Let’s get one thing clear right up front: we all look to celebrities for inspiration regarding fashion and beauty. That’s not to say we consciously try to replicate looks or go about dissecting makeup and clothing choices in celebrity magazines. But on a more subconscious level, these women have an effect on us (and by the way, the same thing happens to men). Certain famous figures simply look their best in such an effortless, magnetic way we can’t help but want to adopt some of the same styles.
I’m going to speak to that idea through a few examples here. But instead of focusing on women who intentionally make it their business to stand as examples – your fashion models, your famous Instagrammers, your Kardashians and Jenners, etc. – this is a list of some of the women who seem to look their best in a more natural, everyday manner, which is perhaps more easily imitated. Now, on to the list!
It would be ludicrous to say that Kate Hudson doesn’t try to look her best. Most every famous actress has to, whether for films, for the red carpet, for publicity, modeling gigs, other endorsements, etc. But there’s always been something refreshingly natural about Ms. Hudson’s beauty, and it’s exemplified by the fact that she launched an athletic wear brand rather than promoting her own makeup line or high-end clothes. The actress even dressed up her baby bump in sportswear!
Emma Stone is one of the biggest young stars in Hollywood, and there might not be a young actress does quite as much with natural charm. Sure, designer brands are likely battling one another over the right to dress her for the red carpet, and we’ve seen her change up her hair and makeup over the years. But it’s the big, friendly eyes and the wide, giddy smile that work so well for Stone. She uses her personality to shine through any sort of fashion or beauty efforts she employs.
Duchess Kate Middleton
Duchess Kate Middleton might be the most famous royal in a family full of figures who have been on the public radar for anywhere from 40 to 80-some years. Everything about her life tends to make headlines even when it’s completely ordinary (as it often is). Recently an oddsmaker website even posted odds for the name of her baby – something that might only otherwise be done for the likes of Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian. Now, she has a very practiced look, so “effortless” may not be the word. But let’s just say some charm seems to show through and elevate absolutely anything she may be wearing.
I’m putting Venus Williams on this list in part because her sister tends to get all the attention. Serena Williams, as the more accomplished tennis player, simply draws more of the spotlight, and is a very fashionable woman herself. Venus, however, likes to try all kinds of different looks, both in ordinary, everyday life and even on the tennis courts. Frankly, she tries some things that might be too bold or even too weird for other players, yet whatever the style may be she seems to make it look good just by being herself. There’s effort, but it at least appears to be more about creativity than refinement, and the results are fun and beautiful.
Finally, there’s the former First Lady! It may seem as if an incredible amount of effort went into Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe while she was in the White House, and it’s probably true that a lot of outfits were carefully coordinated. However, while she was First Lady, Michelle Obama also gained something of a reputation for elevating smaller or more everyday brands rather than simply strutting her stuff in designer outfits. That’s pretty much a clear indication that all of her best looks were more about the woman than the clothes or products.
As a final point, I’d like to acknowledge that the phrase “effortless beauty” can be problematic. Of course, the women above put effort into their looks, just as you and I do. Really though this is about the person shining through the product, and in that regard, the women above are excellent examples to follow.