From The Office to The Mindy Project to A Wrinkle in Time and Ocean's 8, Mindy Kaling's career has skyrocketed. Actress, writer, author, producer… you name it, she's on top of it—all while recently welcoming her first child, Katharine. Naturally, Mindy's wardrobe has undergone a similar evolution. While the star has never been shy of colour, her latest run of fashion highs has ranged from bright shades and bold graphic prints to sleek monochromatic looks. And there's no doubt the 5'3" star's style will inspire other petite women.
Thanks to a little help from red carpet stylist Cristina Ehrlich and The Mindy Project costume designer Salvador Pérez Jr, Mindy is a pro at dressing for the limelight and embracing key statement pieces—whether she's at the Met Gala, a press junket or just heading out to dinner.
Our favourite thing about Mindy's style, however, has to be the mantra she applies to her favourite outfits: Always go all-out. In a recent interview, the actress declared, "I don't understand what's so great about effortlessness. I think showing up means you care."
So if you're ready for a lesson in showing up for statement style, keep scrolling to see our pick of Mindy Kaling's best fashion moments.
Full-throttle glamour in embellished Alberta Ferretti.
Bring on the colour clash.
Balancing the super-chic silhouette of this Max Mara shift with a graphic print. The waist-cinching belt adds extra polish.
Power dressing in a sleek Prabal Gurung trench and beige Louboutins.
Looking fierce in Stella McCartney. We're living for that faux-leather blouse.
The colour palette may be simple, but we're getting a lot of joy from the print clash of this Burberry checked trench and the floral Rachel Zoe dress.
This Lela Rose checked trapeze dress is super sophisticated.
At the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party in shimmering Atelier Prabal Gurung.
Owning the Met Gala in Vassilis Zoulias. If this isn't "showing up" for fashion, we don't know what is.
The gorgeous neckline and vertical stripes on this Alice and Olivia dress flatter the actress's petite height.
A master class in summer prints, thanks to this orange Sachin & Babi floral maxi.
A Temperley London gown inspired by magical potions, perhaps? We're impressed by the thought that went into this for the Wrinkle in Time premiere in London.
If the bold shade of red wasn't enough, voluminous bell sleeves and a front slit add extra interest to this Jill Stuart dress.
Another checked Lela Rose dress. This time in a super-flattering shift.
Everyone needs a great shirtdress. Mindy's bright green one is by Solace London.
Possibly our favourite Mindy Kaling look: Naeem Khan sequins at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars party.