Style Icon Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel, the Adorkable Leading Lady

The year 2009 marked a poignant point in time for every girl who has ever been described as socially awkward (currently referred to as “adorkable”). In July of that year, the indie film 500 Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, was released. Almost instantly, Zooey became an icon for every quirky, Anthropologie-wearing girl in America. Her sense of humor, unique singing voice (she’s in a band called She and Him), and her effortless style are what make her GITNB’s style icon inspiration for the week.

Zooey Deschanel’s style is the perfect combination of preppy and hyper feminine, without being frilly or frumpy. Whether it’s an a-line dress paired with a colorful cardigan and a pair of pair of ballet flats, or an embroidered blouse with a skirt and tights, my personal style is heavily inspired by Zooey and the character she plays on her show, New Girl, Jessica Day.

I am constantly reminded of the parallels between Jess and Ann Marie, the character Marlo Thomas portrayed on the 1960s show, That Girl. They both wear amazing clothes on the shows and exuded a sense of perseverance but were also able to be silly from time to time.

All exceptional clothing choices aside, Zooey also wins the gold star of icon inspiration for starting her own website, Hello Giggles. The fourth wave of feminism is alive and well, my friends. Hello Giggles does a great job of producing articles that have overlying themes of female empowerment and happiness, while producing a positive message to its audience.

Kudos, Zooey.