Evan Rachel Wood in Ralph Lauren

Posted on January 22, 2013

Let’s get away from the gowns and the politics for a moment and wallow in some hip-chick style, shall we?

Evan Rachel Wood attends ‘The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman’ premiere during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit.

This is an instance where we love the idea of something more than the actuality of it. Lady rocking a men’s suit? Love it. Lady in a men’s suit that’s pretty much fitted like a men’s suit? Not so much. Call us drearily gender-normative if you must, but we think menswear on women works best when it takes into account the differences in body type. The pants and the jacket would have looked so much better to our eyes if they’d been fitted to her. As it is, she’s become a sturdy column in pin stripes. And while there are many words and phrases one can use when describing Evan Rachel Wood, “sturdy column” is not one that should spring to mind.

But hey, at least there’s this: when male stars wear those Little Tramp boots with their suits we get all kinds of rage-y, but here, we think it’s kind of cute and witty.

We cannot sign off on that hair, though. No way.


[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

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  • Can I get that suit for some 10th Doctor cosplay?

    • that’s exactly what i thought when i saw her too!

  • iCouture

    That hair!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wash your hair please! 

    • judybrowni

      And get it out of your eyes!

  • jmorino08

    She’s channeling Ellen in a big way and those are two people I wouldn’t put together from a style perspective.

    • She’s all “Justin Bieber by Ellen DeGeneres”, and I don’t think that’s what she was pursuing.

    • MoHub

       I was seeing Jane Lynch.

    • J. Preposterice

      Ellen’s suits fit better, imho….

  • Sobaika

    OUCH. This is an affront to my eyes. She’s usually pretty gorgeous and could werq a well-tailored suit.

    She and Bradley Cooper are using the same hair products.

    •  “She and Bradley Cooper are using the same hair products.”


    • Little_Olive

      I thought the same re. the hair! oy, have I been on TLo too much?

  • Ugh, I was so excited when I read Evan Rachel Wood because I normally love her personal style, but now I feel so depressed and dissapointed that I can’t even focus on my work anymore… just kidding, I wasn’t focused anyway.

    But I do feel depressed and dissapointed because of her frumpy look.

  • newleaf1

    All I can think when I look at this is, ‘well, her face is really pretty.’  The rest, nu-uh.

    • kimmeister

      The makeup is indeed lovely.

  • i really really really want to love this (i’m a menswear kind of girl too, i wear that shit everyday), but something about this whole look just screams “TRY HURRRRRRD” to me.

    remember that first time when she tried the menswear thing too? i think she nailed it that time. i loved that one. this one tho? enhhh

  • schadenfreudelicious

    well that hair has certainly been wallowing in something…ugh

  • nannypoo

    Everything here, especially the hair, is just ridiculous. She should wipe that smirk off her face and go home to change.

  • Miguel Molina

    Isn’t she pregnant? 

    ETA: That would explain some of the fit issues in the midsection. Plus, pregnant lady in a suit=genius.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Yeah, I kind of love her being pregnant in menswear.  Much more interesting than some flouncy Empire-waist pregnancy dress anyway, even if she’s barely showing.

    • ChiKat67

      She is pregnant so maybe adding the waistcoat was a bad idea. Hair is absolutely unforgivable.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I agree. If she would not have worn the vest underneath or vest and no jacket, she would have looked great. Just way too blocky this way. That hair full of product is unforgivable. I rather like the shoes but I would look like my husband’s (he is adorably sexy) twin if I wore them. 

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Disaster.  Not something I’d associate with ERW either – but it’s almost a statement with the hair, the men’s fit of the suit, the shoes.  What statement?  I dunno…

  • formerlyAnon

    I never knew how much I’ve been craving the chance to call someone “drearily gender-normative” till you invited us to do so! But, I cannot.

    I wish the pants were cut more flatteringly, but I can live with jacket. My issue with the suit is that she’s not big enough to carry off so much of such a wide pin stripe without being overwhelmed by it.

    Hair is underachieving and I do not find the shoes witty,

  • charlotte

    That hair is FILTHY! Where did gorgeous Shutting-It-Down-Bitches Evan go? This must be an alter of some sort.

  • filmcricket

    I hear she’s great in “Newsies.”

    • ballerinawithagun

      No, the Newsies boys would never be that matchy.

  • appliquer

    Love her makeup.

  • maybe with a different blouse, and shiny shoes…

  • RzYoung

    I’m with you guys, I love the idea and almost love the execution but it’s not working all that well. I wouldn’t even go to work hungover on a Friday with that hair.

  • Annabelle Archer

    I like an androgynous look on some women, and she is one of them, but this is just not working for me at all. 
    That said, I am very excited to see her efforts when she starts showing.  I think she’s got the the fashion chops to help bring pregnant dressing to another new level – similar to the style evolution that came out of “Rachel” on Friends. 

    • RzYoung

      She’s pregnant?! Wow, giving up Mail Online for my new years resolution has really put me in the dark ages 🙁

  • jw_ny

     I’m all for a woman in a suit, but from the neck down, she looks like a man…or a stylish butchier lesbian.  Mostly it’s the pants and the shoes that throw it there…and that hair! (awful hair!)  I love a good stylish androgynous/lesbian look when it still has an air of femininity to it…this doesn’t.

    • jw_ny

       oh…and Rachel should get the same criticisms that we give the men…

      Get your hands out of your pockets!  Hem your pants!  XD

  • unrelated…revenge recaps?  por favor?

  • kipper

    no, the shoes are stupid, man or woman…. 

  • snarkykitten

    I like it, but I prefer “butchier” women anyway

    • Aly Light

       Right… as a lady who likes the ladies…. this is awesome. Screw anyone who says otherwise.

    • muzan-e

      I don’t usually lean towards the more butch end of the spectrum – but damn. It’s delicious. And the flat-lipped smirk in the close-up kills me dead.

  • lehen

    ew all around.


    Tragically awful hair, like she just rolled in from an allnighter and didn’t have time to wash.  Ick.  The suit is such a pretty color and stripe but it does bluk her up.  Either tailor to fit better or skip the vest.

  • Kayceed

    Surprisingly, I don’t mind the suit at all. Paired with some sleek boots with a bit of a heel, and something other than that disastrous hair, I dare say I might even like it.

  • thecitysleeps

    I love this,  except the hair.

  • TonyGo

    Macaulay Culkin looks cute.

  • Janet B

    I like the suit on her.  The hair? Less product would have helped.

    • J. Preposterice

      my hair looks exactly like that right now, but that is because I forgot to wash it in the shower this morning (hi not enough sleep in the past week).  also because apparently we have the same haircut, ERW and I…. 😀

  • Just looking at her hair makes me feel dirty.

  • Carrieanno

    I kind of feel like Chloe Sevigny and Melissa Etheridge collided.

  • Ceur

    Even if I don’t wash my hair for a week, it doesn’t look that bad. I don’t get it. Even if she didn’t have access to hair stylists, which she has, it shouldn’t look this bad. 

  • This is hurting my eyes.  Everything except the shirt (and her makeup) is wrong.  I’d like to see this styled with no jacket, just the vest and pants, different–as in feminine and unscuffed–shoes, and of course, hair that does not look like it was loaded up with Brylcreem.  I think it’s funny that she’s wearing a man’s suit and has magically acquired the “hands in pockets” pose that you always hate on the guys, TLo.  Maybe it’s the karma of wearing a suit!

    “Drearily gender-normative” is a phrase I hope to casually work into a conversation of my own sometime soon.

  • Snailstsichr

    The shirt adds nothing to the look. 

  • mhleta

    Oh, hell no. Clown drag. Big big fail.  

  • Judy_J

    I look at those shoes, and I think to myself “polish those suckers!”

  • Brigitte Todd

    Menswear when pregnant is brilliant because you can wear more comfortable shoes.

    This menswear is just dreary, though.

  • I love a stylish butch woman, but ERW has never really presented herself as butch. If she is pregnant I guess I can understand the fit around the midsection, but I think the vest was a bad idea. And the hair – very bad idea. If she wanted a sleek Eton crop look she should have combed it better.

  • Ditch the gross hair and shoes and I think she’d have nailed it. 

  • Jecca2244

    her hair makes my head itch.

  • julnyes

    A little nip in the waist would have made me love her Tenth Doctor Realness, but the lack of fit and that hair (OH MY GOD THAT HAIR) just ruined the look. She has done menswear better than this before.

  • She looks like Jimmy Darmody – in a good way.

  • MilaXX

    I like the idea of the suit, but not the execution of it. I think the vest is too much, but she probably using it to hide her baby bump. I think her hair looks a little dirty & greasy, and I hate the shoes. 

  • notoffred

    First girl on the dancefloor at the lesbian Sadie Hawkins dance. 

  • Judy_S

    I think the suit is adorable but I would like to see a prettier shoe.

  • The striped shirt with striped suit offends me.

  • fringebenefit

    Suit: yes! Hair: why?!?!??!

  • crash1212

    Don’t mind the fit of the suit – HATE the shirt with it and think the entire thing would’ve been better served with a lovely pair of shoes. I’m developing an allergy to those scuffed up boots on men or women.

  • ojosazules

    Agree about the hair and boots. Love the suit. 

  • swissgirl

    So bad in every way, hair to boots and everything in between. You can be radical and wear a man’s suit and look sexy and daring but this simply does not work!! At least all her nasty tattoos are covered up.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    The hair is terrible…I can’t even look past it to the suit/shoes

  • Little_Olive

    Awful. Full stop. 

  • tardisten

    If her hair were spiked up instead of forward and she were wearing trainers instead of boots, I’d think she was going for some cutesy Tenth Doctor drag…it’s not terrible but I agree it would have been much better with a more fitted suit and less crispy hair.

  • l_c_ann

    I looked at the suit jacket and knew it was off the rack and untailored.  And beyond help.

  • NightOwl

    Bad Drag King.

  • Ugh that hair. So gross. 

  • Anathema_Device

    I love this, except for the shirt and the hair.

  • Cheri Lee

    She’s pregnant, which is probably why the suit looks so ill fitting on her. She could have done better though. Her hair looks disgusting!

  • disclaimer: she’s on my irrational hate list so i’m totally biased.  the hair is AWFUL.  the suit is ‘meh’ at best.   total OUT, not that you guys were asking…

  • Qitkat

    Keith Urban on a good day.

    • formerlyAnon

       Laughed out loud. Thank-you.

      • Qitkat

        Thanks [she blushed]. It’s rare, but occasionally I can zing it.

  • TieDye64

    The hair negates anything good going on here. Ick.

  • Cathy S

    I like everything except the hair product and the shirt. Rock the menswear, girl!

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Damn!  I had that exact same suit when I was a kid in the *gasp* 60’s.

  • B_C_J

    Part of the fit issue most likely stems from the fact that she is expecting. As such, I would give her a pass. The brown of the suit looks beautiful against her skin and I love the pop of the lavender shirt.  Her make up is absolutely lovely. The hair is atrocious. 

  • A little off-topic – Is Lauren Bush Lauren doing any design work for her dad-in-law?

  • msdamselfly

    I think she looks adorable

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Pregnancy could certainly attribute to the ‘Sturdy Column’ situation. It’s a cute look though, but whoever thought that greasy, pointy hair that makes her face look like a block was a good idea should be taken out and slapped!

  • kattyatlaw

    I think it’s pretty adorable on her, even though it is clearly menswear. The big no-no is the Victor/Victoria I’m-Really-A-Dude hair. Normal (for her) hair would serve the look so much better.

  • kimmeister

    In addition to all the horrors already mentioned by TLo, I’m just not down with brown and purple together.  Saw it on . . . a Brolin (?) the other day and didn’t like it then either.  Hope it’s not going to be this year’s “thing.”

  • Lola67

    To be fair, this is at Sundance premier. The style at Sundance is a whole different scene. Grunge, and I’m much too interesting to care about my looks, is the rage. So given that standard, she looks pretty stylish. Most stars show up in furry boots, tights as pants and huge sunglasses with messy hair.

  • maggiemaybe

    I can’t imagine leaving the house with hair like that and thinking to myself “yes, that’s exactly the look I was going for…”  Love the suit, though.

  • cool as fuck. I wish I could pull off this look.

  • i like that she didn’t feel like she had to “femme” it up. what i don’t like is the hair and the shirt. yes it doesn’t fit that well and everything, but good for her! she’s doing something different. 

  • MsALVA

    And it’s one thing to try to wear a men’s suit with a female body, but she’s also pregnant, which only adds to the curvy-ness and makes the fit even odder.
    And THE HAIR! It’s disgusting. 

  • VioletFem

    That hair makes her look like a middle schooler. That suit would look so awesome if it was better fitted. 

  • forward_slash_PRS

    “And while there are many words and phrases one can use when describing Evan Rachel Wood, “sturdy column” is not one that should spring to mind.”
    And while there are many words and phrases one can use when describing TLo, “drearily gender-normative” is not one that should spring to mind . . .

  • Melissa Brogan

    I am totally distracted by the MESS on her head she’s calling hair that I can’t even focus on the suit.

  • ankali

    I don’t mind the fit; there’s something very Orlando about it. However, I do wish she’d worn some jewelry — a brooch, a chain, just something shiny or sparkly to break up that column a bit.

  • Julia Rhodes

    The question is, do we think this is actually Jamie Bell’s suit? That guy is pretty teensy…

  • librarygrrl64

    I love it when women wear versions of menswear, but this just looks like head-to-toe drag to me. Nice suit, though.

  • carpediva

    Man, she really changes her whole persona for the man in her life, doesn’t she? Remember when she (somewhat offensively IMO) morphed into Dita when she was dating Marilyn Manson? I guess now that she’s married to Billy Elliott we’re stuck in hipster attire for the duration!

  • Trisha26

    Horrendous hair & shoes – the rest is darned cute.

  • annrr

    She looks hideous.

  • guest2visits

    I think it would work with a pair of very feminine heels or boots. I’m not for the dirty shoes paired with the sharp suit.
    It was scroll-down let-down to see the shoes.  The hair looks oily, not sleek.

  • Liz Pacem

    Her reps recently confirmed she’s pregnant, so I’m impressed she can still wear a vest and men’s fitted suit that far along! But, yes, the hair…

  • LittleKarnak

    I like it all except that greasy hair….

  • Drew Macaulay

    Feeling kind of Melissa Etheridge circa 1996 here.  Also, do not like.  

  • Don Hackett

    is the hair supposed to echo the stripes in the clothes?  not buying it.

    —sleah in norcal

  • Anniebet

    Hideous hair, and those shoes look like the ones clowns wear, with exaggeratedly bulbous toes. Love the suit. Just not her.

  • Bill Curtis

    Albert Nobbs Jr.

  • tmchale

    The suit has an obnoxious number of buttons.

  • ccm800

    pinstriped everything including hair. Love the androgyny of it. Categorically disagree with the lack of fit opinion, which is of course strictly that. I like a lady in a mans suit tailored AND not.

  • quiltrx

    It’s pretty cute, if not exactly drawing attention to her shape.  I think if the hair were a little more ‘girly’ the look would carry better…and maybe some ladyshoes?

  • kathrineb

    I can’t get past how horrible that hair is! 
    Beware people! Even when you are naturally gorgeous like Evan Rachel Wood, you can still look terrible, all you need to do is make some bad style choices.

  • adnama79

    The Journey of Natty Gann

  • Alyssa Stanfield

    I love the suit on her, but that hair is no good. I must confess that I am a huge ERW fan though. Also, I understand in early pregnancy, not wanting something that is tight fitting!

  • That is hot and sexy in a butch way.

  • Fabulous.  Fantastic look. Love it.