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Deschanel Doubletake: Visual Proof That Zooey’s Off-Screen Style is Just Like Her On-Screen Style

Doesn't it seem like the best—or at least most loved—actors always bring some bit of their own personality to their roles? Audrey Hepburn was just so Audrey Hepburn. Marilyn Monroe was just so Marilyn. And many of today's biggest stars, from Tom Hanks (always comes off as so damn nice) to Jennifer Aniston (ever so girl-next-door relatable) just have that thing where you feel like you're watching them, even as they transform into other characters.

The same can certainly be said of Lucky fave, Zooey Deschanel. Though she balks at being the poster girl for quirky, there's something appeallingly, shall we say, offbeat about her, whether on or off camera. And directors have certainly taken note. She's constantly cast as the girl who's a little...different. And really, can you imagine anyone else puling off her dorky/adorable role in The New Girl? Plus, in Zooey's case it's often not only her charming personality that shines through on screen, but her distinctive personal style, too. Click through for the evidence!


Flower Power

The left? Zooey in 500 Days of Summer,  which solidifed her status as reigning indie it girl. The right? The actress embracing blue florals, again, at a party at the Gansevoort Hotel in New York City.

L: Everett Collection, R: WireImage


Lady in Red

In her breakout performance in 2000's Almost Famous as a put-upon teen with a uptight, rock 'n' roll-loathing mom (watch the scene here), Zooey owned this retro-fab Pacific Southwest Airlines stewardess outfit. Six years later at the Teen Choice Awards, she wore a similar silhouette, but with a girly twist, thanks to the big bow.

L: Everett Collection, R: Getty Images


The Right Jeans

We think of Zooey as a dress girl, but once in a while, she'll break out a jeans/blazer ensemble. Like here, with her Gigantic castmate Paul Dano, and here, on a TV appearance for Extra. (Note, for extra Zooey-ness, she adds a ladylike bow belt).

L: Courtesy of First Independent Pictures, R: Getty Images


Collared Cutie

You knew this slideshow would include a Peter Pan collar, an item which perfectly captures the essence of Zooey's good girl style. In 2007's Flakes, the actress is the poster girl for quirky-cute as Miss Pussy Katz (seriously, that's her character's name). But this was far from her first fling with a collar. In 2005, she wore a similar outfit at an "Alice In Wonderland Mad Tea Party" event for Disney.

L: Everett Collection, R: WireImage


Headbands Rule!

The actress/musician tops off both of these buttoned-up looks with headbands. On the left, she's working the awkward/adorable act in The New Girl; on the right, she's showing off her serious side at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

L: Greg Gayne/FOX, R: Gene Young/Splash News


Pretty in Purple

Cleavage is not word in of Zooey's fashion dictionary. The raciest she'll get? Bare shoulders. And in these two instances, make that ONE bare shoulder. On the left, she's all prettied up on an episode of her FOX show; on the right, she's hitting the red carpet at 2009's Grammy Awards.

L: Greg Gayne/FOX, R: James Amherst/Everett Collection


Prints Charming

If there's one celeb we'd love to go thrifting with, it's Zooey. And in both of these floral numbers (the left for her guest-starring role in Weeds; the right for the 2006 Independent Spirt Awards) the star demonstrates her affinity for retro-leaning frocks.

L: Monty Brinton/SHOWTIME, R: Patrick Rideaux/Rex USA/courtesy Everett Collection

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