Maggie Gyllenhaal Gives Up

Posted on April 18, 2013

That title might be a little misleading, since it implies that at some point she was really trying. For her sake, we really, truly hope this monstrosity is a deliberate “FUCK YOU” to the celebrity beauty-pimping machine:


Maggie Gyllenhaal attends the 2013 Riverkeeper’s Fishermen’s Ball in New York City.

Because if it’s anything BUT that, it means she’s crazy.

No, really. Full-on, pushing-a-shopping-cart-full-of-garbage, peeing-on-the-subway, bugshit insane. Are we wrong here?


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Mismarker

    I think she doesn’t give a rat’s ass about any of the machine and as such, any criticism of her “look” is equivalent to yelling into the wind. More power to her.

    • Little_Olive

      I think there is still a difference between not giving a rat’s ass about Hollywood vapid machinery dictating that you have to follow certain trends and look a certain way (good for her!) and not giving a rat’s ass at all.

      In other words, not being into fashion does not mean you have to make yourself look bad in order to make the statement.

      • Mismarker

        I don’t think she’s intentionally making herself look bad. I think she has fun with clothes, wears what she likes, and doesn’t give a fig what anyone thinks about it.

    • If that is true, that she doesn’t care at all, why is she so often in designer clothes? I don’t know what the hell this one is, but the last hideous outfit was by some big name designer.

      • Mismarker

        Let me amend my statement. She cares. Just not in the way you or I would like her to care.

        • makeityourself

          Yeah, just check out those fingernails. She doesn’t give a flying fig.

    • MzzPants

      I was just humming, ‘I’m gonna’ pop some tags…’!

  • Jon

    In thirty years, Maggie is going to be one of our best older character actresses. For now, she’ll have to settle for dressing like one.

    • Rand Ortega

      Maybe she’s been possessed by the ghost of Maureen Stapleton. It would explain a great deal.

    • StellaZafella

      In thirty years?…I was gonna say: “Sorry, Maggie, Grey Gardens has already been cast…but ya should’a been there luv!

  • Didn’t she wear the dress under that vest like a year ago to another event?

  • Kyle Crawford

    half the girls in my high school had that exact same jacket thing….. thirty years ago….

    • daisy_walker

      Yep, my seventh grade best friend had one. In 1981.

    • Rand Ortega

      We called it the Cleopatra Coat, after the 1 Tamara Dobson wore in ‘Cleopatra Jones’.

    • maggiemaybe

      My high school too! And those girls always had weed in their pockets, didn’t they?

      • Wendi126

        I had one with black sleeves and collar. Some point in the 70’s. Probably had weed in there too…hmm…maybe I still have it somewhere

      • ZnSD

        oh yes they did girl! SNAPS!

  • crash1212

    I’d be interested to see what’s under that dead rabbit thing she has on. The print is interesting, but knowing what we know about Miss Maggie, it’s probably some frumpy thing not worthy of her awesomeness.

  • She’s her own stylist! The world will catch up, someday.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    She IS the Honey Badger. Or she’s wearing it…

    • CPK1


    • Jenna


      Do you have ANY idea how painful diet mt dew is when it forces itself out of your sinuses? You really need to post a warning before posting something THAT dead on.

      Painful as hades… but also absolutely, positively perfectly dead on. I think you win the internets for today.

  • spititout

    haircut is very cute

  • Qitkat

    Maggie, darlin’, bless your heart.
    I adore you!

  • Fuck it, I love her. She’s won, I’m on board. If HBC can be the Wacky Brit then Maggie can be the Queen of Goodwill. Bring all that old as dirt, and unflattering to boot, shit on girl, I got your back.

    • Best. Comment. Ever.

    • Coco Cornejo

      “Queen of Goodwill” makes me smile.

    • cowper

      SO awesome! I want to do a parody of a fashion magazine now: “What’s HOT NOW (at your local thrift store)!” “Must-haves for less than $1.25!” “Sexy AND used!” And of course she’s on the cover!

      • BarniClaw

        I’m gonna pop some tags, only got 20 dollars in my pocket…

        • Totally. This seems like styling by Macklemore.

          • RebeccaKW

            “Is that your Grandma’s coat?” And dress. And boots.

      • maggiemaybe

        And I would buy that magazine!

    • MikeW_Vegas

      SNORT!!! “Queen of Goodwill”

    • Seriously! I want her to be my crazy, Russian poet quoting, semi-nomadic aunt who currently lives in a 4th floor walk up, can make a mean gin and tonic and laughs at all the people who dare to pity her. I would visit her on a weekly basis.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      The only way I would love this better if she was flipping off the photographer.

      • scurvey

        I wish she would. That’d be a statement. HBC and Diane Keaton are eccentric and consistent in their styling. Even Macklemore shows some humor. This is just sad and sloppy.

  • It’s possible to say “f*ck you” to the celebrity beauty-pinping machine without looking like a crazy person. The first person who comes to mind is Diane Keaton. She wears what she wants, and doesn’t look like… this. THIS, Maggie, is not the way to do it.

    • Amelia

      Maybe Diane Keaton just has better taste. I don’t know if you can congratulate Maggie for wearing what she wants and then complain that what she wants to wear is too ugly and that she should want to wear less crazy shit.

      • Perhaps it is just a taste issue. But I can’t imagine looking at myself in the mirror (if I had on that outfit), and thinking, “OK, this is totally acceptable for me to step out in public.”

        ETA: I think the jacket is what I find the most offensive. It’s HIDEOUS. My sister has one that’s vintage, and I hate hers too. But if Maggie weren’t wearing that jacket, I don’t think I would have had such a visceral reaction to this getup.

  • Wearing a Dr. Zaius jacket is a sure sign you’ve given up.

  • All she’s missing right now are cats all around and over her.

    • I think I know what happened to the cats…

    • Coolekat

      So true

  • Coco Cornejo

    Is it cold where she’s standing?

    Did she suffer some kind of wardrobe malfunction and this jacket was the only cover up that was available?

    Those are the only two possible reasons I can see for wearing that monstrosity.

    • judybrowni

      Well, it has been cool in L.A. in the evenings, but I’m assuming this event was held indoors…

      Maybe no designer is willing to lend to our Mags and she doesn’t want to pay a stylist. Or she could simply be the hipster girl she often portrays who isn’t into the glamour nonsense.

      • Sarah

        She is in New York. It hasn’t been anywhere near cold enough, even in the evenings, for a fur jacket. There’s not much excuse for it, temperature-wise, but I don’t care. I think you are probably right – she’s just your average hipster, genuinely so.

  • Diego!

    I’m throwing up and be back when this disappears from my screen. UGLY as sh*t!!!

  • Janet B

    You’d think something called a ‘ball’ would call for something a little more ‘evening’.

    • Qitkat

      It turns out that the official dress code was “blue jeans preferred.”

      Here’s the description for the event, held at Pier 60 on the Hudson River.

      Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Willie Geist, Susan Sarandon, John McEnroe and hundreds of clean water supporters will gather on the Hudson River for Riverkeeper’s Annual Fishermen’s Ball to honor Participant Media, the film company responsible for such Academy Award-winning films as An Inconvenient Truth and The Cove as well as Oceans and the upcoming Last Call at the Oasis, and, for their outstanding record of producing films and promoting social action campaigns on environmental issues, particularly the plight of our oceans and freshwater supplies. Hosted by MSNBC’s Willie Geist, the evening will feature award presentations by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and special musical performance by Pat Monahan of Train as Riverkeeper and its supporters celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Funds raised will benefit Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate.

      Sounds like fun, and a very admirable cause.

      • And like a great place not to have a red carpet.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Maybe she’s a fan of Patricia on Project Runway.

  • Monkey Toe
  • I don’t know why I even bother. Everytime I see the headlines and read “Maggie Gyllenhaal” I KNOW it’s going to be a disaster… but I think I still hope for her to see the light. Or maybe get a few new gays.
    At least we have the awesome comments of the Uncles.

  • Anathema_Device

    It is pretty nuts, almost in a child-like way, though. When she was 2 or 3, my daughter would sport a nightgown paired with wellies and a fireman’s helmet. So, maybe more charmingly eccentric that bugshit crazy?

    I’d love to see that dress she’s wearing. Looks like it has potential that isn’t being realized with the ’70s rabbit-fur jacket and heavy boots.

    • An interesting, and really rather redeeming way of looking at this. And yeah, on review, the dress seems to have something going for it.

    • Qitkat

      lol. My middle son was eccentric too at that age. Insisted on wearing his red plastic fireman’s hat and his cowboy boots with everything, and went around pretending he was the Fonz. Sounds like they would have looked cute together.

  • Speechless.

  • Actually, she looks like a lot of the “normal folk” here in my little seattle neighborhood. Love that furry jacket, love her hair, think she’d fit in great on most quirky urban corners.

    • nannypoo

      That may be true, but she’s a celebrity in a step and repeat at some kind of a ball, not a neighbor hanging out on a quirky urban corner. There’s a time and place for everything, although I’m not so sure that’s true for this outfit.

  • Catiline

    One of my favorite actresses. “Stranger Than Fiction” is possibly my favorite romantic comedy ever.

    That said, she should borrow a look from RDJ. I don’t mean dress similarly, I mean she should literally take the clothes when he’s done with them, because the lederhosen-and-neck-scarf look from last week would be an upgrade.

    • raininmai

      Yes, when I think of her now, I think of that movie. Love, love, love it! And Will Ferrell too.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    i love this because it’s so aggressively cracked out.

  • She wore Rue du Mail at some point. That has to count for something.

  • Heather

    Is that… a rabbit fur vest?

    • stellamaris73

      Rabbit fur bomber jackets were WILDLY popular in the late 70s in the Pittsburgh suburbs. I remembering my cousin’s triumph when she got one for Christmas. She also had a purple bedroom and photos of Shaun Cassidy from Tiger Beat all over the walls.

      • Lori

        That wasn’t just a Pittsburgh thing. I didn’t have one (because it would have broken my adolescent heart to wear a bunny), but I went to school with people who had them. They were quite the thing for a couple of years.

  • Imasewsure

    I think it was probably one of those events where you had to cram your coats in to a open cubby and she didn’t want to worry about losing a good coat. Think a McDonald’s Playland cubby is where she found this one in the first place….

    • bellafigura1

      That’s a good coat?

      • Imasewsure

        Oh no, that one she left at home… this one blows

  • Qitkat

    Well, we could blame all these cracked looks today (with the exception of the Bing-Bing) on it being PR Day. TLo are just preparing us for the wickety-wackety-fuggity-artisy-frippery-shittery coming up Never Before on Lifetime tonight.

  • prettybigkitty

    I actually don’t entirely hate it. The pixie cut looks cute on her. And I do like the skirt and boot combo. The jacket not so much, but it’s not the worst celebrity outfit ever. Or even close to it.

  • Indigo54

    Let us all bow our heads and pray for this poor woman.

  • marilyn

    Maybe she thought they were going out on a fishing boat.

  • ringthing

    Was this an outdoor event? Because that’s some serious heat to be wearing at a spring ball.

  • formerlyAnon

    I want to know what’s going on with that dress underneath that she decided to *be photographed* with the jacket.

    Unless there’s some truly tragic spilled-coffee AND accidentally-ripped-it-over-one-boob-showing-my-laundry-day-bra event being hidden, the best possible case is that she’s about to publicly declare war on the publicity machine.

    Worst case is she just heard truly tragic personal news, sent all available minders/assistants who might have grabbed the jacket out to deal with it while she fulfilled her photo-portunity obligation, and is headed out the door as soon as she’s off the step & repeat.

  • I take it she has no mirrors in her home.

  • another_laura

    An ugly dress topped with an offensively ugly sweater. It screams “Maggie G”

  • TheAmericaness

    Can I just start calling her Little Maggie now?

    • I would like to award you the “Perfect comment” award.

  • tereliz

    She IS at the Fisherman’s Ball. I just wish she’d worn a more deliberately “fisherman” sweater so I could agree with the sentiments that this is just tongue in cheek.

    But the fur and acrylic sweater looks cheap and her patchwork pattern dress looks even cheaper. And I wear more makeup than this when I go to the drugstore. Don’t even get me started on those suede boots.

  • People have told me I look like Maggie Gyllenhaal and I do my best to not look offended, but her look is so removed from my style, and this is why. Little Maggie indeed.

  • stubbornthoughts

    It DOES say “Riverkeeper” on the backdrop. Just sayin’…

    • Lori

      Maybe she was trying to dress as an otter.

  • raininmai

    I vote with the FU idea. I love Maggie G. and she can dress any way she wants. 🙂

  • MikeW_Vegas

    Oh dear lord, no. My elementary school librarian dressed better than this.. and that was 40 years ago. (and she was 60 then)

  • alyce1213

    I feel bad for her. She’s a smart, talented woman who seems to be a nice person (at least what we see on talk shows) and this is just . . . sad.

  • j_anson

    She’s an artsy hipster. She’s just speaking to her people. (I actually kind of like the pixie cut. Favored haircut of hipster-chicks everywhere!)

  • The…. looks… she…. I don’t know. She just looks like a tired mom that thinks that this is stylish to me. Maybe. I don’t know. I’m so confused.

  • WhoozDottie

    When I was in college, back in the early 70’s ( sigh), one day my friend and I got really stoned, and got the idea into our heads that it would be fun to grab a bunch of random fabric scraps leftover from various sewing projects, and stitch together a dress. It turned out looking a lot like this skirt. We thought it was extremely funny at the time.

  • formerlyAnon

    God. Then the whole look is intentional, because if that dress isn’t something one might have cobbled together from a random handful of ’70s thrift store dresses, I don’t know what is.

  • erinbinek

    Every single post about her should be entitled, “Maggie Gyllenhaal Gives Up.” Every. Single. One.

  • StillGary

    SHe doesn’t look dirty/smelly though — she’s allright!

  • lobsterlen

    I had that fucking rabbit fur jacket in 8th grade. 1976. Identical.

    • MilaXX

      me too

      • Me three. It used to shed on to my contacts. Hideous thing.

    • 1979for me, but yeah.

  • Trisha26

    Put a head scarf on her and it’s Little Edie deux.

    • lobsterlen

      Little Edie would be offended by the comparison.

  • Robin Krug

    I hope she doesn’t change a thing. I’m sick of cocker spaniel hair extensions, gyno mini skirts, and bobble-headed actresses with fake tits the size of melons. More Maggie, please. Rabbit fur jackets for everyone!

    • CPK1

      I don’t know. as someone upthread said, there has to be a middle ground. This is dreadful

      • Robin Krug

        Maybe it’s just the mood du jour: More dreadful! Pleather bowling shirts, rhinestone cravats, peau de soie chaps and dresses comprised of JoAnn Fabric’s bargin bin remnants! More, more, more down-market Studio 54 rejects!

      • MilaXX

        THIS^ A basic top & bottom that actually match would be better than this atrocity.

  • jw_ny

    some people just have absolutely no sense of style, but…I’ve a feeling she thinks she does…

    • RebeccaKW

      LOL, that’s like my mom. She’ll read about some trend in a magazine and then try to re-create it. Like she’ll see someone in a denim vest (the kind made out of heavy denim, cropped, with jean style buttons, you know what I mean?) and then wear her denim vest-the kind with the silky back made out of chambray, that were popular in the 90’s, then tell me ‘denim vests are back in style.’ Uh. No.

  • I’ve seen some toothless crackwhores in lockdown units who have looked more pulled together.

  • paintedfish

    Maybe there’s real fishing happening at the Riverkeeper’s Fisherman’s Ball? If so, then brava for practicality.

  • ellabob

    Makes my eyes hurt…

  • No, and I’m becoming concerned.

  • RedRaven617

    Well done!

  • My boyfriend had a jacket just like this that he found when he was going through some old clothes of his deceased grandmother’s. I don’t often let him wear it because he also gets a smug-ass smirk while he has it on. I think there may be a link between 30-somethings in ugly thrift shop wear and unbearable smugness.

  • Stubenville

    Random Goodwill finds?

    • decormaven

      No, I think they are very intentional Goodwill finds.

  • PastryGoddess

    I’m embarrassed for her. Really. I mean, she is paid millions of dollars to poledance for various projects and this is the best she can do. Really

    • luciaphile

      There’s a valid argument that could be made though. Poledancing has become the norm, but it’s gotten way out of control. Is she paid (a 2011 article puts her fee at about $500K) to act or is she paid to promote? It’s very arguable that the latter is part of her job, especially if she’s getting freebies from the designers. I’m not saying that’s not the case, but I could see her saying, no, you pay me to act and I’ll go to the premieres, but you’ll wear what I like.

      What I find annoying about her is that no matter what the context (in her movies and out of them), she always looks sloppy to me.

      • PastryGoddess

        Good point. Although even if she isn’t getting paid to poledance, these events help to keep her in the public eye, which is good for her career. It’s all a cycle of publicity and she is dropping the ball. I’m sorry but you don’t get to take the good part of the fame cycle without putting up with the bad.

        • luciaphile

          No, that’s very true. Honestly if she would just show up looking washed and neat, I’d have less of a problem with her appearance.

          • MilaXX

            In a sense she is paid to pole dance, since promoting the film is as much a part of the biz as acting in the movie. However, if she would at least match her clothes and bother to remove the chipped nail polish, I’d be happy.

  • lizlemonglasses

    “I’m too artsy for all of you. You just wouldn’t understand my aesthetic.”

  • annrr

    She is not pulling off that hair cut either.

  • CCAdams

    It is hardly a secret that I have always enjoyed the performances of Maggie Gyllenhall.

    It is also hardly a secret I much prefer to see her in costume than in what I hope are not clothes she paid for. She has been beyond eccentric out of costume before, but this is even by her standards.

    Maybe she believes that when she was punished in “Secretary” that gave her a ‘nut-job’ license for life.

    If she pair more than USA$1.99 for this entire outfit, Maggie was robbed.


    Its a great FUCK YOU, to sites like this and all idiotic stylists

    • Little_Olive

      Calm down, no one said we are curing cancer here.

    • Why do angry people on the internet go to sites they don’t like over and over again? We’ll never understand it.

  • I had that sweater/dead rabbit combination in high school. In fact, it might have been that exact one, if she bought it at a thrift store in Missouri.

  • MilaXX

    She looked sorta okay for the Target thing everyone went to

  • PrunellaV

    Wow. Bad day for fashion.

  • Donna Tabor

    Seriously, she looks like a bag lady on a bad hair day.

  • MzzPants

    I like her hair like that.

  • Carly Warnock

    Seeing her like this upsets me. I want to ask for her to stop being featured on Tlo bc I find her so frustrating but I am powerless to look away from the train wreck that is Maggie Gyllenhaal…… *scrolls back up*

  • Her hair is adorable.

    And she’s totally singing the thriftshop song in her head.

  • Is she depressed??

    • Melizmatic

      I know that I’m getting depressed, just looking at her…

  • Louise Bryan

    Are you guys trying to group blind the bitter kittens? Yet another eye-searing mess. More Bing-Bing, please!

  • Cold Fire


  • You’re not wrong. First thought when I saw the outfit/no eye makeup/chipped fingernail polish/facial expression was “homeless lady whose outfit came from a dumpster”. I think it’s a cry for help.

  • BPlease

    I’m pretty sure that Maggie is trying her best at insouciant Brooklyn Beautiful with this bullshit, and it’s a big failure.

    • Anniebet

      Cares deeply? Surely that was said in jest?

      • BPlease

        No. I’m not saying she looks good. But she is tremendously calculating in her style decisions….and cares deeply about what she wears.

        • Anniebet

          So she wants to look like my crazy aunt Martha three days before her son had her committed. Wow.

  • kat89

    I always think of her as one of those actors who is all about the “craft” of acting and looking like a bag of dirty laundry is just part of that. Look at Philip Seymour Hoffman. A very good actor, but shows up everywhere looking like he slept in his clothes for days. Maggie Gyllenhaal is the female counterpart to that. Maybe it makes them feel like they’re “serious” actors instead of just movie stars.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She looks like someone who has a couple dozen cats at home.

  • demidaemon

    Wow. I have no words. I think I will run away and call the people in white coats now.

  • Anniebet

    Frankly, I think she’s not only thumbing her nose at peeps like us, I think she despises herself, what she does for a living, and the people who basically pay her salary – the media consuming public. She looks pathetic and defiant at the same time.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      What she does for a living is acting. And she does a heck of a job at it. And she is full of light and fire (like in her recent movie Hysteria) when she does it. This ‘client’ is not offended by her lack of style and will keep paying her salary.

      • Anniebet

        I too appreciate her acting talent.
        I once read something a psychiatrist wrote linking the self we present to the public to our self image – makes sense to me. The way she presents herself now is sad, but maybe she’s putting us on and pulling a Joaquin Phoenix, But, I kinda wish she’d use some of that fire she has to burn that sweater.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Maggie G. is the actress who elicited the world-famous TLo line: “She looks as if she smells like nursing home pee.”

  • allie wallie

    She looks like someone left her to scavenge in Park Slope for survival.

    All she’s eaten all week is soy lattes and gluten free organic spelt baked goods.

  • trixietru

    I think the idea of this outfit looked good to her in her head; in a bohemian-Olsen twin sort of way. The droopy arm pose, high zipper and refusal to flash teeth in her smile tells me her message is intentional. She feels way above any nod to convention and needs to be perceived as an artiste.

  • The event could only be more appropriate if it was the Community Garden Seed Auction and Fundraiser.

  • lizajane1776

    This shows very nicely why I never wear beige.

  • lrhoff

    Spot on…..her cart is just behind the screen.

  • quiltrx

    She looks like a street-person-with-a-couple-of-lines character from any number of eps of Law and Order, Cold Case, and CSI.

  • frannyprof

    But I love her hair!

  • Frank Lithium

    Good lord. Why? How?!

  • kathrineb

    You are not wrong. She looks worse than bad. Depressing brown homeless-looking sadness.

  • Martha

    She reminds me of carol from TWD! Before she got badass with her trenchcoat.

  • You’re absolutely right. She just needs a shopping cart full of crap to complete the picture. That simpering look on her face is really getting on my last nerve. Somebody put her away for a while.

  • Puckndc

    Looks more like the premier of the Croods!

  • She looks like a 90’s Rufus Wainwright.

  • RobotHousewife

    She has a great career and she’s a really good actress. She’s rich. She’s smart. She seems like a nice person who reads books and cares about things. She’s married to Peter Sarsgaard. Her brother is a handsome movie star.

    I’m pretty sure any issues I might have with her personal style can never sound like anything but sour, sour, SOUR grapes.

  • NoGovernmentName

    That jacket is straight out of the Salvation Army.

  • I <3 Maggie, even if she does look a mess. Feeling those boots, though.

  • librarygrrl64

    I’d need to see it without the jacket. Granted, that’s pretty much what takes it to Crazytown in the first place