fall fashion Tracee Ellis Ross

Photographs: Robert Trachtenberg

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Where you'll see her: Opposite Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne as Rainbow Johnson, a mother juggling four kids and a career, in the new ABC sitcom Black-ish.

Trend report: The sporty look has upped its game with sleek, polished silhouettes and athletic touches like baseball jacket details and racing stripes.

Personal style: "I don't gravitate toward specific designers. It's more about shapes and fit," says Ross, who wears dresses, wide-leg trousers, sneakers and flats in her downtime.

Fall obsession: None. "I am 41 years old. By this age I've collected a wardrobe and don't need to buy a lot. I wear things I've worn for years. Shoes are the only thing that I switch up."

Fashion crushes: Katharine Hepburn, Solange Knowles and Ross's best friend, Elle fashion director Samira Nasr. "All of these women really dress for themselves and give me the courage to wear what I want. And obviously my mom [Diana Ross] is on that list, too."

Jacket, Greylin, $156. Skirt, Alvin Valley, $375. Necklace, Macy's. Cuff, Mignon Faget. Shoes, Daniele Michetti.