Get the look: Lupita N’Yongo

At the top of her acting game, Lupita N’Yongo’s face is one you should get used to seeing. Star of Black Panther, Star Wars and 12 Years A Slave to name but a few, her advocacy for equality in Hollywood, animal rights and historical preservation around the world marks her out as a serious inspiration

Lupita’s wardrobe is equally inspiring in terms of championing colour. Choosing classic fits in bold tones is an easy way to revitalize your professional look, especially with spring around the corner. Learn how below:

 

Lilac love

A staple of weddings and formal events, Lilac is a colour that screams feminine. To avoid it becoming too saccharine, balance your lilac with warm, zingy accessories, just as Lupita has done with the piping on her gown.

Start with a base frock (£995, Ellie Saab) that can be worn time and time again, and introduce your pops of unexpected colour—a citrus-hued bag (£295, Marc Jacobs) and startlingly pink in the form of a bright lip gloss (£8, Ofra) and heels (£15, BooHoo).

Touches of white also add a modern edge—white nail polish (£2.95, Rimmel) was a great hit on the SS18 catwalks, as were large, ornamental earrings. This pair is £12.99 from Zara.

 

Sporty casual

Bomber jackets are a trend usually seen as the pursuit of the very young, but with chic styling they can also be a lot of fun for slightly older wearers.

Our soft pink version from H&M (£14.49) is a daytime-friendly alternative to Lupita’s, toughened up with rock n roll sunglasses (£180, Valentino) and tiger ring (Kenzo, £87.50).

A statement t-shirt is an essential for the spring season, as is a good-fitting pair of slim-leg jeans. Our picks are from Bershka (£14.99) and ASDA (£20) respectively, ideal for those on a budget.

 

Colour block fun

Colour blocking is one of the easiest ways to stay on trend, as perfectly illustrated by Lupita’s fun red-carpet look. Best of all, investing in separates means plenty of options for future styling.

Yellow, pink and green are all key colours for the season, championed in our Topshop jumper (£22), Reiss pencil skirt (£130) and River Island belt (£14).

Let these three pieces shine with complementary accessories—a New Look handbag (£25), Aldo heels (£50) and a glossy brown lipstick (£15, Tarte Cosmetics) all look particularly wonderful against darker skin tones.

 

Layering with style

 

British weather means that there are some days where layering cannot be avoided.

For this, a good coat is an essential. Update yours by adding a studded leather gilet (£45.99, EMP) over your trench (£145, Jack Wills) to compliment the androgynous details in the turned up jeans (£235, MIH Jeans), biker boots (£75, Marks and Spencer) and floppy hat (£75, Rag and Bone).

The final finish is a bag for all your essentials. Lipault’s £79 bag is perfect for weekend getaways or big business meetings.

 

Summer in the city

Nothing says holiday dressing like a bright pair of trousers—make like Lupita in our River Island dupes for just £45.

A striped top (£12, Matalan) and sandals (£15, Simply Be) keep the exotic spirit running, as does a fun hair treatment—L’Oreal’s Colorista in Burgundy (£10.99) washes in and out, ideal for experimenting without the commitment.