IN or OUT: Morgan Saylor at the 2013 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party

Posted on September 30, 2013

We suppose this is all fresh and clean enough for a Teen Vogue party, but it’s not really setting us on fire.


“Homeland” star Morgan Saylor attends the 2013 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party in a Novis short sleeve triple layered dress paired with Matos heels.

Novis Spring 2014 Collection


Is there such a thing as too fresh and clean? We’re not saying she needs to be sporting face paint, but she does look kind of underdone, both for the event and for the outfit she’s wearing. We’re not really loving the dress all that much. Not at all, in fact. And we think both the shoes and the bag are heavy and mature-looking. A little on the dowdy side.

But who knows? Maybe we’re being grumpy and this all fresh and cute in a way we’re not seeing. Opine, darlings.



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IN! Fresh! Because you didn’t say it enough times!


OUT! Dowdy and weird-looking.


Also: the Homeland premiere last night: Kind of a letdown, no?

In other Bitchery News: Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s chartreuse mushroom getup was voted IN by the Bitter Kittens.



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  • Too little makeup, which I can’t believe I’m saying about a teenager, and I don’t as a rule love outfits that expose the midriff like that (they just seem awkward). Shoes seem too heavy and mature for her and for the outfit. Still, from the bust to the chin and the waist to the hemline, it’s kind of cute, so I’m on the fence. IN-ish, or a soft OUT.

  • OUT. Why bother if it’s yawn-inducing?

  • Bexxx

    OUT. It’s just a little awkward that she’s so dressed up- in suede heels- and nothing was done with her face or hair. Not that a kid needs to do anything to her face and hair, just it looks startlingly inconsistent with those stuffy shoes. I wish the dress was one piece and didn’t have all the mesh frippery, I think it would be adorable then. With a little sandal.

  • Danielle

    Sweetie, you’re far too young for those shoes.

    • Looks like she asked her Mom if she could borrow her black purse and shoes for the event.

  • itsnotoveryet11

    IN, always gotta give props to a young girl who feels comfortable to go out without all the war paint on. It probably would have looked better with some strong make up but not enough to drive it into an out for me

  • hughman

    That dress has a serious drug problem.

    • mhleta

      And a bit of a passive-aggressive personality disorder as well.

    • Anathema_Device

      I think it is hearing voices in the vacuum cleaner.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Jesus, I love you people, I just really do.

  • lexilexi

    Esp after Br Ba… Homeland was a huge letdown… and this look is another letdown. OUT.

  • JauntyJohn

    Oy where to start? The sheer yoke/short sleeves look like a shower curtain. The pattern on the fabric of the “dress” is bland ’80’s abstract by way of Lichenstein lite. The belly baring strip is too high and too narrow for all the other frippery in play.
    Pretty girl, lovely smile horrid ensemble.

    • Anathema_Device

      It really is an ugly dress, isn’t it? Shame. She’s a cutie.

  • OUT. But I feel awfully mean about saying so.

  • jw_ny


    I really dislike the dress, shoes, and bag, however I’ve no problem with hair and makeup (or lack thereof.) Her fresh and clean face is the best part of the overall look, and works for her…which, sure, probably isn’t the way to go with that awful dress.

  • Lori

    I’m OK with the dress on her. I would have gone a little heavier on the make-up, but I don’t think it’s a disaster that she didn’t. The bag and the shoes are another story. They’re all wrong and need to be replaced. I’m not sure whether that averages to an In or an Out.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    I don’t understand this dress. Is it Rebellious First Communion?

    I’ll give her the weakest possible IN, only because I am not getting even a whiff of Lohan.

    • Introspective

      ok so this made me snort. and wish that i could attend whatever the hell a rebellious first communion is. as i assume it involves tons of wine.

      oh and yes. no go on this dress. and homeland better get its shit together for real. we’ve waited too long for this to be bored out the gate.

  • conniemd

    Out. Don’t really like the print under the faux dotted swiss at all.

    • It’s the print challenge! Why are you hiding your print under another fabric?

      Oh, sorry, I thought we were still talking about last week’s Project Runway.

  • Jenna Marie

    Out. I love this on the model, but not on her. Accessories and makeup are way under performing.

  • vitaminC

    OUT. Is it just me, or is there something a little skeevy about a sheer panel bustier dress on a girl that young? Like “Toddlers & Tiaras” skeevy?

  • mhleta

    OUT for the outfit. Between the busy pattern, the overlay and the lines created at the top by the overlay hemming, it’s chaos. IN for her. Total cutie pie.

  • Trisha26

    OUT. Ice-skating outfit. And yes, makeup!

  • nannypoo

    I was a little put off by a 13 year old with midriff showing, but then I discovered she’s 18. 18! Put on some makeup! Get a hairstyle! Find clothes and accessories that were designed for this century! What, are you on rumspringa?

  • AmeliaEve

    OUT. This outfit manages to be both prissy and trashy at the same time.

  • Dagney

    She is carrying a vintage purse. Thus, the entire look is PERFECTION. She looks cute anyway, not overwrought and too clownfish.

  • raeb23

    Out…the sheer overlay makes her look like she was sprayed with the fake snow you see on shop windows for xmas

  • neonseattle

    OUT – dowdy. the dress requires fun hair and accessories and fresh makeup.

  • LaSylphide

    Out. Just don’t care for the whole look. Nothing is awful, but nothing is particularly interesting. Dowdy for her age.

  • MK03

    OUT, mostly because I hate midriff dresses. And kudos to her makeup gays for not heaping it on, but they can use a little more next time.

  • Eileen Duffy

    In. It’s so nice to see a teen in something that doesn’t make her look about 20 years older.

  • Eileen Duffy

    I want the shoes.

  • Sara__B

    Out. Not her dress, and styled all wrong, too.


  • melanie0866

    OUT. Manages to be both dowdy and tacky at the same time.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Not feeling it. OUT.

  • The sleeves say “Modesty!”, the netting and bustier says, “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman!”, and the whole thing says, “Why the hell are there sheer netting sleeves?”

  • Eovaai

    OUT. Dowdy.

  • Trickytrisha

    Poor thing… only her second mention on this blog and she’s getting beaten up pretty bad. Give her some time, she’ll get better. I kinda like the dress, so on a 1-10 IN scale, this is a 2.

  • Jangle57

    And here I was thinking everyone was being mean to the 13 year old when I read that she’s 18???? I had to google it cause I just found that hard to believe. Yikes. In that case, OUT. I can appreciate she doesn’t want to look like a slut but wanting to look this young isn’t cool either.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out. I don’t like the dress at all. The overly sweet nature of the shape and fabric doesn’t work with the bare midriff. The shoes are another strike.

  • Imasewsure

    This looks like her grandma’s version of an edgy girl…. but I can’t vote it out

    Tepid but motherly IN

  • Celeste

    Out. What is with all the illusion netting these days?

  • Sara Hottman

    She’s a cutie, but the dress is ugly, the hair is Mormon and the accessories don’t match. OUT.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    My first reaction was: “wow, that dress is… stupid”.

    So yeah, OUT.

  • altalinda

    That dress is fug, so OUT. Like the shoes, but since they’re too mature for her she can send them to me.

  • marlie

    OUT. She needs at least some color on her lips. I wouldn’t recommend much else, in terms of makeup. Also, the dress is kinda ugly. And that random sheer section at her midriff is just unnecessary.

  • sagecreek

    Very in. Not a werq, not even a werqlet, but completely acceptable and event-appropriate.

  • formerlyAnon

    Heaping on HUGE, MASSIVE benefits of the doubt, a very weak IN. You can’t say it’s not on trend, what with inexplicable prints and sheer overlay. And I can’t call her out for not looking skanky enough. So I am assuming that somehow her natural youthful vivacity made this simply lovely in person. [but it really probably shoulda been an out].

  • MilaXX

    OUT! I don’t dislike the fresh face but that’s an ugly dress with shoes & bag fit for Helen Mirren.

  • amber.


  • Contralto


  • solidcurrency

    It’s hideous. OUT.

  • somebody blonde

    Out. That is just a weird-looking dress.

  • teensmom99

    My teen says IN. She says she would have put her hair up (with a braid in front leading to a bun) and worn bright red lipstick and red shoes. But she says it’s a dress she would love.

  • ♕ Natalie ♕

    too little makeup and she needs to choose better shoes. OUT i guess. the dress is but a bit iffy.

  • KingCrazy

    Out, for sure.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Oh, honey, no. Too- 90s? Too clean-faced? Hair too puritanical for the outfit? Something.

  • sleepycat

    OUT, edgy and prim don’t go together well

  • Shawn EH

    I really like the dress. But it’s all wrong for her. OUT.

  • Not applicable

    Fresh! Super cute! come on boys- support young Hollywood. And she’s young- and REALLY pretty. Why demand she wear makeup??

  • ThesisMonkey

    OUT. because I’m confused by it.

  • Dreamwr8tr

    I hate the mesh. It’s weirdly matronly and trying to be sexy at the same time. Pick “growing into sexy” or “going to church” She’s technically an adult so the “I wanted to wear this midriff dress but my mother made me wear a coverup” is so weird. The shoes belong with a different outfit. OUT.

  • Reality TV Casting

    out poorly styling killed this look a neon glossy lip and edgier accessorizing could have made this supa fresh

  • lesmaha

    Out. Boring.

  • Sweetvegan

    In! Cute and different, and not too revealing. The shoes don’t really go, but that’s minor.

  • Maya


  • demidaemon

    No. I pretty much hated this on sight. It’s probably the sheer overload we’ve been getting lately. Sorry, Whats-her-name, but you are the unfortunate target of my ire against a type of fabric. OUT.

  • Notasaltine

    The shoes are too heavy, as is the bag, but since it looks like the purse I carried to prom, I can’t hate. The dress…In my head, she put it on, turned bright red at how much skin she was showing, and tossed a sheer t-shirt on top so she’d be a little more covered up.It’d look a hundred times better without the sheer, and with the top and bottom connected. I think that a clean face was the way to go, but she would look better with a hint of blush and lipstick, maybe a touch of mascara.

  • ankali

    OUT. The dress isn’t bad (though it is a little weird), but she really fell down on the styling. Looks very middle school Easter Sunday, which one should never end up saying about a dress featuring a bustier.

  • OUT – weird Sunday school dress with grandma’s evening shoes and purse.

  • Kimi Colney


  • decormaven

    Out. Cute gal, wrong choice on dress, purse and shoe fronts. I don’t get the point of this dress- bare midriff and sheer overlay with a flouncey skirt? It probably would look better if she had been styled appropriately. With the absence of makeup and more artfully done hair, it all just falls flat.

  • kmk05

    OUT. She is too fresh-faced for that dress, which means… it’s not the right dress. Get her in something more youthful or funkier (black trousers, a fun bustier or top, a leather cover-up on top of a short non-weirdly sheer dress) and replace those shoes (I’ll take them since I’m older than 25). Keep your awesome smile and face, kid. That dress needs someone else.
    ETA: WAIT A MINUTE. She’s 18. I think either that warrants slightly more makeup OR you should start getting a hang on your style, Morgan. If it’s fresh-faced then dress to match.

  • BayTampaBay

    OUT! The shoes ruin the whole outfit.

  • ojosazules

    Out. It’s odd and bland, which I don’t think was the plan. SHE is adorable.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Sorry sweetie but this is an OUT. The purse and shoes and no make up ruin it.

  • Miranda

    No..or out….or no…out…both

  • Jessica Freeman

    OUT. She took a relatively fun dress and made it utterly boring.

  • StarburstLady

    It’s funny how, in spite of the mid riff and sheer elements, this reminds me of the pretty party dresses my grandmother used to buy fro me from ages 4-11. I think the “dowdy” shoes and purse just add to that– she looks like a little girl dressed up for Easter brunch with grandma at the club. So… OUT.

  • Lesley

    this is a dress that requires makeup, its edgy. if she went for a younger dress she could get away with the bare baby face

  • Kelly

    Out. The hair and (lack of) makeup make her look like a not-particularly-stylish high school kid who just yanked her hair back because she’s got a big test and can’t be worrying about her appearance. And despite the sheers and the cut-out waist, the dress manages to look dowdy and too-old on her. The shoes and bag belong with some other outfit entirely.

  • Anplica Fiore

    I love the purse! And that’s it. Out

  • oohsparkley!

    In. The dress is adorable but it isn’t really working on her. It needs edgier shoes. Even though I think those shoes are cute in the closeup. It just doesn’t go together. I think I”ve talked myself into an out. I want to see what K. Shipka would do with it.

  • I almost can’t be bothered with stating OUT because I’m so bored. However, I want those shoes like whoa.

  • crash1212

    OUT. That is a sad, dowdy dress made even worse by her choice of shoes and bag (although I do love that purse). All these elements combined with the Amish hair an minimal make-up equals a “go home and try again little girl”. Guess I’m grumpy too.

  • amanda lynn


  • thecitysleeps

    I love the face actually, and even the dress. But those SHOES, it goes OUT right away.

  • lalahartma


  • Janet B


  • NYCGlamourpuss

    OUT – “Dowdy and weird looking” is right on the nose. Nope, kid, find a new stylist and try again.

  • Sunshine16

    Nope, it’s an out all around. Poor dear

  • CatherineRhodes

    Her character on the show is so annoying that I can barely stand to look at the actress. (Irrational, I know, but there it is.)

    Yes, the “Homeland” premiere was a letdown, as was the second half of last season. The writers need a memo that the show is at its best when it’s most realistic, not when it’s trying to be “Taken 3.” It needs to slow down, be more of a character study, explain in an intelligent way what the characters are doing and why they’re doing it, and to avoid wild, whiplash-inducing, unsubstantiated plot points.

    Perhaps the brilliant writers from “Breaking Bad” are now free?

  • IN. This is a Young Vogue Hollywood party. Young Vogue.

    She’s cute (talented, too). I think this is a perfect look.

  • hmatz

    Out. The shape of that dress does less than nothing for her, and sporting it with heavy accessories and elementary school picture day hair is not helping matters. It could have been adorable if it had a bit more color, but unfortunately, all the whimsy of the dress is lost in the styling.

  • Rhonda Shore

    YES! The Homeland season opener WAS a letdown…unless it’s a set-up for something really amazing. I think this look is cute actually, sorta 80s, but the hair needs to be rethought.

  • rh33

    Looks like a “grown-up” version of Dorothy’s dress in Wizard of Oz.

  • jmorino08

    OUT!! So much out!! Ugh!

  • Violentcello

    The dress is interesting, but I agree the shoes and bag bring it down. It looks like she’s going to her first unchaperoned party and had to borrow them from her mother. The hair should probably be jazzed up a little, too.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Dowdy. Weird. I’m not having it.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Out. She needed some brightly colored shoes (even ballet flats could have worked) a fun bag, some makeup and something interesting with the hair.

  • Lisa_Co


  • altissima

    I like the dress for a teen, but the styling is so dowdy. OUT!

  • LadyLuck777

    I wonder who styled her and said “She’s 19, but lets make her look 13! The dress looks like she was sprayed with that fake Christmas snow. OUT!

  • Out. The hair and makeup say tough, casual, slouchy, and a little butch. Wear pants and something leather with that hair and makeup, girlfriend, and save the old lady looks for some other day.

  • RoxieRider

    In. I find it so refreshing to see a teenager who looks like an actual honest-to-god teenager who is actually for reals under 18 years old that I’m feeling a bit misty. The outfit is sort of weird (like how teenagers dress, writ far more expensive) but overall she looks sweet and cute. In, yes.

  • GTrain

    I think that dress is hideous. OUT