Character Study: Leslie Mann in This is 40


Style editor Linda Immediato takes requests— and puts together modern looks based on characters (real and imagined) that have captured the sartorial aspirations of friends, readers, and colleagues.

This week, the request comes from Los Angeles magazine’s online content manager Shayna Rose Arnold: Leslie Mann in This is 40:

“Leslie’s character pulls off what I’m always going for: simple, comfortable, casual, AND chic (re: not frumpy). What’s the trick?”

MY STYLE NOTES: I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this movie, so I did some digging to find some visual references and found at least three scenes in which Mann wears a gingham shirt and in nearly every scene in the movie she’s wearing layered necklaces. So copping this look is as easy as 1, 2, 3— gingham shirt (it has to be fitted and feminine to avoid frumpy!), layered necklaces, and a pair of slim jeans (not skinny or leggings).

SHOP THE LOOK (above): J.Crew gingham shirt, Tory Burch necklace, and AG “The Ballad” jeans