Netflix aired their latest binge-watch-inducing offering this month, and it came in the form of an off-beat love story from Judd Apatow, titled simply Love.
The story is set in L.A. and follows two newly-single, slightly sad people, Mickey and Gus, played by Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust respectively, and follows as they meet and their lives intertwine. It’s really funny and incredibly sweet, and not in a ‘look two quirky people in love’ way, because it also has really sad moments.
Aside from genuinely just really enjoying the 10 episodes, which I watched over the course of a day, obviously, I spent the majority of the viewing time obsessing over Jacobs’ outfits. Every look she wore gave me fashion inspiration and had me heading to ASOS to try and emulate her style for myself. I’ve been feeling in a slight style rut recently and wanting to re-define and actually define my style, and seeing her outfits has helped re-invigorate my quest to inject something new into my wardrobe.
Mickey’s style is relatively casual and typically pattern-free, with a love of a basic tee, boyfriend jeans and ankle boots teamed with pretty much everything. She favours a smattering of mis-matched silver rings and thin gold chains layered to add some sparkle. Throw in some vintage band tees and the odd stripe and you’ve got yourself a look.
As a lover of an ankle boot myself, and someone who is moving towards a plain t-shirt fashion diet, I felt like Mickey’s look was incredibly cool and effortless, but really attainable. She dresses comfortably and with an easy femininity that isn’t over-done, but rather is really subtle. This subtlety is reason I gravitate towards her style: she’ll mess with proportions by teaming something tight and backless with looser jeans, but will draw the jeans in at the ankle for an ultimately clean look. Or she will dress down a tight skirt and crop top with ankle boots and a loose jacket, again playing with the proportions of the outfit and keeping it simple.
There’s a scene where Mickey rushes to meet an ex, and rocks up in a backless red swimsuit, boyfriend jeans rolled up at the ankle and wedges. And I almost cried. Because she has managed to achieve an outfit that I have in my dreams: the perfect ‘night out’ outfit where you’re a little sassy in the back but you’ve kept it cool with boyfriend-fit jeans, so ultimately you’re comfortable.
Mickey showcases an impressive selection of jackets, most of which are oversized and look vintage. Her leather Letterman jacket is on my wish list for the coming months when I don’t have to wear a Parka out of fear of the cold, and her mainstay checked flannel number makes every outfit casual.
She wears sliders, which I have had for about two summers but have been unable to fully embrace. This summer, that will all change, because the slider will be my new best friend. Just like Mickey.
Much like my ode to Sienna Miller and Kiera Knightley in The Edge of Love, Gillian Jacobs as Mickey will join the team of fictional characters who give me fashion #goals – if goals were something that I subscribed to, which I don’t. But if I did, then Gillian in that red swimsuit and jeans would be the fashion goals equivalent of Taylor Swift riding an inflatable swan with Calvin Harris.
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