It's no secret that 2018 was the year of the suit, in all of its vast, glorious iterations. The oversized suit, the velvet suit, the short suit set, and the blazer dress (a slightly more feminine approach to the reigning trend) are just a few examples of pieces celebs and street-style stars alike couldn't stop wearing last year. Fast forward to 2019, and the menswear-inspired trend is still as popular as ever — and just when you thought you'd seen every version of the tailored fashion craze, Lupita Nyong'o's blazer playsuit proves otherwise. That's right, the blazer-romper hybrid is perhaps the most practical alternative to a blazer dress — and it's perfect for all your upcoming holiday festivities.
Oct. 21 proved to be an evening full of star-studded events. Taking place at L.A.'s historic Getty Museum, the 2019 InStyle Awards offered up some seriously glam evening outfits (looking at you, Julia Louis-Dreyfus' metallic dress) that are sure to inspire your ensembles for all those upcoming holiday parties. Taking place concurrently on the East Coast were the 13th Annual Golden Heart Awards, which boasted an impressive guest list that included the likes of designer Michael Kors, fashion powerhouse Anna Wintour, Winnie Harlow, and, of course, Nyong'o.
Based on what the attendees wore to the Golden Heart Awards, it's likely the annual event called for cocktail attire — and though Harlow's extra-luxe, sequin-embellished gown is one way to tackle the dress code, Nyong'o's take might be a bit more accessible.
The Us actor looked equal parts refined and playful in a metallic pinstriped Michael Kors Collection blazer playsuit that was plucked straight from the designer's Spring 2020 range, though a few alterations were made, namely taking in the wide-leg bottoms a bit to create more streamlined shorts.
A pair of glittery Alexandre Birman heels added even more sparkle, as did a pair of hoop earrings and rings, both from fine jewelry brand, Kat Kim.
The finishing touches to Nyong'o's evening look included a top-notch beauty moment. A fun fuchsia-hued eyelid, which celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose achieved using Lancôme's Grandiose Liner, added the perfect pop of color.
Much like a dress, a playsuit is an easy one-and-done outfit that you can throw on without much worry, though a playsuit might be a slightly more practical option, offering a bit more freedom of movement — an essential, especially when you're dancing the night away at your office holiday party.
Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up the best blazer playsuits on the market sure to carry you through party season. Shop them all, below.