Jessica Paré in Bibhu Mohapatra at the Audi and Altuzarra Emmys Week 2013 Kick-off Party

Posted on September 17, 2013

Like her co-stars Christina Hendricks and January Jones, Jessica is the embodiment of the styles she’s asked to model for the show. January and Christina are near perfect representations of the definition of Mid-Century beauty (Grace Kelly and Marilyn), while Jessica stands in for the Ali McGraws, Sharon Tates, and even Mary Tyler Moores of the late ’60s/early ’70s period. None of this is news; we’ve mentioned it dozens of times in our Mad Style posts. The reason we’re bringing it up now is that, like her co-stars, Jessica seems determined to stay as far away from Megan Draper style as she can possibly get in her public appearances.


Jessica Paré attends the Audi and Altuzarra Emmys Week 2013 Kick-off Party in a Bibhu Mohapatra midnight crepe dress with beaded lace peplum paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch, Stephen Webster jewelry, and Casadei ‘Blade’ pumps.

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She favors the modern bitch-socialite look; lots of severe outfits with severe shoes and hair, bordering right on dominatrix some of the time. We’d say this is on the less-severe side of things compared to a lot of her looks, but it’s still got that “spank me” air to it. Maybe it’s the patent leather, pointy-toed, stiletto-heeled pumps she tends to favor. We’re glad she didn’t default to that somewhat harsh (if fabulous) center-parted hair with a chignon look she goes for. It would have tipped this look right over into too-much. As it is, it’s just about perfect. Love the hair and dress. We suppose the black accessories make the most sense. We keep trying to picture metallics or pops of color and it ruins the outfit.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans, Emiley Schweich/,]

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  • One quibble from me: hemline. I’m not convinced this is the right length for her.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I’m actually not seeing it with the dress as a whole. The bodice is oddly unflattering, and I’m with you on the length looking a little off.

      Love her hair and makeup, though.

      • leahpapa

        I felt the same way about the bodice: both on her and on the model it’s a little widening. I’m gradually coming to accept her non-Megan styles and actually think the whole look comes together here, but I felt like the bodice needed some stronger construction or better tailoring.

        • demidaemon

          I think, in general, she does the “getting away from my character’s style” schtick a great deal better than either January Jones or Christina Hendricks. She definitely has more hits than misses, unlike her counterparts.

      • ankali

        Yeah, the bodice is bulky and the peplum is limp. Hair and makeup are both nice (especially when she relaxes her face, jeez, Jessica), but the amazingly gorgeous shoes are what make this outfit for me.

    • Anathema_Device

      This reminds me of that “cocktail apron”!

    • E. D.

      Agreed – seems 2-3 inches too long.

    • littlemac8

      Or anyone!

  • hughman

    I don’t watch this show but she’s beautiful. She reminds me of a young Kelly LeBrock.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      YES! Thank-you for pointing this out. She’s always seemed vaguely familiar and I’ve never been able to put my finger on it.

    • mshesterp

      Oh, yesssss–I wouldn’t have made that connection before now. But thank goodness a better actress.

  • Shawn EH

    Don’t understand the peplum, but she looks fabulous. Love her hair this way. Maybe she’s a Betty IRL, and January is the wildchild?

  • mjude

    she is giving me major “ava gardner”

    • ChristySchiff

      Oh – I just wrote the same thing! I love the Ava she’s giving off!

  • oatmealpie

    The diagonal peplum is a little embiggening, though.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      “embiggening” … doh!

    • kimmeister

      I think it might placed a skosh too high, or maybe it just doesn’t fit right, which is causing the widening more than the diagonal.

  • MilaXX

    She looks great but I could live without that weird pointy peplum

  • housefulofboys

    I think this is the best she has looked in a long time. I like her makeup without the red slash lipstick, and her hair is fabulous and suits her face. Also love that color of blue in the dress, dark sapphire, and because she is so slim the peplum doesn’t bother me, it gives her some shape.

  • LaSylphide

    That peplum looks like she forgot to put the napkin back on the table when she got up from dinner. Aside from that, great look. Especially love the retro-glam hairdo.

  • clairellis

    This is like the less severe of the severe looks she’s had. I enjoy this much more than the last post. Probably bc her hair is soft and not slicked back like a grease monkey…

  • ChristySchiff

    She looks like Ava Gardner here (who I believe pulled off the “fierce bitch” look with the best of ’em). I love this.

  • princessricky

    the shoes from the look book are fierce!

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I can’t be bitchy or too critical to her, she looks like the coolest gal on Earth. I wish I had a BFF like Megan, or at least half as fabulous and fun as she is.

  • Imasewsure

    I hate peplum but she looks amazing

  • GillianHolroyd

    Now see I think it’s the gathered halter neckline that doesn’t jibe with the peplum.

  • teensmom99

    Not sure how many people could carry this off.

  • RedRaven617

    A shorter skirt would balance the peplum better I think.

    • Lilak

      If the wearer is built like an arrow, I think the length works pretty well. If she has a suggestion of hip-and-thigh (even as slender as JP is), I agree that a hem adjustment would improve the balance.

  • kimmeister

    She really does have those curved Barbie feet!

    That lip color is amazing on her. She should wear it all the time.

  • Navy is her color. I’m usually left cold towards her, but not this time.

  • Pennymac

    She’s on my celebrity irrational hate list. But I have to admit, she looks damn good here.
    *Gimme those shoes* grab hands

  • random_poster

    This is a great look for her.

  • carpediva

    This is my favorite look from her ever; LOVE the hair.

  • The color is fantastic on her – I never realized how green her eyes were!

  • I like this look for her, including the makeup.

  • crash1212

    I love this. Quite possibly the best she’s ever looked to my eye. She’s so pretty with softer hair and make-up.

  • Too long, and I hate the namby-pamby lip color, but other than that, I do like it,

  • Jacquelyn

    I think she looks fantastic!

  • Everything here is working.

  • decormaven

    She’s pulling this off! I’d love to have seen a cuff or bangle, just for a little more sparkle. Nothing too showy, just a touch.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Her personal style leanings always have me staring at her like she’s the animated Aeon Flux come to life. She’s so entrenched in my head as Megan Draper but I wonder if she really could pull a calculating, predatory, rebel spy dominatrix out of her if they ever try another live-action adaptation. She certainly has the features and the vibe on red carpets.

  • melanie0866

    I just can’t get on board with this new hem length. It’s so AGING. On everyone! Please, please, designers, go shorter, go longer, but go somewhere besides here.

  • Trickytrisha

    She’s always a bit scary looking for me. I guess the severity that TLo talks about is why, plus I don’t watch the show. She’s gorgeous here (love the dress on her), but when I see her, I can’t get the idea of her as the witch in Hansel and Gretel out of my mind – a very glamorous, beautiful witch.

  • mickiemonkey

    She is a great beauty and she has perfect shoulders. Old school. Nothing girly, just womanly.

  • LadyLuck777

    She looks like a naughty Paula Prentiss to me.

  • Scoop

    I am sooooo sick of peplums but…. she looks sharp and chic here, a bit Ava Gardner, no?

  • She looks really pretty and elegant here.

  • marlie

    I like this, EXCEPT I hate that rectangle of fabric at the waist of her dress. It’s so unnecessary.