Fug or Fab: Zosia Mamet


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Normally, I’d give her kind of a hard time about this — if only for the fact that her hem looks like someone tacked it up with tape at the last minute, and poorly:

But I have suddenly imagined her as the sassy, crime-fighting heroine of a young adult novel set in the 60s (or, actually, more like dating from the 60s and moldering unappreciated on the back shelf of the library) — like, an early Anastasia Krupnik mixed with Harriet the Spy, with a penchant for Mod — and now I kind of want to hug her and give her a tomato sandwich and ask her about her day and whether or not she rode up someone’s dumbwaiter surreptitiously.

What do you think?

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  1. Other Emily
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    Weird. I thought when I clicked on “home” that it took me to yesterday’s Zosia picture, because her hair and the look on her face are the same. And I hate this dress, just like I hated the blue nonsense from yesterday. Two days, two big strikes for Zosia.

    • Wade's missing shirt
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      I have to agree with the Other Emily. Honestly, the nicest thing I can say about this is that it is a step up from her usual. I wish it was hemmed properly and that there was a belt/sweater/seam anything to show off her shape. Different shoes and a slightly different shade of pink would help – this is washing her out. She also needs to ditch the hearts, lengthen the hem by maybe one inch and please different hair.

  2. Amander
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    My Barbie had that dress. I hemmed it and put the stones on it with hot glue. That might have happened here as well.

  3. Jerika Coleman
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    I think she looks cute. The shoes aren’t the best, but the dress is pretty adorable.

    • pantsonfire
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      The shoes are the only part I like! Heh.

      • Sarah
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        Forget the shoes, and apologies if I’m late to the party here, but is that a tattoo forming a band across her right foot? I am… Confused.

        • lindsay
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          hah! i read that “forming a band” as in seeking a guitarist and practicing in your mom’s garage. now i wish her tattoo were forming a band!

      • Bebe
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        Ha ha ha. I read this originally as “The shoes aren’t the ONLY part I like!” with a lewd chuckle, and I had to go scroll back up to see if there was some sexiness there I was totally missing and… No. There wasn’t.

    • Jasmine
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      I like the dress too– but the hem is pretty half-assed.

      The shoes though… good lord I hate those shoes so much. She would have looked so much more statuesque with a good pump. Or anything other than those things.

  4. Jo
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    And I still don’t speak mametian…

  5. Orange Clouds
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    OH MY GOD I kind of like it! Even the shoes, they seem funky.

  6. The Other Molly
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    I see the fugly, pointy toed shoes haven’t gone away yet.
    Oh well, I will continue to dream of a day when women realize how horrid and witchy looking these make their feet look and stop wearing them.

    • Helen
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      They also make the feet huge, because of the elongated toebox. I do not think this is attractive.

      • pantsonfire
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        Well, I like ‘em. Do I like them on her? No, but then again, I think she is clothes/shoes poison. I’d wear ‘em with some faded jeans and a white silk tank or something, to add a bit of fun.

        • V
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          That’s how I would wear the shoes, too. I’d think they would look really cute with a pair of jeans. My feet are huge, though, so I don’t have to worry about them looking bigger.

          This outfit looks inappropriately youthful on her. I don’t know. I think her make-up and expression make her look older than she actually is. She’s the same age as Emma Stone, and I would like this on her. On Zosia Mamet, I react the same way I would if Sarah Jessica Parker or somebody was wearing it.

  7. ChristieLea
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    Why did she steal Cheer Bear’s best picnic frock?

  8. Deanna
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    I actually think this outfit is really cute! The hem needs to be properly fixed, and she could have maybe gone down a size in the dress, but i think the dress is cute, the shoes are cute, and they’re cute together.

    • Katharine
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      I think this would look cute on someone like Kiernan Shipka – but the first association I had was the character of Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom : this would be her dream party dress with Sunday school shoes.

      In another colour, this would look better on Zosia : that shade of pink isn’t flattering. But kudos for trying something different – just try something different on next time …

  9. justine
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    She just needs a princess hat and will have achieved the look 4-year-old Stella McCartney (already refining her fancy sack line) was hoping for!

    • Kris
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      Along with the pissy I-wanted-a-pony-and-didn’t-get-one face to complete the ensemble.

  10. kindakute
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    My daughter and I just made a dress for her American Girl doll and even with my limited sewing skills it is way cuter than this sack.

  11. MollySC
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    I hate every part of this outfit. That is a pillowcase, bedazzled in 1992 by a 8 year old girl.
    The only reason I am not apocalyptic is that she looks slightly bemused by said atrocity.

  12. Edith
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    What do I think? I think Harriet the Spy is 12, and Zosia is not. I think it could work, though, if hemmed properly and fitted and committed to; as it is, it’s less Mod and more Bag.

    And I know she’s wearing her hair up, but damnit, Zosia, GET A HAIRCUT. A real haircut, or dare I dream, a hair STYLE. The tight bun isn’t working any better than the lank nothingness it is when it’s down.

  13. PB
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    A vast improvement over yesterday’s blue monstrosity. But why so dour, Zosia?

  14. maryse
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    i like the idea of this but not the execution.

    • Helen
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      Same here, maryse. It could have been very Mod Squad if done well, and I would have loved that.

      Still, it’s an improvement. Maybe we’re about to see an upswing with her.

      And now I want a tomato sandwich. Or perhaps pickle, with mustard (but not for six months at a run).

    • camille
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      That is exactly how I feel too. Although I don’t even like the idea of the shoes.

  15. Michelle
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    The outfit is characteristically bad, the styling is characteristically dreadful, but Harriet the Spy was my favourite book as a kid! Awww. I’m going to have cake and milk when I get home.

  16. Nanc in Ashland
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    I like the color and the neckline but the hem needs a good pressing and she needs a kicky mod hat and handbag. Seriously, if you’re going to go retro, go Retro.

  17. rowynn
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    This doesn’t say “dress” to me, it says “top.” So maybe I wouldn’t give her a hard time about it, but I would give her some pants.

  18. Amanda In Austin
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    No. I think it’s pretty terrible all over. The cut, the “hem,” the color, the “jewels,” the shoes. All of it needs to go away.

  19. AM
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    Yes, the hem is funky and too short. I think she needs some tights/hose and maybe a higher heel or maybe boots, but overall, I’ve seen MUCH worse.

  20. Bella
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    Dress looks like a pillowcase decorated with a glue gun. Hair and face look like someone just did a 28 day stay at rehab and isn’t up to the task of caring. And the shoes of death, no comment.

  21. ab
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    are we just feeling REALLY bad that she didn’t have it together, yet again? look at all of her stuff (and so many of fug madness contenders). generally speaking, it’s a matter of “if she changed this and sized down/up it might look pretty.”

    guess what? that’s the case here again. doesn’t make it okay. it does mean there is hope. but gosh darnit i wish she would smile instead of look miserable. WE GET IT. YOU ARE NOT UNNATURALLY PEPPY SHOSHANNA.

  22. Erin
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    I think she’s gunning for the title next year.
    Let out the hem, darts down the front and leggings or knee socks, possibly with heels.

  23. jenelope
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    If it was a slightly less Pepto-y color and the stones weren’t heart-shaped, I think it would work better.

    But honestly, why does she always look so glum? I think she’s the anti-Randal Graves. She hates gatherings, but loves people. Isn’t it ironic?

  24. lynn
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    Her expressions are the black hole of joy. Every nice thing about any picture of her is instantly absorbed into dour-ness. It makes whatever she is wearing simply unimportant.

  25. regina
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    COOL!!!

  26. Beth C.
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    So this may have been mentioned in another post about Zosia, but I think it’s pretty clear at this point she’s doing this on purpose.

    For whatever reason she has decided that she is going to be as unattractive and unfashionable as possible and top it of with the whole Kristin Stewart school of “I can’t be bothered to even pretend to be happy about being here.” I don’t know if it comes from being part of the extreme theater elite your entire life and just really hating it on principle, or having a misanthrope like Mamet as a father or what, but this isn’t ‘just not getting fashion’ this is a choice. If the reason is the former, well, that’s fine, but then why are you working so hard to stay in the industry/ scene? I don’t even mean that in a judgy way, it’s an honest question. If it’s the latter, well, dear, I don’t know, therapy? But yeah, I almost think it isn’t worth even paying attention anymore.

    • pantsonfire
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      Huh. I get a completely different vibe from her. I think ol’ Mamet here definitely has a fashion point of view, and I hate it. Haha. It’s like, the worst parts of Brooklyn hipsterism. I don’t read too much in her smiling or not smiling. Smiling but not be the hip thing to do this year. It’s annoying, but whatever. Anyway, I don’t get the vibe that her goal is unattractiveness — I believe that is just a by-product of having shitty hipster taste.

      As for KS, my theory that I’ve been developing over the past couple of days is that clothes/fashion aren’t important to her. She’s clearly a tomboy. And you know what? I think it’s ok for someone who likes acting to not be interested in clothes and to say to someone, “hell, you worry about it. I’ll put on what you think is best.” And I think she does, and is hopefully a good sport about it and willing to be adventurous (it certainly seems that way); hopefully sometimes she does it with a laugh at some of the more ridiculous things, but maybe with the mentality of “f*ck it. let’s go for it.”

      Anyway, my two cents. I personally don’t read “bad attitude” from either of them.

      • One of the Leahs
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        Pantsonfire, I love your interpretation of KS’s style. I think ZM might just be uncomfortable when she doesn’t have a character to inhabit.

        • Guerra
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          Exactly! She has ‘hipster’ written all over her, nothing more!!

          • Helen
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            What seals it for me is that nothing Zosia wears would look out of place on Portlandia.

            • pantsonfire
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              EXACTLY, Helen. Well said.

              Also, sidenote: It took me three tries to really get into watching that show, but now I kind of think it has truly hilarious moments, and overall, I think it’s worth watching (and suffering through the occasional sketches where they go a little too weird to be really funny).

              • Helen
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                Heh, yes. And I just realized that now I want Mamet to appear on the show!

  27. mary lou bethune
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    I think she and her costars are on the learning curve ( and where can one get on this curve?). They are so young and cute as pie and smart so I am willing to give them a time….it’s on their side.
    Z is so cute and at least she doesn’t look like a trollop.

  28. jen
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    I almost sort of get this thing (again, sort of) where stars like Lena Dunham (who I admire) and Zosia choose clothes that both on their own and in terms of their fit/styling seem designed to be deliberately unflattering. But I can’t understand women dressing like little girls. This dress looks like it’s from the Children’s Place, or Carter’s — except if it were, it would be of a higher quality.

  29. TonyG
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    Her shoes look like canoes, and with her feet being so big, the effect is magnified. I don’t mind the dress though, especially if the bad hem job is repaired.

  30. TereLiz
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    I would love those shoes with jeans, and I would love that dress to be burned. Except that it looks flame retardent.

  31. Lizzy
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    The strikes against the dress: Ugly color. Infantile collar detail. Unflattering shape. Poor quality at the hem.

    The strikes against the shoes: Ugly color. Unflattering shape. Look like cheap plastic

    The strikes against the outfit: None of it makes sens in conjunction with any other part of it.

    Hair and make-up look like they belong together, as neither look like they required any effort at all from anyone.

  32. Evalyn
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    I think this young lady needs some serious styling help.

  33. Esme
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    What size ARE those gunboats?

  34. Vandalfan
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    She’s wearing a fancy gynecological exam paper gown, and swim fins.

  35. dee
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    She looks terrible and bored, per usual.

  36. Claire
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    Honestly, she doesn’t look terrible. I think the dress is cute but would look better with some cute heels, a pretty bracelet and/or cute clutch and a SMILE. Also I wish she would pick a new hair do to wear every time. She’s pretty but she doesn’t try to play up her pretty features. Oh well. Better luck next time!

  37. Ann Marie
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    Hate the dress.

    Adore the Anastasia Krupnivk reference. She was my preteen soul sister.

  38. Sarah Muesse
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    Awful. Just awful. She looks like a piece of Dubble Bubble.

  39. Jenny
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    Not sure how I feel about the outfit; it’s . . . better than usual? I just came here to say hooray for the Harriet the Spy reference. One of my earliest favorite books!

  40. Kelly Fisk
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    ‘Anastasia Ask Your Analyst’ was one of my most read books as a tween. She had me at the bust of Sigmund Freud that she consulted while painting her gerbils heads to tell them apart.

    Ahhh… memories.

  41. Mel
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    Jessica, you are too kind. This is Grade A fug.

  42. Tamburlaine
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    If this was a brighter pink, and was better hemmed, this would be lovely. She has the legs for it. I love the shoes, too – I hate heels, myself, so I don’t mind if actresses don’t wear them.

  43. Deborah
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    I just can’t with this girl. There is something about her that continually screams “Frumpy!” to me.

  44. Lynnielyn
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    Anastasia Krupnik! Maybe Z could play her and revive the books for a whole new generation of girls! Wearing this, of course.

  45. Lynn
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    Do we not get to vote on this one? I love to vote.

  46. Anne
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    Those shoes are way too big for her, too–