Style Icon: Carrie Brownstein

Whether you know her as a member of the iconic riot grrrrl band Sleater-Kinney or as half of the genius duo behind IFC hit Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein is obviously a force to be reckoned with. She’s petite but powerful, fun but fierce, and impossible to put in a box. Her style is no less diverse than her background, which ranges from indie musical fame to advertising to satire. If, like me, you struggle with pinning down a “look,” let Carrie inspire you to replace one signature style with an eclectic mix of feminine classics and rocker edge.


 Button downs and cardigans

Channel your inner 2000’s indie star with a plaid button down, a dark cardigan and some skinny jeans. It’s a look Brownstein owns, and it exudes a laid-back but hip energy without being too complicated. Whether you’re heading to see a show or running errands, the boyish look is perfect.

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 … But don’t shy away from dressing it up.

Brownstein rocks the red carpet in solid colored dresses with flattering cuts. She also opts for retro-style dresses, featuring Peter Pan collars and sleeves. When going feminine, she sticks to solid colors or classic patterns, adding a bold lip or simple jewelry rather than going overboard with glam. The result is put together and polished, gorgeous but understated.

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Keep the makeup simple.

A classic red lip and mellow eyeliner is a timeless look, and one Brownstein has made her signature. She never looks overdone, going for a subtle cat-eye on the red carpet or in photo shoots but never letting her makeup dominate her look.

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Feminine doesn’t have to mean delicate.

Whether wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans or a blouse with shorts and tights, Brownstein always comes across as confident and strong. She’s smart, funny and knows herself well enough to be comfortable in whatever she’s wearing. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing an adorable dress or patriarchy-stomping boots (or both at the same time!)—be your awesome self with confidence to channel some of what makes Carrie Brownstein such an amazing icon!

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