Inspired By…Viola Davis

Viola Davis can teach you more than How To Get Away With Murder.


The 49-year-old actress got her start in the entertainment world after attending the Julliard School for four years, and graduating in 1993. Viola began by appearing in various off and on-Broadway shows, including in a 2001 production of King Hedley II, for which she won both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. She followed this up with bit roles on both television (like on Judging Amy and City of Angels) and in movies (like in Traffic and Kate & Leopold). In 2008, Viola started gaining critical acclaim in films as well, with her Oscar-nominated performance in Doubt. She followed this up with another Oscar-nominated performance in 2011’s The Help. Currently, Viola has returned to television and can be seen on ABC’s hit new show How to Get Away with Murder.

Aside from being a very critically acclaimed actress, Viola, who recently revealed she lost half her hair to Alopecia Areata at 28-years-old, has a great style. The actress is well-known for her love of bright colors and sexy, but sophisticated silhouettes. She’s often on various best dressed lists and is always turning heads on the red carpet. So, remember to sport bright colors, sexy but sophisticated silhouettes, and to keep accessories to a minimum.

In this first look, Viola is at the 2014 premiere of her new ABC show How to Get Away with Murder. For a chic casual outfit, select a black tank with vegan leather or pleather trim, a white skater or circular skirt, black tights, and black oxfords.

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This second look features Viola at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards. Look to this bright dress for a stylish dinner outfit. Choose a mango or yellow colored v-neck dress (think about including a belt to add some flair to the dress), black peep toe platform heels, and black chandelier style earrings.

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In this final look, Viola is at the 2014 Academy Awards. Turn this extravagant and bright red carpet look into a fun night on the town outfit. Go with a teal keyhole back dress, black platform heels, and accessorize with two of the same silver bangles (wear one on each arm!), and a silver clutch.

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Viola’s style is surely one that’s perfect for an older woman, but it can easily be aged down some by choosing more age appropriate silhouettes. Look to Viola for color inspiration, as she’s never afraid to wear the brightest colors at any occasion. Just remember, when looking to Viola Davis for style inspiration, think bright colors, sexy but sophisticated silhouettes, and minimal accessories.

Written By: Joanelle Navarro

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