By Samantha Simon
Oct 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am
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Tracee Ellis Ross is known for her bold approach to fashion. Whether she’s shutting down the Emmys red carpet in a larger-than-life Valentino Haute Couture gown or successfully pulling off the latest trends in her day-to-day life (the proof is on Instagram, of course), the Black-ish actress is constantly captivating us with her style choices. There’s a reason she’s on the cover of our November “Best Dressed” issue, after all.

Because we can’t get enough of Ross’s confident approach to all things style, we asked her to fill us in on what ranks at the top of her own list. Unsurprisingly, she cited only the chicest of pieces — and let's just say you won't find a good 'ol pair of jeans among her faves. "I'm not a big jeans wearer," said Ross. "It's hard to find jeans that fit without alterations, so I'm more of a trouser girl."

She scores those trousers, among other wardrobe staples, from go-to designers like, "Virgil Abloh, Pierpaolo Piccioli from Valentino, Alessandro Michele from Gucci, and Dapper Dan." And when she doesn't have time to visit their boutiques, Ross turns to her favorite online shopping spot: Relatable, no?

VIDEO: Tracee Ellis Ross Dishes on Her Style

Keep reading for 22 more of Ross's top picks, from her travel essentials to her pop-culture obsessions. For more stories like this, pick up the November issue of InStyle, now available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download.

Must-Have Heels

"Christian Louboutin's 'So Kate' 4.7-inch heel."

Christian Louboutin

Workout Wonder

"Takara Leggings from Carbon38."

MAC Cosmetics

Comfy Kicks

"Adidas Stan Smith sneakers."


Dream Hotel

"The Ritz Paris."

Ritz Carlton Paris

Sleek Staple

"A black blazer. All time favorite is McQueen."

Alexander McQueen

Signature Scent

"L’Oeil du Vert is one of my decadent allowances. [I love] any of Haley Alexander van Oosten's oils, including my signature oil that she makes just for me. They're beyond expensive but unfortunately I’ve gotten addicted."

L'Oeil du Vert

Sturdy Suitcase



Current Page-Turner

"The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton."

St. Martins Press

TV Obsession

"Killing Eve."


Ultimate Earrings

"Jennifer Fisher's Baby Samira Hoops (pictured) and Mini Jamma Hoops in yellow gold. And Lisa Eisner anything."

L'Oeil du Vert

Eyelash MVP

"A combo of Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer and Benefit They’re Real Mascara."


Go-To Cocktail

"Casamigos Reposado on the rocks with a full lime."

Inspiring Artists

"Barkley L. Hendricks (bottom), Kara Walker (top), Lorna Simpson, and Janine Antoni."

Kara Walker, Barkley L. Hendricks

Cool Carryall

“My Balenciaga Bazar large patent-leather tote.”

Best Blush

"MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power. Or I just squeeze my cheeks; I’m not a big makeup wearer."

MAC Cosmetics

Ideal Meal

"The Ham & Yeezy pizza, Little Gem Salad, and a glass of rosé at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles. And then anything from Frenchette in NY."


Coziest Coat

"Norma Kamali Sleeping Bag Coat."

Skincare Savior

"Retrouve Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer."


Songs on Repeat

“Anything by Drake and ‘Mine,’ by Bazzi.”


Dressing Room Essential

"One-liter bottles of Mountain Valley Spring water."

Pout Perfector

"Biologique Recherché Biokiss repairing lip balm."