How to Dress Like Jess from New Girl

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New Girl Jess

Fox’s New Girl 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
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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 little red dress

Products: Dress – Nordstrom Rack, Flats – ASOS, Necklace – Kohl’s

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-up and scalloped LRD. Some glitter-encrusted flats add just the right amount of sparkle, while these bow earrings are both elegant and fun. Voilà, a simple LRD looks playful and dinner ready.

Outfit #2: Mix and Match

new girl style mixed prints

Products: Top – Gap, Skirt – ModCloth, Flats – Old Navy, Necklace – Nordstrom

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, I chose to mix two striped pieces. While both pieces look different, the similar stripe spacing keeps the look chic and not over-the-top. Also, the vertical stripes on the skirt help to balance out the horizontal stripes on the shirt. The subdued yellow ballet flats tones down the vibrant skirt. For a finishing touch, add a delicate piece of jewelry, like this horseshoe necklace.

Outfit #3: Contrasting Colored Shoes

new girl contrasting color shoes floral dress

Products: Dress – ModCloth, Cardigan – ModCloth, Flats – Sam Edelman, Earrings – Claire’s

Jess is always pairing her outfits with deliberately mismatched shoes. The colorful shoes 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 complementary or analogous), which will create a fun and eye-catching look.

To get this look, pair a blue patterned dress with a royal blue cardigan. The two blue pieces complement each other and create a monochromatic look. Add some pretty green flats for a contrasting shade (and get in more pattern mixing), then accessorize with some whimsical fox 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 makeup beauty essentials

Products: Curling Iron – Conair, Hairspray – Sunsilk, Curl Enhancer – TIGI, Cheeks/Lip – NARS, Mascara – Too Faced, Eyeliner – MAC, Eyeshadow – Milk Makeup

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. 

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!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2011; it was completely updated and revamped in 2018 by Sharon with new photos, outfit sets, and information.

22 thoughts on “How to Dress Like Jess from New Girl”

  1. 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.

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

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  3. 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 : )

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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. 😉

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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