I've always shied away from cropped jackets, but Viola Davis' casual chic outfit just convinced me to give them a try

An easy look to recreate, and one I would happily wear every day

Viola Davis
(Image credit: Getty Images / Tiffany Rose)

I'll be honest, the thought of wearing cropped anything strikes fear into my very soul,  which is a shame as cropped, well, everything seems to have been a trend for a while - and shows no sign of going anywhere. 

We've been transported back (again) to the 90s, when cropped was a very popular trend. Which I fully embraced at the time. However, 20 years and three kids later, and I now prefer a top with more length. However, recently I have seen some brilliant styling of cropped items, and Viola Davis' recent outfit has made me realise they're perfect for unpredictable 'summer' weather. 

Wearing cropped items, particularly tops, doesn't necessarily mean you have to have any flesh on show – and Viola showcases this perfectly with the most casual but beautifully chic outfit. Also proving she needs no help choosing the best jeans for your body type, the actress teamed a casual black cropped hoodie and black t-shirt with light wash baggy jeans and platform trainers – and finishes the look of with a masterclass in makeup and accessories. 

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Viola shared the photo, in which she is joined by her soon-to-be 14-year-old daughter, both looking relaxed and happy on the cusp of what we're sure will be big birthday celebrations. 

Viola's casual look was completed with a beautifully patterned headwrap, a stack of bracelets, bold red lipstick and huge but delicate gold hoop earrings. It's a rare but charming insight into the actress' every day, and proof, as we thought, that she looks just as stunning off the red carpet.  

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.