Olivia Colman’s transition from serial TV comedy star to Oscar-worthy actress has been a delight to watch. When it comes to her wardrobe, Colman’s approach is practical and pretty, making use of monochrome and mixed metals. Find out how she does it below…
The White Queen
A white coat may be a little intimidating, but as evening outerwear, it sure makes an impact. Isabel Marant’s version is an investment at £370, but pairs wonderfully with the much more budget-friendly jumpsuit from Roman Originals (£40), offset with a subtle touch of glitter thread.
For Colman, a red-carpet look isn’t complete without a hefty dose of sparkle— stick cocktail rings from Gemporia (£19.35) or real diamonds (The Diamond Store, £310) to compliment a sparkly clutch bag (Topshop, £19.60) and dark manicure (Chanel in “Prune Dramatique”, £22). All that remains are shoes and earrings—£18 at ASOS and £88 at Bradley’s respectively.
Dressed to kill
Although Colman’s Broadchurch character Ellie Miller may not be an obvious fashion choice, her daytime look is surprisingly chic for a busy schedule. A beige Pea Coat (Boo Hoo, £40) is a winter wardrobe essential, as is a good pair of skinny jeans (Fat Face, £39.50) and robust boots (H&M, £20).
To elevate this look into something more considered, it’s all in the details. Choose a flattering scoop-neck jersey (JD Williams, £14) rather than a baggy oversized t-shirt, and don’t be afraid to indulge in a little make-up. Bobbi Brown’s “Life Of The Party” mini palette (£32.50) contains everything you need for a subtle glow on the go, while Ouai’s texturizing hair spray (£22) is the perfect partner to hold a messy up-do.
Not all award winners wear capes
A cape-sleeved dress has become an elegant new way to interpret evening dress, subtly sculpting the upper arms and allowing feminine décolletage to take centre stage.
If your Golden Globes invitation has gotten lost in the post, don’t fear—John Lewis have a slightly lower-key take on the trend for £245, which co-ordinates wonderfully with a statement box bag (Dune London, £45) and bold red lip (Charlotte Tilbury in “Red Vixen”, £18).
For true drama, jewellery should be ornate and oversized—we love Accessorize’s mixed-metal styles (£16-£30) and J-Crew’s shiny cluster earrings (£34.50).
Let’s be honest—all eyes are on those statement heels. The lace-up trend is showing no signs of going away, so get your own wedge of the action from Office for just £65. All-black jumpsuits are also very much on-trend, but be sure to seek out a flattering, waist-cinched shape to avoid looking boxy. Our choice is from Whistles at £176.
To soften all that darkness, accessories should be kept delicate and feminine. A soft liquid lipstick (Jouer Cosmetics, in “Blush”, £15) warms a pale complexion, as does a gold watch (Armani Exchange, £199).
Finish off with hints of grey in a pendant necklace (Oliver Bonas, £28) and pale varnish (Butter London in ‘Ta Ta!”, £6.95), and bring out the curl in a short hair do with Boots bargain curl crème (£1.99).
Dipped in gold
Have you ever seen a coat this beautiful? If your budget can’t quite lend itself to something designer, you can still achieve the look with a two-tone blazer from Own The Look (£59.99), which wears as well over a simple white dress (Boohoo, £12) as it does jeans and heels.
Every women’s wardrobe needs a pair of gold heels; the kitten shape of Chloe’s £195 scalloped style is highly comfortable and wearable, co-ordinating with peardrop earrings (John Lewis, £35), gold bangles (Annie Haak, £88) and a gold watch (Casio, £30).
Finish off with a bejwelled clutch bag (Reiss, £125) and a lightwash laquer balm from Revlon (shade “Demure”, £7.99)