Some people are just born with a strong sense of personal style. Take Chloë Sevigny, for instance. While most of us were busy playing with blocks, the actress was already perfecting her eclectic—and now iconic—way of dressing.
“As a kid, I loved playing dress-up,” says Sevigny, who stars in the drama, The Dinner (opening May 5) and the Netflix series, Bloodline (streaming May 26) “I had a trunk full of my mother’s old things and other thrift stores finds. My favorite game was putting together a fun, weird costume. And it wasn't even about being fancy necessarily. It was about the fantasy that comes with style. Now, the red carpet is an extension of that for me.”
By Hollywood standards, Sevigny is still somewhat of a fashion unicorn because she doesn’t work with a stylist. “People are always like, ‘I can’t believe you don't use one!’” she says. “But I’ve worked with stylists here and there throughout my career and even then I usually end up picking out the dress myself.”
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The star says she can see the appeal in having some help though. “When you’re going to an event or you’re up for an award, there are so many other things to think about besides what you’re wearing, like ‘What am I going to say if I win? Who am I going to talk to?’ A stylist will worry about the shoes, bag, and jewelry for you, so you can focus on other things.”
Though going it solo might be more work, the payoff is worth it in Sevigny’s case. When you see her on the red carpet, she never looks uncomfortable in her choices. Every single piece feels authentic.
“Over the years, I’ve learned to be more myself,” she says. “There was a time when I was trying to dress more classical on the red carpet, so people would accept me more. I used to feel that Hollywood was like, ‘She's such a weirdo!’ But I've never dressed like Björk or anything like that. I just appreciate when people really go for it and wear more than just a pretty dress. I always set out to be a little left of center.”
Maybe it’s because all these years later, Sevigny is still game to play a little dress up. “I’ve been lucky to wear so many incredible one-of-a-kind looks,” she says. “I call them my Cinderella dresses because as beautiful as they are, you usually have to give them back at midnight.”
Keep scrolling to see Sevigny’s best red carpet looks of all-time. And for more stories like this, pick up the May issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.