Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Roksanda Ilincic

Posted on February 22, 2013

We weren’t entirely sure what to think of this when we first saw it, but the longer we look at it, the more we’re settling on “uniquely pretty.”


Mary Elizabeth Winstead attends the TheWrap 4th Annual Pre-Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in a Roksanda Ilincic dress paired with Prada shoes and a Lauren Merkin clutch.

Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2012 Collection

The shape of the sleeves is kind of odd, but if they were more conventionally shaped, we think a lot of the interest would have left the look. The color makes you turn your head, but the sleeves make you stop and look. Love that soft little swoop up near the neckline. Love the way the skirt fits her like a glove. Love the belt. It’s all just different enough to stand out, but not in a “What the hell am I looking at?” kind of way.


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  • Sobaika

    The belt was a great addition. She looks fun and eye-catching.

  • I would wear that dress to temple. Simple, modest, but cute.

    •  I was just thinking that I’d wear it to work (though perhaps without such deep slits up the side). It’s a really cute little dress!

  • I love everything about the dress (WITH the belt) except the hem, it looks like it was trimmed with scissors.

  • She looks pretty great.  Don’t have much more than that, except to say that it’s pretty obvious she also feels great.  I’ll take it. 

  • LOVE IT! 

  • PeaceBang

    My favorite color. Very pretty, and I love the sleeves on her, although on the model they don’t work for me. The belt is terrific. This is definitely a Girl This Is Totally Your Dress.

  • homofascist

    Super fun dress.  Very well played.  But man am I distracted by that ugly step and repeat wall…

  • The bottom looks like it was left unfinished and I hate the differentiation in color between the body and the sleeve. 

  • She looks chic and beautiful. Is it me or she looks a little bit like Michelle Dockery? Like she could play her sister.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    LOVE! I kinda want to see the back so we could see how that belt got on her… unless it was an addition that is attached to the dress and doesn’t go on like a normal belt.

  • Alyssa

    This is a very fun outfit. Attention catching, but not in a needy or slutty way that most starlets seem to go. Great color, and the belt was a wise decision. Very flattering look.

  • Squarah

    OBSESSED with that little crease/fold/swoop at the neckline. It’s so feminine!

  • crash1212

    The swoopy neck detail is perfection. Also, perfect belt choice. Me likey!

  • For once, someone ADDs a belt rather than leaves one out! She’s a very cute girl.

  • Love it. Great color for her. I like the addition of the belt.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Maybe it’s because they’ve both worn dresses from the same collection in the last week, but it is seriously FREAKING ME OUT how much she looks like a younger version of Marisa Tomei here. 

  • jack mackenna

    um I kind of love it, I like the yellow shoes better than the black ones though.

  • MilaXX

    I like the way she is wearing it more than the runway look, but what is up with that hair?

  • Love this!  I think the sleeves make it extremely interesting and different.

  • I am actually thinking…what the hell am I looking at? Those sleeves remind me of my grandparents old 1970’s plaid sofa. Her arms just look huge because of it. I can’t unsee to even appreciate the dress.  

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree! The sleeves look like they tried to match the teal color of the dress but it came out turquoise instead. Needs a contrasting color instead but even that wouldn’t save the lumpy plaid sofa look. The sleeves look like a 1970’s summer camp weaving project done on a DIY loom.  

  • j_anson

    Like. WANT. Love the little details. Wish I could wear this kind of stuff.

  • l_c_ann

    It’s pretty and she looks good.

    Now I really wonder if the sleeves are poppable…as in that wrapping paper that’s used to initial wrap breakables.  Wouldn’t if be a fun dress if it were and at the end of the night the sleeves were soft and clingy?

  • Qitkat

    Very striking. The addition of the belt is perfect. Details were all carefully considered in this design.

  • I like it

  • I love it. The belt was the perfect addition. 

  • CakesOnAPlane

    She is a beauty – love this dress, and DAT ASS, dayum. That picture from the side has me thinking about switching teams.

    • kimmeister

      I, too, was admiring her booty!

  • I love this. Fun and interesting. The only thing that’s making me absolutely twitch is that it looks slightly longer on the left side than the right. If you’re going to be asymmetrical (and I think going asymmetrical would have been one design element too many), make the asymmetry more obvious so it doesn’t just look like a mistake. Maybe it is a mistake?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Great accessorizing, particularly the belt, which makes the dress actually look better than on the runway. And some looks can’t be paired with another competing color.

  • m0r0

    Can’t hate anything in that color. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    I LOVE it! I’m not in the belt-on-everything camp, but this needs it. Looks great.

  • yes, i like the subtle draping, the barest mullet on the hem, and the sleeves.  it’s greater than the sum of its parts.

  • random_poster

    I dig it!

  • ankali

    Super cute. The shape of the sleeves isn’t to my taste, but I agree with TLo that the dress would lose something without them. I would not have gone with a sandal (though the open-toed pump I was thinking of might actually age the look a bit, so on second consideration… carry on, Mary Elizabeth), and her hair is kind of boring, but otherwise she looks great.

  • jmorino08

    1984 career gal is what springs to my mind.

  • Imasewsure

    I like it better without the belt… although it’s a weird length then

  • nannypoo

    This is a very strange dress. I love it and I wish it were mine.

  • Placemat/pot holder-looking sleeves.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, I posted a similar response to Jessica’s post.

  • kimmeister

    I like how the holes in the belt mimic the pattern on the sleeves.

  • shawnhunter

    that belt is so clutch.

  • Anniebet

    I love it when the first picture makes me smile. This one did. I’m not familiar with the actress, but she’s hit a home run with this one. The belt is genius – makes the dress much better than it looks on the runway. And holy cow, that swoop – subtle but oh so effective! Those sleeves don’t lend themselves to the hand-on-the-hip pose though.

  • Zippypie

    I really like the dress – it’s different, the color is fab, the shape is retro but modern.  It’s a great choice. 

    The accessories though are not.  The belt imitates the check on the sleeves and looks matchy and the shoes and clutch are boring beyond belief.  I wish she had taken a risk and gone with a colored shoe.

  • i like her look more than the runway look!

  • barbarienne

    Looks way better on her than the model, and not just because of the addition of that awesome belt. This is a great look.

  • elemspbee

    luv this dress! and belt. boring shoes

  • libraangel

    Unique yes, pretty, not so much. (I also don’t know who she is – actress?)

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s pretty, but it’s not all that fantastic.  It’s just a basic pretty dress.

  • LaSylphide

    The upper part of the dress looks way too big on the model; much better fit on Winstead.  Pretty, eye-catching and flattering; and I’m so happy to see plaid.  I love plaid.  Everybody else hates plaid.  I love plaid and I’m glad to see it on the RC.  So there.

  • kathrineb

    Fun dress my only concern are the sleeves they are heavy and chunky but…. I really like her refreshing happy poses and the fact that she doesn’t do the ‘i’m-so-hot’ bitchface-face (not that it doesn’t have its place I guess).

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The only wrong note here for me is the sandals. I’d have liked to see a solid, even chunky-ish shoe like the model is wearing. That would have made it a ‘WERQ’ for me. It’s a great little dress and looks like it would be flattering to a lot of different body types.

  • It reads a bit ‘formal secretary’ to me, but I can’t say she looks bad.  Love the color, the belt and the collar detail.

  • understateddiva

    Fit is great, but the sleeves look tacked-on.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She would be pretty in a burlap sack.  But I’m not grooving to those sleeves.  Still, it fits her impeccably, and the addition of the belt, with the nifty square motif, makes it seem that the sleeve was put there on purpose, versus the idea that the sleeve fabric was taken off the old sofa in the rumpus room from a Michigan basement, circa 1982.  

  • librarygrrl64

    Looks sooooo much better with a belt. Good call on her stylist’s part.