Lizzy Caplan in Marchesa at the 2014 CBS, CW and Showtime Press Tour

Posted on July 18, 2014

Gorgeous choice of a dress, Lizzy, but we need to have a talk about proportions.

Lizzy-Caplan-Marchesa-Fall-2014-Collection-CBS-CW-Showtime-Press-Tour-2014-Red-Carpet-Master-Sex-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lizzy Caplan attends the 2014 CBS, CW and Showtime Press Tour in West Hollywood, California in a Marchesa strapless dress paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch, Erickson Beamon earrings, and Sophia Webster lacey strappy metallic sandals.

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Lizzy-Caplan-Marchesa-Fall-2014-Collection-CBS-CW-Showtime-Press-Tour-2014-Red-Carpet-Master-Sex-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(5B)Sophia Webster Lacey Strappy Metallic Sandal

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You’d need to take that hem up a good four or five inches if you’re gonna wear gladiator sandals with it. Clearly, the runway styling was the inspiration here, but the model has a good stretch of shin separating the hem from the tops of her footwear. The effect in Lizzy is stumpifying and focus-pulling.

In addition – and much more importantly – we’re starting to suspect those sandals drove past the border to Tacky Town a good ways back.




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  • Emily Giovanni

    Her dress and face are so pretty though!

    • Kent Roby

      I love this dress; also, it can’t be shortened without messing up (cutting into) the detailing, so I’m okay with the length being less than perfect for her.
      ETA: I accidentally posted as a reply to your comment; I agree with your comment, but I realize you said nothing about the length!

  • @Biting Panda

    Scroll down what the shittery.

    • scoobynacks

      Yeah I was going ‘oh that’s a pretty dress, what could possibly be the–oh, oh no.’

    • FuhUgh

      I bet she had welts when she took those off – they look they are so tightly laced that she must have lost all feeling in her feet.

  • sugarkane105

    UGH so close. Love that dress.

  • JauntyJohn


  • Mink Carlyle

    The sandals could look good on someone else. Someone with no fat whatsoever on their feet, ankles or calves. She is obviously an extremely slender woman, but she doesn’t have the ankles for those sandals. Also: not with that dress.

    • marlie

      They’re just tied too tight. You’re going to have that effect no matter what. It looks like they’re cutting off the circulation to her feet.

      • myandyleigh

        It’s a self-perpetuating problem, too. You strap yourself into something like that and lace them up too tightly, so there is not enough blood flow and pooling takes place that causes the feet and ankles to swell. So the feet and ankles swell, which in turn makes the binding ever tighter. The tighter the binding, the more swelling. Soon you look like a gladiator with elephantitis. And of course there’s the pain.

        I can’t see a pair of gladiator sandals anymore without having an image of Kim Kardashian’s painful pregnancy footwear choices appearing before my eyes. Her entire pregnancy was festooned with the sight of her obviously painful cankles shoved into one pair of ankle-strapped or gladiator-lashed stilettos after another. Every time I saw a pic of her with her cankle flesh being sliced into by leather straps and strings I wanted to cry or pass out or both.

        Lizzy has forced an image of Kim Kardashian’s cankle torture before my eyes and I cannot unsee it. Shame on her for that.

  • Anique Ashraf

    I just love seeing her and reminding myself that she was Janice in Mean Girls. #thisisyourmoment

  • Courtenay P

    those shoes are so gross

  • AnnaleighBelle

    Stunning dress. Always a sucker for an unusually shaped but unfussy neckline.

    • MRC210

      I love that neckline, in fact not just the neckline but the pattern of the dress reminds me of the evening gown that Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina.

      I always thought that upward curve was the Sabrina neckline but now I’ve read that it’s the bateau neckline on the black cocktail dress that Audrey also wears in Sabrina that’s supposed to have that honor. But bateau necklines weren’t new when the movie came out, whereas Givenchy designed the evening dress neckline specifically for Audrey because she thought her chest was too bony, Confusing.

  • Thomas

    That dress is perfect for her, but it reminds me of Rococo panel molding. And those shoes need to be burned.

    • scoobynacks

      There’s no sucha thing as too much time reading art history textbooks.

  • fursa_saida

    Love the dress, LOVE the earrings, but the shoes are a disaster. They look painful.

  • another_laura

    So great down to the knees. Those shoes. Let us never speak of them again, darling.

  • random_poster

    Love the dress, earrings and make-up. I wish she’d do something different with her hair. I think an up-do would have helped pull focus from the down-low.

  • hughman

    Any sandal that looks like you have Kotex around your ankles is an OUT.

    • SewingSiren

      I have no idea, but still funny.

      • hughman

        Eh, me either. But when I saw that press pic of the shoe I just saw all that padded white and the first thing it reminded me of was Kotex. Not that I’m a Kotex Expert. Just go with it.

        • kimmeister

          At first I thought you were referring to the straps and thought you were going to need a lesson on feminine hygiene products. (The two times that I have explained them to men were among the funniest conversations I’ve ever had. “You mean they’re like STICKERS? That’s awesome! Women’s bathrooms have little garbage cans in the stalls? NO WAY!”)

    • they look like giant speculums with straps attached. i was trying to decide if that was too inappropriate to post, but thank god you opened the gyn door.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I’m going to pretend I don’t see those shoes, and just enjoy how pretty she looks in that dress.

  • Janet B

    Her hair isn’t pretty enough for this gorgeous dress.

    The less said about those shoes, the better.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Nice try, but no with the shoes. A simple pump would have served her so well here.

  • Shawn EH

    Now’s the time for some simple gold slippers.

    • I was reading something the other day that referred to packing some “high heeled slippers for dancing” and wondered where that lovely term for evening shoes had gone. Thank you for using it!

      • yllas

        In one of the book in the “All Creatures Great and Small” series, the vet had to borrow shoes from his prospective father in law, an old farmer in Yorkshire in the 30’s. The old man brought out a pair of “cracked patent leather dancing slippers” which broke me up no end. From the turn of the century? Do I hear a waltz??

        • I remember that bit! And despite his intended being a strapping young woman, her father had tiny little feet!

  • MilaXX

    I think the dress needs to be either shorter or longer pared with those shoes. I’d vote shorter. Hair is a hot mess. Either curl it or put it in a bun. This beachy half a wave doesn’t work with such a glitzy dress.

  • Danielle

    It was a good look until I got to the knees.

  • LMGordon

    Shoes = Ack! Kardashian attack – abort, abort, abort!!!!

  • teensmom99

    Good deployment of Marchesa but sad shoe choice.

  • julnyes

    Those are amazing earrings.

  • marlie

    My GOD those shoes are ugly.

  • Lani A. George

    Do you see that embroidery that would have to be dealt with in turning up that hem? If left on, the hemline would be lumpy. I doubt they’d want to take it off a “loaner.” Gorgeous dress, though.

  • Gorgeous dress!

  • Izzy_Gremlin

    The dress is gorgeous, but I do wish there was a way of shortening it a couple of inches. Also, I wish there was a way to go back in time and make sure those shoes never, ever happened. While I was back in the past, I would make advanced photography classes mandatory for all press photographers, and prevent this plague of stump-legged red carpet photos.

  • Judih1

    Great dress– but the shoes and earrings cheapen in. And that lenght is just horrid on her

  • nannypoo

    She has those hideous shoes lace up so tight, her feet will be blue by the end of the evening.

  • Lilithcat

    You’d need to take that hem up a good four or five inches if you’re gonna wear gladiator sandals with it.

    Fact is, it’s not a good idea ever to wear gladiator sandals with that dress. (Actually, it’s best not to wear gladiator sandals with anything but leather armor and a short sword.)

    • kimmeister

      I also think she needs to take the hem up 4-5″ regardless of the type of shoe. She’s long waisted, and that length of skirt makes her legs look even shorter.

  • saintebeuve

    Such a lovely dress! The copper embroidery is très chouette.

  • lunchcoma

    Poor Marchesa, They do something pretty, which they don’t always manage, and it ends up being overshadowed by Payless sandals.

  • Shalhevet

    Well, she is breathtaking from the knee up. The shoes are a bad choice, no question about it. It’s sad because it’s some a “could’ve.”

  • decormaven

    You wear gladiator sandals when you’ve got some leg to show, not when the hem is practically dragging the ground. Such a pity, because that dress could have been a contender.

  • Zeee

    About the shoes, I think they did turn toward Tacky Town, but they kept going and are about to circle back. I think I like them.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Ouch! Those shoes look painful to wear! (and to look at), and Uncle’s T and Lo nailed it, that hem needs to go up! Like the earings with the dress….nice touch.

  • evave2

    Hey I just bought some new tacky town sandals (not as high as these, but still). She is wearing a dress made for a six foot model and not herself, right?

  • marlie

    That dress needs a good 6 inches taken off. And throw the shoes in the shredder.

    • It could easily be hemmed just at that last central pattern repeat doohicky and be perfect! And the blue Dolce & Gabbana shoes from yesterday.

  • Kelly

    Yep, great dress for Lizzy. Too bad about the length and the terrible shoes.

  • Sophie

    Very nice earrings and dress. Hate the sandals. As to the hem, the dress seems to be hanging higher on the model’s torso, so maybe it has been slipping down on Lizzy?

    • suzq

      No. It was not slipping down. Not one bit. I saw a preview video of her shimmying in the dress. The bodice seemed to be held up by space age polymers. It was not going anywhere, I assure you.

  • jilly_d

    I can’t even look at the clothing because I’m so ultra-pissed that I was not born with her face.

  • BLauDGaspode

    Her face. Oh lawdy. That is one gorgeous bit of face.

  • LJCdoc

    Those are some hiddy shoes, all right. People need to learn that if they’re not 6 foot tall supermodels, they have to get things hemmed.

  • For once I want to see Mizz Lizzy in some big honky-tonk hair. I feel like this dress calls for some type of coif, not just “I pushed my hair behind my ears and called it a day.


    • LambeeBaby

      Just a bit of effort would have improved the hair. It looks lazy.

    • Dagney

      Right? She could sooo pull off a great Audrey-ish, up-do-ish thing.

  • quiltrx

    I was all “what is wrong with this that dress is gorg….OH GOD what is on her FEET??”

  • Terri Terri

    I can’t say how much I hate those sandals

  • The ugliest shoe in a LONG time!

  • demidaemon

    My problem with this is actually the neckline (although the length and shoes are bad as well, so I really only like the fabric), which is doing nothing to accentuate her beautiful shoulders. It’s making them look weird, in fact. So nope.

  • Qitkat

    I love the earrings. Those shoes are insane. Please ladies of normal height, HEM the dresses, or don’t borrow if not allowed.

  • Man Dala

    It’s a beautiful dress but I agree, too long. Hate the shoes,

  • YoungSally

    Are those sprained-ankle gladiators?

  • Dagney

    oh jeez…when bad shoes happen to good dresses…and….Lizzie, uh, hair?

  • Denise Rambo

    Those sandals look like they hurt. Her legs look puffy – like the circulation is cut off by those laces.

  • spirit52

    So close, and yet so far away

  • NinjaCate

    I feel like that mid-calf hem doesn’t look good on anyone.

    • Dagney

      Yeah…agreed, unless you have those rail tiny calves, tea length/mid-calf is terribly unflattering.

  • Jarethee

    Is anyone else seeing She-Ra, Princess: Evening Wear in this?

    • CatLady

      I thought the bodice looked strangely familiar!

  • suzq

    Ding, ding, ding!!!! The dress is gorgeous and would have been a home run had it been either floor length or knee length. Those shoes are hideous. I saw preview pics of her look, but only from the waist up. She looked gorgeous, so naturally, I was very complimentary. If I had seen the shoes, however…

  • Anplica Fiore

    Love the earrings!!

  • amanda lynn

    She’s looking younger.

  • JynxTheCat

    Man. Jellies sure got fussy.