We aren’t worthy of Tessa Thompson — or her incredible red carpet fashion

We aren’t worthy of Tessa Thompson — or her incredible red carpet fashion
Tessa Thompson at the premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Chris Pizzello/AP
Tessa Thompson at the premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Chris Pizzello/AP

It’s beginning to feel like Tessa Thompson is one of those women — like Solange, Ruth Negga and Cate Blanchett — who really makes it seem like she’s the one teaching everyone else how to dress for a red carpet event.

This realization hit us hardest at the Emmy Awards in September, when Thompson showed up in a rainbow metallic, pleated gown by Rosie Assoulin.

Tessa Thompson at the 2017 Emmys
Tessa Thompson at the 2017 Emmys Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Looking like if Rainbow Brite ever peaked.

Since that show, Thompson has continued to nearly make us go into cardiac arrest every time she steps out, like when she wore this marigold Schiaparelli dress to a Thor: Ragnarok premiere.

Tessa Thompson at the premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in October
Tessa Thompson at the premiere of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in October Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Later that very night, in an effort to kill us for good, she changed into a champagne-colored satin dress by Galvan London, with her hair in that same ’20s-inspired wave that is just honestly sent from the gods.

Tessa Thompson at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in October
Tessa Thompson at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in October Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Another highlight from these past few weeks is Thompson at the Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden, wearing a black Bottega Veneta ensemble with mesh gloves that makes her look like a stern school administrator in a noir film.

Tessa Thompson at the 15th annual Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden in October
Tessa Thompson at the 15th annual Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden in October Jordan Strauss/AP

That’s a long way of saying, “We are obsessed with this look.”

Peep that makeup, too.

Tessa Thompson at the Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden in October
Tessa Thompson at the Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden in October Valerie Macon/Getty Images

It’s not just old Hollywood glam that Thompson does so well, but modern fashion, too. To the annual Women in Hollywood Awards, she wore a pattern-clashing Calvin Klein.

Tessa Thompson at the 24th annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in October
Tessa Thompson at the 24th annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in October Jordan Strauss/AP

These looks, it should be noted, come courtesy of Thompson’s stylists, Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, a duo that may be meddling in witchcraft, or are maybe just really, incredibly talented. Their other clients include Serayah and Regina Hall.

As with any style icon, there was of course a time when Thompson hadn’t found herself in fashion yet. But to find that Thompson, you have to go way, way back — like 2012 back.

Tessa Thompson at the premiere of BBC’s ‘Copper’ in 2012
Tessa Thompson at the premiere of BBC’s ‘Copper’ in 2012 Charles Sykes/AP

For a while, Thompson favored more casual looks for events, which really is just fine.

Tessa Thompson at a ‘Somewhere Slow’ screening in January 2014
Tessa Thompson at a ‘Somewhere Slow’ screening in January 2014 Angela Weiss/Getty Images

But in the middle of 2014, there was a noticeable glow up coinciding with her rising fame, and Thompson started to dress in modern, interesting pieces with flair and a cool attitude.

Tessa Thompson at the AFI Fest 2014 ‘Selma’ screening
Tessa Thompson at the AFI Fest 2014 ‘Selma’ screening Todd Williamson/AP

She opted for new silhouettes and vibrant textures that made you feel like you wanted to know more about her, which is something else that reminds us of Ruth Negga.

Tessa Thompson at the ‘Selma’ premiere in 2014
Tessa Thompson at the ‘Selma’ premiere in 2014 Evan Agostini/AP
Tessa Thompson at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2014
Tessa Thompson at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2014 Evan Agostini/AP

In 2015, Thompson started to go to a lot more fashion shows, which maybe helped elevate — and inspire — her personal sense of style.

Tessa Thompson at the Jenny Packham New York Fashion Week show in February 2015
Tessa Thompson at the Jenny Packham New York Fashion Week show in February 2015 Vivien Killilea/Getty Images
Tessa Thompson at the Rodarte New York Fashion Week show in February 2015
Tessa Thompson at the Rodarte New York Fashion Week show in February 2015 Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

You could see the results of that starting just months after New York Fashion Week 2015, when Thompson’s style started to get even better.

Tessa Thompson at the ‘People’ magazine “Ones to Watch”  party in 2015
Tessa Thompson at the ‘People’ magazine “Ones to Watch” party in 2015 John Salangsang/AP

Like, look at these shoes.

Tessa Thompson’s shoes at the ‘People’ magazine party
Tessa Thompson’s shoes at the ‘People’ magazine party Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

During the press tour for Creed in 2015 and early 2016, which had her mingling with Michael B. Jordan, she regularly shut the whole thing down.

Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Creed’ in late 2015
Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Creed’ in late 2015 Valerie Macon/Getty Images
Tessa Thompson at the European premiere of ‘Creed’ in 2016
Tessa Thompson at the European premiere of ‘Creed’ in 2016 Ian Gavan/Getty Images

The year 2016 gave Thompson the opportunity to show us just how versatile her incredible style can be, rocking casuals while talking politics and showing up at fashion shows.

Here she is in very chic overalls talking politics with Rosario Dawson.

Tessa Thompson at the Harlem Women’s Roundtable Conversation in April 2016
Tessa Thompson at the Harlem Women’s Roundtable Conversation in April 2016 Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

And here she is at an Emmys event and a Rodarte fashion show.

Tessa Thompson at Audi Celebrates the 69th Emmys at the Highlight Room in September 2016
Tessa Thompson at Audi Celebrates the 69th Emmys at the Highlight Room in September 2016 Rich Polk/Getty Images
Tessa Thompson at the Rodarte show at NYFW in 2016
Tessa Thompson at the Rodarte show at NYFW in 2016 Charles Sykes/AP

While plenty of stars dress well, Thompson is one of the rare celebs who takes risks and constantly gives us looks we’d never expect.

Tessa Thompson at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February
Tessa Thompson at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February Evan Agostini/AP

In 2017, that’s been made obvious time and time again — like when she showed up at an Oscars afterparty in a slinky Zuhair Murad.

To put it simply: We don’t deserve Tessa Thompson.