Dress Like Zooey Deschanel: Embrace Your Feminine, Funky Self

Zooey Deschanel is known for her shamelessly feminine style. Her signature look evokes a girlish innocence in a way that is refreshing and yet, is not out of reach. Whether she is singing with her band “She & Him” or acting on the sitcom, “New Girl,” the cute, quirky, “adorkable” Deschanel always chooses figure flattering designs in a way that makes fashion look fun again.

How to dress like Zooey Deschanel
Throw out your old rule book and instead, play with your closet. Part of what makes Zooey’s look work is her creative approach. Mix colors and prints, add tights and little details to really make the look your own.

Flattering silhouette
Dresses and skirts are Zooey’s signature pieces, but not just any dress or skirt of course. The key to dressing like Zooey Deschanel is wrapped up in finding the right shape. Your best bet is to look for a short dress that cinches at the waist creating a full A-line skirt. his lady-like silhouette can be found in a variety of styles, with or without sleeves, with a high collar or a plunging neckline.

Rose’ Dress from Mod Cloth would work from day to evening. This unique dress is both elegant and casual, like Zooey. The heather gray jersey knit tank combined with a full pink taffeta skirt can be worn with a cropped cardigan, a string of pearls and a pair of pumps for a lady-like combo that can take you from day to evening in style. Also from Mod Cloth, the Crystal Snowflake Dress is the perfect party dress for a girl looking to emulate Deschanel.

Mix colors and patterns
Pull your look together by relying on a simple color palette with an emphasis on retro patterns. You can mix the fresh, clear colors with neutrals and be ready to ground the whole look with a pair of solid tights.

Contrast Trim Button Up blouse from Forever 21 This top is full of interesting details. Not only is it made of crepe chiffon, it features a high collar with a thin black bow, bold black trim and pintuck pleats. Pair with a short high waisted A-line skirt in a floral print or maybe polka dots, like this pleated polka dot skirt. Add solid black tights and a pair of patent leather high-heeled mary-janes to complete the look.

Finishing touches
Embrace your inner girly girl. Add sweet details. The little bow, unexpected flower pin, patterned tights and costume jewelry round out Zooey’s look. Rock the lace accents and floral touches without a hint of irony. Exercise your right to dress like a girl.

I love the way Zooey Deschanel accents up her basic hair style with simple headbands and sparkly hair clips. This cotton yarn green and pink flower headband is quirky enough to fit the bill and since it is offered through Worldstock, the purchase benefits women in vulnerable situations. Zooey is not only adorable and talented, she also has a big heart for women as evidenced on her website, Hello Giggles.

Shoe fetish
Those of you who love shoes will have a field day with a Zooey Dechanel look. Aside from her signature pair of mary-jane pumps and tights, you can add brightly colored flats to add a pop of color to your outfit.

Sure you can go with basic black mary-janes, but these black and white wing tip heels add just the right touch of glam. These Missoni ballet flats featuring the iconic graphic design will pair beautifully with bold tights and a retro look dress.

Now that you have the look down, you may want to start coming up with your own theme song along the lines of the cute “New Girl” tune!

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