Elizabeth Banks in Versace

Posted on May 23, 2013

Lizzie’s very good at really knowing how to make the most out of her looks. She’s similar to January Jones in that she (or whoever’s dressing her) understands that because of the –  how do we put this? – the conventionality of her good looks, let’s say; she can get away with outfits that might look like too much on a different gal.

Case in point:


Elizabeth Banks attends Vanity Fair and Versace Luncheon Benefiting Vital Voices Global Partnership event in Beverly Hills, California.

Picture everything she’s wearing here – skintight animal print Versace dress, gold dangly earrings, gold platform peeptoes –  on Lea Michele. Suddenly, it all feels attention-seeking and perhaps a little on the tacky side. But somehow, Lizzie can take these tack-a-ho looks and make them look fun and fresh.

Or maybe we’re just feeling kind because we sat through People Like Us on cable because we just couldn’t be bothered finding something else to watch the other night. And while it was a typical “privileged white asshole mistreats everyone in his life because of his daddy issues but then he Learns an Important Lesson” movie that Hollywood producers and directors just love to make over and over again (for some obscure and hard-to-figure-out reason), Lizzie kind of stood out in the cast and gave the most charming performance by far.

Regardless, we think she looks cute and fun here. We can’t guarantee we’d say the same if some other gal was wearing this look.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Love her.

  • Funkykatt

    I can’t stand animal prints even though she does look cute. But then again..animal prints on anyone to me look cheesy.

    • 3boysful

      I know what you mean, but I think it works her because of what TLo said, and the fact that it’s not cut to THERE, and she’s not too busty.

  • Crystal

    I love her, but I still think this dress is a tacky mess. But the color is pretty. And she’s pretty. So there, I ended on a positive note.

    • Tatiana Luján

      *She* manages not to look too tacky, but the dress itself is tacky as hell.

      That blue is great for her.

      • Airkisses

        I might be suffering from temporary insanity, but looking at these pictures, she almost makes the dress look *classy*. It’s her demeanor, methinks.

        • Sobaika

          Her demeanor maybe, but it’s largely due to her slight frame and lack of substantial curvature. Also her coloring.

          • VioletFem

            I didn’t want to be the first one to write this, but this is so true.

          • Le_Sigh

            And the barely there makeup too. Lea Michelle would have been tanned and sprayed and shellacked within an inch of her life.

        • marlie

          I agree. This does actually look classy, and even… demure, by Versave standards. At a different event, I might think differently, though.

        • Thought the same thing. Her eyes almost say “they made me wear this and I am trying to rock it”. Love her. Cried through “People like us” on cable the other night too

          • Days late and dollars short, but just sat through this movie today. Still having the sniffles. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and my new hardcore crush on Chris Pine. Damnit, I love broken men.

  • desi_girl

    I’m loving the look, but the hair color is putting me off! Am I wrong?

    • Airkisses

      Get that girl a glass of water because that hair is THIRSTY

    • I was thinking the same thing. It’s a little brassy maybe? She’s so gorgeous though.

    • Tatiana Luján

      You’re not wrong. Her hair looks too orange (orange as in bleached in your own kitchen, not as in strawberry blonde – orange) and fryed.

    • RebeccaKW

      I almost always have issues with her hair. Yes, that color is not the best choice.

  • crash1212

    Love her. Love this look. That dress fits her perfectly and the accessorizing is just right. Well done!

  • maejune87

    Could you imagine Fergie in this?

  • Sobaika

    Bright animal prints will always come across a little… Wet Seal to me, not matter who is wearing it. But she looks relaxed and pretty.

  • jetpackdino

    She looks adorable. Love it.

  • hughman

    T/L : This is Elizabeth Banks in Versace.
    Me : Ok, but what is she wearing?
    T/L : She’s in Versace.
    Me : I know where she is! What designer does she have on?
    T/L : She’s in Versace!
    Me : I got it! I see she’s in Versace! I can see the purses! But what about her clothes?

    • 3boysful

      Who knew you could make the old baseball routine relevant here?! 🙂

  • Ugh. That dress. Yes, it looks fine on her as far as fit goes, but god, Versace is just so tacky. And her shoes are too big.

    She has a great smile in that sitting down shot, though.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      I think Versace has been tacky since Elizabeth Berkley went shopping at Ver-SAYS in “Showgirls”

  • MoHub

    Is she peeing flowers?

  • savicevic

    Yeah, but Chris Pine is so pretty.

  • lexilexi

    She looks lovely – except her hair looks dyed & fried. I still remember fondly when she attended all those premieres for Hunger Games whatever last year… she was in luscious colors and sparkles galore. Loved those looks.

    • Airkisses

      I fell in love with Elizabeth Banks as a style beacon during that press tour. It was one dazzling look after another and she’s had eternal goodwill with me since.

  • Also, those are her colors in every way!

  • NC_Meg

    I was picturing it on JLo. Tack-o-rama. Elizabeth looks pretty great, though.

  • frannyprof

    Just wish she was wearing some eyeliner or mascara.

  • sagecreek

    Na, unks, you are right. That same dress on many I can think of would look so sleazy. On her it looks fun and fresh.

    Also, this newsflash just in…Life Ain’t Fair.

  • I’d put Naomi Watts in that camp, too — conventionally lovely, able to pull-off looks that would overwhelm other lady-stars.

  • NOLA_gal

    NO. (to the dress)

  • Is it weird to set up a lunch table in the middle of a shop? it feels weird. The dress is too tight and too many prints but she doesn’t look diminished by it.

  • “Tack-a-ho.” Oh lord, I’m dying.

  • marlie

    I think the shoes are stripper-tacky, but otherwise, I really like this. Also, perfect for the venue.

  • nyll18

    I watched People Like Us this weekend, too, and have the same warm and fuzzy feelings towards Elizabeth right now. She did a great job in that movie. Also, damn, Chris Pine is really good looking.

  • boldprint

    LUV. HUH. That is all.

  • Listen to her WTF podcast interview and you will be simply in love with her. She is a riot. She wears these types of outfits well because of her looks yes, but she also has one helluva personality. Great dress for her.

  • amber.

    hair. hate it. what is going on today.

  • Kate4queen

    On her-yes-on most people-no.

  • My only problem with this is that her hair colour is doing the same bad things for her skin tone as Hilarie Burton’s. Neither of them should be going this blonde, even if it is their signature.

  • Anniebet

    This one made me smile. Who doesn’t love blue leopard print with flowers and is that a zebra accent? Well, prolly a lot of BKs, but she’s got enough quirk to carry it. The hair looks like it’s taking a vacation, but the rest is pretty great, IMO.

    An aside note: Love the place setting in the pic where she’s sitting. Totally goes with her outfit.

  • Michelle Wilson

    I think it helps that she comes across as not just conventionally pretty but also smart and making the effort, but not taking it too seriously.

  • Carrieanno

    She makes this look just plain fun.

  • barbarienne

    I have to cover her hair to even see the dress. Oh, girl, kill whoever gave you that bad dye job.

    Regrouping… Yes, that’s an adorable dress. I think the length is what makes it. Any shorter and it goes tacky; any longer and it goes dowdy.

  • YoungSally

    Real housewife of wherever.

  • She looks great

  • sekushinonyanko

    I think this is working because she didn’t feel this needed to happen with a lot of paint on her face or hair. I like it.

  • I still can’t bring myself to approve the shoes, but the fact that she’s getting away with this at a ladies luncheon says a lot.

  • conniemd

    It works because while an animal prin,t it is demure, not too short and not too low cut and the flowers give a nice counter to what might look tacky. Also, as others have mentioned, she doesn’t have big ladies bulging the bodice like they want to escape, but looks slim and comfortable and the make-up is fresh faced. On her I like the look a lot.

  • theblondette

    I’m sitting here right now in my grey leopardprint dress endorsing your opinion, TLo 😉

  • blueberrypanckae

    It strangely suits her -put sofia vergara in this and it’s miami divorcee chic

  • stubbornthoughts

    She is all Vanna White to me right now, and I don’t exactly hate that. She looks pretty, and that’s a hard dress to pull off.

  • guest2visits

    This does actually all work for her – but the hair still looks so dry and over processed to me. It almost jumps out in front of that very bright and busy outfit.

  • She looks weirdly adorable, but that is an intense amount of pancake makeup. Honey, tone down the foundation. You’re pretty!

  • Qitkat

    There is absolutely no sane reason whatsoever for this (lol!), but this dress made me think of this song:

    When the deep purple falls
    Over sleepy garden walls
    And the stars begin to twinkle in the sky
    In the mist of a memory you wander back to me
    Breathing my name with a sigh

    In the still of the night once again I hold you tight
    Though you’re gone
    Your love lives on when moonlight beams
    And as long as my heart will beat
    Sweet lovers we’ll always meet
    Here in my deep purple dreams

  • Imasewsure

    I always hate these loud tight dresses but it looks great on her

  • I think it’s the warm, approachable confidence. Her body language is so relaxed and just … chic. She’s a cool girl.

  • webslice33

    i can do without the earrings..otherwise, she looks fabulous!

  • librarygrrl64

    This is a Real Housewives outfit, but she is pulling it off.

  • kimiakay

    Love the dress and the shoes. Trowel off some of that makeup and you’ll be almost perfect. Now move over and let me at those bags.

  • Heidi Marlene González

    JLo would rock this look with her tacky diva style, but Lizzie is also looking really good here.