From the delusional (Rosamund Pike who goes off the rails in Gone Girl) to the devoted (Felicity Jones as the loyal wife to a brilliant scientist with a devastating disease in The Theory of Everything), this year’s Oscar- nominated actresses took on complicated and messy roles. In order to dress the part, these five actresses required very specific wardrobes. Whether it was Witherspoon hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in one-size-too-small hiking boots and an enormous backpack she nicknamed “monster” in Wild, or Felicity Jones dancing with her still healthy husband in a sixties –style cocktail shift, the clothes were an essential part of the character. Here’s how to get the look.
Julianne Moore as Dr. Alice Howland in Still Alice
Playing a Columbia professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, the beige coat and knee high boots gives Julianne her academic look.
Zara Studio Knit Kimono, $99.99, zara.com
Joe Fresh Cable Knit Sweater, $23.95, joefresh.com
H&M Girlfriend Jeans, $39.95, hm.com
Sole Society Georgeann Leather Boot, $59.98, solesociety.com
ASOS Structured Shopper Bag with Removable Clutch, $53.06, asos.com
Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl in Wild
Embarking on a thousand mile hike to rediscover herself, Reese’s grunge-like wardrobe— a Patagonia pullover and hiking boots— was vital to conquering nature’s elements as well as her role.
Patagonia Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover, $119, patagonia.com
Frame Denim Le Classic Supima Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt, $80, net-a-porter.com
Polo Ralph Lauren Skinny Cargo Pants, $165, macys.com
Topshop Ahoy Lace-Up Hiker Boots, $170, topshop.com
American Apparel Recycled Yarn Boot Sock, $14, americanapparel.net
Rosamund Pink as Amy Dune in Gone Girl
Playing a delusional sociopath, Rosamund’s wardrobe of delicate cashmere sweaters and ballet flats helped transform her into the too perfect housewife. Not for long.
Uniqlo Women Cashmere Round Neck Sweater, $59.90, uniqlo.com
Uniqlo Women Cashmere V Neck Cardigan, $79.90, uniqlo.com
H&M Chinos, $12, hm.com
ASOS Lily Pad Ballet Flats, $22.74, asos.com
Sole Society Agnes Structured Croc Satchel, $64.95, solesociety.com
Timex Ladies Watch with White Dial and Expansion Band, $43.99, kmart.com
Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything
From the cocktail dresses to the opera gloves, Felicity Jones portrayal of the Jane Hawking showed just how ladylike and graceful she was.
Ann Taylor Floral Bow Back Dress, $230, anntaylor.com
ASOS Flat Lock Envelope Clutch Bag, $42, asos.com
Topshop Jive Metallic Mid-Heel Shoes, $75, topshop.com
BaubleBar Suspension Pearl Drops, $28, baublebar.com
Great Gloves White 15 Denier Stretch Matte Sheer Tricot Gloves, $25, greatglovesonline.com
Marion Cotillard as Sandra in Two Days, One Night
As a young wife and mother working in a factory, Marion’s wardrobe of basic tanks and jeans was the perfect way to show her a middle class roots.
Uniqlo Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse, $60, uniqlo.com
H&M Jersey Tank Top, $4, hm.com
Levi’s 525™ Perfect Waist Straight Jeans, $45, levi.com
Keds Champion Originals, $45, keds.com
BDG Leather Tab-Strap Messenger Bag, $189, urbanoutfitters.com