Witherspoon Watch: Destination Los Angeles

Posted on August 11, 2014

It’s like she’s shooting the credit sequence for her sitcom every time she walks out the door. She should be skipping over puddles while “It’s REESE!” floats over her and a peppy theme song about following your dreams plays.


Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-LA-Elizabeth-James-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Reese Witherspoon steps out in in Los Angeles, California in a Sheinside floral dress paired with Ray-Ban shades and an Elizabeth and James bag.

Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-LA-Elizabeth-James-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Sheinside White Sleeveless Porcelain Print Flare Dress | Elizabeth and James ‘Cynnie’ Python-Embossed Drawstring Backpack | Ray-Ban Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses

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Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-LA-Elizabeth-James-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)

Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-LA-Elizabeth-James-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)

Isn’t there a life lesson in there for all of us? Shouldn’t we all hit the street each day as if we were getting ready to throw our hats in the air like Mary Tyler Moore? Miss Reese is starring in a story inside her head where she is adorable and beloved the world over. And is she so wrong, darlings? Really? Sure this is so nauseatingly sweet and so over-coordinated that it borders on ridiculous, but that’s why the sitcom analogy works so well. She’s working on a hyper-real level. This is cosplay.




[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, neimanmarcus.com, sheinside.com]

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  • RussellH88

    I miss the cheesy theme songs from TV shows. Perfect Strangers has one of the best cheesetastic theme songs, despite having nothing to do with the premise of the show.

    But this does look a bit like a sitcom costume. Wide-eyed optimist gets a new job and walks in to discover that her co-workers are cantankerous curmudgeons and slowly but surely her unwavering optimism changes them all for the better.

    • prettyinmink

      I loved that show! I immediately started singing the theme song when I read this. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

      • MilaXX

        The Leftovers has ruined my happy memories of that show.

        • marlie

          How so? (I gave up on the Leftovers after episode 1.)

          • MilaXX

            The entire cast got taken up and every so often the show is on in the background. I have no idea why I am still watching. I was ready to swear off it after last night but then I heard there are 3 eps. left to this season and now my must finish gene is kicking in so I’m debating on finishing out the season.

          • marlie

            You’re a brave soul.

          • MilaXX

            nope, just a demented one.

          • Kent Roby

            I haven’t seen The Leftovers, but it would be pretty funny to have the cast of Growing Pains taken up, since Kirk Cameron is a major holy-roller who was in “Left Behind” (which is what The Leftovers sounds like).

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Is it wrong that I desperately want Kirk Cameron to be left behind should there ever be a rapture?

          • I think everyone else does too.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I have an evil grin on my face.

          • myandyleigh

            If loathing him is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. 😉

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It’s the sanctimoniousness that annoys me so much.

      • kimmeister

        Standing tall, on the wings of my dream!

    • You are now my new BFF for recognizing “Perfect Strangers” and their brilliant theme song. I miss that show so much.

    • MoHub

      I hate spunk!

  • FibonacciSequins

    This is how I always think of Taylor, as living out her own version of Mary Richards. I suppose it can apply to Reese as well.

  • decormaven

    The waistband sits a little high here, and maybe the cuff didn’t need to be quite as chunky, but damn if she’s not putting on a major play for Give Me My Own SitCom. Yellow accessories aren’t my pick, but she’s selling the dickens out of that bag.

  • I like to think that the odds of her not being aware of TLo’s ongoing series about her everyday promenades are pretty low at this point, so really, she’s just doing her part to keep up the game. And she’s counting on TLo to keep chronicling her adventures, which makes it like a modern day sitcom, where the content lives forever online and also can be enjoyed while we are all ostensibly at work, as opposed to, say, TV shows. Hyper-real indeed.

    • MilaXX

      I’m beginning to like Reese’s performance art level sidewalk tours almost s much as Chloe’s alters.

      • Synnae

        I miss Chloe and her alters. Reese just isn’t the same amount of fun.

        • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

          agreed. i am needing a The Sev fix.

    • joything

      You make an excellent point – the Reese and Chloe shows are the only Reality Performances I pay any attention to, anymore, or enjoy without irony.

  • KateMaryC

    And she even has her favorite pair of shoes! (or, more to the point, many pairs of her favorite shoes)

  • smh4748

    She’s gonna make it after all!

  • Mothra

    There’s nothing in that bag. the strap doesn’t even make the slightest crease on the strap of her very adorable dress.

    • Musicologie

      She’s trying the Taylor technique. No, Reese, no! You had it right before!

    • Musicologie

      …Well, at least she’s not accompanied by a handler obviously carrying her real purse, so there’s that.

  • That is a fabulous bag. The color, the texture, everything.

  • Bethany Mavronicles

    I order Sheinside clothes off Amazon all the time because they are cute and RIDICULOUSLY inexpensive. Of course that goes hand in hand with poorly made, long shipping times and Asian sizes. It’s a $17 dress. Reese Witherspoon: She’s Just Like Us! WELL PLAYED, STYLIST.

    • kimmeister

      No way!

    • Janet B

      Just checked their website….Cute clothes.

    • julnyes

      Their website has some really cute dresses. I might have to pick up some and hope that the sizing works for me. Is there a reason you buy it on Amazon instead of their website?

      • Bethany Mavronicles

        If I could buy a house on Amazon, I would. I get free shipping and I a bit obessed with online shopping from there.

  • MilaXX

    All hail REESE, queen of the sidewalk promenade!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m not worthy!

    • But she’s in an alley here. With garbage cans. Not up to her usual standards.

  • mommyca

    There is something off with the proportions in the dress… It makes her look somewhat stocky…

    • Jackie4g

      It’s too short, in the waist and in the hem length. She’s got great gams, but that dress is still too short.

  • marlie

    This is SUCH a cute outfit, except I hate where the waist of the skirt hits her. WHEN will designers get over this phase??? I loathe this trend.

    • JauntyJohn


      • marlie

        I have a long torso, and regular clothes fit me like this and I hate it, so I can’t imagine why people would do this to themselves intentionally. And on me, this dress would look like it had an empire waist.

        • Sarah

          Also long of torso. It was a revelation when I found out they make LT bathing suits. I thought my arse was particularly hungry for lycra for the first twenty years of my life.

          • marlie

            “You mean I don’t have to have a perma-wedgie?!?”

            I was a swimmer back in the day, and they’d have someone come and measure us for our team suits, so I started getting longer suits on a regular basis, but back then it was ONLY racing suits, and not regular off-the-rack bathing suits. Which is also why I wore racing suits well past when I stopped swimming competitively.

          • kimmeister

            Tankinis that you can buy as separated are a godsend. Not only am I long of torso, my top and bottom are not at all the same size.

          • Skippymom1

            You too? Thank you for summing this up perfectly – “hungry for lycra” made me snort.

        • Bridget Smith

          Yeah, this is why I almost never buy dresses with built-in waists anymore: they sit too high on me, which a) makes my proportions look strange vertically, and b) makes my ribcage look like my narrowest point. Shift dresses for me!

        • kimmeister

          Sometimes I slap on a huge belt to cover the seam and visually lower the waist. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

    • Thomas

      The proportions are definitely off, but that print is so cute! I love it! Plus, it’s only $17.

      • marlie

        I wonder if it comes in “tall” sizes. If so, I’d be all over that. I’ll have to check out the site when I get home…

        • Lee

          Looking around the website and there’s some cute stuff! Although I’ll need to remember that the proportions are wonky if I’m to but anything.

        • Don’t! I bought a dress and a top from them last summer. I think it shipped from China because it took a long time to show up. No customer service. Anyway, they arrived as expected but I didn’t really like the way they fit. But I think return shipping to China was almost as expensive as the clothes, so I ended up just keeping them.

          It was sort of like Forever 21 quality, so kind of hit or miss. I’d only order if you really, really, really love something and it won’t hurt your wallet if it ends up sucking. It’s kind of a gamble.

          • marlie

            Hm. Thanks for the tip. I haven’t had a chance to look at the site anyway, but I’ll definitely keep that in mind.

  • moxx

    who’s that girl…it’s reese!

  • Kent Roby

    Reese WItherspoon, out shopping for tampons, dresses cuter than the entire gaggle of starlets working the RC at the Teens Choice Awards.

    • smayper

      YES. exactly exactly. Also, she had someone scout that location and weather, so that when she came down the street there would be no one behind her, and the sun would be lighting her hair and hat perfectly.

    • flamants

      Wearing a $17 dress, no less!

      • vickilu

        Wow, looking at their website is impressive, everything thing so cheap and so pretty! How have I not heard of this brand before?

  • kimmeister

    She even matched her phone case to her dress. That’s commitment.

  • NMMagpie

    I have never thought of it that way before: Reese wants to be Zooey, with the always zany Cloris Leachman as her apartment landlord.

  • Judy_J

    It’s almost as if she’s getting up each morning and choosing outfits that she knows will be commented on…..and who knows? Maybe she is!

    • decormaven

      This is pure orchestration in motion. There’s an entire style team pulling these looks- all carefully crafted to be accessible-looking. She’s not just casually selecting them from her closet. It’s very well-played, a mark of the unseen hand.

      • Judy_J

        I was being facetious.

  • greymain


  • sugarkane105

    She appears to be signaling to us in the fourth picture – quick BKs, what could it mean?!

    • decormaven

      “I’m flicking you – ever so sweetly- off my radar screen.”

  • Anna

    Seems a bit too short, think I’d like it better on Miss Kiernan.

    But yes, this is all very Reese Witherspoon starring as Reese Witherspoon on America’s Top Bitchface.

  • Anglow

    Okay, I love Reese but that dress looks like something from the Young Girls dept. She has great legs but this time the very short gathered skirt is too little-girl for a woman of 38. IMO of course!

  • Tracy_Flick

    Far be it from me to criticize Reese.

    However. That hat is awful, and the proportions of the dress make it look like she stole it from a husky 10-year-old at church. The strappy backpack, strappy shoes, and multiple pendants together with the shades, hat, big watch – it’s just TOO much.

    • Anglow

      A husky ten year old!! LOL. Have not heard that adjective for years. Do they still call large sizes for children husky?? Hope not.

      • Sarah

        They do. It is particularly for boys, though. Gap, Levis, Old Navy, Land’s End, Sears, Kmart, etc. etc. Humiliating as hell, if you’re that boy.

        • smayper

          remember Sears tuff skins? Worst Fabric Ever. and they came in husky sizes too. Husky Tuffskins. Huffskins. God help us all.

          • Sarah

            I do recall those. Very stiff!

        • decormaven

          Almost as bad as the Chubbettes line of girls’ dresses. That was mortifying.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        oh, that term gives me a pain. My older brother went through a mercifully brief phase in which he wore “husky” sizes. It was the male equivalent for chubby-the body shaming started early then, too.

        • Tracy_Flick

          Oh, I know. I was trying to think of how to put it that wasn’t shaming or rude. It looks like it’s made for a child who is quite a bit shorter but just as wide as Reese. Not that there’s anything wrong with being that size – it just doesn’t fit Reese properly.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Is it the way that the dress was designed? It looks as if it is designed to be high-waisted;the print is kind of cute.

        • Wink

          As if being called husky wasn’t enough, some of the jeans actually had ‘Huskies’ stamped on the label!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            No subtlety there, for sure.

  • “Miss Reese is starring in a story inside her head where she is adorable and beloved the world over.”

    Word for word, that is how I narrate my mornings going to work.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Reese has clearly taken the title of TLo’s book to heart and sashays out thinking that “Everybody Wants to Be Me or Do Me”

  • silly little thumb

    OMG! That dress is only $17.

    • WaterGhost

      If true, God bless you! It will soon be mine.

  • Tanya Wade

    Every picture a pose. The fingers to the hat brim is genius. I covet the dress.

  • Alloy Jane

    I LOVE this look. My only quibble is that she had better be on her way to the grocery store or the library and she’s planning on using that purse as a tote, because pairing a sub-$20 sale dress with a giant, expensive, obviously empty purse defeats the purpose of trying to look accessible.

  • Terri Terri

    I’m waiting for the bus to drive by and splash water all over her as she squeals adorably.

  • alyce1213

    Again with the little girl dress. I do love that bag.

  • Miss wks

    ….ok, this is getting ridiculous….

    • WaterGhost


  • WaterGhost

    That lipstick looks absolutely divine against the blue of her dress and the yellow bag. The third primary colours, very saturated: bang, bang, bang! And the red lips also break up the line between her yellow bag and her yellow hair. Without the deep red lips, the yellow of her bag and hair would reflect off her skin, making her face look yellow, too. But the red lips contrast with her face, giving it some pink, making it look fair, and defining her face against the yellow backdrop. I am in awe.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    One of these days Reese and Taylor are going to wear the same outfit on the same day and, well, we will have to all choose our kingdom.

    I heard that the UN has a Fashion Blogger Amnesty Program for such a contingency.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It would a a catastrophe of the magnitude of the “What of Lazarus” episode of the original Star Trek. Fashion worlds collide!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Reese is on her way to a sorority alum meeting at which she and the other Queen Bee sorors will be drinking mint juleps and deciding who they’re going to snub at the next reunion.

    • SoAnnaPropriate


      • bitchybitchybitchy

        You just know that she’d be doing this.

  • Shelby

    LOVE the dress. Hate all the gold jewelry.

    I star in my own show in my head all the time. Except mine is more like Community.

  • prisma

    Am I the only one who hates that hat with it? That’s what makes the outfit veer into try-hard to me.

  • Imasewsure

    She’s too old for this look… and I hate that hat on her (ok, I’m done). I think I like the bag

    • Wink

      A bit too “cutesie” and coordinated.

  • KT

    This is cute, albeit a bit annoyingly matchy (I’m sure she specifically chose that fucking iphone case just for this very outfit).

    I have to say that I’m starting to get a whiff of backlash ruminating around the corner… I have the ability to detect when fellow bitches are about to unsheathe their claws — it’s like a bitch sonar, basically.

  • spirit52

    She’s quite the busy little bee, flitting about town everyday!

    • Shawn EH

      She’s got to make all those “meetings!”

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s so good at this.

    (I DO star in a story inside my head, but apparently I’m not aiming high enough. Perhaps I need a bigger costuming budget.)

  • bunnydiet

    I need your eyes to find beauty in this cheerleading outfit.

  • cocohall

    I actually think this is a rare Reese misfire. She can usually make her looks sing, but the hat doesn’t work with the dress, nor do the shoes. The bag looks sloppy with all the straps hanging down. I want ballet flats, a pony tail, and a prim little bag/clutch with that dress. And a little cardigan in case the AC is up high at the restaurant.

  • luluransom

    Reese is the undisputed master of the parking lot pap walk. Hang up your (empty) bag, Tay.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Looking at Reese and then at Tay is an example of the difference between the major league and high minor league celeb.Reese nails this kind of pap walk consistently.

  • Mr. J.

    All I ever see is one very, very tough cookie I would not want to mess with.

  • katetastrophe

    That looks like the pattern on my Granny’s good china (not THAT good china, gutterminds).

  • sutton

    This apology tour swerving into Oscar campaign has been pretty damn impressive, I am not a fan of hers but I respect the hell out of this performance.

  • Well, at least she’s not coming out of the gym.

  • ktr33

    Uhhh … the hat and the over-accessorizing is giving her a rare cheezy look. And just being petty, but that high waist does not flatter. But sure, get your That Girl! on, Reece!

  • In defence of the hat, a) I like it and b) I bet her dermatologist wants her to wear one in the sun

  • Sherilyne Cox

    The “One Singular Sensation” pose is positively perky. Every little step she takes.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    “oh mummy mummy….I don’t WANT to like it but I do mummy, I do…”

  • SuzyQuzey

    She’s the 21st Century “That Girl”!

  • Caaro3

    Why IS she showing off a $17 dress and a $600 backpack. I don’t get this at all.

  • livesarah

    Why are so many lovely dresses ruined with that short-waisted ‘toddler party frock’ silhouette? God.

  • Coco Chanel

    This needs the friends theme song to be playing behind it

  • SoAnnaPropriate

    Just, ick. I’ll take bag though.

  • gitchygitchymama

    girls got some maj barbie issues.

  • MannahattaMamma

    That dress looks a bit like it was inspired by a bedside table reading lamp that was, in turn, purchased to match great-aunt Tillie’s wallpaper in the guest bedroom. Which is to say: lampshade. Plus I am curious: where is she ever actually going in her heels and twee hat?

  • uprightcitizen

    Those first two shots are definitely in an alley. Behind some pretty ordinary apartments. Has she added walk of shame to the sidewalk tour?

  • Tee

    You know, I would LOVE to hit parking lots everyday looking this rich, fresh and pulled together. I would need a team though to take care of all the real errands, tasks and chores so I could magazine shop in style. If my hair is in place, my clothes are clean and coordinated and I’m wearing lip gloss, earings and perfume, it’s a good day.

  • RescueMe23

    I think she looks great. I love that dress!

  • yayito83

    the fact that this dress costs only $17 just made like this sidewalk tour even more

  • sweetlilvoice

    I love yellow purses. I have one right now. So cheerful!

  • frannyprof

    I love that in pic #4 it looks like she’s counting on her fingers… “If my next movie breaks $300 million on opening weekend, I can finally afford to buy those Jimmy Choos I’ve had my eye on!”

  • dickylarue

    There’s not a creature more frightening than an Angry Frowning Witherspoon.

  • Shawn EH

    While I’m too scared to even imagine her shoe vault, I really want to see her purse and handbag closet. She must have one for every day of the month.

  • LibKat

    I hope in her alt-reality sitcom world she didn’t get drunk and mouth off to a cop, necessitating more than a year of parking lot redemption tours. So over her “I’m just like you, but much more fabulous.”

  • jen

    Way too many accessories, girl.

  • Leah Elzinga

    she coordinated her CELL PHONE COVER. the fuck, Reese?

  • EEKstl

    The dress proportions are off, it makes her look thick-waisted (hence the model’s arm placement?). That said, assuming she were smiling I suspect she’d turn the world on with it.

  • That hem needs two more inches, and she’d be the epitome of the fashionable young Southern matron.

  • As a person who’s worked in several museums, all I see is a woman who wants to look like Staffordshire flow blue china.

    • DagnyReardon

      I immediately thought of Delft.

  • Wait, so Sheinside is now going to be a legitimate retailer?

  • Tuneful54

    I like the dress but 2″ below your crotch comes off as deluded or desperate.
    Is she still relevant? Her 15 minutes were up a long time ago.