If we had to pick an actress to be besties with, Mindy Kaling would be at the top of our list. And now we’re just super jealous because our friends over at Refinery29 got to sit down with Kaling and talk clothing, online shopping, pet peeves, and, our personal favorite: fashion shows at lunchtime!
We’ve talked about this before, but (barring the Gaga effect) red carpets these days are a snoozefest. Everyone’s worried about being named “worst dressed”, so you end up with a lot of safe, elegant, and classic dresses which may be flattering, but are boring as all get out for the rest of us at home. And like us, Kaling thinks that’s a bunch of hooey.
R29: What’s your biggest shopping/style pet peeve? Do you have an embarrassing fashion moment you wish you could erase?
MK: “I’m not into red carpet looks where it’s clear the woman wanted to look like a pretty, pretty princess. In fact, in general, I hate gowns. It’s a rare gown indeed that is cool. Most are elegant or whatever, a quality I don’t put a big premium on. I’m not crazy about my look from the Emmys in 2010. I wore an edgy black cocktail dress with a lot of detail and ruffle, but with the hair, it was just too much.”
Also just like us, she has a hard time fitting both shopping and work into her day. Thankfully, she has a system.
“I stupidly memorize my credit card and use it about thrice weekly for online shopping. The only reason I don’t bankrupt myself is that I return about 75% of what I buy. I have a whole system down for returning online shopping: a tape gun, a printer for return labels. That has replaced traditional window shopping in my life, as I’ve gotten busier. My office at work has seen more fashion shows than Lincoln Center.”
Fashion shows at lunchtime are our favorite. And so is Mindy Kaling.