Elle Fanning in Topshop in Paris

Posted on March 06, 2014

We cop to this being subjective almost to the point of being arbitrary, but something about this look bugs us as being a bit over-styled.


Elle-Fanning-Topshop-Paris-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Elle Fanning takes a stroll on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré during Paris Fashion Week.

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Elle-Fanning-Topshop-Paris-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Topshop Oversized Wool Boyfriend Coat | Miu Miu 56mm Sunglasses | Miu Miu Madras Leather Shoulder Bag | Christopher Kane Sheer Button Front Shirt | Miu Miu Donna Jeweled Suede Pumps

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In fact, that outfit’s not so much styled as it is curated.

We think it’s the ripped jeans, which come off too affected. Or maybe it’s the shoes no 15-year-old would be likely to wear walking down the street.  Girl, Those Aren’t Your Shoes. They’re Sarah Jessica Parker’s. She’s been looking for them.

The top, bag and coat are all cute, although the color on the latter puts us in the mind of Oscar the Grouch.


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  • Flavia Pantoja

    It’s only a teenager with too many freebies on her closet and not enough style-sense yet. She will be fine in the long run (I hope!)..

  • Lucía Gavello

    I need to get the combination to this chikie’s coat safe… I mean, she must have them in a safe right? I would.

  • siedhr

    It’s all too much. And I dislike the jeans and the top. If the shoes had rounded points, maybe it would have been more stylish. As they are, they seem tacky for anybody, imo. Oh, but I do love the coat.

  • Lori

    I don’t even care if it looks like Oscar’s cousin, I want that coat.

  • tallgirl1204

    I love the coat. I think the blouse is what puts it over the top into a “curated” look. A plain t-shirt– almost any color at all– would have kept this in the realm of careful-but-casual.

    • ampg

      I agree – the jeans work as streetwear, but the blouse is just too much.

      • Rhonda Shore

        I see the jeans as the problem, they are too carefully ripped, i mean, the rips are symmetrical! The shirt is cute.

        • tereliz

          The square/rectangular shape of the rips mimic the shape of the panel in the blouse almost exactly. One of them needs to go and take the shoes with them. She’s not a 28 year old fashion blogger. Love the coat, and honestly, those chunky Prada heels in an eggplant or burgundy like she usually favors would look great with it and those jeans!

          • Rhonda Shore

            good point. Though I kind of like the shoes on her, they’re colorful and fun. The carefully ripped pants, however, just chafe.

        • fursa_saida

          I want un-ripped, but maybe a little faded jeans, and boots. I agree that in general either the top or the jeans have to go, but I like the top way more than the jeans, so they lose. Sorry, suckers. Either way, though, I think this outfit needs boots, not pumps.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Agree – it’s the blouse that bugs most. And maybe the bag… cause with the shoes and everything…

    • kmk05

      Too true. I actually think the entire thing is really cute, and if I can manage to snag that coat I will. But it’s that blouse that’s problematic, although she does look carefully fabulous. He hair and the glasses are really working here.

    • KES4K

      I think swapping either the shirt or the shoes would make it less editorial. As is, I don’t hate it, but yeah, it’s more “Teen Vogue” than actual teenager, fashion freebies or no.

  • Chickadeep

    That green is a pretty unforgiving color, especially for a pale blonde (which I was, when I was just a little older than her) — but I would have DIED for that coat in that exact in-your-face shade back in the day, so I can see her grabbing it. I have noticed her tendency to wear a slightly fancy classic stiletto shoe, too, and not just when she’s “on” for some event, but in random street shots, so I think she might actually be the one picking those out. Agree the oh-so-carefully ripped jeans, bag, shirt and shades have the fingerprints of a stylist all over ’em.

  • tallgirl1204

    I also have to note that I am in Philadelphia this week for the first time in my life and third on my wish list, after a trip to the flower show (done) and to Fabric Row (on my list), is that I might sight you on the street somewhere. I wouldn’t do anything weird or inappropriate; it would just be so cool to go back to small-town rural-land and know I had had this celebrity sighting…

    • MilaXX

      If you go to fabric row, grab lunch at Essene on 4th street. It’s my one of my favorite veggie haunts. It’s a organic market, but they have a cafe in the back.

  • SugarSnap108

    It bugs me as being a bit ugly. (OK, the coat is cute, but I cannot abide by the ripped jeans/sheer ’90s top.)

  • elemspbee

    yes mos def pants and the shoes.

  • butterflysunita

    I agree that the holes in the pants are too much–you just know she either bought the pants like that are had them professionally ripped. Along with the other elements, it’s a bit overstyled.

  • Alloy Jane

    The coat’s too big, the shirt’s too sheer, the heels too mature, and the pants too stupid. Those are stupid pants with stupid, symmetrical knee shreds. I love the color of the coat and wish it was a slightly different shape. But that shade of green looks great on me and I’m pretty sure I can take her.

  • lundibleu

    I don’t care that it’s Oscar the Grouch coloured – the coat looks great. However, I think it’d look better with a plain tshirt or other solid top, a pair of slim bootcut jeans and a pair of black heeled boots.

  • Gatto Nero

    Yes — I scrolled down and *bingo*: I thought the same thing. Ripped jeans are a bridge too far. And the shoes are too much, without even considering who goes for a leisurely stroll in stilettos.
    Love the coat, though I can’t wear acid green.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Doesn’t she look a bit like Carey Mulligan?

    • Jen

      I thought that too!

    • Loramir

      I can see that…I’m also getting MAJOR Kirsten Dunst vibes. Especially the first two shots. If I didn’t know it was Elle, I’d have guessed Kirsten.

  • JauntyJohn

    It’s definitely the jeans.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Yup, no doubt. They’re cute, they just don’t go with the rest of this. Love everything else about that outfit, though.

  • Evan

    Love the coat, but someone slightly older should be wearing it styled as Emma Peel maybe.

  • Pennymac

    I’m so thankful that the only thing that remains of my teenage fashion mistakes are some faded blurry pics my mom had. I know, she’s got people, but still, the stuff I wore that was “cool” when I was her age makes this look like perfection! (High waisted, shiny bell bottoms and keep on trucking shoes, anyone?)
    I’d wear that Oscar the Grouch coat in a hot minute, though.

  • @Biting Panda

    I think she’s always clearly loved Fashion. She’s wealthy, connected, and in fucking Paris. At fifteen. I say she’s very politely telling the world “Suck it haters , I’m fabulous”.

  • lunchcoma

    All of the pieces are fine, but put together it’s just too much.

    Also: Girl, That’s Not Your Coat. It’s my coat. Send it back to me as soon as possible, please.

    • artgirl9

      I just tried to find this coat but it’s sold out in this color

  • another_laura

    The ripped knees in the pants are stupid. Take that away and it’s a look that’s yeah, too much, but not really bugging. The pants put it over the edge into annoyance-land.

  • MightyMarshal

    I don’t watch the show, so I can only say this judging from what I’ve seen of it here, but this looks like a costume from The Carrie Diaries.

  • Kerry McCombs

    It’s way more Kermit the frog than Oscar the Grouch.

    • majorbedhead

      Damn. I knew I should have scrolled all the way down.

  • Qitkat

    The coat in that screaming chartreuse color looks smashing on her; not everyone could wear it. I guess the ripped knees just confirm her youth to me. But the shoes don’t look that comfortable, although cute, for lengthy strolling in the city.

    What I would like to know is this: when a young woman is this young and this famous, is she being chaperoned by a loving older member of her family for these foreign treks? I would assume that mom or whomever would not also be invited to the Paris fashion shows, but surely some responsible adult is in the city with her.

    • Sarah

      Oh, how sweet of you to imagine it that way. I don’t know what’s up with her particular entourage, but I’m afraid it’s often just a manager or other functionary that accompanies these youngsters.

  • EveEve

    I’m surprised her lipstick brand and color wasn’t part of the press release. Or was it? The provenance of every single other item was. She’s a walking advertisement. I would be much more interested in seeing what she’d have picked out for herself for a trip to Paris.

  • MilaXX

    That same shoe in a flat and less carefully aged jeans and this is a home run. This looks more print ad than gal on the street. On the other hand, this is the 2nd shot with a non clunky shoe so baby steps.

  • cocohall

    I might even be able to forgive the jeans if she were wearing say a pair of Converse chucks with this. All cute pieces, but your eye has no where to settle. Everything is screaming for attention. And it all looks like she raided the closet of a fabulous older sister or favorite aunt. The clothes are wearing her, not the other way round. But she’ll get the hang of it.

  • Mothra

    If those were flat shoes, I might be able to accept them. The jeans are a no go. And I love THAT COAT, Oscar the grouch notwithstanding.

    • I had to do a double take on the shoes because I could have swore they were flat and wondered, “Does Elle Fanning have the kind of celebrity where she can request altered shoes?”

  • Susan Velazquez

    I think it’s because the jeans look too neatly ripped. It just looks very poser-y. Maybe if it was just plain black jeans (no rips) and black flats. And a plain white blouse without the sheer. All the attention should be on the coat.

  • AmeliaEve

    The horizontal shreds in the jeans are competing with the horizontal band on the blouse. One or the other. The rips in the jeans also fall right at the hem of the coat for more distraction. That coat needs a really neutral foundation and this outfit is surprisingly distracting for a white blouse and skinny jeans.

  • The sheer shirt rhymes so much with the ripped jeans it’s like a rap battle, but set in Hartford, Connecticut.

    • Imasewsure

      Waspy edgy… you are so right

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    It’s all thrown together mishmash

  • BobStPaul

    Love the coat (but I’m a sucker for that color).

  • Skippymom1

    I love the shoes, but for someone more mature, and with a fancier outfit.

    Still, I polled the teenage girls here tonight [ages 15-17] and without the star power of Elle Fanning [I hid her face] they all loved the outfit minus shoes. This is the style being sold to their demographic. Also that color is spot on for them. It could only be [slightly] be elevated, in their opinion, by making it orange or turquoise.

    Elle is 15 year old girl with money to burn and any girl in her position would style exactly the same way [by looking at Pinterest?]. They all want to be the stars, after all. Nice move on her part. I think she looks cute.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    The same pants sans rips and different shoes would work better. On my screen, that green is a little more Kermit than Oscar. I do like the texture of the coat and the sheer panels on the blouse. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be 15 and rich and famous. She seems to be handling it well.

  • I love the coat. It’s the sheer shirt and shoes that puts it over the top for me.

  • livesarah

    It looks like she’s playing dress-ups. But isn’t this a great example of why the Fanning girls should go for something with COLOUR in it more often?! That green suits her so well.

  • KT

    Yeah… there are a few too many attention-pulling elements on display, and my eyes don’t know where to go. I like the coat, but the first thought that came to mind was Kermit, actually, so Oscar makes sense, as well. Some sort of Jim Henson creation, for sure.

    She’s in Disney’s Maleficent, so maybe they’re trying to do some not-so-subtle cross-promoting for Muppets: Most Wanted, which comes out in two weeks…? I’m only half-kidding, as Disney is never one to miss out on a capitalistic opportunity.

  • majorbedhead

    The jeans tip it for me. They’re too carefully ripped and I hate that look, on anyone. Plus they don’t go with the shoes.

    Oscar the Grouch is closer to pea green. That’s Kermit right there. It’s a gorgeous coat, but poor Kermie.

    • kerryev

      I’ve never seen perfectly symmetrical ripped knees.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Nailed it. Kermit all the way.

  • Call me Bee

    Agreed. A plain white T and some s*it-kickers woulda been killer, because that is an awesome coat.

  • flamingoNW

    Yeah but she’s in Paris. I dislike and yet appreciate the shirt, but otherwise love.

  • Jecca2244

    this looks like a rich version of what i would wear on the weekends. random and quickly plucked from my closet/floor

  • mrspotts66

    i adore the coat.
    adore. covet. want.

    the rest? meh.

    • Me too! I love chartreuse.

  • I think I would just switch out the shirt for a plain white button-down, no sheer. That sheer shirt is too tricky to layer under that coat. Plus I imagine it must still be cold in Paris; those sheer panels just make me angry it’s still so cold in NYC. Grump grump grump.

  • moohoop

    Love that coat, I have the same one! And it’s on sale at Topshop. 🙂

  • AnaRoW

    That’s a nice coat but, seriously, Oscar would never come out of his garbage can if he was anywhere near that color. That’s more of a radioactive Kermit color.

  • DominoEstella

    I could do without the jeans but I disagree on the shoes. I did wear shoes like that when I was 15. They were Sasha of London and I called them my queen shoes and I wore them to high school.

  • quiltrx

    I’m totally with you…I want to change out the shoes and pants. Maybe keep the shoes if we find some pants that work.

  • Rand Ortega

    Christmas tree dressing.

  • marlie

    I hate the shirt. Like, HATE it. The coat and the pants would be fine if she were wearing a simple t or something like that.

  • mmebam

    Cute from the waist up.

  • Esz

    Its definitely the shoes that are the step too far.

  • The jeans need to be un-ripped and the shoes should be flats. I like that she has the same hair and purse from earlier in the day – just like normal people.

  • BrianaJC

    I like the shoes, coat, and purse. Put a less complicated white top on and plain skinny jeans with it, and I’d definitely wear it. (which probably means it’s too mature for a 15 yr old!)

  • shirab

    Hilarious that that’s called a “boyfriend” coat.

  • I like the ‘fit.

  • crashtestbonnie

    I covet that coat (NOM) but the blouse and jeans gotta go. I had that blouse in high school in the 80s… although mine was electric blue, likely from Charlotte Russe, and required me to stay away from direct flame… lol!

  • Leah Elzinga

    I feel like she could keep the jeans with more 15yr old friendly shoes, OR keep the shoes but add in skinny cropped black pants.

  • MarissaLG

    Love the coat, love the shoes. (Not on her, because I want them).

  • Sally Spannagle

    I think it would look cute with “normal” skinny jeans and some sneakers — perfect for a teen.

  • webslice33

    she looks really good!

  • ChelseaNH

    Paired with the top, the rips in the jeans are too much visual noise.

  • Lilyana_F

    Wooo, that coat is stunning! Want!

  • Cathy S

    Was I supposed to notice anything but the coat? Because that coat is awesome.

  • Definitely the shoes. They don’t look like a fifteen year old girl, and they really don’t look like Elle. Some funky little Prada flats seem more her speed.

  • Perigee

    Thought she was Kiki there for a moment, which for not-Kiki is an improvement.

  • Sabin

    The first thing I thought was, “it’s the jeans,” and then scrolled the rest of the way down to read the same comment at the end. The artfully, identically shredded knees are just too precious.

  • Cindy Bartlett Zigler

    LURVE the coat! the shoes gotta go – a cute pair of Repetto ballerina flats in fuschia would’ve done that outfit justice, imho.

  • JynxTheCat

    Agreed on all counts except the Oscar part. More Kermit to me but LOVE it.

  • guest2visits

    The blouse is more annoying than the carefully ripped jeans. Other wise – love the shoes, the coat and everything else.

  • xmixiex

    15?? FIFTEEEEEEEN?!?!?!

  • mjmiller77

    LOVE the coat!! And the sunglasses are great. But the rest – meh. Burn the shoes – they look like something an 85 yr old snowbird grandma would wear. The blouse looks like it’s two sizes too big.

  • melanie0866

    It’s the jeans. The holes are too perfectly square. Jeans without holes would have been fabulous.

  • Sarah Caponigro

    I love it.

  • H2olovngrl

    The use of the word “boyfriend” as a description of a specific cut of a piece of clothing for a woman is starting to become an irrational irritation for me. Enough already! No “boyfriend” has worn that coat! Nor does it look like anything anyone’s boyfriend would ever wear!