Sienna Miller wears a cable-knit that literally every woman owns


Call me crazy, but I’ve never gotten why so many women think Sienna Miller is some kind of nouveau style icon. Sure, she started a few trends (boho-chic, not washing your hair, the return of big leather belts), but she was a fashion follower more than anything. And beyond the odd peasant blouse circa 2004, I never really wanted her clothes. When you think about it, she’s not even that versatile as a dresser – when she “dresses up,” I usually find it horrible, like some dumb hippie girl wearing couture with combat boots, a big leather belt and dirty hair. She usually looks much better in street-wear than on a red carpet. The world is her runway.

Anyway, a few days ago, when I saw these photos of Sienna attending a screening in France, I was aghast. I have this exact same sweater. Or at least I used to have this same sweater. When I was 12 years old. And my mom gave it to me for Christmas. Doesn’t every woman have a sweater exactly like this? And almost always, our moms gave it to us. Our moms watch us as we open the big box, the knot of dread in our stomach, thinking “Oh, God, there was a sale at Kohl’s. Please let it be a purse. Please God. Please.” And it’s this sweater. And we smile politely and say “thank you.” And we even try it on, noting how the odd sleeves make our upper arms feel like they are stuffed sausages, cased in an itchy wool blend (“It’s 10% cashmere!” our moms enthuse).

So, yeah. Sienna Miller made me think of nausea on Christmas. And besides the dumb sweater (that probably cost a down payment on a mortgage), what’s with the pants? I think my mom still HAS pants like this. Tapered, pleated, peachy-pink nightmares. You can tell that Sienna is trying to start a new trend. And she’s failing.



Sienna Miller on October 8, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Po says:

    I had that sweater in black about 15 years ago. Unfortunately I can’t blame it on a parent, I bought the awful thing myself. All I can say is that it was 1995 so it wasn’t my fault.

  2. Lady D says:

    She looks like she needs to do laundry.

  3. Tess says:

    Kaiser, agreed.

    The sausage casement sleeves and button doo-dads that look like they were piped through a pastry bag do not a fashion forward statement make.

  4. Abbs says:

    You know who own those pants? Blanche Devaraux.

  5. GatsbyGal says:

    My mom has a sweater that looks very similar to that.

    @Abbs – HAHAHA! <3

  6. tfb says:

    I love those pants, they are a feminized trouser pant. I just bought a similar pair, although mine are from Zara.

  7. Maya says:

    Damn. She used to be a brainless nasty homewrecker. Now she’s a BORING brainless nasty homewrecker. With a slice of American cheese.

    She is NOT aging well at all. What idiot thought she was capable of judging anything?

  8. Kate says:

    Honestly, I think she looks adorable, and I am not a fan. What makes the sweater not like ours is the straight cropped bottom & elbow-length sleeves. Yours had blousing at the bottom, admit it. Makes the difference.

  9. Kaiser says:

    Kate – Honestly, my sweater (when I was 12) was cropped like that. It was the early 1990s! Everything was cropped like that, because of Beverly Hills 90210.

  10. Gwen says:

    I had a sweater like that in 1992, I think. I don’t really want one again.

    I like the shoes and the bag but the rest is totally bland IMO. I never really understood how she became a fashion icon. She’s always either copying someone *cough*KateMoss*cough* or trying too hard IMO.

  11. Bodhi says:

    I hate that people say that she started boho – I’ve worn dresses over pants, long skirts, etc since I was about 12, but I’m a dirty hippie… :D

    My mom gets me a white button cardigan every.single.Christmas. without fail. Its hilarious!

  12. Crash2GO2 says:

    The sweater would be fine if it didn’t have the big cables and bobbles on it IMO. I love the trousers and shoes.

  13. lrm says:

    okay, i dont hate her, but i’m not a fan either….
    either way, she always looks good-she can carry off looks that most can’t.
    I think she’s gorgeous and fashionable…
    and i personally think she wears what she feels like-and isn’t ‘trying to start a trend’ per se….i dont think she’s that into being influential like paris hilton or lohan or other famewhores…or even some legit stars.
    i think she wears what she wants and gets papped, too.

    anyway, i like this look on her-honestly, it is very french looking to me-makes sense she’s wear it in paris.

    she is going to have a hard time in her 30′s, though, b/c of the drinking smoking and suntanning….she should get on the preventative and rejuvenation kick ASAP,IMO. ha ha.
    I would-jsut sayin’….

    she gorgeous, though-and i think there’s envy with this one…the comments don’t ever seemt to fit the profile…aside from not being a great actress, and having an affair with a skeevy married dude, meh….she’s not really worth being incited over.

    oh, and she was good in Alfie. solid performance. And decent opposite heath ledger in cassanova [as bad as that movie was overall]….hmmm…maybe i am a fan afterall???? lol not really. like her style, tho’.

  14. Am I the only person who loves her style? ::raising hand in the corner ashamed::

  15. gigi* says:

    I usually like the way she dresses is that whole outfit?!?!?!

  16. Jenn says:

    She still looks really pretty.

  17. teri says:

    She falls in with Leann Rimes and Laura Dern. Can’t stand a woman who feels entitlment to a husband with children or a pregnant wife. No better than Tigers many, many women who were out for attention and fame.

  18. hairball says:

    “When I was 12 years old. And my mom gave it to me for Christmas. Doesn’t every woman have a sweater exactly like this? And almost always, our moms gave it to us. Our moms watch us as we open the big box, the knot of dread in our stomach, thinking “Oh, God, there was a sale at Kohl’s. Please let it be a purse. Please God. Please.” And it’s this sweater. And we smile politely and say “thank you.” And we even try it on, noting how the odd sleeves make our upper arms feel like they are stuffed sausages, cased in an itchy wool blend (“It’s 10% cashmere!” our moms enthuse).”

    Ha ha!!! EXACTLY. Kohl’s and JcPenney’s still haunt my Christmas nightmares.

  19. Ricci says:

    ya maybe in the 90′s Kaiser, I certainly dont own one

  20. Raccoon Princess says:

    I’m sure someone else noticed this before me and let it slide, but “Literally”? “Literally”?

    You’re writing is excellent; light and funny, always reaching the right tone. I know I’m pernickity/persnickity (Brit/American usage), but I edit for a living.

    Confusing literal and figurative is an unforced error.

  21. purplerock says:

    She’s still pretty,but that kind of sweater especially paired with those pants ages her and makes her look frumpy. Not a good look.

  22. jane16 says:

    I had a sweater like that when I was young in the 80′s, also pants like that, although the pants were baggier. I’m telling you guys, the 80′s are coming back. I see 80′s stuff and 80′s-ish hair all the time. I don’t mind the pants actually.

  23. LondonLady says:

    sorry to tell ya, but this is tres chic in London/Paris.

  24. bagladey says:

    Individually the pieces aren’t bad but altogether they make a hot mess.

  25. Eden says:

    It’s this season Louis Vuitton.

  26. Ron says:

    In next year this will be in the window at Forever 21 and everyone will love it.

  27. oops says:

    nice pantaloones

    and she’s definitely hiding something over there. maybe a banana

  28. blinditemreader says:

    What’s up with the red bracelet? Another convert to the Feivel Gruberger Kabbalah kult?

  29. nofreelunch says:

    @Citizette You are not alone. I too am ashamed to find her very stylish. I’ll be heading out to try and thrift those very pants today :)

  30. mary jane says:

    I’ve got an awful mom/Christmas story from the late 80′s…

    I was still living at home and threw out a black leather handbag that had gone out of style. And the handle had broken. I was confident that I never wanted to see it again. Very confident.

    A couple of months later I opened a Christmas present from my mom and lo and behold, there it was. Repaired.

    Because she knew “how much I had loved it.”

  31. jessiee says:

    Oh, Raccoon Princess –

    “You’re writing is excellent; light and funny, always reaching the right tone. I know I’m pernickity/persnickity (Brit/American usage), but I edit for a living.

    Confusing literal and figurative is an unforced error.”

    You might want to check your own usage of “you’re” in this context before you go correcting others.

    I edit, too, and that deserves a big red pen!

    I hate grammar nazis.

  32. albeli says:

    OMG, this is an outfit my mom would have put together for me…20 years ago.

  33. lola lola says:

    Pleated pants look horrible on ANYBODY. I also don’t get why she is such a ‘fashion icon.’ I think its Anna Wintour trying to make yet another British actor into an “it” girl. Nice try but Sienna doesn’t have the style or the talent to back it up.

  34. raincoaster says:

    The sweater I had was not 10% cashmere, it was 100% acrylic and PROUD!

  35. di butler says:

    I am in shock. I thought this was never a coming back thing. I had that sweater in peach, but even worse, the pants were a turqoise color. [hides head in shame].

    Even worse, I had a pair of peachy colored trimmed Reeboks I wore with it.

  36. Confuzzle says:

    :lol: when did she join the circus?

  37. Sally says:

    This looks like.. something Alexa Chung would wear. The vintage-store-ugly-but-quirky-and-kind-of-cute look, which unfortunately in right now..

  38. Reema says:

    Sienna Miller is a style icon because of the way she wears her clothes. She always looks so put together and fashionable yet she still has her own unique flair and doesn’t look like she’s trying to hard, unlike a few other “fashion icons” such as Rihanna who in my opinion is tacky and tries way to hard to be edgy. Boring.

  39. hellen says:

    NONE of those wardrobe elements go together. It looks like she dressed in the dark. In 1992.

  40. maria says:

    Rhianna has been wearing the badly cropped shirts with pleated bottoms lately, too. The 90′s came back to bite y’all in the ass.

  41. Laura says:

    Yep, except mine is a button up, and I think it has a hood. And I got it from my boyfriend’s mom. I feel bad because I never wear it, but aside from the obvious it’s also in a bright blue that’s very unflattering on me, being a pale redhead.

  42. betsy says:

    I had those pants. In black. In 1979.

  43. JustAGirl says:

    I usually love her look but this is hideous. The sweater is too short – my 1987 version went with leggings or skinny jeans with the zippered bottoms. The pants are HIDEOUS and while I like the shoes on their own merit, they are SUMMER shoes with a winter sweater. Sooo wrong.

  44. ali says:

    Another limey skank.

  45. bubbles says:

    is she promoting something in Poland? or in a distant, remote province of Khasakstan? that’s the only way I could explain teat outfit.

  46. original kate says:

    those pants are not cute. on anybody. ever.

  47. Woodsy says:

    I wore a similar out fit in the 90s. But what bugs me more is that this outfit looks more appropriate for spring–not fall.

  48. Gwendolyn says:

    I don’t care what anyone says…I love Sienna Miller! She’s so pretty & has a wonderful sense of style, which can NOT be said for 75% of Hollywood right now. She knows how to dress for her body in a trendy way, without being OTT. Loving the pants & the sunnies. The knit top, not so much.

  49. Hautie says:

    I rather see this throw back to the late 1980′s… as long as I never have to see another muffin top female wearing her spaghetti strap tank… with no bra. With matching ratty flip flops.

    I would pay money to never see low rider pants in public. Again. :)

    I am just ready for better dressed people roaming in the mall.

    Then again I realize I am old as dirt and do not understand the truly tragic looking clothes girls wear now.

    Where as there are oodles of great fun purses, shoes and boots… I find every day fashion lacking.

    So yes, I rather see this sweater and peachy-pink pleated pants outfit.

    As long as I never have to look at a huge muffin top again while standing in line at Macy’s.

  50. anon says:

    i DID have this jumper a long time ago! it wasnt cropped, it had long sleeves and those horrible ball things on it… and my sister had those pants, but in yellow!

  51. Sara says:

    There are some thing you shouldn’t buy even if they are in style because they are universally unflattering. Those pants are one of those things. Ten years from now you will look back in horror and wonder, why did I buy those?

  52. Maxilius says:

    I’m a woman, and I don’t own that. Or anything remotely similar. Thank God.

  53. Cirque28 says:

    Awww, do you really think Sienna’s trying to start a new trend? That seems rather ambitious for her.

    I imagine her thought processes are more like:

    “I’m so hungry. Had coffee and a BIG glass of vodka already today. TOO much!

    Need to get away from photogs so I can have a smoke, snort a line, take my Adderall, and maybe ONE more glass of vodka…

    What Jude doing right now? Probably screwing someone! That bastard!

    They’ll rip into me for these peach pants but I’m STILL the skinniest one here! Take that, Kate Moss!

    I wonder what event I’m attending…

    Should I go back to the cowboy boot thing?

    I wonder when I last washed my hair… Must ask Jude. Or new married fling.”

  54. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    Do NOT follow the pleated pants trend.

    They do not make you look thinner.

    They are not flattering.

    They make Sienna Miller look big in the hips and she subsists on a diet of cigarettes and cocaine.

  55. voodoobetty says:

    I think who cares if anyone thinks its fashion forward, if it makes you feel good, wear it! I respect anyone who refuses to allow themselves to be dictated to by the invisible style council.

  56. RomCom says:

    Mom went shopping at Kohls again.

    I’ve never understood why Sienna is considered a style icon, either. She follows trendy trends, for sure.

  57. melinda says:

    These sweaters are all the rage in France right now. I don’t have a problem with the sweater, the pants are totally hideous though.

  58. Mimi says:

    No one has owned sweater like that since the 80s.

  59. original kate says:

    i think my mother wore this outfit to church last week. my mother is 65 years old.

  60. Amy says:

    The sweater is ok, paired with a pair of skinny jeans.

  61. anons says:

    seriously peeps, we should all be offended. here’s a gal with a super cute bod and access to any designer imaginable–and she wears this rig to a public event. man alive. and i’m not even feeling the shoes.

  62. rebecca says:

    that sweater is only $65 at It was featured in a magazine with a section on stars that appreciate a bargain. It’s not that bad- it just doesn’t go with the pants.