Saoirse Ronan in Proenza Schouler at “The Grand Budapest Hotel” NY Premiere

Posted on February 27, 2014

It’s Celebrity Paper Doll time, darlings!


Saoirse Ronan attends “The Grand Budapest Hotel” premiere in New York City in head-to-toe Proenza Schouler.

We just love that she’s young and takes risk with her fashion. But unlike, say, Kiernan Shipka, she never seems to play up her youthfulness. She opts instead to go straight into the land of Blanchett and Swinton on the style map. Admirable, to be sure, but she hasn’t yet figured out how to dress to her best advantage and you need that base knowledge before you start experimenting effectively, we think. Her outfits tend not to play to her strengths. In this instance, it all just feels too heavy and unflattering. There’s no lightness or chicness to it – and her looks call for that.

So darlings, here’s your task: You must correct this look, but you can only do so by switching out ONE item (or pair, in the case of shoes). For us, the choice is a simple one: get rid of that horrid skirt and getchaself in some black cigarette pants, girl.

Your turn, kittens.




[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/]

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  • Kathy_Marlow

    I was just thinking that it would look so much better with skinnier black pants when I read TLo’s suggestion πŸ™‚

    • Scimommy

      Me too! Either it’s the obvious choice or we’ve been TLo-brainwashed by reading this blog too much.

      • Kathy_Marlow

        Not brainwashed, trained…we’ve been trained πŸ˜€

    • Anna

      Same for me. Also, that skirt looks like it would be terribly painful to sit down in.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    I was thinking get rid of the blocky, unflattering top and replace it with something more light and flimsy.

  • MissFern

    I would switch out the top for a tighter black tanktop or something like that, balance out the flowy skirt.

  • MilaXX

    Just one thing is hard. With that option I’d ditch the skirt for black skinnies as well. However if given the options I’d go for a pencil skirt and better shoes.

  • @Biting Panda

    Just one thing is tough. The separates need to be broken up, but those shoes are a three toed abomination. You’re mean, Uncles.

    • jen_vasm

      Hmmm. *lips pursed, index finger tapping on them* Since the uncles took away the most offending item option, I’d leave the skirt, too, replacing the top with maybe a cropped black sweater (can’t really tell what’s the situation with the skirt waist, though) or a longer, lean sweater with an interesting belt. Not particularly youthful, but less bleh. And I’m going to pretend those shoes are a nice short boot – maybe even one of those open-toe ones, if a decent one can be found.

    • Introspective

      a 3 toed abomination is a lovely turn of phrase well worth stealing!

  • I didn’t like the black version that Cate wore, but I liked it better than this. Ditch that skirt and add an extra 3″ to it to make it a minidress. Then send it to Kiernan.

    • Violentcello

      Ah, yes. I was trying to remember where we’d seen those weird metal button backs before. And that’s exactly the change I would have suggested! I won’t now, since you beat me to it.

    • Wendi126

      I <3 Alicia! Always love your comments!

  • BLauD

    The top bothers me so much with those giant arm holes…

  • SC_in_DC

    Before I even read the commentary, I thought “That would look so much better with black skinny pants.”

  • kmk05

    …I thought it was a dress. I’m relieved it’s separates, because 1) black skinny trousers that you roll up before the ankle as to show some skin before the beartrap shoes come in, or 2) an above the knee black skirt with the shirt tucked in.

    But those shoes are a bit horrible. Can’t we send them back too?

    • luluransom

      Thought it was a dress too. My first thought was to whack it off mid-thigh. It could make a kicky little mini. As it is, sad and droopy.

      • kmk05

        The shorter the better, really. It would turn into a cuter tennis dress. Her posture really doesn’t help in pictures, though, and it increases the droopiness.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I think that top is doing really bad things to her . So I would say a more fitted top maybe a fitted black sweater or a crop top

    • Grumpy Girl

      Yeah, I think that top is so incredibly unflattering, and no matter what we pair it with, it would still be an eyestopper of ugliness. Trade that out with something sleek and simple (Blair’s black sweater suggestion), and at least then it’s just scroll-down ugliness.

  • Janet B

    Switch that sad look with some Attitude.

    She also could use some color. A top in something other than black/white that would go with that skirt.

    • marlie

      Agree about the attitude. Her face here says “my mom made me wear this (and I hate it).”

  • jw_ny

    Limit to only 1 item…can it not be 3?! πŸ˜‰

    I’d have to get rid of the top…obscures her shape completely. Put her in a sleeveless, black, form fitting top that is open at the neck (with some built in bust support too, please, since I’m limited to only 1 item.)

  • marlie

    I agree with TLo… that skirt has GOT to go. Maybe replace it with a leather pencil skirt that hits at the knee.

    Also: Red (or something brighter than what she’s wearing) lipstick.

  • Danielle

    I can overlook the skirt but the shoes wound my soul.

    • Pablo

      plus there’s a toe stepping out πŸ™

  • AC Simons

    A true scroll-down fug. That skirt is hideous, and so aging, with heavy shoes that don’t fit (a pedicure would do wonders). Do stylists and stars not own mirrors? Honestly, I’m asking.

  • Hallie

    switch out a simpler pair of sandals, and pin the hem

  • ballerinawithagun

    Again with the not meant to be there almost side boob. Don’t these designers and pattern makers know how to cut a sleeveless top? This and the one that Kiernan wore are couture, not athletic wear!

  • cocohall

    I’m torn. The skirt wants to be replaced by some black fitted pant or skirt. But the droopy overlarge arm holes – dear God – those are begging for attention as well. Maybe a black sleeveless tank or turtleneck? And keep the skirt? Really, as with SJP’s look, this just seems to need a total rethink from head to toe. This textile must be so compelling in person that it overrides the wearer’s common sense.

  • AmeliaEve

    Can I just get Michelle Obama’s gorgeous red coat and put it over the entire mess?

    • Rhonda Shore

      I was thinking along those same lines…maybe a black leather jacket or something.

  • MK03

    Rejected by the Downton Abbey wardrobe department for being too dowdy.

  • Mismarker

    Put a bird on it!

  • boweryboy

    Shucks! The skirt/cigarette swap was my first insist as well.

  • Gatto Nero

    Also the top looks too bit for her — at least the armholes are cut too big.
    Her face is lovely.

  • LaDonna Carpenter

    I can’t do it in one move. The skirt is too long, and I agree a chic black cig pant would be so cute with that top, BUT I have problems with the top as well. The way the arm holes are covered, it really makes her upper arms look big (and they are NOT big) so I’m really not liking this particular sleeveless look on her. I’d ditch the whole thing and start over, or throw a great coat over the whole works and make TLo write a coat-porn article about it!

  • 3boysful

    I’m going to be daring and say lose the top, pull the skirt up to become a strapless dress and add a cute belt?

  • RussellH88

    It seems to make her look so much wider, doesn’t it?

  • nannypoo

    I agree with the skinny pants, but if she wore long wide pants she could also cover up those hideous shoes, killing two birds with one stone as they say.

  • Anna

    Is there a “replace all” option? The whole outfit just looks so sad and drab – her facial expression embodies the bleakness of this hideous rig.

  • Nancer

    Ooh! I like this game! How about switching out that ugly skirt for a cute pair of shorts? That might be cute…. Are we allowed to add things, like maybe a belt? That might help too….

  • tereliz

    I actually adore the shoes and the skirt. I’d put her in a white shrunken fisherman sweater to evoke the feel of that PS show without being too literal.

  • Josefina Madariaga SuΓ‘rez

    That’s not fair, because I want to put her in skinny pants AND burn those shoes (I think they’re HIDEOUS).

  • DominoEstella

    the skirt has to go.. just awful.

  • Jessica Freeman

    TLo took the cigarette pants suggestion I would go with. I’m thinking maybe an over the knee pencil skirt with the top? And she can just go effing barefoot.Those shoes are straight up Payless.

  • I would have gone for the same: swap the skirt for some skinny leather (or even velvet) pants. There’s a bit of the rockstar about Saoirse, and she’s got great pins.

  • crashtestbonnie

    Swap out those fug shoes for a killer black boot… can we also fix the hair? I think she can work a sleek, severe ponytail.

  • She looks like oatmeal. I’d add skinny pants in a color: red, orange, pink, Peacock blue.

  • SugarSnap108

    From the first shot, I thought it was going to be a dropped-waist mini, which would help a lot. But good gawd, that would still leave those shoes. Please, can we have TWO choices?

  • GillianHolroyd

    oh, I think black satin shorts would be perfect here.

  • kittenwithaquip

    I’m thinking a pair of boy shorts with a sheer, two-level skirt over them,maybe with a lace panel arbitrarily tacked to the bottom.

    Just kidding! I’ve got nothing, but a pair of flowy palazzo pants in black would hide the shoes at least.

  • ashtangajunkie

    That top with some tight leather pants would be pretty hot.

  • elemspbee

    out heavy skirt (those look like pellets, maybe a good superhero disguise but it’ll drag her down!). I say leather shorts if she must keep those horrible shoes.

  • SewingSiren

    This is a hard one to work. Even Cate Blanchet had trouble wearing it in black (with a belt).

    • OH I forgot that Cate Blanchett wore the inverse of this look too! Going with my nun-analogy from my comment above, if you look at the looks side-by-side, Cate looks like Mother Superior and Saoirse looks like Maria at the most fabulous nunnery in the Alps.

      “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” WITH FASHION, DARLING.

  • tallgirl1204

    Just cut the skirt off a few inches above the knee.

  • She reminds me of a young me, trying on Easter outfits at JC Penney. I’d switch out the top because those 1X armholes on a size OS is ridiculous. Fitted black mandarin collar, sleeveless. It would help punctuate her subtle hair color and stunning eyes.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Get rid of the long top and go for a bright pink spring-weight motorcycle-style jacket, maybe in a linen or soft buttery leather

  • kategs

    Black cigarette pants cure everything!

  • Alyssa

    My one item is the DIY makeup job…girl, seriously, there are ways to do your mascara that will enhance your eyelashes. I manage this feat every day with no makeup artist, so surely you can pay someone to emphasize those beautiful eyes!

  • Imasewsure

    At least she got to this before Lena Dunham… and I’m going two items… a really cool belt and much much better shoes could have salvaged this for me

  • Qitkat

    Since I hate everything she is wearing, I suggest she cover the entire outfit with one of the fabulous coats recently featured on these pages.

  • MarissaLG

    I can’t pick just one thing! I say, bring up that waist, bring up the hemline and switch out the shoes. Maybe add a pop of color on the lips or maybe in a few chunky bracelets too.

  • JenniferA

    How about if we switch the girl out for Lady Edith? This would look downright punk on her.

  • Yeah, I’m with y’all on the pants. Also, she has a beautiful face, but I’m sorry, deploying the nude-makeup face with this makes her look go straight-up bland. It’s like she’s the edgiest and most stylish nun in the abbey.

    And it’s a constant nitpick, but you can’t wear risky fashion with noncommittal posture and posing that implies, “Hiiii guys, I’m the prettiest wallflower at the school dance.” Own it.

    Conversely, it might not be the right look for a premiere, but I kind of want to define her waist with a skinny black patent belt (keeping both the top and skirt) and then switch out the sandals for a chunky knee-high black boot. BAM.

  • JauntyJohn

    Seems to me that part of the problem is that, as far as her expression goes, she looks like she’s appearing at a sentencing Hearing and does not expect the judge to be lenient.
    I’ll take a risk since she’s willing to gamble: Keep the bottom and switch out the top for something oversized and soft, like a super-angora or one of those skinned muppet things. In black. Since the skirt is so textural something equally so but super soft looking might be smashing.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I protest these intolerable rules. I want the skirt AND the beartrap shoes gone.

    She’s the Maggie Gyllenhall of her generation. Sigh.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I think it’s the top that needs to go. It is shapeless and horribly ages her. A tight black top with this would make the look merely blah.

  • schoep

    Lena Dunham would gravitate toward that outfit.

  • Anonymous

    What about a midriff-baring top, a la Katy Perry’s Herve Leger look from last March? – except in black of course. Though it’s tough to know how it would pair when I can’t see the waist of that skirt.

  • snarkykitten

    Swap out that make up, too. She looks like a corpse.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I can’t. I need to change absolutely everything. Except her face. She has a pretty face. Not advocating the makeup or anything, just the HER underneath it. But the top, the skirt, the shoes, the hair, the silhouette, the lack of jewelry, the lack of accessories of any kind… I can’t handle even one tiny thing here.

  • Those shoes are killing fluffy baby kittens just by existing.

  • LJCdoc

    I was going to try the replace one thing thing, but I couldn’t keep looking at this. Keep nothing.

  • Clash D

    I like the studded embellishments but this sillhouette is dowdy as hell. A cropped top with pants and better shoes would have made the look.

  • kimmeister

    The high heeled huaraches are so gross, I have no choice but to deep-six them and swap in some burgundy strappy sandals. Can I also take in that top by a few inches???

  • quiltrx

    I want to swap out of the skirt for a long, full black skirt…solid with a sheer overlay or two (same length, please). I really want to get rid of the shoes too, but maybe if my skirt is long enough it will keep us from seeing them too much.

  • melanie0866

    Instead of a tunic and long skirt, make it a dress with a dropped waist.

  • colorjunky

    Bright colored leather mini skirt?

  • Malibufire

    Let’s start with the blank facial expression.

  • Kent Roby

    That top and skirt bother me; but I guess changing the skirt to black pants would be a bit better. On a positive note, the outfit is made of a fabric that Helen Keller would approve of.

  • fursa_saida

    Ugh, this is so DEPRESSING. Who is dressing her and why, dear god, are they doing it this way?

  • Trickytrisha

    Well, I’d switch the top for a burka. That should fix this outfit.

  • mila_8

    I’d hack up the shoes, not technically taking them away, and make a belt. Then give the skirt a slut cut and use back side and part of the metal framing in the prop behind her to make some boots. Ooh, some earrings fashioned from the lattice work of the set might also help. Might look ridiculous, but needs some shape and some fun.

  • krelnick

    I would swap all the pimple fabric for fire.

    • Agatha Guilluame


  • SierraDelta

    Yes, ditch the skirt for black slacks. And I can’t believe I’m even typing this, but make the pants hems touch the ground so the fugly shoes are hidden from view.

  • antonialee

    Get rid of the top, do something simple, sleeveless, and black.

  • antonialee

    Better yet, get rid of the hair, and let your freak flag fly!

  • somebody blonde

    Dammit TLo, your example was the first thing that came to mind. Instead, I will say that the cigarette pants should be in a bright, striking color- the first thing that came to mind was electric blue, but I think purple or green would be fun as well.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The top and the bottom look SO HEAVY, so while I’m tempted to switch out the top, I say switch out the bottom for a black pencil skirt and TUCK IN the top! THEN, she needs to PUT ON MAKEUP!

  • KT

    I’m sorry but I can’t.

  • Saying skinny black leather slacks is probably cheating but it would take PhD level skills to rescue this. Ouch.

  • FridaStaire

    I love how her toes falling out of the shoes bring wartime Budapest to life.

    • Suse


  • Swap the swampy, droopy top for fitted cropped denim jacket. Or, change the shoes, but send those to me.

  • Lilyana_F

    Seriously, these shoes are ATROCIOUS.

  • Julaine Haraden Morley

    Switch the matchy skirt for a short-ish leather pencil skirt. Black? Green to match her eyes?

  • demidaemon

    Picking only one thing to switch? So hard. If only one thing, definitely get rid of the skirts. However, I would also switch out the shoes for something much sleeker as well to go with the cigarette pants.