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The Philosophy Behind Zooey Deschanel's Quirky Style

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She’s charmed viewers and critics with her FOX series
The New Girl
, but long before she hit the small screen, Zooey Deschanel was charming the world with her one-of-a-kind style.

However, the actress says there are a few secrets to pulling off her signature vintage look. “Wear what looks good on you,” she tells “Also, fabrics have gotten a lot more comfortable in recent years, so new clothes with vintage cuts are also a great option for practicality.” Not surprisingly, she also names Diane Keaton as one of her style icons.

When she’s not rocking vintage, though, the actress finds herself wearing a few key pieces constantly, including “Band Of Outsiders jackets, Paige jeans and dresses from I also love J.Crew for basics.”

And when it comes to caring for that porcelain skin, Deschanel says a simple routine yields the best results — as does matching makeup to your eyes. “Take care of your skin and you won’t need too much makeup,” says the face of Rimmel London. “Pick eyeshadow colors that contrast with your eye color. For blue eyes, copper and orange are great, green eyes are great in purple or pink, and brown eyes look great in blue and green shadows.”

But just because she’s a Hollywood actress doesn’t mean the girl doesn’t like to score a good deal. “I like to buy bathing suits at the end of summer,” she shares, “when they go on sale!”

–Kim Peiffer