Style Icon: Rooney Mara

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by Victoria Folk, Fashion Writer

Rooney Mara, 2013 CFDA Awards
Rooney Mara, 2013 CFDA Awards

Best known for her portrayal of the edgy Lisabeth Sanders in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara has established her presence in the fashion industry. A muse for designers such as Nina Ricci, Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung, and Givenchy, Rooney has perfected an edgy, minimalist, yet elegant look. Her influence on fashion is just beginning as she is the new face of Calvin Klein’s Downtown Scent, and she co-chaired the 2013 Met Gala, which had a fitting theme of  “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”  Rooney’s daring and edgy style cannot be classified fully as the “classic punk style.” Rather, her style can be classified as “modern punk;” a style that is edgier than the norm, but still incorporates feminine and minimalistic elements.

It is hard to believe that the girl who rocks all black and cutouts is the same fresh-faced girl who played Mark Zuckerburg’s ex- girlfriend in 2010’s The Social Network. After dying her hair jet-black and getting a severely cropped do, Rooney evolved from the sweet girl-next-door to the cool tough chick. She moved away from ruffly flirty dresses to dark envelope-pushing designs. However, she never fully ditched her past feminine persona, as she often incorporates feminine details such as sheer fabrics and lace in her new, sleek look. The key to Rooney’s look is mixing edgy and daring pieces with feminine elements. Daring cutouts and sheer fabrics are key elements to Rooney’s style; however, they are always done tastefully and create a look that is more elegant than gaudy.

While Rooney has moved on from Lisabeth Sanders, she still dresses with a clean and edgy style.  Most recently she was seen wearing a slightly midriff baring, leather Proenza Schouler dress at the premiere of Her at the New York Film Festival.  The leather material and midriff cutout added a modern and cool edge to the feminine shape of the midi-dress.

While Rooney stuns in sophisticated and daring gowns on the red carpet; her street style focuses more on comfort and minimalism. Though Rooney still adds touches of edge by incorporating dark colors, leather jackets, and motorcycle boots, her street style contains very basic pieces such as dark skinny jeans and basic tees which make emulating her style fairly easy. Rooney effortlessly made the one-eighty transformation from the girl next door to an edgy and sleek style icon. Though many of us are not brave enough to drastically change our style, don’t be afraid to incorporate pieces from the opposite end of the style spectrum into your wardrobe. As Rooney proves, opposites attract.

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 Photo Credit: New York Magazine

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