In Angelina Jolie’s British Vogue cover story, shot by Craig McDean in her family home in LA – which happens to be the former estate of Cecil B DeMille – the actor and activist wears a childhood dress as a top. Wearing clothes until they are completely worn out is typical of Jolie, whose signature style is grounded by a concise edit of luxury everyday basics in either black or beige – as well as the treasures she has accumulated over the years.
“I invest in quality pieces, and then just wear them to death,” Jolie tells Edward Enninful in their transatlantic Zoom conversation. “Boots, a favourite coat, a favourite purse, I don’t change things often, you know? That’s one of my things.” A few of Jolie’s favourite things on steady rotation include a Phoebe Philo-era Céline Clasp bag, Valentino Vlogo sandals, Salvatore Ferragamo’s classic wool coat, Saint Laurent jeans, The Row’s Martina dress, and Gabriela Hearst’s Hermina and Iris dresses – all of which sum up her style: elegant yet effortless.
At home, it’s “robes… lots of robes, and kaftans,” she adds – a surprising fact, perhaps, for Vogue.co.uk readers used to seeing her running errands in a default uniform of trench coat and It-bag (Dior’s 30 Montaigne bag and Fendi’s Kan U model are other favourites). Her uniform as mom consists of vintage Brunello Cucinelli kaftans and Carine Gilson robes, which she also models in the March issue. These louche-yet-functional essentials befit a woman who juggles parenting, humanitarian work and film projects, and quite frankly needs to get things done without worrying about outfit details.
Angelina Jolie wearing Max Mara on the March cover of British Vogue.
© Craig McDean
Buying quality products and making them last is of course done with a conscious mindset, but Jolie is well aware of the bigger picture when it comes to talking about fashion’s impact. “We’re all trying to figure out what the best way is, but I imagine there’ll be more and more regulations, and I think that’s the best thing that can happen,” she muses. “Because even a thoughtful consumer can be conned by a good promotion of something that is not in fact good, right?”
Rather, Jolie recommends “enjoying your vintage pieces, if you have them, and rediscovering some vintage shops.” Her most prized pieces worn every day say a lot about her character: her mother’s Cartier watch and Guerlain beauty products, the smell of which also reminds Jolie of her. Sentiment, as well as sustainability, is a brilliant message we can all take from a woman who dedicates her time to the causes close to her heart – her family, human rights and education – rather than the number of handbags in her closet.
Angelina Jolie wearing a Burberry polo, Ralph Lauren trousers and Chanel ballet pumps on the March cover of British Vogue.
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