Katie Holmes is a fashion girl. She's BFFs with designer Zac Posen, (opens in new tab)sits front row at the shows, (opens in new tab) and isn't afraid to try the latest trends (opens in new tab) (see her feathered Prada suit in the first slide). Her off-duty style can best be summarized as effortless, while her red-carpet looks radiate elegance and sophistication. (She likes to serve up bold, bright dresses at events—often from her designer friend.) And especially since she started dating chef Emilio Vitolo Jr., we've been blessed with her countless easy-to-wear street style outfits (opens in new tab) as she steps out with him in tow. If there's one thing you need to know about Holmes, it's that her impeccable taste in clothes has truly made her a style star to watch. Don't believe me? Take a peek at her best outfits, then shop similar picks to channel her stylish vibes yourself.
Katie Holmes' closet is full of classic pieces, which she expertly pairs together for that never-out-of-season look. Take her approach to layering a pussycat bow blouse underneath a blazer and then topping it off with a timeless beige trench. Oh, and don't forget a pair of timeless blue jeans.
Burberry The Waterloo Heritage Trench Coat
If you keep a list of pieces you need to invest in, a Burberry trench coat should be at the top of said list.
We want to steal Katie's silky blue pantsuit set look by Zadig & Voltaire (opens in new tab). The outer pieces looked refined and sleek, so she kept it simple with a plain white tank underneath. An easy crossbody bag and heels finished off the outfit. She wore this ensemble to an event honoring her in New York City in February 2020.
ASOS Design Slim Suit Pants in Satin
As soon as you walk into the room in this pink satin suit, all eyes will be on you. Take a style note from Katie and dress it down with a tank, but keep the heels.
The star attended Fendi's The Launch of Solar Dream event in NYC on February 5, 2020. Katie chose to wear all Fendi for the occasion by going for this photogenic printed dress and carried the peekaboo handbag.
Fendi Peekaboo Iseeu Medium
If you're looking to invest in a handbag that is classic and will hold up for years to come, scoop up one of Fendi's iconic peekaboo designs.
It's not hard to look dressy and sophisticated when you're in Chanel. The star wore pieces from the fashion house for her appearance at a luncheon on November 4, 2019 in NYC.
Chanel Wool Tweed Pattern Bolero
Any outfit will look 100 times more chic with a Chanel jacket. This tweed one comes in neutral tones that'll pair seamlessly with your everyday outfits.
Olivia Von Halle Silk Issa Slip Dress
This orange silk dress will come in handy for all your special occasions.
Anyone can wear a black suit, but it takes a special trendsetter to rock one with feathers. Holmes proved she was a style star with this Prada (opens in new tab) set from the resort 2018 collection. She kept her accessories simple with a gold necklace and black heels, letting the suit make a statement on its own.
Michael Lo Sordo Cropped Feather-Trimmed Satin Pants
Give your satin pants a fashion makeover with feather embellishments on the leg cuffs.
Every time I see a white halterneck dress, I get Meghan Markle vibes (opens in new tab). Holmes wore this Alice & Olivia ensemble in September 2018 while attending New York Fashion Week. It was crisp and elegant, especially when paired with a red lip and beige pumps. If the Duchess of Sussex saw this look, I have a feeling she'd approve.
Les Rêveries Silk Charmeuse Halterneck Gown
Brides looking for a crisp white dress for their rehearsal dinner or engagement party will fall in love with this silky halter-neck dress.
A pair of leather trousers can be both badass and feminine. Holmes struck this perfect balance when she wore her cognac-colored pants with heels and a checkered peter pan collar coat.
The Attico Slim Trousers
The quickest way to dress up any look is with a pair of sleek leather pants.
The words "denim skirt" have a whole new meaning when you're not 18 years old anymore. Instead of wondering how you'll sit comfortably at work in a mini version, take a tip from Holmes and go for a longer knee-length style. It's classy, sophisticated, and even pairs well with flip-flops. The star gave her outfit a chic edge with a belt and Celine bag.
Celine Mini Belt Bag in Grained Calfskin
Celine's iconic belt bag is a timeless staple if you're looking for an accessory that can be worn in the office, on vacation, and more.
Holmes let her floral dress slip down on one side while walking around New York City. It was sweet and sexy—the type of vibe that makes me want the dress myself. She accessorized the effortless look with a black fedora, sunglasses, a brown satchel, and white sneakers.
Lost a + Wander Garden of Delight Off the Shoulder Minidress
Let your shoulders get lightly bronzed in the sun as you stroll through your neighborhood in this off-the-shoulder floral dress.
For an American Ballet Theater event in 2018, Holmes chose a beaded floral dress by BFF and designer Zac Posen (opens in new tab). The flared skirt suited her statuesque frame and a boatneck fit highlighted her shoulders. I have to say: blue looks amazing on her.
Zac Posen Metallic Jacquard Cocktail Dress
If you love Katie Holmes' style and Zac Posen, this dress is a win-win look for you.
Holmes traded her feathery Prada suit for this Brooks Brothers tuxedo while attending the 2016 premiere of All We Had. It was an understated look, but it sent the perfect #powerwoman message. This film also marked Holmes' directorial debut!
Brooks Brothers Double-Weave Crepe Jacket
A structured blazer that looks professional and won't distract people from your presentation at meetings.
It's hard to find the right pink coat that doesn't give off Pepto-Bismol vibes, but Holmes did it. This pastel pink coat was cute and feminine, especially when paired with a knee-length dress and suede ankle boots.
Sanctuary Double Breasted Coat
You should have at least one brightly colored coat in your closet when you want a break from neutrals. Take a page from Katie Holmes' style book and opt for pink outerwear (opens in new tab).
It's puffer coat season! Holmes covered up in a metallic silver jacket while leaving a building in Soho, New York. It appears she loved gray so much, she embraced the hue from head to toe. The monochromatic ensemble can put anyone in dangerous Tin Man territory, but Holmes nailed it with those heels and trousers.
Vans Galatic Spiral Metallic Jacket
This "galatic" metallic jacket will keep you warm in the winter and help you stand out in a sea of black coats.
By now, you've probably noticed that the actress loves florals. She wore this Ulla Johnson set while out and about in New York City. Holmes kept her top from revealing too much with a high-waisted midi skirt. Steal this fashion tip when you want to feel more covered up.
Ulla Johnson Arina Dress
Though Katie Holmes' two-piece set is no longer available, you can shop this similar blue printed dress from Ulla Johnson.
Holmes embraced her winter whites (in September) while attending the restaurant opening of Avra Madison Estiatorio in NYC. She wore her sweaters off the shoulders for a sexy feel and looked sophisticated in a pair of paper bag-waist trousers that flared out at the bottom.
Josie Natori Paperbag Waist Trousers
We love a good paperbag style trouser. This one comes with a built-in belt so you can easily cinch in the waist for a tighter fit.
If you want to wear a jumpsuit in the winter, go with a denim one for full coverage on the arms and legs. Holmes styled hers with a smart gray blazer and heels for that unexpected fashion-girl approach.
AGOLDE Tatum Denim Jumpsuit
A denim jumpsuit is as necessary to have as a pair of black skinnies. This statement one-piece will help you get dressed in under a minute.
If it's florals and has a fit-and-flare fit, you can bet Holmes' dress is by Zac Posen. The actress wore this spring '17 look from her BFF to the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2016. The designer look was romantic, vibrant, and bold—qualities that helped the star stand out on the red carpet.
ZAC Zac Posen Lenny Dress
When it says "cocktail attire" on the party invitation, you'll know exactly what to wear if you have this maroon-colored floral dress in your closet.
Every woman needs a leather something-something in her closet. For Holmes, a leather top was the perfect choice, elevating her pair of plain black jeans. A wool coat gently draped on her shoulders for that street-style approved pose.
COS Leather Vest Top
Leather can feel intimidating to wear, so if you plan to ease into the style start with this minimalist top first.
When you want to wear sheer pants in a tasteful, clean way, take a tip from Holmes. She mastered this trend with a pair of white eyelet pants while out in Soho, New York in 2017. The bottoms were see-through, but not completely thanks to built-in shorts.
Carolina Herrera Lace Wide-Leg Pants
We tracked down a similar pair of eyelet pants if you fell in love with the one Katie Holmes wore. This wide-leg design from Carolina Herrera screams resort attire.
Holmes has proved time and time again she's not afraid of color. For an American Ballet Theater event in May 2017, the actress wore a vibrant Zac Posen gown from his fall 2017 collection. The strapless ensemble was right up her alley as it had a fit-and-flare skirt and she teamed it with an equally bright pair of red heels.
Zac Posen V-Neck Satin Back Crepe Gown
For special occasions, you can count on Katie Holmes to turn to Zac Posen for a gown. Now you can do the same and rock this satin floor-skimming dress from the brand to your next black-tie event.
Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.
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