10 Reasons Why Helen Mirren And Her ‘Stripper Shoes’ Deserve To Be Everyone’s Style Icon

Helen Mirren Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Sorry make that Dame Helen Mirren. If you think that anyone who is your mother’s (or grandmother’s) age couldn’t possibly be a style icon, well first of all, that is a very mean and ageist thing to say–and second, you are totally wrong. Blake Lively’s mastery of the red carpet pales in comparison to that of the great Dame HM (I’m trying to start a nickname here, just go with it). Not only has Helen Mirren managed to pull-off notoriously difficult green velvet, she has continued to look amazing on red carpets for decades–not just years. Plus she is a personal heroine of mine for her sassy quip, “I’m too old to ask people permission to do things anymore” in response to (sexist) Jay Leno asking if she ran it by her husbanding before dying her hair pink. Bow down.

If that wasn’t enough evidence, here are more reasons why Helen Mirren deserves to be at the top of your celebrity style icons list:

1.  She wears “stripper shoes” under fancy gowns.

Los Angeles premiere of 'RED 2'

She has referred to her vertiginous Lucite heels as her “secret weapons.”  And yes, they are proper stripper shoes, from proper stripper shops–none of this stripper-inspired $2,000 designer crap. And she pairs them with gazillion dollar Elie Saab gowns.

2. She knows the power of a good accessory.

Helen-Mirren-red-dress

Chandelier earrings, and is that a rosary as a belt? Even if it is, Helen still wore this Dolce & Gabbana dress better than Rita Ora.

3. She had pink hair first.

Bafta Arrivals

Waaaay before people started experimenting with hair chalks and dying their hair My Little Pony colors, Helen went cotton candy pink.

4. She still makes princess dresses work, long past the age of 12.

EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 - Red Carpet Arrivals

Go cry into your sparkly tulle princess skirt Elle Fanning.

5. She can rock major bling better than any rapper.

Helen Mirren 2011 Academy Awards Bling Necklace

What, you thought that she didn’t have any street cred?

6. For this photo alone.

helen mirren swimsuit

She is my hero just for this photo because everyone of any age and size should be able to wear a bikini. It’s no wonder Playboy invited her over to the mansion.

7.  She not afraid to try new things.

Dolce & Gabbana: Front Row - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

A butterfly-print dress, with pink lace jacket? Why not add a leopard-print bag and heels?

8. She knows how to dress to show off her best assets.

Helen Mirren Sparkly Gray Dress 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards

After the bikini pic (#6), we know what a few of her best assets are. Here’s she enhances them with a metallic belt and sparkly nude-illusion V-neck top.

9. She isn’t afraid of color.

Helen Mirren Leaving Theatre After The Audience Performance Bright Outfit

This Dame is never going to get stuck in a I-only-wear-black style rut. Note the snakeskin shoes too. Fabulous.

10. She is the only person ever to pull off wearing a pashmina.BFI Epiphanies: Helen Mirren - Photocall

I am so sorry that I have misjudged you for all this time. Now I see the light, thanks to Dame HM.

Photos: WENN, Getty

 

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    • Alana Vincenza

      She is fantastic. I love how she refuses to conform to “age appropriate” clothes.

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      I will never not love her pink hair. Oh my god.