Girl, That’s Not Your Look: Jada Pinkett Smith in Alexander McQueen

Posted on May 10, 2013

We suppose we should be happy about this turn of events. After we spent many long years in the desert, crying out our praise for them, ladypants are so ubiquitous on the red carpet now that we have to gently start turning ladystars away from them. Or at the very least, encourage them to be a little more discerning in their choices.


Jada Pinkett Smith attends the Coalition To Abolish Slavery and Trafficking’s 15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom in Los Angeles, California in an Alexander McQueen suit with satin trim.

Girl, no.

We don’t mind the disco-fabulousness of it all, but those are some damn tough proportions for anyone to pull off. Pants like those are at their best on the very tall, willowy (pun unintended, dear) gals. Even the lapels are just a bit too much for her frame. But the real issue here is the color, which is HORRENDOUS, but doubly, triply, fourply so when combined with a face the color of a sweet potato.

Sweetie, what IS that? Do we need to start a new “Girl, That is NOT Your Shade” tag? Is Coco Montrese doing your makeup, girl?


[Photo Credit: WireImage]

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  • Tatiana Luján

    I actually think the color is good on her. The suit is just tacky and belongs in a Vegas show.

  • Janet B

    What is the opposite of WERQ?

    • ToniMacAttack


    • Donna Tabor


    • RussellH88


    • QREW?

    • ms_kat

      a SNERK.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t think the color of the suit works for her. However she remains the lone person whose ombre hair I like.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I have ombre hair right now but, sadly, it wasn’t intended.

      • My cousin recently had a bad experience with a new colorist. I tried to console her by saying that “ombre is really IN right now.” She didn’t buy it.

        • BrooklynBomber

          I’m not happy about it, either, but on the other hand, it’s kind of funny.

        • barbarienne

          Ombre is IN? I guess I’ll save myself the $ and skip my next highlights (which I only do 3x per year anyway).

          • demidaemon

            I have to disagree about the hair. I hate the color and the style on her. I just don’t think she looks her best in these more feminine styles.

  • Monabel

    Someone needs to denounce the bra. I will.

    • Lori

      I’m in favor of the existence of the bra, but not of the fact that I can see it because she’s not wearing a shirt. That’s a great big ol’ NO.

    • Knightley

      Looks like Elaine Benes gave JPS that.

      • TAGinMO

        I think you mean Sue Ellen Mischke. 🙂

        • Eric827

          Elaine’s the one who gave Sue Ellen the bra.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Thank you!

  • LaSylphide

    Don’t like much of anything about this, but those lapels look like they are eating her alive.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    I actually like the color on her, but I can’t with the hem.

  • VeryClaire

    The pulling at the seams! The BRA! How did you not mention the BRA?

    • MilaXX

      I think because this one is obviously part of the suit, unlike Solange’s which was just showing.

    • Tatiana Luján

      and the nails!

    • And the bra is the least bad part of the whole look. Which is really saying something.

  • Synnae

    On the bright side – at least she got those pants hemmed!

  • Why did they do that to her amazing face?

    Literally L-edOL at the nails.

  • DarkWillow

    My thinking was kind of, “this isn’t so bad, it just needs to be in a different colour (white?)…and the lapels should be skinnier…and her hair should be pulled back…and the pants should be a completely different cut…and maybe a different top…okay, fine, it’s pretty bad.”

    I still like the idea of Jada in a McQueen lady tux, in theory, though.

    • MilaXX

      I think white would look great on her skin. Even then I would suggest ditching the jacket. The entire suit is just too much for her tiny frame.

    • RebeccaKW

      I think she would be amazing in this, with some different proportions-I think it all needs to be skinnier. Skinny legs, less-boxy shoulders, skinny lapels, etc. And in a different color. White would be great, a jewel tone, a bright like red or hot pink. And also, a shirt not a bustier. At least a bustier that looked like it was supposed to show and not like Spanx.

  • EdithP

    I think my boyfriend wore this to the prom in 1984.

  • flamingoNW

    Man, that’s a horrible color….

  • carnush

    Just when I started to admire her taste…I have no words for this.

  • capybara_cafe

    That is a horrible color. Ugh. I don’t know if it’s a combination of the color of the suit and her hair color or what, but she looks old to me in these photos. Maybe it’s a combo of the odd makeup color and the hair color?

    • Something has aged Jada about twenty years in this shot, it’s true.

  • hughman

    “May I take your ticket please?”

  • formerlyAnon

    In a better color, all the rest might have been forgiven. Though the critique is valid.

  • The wide lapels, combined with the cocker spaniel hair, make her torso/shoulder area seem super wide, and we all know she’s a teensy little thing. Her makeup look awful, and I’m waiting for the day when the ombre/visible roots/chunks of different color hair trend dies.

  • What the actual holy fuck is going on here? I am appalled and more than a little afraid.

  • julnyes

    That shade of peach is no one’s color. Nothing about this look is working at all.

  • lobsterlen

    That horrible peach colored lounge lizard suit is doing unnatural horrible things to her skin tone. Yikes. Burn it in a blaze of a million disco mirrored balls.

  • Lee Press On nails and a visible bra. I just. I can’t.

  • Rand Ortega

    A PEACH TUXEDO? When, besides a blip of time in 1974, has this ever been good fashion? Seeing this woman knock it out of the park so many times gives this look even more pain. & the Sue Ellen Mishke? Christ on a salted cracker.

  • NOLA_gal

    Oh pleasepleasepleasepleasplease HEM YOUR PANTS! What the hell? Also, please just TRY to wear something other than a regular old bra under your open-to-the-navel jacket! I’m talking to you too, Ms Solange! (although I guess they both get points for wearing a bra at all, right?)

  • sweet potatoes..ha ha ha! And so very true. At first blush, she reminded me of those ladies outside Samantha’s window when she first moved to the meatpacking district.

  • Dying at ‘Is Coco Montrese doing your makeup, girl?’. Dying. Lol.

  • I like her face, I like her attendance at an event that needs coverage and support but dear god I dislike what she is wearing and how she is wearing it.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    If this outfit was deep blue and fit her correctly I would love it. I’ve always thought Tuxes on women are fierce and it’s definitely a look she can pull off. But girl, that is SO NOT your color and please chuck that bronzer they put on you out the window!

  • I concur.

  • bxbourgie

    “Wow, you DO look like a Dorito.”

  • mjude

    LMFAO! TLO you never fail to make me laugh……Sweetie, what IS that? Do we need to start a new “Girl, That is NOT Your Shade” tag? Is Coco Montrese doing your makeup, girl?

  • nannypoo

    That suit is literally the color of old bras. If you’re not sure, you can check it against hers right there.

  • bellafigura1

    Fourply, ha.

  • Ruth Preston

    I really honestly looked at the thumbnail and thought, “Why is Don Cheadle wearing a wig and a shiny peach tuxedo?”

  • A very strange anomaly for her I agree

  • alyce1213

    I guess the suit and sweet potato face were so bad that the bra, ombre hair and nail art slipped by.
    This is awful, head to toe.

  • PeaceBang

    But hey, didn’t Coco’s make-up look great at the finale?

  • ojosazules

    If someone said the words “Jada Pinkett-Smith in Alexander McQueen,” this is not at all what would come to mind. It’s like an alternate fashion universe just popped into being.

  • YoungSally

    Maybe she borrowed it from Will when he was a ring bearer.

  • Oh…but her nails! Beautiful!

  • MandyM

    It was OK for me until I scrolled down past her knees. I think she might have gotten away with this if the pants were skinny and tight and she had on killah shoes. It was the wide legs and invisible feet that killed it for me.

  • quiltrx

    I can’t stand her (or anyone in her family, really)…which is too bad because I liked her years ago. This is just BIZARRE. Her face is still looking so strange (mannish?) from whatever she’s had done…then she had to go and (you guys nailed it) wear sweet potato makeup. With peach-ish ombre hair and a peach suit with sweet potato trim.
    The epitome of HONEY, NO.

  • ankali

    She is entirely too tiny for this ensemble.

  • Kikishua

    I’d like to see this in a dark emerald green. On me. If I was (a lot) taller, thinner and younger. And had somewhere super-cool to wear it.

    I thought she’d caught a touch too much sun on her face, rather than it being a bad make up job.

  • Meredith_P

    So, she’s got a great figure for a 65 year old. The color of her suit, bra and hair are so aging and she’s shiny… not in a good way.

  • Meredith_P

    Ombre is the new “skipped the highlights this quarter.”

  • The whole thing combines to be a hostess at the cocktail lounge in Des Moines. But a very UPSCALE cocktail lounge. With like a piano and stuff.

  • The long jacket is a blessing that covers up the bad fit of the pants. Jada’s hairstyle makes her face look long. Not a fan of her recent choices.

  • If it were a skinny leg, with rockin’ heels, and lapels half their width she’d look KILLER.

  • guest2visits

    I could stand the color, but wow are those proportions bad. Make-up is heavy.
    And I hate the decals on the nails… I think nail art can be fun and playful, or chic – but it gets junky, busy, or tacky looking very easily.

  • Contralto

    I just can’t with the pinterest nails, on anyone, at anytime, ever. I hate them. Also, Jada really needs to wear her hair short.

  • Oh, honey.