Vera Farmiga on the “Late Show With David Letterman”

Posted on April 29, 2014

Vera, honey, allow us to clue you in on something. There’s the Betty Draper/Joan Holloway form of retro classic clothing…

Vera-Farmiga-Late-Show-David-Letterman-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Vera Farmiga makes an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” in New York City.

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And then there’s Miss Hathaway from “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Guess which one this is?




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  • RussellH88

    This is awful.

    The coloring of it makes it look old, like she pulled out of her mother’s closet and dusted it off (And even that’s being generous).

    • Jacob Bowen

      “Awful” was literally my first thought, also.

      • RussellH88

        It honestly makes me uncomfortable to look at her. The fabric looks scratchy, it looks like it’s hot, and it looks like it’s too tight. It’s literally making me squirm in my cubicle because I just imagine a bunch of old washcloths clinging to my body on a hot day.

        • Jacob Bowen

          And in the 2nd and 4th photo the fit looks AWFUL and that it’s pulling. Also, the peplum in the 3rd photo does not look great. “Old Washcloths” is the PERFECT description.

  • Twigg

    Oh that’s not cute at all.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Add a hat and glasses and she’s ready to play the Jane Fonda role in 9-5

    • Malia C.

      You’re going to need a special locker for the hat.

      • demidaemon


  • Tanya Wade

    That church secretary from 1964 sure looks tired.

    • Ginger

      “Could it be….SATAN?!?!?!”

      • Imasewsure

        I knew I had seen that suit before…. but at least Dana’s version fit properly

        • Donna Tabor

          Yes, this. It would be so much prettier on her if it wasn’t a size too small.

        • Gatto Nero

          And he wore sensible oxfords instead of white pumps.

  • cluecat

    idk, she’s such a good actress I give her a pass. She can wear a black trash bag with armholes. Let the Eva Longorias and Scarlett Johanssons spend hours with stylists and makeup artists giving a shit. As long as I can see Vera’s delicious freak outs on Bates motel she can look like an overstuffed Carol Brady in her day suit.

    • demidaemon

      If Meryl does not get a pass, neither should Vera.

  • Hysterectomypants

    I can’t stop looking at the lumpy mess of a midsection that the jacket is creating (and which I’m sure has nothing to do with her actual body). There is honestly nothing good I can think to say–even her makeup looks cakey and unflattering. Good lord.

  • Carolyne

    If ever there was a wrong fabric to construct this outfit from, this is it! It looks like pill-y 50s dishcloth or maybe the old chenille robe…? The front is beyond unflattering.

  • NMMagpie

    The bodice is too tight to be flattering, especially with that fabric. A darker shoe would have helped.

  • @Biting Panda

    She is one of my most favorite actresses. I accepted her style choices long ago.

  • teensmom99

    Years ago there was a NYT magazine piece about her and she complained about how she wasn’t a movie start despite all the good work, stellar reviews etc and I remember thinking: “Honey, no one promises you anything and you are pretty damn lucky to make a living as an actress.” Now I’m thinking there may be another reason that she never became one of the few women who is known by just one name.

    • Gatto Nero

      I remember that piece; it was a cover article. The NY Times itself was asking why no one had heard of her despite her great work.
      At the time she was living in upstate New York with her family and several goats and looked quite happy.

    • another_laura

      And despite the NYT magazine cover article? Yes, this kind of things bugs. The NYT isn’t asking itself this question without some serious prompting from her peeps.

      • teensmom99

        Yeah. it irked. I know she’s good–but this irked me to no end.

      • whaddami

        that article annoyed me to no end. It kind of came out of nowhere — it wasn’t like they were running a series on under-appreciated super-talents, and she emerged in a list of folks. Someone owed someone a favor……

        Having said that, I do like her work. And I do appreciate the folks who work hard and don’t become household names — they’re often my favorite actors.

        That doesn’t mean this outfit was a good choice. Wonder what made her think it was?

  • KarenFK

    It looks too small. I don’t know if it would necessarily look better if it fit her properly, but that would be a start.

    • Gatto Nero

      It’s really too bad, because she seems to be going for a fresh spring look but the fit, color and fabric are all defeating her here.

    • Kayceed

      Also, foundation garments. If you’re going to wear snug boucle knits, which I love, you need to build the sleek, firm foundation that they can slide over.

    • Donna Luder

      I think maybe it’s too long for her, not too tight. I’m short-waisted too and when I used to sew, I had to fold out almost 2″ in torso length from the patterns before cutting a bodice. If I didn’t, the waist line of the pattern would be forced to match up with my true waistline and these horizontal folds would show up in the finished garment. That boucle washcloth fabric is so bulky it’s showing the folds that should have been taken out of the pattern.

  • Anna

    Wearing the suit this tight doesn’t make it any less frumpy. What an unfortunate thing to happen to such a great actress.

  • Kate Andrews

    It doesn’t even fit properly. At least Jane Hathaway’s jackets weren’t pulling across her bosom. BAD!

    • Imasewsure

      I got a giggle hearing and visualizing Ms Jane saying “bosom” in my head… 🙂

      • Kate Andrews

        I’m sure she would have felt mortified saying such a thing.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    OH dear……
    Well, I like the hair a lot.

  • Claire Hoogenboom

    Professor Umbridge called. She’d like her skirt suit back.

    • Gatto Nero

      God, it does look like that pink boucle number from the film, doesn’t it?

    • Anna

      Professor Umbridge’s suit fit her properly though.

      • whaddami

        even though in a just universe it would have been covered in cat hair….

        • Cats wouldn’t have gone near her. I thought it was telling that she had all the cat tchotchkes and no actual cat…

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Cats would have had better taste than to hang out with Dolores, hence the tchotchkes, which were so splendidly twee in the films.

    • Ms_flyover

      Great. Now I’ll never unsee that.

    • ryenerman

      Exactly! I should never look at a star and think Umbridge

  • MannahattaMamma

    Wow. That all makes me so sad. Plus whyfore the bump on her tail? Or rather, why does she have a tailbump? That’s just all kinds of bad. She’s like the church lady with bad breath who talks too close to you — which is a shame b/c she’s incredibly talented & quite lovely & probably doesn’t have bad breath AT ALL.

    • alyce1213

      The tailbump is driving me absolutely nuts, way more than it should.

  • If you are going to wear costumey retro, you really have to get the underpinnings right. This needs a girdle and a size up so there is room for a seriously uplifting bra.

    And again, the slogan for the Pantone colour of the year: Radiant Orchid, it’s not for white women.

    • zenobar

      I wish they’d stop with this Pantone tie-in nonsense. I remember it was orange a year or two ago and Sephora was really pushing all these orange cosmetics, which probably 1-2% of the general population might possibly maybe have been able to pull off.

      • Maybe an annual commemorative mug or something? But not clothes and makeup, unless they actually say that white women are exempt from trying to wear them.

        • Kayceed

          When Pantone makes their announcement they could helpfully publish an accompanying user’s guide for amateurs. And Hollywood stylists.

      • Jessica Freeman

        The only one I ever got excited about was when the emerald green came out a few years ago and I thought ‘finally, they will sell the color that actually looks good on me and I can never find’. No, that shit never happened.

        • zenobar

          I remember that one, and I remember thinking the same thing. Alas, the emerald green lipstick just didn’t work out for me.

        • Amber J

          yeah, I felt the same way. I looked forward to the dozens of emerald green clothes I’d be able to find in stores and..nothing. I did not find the perfect emerald green dress I thought I would that year.

          • Jessica Freeman

            I managed to find one green Ralph Lauren dress that I paid full price for. It was worth every cent too.

    • MilaXX

      If they insist on putting everyone and their mother in this color I wish they would at least pair it with another color to help those who lack the coloring for it.

      • marlie

        Yep. You don’t have to be head-to-toe in the color to be “current.” Use it in half of the look, or in just the accessories or something. But not even changing the color could save this outfit.

        • A bit of enamelled jewellery or something.

  • butterflysunita

    Vera Farmiga is beautiful, but what is that? Looks like a terry cloth back robe cut to make a very ugly dress.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Mark this down for your worst of the year list. This is horrifying

  • she is SO MUCH SEXIER THAN THIS. This hurts my heart a little.

  • marlie

    This would be a world better if the jacket actually FIT her. It would still be too “country club ladies who lunch,” but it would still be better.

  • msdamselfly

    I kind’ve like it. Love the color and the fabric

  • ashtangajunkie

    Her hair and legs look really good. But what the shit is with the fit of that jacket?

  • Imasewsure

    Ah Miss Jane Hathaway…. a style icon in her own right (and really should have stayed that way). Vera Vera Vera… where do we start?

  • Crystal

    The hills are alive with the sound of NOPE.

  • FancyPhilly

    Oh, I thought this picture was from the set of something and she was in costume as a tacky real estate agent from Connecticut in 1983.. This is how she dresses up for TV? Bad, bad, bad.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I am more disturbed by the number of white shoes seen on the posts of late. Gross. Also the pockets and the midsection situation is unfortunate.

    • marlie

      If this becomes the Spring/Summer of white shoes, it may drive me to violence.

      • demidaemon

        I am so with you. It’s time to spatter these white shoes with some red, if they must exist. 😉

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  • Call me Bee

    It could have been a really cute naughty secretary outfit, had it been fit correctly.

  • surfergirl70


  • formerlyAnon

    Beyond the Miss Hathaway vibe of the dress – awful fabric, at least in these photos, & dubious fit – the hair drags it down.

    Her face and hair say “Very Ordinary.” That head could be on anyone most of us work with, on our kids’ teachers, our dentist, etc. A very chic but edgy head (which I am not sure she’s capable of given her haircut and its color) might have saved the dress.

  • AzSportsGirl

    As TLo says Stand Up Straight Shoulders Back Tits Out SMILE!
    And get fitted for the right BRA! And the hair. oh the hair.

  • DagnyReardon

    If I were judging this at the Olympics, I wouldn’t even hold up my card.

  • MilaXX

    Very Miss Hathaway looking but she was charming on the show so all is forgiven.

  • SophieCollier

    If it didn’t fit so awkwardly, this would be really cute!

  • decormaven

    What’s the thing at the neck? An unironed bow? A floppy ribbon tie? Sadness…

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Pairing is the problem. Though if she’d accessorized better she might have at least made this passable. But the skirt or the top would be okay with something else I think.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Miss Hathaway wouldn’t have worn white shoes before Memorial Day, because back then that was the rule.

    • sagecreek

      I always thought the threshold was Easter. No wonder I’m not in the Junior League!

  • BlairBear

    Vera sweetie this calls for revenge . Fire all of your gays and sleep with all of their boyfriends .

  • JP

    It’s my grandmother at my cousin’s wedding back in the ’80s.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Oh, honey, let’s start with clothes that actually fit properly. Just for that, this is a red hot mess.

  • In_Stitches

    This looks like Liz Lemon in the Laura Bush costume in episode 1 of 30 Rock, right before she met Tracey and went to the strip club.

    Moral of the story…30 Rock is a comedy…and this look is a joke.

  • Miranda Reseigh

    Just a little bit more pink and I’d be yelling, “Dolores Umbridge! Get her!”

  • Monabel

    Another lovely young woman who thinks too tight looks good. No.

  • Better color, better fit, lose the bow…it might, and I do say might, not suck.

  • The texture looks like a washcloth. Much dislike.

  • conniemd

    The fabric is some 60’s knit, the color is faded, the bow is prissy and the cut of the jacket is bad. It looks like something you’d see at a Salvation Army store or an estate yard sale after your maiden great aunt died.

  • luludexter

    it’s the jacket. The skirt is fine and I like the seaming. But the jacket is a mish mash of styles, doesn’t have any real structure, and most importantly, doesn’t fit her. It’s pulling and making her look dumpy. I like the concept underlying the suit but the execution is dreadful.

  • Bethany Roullett

    I was positive that this was Maggie Gyllenhaal. Eeek.

  • frannyprof

    Sooooo unflattering. Shame, because she is so lovely. I feel like she needs to call the folks who were in charge of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s _Edit_ photo shoot and get some style pointers. She and Ms. Maggie make similar fashion mistakes (choosing frumpy, aging clothes).

  • Anna

    I think Vera is picking up the cast-off wardrobe from Bates Motel…or she’s becoming Norma Bates IRL.

    • Tess Tea

      I was thinking the same. All public appearances must be Norma Bates.

  • alyce1213

    She decided to wear that on TV? I love vintage, but that’s faded, stale, ill-fitted, and just sad.

  • brown-eyed girl

    Oh dear, oh dear. Did she not look in the mirror?

  • All_Hail_Great_Satin

    It’s a terrible outfit, but I forgive her because she’s Vera Farmiga and I love her.

  • Lori

    That doesn’t even come close to fitting her right. How did she not know that was a problem?

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, dear. . .

  • strangebride

    What in God’s name is she wearing? Did someone make that or did she borrow it from her 100 year old aunt? Who would MAKE that? I am in 100 kinds of denial right now.

  • FeminineLipstique

    You know, it’s funny, but this is the sort of thing Norma would wear on The Bates Motel.

    • Shawn EH

      I worship Jane Hathaway!

  • Mothra

    OMG how did she get the wardrobe of Dolores Umbridge? Complete with the frumpy belly?!

    • MaggieMae

      I am mad I didn’t think of that! Good call, Mothra, good call.

      • Mothra

        it is really the fit that is so awful. If it was a sleek look then perhaps it I wouldn’t take Umbridge at it. LOL. I crack me up.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    OK-the top is pulling on her, so it’s too tight. The color is not doing anything to flatter her coloring. No, no, no, go back to your stylist and start over.

  • The worst thing about it is that it’s clearly too small. She’s got a great figure. Wearing stuff that fits prperly should be a no-brainer

  • malarson2

    I thought she was holding a pack of cigarettes in that first pic. Sadly, my first thought was how much her smoking would go with this outfit…

  • FibonacciSequins

    Wrong fabric for that suit. It needs more body. The jacket’s a poor fit which doesn’t help, but the peplum is reading limp and the bottom edges of the jacket are curling – the fabric has too much give. And look at how the skirt zipper is making the fabric poke out in the middle of Vera’s behind – there’s no reason for that except poor construction.

    It’s a shame, because that’s a beautiful color for her and from the neck up she looks fantastic.

  • I just realised – this is Mrs Frederic’s suit. CCH Pounder would werq this colour.

  • The outfit is tragic (it even looks like she’s sprouting a small nubbin of a tail in the last photo), but her hair looks fantastic.

  • AutumnInNY

    Ill fitting, unattractive and dated-not in a good way.

  • AutumnInNY

    Maybe its a piece from the Bates Motel costume department. The Norma Bates “After Life” collection where Norman chooses
    her outfits to dress the corpse in the rocking chair.

  • Tatiana Luján

    her head looks lovely. I won’t talk about the rest.

  • DeidreRobbers

    No button should ever have to work that hard.