Style Icon: Carey Mulligan

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by Alex Rodriquez

Bursting onto the scene with an acclaimed performance as a precocious, naïve, young schoolgirl in An Education in 2009, Carey Mulligan has since made her mark as a talented, versatile actress. Recently, Mulligan starred in Drive and Shame.  Both films have garnered rave reviews. She is now on tour promoting her next, much-anticipated movie, The Great Gatsby, in which she will be playing siren bombshell, Daisy BuchananNot only is she a talented actress, Mulligan has some amazing fashion sense. She has recently gained attention in the fashion world and is quickly earning the title of fashion icon.

Mulligan’s style can be defined as casual, sophisticated, feminine and classic with a bit of an edge. She has very expansive tastes. She tends to gravitate towards simpler pieces, except when she is on the red carpet. Her street style can be easily imitated by investing in key pieces such as ballet flats, skinny jeans, blazers, black slacks and a few trendy pieces thrown in like peter-pan collared blouses.

Mulligan has shown a penchant for long hemlines and short hair. She has often expressed disdain for short dresses and skirts when out and about, so she is a perfect role model for any girl looking to rock the maxi trend.

When not out in a maxi skirt, she can be seen dressed down in all black with a pair of classic ballet flats and her signature Wayfarers. Although black is her go-to color, she keeps her outfits interesting by wearing well-fitted clothing, layering and toughening up a look by throwing on a moto jacket. Although she does tend to wear more classic pieces, Mulligan is not afraid to try out different trends. She recently mixed a maxi skirt, a cutout shirt and color blocking for a fierce ensemble.

Her red-carpet style is enviable. She tends to gravitate towards bold frocks with intricate details and feminine silhouettes. With her short hair and minimalist take on makeup, the dresses she wears take center stage.

Mulligan is quickly making herself known throughout the fashion and entertainment industries. Her street fashion sense is practical and imitable, while her red carpet style can be used for inspiration for a night out. She is the perfect style icon for any college girl.


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