Laura Linney in MaxMara

Posted on June 13, 2013

Laura Linney attends the 2013 Women In Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, California in a Max Mara black cotton jumper dress paired with a Max Mara white sheer blouse and Sportmax shoes.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • Reneesance

    I.. just….no, just no.

    • snarkmeister

      It is just aggressively ugly, unflattering and dismal. There are not enough adjectives in my repertoire to accurately convey the truly abominable look she’s sporting here. You’re so much better than this, Laura.

      • Rhonda Shore

        She is…this looks like a middle school jumper sewing project.

    • drdarke

      So…. remember I mentioned re-reading Georgette Heyer last week?

      Clearly, Laura Linney’s put herself on the shelf, big time…

      • j_anson

        Well, at least she’s not yet wearing a cap.

  • Sara__B

    Well, bless her heart.

    • MemHey

      This look has elicited my compassion!

      • Seriously – I found myself with this sweet little smile as if to say “Oh Laura, you ol’ thing.”

    • drdarke

      I’m sure Ms. Linney has a nice covered dish with her, @Sara__B:disqus ….

  • crash1212

    Sister Wife Chic.

    • Kassandra Silas

      Startlingly accurate….

    • aeb1986

      she needs to send this to kiernan shipka to work on

  • Funkykatt

    Rompers are back? Yikes!

    • MoHub

      It’s a jumper: a sleeveless dress worn over a blouse. A romper is essentially a shorts-length jumpsuit: a one-piece top-and-pants garment that—it is to be hoped—has a quick-opening front closure.

  • skitzfiggitous

    If she’s going for the sluttiest teacher at the Walnut Grove schoolhouse, it’s a win. (“Miss Linney, WE CAN SEE YOUR KNEES!”)

  • StellaZafella

    “Hello, I’m Laura Linney for Masterpiece Classics, and this is my shitty stylist’s fault.”

    • random_poster

      I’m not sure that a stylist did this. That is DIY make-up poorly applied.

  • Patricia Gillett

    This is very much like what the Amish women in Lancaster, PA wear in the summer. This is making me me crave some of the lemonade and cookies they serve you after you get off the buggy ride tour of the farm.

    • Sarah

      My exact thought…hope the Amish girl she stole this burlap sack from didn’t get caught in her bloomers. And since when are sleeves poofier in size than your head a thing again?

      The orange makeup does her no favors as well. She is a beautiful woman, some face wash and a little dry shampoo would go far.

    • greyhoundgirl

      Yes, exactly. I was thinking of one of those awful reality shows–Movie Star Leaves her Amish Family.

  • Awwwwwwwww, Laura!
    This is not your friend in any way.

  • mommyca

    everything is wrong here….. so wrong that TLo were speechless! 🙂

  • Ms. Schmidt

    Oh my god. This is where saying, “My three year old could dress herself better than that” is actually not a lie.

  • Coolekat

    Mary Poppins in funeral attire

  • Glammie

    Oh, oh, oh no. Glammed-up 8-year-old is not a look for a woman plus-40.

    By the way, am I the only one who thinks jumpers (American version) don’t really work on women over, say, 25? I wish they did, but they somehow don’t look right to me. Or is it just when I grew up that they read ultra-schoolgirl to me?

    • Lori

      No, you’re not the only one who thinks that jumpers don’t look right on older women. They read very school girl to me too.

      • Glammie

        Good. I was thinking maybe something more fitted and little-black-dressish, then I thought about the sleeves and . . . no, just no.

        • Beardslee

          I think Katharine Hepburn wore a jumper in Desk Set. It was very fitted and the blouse had fabulous sleeves. She looked great – but of course Katharine Hepburn would.

          • MoHub

            Fit is the key. My trousseau in December 1972 included a wool full-length jumper—my going-away outfit—in a yellow, green, and red plaid that I wore with a dark green turtleneck. The jumper had a fitted, Empire-waist bodice and ties in the back. Looking back at my wedding pictures, I am amazingly not embarrassed and still think I looked pretty good.

          • Glammie

            She may be the exception that proves the rule–the Naomi Campbell effect. Campbell may have anger-management issues, but she could wear anything and make it work back in the day.

    • AC Simons

      I am what I hope is a chic librarian, but way too many of my older colleagues wear jumpers. It’s not a flattering look, especially the ones the look like they were ordered from the Vermont Country Store catalog (not that I don’t love VCS!).

  • Photos 3 and 4 say it all to me. She knows it is dreadful. She haz a sad about it.

    And now, we all haz a sad about it, too..

    • Kristin McNamara

      Ha! I was scanning to comments to see if this got dropped already, because it’s what I wanted to post! These pictures definitely gave me a sad.

  • hughman

    A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown!

    • 3boysful

      Exactly! I was thinking perfect for the Convent Spring Formal.

    • PeaceBang

      You have won my heart tonight.

  • Baba Yaga

    The dress might be tragic, but the speech she gave at this gig was dynamite.

  • Billie_Dawn

    I am one of her biggest fans, which is why it pains me to say this:


  • Maluca

    Oh dear Laura Linney… Your entire team, stylist, makeup and hair, hate you.

  • Miss_Led

    Hmm. Amish child with skimpy sandals? Banned from the barn raising!

  • GillianHolroyd

    Quelle horreur. A jumper over puffed sleeves will *never* be in style. Even 6 year old girls refuse to wear them.

  • LaSylphide

    What are those things at the waist? They look like ammunition pockets.

    Blonde, no makeup, black and white outfit: unflattering, not to mention dowdy.

  • TRSmith


  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Oh, honey. I love you as an actress SO SO SO much, but this is just unacceptable.

  • artgirl9

    Horrible!!!! She should consult with Kiernan Shipka before her next public appearance.

    • Gwyndall

      Kiernan would rock this look!

  • majorbedhead

    Wow. That’s just so awful. So, so awful.

  • Belvane

    It’s kinder just not to look. Let’s all quietly tiptoe away and never speak of this again.

  • myristica_fragrans

    so nobody told her how sunburnt and pregnant she looked before she left?

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Not the bees! Not the bees! No!!!!

    • ItsDicey


  • conniemd

    Maxmara jumper? I haven’t seen an actual jumper since I wore them to junior high in the 1960’s. I didn’t know anyone made jumpers any more other than baby/toddler clothes.

  • The hills are alive with the sound of music…

  • jw_ny

    I’m guessing Laura lost a bet…

  • Pterodactyl111

    70’s Catholic school girl

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Dressy nun fail.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    This gave me a sad. I need a drink.

    ETA: I’ve seriously looked at this three times and its giving me agita its so damned ugly and unflattering. The sparkly(?) pockets(?) directly under the boobs, the limp yet stiff sleeves, the gaping collar. I just don’t understand.

    And…the makeup looks like rosacea. Hannibal doesn’t give me nightmares, but this just might. Jeebus.

  • shirab

    Did she and Julianne Moore go shopping together?

    • alyce1213

      Yes, I could see Julianne trying to pull this off too. But with funny shoes.

  • Nancer

    WTF? Really. Just – WTF?

  • nannypoo

    Hmmmm. Where to begin…

  • Amish realness.

  • Yikes! I love Laura Linney, but did she even look in the mirror before she left the house? She just looks tired.

  • demidaemon

    Schoolmarm chic does not exist. I feel sad.

  • alyce1213

    She seems like an intelligent woman. Did she really look at that dress on a hanger and say “That’s for me!”?
    I’d rather think someone threatened her loved ones if she didn’t wear it.

  • MilaXX

    She should have left the shirt off and did something better with the hair,

  • I do not now, nor have I ever understood the aesthetic of MaxMara.

  • rloliveira

    Matilda never grew up.

  • TheAmericaness

    Whoa! Someone needs to sit her down and tell her that your dad can’t MAKE you join a convent anymore…. at least not here as far as I know… egads, poor dear.

    Edit: Additional – That hair is making it worse by so much more.. and it’s already PRETTY bad. I’m not even going to scroll back up. I like and respect her too much as an actress.

    • Step away from the fashion victim. Nothing to see here. Let’s show some respect.

  • stephbellard

    Her fashion grade: The Big C.

  • frannyprof

    As a HUGE fan of hers, it hurts me to say that this is a terrible horrible look. Just awful. Makes me wonder if she’s going through a personal tragedy of some sort.

  • Mrs. Julien

    She looks like a noviate.

    • Donna Tabor

      I was going to say the same thing. With cute shoes.

  • ItsDicey

    Oh for the love of God! NO!

    As a fellow redhead I remember a time when I tried to wear this sort of makeup. Thankfully, I quickly realized how awful it looked. So, this HAS to be totally DIY. Right?

  • Wait…what? What is going on here?

  • awful awful awful. i rest my case.

  • Susan Velazquez

    Did a sister wife wander in there or something?

  • ThatPeterG

    some kind of smock?

  • Louise Bryan

    Which order is she joining?

  • How do you solve a problem like Laura Linney?

  • formerlyAnon

    That’s just . . . odd. Beyond odd.
    Bless her l’il old heart.

  • quiltrx

    Laura Linney..honey, no! You’re a beautiful woman–why have you been in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s closet? And what did you (or some horrible person) do to your face?

    • Denise Alden

      You beat me to it! She’s giving Gyllenhaal a run for her money, isn’t she?

  • chowwander

    The hiiiiiiiiiiils are aliiiiiiiiive so cliiiiiiiiiimb every mouuuuuuuuuuuntain.

  • Jessica Wyatt

    She looks like a character in a Vermeer painting. Pretty sure that’s not a good thing.

  • Corey Davis

    Those pockets illustrate the tears this choice led to. #cryingboobs

  • Anniebet

    Who is this woman and what did she do with Laura?

  • Reality TV Casting

    whoa this is the meanest whiteboard ive ever seen…….. why post lauras dirty oversized amish laundry all over the internet without even a slight nod to her obvious mental meltdown?

  • FloridaLlamaLover

    Awful. Sister wives would shun her.

  • unbornfawn

    Oh, honey, NO.

  • Cameron Turner

    Oh sweet mercy….. the clothes…. the make up…… bless it

  • PeaceBang

    I’m trying desperately to understand. Is she trying to tell us something? Is this like when Jodie Foster came out but then didn’t really come out? Laura, are you trying to come out as an aspirant to a religious order? Or… something?

  • plinkiedoodle

    The jumper part is not that bad. Honestly, she could have done something with it to make it edgy and modern. But that blouse was NOT the way to go. It just screams Sister-Wife! And those poor little expressions on her face; she just knew she had done the wrong thing.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Princess Diana maternity wear.

  • marlie

    Straight up Catholic school uniform. Everything about this look is half-assed, including her hair, makeup, and expression.

  • e jerry powell


    Eeeew. Not only is it too young, it’s practically infantile. How is this available in adult sizes?

    She knew she was going outside, right? Somewhere with photographers, right?


  • Aaminah Khan

    girl no

    you are so much better than this

  • Nimith

    My first and only reaction: Christ on a bike!!!

  • MoHub

    If the Amish ever start allowing their women to shorten their hemlines—

  • kat89

    She looks like she’s auditioning for the role of Maria von Trapp in a remake of the Sound of Music…

    • MoHub

      Maria’s novitiate’s habit was more flattering.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Laura has been shopping at Cato again….

  • Ramon Figueroa

    Maria just out of the convent and her meds.

  • Carol

    Oh dear god, no.

  • lobsterlen

    I always get itchy and twitchy when I see grown women wearing high fashion versions of my Catholic high school uniform.

    *edit* Well that is one thing I can be grateful about for having endured my Catholic school education … no stylist on this planet could convince me to wear anything described as a jumper dress with a white shirt underneath. BTW my uniform was cuter and that is saying something.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    NO NO NO!
    Please don’t do that!
    This is sadder than your story in “Love Actually”

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Ick no. Wrong wrong wrong. Makes her look like a retired nun.

  • geans

    Ship this off to Lena Dunham!

  • MaggieMae

    I love her, and therefore I’m one prone to cut her some major slack. But Laura? Nooooo…..even if I could get past that outfit, that make-up is just awful for you.

  • Janet B

    This is too shapeless.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    oh dear…

  • TheLaurenJean

    That is literally the worst, most offensive to my eyes dress I’ve ever seen. HONESTLY, all mirrors involved in this travesty must have come from a carnival.

  • Danielle L

    Ohhhh. Honey.

  • MarissaLG

    I love Laura Linney so much, but this (if they did a lot of work on it) is for Michelle Williams, and Michelle Williams only.

  • BlueBell42

    Sweet Christopher. What a horrible … thing.

  • hellkell

    Serving Maria von Trapp realness. This is not good.

  • Lola Channing

    two mules for Sister Sarah.

  • portlandmermaid

    Oh, lord, librarian on a stick!

  • Dagney

    why. is. she. wearing. that. I mean, come ON. Shorten the hem a tad, throw away that dumb shirt, tailor the dress just a little, BRUSH the hair. Voila! Fabulous!

  • housefulofboys

    I love her so much it pains me to see her dressed like this. But she has the most beautiful face and dimples and smile. I’m just trying not to look any lower than that…

  • Rachel Sawyer

    When did Laura Linney join the Mennonites?

  • PrunellaV

    What did she do to deserve this?

  • Crystal

    No. NO NO NO.

  • TigerLaverada

    Good god, her mirror must be MIA, or I have to believe she’d never have left the house looking like this. Bad dress, bad fit, bad makeup, bad hair. And I love Laura Linney.

  • AutumnInNY

    This outfit almost looks like one that a nun who no longer wears a formal habit might wear sans the strappy sandals.

  • bellafigura1

    The thing is, I totally get why this appealed to her. It’s off-center, funky, fashiony vs. sexy, minimalist but eye-catching.
    Completely unique. But. It just doesn’t work. It comes off as costume-y and tricky, rather than effortless and elegant.
    She gets points for trying, but no.

  • I would say schoolmarm, but I don’t want to insult schoolmarms.

  • MandyM

    When did she become a nun?

  • korilian

    She looks like a modern version of Maria from Sound of music and frankly it’s so hiddy that the original costume would have been an improvement.

  • lilazander

    Oh, hell…. This outfit comes from there.

  • Brian G. Cox

    Outfit aside, a friend who also attended the event did comment on how funny Ms. Linney was during her time at the podium.

  • CeeRich

    I wore this in Catholic School except my jumper was plaid. You’re better than this Laura Linney!

  • She is a beautiful woman. What did she do to herself.

  • ChloeElizabeth

    The amish nun who became a celebrity.

  • leahpapa

    It’s amazing how much better everything would be if you just removed the blouse. The rest of the styling is sort of blah and DIY, the placement of those pockets would be tough for all but the flattest chests, and the dress is just too big, but still: nix that blouse and it’s a pretty unremarkable but acceptable look.

  • macwell

    I’m sorry, but……WTF is this b****h wearing??!!!! Also, her facial expression tells you that even she knows she’s dead wrong for all of it…OMG….-_-

  • Judih1

    Amish Lady in sandals and shiny make up. What was she thinking when she left the house in this?

  • librarygrrl64

    That is the weirdest-shaped jumper ever seen. Is she pregnant?