Secret Style Icon: Little Jodie Foster

Long before she was an award-winning actor and director, she was the chicest tomboy you ever did see.

“If I fail, at least I will have failed my way.” —Jodie Foster

If the young Jodie Foster is thought of as a fashion icon, it’s usually for her role as Iris, the 12-year old runaway and prostitute in the 1976 film Taxi Driver. While Iris’s wardrobe of floppy hats, bright hot pants and cropped peasant tops was a great look, and undeniably influential to fashion designers, it feels kind of…not-quite-right to me to glorify the wardrobe of such a troubled character. Plus, Jodie played SO MANY characters (seriously, she was like the hardest-working kid in show business), many of them with style at least as amazing as Iris’s. So, although I love Iris and will think of her fondly every time I pull on a pair of hot pants, this is my tribute to the many other moods of Jodie.

As a guest star on TV shows like The Partridge Family and My Three Sons, Jodie was the adorable, messy-haired moppet to end all adorable, messy-haired moppets:

Her plaid game was tight:

With her Elton John shades, slogan tees, and Gucci horsebit loafers, she couldn’t be any more ’70s if she were voting for Carter on a pair of roller skates:

By the 1980s, in Foxes and Carny (“Where love is just another sucker’s game”), she had blossomed into full-on sultry babe-itude:

And she did the nonchalant, Annie Hall-ish menswear look incredibly well:

Channel Jodie’s ’70s look with beat-up old jeans, your favorite loafers, not a lick of makeup, and the messy hair left over from your own moppet days:

Left: via Tomboy Style. Right: tweed cap, $130, A Suitable Wardrobe; Levi's pocket tee, 48, Mr. Porter; vintage iron-on patch, $20, Iron-on Station; jeans, vintage Levi's, similar at Etsy; iron-on patches, $6 each, Swimport; Fjallraven backpack, $65, Modcloth; 50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays, $11, Amazon; The Ivy Look, $13, Amazon; knee socks, $4, Forever 21; Mantaray wrap watch, $25, Debenhems; Coppertone sunscreen, $2, Walgreens; Bass Wayfarer loafers, $88, Endless.


  • Susann March 26th, 2012 3:10 PM

    She has always had such a pretty face!

  • sbk March 26th, 2012 3:13 PM

    Everybody should check out this interview from 1980:

    Just ignore the annoying interviewer. I tend to watch and listen to this on repeat to make myself feel better about, uh, everything. It works.

    • Maddy March 27th, 2012 2:45 PM

      That was really great! Minus the incredibly annoying interviewer “In real life, she’s got it aaaall together ;)” ugh. And it was sort of funny when the lady was asking her about boys.

      • Kristen March 27th, 2012 7:48 PM

        You’re right. Somehow, that interview just put me in this incredibly positive mood. she’s so confident and cool and determined.

  • rockslita March 26th, 2012 3:17 PM

    Her style was great! And she was very pretty on the picture next to the cowgirl one. And the last picture is really cool.


  • EmilyJn March 26th, 2012 3:20 PM

    Yes! Freaky Friday ’76 is the best

  • Pashupati March 26th, 2012 3:28 PM

    Here I am, a sick victim of pants-envy.

  • Flower March 26th, 2012 3:44 PM

    is she from freaky friday?

    • Maddy March 27th, 2012 2:46 PM

      yeah, the older one, but she also sort of looks like Lindsay Lohan who was in the newer one.

  • eggzonable March 26th, 2012 4:10 PM

    she’s so effin’ amazing! Love her!

  • suburban grrrl March 26th, 2012 4:39 PM

    Even though she played a child-prostitute, I think we can all agree she had some pretty awesome outfits in TAXI DRIVER.

    There was that one scene in a diner where she changed (ridiculous) sunglasses like 5 times. . .

    • Ludo March 26th, 2012 8:49 PM

      Yes! I would really recommend this movie to everyone. It is so dark and powerful, you’ll never forget it.

  • Jessica Vixenelle March 26th, 2012 4:53 PM

    Oh my GOD I love her. I love love LOVE her. Total crush on her. She’s perfect! And so so SO beautiful! Gah!

  • Lucy March 26th, 2012 5:04 PM

    Oh, I love her so much. I remember I used to watch Candleshoe over and over when I was a kid. I always wished I was her, she’s so cool!

  • talia anais March 26th, 2012 5:35 PM

    I’ve been a bit obsessed with little Jodie Foster since I saw Taxi Driver for the first time – I love this!

  • missblack March 26th, 2012 7:28 PM

    I LOVE JODIE FOSTER!!! So much.


  • SweetThangVintage March 26th, 2012 8:06 PM

    This is great! I want those pants! :o

  • starcollector March 26th, 2012 8:18 PM

    70s tomboy style is so great. Makes me think of eating apples while walking barefoot down your street… perhaps that might be all tomboys, but 70s tomboys especially!!!

    China Lily

  • Adrienne March 26th, 2012 11:27 PM

    I love this! I’m totally inspired right now… especially when I’m currently in a style rut! And omg her freckles are adorable.

  • mayaautumn March 27th, 2012 2:32 AM

    love it…she is such a cute little munchkin!!

  • ivoire March 27th, 2012 5:25 AM

    omg first i was like IS THAT A BELT WATCH?!?! Then it was just a belt. Haha imagine looking at the time on your torso.

  • isabellehungryghost March 27th, 2012 10:09 AM

    i love the quote! and the style is really cool!

  • Maradoll Mynx March 28th, 2012 5:52 PM

    WOW! I had never seen these photos before…color me now obsessed with this foxy lady!

  • KinuKinu March 29th, 2012 4:22 PM

    omigoodness I LOVE THAT PICTURE.Wowzers….She is fantastic ♥

  • mario March 30th, 2012 4:18 PM

    wow so many nice comments on young JF. more? thanks for linking to my YT channel. :)