Style on Trial: Kate Beckinsale’s DIY mini dress at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Kate Beckinsale at the 2012 Independent Spirit Award NominationsSUSPECT: Kate Beckinsale
SPOTTED: 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nominations, Hollywood
WEARING:  Shortened lace dress by Tadashi Shoji, Brian Atwood shoes

Remember when you were a teenager and you REALLY wanted to wear mini skirts to school, but your mum – or the school – wouldn’t let you? So you’d leave for school in the morning with your hem at the parentally-pre-determined length, but then, as soon as you were out of sight, you’d stop and roll it up at the waistband, so that by the time you arrived at school, you’d look like you were taking part in a game of “dress or top“?

Or was that just us and Kate Beckinsale?

What Kate’s done in the image above, you see, is basically a version of that “schoolgirl roll”. Here’s what the dress looked like on the runway, as a comparison:

Kate Neckinsale in a nude mini dressSo, Kate’s just hiked up the waistband, turning a shapeless shift into a slightly less shapeless mini, with an overhang at the waistband.

Which look do you prefer, though? The runway version or The Kate? Or should both of them be arrested for committing crimes of fashion?



  • November 30, 2011


    Hysterical! I remember tiny workshorts that received so many rolls that the corners started to lift up as the middle was caught on my rump!

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  • December 1, 2011


    Don’t care for either, but the runway version is better. All Kate’s done is given herself a tummy pooch. It really doesn’t show off the dress or herself very well.

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  • December 1, 2011


    I also don’t really like either, but I actually think Kate’s version is a teeny bit more interesting. Too short, but at least it doesn’t look like a lace sack.

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  • December 1, 2011


    They’re both awful! I really dislike anything that has a waist lower then one’s actual waist….

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  • December 1, 2011


    It makes her look like she has a muffin top.

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  • December 4, 2011


    I like both of them, but I have to say Kate’s version is more… i don’t know I just like it better than the runway version. It makes the model look shapeless. 🙂

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  • December 6, 2011


    i love kates version.. typically i just love the lace and sleeves but i really think kates version is funner, more eye-catching.

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  • December 7, 2011

    Rock Hyrax

    The runway version gets my vote – no competition. The way it’s being worn in “RL” makes it look more like some sort of beach cover-up for children.

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