Zooey Deschanel: ‘Style isn’t when you buy yourself the most expensive things’

Zooey Deschanel covers the April issue of InStyle! I’m not crazy about the cover shot, but I like that she’s the cover girl. I like that Zooey has become – and she’s owning it – a really awesome television star. New Girl hasn’t been on for the past two weeks (damn American Idol) and I’m going through withdrawals. Something about the character of Jess Day… it makes me accept bangs. Briefly. Before I get to the interview excerpts from InStyle, I did want to mention this – Zooey just adopted two puppies! They’re rescues from the Bill Foundation (in LA) and she named them Zelda and Dot. LOOK AT THE PUPPIES.

I want to eat them! OMG. So sleepy and sweet. After Zooey posted this photo on her Twitter/Instagram, she asked her Twitter followers to send in photos of their rescue puppies, and it was a really cute thread. Anyway, on to the InStyle excerpts:

Her personal style: “People are more affected by how I look and dress myself than I think anyone would care to admit. I guess I’ll just have to start wearing power suits.”

Style isn’t about luxe branding: “Style isn’t when you buy yourself the most expensive things,” she says. “It’s being creative and able to put together what you’ve collected.”

Growing up, she learned how to be a savvy shopper: “I didn’t have a lot of money, so I got things for, like $2, $3, and made myself look as good as I could. Limitations make you more creative.”

On how she’s changed since high school: “There were people who were fully participating in high school. Not me. I felt a little bit isolated, like I was observing. I was a very cautious person. I always think my natural state is to feel like an outsider, and I don’t quite relate to anybody. I used to be easily scared; I’m much more fearless now.”

[From InStyle]

I like that Zooey said that about her style not being about the most expensive things. I know Zooey gets a lot crap for being the archetype of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but I’ve gotten to the point where I appreciate Zooey’s vintage-y hipsterism more than materialism just for materialism’s sake (cough… Beyonce). Here’s a little video of Zooey behind the scenes at the InStyle shoot – she talks about Saturday Night Live mocking her:

Photos courtesy of InStyle, Zooey’s Twitter.

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  1. lucy2 says:

    I can’t figure that cover shot out – she’s leaning on something, but then there’s nothing there! Looks really awkward.
    Good approach to style, and those are some adorable pups.

  2. katiebob says:

    I love it when celebs adopt rescue animals and make a point of telling people they are from a rescue (and not from a breeder) It’s great exposure for animal rescue groups who could really use support. Go Zooey!

    • Jenny says:

      I love rescue organizations for what they do and any support celebs are willing to give. Unfortunately, I had to get my pup from a breeder even though I wanted a rescue. I do understand why they do it, but at least where I am they make it SO difficult to adopt a rescue pup. Too expensive and too much red tape.

      • Brown says:

        You HAD to get your puppy from a breeder because rescues were too expensive/too much red tape?? Basically any state-level shelter will let anyone just stroll in, pay $60 and walk out with a dog within the same hour. Virtually no red tape and very little cost.

        I am a firm believer in “adopt, don’t shop” but I understand that upstanding, reputable breeders should exist and that people should be able to choose whether they want to purchase or adopt their pet. I get it. But I don’t understand saying you HAD to get your puppy from a breeder. I am honestly curious as to how the breeder was cheaper than going the rescue/shelter route.

      • L says:

        @Brown For our rescue pup, we had to have a home visit, 3 references, and shell out about $200. Which was totally worth it to me, and was STILL cheaper than going with good local breeders who ran about $500-600 for a puppy.

        That was just one breed specific rescue though. The local SPCA just lets you come in and pay $100 for the spay/neuter fee, and there are other breed specific resuces that run about the same rate/ease. If one is really really picky about breed though, I could see how the ‘red tape’ could become a issue.

      • Brown says:


        I know that there is red tape involved with private rescue groups (I have been with our rescue/rehab org for years) and yes, the adoption fees at breed specific rescues are more expensive than a state-run shelter. The red tape is there for the benefit of the animals, not the adopters. These pets have been bounced around enough, they deserve some stability, and home visits/references let the organization know they are choosing a good candidate and (hopefully) this will be the last stop for that pet.

        My point was simply that unless you are looking for a very specific breed, you can go to a state-level shelter and pay very little money while jumping through zero hoops to rescue a pet.

        Even breed-specific rescues with their higher adoption fees will charge less than a reputable breeder.

        Bottom line: if you’re buying a puppy from a breeder who is charging less than a shelter or rescue ($500 is pretty expensive for a rescue so we will use that as the maximum), you are probably not going through a reputable breeder. Which means you are contributing to the problem, which is not pet overpopulation, it is dumbass overpopulation (dumbasses being the backyard breeders.)

        So glad to hear you feel the money/time spent adopting was worth it. There are many advantages to working with a rescue and putting in the time/effort to get the pet that’s right for you. It IS worth it. They are worth it. :)

      • oliveo says:

        After fostering a cat that I fell in love with, I decided to adopt him. At $100, it was a tough call, because I knew all I had to do was go on Craigslist to find free kittens. But the private rescue group I went through had already paid for my cat’s neutering, shots, and annual vet visit. When I went to check out the agency that the director runs out of her home, I was amazed at how giving some people can be, and suddenly, the $100 was not even as issue. So yes, I totally agree, it can be really worth it if you work with a private agency who’s willing to work with you — smaller might be better/ more personal/ less red tape if you get along well with the people in charge.

      • Meggie says:

        I have to agree with Jenny here on specific breeds, Even with cats. I tried adopting through rescue groups to get a Sphynx (multiple reasons why: husband is allergic to pretty much all animals besides poodles and hairless pets, disposition and I just love the breed)-besides the $200-600 per rescue which I was willing to pay, no one would adopt out of state even though I was willing to travel and they wanted people with Sphynx experience only since they are very high maitnence. Very few rescue groups even bothered getting back to me.
        I ended up going through a reputable breeder who only breeds one litter a year and spending $1200 on a male whom I had neutered (best cat ever by the way, sociable and happy go lucky)
        Sometimes, sadly, it’s not possible to adopt.
        But it can be balanced by making donations throughout the year to your local pet rescue groups which is what I do. If my marriage ever ends, I’ll happily be a crazy cat lady with many rescue cats.

      • megan says:

        Agreed. For a number of years I REALLY wanted a pug. After I met one it was all over. In my search (which a lot of it was just wishful thinking because it took awhile until I lived somewhere stable enough to have a dog) I learned that the pug specific rescue group was VERY picky about who they gave their dogs to: they didn’t like renters, because even if you were in a pet friendly place now, you might move and give up on the animal; they didn’t like adopting to people who worked outside the home full time, because then the dog would be alone; etc. I started scouring local shelters for pugs and I found out that the pug rescue group (and probably a bunch of other breed groups) had contacts at the shelters who would let them know when a pug came in. I’m certain those dogs were put into the group’s foster system ASAP. There also could’ve been waiting lists for pugs because they were popular dogs at the time.

  3. Lakemom says:

    Zoey is everything Kristen Stewart wishes she could be.

  4. Winnie says:

    It’s just something about her face that’s bothering me. I dunno if it is photoshop or weird makeup or something she did, surgery-wise… It just looks off. And I love her, I really do. I know she gets a lot of flack for the “hipster shtick” and being typecast for the same role, but I enjoy her.

    Maybe she just looks too much like her sister Emily in this photo. Not sure. Just not feeling it.

  5. Alexandra Bananarama says:

    Love that she adopted rescue puppies!!! So cute!

    She may not spend a lot of money on jewels and labels, but she is living the “hipster” lifestyle. They spend a lot of money on clothes to look like it didn’t cost a lot. Hipsters is just vintage bohemian. I love New Girl, but something about her bothers me…

  6. Faye says:

    The dogs are very cute.

    Cynical old me can’t help wondering if “Style doesn’t have to cost a lot!” translates to “In a few days, I’m about to announce the latest celeb collaboration with Target” or something.

  7. Lilo says:

    I really like her, love her sister though ^^ The puppy thing is cute and if it helps to put a spotlight on the issue of adopting rescues: yay!

  8. i'm french don't kill me says:

    1/she’s not Beyonce(Beyonce is talented,materialist and very very very rich for example)

    2/ did anyone see her pics in Daily Mail with her eyes very weird?

  9. GoodCapon says:

    Zelda from the Legend of Zelda series?

    Oh and I love people who adopt from shelters. +10 for her.

  10. Arock says:

    Style also doesn’t get sent to you in the mail just cause you cut your bangs; a vintage skirt and a couple inches of fringe does not a maven make. Maybe I’m a hater, but that puppy thing? Ugh. She gives me a toothache.

    • krat says:

      Yeah, what? You hate that she adopted puppies? Wow.

      • Arock says:

        Seriously? That’s what you take away from that? You’re right- I hate puppies and kittens and rainbows and joy and anything associated with them.
        I’m just not that thrilled with Zooey dashenal (sp), she’s not my cup of tea. To me she a schtick, playing a constant role. As a person who adopts animals as well, great, more power to her. I was more addressing the persona not the action. (But seriously, I know what puppies are up to and I don’t appreciate it.)

  11. mkyarwood says:

    She is experimenting with plastic surgery. I suspect she isn’t sure what she’d be without her candycane image from ELF.

  12. Nikki says:

    Sorry, her thin singing voice and wide-eyed wooden acting don’t do it for me. She’s really try-hard with the whole “adorkable” schtick. It doesn’t feel genuine at all to me.

  13. bea says:

    ita – I’m glad she’s on the cover, but it’s such an awkward picture. I guess she’s leaning on something, but since it matches the background, she looks like she’s in mid-cha-cha-cha. Strange choice.

    I also agree about the “doesn’t have to be $” to be stylish. I wear vintage pieces all the time and get more comments than if I had on something anyone could own from a catalog, no matter how pricey.

  14. marie says:

    those puppies are so, so cute. I like Zoey for the most part and love New Girl. I laughed so hard at the parking space episode I almost wet myself.

    and I do like the dress she’s wearing on the cover.

  15. Katie says:

    I never really got why her style bothers people so much. Isn’t it better that she’s true to herself and dresses how she wants rather than dressing for other people? It’s the same with Taylor Swift, everyone’s always “She’s so princessy” or “she’s young why does she dress like an old lady?”. Not everyone wants to wear revealing things just because they’re young and wearing girly, feminine clothes doesn’t mean you’re dumb just like wearing revealing clothes doesn’t make you a whore.
    For me, there’s no set way a woman has to dress, just like there’s no set way men have to dress. I prefer celebrities who dress for themselves even if I don’t like what they wear. Rhianna for example wears a lot of revealing stuff but I never feel like it’s purely for male attention, it just seems to be what she likes to do and how she likes to show off her body. Kristen Stewart likes to be a bit more androdgynous and grungy which seems pretty in line to me with who she is but everyone on here usualy calls her a poseur. And I don’t think Zoey or Taylor have some cutesy agenda because they go for princess gowns. Infact I like how they tackled this on New Girl when Lizzy Caplan’s character said she couldn’t take Jess seriously because of how she dresses and Jess said something to the effect of “Just because I rock polka dots doesn’t mean I’m not smart”.
    It’s funny, Adele wears the same things all the time and it’s her style but with Zoey it’s her schtick? I don’t get it. Give me a Cate Blanchett who’ll wear something interesting over someone bland like Jennifer Aniston any day. Individuality should be celebrated.

  16. Jenna says:

    She looks SO off in those pictures! For some reason she looks old. Giving me such Tara Knowles-Teller vibes.

  17. ker says:

    She should play a psycho! They typecast her as “quirky” but there’s something else under there.

    I saw her in “The Happening” with Mark Wahlberg and she acted so strangely in it, that I expected her to turn into an alien at the end.

  18. Chordy says:

    I cannot wait for New Girl to be back on Tuesday! I absolutely love Zooey, and I certainly don’t mind the lady’s commitment to whimsy. This woman lives her life on her terms, so I have no problem if she wants to wear her f**king peter pan collars. Plus, it’s a testament to her awesomeness when Kaiser’s willing to go pro-bangs for her.

  19. Angie says:

    Yeah, New Girl made me like her. Before I started watching I was a legit hater. Big time. Kinda makes you think.

    Anyway, she’s been getting lip injections. A little obvious but not excessive, at least.