Jessica Chastain in NYC

Posted on November 06, 2012

When we were conceptualizing, and then later, pitching our book, we got a lot of pushback to the effect of, “Hey, why aren’t you guys writing a style book?” To which we replied, “Oh God, no. They all tend to come down to, ‘Every woman should own a good trench coat and pair of dark wash jeans!” Style is such an individual thing that no one who knows anything about it should start a sentence with “Every woman should…” And besides, we kinda doubt that the female population of, oh, let’s say Miami, is really all that much in need of a good trench coat.

Having said all that…

Jessica Chastain arrives at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City, where she’s currently starring in “The Heiress.”

We kinda love this trench coat on Jessica. And we’re almost loathe to admit it, but we kinda love her puffy booties too.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

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  • teensmom99

    Yesterday, I was going to point out that Chastain is not a model. As  a petite woman, she just doesn’t usually show clothes to their best advantage.  The fact that she looks so good here may just prove that “Every woman SHOULD own a good trench coat and pair of dark wash jeans!”  That being said, I’m glad your book is about so much more and can’t wait to buy it.

  • She looks adorable but practical! I’m convinced she’s just a person who is stunning in person but for some reason a photoshoot camera doesn’t love her. She looks great here.

    • Celandine1

      I think she has looked stunning in magazine editorials & photoshoots. It’s the red carpet where the camera shows her no love. Also her red carpet outfits never seem to be right for her.

      • I phrased that weirdly. I agree with you on the red carpet. I’ve seen good photoshoots with her but she really shines on film and in candids, imo.

        • Mary229

          She has big features and often women with big facial features are STUNNING in person but don’t always photograph well unless they have good lighting.  You can catch them at the wrong angle and it doesn’t work.  But many times women who aren’t photogenic with big features are drop dead stunning in person.

  • Vanja

    Trench coat: YES.
    Puffy booties: NO.

    • makeityourself

      Shades:  YES

  • I have a confession. One of the things I love about you two is that you DON’T play style advisor to the average woman. That being said, I need that coat. 

    We won’t ever speak of those boots again though. Okay? 

    • gabbilevy

      I dunno… I kind of love them! But then, my feet were cold on my walk to work this morning.

  • mjude

    love the coat. not a fan of the boots.

  • Candigirl1968

    I agree with the masses: y’all just need to hurry up and write that style book.  

    P.S. Great outfit.  

  • love the trench.
    like the shades, would love them without the frilly stuff around the edges.
    dont like the booties, mostly because the material looks so cheap.

  • alyce1213

    I love the coat and sunglasses, and I think those booties look very comforting on a cold, grey, damp day in NY.  
    As puffy black booties go, these are pretty cute.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    If I was walking down Broadway and saw her — even if she weren’t famous — I’d do a double take at how pretty and put-together she looks.  It’s a fairly standard November-in-NYC look, but she pulls it off perfectly.

  • onefifteen

    Those boots are hiddy.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Trench coats are great, unless you have big boobs. Then they look like a sack.

    • jmw1122

      Indeed. Those of us who are blessed in the chest department can’t wear nearly as many cool things as our less endowed sisters.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      But style gurus always recommend them! As though a sad little self-belt can substitute for flattering tailoring. Ditto wrap dresses and surplice tops. Just because the boobs don’t completely spill out of them, doesn’t mean they look good. 

      • Pants_are_a_must

        The only way to have big boobs and wear a trench coat that flatters your shape is to also wear a bra that pushes the boobs up to baby heads mode. In other words, the Christina Hendricks syndrom.

        • Synnae

          Just because you have small breasts doesn’t mean you can get away with more fashiony looks, pears (who tend to be flat(ter))  have similar issues looking good in a trench or a lot of other fashiony stuff for that matter as they have hips and ass and thighs.

          And you do not have to go Christina Hendricks on your boobs for a trench, although you owe it to them to give them good support. It is all about finding that trench with the right cut and shape – i.e. buy one that doesn’t require a belt to give you a waist.  That is quite the challenging search and I should know, I need to replace my 5 year old perfect trench and I am not only a size US14 with an E-cup but I am also 6’2″…

          Btw- does anybody know what brand her booties are? I may be in the minority but I do like them.

          • Pants_are_a_must

            Allow me to express great skepticism at your comment, inquiry aside. I wish I was 6’2” with big boobs. Then I might be able to wear a trench coat. I’m not short, but I’m not that tall. The right trench with the right cut and shape is virtually impossible to find for big boobs. All the designers and brands default to the same sewing patterns. You have to have a coat altered, and I’m not sure even that works.

          • Synnae

            That’s the whole thing behind fashion, they do not always default to the same sewing patterns. As I said, it is a search and you need to find those brands that cut more generous and prepare to have stuff altered. Good thing I am a shopaholic who will pop into any and every store 😉
            Alterations are what make your wardrobe items work for you. I never understood why people don’t get that. At 6’2″ I obviously had no other choice.

            Depending on the fabric used, the plus-size collection at H&M has had some great trenches for bigger boobs (and arms) over the years for a small price. They start at a size US 12-14 (EUR 44). All that is then needed is a tad of tailoring on the waist to bring it down a size or two if needed.

  • decormaven

    Nice getup for a raw NYC day;. While not a fan of puffy booties, I’m sure they’re warm on the cold pavement. Trying to get a better look at the bag- looks like a vintage Coach bag. Snaps for that!

  • MilaXX

     Girlfriend is serving early winter realness with a spoon! Love the entire look!

  • Those puffy booties are the perfect balance of mass for the trench. Brava, Miss Jessica!

  • Kayceed

    High-heeled snow boots?

    • Lori

      That is so weird. “Puffy” and “high heeled” are not things that should go together. It’s just wrong. Also, if you can wear a trench coat outside without turning blue it’s not cold enough for puffy boots no matter what kind of heel they have.

      • Little_Olive

        Maybe the trench is lined or something. I get where your are going though -for me, it’s the mystery of wearing a coat and boots and nothing on your neck. Really ticks me.  

        • Lori

          The fact that she is wearing neither scarf nor gloves leads me to believe that it’s just not cold enough for puffy. I’ll admit to being prejudice since I hate puffy and therefore think it should be deployed only when absolutely necessary, but I stand by the general point.

    • kimmeister

      They are nearly as offensive as open-toed boots.

      • out for a walk

        But not nearly as offensive as open-toed, high-heeled puff boots would be!!

  • jw_ny

    The puffy boots look great here…as outerwear.  A cute pair of cold weather boots for running errands and shopping.  They’d look silly indoors with the trench off.  

  • If ever there was a puffy boot that works, this might be it.  I think she looks great. 

  • nannypoo

    The boots are silly but she looks great. 

  • Is she expecting snow during the matinee?

  • quiltrx

    LOL I just can’t with the high heeled Napoleon Dynamite boots!

  • jilly_d

    She’s joking with those boots, right?  ……RIGHT??

  • Le_Sigh

    Yay!  She looks so comfortable and chic.  

  • Funkykatt

    I have a few coats and I never wear them as it rarely gets cold enough in Sacramento. That said, I want that coat!

  • Lilithcat

    I’ve never understood the “every woman should have a trench coat” mantra.  Every trench coat I’ve ever owned has made me look short(er) and dumpy.

    • Qitkat

      Me too. But if I ever feel the need to try one on, I vainly hope the mirror will reflect back a me that looks as good as Jessica does here in hers.

    •  I have one that is cut like a 50s dress – nipped in waist and big skirt – that is the only one that hasn’t done the same to me.

  • formerlyAnon

    The puffy booties work very well with this, and look like one could really walk 20 blocks in them. No need to be shy about admitting your feelings.

    ETA: Can’t agree with those who cavil at the boots. It’s a casual outfit, no reason why one’s boots have to be fancy.

  • CPK1

    she looks gorgeous. Love her glasses and her coat. Can even handle the puffy boots.  Can’t wait for the T-Lo book!!!!

  • In_Stitches

    The glasses are fabulous.  They put her eyes through a film that makes them look like a renaissance painting. 

    The boots, I won’t begrudge.  They attempt to satisfy the utilitarian and the image-conscious and I’d say, at least when paired with the rest of the outfit, they’re largely succeeding.  

    • kimmeister

      I’ll agree with you on the glasses, if not on the boots.

  • yybb

    Love it. 

  • Little_Olive

    As is happens every so often in fashion, I don’t know whether I totally hate or really love the booties. She is mastering them though -I can imagine Kim K in them and it gives me creeps.  

  • You are LOATH (reluctant) to admit something, or you LOATHE (hate) admitting something. Sorry, pet peeve.

    Anyway, Chastain looks great here. I want to send this to the Fug Girls, seeing as they always get so sad when she shows up at places looking tragic.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    In the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast, a gal can’t go wrong with a good trench coat. Nicely done practical look on Ms. Chastain

  • I get why you wouldn’t want to write a style book, as even your blog is about a lot more than style.  But I’d really like to see advice on HOW to develop a style — I think it’s hard to find your style for a lot of women (I have this problem because I’m all over the place depending on my mood that day) and I’m wondering what your thoughts on it would be.

  • This look is so generic, so basic and so New York.  Black, boring and simple with astronomical price tags.  

  • LeifBallard

    Sorry girl those puffy shoes albeit remind me of my mom and Golden Girls from the 80’s, so I should love it but I really don’t. Only acceptable for an 80’s party or maybe a snowy day haha

    • She’s wearing practical boots that keep her feet warm. Good for her.

  • granddelusion

    Why can’t she look this good on the RC?

  • Totally validates everything we’ve ever thought about her avoiding the colours that are close to her skin tone. She looks so much more vibrant with the black coat and the flash of blue  (is that shirt collar or coat lining?). And I have new respect for her not doing the SEE MY HANDBAG pose even though we can be fairly sure someone gave her that.

  •  My sister recently talked me out of buying an awesome trench coat, and I’m now seriously considering disowning her as a family member.

  • She’s so pretty here that I’m so angry that she looks so awkward on the red carpet! I agree with some of the comments about how strong features are so stunning in person and with the right lighting, but sometimes come across strange at the wrong angle. Still, she could look so good! She CAN look so good!

  • She looks great!! Casual Jessica beats Formal Jessica, hands down.