I adore Cate Blanchett. I think she is one of the most intelligent, most capable and most stylish women on the planet at the moment. Who can forget her wonderful performances in both the Elisabeth movies and as Bob Dylan in I’m not there? But she is equally impressive on the street and the red carpet in terms of style and to me she is a true 40+ style icon!

So what makes her a style icon?

Stylish fashion icon: Cate Blanchett | 40plusstyle.com

Cate Blanchett consistently looks very stylish in all the clothes she wears. But she is also willing to take risks. I admire that, because it’s all too easy to go with an elegant and safe style and never be on the worst dressed list. Cate often goes for a fashionable look, which is usually surprising, often incredibly stylish and never boring.

I love how she can rock the men’s wear trend:

Cate Blanchett rocking the men's wear trend | 40plusstyle.com

But she is equally good at doing high glamour:

Cate blanchett style icon, wearing high glamour gowns | 40plusstyle.com

And few ladies could pull of these looks:

Cate Blanchett fashion picks | 40plusstyle.com

This is just the first of over 40 style icons I plan to feature on this site. Who is your favorite style icon?

All the best,

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