Olivia Wilde Style Double Shot

Posted on August 20, 2013

Miss Olivia’s been busy lately. Let’s catch up.


Olivia Wilde makes an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” to promote her new movie “Drinking Buddies” in a J. Mendel sapphire silk wool gazaar racer front dress with full skirt paired with Christian Louboutin sandals.

We’ve been staring at this one for a good ten minutes now. That’s probably a good thing, because we keep trying to come up with reasons not to like it and failing. The color and shape are gorgeous for her. The bodice is insanely over-complicated, and while we can’t say we love it, it does tend to keep things interesting. Still, it elongates her chest area and shortens her torso. That’s a problem. But we don’t know… it mostly works and it’s not boring.

And yes, the silly putty shoes work great here.


Olivia Wilde at ABC Studios in New York City for an appearance on “Good Morning America” to promote her latest film “Drinking Buddies” in a Crippen ‘Alex’ tee paired with a Clover Canyon ‘Gold Panther’ pencil skirt and Jimmy Choo ‘Vamp’ sandals.

We just don’t know about those strappy shoes all the ladystars seem to be wearing this month. We don’t hate them, but we never quite see them deployed when they should be. We think these would look better with a shapelier skirt; something with a little swing to it. They look a little clumsy with a pencil skirt. Could be that we just don’t love the color of them. Technically, they go with the skirt, but we think they’re fighting with it.

Everything else looks great here. We’d call both of these outfits more good than bad. If we were giving an overall grade here, she’s a solid B.



[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto.com, Roger Wong/INFphoto.com]

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  • hughman

    The top dress is a lotta look. It’a like a square dance skirt at an insane asylum.

    The bottom look? Versace. But she is very pretty!

  • Love the pencil skirt on the bottom. She looks lovely! The top look….is a wonderful color.

  • kimmeister

    I’ll bet Unicorn Boy rejoiced and felt vindicated if he saw this racer-front look.

    • MoHub

      You beat me to it!

  • Carrieanno

    Please, please don’t let racer fronts become a “thing.”

    • Shannon Campe

      Yes, please let nothing Sustainicorn created become a “thing.”

    • Celandine1

      Gosh, that is a total WTF moment isn’t it? What was the designer thinking?

      • Rhonda Shore

        Indeed. THis top dress isn’t at all flattering and all of those weird panels just cut her into pieces…she’s so gorgeous, this does not do her justice.

  • majorbedhead

    I really like the bottom look, minus the shoes, which pull focus. The top look…I just can’t get behind it. It’s a great color on her, but the bodice is just weird.

    • Denis

      I like the bottom look as well… but also because she looks a hell of a lot more comfortable and her make-up is better. She looks like she’s holding her breath in the Mendel and her eyes are starting to bug…

  • Jacob Bowen

    For the first dress it looks like it hangs on her neck like a hanger, which then makes me think the hem line is at an awkward place. I feel like the dress would be cuter with a shorter skirt.

    • Shannon Campe

      My thoughts exactly! Signed on to comment on hem length.

  • nannypoo

    I love the color of the first dress but I don’t actually like the dress. I love the second outfit. Hate the shoes.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    I think with the first look, it’s strange but I think the bodice would look better with a fitted skirt rather than something so flowy. That much movement in the bottom half called for a simpler strap in the top.

  • Though I love the color, I’m never going to love that first dress. Had the skirt resisted the urge to also be somewhat complicated, I could be more forgiving of the overly busy bodice. Also, a wee less eye shadow could have helped her cause.
    The second look is nearly perfect, save the competing fugly shoe. I like her sexy hair.

    • MilaXX

      I think she has the same problem Amanda Seyfriend has with makeup artist and her eyes. Because she has such lovely shaped eyes, they don’t seem able to resist the urge to go overboard on the makeup. I guess her cosmetic spokesperson contract only further complicates matters.

      • I get it, if I had such an amazing face I’d paint it like my five year old, just for the fun of it. But that’s just a lot of blue.

        • MilaXX

          I think she has great eyes, but they are better showcased with a light hand.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Eye makeup in the first outfit is too harsh. Such a pretty face; don’t mess with it!

  • Lily-Rygh

    Those blue shoes look totally Payless.

  • TSkot

    Top dress: Flat, droopy and way too much going on.
    Bottom look: Dynamite.

  • Kristin McNamara

    JESUS. STOP. WITH. THE. SYMMETRY. It never DOESN’T look like something weird is going on in the nether regions.

  • GillianHolroyd

    The top dress looks better if you squint.

    The competing blacks in the bottom outfit are annoying.

  • Imasewsure

    Hate everything about the first look (except the shoes strangely enough). Love everything about the second look!

  • bertkeeter

    Timothy from PR season 12 Racer Back Front has caught on!

  • MilaXX

    2 good, but not great looks. I want to like the first, but that top is just too fussy. The second look might have worked better with a simple pump in that color. Really not loving her hair in either picture.

  • demidaemon

    I’m all for the second look; it’s working like gangbusters and totally appearance appropriate. The first look’s bodice kills it for me; the weird cutouts and unnecessary layering (?) and wrapping just does awful things. It looks so tight that it must be cutting off her breathing and circulation.

  • Jan Seawell Reckers

    I must be the only one who saw her on Letterman…and she wasn’t wearing that blue architectural frock. She was in a white organza structured gown with a full outer skirt and shorter pencil beneath. A lot of interest in the shape, but not sure if it was too weird. Would’ve liked to have seen a comment on that.

  • Anniebet

    First dress is… odd – especially the dropped section that circles around. She looks fine, her usual hair and makeup. I gotta say though, that first picture is in a very weird location – equipment boxes covered by that blue thingy and New York’s dirty sidewalks, which also make an appearance in the second shoot.

  • frannyprof

    Her eyes in look #1 are insane (not in a good way). And can we please kill the ombré hair fad, already?!

  • Merneith

    Can we talk for a minute about her hair? It looks better in the second shot – everything is better about the second shot – but she desperately needs a new cut & color. Actually, if she just got a better cut, it would solve most of the problem.

    • rajf

      All I could think was the hair, the hair, the hair is making me weep. Just because there’s a lot of crappy looking hair (e.g. Julie Bowen’s looks lousy too) hair out there, let’s not become complacent.

  • JauntyJohn

    I like it all, overall, but at first glance the bodice on that first dress looks like the Quick Release straps on some kind of futuristic safety wear.

  • Judih1

    Not crazy about her hair – she needs it styled, not just hanging limp

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I love Clover Canyon stuff. And love Olivia Wilde. She’s just fab.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Oh yeah, and I was gonna say, the top dress may shorten her torso, but she kinda needs that, because she’s one of those girls who has a long torso and short legs. Therefore, anything with a higher waist looks amazing on her.

  • decormaven

    The color of the first gown is amazing on her, but the dress bodice is too busy and cuts the verticality of the look. If only a different shoe had been deployed with the second look- it would have been in WERQ territory for me.

  • Judy_S

    Silk WOOL gazar?

    • Jackie4g

      Gazar is a weave like a stiff gauze, and the fibres are a blend of silk and wool. It’s been around a long time. St. Laurent, Geoffrey Beene, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, lots of the classic designers have used that fabric.

    • rajf

      There is such a thing as tropical weight wool. Wool breathes, has body, and it doesn’t wrinkle the way other summer weight fabrics do (e.g. linen, cotton).

  • carnush

    Love both of these looks, but would have gone with different, more delicate shoes in each case.

  • MoHub

    That first dress reads bondagewear to me. And with the racerfront, somewhere (well, actually Milwaukee), a unicorn is weeping.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Pretty sure the first dress wouldn’t have the elongation problem if there wasn’t an odd seam running across her pelvis. And I agree on the overly complicated bodice, even if it does look good on her. Great color in both outfits though.

  • altissima

    Can’t agree w TLo on the first look. I think the bodice is hideous: flattening her bust and making her midriff look lumpy.

  • anotherkate

    Love the second look on her. She always looks comfortable and pretty in a look with some casual aspect to it (you know like a multi-hundred dollar t-shirt) or some edge. I hate the shoes on the second look also (why not a pointy black pump? Or even a pointy red-orange one to pick up the smallest color in the skirt?) but overall I think she’s working it. Plus I just like her, so that’s probably coloring my opinion. She seems fun and smart.

  • Danielle

    Top dress is a titscrepancy. Second dress is growing on me. With a different shoe, I would be snapping my fingers in a Z formation.

  • marlie

    Outfit #1… Gorgeous color, and for the most part, really great fit. My only problem is how over-wrought the bodice is. And the shoes are fine. Pretty makeup, but JBF hair.

    Outfit #2… It’s fine. The fact that her skirt is slightly off-center is making my eye twitch, and the shoes were wrong for this look. Pretty, slightly more toned-down makeup, and more JBF hair.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d give the bottom look A- and the top as low a B as you can get before it’s a C.

    The top dress: I agree with “overcomplicated” and I think it’s mildly unflattering and basically only works because she’s gorgeous. The bottom ensemble: unexciting but it looks good on her and a boost from B+ to A- because it completely negates my frequent negative reaction to busy prints.

  • Cathy S

    Hate the first dress. The second look is great except for the shoes. Pretty skirt.

  • TAGinMO

    Bodice of top dress = Stonehenge Realness

  • imakeart

    I saw her on Letterman and she wore a fabulous white dress. I only saw her seated, but it looked beautiful.

  • melchiscott

    Proportions of dress #1 are odd, and the bandage bodice is no help. I think you’d have to be around 7 feet tall to make it work. Great color, tho.

  • The dress color is beautiful. The bodice would work better with a plain skirt. The seam across the abdomen looks weird. The top IS COMPLICATED. The weird part is the strip that comes up the center and turns into an unflattering cut-out. It’s too busy, but it would pass with a different skirt. I notice that Olivia looks fabulous in that black top. Black might be overly-worn by some women but it’s great for Olivia and her beautiful face.

  • oohsparkley!

    I give her an A- on the first one. If the cups where 1/2 inch bigger/higher it would be perfection. For the second I give a B+, deduction due to not loving the color of the shoes with that skirt. I love the color, just not with that skirt.

  • SophieCollier

    The top dress does really awful things to her proportions. If they’d left off that awkward skirt belly-seam or done away with the weird neck part….