Jen inspired me to create my capsule wardrobe. Coat, Toteme, matchesfashion.com; Knit, Cos; Leather Trousers, J brand, and Boots, Acne Studio
In an age of constant reinvention, it’s refreshing to see an actress who stays true to her personal style. With age, one can refine it and own it. I’m talking about Jennifer Aniston, who has reached peak chic in Apple TV’s brilliantly addictive The Morning Show as news anchor Alex Levy.
Season two is now on and I love her character’s subtle but big-impact wardrobe, which uses clothes in such a clever, beautiful way to navigate the dog-eat-dog battles and sexism of US TV.
Thankfully, there are no lingering shots – think Meghan in Suits – of bottom-hugging pencil skirts. In fact, you can tell there’s a large contingent of women working on the show by how the female characters are dressed.
Nina Hallworth (@nina.clare), is the show’s costume designer and has been styling Jennifer for ten years. Clare says: ‘Alex Levy lives in New York and is one of the top network journalists. She’s esteemed and probably the most intelligent person in the room. We wanted her clothes looking strong and precise. So the tailoring alterations, the length of her shoe, the fit of her trousers, all make her believable as someone at the top of her field.’
Jennifer Aniston on the morning show: Looking sharp
Jennifer’s Morning Show look is a terrific example of how a capsule wardrobe can work seamlessly together – with pieces constantly mixed and matched through the fast-paced episodes. The show’s script is so sharp and buzzy it’s like having a double shot of espresso. But Jennifer’s clothes are stylish without being shouty. ‘We went with beautifully tailored men’s fabrics in shades of grey, blue and brown. It was a conscious decision not to be in fuchsia or cobalt blue,’ says Clare.
Naturally Clare and Nina got to choose pieces from the cream of the crop, snapping up some luxe coats when they heard Céline’s creative director Phoebe Philo was leaving. There’s also an elegant scattering of Valextra bags, Italy’s equivalent to Hermès.
In The Morning Show her capsule wardrobe is stylish not shout
Big labels aside, Jennifer’s look is primarily the perfect example of how clothes can make you look in control even when everything else is falling apart.
Alex prefers black to make a statement in a room and red when necessary. To win power struggles with the executives who were trying to fire her for being a woman older than 50 at the beginning of the show. When, of course, it’s her life experience – reflected in the self-confidence of her wardrobe – that’s her greatest asset.
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