Zooey Deschanel on Twee Style and What She’d Get Jessica Day for Mother’s Day

Zooey Deschanel Mother's Day Gift Guide

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“There were definitely things I liked about Jessica Day’s wardrobe, but those aren’t things I would wear now,” Zooey Deschanel told ELLE.com over the phone. With the overwhelming return of the ‘twee’ aesthetic, the reigning queen of sweet silhouettes and delicate accessories has spoken of her comeback, but she’s reluctant to wear the crown. “I’m flattered and amused that people are releasing my old looks, and I think that’s great, but I just want people to be happy,” she says humbly. “My style has evolved; it’s more sophisticated. I think the problem with what you wear is, does it make you feel pretty, or handsome, or attractive, or whatever you want to look like? Does it project what you want to project into the world? If it makes you feel good to wear it, you should wear it.

And Deschanel has evolved. She represented an accessible version of the indie It-girl of the late 2000s and 2010s, whether she was a maniacal pixie dream girl in (500 days of summer or the beloved character of Jess in new girl, but Deschanel was never entirely the characters she portrayed, even though there was some crossover in the cardigans they wore. Outside of her movie career, she’s the mother of Charlie and Elsie, and yes, her daughter adheres to dress codes. “She’s petite, but she’s a little fashionable. She’s only six, so I don’t want any branding – anything you buy for a six-year-old will have the twee aesthetic anyway.

As Mother’s Day approaches, we spoke to Deschanel about her favorite gifts from her kids, what she’d get her own mom, and what she thinks Jess would appreciate as a new mom (sorry if it’s a spoiler, the show ended in 2018). Read on to see his recommendations, below.

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What Zooey Gets Her Mom

Best of Dermstore The Essential Set

“I always like to give moms something that makes them feel special or connected to their family or pampered. I would like to give my mom some skin care products.

DIY project

The Farm Stand

“I think The Farmstand is a wonderful gift because it allows you to grow your own food without having to work hard. So many people have come to me, whether they are expert gardeners or people who have never farmed before. [plants] before, and told me how much they loved it and didn’t expect it at all. From what I’ve collected, I know it makes people feel special and connected to what they eat more. It’s kind of a fun project with very little time invested.

The most thoughtful

Single Panel Blank Cards with Envelopes, Pastel (100pcs)

“I’m always happy when my children make cards. They are really small.

Make it personal

Mama Love cardigan

“Who doesn’t love a cashmere sweater? Lingua Franca makes them to measure. I gave my mom a sweater with her grandkids’ initials embroidered on it, and she absolutely loved it. I thought it was really fun and special.

wishful thinking

Good American Denim Military Bodycon Jumpsuit

“There’s so much people don’t tell you about being a mom. You don’t fit into your normal clothes right away, but you feel so much better when you have clothes that fit. I think it took me a year with my two kids to get my pre-baby clothes back on. Give them something nice and comfy that makes them feel good about themselves. For moms, a jumpsuit or overalls are so comfy if you’re chasing the kids. You can feel cute and tidy, but you don’t feel restricted. I like practical clothes.

Zooey’s Luxury Pick

Airwrap™ Styler

“Anything that makes self-care easy is great for a new mum. The Dyson Airwrap is life changing. I can style my hair so fast. And that’s the problem: it feels like there’s no time for what So anything that saves you time.

The perfect hostess gift

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

“An Instant Pot is another great thing I’m obsessed with. I love making herbed brown rice. You take herbs from The Farmstand, put them in a food processor, then put them in the Instant Pot; cook some onions and put them in broth and some short grain brown rice.Then you have some herb brown rice, because often times brown rice can be a bit unexciting.

Ideal for new moms

Zipped Organic Cotton Swaddle Blanket

“For a new mom, a good zippered swaddle is a good gift. The nurses do it perfectly, and you come home and you’re like, ‘I can’t do this; it’s hard.'”

Top of Jessica Day’s wish list

The sprinkled hand painted 100% wool

“Craft stuff! A cricket! She would love any crafts. Knit, crochet, anything at a craft store.


4oz Original Phin Filter

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“As a mom, you are definitely undersleeping. I started getting into Vietnamese style coffee, and a good gift would be a Vietnamese phin, some coffee you like, and a mug. They are really portable and make really good coffee.

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