Dakota and Elle Fanning

Sister Act. Bright and fashionable young things, Dakota and Elle Fanning.

Sister Act. Bright and fashionable young things, Dakota and Elle Fanning.

I’ve always been an advocate of dressing your age and nothing pleases me more than young people who aren’t in a rush to grow up–fashion-wise, that is. Especially for young celebrities who become the unofficial authorities of fashion to teens wherein their every move, shoe or hairstyle, is copied to a T. This kind of influence resonates strongly to a young girl as it did to me when I was looking to Seventeen magazine in my teens on how to style my baby doll dresses with Doc Marten boots. Back then there was no social media to feed my appetite for outfit ideas but had I seen more celebrities’ style those days, I’d most probably try to replicate them as much as I could, too. I relied instead on instinct, mom’s advice and what few magazines I could get my hands into.

It’s this kind of instinct, I believe, that drives siblings Dakota and Elle Fanning when they get dressed every morning. The sisters have a knack of wearing the most obscure pieces and making it look completely normal and acceptable. Sometimes they sport what every woman has in her closet but always with an unexpected shoe, bag or hat thrown in. Dakota I noticed, has a darker aesthetic.  She loves high fashion drama for the red carpet as well as the street. She’s often seen in structural pieces with minimal accessories, dramatic make-up and a smize (that’s smiling with the eyes). Elle on the other hand, is the more adventurous dresser perhaps stemming from her age. She is fearless in her choices, often whimsical, surreal and kitschy and always with minimal make-up showing off supple skin, highlighting her creamy complexion. The fact that the girls don’t try to be California-girl tan is another refreshing plus for me. They embrace their skin color and work around it sending the message that it’s A-OK to be pale as snow even in sunny LA. These young women are two of the relevant style icons of their generation, only at the beginning of their climb to superstar fashionista status. Both are a testament that wholesome can be cool and one can make it to the best dressed list by not wearing a sheer, embellished number. Or worse, a cut-out bondage dress.

All photos from the World Wide Web. 

An early pic of the girls at a birthday party. Already blooming fashionistas way back when.

An early pic of the girls at a birthday party. Already budding fashionistas way back when.

A trip to Korea meant bringing out the quirk.

A trip to Korea meant bringing out the quirk.

Dainty and ladylike at the red carpet.

Dainty and ladylike on the red carpet.

Going nude with a fellow fashion force, Sofia Coppola.

Going the neutral route with a fellow fashion force, Sofia Coppola.

Ruling the red carpet at the Met Ball in 2013 with edgy looks from Rodarté.

Ruling the red carpet at the Met Ball in 2013 with edgy looks from Rodarté.

An unexpected color combination give this outfit its charm.

An unexpected color by way of chartreuse shoes gives this outfit its charm.

Minimalist crimson for the older Fanning.

Minimalist crimson for the older Fanning.

Sporting her signature punchy color favorite with  embellished shoes.

Sporting her signature punchy colored-piece with embellished shoes.

Dark and sweet all at once.

Goth and sweet all at once.

Not her usual color palette, the basic black ensemble gets the element of surprise via a whimsical shoe.

Not her usual color palette, the basic black ensemble gets the element of surprise via a whimsical shoe.

Channeling the French way during a casual outing.

Channeling the French way of doing casual on the street.

Pairing a dress, structured top with torn BF jeans.

Pairing a dressy, structured top with torn BF jeans.

A very NY uniform of dark everything.

A very NY uniform of dark everything.

A cute topper and masculine brogues gives this chic playsuit some attitude.

A cute topper and masculine brogues gives this chic playsuit some attitude.

Regal in royal blue.

Regal in royal blue.

Pretty pastels at a Miu Miu show.

Pretty pastels at a Miu Miu show.

How Dakota does corporate chic.

How Dakota does corporate chic.

A cheerful color that's gorgeously age-appropriate. Notice the yellow shadow on her lids!

A cheerful color that’s gorgeously age-appropriate. Notice the yellow shadow on her lids matching her nails!

Topping a super girly dress with non-precious sandals.

Topping a super girly dress with non-precious sandals.

Regal and beautiful as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.

Regal and beautiful as Princess Aurora in the Maleficent premiere.

Not so basic black and white.

Not so basic black and white.

Giving off a 70s retro vibe.

Giving off a 70s retro vibe.

Ruggedly layered but still put together.

Ruggedly layered but still put together.

Dressed like a lady with auburn locks.

Dressed like a lady with auburn locks.

Ever the urban sophisticate in all white.

Ever the urban sophisticate in all white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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