She grabbed our attention over a decade ago in Hard Candy, and held it through the X-Men movies and the Oscar-nominated Juno. And, while Ellen Page’s screen presence can’t quite be pinned down – over the past couple of years, she appeared in the remake of Flatliners, is on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, and hosted Viceland’s Gaycation – her authentic style manages to be aspirational yet accessible. In short, she’s that style icon we know – or at least feel – we can all relate to.
In reflecting on her pre-coming out career, Page spoke about being forced to wear dresses and look feminine on the red carpet – lest anyone make assumptions about her sexuality. Yet, from that point, her personal style shifted from by the numbers to – to put it succinctly – androgynous-leaning tomboy femme.
While some icons’ choices feel almost otherworldly – Janelle Monae, being one such example – Page manages to be the opposite. Her casual looks – in paparazzi photos and occasionally on the red carpet – feel mundane at a glance. In fact, you think, “Hey, I could dress like that.” It seems effortless – as cliché as it seems at this point, it’s that “I woke up like this” aesthetic, minus wrinkles and tousled hair – yet not sloppy – a la plenty of celebs wandering around Hollywood in track pants or sweats.
Yet, as many know, this balance isn’t quite as easy to achieve as it appears:
We all know what we look like when we slap on jeans, a tee, and a hoodie and hunt down a pair of broken-in sneakers. In our minds, it seems simple enough, but after glancing at your reflection in a window somewhere, the shirt’s too long and bunched up around your middle, the jeans bag around your ankle, and that hoodie – a bit worse for wear after so many years – has that stretched-out, oversized look.
In a sense, Page’s casual fare – beyond paparazzi photos, it’s how she travels the world on Gaycation – sticks to these basics. But, as a contrast to this, her choices exemplify the fact that fit makes the outfit. Specifically, any denim should be slim – but definitely not overly skinny or stretchy – and should fall right to the top of your shoes – skate shoes or low boots, in this case. Essentially, it’s the same approach you take with dress pants – only, a hint of wear, as if the denim’s been broken in, is preferred.
Space is fine with your tee or button-down, but avoid oversized fits. These days, that leans too hard into streetwear territory – and, if you’re on the short side, it envelopes most of your frame. As such, keep the fit classic – some space, with definition, that flows with your torso’s shape – and avoid bright colors and patterns. Neutrals – greys, black, and olive, with plaid on occasion – round out what we’ve generally spotted on the actress.
Outerwear generally completes her look. In this case, Page appears to have a preference for “transitional” jackets – lightweight bombers, denim, hoodies, or a moto jacket – with a shorter but not quite cropped cut. Ideally, the jacket should fall to your hips yet still have a bit of space. For accessories, we’ll often spot her wearing a neck scarf, a beanie or trucker, or a classic pair of sunglasses.
On the Red Carpet
As Page’s red carpet appearances show, your personal style doesn’t have to do a 180 for a film premiere. Rather, her getups feel like an extension of what we’d see on Viceland – dapper at the core, yet relaxed, without any strong feminine embellishments.
With your own suit, this entails sticking to classic shades – think black, with a white dress shirt underneath. Yet, the suit itself doesn’t look shaped – a common factor with menswear-influenced women’s styles – but neither is it baggy and boxy. Rather, the fit is tailored, slightly widely cut, with more linear elements. Piping or contrasting materials might add an accent.
As more of a definitive touch, we’ve noticed that the actress occasionally wears the shirt’s tails out or the collar unbuttoned – essentially taking away its stuffy character. Although some might claim it appears too informal, there’s a laid-back air to it – one that indicates you know when to button up and tuck and when to let your guard down just slightly.
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