Sally Field Double Shot

Posted on January 08, 2013

Oh, Miss Sally. This is just not your look, dear.


Sally Field attends the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Nimue Smit

This is going to get us in trouble (again), but we really don’t think women in Sally’s age group should be wearing black lace, no matter how trendy it is, because it’s always going to look like widow’s weeds. Granted, these would be particularly sexy widow’s weeds, but still. It’s just not a great look. Maybe if the hem was shorter and the lace was any color but black we could get behind it.

The hair’s definitely a mistake too. She doesn’t seem to have the kind of hair that can take a sleek up ‘do like this. It just looks sloppy and slightly askew to us. She looks much better with her hair down.

Like so:

Sally Field attends the 2012 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at Crimson.

At least from the neck up, she looks great. We’re not so sure on the dress. The color’s great on her, but that neckline is just plain odd and the whole thing wrinkled up on her on the ride over. Also: the three different blues in the look aren’t working. The shoes are nice, but the clutch comes close to clashing with the dress.

It seems to us Miss Sally has not availed herself of a stylist, being, as she is, from an earlier generation of stars who never used such services. Sweetie, it’s the 21st Century and it’s time to pay someone to get you gussied up.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans, PR Photos, Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images,]

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  • The color in the second outfit takes at least 10 years off of her. The hair is much better down, definitely. 

  • kcarb1025

    She needs to borrow some of Jane Fonda’s gays.

    • e jerry powell

      But she has her own gay.  She gave birth to him.

      All the more disappointing, I suppose.

      • kcarb1025

        I was referring to Jane’s Fashion Gays, which Gidget’s son might or might not be. Not all gays are cut from the same patterend cloth.

        • e jerry powell

           Gidget’s son is still an intern at a blog site; we don’t know what he’s going to be yet, other than gay.

        • TRSTL

          Seriously, drop into any gay bar in any city on any night and you will see first hand that all gays are NOT stylish!  They have just been told so often they are that it is accepted they can slap anything on and be stylish.  Not true, gents, not true…………

          • e jerry powell

             Yes, but then there are the gays who are too old for the bar scene…

          • TRSTL

            Yes and that would totally be me!  LOL!  Not so much chronological age (48) but I logged in WAY to many nights in bars in my youth……… resulting in rehab & recovery at 32.  So…. when I go these days, it is for a friends b’day or some other event and the people watching is a hoot!

  • VanessaDK

    First look – Lincoln
    Second look – Kennedy

  • Sobaika

    I usually give actors from another generation a pass, but it looks like she wants to look good and it just isn’t working out. Get a better team, dear. One that really likes you. 

    • alyce1213

      “actors from another generation”

      ????  Are we living in one specific generation right now?

      • I think it’s pretty clear she’s using herself as a reference point, i.e., actors from a generation other than her own.

      • Sobaika

        I thought it was pretty clear that I was referring to actors who didn’t have to deal with today’s internet-tabloid-fashion-hd-invasive world when first breaking into the business.

        • alyce1213

          Got it, but it really wasn’t clear what you meant until you explained above.

        •  And let’s face it, she IS from a different generation.  That’s not a negative thing, it’s just a fact. She debuted in the 60’s for Pete’s sake!

    • SassieCassy

      one that likes her, that really really likes her!!!

      okay i am done.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I totally agree. Sally needs to find stylists who believe that a woman of her age can and should look damn good.

      The Dolce & Gabbana widow weeds collection really needs to go away.

  • I really don’t like that D&G line.  And I agree, her hair looks much better when it’s down. When it’s up, she looks kind of scary.

    I do like that shade of blue on her. Maybe if the dress were made out of a less wrinkle-prone fabric, it would be better.

    • Sobaika

      I think I am the lone BK who loves that line without apology. ::sigh:: I fully admit that it needs very specific starlets/styling to look decent off of the runway, and unfortunately Sally Field doesn’t have it.

      • SassieCassy

        i think it would only look good on a model or a bonafide italian like monica belluci who could really sell it

      • ecallaw1977

         Nah, I’m with you, with the same reservations.  It’s absolutely exquisite on the right people.

  • mmc2315

    Oh, I like her in the black with her hair up, better than the second look.

  • GorgeousThings

    The first outfit and hair looks like she raided Helena Bonham Carter’s closet. It’s a great shape on her, but I’m not a huge fan of the black lace.

    I actually kinda like the second look. The only problem with it is the satin wrinkles like crazy.

    • snarkykitten

       Not nearly enough wrinkly tulle to come from HBC’s closet. Tim Burton’s however…

  • momogus

    Respectfully disagree. I think she looks fantastic and age-appropriate [that’s a compliment no matter how faintly damning it sounds] in the black and trying a little too hard in the blue.

  • VeryClaire

    I think she looks great in both but I do agree the wrinkles aren’t an asset.  I don’t always love black lace dresses but this one seems to work and it’s way too fashionable for widow’s weeds!

    • Kristin McNamara

      They give her the biggest titscrepancy I think I’ve EVER seen on this site before!

  • Kayceed

    Ooh, I like the first look a lot – black lace is timeless for me, and looks really beautiful here. I also greatly prefer the updo. I don’t care for the styling nor the dress in the second look – it’s a bit bedraggled to my eye.

  • TheLaurenJean

    I’m just REALLY REALLY glad she wore a liner under the first dress. Imagine THAT horror.

    • Even at an adorable 20 years old, Sally Field in granny panties and a sheer dress would just be too incongruous to imagine. She is still totally adorable, but my first thought was also thank goodness she had that dress lined.

  • decormaven

    Aww, damn. Even though these are designer cuts, they look off the rack due to improper fitting. If Sally is indeed in the Oscar running, get her a stylist tout de suite. Somebody that has a better jewelry connection for sure- those earrings with the first look remind me of a diamond-encrusted chrysalis.

    • littlemac8

      Sally and I are roughly the same age and the same size.  She has the wits to wear something close fitting that emphasizes her nice figure and doesn’t overwhelm her as a petite.  However, she does need some help to dial it up a notch for a more polished look.  I’m sure she’ll be nominated for an Oscar for her portrayl of Mary Todd Lincoln.  

  • For the second look, it’s time we unpacked that TLO classic: Titscrepancy

    • Kristin McNamara

      Oops. Didn’t scroll down far enough before I posted that same thing above! 🙂

  • The black ensemble has a whiff of Palin hair. Not good. I wouldn’t mind #2 if that clutch didn’t clash so badly.

    • 3boysful

       So THAT’S why I had a negative reaction!  😉

  • msdamselfly

    I really like the black lace on her but think the neckline is just too low and her hairdo unflattering..

  • twocee

    I like the blue dress on her.

    Sally is my “I-want-to-be-her-when-grow-old(er)” celebrity, so seeing her look so tragic in the widow’s weeds is just depressing.

  • MoHub

    Isn’t she, like, 5-foot-nothing? She really needs to avoid the below-the-knee hemlines unless they go all the way to the floor.

    And the neckline of the second dress looks more like an execution error than a design decision. Color is great, though.

  • VicksieDo

    I like them both, although they both have problems.  LUV HUH

  • The colour’s nice but the neckline giver her a skelter-tit.

  • Janet B

    The black dress in that flattering blue would have been nice. I don’t mind her hair up, but I think of her as a hair down kind of woman.

    I want her earrings and the blue shoes.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Love her. Like The Meryl, I give her a pass on fashion. 

  • StellaZafella

    Sally, dear, I love you, I really do. So if you want to rock the widow’s weeds and funky necklines…I say do it. But TLo’s right, get a stylist to sign off on your choices, at least. Hmmm, judging from these efforts, maybe Helena Bonham Carter’s  gays would give you some feedback.

    •  I think the neckline on the black lace is wonderful on her. The whole thing would be better if it hit just below the knee though.

      • Alisa Rivera

        Yes, to me the only problem with the black is the length. Everything else is working for me.

  • butterflysunita

    I do agree that her hair looks better down.  And the blue is a great color on her.  But that neckline looks like undulating waves, and not in a good way at all.  

  • She should get a pass until the next millenium for surviving “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun.” I agree blue is a better color on her, but I don’t mind the black too much. A snazzy piece of jewelry would have helped it.

  • That blue dress makes her bosom look sloppy and slightly askew.

  • marilyn

    In the first look, hate her hair more than her dress.

    In the second, she looks great.  The unusual neckline is interesting.  The color is good on her.  Unfortunately, the fabric is rumpled.  But, that aside, she is great.  I hope I look this good when I am her age.

  • Monday1900

    Hate the blue dress.  I disagree with your thoughts on black lace on ladies of a certain age; the black one could be killer with a hem just above the knee and some sparkly jewelry or clutch purse.

  • Thomas Rosenberger

    You “guys” are ageist.

    • Have you ever NOT been offended by what we write here? Every time you comment, it’s like this. Why don’t you just stop coming here since it’s obviously not the site for you?

      And guess what, you offensive little homo: there’s no need to put scare quotes around “guys.” You didn’t win the masculinity sweepstakes any more than we did and any gay man who’s hung up on that sort of thing has some serious issues to work out.

      Now go away.

  • mhleta

    That first look is a near miss for me. I like her hair up without being over worked, but I agree that this is off balance. I like the top of the black dress very much. She’s youthful enough that she can keep it from dowager territory. On someone less perky, however, I agree, it could get a bit funereal. She definitely needs it shorter, though, just below or at the knee. The second look, the color and fit are good, but the neckline and fabric ruin it, as you say. Personally I find the hair a bit too day time to have worked with the first dress. It really needed to be up, just a better version of “up”. She still has one of the best smiles in Hollywood, though. 

  • E. D.

    I like the second look, but it would be better with a smaller green or yellow bag.

  • Judy_J

    Even though neither dress really does anything for me, I’ve got to admit she looks great.  She’s what? 66 years old?  I hope I look half as good when I reach my ’60’s (which ain’t too far away!)

  • the black one is a bad length on anyone

  • luciaphile

    Look #1 is a misfire to me. It’s probably partly from the angle of the
    shot, but the dress is too long (and again, I normally like that) and I
    swear it looks like she is wearing stockings with her peeptoes. If this
    is the case, WTH? Cause if I am old enough to know better, Sally Field
    certainly is. I don’t have a thing about lace or about women over the age of 20 wearing it. That’s not why I think this is a failure. Everything looks off balance hear from the hair to the toes.

    Now I do like the neckline on the second one and I think the color works on her. Her hair looks good.  Not so crazy about the bottom half or the shoes. I say that as someone who is perfectly fine with matchy matchy. The shoes look a little dated though. 

  • She looks so much better with the second look. 
    But no need for her to start looking for a stylist. If her name gets announced Thursday morning (and it damn well should) she will have stylists calling tripping over themselves to get to HER.

  • 3boysful

    She’s one of those classic, pretty women who to me look better more a la naturale in the makeup department.

  • I like the first look (not the hair,) but she needs to stand up straight. 

    The second look the neckline is just messed up enough that you can’t tell if it’s on purpose or not.

    • Dorothy

       Isn’t she a spokesperson for Boniva? Maybe she’s getting osteoporosis…?

      • She is a spokeperson for Boniva…I forgot about that. She is standing up straight in the 2nd pic though. But if she does have some bone issue–my sincere apologies, Ms. Field.

  • I like the dress…different but classic.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Dear Flawless Lady Field,

    That Is Not Your Oscar Campaign.

    Concurring with T&Lo,


  • SewingSiren

    I ‘m loving the widows weeds. Maybe that’s just cause I’m mad at Mr. Siren right now. But she looks good. The second look is just okay..for an actress, but if a regular woman was wearing it I would think she looked fantastic.Ps. the hair in the first pic looks like a wig.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I ‘m loving the widows weeds. Maybe that’s just cause I’m mad at Mr. Siren right now. 

      Haha!! you’re killing me!

  • That look #1 smells of Youth Dew. (My apologies to those who can rock the Youth Dew; my grandma couldn’t.)

  • MilaXX

    Yeah, neither look works well here. The first is bad hair. I don’t hate the dress, but I wish it were in navy and knee length. Second has better hair, but the only likable thing about the dress is the color. Even if it were not wrinkled, I dislike the weird neckline. I like the shoes, but hate the bag.

  • another_laura

    Sigh.  Blues are so hard.  So Sally, darling, don’t mess with blue unless you have a professional nearby!

  • It is simply amazing how young she looks over all!  Great figure, great facial structure, great attitude.  Give the gal just a bit of distance and I swear she looks better than most 45 year olds. (Her skin looks great too, for her age, in that it is an honest example of how good one’s skin can look in one’s 60’s.)

  • Dorothy

    The way Sally is wearing this D&B looks similar to the Diane Lane D&B post you guys made earlier. Diane had a pink dress. I don’t think it works in either color. I’m with you—once you appear to be over age 30, lace may not be your friend. 

  • Why on earth would anyone (i.e. stylist) look at that first runway look and think “With some changes, that would be PERFECT for Ms. Fields!”?  They started with a bad idea, and changed it into a completely different dress that was more suitable for her, yet still just not a good idea.  Perhaps she insisted “I want to wear something that looks like I’m still mourning for Shelby, but sexy!”.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I kind of like that blue dress, but….is the neckline supposed to be all askew like that??

  • OrigamiRose

    I do like the first look, even though objectively I understand what you are saying in relation to lace.  For me, Sally, like Diane yesterday, defies the logic with a fantastic attitude and glow.  (However, I wish the dress was a smidge shorter.)

    The second look is a total miss in my book.  Awkward fitting, odd neckline – the opposite of dress one, where she wears it.  That blue dress is wearing her.

    Hope you are feeling better!

  • crash1212

    I like the first look much better than the second. First one would be a total IN if it were about 3 inches shorter – but then, I rather like a slightly askew messy looking updo. I love the black lace as deployed in this dress and do not think for a minute that it looks like widow’s weeds.

  • BTW, the jewelry on the model is rather amazing; I love the way it hints at the pattern in the lace.   In fact, aside from the obvious alterations, the two looks help show what a difference styling makes.

  • pattyw

    I hate that Sally Field, two-time Oscar winner, feels like she has to strike the starlet hand-on-hip, I’ve-gotta-pee pose.

  • So nice to see an actress who isn’t botoxed to the hilt.  She looks great!

  • Jennifer Coleman

    I don’t think the DG looks bad on her; if it were shorter and the neckline a wee bit higher (not for propriety, but for proportion) it would be even more okay. However, it is not her dress to be impressive in – this line is for the ladies who smolder, not sparkle.

  • The camera angle looking from way up on high isn’t doing her any favors in either dress, but I think she’s rocking the black lace with the Sarah Palin hair. I don’t *like* the black dress, but aside from being too long and having icky lacey sleeves, the neckline and bodice fit are beautiful. The blue is a fabulous color for her but the satin’s all wrinkly and that is a wtf neckline if I ever saw one. All said: HOW PERMANENTLY ADORABLY CUTE IS THIS WOMAN? And perpetually talented and I love her forever and that is all.

  • Neither of these are styles I would choose for her, but by god the woman looks fantastic.  As much as I want her (or hell – a team of stylists) to look into more flattering hemlines, I haven’t the heart to give her a That’s Not Your Dress.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the second look.

  • Oh that sheer fake skin in the neckline of the weird blue dress makes me gag. Like post sunburn pre-peel.

  • LuluBI

    I don’t know TLO, she looks pretty fabulous in the black lace.

  • Robin Krug

    She looks great for a 56-year-old. Oh wait, she is actually 66 fucking years old. Love both looks, with some quibbles — look #1 has greasy cleavage and a too-long hem. Look #2 is, indeed, poorly fitted, and the clutch is unfortunate. Love the cerulean, and the neckline, and the relaxed hair and makeup. If she is styling herself, she has great instincts. Just needs a few sharp-eyed tweaks from the right gays.

  • melanie0866

    Couldn’t disagree more on the first one.  I love her hair up;  it’s just messy and relaxed and cute.  And the dress is fine except it’s too long.  I love the color and the neckline and the shoes in the second ensemble, but agree on the wrinkles.  Unfortunate.

  • maggiemaybe

    That Sarah Palin hair is bumming my high in a big way…

  • Qitkat

    I caught an episode of The Flying Nun accidentally the other day on the oldies channel and was consternated at how twee it was. And unbelievably that it was a hit show. Some things don’t age well. Anyhow, Sally is aging much better than her old show. There may be something off about each of these looks, but I’m getting a bit sick and tired of the implication that someone who doesn’t use a stylist oughtn’t be proud to still show themselves off in public, looking pretty damn good.

  • Disagree. Love the black lace, nothing about the blue look including the hair works for me

  • quiltrx

    I really like the second dress, but looks like it needs to be rendered in a different fabric that wouldn’t look like a slept-on bedsheet.

  • berkeleygirl

    GIve her credit – unlike, say, Meryl Streep, Field has no problem showing off her fabulous little body.  In Hope Springs, when Streep appeared in a long, silky nightgown, I thought: Why can’t she look like THAT at the Oscars??? 

  • First dress: I like it on her. Her hair does seem to be a bit of an afterthought, but I like it anyway. Second dress: LOVE the color, and I love the shoes, as well. Her hair looks great, but the clutch is all wrong. 

  • barbarienne

    The neckline of the blue dress looks like something went wrong while they were sewing it. But the color is great on her.

    The black dress’s hem is just wrong. It stumpifies her.

  • librarygrrl64

    I wouldn’t have minded the black dress had it been knee-length. She can pull off the black lace without looking matronly, IMO. Maybe it’s because she’s so petite.

  • UglyTalents

    She remains as cute as a bug, first of all. But she does look like a lady who doesn’t pay too terribly much attention to what she’s wearing. Which … good for her? As for the blue dress, I don’t think we “women of a certain age” should ever ever ever wear that sort of “skin illusion” fabric at their décolletage. If you can’t confidently rock the bare skin, get a shawl, honey. Here, have one of mine and keep it, I have a hundred.

  • RzYoung

    Call me cray but I think she looks great in both pictures. She’s ageing really nicely 🙂

  • Aurumgirl

    Nonna! Which is, I guess, exactly what D and G had in mind.

  • Much better in the second pic. I am officially hating on D&G like I hate on Marchesa. And I think we all know how I feel about Marchesa.

  • guest2visits

    I would like the black dress alot more if it were as short as the blue one, and I would like the blue one if it didn’t have the wonky

  • Love the hair and dress in the second look, even with the funky neckline, but agree a different color clutch and shoe would have upped the wow factor.

  • Stubenville

    Disagree on the black – it’s too sexy for widow’s weeds. The neckline on the blue number is heinous. Ms. Sally needs to go hire a  talented stylist, i.e.; not droopy dress Rachel Zoe.

  • BarbaraAnnBruch

    I think she looks amazing, and I am kind of picky about women of a certain age finding a balance. Bravo Sally

  • ccm800

    I think she looks pretty damn great in both.