After watching the indie hit 500 Days of Summer, starring 10 Things I Hate About You‘s Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I challenge you to not fall head-over-heels in love with Zooey Deschanel’s vintage style on and off screen. I very much doubt you will succeed.
Unlike most Hollywood starlets, Deschanel shuns the million dollar film scripts in favour of quirky, independent and low-budget alternatives. By all means, she controls her flourishing career and attainable style.
Navy high-waisted, military shorts teamed with a loose-fitting, embroidered smock and high-denier black tights are the ultimate combination of carefree, everyday style.
High-waisted shorts are a flattering shape enhancer if you are an hour-glass or, like Deschanel, are wearing a slouchy top that covers your assets. Stick to dark colours for a slimming effect and choose simple detailing like military buttons, extended belt-hook hems or a distressed finishes to liven up the basic staple.
Black tights keep the outfit demure yet seductive as no flesh is exposed but leg-length is accentuated.
The neck-line is most effective when kept as high as possible, like crew neck cuts.
Jewellery should be kept to a minimum to adhere to the laid-back approach of the outfit.
Again repeating the cinched waist theme, this look encompasses the current long skirt/vintage must-haves which are diffusing into the autumn/winter season.
The graphic and watercolour-marked, A-line skirt can be altered for every day, work and evening attire. The quirky design is far from the black palette staples of the autumn season; however, if paired with Mary-Jane pumps and a thick knit, this look can easily be a summer and winter favourite.
The ruched front of the sleeveless shirt highlights the bust-line and adds an air of formality to the outfit. Sleeveless tops can be found in their abundance this current season and an elegant fix for those who wish to visually widen narrow shoulders.
A thick waist belt adds shape to the billowy skirt, whilst leading one’s eye to the smallest part of your torso.
Nude court shoes add length to the little flash of leg on show and keep the busy skirt the focal point of the outfit.
Last but not at all least: the printed dress.
This is more of a summer night’s garment, although this shouldn’t hinder your fashion choices if you wish to brighten up your winter wardrobe.
I can imagine this dress lurking amidst the endless rails of clothing in a vintage or second-hand clothes shop. The bright blue peacock print cleverly highlights the blue of Deschanel’s eyes, and an easy trick if your eyes are your most desirable feature. The halterneck has a holidaying feel and the deep v-neck draws the eye towards your bust. The cinched waist, again, balances the loose A-line shape of the skirt and lengthens the legs.
Simple sandals, ballet pumps or patent black, rounded heels compliment the intricate pattern on the dress. If you choose bright or printed heels, you’ll overload the overall outfit and become a fashion mishap.
Deschanel wears no jewellery as the print of the dress is effective enough and the hair is knotted in a chignon for a “I’m not trying hard” effect.
A plain, small clutch or strapped box bag will inject elegance and complete the vintage theme of the outfit.