Saoirse Ronan in Mary Katrantzou at the How I Live Now Premiere

Posted on September 12, 2013

Hmmm. We had hopes that this one was going to be a budding Tilda or Cate, but it doesn’t quite seem to be working out that way.


Saoirse Ronan at the premiere of “How I Live Now” during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in a Mary Katrantzou dress from the Fall 2013 collection.

But that’s horribly unfair of us, of course. No teenager should be expected to have a style sense as advanced and well-presented as those of two of the most stylish women of a generation several decades older than her. She definitely seems to have a nascent interest in fashion and presenting herself well, a la Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, and Kiernan Shipka. And like those other girls, a lot of her efforts have been impressive and memorable. But she seems to be developing a tendency toward fussiness in her looks; a sense that everything’s being overthought. That dress could be quite cute on her, but the makeup, hair, and especially the shoes are all fighting with it. Hard. The result is a little on the frumpy side. A clean face, blown out hair and simpler shoes, lighter in color, would have pulled this together nicely.

But she’s still a teenager, so she’s figuring it out, like most of us did. We lay the blame on her stylist’s feet here.




[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/]

    • Kiltdntiltd

      That dress looks remarkably like the drop cloth from my last painting project. Hmmmmm I had wondered where it had gotten to.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        Ahahahahahaha! Thank you for my morning cackle, kind sir!

    • foodycatAlicia

      Those shoes are awful – as they came into view I thought she was doing socks & maryjanes, which would actually have been cuter. I’d quite like to see this but with a strapless version of the dress. I think the high neck is not quite right and distracts from her beautiful face.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        Strapless was my first thought, too! Would be super cute on her.

      • Frank_821

        At least take away the sleeves. They make the dress look dowdy

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

      I like the dress. But who thought ace bandages on her feet were a good idea?

      • shirab

        Ace bandages could be right. Me, my first thought was “spats.”

        • Heather

          Spats always make me think of Babar.

      • tereliz


    • ChaCha_70

      Her beauty is striking.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      The shoes take this whole look into ‘pwecious’ territory, and that’s never a good thing.

    • SewingSiren

      The dress and shoes are perfection as far as I’m concerned. It does seem a little more like the taste of the stylist than the client, though.

    • MilaXX

      I would love to see those shoes with a menswear inspired pants suit.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Yes – great little nod to spats.

      • Tom and Lorenzo


    • Introspective

      To her mua: let her eyes do the heavy lifting, and dont let the rest of her face fight with their beauty.

      and goodness, quit it with the too red lips. it makes her look like a teenager trying to look old by raiding mama’s makeup case.

      dress is a meh. styling is a fail.

      • Bridget Smith

        This heavy make-up achieves the unfortunate trick of making her face look ordinary. Like Tilda & Cate, she has a strange, ethereal beauty that’s best served by leaning into the strangeness rather than painting over it. The face in these photos is quite pretty, but it’s not Saoirse Ronan’s best face.

        • Introspective

          exactly! nail on the head…

    • Laura Grai

      Those shoes, ughhh! At first glance I legitimately thought she had ace bandages wrapped around her feet.

    • NurseEllen

      I lay the blame at her feet, period. Those shoes are an abomination to eyes everywhere….a cross between Mary Janes and spats.

    • Karen Belgrad

      Sweetie, don’t try and change the printer cartridge in couture.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      … didn’t she just wear this dress a few days ago???

    • annabelle archer

      Dear, you have smudge on your frock.

      Let’s see…
      Lose the sheer overlay completely. Burn the shoes and find some strappy sandals. Shake out the hair.
      There….isn’t that much better?

    • Jessica Freeman

      Her face is flawless, I’ll give her that. The shoes are obviously problematic, as is the hair, but I think some sort of belt to break up the print would have helped.

    • MissMariRose

      I don’t understand Mary Katrantzou. There, I said it.

      • majorbedhead

        I don’t either.

      • quiltrx

        Me either, but sometimes I like it anyway.

    • LaSylphide

      Looks like she’s been taking RC posing lessons from Carey Mulligan.

    • MoHub

      Spats are back?

    • TigerLaverada

      Crikey, that’s some fugly footwear. She either needs to fire her stylist or hire one, if she did this to herself.

    • Jacquelyn

      The shoes are killing me. She does look rather frumpy.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Completely agree about everything fighting for attention. The dress is kinda fabulous, actually.

    • 3boysful

      Lovely face. Hideous dress. HEINOUS shoes.

    • sagecreek

      Looks like she spilled her coffee in the limo.

    • kingderella

      i just dont like this dress very much.
      admittedly, the colours go very well with her complexion, and i like the prude-chic collar.
      i like the fresh face with the dramatic lip.
      the shoes look like something emma watson would wear, and i hate watsons red carped style, as talented an actress as she is.

    • Kent Roby

      I definitely find the makeup the biggest offense here; it certainly does cheapen and age the effect of the dress (which is a tough look to pull off in the first place). I’m even fine with the idea of the spat shoes for wearing something a bit different, but them being so matchy to the dress makes them really wrong here as well. I would pair these shoes with a skinny pant, and only wear them one time.

    • crash1212

      Love the dress. Love the shoes. Just not together.

    • fauxprah

      who used the organza when changing the car’s oil?

    • Bridget Smith

      I think her demeanor here is adorable, but as she grows out of teenager-dom, I sort of want to make her do laps with a book on her head: it’s not really for posture (hers is fine anyway), but it teaches you how to glide.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Wow, where to start? Too much. None of it good.

    • SugarSnap108

      Those. Shoes. My god, what are they? It looks like they took an orthopedic insert and tacked it to the top of the shoe instead. Make it go away.

    • majorbedhead

      I like those shoes. Not with that dress, but I think they’re kind of funky.

    • nyazgirl


    • Katesymae

      Megahiddy. All of it. Those shoes need to burn in hell.

    • marlie

      I LOATHE those shoes with this dress. Chang out the shoes for something less fussy, and then MAYBE we have something we can work with (and make her hair a little less fly away-ish).

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I like the style of the dress but hate the print.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      love the girl, love the dress, hate the lipstick!