Style Icon: Felicity Jones

by Heidi Arenberg

I cried like a baby at the end of her latest movie, last year’s indie romance Like Crazy, but Felicity Jones is very much forgiven. With a posh accent in the likes of Emma Watson and the best bangs (or “fringe,” as I should say) since Zooey Deschanel, the thespian is not only making audiences blubber away with her serious acting chops, but she’s the new face of Dolce & Gabbana’s beauty line and has been pegged as one of the most prominent actresses of the past year in Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue. As if we needed another hot Brit to make us feel small by comparison.

And it’s no wonder people can’t get enough of Felicity Jones—she’s got the poise and unique style to match her rising star status. Always classy, she has a sort of ‘I’ve-acted-in-Shakespeare-productions’ (and she has) air to her red carpet looks.

But that’s not to say she comes off as haughty. What I mean is that she wears respectably elegant, even preppy and gamine, attire, those kinds of outfits that make you wish you were English. And whether it’s a knee-length skirt or a collared shirt that she decides to don, it never fails to impress with glam details like sequin trim or leather sheen. Cases in point: a modest midi dress in a shimmery quilted texture and a serious sheath in a spunky shade of seafoam green.

All in all, Felicity continues to prove that sexy doesn’t have to be revealing. Fashion bigwigs Dolce & Gabbana took notice when they chose her to endorse their famously sultry brand.

“We loved her for her look,” the designers disclosed to Elle. “She has an eclectic beauty and a magnetic stare.”

And while Felicity knows how to look sweet and professional, her style has an enviable versatility that allows her to brush back those bangs and boom!—she’s gone from English rose to dark-haired vixen.

But before you go chop your hair off into bangs or drop some heavy dough on designer gear all in hopes of reaching Jones’s chic European level of style, remember that, well, bangs are regrettable 9 out of 10 times (or at least they have been for me) and, oh yeah, you don’t have $4,000 to spend on a dress.

But don’t cry like I did during Like Crazy. Instead, pair that polka-dot blouse from H&M with a pleated skirt and tights, or opt for a striped top and trousers instead of the All-American jeans-and-a-t-shirt combo. Because although not all of us can be the muse of top Italian designers and grace the covers of magazines (and faking a British accent is harder than it seems), looking as polished as Felicity Jones isn’t an impossible feat. Just fold up and retire the bandage skirt, and you’re on your way.

photos from instyle.com and felicity-jones.org.

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