Laverne Cox at the 2014 PaleyFest “Orange is the New Black” Event

Posted on March 17, 2014

We picked this look because (in retrospect: HILARIOUSLY) we thought she’d turned toward simple and pretty in her style – and away from fierce and hot, for the moment. We felt that was notable. But that’s because we need our eyes checked.



Laverne Cox attends the 2014 PaleyFest “Orange is the New Black” event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Because when we picked these pictures, we though she was wearing black tights.

Girl, we love that dress on you (like we said: simple and pretty) and we LOVE those crazy-ass boots on you (fierce and hot), but they really don’t go together at all.



[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/]

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  • NinjaCate

    For some strange reason, this made me think of another time you were covering Laverne’s style and you commented on how revolutionary it was that you could talk about a trans woman’s style on a mainstream fashion blog without her gender identity being the story. I think that’s awesome too, and I love her so much for all the activism she’s done since really blowing up with OITNB.

    I still hate those boots though…

    • All that, and I love the boots. Possibly not at this function and definitely not with this dress though!

  • sojourneryouth

    The boots don’t go, for sure, but that is a seriously cute dress with great colors. I really like how the print creates curves and flatters her body. She looks pretty great here.

  • @Biting Panda

    This is a head scratcher.
    Sadly, I don’t really care for the boots. I don’t like to see thigh high leather, be slouchy.

    • leahpapa

      Slouchy boots – whether intentional or not – is a visual bug for me; I just want to yank them up.

  • hughman

    I like the boots. They’re perfect for wading through all the shit she must have to endure from reporters about her life and transition.

    • Introspective

      I dont even like the boots but had to show your comment so much love. Nailed. Your wit is enviable.

    • KinoEye

      I was reading a little more about Miss Laverne, and came across this quote: “I do feel there is a preoccupation with that [surgeries and transition]. The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things.” Gosh, I love that woman.

      • That’s from her interview with Katie Couric! She was. AMAZING.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Said to Katie Couric, no less, in response to prodding about Miss Laverne’s transition. Excellent response stated in a graceful manner. She gets all my hugs today.

        • RussellH88

          Because she asked Carmen Carrera something like “But your genitals are different now, correct?”

          It was lacking anything resembling tact and class.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Completely. Miss Laverne handled it beautifully, though.

          • cocohall

            I can’t believe I’m defending Katie Couric, because her show is often so dimwitted, I wonder just who they believe her audience to be. With that said, I do wonder if Katie is asking the questions that her viewers want to know. Ok, so maybe her viewers have no right to know these things, but to some extent, if you come on a chat show like Katie’s, part of the drill is to move the conversation forward. What of my favorite sayings is “Start Where You Are.” And where many people still are in regards to transgender people is in the dark, where trans people are marginalized as some sort of side show freak. To get to point where there is a more light, you have to spell it out for some people who do get stuck in the whole “But your genitals are male. You can’t be a woman!” thinking. I believe Laverne handled it beautifully and thanks to her for be willing to talk about this publicly and helping to redefine the conversation. She undoubtedly move the needle AND reached some people who may be questioning, ashamed, or fearful and helped them feel more accepting of their own truths. Bless.

      • Danielle

        My very favorite Laverne quote (of which there are MANY) was when she gave a speech on why healthcare for transpeople is so important. She said that it was neither cosmetic or elective, it was life-saving. Really struck a chord with me.

    • Dadoong21

      The thing that gets me with this comment, is that not once did this article mention her past, or her transition. Yet the top rated comment is about her transition and no less a complaint about how that’s what people focus on. How about you comment on her outfit instead? You realise you’re only adding to that noise that you want silenced, yes?

      EDIT: That being said, I appreciate the humour and get you meant no malice. I mean none either, but c’mon now… let’s call a spade a spade here.

      • MissusBee

        I think you and the delicious Hughman are on the same page here.

        To whit: stereotyping hurts us all, as a difficult outfit sometimes offends the eye (especially when painful-looking shoes are involved). Let us banish the bunions of prejudice and the ugly prints of discord. Kindness to humans, feet and retinas in all their beautiful diversity.

        Love and mimosas to all my BKs and the Uncles that raised them.

  • Introspective

    Lurv Laverne.

    Covet the dress.

    Abhor the boots with it tho. 🙁

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Those boots are ugly and look cheap (I have no idea if they actually are), but the dress is a 10 on her. Not in love with the hair, but I think the ease of it goes with the dress.

  • marlie

    Really pretty makeup, and cute dress, even if looks a little too “summer sun dress” to me. Laverne’s hair is looking a little too wiggy (though I know it IS), and the thigh-high boots are a needle scratch. Maybe some dark tights and a pair of killer heels would have been better.

    • leahpapa

      I think the blonde is not her friend – I would love to see her with a richer tone.

  • She gets a total pass from be cause, well, Laverne Cox, bitches.

  • Danielle

    She could wear a fucking burlap sack and I would snap my fingers and give her a WERQ.

  • KinoEye

    Ooooh, girl. Love that dress and would wear it myself, but not with those gorgeous thigh-highs. Still lookin’ FINE.

  • Mothra

    I really like those boots.

  • smayer

    Ooh, I want that dress!

  • DonnaL

    I love the dress, but not the boots.

    To think that it’s only been five or six years since anyone who complained about Christian Siriano’s “hot t***** mess” catchphrase in this comment section — or about the “t” word in general — was rather viciously attacked and ridiculed. (I remember it quite well, from repeated personal experience.) I never once saw Tom or Lorenzo say anything transphobic, but the comment section here definitely seems to have changed for the better.

  • Sofia

    i say keep the outfit as is. but please change your hair…..the color is good, but the style is not your friend. i am also not crazy about the lip liner.

    • fursa_saida

      Yeah, I wish she’d try a side part.

  • formerlyAnon

    The boots don’t go, but I think they go better than the hair. Or maybe I just like them better than the hair. That could be it.

    (I do really love the dress on her, and I like how the print echos and helps emphasize the shape of the silhouette.)

    Edited for clarity.

  • conniemd

    Summer fun dress does not go with thigh high boots as either your legs are going to be roasting or your arms freezing.

  • B_C_J

    This combination is definitely not working.

  • Sobaika

    I think she was aiming for simple and pretty overall – her makeup is rather pared down.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    It’s like she’s trying to do a ’60’s style mashup that was a serious fail…

  • VicD

    OK, I admit it – I haven’t seen the show and had to look her up on Wikipedia. I knew nothing about Laverne Cox. Wow. All I have to say is … that is one seriously beautiful gal.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    You know what, on her with that hair and for this event (all sit down and all you see are the tops + shoes) this is a win for me. I love her style and I think for this venue, she picked a great outfit. Bless her.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    I hate to say it because Laverne is on my Rational Love List, but the tank dresses are approaching “Of Course” degrees of frequency. I’d love to see her in a Elie Saab, just to switch it up.

  • MilaXX

    Yeah the boot s and that dress are not friends at all. Also her lipstick looks like it could use a touch up.

  • alyce1213

    I love that little dress. Her hair looks blonder, which I’m not so crazy about.

  • Kent Roby

    OMG, y’all; is it possible that our Lovely Laverne is transitioning….away from fishnets for a hot minute? Nah, she’s probably still wearing the fishnets under the boots! I agree that the boots are a bit too much here, but that is one really-cute dress.

  • Imasewsure

    That dress needs some cute flip flops and a kick ass pair of sun glasses.

    • Kent Roby

      GIANT sunglasses, yes, but Miss Laverne in flip flops? Good luck with that! I’m pretty sure that she wears 6-inch clear acrylic Miss America pumps (with fishnets) when strolling down the beach! I really must meet her soon!

  • Jacob Bowen

    This is her “Dominatrix on the Beach” look…and I still love it.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It’s all a no for me. The boots look cheap and the dress looks like a beach cover up.

  • JimMcC

    It makes it look like she’s doing the horrendous dress over pants thing. Those boots need a shorter or longer hemline, methinks. This pairing makes for two great tastes that don’t go great together. It’s like chocolate and mustard, this outfit.

  • jw_ny

    I can see I’m in the minority here, but I don’t even like the dress. The pattern shape, from her abdomen downwards, give the illusion that she’s pregnant. The boots really don’t belong with that dress, and I’m not digging her lipstick, nor hair, either.

  • titaness25

    Gosh, she’s so pretty. I will opine that the boots are awesome- it’s the dress that doesn’t go.

  • RuthGo

    She is both do me and be me.

  • Love her to death, but I don’t think I can sign off on either those boots or that lipstick. That dress is golden on her, though.

  • Susan Velazquez

    I think she needs to start wearing her hair in different styles soon. Just loosely hanging around her face is getting kinda dull. I would have recommended a pony tail or half up/half down with earrings and black pumps.

  • Sweetvegan

    She looks great! I don’t even mind the boots with that dress.

  • I think it would work if the fabric of the dress was just a little heavier, and the bottom half just a little more tailored rather than “frilly”, if that makes sense.

  • StellaBartois

    No. I love her but … no.

  • OhSheila

    Love both pieces, don’t love them together. Am I the only one who hates her wig choices? I really think she should dial back the blonde and emphasize the brown more.

  • Judy_J

    What in god’s name made her think that dress went with those boots?

  • Even though it’s summer on top and winter on the bottom, I kind of like it.