Vanessa Hudgens in LA

Posted on March 27, 2013

Don’t worry, Vanessa. We’re not gonna rag on a casual day outfit like this. You’re safe.


Vanessa Hudgens visits a friend in Los Angeles.

As penis’d people, we’re endlessly fascinated by maxi-skirts in warm weather. So many ladies swear by them, but we can’t imagine hauling around all that fabric, no matter how lightweight it is. Then again, as perpetually short-haired penis’d people, we can’t imagine hauling that mane around on a hot day, either. But that’s why God invented ponytails, we guess. And hey, you ladies probably can’t imagine hauling around a pair of testicles in hot weather, so it’s all good. Besides, we’re not criticizing. It’s a great, easy way to hit the street on a hot day without fussing too much.

Also, her sandals are cute.

Okay, one minor crit: the proportions of that top make it look odd with that skirt. There. That wasn’t so bad, was it, Vanessa? Aren’t you happy we didn’t call you Selena, like a couple of cranky, senile uncles, always getting you mixed up with your cousin?

But seriously, it doesn’t feel a little weird to have both arms, a strip of belly skin, and one leg exposed to the air, with everything else covered up? We suppose not, since it’s something of a warm weather standard look, but we’d love to see a man try walking around like this: a sleeveless half tank top and a pair of lightweight pants, with one leg hemmed up to the thigh. He wouldn’t be able to walk a straight line.


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  • As much as I love a high-waisted skirt, this one looks as though she had to haul it up because it is too long for her. It’d look more in proportion if it were a couple of inches lower.

  • Imasewsure

    Modern hippy chic. She looks really cute in spite of the weird proportions

  • anotherkate

    She looks cute. I came to the realization the other day that, at 27, I am Too Old to ever wear something like that again. I really should have dressed like a nutty teen when I WAS one, dammit! Now it doesn’t matter how good I am about pilates (spoiler: not very), because bare abs off the beach will never be allowed again. Sigh. Guess I’ll just go legally rent a car and think about becoming a homeowner or something.

    • I am ten years older than you. Shut your adorably still young mouth. ; )

    • barbarienne

      That’s okay. When you turn 40, you may realize that you can wear any damn thing you want to, limited only by the tiny fraction you give a crap what anyone else thinks. Yes, I am someone who walks out of my house in a bathrobe, with banana clipped hair. I’m not getting dressed just to bring in the trash cans on my day off.

      • MilaXX

        Agreed. a woman at the pool today told me I was brave. Me. Brave. For showing my fat thighs AT. THE. POOL.

        • Chaiaiai

          I hope you cut that bitch.

          • MilaXX

            not even worth it.

          • formerlyAnon

            Nah, you gotta feel sorry for people like that. Even if they’re thin, they’re eaten up with insecurity about how they look. I admit that sometimes remarks like that are meant to be mean backhanded digs, but a lot of time it’s real admiration, or at least dumbfounded amazement. I’ve known a couple of women like that really well, and they live with miserable anxiety.

        • anotherkate

          Unbelievable. I guess my main reason for avoiding a Hudgens-esque look is that it would make me feel ridiculous and like I’m in a costume. Thighs at a beach, however? Totally normal for any age, and that woman should be ashamed of herself!

          • MilaXX

            the gym, where no one looks cute. Again one of the benefits to being over 40. You give no damns.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Was she expecting you to swim in bloomers?

      • twocee

        Yes, this X 1000.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Oh pshaw! I refer you to patron saint Nora Ephron:
      “Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re thirty-four.”

      You have seven years at least – and after that you start not to give a shit what people think.

    • carolynmo

      I’m 20 years older. Go for it, my dear, go for it. Dress however you want.

      • anotherkate

        Haha, thank you to you and to all who expressed similar sentiments!

    • LIES. SHUN THE BLASPHEMER. I’m 26, and I still dress like this (albeit showing less belly skin because you don’t want to see my belly it really is a favor to humanity that i keeps it covered up).

      • anotherkate

        For the record I would (and do) wear a version of this sans belly skin and giant slit. 😉

  • I love a maxi skirt (dress) in hot weather. I am not a fan of my knees and god forgot to give me ankles, so if I want a nice cool breeze on my legs, it’s maxi or nothing. Since the strip o’ midriff is clearly back to being a thing I guess we’ll all just have to do a few more crunches and suck it in. It seems a little fast for the fashion choices of the 90s to be so prominent again, but here they are.

  • Introspective

    Shes always wearing shit that is waaay too long for her short frame. Its like all her clothes are borrowed and she cant properly hem them cause she has to give them back.

    But this maxi skirt feels like department store clothes. So methinks you can employ a tailor’s services in this case hon. Please try for next time.

    • MilaXX

      Nordstrom’s does it for free

  • dorothea_brooke

    As a person with terrible legs, vanity wins over comfort. Plus, to me, a loose breezy (even in the absence of an actual breeze) skirt is simply more comfortable than shorts or short skirts. I hate my legs touching stuff on a hot sticky day. And Iman forbid anyone see red sweaty thighs.

    • C. C. Winslow

      And maybe this is weird, but there’s something sensual about having fabric swishing around your legs. Not sexual, but comfy/sensual. And that it’s modest – I don’t wear slits like hers 🙂 – is a double bonus.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I kind of feel like a princess with the poodle of fabric swishing around the legs. I know it’s childish to feel like that, but I really enjoy it.

      • AshleyDeHaye

        And I have a toddler so I can be cute and well-dressed and still bend over without flashing the goods.

    • rajf

      I think a maxi skirt can be more comfortable than any pant (short, cropped, capri) because of the breeze factor.

    • gabbilevy

      Yes! This. Shorts/short skirt on a sticky, sweaty day = the worst.

      But can I just say (to this entire post, not to you, dorothea)… It’s March. In LA. It’s not summer, and it’s not sticky weather. The temperature won’t hit 80 for another month at least.

      As a transplanted SoCal girl living on the East Coast, I get that people who don’t live in Cali probably imagine that its 80 degrees and sunny every day, but it’s not. (Sometimes it’s 65 and cloudy 🙂 )

  • Sara__B

    Why does she do this? This is how I dressed in 1974. Right down to the sandals. I looked ridiculous then, and she looks ridiculous now. Comfortable, but ridiculous.

  • VioletFem

    A long light-weight skirt is very comfortable in hot weather, because it keeps you cool without exposing too much skins to the sun’s rays. I’m not pale at all, but I still appreciate that about maxi skirts.

    • StellaZafella

      I just had a flashback. Grace Slick used to dress like this at home in the Haight Ashbury back in the 60’s-70’s… same top, same long skirts, rain, fog or shine. Her quote was: “With me, it’s long dresses or jeans…I’ve got great legs, but nobody see’s ’em till it’s time for bed…….”

      • VioletFem

        That’s great quote!

    • fursa_saida

      It’s all about the breeze.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      A maxi skirt also allows you to sit comfortably in your car or a lawn chair without your sweaty thighs sticking to the seat. Nothing like getting into a hot car in the summer wearing short shorts or a mini.

      • ConnieBV

        It’s the same cooling comfy feeling you get when you cover yourself up with a light blanket and then stick a leg out to regulate temperature.

  • capybara_cafe

    I almost like it. The way the bottom half of the top flares out is a little odd, and there’s something about the skirt being hiked up so high on her waist combined with a crop top that looks a little weird. It’s almost super cute. The sandals are great.

    And for the perplexed guys out there, light-weight maxi skirts are great in the heat because they let a breeze in, and you don’t have to worry about sweaty legs sticking to (or sliding off of) any kind of furniture 😉

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Do I see nipple in the last picture? Am I turning hetero? Because lately all I see are nipples. I’ve been googling + “breasts” all week. My tribe just might end up in the very near future with full equality in marriage and society, and all I see this week are boobies. I fought too hard for too long to end up liking camouflage and nascar and Fruit-of-the-Loom underwear.

    • Donna Tabor

      Resist the madness!!

    • StellaZafella

      Diagnosis from Dr. Stella: You’re not going straight, your inner drag queen is coming out your pores.
      Prognosis: A really campy, highly hilarious Pride Parade Brunch is in your future.
      Prescription: Boobs for queens dot com makes breast plates for drag with all the nipple you want. That’s Boobs for Queens dot com…

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        Glitter is a lifestyle choice. It has its downsides. Oh, and I am about six four and 270, and really really hairy. A big gay bear. Dorothy Zbearnak.

        • StellaZafella

          I’m not into glitter either…(especially since that painful incident in 1983 involving a bottle of glitter, a thong and a blonde Norwegian from Wisconsin.)
          Big-gurl “Dorothy Z” would have fit right in at my old bar in SF any Monday night for Chilibingo (our charity bingo night with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) back in the day…especially when the Aussies were in town!

  • Great commentary! Especially the last ‘graph.

  • stubbornthoughts


    • SugarSnap108

      I support you in this noble cause.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        We should start an organization and have a cleverly designed T-shirt.

        • tereliz

          A LONG cleverly designed T-shirt. 😉

    • lovelyivy

      I support this, but possibly that’s because I am now too old and too round to wear them. If, unlike me, you’ve got the abs and the panache to pull it off, why not? Granted, that’s probably waaaaay fewer people than actually wear crop tops.

  • Maxiskirts are the BOMB in hot weather – it’s basically permission to leave the house in your nightgown. They are the only reason I didn’t die in Palm Springs last year – the land of no covered parking – where fights would break out over whose turn it was to get into the car for anything.

    Of course she wrecks it with belly skin and weird proportions, but did we expect anything else from Vanessa?

    • MemHey

      These and sarongs are God’s gift to those of us who’d prefer to go around summer in our unders… Murican by birth, Southern by the grace of Gawd…

  • barbarienne

    The proportions are all-around weird, to me. That slit is either too high or not high enough…I dunno.

    I confess I have always wondered if testicles get uncomfortable in hot weather. Do they chafe? Do they chafe more, or less, if a fellow goes commando, or totally naked? We hear rumors of Scotsmen with nothing under their kilts, but Scotland isn’t exactly known for heatwaves.

  • You get a nice breeze if you wear a long skirt in hot weather, really, you do 🙂 Try it!

    • ampg

      Right – the skirt sort of acts as its own fan while you move.

  • marilyn

    Maybe she is just impatient for spring. LA is warmer than a lot of the nation, but it is not summer there yet. Maybe the long skirt is an acknowledgment that it is still a little chilly.

  • was she just leaving an audition for “Hair”? All she needs is a head band and some tie-dye and she would have nailed the look.

  • Hot weather?! It’s like 65 degrees in LA today. That’s cold for them, isn’t it?

    • random_poster

      Yes. It’s equivalent to full out blizzard conditions.

  • MilaXX

    J’adore the summer maxi. I’ve already bought 2 and a pair of flats in anticipation.

  • Rand Ortega

    (w/ sincere apologies to anyone who has already posted this)

  • SugarSnap108

    I’ve been grateful on many a blazing hot summer day that I don’t have to haul balls around town. I don’t know how you guys do it.

    Oh, and I love a maxi-skirt and sandals in the summer. Crop tops, including this one, not so much.

  • Trisha26

    As someone without a penis I hate sandals with toe rings, long skirts (with or without slits), bare midriffs, tops that make my boobs look bigger (and not in a good way), and hair that hasn’t been washed in a few days. There. That wasn’t so bad.

  • Those sandals are NOT CUTE. What gives T & L???

  • Tatiana Luján

    as long as they’re made out of fresh fabrics, maxiskirts are more comfortable and fresh in hot weather than mini skirts. I don’t really know why.

  • flamingoNW

    Totally comfortable. Of course, I would never wear something with a slit like that, or a crop top. I agree with the stop crop tops campaign. Should be banned forever.

  • Zippypie

    The skirt is too bloody long and the crop top should be burned. I wholeheartedly give my support to STOP CROP TOPS FOREVER. Burn them all, I say.

  • conniemd

    I love wearing long lightweight skirts in summer. Having white old legs, I don’t feel stupid not wearing nylons with them, which makes the skirt much cooler, just slip on sandals and you don’t look bare-legged ugly in an office environment.

    • Donna Tabor

      Yes. This.

  • Qitkat

    You’ve outdone yourselves! I fell out after that first paragraph.

  • formerlyAnon

    Summer maxis let the air circulate. They aren’t supposed to cling. When there’s a slit as high as this one, they creep from “maxi” towards “beach cover-up,” though. Stopping awkwardly in between.

  • CarrieO

    Also, long skirts (without the slit, of course) are nice when you didn’t have time to shave your legs.

  • Kara Hallead

    i swear maxi skirts make their own wind. they’re cooler than shorts.

  • Amelia

    To the women who love maxi skirts
    How do you manage to avoid getting the fabric all bunched in between your legs and crotch? I feel like every time I walk someplace in a flowy skirt I end up walking directly into a strong breeze

    • random_poster

      I wear a knee-length half-slip underneath. When the breeze blows the skirt in, the bottom of the slip catches it and any bunching happens no further up than the hem of the slip.

  • StelledelMare

    Love, love, love maxi skirts. Then again I’ve never been a fan of short
    skirts but there’s just something extra special about maxi skirts. The lightness mixed with the feeling of the hem brushing against your feet. It’s just a really nice feeling. Super
    comfortable and easy to pair with alot of different things. Also as
    some of the others have said, often much better than shorts. Although I wouldn’t have picked one with a slit like that.

    But as for Vanessa, I think she looks fine until you get to her feet. Those sandals are not at all cute.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I think she looks dreadful.

  • THIS is not how to do the easy maxi skirt look. That shirt is dreadful. She also needs to stop f*cking with her hair, or remove the extensions, or whatever, because her hair looks terrible here.

    On a positive note, the shoes are cute, and she’s SO much prettier without 10 pounds of makeup on.

  • I actually really like this. If I could pull it off, I would wear it.

  • librarygrrl64

    A lightweight maxi dress is soooooo comfortable on hot and humid days. Nothing binding, no worry about your lady business showing if a wind kicks up, looks best with comfy footwear (flats and flat sandals), etc.

    • Indigo54

      Don’t those lightweight maxi’s feel great? I don’t know why but I feel extra girly in a maxi skirt and a tank top with cute sandals. Can’t wait to start wearing them for spring.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    a sleeveless half tank top and a pair of lightweight pants, with one leg hemmed up to the thigh. He wouldn’t be able to walk a straight line.

    I have a picture in my head. It’s frightening me.

    As to maxi-skirts — I don’t get it, either. They aren’t hot, actually, with the lightweight fabric. They’re just not the most flattering thing ever, and I don’t get the popularity. For myself, as a short-legged, long-waisted woman, I look like I’m melting in anything with volume around the ankles. (Luckily, my ankles are reasonably acceptable looking.)

  • i think starting today, i wont mix her up with Selena anymore. Selena is definitely a “cute” type. Venessa’s vibe seems more “womanly”.And her feet look very adult-like.

  • korilian

    Ah bless. I used to rock the long skirt/belly top combo when I was her age. Those teen years are the only time you can really get away with it.

  • bellafigura1

    Are they actually cousins? That’s funny, I mix them up. And although I know an awful lot about them, I have no idea what either of them do. More Mouseketeers?

  • ballerinawithagun

    Love maxi skirts in the summer! Except for the ugly sandals, this is exactly the way I dressed many, many years ago. Crop tops are great for the young, not the young at heart.

  • I can’t imagine hauling around a pair of testicles in ANY weather.

  • Indigo54

    a sleeveless half tank top and a pair of lightweight pants, with one leg hemmed up to the thigh.

    Uh, no Honeybuns. You don’t wanna see a penis’d person walking around looking like that. That’s even worse than Prince’s buttless pants. Remember those? I’ll bet Prince is still trying to forget.

  • Jecca2244

    i’m on the east coast and I am sitting here trying to remember what warmth feels like. or at least warm enough for SANDALS.

  • calimon

    in the middle east for centuries people have worn layers of fabric to increase sweating, which in turn creates a better cooling effect. Perhaps too much of a stretch, but I also like the feel of light fabric flapping against my legs in the breeze.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Clearly I’m in the minority but I hate all of this. Even her toenail polish color.