Long before Kate Bosworth fronted Who What Wear's Fall Issue—experimenting with silhouettes and trading in her signature blonde hair for a choppy black bob—she’d already solidified herself as a certificated fashion star. And to understand just how the actress-turned-producer has maintained such memorable, effortless, and highly covetable style, there’s someone else you should meet: her dad.
“When I was younger—obviously, and as you should—I was very excited to experiment as a teenager,” Bosworth told about her approach to fashion during her formidable years. “My father was in fashion and he had always said to me, ‘If you keep something classic, you're never going to regret it.’” Harold Bosworth, a former executive for Talbots, seems to be one of the several key players behind his daughter’s inspired and inspiring POV. “I would say, when in doubt, really think about what that photo’s going to look like in 20 years,” was the advice Bosworth relayed to us. “Whether you’re going to get married or whether you’re going out for a night. And it doesn't mean it can’t be bold and crazy—just make sure that you can stand by it.”
Of course, boldness and subtly both have a place in Bosworth’s closet. “For example, with my wedding dress, I just wanted it to feel timeless,” she says of her Oscar de la Renta design for her nuptials to Michael Polish in 2013. But on the other hand, her appreciation for dramatic designs—seen both while off-duty and in the Fall Issue—has helped round out the style star's own definition of classic style. One we—and we're sure, her father—can get on board with.
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Don't miss Bosworth's complete feature in Who What Wear's Fall Issue, as well as original shoots with Paloma Elsesser, Linda Rodin, Kiersey Clemons, and so much more.