For Yara Shahidi, Style Right Now Is All About Color, Confidence, and a Great Trouser

Self-care comes in many forms. And for Yara Shahidi, it’s an ever-evolving process. “It starts with the simple things,” the actor and activist tells Glamour. “I love my morning time routine, and not just because I love the way it makes me look. It’s the first moment in the day in which I’m starting by taking time for myself.” To that end, her nighttime routine is equally as important. “It’s my last touch point in the day. No matter how busy it’s been, I’m spending time with myself winding down.” 

“Busy” is right. The Grown-ish and Black-ish star is currently balancing her robust acting career—she’s the next Tinker Bell!—with another semester at Harvard and a new multi-year partnership with Dell XPS that includes a creative campaign as well as a collaboration with Ghetto Film School, an award-winning nonprofit that aims to “educate, develop, and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers.”

It’s a full plate—but Shahidi is someone who thinks big picture. “I’m trying to figure out how I want my schedule to look, and I think this is something for so many young adults,” she explains. “It’s more common now than ever to be juggling many things. One thing that I’ve been doing recently that has been really helpful is taking time to think about what, dream of dreams, would look like for me? And then seeing ways in which I could make it happen. That moment of affirming and setting time aside to not be reactionary to what’s happening around me, but to be proactive, has been really helpful.”

How else is Yara Shahidi prioritizing her time? Find out in our latest installment of Your Fave’s Faves

The last thing I bought

I bought my brother a Brightech Sky LED lamp for his dorm, because he is a sophomore in college. It’s one of those that faces upwards so that it uses the other walls to create kind of a bounce light effect. I 10 out of 10 recommend.

Brightech Sky LED Floor Lamp

My favorite way to spend a day off

My favorite way to spend a day off is with family. We really do love each other and probably enjoy each other too much. We love to travel as a family, whether it be a trip where all we’re doing is sitting and being next to each other, or it’s a trip where we learn history and go on little mini adventures. Smaller things, when we don’t get to just get on a plane and get away, would be listening to podcasts. I recommend “Heavyweight,”—there’s a new season!—”Being Seen,” “Dead Eyes,” and “Everytown.”

The best thing in my closet

My personal style is ever evolving in that I feel like I have very distinctive eras. There used to be a time where I did not, could not, stand jeans, but I loved high tops. So as a little kid, I was in skirts and high-top tennis shoes. In my all-girls Catholic school phase, I took the assignment seriously. I had knee-high socks, the plaid skirts, both in and out of school. And now, a lot of this phase has been about finding pieces that help further my self-expression, which means I have a much wider dress code.

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