Decoding Elle Fanning’s Style Secrets

There is no bow too big or too small to tie around your neck


Elle Fanning and my dad have so much in common. They are both, for example, turning 19 on April 9th. Isn’t that cool? They also both seem to have a tendency to look down while they walk. Last I counted, both also have ten fingers, but Fanning has a leg up on my father in that I like her more for the simple reason that she looks great in my shoes. See below:

Elle Fanning Style Man Repeller

It should be noted they are similarly good dressers. These are the rules of her style.

1. There is no bow too big nor too small to tie around your neck.

2. Pink coats not withstanding.

3. You don’t have to be a salesperson at Abercrombie & Fitch to wear a denim mini skirt with a cotton polo.

3a. As a matter of fact, when you add retro sunglasses, you become something different entirely.

4. If you’re going to wear a delicate, flouncy mini dress, twirl until you’re so dizzy you fall.

5. If you don’t have enough space to twirl, add tights and chunky boots so as not to be mistaken for Tinker Bell (just this one time!).

6. Honor the good cinema that came before you with your clothing. Wear Reptar of Rugrats fame on a T-shirt with ballet flats.

7. Always have shoes with you, but don’t necessarily always wear them.

8. Wear so many “romantic” dresses that people start to call you the poster child for manic-pixie dressing then, when they least expect it, don’t surprise them and wear another romantic dress that is actually a cropped top and matching skirt.

9. Have your silver moment during the close up, when it is revealed that you are a beauty risk taker and have thus chosen orange eyeshadow to match the aforementioned set.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actress Elle Fanning attends the '20th Century Women' Premiere during the 54th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

10. Never leave room for a style slideshow about you to exist without at least one cat dress sighting.

10a. Call my dad to wish him a happy birthday.

Photos via Getty Images.

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  • Katie N.

    I think that cat dress is what the term “ManRepeller” was made for. I love it so much. I’ve been reading MR for probably four years now and I recently discovered my man repelling clothing item. Apparently, my beloved rainbow Chloe sandals (Harling also has them) are just downright “confusing,” like “how do you even get them on?!” I’m just a goddamn magician that’s all.

    • Katie N.

      Like I’ve worn them so many times and am obsessed with them I’m thinking I should get a new pair while I still can so I can have two forever? Has anyone else ever done that?

      • Cynthia Schoonover

        Yes. If I have found a pair of shoes I really like, I will buy a second pair to have when the first pair wears out. This is especially true if they go on sale, because chances are, they will become unavailable.

      • Leandra Medine

        I have not done that, but think its a luxuriously good idea. Also such a solid testament to honest, inward style! Bc you KNOW you like somehting so much that you want multiples of the same exact thing as opposed to buying different things to ~*~show off~*~

      • Harling Ross

        Those shoes are my favorite and I think I’m wearing them tonight even though it’s probably not quite warm enough yet.

  • Love Elle’s style – she always looks so super cute! x

  • tulip salinger

    I love your writing, everything you write is so interesting and usually quite funny!!

  • Her style is always so interesting and fresh! Love it.