Just like Pantone picks a color palette to set the mood for the year ahead, I pick a fashion muse. For the new decade I’m saying goodbye to floral prints, muted shades, and billowing dress silhouettes—you’re all canceled, just as swiftly as Woodstock 50—and hello to Amal Clooney Style. (Yes, with a capital S.) “Is Amal Clooney Style a thing?” I can hear you asking. Of course it is. It’s fashionable, but never a slave to fashion, and it almost always includes pointy-toed pumps. It says, “I mean business” and “I keep a tailor on retainer” and “Yes, my husband was named Sexiest Man Alive twice, but we all know who the real catch is here.” It’s also very aware of the occasion. At the office, Amal Clooney Style is a solid-color dress that’s knee-length or a little longer, on the weekend though—if you’re actually Amal Clooney, that often means “on the red carpet”—it can be a little bit unexpected.
Ready for a primer in Amal Clooney Style? Let’s recap her best looks from 2019.
The Duchess of Sussex’s New York baby shower, hosted by close friend Serena Williams, was held in February the penthouse suite at The Mark, a swanky uptown hotel, which reportedly costs $75,000 per night. Which is all to say, Amal Clooney knew she’d be photographed and among well-dressed company. She selected a slim-fitting strapless jumpsuit with a same-color belt that brings us to rule No. 1 of Amal Clooney Style: Accentuate your natural waist. (You won’t see a sack dress in the next dozen photos.) Gold hoops and matching pumps are understated but equally festive.
The Prince’s Trust
A month later, Amal and her mister attended a dinner hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. George Clooney’s classic tux (and, um Buckingham Palace) indicates that the event was black tie, which means it was the perfect occasion for a floor-length strapless gown paired with a one-shoulder cape with a cascading train. The look perfectly demonstrates Amal Clooney Style rule No. 2: If you’re wearing solid black or white, make sure there’s something visually interesting about the silhouette, texture, or details.