In two short years, actress Bella Thorne has shot up the fashion ranks to be one of THE ones-to-watch on the red carpet. More often than not, the stunning redhead can be counted on to pull together a look that’s fresh and different. Her ability to make any design contemporary through her use of color and accessories is remarkable. If just half of her peers could master that skill, the world would be a much better place.
With her impeccable taste in clothes, towering height (5’5” without heels!) and good looks, it’s hard to believe that Bella is only a teenager. But we were reminded of her youth on the eve of her Sweet 16 birthday when we had the pleasure of chatting with the starlet as she hosted the ‘Girls Night Out’ WallFlower Jeans event in L.A.
Rocking a typical teen outfit—simple white tee and denim (but paired with a black quilted Chanel purse and black Christian Louboutin pumps, natch!) and cute ponytail, Bella spent the better part of the evening hanging out with girlfriends and graciously taking pictures with young fans of her Disney show, ‘Shake It Up.’
We managed to get a few minutes with the beauty, who was accompanied by stylist Marissa Peden, to talk about how she envisions her look evolving, behind-the-scenes fashion stories, and the challenge she faces playing dress up in a mature industry.
On her style: It’s kind of whatever I’m feeling that day, honestly. I don’t have like a “no-go” look. I don’t hate one thing. I kind of like everything. One of the things that attract me to an outfit is if it’s comfortable. I will pick an outfit based upon the shoes [my stylist] Marissa Peden gives me because I will be like, Marissa, these shoes are uncomfortable, so we’ll go with the other outfit. It can be something as simple as that.
On her style icons: I like Natalie Portman and Nicole Richie.
On a standout look she’s worn: There’s not a favorite look of mine. There’s actually one that I kind of put together at the last minute and I liked it. It was the Alberta Ferretti dress with Bionda Castana shoes that I wore to a charity event.
On keeping her outfits fresh: There are not a lot of “young” outfits, and I don’t think people realize this. People can say, “Oh, that person doesn’t dress their age.” But there are just not a lot of “young” outfits. A lot of designers aren’t looking to dress a 15-year-old. It’s hard to find the right outfit sometimes. The way [my stylist and I] make a look younger is through the accessories. I like neon accessories. If I have an outfit that’s darker, I always want to make it look younger.
On nail art as an accessory: When getting my nails done, I usually go with a theme or pull from something that inspires me. I’m big on stones, spikes and crosses, so I usually will want those incorporated in my nail art. Nail art is part of an outfit.
On behind-the-scenes fashion emergencies: I had a big malfunction with the purple Armani tuxedo lapel dress that I wore the InStyle party. Marissa’s seamstress messed up the whole dress. When we tried to put it on, it wouldn’t go over my butt. So, she took it back. I’m getting my hair and makeup ready. It’s getting close to time and it still doesn’t work. Then, we finally had to go to Armani and try to get it done. So, at the last minute, they threw it on, sewed it up on me and we were done.
Marissa: They were literally cutting and sticking it on her body!
Bella: That was a problem!
On her Sweet 16 dress: It’s by Three Floor. I like the color. My hair is really dull right now, so we needed a color to brighten it up. I would’ve gone with something that was a darker color because I like darker colors usually, but we went with something brighter with the blue.
On if she sees her style evolving: I think I’m pretty OK with my style right now. I mean, there are some outfits where I think, Wow! That’s so cool! But it’s just older. So, I tell myself that I’ll get to wear those cooler, hipper outfits when the time is right. I think my style will definitely just get cooler as I get older.