I’ll admit that it took me a very long time to become an Angelina Jolie fan, and I’ll be honest that it wasn’t until her recent Maleficent press tour that I began warming up to her. There’s no denying that her beauty and her success is intimidating (I can only imagine how it must feel to meet her in person!), but she definitely is the last Hollywood icon. I’ll even go as far as saying that I’ve got a real girl-crush on her, but so does more than half the world, right?
I’m sure that if I were to ever meet her, I’d probably hand over my unborn child if she asked me to (okay, maybe not), but I wouldn’t be surprised if she does put a spell on most people she meets. I can’t help but notice that she’s also become quite the style icon with her signature look, minimalist style, and care-free attitude that she’s been rocking for over a decade now. Plus, I don’t think she’s ever had a bad red carpet look (well, except for that leg pose at the 2012 Oscars®, but we’ve all had that one bad day, right?).
Here are five lessons that we can definitely learn from the one and only Angelina Jolie. From vamped-up chic to glossy Earth mother, there’s something here for everyone. (Take notes, my dear friends.)
1. Style Should Be Practical
Angelina Jolie basically lives in her nude ballet flats (for almost seven years now!) and when she’s out and about with her six children by her side, I don’t blame her for wanting to wear comfortable, practical shoes. While I would love to be that mom whom can juggle her kids, her iPhone, and her heels — all while looking like she just stepped out of a salon (well, not really) — I’d most likely be that mom who fell flat on her face. In fact, I don’t even remember the last time I wore heels to a non-event. Either way, what sane mother needs to wear a pair of two-inch heels while carrying their child through an airport or a shopping mall or even the streets of New York City? We’re supermoms, not supermodels. Thank goodness we can look up to someone like Jolie who can teach us that you can be both practical and stylish at the same time.
2. One Bag Is All You Need
Angelina Jolie might not have much in her closet (black sweater, black pants, and those nude shoes) but she does take her bags very seriously. While doing print campaign ads for Louis Vuitton three years ago, Jolie carried around her signature Louis Vuitton bag everywhere she went, from Tokyo to New Orleans to L.A. And she doesn’t just carry “any” old Louis Vuitton bag, but instead the “It” one that everyone in Hollywood wishes they had. You can almost smell the exclusivity, but it’s not like we’d expect anything less of her.
3. Less Is More
Angelina Jolie isn’t one of those celebrities who you see flashing multiple designer duds in one outfit. And while I am guilty of sometimes matching my Tory Burch bags with my Tory Burch sandals (which I’m sure I’ll regret one day), Jolie knows that all you need is one simple style statement to get people’s heads turning. Case in point: While promoting Maleficent in Shanghai, the actress wore a pair of custom-made gold Louboutin heels with a simple, black dress. She had very minimal makeup with her hair worn down and no additional jewelry. The press went nuts over the shoes because, well, they were freakin’ gorgeous, you guys.
4. Create a Signature Style and Stick with It
It’s been over ten years, six children, and one dedicated partner and Angelina Jolie is still the same black-and-leather-wearing woman we saw on the red carpet promoting films like Gone in Sixty Seconds and Mr. and Mrs. Smith so many years ago. She might have changed drastically over the past decade, but if there’s one thing she’s kept the same, it’s her edgy style (minus the vial of blood, mind you). Plus, if there’s one woman on this planet that can wear red lipstick and look like dynamite, it’s Angelina Jolie.
5. You Can Never Go Wrong with Classic Black
When I was younger, I loved experimenting with different colors and patterns in my wardrobe, but now that I’m in my almost mid-30s, I’ve realized that I can’t pull off wearing pink hot-pants or cartoon T-shirts like I used to. The older I get, the more I tend to gravitate towards more neutral colors like brown and black, because let’s face it, I don’t need the extra attention in those post-baby areas. I don’t think a day goes by that Angelina Jolie isn’t wearing some form of black, and it’s beginning to become my go-to color on days when I’m not feeling too cheerful or sunshine-y. And I don’t think there’s one mother out there – celebrity or not – that doesn’t feel the same way about everyone’s favorite funeral-appropriate color.
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