“Right now, I’m very much playing around with what my style is,” Emily Ratajkowski tells me when asked about her fall wardrobe. “It’s in flux a little bit, at the moment. I definitely like to play with scale. I’ll wear a small top and then bigger pants or whatever, but my style’s kind of ever-changing.”
Follow Ratajkowski’s street style photos or Instagram feed enough and you’ll see a pattern of experimentation and playfulness. She’s become the face of wearing cowboy boots in the summer. She swaps concert tees for her own swimwear line. And in EmRata’s world, a see-through dress is what you wear to run errands.
It’ll be fun to see what outfits the newly-single author unveils as she ramps up press for the paperback edition of My Body, out now. It’s been almost a year since the book of essays came out, and now, looking back, Ratajkowski is particularly glad she didn’t give into pressure to tie everything up in a neat bow. “When I was writing the book, there’s this instinct that you want to have a happy-ever-after at the end,” she says. “But I knew, unfortunately, that’s not my story. It wasn’t just, ‘Oh, everything’s all good now, and I’m healed.’ And I didn’t want that note. People, like my editor, would say, ‘Well, you got to give something.’ So I ended with the birth of my son, which felt right. I’m glad that I stuck my guns on that and was very honest in the book. There’s nothing I would change.”
As for more books in the future? “I would love that to be true,” Ratajkowski says. “I haven’t written an essay in a while. Doing press and talking about your writing can put a lot of pressure on it and take the magic out of it, but I’m hoping to start writing more in the fall.”
Read on to see what else Emily Ratajkowski has on her mind this season, including shopping for her new apartment and the book about marriage and separation she can’t put down.
The last great book I read
I just finished Rachel Cusk’s Aftermath. It’s really, really good—kind of depressing, but really good. She’s an amazing writer. It’s not a book of essays, but it has that feeling of being broken into pieces. It’s just really honest and…talk about a book that’s not trying to give you a happy ending. It’s just one moment in her life and then toward the end, it gets more abstract. It’s a beautiful book.
The last thing I bought
I bought an abstract-looking rug for my new apartment. I got it off of 1st Dibs. Rugs [can be] very fancy, as in expensive, and it was a splurge purchase. But I’m very excited about it.
This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
My favorite thing in my closet right now
I’ve been wearing a lot of boots lately, which is funny because it’s hot as hell in New York. But I think I’m just over sneakers and cowboy boots are the next most comfortable thing that still feel fashion-y. The ones I’ve been wearing a lot are from Zara. I’m sure a cowboy would be horrified that I call them cowboy boots.