Cobie Smulders at the CW, CBS and Showtime 2013 Summer TCA Party

Posted on July 31, 2013

To our way of thinking, this is exactly how to do a summer B&W look:


Cobie Smulders attends the CW, CBS and Showtime 2013 Summer TCA Party in Beverly Hills, California.

A simple white dress, black accessories, a strong red lip and you’re good to go.

Having said that, we don’t love this as much as we should. For one, that dress is just a little too tennis-y to pair with black open-toed heels. At the very least, some jewelry would’ve gone a long way in dressing it up. For another, it’s not the best shape in the world for Cobie. Too broadening across the shoulders and not enough defining of the waist. She looks like a block and that’s not at all how she’s really shaped.

Also, that clutch looks like she backed a truck over it.

Okay, so maybe this wasn’t the best example of how to do a summer B&W.


[Photo Credit: ACE/, Andrew Evans/]

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  • It ends up coming across as rather bland. I’m wondering if a strong looking belt might not have lifted this whole thing, while maintaining the relatively casual air of it?

    • teensmom99

      Jewelry would do the trick. It wouldn’t make this dress much better than the Urban Outfitter effort it is but it would help.

  • I’m glad y’all turned that opinion around. Not her best efforts.

  • Diego!

    I agree… it’s a very nice look, but doesn’t fit her well. It makes her look chubby when she is gorgeous! I love her eyes! 😀

    • R.A.

      Chubby and gorgeous are not mutually exclusive.

      • Adriana_Paula

        Hear hear!

    • Rhonda Shore

      Oh come on, she doesn’t look chubby, she looks athletic. Where’s the tennis racket?

  • Carleenml

    I’m so glad you qualified your original comment because I think this is horrible.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    It’s the hair. It’s making her face look too tall and wide. Scroll off her head and overall it’s pretty cute… not as bad as with the head on.

    • Kristin McNamara

      That hair is TERRIBLE on her. I know TLo is always pining for more updos/out-of-face hair on red carpets, but I honestly think Cobie looks about 8000% better on HIMYM when she has her hair down all the time. She’s freaking GORGEOUS on the show, and looks….. well, decidedly less breathtaking in this get-up.
      ETA: Although, it is summer and it is hot. So perhaps I should shut up and be less critical. hahah

      • MilaXX

        There’s updo and there’s gym hair. This ventures closer to gym hair.

  • zenobar

    This dress is the perfect backdrop for some fun, summery chunky jewelry.

    The Charlie-Brown apartment carpet, however, is the perfect backdrop for some kool-aid stains, cat hair and Dorito shards.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      yep. This wasn’t accessorized properly, aside from the fit issues T&L stated above. But I do love the bright lip.

      • zenobar

        Yes to the bright lip, it works well with her coloring. She has that Liv Tyler rosiness – her MUA chose well and thankfully didn’t go with that infantilizing (and incredibly unflattering) bubblegum pink that keeps springing up lately. *shudders*

  • elemspbee

    good eye. i saw this on another site yesterday and it bugged me so much. its really not her dress!

  • Laurie Landry

    Hair and make up are nothing to write home about either. Her toe nail polish color is kinda cool though.

  • Jessica Freeman

    She needed a belt, for sure. And some earrings. Accessories are not the enemy.

  • zenobar

    I’m sorry to be double-dipping here in the comments, but my Lord! This is one of the ugliest step-and-repeats I’ve ever seen. I mean, it’s remarkably ugly. The carpet (way to spring for the good shit, CBS!), the cheap Kinkos foam-core station logos stuck to the backdrop, and seriously, is that supposed to be burlap on those background panels (wholesome country summer fun)? Or did they dig up some old cubicle dividers from the storage cage in the basement (1992 accounting department realness)? Blehhh.

  • DamH

    Love the (hair)styling and makeup. What a shame the dress isn’t friendly to her shape.

  • Just Me

    I wish the dress were a touch longer and that she wore some killer earrings to sparkle up her face.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I think most of the skater dresses don’t look so good on people over 20 years old.

  • MilaXX

    The look is okay, but the bag look cheap, like a gift with purchase type of thing. Also? jewelry, where is it?

  • carnush

    The dress is great…the accessories were a good idea but just not executed well. I would have gone for a strappy sandal and a cute boxy clutch. Makeup is nice!

  • Danielle L

    Love that lip color on you, Agent Hill.

  • nannypoo

    It all looks like an afterthought, just whatever was laying on the chair from the past few days, thrown on as she left the house. And I hate her hair this way.

  • twocee

    Tennis dress, after gym-shower hair, and no jewelry to speak of. AND a look on her face in most of these like she is completely over being there. Not her best step and repeat.

  • formerlyAnon

    I will concede she needed a bit of jewelry and she looks improbably blocky. OTOH, I admire the shade chosen for her toenail polish.

  • MartyBellerMask

    All that plus the hair is bad.

  • rage_on_the_page

    I think softer hair would have helped a lot, too.

  • SM

    The makeup. Is not working.

  • sweet_potato

    Dress is too tight.

  • marlie

    A statement necklace, and I would be all for this. As it it, it’s very pretty, though a teensy bit boring.

  • chowwander

    Also, shine is the enemy. Powder down!

  • desi_girl

    What’s with the expression? Is she afraid to relax and smile because she thinks she has lipstick on her teeth?

  • alyce1213

    I think a belt and a 2-3 more inches of length would take this away from tennis dress.
    Why does her clutch look like she “backed a truck over it?” I’m not seeing why. Because it’s flat? Clutches are flat.

  • PeaceBang

    I see she has Resting Bitch Face.

  • EEKstl

    I was thinking too tennis-y as well! On a positive note, I love her pedi color.

  • prettybigkitty

    She looks. . . .puffy.

  • DilettanteDeconstructed

    Her face is channeling Dita in these pictures… the overall look being a sporty, butch Dita. Is that even possible?

  • NoveltyRocker

    She doesn’t look over it, she is smizeing.

  • Monabel

    That is my high school tennis dress from 1962.

  • Anniebet

    So, she’s going for a slightly more feminine “Rachel Maddow in a dress” look?

  • Airkisses

    I have seen at least three celebrities wearing that nail polish color on their toes. What´s the deal? Is this a RC Micro-Trend? (I always go for bright toe colors in the summer!)

  • almondemy

    she could have mitigated the effect of broad shoulders by wearing her hair down.