IN or OUT: Michelle Williams in Kate Young for Target

Posted on April 11, 2013

Question: Is it wrong to subject our poor, beleaguered celebrities to an IN or OUT vote when they’re wearing the very latest from Target?

Well, considering you’ve probably entered a Target dozens, if not hundreds of times and we bet there wasn’t a step-and-repeat and a row of photographers waiting to take your picture, we’re gonna go with HELL YES it’s fair.

Aren’t you lucky that we worked “beleaguered” into a sentence? Where can you get that kind of quality vocabulary while discussing celebrities in discount department stores?


Michelle Williams attends the Kate Young for Target launch event in New York City.

Kate Young for Target Collection

Okay, no. The satin bloomers are right out. And we’d like to think we’d say they same if they had a Chanel logo on them. A real one. The jacket’s really cute, but we’re just gonna say it: looks cheap. And it’s oddly shapeless, but then again, how many Target shoppers have bodies like starlets’ bodies? We think the top is cute and appreciate the deployment of the modest cami. Shoes are kinda dull.

We don’t know… it’s not our favorite look and it’s got a lot of issues, but we’re trying to take it on its own terms. Even so, if our galfriend took us along for some Target shopping and she tried this on? We’d wrinkle our noses and do a quick shake of the head, which is “gay friend” for “Gurl, no. I’m trying to be discreet about it, but NO.”

Honestly, the only reason we featured this was because we’re loving her hair.


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IN! She tried, bless her. And I love the hair.





Sarah Jessica Parker’s eye-searing vintage frock was voted IN by the Minions with Opinions.


[Photo Credit: Getty, Target]

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  • Imasewsure

    Thought I hated the hair until I saw a close up and realized it was the outfit (and the backdrop) that I wasn’t liking. Hard to vote it out exactly because it’s not awful but… oh hell, not good enough from our Michelle. OUT

  • Yep, the jacket looks exactly like what it is, a shoddily made, inexpensive piece of clothing. Its a cute design, no question, just poorly made. The problem is, no matter how well you care for it, its still gonna look like that. Out.

  • filmcricket

    Top is cute, jacket is fine, bloomers are a giant NO, and that Kate Gosselin ‘do has got to go.

    • I’m getting more of a Flock of Seagulls than the dreaded Gosselin, but no, I too don’t like the hair.

    • Jangle57

      Oh I was thinking the hair cute until you rightly pointed out the resemblance to Kate Gosselin’s once upon a time hairdo and now that has cast a pall on this style. . The outfit itself is shapeless and bland; not good enough for Michelle – OUT

  • Vickiefantastico

    Poor starlets, having to dress like the common folk. She looks exceedingly uncomfortable. OUT

  • AndresB

    As OUT as OUT could be.
    Now wait a second… not true: She can keep the top for going to bed on a lonely night. Everything else is beyond repair, and white is the very last color which can afford to be used in cheap clothing.
    I hope she got paid handsomely for stepping out like this…?

  • OUT.

    And she ran. She ran so far awayyyyy…

    • Janet B

      Now listening to A Flock of Seagulls. Thanks!

  • OUT, but to be perfectly honest, what really makes my skin crawl is the visible nude bra the model is wearing.

  • hughman

    Cater/waiter at the cast party for a “42nd Street” revival.

  • j_anson

    Out. If the “waist” part of your shorts is significantly longer than the “leg” part, you just have a fundamental problem, particularly if the leg part STILL manages to look crumply and unfitted.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I agree! I was recently saw a girl wearing shorts that were at least 10 inches from button to hem, but her butt cheeks were peaking out of the bottom! I was (probably rudely) staring, but I couldn’t wrap my head around it

  • alyce1213

    OUT. I hate the outfit and the haircut, which closely resembles Justin Bieber’s latest do. It’s dated and too twee at the same time. I find the fact that it’s falling in her face at a photo call extremely annoying.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Her hair is the only great thing about this look. /why yes, I AM a child of the 80’s!

  • l_c_ann


    I had that jacket, but with well made lapels (with interfacing) and this version just makes me sad that it’s even being sold.

  • Bexxx

    i actually think this is fine, other than the shorts which are a crime against humanity. i love her hair, probably because i’ve had that haircut for years. but for the shorts alone it’s an out.

    • Bexxx

      also legit all i wear is target because i’m a broke bitch. so i’m a little excited about this.

      • Sarah

        It’s not that terrible, and most people in the real world wouldn’t be alarmed by the jacket’s quality, but what is a problem is that it needs ironing badly. If you have a blazer that should have been made out of better fabric, you should at the very least make sure it is crisp and starched. I’m with you, though, Target is the shiz.

      • TropiCarla

        lol … I’m with @disqus_F4fSJ3nBHg:disqus. Target is my go-to place for cheap work-appropriate cardigans … and their maternity tanks are da bomb.

        I would have liked to give her an in but those pants are shudder-inducing.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    In for the hair, Out for the oddly fitting jacket and high-waisted tap pants.

  • SewingSiren

    It looks like it came from Target.

    • drdarke

      Yes, @SewingSiren:disqus ! It’s not a “burn it all” OUT, but it looks like something a girl would toss together out of odds and sods in her closet. The navy satin shorts are too close in color to the black top and trim on the jacket so it clashes, the shorts themselves are baggy and look badly put-together, and I think I owned those heels when I used to dress up for ROCKY HORROR in the Seventies.

      OUT – send her home, tell her to try again.

    • KC

      I dunno…it depends. There are actually a lot of cute things at Target, much better than this. Lots of trendy cute things for normal girls.

  • That hair is dragging into her eyes – why do stylists do this? It looks like it would be really annoying, and (as in the picture) one would constantly be trying to shove the hair behind one’s ear. Short is cute, but that bang has got to go.

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  • Alyssa

    Out. But I’m totally envious of her hair. The top looks cute, and I’m glad she deployed the cami instead of visible bra!

  • Moriginal

    I will never co-sign on blue and black together. I just can’t do it.

    • Oh, thank you! I hate blue and black together as well.

  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. Just tacky. If Target is going to play in the fashion big leagues, they need to up their game.

  • Julie Fountain

    Out for the shorts alone but I’m not crazy about any of the rest of it either.

  • PeggyOC

    Out. Some of the pieces are nice, but navy blue and black always makes me twitch. It’s one of those bedrock rules my Mom taught me that which I’ve never been able to work my way past. She just looks like she dressed in the dark.

  • I hate that hair. HATE IT.

    • ceceliadid

      It says tired stewardess to me.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I can’t believe the boys like that hair. Hanging in her eyes and it just isn’t definite enough, make up your mind, what style are you? If you are going for asymmetric then go all the way. (From someone who had elbow length hair on one side and almost shaved on the other in the 80’s.

    • Too funny. I, on the other hand, am loving that punk pixie cut so much I am strongly considering getting one myself!

    • nicewilliams

      Dude, her hair is obviously growing out. It’s a painful process for former pixie haired women. I think it looks really good for being such a weird length. Also, Michelle Williams looks consistently hydrated. Always. Like the woman just drinks water all day long and then graces photographers with her perfectly dewy skin.

  • Indigo54

    OUT! Looks so cheap!

  • Yup – classic example of get what you pay for. OUT. Esp for the satin shorts.

    • Tatiana Luján

      And the satin minnie mouse pumps. Those should burn in hell.

  • ThatPeterG

    A formal smock.

  • I love Target and their Missoni stuff was great, but this? not working for me or obviously on her. Out

  • frederieke

    Am I the only one that thinks her hair looks like her daughter attacked it with scissors while she slept?

    • I thought it looked Kate Gosselin-esque, so I’m with you.

  • snarkykitten

    those shorts need to be set on fire. OUT

  • Qitkat

    Removed because it sounded as if I’m trolling for *likes*.

  • teensmom99

    IN. I think this is a special category. She’s wearing the Target clothes, after all. It’s not like she has the cami and all rest are the real thing. I think it’s cute if not great. yes, it looks cheap, but it’s from Target. All in all, she took the clothes and made it work well enough. Now [ducking] I”m not in love with the hair. Oh and she needed better shoes.

  • muelonil

    Excuse me, miss, but can I get another glass of wine? And has anyone ever told you that you look like Michelle Williams?

  • Indovina

    Loathe though I am to make any universal claims about style or fashion, high-waisted short shorts look ridiculous and unflattering. Not just on her. Not just on most people. On anyone. I am convinced that there is not a single human being in the world – not one solitary person, no matter how “perfect”- who doesn’t look weird and disproportionate in them. They just don’t look good.

    Especially not when they’re wrinkled and sloppy looking.

    The jacket also looks sloppy, but in principle I like it.

  • Qitkat

    The shoes are cute on the model, but sorry Michelle, please leave the dressing room.

  • abish

    I would like her hair if Kate Gosselin hadn’t gotten there first.

  • out out out esp to those diaper shorts

  • tereliz

    Everything looks cheap. I’m wearing a Rodarte for Target dress with Corso Como fold-a-flats and I look better than this.

    She needs to go back to the cropped pixie. She’s so much cuter with short hair and if I was a working Mom I’d love the ease of it.

  • jilly_d

    It’s a scrolldown OUT. Love the hair, though, it makes her look wayyyyy less twee and actually kind of edgy.

  • another_laura

    It looks chip. Chip in a chip way.

    But the hair is cute.

  • Huh. I don’t think that hair works on her at. all.

  • She looks like the weight of the long hair on that one side is pulling her head off kilter. That blazer doesn’t appear to fit her very well.

  • LauraWL

    Love the hair (enough to consider doing that to my headsuit). Shorts look cheap. Shoes are blah (I am tired of black platforms). Like the jacket (altho it’s a size too big?) esp. with the top. IN for me, literally by a hair.

  • nannypoo

    The outfit is awful. When designers partner with Target to sell their stuff, they act like it’s the same quality stuff they sell elsewhere. It’s not. The haircut seems to signal a new edgy phase for her and I like it, but I wouldn’t like it hanging in my eyes any more than she does.

  • RebeccaKW

    Out. I do like the shirt and the jacket isn’t too terrible, but it is swallowing her. Those shorts are an abomination, though. They look like men’s boxers.

  • MilaXX

    OUT, She looks cute from the waste up but those shorts and minnie mouse pumps ruin this. It’s Target, put on some skinny jeans!

  • thecitysleeps

    Out. She’s too tiny to be put into that jacket. I’d buy it though. And the cute cami. The shorts should die in a fire.

  • She’s gonna get a crick in her neck, holding it like that to keep her hair out of her face.

    No, this is definitely an out for me.

  • decormaven

    Bless her for wearing this, but OUT. That jacket is so poorly made, it will fall apart after the first laundering. Target, you can do better than this.

  • The thing is I can’t say OUT. It’s not rocking my world or anthing but she looks cute. Shorts and a jacket is a cute look. I love her hair. The shoes are boring but then again a pair of fierce shoes may have highlighted the underwhelming outfit.

  • Jessi03

    Heehee! No. Not remotely.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Out, though I don’t hate the cami or the blazer.

  • Synnamin

    In. it’s Target, it looks fine. Not rocking the universe or anything, but I’m not totally offended by anything

  • maggiemaybe

    That is a bad outfit. The hair is so “Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo” that it’s making me nostalgic for 1983.

  • crash1212

    I’m giving it an IN, but just barely. I like 90% of what’s going on here – but the shorts are just AWFUL. But my love of her hair and my like of the jacket and top put it into IN column.

  • jennifervney

    In. Even though the clothes look kinda crappy, it looks like she tried and the proportions are flattering on her.

  • tragic FUPA shorts

  • I love her hair, but no to the outfit. OUT.

  • TerryMH

    Love her hair and her legs look sublime! I wonder if the top is not a knock-off of a Stella McCartney polka dot sheer illusion design – then again, Stella didn’t invent the polka dot or sheer illusion either.

  • subwaycars

    Yeah. no, OUT. I mean, cute clothing does exist at Target, and there has to be something from this line that isn’t nearly as awful as this.

  • Out. The hair is cute.

  • Jecca2244

    i’ll admit, if there are any left i would take the blazer and polka dot shirt when i go see my parents in the burbs this weekend. but the hair makes me want to push my own bangs out of my eyes. eep.

  • OUT.

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    And I ran, I ran so far away. I just ran…away from that hideous outfit. Flock of Seagulls is SO coming back.

  • Carly Warnock

    in. the hair is great!!

  • MzzPants

    No, no, no. She’s managing to look too old and twee at the same time. It’s not a good goal. OUT

  • conniemd

    She lost me at the waist. Out.

  • Am I the only one who sees Michelle’s haircut as a retread of Victoria Beckham’s from 2007? Not that I don’t like it, I’m just surprised that there seems to be no reference to it.

  • Candigirl1968

    The items from Target need to be deployed more carefully for red carpet. The jacket issues might not have been so pronounced but for the bad shorts and zero jewelry. Having something luxe on the bottom might have kicked things up a notch (like Victoria Justice did with her DL1961s).

    A reluctant OUT.

  • formerlyAnon

    It really, really needs the line of black showing at the end of the sleeves as worn on the model.

    Nonetheless, “in.” It’s Target. And it’s a red carpet, not a photo shoot where visible pins and tape can be deployed to tailor something.

  • barbarienne

    I’m trying to imagine this outfit done in high-end fashion, and yeah, it could work.

    However, while I think we have to give some allowance for this being intended for the downmarket, I have to say OUT. It’s cheap in every way possible. The fabric looks as if it will melt if the wearer gets caught in a rainstorm. The details are a mess–there’s no excuse for mismatching the lapels that badly, I don’t care how cheaply the thing is made.

    I will give full kudos to Michelle Williams, though. She doesn’t look as if she’s thinking, “I can’t believe I have to wear these rags and pretend to like it.” That performance deserves an Oscar.

  • BayTampaBay

    I really like this outfit. If I had a 15-18 year old daughter I would get this for her. The problem is the wearer. The outfit just looks ridiculous on a starlet who can and does wear free couture. But she’s promoting Target (which I love as a store for the things you can only get at that type of store) so I cut her all the slack there is to cut.

  • Trisha26

    OUT. Looks cheap. I do love her hair but I said at Photo 1 “Cute, but I bet she’s pushing it off her forehead all day.” Validated in photo 3 – I WIN!

  • jetpackdino

    I am so embarrassed to have to ask this question, but… What does the phrase “step and repeat” mean? Sorry for being such an ignoramus, I’m a new-ish bitter kitten lol. Thanks in advance for your help. 🙂

    • nannypoo

      Here’s my effort: it refers to a photo opportunity where the subject moves along in front of a wall or banner with the name of the sponsor or host printed so that every time the subject stops the logo is still in the picture. A “step and repeat banner” is the background provided for the event, and a “step and repeat” is the activity of creating multiple exposures of the same thing eg the celebrity or celebrities in front of the logo.

      • Tigrrl


        • jetpackdino

          Thank you very much nannypoo and Tigrri! Makes much more sense now. 🙂

  • ampg

    Oh, dear. This is so OUT, and she totally knows it.

  • Winter_White

    I like these asymmetrical haircuts on Michelle. Even though so many people here mentioned Flock of Seagulls after the last version that I hummed ‘Saved by Zero’ for a week, which was The Fixx and not Flock of Seagulls, but whatever…!

  • flamingoNW

    OUT, hair and all. Boy, those shorts are hideous.

  • ohayayay

    Horrible jacket – precisely BECAUSE most Target shoppers do not have starlets’ bodies, we need jackets that at least are cut in a flattering way.

  • Shorts are ‘gunt’ city. But she gets an IN for the hair.

  • demidaemon

    Hair good. Outfit bad, no matter the pricetag. OUT.

  • Aly Light

    I just want to iron everything she’s wearing. OUT, though I wonder if better care of the clothes could have improved it…

  • Hmm… I like everything from the waist up. LOOOVE the hair. I like the jacket and the top. But the shorts should be burned. I’m also disappointed to see that she’s wearing those clunky Minnie Mouse pumps with a Spring-y shorts look.

    So, a lowercase “in” from me.

  • This embodies the crime against humanity that is Fast Fashion

  • Anniebet

    OUT. Poorly made and fitted shorts and blazer. Not a good advertisement for the product. Even a Project Runway “designer” would be worried that Nina would dis those shorts. The whole look is a WTF – didn’t whoever dressed her want to represent the clothing line in a good light? Maybe they lost their steamer or iron, or nerve?

    She’s so cute it almost makes up for the clothes, but damn… I’d have to be put in a straight jacket to keep from constantly pushing aside those damned bits of bangs dangling over my eyes.

  • carolie_king

    Nope. Can’t believe you’re even putting it to a vote.

  • kathrineb

    I usually love what she wears :(. I don’t think the shorts or jacket are a good fit-wize and the hair is just too oily looking!

  • Sammthing

    “…how many Target shoppers have bodies like starlets’ bodies?”

    Wow I think this is the first time I’ve taken offense to something TLo has ever said…

  • Thank you for the “beleaguered”. One of the many reasons I like this site is that I’m able to improve my english vocabulary here.

  • LaSylphide

    Out: Jacket, shorts, shoes, dreadful. Top, cute. Hair, makeup, great, but not great enough for an In.

  • Diego!

    I’m gonna say IN 😀

  • piecesofconfetti

    I adore Michelle and I embrace her twee moments, but this is not so good. OUT.

  • lalahartma


  • OUT. At least she was smart enough to skip the shoes.

  • anotherintro


  • I don’t get the concept of a bodysuit, nor will I ever be able to wear one. It’s like the peplum.

  • Everything is very very wrong. Out.

  • ankali

    OUT for satin shorts alone.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Ugh OUT. Even Target clothes can be tailored if you’re a celebrity. The bloomers are dumb and the jacket is ill-fitting and cheap. She looks cute in the face/hair department though and dammit if I’m not envious of her stems, but still it doesn’t redeem Made in China polyester sweatshop clothes.

  • guest2visits

    Yes to the hair, flatters her more than the previous pixie.
    White jackets seem to look cheap most of the time. Like white heels do.

  • ccm800

    Kate plus wight ridiculous suburban mom bob does not need a champion.

  • Louise Bryan

    OUT. Can’t say why exactly – maybe it’s just my antipathy toward Target clothes, but she also looks kinda frumpy. Maybe it’s the cheap jacket or the satin shorts or the ugly shoes. The hair looks like she tried too hard.

  • I love her hair.