IN or OUT: Kate Winslet in Narciso Rodriguez at the 2014 “Prix de Diane Longines” Event

Posted on June 16, 2014

It feels like lately, we’ve been resorting to “IN or OUT” because we can’t make up our minds on a look, but that’s definitely not always the case. We have plenty of unified opinions on this look:


Kate-Winslet-Narciso-Rodriguez-2014-Prix-Diane-Longines-France-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Kate Winslet attends the 2014 “Prix de Diane Longines” event in Chantilly, France in a Narciso Rodriguez black and white dress from the Resort 2014 collection paired with a Philip Treacy hat and Chloe Gosselin ‘Datura’ black pumps.

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And they all boil down to “No.” It’s sharp in a lot of ways, and very flattering, but we can’t get over the idea of pairing a Philip Treacy hat with a Narciso Rodriguez dress. It’s not that either designer is too good for the other; it’s just that stylistically, they’re so far apart that we’re inclined to automatically think of any pairing as a questionable idea. The dress just looks a little too simple and sporty to go with that hat. In fact, the entire top quarter looks like a t-shirt.  We like the dress – and we like the hat, for that matter – but they absolutely don’t go together in any way. You can’t just rely on a B&W color scheme to make a pairing like this work.

But we suspect a lot of y’all are going to defend it into an IN. Like we said, it’s sharp and flattering. The Kittens have been known to be less dogmatic about proper pairings than we tend to be. So here you go, darlings. Defend it. Show your math.




Bitter Kittens make the call:


IN! I am now going to outline why you are wrong, T Lo! I prepared handouts.

OUT! You’re so smart, T Lo. Can I touch your hair?


In a development that stunned absolutely no human being with a functioning central nervous system, Zosia Mamet’s 1965 bridesmaid dress was voted OUT.




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  • NBG

    The dress is her, the hat is not.

    • Anna

      Her body looks fantastic in the dress, but the hat/hair/earrings age Kate beyond her years.

      • formerlyAnon

        It’s the sun on her face and probably new momma lack of sleep that I’m going to blame for the aging.

  • Noah

    Ooooh honey… That hat is one big fat “no.” Out.

    • DaringMiss

      The hat might be better with different hair. The slicked down hair just makes the hat look like a weird curly mohawk.

      • smayper

        YES! FTW description.

  • Paigealicious

    I like the hat, but I don’t like the tee-shirt dress. Out.

    • bowlwoman

      This. Exactly this.

    • FuhUgh

      I too am in the “love the hate / hate the dress” club. Although I maybe don’t love the hat on her? So, out.

    • robin-m

      Yup. This dress makes a woman with a fabulous figure look dowdy. Burn it.

      • whaddami

        seriously, the hem is unflatteringly short, the heels are too high for it (I hear Michael Kors tutting “slutty, slutty, slutty!”), and while I too like the hat, with this combo it ages her about 15 years. Hat needs a Dior New Look number.

        • ms_kat

          I totally disagree. The hem is barely above her knee. Not even mid thigh. I think the problem is the fabric clings.

  • Kate Andrews

    I actually would call it an unqualified IN if the dress were a couple of inches longer. As for the hat, I’m just not as strict about this as TLo is. I like.

    • DaringMiss

      Agreed. 2 extra inches would make this dress hit a more flattering part of her leg.

    • Heather

      Agreed. That’s a horribly unflattering length.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’d give it to her if the dress were looser – not loose, just body-skimming enough that the horizontal pulling wasn’t happening across her hips and abdomen.

      • demidaemon

        I think you are right on that point. The dress seems a little small for her.

    • maretha2

      Totally agree. It’s too short for her — OUT.

  • W. Frame

    Way out.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    no honey, no. ship that hat off and go on from there.

  • Lori

    Out, for exactly the reason you stated—the parts are good, although I’m not sure that hat is really Kate’s style, but they don’t belong together at all. You’re so smart. Can I touch your hair?

    • Gatto Nero

      Yes. And the skinned-back hair (which the hat sort of requires) doesn’t work with this dress, either.

      • Lori

        Yes, and now that you mention it that really should have been the tip off that this wasn’t going to work. When one part of your outfit requires hair (or shoes or jewlery) that doesn’t go at all with another major part of your outfit it’s time to rethink something.

        • TheDivineMissAnn

          Speaking of jewelry, I covet those earrings! And I don’t mind the hat; it splays out like she’s in a wind tunnel! Not to mention it covers her gray roots.

  • rkdgal

    Part of why I love reading this blog is your excellent, concise explanations of why I usually go “enh” on an outfit without knowing exactly why. You’re spot on, as usual — the pieces don’t go together, and I can’t even decide which one suits her best. OUT, sadly. (I hate giving a Treacy hat an out, but there it is.)

  • Jangle57

    That hat is so busy, I think the dress had to be something simple or else they’d be fighting each other for attention. IN

  • Alexis Wenceslao

    Hat is expensive for damn sure, but it looks damn cheap. Love you, Kate, but OUT.

  • Haley Buchanan

    I can tell I’m in the minority thus far, but I give it an IN. The black and white color palate does make it work for me. Yes, the pieces are stylistically quite different, but the black and white ties it together without making it look too kooky. Plus, I’m all for more hats on the red carpet, and in general!

    • BlairBear

      I thought I was alone

  • GeoDiva

    Have to agree… The hat is fab, but that dress looks like she bought it off the rack at Ann Taylor. Neither goes with each other.

  • Alicia

    Out. I like the hat, but I don’t think it’s really her style.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Really boring dress. Safe even by office wear standards. The shoes too.

  • In_Stitches

    I think a dramatic necklace might have done enough to marry the two elements, but since one is not present…OUT, for reasons clearly stated by sirs T & Lo.

  • KT

    Totally agree. The hat is fabulous and she’s really rocking it, but the rest of it looks like my seriously questionable middle school attempts at fashion, which largely consisted of pairing dresses with t-shirts, for some inexplicable reason (damn you, late 90s). So basically, I don’t really love the dress itself, but ESPECIALLY not with such an intricate, grandiose hat. OUT!

  • FrigidDiva

    Out. This look just bugs, it doesn’t quite go together. I can’t decide if I really like the hat, maybe I would if she was wearing a different dress and had different hair. The hair just seems too severe. Also, the fit on that dress is not great.

  • AnneElliot

    I agree, the dress is too sport for the hat. And it’s too tight on her — go up a size, Kate!! So, I have to say OUT.

  • Julie Chase

    Out, the hair should be softer with that dress and hat.

  • Rhonda Shore

    OUT because she doesn’t look happy. It all lacks pizazz.

  • JenniferA

    Out. Looks like she is just trying on the hat, to be paired with a better more fabulous dress later.

  • Darcy H

    Nope, not working.

    If you’re going to rely on a B&W theme to tie things that don’t work together you need to make sure that your whites are the same. Or maybe it’s just the lighting making the hat look more off-white? *eye twitch*

    Also the dress definitely looks like a black strapless over a white t-shirt. I think she could make one or the other work, but not both.

  • Kitten Mittons

    It looks like she is trying to be so staid and dignified, and then she went and forgot to pin one side of her hat down, and all the crazy originality is shooting out of her head.

    Out, unfortunately. Not loving this like I feel I should.

  • Carleenml

    I love her face so much. Out. These two things do not go together.

  • JR Labrador

    Looks like she’s missing an antler. Out.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. So out. So Duchess of Windsor and not in a good way.

    • alyce1213

      Only the hat and earrings (but not together).

  • BlairBear

    In . I think the dress and hat balance each other nicely. The dress allows the hat to be noticed and youthens/modernizes the my fair lady hat and takes it out of costume territory . But I’m all for juxtapositions

  • velomango

    I think this look is an In. <> showing my work: I like how the line across her chest that divides the black and white fabrics is in line with the ribbon thingies coming out of her hat. I also like how the severity and streamlined aspects of her feet to her neck contrast with the the floofy-ness of the hat, and make her look like a pussy willow blossom.

  • greymain


  • Danielle

    Maybe, MAYBE with a different backdrop. Or if this was rendered in any combination of colors other than black and white.

  • Snoskred

    She is stunning. Clothes are passable. Hat questionable. She overrides all these, so IN.

    Will we get together to pay a ransom to have her feet released from those shoes? That looks so painful and she had to wear them all day! :(

  • dash1211

    Out. (Uncles, I’m running my fingers through your hair.) This dress needs a jacket or a pop o’ color or something….

  • Karen Belgrad

    That is Madame’s hat! And she would never have worn that hat without the appropriate regal costuming! That hat requires feathers, jewels, and all sorts of bedazzlement! “Summer” diamonds are a MUST!!!!

  • FibonacciSequins

    I’m with you, total clash between the dress and the fascinator. So much so, it makes her look like she’s walking around in her underclothes. OUT for me.

  • hughman

    “It’s boo-cay!” – Hyacinth Bucket

    • robin-m

      I wonder if Kate has a slimline princess telephone with last number redial?

    • butterflysunita

      Boo-cay residence, lady of the house speaking!

  • Hysterectomypants

    Out. Love, love the hat, but, like you say, the dress just wrong with it. Too sporty or just too unremarkable. Plus, it just looks too tight and constricting. If she went up a size, it would be so much more flattering (but then, I kind of always think that).

  • Coleslaw McGraw

    The dress looks a little snug and is kind of boring–remember the refrain–If I can Wear It To Work….. I love the hat. But not together.

  • nannypoo

    I like the dress but the hat is absurd. Only a truly great actress could wear something as silly as this and still manage to look smug.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT. All I saw was a cap sleeved t-shirt with an amazing hat.

  • Belvane

    IN. My math: (black shoes + black sheath + white shoulders) x (fabulous hat + great earrings) = all attention drawn to that beautiful face

  • Susan Velazquez

    Out. It looks like she wore a tube dress over a white t shirt and then plopped on a hat from Hobby Lobby to look classy.

  • uprightcitizen

    OUT. Would possibly be acceptable for the first day of the races here at Del Mar, but even then, the white of the hat and the white of the dress would have to match (which they don’t). A spectator pump would have helped the attempt, though.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    No, I agree with my Uncles. That’s a church hat paired with a day at the office and dinner with a friend dress.

  • Vicky Rowe

    Out – don’t like the dress or the hat. Most certainly don’t like them both together.

  • lunchcoma

    OUT for the reasons listed, plus the fact that the dress needs to be a size larger.

  • WittyCism

    This is why I keep reading Tom and Lorenzo: because great dresses, and great hats, and beautiful women do not necessarily mean Styled Well. We just keep learning new things everyday.

  • R. L.

    My uncles hit the nail on the head. OUT.

  • StarburstLady

    It’s not that something basic wouldn’t have worked with this hat, but I think it needs something with slightly more drama and elegance. I’m picturing a draping black gown, with an Erte feel to it.

  • Anna

    Take Your Administrative Assistant to the Races Day.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Mega OUT

  • ThaliaMenninger

    It took me the longest time to figure out who she looks like. J-Lo! When Kate Winslet looks like J-Lo, you know it can’t stand. OUT.

  • jilly_d

    It’s an OUT for me, but I actually hate the dress. Put two little black spaghetti straps over the T shirt and I’m right back in 1995.

  • Solokitty

    Sadly, out. Love the hat. An all white dress would have cinched it.

  • Kaytee

    Out to both – the dress is a skosh too tight and the hat doesn’t go with the dress – too much for such a sporty style. I must agree with the Uncles on this one.

  • Starts with K

    I’m afraid it’s an OUT. The dress looks smashing on her. The hat looks smashing on her. The hat and dress do not look smashing together. Plus the hat competes against the busy backdrop, which is driving me a little batty.

  • beebee10

    Out, and she clearly doesn’t like it either.

  • LadyVimes

    Out. Love the hat and those earrings. The dress needed to be softer and flowing to go with it though. Ditch the dress, Kate.

  • Anastasia

    Send that hat over to Vicky Posh, and the dress to your stylist for better accessorizing. Out, honey.

  • another_laura

    I’m going with NO. The overall effect is matronly, somehow, and I just can’t accept that for Ms. Winslet.

  • msdamselfly

    OUT The dress is too tight, too short, and wrong with the hat.

  • BayTampaBay

    OUT! I must disagree with my gay uncles; IMHO that dress is NOT flattering on Ms. Winslett-Rocknroll!

  • fursa_saida

    I like the hat in itself, but it’s not doing anything good for her face. It’s for someone else. For that alone it’s an OUT.

  • Bozhi

    OUT. Too many things clash. The styles of the dress (which is NOT flattering) and the hat clash. The colors clash. There are two different shades of black and two different shades of white. She either needs a stylist or needs a different stylist.

  • Betsy

    Out. Pick a different accessory.

  • Deborah Lipp

    OUT. The dress is not flattering at all, it’s too tight and is pulling everywhere. The hat with the short, tight dress makes her look like she’s about to tip over.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Out. I don’t think any of it is flattering, hair, hat, too-short dress. The whole thing looks matronly. OUT (because it needs to be said twice).

  • Sara__B

    OUT. I don’t like the hat and dress together, and I don’t like either piece on her. She also seems to be trying too hard. As usual.

  • GoryDetails

    OUT. All I could think when I saw the pictures was “Poor Kate, she looks awful!” The hat doesn’t flatter her and the dress is kind of blah (and doesn’t seem to fit all that well)…

    In other news, are we going to get any snapshots from Fire Island? I was only there once, but found it stunning – not just for the eye-candy on the beach, but for the Sunken Forest as well. Hope you had a fabulous time!

  • Shawn EH

    All I can say is, she’s British, so IN! It’s like the Emma Thompson “get out of jail free” card. Wacky Neicy!

  • kimmeister

    Out, just because the dress looks like a black strapless dress worn over a white shirt (like Julia Roberts literally did a few months back, with awful results).

  • Lisalady161

    OUT!! It’s far too severe a pairing and it ages her 20 years. C’mon Kate, you’re not even 40 yet, give the heavy makeup and the needles a rest, sweetie.

  • MissusBee

    Agree with all above. Also, I don’t think the dress is flattering. I can see logic that a black boobs-and-torso encasement would translate as ‘slimming’, but the white neck and sleeves add width. She’s be better off with a shift dress that draws the eye down, not across.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I’m with you guys, it’s a no. Can I touch your hair?

  • Catherine

    No, I can’t. Too tight and it looks like she’s wearing a strapless black dress over a t-shirt. OUT.

    Though I am a sucker for a good hat. I would wear that one grocery shopping in a heartbeat.

    • Constant Reader

      Now I want to go grocery shopping with you in fabulous hats.

  • Corsetmaker

    I don’t like either of them on her. She tends to go for these really graphic, hard lines a lot and I just don’t think they suit her. She looks much better when she’s softer.

  • paginatrix

    Out. Just because the combination of it all makes her look matronly.

  • MaryMcClelland

    Yeah – just something about it is off. So, OUT

  • hellkell

    OUT. It all looks like shit.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    As much as I love a Phillip Treacy confection, this one is not working for me. Even if it weren’t with that outfit, I think I’d rather be seeing more of her hair. OUT.

  • Jessica Freeman

    That hat is making my Monday better, it it’s a out with the dress.

  • bessann28

    The dress is ill fitting and I agree that the hat doesn’t go with it. But the most unfortunate thing about these photos is that she ended up in front of that busy navy and white background.

  • carnush

    Totally OUT. The dress calls for a clean, sleek blowout. The hat calls for another person to wear it.

  • Hetha Innis

    No. Out. You guys are spot on.

  • alyce1213

    Out. It may be all black and white, but none of it works together or separately. She really needs to start wearing dresses that fit her.

  • Virginia Lee

    Definitely out, because her face and posture says it all, she’s not comfortable.

  • EEKstl

    OUT. First off, the dress is too tight and she looks pained. Secondly, the hat is lovely, but it is more complicated than Kate usually gets; hence the 180 on the simplicity of the dress. I get the idea behind the WHY, but it doesn’t translate into good fashion.

  • melanie0866

    OUT. Matronly.

  • AlexisPayne

    Nope, no, do not like the two paired. That dress needs blown out hair do and that hat needs a sharp little skirt suit.

  • Kayceed

    OUT. What an odd ensemble. From the neck down she’s going to the office with her sensible dress, black pumps and daytime watch. From the neck up she’s going to a fancy event with an evening hat, coiffed hair and diamond drop earrings. If she wants to wear that hat she’s going to have to Dita von Teese it and commit to a very sharp little black suit or something with some presence.

  • Slanted & Enchanted

    Out. The t-shirt effect looks bizarre with the hat. And her shoes are boring.

  • housefulofboys

    Out – dress is ok but could be a couple of inches longer for maximum flatter-ability, hat does not go with the dress, head and hair in general don’t fit the level of hattery required by the…hat. She just doesn’t strike me as a Philip Treacy girl in general.

  • somebody blonde

    Out. I can’t with that hat. It’s too ridiculous for the totally normal clothes she’s wearing with it, and I question whether she could pull it off in anything but full-on royalty drag.

  • Clydette Wantland

    LOL!!!! OUT.

  • Kbear

    OUT – looks weird together. Looks like she went to try on a dressy hat during her lunch break from work.

  • Monabel

    Very boring dress.

  • thecitysleeps

    I hate the hat though. It looks weird. I just don’t like hats. Ha. But her body is bangin’ and that dress looks great so IN.

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    IN. I don’t agree w the uncles that the dress is super flattering, but that hat is divine. What can I say?! Hat porn is a weakness 😉

  • MilaXX

    OUT! I’m inclined to think it’s not her look because I kind of think Cathy Cambridge might be able to make this work, but really I just don’t like it. It feels too confining with the body con dress and too stuffy & uptight with the pulled back hair and fascinator.

  • trisker

    Agree with TLo 100% — OUT. (But don’t need to touch your hair)

  • CommentsByKatie

    I adore the whole thing. The hat is so focus-pulling; a simple chic dress compliments it perfectly. I wouldn’t mind the dress a few inches longer, as others have said, but I think it still works great. In.

  • AllForUSophia

    Absolutely agree. This pretty dress does not go with this pretty hat.

  • brown-eyed girl

    No, no, and again I say no! Sunset Boulevard meets Queen Elizabeth.

  • lahallita

    I’m with TLo, totally incongruous despite same color palette. OUT.

  • decormaven

    Out. Fab hat, drab dress. Makes me sad.

  • suzq

    You CAN wear a Philip Treacy hat with a Narciso Rodriguez dress….as long as the top of the Rodriguez dress doesn’t look like a tee-shirt. If it had just been a wee pop of white, this would have been fine. It looks like one of those Franken-dress tee-shirt tops that are so popular these days. That is what is pulling the dress over into looking too informal for the hat. For all we know, the whole ensemble is 100% silk crepe from silkworms fed on a diet of mulberries handpicked by Chinese virgins. But it looks like she’s wearing a tee-shirt and it’s all for naught.

  • Wink

    OUT. Love the hat, but save it for another outfit. Her body looks awesome… healthy, fit and not undernourished. Has she ever played Marilyn Monroe?

  • frannyprof

    Out. They just look weird together. And she knows it.

  • ojosazules

    Not her hat. Out.

  • Lily

    Would love this hat with a more flowing, vintage-inspired, belted A-Frame dress to lend more flare and elegance. As it is, OUT! And to me, the dress is what kills the look. Too pedestrian and boring for the rest of it.

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  • Trishington

    Skip the hat, go up a size in the dress (and an inch to the hem while you’re at it) and it’d be a perfect outfit. Until then, it’s an Out.

  • Jessi03

    No no no no no. Out.

  • Bert Keeter

    Hats great. The dress unfortunatley has a “bargan basement” feel about it. The shoes…NO!

  • yethica

    The dress looks like she got it at Express whereas the hat is a crazy work of art. It needs to be paired with some 40s or 50s style throwback fabulousness a la Dita von Teese. Maybe Miss Kate should steal that stylist? Regardless, out, despite my love of La Winslet.

  • Alyssa

    Out. She could have at least had some fun with shoes! But yeah, that dress and hat don’t go together!

  • Plink

    OUT. What is it with the British and these cwazy hats? I mean cwazy, darlings!

  • Meri

    Out. I like the pieces individually, and she can work either of them- but not together.

  • LJCdoc

    You know you’re pale when the sun shining on your neck makes it look like your very white t-shirt part of your dress look like it has a weird half collar. Yeah, i think OUT on this.

  • Kent Roby

    I have no problem swimming against the tide and giving her an “IN”, just for having the chutzpah for wearing that fascinator of a hat.

  • empath

    OUT. The dress looks a skosh too tight and it looks like she put a tight white t-shirt under her bandeau bathingsuit to protect her shoulders from sunburn.
    The black/white does not flatter Kate. She needs color.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    The dress looks somewhat ill-fitted and should be 2-3″ longer. I agree the hat doesn’t work, so I have to say OUT!

  • ashtangajunkie

    Doesn’t work at all. Out.

  • Glammie

    No. I could see the outfit working for another celeb, but this is not good on her. Too tight, the black and white, along with the updo, looks severe on her. Kate also needs to embrace the sunblock and shades. She’s too young for her skin to have aged like that. I’m actually kind of surprised.

  • lalahartma

    Meh, it’s hard to care.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d give it to her but the dress is too tight for the hat. The hat has an edge of sophistication that I can’t award to a dress that tight.

    A VERY reluctant out. Very, very reluctant.

  • MaggieMae

    I don’t really like it. The dress looks too casual for the hat? She looks better in color(s)? Also, the girl has curves that could stop traffic and I don’t think this dress or that hat is making it sing.

  • random_poster

    Out. As is, everything ages her. No, Kate, No!

  • crashtestbonnie

    So… I’m 42 in August: have I reached the “OMG, girl, your skirt’s too short!” age bracket? Honestly, I think if the skirt were closer to the knees and the hat were “black & [color besides greige]” this would be a perfectly splendid look. Just me? That’s cool… :)

  • Kate4queen

    The hat is out of proportion to the dress in so many ways… so a regretful OUT

  • ChelseaNH

    I suppose you could say that the dress needs the hat. However, it does not need that hat, and that hat doesn’t need that dress. That hat wouldn’t even notice that dress. So, not working. OUT.

  • demidaemon

    I like both pieces separately, but not together, and I think the dress, with it’s current color blocking, is causing all kinds of weird visual illusions. All in all, it’s an OUT, barely.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I like the hat, but not with this dress. The hat is crying out to be worn with the Alexander McQueen outfit that Cathy Cambridge was sporting at the trooping of the colors. For me Ms. Winslet could have done much better than this

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I agree with everything that was said above, I’ll only add that I am not convinced that that is Her Dress or Her Hat. Chuck it all and start over. OUT

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    OUT. Because I hate the hat and without it the rest of the look is boring.

  • Ros

    Girl, you’re not Drew Barrymore. OUT.

  • pugluv

    Out! Too tight, the color blocking makes her look like she has linebacker shoulders and the hat is just awful.

  • Lilithcat

    She is in for the hat alone.

  • DuBey2

    I’m imagining the conversation ” The hat will pull focus from the mid-section “

  • DuBey2

    That dress and its lack of fit on her: OUT!

  • TwiddlyStun

    Out-itty-out-out. The dress is too small and too casual to go with an elegant contraption like that hat.

  • StrandedFashionista

    Separately, both are IN, together they are OUT.

  • Man Dala

    OUT. The hat looks like an embalmed kangaroo head.

  • gloriana232

    Budget Royal Ascot.

  • KiP07

    OUT. The white in the hat seems slightly warmer in tone than that of the dress. In addition to the arguments made by messieurs T and Lo it adds up to too many mismatches for me.

  • lundibleu

    Hmm. I like the idea of both the hat and the dress, but the reality of them paired together isn’t quite working for me. I was ready to vote in based on the first picture, then I scrolled down and am less convinced. I do think the hat needs the severe hair though. So, I’m voting OUT, with a couple of caveats.

    For me, it’d be in if a) the dress were hitting just below the knee and b) there were something more colourful in the outfit.

    Also, it almost looks like an “oh, crap, I picked up the wrong hatbox. dammit.” moment.

  • Qdahling

    Out. Dammit Kate, I hate to do this when you look so good, but really? You wasted a Treacy hat with a t shirt dress? I’m disappointed in you.

  • Therese Bohn

    I do love that hat!

  • Alloy Jane

    That dress is 100% American Apparel = too casual for that fabulous hat. I kinda like the shoes. Still Out.

  • cheekypinky

    Kate. Darling. This is Not Your Look.

  • SophieCollier

    I’m with the uncles. No. For the very reasons they cite. It’s too much hat for that dress.

  • Bower Bird

    Mildred Pearce goes Cruella De Vil.

  • snarkykitten

    wtf is she trying to do here?

  • lizajane1776

    IN! What other dress would this hat be good with? A plain black? Boring! A plain white? Bridal! Yes, a smidge more room around and a few more inches at the bottom would be nice, but over all, IN!

  • marlie

    IN. From the neck up, Kate looks absolutely beautiful. The hat, those earrings, her makeup… just lovely. I think the dress is very pretty, and I like the colorblocking; I didn’t get “t-shirt” at all.

  • Devon Whittaker

    Out. You are so right, can I touch your hair.

  • LittleKarnak

    Out! Dress looks like it could be better fitted….sort of like the hat…..

  • Courtney

    I know she’s British, and they have advanced hat wearing skills when compared to other nationalities, but that hat doesn’t do her any favors. It makes her head/face look blocky. Out.

  • mommyca

    Out, because there is something wrong with the proportions somehow…


    Very English. IN!
    As for saying the dress is too short, my feeling is that if it was longer, everyone would say it’s too matronly.
    As for the “aging” on her face? Bitches, please. I’ll show you aging. She looks freaking gorgeous.

  • quiltrx

    OUT. But I would fix it with keep the hat/dress up a size and nicer fabric/pointed-toe shoes.

  • boweryboy

    IN from the ankles up. I don’t like the shoes, and since the hat is doing all of the heavy lifting it was a wise choice to pick a simple frock to pair with it.

  • Lena L.

    At first glance, my reaction was: how nice, Madonna is finally going for classy. In that context, I would’ve given the outfit an IN as encouragement for stepping in the right direction. As it is, sorry Kate – OUT.

  • Beto

    That.Hat. Ugh. The dress is awesome on her. Also, if you wear a hat you always carry a purse.

  • numenah

    That sleeve alone is all kinds of no on her.

  • PumpkintheCat

    OUT. Proportions are off – there’s not enough dress (sleeves or skirt) to provide visual balance for the hat. Without the hat though, it would be a lovely simple look.

  • Richard Banger

    IN. I don’t know what the hell event she is at, but this is exactly what I would picture Kate Winslet would wear at a society event.

  • Joy Yeager

    Unflattering, too tight dress plus slicked down hair with a mismatched hat…OUT

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  • icm

    Philip Treacy is a genius. Most of what he designs is sheer beauty,they really are beautiful works of art. If you look at her face only with with the hat it’s like an old Hollywood portrait. Yes the dress is far to casual to be seen with such a hat..

  • LambeeBaby

    Out. I LOVE the hat and the dress looks good on her, but I agree they are not to be worn together.

  • livesarah

    Out. I can’t put my finger on it- at first I thought the hat made her head look small, but it’s not that… I think with a longer, more elegant dress it might work?

  • Samantha Irene

    Nope nope nope. This is an OUT. Dress too casual, hat too fancy, dress has white, hat has cream – makes me twitch

  • Nick Pilgrim

    Mildred Fierce?

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    I give her an in for the context–she’s at a horse race, fancy headwear is mandatory but fancy or fussy clothes get in the way when you’re sitting in a box or walking in the paddocks.

  • lobsterlen

    Honestly I saw the thumbnail and thought she had just had an audience with the Queen. Out.

  • conniemd

    In. I like both dress and hat and think the hat brings life to an otherwise too plain dress.

  • deech_sea

    Out to all fascinators unless it appears in a Terry Gillian movie.

  • Danielle West

    The kittens will have to decide for me as well.

  • CelandineM

    Dress looks fantastic on her but my first thought was “it’s too sporty to go with that hat.” Ditch the hat and a definite IN. Thus I have to vote OUT because it just doesn’t look right.

  • Imasewsure

    Gotta go out just because of the huge disconnect… such a fun hat… such a wasted statement

  • Mailbtch

    The hat does NOT go with that dress. Plus I want to touch T Lo’s hair. OUT.

  • SassyKansas

    In! Ah c’mon, loosen up, everyone. Yeah, maybe it’s a skosh too tight; but overall it’s a fun, modern wink at the Duchess of Windsor.

  • altermyego

    I love those earrings and the lack of botox is beautiful. Otherwise it’s an out.

  • LeelaST

    OUT. Top quarter Tee for sure. If she’d worn tights or hose this would have been an IN for me; bare legs look too casual with this styling.

  • Jenna Marie

    I hate the t-shirt look… but overall this is impact and sharp. IN.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT. The hat is silly and it ages her. She’s too pretty to be aged by a silly hat.

  • judybrowni

    OUT: Hat better for Grandma Betty at Ascot, dress so tight it makes her appear lumpy.

  • Mousentrude

    Out. Quite like the dress in a casual way, but the hair and hat just don’t go, and make her look about 10 years older than me. Which she’s not.

  • altalinda

    Out. The crazy hat is not to my taste.

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    I’m a hat person. I believe in wearing a statement hat sometimes. And that very simple dress weeps for a hat! I like this. So it’s a big IN for me.

  • Fräulein K.

    In. I will never give a good crazy hat an out. The crazy hat deserves a better dress, but it works and she looks put together.

  • E. D.

    Out. That dress is too short and her shoes are too “standard” for that hat.

  • holla

    I love all of it. IN

  • LMGordon

    Just no. OUT