Karen Gillan in House of Holland at the “Oculus” Photo Op

Posted on March 11, 2014

Okay, this is super adorable.



Karen-Gillan-House-Holland-Oculus-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Karen Gillan attends the “Oculus” Photo Op during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in House of Holland.

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Karen-Gillan-House-Holland-Oculus-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)House of Holland Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

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We suddenly can’t wait to see what she does for the poledance when Guardians of the Galaxy comes out.

We are not without our quibbles, however. The sleeves are a skosh too short on her, and when you slap on some bright pink nail polish, the effect is to make her hands look enormous. Despite our strong opinions on too-matchy accessories, we think blue for the nail color would’ve been perfect here. Also: those business-like pumps are all wrong for this. Getchaself some cute Mary Janes, girl. Also, we shouldn’t be able to see your lip liner. From 15 feet away. But your hair’s cute! And that embroidered collar is too precious for words.




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  • Ginger

    In addition to your quibbles, I must add that the most offensive to me is her eyeliner. Honey, you really don’t need all that dark eyeliner!

    • leahpapa

      It seems like there’s way too much flash, at least on my screen, making the makeup look severe and washing out the color of the dress (I couldn’t tell it was midnight blue until I saw the lookbook shot) and her skin. Super cute look that I think isn’t being rendered well by this photography.

    • Bridget Smith

      This might be a bit too much, but I think this look really did call for heavy eyeliner for the mod effect.

      • fursa_saida

        I agree. Leave the makeup too light and this starts to look too childish, at least for my taste. (Although I’m sure the effect would be different in person given how tall she is.)

        • Bridget Smith

          I’m an inch taller than her (per IMDb) with a similar build, and you’d be surprised how childish things can look! I’ve tried on outfits that were super adorable on my shorter friends and realized they would only work on me if it were my first day of kindergarten.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      She has some beautiful eyes in a beautiful color and they get lost with all that eyeliner. Now I feel like my granma when she used to call on me for wearing too much makeup, but in that “you have such a beautiful face, why would you cover it with so much makeup” way that grandmas can do, bless her heart.

    • what not

      I couldn’t look at anything else.

  • ChaCha_70

    Yes, a few minor quibbles but overall adorableness! I’m envious of her long limbs!

  • I wonder what the pilot wears on the airline she’s a stewardess for…(kidding aside, this is so adorable.)

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I was getting more “Wednesday Addams’ preppy cousin”, but I so want to travel on that airline!

  • KinoEye

    Save the nails and shoes, this is cute as a bug’s ear. LOVE that hair.

  • The black Saint Laurent mary janes with the gold glitter heels, I think. She’s doing a fantastic job growing her hair out.

    • MilaXX


  • Allison Harris

    Straight up Partridge Family realness.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Too much so, for me.

    • bunnybstuff

      I didn’t see your post earlier, but yes! My first thought, exactly!

    • 3boysful

      MY first thought! Shirley Jones’ redheaded sister come for a visit! (PS – we are dating ourselves . . .)

      • DaringMiss

        I was right there with you guys!

    • YES. THIS.

    • scoobynacks

      I thought I’d be the only one thinking she looked like Shirley Jones. I can’t tell you how much this warms my heart.

  • JauntyJohn

    I was so impressed with her for shaving her head for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Her hair had been such a signature for her up till then (though that may have been more the Dr. Who PR dept. and not Karen herself).
    Regardless, aside from the aforementioned issues I love this on her.

  • bunnybstuff

    Am I the only one getting Shirley Jones/Partridge Family from this?

    • Kit S.

      I thought the same thing! She could play her in the biopic.

    • Morales Mike

      No you are NOT. She is SERVING Shirley Partridge up on a platter. Get her a purple velveteen pantsuit and frilly blouse immediately!

  • gabbilevy

    Great dress and hair, less great nails, makeup and shoes. Can’t help but think that the hair + dress combo would look fresher if one or the other was styled to look a little edgier.

  • Lilak

    Three cheers for the Judi Dench headsuit — cute at any age!

  • M_E_S

    Even with the issues, I still can’t help but worship her. How does she manage to look so adorable with long/no/short hair? I AM SO ENVIOUS.

  • MilaXX

    Like this except for the quibbles you mentioned. Blend the lips, make the sleeve longer and get a better shoe. I’ll give you the nail polish if you fix the sleeves.

  • The hair is what makes the look. Also, I seriously think the sleeves are supposed to be that short. They appear to be that short on the model as well.

    • decormaven

      Whoever cut and styled that hair did a fab job. Love it!

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Adorable Karen is Adorable.

  • mmebam

    Still adorable.

  • lunchcoma

    I’m going to dissent. The twee hair is cute. The twee dress is cute. Put both of them together on a twee sort of woman, and I’m getting sugar overload.

  • marlie

    My original post isn’t showing up… anyway, really cute haircut, and cute (though not perfect) makeup. The dress is ok; I don’t really like it, but it works for her.

  • Blair Sylvester

    the doll makeup is really freaking me out especially with this dress. I think different makeup was needed

  • alyce1213

    Very cute — and velvet, which I love. She’s tall and has long arms so the sleeves are just short, like on the model, but it’s not enough to ruin it.

  • marlie

    Cute haircut and great eye makeup. The dress is a little too precious for me, but it still suits her and the setting. She totally needs new shoes, though.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I love this, such a sweet look. I tend to applaud anything that’s not the normal va-va-voom sexy look to which so many starlets default, though.
    Girl is my shade of pale, too. Can’t help but love that.

  • Lilithcat

    I don’t know if it’s the lighting or her makeup or both, but she looks like a china doll.

  • Bridget Smith

    Ohh, girl, I feel you on the sleeves. All my long-sleeve shirts look like this, which is why I always roll the cuffs. But that would look terrible with this dress. At least your hair is adorable!

  • kimmeister

    I never thought I’d see the day that TLo recommended Mary Janes, but here it is. Huzzah! Totally agree.

    I think my favorite thing about the dress is the wavy button placket (or whatever it’s called).

    • MoHub

      Not just Mary Janes; it also needs white knee socks.

  • Nika E

    This is allllll wonky looking to me. I like the dress but all together it looks… I dunno, wonky is the only way I can explain this. She looks like Peter Pan and I’m not sure of thats bad but it isnt good here. Maybe im thinking about it too much. Its cute I guess.

  • WendyD

    I can’t help but love her nails, they just scream “Amy Pond” which in turn screams “Karen Gillan” because it was Karen’s idea to have Amy wear all different colors of nail polish as part of her look. She does have long fingers. She a TALL Scottish goddess!

  • Laura Renee

    Can’t sign off on the makeup. I love Karen Gillian, but this look isn’t working for me.

  • Ashleigh

    Partridge Family…but adorable


    Totally agree with all of the Partridge Family remarks. It is all I could see….

  • Alyssa

    J’adore this dress on her. Although the makeup is giving me a “painted porcelain doll” vibe.

  • SewingSiren

    Danny got Rubin to sell our songs, and it really came together when Mom sang along.

    • DeniseSchipani

      My exact thought! Oh, Susan Dey.

  • Shouldn’t she give this dress to Zooey Deschanel when she’s finished with it? I mean, can’t you SEE her in this?

  • zenchelle

    Had to REOPEN my Disqus account to share: Karen Gillan must be a relation of Shirley Jones…she’s identical to her Shirley Partridge character! Cute dress, but not the shoes

  • Michele

    I’m sorry, but I don’t understand how this is “adorable” rather than twee as fuck. I don’t like it one bit, but maybe that’s just me.

  • The Versatile Chef


    /dates self

    • MoHub

      Oh, goody! I’m not the only one who got Lulu from this! Yes, I look at those pictures and expect to hear “To Sir, With Love” or “Shout.”

      Dating myself as well, I guess.

      • The Versatile Chef

        She TOTALLY looks like Lulu here. I would post a comparison pic but, you know, Disqus…

  • judybrowni

    Wednesday Addams grows up, somewhat.

    Yeah, the shoe is wrong, but not as wrongo as the hiddeosity clod hoppers the model was sporting.

    • KayEmWhy

      You stole my thought! Wednesday Addams! Yes.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Twiggy realness.

  • poorellensmith

    At first glance, I thought this was an old picture of Shirley Jones in her Partridge Family days.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      That’s all I could see, too. I thought I was having an acid flashback.

  • mjude

    I see “Julie Carn” …. love

    • MoHub

      Judy Carne. And yes, I saw that as well.

      But more Lulu.

  • semirose

    Oh gosh her face looks like a doll face in that close up and I can’t decide if it’s cute or creepy. Also can’t unsee the giant hands, especially in that last pic. That’s almost Whomonsteresque.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Your comment gave me a flashback to the doll shows that I attended with some good friends-the rosy cheeks and unblinking eyes were majorly creepy

  • vitaminC

    Mia Farrow, from her “sleeping with the devil” phase. No, not that devil. The other one.

  • tereliz

    It’s a little too twee for me. Something about the collar and the sleeves and the hair all combined. I’m all about adding Mary Janes to an outfit, but this one needs something else. Not the foot girdles the model is wearing, but maybe a heeled oxford? Something that winks at the tweeness without helping to contribute to it?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      There is such a fine line between cute and twee, and this look is coming very, very close to twee for me.

  • tallgirl1204

    Holy Shirley Partridge, the high school years!

  • jilly_d

    Yikes, that makeup is terrifying.

  • It reminds me a little too much of Shirley Jones on The Partridge Family. Love the dress on the model.

    • ovarB


  • allcapsERINN

    but . . . ‘Partridge Family’ flashbacks

  • nannypoo

    The pixie cut is not flattering to her round face and her makeup makes her look like a clown, the manicure is bad, her sleeves are too short and her shoes are invisible. The dress is cute. I’m seeing Chloe Moritz in it.

  • Tracy_Flick

    It’s Austin Powers from the ankles up, insurance agent from the ankles down. HATE. It’s just cartooonish and unflattering.

  • peachy

    Shirley Jones. The Patridge Family. ’nuff said.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Exactly-that was my first thought when I saw this post.

    • pdquick

      OMG. You’re right! Complete with black eyeliner. The conversation is officially over. Peachy shuts it down. (Edit: OK, now I’m scrolling down and seeing that other people called it, too. But still, good call.)

  • stubbornthoughts

    After seeing these pictures, I have a feeling she is incapable of blinking and that totally creeps me out.

  • Gatto Nero

    Cute dress (if slightly juvenile) with the haircut.
    Needs a more fun shoe.

  • Aurumgirl

    Outfit, hairdo, and face: she reminds me of Shirley Jones in the Partridge Family.

  • Pablo

    Love the look on the model but it doesn’t work on her

  • MannahattaMamma


  • Adelaidey

    Young Julie Andrews!

  • JP

    She is so freakin’ cute with the pixie cut!

  • gefeylich

    Wow, the only person who annoys me even more than AnnE Hathaway, in persona (irritating), acting ability (negligible) AND fashion choices (heinous). She looks as if she’s in some daggy 60’s fancy dress, troweled-on makeup and all. Ugh.