If 2019 belongs to anyone, it’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. At worst, you’ve at least heard her name in passing. At best, you—like us—will be but one face in her mighty legion of loyal fans. Fans who have deeply resonated with her work, for Waller-Bridge is the woman behind the embarrassingly acclaimed Fleabag, which she stars in and pens. She's also responsible for the TV adaptation of the Villanelle novellas: Ever heard of a little show called Killing Eve? On top of that, she’s somehow found the time to land roles in Solo and Goodbye Christopher Robin, in addition to co-writing Bond 25, which is slated for release in 2020.
Indeed, Waller-Bridge is a busy lady. And being busy in showbiz means one thing: a plethora of public appearances. Be it interviews, press junkets or red carpet forays, she's regularly in the spotlight, and this has required dozens of carefully considered outfits. Androgynous and graceful in equal measure. Waller-Bridge’s style is somewhat undefinable, changing with every look. From sharp suiting to gowns with minimalistic silhouettes, her one constant seems to be her signature red lip. With a wardrobe as broad as her talent, Waller-Bridge certainly makes for an interesting style case study.
Keep scrolling to see Phoebe Waller Bridge’s style—from the peak of her fame right the way back to her first brush with stardom.
On the talk-show circuit, Phoebe keeps things classic in a black dress with contrast silver trim.
Aside from monochrome, Phoebe tends to opt for red dresses for her high-profile appearances.
Attending Wimbledon 2019 in a printed cap-sleeved, thigh-split dress from Reformation.
Note how she expertly matches the shade of her boots to a hue in her checked overcoat.
Phoebe was easily one of the best-dressed attendees at 2019’s BAFTAs in this duck-egg coloured dress from A Teodoro.
Jumpsuits account for a large portion of Phoebe’s classicist wardrobe.
It doesn’t get much chicer than a cream roll-neck, navy wide-leg trousers and red courts.
An exceptionally sleek take on the boilersuit trend.
Phoebe knows that this season’s most sophisticated look is top-to-toe creamy tones.
Keeping things sleek in a velvet two-piece from Bella Freud.
For the 2019 Golden Globes, Phoebe opted for siren-red sequins from Galvan.
Phoebe showcases an interesting play on textures with her satin and feather pairing.
Making a Raphaelite-esque statement in a bold rose dress and corkscrew ringlets at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2018.
Phoebe joins the 1970 club with this iconic Bella Freud knit.
Phoebe looks the chic summertime part in this wafty two-piece.
This Mother of Pearl dress looks as if it was made especially for the Fleabag star, which made for the perfect debut Cannes attire in 2018.
Another day, another excellent Cannes outfit. This time, an on-trend pink suit from Hellessy.
A red carpet dress with pockets? Phoebe is clearly a girl after our own hearts.
You know you’ve made it when you’re invited to the Met Gala. For her debut in 2018, Phoebe opted for this very French Christopher Kane column gown.
As far as debut Oscars outfits go, this Vionnet polka-dot tulle gown is easily one of the strongest we’ve seen. Bravo, Phoebe.
Keeping things classic at the 2018 BAFTAs in a black gown complete with an asymmetric strap, slicked-back hair and lashings of diamonds.
Proving checks don’t always have to be beige in this green-and-blue tartan checked coat.
Attending the opening night of the stage show Hamilton in London in December 2017, Phoebe was already well ahead of the halter-neck trend.
Getting her velvet fix by the way of a purple Devore gown. Stunning.
Looking every inch the star she is in a white satin gown complete with a sculpted bodice.
Moments before she won her first BAFTA in 2017, Phoebe wowed on the red carpet in this beige embellished dress.
She may have worn this ensemble back in 2017, but the satin shirt and split-front trousers feel so now.
Hitting up the NME Awards in a black floor-length dress with bright trims.
Channelling old school Hollywood glamour at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2016.
For her first interview on American TV, Phoebe looked the superstar part in a gorgeous jumpsuit and on-trend choker.
Up next, read up on the autumn/winter 2019 trends set to define our wardrobes this season.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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