Goodbye re-runs, fall TV is here! Tonight, I am particularly excited at the return of The Mindy Project. I’ve loved star Mindy Kaling since the Kelly Kapoor days– laughing out loud at her book and pretty much every episode of her namesake show since. Tonight, I’m excited to see what’s going to happen between Dr. L and Dr. C., but even more excited to see what Mindy will wear.

The Mindy Project is easily as stylish as it is hilarious. Not surprisingly, so is Mindy Kaling. So much so, there is The Mindy Project Style Tumblr dedicated to both. She (almost) always looks amazing and I completely crush on how she embraces bold color and print. Here are a few of my recent faves, along with the lessons from Mindy’s style we can all apply to our own wardrobes. If you want even more Mindy-style, make sure to set your DVRs for 9:30 tonight on Fox (I should be getting some sort of kickback!) and let me know which of her I’m-sure-will-be-amazing looks are your faves in comments or on Facebook.

Mix Patterns, Preferably BoldlyIMG_0960.PNGIf Mindy’s character Dr. Lahiri has a style signature, it’s pattern mixing. Some of her choices are brave, even by my extreme standards. Still, she totally pulls them off. The reason these two work together? Common colors and varied scales– want to give mixing a go for yourself? Check out this past post for tips. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style

Make Pieces Your OwnIMG_0961.PNG

I follow Mindy on Instagram and a couple of weeks ago thought it was awesome she shared that she put this Roberto Cavalli number on backwards. It worked. Now, wearing dresses backwards won’t always be so successful that you’ll want to rock them on national TV, but the lesson here is to look at your wardrobe and try to see what you have new ways. It’s something I do every appointment with clients. Can you belt a blouse to create a peplum effect? Tailor a high-low skirt to make it a current knee-length style? Roll up some sleeves or pant legs to create a new silhouette? Experimenting will not only uncover new potential, it will let help you showcase your personal style and make pieces your own. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style.

If You’re A Girl, You Should Own a Wrap DressIMG_0963.PNG

I mean, how amazing does Mindy look in this DVF number? Wrap dresses and wrap-style blouses are one of a handful of universally flattering styles I encourage clients to embrace. They’re dynamite for showing off or creating a waist and a super easy way to look chic at work or an event. Bonus flattery in this specific choice– a bold print, illusion details and contrast sleeves focuses the attention on the body and creates a long, lean silhouette. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style.

Always Show Off Your WaistIMG_0964.PNGWhen I speak at group stylings, I am almost always asked what’s the one style tip I would give someone. My answer- always define your waist. Too often when we’re trying to camouflage parts of our bodies we don’t love, we end up picking pieces that are super baggy and make us look bigger. An easy way to avoid this is to keep your waist in mind and look for ways to remind people it’s there. It’s an especially good tip to keep in mind when wearing this season’s cozy knits and statement coats. Create the look of this to-die-for Christopher Kane sweater with a colorful belt. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style.

16 Comments on Style Crush: Mindy Kaling

    • Rachel Fawkes
      September 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Molly! I see TV inspires some of your fashion crushes too. :)

  1. cat eyes & skinny jeans
    September 26, 2014 at 5:17 am (3 years ago)

    I LOVE the idea of wearing something backward – it gives it an entirely new appearance!


    • Rachel Fawkes
      September 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

      It is a fun idea! I also love to layer in unexpected ways. This time of year a fitted sweater or sweatshirt is a great way to turn summer dresses into skirts. Have fun experimenting & thanks for reading. xo

  2. Maggie A
    September 27, 2014 at 12:30 am (3 years ago)

    I definitely really like her style <3 :) Thanks for sharing.



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