Reese Witherspoon in Brentwood

Posted on December 14, 2012

Miss Reese looks perfectly post-preggers chic here. Almost.


Reese Witherspoon struts down the street after lunching at Tavern Restaurant in Brentwood.

Vanessa Bruno Athé Floral Print Dress

It’s a really cute, really comfortable-looking dress. We’re not crazy about the way she used the sash to raise the hem, because it changes the shape into something that isn’t as flattering as it could be. Still, like we said: cute. The bag’s pretty sharp too. The only real issue we have with the look is going on south of her ankles. Now, we’d bet a dollar and a donut that some of the mommy kittens are going to come back at us with tales of post-pregs water retention and swollen feet and all that super-glamorous stuff that happens to y’all after a human being slides out of you, but we just can’t sign off on those booties. They’re totally wrong for the look. If mommy needs something comfy on her feet, we’re all for it, but these just don’t work.

Also, we’d like to publicly thank Miss Reese, because the minute we heard she named her baby “Tennessee,” it spurred on a whole passage in the chapter of our book about celebrity babies and how their parents pick their sometimes-odd names. So, thank you, Reese.


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  • I agree about the boots

  • blogless

    I think it makes her look schlumpy.

    • MissAmynae

      i was all “what a cute little romper!” before i saw it was dress 🙁

      • Kristin McNamara

        Same here!

  • As you point out, when one has carried a bowling ball in one’s tummy and then extruded it through one’s lady parts, one is owed considerable latitude when choosing an outfit for a luncheon in Brentwood.  Still, nothing about this outfit works.  It’s regrettable the way the dress bunches up in her crotch and those bootlets should never even have been considered.

    • xmixiex

      teehee, bootlets

  • Natalie Bryan

    I don’t think comfort’s the issue with the shoes. If she’s comfy enough to get all gussied up from the ankles north, she’s comfy enough to not wear those booties.

    • Natalie Bryan

       (says the new mommy who’s in her pajamas, on the couch, eating tootsie rolls)

      • Rand Ortega

         You deserve every last 1, darling. Rock those PJ’s!

    • MoHub

       Simple ballet flats would have been just as comfortable and done a lot more for the dress.

  • It’s not unprecedented… Tennessee Williams….

    • bristlesage

       Sure, but that’s a pen name.  Still, as far as these things go, I prefer it to Apple.

      • Watts

        Hey, bristlesage!

        I had a great aunt named Tennessee. She was born sometime in the late 1800s. In Tennessee, of course. People called her “Tenny” but in East Tennessee that sounds like “Tinny.”

        • l_c_ann

          Was she from up near Cumberland Gap/ Harrogate/ Powell Valley/Claiborne County?  (How many Aunt Tenny’s could there be from that time period?)

          • Watts

             I’m not sure – I know she lived in Knoxville at one point and was either from or married into the Luttrell family.

          • l_c_ann

            Our Aunt Tennie was a Shipley and is buried just west of Harrogate, up on a hill top in an old cemetery overlooking the beautiful Powell Valley.  She was my husband’s Great Aunt and her sister lived in Knoxville.  (Sorry, guys, this is real OT, but family matters.)

          • Watts

             Aunt Tenny was my grandmother’s great aunt – when I see my grandmother over Christmas I’ll ask more about her – if you want to continue this conversation privately, my email is amywatts at the geemail.

          • andrea36608

             let me know the results of this family discussion, Wattsie. We got your Christmas card this week, too.

          • Watts

             WAIT. How many of you people do I know???

          • andrea36608

             The funniest thing to me about the internet, is that I associate with the same people on it as I do in real life. It is I, in Mobile.

          • My dad just married a Shipley from Maryland! Weird.

        • bristlesage

           Ha!  Well, should you meet her in the afterlife, tell her that some schmoe on the internet liked her name better than Apple. 

          • Watts

             Oh, the hey was because I didn’t realize we both posted over here too.

          • bristlesage

            I understood that you weren’t offended, but I still kind of feel like a schmoe.  What if in a previous life I was your great-aunt’s Nellie Olsen?!

            Also, a friendly hey back!

        • altalinda

          My great-great grandmother was also named Tennessee.  She was born in Texas, but her parents were from Tennessee, so I’m assuming that’s why she got the name.

          • I like this whole conversation so much better than I like Reese’s outfit. 

      • Sobaika

        Everything is better than Pilot Inspektor. Even Tennessee.

        • NinaBoo

          I don’t know…the planet currently has a Moxie Crimefighter Jillette running around.

        • Don’t even get me started on names. I used to teach high school and there was a girl in my homeroom who was a teen mom and she named her child “Qwes”. Another teacher I knew had a student who’d named her child “Mecca”. When the teacher said, “Oh, are you Muslim?” the student replied, “I don’t know what that means. I named him after the clothes.” Obviously she meant the clothing brand, but you get the idea…
          My brother’s twins had a boy in their class whose name was Corey – short for Corvette.

          • The sad thing is that Mercedes was a common enough name in Spanish-speaking countries long before it was a car, and its proper pronunciation is quite lovely, so I would have loved to have named a kid that…but never can because of the god damn car.

            Oh, and because it’ll be a cold day in hell before I spawn. BUT STILL. Shaking my fist so hard at Mercedes-Benz.

          • The car was actually named after a little girl named Mercedes.

          • Yes, I know.

          • kimmeister

            I once heard of someone named “Le-a.”  No, not pronounced like Leah.  Rather, it was “Le-DASH-ah.”

    • tereliz

      His real name was Thomas Lanier.

    •  And we already have ten thousand Dakotas. Not really sure how Tennessee is worse.

      • And there’s Carolina.  But I think we can agree that New Jersey, Michigan, and United States Virgin Islands would all be worse names for a girl.

        • Isadora Paiva

          To be fair, Carolina is a very common name in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and French. It is the feminine version of the Latin name Carolus (in English, Charles), and the state was named by England’s King Charles II in honor of his father (Charles I). So the name came before the state, not after. The same goes for Georgia, mentioned below. The others should definitely be left off the girl’s names list though!

          • And the Spanish pronunciation of Carolina is so lovely, too.

          •  my kooky 1/2 sis (who should have been born in the 60’s) named her wonderful girls BellaLuna (one word) Love and Eulalahia Clover…so I think ‘Tennessee’ is CHARMING… (and having been to the state many times- it is a beautiful place….

      • My best friend just named her baby Georgia, after a poem. I think it’s nice, but she is from Cali and lives in Denver, so no geographical connotation whatsoever.

    • I will forever irrationally despise the name Tennessee because of that man. He turned MY first name into something that everyone has to shout, Marlon Brando-style, when meeting me for the first time (or just for shits and giggles).
      That being said, I will now unoriginally comment that Reese looks cute, except for the blah booties.

      • StellaZafella

         I’m certainly old enough to have known about Williams’s Stella when I chose my own first name, but I really meant it as an homage to Stella Stevens and the fictional ‘Mommy Dearest’ Stella Dallas. Now, whenever someone pulls the infamous “Stella!” line on me, man or woman, I reply in like tones: “Crap! If only you LOOKED like 25 year old Brando, that might be cute!”

        And on subject: I think, for me, it’s the fact that the boots are a second neutral that doesn’t let them work…if they were a color pop, it might approach cute and funky.

        • minnye

          I love your handle! Sounds very old school.

      • bluefish

        Stella is a lovely name and the character in the play was the ONLY one with any perspective or sense!  And Stanley would have been lost lost lost without her.  Embrace the name, Stella.  And be glad — Kim Hunter nailed the part — and a great part it continues to be.

  • ralish

    I actually don’t mind the boots, but the weird sash/shape thing makes her look not as attractive as she is!

  • Those booties are a no. Post preggers she may have done better wearing chic slippers than something very close to her skin tone.  I have yet to understand the concept of ankle booties. I find them all fugg. 

    • Kayceed

      I grew up knowing them as “pants boots,” worn with, um, pants. They do look rather silly with a bare leg. 

    • Lori

      Hello my fellow bootie hater. I though I was the only one. I don’t like how they look and never did, including when they were the thing while I was in high school. I also can’t get behind anyone old enough to walk wearing something called a bootie. Booties are a baby shower gift, not a fashionalbe footwear.

      • You are not the only. They are heinous, and stumpifying to all but the most spindly.

  • shirab

    The booties are angled weirdly when she walks, so that it kinda looks like she’s wearing them on the wrong feet. 

    • Snailstsichr

       I really thought she was wearing two left booties in the first picture.

  • Man, those are close cousins of the “elfin booties” described so frequently on Suri’s Burn Book (seriously, worth a read).  But yeah, nix the booties — they are hideous.  And honestly, the color is the only thing that I really like about the dress; she looks fabulous in that color, but the dress is incredibly unflattering.

  • I think this whole outfit is fug.

  • I think the boots are perfect (obvs because I’m weird) but yeah on the hem. She ruined the dress! People always do that to make things short/tighter. 

  • In_Stitches

     I imagine flats would be more comfortable and they would be more appropriate for the outfit.

    • random_poster


  • Yep on all counts. Pretty dress

  • mmc2315

    Cute dress, but I don’t like the way it looks like shorts in some of the pics.

    And, flats for sure, girl.

  • tarheelie

    It’s actually somewhat of a tradition in the south to name your child after your home state, especially if you no longer live in said state but still consider it “home.”  I know of a Virginia, a Georgia, a Carolina and a Tex who got named this way.

    • In_Stitches

       I’m glad my parents refrained from naming me “District of Columbia”.  It’s a bit of a mouthful. 

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    she named her baby after my home state Tennessee?  wow i don’t hate her anymore, i am back to liking her.  full circle!

  • **shrug** My given name is Virginia, and I’ve known many a Georgia in my lifetime.  I don’t see how Tennessee is all that bad.

  • I really liked Reese in ” Election”  but have since come to loath just here the very mention of her name for some reason.  Cute  casual outfit odd shoe choice but comfort may be the reason she opted for boots because they add nothing to the outfit. Would high heels have been abolished by now if they were originally designed for men, high heels look great but some how seem inhumane.

    • insertcleverbit

       High heels were originally designed for men, women wore them much later. 

      Louis XIV wore them all the time to show off his kick ass calves – he liked to prance a lot.

      Men just got some sense, and stopped wearing them.

  • TSkot

    A white bag in December?  Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but no.

  • Yeah it was cuter as a drop-waist. Ah well.
    And maybe it’s just me, but I think it would have looked fine with flats, maybe cute comfy little boat shoes. 

  • Judy_J

    Totally wrong footwear for this dress.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Actually, the boots I don’t mind.  They are a more sophisticated version of cowboy boots and dresses, which is oh-so-southern.  

    It’s the purse I am not feeling.  It feels so Granma to me. Regardless, it’s cute overall. 

  • Sara__B

    I thought she had her boots on the wrong feet, but I guess that’s just her pronation at work.  I don’t like ankle boots with skirts or dresses whichever feet they’re on.

  • alyce1213

    S’okay.  I’m not very big on blousey, dirndly stuff, but the color is nice.  Wrong footwear for sure.

  • She looks like a bag lady, seriously, not a good look

  • victoria rodeno

    Those shabooties are nasty. Not a shoe, not a bootie, shabooties

  • Imasewsure

    Except for sleep deprivation, there’s no excuse for that footwear… feet go back to normal once the baby is gone… it’s the rest of the body that takes some time, and this dress is a cute choice overall for that… don’t love the glasses on her but they are cute too

  • Those boots don’t work.  Neither does changing the waistline on that pretty dress.

  • marilyn

    She needs a slip with that. We do not need to see a well-defined crotch area coming through the dress.

    • tinyredlocks

      I just said the same thing! “She needs a slip with that”.

  • MilaXX

    Please tell me the infamous Pilot Inspektor made it into that chapter. Reese ruined the line of that dress by tying it like that. Boots are hiddy, if she has preggo feet, a cute pair of ballet flats would have  worked better.

  • Zippypie

    No, no, no.  She ruined it.  If she just left the waist alone, she actually would have looked slimmer.  This makes her look pooched.  Bad call, Reese.  Along with the silly baby name.

  • nannypoo

    I like the boots, just not with this dress. And I don’t like her purse. It reminds me of something my grandmother would have carried.

  • nannypoo

    I like the boots, just not with this dress.

  • Snoskred747


    Did Katie Holmes share?

  • She really should not have messed with the belt/hem. The fabric is bunching around her lady parts in a really bad way. 

  • Laylalola

    In fairness, that sash/bow falls in an awkward place on the model — one that is only going to become EXTREMELY awkward when placed on a real-woman’s torso, where the dress falls even lower — and I can see not wanting to walk around with it in its original placement.

  • decormaven

    Shouldn’t have played with the sash on that dress. It’s supposed to fall simply to the mid-hip. And those are seriously ugly booties. The cranberry color is a nice complement to her complexion. That’s all I got.

  • guest2visits

    Dress is cute, as are the glasses and jewelry.  But I hate the granny’s Sunday bag, ( not that I don’t like a white bag);
    and the booties are incredibly cheesy looking.

  • bluefish

    Hate that dress — post preggers or not. 

  • CJHogan

    I think the expression is “I’ll bet you dollars TO donuts”–at least, that’s what my grandmother always said. The idea is that I’m so sure I’m right I’m willing to take the bigger risk. Obviously this is an old phrase when donuts were cheap before gourmet donut shops that sell $3 tres leche and cashew, orange blosom donuts.

  • Lieska Lee

    TLo, please do Miss Universum post! China girl has an awesome dress!

  • Jenny Bee

     Words learned by rote a parrot may rehearse; but
    talking is not always to converse, not more distinct from harmony
    divine, the constant creaking of a country sign.

  • judybrowni

    Ewww, that horrible ’80s drop waist flowered schmatta is back in style?

    A secretary shift, and even a movie star can’t make it work.

    As for the booties, they’re actually a good idea in Los Angeles now: variable temperatures mean if your feet are toasty, you can get away without a heavy coat.

  • The boots hurt my eyes.

  • staged? what THIS old thing? why…what photographers? oh THOSE photographers…. I will ignore them with my regal glasses…meh. go have your driver take you to Dairy Queen and be done with it hon….

  • JaneDC

    Seriously? She named her baby Tennessee? I’m from Tennessee and I’m appalled.

  • Is the child’s middle name “Ernie Ford?”

  • When I was pregnant, I pulled out my family genealogy book to look for potential names. Among the choices were “Tennessee” and “Obediah” which my husband and I used as joke names until my daughter was born. Guess Reese didn’t get the joke.

  • kimmeister

    The puffy sleeves are not flattering on her.  Anne Shirley sure would covet them though.

  • I don’t really like the dress. I like the boots better than the dress. What does that say?