I'll Have What She's Having: Diane Keaton

Annie Hall was my personal manifesto the summer before I moved to New York to start at FIT. I watched it almost every week, struck by a new layer of Keaton's portrayal of Annie every time. Her outfits were, of course, iconic and mostly to blame for my failed attempts at wearing a knitted tie in high school. But it was more than that. She taught me that being a woman, a clever, well-dressed woman, meant being honest. It could be clumsy and sometimes a little off, occasionally involved a bowler hat, but was always true. 


Diane Keaton's screen debut was in 1970, followed by a role in just a small, niche film you probably haven't heard of, The Godfather. Next up was Play It Again, Sam which was the beginning of her creative partnership with Woody Allen. She won an Oscar for Annie Hall shortly after. Her films have varied since, my personal favorites being The First Wives Club and Something's Gotta Give.

What makes Diane Keaton's personal style so unique is its steadfastness. The outfits she wore on set in the mid-70s are almost identical to what street style photographers shoot her in today. And her sense of being, as translated in clothing, has always bled into her characters. Annie Hall wouldn't have been Annie Hall in a peplum knee length dress, I'll tell you that much. 

It's easy to think Keaton and immediately think of menswear. Which is fair, of course. She sports a suit with the ease most people sport gym clothes on a Saturday. Not one to take things half way, she can be seen commonly wearing entire ensembles. Note to viewers at home, proceed with caution. Note to eighteen year old Erika, it's just a bad idea entirely. The pieces are tailored, often textured, and weather should have no impact on the number of layers. The more the merrier! 

She makes a move typical of women who have dressed well their whole careers, which is knowing one's silhouettes. She loves a tight waist. This can be missed in a sea of images strictly of suiting, but taking more careful note, it's clear she knows to highlight her tiny waist, often in surprising ways. 

Interesting outerwear is something, as a New Yorker, I've grown incredibly reluctant in embracing. Zipping up a black puffer coat to my chin is not only the warmest option but also hides whatever loungewear I'm still in underneath. Diane Keaton makes a convincing argument for choosing to embrace the chic side of this necessary layer. Her coats feel as much at home with her outfits as the rest of her accessories, whether belted tight or draped open. I'm particularly obsessed with this gingham one she is seen wearing from the early 80s to the late 90s. 

And of course, it's impossible to leaf through the thousands of Diane Keaton's outfits that have been photographed without noting her ability to tie an outfit together with a hat. A specific white beret that makes appearances on the street and red carpet seems to be a true signature. Massive necklaces, unmissable belts, and even the occasional gloves all shine against the minimalist patterns she usually settles on.