Rooney Mara is having a major moment right now—she is starring as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, she recently scored her first Vogue cover, and she has a Golden Globe nomination under her belt. And while these accolades are worth noting, we have something else on our mind: her sense of personal style. You see, while Rooney has been busy promoting Dragon Tattoo, we have noticed she is always perfectly put together—and in ways you might not expect, too! On that note, we suggest you click through to discover all the secrets to Rooney Mara’s style in today’s It Girl story! Read on!
1. If there is one thing we can be certain of with Rooney Mara, it is to expect the unexpected. For proof, take a look at the ensemble she put together for the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City in November. Her outfit—a blush Calvin Klein dress and strappy nude heels—had a decidedly feminine vibe, which Rooney quickly turned on its head by applying a dash of black cherry lipstick. This look isn’t for the faint of heart, that is certain, but if you have confidence, this type of contrast certainly will turn heads. To make this look your own, pick up Rory Beca’s Vandama Dress ($216) or Foley + Corinna’s Gibson-Girl Dress ($277) and pair it with Fendi’s Platform Sandals ($620). Then, complete the look by applying Tom Ford’s Private Blend Lipstick in Black Orchid ($48).
2. On the red carpet Rooney usually opts for interesting frocks, but her off-duty style is decidedly different. Take, for instance, the outfit she wore while out in New York City back in December—specifically, a green wool jacket, skinny jeans, and buckled ankle boots. Overall, the look has a utilitarian feel, thanks in part to the no-frills silhouettes and part to the earthy color palette. Our verdict? The outfit is great for the girl-on-the-go—it is casual enough if you need to run errands, but stylish enough that it is obvious you made an effort. To try this look for yourself, pair a jacket like Central Park West’s Warsaw Jacket ($242) or Burberry Prorsum’s Military Jacket ($798) with your favorite jeans. Then, simply add Cynthia Vincent’s Essex Ankle Boots ($221) and Cheap Monday’s Zeke Scarf in Army ($12) and you’re all set.
3. It is no secret that midriffs are having a major moment right now, so we were thrilled to see that Rooney decided to try this trend at Berlin premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To be more specific, Rooney paired a cropped grey top and a flared black skirt, both by Miu Miu, with a pair of strappy Miu Miu sandals. By opting for a natural beauty look and steering clear of accessories, Rooney has allowed her ensemble to take centrestage. The key is to pick a high-waist skirt that shows only the small area of skin just above your bellybutton. Ready to try? Pair Finders Keepers’ Draped Top ($136) or Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony’s Eyelet Pinafore Top ($250) with a skirt like BCBGeneration’s Pleated Pocket Skirt ($60). To finish, add MICHAEL Michael Kors’ Elena Patent Strappy Sandals ($105).
4. Every woman knows that a little black dress is a closet essential, but that shouldn’t stop you from putting your own personal spin on it—just look at Rooney for proof. Earlier this month, Rooney wore a sequined Louis Vuitton mini dress to the Paris premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Despite the embellishments on the front of the dress, Rooney has stayed true to her pared-down style by teaming the dress with simple black sandals and a thin leather belt. The red lipstick adds a glam twist, but does not distract from the unfussy overall look. To make this look your own, pair a dress like MM Couture’s Lace Peplum Dress ($88) or Borne Schwan’s Layered Dress ($478) with B Brian Atwood’s Lorrina Sandals ($325), before adding a dash of L’Oreal’s Color Riche Lipstick in British Red ($7).
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