She may play a character called Crazy Eyes on Orange is The New Black, but Uzo Aduba is more idiosyncratically elegant than insane in real life. If the Emmy-winning actress' talent and work ethic are any indication, Aduba deserves every ounce of recognition she receives. After all, anyone who has been told they need to cosmetically enhance themselves to achieve success and told their critics to bugger off earns a special gold star in my book.
The breakout star isn't just a beacon onscreen, however; she shines just as brightly when striding down the red carpet. Lo and behold, an actress who plays a somewhat uncouth prisoner favors the most ladylike shifts and striking yet timeless accessories. From statement gowns in a rainbow of bold hues to demure Jackie O-esque dresses, Aduba loves to impress upon her public just how much of a style savant she truly is. For the Entertainment Weekly pre-Emmy shindig, the star selected an artistic knee-length shift dress in a modern, black-and-white-checkered pattern paired with patent red pointy toe pumps and a glamorous box clutch. So if you're looking for your next great ensemble that toes the line between ladies who lunch and ladies who enjoy a good brawl, here are Aduba's four essential pieces.
1. PRINTED SHIFT DRESS
Take Aduba's look into fall by trying a windowpane-patterned dress with long sleeves as opposed to short. Ali Ro's Long Sleeve Windowpane Print Dress is the ideal union of comfort, style, and warmth for chilly autumn days.
2. RED PATENT POINTY TOE PUMPS
Who doesn't love a streamlined red heel? Nine West's Martina Pointy Toe Pumps replicate Aduba's sleek pumps, with a significantly reduced price tag.
3. BLACK STUDDED BOX CLUTCH
Add a little edge to your ensemble with a black studded clutch like Diane von Furstenburg's Tonda Studded Leather Clutch.
4. NUDE LIPGLOSS
Aduba's charismatic smile gives the ensemble extra sparkle. Enhance your own grin with Bobbi Brown's Lipgloss in Nude Pink
Images: uzoaduba/Instagram; Ali Ro Long Sleeve Windowpane Print Dress, $338, neimanmarcus.com; Nine West Martina Pointy Toe Pumps, $79, ninewest.com; Diane von Furstenburg's Tonda Studded Leather Clutch, $197.50, theoutnet.com; Bobbi Brown's Lipgloss in Nude Pink, $25, barneys.com