Shailene Woodley in Roksanda Ilincic at the “Divergent” Mexico City Premiere

Posted on March 27, 2014

Darlings, here’s the latest entry in Shailene’s “Put on a dress, walk out the door” version of red carpet style.

S1Shailene Woodley attends the premiere of “Divergent” in Mexico City in a Roksanda Ilincic orange woven-strap dress paired with Brian Atwood sandals.

S2Roksanda Ilincic Fluorescent Woven-Strap ‘Anaress’ Dress


It’s a great dress, but she does nothing with it. Very little makeup, gym hair, no color on the nails, almost no jewelry at all and ugly strappy shoes. She’s one of those rare people who literally has no style at all. Lots of people say they have no style, but everyone usually follows some sort of template, even if it’s Regular Dude or Nice Girl; Office Drone or Stay-At-Home Mom. We know Shailene’s very crunchy granola in her so-called real life, but she doesn’t even express that side of herself well. She should. Like every single other style template (including Mom, Office Drone, Nice Girl and Regular Dude), Hippy-Dippy can be appropriately upscaled at times when a little upscale is called for. And if she’s Hippy with a side of No Frills (which seems close to the mark), then you get yourself some hemp fiber gowns in a minimalist style and put on one piece of natural stone, metal or wood jewelry and if you choose these items well, you won’t have to do much more than that. We’re all for expressing yourself in your clothing. What bothers us is not that she doesn’t wear nail polish or diamonds; it’s that she picks dresses that kind of require such finery instead of picking outfits that truly speak to who she is while presenting a polished version of it to the public. That’s what public appearance clothes are for.





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  • MilaXX

    I get the feeling we should be happy she shaved her underarms.

    • Emily Smith

      Yeah I read some interview where she talked about all her hippy dippy habits…this girl is one odd duck.

      • Qitkat

        Now you’ve got me interested. Maybe we should encourage more of those marching to their own drummer, rather than following the usual celebrity low road to stardom. Source of interview?

        • mlle

          I don’t know whether the Into the Gloss interview was the one being referenced, but she told them about her penchant for eating clay.

          • Emily Smith

            Not that one, but that is…special.

        • Emily Smith

          Google Emma Stone interviews Shailene Woodley. First one that comes up for interview magazine is the whole thing. I honestly wonder if on her end of the phone Emma was like “holy shit wtf” through some parts of her answers. I love the part where she’s like “so…mushrooms?”

          • Qitkat

            I finally got around to reading this interview, six days later. Especially in light of talking currently (April 2) about interview tidbits with Kirstan Dunst and Eva Mendes, I really enjoyed this conversation, with some unexpected questions, and longer answers with follow ups. I might have to seek out this magazine since these interviews are more in depth, which is what I like. And it was interesting that with the two actresses, it felt more natural, and somewhat less journalistic.

          • Emily Smith

            I liked the format a lot. I don’t remember how I stumbled on to it in the first place but I was intrigued by the fact that it was more a conversation between the two of them instead of a standard interview. I liked that they seemed to have printed it in it’s entirety also, or at least a large portion of the conversation. It doesn’t seem like they cut and paste much.

    • Bexxx

      I’m kind of sad that she did.

  • elizabethann1

    She tried to “be herself” one time and wore those weird foot shoe things and she got ripped apart. I think now she just does the best she can. Reading her interviews, she seems to have a lot of respect for the process. And she was great in Divergent!

  • Cyprienne Zed

    Before I scrolled down for the other photos, I literally thought she had a backpack slung on her shoulder and it didn’t even faze me.

    • E2_Remote

      Yeah, what is with that one wonky brown strap? Weird.

      • Sophie

        I think it looks less random from the back, on the model. But on the front, and standing in front of a dark backdrop…

    • SugarSnap108

      I thought it was a sports bra.

      • demidaemon

        My thoughts pretty much.

    • merciblahblah

      Exactly!!! Someone needs to snip that black strap off, stealth-like.

      And I SO wish T and Lo could take Shailene under their wing and hippie dippie her up appropriately, because that totally fits her personality, which I thought was adorable and charming on Jimmy Fallon recently. She could do it. She just needs someone to guide her to the light. Speaking of guiding her to the light, I MAY have seen the reincarnation of Zelda Rubenstein bagging groceries at the store the other day. She was sporting a hot pink bandana headband. I was just waiting to hear her say “cross ovahhh children….ALLLLL are welcome….”

      • MilaXX

        Her Jimmy appearance was her best look to date. She still had on minimal makeup but she had on more jewelry than I have ever seen her wear.(Dangly earrings and a cuff bracelet)

    • StillGary

      Hey, where did the purse go? Optical illusions bug me! But it’s a lovely color on her!

  • Adelaidey

    That black strap looks like a seatbelt.

    • Rhonda Shore

      It reminds me of those bags i’ve seen online that are made out of repurposed seat belts. The back of the dress looks like that too.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Well this is better than most of what we’ve seen on her. Which isn’t saying much, really.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I agree. Baby steps. She’ll get there.

  • Anna

    I would actually kind of like this were it not for the black strap, it’s like Roksanda thought to herself, “Random black strap: BOOM. Colour-blocking.”

    And I couldn’t agree more regarding Shailene’s style. Either find a suitable red carpet version of “hippy-dippy” with which to express yourself for public appearances, or just keep it in your personal life but hire a pro who knows what the fuck is up to do all the thinking for you if you really want to just throw everything on and walk out the door.

    • “Random black strap: BOOM. Colour-blocking.” My thoughts exactly.

      • demidaemon

        My thinking was more along the lines of “Is that her bra strap peeking out or is it part of the dress?” Obviously, the model pic answered the question, but I shouldn’t be asking that question in the first place.

  • Latin Buddy

    I know it’s wrong and unfair but I just see the whole Divergent/Shailene Woodley to be a budget-HungerGames/JenLaw.

    • xmixiex


    • DTLAFamilies

      That’s not really fair. Love her or hate her on her own, but why make it a competition between her and Lawrence?

      • demidaemon

        Because that is exactly why the movie was made: to piggyback on the dystopian (sp?) young adult trilogy into movie trend.

        • DTLAFamilies

          Divergent is a budget-HungerGames, no doubt, but I don’t like how young women in general and young actresses in particular are pitted against each other.

          • demidaemon

            True. Although I’m fairly certain Shailene is friends with JLaw and actually went to her for advice, so, at least in their minds, they aren’t being pitted against each other. How the entertainment news bigwigs want to sell it, though, is an entirely different matter.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            HitFix recently had an article entitled “10 Reasons Why Shailene Woodley is the Next Jennifer Lawrence.” So it’s already out there in the ether. The thing is, Jennifer Lawrence is still here. We don’t need a next one. There can be more than one hot 20-something actress. I do feel like Shailene is being shilled wholesale in way that Lawrence never was– the glut of movies this year, for instance.

  • Loramir

    She should talk to Natalie Portman, who I believe is a crunchy granola type – she used to have a line of vegan shoes. And Stella McCartney, though I don’t think much of her ability as a designer, does a lot with environmentally-friendly/cruelty-free design. So it definitely is possible to do hippy dippy high fashion.

    • MilaXX

      Natalie is or was vegan, but she’s not crunchy granola. Animal free is not the same as hippy dippy and vice versa.

      • KinoEye

        Yeah. She tends more towards modern Audrey Hepburn, I think. Simple, classy and pretty.

      • Loramir

        True–Natalie seems to have more of an anti-animal cruelty angle while Shailene’s is more sustainable/eco-friendly, but maybe they could at least swap some advice on how to go about finding red carpet-worthy fashion that fits your beliefs.

    • tereliz

      Vivienne Westwood may not be minimal enough to be her style, but it seems like they both have similar povs and “politics”. Shai should be like a daughter to her.

    • Aurumgirl

      Yes but there is far better fashion out there for her than Stella McCartney. She needs a stylist who is not going to cut her down and can figure out how to make her look her best yet true to herself at the same time. It can’t be that hard. She’s tall and thin and young, it’s not like she’s going to need clothes that are hard to find. Maybe she’d be better off doing that Livia Firth thing–sourcing beautifully made clothing and gowns from people who know how to recycle and reuse fabrics.

  • It is, however a totally great color on her. Love that orange!

  • ovarB

    She’s borderline “Amity” in her dress. 😛

    • StillGary

      ovarB, I bow to thee!

  • SugarSnap108

    That needless black strap is so distracting, from what is otherwise a great dress. Love the color. Speaking as something of a hippy-dippy, we can and do wear jewelry, and sometimes manage a hairstyle.

  • Julie Chase

    That black strap is making my eyes bleed. But the fit is gorgeous on her, all she needs is better makeup and shoes, and maybe a cuff or some funky earrings.

  • cmb123

    Was there a fire sale at Roksanda? Annie, Shailen, Jessica all in Roksanda Ilincic this week. I love the color on this and it looks great with her skin tone, and would have been great with the right styling. She really needs someone to help her dress for her, but in a way that is venue appropriate

    • kimmeister

      I think this is the best of the bunch by far, though.

  • joything

    I been schooled, now, on “Public Appearance Clothes.” I hope for a quiz in my life, soon.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love this dress, and I’m a little pissed that it was wasted on a look with no style. For shame, Ms. Woodley – it could have been FABULOUS.

  • AC Simons

    This is a woman with a great body, a lovely face, and very nice hands and feet. There are so many ways she could enhance all that without getting too dolled up, or betraying her “aesthetic” – whatever that is. She really needs someone to talk to her, figure out what she’s comfortable in, and then take her shopping. It could even be, gasp, fun.

    I do like this dress on her – it’s a nice clean look and the color is great. It could use some tailoring.

  • @Biting Panda

    Well stated Uncles. I’d really enjoy seeing a fresh take on a bohemian style.

    • Qitkat

      I’d enjoy seeing that too. Though my wardrobe doesn’t really show it much, I tend to swing that way. But I could use some good tips.

  • JulieK

    I can never see an orange and black outfit without going straight to Halloween in my mind. And this is an okay dress, I just don’t like the color story.

  • ModernDowager

    Who articulates the principals of style better than TLo?

  • Carrie

    I guess she tried? But I still don’t want to give her A for effort because she still seems like she can’t be bothered.

    I wonder if we got as far as this dress because a handler finally gave her a talking to.

  • B_C_J

    The dress is quite pretty & interesting. The orange is beautiful on her. However, I would have preferred the strap in some other color – white or pale green so as to avoid any Halloween references. I agree that the dress requires a more polished look.

  • xmixiex

    I can’t stand this girl. Poor man’s Jennifer Lawrence.

  • Kitten Mittons

    The shoes!! Are those puzzle pieces???


  • BlairBear

    I kind of dont mind the minimal to no styling because it is such a striking dress. And hey at least she didnt wear a pair of Miley’s cast of hot pants

  • She does seem to have aqua polish on two nails. Maybe by the end of the week she’ll have managed a whole manicure.

  • cocohall

    The winning smile goes a long way with me. She is a fashion embryo – let’s give her a minute to develop. She seems to be catching on – I bet she’ll figure it out fairly soon. She seems like she has real acting chops and will be around for awhile.

    • Suzanne Johnson

      Thank you for this. I think Shailene is an extraordinary young actor (cue: “The Spectuacular Now”), and it disturbs me to see everyone dump on her like this when, to my eyes at least, she looks perfectly presentable.

      I have to say it, I just don’t get it when Kate Winslet shows up looking like the dog’s dinner at her last couple of events and everyone coos and oohs and aahs (despite the fried, no-style hair and cheap-looking, ill-fitting clothes), and the inoffensive Shailene is excoriated.

      Oh well, no skin off my nose, I guess.

      • cocohall

        I so agree – she and Miles Teller were terrific in the Spectacular Now. And she is clearly not cut from the same cloth as many young starlets – she has her own take on things and I’m sure wearing designers gowns was not high on her list of reasons for becoming an actress. I agree that she looks good here – and I doubt even Cate Blanchett was knocking it out of the park every time at the same age.

  • Betsy

    I like the color but the black strap looks like she has a purse slung over her shoulder.

  • KinoEye

    As usual, the Uncles nailed it. I tend towards hippie in my style more than anything, and it’s not hard to translate that into something more appropriate for work/public events. This dress had a lot of potential — natural jewelry, the right hair and makeup would have made this look both Shailene and RC ready.

    That black strap bugs me, though. Looks like it’s snowing in Brazil (the preferred term for an exposed bra strap in my middle school).

    • Kitten Mittons

      I have never heard that saying in that context. I’m so intrigued.

      • Gatto Nero

        Sounds like a leftover from when women wore slips.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Ahhhhh, maybe.

          I saw a complaint recently about a skirt someone bought online and how see-through it was. It was really like she didn’t know what a slip was. My mama taught me to always always wear one.

          • mlle

            They’re hard to find now, which seems ironic in light of the increasing sheerness/clinginess of dresses. I think manufacturers assume we’re all just wearing shapewear now.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Well, I’ll have my mother call them and set them straight.

            Don’t worry, she will.

  • Carleenml

    I think she looks great. Cute dress.

  • DTLAFamilies

    I work at Caltech and she reminds me so much of the students and faculty here. No style, totally. They just don’t care. I even googled to see if her parents were scientists but no, they’re teachers, she grew up in Simi Valley and she’s been in the biz for a long time. So I wonder where she got it from.

    • Imasewsure

      If she grew up in Simi, she should at least be well versed in mall culture… oh well…. teachers aren’t exactly the fancy smancy style types either
      Sorry teachers, but it’s true… said the librarian….

      • demidaemon

        Well, it depends on the teacher, but some of us try at least…

    • Qitkat

      Yay for Caltech. Though I shan’t give his name, my brother is a professor there. So we are two BK’s with less than that six degrees thing going on. His style is casual and vaguely tweedy professorial.

      • DTLAFamilies

        Caltech in the house! 🙂

  • Sara__B

    As understated and understyled as she may be, she’s wearing the very best accessory of all: a smile and posture that says she’s happy to be there. If she were all scowl-y and droopy, she’d be unbearable.

  • Imasewsure

    That is a great dress. Hopefully someone else can rock it properly in the future

  • Gatto Nero

    Her hair, makeup, and accessories could use more effort. But at least she didn’t wear this dress with the straps draped over the wrong shoulder (or just dangling under the arm; see an earlier SW post).

  • MannahattaMamma

    I dunno. I sort of respect this attitude more than the aggressive Lena Dunham attitude. She’s there, she’s smiling, she’s her actual self and not some studied self; there’s no “god I am so waaay tooo cool for the poledance” sort of affect. So I’m giving her a pass. Plus: orange dress. That’s very cool.

  • demidaemon

    TLo is so right. Also, I thought that black fabric was her showing her bra strap. When that is my first thought rather than it being part of the dress, then there is a problem with either a) your “style” b) the design or c) some combination thereof.

  • Chartreusite

    She looks like she’s trying on the dress for a later date, going browsing and shopping a little bit rather than going to an event in that dress.

  • butterflysunita

    Yes, I like the dress–weird black strap notwithstanding. But above the neck it’s all so low effort. “Her story has grown tiresome.”–Sprocketts

  • decormaven

    Great column of color- too bad it doesn’t have the top notes of jewelry & hair to set it off.

  • irielle

    On a positive note, I think that orange looks really good on her, and it isn’t an easy color to pull off.

  • FrigidDiva

    Is it too early to be over her? I feel like I’m totally over her and this whole Divergent thing has barely gotten started.

  • Trickytrisha

    Nice dress. I get the impression she’s trying very hard to be the Anti-JLaw.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I think she is trying to be the NEXT JLaw, and she thinks that downscale = relatable and unpretentious. It doesn’t. It looks like she doesn’t give a damn and has no style instead. JLaw often looks goofy or ridiculous in her contractually obligated Dior, but her personality more than makes up for it. I don’t know Shailene well enough to want to give her a pass on her crappy style profile.

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  • Jecca2244

    and she was dressed by a stylist for this event.

  • melanie0866

    It is a great dress. That back is cool.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I like the idea of the strap being a different color, but they should have picked ANYTHING other than “backpack strap” black.

    • saintebeuve

      with a touch of Halloween!

  • KT

    Well said; I concur.

    As for this look, the dress is great, though that black strap is distracting, and orange + black will never not = Halloween to me. Orange looks good on her though — she should find ways to incorporate orange + turquoise into her looks, as those are both colors that would work well with her coloring, and can signal a more hippie/southwestern look (without getting too literal, of course).

  • First I looked at the pictures and everything that I was thinking you guys expressed it p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y. I could not agree more with everything. The dress is amazing, but when you compare on how it looks on the model, it fits her body so well, you can even see the little curve that creates on her body. To Shailene, it just looks like a tube, rectangle shape. It doesn’t really bring out her features. And the shoes? They look hideous with that dress… and I so agree with the lack of accessories. The entire outfit looks just so uncomfortably dry.

  • FridaStaire

    This dress calls for a Tilda.