Sarah Hyland in Alice + Olivia and Zimmerman

Posted on October 17, 2012

At first glance, we rated this look as being a bit too precious for our tastes. But this is why you shouldn’t always rely on your first glance. Because really, the outfit’s fairly standard…


Sarah Hyland attends the Nylon October IT issue celebration in West Hollywood, California in a top by Alice+Olivia and skirt by Zimmerman.

Alice + Olivia Bali Top with Pearl Bead Embellished Peter Pan Collar

It’s the face and hair that gave us toothaches. But again, that’s just not fair. Aren’t we being very thoughtful and pensive and shit this morning? It’s annoying. Anyway, our original thinking was, wow, that’s a lot of makeup and Sarah Palin hair for one tiny gal. But here’s why we stepped back from the bitchery abyss: that IS her face. It’s pretty hard not to make Sarah Hyland look a little precious. She’s got a face like an anime character, with the giant eyes and tiny nose and mouth. Sure, maybe that lip color’s a bit much, but after we took a good, long look at her, we swung around to thinking the look works. We guess we’re not quite used to seeing her wearing that much makeup and it looked a little jarring to us.

Anyway, before we turn this into T Lo’s Makeup Blog (GOD, could you imagine?), we’ll say that the skirt’s kind of cool, but shaped a little funny; the top is really cute and suits her face and hair, and the shoes are kind of a disappointment.

There you go, honey. You got the full T Lo Assessment. Aren’t you lucky?


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  • curiouserandcuriousest

    I just really want to know what that skirt is made of!

    •  I’ve worked with something similar, and its a bitch to work with well.  Shreds like mad, and shows every last little pucker.  The designer was wise to do only concealed seaming, and I’d venture that the skirt lining is attached to the turn back of the facing fabric, so you can’t see anything other than smoothness.  Gotta say, it looks perfect here. Bravo to Zimmerman.

      • curiouserandcuriousest

         Does the material have a name? The sheen is so unusual. And yes, it appears flawless.

        •  Oh, I’m sure that it does, though I have no idea what it may be.  Its something I worked with for a client, and we never bothered to find out the textile name. Often even the store you buy from has no idea. In fact, invoices often only list product numbers. 

          • Looks like some kind of space age material.

          • Oh, its SERIOUSLY synthetic.  lol No open flames near this, please.

          • l_c_ann

            Some kind of woven mylar or maybe even carbon fiber ?(was it hard to cut?)  I’d guess it was really lightweight, and impossible to fold a hem flat?  Really interesting. Kitlrdntilted, anything more your can tell us? 

          • It felt to me like some poly/acrylic blend. The weft was resistant to bending, to a degree, so it made pressing interesting, but once pressed, it held shape well.  It was fine on the cutting, too.

          • l_c_ann

            If there were a mistaken iron press, could it be removed (not that you would have, but some ‘plastics  ‘  once formed don’t take kindly to going back to their original shape/

          • Steaming worked, re-pressing, did not.

          • curiouserandcuriousest

             Fair enough – I know very little about material, I thought it was perhaps obvious to others. For some reason I just found this effect very striking. Shiny things!

      •  Do you think cutting with a hot knife would have sealed the cut edges, and reduced shredding? A friend used to use one on synthetics like that, and it worked brilliantly.

        • I hadn’t thought of it. Great idea!!! I’ll try it soon.

  • B_C_J

    Love the items of clothing separately. However, I am not convinced that the top works with the cutting edge, shiny skirt.  I would have toned down the lipstick a bit and given her something other than a granny bun.

    • Lipstick is way too dark — for the event, for the outfit, for the age of the person wearing it.

      • MilaXX

         She’s 21/22

        • The all-knowing Wikipedia confirms what you say.  But I still say it’s too dark for the youthfulness of that outfit (or at least that top — I’m not sure I think the top and the skirt work together).

  • alyce1213

    I very much like, in fact and in principle, that these are two separate pieces from two different designers put together so well. Her makeup is a bit much, but she looks like little doll and it works.  I’m fascinated by the fabric of this skirt; I love it.  The shoes are fine, not stealing focus.

    I recently saw in one day two SVUs made 11 years apart in which Sarah was the guest star.  She’s been in the game a long time.

    • ecallaw1977

       I agree, and I would never have thought to put an ivory blouse with old-fashioned pearl accents with that space-age skirt. I’m even okay with the shoes.  My only complaints are the hair and the lipstick.

    • kimmeister

      I read that as “two SUVs” and was about to be impressed with your knowledge of vehicle years!  LOL

  • At least she’s not wearing silly putty shoes.

  • tsid2012

    I agree at first glance it seems a lot of make up but not really for an evening event.  I love her, thinks she is very talented as well as very, very pretty  That skirt is uber cool……..

  • BazoDee

    Oh the make-up! I just can’t get past that!!! Cute top. Interesting skirt. 

  • annie_wonder

    I love every single bit of this.

    • emcat8

      Yeah me too. Man, when I was younger, I could have rocked that skirt!

  • I don’t really think the top works with the skirt, but the lipstick is totally necessary to stop the peter pan collar from being ridiculously twee.

    • curiouserandcuriousest

      I think you’re right, but perhaps a redder shade than this one, which strikes me as a bit plum-coloured? It’s too much with the dark eyes, I think.

      •  I know what you mean, but I wore a similar shade at her age and can’t really see it as a bad idea. Just one of the mistaken steps on the road to enlightenment.

      • Sobaika

        I love the lip color – I think she should have taken it easy on the foundation and eyeliner. She looks might lacquered up and powdered down for someone so fresh-looking.

        • curiouserandcuriousest

           Yup, I’d be behind the lip colour without the rest, so either/or!

  • EditKitten

    I actually like the hair and makeup here. Perhaps a touch too dark on the lipstick, but her eye makeup is fab. And I love the pieces together. I think this is very cute-chic.

  • nannypoo

    The soft, delicate blouse is an interesting choice with the skirt, and I think they look great together. I don’t like the lipstick color.

  • Chillmer

    Her hair is amazing! I would love to try that style.

  • shoneez

    Love that bracelet! Who makes it?

  • mmc2315

    Exactly, it’s the make-up that is jarring.  Everything else is super cute on her.

  • VicksieDo

    I hate that skirt, it’s too in your face SHINY AS FUCK!
    Love the blouse though.
    Don’t know what else she could have done but do strong makeup and the grey shoes…

  • The makeup is a little heavy, but she looks cute. 

  • Too shiny!

  • MilaXX

    I actually like the look. Yes the dark lip is a bit of a departure for her, but it’s Fall and some of us pull out a dark lip in the Fall/Winter.

  • I dislike this look.  I’m trying to not use the word hate, but it’s very hard. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I don’t think everything goes with everything in this look, since it makes her look like a futuristic goth Wendy.

  • gabbilevy

    Makeup, particularly the lip, is a little heavy, but overall a win I think. I’m mesmerized by that skirt, and I think the uberfeminine blouse balances nicely with the spaceagey-ness of the skirt’s material. 

  • piecesofconfetti

    I really love this. Looks very youthful and fashionable. She’s adorable.

  • miagain

    I love her skirt!!  

  • Tatiana Luján

    if she had less makeup in her eyes, the lipstick wouldn’t look so heavy. Like with legs and tits, if you want to look good, you can only display one at the time.

  • MarissaLG

    I’m actually really into this look. It’s also perfect for an event for Nylon/Forever21. 

  • Violina23

    No, it’s totally the lip color. Reminds me of when I was in 8th grade and all the girls started wearing makeup, and defaulted to the darkest possible color lip as if to say “look at me, I’m grown up now!”

  • Anathema_Device

    I think the outfit is great. I know the hard/soft or edgy/feminine thing is cited way too often, but this is great example of how well it can work. Agree with you on the hair and makeup. She needed to soften either the lipstick or eye makeup. It is too much. And lower that top knot.

  • tallgirl1204

    lighter lipstick and you would have given her a werq.  Well, maybe not, but I would have. 

  • julnyes

    Waiting for her and Octavia to be in some generational drama together as Grandmother and Granddaughter. The kind of movie where Sarah gets sent to spend time with her grandmother because her mother has self destructed in some way and they all learn valuable lessons about love, family and self-respect. I am still trying to figure out who should play the mother..

    • SewingSiren

      Octavia is barely old enough to play Sarah’s mother, much less her grandmother. But they do look alike, I agree.

      • julnyes

        True she is technically only old enough to be her mother – but their ACTORS! Sarah can pass for an early teen and they can throw a streak of grey in Octavia’s hair. This is all to serve my wish for the previously mentioned plot line – Mother / Daughter just won’t cut it for me 🙂

  • Kayceed

    I think she looks good. One of those rare actresses who actually look doll-like.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    No.  To all of it.

  • And she’s young, if she cannot be playful at this age, when then? That sci-fi skirt is making me obsess. 

  • Judy_S

    I think there are some congratulations in order. That skirt would look pretty weird on anyone who wasn’t both tiny and young. And it corrects the twee top very nicely, or they correct each other, or they complement each other. I am impressed.

  • Janet B

    Cute, unexpected combination.  

    I’m impressed by the lack of wrinkles in the skirt.

  • stubbornthoughts

    What a beautiful young thing! But that skirt is confusing me. It looks like it was made of metal car parts. And the lipstick/eye makeup makes her look like walking dead.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Who is this Zimmerman? The skirt’s kind of cool, but Zimmerman is also credited for that, that. . . thing Lea Michelle was wearing the other day. 

  • margaret meyers

    TLos, she’s 22 years old.  That makeup is aging, which makes her anime looks all the odder.  Is she older trying to look younger? A tweener trying to look like a grown up?

  • If this is the material I encountered in some high end shops on the upper east side, I am super jealous of that dress because from what I recall, it was so smooth and light you could barely feel it beneath your fingertips. Like the frictionless car that shows up in the Hitchhikers Guide books, in fabric form. 

  • Aarjullor

    I think she looks amazing! A beautiful doll, with great hair. Love the whole outfit, that skirt is incredible.

  • That skirt is amazing. I’m not sure it’s flattering, but it’s so interesting I don’t think it matters. Love it!

  • HK4Seven

    I would totally read a T-Lo makeup blog….

  • Tracy_Flick

    The makeup is terrifying. The first thing I thought of was the little girls from The Shining. The blouse is great, the skirt is random, the shoes are OK. Would have been fine without the horror movie warpaint. 

  • LeifBallard

    The only think I actually like is the top….I love the lip except I would prefer it with softer eye makeup. 

  • sweetlilvoice

    She is just adorable and a pretty good actress on Modern Family. Hair and lipstick are a bit much….but she’s 22 and looks 16. Your 20s are a time for lots of bad fashion/men choices. 

  • guest2visits

    Sarah’s very pretty, and she tends to wear too much make-up.
    I like the top and the skirt, I just don’t think they work together; the skirts’ very ‘modern’ edgy, the top is so demure.

  • Susan Crawford

    I’m a big Sarah Hyland fan for many reasons: love her work on “Modern Family”; adore her little heart-shaped anime face; worship her ability to steal a scene from the big kids with her comedic timing. Aaaand, I think this outfit is da bomb, head to toe. Including the makeup, and I’m usually yelling at young actresses/celebreties to go easy.

    I’m dropping a curtsy to Little Miss Hyland!

  • I remain bitter towards Palin for ruining updos (among other things) for the rest of us.

  • Sweetvegan

    Love the skirt! Definitely need a different lip color.