What Reese Witherspoon Won’t Wear Now That She’s 40
PeopleStyle’s reigning Best Dressed Woman in the World, Reese Witherspoon, just reached a major milestone with her fashion business: Draper James turned one year old on May 5th. She also celebrated her 40th birthday in March. And though not much has changed as far as her always-stellar street style, she just might’ve had a change of heart about sharing her designer duds with her 16-year-old daughter, Ava. Last July, she told us that Ava has free reign over her closet. “She and I just swap clothes,” she said at the time. But it seems like some things have changed!
“I have a rule that if my teenage daughter is wearing it, I’m not supposed to be wearing it. Ava and I can go through an entire magazine and be like, ‘That’s for you, and that’s for me!’” she tells PeopleStyle in this week’s issue. “Like, some women love to wear cutoff shorts and look really good in them, but I like a polished, tailored short. I feel like I am too old to be wearing cutoffs at this point … It probably does have to do with my age.” And she’s very steadfast on her anti-cutoff stance: She has said before that no matter how boho trends get, she steers clear of them. “They’re just not my personal style,” she told us last summer.
But that doesn’t mean she steers clear of the silhouette entirely. “I like a high-rise short,” she says. “They remind me of the ’60s. I’ve put inspiration photos on my Instagram of girls in the ’60s walking around in their high-waisted shorts. I think they are so cute.”
Witherspoon’s daughter Ava does take risks when it comes to her personal style: She’s experimented with her hair color (it’s been blue and now it’s pink!) and she really embraced Coachella’s hippie-chic vibe this past April.
Says Witherspoon of her Ava and her friends’ festival style, “They looked so cute! But no, nothing her and her friends wear is right for me. It’s great to see them having so much fun with fashion. They will always remember these times. They wear big sunglasses and things they wouldn’t normally wear, and it’s great to see them expressing themselves. I remember growing up in Nashville, we used to go to country concerts in the summer and it was so fun to dress up for festivals. It’s a rite of passage for sure.”
For more on the star’s style advice, plus all the scoop on how she runs her business Draper James, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands everywhere Friday
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Reese Witherspoon Gushes About Her Children: My Daughter Ava Is ‘So Much Cooler Than I Am’
An adoring mom! Reese Witherspoon opened up about her three children at the Tiffany & Co. 2016 Blue Book Event in New York City on Friday, April 15.
The Wild star, 40, couldn’t help but gush to Us Weekly about her eldest daughter, Ava Phillippe, 16, who recently dyed her hair pastel-pink before attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend.
“She’s so much cooler than I am!” Witherspoon told Us, laughing. “She’s very cutting-edge, and she knows a lot about fashion, and she has her own sense of style, which is amazing.”
The Oscar winner also noted that she often finds herself going to her mini-me daughter for fashion advice.
“We try to kind of confer about new styles,” she explained. “She tells me whether or not I can wear things.”
Witherspoon, who is also the mom of sons Deacon, 12, and Tennessee, 3, quipped that she feels mommy guilt “every day, all day long,” adding, “Every time I travel, it’s very hard.”
The actress even raved about her husband, Jim Toth, who she celebrated her fifth anniversary with last month.
“I think what’s great about he and I is we’re both the heads of our family and we share everything — the responsibilities and the highs and the lows together,” she told Us. “It’s really beautiful to be on that journey with someone that you truly love and who truly respects you.”
Toth, 45, and Witherspoon are currently teaching their “sweet” son, Tennessee, how to read — and they’ve had some help from the toddler’s older siblings!
“He’s learning to read,” the Walk the Line star explained. “And that’s a really great thing, to have my older kids teaching my younger children how to read. Incredible memories that we’re making.”
Reese attended Tiffany & Co’s Blue Book Gala tonight in NYC – here’s a cute picture her friend Naomi Watts posted of the two at the event, and you can see more on Reese’s Twitter & Instagram pages. We’ll have pics up here in our Gallery for you asap…
Reese Witherspoon Is Excited for the ‘Cruel Intentions’ TV Show: ‘I’ll Be Watching!’
Daddy’s little angel, a paradigm of chastity and virtue, is ready for some naughty TV.
Reese Witherspoon, who iconically played Annette Hargrove in the classic 1999 film, Cruel Intentions, stepped out at Stand Up To Cancer’s Standing Room Only event in New York on Saturday and told ET she’s looking forward to seeing the racy drama’s television spin-off.
“I’m excited!” Witherspoon exclaimed. “Sarah’s a good friend of mine, and our kids are in preschool together, so I’m really excited. It’s a lot of the original people involved, so yeah, I’ll be watching.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar will once again portray Kathryn Merteuil in the NBC revival, which is set 15 years after the events of the film. The show focuses on Bash Casey (American Crime’s Taylor John Smith), the son of Kathryn’s stepbrother, Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe in the movie), and Annette, as he enters the world of sex, power and corruption.
Perhaps Witherspoon will get so excited that she’ll agree to a cameo in the show?
Witherspoon also opened up about what the event — which honored SU2C co-founder Katie Couric with donors American Airlines, Merck and MasterCard — means to her, and how her husband, Jim Toth, continues to inspire her to give back.
“Obviously cancer affects so many people in my life and in everyone’s lives. I mean, literally, I don’t know a person whose life hasn’t been affected by this devastating disease,” she said. “My husband lost his father seven years ago to lung cancer, and it has been a mission of his to raise as much money as possible for cancer research.”
Reese and Draper James are featured in the new May issue of O – the Oprah Winfrey magazine. In the spread, Reese showcases items from her Draper James line whilst holding a Southern brunch for her friends. Read the article below (courtesy of oprah.com), and find the scans and photoshoot in our Gallery:
Reese Witherspoon Showed Us How to Throw a Classic Southern Party
Another perfect L.A. day made for an outdoor get-together—warm, sunshiny, breeze rippling the backyard pool. But there’s something distinctly un–Bel Air in the air. The smell, for one thing, which is almost like…homemade biscuits. Could there be carbs on the premises? And coming from the speakers—is that Toby Keith, lamenting that if women come a dime a dozen, he ain’t got a penny?
On the patio is the smoking gun: a cauldron of hot-popping fat. A deep fryer must be grounds for a citation here in the land of sea vegetables and hemp milk. Either the apocalypse has come or there’s a Southerner in the house.
Fortunately, it’s the latter. In this case, the Southern girl is Reese Witherspoon, born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville. The actress and producer loves to throw a party, and today there’s a good excuse: She’s celebrating the first anniversary of Draper James, her line of fashion, housewares, and other little touches essential for gracious living. It’s a uniquely Southern combination of tradition (a monogrammed mint julep cup modeled after vintage barware) and humor (a tote bag that says TOTES Y’ALL, which is so popular, it’s sold out twice). “I wanted to make the kinds of things I grew up with and things that would make people happy,” she says. “Southerners don’t take themselves so seriously, and at Draper James, we didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously, either.”
Reese attended and co-chaired the Stand Up To Cancer Standing Room Only event at the weekend, to celebrate the work Katie Couric has done for cancer advocacy. Reese wore a blue dress by David Koma, shoes from Yves Saint Laurent, and Draper James earrings, and was accompanied at the event by her husband. Read more about the worthwhile charity event below, and find photos in our Gallery.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth’s Ideal Date Night Involves Sleeping In the Next Day
Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth ended their Saturday night by dancing onstage to Jamie Foxx’s hit “Blame It (On the Alcohol)” – a charity event-turned-date-night for the couple.
The pair, who served as co-chairs for Stand Up to Cancer N.Y.C.’s Standing Room Only event at Cipriani Wall Street, told PEOPLE that the party was “sort of” a romantic outing.
Then how would the actress define a real, quality date night? “Going to a nice dinner and not having to wake up at the crack of dawn with the kids,” she said. “That’s nice.”
Witherspoon, who celebrated her fifth anniversary with Hollywood agent Toth in March, and a week earlier, her starry 40th birthday party, indicated that they usually include their children in their festivities.
“They were at my party, it was really fun,” she said. “Except for the little one [son Tennessee, age 3]. We had cake with [him] the next day.”
In a new online interview for Entertainnment Weekly, Jake Gyllenhaal talks about some of his past female co-stars, including Reese:
“I’ve never acted with her – we’ve been in the same movie but I’ve never acted with her. She is, as I would say about most of the women who I’m close friends with or had relationships with in my life, one of the smartest, strongest people I’ve ever met,” Gyllenhaal, 35, told PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle during the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview.
Watch Jake’s full interview here. His new movie Demolition is directed by Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee, and is in US cinemas now.
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