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Inspired by… Zooey Deschanel


How to dress like Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel became one of my favorite celebrities for style inspiration after I wrote a piece on Zooey Deschanel’s style in (500) Days of Summer. I just love her feminine look and vintage-inspired garments.

After conducting some research on Ms. Deschanel, I also appreciate the fact that she’s a self-proclaimed shopaholic. For Zooey Deschanel, fashion is important! In an interview with People Magazine, Zooey admitted, “I go shopping every week, literally. There’s something about getting a new dress or shirt that makes you feel that extra 20 percent better.” And who wouldn’t agree with that?!

If you are a Zooey fan, or are merely curious about Zooey , read on!

Zooey Deschanel Style

Zooey Deschanel fashion - daytime and evening

Usually, I separate a celeb’s style into two categories: daytime/casual and evening/formal; however, Zooey is an exception because her daytime and evening looks follow relatively the same formula. She almost always wears dresses or feminine separates, such as a flirty top with a skirt. She also frequently rocks bows, floral accents, or lace elements, all of which reiterate the girlishness of her style.

Zooey chooses outfits with figure-flattering silhouettes. As you can see in the pictures above, she loves to rock a cinched waist and an a-line skirt, a combination which makes her appear very dainty and slender, without looking boyish or overly skinny.

Here is an outfit that I think showcases the different elements of Zooey’s style:

Zooey Deschanel style

Product Information: Tea Belle Dress- TopShop, Jade Sash Belt- Dorothy Perkins (UK), Round Earrings- Forever 21, Nude Pumps- Lori’s Shoes, Wristlet/Clutch- Old Navy

Zooey Deschanel Shoes

Zooey is also known for wearing tights and mary-janes (above). If you’re interested in her style, but maybe don’t know how to draw inspiration from it, tights with mary-janes could be something fun for you to try! Here are some budget-friendly tights and high heeled mary-janes available for purchase:

Zooey deschanel tights

Product Information: Honey Mustard Tights- Modcloth, Black Opaque Tights- Urban Outfitters, Dotted Semi-Sheer Tights- Betsey Johnson through Modcloth

Zooey Deschanel fashion - Mary Janes

Product Information: MIA Mary Janes- Endless, Charcoal Mary Janes- Brantano (UK), Thick Strap Mary Janes- Payless

Zooey Deschanel Hair and Makeup

Zooey Deschanel beauty tips

Zooey Deschanel’s bangs are definitely one of her signature assets, and it certainly surprises me how she manages to wear such a “one way street” kind of a hair style in so many different ways. If you are interested in getting your hair cut like Zooey’s, I suggest you check out InStyle’s mini article on how to style your bangs like Zooey’s.

Also, if you have bangs like Zooey’s, but aren’t sure how to diversify your look like she does, check out this collection of Zooey Deschanel hair looks from The Hair Styler. There is also an option to upload a photo of yourself and virtually try on the look…could be fun!

In the makeup department, keep it light, fresh and natural emulate Zooey! Fortunately for us, Zooey has name-dropped a few of the products she uses in magazines, so if you are curious as to exactly which products she uses or has used before, here are a few…

Zooey Deschanel Makeup

Product Information: 1. MAC Goldmine Eyeshadow, 2. Water Babies by Coppertone, 3. Shu Uemura Mark Cealer in Beige 4. Delux Beauty Flush Stick in Pink, all reported in an interview with InStyle

A Penny for Your Thoughts…

Now that you’ve read all about Zooey’s style, what do you think? Are their any aspects of her style you like? Does she inspire you? Let me know with a comment!

* Top right photo is from All other photos not individually cited are from People Magazine‘s website*

Posted on on January 17, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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28 Responses to “Inspired by… Zooey Deschanel”

  1. 1
    January 17th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I love her! She’s so edgy and feminine at the same time!


  2. 2
    January 17th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I love her girly/retro style! It fits perfectly with her voice too (She&Him is one of my favorite groups).

    I want that dress in the first outfit! How perfect for a spring wedding or outdoor party.
    Great post!

  3. 3
    January 17th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Man, I love Zooey Deschanel. If I could only dress like one person, it would probably be her. She manages to look pretty and original without ever looking tacky or overdone.

  4. 4
    January 17th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I absolutely love all of Zooey’s outfits, she’s very adorable and has a 60’s innocence to her look which I simply adore.

  5. 5
    January 17th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    That’s so weird, I was just about to search on here for an Inspired by Zooey Deschanel and the first article that comes up on the homepage is this one! Fate!

    I love her style, but especially how simple she keeps her make up, which I really admire. I’m a mascara-and-go girl as well, so I can really relate to that!

  6. 6
    January 17th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Zooey is my absolute favorite. She’s so adorable- I love the photo with the bike. If only my bangs would cooperate, I’d wear my hair just like her!

  7. 7
    January 17th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I love how feminine she is! I’m very into tights right now, so I love how she wears them. Her hair is a dream *_*.

  8. 8
    January 17th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Definitely my favorite celeb of all time!

  9. 9
    January 17th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I can’t help it– she’s THE indie queen and is the desired object of all hipster guys and envied icon of all the hipster girls…

    but I love her too! Her dark eye makeup, the dark hair, the STYLE, augh. Thanks for this post, it’s great! :)

  10. 10
    January 17th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I took a photo of her bangs to my stylist a few months back & asked him to chop me Zooey-style. I LOVE them. One of the best hair decisions I’ve ever made, risky as it was.

    Her style is amazing. It’s a little too girly for me to pull of, but I appreciate her sense of style & try to emulate certain pieces & incorporate that feeling into my own style. Ruffles, in particular!

  11. 11
    January 17th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I LITERALLY squealed when I saw this! So glad you picked her, I adore her.
    And I adore this website. I’m single-handedly spreading it through Oxford!

  12. 12
    January 17th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I am so glad that you finally did an article on her! I think she is so creative and beautiful. I love her look, and how her personality fits perfectly with it. It’s definitely something we all need to strive for, simply being who we are and expressing that through the clothes we pick out everyday. I think my favorite part about Zooey is that she is modest yet still manages to be such a style icon.

  13. 13
    January 17th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    i reallyreallyreally like her style

    she reminds me of katy perry, but in a different decade =]
    or vice versa

  14. 14
    January 18th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Great post! I absolutely love Zooey’s style, and you definitely captured it in this article!

  15. 15
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I really like her style because it’s so fresh and unique. I really like how she’s almost always in cute sundresses which adds a sunny, feminine vibe to her style. She inspires me but I don’t really dress like her because I don’t like to completely copy other people fashion-wise, I take little things from different people and mix them together and make them my own.

  16. 16
    January 18th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I love Zooey Deschanel and her looks + style! Thanks for the article!

    You guys should definitely check out her older sister, Emily Deschanel as well. She’s the star of the TV show Bones, she has a great style plus she is vegan as well. For any of those vegan readers, Emily is also a great role model. =)

  17. 17
    January 18th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    So glad someone did a post on this. I absolutely adore Zooey and her style. She’s absolutely gorgeous and she has some great outfits.

    Love your “inspired by Zooey” outfit picks! Great post!

  18. 18
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    She is the cutest thing, isn’t she? I’ve always loved her style and I love how she admits she’s a shopaholic (like me)! Great job breaking down her style, you definitley got the basics down (tights and dresses haha). Keep it up Kristina!

  19. 19
    January 19th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Everything about her just seems to be from a different era, from her voice to her style. Other actresses choose to dress with emphasis on legs and cleavage, but Zooey sticks to being pretty with feminine dresses and tights. Love her.

  20. 20
    January 19th, 2010 at 4:57 am

    ahh i love this post!!
    her style is exactly what I want mine to be like!! she’s just so feminine but it has that indie edge which makes her amazing.
    i also thought the bit on the products she uses was really interesting too- i wish i could use those and wake up looking like Zooey!!
    i also love the fact she is a shopaholic- i can completely relate to that!!



  21. 21
    January 20th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I am so glad you finally did the Inspired by … Zooey Deschanel article!!

    I just love how she works vintage dresses into a uniform of sorts that never appears too formulaic and always looks fabulously stylish on her petite frame! She is definitely my style icon=) Her love for various shades of blue and the “little blue dress” are pretty inspiring too.

  22. 22
    February 28th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I am in awe of how simply original her style is,she brings in a 60s concept and crafts it to make it entirely her own!I love it,she definitely attracts many followers,what I love most is that combination of both chic and quirkiness her style brings!

  23. 23
    June 10th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    guys , do you have the habit to buy the clothes through the internet ?

    we are a team from China , and we sales the clothes on internet . if you want to buy the clothes cheap and beautiful . come to our website to have a look .

    I am sure you will find your style !

  24. 24
    July 20th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    ! love her style.

  25. 25
    November 3rd, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Gah, love her! She’s my style inspiration. And someone please post up an article about her outfits from her TV show: “New Girl”!

  26. 26
    January 7th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Honestly, I had never heard of Zooey Deschanel until a friend told me I reminded her of Zooey. Honestly, I can see why now. Haha I basically dress the same minus the Mary janes, I’m more of a high heeled oxford kind of gal. I even have the same hairstyle:-) I’m loving her style and def want to try out some of her products!! I’m a tad of a Shopaholic too lol

  27. 27
    January 17th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    LOVE her :) I’m getting my hair cut this wknd and seriously contemplating going for her look. One thing, though – the girl is definitely rocking the fake eyelashes, which are amazing and really do make your eyes pop, so I suggest that if you’re looking for other style tips.

  28. 28
    May 27th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I’m surprised there is no mention of false eyelashes in this article. That is a huge part of what distinguishes her look from lookalikes (even from her sister). It’s essential to that retro doe-eyed style.

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