Vanessa Hudgens in Catherine Malandrino at BBC Radio

Posted on July 16, 2013

You guys… we don’t know quite how this happened, but Vanessa actually looks a little … dare we say it? Chic. That’s not a thing one normally says about Miss Vanessa, bless huh.


Vanessa Hudgens arrives at the BBC Radio One Breakfast show in London in a Catherine Malandrino top paired with high-waisted pants and Giuseppe Zanotti sandals.

Catherine Malandrino Spring 2013 Collection

Giuseppe Zanotti Plated Heel Sandal

But before you all get out your laser pointers to indicate the problematic parts, we didn’t say it was perfect. Chic can be imperfect. In fact, some would say that chic demands a little studied imperfection to it. But that’s not what’s happening here. No, she aimed for chic and mostly landed on it, but there are things worth quibbling about. For one, the proportions are odd. Those are awesome pants and an interesting top, but we don’t think they quite go together; especially since they’re not the same shade of white and that tends to make T Lo’s eyelids twitch. Also: the bag is kind of disappointing. She had an opportunity here to really punctuate the look with something interesting.

Still, the overall effect is impressive. And totally unexpected coming from her. Love the shoes.


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  • Karen Belgrad

    I know it’s Vanessa, but somehow it just looks as if she raided Mila Kunis’s closet. Something about this look just screams Mila to me!

    • drdarke

      Except as a straight man, @karenbelgrad:disqus ? Mila Kunis is smoking…!

      Vanessa Hudgens is – Disney CuteBot Growed Up.

      • Karen Belgrad

        Maybe that’s why it seems like Mila should be rockin’ the chic ensemble!

    • I thought it was Mila at first.

      • filmcricket

        Me too. I thought this had been mis-captioned or something.

    • frannyprof

      I thought same.

  • VioletFem

    This is the first time I have actually been impressed by her outfit. It makes her look really tall and chic.

    • Sobaika

      And she’s not very tall and has no history with chic. it’s pretty impressive.

  • conniemd

    She’s definitely sporting the belly button jewelry!

    • MoHub

      Interesting that she had that top shortened from its original hip length to display the navel.

      • CommentsByKatie

        I think there is a third white corset-shaped piece of clothing on the model, and the top is laying on top of that. Vanessa’s is unaltered.

  • Diego!

    This is clearly a step in the right direction. And she clearly hired new gays for her. Way to go Vanessa!

  • The different shades of white are a bit unsettling, but she makes it work. I think her frame helps out the proportions a bit, and the hair works well with the overall look. And dare I say it, I’ll even let the nude shoes slide, because the style suits the cut on the pants so well!

    This is much preferred over her usual Boho/drapery/fringe/disasters (the bag was a compromise). Keep it up!

    • Rhonda Shore

      The different whites work because they’re broken up by her abs…Quite like this look!

      • Shawn EH

        The top would probably be whiter were it not see-through; I guess we should be happy the pants are opaque.

  • flamingoNW

    Very nice! I don’t mind the pants with the top at all. That bag is a disappointment though. WAY too big and not appropriate for the look

  • decormaven

    Giant step in the right direction. Keep it going! A better bag would have really been the top note here.

  • Also — Eva Longoria, take note. THIS is how you do an all-white, diva-pants outfit in the summertime.

  • Well, look who finally came home from Cochella! Very nice Ms. Hudgens. That bag is total failure for this crisp and interesting look. but other than that, well done.

  • kolokOlchik

    I thought she was Mila Kunis. I see that I am not the only one. This would totally work on Mila and she’d give it that little messiness that it needs to be perfect!

  • teensmom99

    The second I saw the top, I thought that Malandrino and Hudgens are a match made in heaven. She is gorgeous but tries too hard to sex it up with a kind of hippie vibe. That’s Malandrino with good tailoring thrown in. We’ve gone from baby steps to giant steps.

  • blue808

    Nice effort, but sorry—anytime cheesy bellybutton ring is exposed, it’s definitely NOT chic.

  • Gulliver

    Something about the cuffs on the blouse take me back to Little House on the Prairie.

  • kimmeister

    I can’t believe she’s pulling off high waisted PLEATED pants but she is! What did she do with her boobs, they seem to have disappeared!

    The facial expressions are charming though. She usually looks so smug but I’m not getting that here.

  • filmcricket

    An apple green bag, perhaps?

  • Rand Ortega

    I just love the fact she left her gramma’s hippie clothes at home. This is chic, sexy & polished. I can even excuse the ballerina bun because it adds to the complete look. Kudos, Vans!

  • Carla_Charlton

    To my mind, the belly button jewelry brings it down a LOT. Also, while you didn’t focus on it, I can tell that the manicure is tacky — too long. But it’s true that for her, she looks very good.

    • I think both the jewelry and the manicure can (and should) be chalked up to an age thing. Both are very on trend for the 25 and under set. Well, for those who are into that sort of look, obviously not all of that generation.

      • formerlyAnon

        And besides, once you’ve *got* the holes, you’ve got to keep ’em filled until you’re ready to let them close up.

  • Nancer

    Totally cute!

  • MilaXX

    My only complaint and it’s minor, is the bag. All the clothing fits, she is only wearing one ring, hair/makeup looks good and the mani/pedi is neutral to match the outfit. Considering who we are talking about this is darn near a WERQ, at the very least it’s an Atta’ Girl.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    It’s a little bit “JLo meets Miley Cyrus”, which is not a bad look.

    • veleri

      yeah, I can totally see Miley in this outfit.

  • I actually adore this. SO MUCH. I want EVERY piece.

  • f_yeah_marie

    Why does Vanessa’s version have puffier sleeves?

  • Glam Dixie

    I love that top, I love the pants and I really love her shoes. The bun is super cute, much better than all of her really heavy hair hanging down around her face, but somehow the pieces combined don’t to live up to their individual potential.

  • barbarienne

    It’s Malindrino Magic!

    The whole look is being carried by that top, which is beautiful.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    “This is how long these pants make my polterwang look.”

  • Ashley Alvarez

    You have to give the little lady a hand! Given how tiny she is, this look is making her legs look yards long. Go girl, go!

  • She looks FABULOUS, ironically, for an appearance on the radio.

    Ah well, better luck next time.


  • frannyprof

    Also, the belly button stud. Never chic.

    • Anplica Fiore

      Yeah – I was just wondering how they can be high-waisted if you can see the belly button jewelry…

      • kimmeister

        Because the waist comes up to *just* under her navel. Most regular pants come up a few of inches below the navel.

  • RebeccaKW

    I actually like this. I would totally wear this, with the pants in another color (b/c I’m the kind of girl who gets stains on everything, even if I’m nowhere near a stain-causing agent). I’d probably wear hot pink or turquoise shoes instead, though.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    I don’t know if it’s “chic”… But then you’ll never get me to believe pleated pants are okay.

  • mhleta

    Apart from the bag, which looks like it’s seen its better days being trod upon by children in the back of a minivan, I’d say she looks pretty darn smart. The fit on these pants is killah, and I don’t mind the two whites because the top is so textural it doesn’t matter to me. Also not a fan of bellybutton hardware, but I’ll let it slide until she turns 30 and then I NEVER want to see that shit again, young lady.

  • Chris

    She looks great in those pants which are white and pleated. It practically takes a super human to pull those off and she is doing it. Best look I’ve ever seen on her.

  • PastryGoddess

    I think this is the best we’ve seen her look

  • carpediva

    Personal best.

  • jen

    Woah. I LOVE this outfit. Up is down, black is white apparently!

  • stubbornthoughts

    Her face is so darn cute, isn’t it?

  • Trisha26

    I really don’t see anything to compliment here…and I’m still trying to figure out what’s “high-waisted” about pants that barely reach a belly-button?

    • sekushinonyanko

      It seems “low enough around the hips that you can’t sit without showing butt” is the new normal waistline.

      • MoHub

        Even “at the waist” waistlines barely reach the waist these days. In the past, “at the waist” meant the bottom of the waistband hit at the waistline, and the waistband encircled the waist. That feature is now being touted as “high-waisted.”

  • No one with a pierced navel can ever be called chic. Only neck tattoos are trashier.

  • understateddiva

    When I scrolled down to the shoes, I said, “HOT!” outloud! Nicely done.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks good in this and I think she pulls it off, though few could.

  • H2olovngrl

    Wow, do I hate the bag with this. I know it probaly costs more than I make in a week, but it looks like she picked it up on clearance at Target. I love everything else she is wearing but that bag just cheapens it all.

  • PeaceBang

    The doofy poses ruin the chicness factor. She can’t carry off that much bun, either. *sniff*

  • Miss WKS

    Dang! She look GREAT!

  • Imasewsure

    I think she’s kind of adorbs for some reason. Like this look a lot too even with the quibbles

  • Wearing my shocked face. Much better than her usual efforts, and somebody knew enough to pick the perfect shoe.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    transcribing for you…

    pic # 1 “Am I centered for the photographer? yep.”

    pic #2 ” Okaaay people, no one block the photographers line of sight, you don’t want me to use *that* voice, right?”

    pic #3 “Does pretending to talk Italian make me look cuter? (through gritted teeth) lady-in-pink-you-are-NOT-to-make-eye-contact-with-them, o.k.?”

    pic #4 “see how much happier I am when I get my way? leave SPACE around the star”
    pic #5 “that trainer and binging paid off, damn my abs look hot”
    pic #6 “that bitch in peach is still too close, she will fired when I turn around”

  • Ann VerWiebe

    I wore those pants to my after-prom – in 1981.

  • pop_top

    I thought Mila Kunis was climbing out of the van, but then Vanessa appeared on the sidewalk.

  • Lesley

    seems to me she finally realized how ridiculous she looked after seeing selena gomez with that bindi and decided to step it up. i’m impressed!

  • Sunshine16

    How ironic that she looks the best she has in ages & it’s for a RADIO interview!

  • marlie

    How did I miss this?! This is really cute! Too bad she’s already regressed…