Fugs and Fabs: Olivia Wilde


Sometimes, a person just slips through the cracks. Lately, that person is Olivia Wilde. But the holidays are coming up, and fewer celebs are leaving the house in fancy outfits because they’re all too busy ordering presents online and/or baiting photographers at The Grove. So let’s give Olivia the gift of scrutiny. It’s always the presents you make yourself that have the most meaning.

[Photos: Getty]

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  1. EG
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    I pretty much think she looks amazing in all of those except the last.
    Even there I don’t have any criticism that I MUST get off my chest.

  2. Carol
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    I don’t like the last two … the fishtail and Maidenform outfits are in the meh-to-ick range, but do love the biker jacket and I really love the big fur-collared jacket … dramatic in a very good way!

  3. Heironyms.
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    I kind of think she always looks awesome. She can carry off a lot of stuff other people can’t. But am I the only one who likes her better with bangs?

    • OH
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      I was just going to complain about the same thing with the bangs. I find her much more attractive with them. She looks so generic otherwise.

  4. Eliza Bennett
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    I want alllllll her shoes.

  5. Michaela
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    @ Heironyms, I rather think you are. But then, I am sitting here trying to think of someone who looks actively better with bangs, and I am drawing a blank, so I may just have a bias.

    These are perfectly fine. She’s covered the bits that need to be covered, reminded us that she is a pretty woman with a lovely body, gotten her clothes in the right size — I can’t complain.

    • pantsonfire
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      Yeah, I think I agree. I used to hate bangs with much fervor. Then I kind of mellowed and tried not judge because everyone seemed All About Bangs. But if pressed, I must confess that I can’t bring to mind one person whose looks are improved by conventional bangs. That’s not to say that every woman looks ghastly with bangs. I’m just saying that they don’t look better than without. Now, long, sideswept bangs CAN improve some faces enormously, but I guess I class those differently than your traditional fringe.

      • Heironyms.
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        To me, she looks better with them because bangs balance a broad jawline better than a giant expanse of bare forehead.

        @ OH – Glad it’s not just me! :)

      • Michaela
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        Yes, exactly! I was thinking the usual blunt fringe — Keira Knightley, for example, looks markedly worse with that haircut, but when she has long, sideswept bangs, my heart goes pitter-pat. (Of course, I am also totally happy when she just SHOWS US HER GOREGOUS FACE, she doesn’t need the sideswept look to be stunning.)

  6. Helen
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    I don’t know. Wilde herself leaves me so cold, everything she wears is “meh” to me.

    My only remark is that small-breasted women really need to understand that there comes a time for them to Look Into Bras, too. Support: Not just for the chesty!

    • Donna
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      Helen, you said exactly what I was thinking. That’s why the last dress looked funny… it was really designed to be worn with a bra. Maybe she didn’t have a beige one handy and didn’t want to wear a white one.

  7. PinkieBling
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    I don’t know what it is with this one, but I just can’t get on board.

  8. Scouse Helen
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    Apart from the last pic, with the ‘toutes directions’ baps (what would you call those? Boss-eyed breasts? Wall boobs (as opposed to wall eye)? Anyway.) I can’t fault her.

    I’ve no idea who she is, though.

  9. Sandala
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    The fur on that coat looks like Mongolian lamb, which is soft and fun to wear, except it might get stuck in your lipstick. Very Zsa Zsa. It probably looked better than it photographed.

  10. gracie
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    @pantsonfire are you me?? those are my thoughts exactly though i think im still in the i hate bangs with a passion stage. I think every woman looks worse with bangs than without.

    • pantsonfire
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      Haha. Glad to have you in my Anti-Bangs Coalition. And to respond a bit to the Pro-Bang Association, I logically understand the arguments they make about balancing a strong jaw or ameliorating a pronounced forehead–I just don’t agree with their assertion that your traditional bang accomplishes that. I see why they think it might, but in practice, I just really cannot recall ever seeing an example where bangs actually worked that kind of magic.

      And to speak specifically toward Olivia Wilde, I discern no deficiencies with her face (I like her jaw and her forehead), so I don’t agree with the premise that she needs something to disguise or balance anything. But to each her own, as I always say.

  11. Esme
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    Many people MUST wear bangs; as a person with a gigantic forehead, I look completely different and better with them. I so disagree with the blanket statement that EVERYONE looks better without them–ridiculous, and a huge slap in the face to those of us who need to sport a fringe or risk looking like a walking version of the White Cliffs of Dover.

    • calli
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      Thank you! As someone with an uneven widow’s peak, bangs are absolutely necessary. Side parts turn me into Veronica Lake; or I am constantly shoving my hair behind my ears. The problem is that most hairdressers do not know how to cut bangs. It’s not just snip and that’s it.

      • Heironyms.
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        Thank you, both of you! Exactly!

        I have a large forehead, too, and I’ve worn bangs most of my life. Every five or ten years, I’ll grow them out, just to see what it’s like. The novelty usually carries me along for a while, but eventually I always end up thinking my face looks terrible without them.

        I don’t think Olivia looks bad without bangs. I just think she’s prettier–and, yeah, less generic–with.

        And I concede that there are women who always look better without bangs; Angelina Jolie springs to mind. But not ALL women.

        • Kristin
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          I too, need to wear bangs, but for the opposite reason: Cro-Magnon forehead.

  12. Tiffany
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    I love all of these looks except the last one. I think she can wear a deep v and still come off as classy because of her small and perky chest. Lucky girl!

  13. Matt
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    I agree with evrything said about her, with the one proviso: for someone with such obviously good genes she can and should do more – if I had cheekbones and legs like that I wouldn’t leave the house except in a coconut-shell bra and red shoes. Not black everything always