The Rules of Style by Lupita Nyong’o

  • Sunglasses at night make perfect sense so long as you are matching your dress to your shoes and the choice of color you've selected is a distinct shade of purple.

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  • No plunge is too promiscuous if you can offset the exposed chest with a headband. Which, of course, you can.

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  • This is also true for dresses that look more like regal armor fit for a royal ceremony that's set to take place on St. Patricks Day.

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  • This is also true if your hair is in a sort of cool, modified set of pigtails. Or is it buns?

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  • Boom!

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  • A cool way to offset a very feminine mini dress -- floral appliqués and all -- is by way of a mohawk.

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  • Sequins are cool on their own, too.

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  • Especially when rendered opaque.

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  • If you're going to wear an LBD and pumps, do match your lips to the carpet on which you stand.

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  • Seriously, though.

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  • Shades of gray are cliché and redundant. Shades of blue, however, are a really compelling way to break down the stereotype that feeling blue is a negative thing and turn it on its head.

    (via Vogue from Splash News)
  • If off the shoulder blouses seem kind of obvious at this point, turning them into red carpet capes will challenge that standard.

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  • If your pumps feel too straightforward as they stand now, tall and pointy -- consider a hammerhead shark. That is, a square toe for your big toe.

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Leandra Medine | March 1, 2016

Today’s installment of Rules of Style features Lupita Nyong’o. Besides the plethora of obvious reasons to devote a slideshow to her (Blue eyeshadow expert? Check. Possibly one of only a handful of women who make red carpet dressing feel like a runway occasion? Check.), she also recently turned 33. Yes, it’s true. Take a minute to soak it in: our solar system has been blessed with more than three decades of Lupita.

Given the special occasion, this slideshow was handled a bit differently. Namely because the rules in question require that you flip through the above slideshow and pay closer attention to the captions; therein lie Lupita’s lessons. But there are 25 of them, which might seem like a lot so here’s a satisfying compendium, truncated to a very digestible five. If you can only take as many as can fill a single hand — let them be these ones.

1. The season’s “it” dress can feel completely personal if worn by the right person.

2. Sunglasses at night are not the official trademark of douchebags any longer. On the contrary. If worn with the right shades of purple, they’re rather humbling.

3. No plunging neckline is too promiscuous if you can offset the exposed chest with a headband — or modified pigtails! Which, of course, you can.

4. Feminine mini dresses — like a white, sleeveless tutu-style with floral appliqués, for example — feel less like feminine mini dresses and more like an exploration in limits when considered to counter a mohawk or, you know, more nighttime sunglasses.

5. Hoops are back, baby!

5a. If you can’t kick off your shoes, share a dance move and flail your arms while clad in Gucci, what’s the point of any of it?


  • Lupita Nyong’o: World’s most fashionable perfect cinnamon roll.

    • vivian smartt

      I am getting a Salary…… of 5700 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and no bank credit .Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 56 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.

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  • Your captions to images are clutch. I catch myself nodding and ‘uh-huh’-ing as if I’m in an important (present)history lesson.

  • Rachel Coleman

    Absolutely loved this. She’s such a badass and her style is so reminiscent of that. In love with the sunglasses and blue liner. x

  • Julie

    She is incredible!