… Ellen DeGeneres.
I love Ellen for a whole host of reasons. I love her marvelously goofy, playful, insightful humor. I love her great big heart. I love her fearlessness about her career in the comedy boys’ club and her marriage to Portia De Rossi. And, obviously, I love her because she brought Dory to life. But I also love Ellen for her stellar personal style and her commitment to it.
Ellen wears makeup (she’s even a spokeswoman for Cover Girl), she’s worn her hair in some relatively feminine styles, and she’ll do high heels on occasion. But although I have stumbled across a photo or two of her showing a bit of cleavage, I’ve never seen her in a dress. Or a skirt. Or a smoky eye or big earrings or red lips. Ellen is dedicated to clean, classic, androgynous looks, and she makes every vest, blazer, and perfectly tailored pair of pants she wears absolutely SING. Her wardrobe is simple, elegant, and impeccably curated and she wears it with marvelous relish. In virtually every photo I’ve ever seen of her, she looks happy, relaxed, and comfortable. I sincerely hope that’s because she has chosen to dress as herself, in clothes that she loves and that reflect her personal style choices. The more I experiment with androgynous looks myself, the more I adore Ellen’s signature look.
I recently did a service trade with a buddy who runs her own business as a personal trainer and massage therapist. I arrived at her house to do her closet consult, we kicked her boyfriend out of the room, and we sat down at her dining room table to chat a little about her goals. I asked her if she had any celebrity style icons, and without a moment’s hesitation, she said, “Ellen DeGeneres.” And I said, “YES!” Because Ellen’s polished androgyny was the perfect template for my friend, a look that would suit her perfectly. And because, much as I love Audrey Hepburn and SJP, it’s so nice to know that some women are looking elsewhere for sartorial inspiration.
I’m curious to hear from any LGBT readers who might see Ellen and her style choices differently: Would you rather see her make bolder choices, or different ones? Her style certainly has changed in recent years. Or is she admirable for sticking to her sartorial guns as best she can in the pressure cooker of Hollywood? And, of course, I’m eager to hear how ALL of you feel about Ellen’s take on menswear pieces and androgynous style. Would you like to raid her closet as much as I would?
P.S. Ellen, if you’re reading this, I am free ANY TIME AT ALL to appear on your show. Seriously. Call me.
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