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The way of the actress Caitriona Balfe to glory was not exactly what you would call traditional. While packing bags for a local charity in her native Ireland, she was tracked down by a modeling agency and went to Paris at the age of 19, where she began a modeling career that touched all major fashion houses. Balfe worked in New York City for almost eight years, but after deciding that modeling was not her true passion, she eventually landed in LA to realize her lifelong dream of acting on screen.
Fast forward to 2013, when Starz coveted the coveted role of Claire Fraser for the highly anticipated adaptation of the Outlander Series and Balfe was called after a second look at their foreplay band. Thanks to her chemistry test with co-star Sam Heughan, she won the role shortly before filming, which is why she had to uproot her life in LA and move to Scotland. (Well, we said that this is not the most traditional way.)
This November she will be seen in the upcoming movie with Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Ford against FerrariHere she plays Bales wife Mollie, who is herself an accomplished racer. It is safe to say that her career will shift into fifth gear.
Just like the non-traditional characters she plays, Balfe tends to take a sometimes unconventional path when it comes to her fashion choice. Whether she raises her eyebrows or applauds, those looks have made her a favorite of the fashion houses she used to run for. In that sense, it makes perfect sense that she recently started working with you A-List stylist Karla Welch, which is known to encourage its customers to push out of their comfort zones. As Balfe said recently InStyle"I always say that if I love it then I'm happy, it does not have to be for everyone else."
As great fans of the career and style of Balfe, we have summarized some of the actress's most eye-catching looks so far. From bold colors and prints to unique design details (hello, pockets and necklines!): Check them out below and be inspired to think of your own style.
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