Julia Roberts in Stella McCartney on David Letterman

Posted on December 16, 2013

We think this may be the first time we’ve ever considered subjecting a coat to an “IN or OUT” vote.


Julia Roberts at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City for an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” in a Stella McCartney coat paired with Rachel Roy shoes.

But that seems wrong somehow. On the other hand, this coat seems wrong somehow. It’s … old-looking; borderline dowdy. We can see that the color-blocking should be providing visual interest which should be making this pop a little, but it’s just not coming together, to our eyes.  On the other hand, her shoes are super-hot.

So let’s hear it, kittens. Coats are one of those fashion things (like shoes and bags) that garner strong and immediate opinion-forming, we’ve found. We’re pretty sure puh-lenty of y’all love this coat and are about to yell reasons why at us.

And we might as well step in it all the way: that scarf ain’t looking so fresh and modern either.






[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com]

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  • 3boysful

    Well, she’s sure feeding the pregnancy rumors. OUT.

  • I would have loved this coat completely if it had been cut as a swing coat with lots more fullness. it would’ve given the coat a more pronounced conical line, and then the dark fabric up top would’ve made linear sense.

    • PastryGoddess

      It’s Stella McCartney,

      You might as well have been giving suggestions in elvish

      • Aurumgirl

        That explains the characteristic hideousness of the shoes, too.

    • random_poster

      You nailed that one! It’s such a no-brainer that even I, who lacks design and sewing skills, can clearly picture what it would look like. As is, it just looks like an awkward mistake.

      • Coolekat

        Once Kilt said trapeze there it was in my mind. Probably fabulous, too

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      As usual, Kiltd hits the nail on the head. You have such a great eye!

    • StellaZafella

      Joining the fray late, Kiltd, but I register my agreement…I LOVE a swing coat and this isn’t. My first impression was” So THAT”S winter wear on the Starship Enterprise…I didn’t know they had winter on a starship…”
      I know, I know, Star Trek is just a movie!

      I also get what ‘the OTHER’ Stella is doing here: Fucking with our OCD with that JUST SLIGHTLY mismatched point at the zip line.

      • That mismatch is making me crazy. Small enough to look like bad craftsmanship and not enough to look deliberate.

  • Out with the coat, IN with the shoes. Preferably in my closet.

  • PastryGoddess


    That coat needs a belt or something to define the waist

  • Diego!

    Since she is centering the attention in her legs, I don’t care about that baggy coat, which I agree it’s awful and the scar, well, whatever. But her legs look amazing and those shoes look great on her too. Why didn’t she open the coat for the flashes? It’s an OUT anyway.

  • 8daysaweek

    Out. If it were fitted at the waist, I’d be on board!

  • teensmom99

    OUT. Good be good but there’s something off about the tailoring. How surprising is that, BKs?

  • ovarB

    The cut of the coat makes this an OUT. If it just nipped in a little to define an actual body shape it would be an “in.”

  • Haley Buchanan

    Why doesn’t the color blocking line up? It’s making me twitch. OUT for that alone. The shoes are great though, and I love a short coat that shows off the leg like that.

    • epenthesis

      THANK you. If it had buttons I’d say she was off by one and didn’t notice; I don’t know what the excuse is here.

    • ballerinawithagun

      The pattern maker did not take into account where the CF actually is on this coat. The front has to overlap to button so you can’t cut both sides exactly the same. Unfortunately that angle is not meant to work with a closure like this one.
      Flat and boxy.
      Definite OUT.

      • conniemd

        I can see that, but wouldn’t a good designer simply take that version and throw it on the scrap heap and then make one that does line up? I agree with kiltd that it would be better if it would have looked better even fully and rounder as a swing coat. As it is, it’s betwixt and between, either belt it or make it fuller. It’s an initial good concept that never got reworked once it came out flawed.

        • Heather

          A good designer would, yes. But we’re talking Stella McCartney here.

          Lack of alignment making my eyes twitch.

        • ballerinawithagun

          Yes, I totally agree with kiltd (he is the ultimate expert after all) I was just pointing out the obvious to most people who design and sew. This is almost a sample, which may be the case, and they just gave it to her to wear. How unfortunate.

      • kimmeister


        • makeityourself

          Abbreviation for “center front.”

    • sojourneryouth

      Totally agree! It’s not enough of a discrepancy to make it look intentional, so it just looks poorly-constructed. That, and it’s undefined shapelessness makes this mumsy and sad, like most of Stella’s designs. I would cuttabitch for those shoes, though.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      One word answer: Stella.

    • DTLAFamilies

      You know that coat is expensive too, so it’s completely inexcusable.

    • Sweetvegan

      It’s off by just a little. If it were off by a lot, I would say it’s intentional. I have to wonder if it’s the way Julia Roberts is wearing it. It looks like it might have buttons on top. We never get a good look at the bottom hem, to see if maybe the buttons are off (in which case the bottom hem would be uneven).

  • IN. I think it’s eye-catching and edgy, but then it could just be the sunglasses and hot shoes that are setting it off perfectly. Still, I’d love to rock this with skinny jeans and ankle boots. Great NY street wear.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Great colors, awful cut. And damn, lady’s got legs!

  • jspark

    Love the shoes and the coat. She’s doing southerner turned manhattanite.

  • I actually love it. It feels very vintage and late ’50’s. The shoes help that a lot as do the killer Ray Bans. I don’t know, I give it an IN because I think she looks a little Audrey.

  • suzq

    I want to like Stella McCartney. I really do. The shoes are FAB! I like the idea of the coat, but the execution is too stiff and the line in front doesn’t match up for some reason that drives me crazy.

    • myristica_fragrans

      same here. her suits are great, her personal style is cool, and her husband is hot, but that’s all i can say.

  • cocohall

    Is the color blocking intentionally off by an inch on the front? I apparently have a need for those sorts of lines to match up, and my OCD has been activated to the point that I can’t even focus on anything else. I feel like I’m in 7th grade with my sewing project that went inexplicably wrong. Not a good feeling, but Miss Julia seems to be genuinely happy and that goes a long way. I know all the criticisms about her limited acting range, but she does have a glorious smile . . .

  • Lori

    Out, the main problem being that it doesn’t fit correctly and looks like a giant bag.

  • ojosazules

    The shoes make it. In.

  • kirkyo

    Pic 1: Definitely out.
    Pic 2: Hmmm…maybe in?
    Pic 3: Oh hell…I don’t know.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Out, no shape and the fact that the color blocking intentionally does not light up.

  • formerlyAnon

    Urgh. It’s nearly an in, but OUT honestly – there are so many great coats out there, especially when one has money to spend. This one should be cut more trapezoidally and the top points of the two gray panels should not come so close to meeting – there should be a bigger mismatch of the points, so that it looks soundly intentional and not as if it was just a mistake in assembly.

  • queeniethebold

    For me, the shoes, fab as they are, cannot possibly save this look. The coat is awful. The fact that the alignment is off, on top of the coat’s being just a giant sack, is crazy making. Also, why do people with such gorgeous hair revert so often to the cocker spaniel locks? Oy.

  • CatherineRhodes

    That coat is a complete disaster. First of all, it looks like a beginning seamstress made a mistake cutting the fabric and decided to stitch it together anyway. Can’t Stella find another line of work?

    • Aurumgirl

      She is very wealthy, she doesn’t need to work. It would be more than okay if she just stopped.

      • CatherineRhodes

        She’s obviously at the point in her career where she is surrounded by syncophants who are afraid to edit her work. IMHO: The emperor has no clothes, or more precisely, has clothes that are overpriced and poorly designed.

  • Frank_821

    I would give this an out. The shape of the coat is unflattering on her. I’m all for color blocking but this might have been better if the 2 fabrics had been reversed

  • Rhonda Shore

    OUT! The coat looks like a fancy burlap bag.

  • mjmiller

    out. The cut doesn’t look right. Not fitted enuf, not full enuf. The color blocking line is too close at the enclosure – it looks more like a mistake that it doesn’t match, instead of being planned that way. The fabrics/colors are good, and those shoes are amazing.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I think the coat looks okay, but the fact that it’s not buttoned properly and the lines of the point are not coming together really makes my eye twitch. I would give this a minor in.
    ETA: If the coat is purposely designed not to line up properly when buttoned I would give this an out!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Snow on the ground, freezing temperatures and bare legs. This bare leg style is NERTZ in the winter.

    And the coat looks blocky and gives the impression of being poorly made with the points of the tweedy sections not meeting.

  • decormaven

    In, only for the shoes and the great sunnies.

  • Mona_Visa

    Shoes: In.

    Coat: Out. It’s almost okay, but I would never buy a coat that didn’t match up in the front. And oh, if someone gave me a coat like that as a present, I would return it, so… Yeah, definitely out.

  • ralish

    Love those shoes. Must. Find.

  • Gatto Nero

    Stella should have her designer’s license revoked.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    I love tweed! I love colour-blocking! Leave it to Stella McCartney to fuck those up.


  • StarburstLady

    She’s on my irrational hate list, so take this was a grain of salt, but I think it’s shapeless, the color-blocking fails to freshen, and the shoes are trying to be too matchy and not quite getting there. OUT.

  • kipper

    Do lady stars have some different gene that keeps them from getting cold ? Fine you are wearing a coat in cold snowy NYC in December – but you are naked on the bottom – and its been freezing in New York lately…as far as the coat ” meh “…. but out only because there are SO MANY great coats out there.. ( that could even keep you warm…)

    • sagecreek

      True, but she’s walking about 12 feet from the limo to the door, so it’s not like she’s waiting for a bus for half an hour.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I live in Alaska, and I have a friend who had knee surgery and a GIANT brace that she had to wear all winter long. She wasn’t supposed to wear any clothing under it, and almost nothing fit over it. So she wore skirts and bare legs all winter. She said that as long as your core is warm, it’s amazing how much cold you can get away with on bare legs. There you have it. (though to be fair, she wasn’t wearing dress shoes and no hat/gloves).

  • Melody Herman

    I seriously covet those shoes. The coat would have worked better if the color blocking didn’t “V” like it does. should have been a straight line.

  • MilaXX

    I think the coat hangs a little stiff, like a maternity coat. However she has denied being pregnant so I’m going to chalk this up to needing pantyhose or tights. Seriously, it’s frickin cold out and lady celebs are still prancing about barelegged and that is just ridiculous!

  • Judy_S

    The opposite of coat porn. (I’m sure someone else has already said that but I’m saying it again.) One averts one’s eyes for a different reason.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    As I look at these photos again, with incredulity remaining at full force over the bare legs — it’s in the 20s in NYC today, I’ve decided that that the shoes look sort of like sneakers, with that lighter lower section and the black vamp – even more to criticize.

  • Janet B

    Go back to the drawing board on this one.

  • sagecreek

    Ugh. Once you’ve made Julia Roberts look fat, you need to step away from the coat-makin’ biz. Yeah, Stella, I’m talkin’ to you.

  • ThesisMonkey

    OUT because it creates the illusion of a maternity dress. love the shoes.

  • MannahattaMamma

    the angles of tweed don’t line up; it makes her look like she mis-buttoned the coat. maybe bc she was SO FREAKING COLD she couldn’t manipulate the buttons. Except I bet she’s got a hired button manipulator who does things like that for her.

  • alyce1213

    OUT, even before I read it was Stella McCartney.

  • I am going with “IN” on this one. It’s not perfect but would I wear it? In a New York minute. Just call me a sucker for tweed. Oh, and those shoes? I’ll take those, too.

  • bukker


  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Stella tanked it again with that coat. But the shoes are Killah. Out and In.

  • ConnieBV

    Screw you, Stella. Now you’re messing up coats? NO.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I actually like the coat. But then, I AM old and stodgy, so…

  • fringebenefit

    OUT. Ill-fitting, awkward, bad.

  • Miss_Led

    Nothing borderline about it – dowdy, matronly, sack-like: OUT.

  • Ms_Donna

    I will take the shoes and the scarf. I’m ignoring everything else in these pictures. Looking at that color blocking that doesn’t line up makes me twitchy.

  • VicD

    Out. 1) shaped like a square 2) the tailoring doesn’t line up on the front – so distracting 3) too matchy with those shoes

  • LeelaST

    OUT. Don’t like that the pattern doesn’t line up – asymmetrical is fine but this is off by so little it looks like a mistake. Would like to see this belted.

  • LJCdoc

    Out. What everybody else has already said. No likey, no time for further comment.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    OUT–it’s got the feel of maternity-wear!

  • Bernadette

    The scarf and coat seem to be fighting each other. If she had just left it in the car this could have been very graphic. Out b/c its that kind of morning.

  • rissa42210

    The coat’s a no, but the shoes are ah-ah-amazing.

  • I saw that coat back in 1984 at the Galleria in White Plains. I put it on lay away and wore it for years until my mother donated it. Very retro, yet very unoriginal . Oh Stella. Why? Out.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    When in doubt, if it’s Stella McCartney, vote it OUT.

  • That’s the most unflattering coat shape I’ve seen in a long time. Unless, of course, you’re pregnant, which I don’t think she is. Love the shoes!

  • boweryboy

    Stella. Stella. Stella.

    I hate that the color blocking is asymmetrical. It looks like a bad sewing job. Or like Julia buttoned it wrong.

  • Danielle


  • KinoEye

    The color blocking makes her look, well, blocky. Julia, you are not box-shaped. Out.

  • another_laura

    The coat is a dowdy mess. Out. The shoes, however, are pretty cool.

  • JauntyJohn

    It seems poorly constructed – if the asymmetry is on purpose, somehow that’s gotten lost in the design/execution.

  • throwaneyeonthis

    Out. Not coat-porn worthy.

  • funwithpurses

    Simplicity maternity coat pattern, poorly executed in home ec class. Ugh. OUT.

  • lalahartma


  • frannyprof

    OUT. Not the correct thing for her to do at this time.

  • marlie

    I like the coat, but it’s looking a little too shapeless here. It might have worked better if it was balanced out on the bottom with a pair of slim black slacks or something. So this is is a tepid ‘out.’

  • E. D.

    Would have been better with black pants.

  • Imasewsure

    The line up in the front is wonky but I still like the coat. IN

  • Sunraya

    She’s smiling. That’s something amazing.
    I like the coat. Love the shoes!! Hate the bare legs in winter. WTF with the bare legs???

  • somebody blonde

    Out. I think for the colorblocking to work, it has to be on someone taller, with pants under it.

  • housefulofboys

    I like it all – IN! Wish the fabrics matched on the front, but whatever. Lusting after her shoes (and her legs…)

  • Slanted & Enchanted

    IN for the coat. That scarf is a serious no, though. Really throws off the rest of the look.

  • Morales Mike

    Is it me or is she stepping it up this award season for a change both in number of appearances and fashion-wise? Could it be the inevitable showdown between her and Sandy B?

  • jjtxgrrl


  • SugarSnap108

    Well, she looks fabulous from shoes to knees. And then, Stella strikes.

  • Trickytrisha

    Out. Hate the boxy, misaligned, ugly coat. Lurrrve the shoes.

  • crash1212

    IN. I love this coat – it’s just too big on her. Shoes are KILLER!

  • Calinda_L

    I’ll go with IN on this. I actually like it quite a bit as is, but bet it would have looked killer if it were open and you could see the pop of color of her (cobalt?) dress underneath. That said, it’s cold as all get out and I respect that, even with bare legs (Anna Wintour approves), she’s buttoned up.

  • WittyCism

    In for the coat for all the ladies who want to look pregnant… when they really aren’t.

  • OUT – unflattering colour blocking matchy-matchy with ugly shoes.

  • Coolekat

    Visually it is maternity

    • BuffaloBarbara

      That was the only thing I could think when I saw it.

  • antonialee

    Out, is Julia pregnant? Ugh, I didn’t look, should have known it was something in an ugly Stella! I would also like to shift that coat until it looked even.

  • Hetha Innis

    Coat is meh. Shoes are amazing!

  • demidaemon

    Ummmmm, this is a big old OUT. I’m not even going to say why because it’s so obvious.

  • RuthGo

    It would be an OK coat (still not great) if the lines matched up. Seriously, high end designer and it has a flaw like that?

  • littlemac8


  • I think she tried to muk it up with the scarf and her people convinced her otherwise. I love the coat. IN

  • quiltrx

    How are you going to make a coat like this and NOT have the diagonals line up???? WTF????
    And I think it would look better if the grey was up top and the black on bottom. Great shoes.

  • MRC210

    OUT … so stiff and boxy. In the third photo, she looks like she’s wearing a sandwich board. That’s advertising a parking lot.

  • I’m sorry, I don’t see a coat – just a giant oversized sack. OUT.

  • GeoDiva

    I need those shoes!

  • Reality TV Casting


  • carnush

    IN all the way.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    Out, the asymmetry of the blocking just bugs.

  • Danielle

    It’s a Stella McCartney, why is this even up for debate? O.U.T.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I thought she looked pregnant, so… OUT.

  • Maternity.

  • Rachael Durst Price

    Those shoes are to die for, but that coat is designed to hide a supposed baby bump and is useful for nothing else. Horrible.