Thursday, August 25, 2011

Remembering Aaliyah: 4 Style Lessons She Taught Me

 As many of you may know, today is the 10 year anniversary since R&B superstar (and one of my favorite childhood artists) Aaliyah was tragically taken from this earth. As websites and magazines and celebrity friends pay tribute to the R&B legend, I've decided to share with you all my personal tribute. For as much as she's given the music industry in terms of being one of the greatest artists of her time, she's also taught us alot about personal style and effortless chic. Here are four style lessons straight from the late, great Aaliyah:


1. Break The Rules

Aaliyah always had fearless style. She wore men's clothing and made it look sexy. She wore midriff baring ensembles unapologetically and in turn created a style that has been often imitated but never duplicated.

2. Have a Signature Style

The one style Aaliyah was undoubtedly known for was her signature hair swoop! Back in my junior high days, all the the girls asked their hair stylists for a bang that would swing gracefully to the side so we could be like Aaliyah. Have something about your overall style that's undoubtedly yours and become known for it.

3. Play Up Your Assets

Aaliyah had an amazing body. She was petite but she had toned abs and amazing arms, so she played those up to a tee.Whatever your assets are, take your ques from the Aaliyah playbook and flaunt them! I love my legs so I bare them every chance I get (hence my obsession with dresses and skirts).

4. Be Effortless

She always had this silent mystique about her. You know, that "it" factor. And no matter what she wore on the red carpet, in her music videos, or anywhere else, her fierce was always effortless. Style should be fun but it shouldn't be hard work. If you love who you are and celebrate that with confidence, your beauty will always shine through - just like Aaliyah's did.

NecoleBitchie.com has an amazing celebrity tribute video to Aaliyah. Check it out:

What are some of your favorite Aaliyah moments? Soundoff below!
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  1. I love Aaliyah. Best artist ever.


  2. I loved her, such a beautiful girl. I liked her because she was a pretty tomboy. She rocked those baggy pants and sports bras like nobody!

  3. Great post! I love that you remembered her while celebrating the impact that she made on you. She truly was one in a million.

  4. Love this post! And loving the rules - definitely need to keep them in mind for more than just fashion :).

  5. I'm late but I really love this post. There was definitely something so effortless about Aaliyah. The hair swoop was her definite style.