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Tracee Ellis Ross’ Style Is The Only Inspiration You Need This Holiday Season


It's not unusual to look to your favorite celebrities for style inspiration, especially if you're sick of wearing your go-to sweater or little black dress. With the holidays quickly approaching, unique ensembles can be few and far between. If you've fallen into a fashion rut, it's time to turn to Tracee Ellis Ross' style for the inventive looks you'll want to wear to all season long.

Ross is known for her bold ensembles, as well as her ability to effortlessly experiment with any trend. After all, she is the daughter of 1970's fashion icon Diana Ross. The mother-daughter duo have both mastered the art of all things glamorous by proving just how easy it is to incorporate a little bit of sparkle into your wardrobe. Whether she's hosting a major award show, walking a red carpet, or dazzling the audience on her sitcom Blackish, Ross has a knack for expressing herself through style.

The holiday season often entails catching up with friends and family that you haven't seen all year, and more often than not, it comes with the pressure of selecting an ensemble that's equal parts classic and statement making. In constant collaboration with celebrity stylist Karla Welch, Ross has developed an aesthetic you'll want to take notes from. Ahead, find some serious holiday outfit inspiration à la Ross, along with the pieces you need to recreate the looks on your own.

The Pinstripe Suit

If you're in search of an ensemble that you can wear to work, your office holiday soiree, and far beyond, look no further than Ross' pinstripe suit. Ross combined a bold matching set by Self Portrait with chunky Louis Vuitton Sneakers, and finished off the effortlessly glamorous ensemble by donning her incredible curls and large gold hoops. While a suit and sneakers may not seem like the most compatible combination, the items work together to create a new kind of business attire.

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Masai Jacket


Forte Forte

The metallic stripes on this blazer make for the perfect pop of color when worn on top of a plain white t-shirt, blouse, or sweater.

Masai Pants


Forte Forte

Slightly more comfortable than your average suiting, these pants feature an elastic waist band and a baggy silhouette. Throw these on for work when you want to look professional but feel like you're in your coziest pajamas.

Stripe Jacquard Suit



Let this colorful suit steal the show by keeping the rest of your look simple and classic. Wear your hair in a sleek updo, add a pair of sneakers or suede pumps, and opt for makeup that focuses on glowing skin and glossy lips.

Green Monochrome

Celebrities haven't shied away from monochrome looks in recent weeks, and Ross is certainly no exception. While many opt for a neutral shade like white, black or brown, Ross proves an all-green outfit shouldn't be overlooked. The actress paired a lime-green button-down with a matching pleated maxi skirt. In classic Ross fashion, she added another exciting component to the look: coral lipstick. If you're ready to brighten up your family's annual holiday dinner, look towards this simple styling tip.

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Tiffany Asymmetrical Blouse



This bright-green blouse features fluttery sleeves, a draped tie in the front, and a subtle nod to the traditional peplum top. Coordinate with matching pants, or pair it with dark-wash denim and a leather jacket for the ultimate pop of color.

Cropped Pleat Trousers



Who says comfort and style can't go hand in hand? Look effortlessly on trend, just like Ross, with this soft pair of green, pleated trousers. The high waist makes them perfectly suited for a crop top, a form-fitting bodysuit, or even a tucked-in, ultra-baggy graphic tee.

Lamia Ruffle-Trim Silk Blouse


Isabel Marant

You can really never have enough silky blouses in your wardrobe, especially when they come in an exciting shade like this one. As odd as it sounds, this piece can be just as versatile as a neutral version. Wear it with jeans, printed trousers, a leather mini skirt, or any other outfit formula you can dream up.

Pleated Satin Midi Skirt



While pleats were once seen as a style of the past, modern brands like Vince continue to release updated versions that are anything but outdated. The subtle slit adds a touch of drama, while remaining conservative enough to wear to a family dinner or work party.

Pink Polka Dots

In another collaboration with Welch, Ross wore a hot-pink, silky shirt dress featuring a whimsical polka dot print. Although the color and print may often be associated with all things spring and summer, she made the style appropriate for the colder months by pairing it with a thigh-high, suede boot. Ross kept it simple by combing her hair into a tight bun and adding a set of large, thin hoop earrings to finish off the look. While jewel tones like emerald green and deep red reign supreme when it comes to festive dressing, it's time to bring all things pink into your holiday wardrobe.

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Polka Dotted Ruffled Dress



Complete with a built-in black belt, this dress pairs well with boots or pointy pumps. If you're on the go, throw on a leather jacket or drape an oversized blazer over your shoulders to stay warm.

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirtdress


Lisa Marie Fernandez

While this dress may look like the epitome of delicate and dainty, it's easy to work some edge into your look by adding a few key pieces. Pair it with studded ankle boots and chunky jewelry, or even a distressed denim jacket.

White Tee + Embellished Skirt

Ross combined simplicity with luxury in this look by pairing a classic white t-shirt with an embellished midi skirt. The two vastly different pieces come together to create an outfit that's suitable for any occasion, including post-Thanksgiving drinks with family or a weekend brunch outing. Ross added even more glamour with voluminous curls, deep-red lips, and dangling, chandelier earrings.

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'Gotta Have It' V-Neck Tee


Make + Model

If you've noticed that it's time to part with your worn-out white tee, this is the perfect replacement. The subtle v-neck gives it just the right amount of shape, while the small breast pocket makes it unique.

Perri Skirt


Sachin & Babi

Sparkles, gems, and glitter can seem overwhelming. Luckily, you can start small if you're looking to experiment with the trend in a subtle way. This skirt is an elevated version of something you may already have in your closet, and the embellished corner makes it just flashy enough.

The Crop Tee


Hanes x Karla

Designed by Ross's very own stylist, think of this top as the perfect plain white tee. Its cropped length makes it just long enough to loosely tuck into your favorite midi.

Sequin Layer Silk Midi Skirt



This burgundy midi is perfect for the holiday season, especially when paired with a white tee, a black blazer, and sling backs. If your office holiday get-together starts right after you clock out for the day, swap out the t-shirt and blazer for a silk blouse. Sometimes even the smallest wardrobe change can make all the difference.