Lea Michele on the Set of “Glee”

Posted on November 18, 2013

This outfit is both a little ridiculous and so perfect for her that we think she should dress like this constantly.



Lea Michele spotted filming scenes for her show “Glee” in downtown Los Angeles, California.

She’s America’s Theater Geek Sweetheart and she looks better when she doesn’t try to fight that in her personal style. Not that we think she should dress like her Glee character (because Rachel’s wardrobe is still supposed to be a joke), but this kind of “young gal in the city with a dream” drag suits her so much better than all that sexy-sexy stuff she tries to pull off.





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  • Jessica Freeman

    I dislike from the thigh down…love from the thigh up.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      When I saw those shoes I was reminded of that quote from Friends…

      Monica: Wait. He pooped in my shoe? Which one?

      Rachel: I don’t know. The left one.

      Monica: Which ones?

      Rachel: Oh. Oh, those little clunky Amish things you think go with everything.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Ms. Berry loves her a beret, doesn’t she? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • RussellH88

    She works so much better as the quirky wannbe than the vampy siren.

    Lea, listen to TLo, they know what’s best for you.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Totally agree-this kind of look really does work for her.

  • Diego!

    She looks gorgeous!!! I agree she should wear this on the street not only for Glee. Lovely outfit!

  • Danielle

    I love the sweater, but that skirt is a little too short for anyone who isn’t Lea Michele.

  • Latin Buddy

    I know they’re impractical but speaking as a gay man (I’m not sexualizing her), I LOVE those thigh high socks? They’re aesthetically pleasing with an A-line skirt like that.

    • mshesterp

      I think they’re adorable, and can see myself rocking the whole look…around my house. I’m 35–i’m too old for that! But she looks super cute.

      • Sarah

        37 and not too old for that, although skirts must go down past the top o’ the socks. A tasteful slit is okay, though.

    • Anna Vasquez

      Only for the firm-thighed. If I wore socks like that, my legs would look like a chef’s toque. I would have thigh muffin top. And it would not be “all that.”

      • girlsaturday

        I’m in your boat – providing my calves don’t turn them into knee-highs first.

        • kimmeister

          Got room for me in that boat?

    • mixedupfiles

      It doesn’t need to be a cutesy or overly-sexualized look, it can be more punk.

      Does anyone remember Melanie (?) on Thirtysomething?

  • marlie

    This is fine for her character, but I’d like to see just a little bit more length on the skirt, and maybe actual tights and not thigh-highs, for this to transition to the “real world.” Also, I had those shoes in 2000.

    • Shannon Beamer

      I had those shoes too- in burgundy! I thought I was fabulous.

    • CakesOnAPlane

      I know they’re dated, but I think prefer those chunky shoes to the current hoof-stiletto nonsense. I hope y’all forgive me, but that is my Truth.

      • marlie

        My ideal shoe is somewhere in between. I love heels, but I’m too tall for platforms, and I like a somewhat thick (but not clunky) heel.

        • Amber J

          Born brand is your friend, in that case. They have a lot of shoes that fit that description.

          • marlie

            I love their boots, but I actually like a slightly more “dressy” heel. Born shoes are a little TOO safe for me. 😉

      • CakesOnAPlane

        by the way “that is my Truth,” should be read in the voice of the Dutch lady from that Thanksgiving episode of Friends.

    • julnyes

      I have seen countless 20-somethings around New York wearing this exact look.

  • Lea Michele IS Cher Horowitz.

    • Danielle

      I’ve wanted a computer program that matched all my clothes in my rotating closet for YEARS. If I ever hit the lottery, I’ll get one and have TLo program it.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        You’ll be asked four times if, for real, really, are you sure you want nude shoes?

    • fursa_saida

      …the terrifying thing is that now that you’ve said that, I think she would actually be a brilliant Cher Horowitz if someone remade it (for some unfathomable, unnecessary reason, as Clueless is perfect).

      • She would be (although as you say, it is perfect and they shouldn’t). I think she could do the goofy stuff really well.

  • hughman

    And now we move into the “What’s Up Doc?” stage of the Barbra homage.

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” *blink blink blink*
      “That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard.”

      • sagecreek

        It really is one of my favorite movies, even after all this time.

        Don’t you know the meaning of propriety?

        • AnguaVonUberwald

          Me too! “What are you doing with Howard Bannister’s rocks??” Madeline Kahn is amazing in it.

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  • decormaven

    I love the thigh-highs with this look. Work it while you can, girl.

    • sagecreek

      Is it just me? I have never been able to wear thigh-highs. Not when I was thin, not now that I’m not thin. They just never stayed up. I guess I didn’t buy the right ones.

      • They never worked on me either – the silicon band around the top used to leave terrible welts that lasted for days.

      • kittentoes

        Me neither. They start out great, and then suddenly they flop wildly and roll down.

        • kimmeister

          It’s so awesome when you have on one thigh high, and one anklet.

      • Alloy Jane

        Nope, never really stayed up on me either. I remember I was at Panty Raid and saw these super cute thigh highs and asked the sales girl if she knew how well they stood up. She was all, “why wouldn’t they?” so I bought them on her assurance that they would stay thigh-bound. They did not. Not even a little. They stayed knee-high at best. I never went back there again.

  • nannypoo

    I would love this if she were wearing tights. These stockings make her look like a hooker.

  • Lesley

    it’s very modern day cher horowitz (clueless) that’s a thumbs up where i’m concerned.

  • sojourneryouth

    She’s one of the few adult women who can pull a look like this off, and I admire finding your zone and staying in it. I do not enjoy her as a celebrity, but she should own this outfit in every color that looks good on her skin. Including the slouchy beret.

  • Imasewsure

    I’m seeing the fashion equivalent of moxie and gumption….

    Kind of digging it and much preferred to the sexy-time drag she usually tries to sport….

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  • Kate

    are those new lips? I like the outfit but all I see are puffy lips.

  • MK03

    That Girl on top, Japanese schoolgirl on the bottom.

  • SewingSiren

    Mary Tyler Moore realness.

  • I love the blending of ash gray with mustards – it has a taste. Do not think about the sentence too literally.

  • unbornfawn

    She looks fun and pretty. This is her wheelhouse.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    This is cute on her! It’s very “Rachel Berry Grows Up a Bit”.

  • MilaXX

    It’s cute but it read more Rachel Berry than Lea Michelle. Dump the skirt for a pair of skinny jeans and I’m on board.

  • Qitkat

    I wanted to quote from the “That Girl” lyrics, but they’re just awful and schmaltzy.
    Marlo Thomas updated. Really cute here on Lea.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    So fetch.

  • girlsaturday

    I think this is proof that Lea Michele needs to start hanging out with Taylor Swift.

  • hillmad

    Lea Michele IS Rhoda Morgenstern! Love it!

  • snarkykitten

    Those tights take it to Hooker with a Heart of Gold territory

  • another_laura

    Oh MAN do I love those shoes.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Agree. She comes off better as a cutie than as a hottie. I love this on her. It’s adorable but still sexy.

  • crash1212

    LOVE the skirt and long for her to toss her hat into the sky a la Mary Richards. You’re gonna make it after all!

    • Eric Stott

      That was my first thought!

  • cakecakecake

    I covet that skirt!

  • gksp

    Other than the cute beret, it’s horrible! Not a good look for anyone over 17 (or a model)

  • broke&fashionable

    I can’t believe I am saying this – but I love these thigh-highs on her. They somehow don’t read stripper. This is a great look.

    • sweetestsith

      I think it helps that she has tons of texture in her outfit, and some volume in the top and skirt. She looks adorable, and it kind of makes me want to go shopping…

  • Kent Roby

    Good god, is that show still on? I guess there’s a child in some remote village who hasn’t gotten the don’t-bully-or-text-while-driving-while-pregnant message yet. Ugh. But anyhoo, this outfit does seem suited to Lea’s character. Much like SJP’s outfits in Sex in The City, quirky looks seem to work best for her.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Is Glee set in NYC?

    • Kent Roby

      I assume by now all the original cast members are supposed to be retired seasoned Broadway Stars who teach tap classes and write memoires of working with Chita Rivera

  • mightbewrong

    It’s cute but way too modcloth-model.

  • I can’t hate. She looks completely adorable. She’s managed to dial down the desperate by about 1000% while wearing *lacy thigh highs and a mini* – well done.

    • Eric Stott

      I agree – Adorable is the right word to use here. It manages to be both eclectic and cohesive.

  • tweety

    This smacks of Blair Waldorf-lite gone wrong. NEXT.

  • Heather

    It’s kind of like Cher Horowitz meets That Girl. In other words, cute for her.

  • murt

    That outfit looks very similar to what girls in my grade 8 classes would wear back in high school.

  • Alloy Jane

    Super cute look. Hate the shoes though. I have no idea why people don’t like thigh highs. This is more, “barely legal catholic school girl” than hooker. Street hookers don’t wear knit socks, even if they are thigh high.