Let’s talk about Elle Fanning for a minute – or more specifically, her style. As one half of the über fashionable Fanning girls (Dakota is her big sis), Elle never seems to have a problem putting together an impressively chic outfit, which to me, is amazing considering the fact that she is only 14 years old. When I was 14, my personal style was discombobulated at best. I didn’t have a clear sense of what I liked to wear or what worked for my body; I mostly just bought pieces that I kinda liked and figured at least one of them would go well with something I already owned (it usually didn’t). But Fanning has such a remarkable grip on her personal style that I’m almost more amazed by her supreme fashion skills than the possibility she might be one of the lucky humans who successfully circumvented the “awkward stage”. So without further ado, I present to you four looks inspired by Fanning’s unique and striking style that are geared more toward a modest budget.
I’m sure most of us would love to wake up in the morning and open our closets to find a Rodarte dress hanging inside, but something tells me that isn’t a realistic scenario for the masses. Luckily, Fanning’s gold and blue get-up can be recreated in a more casual fashion with this gold crop top and floral skirt. Unlike a fancy dress, this combo can be worn more frequently, however, it can still be dressed up by switching out the crop top for a gold, blue or neutral button-up and adding a pair of heels (if you so desire). Lastly, the gold shirt collar necklace I chose can be paired with either a button-up or crop top, and considering its on-trend status, this accessory is bound to work in the look’s favor.
There are few things I love more than a girl who can rock shorts in a dressy ensemble—OK, maybe there are more than a few things, but Fanning’s black and white look is a prime example of how a simple pair of white shorts can be elegant enough for evening wear. Take a cue from the actress and complement them with classic, understated accessories, like black patent leather heels and a small metallic clutch, as well as a short-sleeve black blouse. Collectively, these accessories will allow the shorts to stand out in an undeniably stylish way.
Fanning’s next outfit doesn’t involve as many pieces as her previous looks, but the leopard print alone is enough to make a statement. The dress I chose can be paired with similar platform heels, as well as accessories such as this geometric necklace and black crossbody bag. However, too many accessories might make the ensemble seem chaotic, so see how you like the look accessorized with a minimal number of complementary items before considering adding more.
Recently, I’ve felt like I’m in the minority for loving nautical-themed looks, but seeing Fanning’s sailor dress restored my faith in the existence of other navy and red fans. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a dress that looked exactly like Fanning’s on my budget, but I did find this belted stripe dress that is quite sailor-esque. Moreover, I selected these navy loafer heels and a straw hat as accessories inspired by Fanning’s choices, and I also included a gold watch as a substitute for the gold buttons on her dress.
Despite being so young, Fanning is giving plenty of stylish starlets a run for their money in terms of fashion, and she’s additionally inspiring other young (but older) women like me to take a greater interest in developing their personal style. What do you love about Elle Fanning’s style (or Elle as an actress/person)? Is there a favorite look of hers you’d love to share? Do you have alternative pieces in mind for one of the looks? Feel free to voice your thoughts in the comments section below or share this with your friends on Twitter and/or on Facebook by hitting the “Like” button!