Zosia Mamet in Diane von Furstenberg on the Set of “Girls”

Posted on August 06, 2014

It’s amazing how talented some of these Girls girls are at making any article of clothing look terrible as soon as it touches their bodies. We imagine the costume designer on this show drinks a lot to dull the pain.



Zosia-Mamet-On-Set-Girls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Zosia Mamet on the set of “Girls” in New York City in Diane von Furstenberg.

Zosia-Mamet-On-Set-Girls-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(5)Diane von Furstenberg Lorelei Silk Button-Front Blouse | Diane von Furstenberg Samara Structured Knit Flared Skirt

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All very cute items (except for the flats, which are hiddy); all combining to make her look dowdy and awkward. Does anybody really yank their skirt up that high like that?  Not that we expect any of them to look like fashion models or anything, but the show consistently goes out of its way to take nice clothes and make them look bad. Sure, a point is probably being made through the costuming about who these girls are. You could spin it out Mad Style-like and see it as a metaphor for how they all tend to go through life fucking things up and making mistakes. That’s all well and good, but we can’t help feeling bad for the designers, who probably lent the show their clothes. This doesn’t exactly embody the breezy, sexy DVF aesthetic.





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  • Stop slouching Zosia. I am Begging You.

    • Ebto

      Natural slouching is like resting bitchface – one can overcome it for a time, but it takes constant energy and attention. I speak from experience.

      • I know that all too well myself. But an actor being photographed gets less of a pass from me. Hell, if I know I’m being photographed, I straighten up, and I’m not being paid to be famous. (more’s the pity)

        • Ebto

          True, but doesn’t it looks like she was just hanging around on set in these photos, between shots? I’ll give her a pass this time.

          • I must be having one of my less forgiving moments. (smirk)

      • MarandaGodbolteam


      • AthenaJ

        Unfortunately I have a habit of doing both. How did you overcome it??

        • Ebto

          I overcome it only when I’m really concentrating on it, for a limited amount of time. Otherwise it’s slump city. My own grown daughter tells me to stand up straight, for crying out loud. My resting face is more glumface than bitchface, though, and sometimes just being outdoors helps – squinting tightens the muscles somehow, perhaps?

      • livesarah

        Fitness helps. I’m very unfit, and have a large chest pulling my shoulders forward so I find myself slouching a lot. A week or so of finding time for light exercise, I always end up standing straighter. That should be motivation enough to keep going, you’d think, but apparently not!

        • Ebto

          I think when I did yoga for a while that helped, but I didn’t keep it up, either!

      • Aurora Meyer

        Just straightened up in my chair, thank you

    • R.A.

      I was slouching when I read your comment.

      ETA: P.S. I am not making excuses for her – I sat up straight afterward haha.

      • We’re even. I’m slouching reading your reply. (grin)

        • R.A.

          😉 Slouchers unite!

    • Little_Olive

      Isn’t that unbecoming her character too? I recall from what I saw that she is high-strung and peppy as hell. But what do I care, really.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      i snapped straight up so fast when i saw this picture that i ruptured something as my mother’s voice came roaring at me down through the years, “stand up STRAIGHT, kimberly ann!” and my response, way too late, “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!”

    • livesarah

      My 98-year-old grandma has posture like this. Zosia’s nose will be touching her knees by the time she is that age if she doesn’t improve!

    • MoHub

      Get that girl a back bracee, stat!

  • lecoffeeaddict

    Pull your shoulders back, gurl. You’re in (hideous) flats, for Christ’s sake.

  • RussellH88

    It kind of works in a way, since the show is supposed to kinda be an anti-Sex and the City. At least, that’s kind of my take on what I saw (which was only the first season).

    Of course these privileged kids would be wearing designer clothing and fucking it up.

    But she still looks like slouched ass.

  • The only word that comes to mind is “schlumpy” Stand up straight young lady!!

  • Ebto

    Could be that the skirt is too small – that will often make it sit too high (because the smallest part of a woman’s body is often her rib cage).

    • quiltrx

      I was thinking too–if the blouse is sort of slinky material, the skirt may be ‘climbing’ it (I’ve been there and done that).

  • marlie

    All together, kittens: “Zosia, stand up straight, FFS.”

  • I just can’t with the costuming on this show. As a twentysomething, I can personally guarantee that none of my friends (at least here in the South) would ever dress like this. Try J.Crew next time.

    • Bexxx

      I am a 20-something of Brooklyn. This is a watered-down version of the true fuckery we engage in over here.

    • FrigidDiva

      I’m a 20-something in the midwest and we certainly don’t dress like this.

    • Marisa

      I’m a 20-something of the PNW, and I know plenty of people that dress like these girls, except replace the name brands with thriftshop finds. (for working entry-level jobs, it’s hilarious to see how many designer brands, and even Anthropologie, that the “Girls” wear…)

  • Gatto Nero

    The skirt is sitting too high, and her posture is terrible.
    Stand up straight, young lady.
    ETA: Should have read down first!

  • Gatto Nero

    What does her button say?

    • MarissaLG

      May Day? Ray Day! (My guess it’s some kind of party for Ray’s birthday? or maybe like, an event to help him get a job?) Either way, I’m sure it will not end well.

  • MissusBee

    Good point. The Girls costuming team aren’t obvious Emmy candidates, but the levels of pitch-perfect unflatteringness and/or cringe-inducing hipster wtf-ery on that show deserve some kind of award.

    • Little_Olive

      Then Elaine Benes and The Bra-less Wonder deserved one first.

    • whaddami

      I heard that the costume designer buys items and then purposefully tailors them to fit poorly, on the theory that in actual life, most 20-somethings don’t have access to good tailoring. So everything is actually designed to be poorly fitting — I actually think that’s a bit of genius. Not sure if it’s storytelling so much as naturalistic design.

      • whaddami

        Oh, also, I think this look is just not great for her precisely because she’s kinda short-waisted. As a short-waisted gal myself, I have to stay away from looks like this because they don’t suit me either — makes me sad as I’d love to rock this look, but just cannot.

      • FrigidDiva

        If that’s what they’re doing that kind of ticks me off. I might not have the money to pay for tailoring, but I can still find clothes that fit better than that and so can most of my friends. I don’t know too many people that walk around looking THAT sloppy.

      • Qitkat

        What a load of carp, if this is true. I was a 20-something career woman once, with a limited budget, and never went to a tailor, or for that matter, knew that I could have. Neither myself nor any of my friends went around looking schlumpy, dumpy, deliberately sloppy. Has the real world changed that much since the sixties? Hogwash!

      • evave2

        I honestly feel that somebody is not being honest about that. Just have them wear JCrew or Levis or something with a regular sweater or blouse; wearing GOOD clothes poorly just sucks. Everything about her look (down to those sucky shoes) looks icky. If the costumer WANTED her to look like this, well, yuck.
        ALSO when she is photographed at events and things the clothes she is wearing leave the same impression with me.
        I just don’t get it.

    • demidaemon

      Are there Razzies for television?

  • Anna

    It’s quite an achievement to be able to consistently do this to clothes. I only saw a couple of episodes, but I DO NOT covet their clothes the way SATC or even Blair’s wardrobe on Gossip Girl made me fantasize.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Even Canada Dry is regretting the product placement.

    • spirit52


  • LibKat

    So much could be solved by her standing up even a little more straight. At least enough to keep her from looking like she has wheat belly. I’m almost 60 and have chronic back pain and I have better posture.

  • nannypoo

    If I were a designer I would not lend her my clothes. She’s the worst possible advertising for anyone’s clothes.

  • MilaXX

    I think in part the gals are almost always trolling us, Zosia in partiuclar. Then again, most of Ugly Betty’s wardrobe was designer ware as well.

  • imspinningaround

    If you’re hippy or have a belly, skirts tend to ride up to the narrowest circumference of your torso. The slouching doesn’t help, nor does tucking in a slippery shirt.

  • SugarSnap108

    That skirt is adorable.

    It’s astounding what a difference posture (and possibly the presence of Canada Dry) makes.

  • frannyprof

    Stand up straight, you spoiled, entitled brat!!!! There, I feel much better. Love your skirt!

  • evave2

    OK this is a point of fashion-wearing for me: is it becoming a “thing” where people wear tops INSIDE the skirt not outside? But I think most of what makes her look bad (I gather she is a tiny thing but looks REALLY thick-waisted here) is that the top is INSIDE the skirt. If it was OVER the skirt she would look much better. But I don’t have the ability to judge if it really would look that much better.

    Every time you guys feature Zosia Mamet I see somebody (even if she is wearing nice clothes, clothes that look nice on the model) who looks aggressively dowdy. Are they picking things for her to wear that make her look like Everywoman? But Everywoman just should stand up straight and keep her shoulders back.

    The stylist for the show PICKS this stuff out for her? Lordie.

    • evave2

      Omigosh, I looked again. It IS the same top that the model wore worn in the same way. I looked at the skirt again, and ANY thickening in the waist (from a big meal or just gas) would make the wearer look pouchy. What is the designer thinking? What is the stylist thinking.

      Sorry, this stuff irks me. There is no way anyone could wear this and not look thick. (I got me a stomach pouch so I am sensitive to this stuff.)

      • Little_Olive

        I have a skirt shaped like that and of stretchy material. It works when I wear it with stuff tucked in because it is large enough to sit lower on my waist. Zosia’s here is clearly too small.

    • hyperionic

      Er what? Tucking in your shirt has always been a ‘thing’. I don’t know if it’s like more of a thing now…

      • evave2

        I noticed it with Reese Witherspoon yesterday: the shirt is sort of tucked in on the front but hanging OUT in the back. I don’t know if that is a new thing.
        The design of the material means the skirt should be highlighted up to the TOP but I think it looks a little large to have a shirt inside and hold the shape of the skirt.
        I am a thick waisted person; ALL my skirts are worn with a blouse, top, sweater OVER the skirt. The skirt LOOKS like it needs very tight to the skin top tucked IN but both Zosia and the model are wearing the blouse part in/part out.
        This is just confusing to me, like wearing suspenders and a belt.

  • NBG

    Her posture makes me want to cry.

  • spirit52


  • M. H. Leader

    Someone needs to take her in hand and start making her balance a LARGE, HEAVY book on the top of her head to get her to sit and stand STRAIGHT for God’s sake. About 80% of the problem with these clothes comes from some of the worst posture I’ve seen on any kind of public figure. The other 20% comes from not putting them on properly. (Skirt too high, clothes that don’t quite fit, etc. etc.)

  • Little_Olive

    The skirt os the only thing I like here. That shade of blue is atrocious.

  • mom2ab

    Why why why do these women who want to be viewed as intelligent beings with something “important” to convey insist on maintaining the posture of toddlers? Their clothing choices are terrible enough unflattering and weird- but I am willing to concede I am just too old to get it- but you will never convince me slumping over, sticking out your belly and standing pigeon toed is fashion.

  • Kathy

    Girl does not give a flying fuck, and she doesn’t have the charm to overcome that like say Maggie Gyllenhaal.

  • FibonacciSequins

    She’s way too short for that skirt.

  • alyce1213


  • Sophie

    I really like the skirt. Yank it down a bit and stop slouching.

  • Lower L

    I don’t really care for the way the outfit looks on the model. The shirt completely obliterates her waist, and I think the skirt is sitting far too low. Zosia has it hiked up a little too high, but she’s closer to the ideal placement than the model. Actually, the more I look at the photo of the model, the more it seems to me that somebody photoshopped her midsection to stretch it out like Plastic Man. The proportions just look…off.

  • Sam Smith

    it is actually a very cute outfit and I would say perfect for her, but for Dog’s sake stand up straight and wear the skirt properly (and agree shoes are pretty bad, and I’m not a fan of the glasses either).

  • OffToSeeHim

    God, STAND UP STRAIGHT!! This would look even cuter on her than on the model if she stood up straight and dropped that skirt to where it should be.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Man alive. Way to give an outfit the sads.

  • dash1211

    No. Just no.

  • Mothra

    Her posture is terrible and it looks like she hiked that skirt up to her boobs.

  • strangebride

    Could she PLEASE stand up straight? My back hurts just looking at her.

  • snarkykitten

    She looks insufferable. Granted, I’ve never seen the show, but between her & Lena Dunham, I think I’d rather get a root canal than put up with them.

  • J.W.

    Stand up straight! Your back, neck and shoulders will thank you in a few years. Are those Valentino Rock Stud flats? I can’t tell from the photo.

  • smh4748

    Well, that is a great color on her! Wear more of that, Zosia, if you’re looking for some lessons for your real-life wardrobe in the wise comment section of TLo, which we all know you are, or should be.

  • Snailstsichr

    Secret fantasy of TLo readers – to become a fashion designer so famous you can demand anyone wearing your clothing must sign an affidavit that they will stand up straight while wearing said garments. And, since fantasy is free – no wearing hiddy shoes either.

  • suzinrva

    Two inch torso – stop slouching!!!

  • mickiemonkey

    Such a cute skirt but her wearing it around her ribcage is making me cranky.

  • SophieCollier

    It would look fine if she weren’t slumping.

  • Qitkat

    First things first, it’s a really cute outfit the way the model is wearing it. I love this color and print combination.

    The Schlumping of Zosia generally removes the hot/cute/ness of any given outfit. There’s nothing inherently wrong with tucking a blouse IN a skirt, been done for decades. This particular blouse needed zhuzhing around the waist, and this particular skirt needed to go up a size, and maybe nipped for fit, in order to fit Z’s body shape, which has nothing wrong with it, just isn’t boyish stick slim as is the model.

  • Good God, her posture.

    • Shibori Girl

      Thank you- I just heard my mother’s voice saying, “Stand up straight! Shoulders back and stomach in!”

  • I think the skirt is probably sitting at her natural waist, and that it is a bit too small for her in the hips/bum (which is why it’s riding up.) It’s a really cute ensemble, so cute that I find myself getting angry at her for slouching and ruining it! Is Shoshanna morphing into Lady Gaga?

  • queeniethebold

    She looks like one of those really really old men who yank their pants up way past their waists. This resemblance is heightened by her heinous and unforgivable posture.

    • Melanie

      i literally laughed out loud at that photo. that HAS to be an affectation, right?? god it looks so uncomfortable!

  • Lex

    I have to agree with others: the bad posture is the real issue here that makes her look extra dowdy.

  • Hey Girls!! New fashion trend for summer! Slouchy and schlumpy posture! Get it now! Geez. Straighten up, girl. I get it. You’re having a sip of some’n during the break and chillin, but come on – you’re always doing this. You’re ruining a perfectly beautiful ensemble by looking like you’re welcoming early onset osteoporosis. Don’t do it.

  • kittentoes

    I want that skirt so badly. And I stand up straight.

  • demidaemon

    Something fairly innocuous and cute turned awkward and kind of ugly. Unfortunate.

    I feel for DVF and that poor costume designer.

  • ktr33

    Cute skirt. Is she slouching in character or as zosia?

  • Myra Amler

    So cute on the model, but frumptastic on Zosia.

  • suzq

    I hate tucked-in shirts with low-waisted skirts or pants. They just don’t work. Even the model looks too sloppy. Ever since the waistbands dropped years ago, I gave up and started wearing my shirts out–or tops designed not to be tucked in. That’s what’s needed here. A black, short sleeved sweater.

  • sunflower

    The New York Times actually had an article where they talked to the costume designer before the last season and she talked about how they aren’t really supposed to look good. I thought it was pretty interesting and gave good insight into the styles on the show!

  • Radish

    Their characters aren’t supposed to be able to afford designer clothing. So it kind of makes it ok that they look bad.

  • noihsaf

    Slouching so lady like. How to look preggers or a gut in your 20s.

  • in a pickle

    Those last two pictures made me feel guilty about any terrible thoughts I ever had about my posture obsessed nana.

  • JynxTheCat

    Jeez. Are her boobs too low or her waist too high? Granny!

  • yllas

    So that rolled up cuffs held with a buttoned strip – that’s still a thing? That irks me. I think it’s old-ladyish and sloppy, and yet I see it on shirts everywhere. Here, Furstenberg, and in the Haband catalog, too. I obsess too much.