9 Mindy Kaling Outfits That Are So Easy to Copy

From Kelly Kapoor to Mindy Lahiri to her role as a scheming jeweler in Ocean’s 8, Mindy Kaling’s on-screen characters are never lacking in style. We can’t help but think that’s in part because the actress herself is so friggin’ stylish. Here are nine signature Kaling outfits we plan to copy ASAP.

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Bright Sweater + Jeans + Matching Flats

Just because you prefer a casual weekend look, it doesn’t mean you need to reach for sweats and sneaks. Take a note from Kaling and choose a sweater and backless mules in vibrant hues like cherry red. Just as comfortable as leggings but infinitely more chic.

Get the look: Suncoo sweater ($255); Warp & Weft jeans ($98); Linea Paolo mules ($100)

mindy kaling wearing a plaid coat and floral dress
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Plaid Jacket + Floral Dress

Turns out plaid and florals are a match made in sartorial heaven. The trick to pulling off Kaling’s print-mixing is to stick to black and white and finish with classic black or gray accessories.

Get the look: River Island coat ($135); White House Black Market dress ($160)

mindy kaling wearing a metallic blazer with black pants
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Metallic Jacket + Striped Shirt + Tuxedo Pants

Sure, you could wear your trusty cocktail LBD yet again. But Kaling looks much cooler than your average partygoer in an edgy gold blazer and slim-fit tuxedo pants.

Get the look: Alice + Olivia blazer (4495); Go Silk shirt ($135); After Six pants ($150)

mindy kaling wearing a blue dress with a green belt
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Solid Dress + Contrasting Belt

Get your colorblock on by pairing a bright dress with a wide belt in a contrasting shade and voilà! Simple, chic and flattering, all at once.

Get the look: Donna Morgan dress ($40); Anderson's belt ($155)

mindy kaling wearing a gingham matching set
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Matching Set + Basic Accessories

Take all the guesswork out of outfit planning by throwing on a top and bottom that came together as one stylish set. Keep your accessories simple and structured to avoid looking childish.

Get the look: RACHEL Rachel Roy top ($35) and pants ($50); OAD New York bag ($297); Steve Madden sandals ($80)

mindy kaling wearing a sweater set and bright shoes
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Sweater Set + Slim-fit Trousers + Vibrant Shoes

Sweater sets might make you think of Jackie O., but we’re obsessed with Kaling’s modern take on the retro trend. Get the look with a large print, then match your shoes or accessories to one of the colors featured.

Get the look: Twin-Set cardigan ($237) and sweater ($258); Wit and Wisdom pants ($68); Calvin Klein heels ($70)

mindy kaling wearing tunic dress and pants
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Tunic Dress + Skinny Pants + Strappy Sandals

Dealing with a long tunic, like Kaling's Cinq à Sept number? Show some skin up top and pair with body-skimming pants and minimalist sandals. Working with a shorter dress? Try a wide-leg pant or cute chunky heel. 

Get the look: Warehouse tunic dress ($73); Boden pants ($130); Sam Edelman heels ($100)

mindy kaling wearing a floral dress
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Floral Shirtdress + Embellished Bag + White Shoes

You may think this dress deserves the spotlight, but we love how Kaling paired it with stark, white heels and an intricately detailed bag for a much more attention-grabbing look.

Get the look: Free People dress ($89); Rebecca Minkoff bag ($245); MICHAEL Michael Kors heels ($99)

mindy kaling wearing a floral matching set and red coat
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Printed Set + Bold Jacket

Worried head-to-toe flowers will make you look like you’re in grade school? Just make sure the outfit is well tailored and pair with one adult, un-printed piece (like this red jacket). Now you look ready to take on the world like the badass woman you are.

Get the look: Kristin Blake jacket ($198); Diane von Furstenberg top ($149) and pants ($221)



Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...