Reese Witherspoon Hasn't Worn a Sweater Vest Since Playing Tracy Flick in 1999

Our December/January cover star shares her go-to jewelry staples, the style icons that keep her inspired, and the characters from her repertoire that had the biggest impact on her personal style.

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Witherspoon in a Greta Constantine jumpsuit and Harry Winston earrings, watch, and bracelet. Photo: Emma Summerton/Dawes+Co

We've certainly wondered how Reese Witherspoon does it all. And today, we have some of the answers. Fresh off the cover of our December/January double fashion issue, Witherspoon's "my likes" page is full of all the secrets to, well, if not her success then at least her glowing skin.

Below, the unstoppable multi-hyphenate shares her go-to jewelry staples, the style icons that keep her inspired, and the characters from her repertoire that had the biggest impact on her personal style. We bet you can guess at least one. "After playing Tracy Flick [in Election], I realized I don't look good in sweater-vests, so there are none in my closet," she says. "And whenever I wear pink, I think of Elle Woods [in Legally Blonde]."

She loves to wear a lucky charm, from her children's initials on a necklace to her mother's signet ring, and swears by Biossace squalane products for that frozen-in-time face of hers. But the material goods aren't the secret to Witherspoon's success. She shares the most cherished wisdom she's ever received, which came from Ava Duvernay who said, "If your dreams only include yourself you are not dreaming big enough." To see (and shop) the rest of Reese's list, read on.

Beauty Essentials?

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil ($72) and Squalane + Elderberry Jelly Cleanser ($28).

Characters Who Influenced Your Style?

"After playing Tracy Flick [in Election], I realized I don't look good in sweater-vests, so there are none in my closet. And whenever I wear pink, I think of Elle Woods [in Legally Blonde]."

Style Icons?

"Tyler, The Creator; Grace Kelly; and Jane and Judy Jetson."

Favorite Artists?

"I love Elizabeth Peyton and Agnes Martin."

Elizabeth Peyton: Dark Incandescence, by Kirsty Bell, Rizzoli New York, $75. Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances, by Arne Glimcher, Phaidon, $125.

Jewelry Staples?

"I like Jennifer Fisher hoops, Jennifer Meyer necklaces, and Sophie Ratner rings. I also wear my mother's signet ring with her initials; it reminds me of all the women who cut the path I'm standing in."

Sophie Ratner Jewelry ring, $2,000. Jennifer Meyer necklace,$1,150. Jennifer Fisher hoops, $250.

Charity You Support?

Girls Inc.

Go-to Designers?

"Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Celine, and Tom Ford. And for everyday, Draper James."

First Designer Splurge?

"A Marc Jacobs sweater. I bought it at his original SoHo store in New York."

Badass Woman You Admire?

"Any woman who runs for office — we need more female leadership in the world."

Hear more from our Reese Witherspoon interview on her episode of the podcast Ladies First with Laura Brown.

For more stories like this, pick up the December/January 2022 issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download Nov. 19.

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