Rose Byrne in Balenciaga

Posted on March 12, 2013

Rose Byrne stars in The Saddest Little 1980s Secretary in the World, coming this fall on Lifetime Television for Women.


Rose Byrne attends the premiere of ‘I Give It A Year’ during the 2013 SXSW Festival in a Balenciaga top and skirt paired with a Chanel clutch and Lanvin shoes.

Granted, if we were stuck in a pair of white pumps, a pin-striped skirt that looked like oilcloth and a ruffly peach blouse, we’d probably look a little sad too. Actually, we’d look ridiculous – and since you don’t, Rose, we tip our hats to you for (almost) making this work. We think this might have worked better with the addition of a belt and the immediate removal of all white accessories. Also, it would help if you didn’t look so depressed all the time in pictures, dear. People are starting to worry.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • gabbilevy

    Swap out the blouse, and that might have worked. Loving that bag.

    • sweetestsith

      I would’ve gone with a green blouse and embraced my absolutely terrible “festive irish/italian mobster” costume.

  • Uncles, my eyes are burning after the posts this morning. I’m going to put some cucumbers on them and lie down for a while. 

  • MaryanneGirl

    I keep seeing online that “white pumps are making a comeback!” (exclamation included) May I just say on behalf of womankind everywhere: no. 

    • Quick tip on how to make your feet look bigger: Wear White Shoes.

      • MaryanneGirl

        Okay? I have feet the size of Sasquatch. Imagine what they’d look like with white pumps…canoes for shoes!

      • Or Keds. Don’t ever have a size 11 foot and wear white anything. It’s just begging for people to ask you what size the skis are you’re wearing. 

        • MaryanneGirl

          Hahahaha! Yes, this!

      • RebeccaKW

         Exactly.  I wear a size 10 shoe.  I don’t need to feel like Shaq when I get dressed.

    • Indigo54

       HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Maybe it’s only me, but I cannot with shoes that are paler than a person’s skin.

      • MaryanneGirl

        Agreed! I am on board with of nude pumps when deployed correctly. Read: rarely. Other than that…no!

  • Sobaika

    I’m curious about her aversion to smiling. Or smizing. Or pouting. Or that open mouthed “I’m so sexy” face. Basically any sort of facial movement would be appreciated.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      I think it got her the part!  Boo hoo hoo….

    • She IS smiling. For Rose anyways. I can see the corners of her lips turned up ever so slightly. 

    • lovelyivy

       The closest she gets to expression appears to be on-the-verge-of-tears, as in the picture above. Could be a trick of lighting, or maybe she just has very shiny eyes, but she always looks like she’s about to start bawling.

    • StellaZafella

       I wouldn’t smile either if I was dressed like a retro hostess at a Howard Johnson’s.

    • charlotte

       It can’t possibly be another dead puppy. And yet her eyes look like she is about to cry.

    • leilah

      That’s not an aversion to smiling, that’s the face of starvation.  Think Lara Flynn Boyle–when she did attempt a smile, it was more of a grimace …

  • Funkykatt

    I don’t care if it’s a carpet thing or not, if she’s going 80’s, then she needs some Flock of Seagulls hair. 

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      And enough AquaNet that we can see the ozone-killing haze in pictures.

      • Funkykatt

        Aquanet Super Supreme Hold sponsored by Stevie Nicks and her super 80s white perm

    • I think her hair is in what my mother used to call “a nice, businesslike bun.”

  • Introspective

    Between rose today and blake yesterday im sensing that fugly white pumps are gonna be a thing this spring. And I am already angry in advance for all of our eyes.

    • lovelyivy

       I decline this trend in advance. I decline, and possibly rebuke it.

      • Kayceed

        I renounce.

        • EveEve

          I reject and repudiate for all time.

          Poor, poor pouty Rose
          Always on the verge of tears
          What makes you so sad?

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      “angry in advance”.. love it

  • The skirt is atrocious.  

    • Is it pleather?

    • 1964edithgrove

       Looks like a butcher’s apron.

  • teensmom99

    And as my dear departed mother would have noted, lipstick in a color would have helped (and maybe would have pushed her towards a smile).

  • I think I bought that outfit at Talbot’s last month – except not leather, or peach, or white shoes.

    •  Talbot’s is still around?

      • libraangel

        Just barely

      • It is. I like it for quality work separates. Plus, each year they focus on at least one crazy print to use as basis for a colorway. I love crazy prints and they mostly end up being deeply discounted.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I can only hope the boss in that Lifetime movie will be played by Peter Saaaaaarsgaaaaaard in full creeper mode.

  • Indigo54

    Awww, poor baby.  Such an ugly outfit.  I feel her pain.  (sniff)

  • Judy_S

    I had a Vogue pattern for that blouse in the 80s. Early 80s. I remember fussing to get the collar right.

  • I really like the purse, but not much else… and girlfriend almost cracked a smile here!

  • Annabelle Archer

    Yikes, this is so bad I’m laughing.  More than a little.  Where does one find a peach ruffled blouse and a kicky vinyl table cloth to fashion into an outfit?  And this is this the second lady star to attempt the white pump this week.  If you’re not on your way to an Easter service, why white?  

  • schadenfreudelicious

    on the positive side she can line her kitchen drawers with that skirt later!

  • nannypoo

    I wonder why she chose that blouse. It makes bad even worse. I think she has chosen this expression because it’s dependable and the camera won’t catch her looking funny. Like Posh Beckham with her bitchface or Jennifer Lopez with her smoldering just-about-to-sneeze pose. I don’t like to have my picture taken either. Of course since I’m not a celebrity no one wants to take my picture, so it’s all good.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Whatever possessed someone to design a shiny pinstripe skirt?  Was this something that people were saying, “Dang!  How come I can’t get this shiny?”

    Sad ’80s secretary indeed.  Has Alec Baldwin started cheating on her with Doreen, while Sigourney Weaver stole her idea about acquiring a radio network? Someone get Joan Cusack for comic relief, stat!

    • lindsmh

       I think it’s from the same collection as Zorg’s suit from The Fifth Element.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Is anyone else having a hard time putting “peach silk 3/4 sleeve ruffle neck blouse” in the same sentence with Balenciaga?

    • EveEve

      A mere $1,225 on the Balenciaga website.  Crepe de chine silk, with a ” Dance Rehearsal theme.”   Paired with high waisted pleated slacks in the photo.

  • She is so sad, I wonder what her Boss makes her do in the Office.

  • All she needs is some frosty pink lipstick and blue eye shadow!

  • rococodada

    Wow- I need more coffee. I actually BELIEVED that Lifetime was making a movie with that name. 

    • demidaemon

      It’s not really that far-fetched, is it?

  • RocknRollmom

    I would wear that blouse in a heartbeat—to the office with my suit.  And I likely have a good 25 years I suspect on Ms. Byrne.  And I love pinstripes but that skirt needs to be burned.  And white shoes and purses always look cheap to me and I know those are anything but.

  • I love everything about the look.  Too bad she has a sad.

  • Alyssa

    Ugh, please don’t let white pumps be the next thing. Between those, silly putty shoes, & the clear plastic shoes, I don’t think I can handle it!

  • As a general opinion – Who a SXSW thought that Yellow and blue backdrop was appropriate for a step and repeat.  SURE it get’s the festival name out there, but if it makes all of the stars look like they are jaundiced it really isn’t serving you well….  IMHO

  • crash1212

    This could’ve been great. I love that skirt and don’t hate the blouse…T & Lo are correct, as usual, bump up the accessories and this is a kick-ass little SXSW ensemble. 

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Like the blouse, the shape of the skirt (burn that fabric now) and the clutch. There used to be a season’s rule for white shoes. I think it should change to an age rule. You can wear white shoes if you’re under ten, or over eighty.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I agree with what you said about white shoes.

  • This makes me so sad. Just no, honey. No. 

  • MilaXX

    So this is the answer to, “How do you frump up a leather skirt?” From the waist up she is just sad. I am not a fan of white shoes, but if this had been styled well the skirt+shoe combo could have worked.

  • For Easter when I was in 8th grade, I got my first pair of heels — they were white — with a matching purse, from Baker’s in the mall. I thought I was HAWT. It was 1985.

  • judybrowni

    What’s with the white shoes — it ain’t even really spring yet.

    Winter white is one thing: but that blouse and skirt ain’t white.

    White shoes with a brown skirt? C’mon.

    Rose honey, I know designers are flinging free stuff at you, and they want you as a walking advert for their summer line a season early, but don’t grab random pieces from the air and throw them together.

    • judybrowni

      As for that peach ruffled blouse: another Worst of the ’80s Zombie Fashion returns.

  • decormaven

    She’s at SXSW and wearing this sad outfit and expression?
    This poor child wouldn’t know fun if it popped her on the noggin. Dearie, “Gather
    ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that
    smiles today Tomorrow will be dying.” 

  • she should be arrested for wearing those heinous shoes.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Um, maybe it’s time to up the meds.

  • suzq

    Spot on.  Belt.  Different shoes.  Smile.  As they said in “Annie,” you’re never fully dressed without a smile.

  • melanie0866

    White shoes and bag in March?  She was clearly not a Kappa Kappa Gamma.

  • I hate the color of that blouse on her. And the white shoes and clutch? Not with this outfit.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Hostess at unnamed mid-range restaurant in unnamed mid-range city.

  • kimmeister

    Peach is not Ms. Byrne’s color.  Well, it IS the color of her actual skin, which is why she shouldn’t wear it.

    That skirt reminds me of the Alias episode when Sydney Bristow ducked into a drugstore and fashioned a skirt out of contact paper in order to blend in with some sorority girls, thus escaping from the bad guys.

  • another_laura

    T Lo, please give us some pretty, and quick!  I don’t know if I can take this much sad clothing this morning ….

    • libraangel

      not just sad: FUGLY!!!

  • I think that the backgrounds on some of these step-repeats are so unlovely! Not that the blouse would have worked in a different environment (it really is sad), but it might not look as sallow and unflattering as it does against this hideous yellow wall. Seriously, swap out the blouse for something with more pizzazz and the rest of this might have worked.

  • lobsterlen

    Are nude silly putty shoes going to replaced with white shoes as a new trend? It seems I am seeing more and more white shoes.

  • msdamselfly

    She’s kind of interesting

    • libraangel

      …in a bad way

  • A different color on the blouse would have done wonders. Too matchy with her skin.

  • LOL-I didn’t think T-Lo was old enough to remember those oilcloth tablecloths that used to be on everyone’s grandma’s/great aunt’s kitchen table.  That was my observation exactly!

  • l_c_ann

    Is the skirt oilcloth? 

  • Trisha26

    When I first saw the photo I thought it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Not that Julia looks “sad,” but she is older. I would never have guessed this was Rose – everything about the look is aging and depressing.

    • charlotte

      I think she looks like Raising Hope’s Shannon Woodward here.

  • ChristySchiff

    The way my week’s going, I would definitely watch that movie-of-the-week.  I bet the soundtrack would make my mascara run!

  • her eyes always look as though they have beheld some epic tragedy and know that things WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.  perhaps it was this outfit, in a mirror.

  • jkatkins

    Ugh.  Now I’m sad.

  • awful.  just awful.

  • libraangel

    Guess she took the title of her forthcoming TV show too literally

  • kikisayshi

    Want that clutch in a different color!

  • f_yeah_marie

    She does always look sad and not just because of the outfit.  I don’t think she’s the smiley type.

  • cleverlady

    A killer belt, some fun shoes and purse …. and she might have saved the top and skirt… but then… why not just start over!

  • peachy

    4/4 yuks

  • girliecue

    T Lo slays once again! Is The Saddest Little 80s Secretary In The World based one one of Chloe Sevigny’s alter-egos? Because then it would all make sense. And I would totally watch that movie.

  • bertkeeter

    Balenciaga for McCall’s Patterns?

  • The top is too close to her skin tine and the skirt is just… Ewwwww.

  • jo

    There is a woman in my office that has this blouse… not with the Balenciaga label, but pretty much identical.  And I’m pretty sure she hasn’t gone clothes shopping for 20+ years…

  • oldbobbydraper

    hello, 1983.

  • I really like the skirt. But the fact that I would happily wear it for work is definitely not a compliment to a Hollywood star!

  • me thinks she’s being forced to be dressed by rumplestilkskin till she gives up the rights to her firstborn