You can follow Cookie in the second season of Empire on FOX, Getty Images.

You can follow Cookie in the second season of Empire on FOX, Getty Images.

10 style lessons of Cookie Lyons

As the second series of hip hop TV drama Empire is unfolding, we take a look at the star of the show: Cookie Lyons, played by Taraji P Henson. What can we learn from her wardrobe choices?
October 13, 2015
Straight out of jail, Getty Images.

Straight out of jail, Getty Images.

10. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE AN EVERYDAY CAPE
At the beginning of Empire, Cookie has just come out of prison after 17 years and she seems hell-bent on putting as much stylistic distance between her and the dreariness of jail as possible. Can a cape be for everyday use? Now it can!

In the studio, Getty Images.

In the studio, Getty Images.

9. ALWAYS WORK DRESSED TO THE NINES
Cookie is not only a scheming ex-jailbird, she is also a great producer. Is she going to dress down in a relaxed style for the studio? Absolutely not! Work will benefit from a sexy dress and some perfectly manicured nails. The fact that she’s also trying to re-seduce her ex-husband is just a boon. 

In the shades, Getty Images.

In the shades, Getty Images.

8. KNOW HOW TO WORK A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES INDOORS
No, it’s not enough to be able to rock high heels, sharp trousers and a big bag. Cookie’s game is to get her fair share of Empire, and people are against her. The solution? Hide your emotions behind a pair of shades.

Stylish in a hat, Getty Images.

Stylish in a hat, Getty Images.

7. HATS ARE YOUR FRIENDS
Giving 90's R&B diva realness, Cookie knows that any outfit benefits from a hat, especially when you are trying to win back the loyalty of your son Andre, who never wanted to visit you in jail.

Always looking sharp, Getty Images.

Looking sharp att all times, Getty Images.

6. IF ATTENDING A FUNERAL, LOOK SHARP
As Cookie’s cousin is murdered – by someone near and dear to her – she is distraught. But however bad she’s feeling, she’s not letting it get to her sense of style. Perfect hair, black dress with golden details (demure glam!), sunglasses and face veil should do the trick.

Mixing prints, Getty Images.

Mixing prints, Getty Images.

5. A DRESS WITH A MIXTURE OF ANIMAL PRINTS IS A GOOD THING
You can imagine Cookie going “Tiger and leopard print in one dress?! Give it to me now!” when she found this stunner. No wonder the hired security expert Malcolm falls for her – Cookie oozes sex appeal.

Taking the bad news in style, Getty Images.

Taking the bad news in style, Getty Images.

4. WHEN GETTING BAD NEWS, LOOKING GLAM WILL HELP
As the first season comes to a close, Cookie sees her former husband Lucious arrested. She is visibly upset, but her see-through, lacy red dress, adds flair to the drama. Imagine how tragic it would have looked had she been dressed in jeans! 

Taking care of business, Getty Images.

Taking care of business, Getty Images.

3. THE FUTURE OF YOUR COMPANY DEPENDS ON HOW YOU DRESS
Empire is heading for an IPO, and Cookie is unexpectedly asked to convince the potential investors instead of Lucious. Luckily, and quite expectedly to be fair, she is dressed appropriately. When you are asking for people’s money, you should look like you don’t need it.

Leading the prayer, Getty Images.

Leading the prayer, Getty Images.

2. SAYING GRACE IS BEST DONE IN A SEXY DRESS
At dinner at Lucious and his new girl Anika’s mansion, Cookie puts her foot down and says that in this family, they say grace. Leading the prayer, she finds a way to put Anika down, while looking sexy, showing that while she might be older than her competition, she has more bite.

All-leopard, Getty Images.

All-leopard, Getty Images.

1. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH ANIMAL PRINT
Cookie has never met an animal print she didn’t love. She wears it on jumpsuits, dresses, accessories and tops. Her preferred leopard print is an indication of her character – she’s not to be messed with. If it wasn’t too repetitive, you could easily see her wearing all-leopard looks every day.

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