Claire Foy’s Style Combines The Menswear Trend With A Feminine Twist
There's something about Claire Foy's style that's both inherently feminine and menswear-inspired. The actor has sported a parade of collared-shirt dresses in recent weeks, and each look has struck the perfect middle ground between structured (think: tailored silhouettes) and soft (Foy has a thing for floral prints and warm hues). Take one look at Foy's wardrobe and you'll be convinced to rework your own style — it's that good.
The spotlight has been on the 34-year-old over the past year, thanks to her role in The Crown (for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series). In recent weeks, Foy has attended a string of red carpet events and press appearances to promote her latest film, First Man, alongside co-star Ryan Gosling.
Constantly sporting boyish collars and two-piece suits with fancy bows and florals, Foy gives the current menswear trend a feminine flair. The shirt dress has become her signature item, with crisp, straight collars, button-up fronts, A-line fits, and bowtie waists. This almost precisely describes the outfit Foy wore to the Today Show on Oct. 2: a pink, long-sleeve shirt dress with an all-over pattern. She accessorized with a pretty jeweled headband to hold back her trademark pixie haircut.
Before that, at a First Man press conference in late Sept., the actor channeled menswear vibes in a slinky eggshell shirt dress belted at the waist with pockets and rolled-up sleeves. Again, Foy glammed it up with hair accessories — this time, pins adorned with golden leaves.
It's all about feminine details when it comes to Foy's classic shirt dresses. The polka-dotted, collared dress she wore on the red carpet of the 75th Venice Film festival featured a plunging neckline, while the vintage-inspired tweed dress she wore during her previous appearance on Today in Dec. 2017 included a collar that was decorated with a dainty black bow.
When The Crown actor chatted with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show last year, she wore a black mini dress with a beaded Peter Pan collar, then on the very same day, she sported a black shirt dress with extra-large buttons to discuss her series at Build Studios in New York.
Needless to say, Foy has found a way to work menswear into her feminine look time and again. She typically opts for fit-and-flare cuts, cheerful prints, and feminine embellishments, whether built into her signature shirt dresses or worn on the side (hint: hair accessories). And while the actor might have pioneered the look long ago, shirt dresses are becoming a big trend this fall — Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Meghan Markle, and Katie Holmes are all on board.
Inspired by Claire Foy's go-to look? Shop The Zoe Report's favorite Foy-inspired pieces, ahead.
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Warren Belted Silk Crepe De Chine Midi Dress
Foy recently wore this exact Joseph shirt dress to a press conference for 'First Man'. It's the perfect basic to wear through fall — just throw on an oversized coat when the temperature dips.
Stripe Wrap Midi Shirtdress
This striped dress features a trendy wrap silhouette and a feminine low-cut neckline.
Poplin Shirt Dress with Sash
Michael Kors Collection
This feminine, navy Michael Kors number is an elegant choice. Pair the sophisticated A-line dress with a classic pair of black pumps.
Katija Floral Dress
Bring your florals into fall and winter with the help of this botanical-print dress, which features ruffled shoulders and a subtle collar.
Button Through Midi Shirt Dress With Long Sleeves
Opt for the simplest design to slip on with your favorite pair of fall booties, like this comfortable black basic by ASOS.