Halle Berry Covers InStyle's November Issue

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Halle Berry in Calvin Klein Collection


When it comes to November cover shoots, it appears you can't go wrong with a jet-black pixie cut and a red-hot dress.

Just ask Voguefronted by a cropped and crimson-clad Rihanna—and InStyle, the latter of whom has decked out November cover girl Halle Berry in a sexy scarlet-hued cut-out dress from Calvin Klein Collection paired with Adohr Jewelry earrings and a Jack Vartanian cuff.

Looking stunning at 46 (seriously!), the Oscar winner says she's welcomed the newfound confidence and wisdom that comes with growing older.

"Don't stress about your age or fight it," she tells the magazine. "Appreciate the young women who look like you once did, but don't strive to be like them. You're moving into a new phase of your life—embrace it. That's what I hope to do."

Of course, it helps when a) you look like Halle Berry—who poses for lensman Giampaolo Sgura in a black Hervé Léger by Max Azria swimsuit paired with Calvin Klein Collection leather pants, Azzedine Alaïa gloves, and Manolo Blahnik suede pumps—and b) are engaged to heartthrob Olivier Martinez.

"When I first met Olivier, there wasn't the initial 'I'm in love,'" the twice-divorced star says. "It was something that grew more gradually—and it feels more real because of that. [Marriage is] another one of those never-say-never things. I'm a hopeless romantic, and I won't stop 'til I get it right! He's silly, a clown, and very much the life of the party, which is good for someone like me. Danny Downer—been there, done that. Now I like Louie Lightfoot!"

Is it possible to crush on this guy even harder? The Revlon campaign star also dishes on her beauty and fashion philosophies, starting with her cropped 'do.

"I think I am at my best when my hair is short," Berry says. "It's easier to take care of and more of who I am. Women are conditioned to think we need long hair. I see that happening with my daughter. She is so in love with her hair right now. She says, 'Look, Mommy—it's so long!' As women, we think it defines us, and we learn that at a young age."

Her own style has come a long way, she says.

"My style has evolved in a nice way, but everyone has bad moments," she admits. "Someone just showed me a photo from the '80s in which I was wearing a polka-dot and flower-print suit with puffy sleeves. At the time I thought I was stylin'! But no."

"I archive a lot of my clothes and have them wrapped up and in boxes," she adds. "I call them 'little tombs' and keep them in a storage space in the Valley. I would never get rid of the dress I wore on the night I won my Oscar. When I die, someone can have it, but not a minute before!"

Take note, little Nahlia Aubry. One last piece of advice?

"Don't be a slave to trends," Berry says. "People who are never develop their own style. I have friends who are tragic—always trying to wear the latest thing, and it doesn't always look good on them. I mean, that may be good on Kate Moss on the runway, but honey, you can't pull it off."

The truth hurts, folks.

For more Halle Berry, visit and pick up the November issue, on sale October 19.