Allison Janney at “The Way, Way Back” Premiere

Posted on June 27, 2013

Wow. Miss Lady had her Style Wheaties this morning:

Allison Janney attends the ‘The Way, Way Back’ premiere in New York City in an Antonio Berardi dress.

Antonio Berardi Resort 2014 Collection/Model: Pauline van der Cruysse

She looks fantastic. We love that she embellished the hell out of this look with jewelry. So many ladystars seem to be afraid of it. This is an outfit that definitely needs the embellishment; especially when she makes the choice to pair a little black dress with silly putty shoes. If she hadn’t reached for the jewelry, this look would have been completely nondescript.

We’ll give the dress some credit for being slightly interesting, but to be honest, we’re not really in love with the blocking and the textiles. But the shape looks fabulous and she looks polished and camera-ready. Attagirl.


[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/,]

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  • majorbedhead

    Why, CJ! You look stunning!

    ETA: I actually clapped excitedly when I saw her picture come up in the thumbnail. I do love her.

  • Celeste

    With the right shoes, this would have been a WERQ. Still, she looks lovely!

    • nycloy

      And the right bra.

      • patticake1601

        Yessss!! Squished down boobies is never a good look.

  • R.A.

    She is such a wonderful, talented and classy lady. Well done!

  • Julie Chase

    She is a tall drink of goddess.

  • Danielle L

    I deemed the thumbnail a personal best. Luv her hair.

    • mixedupfiles

      Is her hair a bit long — given her face, and her age? Not snarking — I’m perpetually wondering how long I should wear my own hair, given my face and my age. (I don’t mean the old appropriateness notions, just aesthetically.)

      • MilaXX

        I think she has it styled to look nice. It doesn’t elongate her face and it isn’t just hanging sheets of hair. Personally I think if a gal puts some effort into it, then she can have long hair at any age. Allison clearly has put in the effort.

        • Danielle L

          Yes, that’s what I meant. I love how it’s styled and it doesn’t look like the cocker-spaniel hair everyone else is opting for. I’m eternally doomed to have stick straight hair, so I’m a sucker for flouncy, loose curls.

      • alyce1213

        I’ve been struggling with that issue for over 10 years.

        • marlie

          And that goes for ladystars of all ages (the raggedy ends and ratty extensions).

      • charlotte

        Given that she had about every hairstyle imaginable as CJ and many of them weren’t quite flattering, I think this really suits her.

      • Targettaste

        I join you on the non-snark: think she looks great, but wonder if the long hair suits her face shape? She has a long face and other hairstyles seem more complimentary.

      • Lizzy

        I liked it better CJ style…

  • TheAmericaness

    Love HUH!

  • DAYummmm Ms. Janney. I will be forced to ignore any and all complaints because the fierce is greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Dayum, but Allison looks smashing. Congrats to you, and your team, Missy. You brought it all the way home.

  • Annarosa

    am I the only one around here who only sees her boobs?

    • Lizzyisi

      Boob *pancakes*. But I want to love this so much.

      • FlyoverFi

        Can’t unsee them now that I’ve seen them. Boo.

        • Lizzyisi

          I’m sure it’s largely a trick of the flash/lighting, which I think makes it more annoying, because the shape, the textures, the bangles–it’s all working together really well.

        • ailujailuj

          Agree w/ Lizzy…. Perhaps if you think of the bodice as a superhero breastplate of godesspower and ferocity…?

    • random_poster

      I see them too, and it’s almost distracting. She looks fab otherwise.

    • AnaRoW

      No. It’s all I see. They look uncomfortable.

  • Nancer

    Love that she wore major statement pieces. I am personally really fond of jewelry, and don’t understand why stars – who have SO MUCH on offer – don’t wear more.

  • Introspective

    love the hair and makeup. love the classic shape of the dress, but that there’s still something eye catching about the design that elevates it from a plain sheath dress. living for that necklace.

    but most of all love that she is not afraid to show laugh lines and appear as the woman of a certain age that she is, while in fact looking stunning as she does so.

  • Anne

    C.J. Cregg! She looks fantastic.

  • Sara Brams-Miller


    • marlie

      Me too. 🙂

  • Chaiaiai

    This woman is my EVERYTHING. I will even overlook those shoes.

  • Le_Sigh

    I love her! Her face is all, “I’m good thanks! I got this.”

  • clairellis

    I love AJ, she is always so fun to watch! And I love the necklace.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    You need to see this movie – she is hilarious in it. You will live for it – seriously. She plays a boozy nozy neighbor in a summer beach town… one of her lines “And THEN she called me a See You Next Tuesday…. to my face!”

  • JP

    Yes, boo to the damn nude shoe, yay to the rest.

  • filmcricket

    LOVE. HUH. This is not my fave look of hers – hate the shoes, and I don’t need that much information about her chestal region – but she is so freaking fabulous I don’t really care. I fear ever meeting her, for I would prostrate myself at her feet and make an ass out of myself.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She looks incredible! I love her makeup and she looks totally hot in that dress. I’m ignoring the shoes because of my deep love for Allison Janney.

  • Winter_White

    Where does one buy these Style Wheaties? Much as I enjoy my usual Quaker Bland Oatmeal…

    Was just rewatching Big Night last week — I’d forgotten that Allison played the plain-jane florist! She is terrific.

  • lehen

    she has a serious case of smush-boob.

  • SugarSnap108

    This woman is a deity to me. I will even forgive the flesh-tone shoes because they are topped by so much fabulousness.

  • ailujailuj

    SI-REN. She knows it too, which makes her even sexier.

  • MilaXX

    I love everything but those darn shoes. Allison Janney of all people doe not need to elongate her leg line.

  • Not applicable

    fierce. love her!

  • ErmengardeGreen

    YOU GO AND GET IT, LADY. So psyched to see this. She is awesome.

  • retrogal9

    And that’s how we proper young ladies were taught to stand attractively. Feet in a “T” position, slight tilt to the ankle. None of this “I have to go to the bathroom” crossed legs.

  • marlie

    SHE looks beautiful. Her hair and makeup are perfect. And I like the dress, but it doesn’t rock my world, or anything. The silly-putty shoes are the only thing about this look that I don’t like.

  • stubborntomato

    So. Very. Orange. (Love everything else, though.)

  • j_anson

    I love her. I’d love her in anything, but it helps when it’s awesome.

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s a celebrity I’d really like to sit next to at a dinner party. Which doesn’t always overlap with celebrities who look this good on the red carpet. Extra points for looking great in a dress I don’t really like.

    Pity about the shoes.

  • jmorino08

    She is gorgeous and amazing!

  • DesigningWoman21

    Why are all the photos in the new postings “branded” Tlo? Not that I’m complaining, just wondering….

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Love her.

  • mickiemonkey


  • julnyes

    Is the top completely see through or am I hallucinating?

  • judybrowni

    Although I doubt she realized the flash for photos would give the world an X-ray of her breasts…

  • Clydette Wantland

    I don’t care for the nips showing through.

  • Heather

    LOVE her hair color. I’m thinking something similar for myself!

  • PastryGoddess

    Can we just give her a permanent Miss Lady award?

  • Joanne Abrams

    She looks great! Way to go Allison

  • Anniebet

    Wow, good to see her again, and looking pretty darned spiffy. I’m gonna pretend I don’t see the nude pumps.

  • Amy Wilson

    Allison Janney will never do any wrong in my book. CJ Cregg was my style icon back in the day when I was just out of college and trying to figure out a stylish (and conservative) way to dress for my first real job in an accounting firm in a very old boys network area of the South. So I will never be able to separate my love for CJ from my love of Allison. I think she looks amazing here. I could do with some different shoes but I don’t hate these as much as I normally do on many lady stars.

  • PrunellaV

    The putty shoe is disappointing, but wow on everything else. And what a great face she has!

  • girliecue

    Wow! In a good way!

  • stephbellard

    She is one of the best character actresses of all time and here she looks FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC!

  • demidaemon

    That detail at the waist is really distracting. I can’t even tell what it is supposed to be. A failed peplum? Some satin piece of fabric blocking? What is it?

  • theblondette


  • Sagecreek

    You know, I think the White House should just give up and make her press secretary.

  • katiessh

    i’m having trouble telling whether it’s the effect of the bodice or whether i can see boob and nipple.

  • EEKstl

    The shoes is where she loses me but day-um: She looks fantastic. She has just the bod to pull this off and the hair is unusually Va-Voom! of her.

  • mdcoon127

    WERQ – you guys missed it on this one…

  • Puckndc

    LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!!!

  • chrissybee

    How can we get her a part on Mad Men? She is my favorite!

  • librarygrrl64

    Hate the shoes, LOVE that necklace!!!

  • Alison Jimenez

    Wow, she looks amazing!