Jennifer Hudson: 'My seven style rules'
Jennifer Hudson loves showing off her body, wearing bright colours, sporting highly personal accessories and best of all, feeling comfortable in her outfits.
Oscar-winning Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson is making the most of her 80-pound 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.
Jennifer's first rule is 'find your signature silhouette'. And now that she's in such great shape, she loves to show off her fantastic hourglass figure.
"Now I'm able to explore more," she tells PeopleStyle. "I've found that some shapes work for every size, like a high-waisted pencil skirt."
She also likes to glam up an outfit with a signature coat, rule number two.
"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!”
She also loves to wear bright colours and insists that means she's "extremely happy".
"I call it a 'color party!'" she says. "It makes me want to go out and celebrate the day."
Rule number four involves finishing her look with accessories, especially brooches which she explains "represent that Old Hollywood vibe that I love", adding, "My son actually got me into them when he picked one out for me in Niagara Falls. Now I wear them everywhere."
Speaking of her son, seven-year-old David with WWE wrestler husband David Otunga, Jennifer's fifth rule is wear your mementos, and her very favourite is a necklace sporting something her kid no longer needs.
"I have a necklace that has my son's tooth hanging from a piece of gold," she smiles. "I like to personalise things. That's priceless."
Jennifer has many fabulous features she could focus on, but likes to highlight one feature at a time - her rule number six.
"I'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."
Her last rule just might be the most important of all: Be comfortable in what you're wearing, for which she credits her 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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