Lea Michele in Vanessa Bruno New York City

Posted on May 21, 2014

This is SUCH an “Attagirl.”



Lea-Michele-Vanessa-Bruno-GOTS-NYC-Bionda-Castana-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lea Michele seen leaving her hotel in Tribeca, New York City in a Vanessa Bruno Jacoket paired with Fram distressed jeans, a Alexander Wang bag, and Bionda Castana pumps.

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Lea-Michele-Vanessa-Bruno-GOTS-NYC-Bionda-Castana-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Vanessa Bruno ‘Aster’ Floral-print Jacket | Frame ‘Le Garcon’ Distressed Cropped Boyfriend Jeans | Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ Bag | Bionda Castana ‘Rosario’ Pumps

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We’ve been trying to tell her for years that “Sexy-Sex Sexytimes Girl Who Is Sexy” was NEVER the right look for her. Her look is updated Mary Tyler Moore or Barbra Streisand in “On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever.” Cute and Sassy Chic. That’s your brief, girl. When you stick to it, you look amazingly cute.

Granted, these are not exactly the choices we would have advised her to make (that top is completely wrong with that jacket, for instance), but at least she’s working in the exact right range for her.





[Photo Credit: TS/PacificCoastNews, matchesfashion.com, saksfifthavenue.com, barneys.com, biondacastana.com]

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  • ninamadeleine

    Whoa. She does look super fresh. I adore that jacket.

  • Attagirl, but for the love of god, spend £3 on some dye to get that colour situation sorted. It looks like the at-home highlighting kit went badly wrong.

    • Man Dala

      I totally agree, her hair looks awful.

  • TM

    She always looks far cuter in her “casual coffee run” photos, so I’m not surprised a more elevated street look suits her so well.

    Also, I need that jacket–let me know if you want to donate to the I-NEED-that-jacket Fund.

  • thecitysleeps

    That jeans’ crotch though. I cannot.

    • Sarah

      Polterwang thigh-web realness.

    • jtabz

      To quote The Duchess: “The crotch on those pants is inSANE.”

    • Bad Idea Jeans

      That’s where the “boyfriend” part of “boyfriend jeans” comes in.

      • demidaemon


      • formerlyAnon

        Somebody hit me. I chuckled out loud.

    • ecallaw1977

      Before I even started reading the comments I did a “Control+F” for the word “crotch.” Thank you, fellow kittens, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.

  • Snarkmeister

    She looks terrified – the way she’s clutching that jacket around herself makes her seem very self-conscious.

    • Ceur

      She’s holding on to her bag strap. I have the same bag in mint green, and it’s impossible to carry on one shoulder. It just falls right off, and you have to carry it as a crossover bag. I think she looks happy.

  • smayper

    I HATE expensive jeans with careful rips. They make me full of rage.

    • shirab

      So carefully ripped, in fact, that her jeans are shredded in EXACTLY the same places as the ones on the model. How do they even do that?

      • Sarah

        Pretentious Templates.

        • kimmeister

          That explains so, so many things.

        • AthenaJ

          If I ever opened up a craftsy hipster store on Etsy, that’s what I’d call it.

          • Sarah

            Yes, mustachioed notepads and owl sweaters! Felted IPad cases and lens-less vintage black eyeglass frames!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Mustachioed owls! I do scrapbooking for my own entertainment, and several years ago there was a hideous scrapbooking trend of putting crowns on people-people at picnices, babies in the bathtub, pets, you name it, they got crowned. Now it’s mustaches. When does the merkin trend start?

      • j_am

        Agreed – so strange!

    • lunchcoma

      Same. I can never bring myself to buy them, and fashion insists on bringing them back every few years.

      • kittentoes

        I can still hear my mother’s rage over the ripped jeans of yore. Can’t do it.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      expensive ripped jeans are so phony-hence the rage.

    • demidaemon

      Dumb x1000 is what these jeans are.

    • GinaGeo

      OK, but what about inexpensive jeans that have ripped? Or the same but you add a patch of fabric under the rip? Because I’ve had some awesome jeans get ripped and I’m not throwing those suckers out.

      • tallgirl1204

        that is “real.” Who would rip perfectly good clothes for the sake of fashion? Very different than wearing your favorite clothes until they fall into rags.

        • GinaGeo

          Right. But how do I let the world know that these are my 1995 boyfriend’s Gap jeans (yep, I kept them).

  • Crystal

    She looks adorable!!!

    Lea Michele. Looks adorable.

    *pigs fly by office window*

  • @Biting Panda

    No. I have no Attagirl available, in my heart, for her. Also, the crotch in those jeans is insane.

    • Man Dala

      I’m with you, I have nothing in my heart for her anymore. And the crotch reminds me of Kath’s 12-inch fly jeans in (the Australian version of) Kath & Kim).

  • LadyVimes

    Put a leather jacket over it? I think I’d like that better.

  • emilyaGoGo

    Ix-nay on the factory-built penis. And also, is her…handler(?)…wearing a blue scrunchie in her hair? Are these coming back now? *shudders*

    • I was too distracted by the leopard nightie to notice her hair.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        We now have the truth about what happened to Baby Jane-she grew up and wears leopard print nighties-with scrunchies.

      • alyce1213

        Gahd, I hope that’s not her stylist.

  • Sobaika

    No “Attagirl” from me, but I will give a mild “Not Terrible” to Ms. Michele.

  • Kate

    the jacket and purse are soooo cute!!

  • kimmeister

    Clothes wearing 101: a voluminous blouse shalt not be paired with a boxy jacket. Had she been in a coral cami and non-stupid jeans, I’d be 100% behind this look.

  • gayle

    Maybe the problem actually is her stylist, because just like Jessica Biel with whom she shares a stylist, both of them have much more success with casual wear then red carpet looks.

  • Anna

    Why Lea, you look positively adorable (and your age)! Polterwang and expensive distressed jeans aren’t “Attagirl!” worthy for me, but I welcome the improvement over the past couple of days.

    Also, you look happier to me when you’re not desperately trying to convince us that exposing a maximum amount of skin is the most flattering choice for people of your stature.

    • Kitten Mittons

      When Lea wears actual clothes, she does look so much more comfortable and happy.

      That logic still cracks me up. I wonder if she considered people on the far ends of the height spectrum before that gem came falling out. Should really really tall people wear pants, long sleeves, and parkas all the time? Also, what height would I have to be to just run around naked?

      • Anna

        Ha, true. And by that logic, what do people of average height do. Wear half or medium hemlines only?

        • Kitten Mittons

          Exactly, it’s all so confusing.

          I feel like there should be a formula, or a chart, to show me how much skin I’m supposed to show. 5’6″ equals 32 square inches of bare skin allowed.

          Hmmm, maybe Lea does have a formula, and she’s just terribly bad at math. This would explain a lot of things.

          • Anna

            I think you’re onto something, she decided to ignore the “ERR: NO SIGN CHNG” message on her fashion calculator.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That made me cackle.

            This has to be true, though. It’s too simple a solution. She’s just squaring the whole formula and increasing exponentially her skin-to-height ratio.

            Forget the stylists! Get this girl a tutor!

          • Anna

            Haha! I’m hideously bad at math, but even the among wildest equations I’d include on my exams all in the name of showing my work for some kind of points, I don’t think I could ever come up with what Lea came up with!

  • MilaXX

    She looks cute. I don’t even dislike the top. If anything I would change the color of the shoe, but then again I have a white shoe bias.

    • crash1212

      My sentiments exactly. White shoe trend should die. Now.

  • Can this really be a thing – two posts without cleavage, thighs, weird slits, short skirts, side boob, way too much skin..

    or am I jinxing her and the next post will give us all the things we so despair to see, plus maybe something new, like butt crack cleavage..

    Please let this be a thing! 🙂

    • ktr33

      I’m going to try to take credit AGAIN (I’m delusional, of course), bc I intervention-tweeted her couple days back to stop dressing so “look-at-me-I’m-so-hot” bc she is pretty and talented, and THEN SHE SHOWS UP IN THAT CUTE SLEEVELESS DRESS and then I went back with a positive reinforcement/attagirl tweet AND SHE SHOWS UP AGAIN LOOKING NOT TOTALLY STRIPPER-Y.
      [yes, I’m pathetic.]

      • demidaemon

        Let’s hope, delusionally, that your tweet is forever etched into her brain and printed and framed in her stylist’s office.

    • EveEve

      It’s classic TLo Intervention Effect. OK, maybe it isn’t classic yet, but it will be soon. You heard it here first.

  • semirose

    Well I like the jacket and the shoes aren’t bad if a bit precious but the best thing about this look is her smile. She’s so relaxed when she dresses like this it’s hard not to smile at her even if those pants hurt my soul between the oh so careful rips and that crazy crotch.

  • quiltrx

    She really needs to ask Gaga where she gets her handlers. 😉
    And obviously, HER professional pants-cuffer knows what he/she is doing, unlike whoever’s messing up these boystars’ pants these days.

  • Belvane

    To paraphrase Joan Cusack in Working Girl: “$239 for raggedy jeans? Two HUNDRED thirty-nine dollars?? They’re not even leather!”

  • NMMagpie

    Wow… this is great and for a change, no need for boob tape.

  • Danielle


  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Very cute jacket, overall a decent casual look. The jeans are silly, but then I am not a fan of artificially “distressed” jeans.

  • B_C_J

    The fit of the jeans in the crotch is quite bad. The hair color is also not doing her any favors.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Yup, that’s some unfortunate polterwang going on…

  • frannyprof

    Hate the crotch in those jeans.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Bad crotch in those pants.

  • KendraMR

    I believe she was heading to “The Chew” to promote her new book. She made zucchini sticks and dip with Clinton and Carla where it was revealed that Lea Michele clearly doesn’t know how to measure because Carla told her to pour in a tablespoon or two lemon juice into the dip and she just dumped what looked to be 1/3 cup smh.

  • YoungSally

    Man — her handler/PA looks so not happy….and that’s probably part of her job description.

    • AmeliaEve

      Frau Pebbles.

  • RCH

    And why should she look like Mary Tyler Moore or Barbra Streisand if she herself does not feel like it? I do not see it.

    • Imasewsure

      Because we are trying to school her toward what would be an amazing style for her… As BKs, of course we feel it is not only our duty but also our right…. 🙂

  • Imasewsure

    Hate distressed anything but this is a total Attagirl for our dear LM… that assistant though has got to get off camera STAT

  • FrigidDiva

    She is so far up on my irrational/rational hate list that I just can’t give an Attagirl on this one.

  • KT

    OMG SHE’S WEARING PANTS!!!!!!!!!! Has this ever happened before? Are her legs chafing right now due to this bizarrely foreign feeling of being covered by fabric?

    Great look, love the jacket, and I actually think the top totally works with it. My only quibble are the shoes, which look a little too fussy to my eye (wedges, flats or booties would have been much cuter). Still, quite refreshing.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Totally agree on all points.

  • paintedfish

    that crotch is insane

  • snarkykitten

    There’s a huge gap between Sex on a Stick (which is what she tries for, and fails all. the. time.) & … this. She needs to find that middle ground.

  • TwiddlyStun

    Can one buy stock in a podiatrist? I am sure that those heels worn at all times will result in some major foot doctor magic at some point in time.

  • Violina23

    I will never NOT hate the ripped jeans look. Call me old fashioned. But nice to see in a form other than “sex kitten”.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      Especially ripped up jeans that cost $239.

      • Shawn EH

        Pre-ripped for your pleasure!

  • ktr33

    I don’t care for any of the individual pieces, but as a TEMPLATE for how she should/could dress, it’s an attagirl.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Her highlights give me a huge sad.

  • Jecca2244

    who is that woman with the scrunchy bun???!

  • marlie

    Adorable! This further cements my belief that an outfit where someone has to tell her “girl, put that away” doesn’t suit her.

  • Joanna

    This is a Be Me look. And for once, I actually wouldn’t mind being her.

  • nannypoo

    Now she can stop doing that cute little under-the-chin wave when a simple “hello” would no doubt be sufficient.

    Cannot stand this woman.

  • livesarah

    Great overall but those jeans are horrid.

  • demidaemon

    Those jeans are all kinds of stupid, but I can’t hate on the overall tone of the outfit. Attagirl, indeed. She should stay in this arena and not go back to her old ways.

  • DagnyReardon

    When or when dear uncles will the ripped and frayed jeans look go into the fashion vault for another 20 years?

  • I have such a soft spot for gals small enough that calf-length jeans go to their ankles that I can’t hate. The day the fashion world decided high-waters were sexy again was the happiest day of my 5’1″ life.

  • katiessh

    If i’d had to guess i’d say she doesn’t want to do the whole mary tyler moore thing because she’s trying to differentiate between rachel, who really does have that look and lea michele, who tends toward vegas second wife.

  • Haley Buchanan

    Sometimes, I get overly excited when TLo praises a look that I would wear. Granted, mine would be from the Gap and the shoes would be flats, but this is almost exactly how I dress. Stars! They’re just like us!

  • DesertDweller79

    Lea, that’s a cross body bag. That way you won’t have to clutch it in terror all the time.

    Also, the crotch on those jeans is insane. (My god, I will forever love that quote.)

    Finally, you look cute! Good job!

  • Bradio311

    She looks good. It doesn’t hurt that she’s standing next to Pebbles Flintstone in comparison.

  • tallgirl1204

    o.k., so I just finally read the “On a Clear Day you can See Forever” post — how did I miss that (having been a loyal kitten since early Project Rungay days). I am laughing out loud at my desk.
    But also: Lea’s hair color is still dreadful. What gives?

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks great.

    If my butt hadn’t gone all middle-aged on me somehow (how DOES that happen?), I’d be wrestling that jacket off of her. SO in my in-days-now-past wheelhouse.

  • MannahattaMamma

    is anyone feeling bad for the woman whose job it is to shepherd Michelle through the world, in the baaad leopard print shmatte? poor baby. Hers is not a glamorous job.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Wow, I LOVE that blazer. And the scalloped edges on the shoes are super cute.