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How to Dress Like Jess from New Girl


New Girl Jess

Of all the new TV shows that premiered this fall, I have to say my favorite is Fox’s New Girl. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the show follows Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel), a 20-something teacher who finds herself living with three male roommates after answering an ad on Craigslist. Jess’ quirky, bubbly and somewhat over-the-top personality sends the guys for a loop, while Jess deals with adjusting to life as the new girl.

Not only is the show hilarious, the characters lovable and the theme song ridiculously catchy (I dare you to listen to it and not have it stuck in your head for the next two days!), but Jess rocks some amazing fashion to boot. She knows how to blend lots of bright colors and bold patterns to create adorable, stylish and completely unique outfits.

Want to snag her style for yourself? Read on to learn some more about Jess’ style, then check out some outfits for inspiration!

Jess Day New Girl Style

Jess’ Style 101

  • Rainbow Bright. No neutrals for this girl! Jess’ wardrobe is all about rich, saturated colors. She never shies away from bright hues, which makes her outfits just as bubbly and cheerful as her personality.
  • Pattern-palooza. Along with lots of bold colors, Jess is all about wearing unique patterns. Whether she wears a patterned blouse, skirt or dress, she knows how to blend each piece seamlessly with other colorful items and never lets a print overpower the rest of her look.
  • Short story. Jess is all about wearing flouncy, short skirts and dresses. This length not only creates a fun, youthful and flirty look, but showcases Jess’ great legs and fab shoes.
  • Flat Stanley. Speaking of shoes, no Jess-inspired ensemble would be complete without her footwear staple: ballet flats. Jess seems to own a pair of cute and comfy flats in every color imaginable, which she uses to mix and match with all her outfits.

3 Jess-Inspired Outfits

Now that you know a little bit more about her personal style, check out these three outfits, which each capture a different element of Jess’ one-of-a-kind look:

Outfit #1: The Little Red Dress

New Girl Inspired Outfit 1
Dress, Headband, Earrings, Flats

While some girls swear by a good LBD, Jess’ go-to frock is a Little Red Dress. She’s worn several LRDs so far in the series and always mixes them up with different shoes and accessories to keep her look fresh and fun.

For the first look, I decided to dress up this clean-cut and absolutely adorable LRD for the upcoming holiday season. Some black, glitter-encrusted flats add just the right amount of sparkle, while these drop earrings are both elegant and whimsical. Add a glam headband (and opaque tights if it’s cold) and voilà, a simple LRD looks festive and holiday party-ready.

Outfit #2: Mix and Match

New Girl Inspired Outfit 2
Skirt, Necklace, Top, Flats

Jess definitely knows how wear prints like a pro, but I especially love the way she mixes two pieces with the same type of pattern. For example, in the photo above, Jess is wearing two different polka dotted pieces to create an eccentric, yet stylish outfit.

To create a similar look to Jess’, I chose to mix two striped pieces, and while both pieces look different, the similar coloring keeps the look chic and not over-the-top. Also, the wider stripes on the skirt help to balance the more narrow ones on the shirt. The ballet flats are the same pink shade as the belt, which helps to keep the outfit from looking too busy. For a finishing touch, add a delicate piece of jewelry, like this horseshoe-shaped necklace.

Outfit #3: Contrasting Colored Shoes

New Girl Inspired Outfit 3
Cardigan, Earrings, Dress, Flats

Jess is always pairing her outfits with deliberately mismatched shoes. No, I’m not talking Helena Bonahm Carter-level mismatching, but instead Jess wears colorful shoes that don’t necessarily “match” her outfit in the traditional sense, as shown in the photo above. The key to this look is to pair the outfit with shoes in a contrasting shade (i.e. not a color that’s complimentary or analogous), which will create a fun and eye-catching look.

To get this look, pair a blue patterned dress with a navy cardigan. The two blue pieces complement each other and create a monochromatic look. Add some pretty green flats for a contrasting shade, then accessorize with some quirky-cute mustache earrings.

Jess’ Beauty Routine

Jess New Girl Hair

While her outfits are undoubtedly fabulous, Jess’ hair and makeup routine is definitely the finishing touch. Check out some Jess-inspired beauty picks below:

Jess New Girl Inspired Hair and Makeup
Curling Iron, Hairspray, Curl Enhancer, NARS The Multiple, Mascara, Eyeshadow PaletteEyeliner

Jess’ makeup is fresh-faced and low key, so start by applying a very light amount of your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer. Next, apply some subtle, neutral-colored eyeshadow and lightly line the top and bottom of your eyes with a brown or black eyeliner. Jess is all about the ginormous lashes, so plump yours up by applying two to three coats of a volumizing mascara. Finally, use a pink-based all-in-one makeup product (like NARS The Multiple), then apply it to the apples of your cheeks for a rosy glow and to your lips for some subtle color.

As far as hair goes, Jess rocks some romantic, soft and totally gorgeous waves. To get her look, start by adding some curl enhancer to damp hair to create waves. Once it dries, start defining the waves by wrapping small sections of hair around a curling iron, then add a spritz of hairspray to each section for extra hold. Need a more detailed step-by-step guide? Lucky for us, the website HelloGiggles (which Zooey helped co-found) has done just that! Check out the official how-to here.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of Jess’ style? Do you watch New Girl? Would you wear any of these outfits? What do you think of her hair and makeup? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Posted on on December 4, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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55 Responses to “How to Dress Like Jess from New Girl”

  1. 1
    December 4th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I LOVE NEW GIRL! Schmidt’s the best! Great inspiration post, too ;)

  2. 2
    December 4th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Ahh, I’m so happy you guys made this. I love her style SO MUCH. This is exactly what I was looking for. <3

  3. 3
    December 4th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I love new girl! loved the post

  4. 4
    December 4th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t watch the show, but I dig her style. Can we get a Big Bang Theory series in here, btw? I love the way Bernadette & Penny dress!

  5. 5
    December 4th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Great post! I love the way Zooey Deschanel dresses and in the series is also amazing!

  6. 6
    December 4th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I loooove this! I have been loving the new girl and her style! How perfect is this post!?

  7. 7
    December 4th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t like Zooey Deschanel, but I love her look and style. But, you say she’s a teacher? None of these outfits are school appropriate (all that’s needed is a longer hem, though). Her hair’s my favorite – I’m cutting it very similar in the next few weeks!

  8. 8
    December 4th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Love this show! I’m so glad you did a post based on her style. Though not realistically appropriate for a teacher (those dresses and skirts are a little too short), its great inspiration for my outside-of-teaching life. You did a great job taking inspiration from her outfits!

  9. 9
    December 4th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I love New Girl and her style! Great post ;)

  10. 10
    December 4th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I LOVE New Girl and was so excited to see this post! I loved outfit 3 the moment I saw it on the show :)

  11. 11
    December 4th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Oh, I love her style! I don’t watch much television (just don’t have the time) but I do try to catch up on the weekends. Oh and I so LOVE this blog. I rarely comment but thought you should know that your articles are very much appreciated. Merry Christmas to all and all the best in the New Year!

  12. 12
    December 4th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for doing this! I love this show. :]

  13. 13
    December 4th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve read CF for a couple of years now, and this is one of the best posts I’ve seen. Love Jess’s style! You did such a great job creating outfits that fit her asthetic.

  14. 14
    December 4th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Love New Girl, though I don’t see how Jess’s style is vastly different from Zooey’s. Also love Nick’s and Cece’s style, though we don’t see them often.
    Can you do Zoe Hart from Hart of Dixie next? Was rewatching episodes and just loved her style, though her outfits always seem to be overpowered by Lemon’s.

  15. 15
    December 4th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I don’t really like this show, but I loooooove her style. It’s super cute and vintage-y. Very similar to her style in real life.

    On another note: I second Ashley’s request for a The Big Bang Theory how-to! Penny has the PERFECT girl next door look. Plus, Howard’s colorful skinny jeans are definitely a staple in many college girls’ closets. ;)

  16. 16
    December 4th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    ive veen waiting for this post for like forever!!!!!! i LOVE new girl and i LOVE jess’ style. thank u sooo much for the post:)

  17. 17
    December 4th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    i got my birthday outfit idea for New Girl. It was a pink long sleeve shirt and polka dot black skirt version of the outfit she wore during the feeling stick part.

  18. 18
    December 4th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Love this article–and I love the show too! I really like the part about the little red dress.

  19. 19
    December 5th, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Awww I love New Girl. Jess is adorable and her style is wonderful! :)

  20. 20
    December 5th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I love Jess’ style on this show! I always wear flats too, but I’m usually opposite where I’ll wear basic colors and some patterns, then go all out with the shoe pattern. I am in love with Keds from the artist Eleanor (like these: ).

  21. 21
    December 6th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I can’t figure out why I don’t like this show…I usually love Zooey D, and the male ensemble is funny, and I generally like the story/dialogue–but for some reason it just irks me! Maybe because Zooey is kind of the same character in every single part she’s ever played. Hmmm. Regardless, her style is freaking adorable, awesome post!

  22. 22
    December 7th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I love the outfit choices! I have yet to watch the show so I am unsure if will love it as much. But I am a Huge fan of Zooey so I am sure that I will. Great work on the outfits!

  23. 23
    December 7th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    This post is great! I love this show, and I love the way Zooey dresses, which is pretty much just like her character.

  24. 24
    December 9th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    When I saw this series I was in a deep shock. She has the same hair look as me and she acts like me. I was thinking that maybe someone was stalking me during some months and then wrote this series. Seriously I was LOLING<—(laughing) a lot! xD hahahaha. Her dress code is awesome, not the same as me but really like it : )

  25. 25
    December 10th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    LOVE new girl :) Jess is soooo cute! lover her style :)

  26. 26
    December 11th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Do you know where I can find the shorts she’s wearing on the outfit #3 ?!
    I went them sooo bad ^^

  27. 27
    December 12th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    can we 90210 style for each of the female characters. they hav killer styles. my favorite gillian zinser’s character!

  28. 28
    December 15th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    The red dress from outfit #1 is actually available in blue on!

    Awesome post!

  29. 29
    December 15th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Whoops! I meant the one Zooey is wearing, not the other option :)

  30. 30
    December 16th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    totally love her style!! she’s amazing!!

  31. 31
    January 18th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    What is the brand of glasses?

  32. 32
    January 18th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    @OLaHs Zooey’s character wears Oliver Peoples “Wacks” frames:

  33. 33
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I figured this would show up, but I’m not complaining. I love new girl! Her outfits are amazing…and I think Schmidt from the show is super funny

  34. 34
    February 5th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love your ideas and combos with links to get the clothes. Got any more fashion ideas from New Girl? I would love updates

  35. 35
    March 22nd, 2012 at 5:16 am

    does anybody know, where i can find the dresses from jess? specially in “the landlord” … this beige wonderful dress is beautiful!!!!!!! :) i love her

  36. 36
    April 17th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I love her style it is simple but attractive ;)

  37. 37
    May 10th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Check out This is the essential guide to all things Zooey/Jessica. :)

  38. 38
    September 7th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I like all fashion products and things. Nice…..!

  39. 39
    September 26th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    i want thart red dress!

  40. 40
    May 24th, 2013 at 5:30 am

    She’s so perfect <3

  41. 41
    August 24th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    very nice

  42. 42
    January 5th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Love all her clothes especially the cardigans and sweaters. Do you know where can I get them? Thanx

  43. 43
    May 1st, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I would love it if you could do a “don’t trust the B in apartment 23″ blog. I love the fashion on that show, mainly June’s. <3

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