Kiernan Shipka in RED Valentino at the Variety’s 2013 Power of Youth Event

Posted on July 29, 2013

We’ve been looking at some dicey and questionable celebu-fashion all day, so please don’t take it the wrong way when we say we just need to see a pretty girl in a pretty dress right now.


“Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka at the Variety’s 2013 Power of Youth Event in Universal City, California in a RED Valentino sleeveless dress.

RED Valentino Wave Knit Sleeveless Dress

There. That’s better. After a day of looking at bad shoes and bad skirts and weird choices, it’s just so damn refreshing to look at someone getting it exactly right. That she’s thirteen years old is a fairly damning indictment of the state of celebu-style, we have to say. Then again, it’s because she’s thirteen that she can wear this look and not have it come off boring. Let’s face it; if she was fifteen years older, we’d have to resist the urge to tell her to sport a pop of color or more jewelry or something like that. No, this works so well because it’s perfectly suited for her age and style. That’s what makes her a budding fashionista (although we think we’re well past “budding” at this point): her tendency to dress absolutely perfectly for her age. And if you look back over the last few years, you’ll see that she’s slowly aging up her looks as she gets older, without ever going past what’s acceptable for whatever age she’s at. Not to rush her or anything, but she’s going to be a style knockout by the time she turns eighteen.



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  • You needed a pretty girl, in a pretty dress. Leave it to Kiernan to be that girl. It’s the positive “Of course.”

    • drdarke

      You guys do realize it’s all Part Of Her Master Plan to steal Tim Gunn from Heidi when she turns 18, and revive PROJECT RUNWAY to its glory days, right…?

      • TLJezebel

        From your lips to God’s ear.

      • MK03

        I would not have a problem with that.

        • drdarke

          Nor do I, @MK03:disqus .

      • mlurve

        I saw an interview somewhere where Kiernan said she doesn’t have a stylist, she just picks out stuff she likes. She took the interviewer through her closet and was able to quite eloquently explain some of her favorite pieces.

        Is it weird that I want a 13 year old to be my friend…?

        • MikeW_Vegas

          Not as long as you’re not a 45 year old man.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    She looks amazing, as always. I covet the shoes and the hair and will spend hours in the bathroom trying to replicate it.

    • Kristin McNamara

      She does. She does look amazing. Reminds me a LOT of Emma Watson, actually. Both beautiful beautiful beautiful. I’m so jealous!

  • Beardslee

    With a girl that age, this mother always looks at the shoes to make sure they’re not too high. I can’t tell about the heel but she looks great in that crisp white dress. Very, very nice, summery and cool.

  • Kate

    This child has her shit together. I am in awe and pissed that I cannot say the same for myself.

    • MarieLD


  • Little_Olive

    Clean, simple, appropriate and freaking adorable.

    As RZ would say, her eyelashes are beyond.

  • unbornfawn

    Thanks for the pretty. I needed that.

  • Kiernan Shipka is my spirit animal.

  • MilaXX

    Spot on about her aging her look appropriately. She’s wearing just enough makeup to look her age, but not get washed out by the cameras. It’s nice to see a youngster who’s been in the biz for a while not looking old beyond her years.

  • rajf

    For women of any age, if you must do an over-the shoulder pony this is just about the longest your hair should ever be. It looks fantastic.

  • alyce1213

    This is a very adorable dress, the details are lovely. The silver sandals are sweet on her pretty, young feet.
    Even the shade of lipstick is right. Love this girl.

  • filmcricket

    Kiernan Shipka is an example of why casting directors, for all they rightfully get shit for their narrow-minded thinking, deserve praise as well. Clearly she’s always been a good little actress, but her skills have continued to grow as she has, and that cute, pudgy kid is turning into a real stunner.

    This dress is not my favourite thing she’s ever worn, but it’s pretty, age-appropriate, and an ideal way to look fresh & cool on a hot summer day. Applause all around.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      It’s been a bit of a long day, so when I first read your comment I thought you said “applesauce all around” (which seemed oddly appropriate). I agree that this is a perfect little summer outfit.

      • kimmeister

        Maybe applesauce is the sweet kid version of “awesome sauce.”

    • marlie

      It’s pretty damning of everyone else that Kiernan Shipka – on what you consider to be not one of her best style days – still looks 100% better than other ladystars at their best.

  • Judy_S

    I can’t help but think that on an older woman this dress would be ironic. “I’m pretending to be a lovely young girl.” Amazing to see it worn by a real lovely young girl.

  • Judy_J

    What a stunner she is! She gives me hope for the younger generation. These photos are helping to purge the recent Mylie Cyrus disaster from my brain.

  • majorbedhead

    Oh, thank you, Miss Shipka. I though my eyes were going to start bleeding over here.

    You’re adorable. Carry on with your bad self.

  • Katrina Mayr

    Beautiful! So classic and gorgeous, yet fun. Makes me think of the crappy things other 8th graders are wearing to things like their band concerts and graduations. Strapless mini-dress with Minnie Mouse pumps? Blech.

  • Candigirl1968

    Pitch perfect.

    And I love that it’s summer and she’s wearing summer clothes, not something that is velvet or corduroy because she got to snag something from the fall collection for free.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    She really does have a great fashion IQ!

  • ccinnc

    I am ridiculously touched by her farmer tan. Gorgeous girl.

  • crash1212

    Finally. A fashion palate cleanser. Miss Kiernan is perfect…as usual. Great choices from tip of head to bottom of toe.

  • Therese Bohn

    I hope she’s a fashion beacon for her generation!

  • flamingoNW

    Adorbs. Wish the shoes were a tad more interesting, but hard to complain. LOVE the hair and make-up

  • HarperSmith

    Not only is her styling perfect, I absolutely love the way she carries herself. You rarely ever see her give the teeny bop peace sign, the “I’m about to pee pose,” or blow kisses at the crowd. She’s so classic and elegant. When I grow up, I want to be her. (Says the 25 year old.)

  • nowlo

    Red Valentino is the perfect label for girls in this age bracket. She looks great!

  • Tanya Wade

    I think I like the simple star stud earrings the most, they pair so nicely with the sandal and are not attention grabbing for the sake of….well, attention grabbing.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    She is so incredibly poised and classy. She is always put together. I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of her in public without a smile and perfect posture.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    I think my favorite part about her is that she always looks so comfortable. She looks like she likes what’s she’s wearing. She looks like she’s having fun. She never looks, to put it really bluntly, exploited. And in this day and age, that is so wonderful and refreshing and just joyous.

  • iseeshesaid

    Amazing. She’s getting it right.

  • Diego!

    This is a baby WERQ! I love it. She looks radiant!


    I hope Mad Men is still going when she’s 18.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Zosia Mamet, Lookee here.

  • d4divine

    Kiernan gives me hope!

    • d4divine

      Even her posture is perfect!

  • Barbara Thomas

    I have a 13 year old son – he’s pretty devoted to Bindi Irwin, but I’m holding out hope that he’ll meet Kiernan one day (when they are older of course), and they’ll fall in love and Kiernan will take me shopping.

  • Imasewsure

    Great look. Love the dress and thank gawd no white pumps!!

  • Just Me

    Awww, like a refreshing Spring rain that washes the dirty streets all clean and new again. *wait, is that a rainbow…*

  • Bravo.

  • Aidan B

    Perfection once again. Miss Kiernan, will you be my stylist??

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  • marlie

    This is great. She looks absolutely adorable!

  • judybrowni

    Miss Kiernan’s stylist, or Mom, or Miss Kiernan herself, have impeccable tween taste.

  • LaSylphide

    Just wow. She gets it right every time.

  • decormaven

    Hosanna! This is just what this Monday needed. Great style.

  • boweryboy

    Knocking it out of the park once again.

  • ItsDicey

    So very fresh and pretty. Freaking fantastic.

  • queen b*tch

    This girl can’t put a foot wrong.

  • Lilak

    Take a page, teen girls. Let Miss Shipka be your guide and you will turn heads (yes, in your own age group!) …. and even more important, feel composed and confident in your own fine self. (Years and years of other-directedness are not some Rite of Passage … really!)