Style Rx: Victoria Beckham, Please Ditch the Shiny Short Pants

09/18/2013 at 05:36 PM ET

Victoria Beckham shortsDavid M. Benett/Getty

Who: Victoria Beckham

Where: At a Vogue dinner in London

Diagnosis: Empty closet syndrome. That’s the only reasonable conclusion we can come to after seeing this haphazard amalgamation of wardrobe items, which bears a strong resemblance to the outfit we put together on laundry day when things are really dire. The only difference is that we only wear our shiny capris/wool turtleneck/white T combo to the laundry room — not to dinner with Anna Wintour.

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Prognosis: Our first and most immediate concern is those pants, which we fear may now be seen on women the world over who are not Victoria Beckham. They must be immediately replaced with a slim leather pencil skirt before such an epidemic occurs. Ditch the tee, keep the shoes and add a bold bracelet and we’ll be on the road to recovery.

–Alex Apatoff

So, your thoughts? Do you agree, or does she look perfect?

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Grace on

I love it! She looks adorable. More importantly, I think I still have those pants left in my closet from 2001, and I’m bringing them back!

guest girl on

I love the pants. The combo with the vest/sweater/turtleneck thingy is a bit odd, but she’s Victoria Beckham. She can wear what she wants and she looks great!

Spycig on

I’m obsessed with those pants – I want them stat!!!!

Mel on

My issue is the white t she has under that crop turtleneck. Other than that, classic black outfit — and isn’t that sateen? Isn’t that what a lot of pants are made out of these days?!?

Megan on

Wow…it just shows how out of touch PEOPLE is from what us in the midwest (Chicago, lol) want, like, and wear. I love her outfit.

itsall good nroanoke on


Mompants on

I love it also. Comfortable, yet chic. She nailed it!

In Canada on

I am up in Vancouver Canada and would totally wear that outfit, perfect choice for our Fall and Winter months.

catsmeow on

those pants are awesome..

karmagirl on

I like the pants and top but not the turtleneck.

Jennifer on

You’re wrong. The pants are fab! The sweater/t-shirt combo I could do without though.

Kay on

Hey, who died and appointed you (fashion) god???

KJM on

I somehow think this article would have turned out differently had you put a positive instead of a negative spin on these pants. She can wear whatever she wants. IMO, she is ahead of any trend out there. The one thing I don’t like is the t-shirt with the outfit, but the pants are fun.

nicole on

she looks good

Natasha on

haha…well judging by the reaction to this post, it’s Victoria 1 People 0!
I’m in love with her pants…this outfit is perfect in so many ways! I guess she’s just a step ahead on trends!

Claire on

I’ve seen MUCH worse!

guest on

Alex Apatoff – GET A LIFE!
she looks great. If you don’t have anything to write about just be quiet.

really?? on

actually, that’s quite stylish…shame on write Alex for not recognizing that…

Eponymous on

This look was featured a bit in the Spring 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week. Tres trendy!

Juli on

Love it!!!! She’s Victoria Beckham and looks great in anything. She’s always very chic and a bit sassy…..she’s adorable. Those pants….oh yes….I want them!!!!

MKM on

I agree that the pants are great. It’s the 2 tops (paired together) that are odd. Wish her shoes had been a pop of color instead of tone on tone, but that’s still not a faux pas.

Meanwhile in Rhianna’s world…

gillian ng fan on

but I love that pants .
been looking for one like it a while now .
you have no taste writer person.

KimD on

LOVE IT!!!!! People is really out of touch. I mean there best is usually K-Ho. haha. they must have a contract with the woman or something. But V-Be’s outfit is just FABULOUS.

Marty's Girl on

You lost me at, she was having dinner with Anna.

fashioncollective on

I’m inclined to agree with People this time around. Although normally Victoria’s style is flawless, this outfit lacks cohesiveness and is unflattering to boot. Shiny cropped pants are rarely flattering on the average woman…Victoria included. I also feel that the cropped, sleeveless turtleneck WITH cropped pants look disproportionate. The white T-shirt looks like something she added at the last minute. However, I can “forgive” her, because no one looks perfect all the time.

mariposa on

I think she looks great. Great assemble.

Stephanie Cogan on

I think the outfit is great. It’s cool, conservative, and she looks very well put together. Criticize Miley, Britney, and Lindsay for their ridiculous outfits. The women who obviously have some self-esteem need to be left alone.

lillith on

I think the pants are cool. It looks like a vest on top-can’t really tell but the top is the problem. Not the pants.

Guest on

Why doesn’t this woman ever smile? Never have seen her teeth. Come on lady, show some teeth.

karen on

It looks great… these critics need to get a cereal box and put it on their heads evidently.

jo mary on

If she looked up during a rain shower, she would drown. SO FULL OF HERSELF.

Crystle on

Love her outfit so cute

Charli on

I love the whole outfit. She pulls it off.

Linda on

Those pants are actually kind of stylish, maybe on a summer day to work. Capri.slacks.

Pam on

They’re called capris, not short pants and the pants are fine, it’s the top that needs to go. That turtleneck looks awkward. These capris would look much better with a pretty blouse or sweater.

WoW on

The pants are actually fantastic, they are the only part of that outfit that DOES work. I think the style doctor needs to see the eye doctor…

mc on

I think she looks great, works on her, it wouldn’t work on many though.

And they have a slight sheen to them (not a shine per se), they’re gorgeous.

Nanu 08 on

Does she ever SMILE?????

Amy Pitcher on

I think she looks great:)

Jenn on

What’s wrong with that outfit? Minus the vest…I never have understood the point of a vest….lol. Otherwise, those pants with a white shirt are cute!

Amy on

MEEEOOOW, People mag. I love this outfit!
Now eat crow and go buy those pants!

Marc on

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Victoria’s capri pants People Mag and Alex Apatoff. if you thought that your trite, foolish article was going to blow up the style section of with “likes” and “I totally agree” you fail. Now how about you go away and find something more worthwhile to write about?

D on

She looks great!! and she has more style than some American celebs.

Dee on

Nice street look, but not for dinner.

carol lange on

Sorry not with you all in loving those pants,although she still looks good.

Princess07 on

I love the pants. The whole outfit looks good on her.

scooby on

I love her outfit

Bettie on

I love them, Leave VICTORIA alone!

Beth on

They are just black capris with some shine to them. Big whoop. It’s the top half of her outfit that she needs to “ditch”. But even that isn’t as bad as a lot of other Hollywood outfits. Get a real story, People!

Kingsrob on

OMG, seriuosly? I think Alex Apatoff needs the style RX. She looks fab! First off, culottes are like the hottest thing right now AND shine was all over the NY spring 2014 runways. She’s way ahead of the curve, which is more than I can say for Alex.

Lullleepop on

I don’t see anything wrong with this outfit.

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