Sarah Jessica Parker in Vintage

Posted on December 10, 2012

Truth be told, we’ve been staring at these pictures for days, wanting to say something about them, but unsure of exactly what.


Sarah Jessica Parker attends HBO’s In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye screening in New York City in a vintage dress accessorized with Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, Fred Leighton jewelry and a Fendi bag.

We’ll say this first: It’s a pretty dress that looks really great on her. It’s simple, but it’s shaped nicely and has just enough visual interest going on to keep it from being boring. It seems like it’s pulling a little on her, as if it didn’t fit her, but that forces the question of who the infinitesimally tiny woman was who used to own this thing that her dress would be tight on Sarah Jessica Parker.

But the real topic of discussion here is  – come on, you must have guessed it by now – the accessories. We find ourselves wanting to like them and wanting to applaud her bold use of color and avoidance of matchiness, but let’s face it: they clash pretty terribly, don’t they? Not to mention she paired purple and pink snakeskin pumps (!) with an autumnal floral. That’s too much for one outfit to bear. Add Stevie Nicks’ old handbag to the equation and you’ve got something a bit strange going on.

Hair and makeup are really pretty, though.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • I’m not a fan of the black, completely lined eyeliner, or the accessories, but the dress is very pretty.

    • Ali Quirk

      agreed!  someone definitely needs to help her change the eye makeup.  

      • 3boysful

         Y’know, we comment on this pretty much every time she’s up on this site.  It drives me crazy, but clearly, it’s not gonna change or else she never looks at photos of herself.  Otherwise, she’d see that the circles of khol make her eyes look tiny and weird.  Doesn’t this woman have any friends who’ll tell her the truth?

    • Sobaika

      She needs to ease up on the lower lashline for sure. It’s been her thing for years now (and I get why, it makes her eyes look so bright and blue) but it’s getting a bit aging.

      • RebeccaKW

         I don’t always hate the liner, but sometimes it’s maybe too heavy?  In this case, I agree that her makeup is pretty aging.

  • I love the look!  Punky Brewster couture.

  • poggi

    She must be holding someone’s bag for them.  I have no explanation for the shoes.  I completely agree.  This is really awful accessorizing.

  • Three great tastes that don’t taste great together.

    • kimmeister

      Exactly, they are fine pieces, individually, they just have nothing to do with each other.

      • 3boysful

         I literally said OMG aloud when I scrolled down to the close-up.

    • Judih1

      Well said!

  • OrigamiRose

    Everything you said ran through my mind looking at the pictures.  She had a wonderful look head to mid-calf, and then the shoes… and the handbag.  Too much clashing of colors and prints.

    • snevhead

      I saw another picture of this evening, though, and she had a blue (velvet? my memory…) coat on over all this. In that case, the accessories make a little more sense.

  • tereliz

    Love all the pieces separately, but it’s like she was rolling around in her closet in the dark to put this outfit together. If someone on your staff told you these accessories work together—much less with the dress—fire them immediately! (you know, after you make them take a simple color-blindness test)

  • The bodice is hanging oddly askew.  So I totally see what you guys are talking about.  The length isn’t quite working for me.  Maybe a inch or so up?  And I am soooooo not on board with the  accessories. YIKES.

    • SapphoPoet

      I posted this elsewhere, but it think the fit issues with the bodice are because she’s not wearing a vintage bra. Changes the shape entirely.

  • Sobaika

    Bag and shoes are all wrong, so very wrong.

  • nannypoo

    We should be happy that she reads TLo and therefore knows that her accessories should not be matchy, but sadly she didn’t read the part about how they should still look good with the dress.

  • NC_Meg

     She looks great but those accessories are completely out of left field.

  • Sara__B

    You missed the worst part of this look: The dress has a very low back, and the back of her bra is hanging out for all to see. Call me a fuddy duddy, but that ruins everything. Add the heavily ringed eyes, her center part hair, and the bizarre pops of color, and this is a huge OUT for me!

    • Sobaika

      Some things I’m glad I didn’t see.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Yes, I saw the back view of this dress and the visible bra which really pushed the whole look over the edge. 

  • PastryGoddess

    What no shot of the blue velvet coat she also paired with it?  

    I think she needed to pick a clashing color and stick with it. Either go with the pink/purple or with the blue, but not both.

    • AuntHo

      Thank you! Clashing is fun, and I wish people had more of a sense of humor about it. I agree it’s overdone here, but I applaud her shout-out to “one of these things does not belong, also fuck y’all”. I think everything has visual interest and design merit, except the shoes, which are silly, so I like ’em even more in this context.

      • ecallaw1977

        I’m with you that clashing can be fun, but I agree even more with your comment that “it’s overdone here.”  It looks like she’s trying way too hard.

  • thecitysleeps

    I think she makes this whole look work.  I love the dress/shoes combination personally.

    • I like the bag / dress combo better.

  • golden_valley

    She has got to get a new eye makeup look.  Her eyes are narrow and that make up makes them look like black slits in her face.  

    •  SO true. She has fairly small eyes, and the raccoon rings make them smaller looking.

  • Kayceed

    It feels so random.

  • I liked where she was going with the royal blue in the bag, but it’s just a touch too bright. The shoes, how does one even get to the idea to put those on with any outfit, but much less this one?  I swear she still thinks she’s Carrie, but honey, not even Carrie would try this fugg combo. 

    • l v

       Seriously! Sometimes I just want to smack her and be like “Hey, Missy! You are NOT actually Carrie Bradshaw! Take it down a notch.”

  • StellaZafella

    Concept: Good…even great. Execution: Nah.
    The shoes are so loud it’s like she’s wearing TWO conflicting outfits.

    The color of the dress and SJP are such that, though nice…would still need a color punch…just not this one…it’s more a punch in the eye.

  • i kinda like the whole thing. dunno why. but tres tres chic!

  • This would have totally worked had she gone with a gold/bronze/some other neutral shoe. The orange/brown and blue really look great together – but she completely ruined this look with those pumps.

  • crash1212

    I can get behind the blue purse – I think blue was an inspired choice with this beautiful dress – and the fringy stuff on the purse pulls out the golden tones in the pattern in the dress, but the shoes are a bit too far for me. I’m not mad at them, just wish she’d chosen something else. All in all, I applaud her effort.

  • Qitkat

    This is not her color, at all. The dress is very unflattering with her skin tone.
    The pumps are really cute. For a dress in another galaxy though.
    SJP, honey, please, Aunti Qitkat is begging you to stop with the eyeliner.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Not to say the accessorizing is good, but I actually think this dress is really problematic to accessorize without looking like foliage out of a Disney movie.

  • Carly Warnock

    first of all, so tired of that eye liner. makes her eyes look like tiny little raisins. second, accessories are wrong, full stop. i think usually she gets it right with the quirky accessories but i think the purple in the shoes is especially killing this look. lastly… it almost looks like she dyed her hair to match the dress in some photos… the first photo looks like she has a couple of odd lowlights or maybe the colour of the dress is just bringing out the autumnal tones of her hair.

  • Peeve

    I think she got dressed in the dark. I totally hate the print in the dress, too. Guess I’m just cranky today…

  • The dress is gorgeous, and so different than the “look at me!” wear that she often sports. I don’t think that the shoes and bag go very well, but it’s a bit of SJP that isn’t overwhelmingly ugly (as much of her choices are to me), so I give it a “good job!”

  • Corsetmaker

    And she’s got silver or diamond earrings too – whichever, they clash with the warm tones. 

    Make-up is awful and the dress clashes with her tan.
    Bag would’ve looked better if it didn’t have the gold bit, or had copper where the gold is… just something to link it.
    Shoes – Oh dear, not only do they not even come close to working with this dress, but they look cheap and trashy.

  • Beardslee

    I love how this dress is vintage. What does that mean?  It looks fairly current.  Is it a few years old?  In that case, practically everything I wear is vintage.  I didn’t know I was so stylish.
    I give her an A for effort.

  • ceceliadid

    it’s a pretty dress, but I don’t think the color works on her – the rusty brown makes her look sun-baked and tired, especially with the neckline so high and close to her face.  She tried to give it some liveliness with the shoes and bag, which didn’t work.  She would have done better to focus on getting more light around her face – with a jacket maybe, a necklace, or lighter hair.

  • ralish

    For some reason, I really love the shoe/dress combo. I… I don’t understand it.

  • zenobar

     You know, if the shoes were in the same family as the bag, it might have been fabulous.  But those shoes are not on the same page as the rest of the outfit.  Not even on the same shelf.  They’re two floors down, in the self-help bargain bin.

  • miagain

    What was her plan, when she laid out everything on her bed before getting dressed??? what did she intend to say with that dress and those shoes… both divine, but come on, they do not play well together.
    And quit using all that eyeliner…

  • Janet B

    Put away those shoes until Spring, please.

  • MissMariRose

    I could live with the bag, but the shoes are a bridge too far for me. 

  • Maluca

    Those shoes with that dress, NO. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    Starlets seem to go crazy with the spraytan once the summer is over. 
    Te accesories make me believe she is colorblind.

  • glennethph

    Her face looks like it’s 3 feet long.

  • egl48

    I think she is letting her twins pick her clothes.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    I really love those shoes, because I’m a drag queen on the inside, but they really don’t go with this look. And I thought the purse was ok (though it doesn’t go either) but now all I can see is Stevie Nicks’ old handbag.

    • l_c_ann

      Not the Stevie Nicks featured on South Park?

  • librarygrrl64

    I really like the dress but HATE just about everything else. And I disagree on the makeup: she needs to ditch that heavy eyeliner, especially on the bottom lids. I know it has become a signature look for her, but I don’t think it’s doing her any favors.

    • luciaphile

       If she wants it to make like she has no eyes, then she has succeeded. Otherwise, someone needs to do an eyeliner intervention with her.

      • librarygrrl64


  • schadenfreudelicious

    the dress works, but as others have stated the shoes and bag are a total misstep….and SJP, enough with the black rimmed eyes, to coin a phrase from my dad “your eyes look like two piss holes in the snow”…

    •  Ah, I should have read further, I said the same thing above.  And she does have pretty eyes, but that eyeliner has got to go.

  • alyce1213

    She’s trying too hard with those accessories.  I love a quirky, unexpected mismatch, but this is just ridiculous and ill-conceived.

    I HATE that the print on the dress is so badly lined up at the front seams; it makes the dress look cheap.

    • l_c_ann

      I wasn’t sure if the dress was even being worn straight, that same print alignment I assumed was a side seam.  Never assume…..

      Sort of the same feeling with one of Anya’s dresses when it was worn with the print going sideways.  I’m too set in my ways to think of these things as cutting edge and just see them as lazy or beginner mistakes.

  • Yeah, this is not working.  I actually like the bag with the dress, but those shoes are really unsuited.  (Although they look wonderful and I would love to find the perfect dress to pair them with.)  Keep the bag, get some  black Louboutin pumps, and turn this look around!

  • elleg929

    The real tragedy here is the makeup.  The heavy eyeliner makes her eyes look tiny which in turn makes the rest of her face look quite large. 

    •  I was going to say they look like pee-holes in the snow, but your version is better put. 

  • This is very Carrie, but I think even Carrie would have drawn the line at those shoes. I don’t mind the bag.

  • lehen

    I think she was going for “so mismatched it matches.”  I don’t think she nailed it.  

  • Little_Olive

    Hate everything, both as individual pieces (those shoes are hideous) and as an outfit. C’mon, let’s admit girlfriend gets it wrong sometimes. 

    And how many times must we go over the eyeliner and hairlength issues? She bores.  

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I like the dress, but agree that SJP bores, bores, bores.  Cut the damned hair and lay off the eyeliner already. 

  • Trisha26

    This look sums up SJP for me – I don’t get her.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Honey, no. 

  • CeeQ

    Yeah the shoes and the bag are the problem here. I first thought “either one or the other but not both” but neither works here. Truth be told, I have no idea what colour bag or shoes would work here! This dress is above my pay grade.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I’m just going to pretend this never happened. 

  • Cathy S

    I really like the dress but the bag and the shoes are terrible.

  • Fordzo

    It’s like she was running late and just grabbed whatever shoes and handbag were by the front door on her way out.  

  • Pinup Ghoul

    The dress is so beautiful on her, and I covet the bag (though they don’t belong together), but those shoes made my face contort into a really ugly frown.

  • BayTampaBay

    Love the dress!  Love the shoes!  Hell! I even love the bag!


    It looks like shit together.  AWFUL! AWFUL! AWFUL!

  • SophieCollier

    Trying too hard for the “quirky fashionista” title, I’d guess.  Really missed the mark on this one.  Pretty dress, though.

  • Judy_J

    I like the dress, and I’m somewhat OK with the handbag, but those shoes were a really bad choice.

  • ellabob

    She is just trying to get your attention…

  • MarissaLG

    I love this dress on her and wish more celebs would rock vintage on the RC. I like the bag with it too. I think the red & brown of the dress looks amazing with that blue. The shoes, however, are a bit too much. I would have suggested gold. 

  • Has SJP been visiting Michael Kors’ tanning technician?  She’s looking mighty orange.

  • MilaXX

    You guys are being kind. There is a view of this out there that shows this from the back. The dress is a little low cut and she appears to be wearing a regular bra. I like the idea of the dress, especially if worn with the correct underwear. I even kind of like the bag with the dress. Everything else is a giant “NO!”

  • RedRaven617

    She looks like she saw herself in a mirror and thought, “Eh, what do I care? I’m SJP and anything I wear is “it”. Yuk

  • She took a chance but the shoes are SO not working. Love the dress though.

  • I like them all, just not at the same time.

  • GorgeousThings

    I don’t like the shape/slouchiness of the bag, but I love the color with the dress. The shoes, OTOH, are tragic.

  • Dot

    I adore the dress, but as TLo says, the accessories are mind-boggling. Those shoes remind me of everything I hate about the 80s.

  • She NEEDS a makeup update!

  • Actually, I hate everything here.  Frumpy ill-fitting (to her) grandma dress with godawful accessories and dark eyeliner that makes her eyes look squinty.

  • fungstyle

    i can get behind a good contrasting color bag any day and i think the tone of this blue works, and the texture of the velvet echoes but doesn’t imitate the textures in the dress. the shoes, however, make her look cracktastic. 

  • SapphoPoet

    The accessories look awful with this. I like the dress well enough, but I think it makes her look all one color. The fit problems are probably because she isn’t wearing a vintage bra. Modern bras are shaped differently and they just don’t fit properly under vintage clothing. I used to wear a lot of vintage clothing and always had this issue. 

  • Jackie4g

    OK – for those of you without children – this is what happened. SJP was wearing a dress that was complimented by her accessories and on her way out the door, one of the kids hugged her while covered in some indescribable goo and she was late, so all she had time to do was unzip one dress and step into another. If this has not yet happened to you, wait until you go away for a weekend and pack every necessity for your kids and leave your own  garment bag hanging on the closet door. Happens to everyone at least once.

  • Someone needs a color wheel because the shoes and bag are not the pop of color this outfit needed.  Not feeling that eye makeup at all.  Dress works, though.

  • ankali

    I’ll give her the shoes, but the bag is awful. The dress is cute; I like the draping at the hem.

  • jmorino08

    I feel like maybe she lost a bet or something with those shoes…

  • guest2visits

    The dress looks great on her and I am mesmerized by her bag.  I think the purple-pink shoe is too much.
    Maybe an elegant brown alligator. Maybe black or deep blue.   The eyeliner is fiercesome.

  • neofashionista

    Gorgeous dress
    Truly hideously chosen accessories

  • I totally love the dress/pump super clash. What do you wear with the dress that doesn’t quite go with anything? Everything! Personally, I think the bag is ugly, but that has little to do with the dress mis-match. SPJ’s got an eye.

  • quiltrx

    The shoes and bag are kind of fun individually, but have nothing to do with each other or the dress.  Weird.

    And again…if you’re always going to squint, please stop with the all-the-way-around black eyeliner.

  • Kate4queen

    I think if she didn’t have the bag she could get away with the shoes..

  • sherrietee

    I keep telling myself that the strap of her purse broke so she had to borrow a handbag from an assistant.  

  • Agreed about the accessories but sorry, yoga/cocker spaniel hair and tricolored at that.

  • Adriana_Paula

    I dunno; it’s working for me.

  • Sometimes we don’t learn from Pat Fields; we just fail to be Pat Fields.

  • What a striking figure!  She rocks that dress!
    Her hair style has run it’s course and then some. 
    Send it to Locks of Love Jessica and get something fresh, please!

  • enchanted216

    I like Stevie Nicks’ handbag with the dress, for some reason, but I can’t with the shoes.

  • irene6679

    I beg to differ the REAL topic of discussion here is her face! Plastic surgery and or tons of botox have left Carrie Bradshaw unrecognizable!! So sad.

  • bertkeeter

    Can’t take those crusty mascara eyes of her’s….looks like she applied them sometime in the last decade or so!

  • SewingSiren

    I like this. Especially the bag.

  • briecee

    Upon viewing, I made a facial expression I don’t think I’ve ever made before in my life.  It looked like this:


    It kind of hurt, so I never want to see this again.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Those accessories are simply bizarre. But the dress is quite pretty on her. Is something going in with her eyes? They look odd.

  • Louise Bryan

    I’m with y’all on the shoes, as they caused me to squint and do a double and triple take.  I was so staring at the shoes that I didn’t even notice the purse until you mentioned it.  I don’t know about Stevie Nicks; it looks a little too structured.  The additional color added to the mix, though, is closing in on cry me a rainbow.

  • Candigirl1968

    Not feeling the accessories and it looks like she has way too much spray tan. The dress is great though. 

  • pulpytomato

    I kinda love the bag here. I love royal blue and burnt orange as a combo and it’s a funky choice. The shoes, however, do not belong anywhere near that dress.

  • ccm800

    newp – I think she just pulls it off. I like the gold with the brown and the blue with the rust and the shoes patter pull the floral to it so its a deal for me.

  • I can take the bag with the dress but the shoes are just out of sync.

  • RzYoung

    The bag is buggy me because it looks like a bumbag (US: fanny pack) being carried in her hand until you take a close look at it. Still I don’t it spoils the look, she looks great.

  • decormaven

    It’s like someone had a great time at the vintage shop, finding all types of wonderful things, and then wanted to wear them all at the same time, with no regard for their color/style relationship. All it needs is a fascinator from the 40s or a chinchilla stole.

  • When is someone going to take her aside and tell her to ditch the black eyeliner. It only serves to make her eyes look smaller and her look older. I like the dress. The shoes are lovely, with something else just not this dress. Forget the bag. Throw it away.

  • The bag I can live with, but shoes and the dress are from different planets. It’s like putting broccoli on a hot fudge sundae.

  • Yes, it clashes as many of you are saying, but isn’t that the point? I think SJP knows that and is making a statement. Somehow, I kind of like it. If her goal was to make me stare at her with interest and curiosity, mission accomplished.

  • formerlyAnon

    Shoes and handbag seem too random to me, but then I fall back on matchy matchy a lot. LOVE how she looks here, otherwise.

  • black or a dark purple pump would have served her much better here, imho

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    nope.  the shoes distract me.  and i so very much wish she would reconsider her make up choices at this juncture.