Meryl Streep at the 14th Annual Monte Cristo Awards

Posted on April 22, 2014

It’s always nice to see Meryl dressed how Meryl wants to dress. It helps us imaginary-style her for more … what’s the word here? More glamorous events and zero in on why her red carpet looks are almost always disappointing at those events.


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At an event like this,  you get a much better idea of a star’s personal style. It’s possible she used a stylist to put this together; plenty of people do for events like this, but we suspect this is all her. It feels like it is, no? We love the look, top to bottom. There’s not a word of critique issuing from our lips. Instead, we’re spending our energy trying to come up with ways to upscale look like this for, say, the Oscars. We wish the pants-oriented ladies of stardom would just go the hell ahead and wear pants to the Oscars. It’s 2014. The world has more than accepted formal lady wear consisting of pants. Do it next year, Meryl. It’s not like Valentino and Chanel don’t make pants. The problem is that coat. It looks fabulous on her here, but every time we try and mentally upscale it, we get Dorothy Zbornak.





[Photo Credit:: Kristin Callahan/ACE/]

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  • LadyVimes

    My one quibble is that I wish she had highlighted her eyes with a bit of mascara and a dab of eyeliner. Those glasses seem to be floating on her face, and I think a (tiny!) bit of eye makeup would tie them down a bit.

    • Brows. As a constant glasses wearer, it’s the brows that really keep your glasses from dominating your face. Not that eye makeup doesn’t help too.

      • Definitely. Especially if you are going to wear heavy black frames!

        • The Versatile Chef

          Bitch stole your glasses! 😉

      • 3boysful

        I will be forever grateful to the Bobbi Brown artist who suggested and showed me how to powder in some brows. My coloring is similar to La Streep’s.

  • RussellH88

    She looks good, but does anyone else get a slight Western vibe from it?

    • 8daysaweek

      YES! I think it’s the shirt. A more tailored, classic shirt would have taken care of that vaguely Annie Oakley vibe I’m getting.

      • formerlyAnon

        Also the embroidery on the coat. Very fancy rodeo. With a wee tad bit of mariachi band thrown in.

      • Rhonda Shore

        or a turtleneck!

  • Carleenml

    I’m not loving the glasses. They look really heavy on her face.

    • dustinrhodes

      Interesting. I think those glasses are, hands down, the best part about this look.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I did like them, too. I would agree they are a little heavy/large for her face, but I saw it as her take on the huge celebrity sunglasses that most grande dames would wear.

        • dustinrhodes

          I am such a sucker for a nice, large pair of black frames. I think they enhance almost everyone’s face, making them look both elegant and stylish.

      • Little_Olive

        Can I agree with both of you? I think they are overpowering, and yet they are cool and the right shape for her face. I think the problem the lack of color and definition on her face -mascara, eyebrows, blush- which results in lack of contrast with the frames.

      • kimmeister

        I am wishing for a pair of sunglasses with those exact same frames right now.

    • Mrs. Julien

      I was thinking tortoise shell would do her more justice.

      • dustinrhodes

        You’re probably right.

  • Anna

    LOVE those glasses! Great look for her, no complaints here.

  • colleenjanel

    I actually like the coat, but I wish her pants were a color other than black. Maybe a jewel tone?

  • clatie

    I actually love the way she looks here. I must assume this event honors the wonderful sandwich? I would attend the hell out of that.

    • didgerdoni

      Exactly. I love this look, too, but could barely focus on the pictures or the text for the overwhelming thoughts of deep-fried and powdered-sugared sandwiches.

    • kimmeister

      I see “Monte Cristo” and think of Jim Caviezel playing the Count. Mmmmmm.

  • SayWhaaatNow

    I think she could totally upscale it with a Naeem Khan coat for next year’s Oscars.

  • sienna elm

    LOVE that coat!!

  • crash1212

    Love this. Love her.

  • ChristySchiff

    There’s kind of a lot going on here with the detailing on the shirt and the coat (okay, the coat just might be a bit too much for me, personally) but I agree she looks terrific here.

    You know where else she’s looked great? I love the way she looks in the trailers for that film The Giver. The film looks kind of crap, but I love that SciFi/new-agey look for her.

    • Gatto Nero

      Someone else here suggested Asian designers for her (simplicity, beautiful architecture). I think you’re both on to something.

  • Gatto Nero

    This is a fabulous, strong look for her, top to bottom. The coat is kind of great. Love that she went with pants and high-impact frames. Even her makeup is better this time around. The blouse embroidery and tie make it a little busy, but I can’t quibble.
    Brava, bella.

  • Judy_J

    She’s got that ’70’s boho chic down pat.

    • formerlyAnon

      Our decade, for good or ill.

  • @Biting Panda

    @Foodycat, she’s wearing your glasses. You two are practically besties now.
    This is very wealthy, artsy, woman of a certain age, but since that is what she is, there’s no complaint.
    Zosia should take note that this is possible, it’s just important that the pieces be flattering, whenever possible.

    • I have actually been told I look like Meryl. And Greta Scacchi. But excellent taste in glasses!

      It’s a very SWINTON coat, so she should ask Tilda what to wear under it that is a bit less art-teachery.

      • alyce1213

        I’ve been told the same, especially when I was (we were) younger. I don’t know — I will concede that we’re definitely the same “type.”

  • Danielle

    She got new frames! Yay!!

  • Mrs. Julien

    That is a coat for the ages.

  • Luzia

    i absolutely love and respect how T&L promote people’s personal style and individuality. this is what style is all about!

    it’s very boring when celebs look like they all come from some hollywood-stylist factory, all standardized

  • Roz

    Maybe it is time for someone to OWN the Dorothy Z. look. DO IT MERYL!

    • demidaemon

      If Meryl is the one to do that, I whole-heartedly support it.

  • Scott Cooper

    I think she’s one of those rare women who can’t wear black. It’s too stark for her coloring.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I don’t like the coat with the shirt. It’s too much black. I would love to see more lady pants at the Oscars that wasn’t just some incarnation of a tux.

  • SewingSiren

    I’m getting former privileged wasp daughter that has taught art at the inner city middle school for the last 35 years. Never married. Smokes in secret.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I adore her, she is so gracious. She spoke at my university last week and 3,000 people came to see her get an honorary doctorate. And I agree-ladies, just wear pants if you want to!

    • B_C_J

      You are sooo lucky!! I would love to hear anything she has to say.

    • Sunraya

      What school was that? My son went to Vassar and his girlfriend was good friends with her daughter. Six degrees of separation!!

  • jkatkins

    Hey now, you have to admit that Bea Arthur’s style worked . . . for Bea Arthur!

  • Judy_S

    What strikes me is how good SHE looks, as a woman.
    I have to say though, as a woman of a certain age, I could easily imagine that she brought these clothes out from student days when they were a treasure, and said, hey, I can still get into these. Those clothes look unironically early-70s to me.

    • formerlyAnon

      Those clothes look unironically early-70s to me.

      Probably why I like them so much . . . ETA: though in the early ’70s the trouser leg would be wider.

  • MilaXX

    I like this look on her as well. I think the only thing I would change is make the shirt underneath a scoop neck, but that’s a minor quibble. She looks comfortable and I love her glasses.

  • Shawn EH

    You could bolero that coat, and put it with a non-peasant blouse. I’m thinking somewhere between Helen Mirren and Rita Moreno at this year’s SAG awards. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Helen’s Queen and Streep’s PM could meet in a movie?

  • decormaven

    I think there needs to be a bit of shimmer in the blouse- silk charmeuse, maybe- to take this from artsy to polished. Also some stronger earrings to balance out with the black eyeglass frames. This is a step up from previous looks.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Wow, she looks great! Even the footwear (which is nothing special) is still age appropriate and works with this outfit. The jacket gives me a bit of “Mariachi Band gone matronly” but I still think it works!

    • formerlyAnon

      Great minds think alike! I also got a whiff of mariachi band.

  • jilly_d

    I think she looks good, but I’ll go ahead and complain: I think the neckline on that blouse is wayyyyy too busy to be worn with that coat.

  • B_C_J

    She looks fantastic. The outfit reads powerful, artistic, confident & chic. Moreover she is a national treasure. She looks like one here.

  • par3182

    Not just attending the Monte Cristo Awards, receiving the Monte Cristo Award.

    “The Monte Cristo Award celebrates a theater artist who exemplifies the great playwright Eugene O’Neill’s pioneering spirit, his unceasing artistic commitment to excellence, and accomplishment [in wearing pants]”.

    • ChristySchiff

      Sigh – I never get awarded any kind of sandwich at all!

  • MidArmJewel

    I want those glasses! Any ideas on who designed them?

  • formerlyAnon

    I LOVE this. I love the coat. I own a less fabulous version of this. Actually, I own two or three less fabulous versions of this.

    Except I’d never have worn it with a blouse with string ties at the neckline. That still looks a bit wrong to me, but I defer to the TLo eye.

  • marlie

    I don’t love this, but I think a less-busy and more tailored blouse would have done wonders for this look. And I love Meryl’s specs.

  • Kelly

    Nope, hate this (except for the pants). That peasant blouse just doesn’t go with the coat at all; way too much junky stuff going on at her throat. Plus, the coat makes her look like she’s on her way to Mariachi Night at the karaoke bar. Or maybe Loretta Lynn in the 70s. Still, I might adore the coat if it were THE focus of the look. As it is, it’s in competition with the blouse, and imo, both lose. The hair is a mess.

  • KayEmWhy

    I love this look, it’s the best she’s looked in a while and don’t you just love the real face.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think she looks great here, but the coat is too long and the sleeves are too long. Plus all that black is kind of overwhelming her.

  • Jackie4g

    She did all right. I think the black detail on the white blouse was a good idea, it just needed to be a different white blouse. Meryl needs some eyebrow definition to balance the glasses and other than that, I like the look.

  • Imasewsure

    I guess I’m out in the field with only a few other BKs here but I hate every piece of this. She looks beautiful of course but that outfit??? Ummm no comment since it’s just her thang

  • msdamselfly

    I LOVE this look so much. Every little piece of it goes together so perfectly (exception: the clutch)

  • Evan

    I want Meryl to be my grandmother.

  • aahlife

    This would have worked better if the coat fitted her, shorter sleeves and not so baggy. Love her glasses.

  • AmeliaEve

    This coat is beautiful as a piece of craft, but it doesn’t really fit her. Nip in the waist and narrow the sleeves and it would instantly become more glamorous. You can’t really shorten it without compromising the embroidery, but stopping just above the knee would be more flattering. The pants and blouse are fine, though they could be realized in more luxurious fabrics. Some sparkly earrings, more makeup, and an updo would elevate the formality as well.

    She should just go to an Indian tailor.

    • MannahattaMamma

      Exactly. She needs a totally glam bollywood wedding shalwer khameez sort of thing.

  • Belvane

    Look at that SKIN. The woman is (and always has been) luminous.

  • kategs

    when she’s ready to give that coat up, I’ll take it. yummy.

  • J. Preposterice

    Lady tux! Or lady formal trousers + tailcoat! C’mon, Meryl!

  • MannahattaMamma

    Luv huh.

  • GillianHolroyd

    This is driving me crazy.

    1) The glasses are too big for her. The upper part of the frame is competing with her eyebrows, the lower half is resting on her cheeks. Bad.

    2.) The jacket sleeves are too long and probably the jacket itself is too big.

    3.) The blouse underneath is too frou-frou and should be a white collared-shirt buttoned up to the neck and with a bit of cuff showing at the wrist.

    4.) Hair. Okay, just stop pulling it back on top. Side part and loose.

    Sorry, she looks like she’s slept in this outfit and we know she can do better.

  • FibonacciSequins

    It does look like she pulled this together from her own closet, which I like. The coat would look better with a plain white shirt underneath, and possibly a size smaller. I like it, though. Whoever did her makeup did a gorgeous job.

  • Columbinia

    This is pretty darn snazzy and stylish for Ms. Streep. A 3/4 sleeve and a prettier shoe might upgrade it to award-season red carpet.

  • vitaminC

    I’d agree with you, if that coat actually fit her. As it is, she looks like she always does; glamorous and beautiful, but weirdly sloppy.

  • suzq

    I think she should wear a Bollywood style kurta to the Oscars next year!

    Actually, I’d love to see her explore some of those modern Japanese designers. She seems to favor a more Asian aesthetic and the geometric lines would suit her nicely.

  • Those are the earrings. I was standing behind a woman in a crowd in NYC, having just seen Prairie Home Companion (the live show, not the movie that Streep was in), and I noticed a big pair of gorgeous hoops right in front of me; like, an inch away. And then I realized that the hoops were attached to the Ears of Streep. I was speechless.

    Turn the coat into a bolero and it’s VERY far away from Bea Arthur.

  • texashistorian

    Personally, I cannot wait for the day when I’m compared to Dorothy Zbornak! 🙂

  • beebee10

    Head to toe, Love it

  • quiltrx

    That coat wants to be my friend!