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Why Angelina Jolie should be your new grown-up style muse

The usual style modus operandi of a Hollywood grande dame usually involves plenty of experimentation, eye-catching colours and striking silhouettes. After all, fashion has become a high stakes game in the film world over the past decade with sponsorship deals swirling and an actress’s ability to win best dressed awards becoming almost as much a consideration as her CV.

Now that Angelina Jolie is more often found taking a behind-the-camera role as producer/ director, she is staking out the difference and largely eschewing the red carpet game in favour of a luxuriously purist wardrobe. It’s an approach which is at once practical (well, kind of), quietly confident (especially given her post Brad Pitt status) and more realistically grown-up than many of the style cues offered up elsewhere in Hollywood.

Take her appearance on the red carpet this weekend for the premiere of The Breadwinner, her latest film about a young Afghan girl who dresses as a boy to help provide for her family. In lieu of a glitzy gown, Jolie was almost businesslike in a timeless white custom-made midi dress by Russian designer Ulyanna Sergeenko which she wore with nothing but beige heels and a diamond brooch.

By day, Jolie’s pared-back preferences tend to play out in streamlined tailoring and a muted palette of neutral hues. Last week, she visited L.A’s Girls Leadership Academy in a black pencil skirt and cream silk shirt ensemble which The Fall’s Stella Gibson would have been proud of. In fact, much like Gillian Anderson’s character (probably one of the best dressed TV characters of the decade), Jolie’s style depends on a select few sophisticated staples which she can wear on rotation; no-brainer elegance. Of course, her glossy bouffant blow-dry and oversized sunglasses add the required soupcon of film star glamour.

Last month, Jolie expressed her dedication to minimalism in a camel-hued bodysuit, skirt and cardigan by Ryan Roche, a designer who works with a women’s co-operative in Nepal to produce many of her whisperingly chic designs. It was down to a red Valentino handbag to add a dash of colour- notably, it was Max Mara founder Achille Maramotti who struck on the combination of camel and red as supremely flattering when he founded the label in the 1950s.

Naturally, most of Jolie’s pieces come in at luxury price points but that doesn’t mean something resembling her ultra-simple wardrobe couldn’t be put together with an astute visit to COS, Uniqlo and Me + Em.

Luxe purism is a way of dressing which counted Katharine Hepburn and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy amongst its acolytes long before Jolie came along (although she's dabbled throughout her career) so why does it feel so right again now? For one, it’s a calm antidote to the plethora of choice out there and, whether you’re a mother of six film producer and UN Goodwill Ambassador or not, it will definitely make getting dressed in the morning easier. Even if you do have to spend the rest of the day guarding your pristine cream blouse against mucky fingers and coffee spills.Read more at:prom dresses liverpool | quinceanera dresses

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