Why Hailee Steinfeld looks older than her years (in a good way)

Tue, 24 May 2011 8:30AM

You’d never guess this cutie pie (and True Grit star) is 14, would you?

Hailee SteinfeldHailee Steinfeld at the 2011 Young Hollywood Awards last week.

No, no you wouldn’t. You’d probably roll with something along the lines of 17 or 18. (Unless you’d gazed your eyes over this post and this post and discovered my obvious affection for her, that is.)

But why?

Well, there’s just too much evidence of one classy lady present here, you know?

For example, there’s the…

  • DEMURE OUTFIT, which not only keeps her fairly covered up, but also leaves her looking more than a wee bit stylish. (I get the feeling this girl definitely won’t find herself heading down the same road as Lindsay. Thank goodness.)
  • DEEP RED NAIL HUE, which allows her digits to look extremely polished and well-groomed – while also adding a nice flavour of maturity to her look – but without leaving her looking stiff or old lady-ish.
  • BERRY LIP, which is actually just a subtle stain. This shows she’s not afraid to play with colour, but also proves she knows just how far she can push the makeup barrier at such a young age.
  • DEEP SIDE-PARTED GLAMOROUS CURLS, which simply ooze old Hollywood glamour, yet are still fun and age-appropriate. Keeping the wave fairly loose stops her from looking too stuffy and ‘done’ in that outfit, too.

See? None of these style pointers give you any indication of her age, do they? It’s crazy. She could fool people with her class and style until the cows come home. (Thank god for Wikipedia, huh? How else would we know her real age?)


Did you know Hailee was 14?
Do you like this look on her?
What about her hair? How pretty is her hair?

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  • Posted by: anna // Tue, 24 May 2011 09:11am

    hmmm, I don’t know. I think it’s a bit too old for her. She’s only 14 – there should be some sort of fun with her outfits. But this one is snooze-ville.

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 09:11am

    Her hair is fantastic -great loose waves and looks quite healthy.

    I think her outfit is a little too old for her! The blouse is very ‘old lady’ -she could wear a bit more fun and whimsical outfit better I think (but it is great that she is covered up, she’s only 14 after all!)

    Love her nail colour though!

  • Posted by: Julie Rodwell // Tue, 24 May 2011 09:24am

    Some people are naturally incline to be more mature than there peers (unless they go off the rails), she looks lovely but I didn’t expect her wear something like that to young hollywood awards, this might be a sign of a new generation, least its better than the Paris and Lindsays.

  • Posted by: georgiamae83 Devotee // Tue, 24 May 2011 09:28am

    I think Hailee looks gorgeous, but to me there’s an element of ‘i’m about to go horse riding’ in that outfit. Maybe it’s the hair. Or the high waisted pants, I can’t decide.
    She looks beautiful, and yes a bit older than her natural 14 years of age, but very mature but not old.

  • Posted by: Adele-1299370274 Devotee // Tue, 24 May 2011 09:38am

    Wow – how much difference does a hair style and outfit make…

    although I think a 14 yr old would do better to look like a 14yr old.

    I just think young girls her age dont need to be classy or stylish, they just need to enjoy being young.

    You can save seriousness and maturity for later.

  • Posted by: brookeemma Enthusiast // Tue, 24 May 2011 09:40am

    her outfit is stunning. I’m so thrilled she’s signed with miu miu, everyone keeps having a go at her (and miu miu) for signing so young, but I really don’t see the problem?!

    her hair is gorgeous, obviously reminding me a lot of taylor swift’s in the other post (but the opposite way around!) and I love the curls. It’s maybe just a few inches too long though… I”m very into hair being the right length for your face, and I think it elongates her face a bit… maybe 6 inches shorter?

    And yes… I don’t think she’ll be the next Paris/Lindsay, a bit of a relief!

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 10:16am

    I think she looks cute and is trying out a sophisticated look for the appropriate event. Loving her nail colour and her is right on trend at the moment.

  • Posted by: NatMon Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 10:36am

    Hailee looks stunning and very mature for her age. She looks stylish and sophisticated.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 10:43am

    i did know she was 14, but wow, she looks so much older here, and for once in a good way.makeup, outfit, hair, nailpolish… it is all working for her

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 10:50am

    She has fantastic hair. Not sure about the big bow but it’s nice that she’s demurely dressed.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 11:03am

    Yep, she’s cute and her hair is stunning, but that outfit is a bore. Whilst I agree in dressing age appropriate, this ensemble belongs more on Betty White than a 14 year old girl (saying nothing bad about Betty here)…

  • Posted by: Cherie Herrmann Enthusiast // Tue, 24 May 2011 11:52am

    Horse riding! georgiamae83, you crack me up. But yes, I do see that.

    I guess at the end of the day I’m just impressed that she doesn’t feel the need to dress in an outrageously sexy way. You know, kind of like Miley Cyrus always did as a youngster. She just looks pretty and girlie and downright gorgeous. CH xx

  • Posted by: sumaya Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 12:23pm

    I think she stick to dressing and acting her age. I don’t like seeing young people trying to act older than what they are.

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 01:17pm

    She looks beautiful. It’s great to see a young Hollywood star wearing clothes that don’t show off every possible part. Her hair is awesome and her makeup just right.

  • Posted by: MayaS Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 01:21pm

    I think she looks fab. Yes, she does look older than her years but at least its a demure/ ladylike older and not a skanky older. And I’m sure she doesn’t dress like this every day! Whenever I see a picture of Haillee Steinfeld looking so chic I always imagine her having sleepovers at the Fanning household. Loving this new crop of up and comers!

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 04:09pm

    I’m sorry but I don’t think it’s flattering! I agree with some of the others, it’s a very ‘aged’ sort of top and I think the hair is a) a bit too long and b)a bit too ‘done’.

    I wouldn’t have pegged her at 14 at all.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 05:26pm

    I think this look is very elegant…maybe too much for a 14year old but it was an awards night after all.

    Her hair always looks good IMO but this is one of my fave dos on her.

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 05:39pm

    No, I wouldn’t guess she’s 14, her outfit makes her look older!

  • Posted by: lala212 Enthusiast // Tue, 24 May 2011 05:39pm

    She looks sos good. A lot better than the other stars her age. Hopefully she doesn’t go down the same path as Lindsay…

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 06:24pm

    i think its too old for her aswell, and too serious!

  • Posted by: Bridals Enthusiast // Tue, 24 May 2011 06:30pm

    Well done Hailee, your never to young to be chic. The outfit is still playful with the large navy bow but im grateful there is a yuong role model out there showing girls another way to dressing. I see another Emma Watson in the making, elegant and respected.

  • Posted by: xKMS Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 08:09pm

    she looks adorable and i agree with anna, she might be looking a little too ‘done’ for age 14, but she seems to be experimenting with her look, so hopefully she doesnt stick with this mature look all the time. apart from that she looks amazing

  • Posted by: beautyaddict_xo Master Fan // Tue, 24 May 2011 09:58pm

    A great look- love the wavy hair!

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Wed, 25 May 2011 08:48am

    she is gorgeous, but I think that maybe the top should have been a little bit more fun…

  • Posted by: katiekates Devotee // Sat, 28 May 2011 10:16am

    she doesn’t loom like she is 14. I love the fact that she doesn’t look like a little tart. can’t believe how long her hair is, its gorgeous!

  • Posted by: Jennifer-1292053436 Master Fan // Sun, 29 May 2011 02:50pm

    Definitely can’t tell she’s only 14 in this pic. I agree with anna though she needs a bit of life, spark and fun in her outfit. it is a bit drab…

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 9 November 2013 06:03pm

    Golly what a grown up 14 year old. She is a stunning young lady.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 26 October 2014 09:14pm

    Hailee has a great look going on for just 14 years of age.

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