Zooey Deschanel’s style rules: ‘Daisy Dukes are not for people over 30′

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Zooey Deschanel covers the new issue of Lucky. This is one of oddest editorials I’ve ever seen with Zooey. Usually, magazine stylists do her in some variation of her real style: quirky hipster/girlish high schooler. But I guess Lucky decided: “Let’s do something with CATS!” And they also chose to mess with her bangs too. Odd. Not unpleasant, but odd. Anyway, Zooey just talks about clothes and stuff in the interview, which is fine because it’s Lucky Magazine, a magazine devoted to shopping, not geopolitics. Some highlights from the piece:

Judging people by their clothes: “Fashion is a way of communicating. You’re saying, ‘Hi, world! How are you? This is me today. Take me or leave me!’ ”

Typecast as the quirky hipster/twee girl: “The funny thing is, people think I never break out of this one box. I like what I like. It has nothing to do with trends or being a slave to fashion. Sometimes things will be in style and they’re classic and look great, and sometimes …” She trails off, before resuming in a voice solemn enough to deliver the nightly news, “I think it’s important to recognize when fashion has gone to a place that isn’t cute.”

She’s always loved dresses: “I remember playing in the dirt when I was two years old. My mom took me back to the car to change me into a clean outfit, and I started crying because I had to put on jeans. I knew I liked dresses. I was always very aware of clothes.”

Learning to shop at thrift stores: “I realized that you can actually spend very little money and put something together that looks great and sets you apart. Being able to express myself through fashion made me confident.”

Teenage years: “There’s a picture of me I wish I could find. I would buy these big, cheap, fluffy ’50s prom dresses from thrift stores and just put them on with a tiara and sit and type at my computer. My room was a total messy-teenager disaster area, but I’d have on a vintage dress and my hair would be perfect.”

She wears men’s-style PJ’s with piping: “I want to look cute while I’m sleeping.”

Dressing for your body: “If you look at anyone with great style—Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn—they have certain silhouettes that they don’t really stray from. It’s not like Audrey Hepburn was running around in a bunch of giant shoulder-padded dresses. I have narrow shoulders and a small rib cage, so some things just swallow me up and make me look frumpy.”

Fashion don’ts: You won’t catch her in blousy ’80s cuts (“not flattering, in my opinion”) or certain colors. “I hate to say it, but chartreuse is an ugly color—it just is,” she says, appearing momentarily concerned that she might alienate some militant faction of chartreuse constituents. And forget about anything too revealing. “Daisy Dukes are not for people over 30. I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that right now.”

Her new partnership with Tommy Hilfiger: “I’ve always wanted to design my own clothes, and it was important that they’d be affordable. I didn’t want to exclude anyone. The dresses are really fun.”

Follow your gut: “If you feel unhappy putting on your clothes, that’s not the way it should be. Sometimes the fashion world can get overly serious. The whole point is that it should make you feel good about yourself. If it doesn’t, walk away.”

[From Lucky]

See? I told you it was just about clothes. My favorite line: “I think it’s important to recognize when fashion has gone to a place that isn’t cute.” TRUTH. There are some especially awful trends happening in fashion these days that are as bad – if not worse – than a lot of the worst fads from the 1980s. I’m sorry, but very few women really look good in skinny jeans. And peplums are actually terrible. Satin shoes should be reserved for bridesmaids. Mullet dresses should be shunned, always. Cutouts are usually awkward. And you should rethink your thick, blunt bangs. There. I recognized when fashion has gone to a place that isn’t cute.

Also – I love her burn on chartreuse. YES. There’s only one charteuse gown that ever worked, and that’s the exception to the rule.

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Photos courtesy of Lucky.

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  1. Kaye says:

    She looks like a different person.

    • Aussie girl says:

      Did they photo shop her to look like a different person

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      I thought the same thing. Looks like botox or fillers to me. Maybe something with her jaw line.

    • lady mary. says:

      i actually googled to see if it was the same Zooey ,i thought to be so ,or was i having visual hallucinations

    • Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

      I thought the same–it might be the fact that her make up is FINALLY different–no massive fake doll-lashes?

  2. Hannah says:

    “The funny thing is, people think I never break out of this one box.” She doesnt, though, does she?

    As for the “cute” thing, I agree you shouldn’t follow every stupid trend but the implication is that fashion has to always be cute. What about cool, sexy, daring, sophisticated etc.?

    • Holly says:

      I don’t think she ever does leave that box, or only long enough to climb into the basket of her vintage bike carrying baguettes… She has to be closing in on late 30s, right? I do wonder how all of this will translate as she reaches and passes 40. Whatever the look, I’m sure her hipster frames will follow!

      • Tessa says:

        She just turned 34. She’s not quite pushing 40…

      • CaribbeanLaura says:

        I was talking to my friend about her the other day. She is just the most ‘quirky’, most ‘twee’ princess in all of tweedom isn’t she. I too wonder how it’s going to translate as she gets older.

      • QQ says:

        *choking at Holly’s Comment* so full of REAL truth!!

        Also 30 is kinda ridiculous for these frou frou fluffy stuff she regularly wears

  3. AmandaCupples says:

    I thought that was an old pic of Shannon Doherty!

    (Are you 100% sure it’s not? Maybe there was a mixup.)

  4. Lark says:

    I like Zooey. Man, the internet can be harsh on women. I remember when she was the “It” girl back in 2008 or so, and now it’s constant bitching about how she’s too twee. And I agree about her style don’ts.

    • Erinn says:

      Agreed. I really like her too. She’s not doing anything ‘wrong’. But people get over trends quickly, and turn on them just as quickly I guess.

      She doesn’t deserve anywhere near the hate that she gets.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Agreed. We have a mutual friend and I’ve socialized a few times with Zooey. She’s smart, funny, loyal, kind of raucous, and according to our friend, one of the best people to be friends with. She’s not twee or a princess, she just likes what she likes.

      • Erinn says:

        @paranormalgirl
        luckyyyyy. I’ve always adored her. She just does seem like a genuinely good person. I’d much prefer to see girls liking her than Lilo, or the Kardashian’s, or people in that category. She’s up there with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Julia Louise Dreyfus in my book of lady crushes.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        I’ve liked her since I saw her in Eulogy before she was really a thing. I was visiting LA with my grandmother and ran into her at a coffee shop and told her I loved that movie and she was really funny in it. She got kind of excited and said she didn’t know anyone even saw that and she was really flattered. It was really cute and genuine, and both my grandma and I came away as fans for life.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Great stories, paranormal and Nerd Alert!

    • Sullivan says:

      I like her, too.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I can’t not like her. She has her thing, she seems smart and funny and I’ll take her brand of twee over the Rhianna’s and Miley’s of the world. If I had a daughter I know who I would rather she thinks is cool.

      She had me at her MK impression
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ0K99BAXYE

      • Just Me says:

        I really like her, too; however, Zooey is 34. She has a completely different target demographic from Miley & Rhianna. Completely different genres, as well.

    • Nina W says:

      I like her too and I watch her show even though it’s a little inconsistent. I don’t mind her style, I like the that she seems to actually have a style that is her own unique thing. To me she’s kind of like a daisy in the field of roses Hollywood usually parades before us. I find her appealing.

  5. Kristen says:

    This cover is awful. I follow Eva Chen on Instagram and when she posted it I couldn’t believe how bad they made Zooey look.

  6. Kali says:

    She looks a lite like her sister in some of these pics.

    As for fashion these days, WORD. And *sigh*. I just can’t with the 90′s trend that is influencing EVERYTHING these days, it doesn’t do anything for me at all. Am hoping Autumn/Winter brings me some new silhouettes. Or just a new long-line cardigan I can live I’m for 6 months.

  7. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    Ya…. and Daisy Dukes aren’t for most people under 30, either.

  8. Megan says:

    The reason that chartreuse gown worked is clearly because Xenu deigned it to be.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I think Xenu got scared of Nicole at this moment because she could work a chartreuse gown all on her own, no advice needed….oh, wait, no it was because she could work a thought pattern all her own ;)

  9. Happyhat says:

    I had to google chartreuse – I quite like it! I also love skinny jeans – all my jeans are skinny AND highrise. I’m not sure I’d wear chartreuse skinny jeans. Perhaps a poofy chartreuse-coloured blouse and stonewash skinny jeans. Dang…in my mind that looks awesome. WITH daisy dukes too.

    But anyway – took me ages to realise that picture was actually Zooey!! Crazy how her bangs make her face…her. But I like her – I like her take on clothes, that they should be fun and used as a way to express who you are. I’m sorry that who I am is chartreuse and stonewashed jeans. It’s better that you know that about me upfront.

    • Happyhat says:

      EDIT: Now I know daisy dukes are shorts, NOT cowboy boots as I previously thought, ignore my comment about wearing skinny jeans AND daisy dukes. That’s just silly. One at a time, obviously. (I’m in no place to wear daisy dukes right now.)

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I think your outfit sounds cute, especially now that I know they were boots!

      • Happyhat says:

        @GoodNames – Thank you! Yes, now you know I wasn’t wearing shorts over skinny jeans!!!

        Although, what do you wanna bet that becomes a fashion at some point (we’ve already had skirts over trousers…) :-(

    • Miffy says:

      I had the most insane image in my head. I thought the chartreuse blouse and jeans sounded cute, then you threw in the daisy dukes and I thought ‘Oh wait, she’s wearing cut off shorts over the jeans, sit this one out. She’s making fun of what you thought sounded like a cute outift, go sit quietly in the corner and reevaluate fashion… forever.’

      Whew! For the the clarification!

  10. carol says:

    whatevs I will wear whatever I want, at any age I want. Also she needs an eyebrow makeover

    • Katarina says:

      Amen! Who cares what age you are if you have the body for it! I’m 31 and actually work out and eat healthy so I can wear daisy dukes, same thing could not be said when I was 25

    • Nina W says:

      Everyone is free to dress how they please but I agree with her on the short shorts. We don’t get good looks at our butts in mirrors and I’ve seen far too many things that cannot be unseen. I also despise crop tops, they are a trend that needs to end.

  11. Kiddo says:

    I concur on skinny jeans. I hate them and the fabric they walked in on.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      Skinny jeans are the devil’s pants.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Ha. I don’t like them either, even on skinny women, and I really hate them on men.

    • IzzyB says:

      I like skinny jeans in winter because they don’t soak up puddles like my bootcuts, but I’m more of a skirt or dress person anyway.

      • Happyhat says:

        I have an emotional aversion to bootcut jeans – they remind me of the late 90′s too much. It’s a time I’d rather forget.

      • G. says:

        I have no hips whatsoever and skinny jeans are basically all I can find for jeans. Never high waisted though. That kind of thing looks ridiculous on me.
        I also admit to not being fashion oriented so I just go with what I like and what fits.
        (Ps I like peplum, but only because I am, once again, hipless, so it makes it look like I’ve got something.)

      • Kiddo says:

        @IzzyB, Alternatively, you could roll up your pants like Pharrell, and buy a big Yogi hat while you’re at it. It would keep the snow out of your face. :p

  12. Roxanna says:

    Personally I think only tall, leggy women can pull off skinny jeans (no men, seriously why do they voluntarily suffocate their junk?). Peplums should only be worn by rectangle shapes to create an illusion of shape. Mullet dresses are horrible but high low (dresses that gradually become longer) look ok depending on the occasion (casual, ok, formal, not). Satin shoes only suited for weddings and tea parties or another girly event like that. Bangs? So people pull it off others don’t, you won’t know until you try (but maybe try clip on bangs first). Chartreuse looks like baby poo and you know what they say you can’t polish a turd, so why even bother? Not every fashion trend is going to suit,Personally I think only tall, leggy women can pull off skinny jeans (no men, seriously why do they voluntarily suffocate their junk?). Peplums should only be worn by rectangle shapes to create an illusion of shape. Mullet dresses are horrible but high low (dresses that gradually become longer) look ok depending on the occasion (casual, ok, formal, not). Satin shoes only suited for weddings and tea parties or another girly event like that. Bangs? So people pull it off others don’t, you won’t know until you try (but maybe try clip on bangs first). Chartreuse looks like baby poo and you know what they say you can’t polish a turd, so why even bother?

    • themummy says:

      I wear almost exclusively skinny jeans after years of saying I would never ever wear them. Turns out they look good on me and I love them. I’m only 5’4″. That said, I’m just under 110 pounds, so maybe that’s why? I look sort of bean pole-y, just on the shorter side…. People often seem to think I’m way taller than I am. Also, girls who have any chub whatsoever have a harder time pulling them off. It’s not a fat shamey thing at all!! It’s just that different clothes flatter different shapes. There are lots of styles I can’t pull off because I’m lacking in the curves department. Straight up and down, I am. I sure would love to have a booty and some curves, though!!

      Peplums…no. No. A thousand times no.

  13. missmerry says:

    “Typecast as the quirky hipster/twee girl”

    every. single. interview.

    she obviously can’t get out of her own ‘typecast’ because that’s all she talks about!

    if she did any different roles now a days, she’d have nothing to talk about in interviews!

    • paranormalgirl says:

      Perhaps it’s all she’s asked about.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        Agree. It’s probably hard for interviewers to ignore the cutest little pink and white polka-dotted elephant in the room :)

    • Nina W says:

      It’s the media that has labeled her that because she’s different from the usual parade of starlets that stream through. Twee is better than weirdo I guess. I like her and I don’t find her twee or weird.

  14. Ag says:

    Neither are “high school girl” dresses, Zoe. Those look best on, you know, girls under 20. :)

  15. missmerry says:

    “Hi, world! How are you? This is me today. Take me or leave me!”

    unless you’re over 30 and want the world to meet you in daisy dukes…then, you know, don’t be yourself…

    I think Zooey might believe if SHE doesn’t look good in them over the age of 30, nobody will…thanks kid.

    also i love that the author of this article suggests we “rethink our thick, blunt bangs” when it’s Zooey who put that look (which is now, apparently to this author, a look that should be left behind…”

    makes me giggle.

  16. Patricia says:

    Hmmm interesting she is shading daisy dukes when half the dresses she wears on her show make me absolutely cringe because of how ridiculously short they are…..

  17. Tig says:

    Totally concur that there are some styles that have an age limitation. Best guideline I ever heard- if you wore it the first go-round, don’t jump back on the merry-go-round when it comes back again.

    Sorry- I like chartreuse – think its a great fall color, tho I favor those shades with more of a green undertone as opposed to yellow.

  18. crab says:

    The hell with the fashion, I love that cat!! I have two Siamese and they are awesome!! And yes I agree with the others who say it doesn’t look her at all!!

  19. wonderwoman21 says:

    I like skinny jeans. I guess i have 4.5 years left for daisy dukes, better rock em while i can

  20. MaryBeth says:

    That’s her opinion… plain & simple. I wear what I feel best in. It’s definitely not a peplum ANYTHING! But I wear tank tops and cut off jeans and I am THIRTY EIGHTY! It’s HOT in Georgia! :-D

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I feel ya! So much “good (and appropriate) fashion” choices just take a backseat when it’s hotter than hades.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      People between the coasts are exempt from fashion, I think. They don’t make clothes for us, they don’t care what we like or need, and we are expected to shop at Kohl’s and Target. Maybe it’s because of variations in weather or culture or income, but I have noticed that fashion is created for really-big-city people, which means places like generally hot-ass Atlanta and frozen-ass St. Louis don’t count.

  21. megs283 says:

    What’s going on with her blouse on the cover? Is she holding a handkerchief…that lines up perfectly…?

    Also, I love how the coverline is “IT’S ZOOEY!!” I guess they also thought she was unrecognizable.

  22. smee says:

    The cover photo is truly terrible – her hair looks like a helmet, the clothes are frumpy and I don’t even like the look on her face. I do like the fashion in the other photographs – she looks good in a 40s style cropped top with palazzo pants – but the photo of her with cat and the poorly placed do-rag is inexcusable. Who styled that and doesn’t she get any say-so over the final pics?

    And for the record – chartreuse is an amazing color but you do have to know how to use it. Your example of Nicole Kidman’s dress is the perfect example of the true beauty of chartreuse!

    I think she and Tommy Hellflinger might actually crank out some nice designs. He’ll preppy her up and keep things from getting too twee.

  23. Illyra says:

    Some people look MUCH better with full-on bangs (sorry, Kaiser!). Zooey’s one of them.

  24. Ferdis says:

    Just one thing: Nicole Kidman was really gorgeous in that dress!

    • lady mary. says:

      ITA,no one does redcarpet like Nicole anymore , apart frm the usual Tilda and Cate blanchett ,the dress makes me miss Galliano sometimes

  25. Mrs. Darcy says:

    “There are some especially awful trends happening in fashion these days that are as bad – if not worse – than a lot of the worst fads from the 1980s. I’m sorry, but very few women really look good in skinny jeans. And peplums are actually terrible. Satin shoes should be reserved for bridesmaids. Mullet dresses should be shunned, always. Cutouts are usually awkward. And you should rethink your thick, blunt bangs. There. I recognized when fashion has gone to a place that isn’t cute. ” Just a big AMEN! to all of that Kaiser :-)

    I like Zooey, sure she’s s little annoyingly twee for her age style wise but she doesn’t offend my senses or anything, let’s reserve the harsh judgement for the true fashion offenders. She usually looks cute, I do think her New Girl dresses are too short alot of the time, esp. for a teacher, I find that improbable. This shoot has really shot or photoshopped her face weirdly. It’s not her best angle. But I was watching the eps of Weeds she was in the other day and she looks totally different in that show, and it is seriously all down to eyeliner and hair, she is very chameleon-like. I do like that 40′s looking jumpsuit, very Katherine Hepburn.

  26. K says:

    I think it’s important for a 34 yo woman to recognize that she’s too old to dress like a frilly little girl.

    I will say that the styling in this editorial (’40s resort look?) far better suits her than her own doilie style.

  27. 84CandaceCane says:

    Hey Zooey, you are just so trendy ain’t cha! Well guess what, my 45 year old self is going to wear Daisy Dukes all summer. Just for you.

  28. June says:

    Psshtt. More chartreuse for me, then.

  29. I’m not a fan, but I don’t object to her, either. She’s doing her thing, and whatever.

    But these pictures look like they took photos of a completely different person and just said it was Zooey Deschanel.

  30. Meggin says:

    She’s kind of annoying to me. She seems so haughty. But that cat is cute in the first picture.

  31. ItSetsYou says:

    Maybe she doesn’t have the legs for Daisy Dukes? I can see Brinkley wearing them and the woman is almost 60.

  32. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Nicole was working that dress…sigh. She looked gorgeous.

  33. Zigggy says:

    Just watched Jennifer Aniston wearing Daisy Dukes in Wanderlust and she looked AWESOME. Depends on the bod I guess.

  34. Ashley says:

    Her face looks off
    She looks like Sheldon from Big Bang

  35. kimbers says:

    Blunt bangs were edgy in 2007
    Cool in 2008
    Trendy in 2009& 10
    Been there done that in 2011
    So over with by 2012
    Did you get gum stuck in your hair, and that’s why you had to do bangs? 2013/14

  36. mcsandwich says:

    Wow, you just called out my entire wardrobe and hairdo. Minus the cutout clothing, because I get cold.

    • kat says:

      Yeah same with me. I have blunt bangs and am currently wearing skinny jeans and a top with a peplum. I think I look good and I bet you do too! High five girl!

  37. Cro-girl says:

    No one should be wearing daisy dukes, no one can pull it off. It looks ridiculous. If you’re Jessica Simpson and in a music video then yeah, go for it, but I really don’t need to see anyone’s flesh flapping around at the grocery store.

  38. Shannon1972 says:

    I like her. She seems sweet, and would probably be cool to hang out with. Her style isn’t my (pink floral) cup of tea, but to each their own. There are a zillion Zooey clones in downtown NY and Brooklyn, so I guess I’m used to it.
    Plus, she’s close with Joseph Gordon Levitt…the cool hipster factor must be off the charts when the two of them get together. :)

  39. Carolyn says:

    Most celebrities run out of things to say…and these days their every word is over-analysed. Why can’t these people just appear on their tv shows, sing their songs without the endless rehashed interviews of boring “tibdits”? Yawn.

    Agree…photoshopping has got ridiculous.

    Zooey seems nice.

  40. Becks says:

    I refuse to give up my skinny jeans! I am a runner and I like to show off my legs. But you’re right, not everyone can pull off skinnies.

  41. veronica says:

    She look amazing. Pets aren’t sexy.

  42. A says:

    Her name’s Zooey, she was always going to be typecast as twee.

  43. Evi says:

    Surgery or photoshop?
    I didn’t even recognise her.

  44. Strawberry says:

    Ergh. I don’t like putting limitations on what people should or shouldn’t do on something as trivial and as … well, personal? as what clothes to wear.

    Personally, I like being natural. Not overly structured, no make up — so my style is basically the opposite of Zooey’s. But sometimes I like to be glamorous, and sometimes I really want to channel a particular movie star, or a character from a book. I reserve the right to bust out my crazy side. I’m over 30 — perhaps I’ll whip out the daisy dukes again this summer. Who knows? And who cares? Butt cheeks never hurt anyone.

  45. Adrien says:

    She looks like Rachel Griffiths.

  46. Just Me says:

    I love my snarky sites, but sometimes the comment section really bums me out. Sometimes the comments are so thoughtful, educated and thought provoking. Other times, I wonder if people know how to form an opinion at all for themselves, or if it’s just easier to jump on the “let’s hate (insert celebrity) bandwagon” for no real reason at all. Really sad on days when it’s more of the latter.