Emma Thompson is undoubtedly one of our very favourite actresses.
She is also a fairly right-on type of woman so might prefer us to say: “One of our very favourite actors.”
The Cambridge-educated 58-year-old is a writer and producer, too, and is married to the delicious Greg Wise (who we love as Earl Mountbatten in the amazing Netflix series, The Crown). Wise is her second husband – she divorced Kenneth Branagh in the mid-90s.
Actress, actor, whatever, we like all her films, but we especially like The Remains of the Day, Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually. More recently we loved her as the droll obstetrician in Brigit Jones’s Baby and her portrayal of the rather uptight author of Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks.
Her latest film is The Meyerowitz Stories. Starring Hollywood A-listers Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, it tells the story of an estranged family gathering in New York to celebrate the work of their artist father, played by Hoffman. Thompson plays his wife and the step-mother of Sandler and Stiller.
In the movie her hair is a cascade of highlighted curls. It is a glamorous, update of the 1970s shaggy perm with a “Rich (ageing) Hippie” vibe that is very appropriate for her role as the wife of a successful New York artist.
We are not stealing that style. We are, instead, stealing some style ideas from her new, non-film look – the blonde bob and androgyny.
She’s had short hair before (haven’t we all) but her sensational new style is a really well cut short bob with a bit of volume and a very long fringe.
She has also gone very blonde. The style trick here is the combination of cut and colour, which are both important. The California blonde shade not only suits her but it avoids the risk of that hair-cut looking a bit pudding-y or frumpy, which it easily could in a less ‘wow’ colour.
The other style trick we are borrowing from Emma Thompson is how to look sexy and feminine while rocking the androgyny trend.
She has achieved this with that hair-style (cut and colour), plus statement earrings and sexy tailoring (and we’re betting “sexy tailoring” is not a phrase you’ve heard often).
In the pictures above, her earrings are crystal-encrusted drop circles; when she appeared on the Graham Norton Show below, she wore crystal chandelier earrings that were even more glittery. On that show, she looked stunning in a gorgeous black tuxedo trouser suit, which was paired with a draped cami-top in white satin. We think she also looks stunning in that hot-pink trouser suit in our picture, which also plays into the androgyny trend.
And that is the key to this trend: the contrast between the strict tailoring and the styling: the ‘wow’ hairstyle – in her case this fabulous cut but it could be a different hair-style but ideally a bit ‘wow’ – plus-statement jewellery (again in her case super feminine earrings, but a necklace could work instead, as long as it’s ‘statement’).
Oh yes, and makeup is also fairly important to this look, too. Unless, of course, you are drop-dead gorgeous without it…
Ms Thompson’s strong maquillage is very much camera-ready but even for those of us not treading the Red Carpet, eyes need a lot of emphasis. Eye-liner is important and so are smoky eye-shadows and several coats of lash-building mascara, too.
We also love that strong lip-colour which makes her teeth look extra white. Her very white teeth may, of course, be down to good genes or American dental work or really effective whitening toothpaste.
Thompson is quite tall (1.73m/5ft 8ins), but you don’t have to be tall to pull off this androgyny trend. It would work well on a petite or a plus or indeed on anyone, provided it’s styled with ‘wow’ haircut, statement earrings and great makeup.
What do you think of Emma’s new cropped ‘do?
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