I’ve always loved pop culture. Getting my hands on a new “Tiger Beat” magazine when going to the grocery store with my mom each Friday was the highlight of my junior high years. My tastes may have changed a bit (my magazine preferences are more “Glamour” and “Marie Claire” now), but I still look to my favorite celebrities for style inspiration.
I started wondering: What would a particular star wear if she or he were in college or living a regular 9-5 life? It’s actually pretty easy to channel celebrity aesthetic style into your own wardrobe. All it takes is a few key pieces (budget-friendly versions, of course) and a keen eye for what someone’s aesthetic is (particular colors, prints, or fabrics).
Here are a few of my celebrity aesthetics for you to draw fashion inspiration from.
Miley has gone through a ton of style transformations over the years, but her current look is perfect for someone wanting to embrace both country-chic and California cool. Denim is your best friend here, whether that’s via pants, shorts, or a jacket. Don’t lose your sense of fun though — Miley hasn’t! Try fun prints that scream “summer” so you can soak up the last few weeks of the season and radiate sunshine inside and out.
Kim is known for a lot of muted and neutral shades, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t bold. Try out some daring trends, such as chic sweatpants, bomber jackets, and sky-high heels. You’ll also need a big tote bag to carry all your essentials, including your cellphone (you’ll never know when a hater will need to be put in their place on Twitter) and some powerhouse nude lipstick for touch-ups.
Chances are at least one of the Pretty Little Liar gals has a style you can identify with, whether it’s (from left to right) Hanna, Emily, Spencer, or Aria. The Liars have been through some turmoil, but they somehow still solve murders and hunt down “A” while looking, well, pretty. Try a denim mini and girly pops of pink to emulate Hanna, athletic and bohemian basics for Emily, preppy prints and blouses for Spencer, and funky punk pieces for Aria.
It’s hard to imagine the ethereal Lana Del Rey doing something as run-of-the-mill as going to class or work. But her dreamy and bohemian vibe can be integrated pretty easily into one’s wardrobe after a trip to Urban Outfitters. Try muted florals, lacy bralettes, and a flower crown. Don’t forget the red lipstick for a pop of retro… and a don’t-give-a-hoot attitude.
I don’t know about my fellow gals out there, but I definitely get fashion inspo from my celebrity crushes. Styles has emerged as not only a music powerhouse, but a fashion icon. (After all, it’s in his name.) Dressing like him is easy; you just need to be bold. Think tight pants (leather, perhaps), floral shirts with Hawaiian flair, and golden booties. Make sure you have some plain white tees and comfy sweatshirts ready for when you’re not rocking and rolling.
Even if you’ve never worn cat ears to school or work, there are still ways to incorporate Ariana’s feminine style into your wardrobe. Think crisp white, soft pink, and classic black. As for silhouette, tight on top and voluminous on bottom (think a crop top and skater skirt) seems to be the Ariana recipe. Top it off with a luxe mini backpack to carry all your essentials. You never know when you’ll need those cat ears…
Pastels were basically invented by the “Cry Baby” singer. Tap into your childlike spirit with girly skater skirts, ruffled socks, and plastic jewelry. Fasten a hair bow into your ‘do and you’re all set. It’s your party and you’ll cry (or dress like a pop princess for everyday life) if you want to.
Like Miley’s style, Selena’s fashion choices are really versatile, but pops of red and black seem to be a staple. Make sure you have a variety of silhouettes, like tight crop tops and skinny jeans plus a flowy dress and jackets on the bulkier-side. Throw on some strappy heels and stand tall. Sometimes it’s fun to be a little “extra!”
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Also published on Medium.