Sarah Silverman Is on a Mission to Bring Back the Skort

The actress-comedian’s breaking the rules of style—to glorious effect

For your Emmy award-winning HBO special, We Are Miracles, you rocked a jean shorts-and-tights ensemble. I’d cop that look.
It’s funny, because I’ll say to my boyfriend, “You see what I’m wearing? You’re gonna see a whole bunch of little girls wearing this next year.” I’m wearing what Janeane Garofalo wore in 1995. I like the shorts and tights. I feel super comfortable in them; I feel sexual in them. My thighs are free. I’m not thinking about what they look like in jeans or pants. I also want to bring back the skort. I have one skort that I love. I can be free in it and run if I need to and sit like a regular person.

What do you find challenging, style wise?
I’m not good with heels, and I can’t wear them for any amount of time. I think they’re beautiful, and I’ll wear them on the red carpet. I went to the Vanity Fair Oscar party—which is such an exciting, fun party—and I had to leave, my heels hurt so much. Even meeting celebrity X, Y, or Z fell to the amount of pain I was in, and I wanted to be in sweats and socks and watching a Law & Order episode.

SarahSilverman2You describe yourself as a regular gal. Can a celebrity go clothes-shopping like normal people?
Yes, I get things from all over. I just bought a pair of cargo pants that I wear all the time. They were, like, $19 on Amazon. But I’ll also spend money on a cashmere sweater that I know I’m gonna wear the shit out of. But I don’t really like to spend a lot of money. I bought myself a Canada goose jacket for my last birthday. For the past three years I’ve admired them, but they’re so expensive that whenever I looked at the price tag, I ended up telling the coat, “Fuck you.” It was the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten myself. I wear it all the time, even inside. I call it my “mink.”

What was your most embarrassing fashion moment?
I was nominated for an Emmy in 2009, and Badgley Mischka said they wanted to make a dress for me. It was just a plain royal blue dress, and I was like, “What about this? And what about this?” The tailor acquiesced to everything. It ended up looking like a blueberry Renaissance Faire dress. It was so bad that Badgley Mischka took their name off of it.

WHERE IS IT NOW? When Silverman has friends over to watch an awards show, at some point she pulls out the Badgley Mischka from the bottom of her closet and puts it on over her sweatpants and T-shirt.
WHERE IS IT NOW?
When Silverman has friends over to watch an awards show, at some point she pulls out the Badgley Mischka from the bottom of her closet and puts it on over her sweatpants and T-shirt.

What do you think about working with a stylist?
When you’re an actor, you have fittings for costumes, and it’s not dissimilar to working with a stylist. Everything is too small, and it can be really crushing to your self-worth if you let it. I’m lucky I’m older and have perspective and humor. There have been times that I’ve walked out of fittings choking back tears. One time I was replacing an actress in a movie, and I went to the fitting straight from the airport in New Mexico. The wardrobe stylist looked at me and started crying. I said, “Are you OK?” and she said, “Everything I have is a size 0, and you’re like an 8!!” It was a nice welcome to Albuquerque.

So what did you think about posing for us?
It was fun. But we all look at ourselves and are critical. I try to remember “I’m strong and my body works and I’m beautiful” or whatever. But when I looked at those pictures on the screen, I just saw a horse monkey. Like if a horse could also be a monkey—who’s Jewish—in a dress.

Don’t be so hard on yourself! You showed off some solid modeling chops.
Well, I watch a lot of America’s Next Top Model, and I know that you have to learn your angles and be constantly moving and “smizing.” So I just pretended to be a model. I mean, most models are discovered in their forties, right?

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Photograph by PEGGY SIROTA

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