Exclusive: Evan Rachel Wood on Mastering the Tomboy Look
Evan Rachel Wood is practically the poster girl for tomboy style, so it’s no wonder Wildfang—a Portland-based brand serving up menswear-inspired fashions—tapped the actress for its latest campaign. In a witty short film, Wood explores what happens when you say ‘yes,’ or in this case ‘Evan Rachel WOULD,’ to just about anything. We chatted with the actress about the project, creating the perfect masculine/feminine look, and more, so keep reading for our exclusive interview and first look at the video!
What do you think is the key to creating the perfect masculine/feminine look?
I draw a lot of inspiration from my favorite style icons. I started studying men’s fashion and men’s silhouettes and putting my own spin on it. What’s cool is that I can wear skinny jeans and loafers, but put a feminine spin on it with jewellery or makeup.
You’ve worn many suits on the red carpet. How do you keep the look feeling fresh and modern?
I have an amazing stylist, Samantha McMillan, who I’ve been working with since I was 18. We’re both really into the ‘80s, and that’s the era when I feel like the suit took on so many forms and so many lives. So we take that and put our own spin on it. Right now, I’m vibing on the tailored suit. I wore an all-black suit recently on the red carpet with some eye-catching rad two-tone shoes. I try to find a pop, whether it be makeup, on the lapel, or with the shoes.
What are 5 borrowed-from-the-boys pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe?
Any simple baggy tee—it doesn’t matter how many baggy women’s tees I buy, there’s something about the fit of a dude’s tee that you can’t recreate—skinny jeans, and a good button-up shirt. Also, a good loafer and a good boot. Redwing has amazing boots, that you can wear with anything.
Who are some of your style icons, past and present?
I love Bowie, Marianne Faithful, and Patti Smith. When I was a teenager I used to dress like Kurt Cobain a lot, too.
How did you discover Wildfang?
I feel like I’ve identified as a tomboy for most of my life. In my experience it’s been really hard to find men’s styles that work for women. I spend my time trying to find the smallest size in the men’s section. When I found Wildfang it was a game changer. I’m really excited about this project with Wildfang; it’s a play on the exercise of saying yes, except instead of ‘yes’ you say ‘Evan Rachel WOULD’. It’s a funny project, but it’s also about being yourself and taking chances, which to me is what Wildfang is about. I’m kind of a daredevil, and I like being in uncomfortable situations to push myself. Also, as part of this project I chose to support the charity Friends of the Children, because I did some charity work last year and started researching literature about how detrimental it can be if kids don’t have a parental figure or a mentor or someone who’s showing them unconditional love and safety. So when I read about Friends of the Children, it all clicked. More details on this will be released soon!
What about the brand’s designs appeal to your own personal style?
When I found Wildfang, something immediately clicked, and I felt like I found a place that really fit my personality and style. You don’t realize it’s important until you find the right fit. It boosts your confidence.