Style on Trial: Noomi Rapace mixes spots and stripes at the premiere of Sherlock Holmes

Noomi Rapace mixes polka dots and stripes at the Sherlock Holmes premiere

If you read fashion blogs at all, you’ll know that it’s all about the pattern-mixing these days. Pattern-mixing is edgy and unexpected and doesn’t look at all like you just threw on any old thing and called it FASHUN. Or that’s the theory, anyway. We’re not huge fans of it, but that’s because we’re fat and old, and don’t understand fashion, obviously.

That said, if patterns must be mixed, we think spots and stripes are one of the easiest combinations, and also one of the ones least likely to make you look like you did a Supermarket Sweep through the local Goodwill, and just threw on every thing you could find.

Here’s Swedish actress Noomi Rapace putting that theory to the test at the Sherlock Holmes premiere earlier this month. Her dress combines a polka dot bodice with a stripey skirt, and we need to know what you think of it. We think that either of these patterns on their own might have been a bit much, but are they any better together? Tell us…

Innocent or Guilty? 

17 Comments

  • December 12, 2011

    SwapQueenII

    not crazy about the look she has there… but its not horrible either

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  • December 12, 2011

    Daisy

    I’m a big fan of the IDEA (I’ve been known to mix some dots and stripes in my days), but the execution here is a bit off. I think it would’ve worked better with slightly smaller polka dots in the same shades as the stripes.

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  • December 12, 2011

    Jaynie

    I agree that it would look better with smaller polka-dots. Actually I think it would have been most lovely with no polka-dots at all, just a solid brown bodice, but then, I don’t quite understand fashun either!

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  • December 12, 2011

    Lína Langsokkur

    I love the skirt – it is fabulous.
    I’m not a fan of the top though – In fact I don’t really like brown clothing at all.
    The top should have had smaller dots OR no dots and red or purple or deap blue – maybe even pink. That would have been great

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    • December 12, 2011

      Lína Langsokkur

      * deep – sorry about the misspelling. I’m from Iceland, I’ve got an excuse.

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  • December 12, 2011

    Megan

    I like it but think her hair needs some attention.

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  • December 12, 2011

    PurpleRennie

    I like the idea too, but it’s poorly executed- the dress is far too long for her and does nothing to flatter the bust!

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  • December 12, 2011

    naiadknight

    Guilty. This looks like some of the Barbie clothes I created out of scraps of cloth, complete with the arm pressed up against the side holding it on. MAYBE if it was a Swiss dot (black on brown would’ve looked pretty cool) or the stripes weren’t quite so garish, but probably not even then.

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    • December 13, 2011

      goots

      I was going to say something similar- the dress is making her look really, TINY.
      Not only short, but…
      Like a miniature person. Wearing scraps from bigger clothes…..

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  • December 12, 2011

    cmap

    Okay. This may seem a tad on the cruel side, but AMBER! Weren’t you wearing some spotted Kurt Geiger heels with a striped sash the other day? TO JAIL WITH YOU! hahaha just kidding, you’re a fashion hero

    Noomi’s okay here, but clearly not at her best…

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  • December 12, 2011

    Natasha

    I think this is kinda terrible, but I’m not even sure because I’m having a hard time averting my eyes from the terrible hair and make-up for long enough to take a good look at the dress.

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  • December 12, 2011

    Arielle

    It’s interesting, and not the most awful thing I’ve ever seen, but I think it would have been more appealing with white or jewel tone polka dots. I don’t care for the mix of white and beige.

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  • December 12, 2011

    Rudi

    Personally I think it would have looked much better the other way around, striped bodices are always lovely.

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  • December 12, 2011

    helen

    I like the dress but I’m not sure if it looks right on her. Perhaps with the hair up instead of down?

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  • December 12, 2011

    jeans

    I love the cut of the dress, but stripes on top and (smaller) dots on the bottom would have been better in my opinion.

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  • December 13, 2011

    Jordan

    I thought those were actual holes in the bodice for a second. Phew. Still, a little bit too much for me. The stripes would have been ok with a plain black bodice.

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  • December 14, 2011

    Georgia

    I also like the *idea* of it, and I think this look is almost there….almost, but not quite. I think it’s a matter of scale. The polka dots are large, the stripes are large and wide set, AND the skirt is long and billowy. It’s just too much volume and not enough contrast. I actually like the big polka dots on the tiny bodice, but think the whole thing would look better if the stripes were much smaller and possibly on a diagonal.

    And, as the judges on Project Runway always say, the styling is way off. It’s a very whimsical dress, but her hair, makeup & accessories look like she just remembered she had to go to her kid’s soccer game and ran out of the house in a hurry. It’s not that she looks BAD, it’s just that….I don’t know…she could do better, I think.

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