Are there any style icons that you particularly admire?
I must say that, while I’ve never tried to emulate anyone else’s look completely, there are always those women who I can turn to for inspiration. I may not dress exactly like them, but there’s something about the way they look or the way they use clothing that hits home for me.
I thought it would be fun for Caitlin and I to share a few of our favorites.
I grew up watching old movies, so it should come as no surprise that a few of my favorite style icons are the old movie stars Audrey Hepburn, Jean Seberg and Katharine Hepburn. While I love so many older actresses, these ladies really blended masculine details into their wardrobes at a time when frilly, feminine silhouettes were popular. I love the idea of mixing together two seemingly disparate styles to create a unique look. The collared shirt with peg leg pants and loafers is one of my favorite looks, paired with a fun scarf or a pretty necklace. Style is so much about our individuality, and to me, these ladies really nailed it. They were unique individuals, so of course they remain style icons today!
My favorite eras for fashion are the 1930s and the 1960s, so is it any wonder that the stunning Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of Bonnie Parker in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde hits all the right notes for me? Her classic combination of sweater, scarf, and beret is all you really need to look good, I think. Then there is the captivating Danish-born actress and muse to Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina. Her simple 60s style was always so perfectly intriguing, and I love that it always brought attention to her, not to the clothes. Natalie Wood is another favorite 60s icon. So poised and polished, but never overdone. And for a more modern icon, I’ve always loved Sofia Coppola. She has the effortless, offhand glamor thing down.
I suppose that, overall, I love when women use clothes to give a sense of who they are. The clothes don’t speak for themselves, even when they’re absolutely beautiful.
What about you? I’m especially curious if the icons you admire have changed over time (mine have)? Are they celebrities, old movie stars, artists, humanitarians, or anyone else?