Get the look: Emma Thompson

Jenessa Williams

Take one step closer to looking like the classically elegant and uber funny, Emma Thompson

Whether giggling your way through Men in Black 3 or feeling her pain in seasonal classic Love Actually, Dame Emma Thompson is irrefutably a national treasure. The first step to channeling her fun spirit? Take a look inside her wardrobe, and then hit the high-street for our budget imitations…


Love is all around…

A romantic, easily achieved take on festive dressing is to employ a touch of old school glamour—all in black, with touches of faux fur and a Hollywood red lip. Make like Dame Thompson and drape your coat (£159, And Other Stories) over your shoulder, clad in a slimming, gently ribbed t shirt from John Lewis (£16). 

Pleated, wide leg trousers (Gap, £14.99) hang nicely over a wedged heel (Fashion World, £21), leaving nothing to worry about but your make up and accessories.

Teardrop-style earrings (Jon Richard, £24) will never go out of style, as will a cat-eye flick and red lip—get your own from Milani (£8) and Estee Lauder (shade “Bar Red” £20) respectively. 


Silver screen

A look that will easily take you from office to restaurant, this pared-back outfit is made by it’s accessories—the pop of a colourful bag (Zara, £25.99), chandelier earrings (Monica vinader, £375) and of course, those sky high wedges. Our version of which are just £29 at Kurt Geiger. 

For the clothing itself, turn to Amazon Fashion for the smart pussy bow blouse (£24.99) and Reiss for the flattering, leg elongating trouser (£130). 

Finish with a blend of Charlotte Tilbury silvery eyeshadow to brighten pale eyes (“Uptown Girl” palette, £39), and a light douse of Toni & Guy’s Shimmering Silver Illuminating Hair Perfume (£8.25), perfect for adding a touch of shimmer to winter-dulled locks. 


Baah humbug

What’s black, white and stylish all over? A pinstripe pair of trousers, of course. Sport a loose fitting, elasticated pair from Monki (£15) with a more luxury caped blouse from Givenchy (£317)—both can be refashioned for a number of occasions. 

Keep accessories simple to allow those trousers to do the talking. A simple wedge heel (Hobbs, £69), beaded necklace (Wallis, £14) and a well-groomed brow (Benefit 24 Brow Set, £17,) are all this look needs. 


Snow White

Winter doesn’t have to mean abandoning all your summer wear—layer up with thermals and go all white with some of last season’s classic pieces. Pale cream dungarees (Carharrt, £95) are perfect for all body shapes and guaranteed to provide comfort, whether you opt for a broderie anglaise blouse (Topshop, £39) or a thick jumper underneath. 

For warmer climates, a near-identical pair of sliders to Dame Thompson’s can be found for just £19 from Sole Trader, or swap out for a metallic pair of trainers. Clear framed glasses won’t obscure your facial features (Tom Ford, £169), allowing for some fun make-up experimentation. 

If you wear your hair white-blond or fair like Emma, be sure to keep it looking bright and healthy with Pro:Voke’s Touch of Silver shampoo. Containing a toning violet pigment, it neutralises any brassy yellow tones, ensuring a natural finish. 


Festive flowers

‘Tis the season for all things sparkly… invest in your own statement outerwear at River Island, whose jacquard, calf-length coat is remarkably similar to Emma’s red carpet offering for a likely fraction of the price, just £80. 

Keep the festive theme going with a rich red frock (Phase Eight, £70) and navy blue earrings (Marks & Spencer, £15), with a subtle gloss lipstick  (Bobbi Brown in “barely nude”, £28) and shiny heels (Ravel, £50).

Likely to be dancing the night away? Invest in a patent heel with a platform to minimize excess strain, and pop in a pair of heel cushions (Scholl, £4). Formulated with a gel material, they help keep shoes snug and reduce irritating slippage.