I Just Re-Created Dakota Johnson's Chic Party Look With High-Street Pieces

Up there with Zoë Kravitz and the Olsen twinsDakota Johnson is one of the few celebrities who can truly make any outfit look effortlessly cool. On a night out in New York, the actress lived up to our expectations, styling a chic and delightfully easy-to-copy look. Creating the perfect canvas for a party-ready outfit, Johnson wore two unsuspecting wardrobe staples: a simple black T-shirt and a high-waisted maxi skirt. When cleverly layered with accessories and a coat, this simple base can be tweaked in myriad ways to create endless evening-ready outfit options. 

A fashion editor's secret weapon, a black maxi skirt offers incalculable styling options. It can be worn with knee-high boots and and smart coat like Johnson, or can be easily dressed up with slingbacks and a silky top. What's more, you don't have to spend a fortune on the components of this outfit to look just as slick as the star does here, because I've managed to find similar alternatives from high-street stalwarts such as COS.

Dakota Johnson Styled the Perfect Maxi Skirt and Boots Combo



Whilst we know Johnson for her ability to style wardrobe staples in the chicest of ways, she’ll often surprise us by throwing a trending item into the mix. In the past, she paired a classic denim jacket with Alaïa’s viral mesh ballet flats, but on this occasion, she topped off her all-black ensemble with a shimmering golden bag. Gold accessories are re-emerging as a leading buy for winter, especially given that party season is almost upon us. Whilst glimmering gold shoes are a festive-dressing no-brainer, I’ve been doing the rounds in search of the perfect gold party bag, but I think Johnson might have beaten me to it.

Dakota Johnson Styled the Perfect Maxi Skirt and Boots Combo



As we move into the middle of November, Johnson's elegant outfit is the perfect template for smart-casual style and the ideal base for party styling when your social calender starts filling up. 

To enter into winter in style, see how I've shopped out Johnson's look below.


Every wardrobe needs a simple black coat and COS' version will go with everything in my winter capsule.

Just as versatile as its white counterpart, a black T-shirt is a staple, particularly in the winter months.

This tailored midaxi skirt can be styled down with white trainers and up with pointed-toe heels.

With a sturdy block heel and knee-grazing height, these are the black boots I'll be styling all winter long.

Dive head first into party-season style with a gold bag.


A silky slip skirt pairs perfectly with a chunky knit or fine white tee.

Column skirts are the growing winter trend to invest in for elevated smart-casual style.

Pair this wool midi skirt with thick tights to keep the cold at bay.

Pleated skirts are a major trend this winter. Wear with knee-high boots or retro trainers.

Flowy A-line skirts are an unsung wardrobe hero.

The seam work on this one keeps it interesting. 

From winter through to summer, this is the skirt trend you can style all year long.