VMAs Fug or Fab Carpet: Shailene Woodley


You find out a lot of things about your face when you cut off your hair, and fortunately for Shailene Woodley, they are all good things. As in, she has a great one, and it holds its own:

I also think that skirt is spectacular now; however, the bottom three inches is fringe, so if any one of them is divergent then we might see her secret life, which would be a definite fault in her stars. Maybe it has some descendants that are less naked, but that feels like a… cold case? Sure. Thanks, IMDb.

And then there’s the matter of the top. I actually think she’s carrying THAT part off with aplomb, midriff and all. But let’s talk: Is it the best pairing with the skirt? Certainly it shines while the rest is simple, but is there a more ideal pairing — metallic, or just not cropped, or purple, or anything in your own closet because you want to steal that skirt and make sweet fashion love to it? My overall verdict, I think, is that she’s making a fab — or pretty damn close — out of two boring things and one risky one.

Hear ye, hear ye:

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And then, of course, this happened:

I wish Miley Cyrus had tackled Vanessa Bayer-as-Miley-Cyrus and stolen her outfit, because even a blazer and a poncho top worn as parody were better than anything she donned on this fateful eve.

[Photos: Getty]

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Comments (21):

  1.  LadyB

    I would have liked it better if the top were a color from the skirt. Overall though, she’s working the look. :)

  2. Brenna

    I think I love Shailene Woodley. I love that she giggled at herself last night when she tripped over her words. This looks great on her; I’m even ok with the crop top.

    Also, holy crap, her body is great. I need to do some lunges and crunches.

  3. AnnieB

    I think the skirt is absolutely beautiful and looks tremendous on her but the top has way, way too much of a sports bra’ish vibe going on. It’s too severe paired with the skirt. But she’s at the VMA’s and I cant see her butt cheeks hanging out or her whoo whoo so it’s all good.

  4. Victoria

    Whoa legs, hers are awesome. I actually love this. I’m a sucker for a print like that.

  5. Kim

    Love, love love this skirt! but yeah, a different top would have been better. Agreed – great legs!

  6. Rio

    I was hoping for a pic with Theo James!

  7. ChristieLea

    Yes, the top is just a little off. I think it’s the neckline…if it were a v-neck it would echo the hem of the skirt, and thus be a better match.

    But she is so cute and the skirt is AWESOME. Win!

  8.  Christa

    I think the black high necked top with the solid pumps look a little heavy with the skirt. Maybe the shirt with a strappy sandal, or the black pumps with a lighter top? Together they look off.

  9. erin b

    I’m thinking white men’s wear shirt. No?

  10.  HelenBackAgain

    I like the sporty crop top, and I love the skirt, but they do not go together in any way.

    The top (if you’re not exercising in it) would look good paired with baggy jeans.

    The skirt – maybe just a dressy tank top, with some beading that matches the skirt beads. Black would be fine, or blue, or silver, even white. Plenty of colors would work. It just needs something that’s the same degree of dressed-up as it is.

  11. Lizzy

    It’s young and cute like her, and a breath of fresh air in a sea of such intentional skanky/scary-wear. Well-played!

  12. Lauren

    Heather, if you have not read The Fault in Our Stars and have only gotten that title from IMDB, then you must drop EVERYTHING, including the VMA coverage, and READ IT IMMEDIATELY. It has a damn near perfect 5-star rating on Amazon. Now, to be fair, so does everything in the oeuvre of Nicholas Sparks, but I promise—cross my heart and hope to die (and I’m 38, not 14, so I really, REALLY mean it)—that The Fault in Our Stars has earned its faultless (sorry) 5 stars. It’s crazy good.

  13. Sajorina

    LOVE it! She looks FABULOUS! And I loved Vanessa as Miley… It’s the only way anything related to a Cyrus makes me laugh!

  14. Claire1

    I have to say…if I had those abs and those legs….. I would own that outfit in every color of the rainbow and my friends would have to have a “girl invest in some pants”intervention….

  15. hailey

    Heather you are a genius. Commentary like your title puns are why I’ve been reading this site since I was twelve. I kind of wish that she wore a non ab-bearing top, but her body can most definitely pull it off. Shailene seems to be a low-key kind of girl, and this seems a little out of character for her but it’s also sort of great.

  16. yeahandalso

    I think the problem with Shailene Woodlzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz sorry, fell asleep there, who were we talking about?

  17. TonyG

    I can’t sign off on this. That skirt, if it had something going for it with the purple star part of the design, ventured into fug with that horrible fringe. It’s like a cowgirl skirt designed by a star child of the 1960′s. The crop-top I am less concerned about.

  18. Vandalfan

    Her clothes look fine to me, it’s her hairdo I dislike. Looks yanked back in a too-tight ponytail like a poor man’s facelift.

  19. The Bad Seed

    There are definitely better top options, but this is actually pretty perfect for the VMAs, where a non-singer should always look like they’re not trying too hard. Heck, if I had those abs and legs, I’d have this same outfit in 100 different iterations!

  20. jenelope

    I was SO hoping there would be an OC reference in their somewhere. Let us never forget that China is the prettiest pony. Alopecia, or not.

  21. Julie

    The black crop top makes me wonder if she stole it from her Divergent costumer.