Fug or Fab: Hailee Steinfeld


Again: The kid’s got panache.

A white shirt is the way to go with those pants, although a more fitted sleeve might’ve been less distracting. But the pants themselves are at issue here. They are… intriguing. They are less hideous on her than I might’ve expected, given… you know, them. I mean, flowy pants that cuff at the ankle and appear to have something tied around their waist — as if they’re at a picnic and are afraid there’s an unsightly mustard stain — are crazy enough, until you add in the pattern. Also, is it a tad on-the-nose to wear pants that look like a space fever dream to an event for your movie that is, basically, a space fever dream?

But she’s young and she’s styled them well, and she’s wearing them with an authority that eludes actresses twice her age, so I’m inclined to give it to her. I’m in a giving mood today. It’s fuglanthropy in action.

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Comments (47):

  1. TonyG

    I like the print, but no.

    I’d be more inclined to accept the pants if they did not have the wrap at the waist and thigh, which make them cousins (once, perhaps twice removed) to MC Hammer pants.

  2. Elle

    Hideous just hideous.

  3. qwertygirl

    I wouldn’t wear them, but I’ll give it to the kid. While I don’t think they’re attractive, I think she’s managed to make them less horrible than they could have been. Sort of a backhanded compliment–they’re not as ugly as they could be–but that’s as far as I can go with these. I like the shoes? That’s something, I guess.

  4. Sandye

    At first I thought this was Taylor Swift with brown hair. It never got better than that.

  5. MizWeirdo

    Stripper shoes No. Just No.

    •  Stacey

      Thank you! She is too young and sweet for stripper shoes!

      • Art Eclectic

        Heh, I just hit comments to vote outfit: yes shoes: no.

        • Mifty

          Yes! If she’d worn something else on her feet — perhaps a low boot of some sort? — this might have been cute on such a young person. But those shoes belong on a pole dancer.

        •  TaraMisu

          Me too…. those shoes are fug.

  6. angie

    i love her! but are you sure this isn’t carly rae jepsen?

  7. Margo

    This outfit is perfect for if you have a lot of money to spend this Halloween on your Cary Rae Jepsen costume.

    • Margo


    • Chris P

      To be fair, this is SO not CRJ. Mostly because these are actual pants instead of short shorts, and CRJ would NEVER be caught dead in anything but short shorts.

  8. Lizzy

    I’m fine with it because of her age – I’m just happy she not all spray-tanned and squeezed into a bandage dress.

  9. Erin

    Good God, are those wrap pants?

  10.  Carolina Girl

    Youth, beauty, and talent does not give one the right to leave the house in Jamz and stripper shoes.

  11. Annie S.

    A more fitted white blouse (she has no waist!) and shoes that don’t belong on a pole and we’d be in business.

    Is it bad that I kind of love those pants? In the way that I usually love what Diane Kruger wears even when it’s totally unflattering?

    • Amy

      Exactly – the proportions are off with the boxy shirt. And maybe a cute pair of wedges or even some Chuck Taylors. ANYTHING but those shoes!

  12. Catherine

    agreed, she is actually working the shirt and pants and head styling, it’s the shoes that kill it for me.

  13. acake

    Fug on all 3 pieces. I don’t understand the fascination with this child.

    • TonyG

      I get the fascination in that she’s a risk taker (and rarely fashion-boring) for one so young, but it does not mean I did not laugh out loud at your comment.

    • Rhea

      I know; some people act like she’s the second coming–and I’ve never seen her looking all that fabulous.

      • Heather

        It’s not that she’s the second coming, it’s that she’s so much more INTERESTING, clothes-wise, than your typical 14-year old or 15-year old. Think about what Miley was wearing at that age. This girl is displaying an admirable amount of sartorial guts.

  14. Miranda

    What bothers me most are the stripper shoes and really bad bangs. If your bangs need to be curled like it’s 1993, they are too long! I like the print on the pants but not their shape.

    •  HelenBackAgain

      The bangs are awful. The only good thing about them is they’re so long, they’ll grow out quickly.

  15. Maria L.

    I’m giving her a pass because that’s the kind of crap you are supposed to wear when you are her age and not trying to be super fashionista all the time. In fact, it all looks disposable teen cheap, even though I know it’s probably worth a good chunk of cash.

    The photo got me thinking that I need to go back to Disney and ride on Space Mountain one of these days.

  16. Candy

    I can’t believe no one else mentioned that this style of pant was totally cool in like 1985. I had a pair hanging right next to my sweet tie dyed harem pants.

    • Lizzy

      Yes – I had several pairs of OP Hawaiian print shorts like those pants.

    •  ThaliaM

      Yessssss!! I had some in the 80s that were black & white striped, and I loved those things. The wrap part buttoned in the front, or you could somehow tuck the flaps from the wrap inside the pant legs like pockets. Supposedly.

    • Joemama

      Thank you for confirming that! I was just thinking, ” I seem to remember that style being popular when I was in elementary school. RIght? No? No. I’m SURE they were! Maybe not…um…”It was driving me a little crazy. You’ve helped me sleep better at night!

  17. exwindnsea

    aren’t these the pants that kind of wrap? You step into (over?) them, pull up like a diaper, tie in back, pull up bib type part & tie in front?

    • Erin

      exactly. they looked terrible then, in the late 70′s, and they do now.

  18. Tassie

    Hate the pants HATE the shoes– ugly hoof look, not to mention non-age appropriate. Honestly. They’re stripper/hooker ‘F*** Me” pumps on an adult.

    •  HelenBackAgain

      Definitely stripper shoes. Once in a while, a mature woman (Helen Mirren comes to mind) can pull those off, as pure fun. We know that she knows what they are, and that she’s having fun with that, because it’s so very much not the kind of woman she is; we’re in on the joke.

      Here, unfortunately, it’s just a child’s idea of glam. Which is a trap into which Steinfeld rarely falls, so it’s disappointing as well as inappropriate on her.

      I wouldn’t let my 16-year-old, if I had one, out of the house in those.

  19. Alicia

    If you can’t wear galaxy print Thai fishermen’s pants at her age, you have to wait until you are 80 and nobody has time for that.

  20. Carl

    Don’t get too close.. stare too long..
    Dr Floyd: Don’t suppose you have any idea what the damn thing is, huh?

    Dr. Rolf Halvorsen: Wish to hell we did.

    Dr. Heywood Floyd: I don’t know if HAL is homicidal, suicidal, neurotic, psychotic, or just plain broken.

    HAL 9000: I’m completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.

    Dave Bowman: You see, something’s going to happen. You must leave.

    Heywood Floyd: What? What’s going to happen?

    Dave Bowman: Something wonderful.

    Heywood Floyd: What?

    Dave Bowman: I understand how you feel. You see, it’s all very clear to me now. The whole thing. It’s wonderful.

    Dave Bowman: My God! It’s full of stars!

  21. tigers4us

    Don’t care for this at all, and don’t care for the bangs.

  22. Melissa

    Look, I love her, but we have to help her. Wildly unflattering. I’m fine with the pants, kudos to her for being interesting and risky, it’s the top and the shoes that are the terrible choices that don’t work at all.

  23. Joemama

    Whoa. HOW did I not notice the shoes!? Those are shockingly not good.

  24. Bambi Anne Dear

    I must say I much prefer these spacey prints in their trailer trash mode- as lycra tights.

  25. Sajorina

    I think that the pants are fun, but the shirt & the stripper shoes are bad! I would’ve styled this way differently!

  26.  gryt

    Those pants are interesting (a sentence I rarely use), in a good way.