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Yara Shahidi's Style Essentials Are Probably In Your Closet Right Now


When it comes to seasonal style, nothing inspires like a well-dressed it-girl. If you pay close attention to any particular A-lister, you'll probably start to notice a pattern in their sartorial behavior — both on and off the red carpet — in that they often rely on a few key pieces or formulas to tie things together. Yara Shahidi's personal style is the perfect example of this. The actor's effortless and easy looks are often a combination of statement, trend-driven items, and a few, reliable go-tos —making them so easy to emulate.

Yes, at the ripe age of 19, the Harvard student has already developed a flawless wardrobe, complete with a roster of trusty essentials. As a whole, the actor's style is playful, fun, and youthful — she often embraces bright colors, sparkles, and statement silhouettes that are truly elevated. Whether it's on the red carpet or running to a press appearance, the actor always brings a combination of class and whimsy to each of her looks.

The beauty of it all? Many of Shahidi's favorite staples are probably in your closet right now. Yes, from oversized jackets to chunky sneakers, the Grown-ish actor keeps things fairly simple and seamless. Want to take a page from her well-curated style book? Ahead, The Zoe Report breaks down the five key essentials in the it-girl's closet.

White Button-Down Shirt

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White button-down shirts are a true wardrobe staple, and for good reason. Although usually relegated to basic workwear, the Black-ish actor takes a different route. Shahidi likes to wear her collared shirts in more unexpected ways: under dresses or paired with formal floor-length skirts, for example.

Wide-Leg Trousers

Wide-leg trousers are some of Shahidi's favorite go-tos for press appearances and events. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they also elongate her petite frame. The actress typically opts for high-waisted silhouettes for extra drama.

Co-Ord Suits

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A coordinating suit set is great to have in your closet for those days you're lacking sartorial inspiration. Shahidi has worn brightly colored suits to so many red-carpet events it's hard to keep count. If you're afraid of looking too basic, opt for a suit in a pastel or neon color or punchy print.

Chunky White Sneakers

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'Dad sneakers' have been everywhere these past few seasons, and it looks like not even Shahidi can withstand their appeal. She wears her chunky sneakers with everything from boiler suits to whimsical, glittery dresses. Statement shoes add an element of playfulness to even the most formal of outfits, which is probably why Shahidi's looks feel so fresh and youthful.

Oversized Jackets

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Another way Shahidi adds drama to her outfits is through oversized jackets and blazers. The contrast between her more tailored outfits and the casualness of her outerwear lends her ensembles a more relaxed, easy-going vibe. Think of oversized toppers as fashionable blankets that you're technically allowed to wear out of the house (which will come in handy in the colder months ahead).