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Hint – stop worrying about what other people think.

Anne Hathaway, a budding fashion icon? No one would have believed you if you had said those words five years ago. Extremely talented? Hello, she won an Oscar! Charming and friendly? You can’t convince me she and Mia Thermopolis to The Diary of a Princess are not the same person. But a risk-taking style superstar? Not really.

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Boy did she prove us all wrong at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. With the help of her stylist Erin Walsh, she turned heads and dropped jaws in not one but five gorgeous looks , each one more emblematic than the other. Her first, and probably her best, was a custom Armani Privé white column skirt with a bandeau crop top and Bvlgari necklace. Then she played a retro Gucci girl in a textured blue mini number and killer shades. After a colorful Schiaparelli suit and a chic Louis Vuitton shirt dress, she ended her visit to the festival with a bright pink dress by Valentino.

So what makes these looks so different from the Anne Hathaway fashion we’re all used to seeing? She is (finally) not afraid to take risks. The star quickly rose to fame as a teenager after her iconic role in The Diary of a Princess. Embodying the “girl next door” trope, Hathaway’s fashion played a crucial role in perpetuating this image, with the actor sporting romantic silhouettes, ethereal fabrics and muted colors. Soon, she became the star every woman wanted to be, with the grace and style sensibilities of her fake royals.

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Anne Hathaway at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards. Photograph by Getty Images

But a few years later, Hathaway was one of the first victims of cancel culture. Calling himself the “Hathahaters”, a group of internet trolls began to turn against the actor in the early to mid-2010s for his perceived fakeness and earnest demeanor. Whether or not the hate is justified or just a classic example of industry misogyny, Hathaway has gone into hiding, both with her job and her wardrobe. Seemingly afraid to draw attention to herself, she always looked great on red carpets, but her fashion never seemed to inspire “wow.”

Now with two children and entering her forties, Anne Hathaway seems to know exactly who she is. Her revived style journey started with a bang in 2021 when she shared three glamorous looks on Instagram in honor of her canceled premiere for HBO Locked. And it has now continued through 2022, with notable numbers worn on its press days for We crashed and at the Cannes Film Festival.

There are a lot of great things about her fashion renaissance, like her experimentation with silhouettes and her love of vibrant colors, but the best has to be her newfound attitude. She’s still the girl next door but has moved on. She can be sexy and sultry and still have a megawatt smile. She looks comfortable and confident in her own skin, almost daring the world to say something.

And while the actor has access to the world’s top designers, hair and makeup teams, and stylists, there are a few tricks anyone can use to up their style game. Below, FASHION lists three ways to take your wardrobe to the next level à la Anne Hathaway.

Minimal makeup is key

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If you go hard with your outfit, keep your beauty light. At least, that’s how Hathaway manages to look effortless while wearing thousands of couture dollars. Don’t worry about a complicated hairstyle or time-consuming outline; keep it simple with a fluffy blowout and some lipstick.

Honor your past but look to the future

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Anne Hathaway at ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.’ Photograph by Getty Images

This look is so successful because it looks like an extension of Hathaway’s personality. Think of it as an updated, fancier version of Girl Next Door. As she’s known for being endlessly bubbly, this matching set from Christopher John Rogers feels cheerful and youthful without being preachy and defines Anne Hathaway’s updated persona. So the next time you go shopping, think about what message you want to send to the world and how certain colors or patterns can help you achieve that. Does it sound like the old you, the new you, or a bit of both?

Don’t be afraid to try new things

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Can I guarantee you’ll look fabulous in every outfit 100% of the time? No. But again, no one can; even Zendaya has holidays. What’s important is that you can’t be afraid to try. Hathaway is making headlines because she’s trying something new, and for the most part, it works. Start small with a new style of top or bottom, and work with some of your old favorites.

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