Julianne Moore: ‘After a certain age, you can’t wear anything with words on it’


Julianne Moore is 53 years old!! Seriously. We should all be so lucky to look this good at any age. Julianne covers this week’s The Edit (net-a-porter.com’s in-house online magazine) and as most of The Edit’s work, this editorial is really good. Julianne looks sexy, the clothes are beautiful and interesting and she’s showing off some great jewelry. You can read Julianne’s interview here – she talks a lot about fashion (obviously, this is a fashion mag), and I’ve never realized before that she actually LIKES fashion. Like, she cares about it. She cares about labels and looking cute. Which is funny because… although I love her, Julianne’s red carpet style can be pretty bad. Anyway, some highlights:

It’s a privilege to be able to age naturally: “Hell yeah!” she practically shouts. “I’d like to think that I can age as naturally as possible. I don’t want to come out condemning anything anybody does, because I think that all of these things can contribute to making people feel better about themselves, and that’s great. But I also want to look like myself. I mean, we’re not going to live forever. You could be dead at 45, and guess what? Then you don’t have to worry about aging.” Moore glances into the mirror, her transformation for the day almost complete. “I feel like I’d like to be 90. I’d like to be 100. I may not be lucky enough to have that happen. But, boy, I’m going to try.”

Her friendship with Tom Ford: “When Tom makes something for you, you wear it. It was beautiful, perfect. It’s always a pleasure.” So how does it feel to be Ford’s muse? Moore chuckles. “I don’t know that I’m his muse. I’m definitely a friend. He’s not mysterious about fashion, which I love. I don’t think it’s a mysterious business. I think it’s something that should be a lot of fun, and expressive, and obviously have some cultural relevance. It’s about who we are at that moment in time. He’s just a great, wonderfully creative and soulful person, and a really good friend.”

Her daughter is into fashion too: “[Liv] has suddenly become very interested in fashion,” she says. “She even went to Fashion Camp this summer. So I was like, ‘Liv, do you want to go (to the show)?’ We had a great time, and she met every fashion editor in the business. She loved it. She talked about the clothes as they came out – what she liked, what she would wear, what she thought would look good on me, and I said what would look good on her. It’s a great thing to share. She’s much more daring than I am, certainly with color.”

Style rules: “After a certain age, you can’t wear anything with words on it. Also, I don’t wear a lot of color because, having red hair, I carry a lot of color with me. I read a quote from an actress who said, ‘Only wearing black is like not taking chances’, and I was like, ‘I guess I don’t take chances then! I wear a lot of black!’” she says, laughing deeply.

[From The Edit]

I’ve never thought about it that way – “having red hair, I carry a lot of color with me.” I really never considered that idea for gingers. Sure, I thought about whether gingers can and should wear red (something I don’t mind) or how it looks like Christmas when gingers wear green (which I also like), but I never thought about it in terms of “my hair is so bright, that’s why I don’t wear a lot of color.”

I also love this – “After a certain age, you can’t wear anything with words on it.” That’s how I feel about a lot of logo-bags. Unless you’re just all about conspicuous consumption and shouting your branded clothes, why would you want an Louis Vuitton bag that had “LV” stamped on it a million times?

As for her comments on aging… I’m sure some people will yell at me and claim that Julianne has had a ton of work, but I really don’t think so. I think she’s just a beautiful woman with great genes and no Botox.




Photos courtesy of The Edit.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

98 Responses to “Julianne Moore: ‘After a certain age, you can’t wear anything with words on it’”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. paris hilton says:

    Well…she doesn’t have cat eyes,or trout mouth…and her face is expressive. But I’m just inclined to believe EVERYONE in Hwood gets maintenance,the smart ones are just subtle about it.

  2. littlestar says:

    That’s funny, I was doing some online shopping recently and found some T-shirts with words on them that I really liked, but was worried I’m too old to wear stuff like that now with 30 just around the corner haha :O). My husband is a ginger, he looks so handsome in blue. Blue contrasts really nicely with red hair.

  3. Eleonor says:

    I can’t believe this woman has never won an Oscar…

  4. Cristina says:

    God, she’s gorgeous! I’ve always thought she’s naturally beautiful and I really don’t think she has had work done – on her face at least. In magazine editorials they Photoshop her so you can really tell, but in TV appearances you can tell she’s aging beautifully.
    P.S The jewelry is exquisite!

  5. Brown Eyed Girl says:

    i love her and shes so beautiful! I think natural redheads are amazing beautiful and don’t get the credit their due in this world.

    I agree about clothes with words on them. I hate the idea of people reading my clothing and staring at me.

    • Spooks says:

      My sister has the most amazing long, thick, red hair. She also has blue eyes and freckles. I have always been so jealous. Genetics is a bitch. I also find ginger men very very hot. Never understood the ginger hate.
      Also, I wear mostly black clothes, and I’m a brunette.

    • Aysla says:

      What’s the cut-off point anyway? I always wonder about things like that. I love my print t-shirts (no name-brand prints though) or t-shirts with a fun graphic…. I’m in my late twenties. Can you still wear those going into your thirties? I don’t like to look at celebrities for the answers, because so many have arrested development. Hmmm.

      • Amy Tennant says:

        I am the last person who should be giving fashion advice, but I think if it makes you happy and comfortable, wear it. As I said, I’m 40 and love my tees on the weekends. They make me happy.

        But other than that, I think I have a good sense of what’s too young for me. There are plenty of styles that I know are meant for younger people, and I just wouldn’t feel comfortable in them. So trust your instincts?

        I also have a rule of thumb with fashion that if you wore a trend the first time it came around, you can’t wear it the next.

        I also think that as long as you have a 2 in front of your age, you are a beautiful young woman in the prime of your life and should feel free to do what you want and the hell with what anyone else says.

        Maybe that should go for every number.

      • Charlie says:

        Hi Aysla…I don’t think there is a cut-off point for much of anything. I’m of the mind that if you feel good in it & it makes you happy & oh…everything is appropriately covered — you can wear what you like. I waited quite a few years to be a grown adult & I don’t need people dictating dress standards to me. You don’t need to fall in line, Dear — Just be happy with yourself.

  6. umyeah says:

    She is beautiful. And a great actress. She is the epitome of aging gorgeously and naturally. More people should follow suit.

  7. Lucy says:

    Such a talented and beautiful woman. The photoshoot is lovely! And I can see her point on the red hair thing. Btw she has some great hair!!!

  8. heatheradair says:

    Wow — those picture are…….wow. She’s one of my fav’s. VERY candid about aging, feminism…….and she just gets prettier and prettier every year.

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She’s exquisite. Love her.

    I totally agree about logo bags. I saw a woman at the hair salon yesterday and she had a bag with a really cute shape, and I loved it, but it had the LV logo all over it. I just can’t carry one of those. I feel like I might as well just carry a sign that says “look at me! I can afford this really expensive bag! How do ya like me now?”

  10. Ana says:

    What age would that be? Because I am 30, if that includes me then: Challenge Accepted!!!
    No brand names/logos though, that’s just tacky at any age! :P

  11. Aims says:

    She’s right. I’m tired of seeing 50 year old women at the grocery store wearing hot pink sweat pants with Juicy written on their ass.

    • Irishserra says:

      ^^ THIS!! ^^

      I grew up with my mother always telling me, “If you want to wear someone’s name on your ass, it had better be your own! I’m not paying through the nose so you can wear someone else’s name on your ass.”

      • Jane says:

        I agree with your mom! I have never cared about wearing a designer name anywhere on myself. In fact, I have refused to buy some clothes that I liked because the designer name was front and center or on the bum.

        When I bought my last car I told the dealership if they put their name on the back of the car I would send them a bill every month for advertising charges and expected them to pay it. The salesman just looked at me and then said the license plate holder on the back has the dealership name, is that OK or do we have to take that off? I almost laughed, but said with a straight face that was OK. I didn’t think that was too noticeable and I didn’t want to have to find another license plate holder and put it on the car.

    • Ginger says:

      LOL! That’s one of my pet peeves on ANYBODY…young or old! I don’t ever wear sweats out of the house unless I’m going to exercise let alone ones with writing across my bum. That’s the last place I want to draw attention to!

    • Nicolette says:

      This!!!!! It’s just ridiculous to me and I chuckle to myself every time. She’s right, there is a point where you just can’t do that anymore. Aside from all that, she looks amazing.

  12. CaTX says:

    I suspect she looks so good because she has had to avoid the sun because of her fair skin.

  13. Irishserra says:

    Being a ginger myself, I will have to use that line about color sometime. It drives my husband crazy that I wear primarily earth tones and black. Just because he’s darker and looks wonderful in jewel tones does not mean we all can carry it off!

  14. carol says:

    oh gawd I hope I age like her!

    re: the photoshoot: can we stop photographing women lying on the floor looking dead? I want to see women in strong poses! :(

    • lucy says:

      Bring the strong poses, Carol! :-) Julianne has been a girl crush of mine forever. I share the standards of dignity of not wearing logo branded items or words. Flashy is trashy (with few exceptions such as statement jewlery, halloween costumes, bedroom costumes, stagewear…)! I’ve always though Louis Vuitton brand to be gauche, and those “Pink” and “Juicy”, etc., rags to be hideous and cheap looking as well as gauche. But then, I’ve always felt that way about trendy-anything. Especially those name necklaces.

      I love that Julianne is comfortable in her own skin and knows who she is, and not some floozy follower catering to whatever Hollywood industry or peer pressure attempts to mold her into a disposable passe forgettable blip. And she’s a damn fine actress! Brava to her and her integrity.

      • carol says:

        I totally agree- that’s why they shouldn’t have shot her that way. I get it though, she has a job to do – probably a movie to promote or something, and more attention means more money and better roles thrown at her. And she isnt quite famous enough to throw her weight around and get the photographer to not photograph her in submissive poses. IDK, it just bothers me that these are the kinds of photographs that photographers think are ‘edgy’ and ‘beautiful. :/ Says something about the state of gender equality and what not, you know? :(

    • Irishae says:

      I couldn’t put my finger on it for awhile, but it is indeed oddly corpse-like. Or maybe she had too much wine, fell backward off the couch, and hit her head. Perhaps that’s why she looks dead.

  15. Allie says:

    I’m a redhead also and everyone thinks I’m being dramatic when I talk about how to match colors with my hair. Also, the term gingers always struck a nerve with me

    • Applapoom says:

      It is considered pretty offensive in the UK to joke about “gingers”. I know a lot of redheads get offended/bullied there about being a redhead. I do not get it at all. In many countries red hair is considered so beautiful.

    • Aysla says:

      Yeah, I wondered about that. I hung out with a guy late at night, then saw him in the daytime while I was with a friend and remarked to her, “Ohh, he’s ginger. It was so dark last night I thought he had brown hair.” That was literally all I had said, but my friend (a brunette) was very offended and told me that ‘ginger’ is derogatory. I feel like the word usage originated in the UK, where I’m aware that it’s not uncommon for people to be teased and bullied for their red hair (like another poster, I don’t understand it; I took think red hair is beautiful)… so I wonder. What’s the consensus on the word “ginger”?

      • lunchcoma says:

        It’s offensive in the UK.

        I feel it’s a lot less loaded in the US. I’m a redhead, and while I was teased for it sometimes growing up, people didn’t use the word “ginger” because it hadn’t entered the US vocabulary yet. These days, I’ll use it to refer to myself and make corny jokes about soullessness. I’m guessing others’ opinions may differ. (That being said, while I find “ginger” cute, “firecrotch” is incredibly crude and probably will offend me.)

  16. ZigZagZoey says:

    I like her, but I hate her fashion choices. She wears AWFUL AWFUL stuff on the red carpet.
    Serioulsy UGLY stuff, multiple times.
    So, I don’t wear shirts with words on them, but I wouldn’t take fashion advice from her!

  17. Ginger says:

    I’m in my 40′s and have decided that I’m going to wear what I like. I’m at the age now where I don’t care as much about what other people think and I’m going to do what makes me happy. If that means wearing a funny shirt with a squirrel on it (like I did yesterday) then so be it! And I’m a ginger who wears color. I’ve never thought about the fact that my hair is colorful too…I think it all blends. I used to wear all black when I was a teenager and I’ve happily left that phase behind. I’ve been coloring my hair red for 20 years (unlike Julianne who is natural) so what i wear depends upon what shade of red I have at the moment. If it’s a light strawberry I dress in an Earthy style. If it’s deep, bright red (like right now) I tend to dress in a hipper, more trendy style. But Julianne is right when she says fashion should be fun. I do look up to her as far as aging gracefully goes. If she has had work you can’t tell and that’s as it should be. Of course as much money as she has she can afford the best of skin care routines. And Kaiser, I’m a bag girl so I can’t help but ooh and ahh over someone’s Gucci or Chanel bag. But I agree with you that sometimes glaring labels can be a bit obnoxious.

  18. Jayna says:

    She is 53? Unbelievable. Technically she is right. She didn’t go under the knife and no botox and she has great bone structure. So you can see she would age well. But she probably does all the natural lasar facelift things and etc with all the money she has, But she has kept her look, no big fillers, fish lips, startled eyes, too much botox. She looks like she did at 43.

    And on another note. I saw Susan Sarandon on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live. She came with her buddy, Ralph Fiennes, to keep him company. And she looks fantastic. When I read her age I almost fell over. Susan Sarandon is 67 years old. I am stunned. I still can’t wrap my mind around it. She looks in her early fifties, and a sexy early fifties at that and so cool and vibrant.

    I’m using these women as my role models on how to look great and sexy in almost an effortless way when I am over 50 and still have a youthful spirit but in an appropriate, classy way. No overpulled, overfilled, frozen faces for these woman, but just enough things to keep them fresh looking, and fit and healthy looking.

  19. toto says:

    Wow To have Julianne Moore (53) Picture beside Aniston (44) picture just shows you the Power of Aniston’s PR manager Stephen Huvane.
    He works 24/7 to make Anistion forties as the ultimate achievement in beauty and health among actresses . For God sake look At Julianne
    she even seems more approachable than what called the next door girl charm .

  20. K-MAC says:

    um, she looks AMAZING but at 53 time marches across EVERYONE’S face unless you have “procedures.” There are fillers, lasers, and even “botox-light” the natural look. This woman has had a few things done (nose). NO ONE in Hollywood ages naturally and there is nothing wrong with it, but please don’t try and sell us on that bs.

    • Ice Maiden says:

      These photos are ridiculously photoshopped, but if you look at red carpet pics of Julianne, you’ll see she DOES have wrinkles and lines. Not that many – she has great skin – but they are there. Her forehead does look suspiciously smooth, so she probably has had botox, but she certainly hasn’t succumbed to the awful puffy face of so many of her contemporaries.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I’d believe her when she ways that she’s had nothing done. I read a few interviews–she said when she was young that whenever her parents brought her to the beach, they would go after 5pm, stay for an hour and then leave. She said if you ever see her at the beach, she’ll be the one in black board shorts, a black long sleeved shirt, and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses–slathered in sunscreen.

        My mom turns 50 next month, and she’s very smooth as well–she has some lines in her forehead and around her eyes, but other than that she looks the same as she did in her thirties.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        Yes – I think we’re so used to almost every celeb woman being pulled and tweaked that we forget that women in their 50s – and beyond – can and do look great without having a single thing done to their faces. I’m in my 40s and though I do say so myself, I have hardly any lines on my face. And I’ve never had so much as a facial done in my entire life.

      • Aysla says:

        Tips, Icemaiden! What do you do for your skincare?

      • Ice Maiden says:

        Very little tbh! I don’t use expensive skincare or make-up, though I have always made a point of staying out of the sun. I think one of the best things for your skin, especially if it’s dry, is oil. No need for any of the fancy expensive stuff – good old fashioned olive oil or almond oil is great. Creams or serums containing hyaluronic acid are also very good for holding water in your skin. Again, they don’t need to be expensive.

        Honestly, I think most of it is just genetics. I’ve always looked about 10 years younger than my age, and my mother does too. I do think so much of the way we look is just down to genes, and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it one way or the other. I think Julianne is just naturally beautiful and has great skin. No amount of botox will give you that.

  21. Jane says:

    I don’t think she has had any major plastic surgery, but she probably is using other stuff, like botox, skin treatments that get rid of wrinkles, etc. She is an actress and the reality is looks are important to continue to get jobs, so I think it would be smart of her to take advantage of whatever works as far as her looks. She has great bone structure and she has stayed out of the sun, both major things to keep herself looking good. I don’t know if she smokes or has smoked, but smoking is another destroyer of good skin.

    I have very fair skin and know if she hadn’t taken care of herself in that department she wouldn’t look like she does now, no way. The sun alone would have done major damage.

  22. J says:

    She might not have had botox but I’m sure she’s done peels, microderm, laser facials, skin tightening, etc. etc. And I don’t blame her! That stuff doesn’t change the essentials of the way you look, it just brings out the best version of your face.

  23. themummy says:

    I’m sure she’s done some basic dermatological stuff, like laser facials, IPL,microdermabrasion etc., but of every woman in Hollywood she is the one I would most believe hasn’t had any surgical work or injectables done. She’s exceptionally beautiful and I think she just has really great genes.

  24. missespresso says:

    A colour analysis might change the way she views colour in her wardrobe. It’s a shame she wears black because she thinks redheads can’t carry colour, everyone can, it’s a matter of choosing the right undertone and intensity. She’s great though. Down to earth and natural looking, plus she’s a good actress.

  25. lovenyc says:

    I really like her, such a great actor. Her good looks are mix of great genes, excellent bone structure and of course lifestyle choices – no smoking, drinking and tanning. It always catches up with women later in life, not when they are 30. I don’t believe for a second that she had no work done. Big part of her work is her appearence, it’s part of the deal like typing for a secretary. I don’t think she had botox or face lift, but for sure laser treatments. I remember a couple of years ago she mentioned that she goes for monthly laser treatments, but I don’t remember what kind. It’s nice to see her flawless pale skin, comparatively Aniston’s fried tan look comes to my mind, such a horrid, aging look. Kidman is a few years younger and she looks older than Moore with that frozen, fake face full of botox and fillers. That blond hair ages Kidman, I don’t get why she didn’t stick to her amazing red hair. I’m so sick of the fake blond fried hair.

  26. lunchcoma says:

    I don’t agree with either of those things. I dislike clothing with words or obvious logos, but I don’t think it has anything to do with age. I just don’t see words as being an especially attractive design element, nor do I want to pay for the privilege of advertising someone’s products.

    Also, while I know exactly what Julianne is talking about when she refers to having to be conscious about colors, I go the opposite direction and enjoy all the lovely bright colors that do flatter me. I fall into the “everything I own is black!” trap on occasion, but I think that’s common for women of all hair colors. When I get bored of the lack of color, that’s just a sign that it’s time to buy something emerald or coral or plum colored.

  27. coconut says:

    i have auburn hair and get all sorts of positive comments when i wear my turquoise jacket and other brights. after 20 years of mostly neutrals, i’m all about color. bring it on! i think she could wear more color but maybe she likes the less is more aesthetic.

  28. Penny says:

    I think she tried Botox a few years ago, either that or she was having very regular treatments, because her face looked painfully tight for a few months. But I don’t think she’s had any surgery.

    The most ageing thing isn’t lines and wrinkles, it’s skin discolouration. Being pale means that you need to be more careful about avoiding the sun, using sunscreen etc. so it’s no people like Julianne and Cate Blanchett look amazing. Even Nicole Kidman still has great skin, the Botox is completely unnecessary.

  29. Loralei says:

    They totally photoshopped her so much in this photo shoot that it doesn’t even look like her. She looks so much better natural. In these pictures she looks sickly. That one photo of her on her knees looks like a young Marlo Thomas.

  30. RubyLips says:

    Just checked out her interview in the mag, its great. This is a pretty good magazine, I really liked the pics. How is that I never heard of it.

    P.S. Milla also gave an interview last week. YAY. I love that girl.

  31. Bobbiesue says:

    Photoshop exists people. Seriously. My friend is a celebrity photographer and when I see what the publications ask him to do, the stars look completely different afterward. It’s beyond shocking. Also, on the red carpet they’re made up to the hilt. How often do we see them in real life, up close, with no make-up? Also, why is it people have such difficulty with the fact that some people don’t age like others. Genes, tons of water, lack of sun exposure (a big one with redheads), omega oils, not smoking, etc… all play a huge role. My mother looked 35 when she was 50. She just did henna over her grays.

  32. Maggie says:

    I really like her as an actress but when you see her she has wrinkles and major bags under her eyes. It was a little shocking after seeing her look like this in magazines. Still a beautiful woman. I’m a natural redhead and have very good skin. No smoking, careful in the sun and good skincare. Always wash your face before bed. That’s my rule.

  33. bettyrose says:

    This is why everyone needs a dog. ALL t-shirts at ALL ages are totally appropriate at the dog park.

  34. BabyCakes says:

    Call me crazy…but I always thought there was a cut off limit for black…overly smoky eyes…

  35. K-rock says:

    I really like her a lot. She’s also very naturally beautiful.

    That being said, I know I’ll be having rotten tomatoes hurled at me, but I never really understood these “rules” about clothing. Who is the genius behind these “rules”?
    God forbid someone wears white after Labor day. No wearing clothes with lettering or words on them, etc. etc. Just because someone somewhere sometime decided its tacky to wear white only during certain seasons? Sorry but f-that. In fact I think wearing white in the winter is actually very pretty.

    And if I want to wear letters or logos, I certainly will. Let the “middle aged women police” come give me a ticket. I’m a grown woman and if I want to wear something cute, I’m gonna do it. If people in public want to snark and laugh, then by all means I invite them to.

  36. paranormalgirl says:

    I have bright red hair, blue eyes, and freckles and am over 40. The only colors I can’t really wear are yellows, oranges, and reds that are not blue based (those colors make me look sallow). I wear pretty much everything else.

  37. aasf says:

    I personally think it is irresponsible to say the way she looks is 100 percent natural. Because we have all seem women in real life in their fifties do not look that way. And I don’t want to look at woman who are the same age but look ten years younger and feel inadequate about myself. Furthermore, the fact that she is fair skinned points to not aging as well not the other way as long. I’m sure she has had lasers,fillers, as well as religious use of very expensive skin care products. I love the way she looks and I think her doing fillers or whatever doesn’t take away any of her brilliance. This is the one place I’ll give credit to Gwyneth Paltrow is that she has admitted she has done lasers and we all know she follows a very strict diet (from her goop website and books) because having that type of body doesn’t come from eating cupcakes and chips.