Natalie Dormer in Alice by Temperley at Wimbledon Opening Day

Posted on June 25, 2014

We joked about this yesterday in our Taylor Swift post, but looking at these pictures of Natalie, we wonder if we weren’t onto something when we suggested that Reese Witherspoon start giving street-sashay lessons to younger starlets. These gals don’t know what they hell they’re doing. That’s the most aggressively affected way to hold a purse we’ve seen since… well, since Taylor tried and failed to do the same thing.


Natalie-Dormer-Alice-Temperley-WOD-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Game of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer seen arriving at the Wimbledon Tennis Club in London, England in an Alice by Temperley printed dress paired with a pink bag and brown strappy sandals.

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Since you’ve decided to forego subtlety, Nat, why not just walk past the photographers holding the bag over your head? Or just point to it and wink?

Also: that’s an outfit a 5-year-old wears at her birthday party. And your shoes don’t go.



[Photo Credit: FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Getty Images]

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  • Thomas

    That’s a sickly amount of pink. I think I have a toothache.

    • kimmeister

      Hey, you beat RussellH88 to the first post!

      • Thomas

        Lol I know, I don’t have twitter or a life, so I took my own advice and kept refreshing lol

    • Kent Roby

      She definitely is not a Barbie-pink (or Pepto-pink) gal.

    • MK03

      She’s dressed like an Evian bottle.

    • Dam_Angel

      Just take one more step back, just one more. . . .

    • Shug

      It’s like Shelby’s wedding from Steel Magnolias threw up onto an oversize child’s dress.

  • RussellH88

    This only works if she is 5 year old and the pictures are accompanied by her yelling “Look mommy, I’m a growed-up lady!”

    • MoHub

      A 5-year-old in 1956

    • Sophie

      “Look, Mommy, I took your purse!”

    • evave2

      Wow, RussellH88 Catty yet totally on-point.

  • KT

    Horrendous, full stop.

  • Sarah

    Yup, shoes REALLY don’t go. Dress isn’t doing a thing for her figure, either.

    • formerlyAnon

      I think the complete shapelessness of the dress is a point in the ensemble’s favor. It makes it more casual in an “I’m going to be outdoors in what passes for summer heat here in the UK kind of way.” (I think this week’s high was predicted for 79 or 80 F – heat? HA!)

      • Sarah

        80?? I’m working with 100 + around here 🙂

        • formerlyAnon

          Yeah. It’s been a great week to be at Wimbledon. (I don’t begrudge it to them, though. They get rained on a lot.)

  • Laura Poehlman

    Orange flats would be cute instead. I love the dress.

    • Gatto Nero

      Agree about the orange flats.

    • andreawey

      I like the dress too, it would be wicked cute at the beach…… and yes orange flats!

    • Lucía Gavello

      Or just switch shoes with the girl behind her, is that Sophie Ellis Bextor? Whatever happened to her?

      • Laura Poehlman

        Oh the black toes would have been cute, you’re so right.

      • Caroline Lindsay Whitham

        That is indeed Sophie Ellis Bextor! She looks like she’s carrying another one of Natalie’s pink bags for her, but as far as I know she hasn’t become a personal assistant – she’s still in the music business and had a new song out here in the UK not long ago that got a lot of radio play. She was also on our version of Dancing with the Stars, but we don’t talk about that.

  • That fist looks as though it should have a middle finger extended.

    • MartyBellerMask

      I know, the bitchface (and bitchfist?) effect almost makes this work.

    • H2olovngrl

      I was thinking the same thing. She is ready to fire it off at a moment’s notice.

    • Heather

      She often seems to make this weird express in pap photos.

  • Carleenml

    I don’t think those colors do anything at all for her coloring.

    • I don’t think her colouring does anything for her colouring. I like her a lot better as a brunette (which I assume is her natural colour as it seems a lot more natural for her).

  • Gatto Nero

    “Forgo,” I think.
    Purse pimping should come with instructions.
    The dress is juvenile, and what’s with the smirk?
    A silver or blue/green sandal would have looked better.

    • Carleenml

      having seen her act all these years, I really think it’s the shape of her mouth and not an intentional smirk.

      • marlie

        You are correct, but it still irritates for some reason.

        • Carleenml

          I thought the same thing! Very cute smiley face. In the wrong outfit and carrying the wrong purse and wearing the wrong shoes/natch.

    • kimmeister

      “Forgo” and “forego” are both acceptable spellings.

      • Gatto Nero

        “Forgo” is to do without. “Forego” is to preceed or go before.
        But I see that the second spelling has been added as a variant.
        I need a vacation.

        • Sarah

          A variant, meaning nobody cares anymore. Alas.

          • smayper

            I love this site. People care about words.

          • Gatto Nero


        • TropiCarla

          I now work in the U.S. as a textbook editor. I rail impotently about these now acceptable variants on a daily basis. My British grammar teacher would roll over in her grave at the stuff I have to let slide. Alas indeed.

          • fiddlecub

            Language is always in flux. The literary greats often called for changes to the rules, and in some cases, all-out grammatical anarchy. Gertrude Stein proposed the elimination of the question mark and and quotation marks. George Bernard Shaw proposed changing spellings to be more phonetically accurate. (He surmised that newspaper writers might have saved hours upon hours if they spelled “bomb” as “bom.”) I think one can care about words but not be pedantic about how others use them, particularly if their meaning is absolutely clear. I am glad for the rules of language–but I am also glad that that cultural waves can inspire changes to them.

          • Fine, but they’ll pry the correct use of “literally” out of my cold, dead hands. I don’t care how old-fashioned it makes me sound. That is the line in the sand.

          • Gatto Nero

            Yes. Hallelujah.

          • decormaven

            Hold the standard high!

          • Jackie4g

            I sit helplessly while the sportscasters and news readers say “I should have went”, instead of “I should have gone”. I cringe, and it just slides, every time. People say “no big deal” but it raises my hackles. Does that make me a bitch or a goose? (couple of hackled examples).

          • Targettaste

            I’m with you. TV weatherman: “It will be hot enough tomorrow to literally make your blood boil.” No, no it will not. Some other idiot; “It was so bad my head literally exploded.” Wow, and you lived to tell about it!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            This is among the reasons that your BK’s love their uncles so fiercely. You have standards,and they shall not be breached.

          • whaddami

            Right there with you. Can we put “ironic” on that list, too?

          • kimmeister

            Ah, the constant battle between etymological exactitude and common usage. It’s the reason why there are now three acceptable ways to pluralize “octopus” even though one of them is a totally made up mismash of Latin and Greek. I have a strong grammar Nazi streak in me, but I have to pick my battles. Otherwise, I’d be exhausted all the time!

          • Gatto Nero

            It is tiring. Even the NY Times is rife with errors. I find typos in novels and write to the publishers. Haven’t received one response yet. (Shakes fist.)
            I need a hobby.

          • kimmeister

            It sounds like you already have a hobby! Perhaps you just need to replace it with something less infuriating.

          • Gatto Nero

            I have other interests — really!
            But I work with words all day, and apparently it makes me a little nuts.

          • Sarah

            I had this happen at work the other day. We got a new children’s book called “All About Octopuses.” I was asked to make the call on whether we were allowed to snicker re: the publisher’s gross negligence. I had to let folks down, explaining that while I would have chosen “Octopi,” it is considered okay to put “-puses.”

          • kimmeister

            Ah, but “octopi” is the mishmash! The all Greek way is “octopodes.”

          • Sarah

            Mishmash, yes, but my preference nonetheless. I will just get around it by saying “Soft-bodied eight-legged cephalopod.”

          • TropiCarla

            For shits and giggles, I have started using ‘spice’ as the plural of ‘spouse.’ As a regular act of satire, it keeps me from blowing my lid at the office.

          • kimmeister

            Good one! Another entertaining one is ‘meese’ as the plural of ‘moose.’

          • Gatto Nero

            Dictionaries are becoming increasingly descriptive as opposed to prescriptive. So they essentially absorb all the dreck of modern usage without telling us what is correct.
            I weep.

          • formerlyAnon

            One of the things that makes me feel old is the amount of impotent railing I have to suppress.

        • demidaemon

          When did everyone become Flaca up in here? 😉

    • Jackie4g

      May I ask if you are going for high contrast in the choice of shoe? I understood the orange flat selection a few posts above, it’s there in the print, but I admit to confusion as to a silver or blue green. Not trying to be a wise guy, just trying to learn your thinking.

      • Gatto Nero

        I guess I’d prefer something that complements the pink/orange in the print, since these colors already make such a statement. Blues/greens are opposite the reds/oranges on the color wheel, so a complementary accent color would make the look more dynamic. Or a neutral metallic would work, too, and would be more subtle without being matchy.

  • Jeanettesca

    The dress is cute but to me it doesn’t quite fit her image. She’s always come across as an edgier, classier type of person. This is a little Barbie. Hate the purse.

    • MoHub

      Not barbie. Skipper.

      • Jeanettesca

        Hahahaa! True.

    • lunchcoma

      The purse is vile. I don’t know why she’s going to the trouble of giving herself arm cramps to get a free one.

      • decormaven

        It’s like those pink Jordan almonds.

  • In_Stitches

    That is Betty Francis’ dress, after she lost the weight, but still wearing her chubby clothes.

    • Janet B

      If it had buttons down the front, it’d be a terrific little house dress for someone, long ago.

  • Tracy_Flick

    My mom made me a similar dress in elementary school, to be worn over bell-bottom cords. She did not, however, give me an empty hand-bag worth more than her mortgage.

  • Jennifer Bober

    I love pink, but that’s serious overload.

  • hughman

    Drunk mommy at her daughter’s Private School Fundraiser.

    “Did you think I went here? HAHAHA. OH, that’s SO cute! People actually tell me that ALL the time. Can I get another white wine?”

    • Thomas

      More like drunk mommy wearing her daughter’s clothes.

      • “Can you believe that Poppy didn’t want this GORGEOUS Temperley number? She went for Lily Pulitzer instead, apparently it’s all the rage up in Deerfield. I guess I’ll have to keep it for myself — good thing it’s my size!

        • whaddami

          I think I went to school with that Mommy….

          • I went to school with her daughters!

    • FibonacciSequins

      I know a few of those mommies.

      • hughman

        Me too. I went to a snooty private HS and it was turtles all the way down.

  • The shoes might not be the best choice, but at least they’re not pink.

  • Capt. Renault

    That dress is loud enough to earn a reprimand from the chair umpire.

  • Anna Vasquez

    It’s strange, because she’s so good at playing a street-sashayer on tv.

  • Nancer

    TLo, all is true, but I LOVE that bag! So pretty! And Pink! :]

  • kimmeister

    It’s like she’s doing an uppercut purse-hold. I think I might hold my purses like that, albeit a little lower. It’s not intentional, it’s just where my arm wants to rest.

    • Loola234

      Exactly! I often hold my purse like that – especially when I have my work back over my shoulder…balance, you know…

    • Violentcello

      Me too. It just happens sometimes. (Also, I love your name for it.)

      Also, resting duckface. It’s all I can see.

    • Targettaste

      Yeah, I don’t think the purse hold is an intentional pose, it’s just where the purse slid as she was walking. In the stationary pose, she is holding it more naturally.

  • lunchcoma

    Barbie doll arm. Barbie doll outfit. If she added a pair of pink heeled mules, she could reuse this as a Halloween costume.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Those shoes deserve better than a pink schmatte and Pepto-Bismol bag.

  • Lily

    Did that dress come from the “Grandma’s Kitchen Curtains” challenge on PR?

  • imspinningaround

    Cue the Psychedelic Furs (google it, young’uns).

    • Shawn EH

      Into You LIke a Train? LOL

      • Heather

        Until She Comes?

        • Shawn EH

          Sister Europe!

  • Kitten Mittons

    “Okay, we’re going to start taking pictures now, everyone! Natalie, can you take off your house coat?
    …..Oh. Sorry. No, no, it looks great. Really. Promise.”

    • demidaemon


  • Kathy

    She can get away with this shape because she’s svelte. It looks cool and comfortable. The tan shoes are neutral, so they’re not a problem for me. Not saying I would wear this outfit. I’m not into pink though.

  • Mothra

    I think the skirt on the woman to the left of her is actually inside-out. And not ironed. I like the pink purse, but that’s all I like.

  • Donna Tabor

    No self-respecting five-year old would be caught dead in that schmata.

  • MissusBee

    No because no because no because no because. Gaah. It’s Wimbledon. All you have to do is show up in a cute pants and classy tee, with a nice blowout and non-offensive accessories and it’s done. You are not a fruit salad. Sheesh.

    • Loola234

      Yeah – as an avid tennis spectator, you actually do need to dress up for Wimbledon if you’re sitting where I presume she sat. Shaq was there yesterday and was wearing a suit – as do all the male peeps in the Royal/Celebrity Box.

      • MissusBee

        I agree, be smart. But in an understated way. Conveying the illusion that they’re there to watch the tennis, not get photographed watching the tennis (total illusion but it’s one of those things).

  • Wink

    The Evian lanyard provides access to the VIP suite, but please remove it when posing for photos — even in this horrible outfit.

  • Guest

    Girl, I expect more from you and your sassy side smile.

  • Anna

    The lesson I’ve learned here is: when wearing a really shitty outfit, look EXTREMELY pleased with yourself.

    • kimmeister

      I’m not sure her face comes in any other setting.

      • Anna

        Ha! Although to be fair, I’ve seen plenty of other celebs in similarly shit-tastic outfits with equally smug expressions.

  • Sofia

    the picture of her with her ankles crossed fully demonstrates how this entire get up is a droopy uncoordinated mess, if you needed further proof. that purse deserves so much better.

  • Kristen

    Girl, I expect more from you and your sassy side smirk.

  • marlie

    I thought the dress looked like a beach coverup. And the purse is TOO matchy to the dress. I don’t hate the shoes with this, but I don’t love them either. And she’s still on my irrational hate list.

  • Denise Rambo

    What the hell was she thinking with those brown shoes?

  • suzinrva

    I believe this is the appropriate way to hold your bag so that you may display your middle finger aka the digitus infamis to the paparazzi with short notice.

  • Crystal

    She’s hot. Why is she wearing this?

  • Danielle


  • MarissaLG

    That would be a cute dress on Bianca del Rio. She’d finally show some versatility!

  • SistaT

    Those shoes are horribly wrong with that…dress, for lack of a better term. And it irks the hell out of me that she holds her face like that. It makes me think that she did it to be smart to her mom when she was a kid and it got stuck that way.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Holy pink. Entirely too much. Quite love the shoes.

  • Daisy Walker

    She learned that bag hold from Victoria Beckham. And those shoes are fugly.

  • frannyprof

    Please don’t hate me for asking, but why does she do that thing with her mouth?

    • marlie

      I don’t think it’s intentional – i think that’s just how her mouth IS in its resting/small smile state. I try not to let it bug me because I don’t think she can help it, but it’s hard sometimes. 😛

    • MilaXX

      She’s a side talker. She can’t help it. Other celeb side talkers are Drew Barrymore and Owen Wilson. I just think Nat’s is a bit more extreme.

      • Wink

        I always wondered if there was a name for that! Is Holly Hunter a side talker, too?

        • marlie


        • MilaXX


    • nannypoo

      She does it because her face is asymmetrical and that’s how she looks.

  • mmebam

    I like the dress but would choose a different bag and shoes. I also hate bags that I can’t wear on my shoulder. The elbow crook thing is just awkward.

  • Janet B

    Choose one; the dress or the purse or the shoes.

    The purse and shoes might be cute together with an entirely different outfit.

    • marlie

      I’d keep the shoes and build a whole new outfit around them.

      • Janet B

        You take the shoes I’ll take the purse, she can keep her silly dress.

  • crash1212

    I love that dress. It’s the perfect choice – easy breezy during Wimbledon humidity. Cute shoes and I don’t hate them with it. I love the bag…and isn’t she carrying it just the way you instructed Miss Taylor to carry it? Celebrity rules…so confusing. The most endearing thing about Ms. Dormer is her smile/sneer.

    • marlie

      Reese Witherspoon is a pro at showing off the purse because she does it without seeming like she is. She looks casual and comfortable, and it doesn’t seem like an affectation. Yesterday Taylor looked like someone dropped a purse on her forearm yesterday just as she walked out the door, so she was carrying her bag in a way that no woman really would. Natalie here looks a little closer to Reese, except that she seems so rigid, and her arm is held up higher than seems normal/natural, so it seems a little more forced than the way that Reese does it. Of course, it’s all perception, and it’s subjective, but I agree that she could use some pointers on subtly showing off the goods.

    • MilaXX

      As a gal who does the crock arm carry I’d say her arm is held up too high and close to the body. It looks awkward and uncomfortable.

  • Great glasses and hair in the last couple of photos.

  • LJCdoc

    My 5-year-old wouldn’t be caught dead in this getup. Except, of course, the purse. She’d be all over that purse.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the dress but it definitely needs acessories to contrast. I like the shoes with the dress much more than the bag.

  • Christine Hart

    And the hair is terrible I think.

  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor behind her has done something weird with the fake tan.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I was just scrolling down to see if anyone else had noticed wee Sophie in the background there – happy to see someone else is paying attention! *high five*

      • She must be pretty low on the American radar!

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I think so, though she’s got the kind of pedigree that the US would normally lap up. It’s tough for a UK artist to break the US – they have to really want and work hard for it.

      • Nicoclaws

        I thought “Is that Sophie Ellis Bextor ? Does she ever AGE ? Is he actually an alien ?”

      • lundibleu

        I was just coming to do exactly the same… Thinking “surely someone must’ve noticed Sophie,” and here you both are. Hurrah!

        I know she’s probably not on their radar, but I’d be interested to see a TLo take on some of Sophie’s modelling and editorials.

        • Mazenderan

          I’d love to see TLo critique of some of Sophie’s looks.

    • kimmeister

      I saw her, didn’t know who she was, and tried to obey the TLo rule of not commenting on background people. Had I known she was famous . . .

  • conniemd

    If you took off the sleeves, I wouldn’t mind the dress, cuz I’m not a pink hater, I’m a secret pink girl. I noticed that every picture taken of my daughter as a baby up to about age 8 was in a pink dress.

    Natalie is young enough to wear this pink and I love her on Game of Thrones.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Pink much?

  • smh4748

    I love that she’s got a utilitarian bag with all of her actual stuff on the non-photog side, and then the display bag.

    • marlie

      She didn’t have time to transfer all of her crap to the (probably empty) prop bag.

  • 1carmelita

    Too much Evian, and now she has to pee.

  • Lex

    A baby girl clown puked that dress out. Actually, her shoes are the only part of her outfit that I like. Also, that smirk-smile affectation she does in most photos bugs.

  • MK03

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees an Evian bottle and automatically thinks of Mary Katherine Gallagher. “You should be embarrassed, because your parents named you after bottled water!”

  • Shawn EH

    Rather than bitchface, Natalie has smirk-face. She’s gotta work on that, too.

  • AndieJay

    I think it’s awesome that you didn’t name the designer of “the pink bag.”

  • Aidan B

    Oh, Natalie. You are better than this.

  • LOVE her, hate everything about what she’s wearing

  • Glammie

    Wow, she washes out as a blonde–go back to that auburn, Natalie. I actually think that’s part of the problem with the dress. She probably could have pulled it off as something fun and playful with a darker hair color, but it looks completely childish with the baby blonde hair.

    Oh, and the purse is ridiculous. This is how I would have dressed my Barbie doll when I was ten.

  • yethica

    She looks VERY pleased with herself, doesn’t she?

  • quiltrx

    She doesn’t deserve the gloriousness of that bag!
    And I can’t decide if those shoes make me want to die, or kill someone.

  • MartyBellerMask

    What is the other pink bag? Goodie bag?

  • elemspbee

    Ok so she’s not as hot in 5-year old’s party wear. What happened to her shaved head and bad ass outfits? Guess she’s taking this summer vacay seriously. Cool to know she’s a tennis fan.

    The shoes the shoes. Doods, wtf?

  • LadyVimes

    I liked it until I got to her elbows. Then…no. And those shoes do not deserve mention.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    She’s wearing a mini-mummuu and pursing her lips-no, just no.

  • demidaemon

    That is a horridly ugly dress. I feel like I need Pepto Bismol after staring at it but I don’t know if I could stomach more pink.

  • Columbinia

    She’s gotta learn to stop doing unattractive, smirky things with her mouth. As an actress, she should have this under control.

  • Melmmmendes

    I feel horrible saying this because I don’t think there’s anything she can do about it. But girl has permanent duckface.

  • She’s got a bottle of booze in that bag by the look of her face!

  • PumpkintheCat

    It’s almost like she’s giving us the finger, without the finger.

  • Nicola Anna Molly Page

    I love how Sophie Ellis-Bextor is in 1&3 like ‘you wanna take my picture too?’ All eyes on Margaery!

    I agree with what some people are saying though, Natalie definitely suits the brunette more. And that’s an ugly dress. Like the shoes for another outfit.

  • kat89

    She looks like she’s about to flip off the photographers.

  • NBG

    I hope someone finds the outfit that DOES go with those shoes because they’re cool. Everything else is just Pepto in clothing form.

  • formerlyAnon

    Not a fan of pink or of girly. But ya know, if you’re going to go there, I like this way of doing it. No lace, only one ruffle, not infantile, and she’s smiling – as anybody lucky enough to be at Wimbledon should be.

    The shoes really don’t go. But pink ones woulda been worse, so there’s that.

  • WaterGhost

    I don’t think that’s affected bag-holding as much as it is the result of being loaded down with too much stuff and wanting one hand free to open the car door/scratch her nose/adjust her glasses/pull up the strap on her right shoulder. That’s why the bag is in the crook of her elbow. Men should try carrying purses more often. Women just make it look easy.

    And yes, that is too much pink, but you have to respect her willingness to commit.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Hot pink mess!!!! Omg!

  • Skippymom1

    Who is the adorable woman behind her in pics’ 1 and 2? I love THAT dress and shoes.

    • That is Sophie Ellis-Bextor and I was staring at her too. 🙂 Pop singer and sometimes face of Rimmel. Gorgeous woman.

  • greymain

    She needs surgery or something to get rid of that constant smirk.

  • MannahattaMamma

    She’s holding that bag in a way that suggests she wants to give it & us the finger. If you don’t want to pimp the merch, gal, then just…don’t. But once you’re holding the wares, then be nice & play along. Manners, luv, it’s all that’s holding back the apocalypse.

  • JynxTheCat

    the gal in the flats behind her looks fresh and crisp tough.