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She's a Funny Lady, but Mindy Kaling's Got Serious Style

Jun 24 2016 - 4:30am

Real talk: we all wish we were best friends with Mindy Kaling. That's in large part thanks to her wit, charm, and humor that's made her our favorite doctor on television. But it's not just her hilarious books [1] or The Mindy Project [2] that's made us a fan; it has a lot to do with her style game — because, in case you haven't noticed, this comedian's fashion is pretty on point.

She's turned out a mix of preppy, playful wares on her way to book signings, not to mention a series of glamorous gowns to walk the red carpet. So while we love watching her as Dr. Lahiri, we're taking a closer look at her real-life fashion history [3]. Take note — it's a lesson in keeping it sexy and smart.

Mindy headed to Jimmy Kimmel looking polished in a double-breasted Dolce & Gabbana sheath in June 2016.

Wearing a pretty Blumarine dress for a Mindy Project style event in LA in June 2016.

Wearing floral Dolce & Gabbana for the FYC panel for The Mindy Project in LA in June 2016.

Mindy made a jaw-dropping appearance in a bright blue Elizabeth Kennedy at the Grace Awards in May 2016.

She showed off a Salvador Perez design at the Hulu Upfronts in May 2016.

Mindy slipped into a shining white Tory Burch gown for the Met Gala in 2016.

In a Moschino dress and Proenza Schouler heels at an event in April 2016.

She wowed in a printed MSGM dress and Valentino heels at the Watermark Conference For Women in 2016.

Rose-covered Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino heels for the NBC Universal Summer press day in 2016.

Elegant in an off-the-shoulder Elizabeth Kennedy gown at the Oscars in 2016.

Wearing a custom design by Salvador Perez for the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty in 2016.

Another custom Salvador Perez gown at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in 2016.

A pretty fit-and-flare for the Hulu holiday party in 2015.

A goddess-worthy Salvador Perez design at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2015.

Mindy sported a whimsical Roksanda Ilincic design for a live talk in LA in 2015.

Wearing a two-piece Max Mara set for the premiere of Inside Out in June 2015.

Looking ultra ladylike in Dolce & Gabbana while out in NYC in 2015.

Showing off a short and sweet look at the Mindy Project costume design event in June 2015.

In a rainbow-hued Shoshanna dress for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in 2015.

Mindy brightened up the Cannes red carpet in a berry-hued Salvador Perez two-piece in 2015.

Stunning in a printed Alexander McQueen dress and YSL heels while promoting Inside Out at Cannes.

A chic Roksanda Ilincic sheath for a photocall in Cannes in 2015.

Making jaws drop in custom Salvador Perez for the Vanity Fair Oscars party in 2015.

Mixing up menswear in a metallic Smythe blazer, striped button-down by The Kooples, and Zero + Maria Cornejo trousers at the Fox Winter TCA All-Star party in 2015.

Rocking another custom Salvador Perez creation at the People magazine awards in 2014.

Lighting up the Emmy Awards in a bright coral Kenzo gown in 2014.

She proved she was a style all-star at the Fox All-Star party in January 2014 in pretty jacquard florals.

It was a preppy-cool look for the Young Storytellers Foundation's annual Biggest Show event. Mindy played up smart separates with a knit vest and loafers.

Mindy was right on trend in matchy-matchy separates at the Girls Inc. LA Celebration luncheon.

For the Fox party in Fall 2013, Mindy added oomph to an LBD with cutout ankle boots.

Out and about in NYC in September 2013, Mindy channeled alter ego Dr. Lahiri with a chic skirt and top combo — and a Birkin bag in tow.

Mindy showed just a hint of skin in a Topshop crop top and skirt set at PaleyFest in March 2014.

At SXSW, the actress took on the red carpet in a bold-hued Trina Turk top and trouser set, which she accessorized with statement jewels and equally bright heels.

She kept it color-coordinated, right down to her black and white Céline bag, for a book signing at Club Monaco in NYC in March 2014.

She kept it all in the same color family for a visit to SiriusXM Studios in shades of purple.

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