Get the look: Sandra Oh

Jenessa Williams

Switch up your look by following the style of Sandra Oh...

A staple of many of our drama-watching lives, until 2018, Sandra Oh was likely known to you as Cristina Yang of medical show Grey’s Anatomy. Last month, all of this changed with the UK release of BBC America show Killing Eve, a fast-and-thrilling chase that see’s Oh as Eve Polastri, an MI5 officer intent on tracking down the psychopathic Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Becoming the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama award at the Emmy’s, the role is one that has redefined Oh’s career, with a sequel expected next year. 

As stylish offscreen as she in off, Sandra Oh’s chic-yet-street style is one that can easily be recreated on a budget. We delve into some of her best looks below. 

 

Hello Yellow

Embrace the tones of Halloween with a pumpkin-hued blouse. The mustard-coloured satin of our H&M pick (£69.99) stands out well against staple wide-legged trousers (River Island, £35) and heeled, high-cut boots (Carvela, £89). 

A delicate gold cuff (Oliver Bonas, £19) and red nail polish (Maybelline Forever in ‘Strong Deep Red’. £3) help tie the look together, but really, it’s all about that perfect, polished bun. Achieve yours by backcombing hair into the Invisibobble bun ring (£6), and apply lots of hairspray or smoothing serum—Umberto Giannini’s Miracle Worker Serum (£6) will take care of any static or loose ends.

 

Ruffling Feathers

It doesn’t come much more statement that a ruffle-trimmed dress! A key texture for Autumn, ease yourself in with a grey cocktail dress (Feathers of Italy, £60), belted at the waist to balance out the silhouette (H&M, 17.99). T-Bar sandals (Brand Alley, £25) elongate the leg and avoid the ‘flamingo-like’ effect of feathers on top of barely-there heels. 

Draw some focus to the face with shimmery make-up—NYX pigment in the shade Venetian (£6) looks great pressed into the eye creases, whilst Bare Minerals buttercream lipgloss in ‘Nude’ (£13.60) keeps your lips hydrated with a natural-appearing shine.

Finally, add a spritz of dry shampoo to day-old hair to achieve Sandra’s messy up-do—this look styles most easily on hair that isn’t squeaky clean from washing, encouraging hold and definition. Moroccanoil’s Dry Shampoo (£15.45) is available in both light and dark tones, avoiding any awkward-looking residue. 

 

Golden Finish

Less severe than navy or black, beige can be a great option for your office wardrobe. Team a cream blouse (Topshop, £36) with taupe trousers (MGSM, £240), making sure to opt for clean, tailored lines.

Pair with hints of gold to warm any skintone – a gold ring  (And Other Stories, £13) and earrings  (Lavender Room, £65) makes enough of a statement when teamed with a shimmery eyeshadow (Mac Palette in ‘Burgundy Times Nine’, £26) and shoes (LK Bennett, £89). 

A small hint of colour comes from Sandra’s staple dark nail polish—we love Smith and Cult’s dramatic shade ‘Dark Like Me’ (£18).

 

Jewel Tones

With winter party season approaching, clash your jewel tones for the ultimate evening look. The off-shoulder cut of an asymmetric sapphire-coloured dress (John Lewis, £69) is particularly flattering for the décolletage, creating space for drop earrings (John Lewis, £12) and bold lipgloss (Rimmel Stay Satin in ‘Obsession’, £5.99) to shine.

The perfect contrast against the blue, hot-pink heels (Evans, £10) and nail varnish (Opi in ‘Pink Flamingo, £7.99) add a touch of fun, while a gold clutch  (ASOS, £28) is a sensible buy that will work with any outfit for many seasons to come.

 

Textures of Autumn

Autumn dressing can be difficult when the temperature won’t quite make its mind up. Chances are that some of summer’s leftovers can be reworked into a loose-fitting, smart casual look, just like Sandra’s oversized tailoring. 

Pair a light-toned blazer (Zara, £89.99) with comfy beach trousers (Topshop, £15), and simply throw in a white blouse (And Other Stories, £39) to smarten the look—couldn’t be easier! 

The finishing element that takes this look from regular to ‘put together’ territory is a good blow dry—section hair and dry patiently with a barrel brush (Tangle Teezer, £18) to achieve loose curls, setting in place with Duck and Dry’s Blow Dry In A Bottle (£20), designed to encourage volume and texture.