As fashion trends come and go, sometimes it’s the celebrity icons and inspirations from past and present that have shaped our personal styles and our own style evolutions over time. From classic Hollywood stars to modern-day trendsetters, these personalities have a lasting influence on the clothes we wear and make us look and feel inspired. So let’s take a journey back in time as we explore how these celebrities have helped to shape our style aesthetics and personal fashion preferences.
1. Icons Who Inspire: Celebrities Who Influenced My Style
Few musical artists have had as lasting an influence on my style as Rihanna. Her fearless attitude towards fashion and wide array of looks demonstrate her confidence and willingness to try something new. From Gucci and Burberry looks to urban streetwear, her presence in the fashion world has opened up a world of exploration for me.
As a passionate risk-taker in the wardrobe department, Gaga constantly pushes boundaries. On her tours, she has been known to wear outrageous ensembles and encourages her fans to do the same. She has also demonstrated that it’s possible to wear both luxury and a bit of DIY with an equal amount of grace.
The comedic stylings of Karen Walker exhibit her ability to be unapologetically herself. With outlandish takes on classic staples, Walker allows us to find our authentic style among layers of fabric and accessories. From accentuating one’s strongest features to styling pieces accordingly, Walker helps guide us towards our ultimate look.
From boy band beginnings to global superstar, Justin Timberlake’s style transformation was nothing short of remarkable. He leveraged playful luxury to create looks that matched his bold personality. His willingness to mix tailored and casual items have been a major source of influence for me.
Kanye West is a pioneer in the world of fashion. Each time he takes to the public, he stands out with his bold style choices. Though creative and daring, West often selects timeless pieces and incorporates them into unique pieces of art. His ability to make a statement through fashion is an inspiration to many and has certainly been a source of influence for me.
The timeless French icon Jane Birkin is often cited as the inspiration for the iconic Hermes Birkin bag. Her effortless style of nonchalance is spoken through her perfectly matched ensembles of mid century modern clothing. While her style is an inspiration, her devotion to the French film industry is further proof of her cultural influence.
2. From Iconic Style Moments to Timeless Trends: My Style Story
Growing up, fashion has been a part of my life for practically as long as I can remember. Even when it seemed everyone else was wearing the same exact thing, I was unapologetically wearing the clothes I wanted to wear. And now, looking back at some of my style moments when I was young, I’m so grateful that I had the confidence to explore different styles and discover my sense of fashion.
Throughout the years my style evolved, and the trends with them. From the minimalist silhouettes of the 90s to the grunge of the early 2000s, my wardrobe was constantly changing to match the look of the times. It’s amazing how quickly trends can come and go, but as I look through all of my style moment — no matter how iconic or timeless — I found that my unique wardrobe was always there to reflect my personality.
One of my most iconic style moments was when I decided to go for a monochromatic look. I think I was just in high school at the time, and I had recently been reading about how a monochromatic look could be used to make a bold statement. So I went for it and put together an all white outfit with black accents. I felt like an absolute boss. Now, years later, I am still using the same statement look to make sure I stand out in a crowd.
A timeless trend for me has always been casual jeans and t-shirt combo. Of course, jeans and t-shirts are basic wardrobe staples that everyone has, but the way you style it is what makes it the most fun. I love to dress them up with stylish and unique pieces, like a colorful scarf or a statement hat. It’s a great way to show off my personality and take the classic look to the next level.
Looking back on all the style moments I’ve had, I think that’s what fashion is all about — exploring and experimenting with new looks. Whether you’re going for a timeless trend or an iconic style moment, fashion should always be about having fun and expressing yourself.
3. Letting Personal Taste Take Flight: Finding My Own Style Expression
We all like to dress differently, expressing our unique personal sense of style in the pieces that we choose. For me, letting my own taste take flight has been a fun and dynamic journey that I’m happy to be on.
When I first started finding my own sense of style, I had to be honest with myself and put aside all pressure from the media and popular trends. I needed to focus on what I find beautiful and what looks good with my body. I stepped into my local thrift store, and it was like a playground of delicious possibilities!
I gathered a few basic pieces of my favorite colors, focusing mainly on neutrals like black, white, and gray. I paired items that I found comfortable and empowering. I wanted to be sure that I’d feel strong and confident in whatever I wore.
From that initial foundation, I started experimenting with different looks and fabrics that felt right for me. For instance, I discovered a love of vintage finds, especially from the ‘50s. By mixing vintage pieces with more contemporary items, I created a unique combination of styles and color that I felt was a personal expression of my best self.
I also love subtle details and find that when it comes to jewelry, less can be more. I like earrings or bracelets that are nothing too flashy, but still manage to make an impact. It’s all about being mindful of what I feel fits the look as a whole.
Finding my own sense of style has been an adventure of self-discovery. When I look through my closet, I see elements of who I am and what I love. I’ve learned to trust my intuition, and that makes all the difference when it comes to how I dress.
4. Celebrating Icons & Finding Inspiration: How Celebrities Helped Shape My Style
Celebrities play an important role in shaping the way we dress. Whether it’s the allure of a big-name designer, the glitz and glamour of a red carpet look, or an adorable ensemble spotted while strolling around town, it can be hard to ignore the allure and influence of fashion icons. Growing up in and around the entertainment industry, I’ve had the chance to witness firsthand how fashion and celebrities are intricately linked.
Pop stars, movie stars, and reality TV queens and kings are often trendsetters and motivators for shoppers of all ages. We’ve all had moments when seeing a certain celebrity look inspires us to style something similar—or at least give it a try. Celebrities help us stay informed on the latest and greatest trends, and they can open our eyes to styles that we never thought we’d wear. Even if we don’t replicate exactly what they are wearing, celebrity looks can give us a good base to start from.
Furthermore, style icons can be a great source of inspiration. I remember being amazed by Jennifer Aniston’s relaxed, sophisticated style in “Friends”, and loving Gwen Stefani’s edgy-cool persona during her stint as a pop culture icon. I was also intrigued by the elegant and timeless style of Audrey Hepburn in her classic films. Studying their approach to fashion gave me an understanding of different aesthetics and how to properly mix and layer pieces for a polished look. Additionally, looking up to these figures also gave me the confidence to take more risks and break out of my comfort zone when it came to experimenting with different looks.
Celebrities are still a major source of inspiration in my style today. In addition to the classics, I admire looks from modern-day icons such as Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, and Emma Watson. Each of these individuals is constantly evolving and bringing something new to the table with their fashion choices. They have helped me hone my skills in finding smart staples and statement pieces that give me the confidence to exude my individualism through my wardrobe.
There were many celebrities who, through their looks and styles, contributed towards my own personal style evolution. Some were inspirational while others provided creative direction. No matter who has inspired me, looking back at moments of fashion nostalgia serves as a reminder of how influential icons – and the power of clothes – can truly be.