Cobie Smulders Style Double Shot

Posted on April 01, 2014

We are providing this post as a service to all our kittens who watched last night’s How I Met Your Mother finale. Having watched not one second of the show, we’re finding ourselves entertained by all the requisite post-finale tsuris about disappointment and betrayals. It was ever thus in the internet age, darlings. We’re just happy to not be the ones shrieking their disappointment, for once. We will say this: we didn’t watch this show but it ended exactly as we assumed it would. We think, looking at it from the outside this time, a lot of post-finale shrieking comes down to people realizing that what they hoped wasn’t inevitable turned out to be exactly that. Basically, it comes down to “You didn’t surprise me the way I wanted.”

Onwards to the poledance.


Cobie-Smulders-Monique-Lhuillier-Sportmax-Style-Double-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Cobie Smulders seen arriving at the “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York City in a Monique Lhuillier dress paired with a black and white jacket and black pumps.

Cobie-Smulders-Monique-Lhuillier-Sportmax-Style-Double-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Monique Lhuillier Fall 2014 Collection

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Geez, no. Talk about hiding your light under a bushel. Was the goal here to make herself as plain and awkward as possible? We won’t say “Mission: Accomplished,” because we think there’s still work to be done on that front, but it’s still a disappointing look. It took us a moment to realize she was wearing a dress and not separates. Adding that jacket makes the skirt look like the odd man out, which is sometimes the danger in matching elements in separate garments too closely. You can throw off the whole balance. With the jacket, the skirt looks a little dowdy. We imagine without the jacket, the dress improves considerably, but then she’d be freezing. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with the correct jacket to tie this look together. We lean toward something in the charcoal family.

Next up: no light hiding under no bushel.


Cobie-Smulders-Monique-Lhuillier-Sportmax-Style-Double-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)Cobie Smulders attends The Cinema Society & Gucci Guilty screening of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in New York City in a Sportmax dress paired with a Badgley Mischka clutch and Veronika Borchers for Pearl Collective earrings.

Cobie-Smulders-Monique-Lhuillier-Sportmax-Style-Double-Shot-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Sportmax Fall 2014 Collection

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BAM. There you go. The hem and the belt are both a little goofy, but she makes this one work through the power of FACE.



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  • Jacob Bowen

    The first outfit needs a shorter jacket, something basically to cover her upper body. I think if it was all black, without white lapels, black would be fine. The second outfit only works for her because that front plunge is fitted perfectly and her hair and makeup is pretty good…I would like lip color, but I won’t ask too much of her.

  • @Biting Panda

    Entirely predictable ending.
    The show, not her. She’s slaying it in the blue.
    The first look is a misfired hot for teacher look.

    • leahpapa

      The blue is a personal best, no? And I’m nuts to think a little charcoal jacket with some moto detailing could have made the first look both younger and more modern?

      • demidaemon

        Definitely a personal best. She finally looks as hot as she is. She has realized her hotness potential.

  • bizarro

    She looks like Carol Alt in the second set of pictures.

  • your face

    I liked the ending of HIMYM, and I like both of these looks! I am generally happy this morning!

    • WendyD

      Agreed on both counts!

    • Sobaika

      Oh man, I have such complicated feelings on the finale. I didn’t hate it. I can see how it was romantic and within the spirit of the show. But it would’ve worked much better if we hadn’t spent NINE YEARS dealing with the Robin/Ted dynamic. When it happened I just thought, “This shit again? Pfffff.”

      • twocee

        I stopped watching the show midway through Season 5 and kept up only through internet recaps (including this year, although I did watch Vesuvius online after it blew up the internet). I didn’t sit through the years of dragging stuff out, the entire Barney/Robin debacle and the apparent character assassination of every person we were supposed to love.

        Because of that break, I really really enjoyed the finale and thought it nicely wrapped up the story that I watched and liked for the first 4 seasons. It was yet another example of why serialized shows need a definitive end date.

        • mrspeel2

          Totally agree with you in liking the finale! I quit watching when Robin got serious about Barney, so I’m ticklled pink they got divorced, and she ended up with Ted. I always felt they were meant to be together.

          Cobie certainly is a beautiful woman and looks ravishing in the second outfit. The first one didn’t look so bad on Letterman because she appeared without the jacket. I wonder what she’ll be doing professionally now that she’s moved back to NYC.

      • Chris

        I hate it when comedy shows decide they have to be “serious” and “realistic” after building years of shows around slap bets, and secret Canadian teen pop stars. It’s not The Wire. Get over yourselves HIMYM.

  • gayle

    Good lord her face is beautiful and the second outfit is stunning on her.

  • MilaXX

    First look needs a short charcoal jacket. Second look is fine as is even though I’m not crazy about the belt.
    As for the finale, it was dumb. It’s not that they lied so much as they lied & failed to entertain. Lost lied to us but I enjoyed the ride for the most part. This show lied, made no sense and except for moments here & there wasn’t entertaining.

    • KES4K

      She would look so sharp in a classic trench; the blazer-over-floral-dress feels played out and low-rent to me at this point.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I almost wished I had watched the show just so I could join in the outrage! I haven’t felt this left out from pop culture outrage since Dexter! Oh, and her jacket is too long.

    • Kent Roby

      I get a kick out of reading responses to shows I don’t watch, including Walking Dead (on here).

      • ScarlettHarlot

        That’s how I am reading people’s dismay at the decline of Glee, which I also never watched, and Girls, which I could only handle for the first season. I think I’ll have that feeling if TLo recap the next season of AHS, because I think I am breaking up with that show.

        • Kent Roby

          I’m right with you; I tired of Glee 24 seasons ago and no longer have HBO (or LOGO, but I can watch Drag Race online the next day). And, as much as I loved Season 2 of AHS, I thought the past season was crap (in spite of the glimpses of my dear New Orleans and some interiors that I know well). I don’t plan to watch that next season, either, unless they return to Sexy Horror.

          • demidaemon

            The next season is supposed to be called Freak Show. Make your decisions based on that theme, and the fact that this will be the Lange’s last outing.

      • FrigidDiva

        I’m glad I’m not the only one.

    • MilaXX

      I’m not as outraged as some. I think I was kinda like that wasuvh ado about nothing.

      Dexter annoyed me more but only for the sheer stupidity of it all. Funny, with the closing of TWoP people have been reminiscing about their favorite recaps & finales. HIMYM was dumb, but certainly not the dumbest.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        I’m so sad about TWOP. That said, I think one of the best finales ever was Spartacus. It was not only a fantastic episode in every aspect, but that final cut to Andy Whitfield screaming “I am Spartacus” was such a beautiful tribute to him.

        • MilaXX

          Six feet under is one of my favorite finales. Cheers was pretty good as well.

          • Angela_the_Librarian

            I think Six Feet Under is still my favorite finale of all time. Whenever Sia’s “Breath me” pops up randomly on the radio I get a little emotional.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That is one of my all-time favorite shows, and probably my favorite finale as well. Six Feet Under was just perfection for me. Ugh, I miss it.
            If I weren’t trying to cram Mad Men S6 into the next two weeks, I’d go home tonight and start binge watching Six Feet Under.

          • MilaXX

            I’m rereading the SFU recap on TWoP. *sigh* I have other places I love on the net’ but I’ve loved TWoP for something like 12 or 13 years. It’s like a relative dying.

          • ScarlettHarlot

            Yes, I watch that Breath Me clip on YouTube from time to time. It was perfection.

      • decormaven

        Whaaat? Never watched HIMYM, but I used to be a regular over at TWOP, led there by Fametracker. The first season of Mad Men was a glorious thread; when the quality of commenting dropped off, I found myself here. TWOP wasn’t the same after its sale in 2007. [Moment of silence]
        Topic? Wouldn’t have recognized CS’s look from the runway version- I like your idea of a charcoal jacket. Second look is a bit severe for my tastes, but she’s definitely working it.

  • Kent Roby

    I love that second outfit; I think the odd hem and belt work with it mainly because it’s monochromatic and unembellished, which makes the asymmetry seem more organic.

  • Anna

    The first outfit looks like one of those corporate desk-to-dinner ensembles. But she is shutting it down in the second look. Honey, you WERE a model, use that to your advantage frequently and repeteadly!

    • ovarB

      Did you see the CBS Sunday Morning segment on Cobie and her days as a model?? She quit modeling because she was never comfortable selling clothing but the irony now is that she is selling herself. Full circle moment!!

      • Anna

        I didn’t see that particular segment, but I have read in other interviews that she didn’t particularly enjoy her modelling days and almost didn’t go into acting because she didn’t like the whole walking into a room and being judged aspect of the entertainment business. Guess she got over it eventually!

  • largishbearishAtlish

    first pics- make up artist should be horrific.
    second pics- is there double stick tape in use? how are we not seeing her belly button? but a def win- sheer power of face..

  • Michelle Richter

    I’m so distracted by her facial expression. Why does she look so angry? Because her jacket is so bad?

    • Lori

      Maybe because she knows she’s never going to stop hearing complaints about the finale from angry fans.

  • B_C_J

    The first look is definitely awkward mainly due to the length of the jacket. & the fact that it is lined in white. The second look is fabulous but mainly because of the fit of the top portion & because she is a beautiful woman. Otherwise that second dress is pretty odd too.

  • mitch45

    I cant get over the fact that you used the word “tsuris”… you guys are my all time favourite!!!!!! <3

  • ballerinawithagun

    Prints are huge right now, I say put a fabulous floral jacket with this dress. Love the skirt fabric.

  • Skippymom1

    The skirt part of the first dress was a staple in my office wear wardrobe in the 1990s. That is horrible. Sorry. Her face in the second set of pics if a little harsh, so I don’t see her pulling the Star Trekish dress off as well as opined.

  • DTLAFamilies

    I wasn’t a HIMYM fan but based on what I know about the show, it sounds like the writers were taken off guard by how much the fans loved Barney and Robin and disliked Ted, and instead of course correcting they trundled forward with the ending they’d planned years ago even though it didn’t make sense anymore.

  • Danielle

    Killing it in the blue. The makeup is really weird with the first outfit.

  • Haley Buchanan

    I know that here at haüs of T Lo we reward clothes-wearing skills over winning the genetic lottery, but damn if girlfriend isn’t absolutely gorgeous! That face! Cobie is always stunning, but she looks especially amazing in the second set of photos.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    You know, it’s not about getting the ending or the twist you want . It’s about setting it up well. This ending would have made sense 4 seasons ago. But using it last night jus threw away any character development made in te past few seasons. In other words , it just didn’t make sense. I don’t mind if it’s cheesy, predictable or unpredictable , but set it up well . Otherwise it’s just bad writing . And bad writing is not just a disservice to fans but to your characters as well. End rant. She looks great in the second picture.

    • Kimbolina

      Exactly. I hated that they crammed SO much stuff into a single episode. If they had actually taken the time to build up to the ending, I wouldn’t have been as annoyed.

      • ALT19

        Agreed. After sleeping on it, I think what frustrated me most was how awful the entire 9th season (and most of the 8th) was, and then the finale was really great – every bit of it was worth it, but it felt so rushed. On top of things I didn’t enjoy about the finale, it just kind of like, “Hey, where has this been for the last two years?”

      • StelledelMare

        i agree. They spent so much of this season on the wedding when really they should’ve spent most of it more equally on everything they crammed in last night.

      • somebody blonde

        Also, none of the actual events that happened in the finale bothered me in and of themselves. Robin and Barney divorcing, Barney accidentally becoming a father, Lily being sad because they weren’t hanging out properly anymore, the mother dying… even Ted and Robin getting back together was acceptable to me despite the fact that I’ve always hated them together. I could imagine them both maturing enough over the years that they’d be okay together in the end. It was the clumsy way they explained all these events that appalled me.

    • MilaXX

      THIS^^^^^ so much. People guessed way back when the mother was dead and/or Robin would end up with Ted. Then they sold us on Robin/Barney. and it just spiraled into nonsense.

    • cocohall

      My family watched the show all the way through and so I was forced to watch along, although I often just left the room because I found all the characters to be insufferable. Still I knew enough of the general storyline that I watched last night with my husband and daughter. I agree it just seemed very poorly put together. Then I read this morning that the scenes with the kids were shot 9 years ago when the kids still looked like kids, so they had this ending in mind quite awhile ago. Perhaps they shot footage for other endings as well. Or perhaps they never expected to last for 9 seasons, and just had to make up 4-5 seasons worth of extra storyline and then course correct to get back to the footage they already had in the can. Whatever. It is finally OVER.

  • ovarB

    Bless you TLo for validating my learning of SAT vocabulary words so many years ago. Adding “tsuris” to the list.

  • jilly_d

    That Sportmax can NOT be easy to wear but she is killing it! Allison Williams needs to give her a call and get some tips on how to do Simple Modern American.

  • jw_ny

    I happened to like the ending to the show…perhaps I wasn’t as invested in it/the characters as others seem to be. I did think it was rather predictable though. At least it wasn’t some stupid ending that left you hanging…it was all wrapped up nice and tidy, and happy….well, except for the sad part.

    Cobie here…2nd look: I always thought that in order to pull off wearing a sternum bearing top, one must be built like Cobie…I was wrong. I don’t find that flattering on her in the least. Maybe it needed just a bit of built in support. Aside from that, she looks gorgeous…not to crazy about the dress itself though.

  • Violina23

    I wrote this last night re: the ending:

    “I don’t mind the idea of Ted & Robin reconnecting years later, but I feel like it diminishes everything the series built about how the mother was the love of his life. I liked the idea that he finally came to peace with NOT being with Robin and that’s when he was truly ready to meet her. So, what bothers me is the implication that he never really got over Robin, which I don’t think is fair to the person they built up the mother to be”

    Having slept on it, I think I feel a bit more OK about it, because if Barney/Robin ended up together & Ted was happy with the mother, it still doesn’t explain how so much of the story of how he met the MOTHER was focused on his relationship with Robin over the years. In fact, looking back, it feels totally in character that he would tell this huge convoluted story to almost give HIMSELF permission to move on, sort of the way the mother did herself to get over her fiancee after he died. I mean the show has always taken liberties in its storytelling to be sort of biased towards Ted’s thought process & feelings, so it makes sense that his feelings are Robin-heavy.

    The more and more I think about it, the more I’m OK with it. I just can’t really get angry about finales. Hell, I didn’t even get mad over the LOST finale (although I had wished there were more answers)

    I will say, as someone who as engaged when the show started, and now is married with 2 kids at its conclusion, I felt pretty emotionally invested. The part with Barney and his daughter had me sobbing and I NEVER cry during TV shows

    • ALT19

      I really like your summary of my feelings about the finale! 🙂

    • Shawn EH

      Ted was always a self-involved jerk, in the nicest New York neurotic way he could be. I’m still wrapping my mind around taking ten years to tell the kids about their mother. The scene where they were like “move on already!” was very well done I thought (and filmed 6 years ago maybe?).

      • somebody blonde

        Oh, I was very annoyed with the kids’ reaction. My father died seven years ago, and while I’d be happy if my mother met someone, I’d be pretty upset if the long story she told me that was supposed to be about how she met my father turned out to be a story about how she was mostly in love with someone else for years before and would like to get back together with them now. It’s just insanely disrespectful to the deceased’s memory.

        • Shawn EH

          Those kids were just trying to get him to finally shut up!

    • MilaXX

      I get what they were going for and I have to admit my favorite part was Barney & his daughter. but yeah, really sloppy. This wasn’t must see tv for me. It was one of my show I DVR and watched the next day so I’m not throwing a shoe at the tv mad about it but the ending really kind of Meh.

  • BlairBear

    I wish she would wear the runway jacket I think it is great. I think the jacket she is wearing now would be all right if you lost the white lapels and it was cropped quite a bit

    • Shawn EH

      She looks way too First Lady in that jacket. Republican First Lady.

  • First look: Ditch the dress for something simple and black, and wear the runway jacket. That thing is FAB-U-LOUS!

    Second look: She looks great, but I would have preferred it in black.

  • I’m not a fan of the bare sternum, but that blue dress is really striking. Great earrings, too. And i kinda love the belt.

  • Shawn EH

    Love the second dress, color, look, styling, chic coolness. The first one needs a Burberry raincoat, that is all. Charcoal would be fine.

  • Kitten Mittons

    First look, I only really like the skirt. Throw the rest away.

    Second look, I’m pretty sure I typed this exact sentence yesterday in reference to someone else. I love everything from the belt up. That skirt is too tricky, and the shape looks matronly, which is a total disconnect from her top half.

    Didn’t watch the show, don’t intend to. What’s the fuss about the finale all about?

    • MilaXX

      stroll over to hifix and read the recap. it’ll all make sense

      • Kitten Mittons

        Ahh, I see. Excuse me while I get my popcorn and let the interwebz entertain me…..

        • twocee

          Oh yeah, if you read the Hitfix recap you will be highly entertained. Much much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I can see that. I never followed the show, though I can see why that might annoy people.

            I’m so glad I didn’t invest the time on this one. Crisis averted!

  • formerlyAnon

    1st jacket’s primary problem is that it’s too long. Charcoal with black accents? I bet the 2nd look was even better in motion.

  • Frank_821

    Yes a schizoid double shot. Bland and fierce. oh well back to her SHIELD uniform.

    I understand the frustration with the ending of the show. I only watched it on a semi basis and kept up with recaps. after 9 years people were highly invested. The actual end itself was not a big deal. The execution was clumsy and forced. It did not develop organically. You don’t spend 3 years getting 2 people to the altar and blindside your audience with a divorce with the episode after the wedding.

    When you finally met the Mother, she lived up to expectation. People took to her and knew she was the one and this was meant to be. Then they have her death handled as a footnote and again the audience is blindsided with it suddenly being about Robin. The poor execution created a violation of trust in many viewers’ minds

    • twocee

      The thing is, if you’d been watching the show for 9 years, how was the divorce a blindside? That’s one of the criticisms I don’t get – Barney and Robin were horrible for and to each other for almost the entire time they were together. Of course their marriage was going to end up in divorce.

      • Frank_821

        It’s blindsiding when you spend all year on their weddings and the show is taking such pains to make them want to go through with it. They spent an entire episode ensuring Ted is letting Robin go and moving on. Then comes the next episode after the wedding and it’s brought up got they divorced. Yes they were together 3 yrs and realized they were not able to make a marriage. that’s okay. But it was told in a flashback that was for the audience just a week later.

        It goes back to the clumsiness of the execution. I actually have no beef with Ted pursuing Robin at the end and them finally ending up together. I don’t have any actual issues with any of the individual points of how their lives played out. It’s the way it was told that I take issue with. They didn’t have to spend 20 episodes on the weekend of the wedding

      • somebody blonde

        For me, it wasn’t the divorce in and of itself that was the blindside. It was the way they divorced. They clearly got divorced because Robin didn’t care that Barney didn’t like trailing after her on her work travels, and then somehow Barney just wants to go back to what he was doing in his twenties…? It didn’t make much sense. In addition, why wouldn’t Ted have exactly the same world-traveling problems with Robin that Barney was having? Her show was still called “The World” at the end of the episode, I imagine her travels didn’t stop.

  • Sophie

    Yes to the second one! She looks amazing with her hair tied back and the dress is very flattering.

  • Chartreusite

    Funny thing is I never watched the show until this season and the entire time I was like “Robin and Ted are the endgame, right?” if solely because it’s major network tv and they were the will they-won’t they for SUCH a long time. I wasn’t surprised by the ending, but I was a little skeeved out that the mother basically amounted to a disposable love interest in the grand scheme of the finale and they pretty much brushed her aside in seconds for Robin.

  • RedRaven617

    Is it me, or does it look like she doesn’t have legs in the first shot of the second look?

  • suzinrva

    I love love love that she is married to Taran Killam.

  • Qitkat

    First look: I would have thrown caution to the winds and worn a cute hot pink jacket. Why not?
    If the neutrals are boring, black, gray, or white, then there is really no other choice is there?

    Second look: I’ll give it props for all there is too much sternum. Very well styled.

    The show: I never watched it either, except a couple of random times. So not invested, but it did seem less emotional as an outsider than I thought the hype would be, but maybe it’s different when you’re along for the long ride. Divorce, the Mother, the Death, the Reconnection. All seemed a bit overload for a sitcom. And rather rushed for LIfe’s Momentous Events.

    But how cute was Alyson Hannigan in her pregnant swan suit? Adorbs!

  • lunchcoma

    I think the length of the jacket is as much of a problem as the color. As it is, it looks like a blazer that coordinates with the top of the dress. A trenchier looking coat (charcoal would be fine, but I think black could work as well) would be more obviously a separate.

  • mjmiller77

    both – yuck. She’s gorgeous, but neither of these looks hit the mark. The first – boring, businesslike. The second – bad proportions, boobs are dragging.

  • E. D.

    The first one is a wreck – hate the jacket with everything else. Love the second, although it’s obvious that her face skin tone doesn’t match her body.

  • somebody blonde

    Ugh. The HIMYM ending was awful. I wasn’t an avid watcher of HIMYM, but I watched intermittently and my boyfriend was a diehard fan. It just seemed like they had too many seasons for the ending they made at the beginning to still make sense. I hated Robin and Ted together before, and nothing about the finale made it seem like they’d be any better together now. Also, I didn’t like the way they portrayed Barney or Robin in this episode- they both looked really bad, but Barney especially so. It’s like the writers decided to throw out a few seasons’ worth of character development.

  • I love those earrings she’s wearing with the blue dress.

  • White jacket. Cropped to the waist. Perfectly springtime. Switch out the black pumps for a contrasting color wedge – maybe a light teal that calls to the color of her eyes. Bam.