Dakota and Elle Fanning at the “Teen Spirit” Premiere

Posted on April 03, 2019

One thing we probably don’t give the Fanning sisters enough credit for:


They each settled on a visual brand early and they’re both very good at sticking to it. You never hear someone say they can’t tell the Fanning sisters apart. Dakota’s look is usually “out for drinks,” and Elle’s is usually “My fairy godmother made this.”



Dakota Fanning in Miu Miu

Dakota likes looks with a tiny, nearly imperceptible edge to them and doesn’t like much fuss in her style. She defaults to black in nearly every public appearance. She doesn’t strike us as hugely focused on fashion but she can get the job done when she needs to. This is pretty cute and, very much to her preferences, fairly simple and easy to wear. We don’t love the clunky platforms, but they go with the dress and they’re also something of a Fanning go-to.




Elle, on the other hand, knows that it’s just good sense to lean hard into the Disney Princess aesthetic because she’s so ridiculously well suited to it. We keep waiting for her to get sick of it  – and like Dakota, we suspect it’s as much strategic as a clear style preference on her part – but she must think it’s still got some legs to it. We’re not complaining. When she threads the needle on the cotton candy retro aesthetic that suits her so well, the results look pretty perfect. Is the hair bow a bit much? It’s not our preference, but like we said, she can still work these types of touches really well. We don’t love it, but it suits her. The dress is hot pink lace over hot pink satin and that sound like an utter nightmare to our delicate sensibilities, but it’s all working pretty well for her.



Style Credits:
Dakota Fanning: Miu Miu Dress with Embellished Bow Detail
Elle Fanning: Rodarte ‘Flamingo’ Lace Dress from the Fall 2019 Collection | Tiffany & Co. Jewelry

Styled by Samantha McMillen | Hair By Jenda | Makeup by Erin Ayanian Monroe

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, vogue.com]

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