Felicity Jones is so much more than what she is wearing at any given moment. If I were interviewing her, I might ask how she coped with writing college papers at University of Oxford while simultaneously performing in student plays and BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. I might ask what it was like to win a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for Like Crazy, how it felt to be nominated for an Oscar (in addition to Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards), or how it feels to have stuck it to the Hollywood pay gap with a highly publicized seven-figure salary for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
She supported Reese Witherspoon’s #AskHerMore initiative when she spoke out against the Red Carpet’s infamous “What are you wearing” debrief, saying, “There is a balance to be struck. It is disheartening when you read an interview with an actress and it starts by describing what she is wearing.” I’d ask her more about that, too.
Of course, if I were interviewing her, I’d still point out to Fel (at this point in the interview we would be best friends chatting over peppermint tea – her favorite) that she has amazing style. Then we’d discuss how style is about so much more than paparazzi photos, it’s about self-expression. More than mere clothes on the beguiling actor, it’s about a vibe. An aura. And in my musings of her, this is what I’ve gleaned:
Never underestimate the power of a tea-length, A-line dress.
Bold necklines and bowties keep your head on straight.
Meanwhile, puffy (sheer!) sleeves always look great.
Felicity’s fringe is in a league of its own. It deserves its own identification card. It deserves chocolates on Valentine’s Day and a gold medal for its staying-put power during Rogue One’s violent scenes.
Librarian collars and cuffs are not just for librarians.
Also, I am now convinced that velvet platforms are the answer to everything.
Should it even be called menswear?
Especially when it has become increasingly clear that a tailored jacket and pants look better on a woman? Right, right. It’s not a competition. Fine. But case in point: three times Felicity Jones made Don Draper look ruffled.
Don’t rule out black just because it’s everyone’s go-to.
After rounding out Felicity’s solid decision making, I’ve deduced that she opts for all-black for big press occasions and on days when (I’m totally putting words in her mouth) she can’t even.
The Mile High Club is another name for “Comfort.”
Felicity Jones at the airport is all of us. She is comfortable. She is not primed for the paparazzi shot, although she looks great regardless. And perhaps most importantly for a woman of many talents up her sleeve (or in the bag), she appreciates the power of a Mary Poppins carry-on.
For more rules of style, check out that of Chloë Sevigny and avocado-hater Sienna Miller.
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