In or Out: Marisa Tomei in Vivienne Westwood

Posted on July 20, 2011

This look is like a tutorial on how to make questionable design elements work AND how and when to deploy neutrals. Sit up and get your notebooks out.

Marisa Tomei attends the “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” World Premiere in New York City in a Vivienne Westwood dress paired with Sergio Rossi sandals.

In most cases, that skirt would give us eye twitches. It’s all flared and puffed and draped and cinched in weird places that would normally have us bitching about how unflattering it is. And we might even have found the top equally as annoying. But somehow, this all works really well and we think it has a lot to do with the monochromatic factor of the look. Yes, we can even get behind the matchy shoes, which only work here because they’re interesting shoes and not another pair of Silly Putty pumps. Sharp-eyed minions will note that we gave a compliment to a shoe that has a T-strap, which should have them concerned about an impending apocalypse, but again, it works because the shoe has some real style to it. We hate the bracelet she’s sporting, but the lack of any other showy jewelry helps the look. And finally, she did the one thing we implore any gal who insists on wearing neutral ensembles: she picked a tone that contrasts with her skin tone, which makes all the difference in the world. Despite the relative busy-ness of the shape, the simple tones and touches of style really sell this look for us.

But we know you all have an annoying tendency to form your own opinions.


IN! She looks chic and put-together!

OUT! Her dress looks like it’s trying to escape!

The voting is still open on Emma Stone’s jutting hips.

[Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images]

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