Marisa Tomei in Roksanda Ilincic

Posted on February 21, 2013

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Marisa Tomei attends Special Dinner And Reception Celebrating Elizabeth Taylor’s Bvlgari Jewelry Collection in Roksanda Ilincic.

Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Charlotte Tomaszewska

Nicholas Kirkwood Leather-trimmed Macramé Pumps

We generally support Miss Marisa’s thoughtful, interesting take on fashion, and we think that … top? Jacket? Whatever you want to call it, we think it’s gorgeous. But man, this is a little bit too mature for our tastes. Marissa’s no ingenue, and she should feel free to dress in a manner she feels is appropriate for her age, – i.e., we’re not advocating she sex it up or anything – but this outfit would easily look fabulous on a woman twenty-five to thirty years older than her. That’s kind of a red flag to us. She looks good, we can’t deny that. It’s a lovely outfit. But we don’t care what age you are, if you’re wearing something perfectly appropriate for your parent to wear, you’re probably dressed a bit too maturely.


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  • nannypoo

    I like it but I would like it better if it had a little shape. I’m glad she chose not to wear that hideous skirt and those awful yellow shoes. And maybe she could have taken a little more effort with her hair.

    • Sobaika

      Agreed, it’s a little boxy.

  • If it were just nipped at the waist!

    • MRC210

       Yes — or at least slimmer and less boxy.  Love the pants and shoes but what’s with the huge clutch?  Is she leaving home?

  • margaret meyers

    It’s also a size too big and she needs more polished hair.  The rat’s nest is aging after a certain point, not fresh and fun.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      I think that’s part of why it looks so mature– her hair and face don’t match the level of glamour and excitement that jacket-top bring. So she kinda looks a little blah and society matron.  More Dowager Empress backing off from purple for a charity banquet than Academy Award winning actress going to a lunch for jewelry.

      (Jewelry gets a lunch these days???)

  • Vickiefantastico

    Hmm, I’m not sure if I agree. I think she looks real-world great. That means, if I saw her out and about at an opera or something, I would think she looks perfect. But I do see how in Hollywood-world, it’s a bit mature. I don’t know. She’s Marisa Tomei, and personally, I just think she’s gorgeous in anything, so I might be biased.

    • These are trufax. 

  • PastryGoddess

    From the neck up and the ankles down she looks fab.  The rest is bleh

  • formerlyAnon

    My argument against is that the head is too unfinished looking for the drama of the jacket. More formal makeup, less wispy hair, some nice (bold) earrings – and I’d like this a lot.

    I won’t argue that it wouldn’t look good on her in 20 years, as well, but that’s no reason to avoid it now, just a reason not to wear this kind of look exclusively. IMO.

    Also, those slacks look like they are expensive and fabulous.


  • I wish she had worn the jacket with slim fitting leather pants. I feel that would bring some much needed youth to the look.

    • Alyssa

      That’s exactly what this look needed, and she totally could have pulled them off!

    • Introspective

      agree. right now it feels like dorothy zbornak at the substitute teacher’s holiday party at a random watering hole in the greater dade county area.

      the leather leggings might have kicked this up into bitchface charlize theron on her way to the gym territory. especially with the kickass shoes she’s wearing.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      That’s a great idea.  I think the jacket is still a bit boxy, though.  And I don’t mean to sound snarky, but she looks very pale and tired.  🙁

  • BrooklynBomber

    I know what you mean, TLo — it is a bit “mature” for her — but I also understand her wearing it because sometimes a bit more mature than usual just feels right. (I only wish the pants were hemmed instead of bunching at the ankles.)

    • MilaXX

       I can see why she went for it. The jacket is gorgeous. I think the cut is just aging or needs to be paired with something else.

      • mjude

        i agree about the cut of the jacket.  but i do like it.

  • Becca Cleary

    She is so unbelievably gorgeous and it’s nice to see a wrinkly ladystar- which is not meant as a dig, I think she looks fabulous. And I think the jacket would look better paired with more fitted pants, like a black skinny jean. These are a little stiff for me.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Not tragic by any means but it does take me back to stirrup pants and big shoulder pad blazers.

    • dress_up_doll

      Lol, I was thinking the very same thing regarding the silhouette and shoulder pads. That big-ass clutch isn’t helping matters either. She doesn’t look bad, just a bit matronly and dated.

  • Serving Betty White realness

  • MilaXX

    Too mature for her and the hair is not helping.

  • Deac82

    I’m going to venture out on a limb here and say that she should have actually gone up a size for a more exaggerated proportion.  Pair that with some skinny leather leggings like others here have suggested, and some black booties and it would have been quite youthful.  I like the hair.  If it were more polished then it would have definitely read as mature. 

  • I hate it. Granted, I think a great deal of my hatred stems from the fact that I sold cheap, poorly made versions of this pantsuit at a low-rent mall shop when I was in high school, but still…not good that that’s what this reminds me of, even if it’s a far better-made version of that.

  • BuckeyeLou

    I think she looks elegant & polished, in fact I like it better on Marisa than on the model(with the odd skirt).  I do think her pulled back hair is rather matronly, and she looks tired around the eyes.  But, the outfit with the wonderful macrame heels looks chic on her

  • I think it’s more that there is no fit to the jacket. It’s just a red box covered in sequins.  Had it had any defining shape to it, it could have been great. 

    • mhleta

      Exactly. It’s the cut or lack of one that’s the problem.

  • StellaZafella

    I don’t have a problem with the silhouette or the color. But, if your going to wear something this upscale, treat it right and nix the non-hairdo and be ready to wear a bit of real make up…in other words: Wealthy, upscale event and outfit = Going all the way and looking the part.

  • robynjd

    I think she looks great, she is mature, she is almost 50 and it is a great look.

    • mhleta

      I’m 52, built similarly and I wouldn’t wear this if you paid me. It looks like something my mother would have worn in the 80s when she was nearly in her 80s.

      •  Your mother had you in her 60s? That’s impressive.

  • Sara__B

    She’s dressed appropriately for a dinner and reception. True, her hair, makeup, and nails could have used more polish, but she’s fine for the venue. I hope she enjoyed a good meal and had a good time!

  • Monday1900

    Rather unflattering shape and decoration, but I like the base color of the top/jacket.  Nice to see a woman who’s face doesn’t look plastic too! 

    I saw the picture of Julianne Moore wearing Liz’s emeralds at this event.  Lucky woman!  When I went to the auction preview of Liz’s jewels that necklace was my number one fantasy purchase–the color of the stones was stunning.

  • Dot

    This would look far more dowdy on a more mature woman. The way she has it styled here looks pretty polished on Marisa.

  • butterflysunita

    I love the outfit–nice deployment of the lady pants.  Love the shoes.  What I’m not feeling is the hair and makeup.  

  • another_laura

    Interesting take on it, T Lo.  I saw this and thought wow, I would love to have this entire outfit!  But I have to admit, I’m a bit older than Ms. Tomei and not in the movie biz.

  • erinbinek

    From the neck down: IN.  From the neck up: OUT.  New hair, new makeup please.  I love her, but she looks BEAT.

  • quiltrx

    I actually kind of love the jacket!  It could use a little more shaping at the waist and maybe less-formidable shoulders, but it’s still pretty gorgeous.

  • mhleta

    Oof,I hate this silhouette even for an older woman. Ms. Mirren wouldn’t accept this, so why should Ms Tomei. Again, higher arm holes and fitted through the waist–universally flattering.

  • MzzPants

    Betty White is wondering where in the hell she left that jacket.

  • Judy_J

    I think the jacket is gorgeous.  I think it would make for a younger look if the jacket were nipped in at the waist as it appears to be on the runway model.  Also, a pair of killer earrings would go a long way in making this look a bit less mature.

  • tallgirl1204

    I really like it– I think the fit is off.  And her hair is awful (said I, the Queen of all Rats’ Nests).  The pants and shoes are young, and the jacket could be if it was a little more shaped.  But the color, the beading, the IDEA of the jacket is fabulous. 

  • Zippypie

    Joan Rivers would work the hell out of that jacket. 

    This is not a good look for Marisa.  This looks big and boxy and shapeless.  Love the shoes.

  • Those shoes ROCK!  The rest, just eh.

  • Fordzo

    I’m not sure if it’s the shade of the jacket or what, but her face color looks odd to me (could also be my monitor).  She looks like she  isn’t feeling well.  Which has nothing to do with fashion, I know.  I just want to make her a cup of tea and tell her to stay home and rest.  

  • Qitkat

    I think the jacket is lovely, and would be fabulous if it were nipped at the waist and cuffs as it appears on the model. (Whispers: I like the unconventional yellow shoes.) Tidy up that hair and add some handsome ruby and diamond earrings to complete a look that Liz would have approved. Someone else mentioned Julianne Moore, she and Marisa are always two of my favorites no matter how they are attired.

  • Joyce VG

    LOVE this outfit!

  • Belvane

    I think she just needs some fabulous earrings. Right now the jacket is drawing all the attention to her neck. Earrings would draw the eye upward and take away some of that matronly feel.

  • Aw I think it’s cute. Ladypants! Maybe a pop of color in the shoe or purse, possibly in a yellow like the model, or royal blue, might have youth’d it up.
    I agree with those below saying she needed earrings too.

  • Anniebet

    Da Shoes! Holy cow, they aren’t all pointy toed! Love them to bits. The rest of her is having a senior moment.

  • Imasewsure

    I think she needed to rock the skinny jeans with this or go funky on the footwear to make this more interesting and less aging… also the hair needs a bit less yoga and a bit more something. Love her though

  • Anna Vasquez

    She is bringing Isabella Rossellini realness.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I like the skinny pants and shoes, but I think it’s the jacket that’s very aging.  She needs something more fitted, and less “crafty” looking to me.

  • Trisha26

    Golden Girls. (The runway look is dreadful.)

  • AnnPopovic

    Disagree, I think this looks terrific. It’s WINTER and skinny girls get COOOOLLLLLDDDD! This is just the thing for that.

  • barbarienne

    I don’t even notice the clothes. All I can see is her hair, and the utter lack of any effort there and with the makeup. I look better than that when I wake up and throw a banana clip on my tangled mess of a head.

  • m0r0

    Looks like she’s preggers and trying to hide it. 

  • I like it – it’s beautiful, and it suits her. I think I’d scream that the jacket is “too old” if a 22 year old starlet was wearing this, but on Marisa it works.

    And I’d kill for those shoes. 

  • I approve, actually. My only complaint is hair and makeup, which feel like an afterthought. But she looks nice and very comfortable.

  • mmc2315

    Yes, I can see the argument that the jacket is aging, but I think the skinny pants and pumps youthen (is that a word?) it up.

    I don’t LOVE the jacket, but I bet she does, and I give her an Attagirl for it.

  • Cathy S

    I like it, even though it’s a bit boxy. She looks good.

  • CatherineRhodes

    TLo, did you accidentally get slipped decaf this morning? This is HIDEOUS.

  • I… think that this is Betty White’s outfit, not Marisa Tomei’s. And even on Betty, I’d be thinking it’s an aging look!

  • I think she looks very lovely.

  • The shoes sex it up a bit. She looks great, I can see this as just her mood of the day (she’s very changeable, as you indicate with your complimentary adjectives) rather than some aging trend she’s embarked on.

  • Warrior89

    Yeah, it’s ugly.  But oh my god I love so much that she’s a beautiful woman who isn’t afraid to look her age! So so so much better than someone pumped full of fillers and stretched to shiny hideousness.  

    So whatever she wears, she’s always a WERQ in my book.

  • libraangel

    Never mind age, I can’t take all the different prints/textures which usually work in other outfits, but not this one. I looked closely to see the pants have a subtle print, then the ugly shoes, all together fugly as a whole.

  • LOVE the shoes…

  • Mazenderan

    I agree that the outfit is way too mature for her.  Combined with the underdone hair and lack of makeup, the whole things a bit of a disaster.

  • lundibleu

    I like it, though would have been better if she had a) nipped it in at the waist to fit her shape a bit better and b) had her hair down and not pulled back. 

  • melanie0866

    Leather pants or leggings would have made it perfect.

  • ccm800

    agreed. Lop a couple inches off that top and fit is and then you have something