Meryl Streep in Max Mara at the 2014 Oscars Nominees Luncheon

Posted on February 11, 2014

What a pretty dress. You’d think we’d be able to come up with an opening line with a little more zing than that but we actually said out loud “What a pretty dress” when we saw these pictures for the first time. Might as well go with the honest reaction.


“August: Osage County” star Meryl Streep attends the 86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California in a Max Mara dress accessorized with a Clare Vivier clutch.

The shape is absolutely perfect on her. We think the red and pink might not have been the best choice of color for her, since she’s so pale already, but it’s striking enough and flattering enough that we don’t automatically sniff “Mmmm. Would’ve looked better in blue” at the first sight of it. We wait a few minutes before saying it.

The shoes clash with the reds of the dress and the clutch, while pretty fab, just doesn’t go. The style of it is all wrong for the dress. But that’s our Mary Louise, bless her.



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  • RussellH88

    She looks really nice. Pretty and uncomfortable, which is perfect for Goddess Streep.

    That bag is just weird, it looks like something my mom would keep spare change in.

    • deelup

      I like the bag but it does remind me of a cool version of the old bank depository pouches.

      • Anna

        I thought the same.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        I thought it was a FedEx envelope.

        • Rhonda Shore

          I thought it was some promo bag given out at the Oscar luncheon.

          • Kayceed

            I thought it was one of those free-with-$35 purchase makeup bags.

        • H2olovngrl

          I thought, “mail pouch”, like she meant to stop at Mailboxes Etc. on the way to the event.

    • tired_mommy

      Super expensive pencil bag?

      • ballerinawithagun

        See my post above!

    • ballerinawithagun

      It looks like something my mother HAS given me, I’m sure some boutique owner talked her into it. I think I’ve kept drawing pencils in it.
      Blues and greens would have been fabulous for that dress!

  • NBG

    Look on her face in the second pic says “I’m still Meryl Streep and you’re not!”

    • gabbilevy

      To be fair, the look on her face in every pic says “I’m still Meryl Streep and you’re not!”

  • I’m sure one of my high school teachers used that clutch as a pencil case.

    Apparently everyone at this luncheon (when does lunch become a luncheon?) was given a sweatshirt with NOMINEE on the front, and I think we have a god-given right to see a group photo of them in the sweatshirts. It’ll be like a Christian summer camp crossed with an ASEAN meeting.

    • kimmeister

      I think a lunch becomes a luncheon when attendees start congratulating each other on something.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        TIL a luncheon is when I eat and don’t get food on my clothes.

        • kimmeister

          So what you’re saying is that you’ve never been to a luncheon? ;-D

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            I have been to many luncheons. Unfortunately, I tend to spill stuff on my shirt. Maybe adult bibs will happen at some point?

  • deelup

    After seeing Tina Fey’s glorious glasses a few moments ago, I can’t get behind these.

  • Diego!

    Gorgeous! I disagree with the shoes. They look great with this dress. That clutch should be bannished from any red carpet from now on. Hair and make up are so so but I think Meryl looks great!

  • marlie

    Overall, Meryl looks good! The shoes aren’t perfect for the dress, but they don’t bother me, while the clutch does. And this screams “Easter dress” to me, but it’s in LA, so I guess I’ll have to deal. But this is pretty and easy and it suits her, so attagirl!

    • Dam_Angel

      Meryl has a great figure. I wish she would steer away from baggy dresses in favor of more fitting designs.

  • 4JJ

    I thought the clutch was a postal shipping pouch. No, I really did.

    • Anna

      Either that or bank deposit bag!

  • MaggieMae

    She has just the right amount of dorkiness, that causes me to love her like she is my mom or a beloved aunt or sister.

  • @Biting Panda

    I adore Meryl. Who doesn’t though? But, I don’t like much of anything here. Luckily, she probably gives zero fucks most of the time, so I don’t feel guilty.

    • Trent

      I agree — the whole look is kinda meh, IMO. The pattern is nice enough, but the lighting/camera flashes washes it out, and the dress overall is blah for an Oscars luncheon. No offense Mary Louise, but any dress my mom would wear to church is automatically underwhelming for a red carpet.

    • Jessica Freeman

      This is the kind of real “zero fucks”, as opposed to Madonna’s “zero fucks”.

      • formerlyAnon


      • MikeW_Vegas

        When you’re Meryl “f-ing” Streep, you can give “zero fucks”

    • formerlyAnon

      Part of what I love is that she so obviously is willing to try – but only within some zone of personal time & effort that she has defined and stays within. Being one of the great actors of your generation buys you that kind of leeway.

      • @Biting Panda

        Exactly. She’s not disrespectful, nor is she showing up in her comfy pants, but she is genuinely above playing only as much of the game as she is in the mood for. I think it’s because she just escaped the age of saturation. She is one of the last who was allowed to be a Movie Star without having to have her entire life laid out for public dissection and consumption.

        • I think occasionally her hair skates pretty close to the line of acceptability. I don’t want to see another banana clip on a red carpet.

          • formerlyAnon

            Ha! But Meryl’s gonna do what Meryl’s gonna do!

        • Qitkat

          And another thing, especially in reference to your last sentence, having almost finished TLo’s book, it is so very very refreshing to look at Meryl Streep’s career and realize that none (or almost none) of the most dysfunctional elements which have made the book so hilarious really apply to her.

          • Funny you should say that. In an early draft of the book, we had the line “Pardon the hell out of us, Miss Streep, but this book isn’t about you.” But then we made the decision to cut out any references to specific celebrities and the line had to go.

          • I think the book is better for that decision. It won’t date, and I bet we all had specific mothers, entertainers and people in mind for each bit – probably different ones depending on our ages and interests!

  • JulieK

    This is really good compared to her usual. A nice fitting pretty dress that took ten years off of her.

  • boweryboy

    At least she’s stepping it up a bit for her poledance. I had lost hope.

    And that clutch? bag? make-up kit? is tragic.

  • msdamselfly

    Her makeup looks lovely

  • Jessica Freeman

    This is a great Church Dress. No on the clutch.

  • MilaXX

    Why does she always wear peep toes? Does she have bunions or corns on that big toes? Give her a closed toe shoe and tell her to save that clutch to wear with jeans. The dress is fine, the styling is lacking.

    • Jessica Freeman

      My mom has worn open toed shoes since going through The Pause, says it keeps her from getting too hot. She will be in sandals in the dead of winter. Helen Mirren wears peeps a lot as well…

      • MilaXX

        Lol, the “pause” keeps me sock less & in flip flops pretty. Much year round, but I’m not a big peep toe fan.

        • My feet are always freezing – I can’t even imagine being sockless year round! And what on earth does that have to do with oestrogen tapering off? I think evolution is playing games with women.

          • Jessica Freeman

            I have no idea what its about, except that my mom used to be cold all the time too, and now that she’s on the other side of The Pause she is forever HOT and freezing us all out of the house.

          • MilaXX

            Last winter I was out shopping with friends and got so overheated I had to go to Target and buy flip flops. Menopause is no joke!

          • alyce1213

            I can’t tell you how charming it is that you spelled it with an o. (Us ‘Murcans get a kick out of that)

          • Haha! That’s hilarious!

  • appliquer

    I think she looks great – minus the clutch.

  • imakeart

    Those hoops with those eyeglasses are making me twitch. And I really don’t like her hair. But I love her and that she does what she wants.

  • Call me Bee

    I like it from top to bottom. Miss Meryl will always be my hero.

  • Bexxx

    I hate these glasses passionately.

    • decormaven

      I love her, but hon, there’s any number of designer frames that are befitting of your style and stature. It’s not a sin to go for the designer frames.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I love her IDGAF glasses. She seems so goddamn normal. I LIKE YOU A LOT, MERYL.

    • demidaemon

      ME TOO.

  • SugarSnap108

    Can’t really get behind this look. But it’s apparently Adorable Ladies in Glasses Tuesday, and I fully approve of that.

  • Judy_J

    I love the fabric of that dress, but the dress itself reminds me of something my grandmother would have worn. Don’t get me wrong, my grandma was stylin’ right up until she died at the age of 96. This dress just looks like one she would have worn, that’s all.

  • Danielle

    My Meryl, lookin’ fab as usual. Luv!

  • colleenjanel

    I’m sorry, but all I see is the manager of Zales going to make the night deposit.

  • ovarB

    I totally get this from Meryl. This is full on “going to the office” wear if your office is the Academy Awards luncheon (which is more of a normal thing for her to do than not.) Le sigh…for everyone else this is THE Academy Awards, for Meryl…another day at the office.

  • Sofia Bentivoglio

    i love meryl with all my heart and soul. so it pains me to say that this dress is awful on her. the neckline and sleeve length are terribly dowdy. she deserves so much better. and i’m pretty sure that a simple haircut could be arranged to conform with her no-fuss style, while at the same time making her look appropriately regal.

  • Imasewsure

    “that’s our Mary Louise, bless her.” Too true too true

  • golden_valley

    Hats off to Mary Louise! She is so beyond needing to pole dance that she just wears what she wants without worrying about what fashionistas will think.

  • formerlyAnon

    I suspect (and it’s both good AND bad) that if I were a celebrity actress, I’d dress like Meryl. I hope to god I’d be as talented in this imaginary reality, otherwise the gaping maw of obscurity would rise up and swallow me. Love her. Her own thinning hair and glasses which are decidedly for function. She’ll do the makeup, the skin care, the hair stylist and some version of the designer duds – but strictly within the time & effort zone she’s drawn. LOVE.

  • siriuslover

    I thought the reflection of the dress on her face worked really well. She is so beautiful

  • Meryl’s just like me – forgetting to drop off the mail on the way out of the office…never managed to take it to the red carpet, though.

  • Michelle Gennari

    I like her so much but she always looks kind of frump a dump. Pretty color though.

  • LJA

    The clutch does look like the free thing I get when I order over $75 worth of makeup from Lancome…
    Not that I actually care, La Steep can carry whatever she likes!

  • kimmeister

    I think the shape would benefit from a belt.

    My eyes are giving my body temperature confusion when reading posts that alternate between events in freezing climes and toasty ones.

  • sagecreek

    That clutch looks like a bank deposit bag.

  • Aidan B

    The mullet hair must go. We will never speak of it again.

  • teensmom99

    After I said “pretty dress,” I hit myself on the head for not realizing earlier that that Max Mara would be perfect for her. It would be perfect for me too (though I’m younger than she and shorter–but I don’t have the budget).

  • Jacob Bowen

    Meryl, honey, can I PLEASE do your hair?

    • formerlyAnon

      Hahahaha! You sound like my hairstylist!

      (Who gives me a FABULOUS cut, so I’ll never quit her while I’ve still got enough hair to cut, but her idea of styling is at extreme odds with the reality of my life. I’m not saying it doesn’t look good, just a little too much. Or, a lot too much.)

      • Jacob Bowen

        Hahahahah that is the EXACT OPPOSITE of me and my stylist (my best friend). I always want to do these grand things with my hair and she is the one who says, “Honey, how many times are you going to ACTUALLY style your hair that way…that’s right, once.” We always do a scaled down version of my idea. She is a GENIUS.

  • webslice33

    i think you can buy that dress in a swapmeet

    • 3boysful

      Not sure I’d go that far, but agree there’s not a lot of “design” to it. ANd I think the colorway does absolutely nothing for her.

  • brown-eyed girl

    I’m digging the shoes. I think this looks like something we’d wear to church in my neck of the woods.

  • jw_ny

    This is pretty good, for Meryl. I kinda like that she really doesn’t have a knack for this fashion stuff…it’s endearing somehow. This brilliant actress has a flaw…is a real person.

  • Judy_S

    OK, this looks like what I would want to wear if I had Meryl Streep’s options. She looks a lot better in this dress than I would but I can actually almost imagine wearing it.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m not down with the makeup bag clutch, but the dress is very nice. Go, Mary Louise!

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I wish she had done something with her hair to make it a little softer.

  • melanie0866

    Love you, love Meryl, but completely disagree. That dress is shapeless and styleless and looks like she got it at Dress Barn. The shoes are fine. I do agree that the clutch doesn’t go.

  • TigerLaverada

    I love her, so she gets all kind of slack from me. Not going with that clutch, though. It looks like an oversized version of those courtesy pouches you get on overseas flights — sleeping mask, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.

  • Kathleen

    It is pretty but it looks to me like the it’s partially tucked in to the waistband of a pair of granny panties…

  • Daktari100

    Lookin’ good.

  • You went and said “blue” and now I can’t UN-see how much better it would look in blue.

  • alyce1213

    Whatever her hair is doing is happening to mine too. I changed avatar to my face today so I could show you all.
    The dress is meh, I want something a little less dowdy for her.

    • Pennymac

      Well, I like your Mary Louise hair!

      • alyce1213


  • E. D.

    Hate the bag.

  • I’m not a fan of that neckline. And the bag looks like a giant make up tote. She has a lovely serene smile, as usual. I still think she’s lovely despite all.

  • zmayhem

    I feel like I should object to the clutch, but all I can see is her lovely hands. I can think of at least two performers young enough to be her daughters (in addition to other non-famous persons, possibly including the person typing this right now) whose hands look rather older than hers (I’m presuming, since these are multiple fairly informal red carpet pictures, that they’re not photoshopped — they’re just seriously pretty hands).

    • You are right! She definitely wears gloves for doing the washing up.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Love it- it says what it is. A Luncheon!

  • icm

    You sure she was not at the post office just before this and picked up a delivery envelope instead of her purse by accident.

  • quiltrx

    That IS a really pretty dress. Looks great for the occasion, and that’s a great print…if it were quilt fabric I’d want a half yard!

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Oh Mary Louise, you look wonderful.

  • H2olovngrl

    That clutch looks like a mail pouch.

  • Jecca2244

    she’s a lot trimmer than i realized! love her.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    That dress is NOT her color! Agree about the shoes and clutch. Why won’t she hire a stylist!?!

  • GillianHolroyd

    Nope, still frumpy and the wrong glasses. I can understand not caring about fashion but why look a decade older?