Not only is Zooey Deschanel my ultimate girl crush and comedic hero, (right alongside funny girl, Kristen Wiig) she is also my style soulmate and dark-hair-thick-bangs-twin, except for the fact that she has a beautiful singing voice and I can hardly carry a tune. I've always loved her movies and music -- yes even as a blonde in Elf, the often glanced over YES Man, and the romantic cult movie 500 Days of Summer -- even before her hit FOX show, New Girl, made it big. And since its first season is finally coming close to the finale (the 23rd episode and season finale will air May 1, 2012) I thought that it was more than appropriate, now more than ever, to obsessed over Deschanel's character, Jess Day's girly and quirky style.
What's great about any characters that Zooey Deschanel plays, whether it be in the big or small screen, is that they almost always closely resemble the person that she is and her personal style -- especially as it has been made evident with the before mentioned movies like YES Man and 500 Days of Summer. I know for a fact that Deschanel works closely with all the costume designers in all of her projects and New Girl was no exception (she actually helped put together a lot of Summer Finn's looks in 500 Days of Summer.) With the help of the show's costume designer, Debra McGuire, the two have managed to put together looks that are very consistent with the character of Jessica Day and of course, Zooey Deschanel.
There was definitely no scarcity of color, playful prints like florals, polka dots, nautical stripes, colorful cardigans and suede ballet flats, and other feminine details in accessories this season. Deschanel's style and persona has often been characterized as "quirky" (have you seen the SNL skits featuring Abby Elliot as Zooey Deschanel?? So funny! Click this link!) and I think that humor she brings as a comedic actress is reflected in her personal style as well. I cannot even begin to list all of my favorite A-line dresses, bright colorful full length coats, and feminine accessories like red patent leather bow belts. Given her shape, I think it's very wise that she accentuates her waist with skinny to medium sized belts and go for A-line style dresses and skirts which in turn makes her look very lean and tall. And not to mention, it gives the entire ensemble a very tailored looked. Also given the fact that Deschanel is relatively short (petite size of 5'5") adding layers to the looks like cardigans and blazers, colorful coats and tights, gives her looks a lot more depth which help distract from her height. The only thing that she and I disagree on, style wise, is her choice of wearing kitten heels (kitten heels are basically any heel height that's shorter than 3 inches.) She wore a lot of different colored suede ballet flats in the show, which I loved, but I'm not such a big fan of her kitten heel usage. Although, it works in her favor since her style is very lady-like/feminine and retro and gives it like a vintage-y-baby doll feel to the entire look (but not the Japanese baby dolls.)