Style Of The Stars: Constance Wu, Flighty And Fresh
After her role in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat as Jessica Huang, the mother of the main protagonist Eddie Huang, Constance Wu conquered fame with a leading role that even she thought impossible: Rachel Chu. The Crazy Rich Asians’ lead role seemed impossible for Wu, in her own words: “I had never seen an Asian-American woman be the leading role in a movie or saw a face that looked even close to mine that Hollywood deemed worthy of its own fairy-tale story.” Wu not only charmed Hollywood, but the entire world with her Rachel Chu. Wu also dazzles at every red carpet. The actress is known for having a sophisticated style that expresses femininity through mixes of modern items and some vintage inspirations from the 80’s and 90’s.
Wu’s delightful style starts with her beauty choices: a fresh look is her go-to. All about great skincare and neutral, bare-skin tone makeup, she looks astonishing, always. Her beauty is an amazing example of how treating your skin well can be the most precious gift in terms of beauty. Wu is more audacious with her hair, however: blonde, pink, short, blunt-cut bangs, the actress has tried a variety of haircuts and hair colors. However, when she opted for a mid-length long bob with blunt cut bangs she couldn’t be a better example of how modern and vintage together can work in someone’s style. Naturally having a fashionable style with these characteristics, Wu’s haircut was a beautiful addition to her look. Not tall or completely petite, her 5’ 4” height is complemented by a natural silhouette (instead of the classic hourglass)—Wu is a good example of how women don’t need an hourglass shape. She often wears outfits without a marked waist, actually opting for oversized items sometimes. However, don’t mistake her natural silhouette for a boring one. She’s definitely a good example of how to add a dramatic tad into your ensembles. Most of the time her hairstyle or haircut is the aspect of her look that brings a little spice into her style, but also the incorporation of items from masculine attire or a mix of unlikely prints also contributes to a little drama.
Glowing skin is the goal of Wu’s skincare routine. Her flawless skin isn’t covered by heavy-looking makeup even during red carpet season. She prefers neutral tones with glowing touches that highlight her naturally healthy-looking skin. In accordance with her beauty choices, she also likes to wear glowing outfits. Sparkling metallics in elegant night gowns like this by Ralph & Russo or in a more young, dancefloor-ready version like this by Markarian are often worn by Wu. Combined with delicate jewelry and a modern sleek (or even natural-looking) hairstyle, Wu knows how to make herself glow without compromising her image. Fresh, sparkly, and delicate are concepts she expresses well, not just with her personality: she also translates them into fashion. However, Wu is not only about shining pieces; she vibrates in beautiful, colorful pieces too. In one of the most wonderful examples of how to use colors that bring your natural beauty to the spotlight, Wu was outstanding in this Galia Lahav. The peachy pink dress made her blushed cheeks even more salient and the contrast created with her brunette hair and brown eyes made the perfect balance between elegance and sophistication. As Wu proves, when a look seems too feminine for your taste, try to create contrast with a darker (or lighter) item—or, in this case, natural features can help you achieve a higher contrast.
Wu describes herself as having a flighty personality. This chameleonic trait can be seen in her street style as well. Mixed prints, sleeveless blazer, plaid blazer and high boots are all different versions of Wu’s style. She often mixes masculine and feminine pieces to compose looks that can easily be worn during office hours. Different prints are often combined for a more feminine, yet mighty, outfit. When Wu revisits older decades, she’s unafraid of wearing an entire outfit with vintage inspired items. If, like Wu, you also recognize yourself as having a style that is confident and fearless of incorporating diverse items and styles, be inspired by her love for prints. From plaid to bold colored florals, Wu likes to always make sure that her looks are stylish and that all her outfits diverge from each other. An eclectic wardrobe is the most important thing to your variable style. To copy some of her looks, the gray sleeveless blazer with plaid dress is great to wear to work: a plaid dress ($60) blended with ankle boots ($170), basic black tights ($10), and, of course, a sleeveless blazer ($20). But if you want something to make you shine brighter than the lights of the city, opt for a metallic dress like this by Neiman Marcus ($2,000).