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9 Fashion Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

10 Fierce Ways To Dress Like Cookie From 'Empire'

Taraji P. Henson is slaying our TV screens in her latest role as Cookie Lyon on the new series, Empire. Cookie's personality comes through in the choices of her impeccable wardrobe. I mean, she did walk out of prison with a winter white fur on.

Cookie is fierce, caring and extremely powerful. Her wardrobe is filled with fur, animal prints, golds and sparkles. After only one premiere show, women are asking how to look like Cookie. Make some space in your closets we're going to go over 10 staples you need inspired by Cookie Lyon from Empire.

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10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

Nontraditional Animal Print

You can already see from the first episode of Empire, that Cookie loves animal print. It's bold and makes it's own statement. No words needed!

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

Texture

Velvet, silk, chiffon are just some textures that you will spot on Cookie and I'm sure there's more to come. Winter is the perfect time to find these seasonal pieces.

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

Fur Stole

Again, Cookie walked out of prison with a fur coat on and has been seen wearing different fur combinations throughout the episode. Can we blame her? Fur makes any outfit look rich.

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

Classic Animal Print

Basic animal print is another piece to add to your "Cookie-inspired" wardrobe. Unlike the first print in this list, there are no added patterns just the beauty of animal skins, faux of course.

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

Androngynous

Cookie demands attention and the pant suit works for her when she is commanding respect. She keeps the outfit cool and feminine.

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

Iconic Gold Hoops

Cookie is still an around the way girl, so hoop earrings are necessary but they must be different. Choose hoops that stand out and make a statement.

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

More Fur

Did we already mention fur? I mean, it's what Cookie is known for (yes even after one episode). This time try something with more coverage than the stall. Go full length fur if you feel like stepping out the box.

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

Gold Hardware

Cookie loves her gold accessories. From belts, to bracelets and shoes. Gold is iconic, goes with everything pretty well and can instantly switch any outfit from dull to fab.

10 Staples You Need Inspired By Cookie Lyon From 'Empire'

 

Detailed Trench Coat

Don't just put on your average trench coat. Cookie is no where near average. Look at details, shape and blend of color. It's a must to stand out at all times and a detailed trench accomplishes that.

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