Crashing out on too much
Jenners? Had enough of the Hadid sisters for the day? Wishing your social feed was marginally less Markle-filled for a few hours? Yep, it happens to the best of us. Don’t get us wrong—we love dissecting the latest Kim Kardashian West outfit as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s necessary to widen your celebrity style coterie and discover some new fashion talent. Whether it’s the edgy dress offering of Humans actor Gemma Chan or the chic trouser suits of Naomie Harris (aka Miss Moneypenny), there are so many well-dressed celebs out there to get inspired by. They might not have Instagram followers in the millions, but what they do have is style in droves. Scroll down to discover the lesser-known celebs we’re looking to right now.
Style Notes: American actor and model Laura Harrier looks every inch the modern-day heroine in this hot pink gown. Those sleeves are to die for.
Style Notes: Laura is very good at doing ladylike chic. Earlier this month, she attended the CFDA Fashion Awards in a custom-made Khaite dress. The frothy gown looked incredible with her red lipstick.
Style Notes: Best known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead and Okoye in Black Panther, Danai Jekesai Gurira is the Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright who has been wowing us with her jaw-dropping red carpet gowns. More of this, please.
Style Notes: It’s not just the red carpet she excels at looking fabulous. At Paris Fashion Week, Danai wore a Thom Brown cape with black mules. Très chic.
Style Notes: Poldark actress, Gabriella Wilde is the embodiment of the English Rose with her fair complexion and classic approach to personal style.
Style Notes: This look from last year’s British Fashion Awards is what Gabriella does so well—tailored pieces with a twist.
Style Notes: British actress Bel Powley caught our eye when she stepped onto the red carpet in this bow-tie floral midi dress.
Style Notes: She also looks incredible in fun tailored pieces. This is one star who loves to have fun with fashion.
Style Notes: Whether it’s lounging on the beach or pounding the NYC pavements, model Tina Kunakey knows how to do high-impact dressing. Head to her Instagram account for inspo aplenty.
Style Notes: The French native wowed in Cannes this year wearing a stunning black gown.
Style Notes: We’re more than a little bit jealous of actress Kiki Layne’s shimmering maxi skirt, which she wore to Dior’s couture show. In fact, we’ll take her whole wardrobe please.
Style Notes: This stunning outfit is perfectly accessorised with white heels and gold accessories. Top marks for Kiki.
Style Notes: We’ve been besotted with model and actress Dree Hemingway’s unique, punk-inspired style for years. She is officially the queen of high-low fashion.
Style Notes: Is there anything chicer than wearing a cable knit jumper and black jeans?
Style Notes: Gemma Chan’s Prabal Gurung dress is all kinds of cool. We love the punkish mash-up of the two checked fabrics.
Style Notes: We’re jealous of Gemma’s minidress by cult fashion brand Vampire’s Wife. The trainers are a great urban addition to this ruffled floral frock.
Style Notes: Letitia Wright, up-and-coming star of Black Panther, is a one to watch. She looked every inch the Hollywood starlet at the Avengers premiere in this space-age suit with tulle overlay.
Style Notes: A red bomber jacket, black jeans and hiking boots might seem like a simple combo, but as we all know, sometimes less is more. Letitia just looks beyond cool.
Style Notes: Haven’t yet heard of Lucy Boynton? We have no doubt that you will soon. The actress turned heads at Wimbledon in this floral Valentino dress. We also love the addition of yellow-tinted sunnies.
Style Notes: Cult dress brand number three. This bold look from Batsheva ticks both the animal-print and prairie-dress boxes. It’s all we want to wear this autumn.
Style Notes: Bond actress Naomie Harris pulls off this delicate pink Tibi suit with aplomb. Black accessories are a great addition.
Style Notes: We’re already daydreaming of the heat wave thanks to this floral Zimmermann minidress. Also, can we just appreciate those matching green shoes?
Style Notes: The Disney Channel actress shrugs off any tween star associations with this kick-ass Gucci jumpsuit and mini bag.
Style Notes: Rowan champions designer-on-the-rise Molly Goddard with this chic red polka-dot dress.
Style Notes: American actress, model, director and television host Tracee Ellis Ross has given us so much style inspo over the last few months. Case in point? This showstopping Attico polka-dot number.
Style Notes: We’re so here for this tiered vintage dress, which Tracee expertly styles with a waist-cinching belt and pink knee-high boots.
Style Notes: We can’t get enough of Yara Shahidi’s wardrobe. The actress often wears more fashion-forward styles but still likes to mix it up with classic tailoring.
Style Notes: The Grownish and Blackish stars all set to be a fashion world favourite with looks like these.
Style Notes: If you think actress Elizabeth Debicki looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her in The Night Manager opposite Tom Hiddleston and as Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby. The star is often wearing cool suits and gorgeous gowns.
Style Notes: At this year’s Met Gala, the actress wore an incredible pink gown with an oversized bow by Salvatore Ferragamo.
Style Notes: Jorja Smith is one of the biggest singers in the UK right now. She’s collaborated with the likes of Drake and Stormzy and has already won two Brit awards. The musician often wears fun outfits that are exactly the kind of stuff we can imagine her also performing in.
Style Notes: Expect to see Jorja in this kind of outfit: a crop top with metallic trousers.
Style Notes: Rising star Beanie Feldstein (currently in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart) is often seen wearing gorgeous ladylike dresses.
Style Notes: Another elegant dress from Beanie. This pink and purple frock with ruffles is the kind of look we’re very much into right now.
Style Notes: If you don’t already know Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project, then you’re also probably not aware just how much this actress loves her fashion. The show, which ran for six seasons often saw her character Mindy Lahiri wearing colourful outfits always accessorised with a Chanel handbag. And this love of fashion is carried on into her real life with Mindy wearing a string of super-chic dresses.
Style Notes: Mindy’s Moschino look for the Met Gala might have been a departure from her usual classic style, but it was jaw-dropping.
Style Notes: There’s nothing we don’t love about Busy Phillips. The actress turned chat show host is often spotted wearing boho-inspired dresses with denim jackets. Go to her for L.A. styling vibes.
Style Notes: When you don’t want to go for Converse with your maxi dress, Busy’s cool white boots with a floral frock is a great outfit to steal.
Style Notes: Unlike her tomboy character Vod in Fresh Meat, Zawe likes to go for dresses with heels. But don’t be fooled into thinking that she’s into super pretty ensembles, she likes her frocks with a directional twist.
Style Notes: This red dress is the epitome of ladylike glamour. The black shoes with the bow ties just finish off the look perfectly.
Style Notes: Maggie Rogers is currently deputy editor, Emma Spedding’s obsession, and it’s easy to see why. The singer wears zebra-print jumpsuits on stage and never fails to make her outfits look unbelievably cool.
Style Notes: We’re feeling all the Stevie Nicks vibes from this.
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This was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.