IN or OUT: Saoirse Ronan in Peter Pilotto at the British Independent Film Awards

Posted on December 10, 2013

With all the bitching we’ve been doing lately about ladystars dressing like it’s springtime in December, we feel like we should harrumph and wag our fingers all over the place at the sight of this dress. But we don’t object to its as much as you’d think (if you actually wasted time thinking about such things). Walk with us.



Saoirse Ronan attends the 2013 British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market in London, England in a Peter Pilotto dress paired with Nicholas Kirkwood sandals.

Peter Pilotto Spring 2014 Collection


On the one hand, it reminds us of stained glass and she’d be on our short list of starlets capable of making a stained glass dress look unique and chic. We like the play of bright colors underneath the black – and we’re grateful that it’s not a traditional widow’s weed black lace. On the other hand,  that skirt’s just a little cray and she’s wearing the dreaded naked December shoe. We’re torn in all sorts of directions, darlings. Sort it out for us.

Bitter Kittens make the call:

IN! Pretty girl, pretty dress. Let’s not overthink things. 

OUT! Cheesey hotel wallpaper!


Don’t forget to show your work. In other judgmental and opinionated news, all y’all felt no love for Miss Gabrielle Union’s teal prom dress and voted it OUT.




[Photo Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • Diego!

    IN, but barely. Not only is a springtime dress but also her shoes are way too open for December.

    • judybrowni

      Dress goes a bit lampshade below the waist, could be shorter, but still cute.

  • teensmom99

    IN–as you say, pretty girl, pretty dress and I’d add with a little oomph to it. Of course, hair could use some something done to it.

  • gabbilevy

    That’s a tricky shape of a skirt, but the naked shoes work for the dress and I think the color and pattern are going a long way to off-set any awkwardness of the shape. IN.

  • Judy_S

    IN. I vote this the best use of black lace ever. Plus she looks very pretty.

  • Julie Chase

    In. I just wish she had worn pumps and done something with her hair.

    • rosanegra

      I agree.

    • mickiemonkey

      Yup. Great dress, unfortunate shoes and sad hair.

  • PastryGoddess


    Lowercase due to the deployment of naked shoes in December. But if you’re going to do lace, then this is the way to do it

  • bellafigura1

    IN, but she’s young and fresh and could have rocked the shorter version, which would have given it an edge. And yeah, shoes, ugh.

    • kimmeister

      I think that is the shorter version, she’s just not eleventy feet tall like a model.

    • boweryboy

      Or perhaps it’s the same version but she’s too short to pull it off?

      • bellafigura1

        Surely they tailor to the wearer! I doubt it’s off the rack.

        • boweryboy

          It would be off the runway for sure. I don’t know how the tailoring part of runway dresses works, but one would think they would tailor it her body. On the otherhand I’ve seen photos of ladystars wearing dresses with hasty hems and poorly pinned cleavage so it may not always be the case.

        • Not on borrowed dresses, it seems.

  • Town

    I will say OUT because she looks like she’s been standing outside in the South on a steamy July day.

  • In. I love the dress, but I want some zhuzh to her hair.

  • HM3

    OUT. The hair (and shoes) killed the entire look. Love the dress. What a shame…

  • Synnamin

    IN. WOW. I am seriously intrigued by that overlay.

  • gsk241

    No need to ask too many questions – IN!

  • moppet

    I wish the skirt were shaped on Saoirse as it is on the model; high in front, lower in the back. I think it might have eliminated the widening effect that it seems to have on her. And I wish she could have zhuzhed her hair up a bit. But the lace is fab. She’s so cute. How is she as an actress? I haven’t seen her movies.

    • fursa_saida

      I’ve only seen her in one movie (Hanna), but in that I thought she was fantastic.

  • JulieK

    Out, the bottom of the skirt is too lampshade-crazy.

  • kimmeister

    When I see Peter Pilotto, I am already expecting to hate it. What a pleasant surprise! It’s actually a pretty cool little dress. Small in. I dislike the nakedness of the shoe less than the big honking ankle strap.

    • boweryboy

      I’m with you with Peter Pilotto. He’s slowly creeping his way up my Are You Fucking Kidding Me? designer hate list. Raf Simons is at the top with Stella McCartney a very, very close second.

      • Blair Sylvester

        poor Raf he has outfugged Stella? Way harsh Tai

        • Sarah

          Poor everybody who has to sport Raf’s designs. Harshness warranted 😉

        • boweryboy

          They’re neck and neck at this point.

      • ankali

        Don’t forget Hedi Slimane!

        • boweryboy

          Oh, I haven’t forgotten about him. Trust. He’s so bad no one wears or even talks about Yves St. Laurent (I refuse to call it “St Laurent”).

    • filmcricket

      That was my instant reaction to the title: “Oh no.” But this one’s not as much of a muchness as usual, is it? I think it should get a small ‘in’ just for that fact alone.

    • Lilah

      I was totally surprised I like a Peter Pilotto as well. Personally, I’m ok with the nakedness of the shoe. I think it works with the dress. IN!

  • MilaXX

    IN! I think this could have also worked with tights & booties, but if I ignore the fact that it’s December, this is cute.

    • Anplica Fiore

      Ooh,tights & booties really would have made this pop. But good enough for me as an IN too. Cute dress indeed!!

  • boweryboy

    OUT. Pretty girl in an ugly dress and ungainly shoes.

  • frannyprof

    OUT. Hair & makeup say “sweaty yoga class.”

  • BayTampaBay

    IN! I rather like it. Wish she had done something to her hair.

  • marlie

    IN. I like the stained-glass effect, though I wish the skirt wasn’t quite so wide. And the shoes don’t bother me. Her makeup is pretty and appropriate for such a busy dress, but I wish her hair wasn’t so casual.

  • Louisa White

    I think it would’ve been in for me if she’d brushed her hair. OUT

  • housefulofboys

    Sorry, out. Her hair looks like she just rolled out of bed; the shoes aren’t appropriate either for the season or the dress…or her legs; and I just can’t get behind the bell-shaped skirt. Fabric is interesting, but not enough to make it an in.

  • E2_Remote

    IN! I shouldn’t like that she looks like a walking Tiffany lamp, but I do. Wish she’d gone with some crazy frizzed out hair, maybe Effie Trinket-lite, instead of the wan locks she’s got here.

  • another_laura

    Sorry, out. Not a sin against nature or anything, but I dislike the lace border at the bottom, they should have kept the shape at the bottom, and the dress is making her look thick. Oh and yes, those shoes.

  • Sarah

    Out, for hair (sad) skirt (cray) shoes (wrong) and lining doesn’t go all the way down (dammit!). I do think the fabric/lace effect is pretty, but it’s still a no.

  • M. H. Leader

    I’ll give her an IN for everything above the ankles. The unusual colors of the dress are interesting and eye-catching. The shoes…ick. The ankle-straps are too heavy and the shoes too naked for December. So MOSTLY IN.

  • carnush

    Ugly dress, flat hair. OUT.

  • lalahartma

    In! I like it, surprisingly.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Out. High neckline and wide skirt are fighting against her shape.

  • MoHub

    Don’t know whether it’s the shape and pattern of the skirt, but it looks as if it’s pulling across the belly.

  • Lori

    In. I don’t love it. The lining should go all the way down and she should have brushed her hair and worn different shoes. I still like the rest of it enough that I’m willing to give it to her.

  • hughman

    The dress looks like a Tiffany desk lamp.

    • another_laura

      The dress WISHES it looked like a Tiffany desk lamp.

  • Jennifer L.

    In – I don’t know if it’s just her, but I can really appreciate the play with proportions/movement in the skirt. While the shoes are naked, at least they’re black.

    And also, it’s SAOIRSE!

  • Clueless_Jock

    In, even though she looks like a Tiffany lamp.

  • She’s not working it like the model, but I won’t hold that against her. Gorgeous dress. In!

  • Introspective

    the dress shows a rare bit of restraint for pilotto and it really does flatter her figure and plays up well against those eyes. i like more about this than i don’t like. so in with a small i.

  • LipstickForPigs

    I *just* colored my hair and it looks better than this one on a red carpet. (if you’re anything like me you know that the “day of” hair color is the least attractive and hardest to control) Also,what is that neckline and why is it trying to eat her face? Out.

  • Rebekah B

    I dig it. IN.

  • msdamselfly


  • Cheryl

    In….it’s pretty, and I like the unusual shape.

  • In but only because I loved the dress. it feels a bit overwhelming on her.

  • Anne Elise

    IN. So in. Her name means ‘freedom’ in Irish Gaelic. I can’t possibly vote her out.

  • barbarienne

    I know it’s a spring collection dress, but the dark overlay and stained-glass theme make me think “cathedral” which is close enough to “Christmas” for me. If the overlay were pastel, that would be completely wrong.

    She’s the right kind of gamine for this dress: young, and cute without being cutesy.

    The shoes are seasonally wrong, but work with this dress.

    Lukewarm IN from me.

  • lunchcoma

    Out. I like the color and the pattern, but the shape is just too awkward and she’s not bringing enough attitude for such an oddball dress.

  • SRQkitten

    In. Love the stained glass effect and think it looks better with the adjusted hem. Elliptical hems are moving up on my hate list edging in on illusion netting and exposed zippers (which seem to be fading away, no?)

    • sweetlilvoice

      I hate exposed zippers too, I always think of badly designed PR looks….I’ve refused to buy exposed zippered garments on that principle alone.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Mostly In. I love the colours. And she’s so very pretty. The bottom of that skirt is hella awkward and weird though.

    What is up with all of the naked/Jennifer Aniston strappy shoes on the red carpets lately.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    IN, even though I object to the naked shoes and bare arms in December. It is a pretty dress and it looks good on her.

  • lrober03

    IN, love the pattern, but not the shape.

  • Glam Dixie

    It looks SO MUCH BETTER on the model that it’s making me hate it on her. I don’t think that is her dress and the shoes are a big no as well. Out.

  • In_Stitches

    I like the dress and she, but she completely dropped the ball from the neck up. That’s a dramatic dress that demands dramatic war paint and serious hair, neither of which she is bringing to the table. OUT.

  • rkdgal

    Unseasonality+limp hair+naked shoe+sheer lampshade bottom=OUT

  • Elizabeth Neale

    In! She just looks pretty.

  • DTLAFamilies

    This is a woulda, coulda, shoulda, but not quite right. Bad hair is really bad. Naked shoe is killing the bottom. OUT.

  • Kate4queen

    In, I can’t believe I’m saying that but it sort of works on her.

  • Emily Brehob

    I’d like it more if the hem actually seemed to know exactly where it wanted to be, but it’s still an in from me.

  • formerlyAnon

    Just barely squeaking in. The shape of the skirt (or something, I’m blaming the skirt) is giving the impression that she’s just a tad short and stocky. Which is NOT the case. I like the dress otherwise and the shoes work with it. Even if she wanted her hair down, she might have done more there, but a barely in kind of an in, nonetheless.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Love it, an in for me. Colors are beautiful in the dress. As for dressing like it’s spring/summer in December, maybe all these celebs are going to really warmly heated places? My office is overly warm and I’ve been wearing short sleeves or sleeveless for months. And we have a lot of snow outside too. It’s rather comical.

  • Emily Smith

    In, unique and pretty!

  • Imasewsure

    Tepid In because the dress works well enough even if I don’t love the lace. The shoes I hate. And her hair looks awful

  • LaSylphide

    Fabric great; bodice ok; skirt awkward; hair a total mess; shoes wrong for season. Overall a marginal out. So easily could have been better.

  • MzzPants

    The hair is flat. The makeup: unpolished. The dress is awkward. And the shoes are all wrong. OUT.

  • MissFern

    I like the dress but how on earth is it making that tiny girl look huge?

  • somebody blonde

    In. She looks great.

  • Nancer

    Out. Just because that skirt is flaring out like crazy, not flattering. Designers, EDIT yourselves! Remember, women wear these things, it’s not just an art project!

  • Haley Buchanan

    In! Despite the fact that it’s from a Spring collection, I don’t get much “spring” from it at all. The black overlay gives it some heaviness and the colors seem seasonally appropriate for December. Also, it’s a pretty girl in a pretty dress, that’s just enough off the beaten bath to be interesting.

    • Qitkat

      I agree. In for me also. I am not crazy about the central panel which has the white background, it stands out a little bit too much, but not enough to vote down. Love the lace.

  • ojosazules

    I just don’t like anything about this. Not horrible, but out.

  • Jangle57

    Bad shoes, bad hair, kinda like the dress but London in December? I think I just talked myself into making this an OUT

  • kcnitch

    In- she looks cute.

  • MaggieMae

    OUT. And seriously, isn’t the surprise scroll down one of the most things about this site? I mean, really, it’s often WHAAT?!

    Although, puh-lease, it’s Peter Pilotto, I should’ve known the likelihood of the car flying off the track.

  • bookish

    I’m going with an IN, because I love the top of the dress so much. It’s close to a scroll down fug for me, though…I really don’t like the bottom of the skirt.

  • Laura Renee

    IN. The skirt works for me, and the black offsets the spring-y colors.

  • Pepper Collins

    BUT. The hem of the dress need to be shorter like it is on the model and she needs better shoes.

  • decormaven

    Dress is IN; hair is OUT. I’ve seen better hair on eighth graders waiting for the bus.

  • Janet B

    Hair, skirt length, and shoes are all wrong.
    That dress, in London, in December? No.

  • Trickytrisha

    A barely IN. If the hem had been the same as the model’s and her hair less limp, then it would have been and enthusiastic IN. The shoes I can live with.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I like it. I’m going with IN.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Scroll down horror. The bodice gave me such high hopes. OUT.

  • Noah

    In, but that all December naked shoes can proceed to the garbage.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the print, but not the shape or the shoes. In, because in doubt, accept difference.

  • Sunshine16

    Hmm, I’ve gotta give her an OUT. The limp hair, off season shoes, unflattering neckline & weird flared bottom outweigh the coolness of the pattern for me.

  • Kelly

    Hmm. I’m torn, but I have to say, “out.” Reasons: 1) flat, unstyled hair; 2) ankle straps that look like manacles and give her stubby legs; 3) an overall shape that looks stiff and unflattering; 4) the black lace bottom that looks like an afterthought — “uh, oh, we need to lengthen the skirt, but we don’t have any of the original fabric left.” But I do like bright colors under black.

  • Kathy

    In. Her hair needs work, and I agree with others that booties would have been great with this. Still, the overall look is good.

  • StarburstLady

    I love it unabashedly. I would wear that dress instantly, stiff skirt notwithstanding.

  • crash1212

    IN. Because I love this dress and I think she looks perfect in it. The shoes are giving me a rash though. This would’ve been a WERQ for me without the naked shoe.

  • LeelaST

    IN! The hem doesn’t seem as hi-low as it does on the model & the color effect is so pretty. The shoes fit the dress, could easily be a Summer look too.

  • IN – I think it’s unique and fun. But I agree with you, the shoes are awful. Also not enjoying her hair.

  • mjude

    NO. I am cold & I am sick of seeing spring clothes

  • Jenna Marie

    In, only because I can’t find a valid argument for an out.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I can’t believe I’m saying this because I usually despise this designer, but this is an IN. She looks chic and appropriate. The hair needs better styling and there’s a woeful lack of decent accessories.

  • Aidan B

    IN for doing something with lace that’s NOT cutouts. It stands out and it’s pretty.

  • crt

    in, but only after weighing its merits against a tiffany lampshade

  • Warmheartedgirl_Seattle

    I’d give it an in. I like the dress, she’s pretty, whatever. In.

  • Annarosa

    sorry, out.

  • I rather like this……IN.

  • conniemd

    IN because it’s only a partly crazy Peter Pilotto dress. It’s rather pretty and so is she despite the time of year issues.

  • jw_ny


    I’ve many issues with her hair and shoes, but I really like the dress. The white panel in the front kind of bugs me tho. It reminds me of those pictures you fill in the panels with markers, and she didn’t finish coloring it in…

  • VFinn

    OUT. I hate the stiffness of the skirt. It looks ridiculous. I like the idea of the stained glass effect, but a soft hemline — or something more tailored, reminiscent of a shift dress — would have been much prettier. Toward the bottom, this looks like a crafty, $25-on-Etsy lampshade. Which is not good, unless you have a thing for that. The shoes: ugh. So over this stupid style.

  • OUT. It stumpifies her, and this is not a stumpy individual. I do love the colors on her, but they’re not enough to rescue this look.

  • Pretty. IN.

  • Jacob Bowen

    OUT. Awful skirt, and the colors underneath remind me of my fall color plaid shirts.

  • Constant Reader

    She’s young and pretty and that’s what this dress needs. IN.

  • mdcoon127

    OUT – hair should have been washed too

  • Michael_Jones

    In. I like the dress (apart from the hem), and I think she looks pretty (with cold toes).

  • Lorelei_D


  • pugluv

    Out..the look, from the flat hair to the belled out skirt look unbalanced and awkward. She is a BEAUTIFUL girl but this dress does her no favors.

  • israel8491

    IN – hem is weird but it is a beautiful dress and she’s making it work. Hair is boring.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    i think she’s out. not so much because of the pattern, but because of the stiff shape of the dress.

  • Samantha

    It does look a little like a weird lampshade but I oddly like it. IN

  • demidaemon

    Hmm, well this is the most stripped down PP dress I have ever seen. On first look, I didn’t immediately hate it. Always a good thing. I think, if she had paired this with tights and a different shoe, it would be an unequivocal IN. As is, I kind of like it. The color blocking is good. My only quibbles are the lace shit on the bottom and the shoes. So, IN, with some reservations.

  • Maya


  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT. FUG.

  • Fred Vaughn

    IN, but should’ve accessorized a slight more (and went with a different shoe)

  • TOTALLY IN. I love this, and I think it’s totally Christmas. Pretty and stylish.

  • Bernadette

    I think its the shoes, a solid pump or bootie would have made this work…. In w/ reservations.

  • Reality TV Casting

    this just would have worked gangbusters on vampire-chick-who-needs-a-little-edge nina… but on saoirse, the colors are a little grotesque and her limp, brassy hair is NOT doing her any favors…. OUT

  • didgerdoni

    At least it’s shaped like a Christmas tree? But no, sorry, it’s an OUT. I get a general sense of irritation every time I look at it and try to figure out why I don’t like it. How’s that for thoughtful analysis?

  • altalinda

    Eh, although she made an effort, it looks like she didn’t. No to stringy, uncombed hair! Out.

  • mila_8

    In! It has a certain heaviness to it that doesn’t make me think spring. That’s weird she kept so close to the runway shoe.

  • Nicole Walraven

    out? i think out, but just barely. a narrower cut on the skirt, and something a little more flashy on the feet and I think this could have been okay. i do like the lace over colour thing going on, although i maybe wish the colours were a little richer. in current form its not doing much for me, or her.

  • Joanie

    IN! The coloring of the dress at least lends itself to the season. Maybe different shoes would be nicer, but I can’t complain too much because she looks lovely

  • ankali

    OUT for the stiff belled shape of the skirt. I might have been able to get on board with this if it had been a sheath instead of an A-line.

  • CatherineRhodes

    IN. I like that she lengthened it — the model’s version has the crazy hemline. All she needs is a sassy cashmere cardy and it’s perfect for a December event.

  • heuristicvalue

    I mean…my hair looks better than that on the daily, and I can’t “do” hair. Wtf. She looks pretty otherwise. In…I GUESS.

  • Bailey Debruynkops

    I love that dress. but I despise naked shoes much, much more. OUT

  • IraKi

    IN because she took a risk, she looks cute, the dress suits her and she looks HEALTHY! Not too skinny or anything like that. (Hair, make up and shoes …just no)

  • Kent Roby

    “In” by the slightest of margins, mainly because it’s different.

  • Andrea Lentz

    IN the stained glass thing is cool

  • Out. Because Pilotto.

  • lesmaha

    Out. That stiff skirt is making my eyelids twitch.

  • raeb23

    In…she looks great even though she must have been freezing!

  • ThesisMonkey

    I like the dress, but it’s making her look short. Maybe just in comparison to the model version, but still. Have to go with OUT.

  • It looks so heavy, and yet it also looks like the intent is to be light.