Lupita Nyong'o hasn't even made her Oscars debut yet and is already being heralded as one of Hollywood's hottest fashionistas. And rightly so — in the short time she's been in the public eye, the 30-year-old actress has proven she's got a killer sense of style and, of course, that she's absolutely stunning. I've been following her rise to fashion fame closely, with every gorgeous outfit she's stepped out in. Although she has a phenomenal stylist by her side, it's apparent that Nyong'o has developed a taste for fashion all by herself, both on and off the red carpet. I've taken it upon myself to survey her private fashion moments on her Instagram to see what sorts of lessons we can learn from the stylish celeb. Here are 5 things I learned.
NUDE PANTYHOSE ARE A MUST
One of Lupita Nyong'o's first Instagram photos was a pair of Berkshire Ultra Sheer pantyhose. The actress wasn't afraid to share her style secret with her followers, saying the following: "Winter Tip: My go-to panty hose for that nude look. Every Chocolate Lady's must-have. Wore a pair on the #abc live with kelly and michael show." To keep your legs warm and picture-perfect, consider swapping your usual black tights for a pair of these.
SOCKS WITH SHOES IS A REAL, FASHIONABLE THING
In you're still unsure about this trend, let Lupita Nyong'o be the one to convince you otherwise. Nyong'o shared a photo of herself sitting on a park bench, sporting a pair of exposed socks with shoes. Not only did it look adorable, it looked totally chic paired with her Warby Parkers and Mulberry satchel.
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH COLOR
Nyong'o is unafraid to say something with color. Whether she's wearing all red, all blue or all green, the actress knows not to shy away from going bold and bright. Even in her day to day wear, Nyong'o always incorporates one standout color in her ensembles.
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY NAIL POLISHES
Nyong'o would rather ditch a coat or a pair of shoes just so she can pack all of her favorite nail polishes with her wherever she goes. You never know when you need an unexpected mani change! In this photo she shared on Instagram, Nyong'o shows her stock of nail polishes, saying the following: "#AwardsSeason. packing the #fundamentals. Me? Overweight baggage? I think not." I couldn't agree more.
DON'T FORGET YOUR ROUGE
Even when she's mostly barefaced, Nyong'o never forgets her lipstick or lipgloss. Could you blame her? A perfect pout like hers should always be accented! Nyong'o usually opts for shades of red and pink with a hint of sheen. The lesson here: if you have to pick one makeup product to wear, let it be lipstick.