Chloë Moretz in Christopher Kane at the “Laggies” Sundance Premiere

Posted on January 22, 2014

Chloe, dear, we trust you’ve learned a valuable lesson today.



Chloë Grace Moretz attends the “Laggies” premiere during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in a Christopher Kane dress paired with Jimmy Choo boots.

Christopher Kane Spring 2014 Collection


And if you haven’t, then allow us to elucidate:

Some things just don’t go together; no matter how expensive they are, no matter how fabulous you are.

Cute dress, but there’s no way that turtleneck works with it. Then again, we’re a bit biased against turtlenecks 95% of the time. And isn’t there something a little weird about a turtleneck, knee-hi boots … and bare thighs? Now was the time for tights, girl.

We’re cranky because we rented Carrie the other night and it wasn’t just bad, it was AWFUL. Chloe’s a decent actress for her age, but she’s too self-confident and self-possessed to play a believable victim of bullying.


[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • MilaXX

    This is cute, but I think it needs tights to work. Also kudos for looking her age for a change.

    • SewingSiren

      Yes. Tights would just about do it.

    • StarburstLady

      I think it’s so appropriate for Sundance, too– the turtleneck comes off faintly apres-ski, and it’s got the trademark Sundance black, but with a dress on top that, again, kind of reminds me of ski wear, in a cute way.

      • AC

        agree. tights would probs do it. pretty sure it would then be an age-appropriate cute outfit. the makeup and hair are adorable.

    • mjude

      I too think its cute & I don’t mind the no tights. I am feeling the 70’s today.

    • ryenerman

      Yes, this kind of thing – turtleneck, short dress, tights and boots comprised a significant chunk of the wardrobes of most of the girls when I was in HS. Of course that’s probably why I think it looks fine.

  • SewingSiren

    I think it’s a cute winter party look. Brocade cocktail dresses make great jumpers when you are a teenager. Take advantage while you still can.

  • Sarah

    Nice boots! But yeah, tights. It looks a little Marsha Brady.

    • megohd

      That’s a bad thing?

      • Sarah

        Not particularly. I just think that tights would take it outta the 70’s.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Adorable. Would have been perfect with tights.

  • numenah

    Sorry, I am distracted by the model whose knee joints are wider in circumference than her thighs.

  • tonibaloney

    I think she looks fab! She has kind of a short neck, but for some reason the turtleneck doesn’t bug me, and the boots are GREAT! Attagirl.

  • In_Stitches

    I like the turtleneck. She’s mixing the beatnik element of the classic black turtleneck with the mod silhouette and boots. It’s smart and stylish.

    • Agreed! The turtleneck is perfect with this dress in the winter.

  • ralish

    She’s adorable, but this really reminds me of a winter cheer uniform. Maybe the hair feeds into that image too! Also, her body is lost under all of that fabric.

  • @Biting Panda

    I am not of the same TLo’s opinions.

    Except, I too usually loath a turtleneck. But I don’t mind it here. I feel like it was a great way to pull this into Winter. I don’t mind the bare legs either. Tights would have been fine, but then it would have been a little Mormon.

    • Qitkat

      Agreed, also I think the boots pulled the look together.

  • KinoEye

    Nix the turtleneck, give her a pretty trench and some tights and I’d love it 100%. Haven’t seen the new Carrie, but I can see what you mean about her being miscast. She always gives off confidence, maturity and intelligence. Doesn’t translate well to Carrie. Now, if they were to re-re-remake Lolita, she’d be at the top of my list.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I don’t hate the turtleneck, I’d prefer it over bare arms and legs with knee high boots, but honestly. Put some hose on.

  • Shawn EH

    They should have made that whole film about Carrie’s mom and how she got that way (kind of like all the Norman Bates variations), and left out Carrie altogether.

  • Valdri8

    I actually love it, and it is a bit more realistic considering the venue. It is friggin winter in the mountains – what asshat is going to go sleeveless? I would have opted for great hosiery, but young legs tend to stay much warmer than young arms.

  • uprightcitizen

    I grew up with girls wearing jumpers over turtlenecks … and bare legs on frigid winter days … so this doesn’t look unusual to me at all. As a little kid, when girls almost always wore dresses to school, I was constantly amazed that the girls (and I’m talking 6 and 7 year olds) would come to school with a coat, scarf, gloves and knitted cap, and bare legs with little dresses hardly longer than a shirt. I thought that maybe their legs were different from mine, and didn’t get cold.

    • Aurumgirl

      I agree. I was dressed in jumper dresses like this when I was a kid, layered over turtlenecks. But I know I always had matching tights and the boots I wore with the dresses were tall (as opposed to the go go boots that were also popular then). Because it was winter.

  • MK03

    Okay, can we talk about the Carrie remake? I’m conflicted. I like that it added more details from the book, but it felt…unnecessary. And I really, REALLY hated the sequel-hook ending.

  • kimmeister

    At least it wasn’t a top with a Peter Pan collar. Her hair, makeup, and facial expression are all super cute.

  • Danielle

    It has pockets, so it gets a pass from me.

    • filmcricket

      Heh, yes. To paraphrase Tumblr: “It has pockets, your argument is invalid.”

  • Anna

    I think this is adorable and don’t mind the bare legs either. It’s usually a pet peeve of mine too, I see junior high and high school girls with their skirts hiked up and no tights on the subway here all time. (Yes, during this time of year) I always want to ask them if their mothers saw them before they left the house.

    Anyway, it’s not as if Chloe has to worry about silly civilian issues like freezing while waiting for buses that don’t show up when they’re supposed to.

    I am biased though because I fancied myself a mod during my early twenties and this was my go-to look.

    • bellafigura1

      Utter agreement. Remember the feeling of freezing, goose-bumpy thighs?!

      • Anna

        I sure do, NYE 1999 with my best friend waiting in line to get into some stupid over-priced club. My parents didn’t actually let me wear short skirts when I was Chloe’s age, but I made up for it when I went away to university. The brilliant logic of an 18-year-old, eh? 😉

        • bellafigura1

          Love, for me it was a dollar a beer in a dive in the east village in 1973, with fake proof and a ferocious need for a rocker.

        • Qitkat

          Didn’t we all? No matter what decade we were 18.

  • Julie Parr

    It’s a proven fact that young people do not need to cover up to stay warm to the extent that adults do. Demanding tights seems prudish to me. She looks cute, comfy and I think the black piping on the pockets (as well as the inclusion of pockets) make the turtleneck a perfect accompaniment. I adore this look, but then again I’ve also been known to wear boots with no tights most days.

    • SRQkitten

      Agreed. It looks age appropriate and that’s refreshing with teen stars.

    • Qitkat

      So true. Teenagers in Colorado in January have been seen wearing shorts to school, a ridiculous trend my own boys picked up. It became a losing argument for me (gotta know which battles to pick.)

      • Julie Parr

        Also, when I was Chloe’s age, I definitely wore my uniform skirt with no tights on the coldest of days with only the mildest feeling that I was cold.

  • Tia B

    She’s a kid, I think she looks great. Especially too because a lot of these young Hollywood “it” girls are assaulting us with their boobs on display all the time, a la Ariel Wynter. Nice change from the norm.

  • filmcricket

    I love this. I’d have gone with tights too, but otherwise it’s great. Hell, with tights I’d wear it myself.

  • Eric Stott

    I think they go together OK- she has sort of a Brady Bunch vibe going on

  • Tracy_Flick

    I like turtlenecks, and I’d be in favor of this if she were wearing tights. I love that her hair and face look more polished than many actresses in gowns at awards ceremonies.

    • carnush

      Exactly. Tights would make the look.

  • Imasewsure

    I can’t agree with all of the positivity from the BKs on this look. Not working for me at all… hate the hair and think the dress is cute on the model but not with the sweater/boots. Tights and different hairdo would have turned this around enough for me
    And why is “age appropriate” and “not slutty” grounds for an instant IN? Not in my (slutty and inappropriate) world!!

  • AzulFashion

    Uncles, I am afraid you are wrong about this one. She looks great. Very striking. Good balance of elements.

  • She’s a button faced kid doing what you do to fashion when you’re that young and putting turtlenecks with borrowed dresses from top designers. We’ve all been there, right?

  • Tatiana Luján

    I wishe the dress weren’t so narrow on the shoulders, because it hakes her arms look weird, but I like the turtleneck under the dress and I love the boots.
    The look does seem to call for tights.

  • I don’t even know where to begin – if you stop on the red carpet to get your picture taken, expect to be critiqued by the masses. Once again, the entire country is in a deep freeze. Using the power of suggestion (think spring wear spring think spring wear spring) as a style guide is all shades of wrong. I know people will comment “but she is young…” she is young for certain – but young with crazy style. And not in a good way. she should be in super cute ski/Sundance garb – Call St. Laurent

  • Cheryl

    I like the dress worn as a jumper, but probably only for someone this young. However totally agreeing on the uncles about the tights. If it’s cold enough for layering, it’s cold enough for tights. Would give her a cute beatnik/boho look.

  • ailujailuj

    awww… what a mess. she’s adorable. I think she needs a wknd at Mms. Uncles.

    • Qitkat

      Just imagine if this were a real thing. HA! Not that The Uncles haven’t already got too much on their plates, but BKs and PUFs would volunteer in droves to take on the ‘heavy lifting’ and soaking in the conversation that never makes it to the blog/twitter/fb.

      • ailujailuj

        I’m in!!

  • Rhonda Shore

    I like the black turtleneck/dress combo but agree on black tights to tie it all together. She looks cute. Somehow i just can’t bring myself to view the Carrie remake. How could anyone possibly improve on the original?

    • Jackie4g

      Agree with you and would also like to ask the same question about Robocop. Why bother? The original was just right.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I gotta disagree I think tights would’ve pushed this into “too warm while sitting inside at a theater” but sleeveless would’ve been stupid looking given the event and location. I live in the NE and wear a J Crew tissue weight turtleneck under just about everything from Nov-March so I’m biased but I don’t see a single thing wrong with it.

    • kerryev

      tissue weight turtleneck might have worked better.

  • marlie

    Actually, the turtneneck doesn’t bother me, but it does seem a little weird without tights. But still, overall a really cute look.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I can’t address this look because I got to distracted by the fact that she looks like Kristen Bell’s little sister.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I like the little dress and hate absolutely everything else about this look. I agree that she should have opted for tights and less ugly boots or shoes. The hair is fug and the turtleneck is too much. Is this going to be a trend now, putting a random long sleeve shirt under a dress? First Julia Roberts, now Chloe. Let’s hope it’s just a polar vortex-induced fluke.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    You’re wearing a turtleneck, boots, and a short dress…the lack of tights is just silly, especially in January in the Rockies…

  • Granny panties

    I think this is really cute. The young lovelies in my neck of the woods have been doing the turtle neck dress combo a lot this last year. Agree that black tights would be a good idea.

  • MM4321

    I agree tights would’ve been good, but it’s really cute anyway.

  • crash1212

    I might agree a little bit about the tights although, I’ve been known to go tightless in such situations if I know I’m mostly gonna be inside, but I disagree completely with your assessment of the outfit. I think that sweater works perfectly with that cute dress. In fact, I think she looks really cute!

  • Trickytrisha

    If the turtleneck didn’t make her shoulders and upper arms look like she’s been a competitive swimmer for 10 years, I’d like this better. Don’t care for what it does to her neck either. Yep, this should be a learning experience.

  • Thinner blouse, tights and boots that look a little less rain-wear and this could have worked. Love the hair and makeup, though.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    Love the look head to toe. And loved Carrie, too!

  • nannypoo

    I think it’s cute. Tights would have made it even cuter.

  • SugarSnap108

    I have run screaming from turtlenecks since preschool, but I disagree, TLo. The t-neck looks really cute with this dress, though I think it’s the combo of her age and the venue that make it work. I’d like some colored tights, though I don’t really mind the bare legs.

  • Alloy Jane

    It’s a cute kid look, but I do wonder about the lack of tights. The turtleneck under the dress thing doesn’t bother me because it is a “normal girl” look.

  • Hayley

    I like it!

  • demidaemon

    Those boots look like the ones my dad and grandfather wore while mucking stalls at a dairy farm. Therefore, definitely NOT RC appropriate.

  • Gatto Nero

    Hate turtlenecks in principle, and worn under a brocade sleeveless dress it’s a double sin.
    The boots? I don’t even want to know.

  • Diego!

    Chlöe dear. It’s a No. You look like a chocolate wrap. Throw this away ASAP! WTF is going on with your hair btw?

  • Very cute. She could have gone with some over the knee socks though – she’s young enough to carry them off.

  • leftcoastpickle

    I disagree! I think this is adorable. But I would never watch Carrie, the first one scared me too much. That hand reaching up from the grave! No thanks to Carrie. Yes please to this adorable outfit.

  • Rebekah B

    I would wear this whole outfit, but I’m a turtleneck fan.