On screen, Kiernan Shipka has gone from super retro (Mad Men) to pared-down (One & Two). The 15-year-old actress’s personal style, however, falls into neither category. W asked the Best-Dressed-List-Darling to share her style philosophy.
Define your style in three words:
Fun, because I like to have a lot of fun with what I wear. I mean, to me that’s what style is about. Casual—I’m a pretty casual person in the everyday sort of realm. And classic, because I really like pieces that I can wear over and over again.
Your style is so different from your character, Ava, in “One & Two.” How did you find changing into her clothes?
I always find wardrobe to be one of the most transformative aspects of my whole process in approaching a character because if I was trying to play Ava in, you know, new spiffy Madewell stuff, it wouldn’t have felt right obviously! I think clothes are totally something that I love so when playing a character, what they’re wearing and how they look, it totally affects my performance and how “in it” I am.
How does your personal style change when you’re working on a specific project?
Well Mad Men definitely influenced my style—it influenced me just liking fashion in general. Even if I didn’t dress the same as Sally, it just totally influenced my actual interest and I totally went through super retro phases and all that kind of stuff. And then when filming One & Two we were filming on a farm for most of it so I kind of went in jeans and that was kind of that. Daily uniform: My uniform as of late has been overalls—they’re very easy and simple and a good way to just kind of get out the door and look kind of fun.
I wore a Delpozo to the Emmys 2013 that was one of my favorite looks ever, ever, ever, ever! I loved it. And as far as Sally goes, I mean when she wore the go-go boots that’s such a memorable thing for me. I love that moment and I love that she got to re-wear them later!
Usually a sneaker, I’m definitely one to embrace the sneaker with dresses, jeans. I love my Adidas shell shoes—I wear them all the time.
I really like lip stain. I put it on my lips and on my cheeks. As far as accessories, I love rings. I mean I’m a huge Catbird person! I’m totally into layering rings.
Usually it’s either, I mean it totally depends but I like dresses a lot so if I’m going out with friends its like a dress and maybe boots and a jacket. I have this Elizabeth & James bomber jacket that I pretty much wear with every dress especially out at night when it gets colder.
Best recent discovery:
Ok I did not discover Paris, but I just recently went there for the first time and I discovered a lot of great places there—it was life-changing amazing! There’s a restaurant called La Maison that was probably the best experience and Blé Sucré that was really good. I mean everything was just so good all of it.
In L.A., I love Violet Grey and in New York I usually just kind of walk around SoHo and try to scope out what’s cool or new and happenin’ and I’m online a lot. The new Alexa Chung for AG stuff is really good!
I’ve always loved kind of the Old Hollywood look, the Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly kind of vibe. I think that’s beautiful and amazing. Currently I do love Alexa Chung I think her style is really, really sharp and she’s so on point always.
I just got this Koh Gen Doh tinted moisturizer and they’re just the best I love them so much I think they’re great!
I’ve been big into backpacks lately. I’m kind of wanting a simple black backpack and t-shirts. I always find like just the more t-shirts the better.
In L.A. there’s so many good places to eat—I could literally talk about this for way too long. There’s this taco truck called Guerrilla which is really good. I love Sqirl, I love the patio over at Gracias Madre which is really fun. Usually when its way late I end up at Canter’s with all my friends. Those are some of my favorites. Grand Central Market in general is really cool.
What’s always in your bag:
My Hello Kitty wallet! I also usually have like a Revlon lip stain and lip balm is always a must as well!