Style File: Meryl Streep
Posted on 27 September 2016
Despite claiming to know nothing about fashion, having once stated that she "couldn't care less" about it, Meryl Streep has an enduring sense of style. She imbues a timeless, confident elegance that consistently transcend trends. Whether on and off screen, on the red carpet and out on the street, she is a style icon.
Some of the best costuming in movies is not flamboyant period gowns or futuristic science-fiction fantasy pieces but clothing that makes the characters on screen feel real. Streep’s wardrobe in Kramer vs. Kramer is a great example of this; the clothes are never a scene-stealer, but the (now iconic) Burberry trench coat and boots encapsulates the kind of down-to-earth glamour of the era.
Streep won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role and famously left the trench coat sitting on top of a lavatory following the ceremony!
Since being catapulted into the public eye following the success of Kramer vs. Kramer, Streep’s style has influenced women across the world. In the 1970s and 80s she was known for her fresh faced, ‘girl-next-door’ look. However, it has been in the last decade that Streep has really come into her own, and shown the world that there is no age limit on style.
December 2011 Streep became US Vogue's oldest ever solo cover girl at the age of 62. Speaking to Vicki Woods she spoke about ageing in Hollywood. “I remember turning to my husband (after turning 40) and saying, ‘Well, what should we do? Because it’s over.’” The following year, she received three offers to play witches in different movies. She saw the subtext pretty clearly: “Once women passed childbearing age they could only be seen as grotesque on some level.”
Since ‘passing childbearing age’ Streep has stared in some of the most iconic movies in cinematic history and has aged with grace and poise, maintaining her classic beauty throughout her lengthy Hollywood career.
In 2012 she wore a Lanvin gown for the Oscars, at which she won Best Actress for The Iron Lady. Older women are often encouraged to dress in subdued tones, to not wear bright colours, less they draw attention to themselves. Streep adorned herself in gold lame, standing statuesque like the awards themselves and refusing to disappear into the crowd!
Streep has never been afraid to make a statement, from choosing tailored trousers over a gown for the 2015 oscars to accessorising with oversized jewellery, she isn’t afraid to be seen. Streep said it best herself: “for me, clothes are kind of character; I don't follow fashion or understand trends”, and she does it effortlessly.