Style Icon: Carey Mulligan


Carey Mulligan was named Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Dressed Woman in December’s issue of the magazine. She beat many of the wonderfully stylish women already featured in this Style Icon series to the top spot (see the full list below).

Since making her acting debut in 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice and subsequently winning the Best Actress in a Leading Role BAFTA at the Awards for her role in the film, An Education, she has been propelled into the spotlight and has risen to her new-found star status. Indeed she looked every inch the film star when she arrived at the BAFTA Award Ceremony:



In fact, Carey Mulligan has been wowing on the Red Carpet at every event that she has attended in the past few years:


Off the Red Carpet she keeps her looks simple and until recently preferred to accessorise with her, now ex, boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf:

Sources: photo #1; and photo #2.

“Off duty” she certainly prefers the relaxed look, favouring flats over heels and trousers over dresses:


Her gamine frame and hair cut remind one of icons of a bygone era. When researching this post, I stumbled upon this photo of the actress:


Does she not look like a young Twiggy from the ’60s?

Of course, when Anna Wintour comes calling and asks if you would like to cover American Vogue, as she did just months ago, you know you have really made it as a Style Icon:


What do you think of this starlet’s style? Worthy of Style Icon status? And of Best Dressed Woman?

If you have missed the previous style icons featured on the blog, check them out here.

Tell me, who is your style icon?

I am seeking for bloggers who would like to write a guest post for this series (see here for previous guest bloggers on this site) about their Style Icon. Less than half of Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Dress Women (above) have been included in this series, so I would be delighted if you would like to write about one of these stylish women. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved. You can find out more here.


1. Carey Mulligan – actor

Judges say: ‘So Sixties French New Wave – like a Godard starlet – but totally modern’

2. Victoria Beckham – designer

‘Victoria has grown into her own style. She has gone from a girl-band star to this chic, ladylike woman with serous fashion clout’

3. Yasmin Le Bon – model and designer

‘She always looks polished and very accessible – always true to herself’

4. Alexa Chung – presenter

‘She can do smart and she can do dressed-down very well. She’s very honest and true to her personality’

5. Florence Welch – singer

‘Florence is a flame-haired, milky-skinned beauty who knows how to work a romantic style – part vintage, part rock chick – that is equally sexy, edgy and strong’

6. Kristin Scott Thomas – actor

‘Always very well dressed, but I think she can also “do fashion” in a way that many women her age can’t’

7. Tilda Swinton – actor

Judges say: ‘A strikingly strong woman who pulls off any look with those long, gamine limbs of hers. Her individuality is her beauty’

8. Natalia Vodianova – model

‘Natalia has a fresh, ladylike style and an unerring sense of what suits her. She always brings a youthful innocence to whatever she wears – even this sexy sheer lace dress’

9. Natalie Massenet – businesswoman

‘She always looks so amazingly groomed. Her hair is perfect. And of course she has the most amazing wardrobe to choose from’

10. Samantha Cameron – businesswoman

‘How to champion the British fashion industry, be a working mum and avoid the harsh eye of the tabloid press? Tricky indeed – but Samantha mixes high street and designer with understated ease’

11. Gwyneth Paltrow – actor

‘Gwyneth is like a Parisian from New York walking through London. The contrast of the Chanel with the boxy boy shorts, gladiators and aviators is totally modern and cool, but above all beautiful’

12. Andrea Dellal – model and muse

‘It’s cheating: she’s Brazilian; she’s a model; she has an amazing wardrobe – stunning’

13. Kate Moss – model

‘Whether it’s Topshop or couture, she’s mesmerising’

14. Bianca Jagger – campaigner

‘Her style has never faltered – in a YSL tux or über-glam Cavalli kaftan, she is always elegant, refined and unerringly strong’

15. Stella McCartney – designer

‘Stella is the embodiment of the modern woman. Polished and sexy without looking like she has tried. Attractive and strong at the same time’

16. Sienna Miller – actor

‘She always looks good – even in her pyjamas’

17. Sam Taylor-Wood – artist

‘Sam makes brave fashion choices, but always owns every look. She navigated the sartorial challenge of pregnancy with flair’

18. Charlotte Dellal – designer

‘She does that Forties glamour-puss look, but with a very modern sheen on it – she makes it feel contemporary and extremely cool’

19. Shingai Shoniwa – singer

‘In the past year, Shingai has proved herself a real contender in the style stakes. Her provocative use of colour and print is sheer showmanship’

20. Coco Sumner – musician

‘The perfect combination of straggly teenage boy and nymph, but essentially gorgeous. The contrast of beautiful bare legs and army boots feels totally right’


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