Kate Beckinsale in Rubin Singer at the Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration

Posted on January 28, 2014

When we think of Kate Beckinsale’s style, we come up with … nothing. We’ve been doing this game long enough that we can usually come up with one or two words to describe the style of pretty much any female celebrity who’s been on a red carpet more than a dozen times in the last 5 years or so.

Except the tween stars. They all look like they were grown in a vat somewhere and since they’re all so disposable and interchangeable, and most of their careers so short-lived, we never make the effort to learn who they are. Sue us. We’re cold that way.

Anyway, Kate’s style. Nothing comes up on our internal monitors. And then we look at pictures like these and we realize why.


Kate Beckinsale attends the Warner Music Group 2014 Grammy celebration in Los Angeles, California in a Rubin Singer mini dress paired with a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, Stuart Weitzman heels, and Broken English earrings.

It’s stale. That’s how her style can best be described. If you’d told us these pictures were from 2007, we’d have no reason to question it. It’s not a terrible dress, but there’s nothing at all modern about it or even notable about it. It almost seems designed to be as inoffensive as possible while showing off the maximum amount of skin. There’s no interest to the look except if you think she’s hot. But style? We’re not seeing any. She could seriously use a rethink. This is harsh, but we’d expect this look from a has-been or a desperately striving never-be. We don’t really have an opinion on her career but if she wants a better one, she should start dressing like it.

And that includes accessories and styling. Hair, makeup, shoes and lack of jewelry are all conspiring to make her as bland as possible.




[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, Michael Buckner/Getty Images]

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  • Karen Belgrad

    Her posing and body shimmer scream “female body builder”… For as long as she’s been around, you’d think she’d be capable of generating more interest. She actively makes me yawn.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The lack of jewels is killing me these days.

    • DesertDweller79


  • SewingSiren

    Any shoe that makes your toes grab for dear life like fingers on a ledge, Is a bad one.

    • MoHub

      She’s actually sliding forward. Take a good look at the heel gap.

    • Send in a negotiator for those poor piggies!

    • supri_supri

      The shoes need to die, they make her look like SpongeBob Squarefeet

  • ovarB

    Toe cliffhangers!! Toe cliffhangers!! AND WHAT IS THAT ON HER TOE??!?!!!

    • SewingSiren

      Maybe it’s a chilblain. You get them from not keeping your feet warm in cold weather. It looks like a little red mark, but they hurt like mother fuckers.

      • NBG

        You can get them on your hands too. You are quite accurate on the mother-fuckerness of the pain they cause!

      • ovarB

        Interesting. Never knew that.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Looks like a blister.

    • Tanya Wade

      It looks like a corn, to me, and painful as hell.

      • MoHub

        Calling Dr. Scholl!

        • decormaven

          I so did not need that close up of the tootsies.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        Yup, definitely a corn, ouch…

      • Heather

        I have something similar, from years of ballet.

        • marlie

          Same here. At some point, I stopped hiding my feet because I forced myself to stop being self-conscious about them.

    • Carolyne

      I too think it’s a corn. Ewww.

    • lalahartma


    • AnneElliot

      It looks like a blister. Ouch.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Was she paying attention when she put those shoes on? CRINGE…

  • filmcricket

    This is very Aniston. If I had to pick her style sisters, it would be Aniston with a dash of Vergara, since Kate here likes a body-con mermaid dress too.

    She is very beautiful, and in fact is getting more so as she gets older. She will always have a certain fanbase because of those vampire movies (werewolf movies? something like that that predated Twilight). But I never would have imagined she’d end up looking like your average California beach babe back when watching The Last Days of Disco.

    • Alyssa

      The Underworld series…vampire & werewolf (lycan, to be precise)…I think she is quite beautiful but just dresses to be generically pretty.

    • kmk05

      When reading her name I always get her confused with Kate Bosworth, and when the thumbnail opens I’m always awed at how beautiful and beach-tanned she is (I suspect it is because of Kate Bosworth’s surfer movie from 10 years back when she is now pasty white).

      You’re 1000% right that this is Aniston-flavoured. She is younger and likes less metallic fabrics, but… yeah. Beach towel, both maxi and not.

      • Anna

        In agreement about Jennifer Aniston. If this was nude and sequined (or black), totally Aniston. Right down to the shoes.

    • leahpapa

      I remember her – pre-spray tan, pre-face work, pre-caps – from “Much Ado About Nothing” in 1993, and I thought she was so luminous and striking, partly because she didn’t look generic (Adèle Exarchopoulos is captivating in the same way today). I was so disappointed to watch her transformation into just another middling action franchise/green-screen type.

      • Tatiana Luján

        She also looked beautiful in Pearl Harbor.

        • charlotte

          And in Serendipity (does anyone remember that one?).

          • JudyP

            “It says ‘Prado'”
            “Oh, I can totally fix that with a Sharpie!”

      • Heather

        I also like her in that film (which I like generally – Emma T. looks especially great, as does Denzel W.), but haven’t seen her in anything since that I found compelling. It’s like she’s tried to be an A-lister but didn’t quite make it; she would have been better sticking to more interesting, smaller films.

      • cowper

        She was also terrific in a small British film, Cold Comfort Farm.

        • AnneElliot

          Yes!! I LOVED Cold Comfort Farm.

          • cowper

            “I saw something nasty in the woodshed”–!

  • ballerinawithagun

    Oh no, my favorite shoe designer has failed me. Those are disgusting!

  • ThatVampinLady

    Oh, that HAIR.

    • barbarienne

      That hair + that dress = every New Jersey prom in 1993.

      • decormaven

        Hair is so scary- I get hair metal band flashbacks.

  • Sarah

    Well, I can never remember what she looks like when she’s mentioned in an article or on the back of a DVD box, so that explains it.

  • Anne At Large

    Double feature: Cold Comfort Farm and Emma, stat! English rose was a WAY better look for her than generic beach babe.

    • Tatiana Luján

      and Much Ado About Nothing.

    • Beardslee

      She was great in Cold Comfort Farm. I wouldn’t have thought she would grow up to look so boring.

    • MsMajestyk

      Yes, love both! Rufus Sewell, gah. I love Jonny Lee Miller’s portrayal, but Mark Strong is my favorite Mr. Knightley. That man is smoldering with his hats and high-necked scarves. Need to watch both again soon!

  • Caitlin Quinn

    Kate Beckinstale is too perfect.

  • frannyprof

    The TOE GRIP OF DEATH has *got* to stop. And, I agree. Ms. Beck is in a complete style rut re: RC looks. She favors mermaid skirts and big hair. Bet her everyday looks are way more interesting.

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    Those comments are spot on, Uncles! Also, you can still be “hot” without trying too hard and being age appropriate. JLo does it best, but there’s still room for more to join in!

  • @Biting Panda

    Her only style directive is to make sure her body looks slammin’. That is the only criteria, that I can find.

    • demidaemon

      Really, this looks like Heidi Klum, the other model.

  • Imasewsure

    Like a boring cross between Aniston and Longoria at their most boring… Anistogoria? no no no

    • Anna

      That is a masterpiece of boring.

  • KinoEye

    Bland. Nailed it. She’s a beautiful girl with a bangin’ bod, and she could do so much better than this. Step up your game, Beckinsale and associated stylists!

  • I find her toes quite fascinating, in that 3 of her toes seem to be the same length.

    I have seen a lot of two middle toes same length, second toe as long as the big toe, but this is a new one for me.

    I’m guessing this is why she has quite the blister on that fourth toe plus quite a callous where the third and fourth toe rub against each other a lot.. The shoes out there mostly available to the world do not leave a lot of space for the “regular” toes let alone something a little different.

    That said, I like the outfit, and she looks pretty. Not sure on the big hair on top of her head though. 🙂

  • MilaXX

    She’s pretty but I can’t help feeling this is a little young for her. People need to honestly look at their feet before attempting the naked sandal. It ain’t for everybody. That shoe is givng her a serious case of monkey toes.

    • mjude

      monkey toes…..LMFAO. I needed that!

  • Anna

    Her hair looks like she had an unfortunate incident with a crimper and I weep for her feet. The rest? “Nothing notable” sums it up succinctly.

  • Qitkat

    Change the hair first. Then we’ll work our way down.

  • brown-eyed girl

    “Me Tarzan. You Jane.”

  • deelup

    Filed under “I’m so gorgeous I don’t really make much if an effort.”

  • MoHub

    Her feet are trying to escape out of the fronts of those shoes.

  • jw_ny

    surprised she’s 40. She looks like she’s on spring break.

  • Dagney

    Her. shoes. do. not. fit. Are these lady stars so poor they cannot afford shoes that fit?

  • Diego!

    I love her a lot, but this is Britney Spears debut album party. This must go, dear Selene… (for her character in Underworld). You need a make over ASAP!

  • jkatkins

    Agreed, wise uncles. And what is with the toes hanging over the end of the shoes? Buy the right size, for god’s sake. Hanging ten is for surfers, dammit!

    • conniemd

      I think that because the heels are so high, the feet slip down in them, causing the toes to hang over the end if it’s an open toed shoe or crimp them horribly if not. There is a gap at the heel, so there is room at the shoe and sitting down, they probably fit fine.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Her style is “Hot Girl”. And THOSE are some struggle toes. OUCH!

  • jonnyf8

    I love her in every movie. She played Ava Gardiner in The Aviator and I thought her performance was as impressive as Blanchett’s Hepburn. But yeah, maybe if she got on board with a good stylist it might help her career, although I’m sure she’s made a fortune on those Underworld movies and I hope she plays Selene every few years forever.

    • Anne At Large

      I forgot about that, I loved her as Ava Gardner!

  • NBG

    The hair is actually saying 1987 to me. 1987 Long Island to be exact.

    • jw_ny

      …and it looks like she has one of those banana clips in her hair. 😉

      • NBG

        Exactly! The ones that the nuns who ran my elementary school threatened to ban!

  • MzzPants

    Her style is Vintage Aniston.

  • fiddlecub

    If your style makes Jennifer Aniston look edgy, it’s time for a rethink.

  • ojosazules

    Her style is, ” I’m so fucking hotty hot, am I not so fucking hotty hot? You will never, never do me! I am waaaay to hot!” Stale, indeed.

  • colleenjanel

    It’s time for her to shake things up and CHOP ALL THAT HAIR OFF! Close cropped on the sides and in back, long on top … sort of a brunette version of Pink.

  • Bexxx

    Hair, hem length, and grippy toes totally read hair band groupie to me. Like she looks like the most polished girl on Rock of Love.

  • I can’t decide which hurts more: the toes or the mullet.

  • NMMagpie

    All I can see is the toes, hanging on for dear life.

  • StillGary

    Is she … could she be wearing a banana clip?

  • marlie

    The dress is WAY too short, and her shoes don’t fit properly (to put it politely).

    And yes, this is from Jen Aniston’s closet, ca. 2007.

  • DesertDweller79

    The whole look is very California generic. I think she is still quite beautiful. Maybe she needs a new stylist. Or *a* stylist. Maybe she doesn’t have one?

  • Jecca2244

    i put her and camilla belle in the same category. really pretty. gets invited to EVERYTHING, but hasn’t acted in ages. Why? clothes look good on them.

  • Scott Cooper

    Looks like she scavenged this from Jennifer Aniston’s closet.

  • lalahartma

    That toe bunion is pretty sad.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    She’s boring, and her toes are too wide for those shoes. The issue I have with her is that she’s completely and utterly generic; her entire look is something somebody else did before and better- the long hair extensions, the clothes, the makeup. If you were like “I want to look like Kate Beckinsale,” what are you even really saying?

  • quiltrx

    This whole look is just slutty and cheap to me. Which is generally how she looks on the RC. That hair is a crime, as are those shoes.
    She can look really classy when she wants to…which seems to be never.

  • ThatVampinLady

    Her boobs look lovely, I must say. Hoisted up high to the heavens, they are.

  • AthenaJ

    When I think of how fiercely awesome her character Selene from the Underworld movies was, looking at this just makes me want to cry.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    That blister on her toe looks super painful, poor thing.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I wonder if that’s why she chose such nothing shoes, to keep that thing from rubbing on anything.

  • 3boysful

    Just from the spray tan, I am predicting she will be joining the cast of the next Dancing with the Stars.

  • AzSportsGirl

    She’s like Jennifer Aniston. Standard / pretty / seemingly vacuous. I know that she may be a brilliant girl but I get a big bland blah vibe from here.

  • Lilak

    Hmmm … Doesn’t this kind of “style” seem to work for Liz Hurley (or so mainstream opinion would have it)? Is the difference that Hurley kind of established it early on as her Signature … or … ??

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She still looks pretty damn good for 40.

  • KT

    She’s bland, her movies are bland, the movies her husband directs are bland, and the movies her husband directs for her to star in are bland. She is a walking salute to oatmeal.

    • PastryGoddess

      Allison Williams is giving her a run for her money though

      • KT

        Perhaps in terms of public appearances, though I actually think Allison Williams has much more onscreen personality.

  • E. D.

    Too short (shoes and dress)
    Too tight
    Too tan
    Too poofy (hair)

    Needs a reboot.

  • sagecreek

    As many times as I’ve seen her, I honestly could run her over with my car without recognizing her. She’s Super Generic!

  • Is it bad that my only takeaway from this is that that blister on her toe looks like it hurts?

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I’m biased because I think she should just always dress like Selene from Underworld.

  • 1980s Muskoka hockey hair

  • Shibori Girl

    I just can’t get passed the shoes. What a horrible fit.

  • Corinne Bourgoin

    I read this entire post and perused every photo believing we were looking at and talking about Evangeline Lilly. So. Yeah. Blandsville.

  • supri_supri

    What happened to the under-the-radar cool lady in Cold Comfort Farm, Shooting Fish and Laurel Canyon? Who is now a toothpick with an ombre weave and Posh boobs, only fit to play Adam Sandler’s put-upon, barely memorable wife? A true Hollywood tragic story. Also why is she on every red carpet for no reason? Ugh the blandness is so sad.

  • Danielle West

    This look has Jennifer Aniston all over it.

  • guest2visits

    The dress might have been better if she had done something more sophisticated with all that amazing hair.
    This pre-dates 2007 by at least a decade, to me. And the shoes just make her look like she has fifteen toes.

  • Lizzy

    Totally agree… and she’s so PRETTY… I love her face but man……. the clothes and hair just are… eh…

  • Therese Bohn

    I think I would have liked the dress better if it was full length, and I think strapless gowns need a necklace. Here it just reminds me a Dorothy Lamour cast-off sarong.

  • Madeline Zappala

    holy mullet hair and poor lil toes trying to escape!

  • She looks like your average LA nightclub hopper.

    …Which she is not. Get your shit together, Beckinsale’s stylist!