Susan Sarandon’s Style Evolution Knows No Bounds, Even at Age 70

Ron Galella

On an April afternoon last year, Susan Sarandon tweeted a photo of herself, hand posed on her hip, hair blown out, and wearing a t-shirt that almost stole the show from how immaculate she looked for age 69: a form-fitting tee with the all-caps slogan, “CALL YOUR MOTHER.” Even now that she’s 70, Sarandon has always kept her style a bit cheeky, most recently opting for Doc Martens instead of heels—even in a reflective gold—on her press tour for Feud, Ryan Murphy’s new series for FX that stars Sarandon as Bette Davis opposite Jessica Lange in the role of Joan Crawford. After all, since Sarandon stepped out in the ’70s with Rocky Horror Picture Show, and again in the ’90s with Thelma & Louise, the actress’s red carpet ensembles have often steered in a more inventive direction, from suits made of blue sequins and mismatched stripes to her favorite nighttime accessories: sunglasses. (Even at the 1996 Academy Awards, where she ended up taking home the Best Actress Oscar.) From fur coats to her ever low-cut dresses and shirts—when she chooses to wear the latter, that is—take a look back at Sarandon’s lovably eclectic style from over the years, here.


Susan Sarandon favors a suit over a dress early on in the ’80s, but with much wider lapels than her husband’s, at the premiere of White Nights in November, 1985.


Susan Sarandon steps out in fur—and with a brooch—at the premiere of Tin Men in February, 1987.


Susan Sarandon stands out in red at the 9th Annual Woman’s Sports Foundation Awards in October, 1988.


Susan Sarandon brings out the bling at the Cirque Du Soleil-hosted Fundraiser for Children’s Defense Fund benefit in April, 1991.


Susan Sarandon does pantsuits her own, striped away at a screening of Bopha in New York in September, 1993.


Susan Sarandon pulls out another patterned pantsuit for the Mother’s Voices Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in May, 1994.


Susan Sarandon keeps her sunglasses on to take home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Dead Man Walking at the Annual Academy Awards in March, 1996.


Susan Sarandon turns to one of her favorite materials—leather—for some prescient, all-black airport style at LAX in March, 1998.


Susan Sarandon does body-con the full-length way, plus straightens out her locks, at the 25th Annual People’s Choice Awards in January, 1999.


Susan Sarandon heads to Italy in a low-cut dress—sunglasses hardly forgetten— for the 2005 Venice Film Festival in September, 2005.


Susan Sarandon gets intricate with lace cut-outs at Heifer International’s “Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table” gala in September, 2013.


Susan Sarandon ties her hair back to keep the focus on her suit of blue sequins at the IWC Inside The Wave Gala in January, 2014.


Susan Sarandon keeps it dramatic with both a shimmery blue suit and a completely sheer shirt at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in February, 2014.


Even without making the list, Susan Sarandon stands out in red at the TIME 100 Gala in New York in April, 2014.


Susan Sarandon channels Diane Keaton at the Variety Power Of Women: New York event in April, 2014.


Susan Sarandon makes her presence known in hot pink at the 61st Taormina Film Fest in June, 2015.


Susan Sarandon wears a Max Mara trench coat to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association & InStyle’s annual celebration of The Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2015.


Susan Sarandon dresses for the occasion with the actor Miles Robbins at the world premiere of Zoolander 2 in New York in February, 2016.


Susan Sarandon shows off her “Call Your Mother” t-shirt, which benefits victims of Uganda’s civil war, at the SiriusXM Studio in April, 2016.


Susan Sarandon skips out on a shirt but adds some color with a bright-red clutch at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival after-party for The Meddler in April, 2016.


Susan Sarandon reprises her sunglasses and gives her leg room to breath on the red carpet of the Money Monster premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May, 2016.


Susan Sarandon keeps it low-cut at the Kering and Cannes Film Festival Official Dinnerin May, 2016.


Susan Sarandon keeps a Pashmina close at hand at the FOX 2016 Upfront Awards in May, 2016.


Susan Sarandon rolls out a jumpsuit—and gold Doc Martens—for a Feud Tastemaker lunch in February, 2017.


Susan Sarandon sticks to all white—down to another pair of Doc Martens—at the premiere of FX Network’s Feud: Bette and Joan in March, 2017.