InStyle might just be our favorite mainstream American fashion magazine right now. Laura Brown has done wonders with the publication since taking over back in 2017 by giving the title a bold new look, creating stimulating content and demonstrating a superb taste in cover stars. Out with its annual beauty issue, Brown welcomes back last year’s September cover girl: Jennifer Aniston. Michael Thompson captured the former Friends star for the mag with Julia von Boehm on styling duties. Channeling icons from the 60s and 70s (Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Veruschka, Lauren Hutton and Charlotte Rampling), the actress and regular newsstand fixture serves up five unique covers for us to choose from for October 2019.
Our forum members immediately began picking favorites. “I actually love these a lot, Jen looks gorgeous and healthy as usual. And it all works well for InStyle‘s brand,” declared dodencebt.
“This is so good,” praised caioherrero.
“Fabulous to see Michael Thompson shooting the cover of InStyle, I am loving the look of each and every cover here. For me, the second is all we needed — love the styling on Jennifer, the taupe tones, the monochromatic masthead and fonts. Also very much into the Veruschka cover!” vogue28 chimed in.
“The first two covers are gorgeous! Wow, what a tan!” voiced Srdjan.
But a certain something bothered the majority of our members. “Holy bronze! I like the third cover, looks great. But the tan ruins everything. I get that she’s the eternal Cali beach babe, but wow. That’s awful. Anyway, way too many covers as usual. And the styling looks very pedestrian,” critiqued Benn98.
“These covers already look dated,” mocked ellastica.
“They managed to make one of the most beautiful women alive look subpar,” stated RMDV.
HeatherAnne wasn’t much of a fan, either. “I was excited that she was on the cover, but the styling here is beyond embarrassing, they styled her like she’s Lauren Conrad. So juvenile and goofy.”