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It's been nearly 15 years since Miranda Priestley made her way through The Devil Wears Prada as editor-in-chief of Runway fashion magazine, but her sleek sophistication, ruthless professionalism, and superhuman work ethic have made her an enduring icon. Miranda is one of the most stylish workaholics to ever see on screen and a villain to be totally amazed about. She is always impeccably decorated and exquisitely coiffed. Think textured designer jackets, statement jewelry, and hair that looks like it's always fresh from a blow dryer salon. With her penchant for withering one-liners and her Ice Queen behavior, you probably don't want her to be your boss – just ask Andy, Miranda's ever-dressed assistant. But there's no denying that she's a legend for a reason: she lives and breathes fashion, works around the clock, and is more than willing to eviscerate the entire team if the spread of “Winter Wonderland” is less than “ wonderful ”.
In true villain style (Cruella, anyone?), Miranda more than makes up for her lack of friendliness with some of the most iconic outfits shown on-screen. If you think office wear is all about lean conservatism or normcore, think again. Miranda's closet is filled to the brim with large, bold ensembles hitting the sweet spot between serious businessman vibes and runway energy, including a parade of unusually tailored pinstripe dresses, sequin jackets, and power suits with a twist. She is known to prefer furs and velvet instead of a good winter coat, and she prefers animal motifs to whimsical flowers. That doesn't mean she's unable to show restraint when necessary, as evidenced by the devastatingly simple black dress she wears during the gala scene. But most days it's her instinct for dialing in drama without looking extra that makes her a style icon. Who but Miranda can achieve a look with olive furs, toned colors, a designer silk scarf, and wrinkled leather gloves?
All film stills are from The Devil Wears Prada
Dissolve Miranda's style element by element
For Miranda, clothing is as much an extension of her personality as it is a strategic weapon – it commands respect. I've broken down her most dramatic looks into a number of key elements, from her ever-growing collection of belts and her penchant for statement tires, to her love of the trustworthy blazer. Incorporate these into your ensemble the next time you need to turn the spotlight on yourself, or when you need a dose of Miranda's energy to get through those morning meetings!
1. Sharp Tailoring and Alpha Energy –
"No, no, that wasn't a question."
What Miranda does best is breathing alpha energy into sharp-cut paper clips like the white blouse, pencil skirt, and black blazer. This pinstripe dress pays homage to her pinstripe blazer and combines the structural elegance of a blazer with bold details like waist cutouts. Stick to classic colors for a boardroom style with highly fashionable overtones, but opt for surprising silhouettes like this crisp white shirt with balloon sleeves and this flowing white skirt with distinctive ruffles and a daring slit in the front. Before you head out, put on this high-performance tweed blazer with faux pearl buttons – a love letter for Miranda's millet-colored, dazzling version!
2. The Power Belt –
"The truth is, there is no one who can do what I do."
As Miranda proves, there is no simple or additional outfit that would not benefit from the inclusion of her favorite accessory: a statement belt. Choose from the following options to increase confidence: a super wide, gold metal belt with color-coordinated details to tie yourself, a slimmer version with a round gold buckle, a woven alternative with a rustic wooden buckle and a lace version that has a waist-slimming effect generated.
3. Runway Energy and Diva Vibes –
"They have no style or fashion sense."
Runway accents have flowed into Miranda's professionally dressed clothes that go well with the diva-esque side of her personality, including furs in unexpected colors and of course the classic black ball gown. In terms of her most captivating looks, I've picked four street-style alternatives that'll go with you from cocktail hour to after midnight rendezvous. For a touch of luxury, this apricot-colored velvet party top can be worn seductively off the shoulder. Slip into this figure-hugging black velvet mini dress that gives Mirada's floor-length ball gown a bitter cousin. You can't go wrong with a long bubblegum pink fur coat if you're looking for a dramatic look. However, if you want to break in while still looking chic, this faux fur muff with a silk bow is the right choice for you and the perfect finish.
4. Animal print –
"Flowers? For the spring? Groundbreaking. "
To show that you mean business, ditch the ditsy flowers and go for Animal Print in all of its variations! Cop Miranda's key look with this sheer leopard print blouse – perfect when paired with a sleek rust-colored skirt. Alternatively, combine one of Miranda's favorite shirts with this classic A-line midi skirt! To elevate the mood in the jungle even more, go the cheeky street-style route with this lightweight zebra print blazer … or embrace hyper-femininity with a modest but chic maxi dress with a sea green leopard print.
5. In-Your-Face Bling –
"Fashion is not about utility."
Miranda is not afraid of confrontation and has a jewelry collection that is just as bold. Emulate their brassy energy by opting for a chunky gold bracelet adorned with faux pearls, or adorn your cleavage with a two-ply necklace made of a choker and an ultra-long chain with a lion's head pendant. Push the envelope with statement hoops. For a serving of sleek sophistication, this swirling version with an artificial pearl crust is just the thing. For an additional alternative, opt for this golden pair with tassels that combine vintage vibes with boho energy.
The ultimate boss from hell? Hard love in person? A workaholic who eats their assistants for breakfast? A real professional who is just scary good at her job? Miranda Priestley is all of this and more. There is no question that this villain or not, she has already redeemed herself in the cinematic Hall of Fame with her grueling sense of style! And that's all as Miranda says.
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