How to Dress like Zooey Deschanel

By Erin Mayer , last updated December 29, 2011
Zooey Deschanel is an indie goddess extraordinaire. She stars in off-beat romantic comedies and croons retro-style tunes of longing and heartbreak with her band, She & Him. Always impeccably dressed in ultra-feminine, vintage throwback style, Zooey Deschanel is undeniably a fashion icon. Read on to discover how you can tap into Deschanel’s brand of quirky femininity!

Clothes and Accessories

Zooey’s outfits are always figure flattering and often whimsical. Dresses are a must for any Deschanel inspired wardrobe! Think flirtatious and fun. Details like ruffles, floral prints, bows, and cinched waists are classic Zooey. A-line skirts with nipped waists are one of Zooey’s signature silhouettes. Try layering a dress with cheeky details, like the boat print on Topshop’s sundress ($70, underneath a two-tone cardigan. Or rock a floral frock with pearly low-heeled Mary Janes, polka-dot stockings, and heart-shaped sunglasses. Think bright colors or pastels, girlish 1960s references, saddle shoes, oxfords, nautical stripes. If you want to wear separates, try a ruffled, bow blouse tucked into a pair of high-waist shorts with a button front. Whatever you wear on top, a fast and easy way to emulate Zooey is to incorporate the tights-and-Mary Janes combo into your wardrobe. Even if you don’t delve all the way into the land of A-line skirts and swinging jackets with oversized buttons, you’ll still be making a strong, retro statement.

When it comes to Zooey’s accessories, tortoiseshell sunglasses, flower headbands, bow barrettes, wool berets, and cloche hats fit the bill. Look for anything sweet and feminine. Little charm necklaces are a great jewelry option.

Where to Shop

Online boutique is a great place to look for affordable pieces reminiscent of those seen on Ms. Deschanel. The “Yellow? Anyone There” dress ($67.99, is 1960s retro in sunny mustard yellow with an elasticized belt and round decorate buckle and a high neckline and flared skirt. Find anything from full-skirted dresses to ruffled tops to punchy winter jackets and low-heeled shoes. Other places to look for vintage-inspired goods worthy of Ms. Deschanel include indie emporium Urban Outfitters for statement-making accessories and little vintage-y purses and Topshop for off-beat prints and Peter Pan collars.

Hair and Makeup

Another major feature of Deschanel’s signature look is her long straight hair, characterized by thick bangs. If you choose to get your hair cut like Zooey’s, style them by blow-drying the bangs first, flattening the hair against your forehead as you dry. This will leave you with straight, shining hair that can be accessorized with headbands, flowers, or small clips.

As for the makeup, natural is the way to go. Zooey’s makeup never looks heavy or overdone. Instead she opts for soft, shimmery looks that give her an elegant glow. Think glossy pink lips, lined eyelids, and dewy skin. In an interview the InStyle magazine, Deschanel revealed MAC Goldmine Eyeshadow ($15,, Water Babies sunscreen by Coppertone ($9.99,, Shu Uemura Mark Cealer in ‘Beige’ ($23,, and Delux Beauty Flush Stick in ‘Pink’ ($19.99, to be some of her all-time favorite beauty products.

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