Chatty Cathys: The Talk Show TV Style Rundown

Posted on May 25, 2018

Because the Royal Wedding, the Cannes closing and the Billboard Music Awards all happened in the last week, today is all about clearing out our folders of backed-up, uncommented-upon celebrity style looks. And because the aforementioned events tended to suck up a lot of the red carpet energy of the week, we found ourselves with an unusually high number of talk show ensembles on a range of women with different approaches. Some of these looks are downright chic and worthy of their own posts, but we thought it would be fun to slam together all these looks and compare them overall. It’s the Sitting-Down Sweepstakes, kittens – a brand new arena of celebrity style judging we just pulled out of our asses.

Shall we, then?


Ava DuVernay on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

It looks like a pretty great dress, but this is one arena where her penchant for bold prints and full skirts might not be to her advantage, since it tends to fan out and overwhelm the frame a little when she sits down.


Emilia Clarke on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

This is pretty drop-dead chic but possibly a bit too low-key for late night TV. She looks great, though.


Gillian Jacobs on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Ooof, no. Possibly the worst sort of choice for a sit-down: fussy and sheer. We can’t tell from these shots if the fussiness or exposure bothered her enough to affect her chatting, but it doesn’t look great on camera. Distracting and kind of un-representative of her personality.


Jenna Dewan on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

It’s not a great walking-out dress, but it looks pretty amazing sitting down. Still, the bust cuts into her a bit. This color remains super-trendy, but it’s never gonna pop on a TV set.



Kate McKinnon on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

She’s Chris-Pratting it, to coin a term. She’s forcing herself into something conformist and vaguely uncomfortable to her rather than finding a way to express herself honestly through style. In other words, this is acceptably fine, but it really doesn’t feel like her.



Mindy Kaling and Ellie Kemper on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

Mindy’s wearing the popular dress of the week, although we liked it better when it was rendered in white. It’s unfortunate they’re both wearing black dresses because it tends to bring the visual energy way down. Still, Mindy’s dress is cute and sparkly, which is right for her. Ellie’s dress is generic and forgettable, we’re afraid.



Olivia Munn on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

She’s having herself one hell of a style week, but this may be one of the best thing she’s worn. It’s bold, colorful, visually interesting and a little sexy, while keeping her covered enough to sit comfortably and talk. It’s a sharp look.



Sarah Paulson on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Full skirts don’t really work well in these settings, but this is helped by a fairly skimpy but visually interesting top and a skirt that’s lightweight and un-embellished. This also looks to be from the same line of David Koma feather motif pieces. Someone’s really been pushing this one lately.


Shailene Woodley on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Girl, what are you even doing?



Tina Fey on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Miss Tina we love you – and we totally get that you’re not a high-style or high-glam kinda gal – but this is mumsy af, dear.

[Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]

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