Charlize Theron in West Hollywood

Posted on May 15, 2013

Let’s all use Charlize as a stand-in for all of life’s frustrations, shall we? It’s why God invented celebrities, after all.

Think we’re being mean bitches? Consider this:


Charlize Theron out and about in West Hollywood, California in a Madewell lace t-shirt and Level 99 jeans.

Madewell Lace T-Shirt

That’s what she looks like when she just throws on some clothes to go out and run errands.

Commence seething, darlings.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews,]

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  • DeGuz

    She is flawless!

  • werika

    You know, as jealous as I am of the glamazon that Charlize is in a simple tee and jeans combo, I am not envious of her regimented diet and workout and beauty regimes. I am happy with my carbs and average looks. Sure I’d like my beauty too but not at the price it commands.

    That being said, what a looker she is and why isn’t she blowing us away from Cannes? Isn’t Cannes the collective noun for Beautiful People in May?

    • lovelyivy

      Seriously, all that hot is glorious to look upon, but carbs are the shit. Carbs win.

      • And cheese. Don’t forget cheese. Cheese always wins. Unless there’s bacon. Then bacon wins.

        • txngyrrl

          Carbs/Cheese/Bacon = Rock/Paper/Scissors.

          Couldn’t resist thinking that….

        • C. C. Winslow

          … and good red wine. Which goes right to my waistline and I don’t even care.

        • alwaysanswerb

          Cheese, bacon, and avocados are my trifecta of sin.

          • ain’t nothin’ wrong with avocados!

          • Heather

            They have that good fat!

        • FloridaLlamaLover

          …and that is what’s in my toaster oven for breakfast right now! French bread and cheese. Lots of cheese.

    • I apologize in advanced if this was published and discussed somewhere before, but did she specifically says that she doesn’t eat a thing and works out like she’s in the military? Couldn’t be just good genes? (which would make me even *more* envious, I guess…)

      I may be wrong, but the little bag she’s holding looks somewhat like something one would take pastry to go at the coffee shop.

      In any case, Charlize is insanely beautiful and I have wondered in the past if she’s even human…lol I got a big girl-crush on the gal, I admit. Although, it’s in a MJ/Ross sorta way, ifkwym…

      • SassieCassy

        Shes got great genes even if she does work out all the time

        • RebeccaKW

          Yes. Regardless of work out regimen/diet, genes made her tall with a small frame, a swan neck, and a gorgeous face. I could eat nothing but water and lettuce and I’ll still have linebacker shoulders and no neck.

          • filmcricket

            Her face, height, metabolism & possibly skin are thanks to her parents. But the muscle tone & total lack of bloating point to someone who’s fairly disciplined in her habits.

            I really hope she keeps that hair for a while. It suits her perfectly, even more so than Mulligan, Hathaway, or Williams.

          • xmixiex

            although it is/was LOVELY on williams.

          • I agree about her hair 100%

      • Well, she clearly has good genes. But the woman is over 35 and the only women I know who look like that at her age have to work at it. Maybe not as hard as someone with my stumpy-legged peasant genes would, but there is effort.

    • Sobaika

      And on my end, I do a fair amount of dieting, exercising, detoxing, shellacking, waxing, buffing, and plucking…. And still look like Snooki.

      (I kid. Except only just a little.)

      • Rand Ortega

        Snooki would ritual sacrifice baby goats & JWow to look like you.

        • Sobaika

          Haha! Well I certainly dress better, so there’s that 🙂

          • Nicole Chubb

            And you’re much classier. That’s like +100 right there.

      • mhleta

        Maybe we’re reading it wrong. Instead of exercising, should we be be exorcising?

    • I love your rationale. “Yeah, I wish I could look like that – but did someone say potato chips?”

      I’d settle for the ability to simply dress like this. I have terrible instincts and generally resort to plain and boring. I need to hire a stylist. Oh wait, I’m a nurse…..don’t have the $$…..

      • werika

        I am knocking on summer’s door with my untoned arms and legs. Food wins yet again.

        As for style, I used to not have much of one but I now only go to places where the salespeople know their shizzle from their dizzle and end up harassing them with my questions about what would and wouldn’t look good on me. That’s how I have developed a semblance of personal style now.

    • carnush

      I just had a chili dog and cheese fries for lunch. Not a celebrity!

    • I don’t know, she’s drinking an ice blended, Coffee Bean’s version of a Frappuccino!

      Could it be she has a crazy metabolism? In order to maintain sanity, I’m just going to say yes, yes that is the case. Either that or this is all she is eating all day.

    • mhleta

      If I thought I could look that good by following her regime, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, I’d just look like a scrawnier version of my average self. Why suffer for such little reward?

    • BrooklynBomber

      You make me feel happy with myself right now because I have an inexpensive (but not cheap!) purse exactly the color of the one she’s carrying AND I’m eating potato chips.

    • You have hit the truth right there!

  • shirab

    Look, she uses cash and napkins and car keys, just like me! And there, the similarities end.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      She even drives her own car!!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, I am seething, make no mistake! Because – consider – she has on a boxy, yellow (the worst color on me) lace top, and she still looks gorgeous. Bitch.

    • Carla_Charlton

      Agree — and I hate the lace trend. The lace always looks cheap.

  • NC_Meg

    Perfect. I will take one of those shirts (not in yellow, though) and a pair of the shades kthnxbye.

  • Diego!

    She is PERFECTION!

  • Sobaika

    She has an innate chicness that could make yoga pants and a hoodie seem like stylish choices.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    Here’s how I keep from getting angry. I treat her—and other human exemplars of physical perfection–as art. In that way I enjoy them, but in no way feel like my results should be similar.

    • Winter_White

      That’s the best way! It’s also good that someone invented the term ‘girl-crush’ — because it expresses something less aloof than “I admire her looks” but different from sexual attraction.

      • Jennifer L.

        I’m going to respectfully disagree as I find the term horribly, annoyingly patriarchal. Why can’t you just say that you admire someone’s physical beauty, even if they are *gasp* of the same sex as you?
        Note: snark is not aimed at Winter_White but at whoever came up with this term.

        • Because no normal human says “I admire *said person’s* physical beauty in informal conversation. That’s some Mr Collins shit.

          • LMAO, perfect analogy.

          • Jennifer L.

            Well perhaps. But something like “wow, X person is hot” doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary to me.

          • Sure, but girl-crush is more than just thinking another girl is hot. I do not, for instance, have a girl-crush on Megan Fox. It’s a good catch-all.

        • Winter_White

          Jennifer — I’m always happy to gaze at beauty in any form!

          For me it means more than “I admire her physical beauty”…it means “I love to look at her, and if I saw her in person would probably have a hard time not staring, and if I were actually introduced to her might even get all tongue-tied and shy, and I look forward to her movies with an extra little zing that is usually reserved for male crushes.”

          Interesting that you find it “patriarchal.” I’ll have to think about that. It doesn’t feel that way to me!

          • Jennifer L.

            I think the reason I feel it’s patriarchal is because it’s still within a romantic binary, which we have yet to fully break away from the idea of heterosexual romance, which -especially- in Hollywood/celebrity spotting is still tied to ingrained ideas of pleasing dudes. I think T&Lo have done a really excellent job of breaking away from that – finding ways of critiquing fashion without relying on tired ideas of attractiveness but instead getting at the mechanics/structure/art of fashion.
            Or to look at it another way – crush is usually something that is tied to first loves; it’s juvenile. That + calling out the girl part – “Look, I have a crush on a girl, a member of my own sex” feels like a tamed-down example of the same logic that motivates faux lesbianism to get free drinks in bars.
            Sorry if this isn’t clear. I’m honestly still trying to articulate why I don’t feel comfortable using the term.

          • Winter_White

            I have a sense of what you’re getting at now; thanks for explaining. Speaking only for myself, “girl-crush” is a playful, warm phrase — a loving phrase, in fact, and the juvenile quality is part of its charm. At my age, and having been with the same (darling, delightful) man since I was 24 years old, it’s fun to get to have harmless gush-y crushes — on anybody! I think I may have a crush on the teen girl in Brave, and she’s animation. lol (I’ve written more to filmcricket, below, just in case you crave more of my blathering on this. ;))
            You and I do totally agree about TLo’s work being a welcome relief from the standard fashion-writing fare!

        • filmcricket

          Interesting. For me, the term has almost nothing to do with physical attractiveness (although there are exceptions: Christina Hendricks is one). It’s more like … it’s a shorthand way to say “someone I’d love to invite me out for a pint.” Emma Thompson, Alison Janney, Tina Fey, and Helen Mirren all fall into this category.

          Here’s another way to put it: you remember the Seinfeld episode where George gets a “non-sexual crush” on Elaine’s boyfriend? It’s like that. I am the Costanza to Tina Fey’s rock-climbing mimbo.

          • Winter_White

            Exactly, filmcricket. Jennifer L.’s comments are thoughtful, but she lost me because I’m too old to fret over faux lesbianism or to even notice Hollywood-machine it-girls. (Over 50 now, and an old-school feminist, fwwi. For me this simply has nothing to do with men at all.) Certainly not everyone on my list, past and present, has been an actress, but many are because I’m obsessed with movies. A slave to Netflix and their streaming foreign-language films! So my list has included Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Liv Ullmann, Trine Dyrholm — Patricia Clarkson, Tilda, and Marion Cotillard are as mainstream as it gets. (All of the women you mentioned are fantastic. Oh, please, please, may I come drinking with you and Emma Thompson?!)

    • Exactly. She is glorious to look at and I’m glad this kind of beauty exists.

  • jetpackdino

    She is serving up more neck than the model. This is how you look good in a T-shirt!

  • There is a believable effortlessness to her. J’adore.

  • Dammit, this is the haircut I should have brought to the salon with me. Oh well, what I got is good too.

  • carpediva

    I hope she spills her delicious latte all over her lacy shirt.

  • WANT those darling flats.

  • msdamselfly

    IT’s yellow and blue and this is the same season as the Mad Men episode

    • Let’s keep the Mad Style comments over in Mad Style, but the point isn’t just that someone wore yellow and blue; it’s that EVERYONE did.

      • msdamselfly

        But maybe they all did to give the episode seasonality

  • Bitch makes bright yellow lace look good. Rational hatred.

  • Rand Ortega

    That’s how I want my Alien Overlords to look in their off hours.

  • SugarSnap108

    I can barely imagine something more frightening than a bright yellow lace shirt. And yet she looks fabulous.

  • Chaiaiai

    *THIS* bitch. I luff her. I know this is about her sartorial choices but I must declare my UNDYING love for her performance in Young Adult. HOLEE SHIT.

    • Rand Ortega

      That movie KILLS me! The scene at the baby’s birthday party is 1 for the ages. She’s spectacular!

      • YES! I’ve loved her forever, but that movie — good lord. The scene where she is putting on her make-up is so horrific. I mean, it’s a completely banal act but taken in the context of the movie and her character, it is like watching a bad car wreck. She’s so awesome!

        • That scene was my favorite in the whole movie. I loved the fact that it’s Charlize Theron who was demonstrating the incredible and ridiculous effort that can be involved in making yourself look glamorous. A perfect use of a star’s persona to send a message, a bit like Brad Pitt’s role in Fight Club.

          • Winter_White

            What a great comedian she is as well! We rewound about 5 times to laugh at her delivery of the line, “Oh, was I supposed to sip it?” (Spoken to Patton Oswalt, who’s just served her his precious home brew, which she downs in one fast go.) And there was one terribly poignant moment during which I just loved CT: after the fiasco we learn that she’s not completely un-self-aware, when she comes to him and says simply, quietly, “Hide me.”

  • MilaXX

    That’s a cute look

  • decormaven

    “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,. Or what’s a heaven for?” Stroll on, beautiful woman.

    • MoHub

      Not sure this is what Browning had in mind. Still, it’s one of my favorite quotes.

  • Wellworn

    After reading your Mad style post this morning, now all i can think is, what does the yellow and blue mean here?

  • charlotte

    Mistah F! She will always be Rita to me.

  • Adriana_Paula

    I don’t believe in seething (except about the fact that she seems to be experiencing better weather than me). She looks great.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The hub and I realized long ago that she is too perfect to be human.

    • Jean Marie Downing

      So are you thinking cylon?

    • bd73

      genetics. she got that face from her mother.

  • IAmJ

    The sunglasses are fabulous. She is fabulous. I work from home in my sweatpants.

  • another_laura

    All that and it looks like she’s a decent tipper, too. I do believe I hate her guts. Said with love.

  • She rocks that short haircut. Not too many actresses look good in short hair.

    I don’t like that bright yellow on her. Bad choice.

    Everything else is perfecto.

  • dashransome

    She pretty consistently looks better than the clothing models. A true beauty.

    • bd73

      didn’t she used to be a model, very briefly?

  • lobsterlen

    Well I can see why she picked the yellow lace tee. In white it looks like a table cloth.

  • lobsterlen

    LOL top shop just sold out of the tee in yellow and only one left in white. The tees were there, then gone in a flash. The power of the Charlize only she can convince us lesser beings we too could look good in yellow lace.

  • mhleta

    See, it’s not that hard? Why can’t we all do this? Just say ‘no’ to capris and dirty flip flops, ladies!

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Agree on the no dirty flip-flops, disagree on the capris. Yes, they are not fashionable, but in the summer when you don’t want to wear shorts/skirts and it’s too hot for pants, they’re about the only thing left to wear.

      • mhleta

        I hear ya. I wear them at times. I still hate them, but I hate the sun damage on my legs more. I also hate going into the city and having my skirt blow over my head if I forget to hold it down. I do think it’s possible to wear capris without looking like you’ve just come in from digging clams, but it takes a bit of thought. The capris with the crocs combo is the worst.

    • filmcricket

      I expect she gets over her disappointment by being a rich, gorgeous, Oscar-winning white woman. And while your point is well taken, most of us wearing this combo would still look like hobbits next to the Galadriel that is Charlize, even if she were wearing dirty flip-flops.

  • nannypoo

    Boy, do I ever hate that shirt. She looks great anyway. Love her hair.

  • quiltrx

    She’s so pretty and flawless that for some reason I can’t even hate her. I just want to BE her.

  • There’s no seething here. It’s nice to know that Charlize wears almost the exact same errand-running clothes that I do.

  • Monabel

    Yes, but. No white girl should wear that yellow.

  • TheAmericaness


  • What kind of handbag is that?

  • Other pretty celebs make me seethe, but not Charlize. She is a goddess and it’s good to have someone to worship.

  • wrdexp

    Carey Mulligan called, she wants the whole thing back by Friday!

  • jennifervney

    I’m more upset that she can drink a frappuccino and not get fat! Damn!!

    • LuluinLaLa

      That’s exactly what my mind went to, too.

  • jw_ny

    dry clean only for errands…not me!

  • O.K., she needs to stop looking so cute in that short hair because I am trying to grow mine out and she’s making me want to cut it again. She can seriously rock any look.

  • But girl exercises like a monster(hehehe) so throwing on clothes is a bit easier.

  • prettybigkitty

    Bitch. Which I say with much love, admiration and envy.

  • bd73

    anyone can do this. it’s about how you view clothing. she’s wearing a shirt, pants, and shoes. the difference is the details. instead of a $20 old navy t-shirt, hers is lacy. her pants fit (sorta?) and her shoes are expensive but at the end of the day, they’re just flats in a strong color. it’s just a matter of reaching for the nicer version of a simple outfit.

    lesson: no reason your casual clothes can’t be pretty and well-fit. (and you know she had to spend 20 minutes curling that hair.)

    • Dagney

      YES. Well said. I want to cry when I see women who could look soooo good, but they look soooo bad. All because of clothes that do not fit properly. Her entire outfit could be easily copied at any major department store, and for that matter, a decent thrift shop.

  • PeaceBang

    Hate the screaming yellow, but she can do no wrong. Her beauty makes the world prettier, what’s to bitch about? Just someone, give her a great movie role again already!!

  • I just want to save the photo of Charlize with the coffee to have on hand to slap upside the head of some slumping celebutante. “That is what good posture looks like, idiot!”

  • When I get my hair cut I ask my stylist to make me look like Charlize. How sad is that?

  • Bitch.

  • Louise Bryan


  • EEKstl

    Yeah, I could hate her with a seething jealousy, but why bother? Wouldn’t make me genetically perfect like her. So I’ll admire her genes and her jeans and call it a day. You go with your genetically-blessed self!

  • How can those who judge see Char and declare Gwynnie the “most beautiful”? Puh-LEASE.

  • librarygrrl64

    I have worn outfits exactly like this one. However, I am not swimming in her gene pool. So, yeah.