesn’t need to rock a gold lame turban or anything, but some chunky wooden bangles and sexy waves would have helped.

  • IN.

  • Love the Color…but that’s about it.  Out.

  • melanie0866

    Out.  Looks like it was made of frogskin.

  • Judy_S

    In. I think the big hair and/or big jewelry would evoke Ms. Arthur.  I would like to see the hair a bit more tidy but she is working a kind of elf-nymph look here, it seems to me. Because she is so beautiful, a really simple and uncluttered look is best for her.

  • ccm800

    Im a Yea it –   But is she at a sleepover in a cave or sumpin? 

  • IN

  • margaret meyers

    That’s more like a pegnoir than a caftan.  She looks very inviting.

  • OUT

  • aristida_girl

    IN, dammit she looks amazing…

  • IN – For the pretty elven look. 

  • you’renotmysupervisor!!

    IN!  The color is gorgeous, makeup is perfect- provides just enough contrast and shows off her fine bone structure.  I prefer her hair back and up, makes this feel more modern and gauzy elegance rather than 70’s fabulosity.  And it shows off those oft-overlooked erogenous zones, collarbones and shoulders. 

  • So totally in.

  • snarkykitten

    it looks like a nightgown for godzilla’s girlfriend

  • SewingSiren

    Stunning. Absolutely IN.

  • In

  • I like it, IN!

  • littlemissstrange

    I say IN and I disagree on the 70’s blowout, I think that would’ve made it look too beachy. Or draggy. Either way, not better. This looks sleek and effortlessly sexy.

    Then of course there’s her face which is an enormous advantage.

    *torn between artistic appreciation of beauty and cold bitter jealousy*

  • Jangle57

    On almost anyone with curves, this would be an out but on her, it looks good.  IN

  • kategs

    She looks so elegant and that color is amazing.  Not many could pull this off.  An IN for me.

  • IN. I am really digging it. I think her hair looks pretty, the sandals are perfect. I do wish she had some earrings because she does look slightly, um, unfinished? But it’s an interesting look that makes me want to claw her eyes out. Why? Because she doesn’t even have to try to look that good and she is dating Jason Sudeikis. How many times can I sigh wistfully in one day?

  • LOVE IT. IN.

  • TomBord

    Endora’s Negligee. 

  • Wrenaria

    She looks kind of elvish. I dig it. 

  • Gorgeous color and her eyes really do look amazing.  However, I’m not a fan of really skinny girls who wear tops that expose the sternal space.  One should not be able to count ribs on someone’s chest; it is not attractive.  This would be amazing on someone with a little more meat up top–not enough that she’s falling out of the deep V neck, but more than this.  Kinda digging the cape–very different and eye-catching.

  • Lisa Kramp

    Statement earrings and one fabulous bangle would have raised this to WERQ status.

  • Contralto

    Her jawline is the same shape as the neckline.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • Tracy_Flick

    Very Bed Bath & Beyond. OUT.

  • It’s a beautiful color, but the dress is still OUT. 

  • The Lady of the Green Kirtle! I really like this, and she’s wearing perfect shoes for it. IN.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT. All I see is lingerie.  To pull this off she needed statement jewelry and different hair.

  • Aly Light

    IN… dramatic and exotic. I wouldn’t call it a caftan, but rather a longer cape.

  • If she had a blow out that would take this to Stevie Nicks territory.  All she needs a tad more color on her lips.

  • MilaXX

    IN – I like this even if I’m not crazy about the sheer cape thingy. I think what helps here is her makeup, especially her eyes. She tend to line her inner rims & it always looks too harsh. Here she has lined the upper lid and the outer v a tiny bit which pays nicely with her eye shape.  Also the color of the dress brings out her eye color.

  • In.  It’s definitely got something.  Is it the green giving me a sense of the mystery of the sea?  Or am I just tired?

  • MissAnnieRN

    Great color for her, but give this to AngieJo.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hmm. I think it would have been in Ms. Angie’s wheelhouse once, but she’s gotten too angular as she’s matured and she’d end up looking more like the Rackham end of the Faerie spectrum

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL


  • AnneElliot

    The fabric is gorgeous, but to me it just looks like a really pretty beach cover-up.  She is stunning as usual, though.  IN.

  • well, it’s got olivia wilde going on.  i’m not sure many other people could look that good in it.

  • lesmaha

    love the color, but don’t think the shape and style work on her–so, reluctantly, out.

  • Looks like freakin’ jammies to me. So unless she’s headed to a slumber party, I’m saying “out”.

  • CarolinLA

    She looks like Peter Pan.

  • The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was Strawberry Alarm Clock’s song Lady of the Lake.

  • ChelseaNH

    IN.  She’s pulling it off.  Or perhaps she’s just hypnotized me into thinking so.

  • Bozhi


  • OUT! Hid.

  • pokokpuding

    What it needs is a turban and a tall glass of sass. 

  • Forest nymph fierceness. 


  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    IN! She’s got that je ne sais quoi about her.

  • TieDye64

    Kind of a sucky lighting, but I think I like this. IN.

  • demidaemon

    OUT. I’m sorry, it’s way too nightgowny for me.

  • RzYoung

    IN, i really like this and am endlessly fascinated by her face for some reason

  • SistaT

    OUT.  This looks like lingerie to me, like one of those awful nightgown and sheer robe sets that your great-aunt would give to you for your bridal shower, thinking it’s “sexy”.

  • OUT. What is that…? 

  • kmk05

    OUT! It’s like a stagnant pond got dumped on her shoulders! Also, it kind of looks like nightwear: I think it’s the floatiness of the fabric. 

    Her face is stunning, but I think the hair, like you said, calls for a blowout. I mean, come on: if you’re the Mermaid of the Pond, where’s the Ariel hair?

  • L.

    IN.  Earrings would have finished this nicely, but the caftan hides the pee pose.

  • I like it, IN.  I think it looks better on her than the model.  Something about the color and the sheer fabric.  But I am a child of the 70’s

  • Lisa Dugan

    In.  I give her props for trying it and although it’s definitely odd, she looks fabulous.

  • In, the styling gives it a polished bohemian vibe and the color is great on her.

  • Candigirl1968

    OUT.  A beach cover up, nightgown hybrid.  

  • mmc2315

    A weak IN, here.  Tough call.

  • EEKstl

    IN!  I kind of love this.  I think her hair back works, but she definitely needed earrings.

  • marilyn

    No jewelry.  That would have made it a Bea Arthu caftan.  She looks just right.  It actually reminds me of a costume from the show ‘Once Upon a Time’. IN.

  • guest2visits

    She looks like she’s wearing pressed seaweed; like nori for sushi.  She’s pretty; the dress is not.

  • IN. Gorgeous colour, love the fluidity here.

  • IN. Amazingly, it works.

  • DeGuz

    nightgown for a forest princess. OUT

  • Allison Woods


  • Hahahahahahahahahahaha OUT.

    I mean… I can’t even… She looks like Dorothy Zbornak accidentally Freaky Friday’d with a young neighbor and decided to Blanche Deveraux anything that moved while the getting was good.

  • IN.

  • shelley514

    I think this is the kind of dress that you have to see in movement.  Yet it looks horrible on that runway model, so maybe movement doesn’t help it much.  I like OW though so I’m gonna go ahead and say its “In.”

  • librarygrrl64

    A small “in.” I agree on the length and jewelry comments, but thank GOODNESS she didn’t wear the green platforms! I think this looks light and ethereal, and the color and pattern are fantastic on her. Folktale chic.