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.