Michelle Trachtenberg in Los Angeles

Posted on November 07, 2012

We love ourselves some cat-eye frames, but Michelle here is providing a handy illustration of why they’re just not for everyone:


‘Gossip Girl’ star Michelle Trachtenberg makes her way out of Benjamin Salon in Los Angeles.

Girl, Those Aren’t Your Shades. It doesn’t help that she’s got her eyebrows raised in every shot, which, combined with the sunglasses, are giving her a somewhat comical look.

But hey, the booties and bag are cute.



[Photo Credit: Survivor/PacificCoastNews.com]

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  • kimmeister

    Those are extreme cat-eyes, which would probably only work on Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj (or someone otherwise known for fashion insanity).

  • SapphoPoet

    I kind of like her necklace.

  • mjude

    its not easy to rock cat eyes.  not working on her, but i do think she is a sweet girl.

  • Love that bag. 

    • gsk241

       Me, too!  FYI, that’s a Coach Candace Carryall in brass/brown/carnelian.

  • She looks so surprised in every picture!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      She’s on her phone, so maybe she got some really shocking news.  Like she was nominated for a Golden Globe or something.

    • ecallaw1977

       Are her eyebrows even raised, or is that just the effect of the way the sunglasses dip low at the bridge?

  • Judy_J

    Her brows are too arched for those frames.  I do like the booties, though.

  • Iowachick

    Girl, those aren’t your jeans either. Am I the only one who does not at all like skinny jeans (or tights? what are these?) on not-so-skinny girls?

    • bookish

      I think she just isn’t wearing the right size.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I think so too. Not even skinny jeas should fit so tight, they look cheap.

    •  It’s not so much size as shape.  You need to have long legs for your size (meaning 5’2″ long legs are different than 5’9″ long legs) and slim hips and thighs.

    • birdgee

      The fit isn’t perfect, but I think she has shapely, enviable gams. Dislike the notion that only skinny chicks with long legs should wear skinny jeans.

      • Iowachick

        I was waiting for someone to say that.

        I’m a size 2 and I don’t wear skinny jeans because I just don’t look that good in them. They make me look less attractive than I do in a regular old-fashioned pair of jeans. But a size 6 girl may look better in skinny jeans than she would in a wide-leg pair – in which case, awesome for her.

        Just to say that sometimes one should not adopt the latest fad in a heartbeat. I think that she might have looked so much skinnier and shapely in so many other pairs of pants.

        • birdgee

          Agreed! I’m possibly just jealous because she and I have essentially the same build but she looks far fabber in this getup than I would. 😉 

    • In_Stitches

       Booties make any girls’ legs look stumpy and these jeggings are slightly lighter on the thigh than they are on the calf which isn’t the most flattering wash for a girl with strong thighs like Michelle.  Put her in some darker jeggings with an even wash and pair them with some flats or pumps and she’d look great. 

    • LauraWL

      Eh. I think if you are trying to look slimmer then skinny jeans don’t work really well unless you are already slender. But if your point is to show off your curvy legs, then yes, skinny jeans are good for that. 

    • leftcoastpickle

      You took the words right out of my mouth! Fashion victim.

    • I’m pretty sure the point of skinny jeans is to make you look curvy, so they’re perfect for thin girls or slightly curvy girls who want more curve. You’re welcome.

  • elirt

    Totally not her shades.

  • That second photo slays me — her hair “wings” echo the shape of the glasses.  Hehe.  I would lose those rings ASAP, too.  They draw attention to her hands, which unfortunately are not her most attractive feature.  

  • MilaXX

    The glasses are too cat eye and it’s giving her a weird bug like appearance. I like the booties, but not with that outfit.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I was thinking a bug as it’s just hitting my windshield.

  • Insidiously

    Girl, bye.

    “Wonky” is not a look.

  • alyce1213

    Those glass are hideous and would be hideous an anyone outside of an editorial layout.

  • Jessi03

    They look less like cat-eyes and more like alien eyes.  Dawnie, I love ya, but send those shades to someone else.

  • judybrowni

    Usually love me some cat eyes and was thinking of buying knockoffs on ebay, but…

    The new overlarge cat eye sunglasses has made a cute girl look like an insane bug girl.

    Maybe I should try a pair on, first.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the bag, love those boots and the workable outfit in between but yes those shades suck on her…. big time… now hand over the bag and those boots little kitty…. big kitty needs them now!

  • hughman

    ET phone home.

  • Dawn! What have you done to your eyebrows? Were you in Buffy’s makeup again?

    I think those boots are awful with those jeans but then I find skinny jeans don’t work on 99.999% of the population, even the celebrity population. 

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Thank you for saying that!

  • Something about the glasses with her eyebrows scream DIVINE to me. 

  • “HOLY SH*T” looks like her permanent expression. This is terrible but I can’t stop smiling and laughing at it. Day Maker.

  • She needs to send them back to Katy Perry, for whom the concept of ‘Too Much’ doesn’t apply.

  • Janet B

    Those glasses with her eye brows? No, no, no.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    she looks like some sort of anime/alien/bug….

  • I was thinking she looks like a fly.

  • Anathema_Device

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone in glasses so horribly wrong for her or him. Just awful.

  • PeaceBang

    This photo will someday serve as Exhibit A of everything that was ugly about fashion in 2012.

  • Trisha26

    Hate it all.

  • elirt

    It looks like the glasses are slipping off her face and she’s surprised by it.

  • My god I want that bag. 

  • quiltrx

    I think the top of these particular cat-eyes has too deep a drop for most faces.  These are kind of odd.

  • decormaven

    Those shades remind me of Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes, who would draw open eyes on his eyelids so he appeared to be awake during school. I need some of those glasses for days when I’m not feeling engaged with the world.

  • I think the angles are too severe, where most times its much softer.  It would have helped her immensely.  The raised eyebrows really do make it comical…

  • warontara

    Oh Michelle, I feel your pain- I KNOW the cat-eye shades always look SO CUTE in the store. But, honey, us gals with round faces just cannot pull them off.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    This is a girl, that is not your look if I’ve ever seen it. Nothing about this is working and the proportions make her look plump and stumpy. Yuck. 

  • 3285687

    The baggy top that still wraps around her stomach fat isn’t exactly a winner either.

  • 3285687

    The baggy top that wraps around her stomach fat isn’t exactly a winner either.