Reese Witherspoon in Brentwood

Posted on June 02, 2014

She really does nail that “Mommy Chic” style to the wall, doesn’t she?

Reese-Witherspoon-Proenza-Schouler-Bag-GOTS-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Reese Witherspoon in Brentwood, California carrying a Proenza Schouler bag.

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Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Satchel Bag

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And believe us when we say, we don’t mean that in even a slightly condescending way. There are all kinds of style archetypes in the world, but true stylishness comes when people learn to express their archetype well. Reese has settled on an upscale mommy/country club look and as much as we like to poke fun at her, we can’t deny that nine times out of ten, she rocks the shit out of it. This is not fashion forward or head-turning, but it’s a really cute way to look daytime chic and accessible, which, given her plans to launch a lifestyle company makes this one in a long line of “Everyone wants to be me” moments coming from her. Say what you will – and we sure have – but she’s old-school masterful at managing her image.

And look how good she’s getting at the “opening the car door while simultaneously showing off my bag to photographers” move! Attagirl, Reese.



[Photo Credit: Stoianov/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES,]

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  • boweryboy

    She’s still wearing those mental patient restraint sandals.

    • kimmeister

      Weren’t they metallic before?

      ETA: I just checked, and yes, they were gold. I still dislike the style either way.

      • Glammie

        I was okay with the gold ones–hate these white ones though. Does not work.

        • SugarSnap108

          These white ones are bad. They look like cardboard inserts.

    • Kent Roby

      And I like those sandals! They seem much more practical than any of the delicate toe-grabbing versions when one is continuing one’s world tour of parking lots!

  • Judy_S

    Damn, you guys are right. I looked at these pictures and thought, I want to be her. Really. Except I wouldn’t need as many purses.

  • Janet B

    Perfect mommy with money look.
    Fifteen years ago I would have tried to be her, but I’ve moved on. Or something like that.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Exactly and she has really good taste, which helps, of course.

  • Sarah

    She’s making pleated linen shorts look okay, and that’s a feat in itself.

    • demidaemon

      A miracle, really.

  • ktr33

    I kind of do want to be her, but the top is cheesy. Lacy and jersey fabric in electric periwinkle? And it looks like there’s nothing in the bag! Like on bad TV shows, where they’re not detailed enough to at least stuff it with newspaper so it doesn’t look completely empty. But yes, she certainly does what she does very very well.

    • Kent Roby

      I LOVE it on shows how anyone with a bag of groceries has a giant loaf of French bread sticking out!

      • CelandineM

        Your posts often bring joy to my life! Those staged groceries LOL, at least their bread never gets smashed by a milk carton.

      • P M

        No squashed bread ever!

      • AnneElliot

        And celery.

    • demidaemon

      That’s one thing I loved about The Closer. Brenda always had a huge load of real shit in her bag and could never find anything. Like real people.

      • formerlyAnon

        I keep finding new reasons to bind you to my soul with bands of steel. Or, probably, a somewhat more diffident and distant facsimile thereof. The Closer is one of my favorite guilty pleasure t.v. shows.

        • demidaemon

          Oh, it is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. And one of the few where the spin-off is equally good, although with a slightly different tone. It really helps that the quality of acting and the actors themselves is so good. Captain Raydor is my hero.

        • demidaemon

          Also, bind away. I have no problems with this. 🙂

    • Alloy Jane

      You know what really bothers me that there’s no getting away from? EMPTY DRINKS. Empty cups everywhere. Pretend drinking. Why can’t they just fill those things with water??? That’s what I LOVED about the Ocean’s 11 movies. There was real eating all the time, none of that fake eating. If someone had a drink in their hand, there was drinkable liquid inside. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine aside from fake musicians pretending to play instruments. Drives me nuts.

      • altermyego

        How about when they lift a full suitcase with such ease that it is clearly empty.

        Love Reece’s outfits. I want to raid her closet.

  • LadyVimes

    Bandage shoes. Dislike.

  • Mothra

    Does she live in a parking lot?

    • sugarkane105

      This parking lot in particular is very pretty!

      • It is much nicer than her usual parking lots!

    • lamamu

      No one works a parking lot better than Reese Witherspoon.

  • Pablo

    Hate those shoes with passion. Everything else looks good.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Parking Lot Tour 2014… The Sequel.
    (hastily written after her drunk singing video appeared online last month)

    • Karen Belgrad

      Wait… pleats…. for the love of all that is fashionable hole-y….NOOOOOOOO!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Those shoes look so uncomfortable/hard to walk in.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      I though the same thing, rubbing your feet, making blisters..

  • Danielle

    Love the bag, I’ll always lust for it.

  • Can someone please explain what exactly a lifestyle company does? Genuinely curious. (And yes, I do want to be her when I see these photos, as they give the impression she does little besides saunter between stores in gorgeous LA weather, wearing cute clothes. Quite the life.)

    • Lori

      Based on the “lifestyle companies” of other celebs, they create click bait to shill overpriced goods to the masses via turning the Everyone Wants To Be Me up to 11 and with the “Because I am just that much better than you” made text instead of subtext, spiced with hefty amounts of “in your dreams, peasants.”

      In addition to the click bait website and accompanying enewletter there will also be either a cookbook or a decorating tome, or both. At least 30% of the recipes in the cookbook will involve ingredients that most people don’t have (and many have never heard of) and at least one pan or utensil that costs more than the average person’s refrigerator. The decorating tips will involve “quick” and “easy” ways to use paint which most people can’t execute without the result being just a sad, DIY disaster and throw pillows that cost more than most people’s sofa. This is all referred to as “aspirational.” If anyone points out what a ridiculous crock the whole thing is the celeb can go full Gwyneth and say that everyone is just jealous.

      • Very informative, thank you!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Note that the paints recommended on the celeb lifestyle website/emag will be very expensive and have names such as “quivering lotus blossom”…

        • Lori

          True. That or some foodstuff. Honestly, I’m waiting for some company to make a beige called “hummus” that costs like $114 a gallon.

          On the plus side, I don’t think Reese will consider it “on brand” to overshare about her bowels and her “cleanse” routine or try to sell us on the idea that all a person needs for a perfect body is a yoga mat.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I agree with you that Reese is unlikely to overshare-I think that something that “just isn’t done” by Southern women.
            I can see that shade of beige called “hummus”-and with the ridiculous price.

          • demidaemon

            I actually think, in the realm of lifestyle companies, Reese’s will be the least irritating. Considering she is competing against people like Goop, though, that really isn’t much of a feat.

          • Lori

            I suspect you’re right. She thinks she’s way cuter and much more tasteful than we are, but I highly doubt she thinks she’s on a higher spiritual plane than we are. She has also lived in the real world. It’s been a while, but she has done it. That pretty much guarantees that she’ll be less annoying than Goop, although as you say that’s a really low bar to clear. She’s not going to try to guilt everyone into going vegan and I doubt that when they were babies she chewed food for her children and spit it into their mouths so Reese vs Alicia Silverstone goes to Reese. It’s hard to imagine that Blake Lively won’t be more annoying than Reese because what in the world could Blake Lively have to say? Jessica Alba? Not annoying, but very kid-oriented and focused on eco-friendly choices, so I don’t think they’re aiming for the same demographic. Cameron Diaz is more fitness focused, so also not really the same demo.

            I expect that for women who are or aspire to be at the intersection of “hot mom” and “Southern lady with money” Reese will have things to say that they want to hear and will find useful.

          • formerlyAnon

            Exactly. She will manage to be informative, if you want to be her – or just live in a place that looks like she’d live in it. Her advice may be impractical for the average Jane or Joe to follow, possibly due to price tag or the assumption that you have a great deal of free time, but it will likely be on point.

  • decormaven

    Making it work. She could give master classes on how to shill purses. What a pro!

  • Kent Roby

    I giggle whenever I see her name posted here; I love the continuation of her Parking Lot Tour. She nailed it, yet again!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I think the BKs should have a t-shirt for the Reese 2014 Parking Lot Tour.

      • Karen Belgrad

        I’m still waiting for PLITFU to become an acronym 🙂

      • KinoEye

        Complete with a picture of her epic bitchface. It would have the dates and locations of each appearance on the back. No, I haven’t spent considerable amounts of time thinking about this — why do you ask? 😀

        • demidaemon

          If yopu do end up designing an putting it into production, please let us know so we can throw our money at you.

  • mommyca

    It has to be said: If even Reese gets her shorts stuck in her crotch, there is no help for the rest of us 🙁

    • Wink

      Her love of shorts is unrequited.

  • Qitkat

    As soon as I saw the thumbnail, I wondered which Whole Foods she was shopping in this time.

  • Kimberlini

    Aging perky cheerleader with great legs.

  • anneshirley

    As a mom her age, I just cannot get behind this. Ugly matchy bandage shoes, tacky top (lace cutouts? Really?), and blah, unflattering shorts. And the bag is cute but it’s too heavy/ structured for an outfit this casual. Sorry! I see I am in the minority here but I think she can do better while still maintaining the preppy country-club mom look.

    • ryenerman

      I hate those shorts with the fire of 1,000 suns, but then I already lived through pleated shorts once before in the 80s, so I pre-hated them.

      • Daisy Walker

        Amen on all counts, sister. *high fives ryenerman*

    • ktr33

      I agree with you! A sleeker, slightly longer short, a fitted Izod, maybe some summery fabric flats…?

      • formerlyAnon

        An Izod is the lazy way out for the country club mom. And Reese may be a LOT of things, but lazy isn’t one of ’em! 😉

    • Judih1

      I agree! You are not alone in your sentiments.

  • alyce1213

    I agree that she’s consistent in these parking lot looks and a pro at managing her parking lot image (far better than her RC fashions) but her version of “Mommy Chic” has no appeal to me. It’s generic, boring, and lacks any stylishness. It’s just clothes, and they’re as boring as she is. And those baggy shorts are riding up her cootch. Don’ like her, there I said it.

  • kimmeister

    Stacey & Clinton were always trying to get women to refine their “mom on the go” looks. They wouldn’t, however, approve of her shorts, bag, and shoes all being the same color.

    • demidaemon

      Nope. They would want some shine, texture, or pattern somewhere else in the outfit.

  • AlisonS

    I think what I like about her is that when she is with her children, she does the celebrity “don’t photograph me and my kids” but makes up for it when she’s alone. I like to think that makes the paparazzi more willing to leave her alone when she’s with her children.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      wait, she really has kids? they are not rentals?

      • charlotte

        Her clone-like daughter would have to be a very well-chosen rental!

  • @Biting Panda

    I hate shackle sandals.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Girl has her shit locked and loaded: Respect.

  • stubbornthoughts

    AND she has amazing gams. I’ve always loved her street fashion. She’s one of the most consistently styled celebs in the business without being boring. Top marks.

  • zelavie

    It looks like her shorts were hemmed by her kids. I like the top, but I can’t with the rest of it.

  • GeoDiva

    As someone who wears shorts all the time due to my locale, I love her look. The shoes do have to go….

  • lunchcoma

    This one I don’t like. I think it’s more Granny Chic than Mommy Chic. The top is too fussy, and those sandals seem wrong for anyone over 10 and under 70.

  • giddypony

    Paltrow needs to take a few lessons from her.

  • kittentoes

    The shoes look like a cardboard and duct tape pinterest project.

  • jilly_d

    I fucking adore those Proenza Schouler satchel bags.

    • Gatto Nero

      If it’s any consolation, I did, too, until I tried one. The shoulder strap is so narrow that if you carry any weight in the bag at all (and I tried a large bag), it’s really uncomfortable. A design flaw, in my view.
      But if you’re strolling around LA with an empty bag, no worries!

  • prisma

    I’m not crazy about Reese but I’m crazy about Reese Witherspoon fashion analysis. Fascinating!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Cute look, and i like that Reese is wearing a flat sandal with shorts. We can quibble about the style of the sandal, but sandals are appropriate with shorts and a fancy top.

  • SugarSnap108

    Eh. The only part I like is the bag. That lace top is … a lace top. And I will never have a good relationship with pleated white shorts.

  • hughman

    Momma’s got a date to meet her Tennis Pro, Julio, at the Club so he can help her with her “grip”.

  • Gatto Nero

    That bag looks empty.
    Nice work if you can get it — strolling endlessly through parking lots, showing off merch.

  • Cheryl

    I despise shorts, unless they’re being worn for working out or the beach. I live in a city that is uber-casual, and I just see way too many shorts in non-working out, non-beach/park settings, and it sets my teeth on edge.

    • BLauD

      As someone who sweats the moment it turns 60+ degrees, I rock shorts from March until Oct/Nov. I can not handle pants when it’s hot out.


    So she’s going to have a TV show that follows her around from parking lot to parking lot?

  • teensmom99

    Meh. You could buy that outfit at Forever 21.

  • ktr33

    So I just confirmed that yes, that’s the top version of the 1/2 dress Olivia Munn is wearing, and, fyi, it can be yours on sale for $385. Reese-y-Reese! I hop that was some swag, bc there are many many better ways to spend to spend $550 (the retail price). All of a sudden I feel angry…

    • CatLady

      When your net worth is $80 million dollars, $550 is nothing.

    • formerlyAnon

      Why I ignore the cost of things in fashion shoots and celebrity photos. I actively avoid knowing. It’s that or give up looking at what rich people are wearing & what designers are making for rich people.

      • ktr33

        Totally get it. I was just cross-referencing Reese’s top and Olivia Munn’s dress to see if they were indeed the same designer, etc., and of course I couldn’t miss the price tag.

  • Miss wks

    In my neighborhood you hold your bag like that when gettin’ in the car and you can kiss it g o o d b y e….

  • julnyes

    So nice to see her back in her natural transitory environment.

  • Patrick Cleary

    Is her only job these days walking places with designer bags?

    • PastryGoddess


      She’s ramping up for her Summer ’14 Parking Lot and Sidewalk Tour. Venues include nail salons, hair salons, Whole Foods, liquor stores , clothing boutiques, and more. There will be special appearances at the LA County Farmers Market, church, and random residential neighborhoods.

      Early bird tickets are $15. Day of tickets are $500.

  • A bag that equals TWO of my mortgage payments. Not mommy chic realness in flyover country, that’s for sure.

  • My feet hurt, just looking at those flat sandals. But she looks good.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Every time I see posts of her, I remember that Bitter Kitten, whose name I can’t remember (and who is a genius), who said that maybe she’s homeless and she’s been living in parking lots for a while.

  • DagnyReardon

    Housewives in Greenwich are searching frantically for the blue top.

  • t bell

    She really does the Mommy Chic quite well. She’s looks like mommies at the upscale mall that I never to go to except when Neiman’s has their last call sales. I’m pretty much a Target kind of guy.

  • marlie

    There are moms in parking lots all over the Main Line wearing some version of this exact look. (She does look cute, though.)

  • Judih1

    You are right about her brand, but she seems so young to be the mommy/country club chic. Even though she is a mom (3 times over) I always associated that look to an older mom. Maybe it is her southern roots that make her a little more traditional than others her age

  • BLauD

    Ugh with the ugly, baggy, poorly hemmed, pleated shorts! She has to keep her hands in her pockets just to keep them from riding up.
    I have to admit I saw another mom in the grocery store wearing similar ones, but she had on bright blue underwear too. I felt like taking her aside and letting her know that I saw London…

  • Margaret Grace

    After that video of her in the elevator at the Met Ball, I unabashedly love her. I would wear any of her outfits, but now that I know that she turns into a foul-mouthed Southern Belle when she’s hammered… I want to drink gallons of chardonnay with her and talk trash about people.

  • formerlyAnon

    I would rather dress in vintage from my closet and rags from Goodwill (oh wait – I DO that) – um, I would rather do some unspecified but unsavory thing than buy any lifestyle thing she’s selling. But I have to admit, for most people I know, I’d probably suggest her lifestyle brand over Goop’s, any day.

    She inspires hate in my heart, but GOD is she good at what she does – and I love competence.

  • venusvelvet

    She wore you down, uncles. I remember when your vitriol oozed out of my monitor pixels, and now here you are, giving her a pat on the back.

  • altalinda

    Ugly bag. Yeah, I said it.

  • Amel

    This woman LIVES for walking through parking lots

  • No real mum with toddlers would have a white bag and white shorts – grubby fingers would turn it all into a choocy smeared horror…

  • E. D.

    Love everything but the shoes. Burn them!

  • Jecca2244

    that bag would certainly turn my head! Love it.

  • webslice33

    simple, clean, not over the top..she looks really good!

  • AnneElliot

    Cute. But does she do anything nowadays except get photographed in parking lots and outside Whole Foods?