Ladies of LOST: Kate

May 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm 3 comments

And lastly in my Ladies of LOST series: What Kate Wore. (See what I did there?)

Needless to say, there will be *SPOILERS* ahead! I would highly recommend NOT reading further if you’re not caught up on the series. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Vintage John Locke welcomes you in…

Ladies of LOST: Kate

This is our first look at Kate Austen (played by Evangeline Lilly) in the Pilot:

She looks pretty darn good for a convict who just experienced a plane crash, but it’s always jarring to see her off island. She usually looks so made up. For instance:

Here she is in Season 1’s “Born to Run” during a covert visit to her mother in the hospital. Kate is obviously really naturally pretty on the island, but off island she’s even more striking. As Kate herself here – and not some alias – she doesn’t stray too far from her usual island look (as far as clothes go) in layers and neutrals, but with a little bit of structure. This definitely strikes me as very Kate (again – to differentiate from her aliases) since, as we’ll see, she actually has a surprisingly sophisticated, modern style.

Throughout most of her island time, she looks like this:

Seen here in Season 3’s “One of Us,” Kate (like Juliet) pretty regularly rotates between tanks & tees and jeans and & cargo pants. Understandably. Although her pants definitely got increasingly better-fitting as the series went on.

All that said, it was pretty funny to see Kate’s reaction to the Others giving her a dress for a beach date with Ben in the Season 3 premiere, “A Tale of Two Cities.”

Priceless WTF expression.

Once she got it on, however…

First she seemed dubious. And then, in “The Glass Ballerina”…

“I look ridiculous.” Haha, she could look worse, certainly, but I don’t know that it’s the best look on her. But for shopping around New Otherton, it’s not bad.

Off-island Kate’s clothing is far more interesting. In the Season 3 episode “I Do,” we get a look at Kate’s life as Monica Callis:

Here she marries Kevin Callis (played by Nathan Fillion) in a really modern wedding dress.


It’s corseted! Even in her other life, hints of Kate as Naughty Bad Girl show through.

She largely sticks to stereotypical, almost retro “housewife” ensembles, though:

She looks like she wants to die inside.

Cute apron, Kate Monica!

Retro housewife to the max! It’s like the only way she knows how to project “housewife” is to turn into a caricature of one.

Compare this with her island look in this episode:

Still strangely feminine, considering Kate almost always wears solid neutrals. I think those Others liked seeing her more girlified. Creepers.

Yeah, I like the top off better too, Kate.

And back to Monica – but not for long:

“My name’s not Monica.” Once again, a flippy ‘do and a vaguely retro-looking print. Well, at least you don’t have to try so hard anymore, Kate.

Going through these, I was surprised to remember how much I love Kate’s off-island style. She is usually pulled-together, sophisticated, but with an edge – a style I actually quite admire.

Here in the Season 3 episode “Left Behind” we see a pretty good mix of island Kate with off-island Kate – neutrals, solids, layers, but with structure. Love this jacket.

She wears the same sort of collar in court in the Season 4 episode “Eggtown.”

While the collar has structure, the rest is actually quite soft and feminine – playing to the jury, perhaps?

Makeup is flawless, too.

And later, in the same episode:

Hair pulled back, well-fitting suit. She definitely knows how to play to her strengths and dress her very lean, athletic body. This looks great on her.

And now for something completely different:

Seen here in the Season 5 episode “Namaste,” Kate really rocks the ’70s hippie look, I must say. Nice Leia braid, too.

Clearly, Kate’s been all over the fashion map throughout her run, but we’ll always picture her most in her standard dirty tee, toting a backpack – a look she’s been sporting for a long time:

Oh Kate, never change. Unless you want to die during the series finale on Sunday. That’d be ok.

(Screencaps from Lost-Media and


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Taylor  |  May 23, 2010 at 5:43 am

    I have watch Lost since it started and I TOTALLY forgot about her marriage to Nathan Fillion (who I LOVE LOVE LOVE on Castle)! I think she’s beautiful but totally useless. I’d be more than okay with her biting it this evening too. I hate the forced love triangle with her/Jack/Sawyer and then love rectangle when they threw Juliet in there. Nobody cared.

    • 2. Cara  |  May 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

      Oh yes, Kate (Lilly) is undeniably gorgeous (although sometimes her teeth look particularly rabbit-y, lol), but Kate as a character… I’m not sure why she bugs me so much exactly when I like Juliet, who is similar (as I noted in the Juliet post). Apparently Yunjin Kim originally auditioned for Kate, and I really wonder if I would have liked her had she gotten the part.

      Alas! I just want Sawyer to be happy. I’m a softie for him. If it’s with Juliet in the Sideways, awesome. But if it’s with Kate in either… well, I guess that’s ok. They are pretty hot together (see above), can’t deny! I think they have better chemistry than Holloway and Mitchell, plus it really helps that we’ve seen Sawyer and Kate’s entire relationship develop, where as with Sawyer and Juliet, we just skipped ahead and were plopped in the middle of it. Interesting, risky storytelling that ended up working, but not quite as fully satisfying a story, imo.

      Thanks for reading! :)

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