Reese Witherspoon Drops by Her Office in Beverly Hills

Posted on April 09, 2014

For today’s Parking Lot Promenade, Miss Witherspoon is serving up “Electric Youth” semi-realness. She’s doing it for the children.


Reese Witherspoon drops by her office in Beverly Hills, California.

Hmmm. Maybe you’re not so much of a hat person, Reese. Also: this was not a look that called for multiple heavy necklaces.You know what this outfit called for? Cheesy white-girl dancing!  Go for it, Reese! Bust your “Funky Cold Medina” moves! Do it for the youth!

Also? Burn those shorts in a ritual fire. They will never look good on anyone.


[Photo Credit: Pablo/Goodwin/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • Karen Belgrad

    I thought I had this same outfit, but it was only in my dreams…

    • Anna Vasquez

      As real as it may seem?

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I have a seizure brought on by second hand embarrassment every time I remember that Jon Bon Jovi wrote that song. Someone put a tongue depressor between my teeth!

      • bizarro

        ??? I’m pretty sure Debbie Gibson wrote that song. Regardless who wrote it, I unapologetically love it :)

        • Auntieshoque

          Yup. It was Debbie that wrote it.

        • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

          You’re right, I was thinking of the wrong “Only In My Dreams”. JBJ wrote another song with the same title.

          I hereby revoke my 80’s card. Also my stretchy stirrup pants, my leg warmers and several shamefully large hair bows. I’m keeping my UNITS jumpsuit, because that thing will be fashionable again, I just know it!

          • Spicytomato1

            Oh no, definitely not an offense egregious enough to turn in your 80s card! I lived through the decade as a teen and somehow missed not just Debbie/Tiffany but JBJ as well. I guess my experience was less pop and more New Wave and alternative rock when it came to music although my fashion choices were remarkably similar. Did you also wear Forenza sweaters backwards and peg the jeans you had that weren’t spandex or skinny? :)

          • Sarah

            Pegging your pants is an evil best left forgotten. Forget the peg, lest it be reborn….

          • Spicytomato1

            Lol. Actually I know a guy (nearly 50, wanna-be hipster) who showed up at party this winter with his jeans pegged and caught immense grief for it all night. Alas he didn’t back down and has done it again since. So the trend limps on…

          • Sarah

            Argh. As I typed I was trying very hard not to think about the youthful hipster I saw with the same treatment on his pants not long ago. I hoped desperately at the time that he was walking to wherever his bike was parked, but I suspect I was lying to myself because it was on both legs.

      • Karen Belgrad

        Debbie’s big shtick was that she wrote her own songs, making her the anti-Tiffany (in the media’s eyes).

  • Alicia

    As soon as I saw your tweet I knew there had to be a hat. I love those sandals but everything above the ankle could be better.

    • TrixieConQueso

      The Sandals are killuh. Let’s go buy them. But the Legs that are “above the ankle” are as about as good as it gets, IMHO.

      • Alicia

        Oh yeah – the legs are fabulous.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    I am insulted on behalf of 1982 Boy George.

  • Anna

    Oh yeah, it’s there!

    Don’t underestimate the power of a lifetime of parking lot tours ahead.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I hope she comes to a parking lot near me really soon!!!

    • lamamu

      It’s my sincerest hope that Uncles TLo only ever post pics of her in a parking lot. No one WERQs a parking lot like Miss Reece.

      • Anna

        She could hold a clinic in parking lot appearances, that’s for sure.

  • SewingSiren

    But where are the matching yellow bobbie socks?

    • Kayceed

      Yes, and maybe even layered with a second pair, (turquoise?) with Keds.

      • Alicia

        And alternated, so one was turquoise over yellow, the other yellow over turquoise. Or was that just my school?

        • Sarah

          Nay. It was mine, too. And scrunched, o’ course. (Although it wasn’t Keds, it was LA Gear for me)

          • Kitten Mittons

            LA Gear high tops? Mine were purple and black, and I was pret-ty pleased with myself.

            I also distinctly remember having issues being able to fit my foot in said high tops, because I had too many pairs of alternating-color, scrunched socks on my feet. Good times.

          • Anna

            Anyone remember the Belinda Carlisle and the Paula Abdul ads?

            And boy did I harass and desperately plead and beg my parents for a pair of L.A. Lights for Christmas.

          • Sarah

            Mine were white with fluorescent pink, yellow, and purple bits. They were also pleated in some weird way on the hi-top portion, thus making room for your (hideous) scrunch socks.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Lucky duck. I didn’t have those, I had the ones with the twisted leather on the side.

          • Sarah

            Well, they were my only “cool shoes” because I bought them on one of my first trips to the mall sans parents. The shoes my sainted mother purchased for me were always one step away (or several steps) from cool. Like, right style, wrong brand, or right color, wrong shape. O’ course, not too much later I embraced my otherness and became a total weirdo, but man when you’re in late elementary/middle school, you MUST HAVE the right shoes, or your life has no meaning.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Absolutely must.
            Off topic (or more so): I read your first sentence as saying “sans pants.” I was kinda thinking, “Well, who hasn’t done that, but I really don’t see how it’s relevant here.”

          • Sarah

            OH MAN. You just made me remember the Worst Mall Moment I ever had. I was maybe 16, and I had this babydoll dress that was from The Limited that was black knit with big red roses all over it. I wore it with black tights and Doc Marten boots. I went to the bathroom (to put on more lip gloss, natch), came out thinking I looked fly, and proceeded to walk the ENTIRE LENGTH of the mall with my girls, only to find that when we got to the mirrored columns at the end near Sears, I had TUCKED THE DRESS INTO MY TIGHTS. And I had no drawers on. So my whole, smashed up, lily white arse paraded down the mall for all to see, with my two pals flanking me on both sides, just adjacent enough to not see the discrepancy. They were super sorry, but I did not talk to them the whole way home.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That is truly a nightmare situation. I probably would have pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t having a nightmare.

            “I had this babydoll dress that was from The Limited that was black knit with big red roses all over it. I wore it with black tights and Doc Marten boots.” – My 16 year old self is really jealous of this. Especially the Doc Martens, which I always always wanted and never ever owned.

          • Sarah

            That’s a boatload of babysitting money, right there.

          • Anna

            Ha, the pleats! Mine were white with fuschia and orange.

          • Annaline39

            Ha DHs grandma bought stock in LA Gear, she was smarter than the rest of us :-)

        • bizarro

          My school, too. I rocked my alternating socks with Tretorns- the kind that had the velcro logos that you could switch out to match your outfit.

  • @Biting Panda

    Hats. Not for everyone.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      That tight “smile” on her face is conveying ‘shut up shut up shut up, I swear this was a dare…’

      • Sophie

        Doesn’t she like hats? I thought that “smile” applied to the necklace. (Very apt description of the smile otherwise.)

  • uprightcitizen

    You aren’t kidding about the hats. This one comes closer to fitting than the last one, but it’s still too small. And it can’t be because her head is enormous, because otherwise those glasses wouldn’t be way too big. Those necklaces should have remained on the refrigerator door with the rest of her children’s elementary school projects. Pretty sure if she puts both hands in the pockets of those shorts, she can shake hands with herself.

    • kimmeister

      The idea of shaking hands with one’s self is hilarious.

      She could’ve left the gold chain, but the black rope necklace is awful.

      • demidaemon

        It definitely sounds like a strange masturbatory maneuver.

  • Wendi126


  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I haven’t seen anything this tragic since the last act of Hamlet.

    • Constant Reader

      That made me laugh out loud. Maybe partly because I saw a particularly badly staged opera performance of Hamlet a couple of years back. It was tragique before anyone got bumped off.

  • MilaXX

    Yeah, not a good look here. The hat and too many necklaces only highlight the wrongness of those shorts.

  • Yolanda13

    Somewhere, Debbie Gibson is wondering where in the world is her hat.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I only like the sweater. And the hat isn’t so bad if she would wear it, instead of just plopping it on the top of her head.

    • makeityourself

      Does anyone in Hollywood know how to wear a hat anymore? Taylor Swift, Rachel Zoe, Miss Reese — they just perch lthem so far back, like precious little platters.

      Pull them down onto your foreheads girls. Use that brim to create some drama. Watch TCM and copy Ingrid Bergman. If your sunglasses are too big to make it work, then ditch the glasses or the hat,

      And how does one wear a black hat with a yellow sweatshirt? She does not.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Yeah, black and yellow — sometimes it looks nice, sometimes it just makes me think of bees.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Exactly. Even as a mere mortal I know you have to like, pull it down on to your head.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        My pet peeve with the way many women wear hats – a hat with a deep crown should sit down ON your head, with the head band on your forehead just over your brows, not on the back of your head like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm! Taylor Swift is the worst offender. I think part of the problem is the ready-made hat – even women with tiny faces can have a big head-size. Reese has enough dough to have her hats custom made for godsake. Sheesh. Drives me nuts. ( Hey Reese – call me – I’ll fix you right up! )

  • Danielle

    She sure does wear a pair of Raybans well, though. They always look weird on me.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      No…they look weird on Reese, too. I think they are too wide at the temple. Maybe she borrowed them from her husband.

  • Angela

    Why stop at the shorts? Go ahead and burn it all.

  • kimmeister

    I hate the elastic sweatshirt bottom of that top. I find that they never look good on anyone.

  • Roz

    Those shorts are serving up Cutoff Palazzo Pants!

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    This outfit is like a Rorschach test. For example, Karen looks at it and sees Debbie Gibson. I look at it and I see Boy George. Anyone else care to weigh in?

    • Kitten Mittons

      I see Johnny Depp trying to bring another retro look back. In bad shoes.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Yes! I was going to say, “Ship that hat off to our elderly gay wind chime!”

        • Kitten Mittons

          “Look, Ma! No holes!”

    • alyce1213

      BK eowyn_of_rohan nailed it for me — Kimmy Gibbler.

  • d4divine

    TLo ya crack me up!!

  • michael tanner

    not to be a bitter kitten, but im waiting for TLO’s assesment of RPDR double episode stravaganzzaa

    • demidaemon

      SAME. But I figure they are super busy with their book tour and haven’t had time to catch the episodes. Add in wonky hotel internet and thus a problem was born. I will be very patient though, to see their take on the drama vortex that is Lasagna.

  • Wink

    Yellow – especially this awful shade – does not look good on anyone. Lara Spencer was wearing it on GMA today; I changed the channel to protect my retinas.

  • Lori

    This outfit makes me feel better about the fact that I can’t stand her.

  • Granny panties

    To me the high heels are the worst part. They are quite nice, bit a ridiculous attempt to sex up this look. Debbie probly would have worn high tops or something. (Not that I want to see this here eeek!).

  • marlie

    This is… not Reese’s look. Well, it’s not ANYONE’s look. Not any of it, except for maybe the shoes. Actually… I’m going to send this link to a friend who’s going to an 80’s themed party this weekend as a reference for a costume.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      I think only Kimmy Gibler could pull this off.

      • Jacob Bowen

        You win my love for today…

  • gayle

    This is a rare miss on her part for me. The hat, the necklaces, the sandals… it all feels like too much. I like the sweater though.

  • colleenjanel

    Wait … Beverly Hills? The poor Brentwood paps are sitting around staring at each other wondering what they’re going to do with themselves until the next Reese sighting.

  • Judy_J

    I’m having a Debbie Gibson flashback.

  • Carleenml

    T.J. Maxx realness.

    • Shawn EH

      And she just loves the new things you found at Marshall’s!

  • MitchellGilburne

    I love the shorts! And I would wear this outfit.

  • decormaven

    Hey, where did she find my old sweater? I had that – even the same color- in the 80s. Say what you will, that pedi color pops against those shoes. Snaps to her nail tech.

  • ovarB

    Ahhhh!!! Flashbacks to hats and United Colors of Benetton!!

  • Coleslaw McGraw

    Put her in sneakers, ditch the hat and with all those necklaces, she’s a gym teacher!

    • Fuchsiaforever

      Omg! So true! Lol

  • In_Stitches

    This all feels very actress-who-plays-Betty-Draper-who’s-name-I-can’t-remember, but it’s fun and it works on her.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      January Jones.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Cute sandals for a parking lot stroll and I am going to have ‘Electric Youth’ stuck in my head on repeat for an indeterminate amount of time.

  • KinoEye

    Cheesy white girl dancing would take the Parking Lot Tour to another level. She should consider it.

    Can the rope necklace join the shorts in the ritual fire? Looks like she’s been lasso’d.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    In addition to all the wrongs here… I pretty much never like bumblebee black and yellow. Harsh.

  • OmegaMu

    It was 92 degrees in LA yesterday, way too hot to be wearing a black wool hat. She would have had sweat trickling down her neck and hat hair for the rest of the day. I like visualizing that.

  • stubbornthoughts


  • deech_sea

    How very 1980s.

  • Shawn EH

    A “stop trying to make black and yellow happen” moment.

  • FancyPhilly

    I like the shorts, but not with everything else. And you nailed it with the Electric Youth reference. If she had her hair in a ponytail, no silly hat, no necklaces (or one simple one) and a different colored sweater, maybe blue? I would like the outfit.

  • Imasewsure

    Wow that stanks… pull something else out of the back of your car Reese and start over (and run over that hat while you are at it please)

  • Tracy_Flick

    I can’t recall ever seeing her in something this unflattering. And the HAT. No.

  • FrigidDiva

    We’re overlooking the most obvious here–she has an office?

    • Fuchsiaforever


    • Anna

      Good point! I thought parking lots were her offices.

      • demidaemon

        I thought that was the joke.

  • msdamselfly

    Sorry but this looks kind of ridiculously contrived.

  • JauntyJohn

    Is she punking us? Are we being punked?
    Debbie Gibson by way of Haight Ashbury in 90 degree weather?
    Come ON. We’re being punked.

  • Comfy

    I like the shorts but not with a bright top…that pattern is already attention-pulling. I think a more fitted black or navy blue top would look good. It’s the Stevie Ray Vaughn 2.0 hat that should burn.

  • LuluinLaLa

    I actually liked this outfit (minus the hat) but I actually owned Electric Youth perfume in junior high, so my judgement is questionable.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Reese is hilarious! On her parking lot and sidewalk tours she always looks like a preteen playing dress up! In this case she needs to take the necklace and the hat off. Oh and the shorts too!

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh Ms. Witherspoon. You have drawn me back from the hate/hate feelings that have been growing by giving me this morning chortle. I can go back to grudging respect/hate. Oh how MASTERFULLY you manage your public.

    P.s. nice shoes, but it is only your ferociously maintained good looks that are saving the rest of this.

  • alyce1213

    Jeez, what a stupid outfit. I seem to be liking her less and less. I never thought she was the best actress, but I give her credit for being able to carry a movie, no small feat. I think it’s her off-screen persona that bugs me — the parking lot tour, RC appearances. She doesn’t have a trustworthy smile.

    • Fuchsiaforever

      She has a perfect bitch smile! Perfect for Hollywood!

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Are THOSE V.B. RAGS ? ! ? !

  • JP

    Maybe it’s just me, but if it’s cool enough for a sweater, maybe not the shorts (and especially not those)?

    I am experiencing shoe envy though.

  • KT

    Ha I thought the same exact thing. The hat is too much, and those necklaces look wonky. It’s sort of a cute look upon first glance, but then it falls apart quickly.

  • Aurumgirl

    I had those shoes in the 80’s.

  • judybrowni

    One of the problems of being old is being forced to revisit the bad fashion of previous decades when it’s recycled.

  • AzSportsGirl

    “Celebrities – They’re *JUST* Like the Rest of Us; Sort Of” a new chapter for BMDM??
    We go to the office to work for 8-10 druging hours in business casual attire.
    Celebrities “drop by their office in Beverly Hills in Electric Youth attire.

  • demidaemon

    Exactly my thoughts. HIDEOUS SHORTS.

  • Chase

    Has Reese Witherspoon totally lost her looks? Or was she just not that pretty to begin with?

  • Boop

    I am sitting smack dab in the middle of LA and I can tell you right now, it’s hot as the devil’s crotch out there. You need a hat in this weather. The sun seers down on your head, pouring hot molten lava-like heat on your scalp. And the heat is dry. So, I say – let her werq the hat.

  • pookiesmom

    God this outfit is hideous.

  • Sunraya

    Serving up hooker realness in shorts and heels. And ridiculous hat with this outfit. (Sorry, I grew up in NYC in the 70s and 80s, before Giuliani sanitized it, and shorts and heels will always read “hooker” to me.)

  • BrooklynBomber

    Whoa. That’s rough. And I like Reese Witherspoon.

  • Fannie Wolston

    Come on Eileen, too-ra-loo-ra aye!

  • Clydette Wantland

    Oh, she’s wearing shorts?! I thought it was f-ugly skirt. F-it, it’s still f-ugly whether it’s shorts or a skirt.

  • Columbinia

    That’s a lot of styling centered around a bulky, shapeless yellow knit top that could have come from Target.

  • How to Faint

    Nice outfit, Maester Witherspoon. :p