Oscar-winning Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson is making the most of her weight loss and winning consistent red carpet raves.
Now she's revealing the secret to her success - seven style rules that have served her well in the years since she made her showbiz debut on TV talent show American Idol back in 2004.
Style rule number 1Find your signature silhouette.And now that I'm in such great shape, I love to show off my fantastic hourglass figure. Now I'm able to explore more. I've found that some shapes work for every size, like a high-waisted pencil skirt.
Style rule number 2I also like to glam up an outfit with a signature coat. I like a look that is sleek and classic, like a little black dress, but when you throw a coat over it, you're like, 'Who is that?' It creates this presence, and it's so classy and chic. Next thing you know, you're red carpet ready!
Style rule number 3I love to wear bright colours, they make me "extremely happy". I call it a 'color party! It makes me want to go out and celebrate the day.
Style rule number 4Rule number four involves finishing my look with accessories, especially brooches which represent that Old Hollywood vibe that I love. My son actually got me into them when he picked one out for me in Niagara Falls. Now I wear them everywhere.
Style rule number 5
Wear your mementos, and my very favourite is a necklace sporting something my kid no longer needs. I have a necklace that has my son's tooth hanging from a piece of gold. I like to personalise things. That's priceless.
Style rule number 6I'm conscious of balance: If I've got my legs out, then there's no need for cleavage to be out. If I have cleavage out, there is no need for my legs to be out. Don't overdo it. To me, those subtleties are crucial.
Style rule number 7Be comfortable in what you're wearing, for which I credit my stylist Micaela Erlanger.
(She) always says, 'Let me see you sit in it'. You can't sell a look if you are not completely comfortable in it. It will wear you versus you wearing it.
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