Cobie Smulders at the 2014 PaleyFest “How I Met Your Mother” Event

Posted on March 18, 2014

Resting on pretty:



Cobie Smulders attends the “How I Met Your Mother” series farewell event at the 2014 PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Sure, she’s putting some sort of effort in, but this is just about as dull as a public appearance look can get. She didn’t consult with us (shocking), but if she had, we would have told her she’s in a period of her career where she really needs to step it up on the style front and give people something to ooh and aah over. Her long-time job on TV is ending and she’s hooked up to a string of guaranteed movie blockbusters with the Avengers franchise. There’s no way she can’t get better looks lent and styled for her than this. Give them a show, honey. Now’s the time.




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  • MilaXX

    Since this is Paleyfest I don’t mind the low key look.

  • emilyaGoGo

    I want her eyebrows.

  • Janet B

    Her shoes made me laugh

    • kimmeister

      They look like something from a Chris March hair collection.

    • titaness25

      With joy? They’re furry courts with gold heels. Tacktastic. How could you not love them? All they need is light up soles and they’d be the Best Shoes Ever.

  • elemspbee

    And gosh, that face is not carrying anything. So drab and drag (but not the drag we love)–heavy. I like her squared-jaw and that she is more naturally a hard look, not soft pretty. But nothing is working here.

    • Sophie

      Yes on the hard look! (And the rest.) I found her most beautiful in her role in the Avengers. And I think the collar distracts from her jaw-line.

      • fursa_saida

        I agree on the collar. I also think she needs a tad more emphasis around the eyes–they’re sort of disappearing between her lips and brows. And, good god, my kingdom for a damn bracelet.

  • Kent Roby

    This girl needs to buy a vowel, specifically an “o”. She could be “Smoulders” in a hot minute with just the tiniest bit of attention to her RC looks, instead of just being “pretty, in a boring dress”.

  • Sarah

    Necklace necklace necklace!!!

    • kimmeister

      And not a dainty, demure one; a large statement necklace is in order here.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      Necklace, sparkly belt, big colorful earrings – something. She has extraordinarily beautiful eyes so any makeup that does not emphasis them is a total fail in my opinion. I would give this whole look a c- at best.

  • SewingSiren

    The shoes are the only thing worth commenting on. They are fierce.

    • emilyaGoGo

      Agreed – well-deployed hardware on a clean pump (taking notes, Miu Miu?). Love.

  • Anna

    Jesus Colbie, are you really that depressed over the end of How I Met Your Mother? You’re about to make the highly-coveted leap from TV to film star. Mrs. Timberlake still hasn’t managed that and somehow she gets Chanel couture.

    • emilyaGoGo

      Whatever do you mean, Anna? “Summer Catch” was EPIC! 😉

      • Anna

        LOL, I had to Google as I hadn’t heard of it. That looks like a real gem. And wow, whatever happened to Freddie Prinze Jr? I dig that (as far as I know) he’s still married to Sarah Michelle Gellar though.

        • emilyaGoGo

          Yeah – it was a winner. Ever have one of those “I’m sick and tired and can’t get off the couch to find the remote and change the channel so I’m stuck watching whatever is currently on TBS on a Saturday morning” days? I hold the same day responsible for having sat through the Mannequin sequel…

          And, yes, love that Freddie and SMG are still together – and *seem* like a relatively low-key/happy family.

          • Anna

            Ha! The Mannequin sequel, nice. I do love the first one though, one of my favourite cheesy ’80s movies: Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy…nothing’s gonna stop them now!

            I hear you about the not being able to find the remote to change the channel, I often do that with movies and shows I already own on DVD. Seasons 4-8 of Seinfeld were still in their original wrapping for years because I’d just watch it whenever it came on.

          • emilyaGoGo

            Ditto on the original, and ditto on the Seinfeld episodes. And Friends. And Futurama. And by the time all of those shows are truly off the air, my DVD player and all its accoutrements will likely be obsolete!

          • Sarah

            MANNEQUIN ROCKS.

          • Anna

            It really does. I’m long overdue for a lazy weekend, I’m going to have to put Mannequin, Adventures in Babysitting and Sixteen Candles on my lazy weekend movie list.

          • Sarah

            Ha that’s funny. I have AIB and 16 Candles on my DVR right now. I think some channel did an 80’s weekend a while back and I just recorded the whole dang thing.

  • Maybe she thought she needed to wear mourning to a “series farewell” event?

  • ryenerman

    I am a 44 year old suburban mom and have a dress like this that I wear to my office job. Cobie, you need to step up your game. There is no way on this earth you should be wearing any (albeit much more expensive) version of my office attire.

    • Nancer

      This. Exactly.

  • aly

    She looks like Jadzia Dax. This looks like something Jadzia would wear. COME ON DAX GLAM IT UP A LITTLE.

    • That just made me giggle so hard. I love a Dax reference.

    • twocee

      Good call. I always wondered who she reminds me of and that’s it.

  • decormaven

    Listen to the uncles, dear child. That window of opportunity only stays open for a moment. You’ll never make the jump to hyperspace in this pedestrian outfit.

  • sagecreek

    Summer funeral.

  • Gatto Nero

    Dull, if serviceable.
    Not digging the orange makeup.

  • amaranth16

    Her effort at sexy face just always looks pissed/smirking to me. And that is a boring-ass dress.

  • kmk05

    Spring, stars, SPRING! What’s with all the black? For the love of stylists, can’t you pick things from the fall collections that have a bit of colour? Evrything above the neck is great, though.

  • Girl, That’s Not Your Bronzer.

  • lunchcoma

    If she hadn’t put on the lipstick, I’d have thought she was going to a funeral.

    She’s gorgeous and has the ability to wear all kinds of lovely things. I wish she’d get a stylist.

  • FrigidDiva

    No thank you, I’ve met Jesus already and I have enough Bibles, but you may want to try the house across the street.

  • willworktomorrow

    Love those shoes. Love love LOVE.

  • Candigirl1968

    This looks more “going out to the nice neighborhood restaurant on a weekday” than series farewell event outfit.

  • mowa5

    “it looks lent” looks LIKE Lent…atonement.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Some jewelry and a better skirt could have TOTALLY elevated this look. I actually think the higher neck accentuates her face a bit, but I would have done a RIDICULOUSLY LARGE necklace.

  • nannypoo

    Is that a dress or a short sleeved turtleneck under a jumper? Either way, it’s not a good look for her.

  • jw_ny

    perfect …if she were appearing on Sprockets. 😉

    • jilly_d


    • kimmeister

      Where did Dieter run off to?

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Talk about complete lack of face….

  • Violina23

    She’s such a genetically gifted STUNNINGLY beautiful woman. I don’t get the style choices, but hey, that’s me (and I’m guessing most of you too)

  • kittenwithaquip

    Resting on Bitchface. Her facial expressions might be going for “smouldering”, but she just ends looking like she wants to KILL US ALL.

  • Keep the shoes and do everything else over.

  • SierraDelta

    Picture 2: “How DARE you presume to critique me, you blathering BKs.”

  • kfizz

    That dress is hideous. It has great elements, but the combined whole looks so frumpy and unflattering.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I didn’t know she was Amish.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Gross dress. It’s terrible that her smoldering red carpet face always plays out as hilarious thanks to her name. I can’t take it seriously.

  • marlie

    Hem that skirt about 6 inches and it would instantly be less boring. It would STILL be boring, but a little less so. And throw on a necklace or a bangle.

  • Constant Reader

    That is totally a look I’d have rocked at my last admin job, right down to the hair yanked back into a bun secured with a pencil on a stressful afternoon. But I wore more flattering makeup. And I wasn’t on a red carpet.

  • Amel

    I don’t know, that dress is pretty close to awful from where I’m sitting. The shoulder caps take away from whatever chicness was imbued by the faux turtleneck, and the seams around the torso as well as the pleats make her look wide. Her face is great but that dress is a miss I think.

  • I don’t know – at her worst she still looks better than the girl they hired to be The Mother.

  • kategs

    Resting on gorgeous.

  • mjmiller77

    I see 80s. or schoolmarm. She needs something sultry to go with her face.

  • crash1212

    Colbie, honey – a bracelet…maybe a ring – SOMETHING. Don’t be afraid. Otherwise…beautiful.

  • anotherkate

    Ugh, that is some sister-wife-in-mourning shit. Fierce shoes, but GIRL. I like you; get it together.

  • Page 17 of the 1999 Tweeds catalog. Also available in sage, persimmon and canyon.

  • Fuchaforever

    I hate turtlenecks with a passion!

  • Pennymac

    The most exciting thing about this look is that her shoes fit!

  • dschubba

    Oh, come ON!

  • MissusBee

    Outfit makes me feel the same way as HIMYM. Combination of extreme boredom and annoyance that it isn’t better, given the raw materials.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Why DON’T the stars consult with you??

  • Smuldering again. Such a pretty face, such boring looks.

  • OffToSeeHim

    How is this resting on pretty? Bad hair, bad, bad lip, bad dress. For me this is about as complete as an OUT can get.