How Jennifer Lawrence’s Style Is About More Than Just Her Clothes

Rafaela Sanchez
Rafaela is one of 20 Something's newest fashion contributors She says she's from Fort Lauderdale, Florida but everyone knows she's really from a dumb suburb called Plantation. New York has "F****d the suburbs" out of her (as Of Montreal would put it) and she's now a proud and not-yet head-to-toe-tatted Brooklyn babe. As a fashion contributer, Rafaela hopes to draw from the music, people, cities, and wine that inspire her every day, and infuse her writing with her overall feelings on life and style: "I don't give a--" Favorite quote: "Thoughts. But also, feelings." -Father John Misty Alma Mater: University of Florida

If your Twitter feed is flooding with a certain other little birdie, it’s probably because the almighty nest that is the Internet cannot wait for the hatching of the last film adaptation of the Hunger Games series “Mockingjay, Part 2.”

Though I, myself, Rafaela (hi, hello), know absolutely nothing about the series, I do know a thing or two about our girl Jennifer Lawrence. All the humor, talent, and strength I associate with the actress, however, have drowned in the sounds of the tweeting birds on my feed this week.

This is the fashion vertical, so I promise to tie this back to — and defend — the name of fashion by the end of this. But first:

Aside from the premiere of her latest film, Jennifer Lawrence recently made headlines with her fight towards closing the penis-favoring payroll gap in Hollywood. A month ago, she very honestly and very explicitly expressed her frustrations with the matter in Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s newsletter “Lenny.” In her letter, Lawrence wrote about more than just the payroll gap. She touched on the arguably larger issue circling this debate — women’s default setting that disables them from speaking their minds and negotiating for (and even acknowledging) what they deserve, a default setting preprogrammed by historical expectations of the female role in society.  “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable!” she wrote, “Fuck that.”


With all of that out there in the universe, how is it that I’ve compiled a Google Sheet of links to articles with headlines promoting, “JLaw’s Hunger Games Wardrobe,” and “The Best of Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mockingjay Part 2 Wardrobe,” rather than headlines acknowledging and applauding her work?

So, you want the fashion part?

These headlines obviously peaked my interest. I did click on them. I did spend time scrolling through the evolution of Jennifer Lawrence’s style. I did gush over the Dior, and the Dolce & Gabbana, and the Ralph Lauren. I love dresses, hear me roar.


I intend this article to serve as more of a platform to ask the larger questions that hopefully many of you can answer, and less as a declaration of War on Dicks. And so I ask:

Does an interest in fashion take away from one’s intellect? Is it wrong to care about what celebrities wear? Does ‘closing the gap’ mean ceasing commenting on women’s red carpet looks?

Sites like Lenny and ManRepeller have made it their very mission to address these issues, ask these questions, and even defy the negative associations an interest in fashion (or other interests assigned to females) has with one’s intellect. And for this I am “v” thankful.

In the world according to Raf, it is a-okay to admire and write about style and fashion. In this world, however, it is not ok to acknowledge one’s (man or woman) appearance before commending one’s success. I can’t speak for Jennifer Lawrence, but I can’t imagine she’d disagree. Besides…if I were to trip and fall on my way to receive an Oscar, you bet-your-bottom-dollar I’d want to be wearing Dior.

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