In a world of ever-changing trends, it can be hard to keep up with fashion and find your own personal style. Sometimes we have to turn to celebrities for inspiration, and our top four style icons below show us that fashion can be about anything you want it to be from confidence, self-expression, fearlessness or even comfort.
Although the oversized trend dates all the way back to the 1920s when women’s clothing first became a sign of liberation and a way to reject social norms, the 21st century has seen a comeback - but for different reasons. While her Calvin Klein advert could suggest she wears baggy clothing to avoid being objectified, Billie addressed this misconception in an interview with V Magazine, saying “I wear baggy [clothes] and I wear what I want; I don’t say, ‘Oh, I am going to wear baggy clothes because it’s baggy clothes’ … But of course, everyone sees it as ‘She’s saying no to being sexualized,’ and, ‘She’s saying no to being the stereotypical female.’” The singer-songwriter has also revealed that she has always wanted to “dress loud” and be noticed as a result of her style. Well, Billie, you certainly have our attention.
If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, look no further. When the singer’s fashion choices range from sheer Swarovski crystal dresses to leather suits to corsets and big fur coats, it's hard to label her style as anything other than unpredictable. In an interview with The Cut, RiRi revealed that she chooses her clothing based on how she feels: “I really pay attention every day when I go into the closet about what’s working for my body that morning,” she explained, “I feel like that’s how everyone should go after fashion, because it’s an individual thing.” At this point, anything worn by Rihanna would be a fashion statement.
Known for her bold and daring fashion choices, even Zendaya herself describes her style as “fearless”. But we’re not the only ones who need a little bit of inspiration - Zendaya admits her own style stems from looking up to people who “like to do their own thing … who dress for themselves and just don’t care”. So, when the actress stepped out onto the red carpet wearing pyjamas, we knew instantly that she meant what she said.
Last but not least, we have Lana Condor, who will soon be known as more than her lovable character in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but also as an emerging style icon. For the actress, there is nothing more important than comfort when it comes to clothing (though colour, prints and “pretty things” are high on that list too). In an interview for W Magazine, the actress said that despite her limited experience with fashion, Lana knows that “it’s supposed to be fun”. And, judging by her New York Fashion Week outfit, Lana succeeded in ticking all her boxes: her outfits are playful, with just the right amount of print and colour - comfortable, despite the stiletto heels! As she explained in her interview, with a background in dance, “[she] can walk in anything”. Is it okay to be a little jealous?
If there’s one message that we can take away from these fashionable females, it's that fashion is all about feeling good in your own skin and owning who you are, no matter what you wear. Don’t be afraid to experiment with clothes until you find something that works for you, and follow these celebrities for inspiration in the meantime!