By Charlie Bell
As we reach for our best leggings and sweater combo for the third day running, we’re in desperate need of a bit of fashion inspiration. And after spotting Kerry Washington’s amazing Inauguration Day outfit, we thought we’d take a deep dive into the archives and swoon over her style.
The Little Fires Everywhere star has been known to take a few fashion risks, on and off the red carpet. From vibrant snakeskin trousers to bold all-in-ones, she doesn’t shy away from making a style statement and we are in awe of her sartorial bravery.
If you’re stuck in a fashion rut (who isn’t right now?!) then read on to get some inspo from the A-lister with these key capsule wardrobe pieces that are guaranteed to elevate your wardrobe to next-level glam.
1. The Tailored Two-Piece
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Let’s start with her uh-mazing Inauguration Day outfit – Kerry teamed her Biden-Harris manicure with an Autumn Adeigbo plaid suit. A checked two-piece is a worthy wardrobe investment. Wear together for added impact or mix and match with other wardrobe essentials, from slogan tees to skinny jeans. Don’t be afraid to clash prints either – we love how she’s teamed hers with printed boots.
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Whistles Check Double Breasted Blazer
This relaxed blazer is the perfect layering tool to see you through the seasons and the classic check print will never go out of style. Throw over a printed midi dress for a boyish edge to a feminine frock, or take note from the actress and wear with the matching trousers for a head-to-toe look that really wows.
2.The Statement Trouser
The Scandal star often dons a pair of statement trousers, and this glossy Sally Lapoint snake-effect pair are next-level. A flattering tapered fit, with a built-in belt for a sleek silhouette; we’re obsessed! Minimal styling is needed when wearing bold prints and the slouchy jumper gives the trousers a more casual spin. We love how Kerry’s not afraid of a pop of colour too, and this gorgeous lilac hue is bang on trend for spring.
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Cos Wool Cropped Roll Neck Jumper
This roll neck knit is made from 100% wool so it’s bound to keep you toasty in cold weather. The cropped finish looks great with high waisted mom jeans or a pencil skirt. This jumper will definitely be one you’ll reach for time and time again.
Reebok Training Lux Legging in Purple Leopard
We get that Kerry’s trousers feel a little daring for us non-famous folk so why not ease yourself in with these animal print leggings that look just as chic in and out of the gym. The high-rise finish is super flattering, hugging your curves in all the right places, and they’re made using recycled polyester too.
3. The Printed All-in-One
Yellow is another gorgeous colour on the star and we love the retro floral print on this beauty for a killer red carpet look. Again, Kerry takes the colour straight through the outfit, teaming the jumpsuit with yellow heels for maximum impact. We’re copying this sunny look for the next wedding we can go to!
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& Other Stories Tropical Flower Wrap Jumpsuit
The wrap-style neckline teamed with a flared leg makes this jumpsuit oh-so-flattering and pretty comfy too. Dress up with colour coordinating heels for a special occasion or dress down with trainers for a summer-ready look that’s bound to get you noticed.
4. The Jeans and a Nice Top Combo
Kerry may be a pro at taking fashion risks, but she knows how to keep it pared-down too as demonstrated here with this simple, yet stylish blouse and jeans look. Polka dots are another fail-safe print that never goes out of style and the pussybow fastening and flared sleeves gives this one extra kudos. A smart way to polish up your denim.
M&S Polka Dot Pussybow Long Sleeve Peplum Top
Playful polka dots and a flattering peplum finish, this bargain blouse from M&S ticks all the boxes if you want to copy Kerry’s look. Team with your favourite jeans and boots for an effortless off-duty look.
5. The puffer coat
Kerry has mastered the fashionable yet functional aspect too with this cosy puffer coat. The white hue keeps it fresh and super sleek, especially if it stays that way. Paired with box fresh high-top trainers, for the ultimate sports luxe look, it’s winter chic at its finest.
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Zara Long water repellent puffer parka
The ecru hue on this puffer parka makes it easier to maintain if you have the tendency to spill your coffee sometimes. It has a fleece-lined interior for added snugness and can withstand freezing temps. Practical and stylish, the faux fur hood is detachable, and there’s an adjustable waist for the perfect fit.
Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor.
She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.
With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_
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