Some actresses choose to sport avant-garde designer wares on the red carpet that end up feeling so "out" by the next day, even the photos should be permanently retired. On the other end of the spectrum lies everyone's favorite adorkable New Girl. Zooey Deschanel prefers to dress for the red carpet in sweetly quirky, vintage-reminiscent pieces which seem to have been crafted specifically to suit her personality — and indeed, some of them were. Whether glowing in Oscar de la Renta or striking a pose in streamlined J. Mendel, Deschanel always nails the perfect mashup of vintage and modern. Here are the actress's best vintage-inspired looks, because one can always stand to add a little throwback flair into the old wardrobe.
In A Crop Top And Skirt
The 2014 Golden Globes saw Deschanel in her best vintage-inspired look yet, a lightly beaded, gilded Oscar de la Renta crop top and tulle skirt by the late design pundit himself.
In A Satin Sweetheart Gown
A deep navy satin sweetheart gown with feathered sleeves and a white ribboned waistline appeared both ’80s-inspired and playfully edgy.
In A Single-Shoulder Striped Gown
Deschanel went for a union of modern Grace Kelly and classic prep with this single-shoulder seersucker number.
In A Pastel Satin Halter
A perfectly fit, Frozen-blue column with a halter neckline was sheer, J. Mendel-designed genius.
In A Crimson Strapless Gown
A crimson, strapless Oscar de la Renta gown paired with a single strand of pearls was a modernized, chic rendition of ’50s prom attire at the 2013 Golden Globes.
In A Pastel Lace Gown
Deschanel channeled Old Hollywood’s classicism in this floral-embroidered gown with sheer silk overlay.
In A Pastel Blue Sweetheart Gown
Regal met vintage allure in the form of this palest blue strapless tulle party dress.
In A Tiered Fit-And Flair Dress
Ruffles, ribbons, and tiers were one step away from ’80s shindig material in this pastel, ice-blue number.
In An Embroidered Rouge Gown
Deschanel’s floral-embellished, rouge gown harkened looked straight off the set of Mad Men: the early years.
In A Cobalt Mini
Lightly teased locks and a fitted cobalt mini recalled the swinging ’60s.
In A Black And White Shift
This fitted black and white shift is reminiscent of Coco Chanel’s early designs.
In A Printed Black And White Dress
A printed black and white frock with a wide patent leather belt were pitch-perfect vintage-inspired wares.
In A Floral Sheath
Deschanel sported her favorite fit-and-flare silhouette, this time rendered in a brilliant floral pattern.
In A Black And White Fit-And Flare
For a panel to discuss New Girl with Liz Meriwether (pictured on right), Deschanel selected a Jess-approved black and white printed frock.
In A Gold Fitted Tea-Length Dress
The actress was all sparkle and smiles in this embellished, full-skirted number.
In A Ruffled Halter Dress
Tambourine in hand and sporting a ruffled halter dress, Deschanel looked as though she could have walked out of a music festival circa 1960.
In A Bow-Embellished Mini Dress
Navy brocade, a pleated skirt, and a velvet bow belt? This ensemble is sheer, vintage-chic Deschanel.