Selena Gomez has truly transformed since her Disney days. From teen wizard to music icon, watching Selena's rise to fame and journey into becoming her true self has been awe-inspiring to watch. And along the way, Selena — whose latest album Rare just dropped — also picked up some stylish moves, becoming a truly influential person in fashion. From her street style to many brand collaborations, Selena's style evolution has been incredible to watch.
Among Selena's fashion moves are multiple partnerships with Puma, a ready to wear line with Coach, and a swimwear collection with the brand Krahs. On the red carpet, Selena has showed up time and time again to wow fans and photographers alike with her smart choice in silhouettes, fabrics, and colors.
Watching the progression of Selena's style has been inspiring for us as well. In fact, through her own fashion journey, she's taught us many valuable tips and tricks that we've easily incorporated into our wardrobe, and we're better for them TBH. Here are 5 valuable style tips we've learned from Selena over the years.
How to Perfectly Mix Prints and Fabrics
Mixing prints can go south fast. It's hard to know which combinations will vibe well together and which won't. But Selena has shown us how to do so in the best way. She often chooses to not only mix prints, but also fabric choices, like in the look above where the choice of leather and Doc Marten boots against the flowing dress creates a perfect juxtaposition between hard and soft.
Based on Selena's style, we've learned that mixing prints and fabrics doesn't always have to be a loud mess. It should be focused on achieving the perfect balance and juxtaposition between the two. With that in mind, we can pick pieces that though different, mesh well together. At the end of the day, even a mixing of prints needs a balance to it, and achieving that is key.
How to Elevate a Basic Look
Selena is the queen of elevating basic looks into stunning ones. Her minimalistic style is often accompanied by staple pieces and pops of elegance that make her looks standout whether on the runway or on the street. In the look above, for instance, Selena turned this basic denim skirt and white top into an amazing look by pairing it with snakeskin shoes, a black overcoat, and a patterned handbag with pop of pink.
With looks like these, Selena taught us how to style and accessorize a basic look to elevate it into an Instagram-worthy one. The key here is mixing basics (like denim, for instance) with strong pieces that will stand out against that fabrics (like the snakeskin shoes). Doing so takes this casual look to the next level — a sort of "day to night" situation.
How to Rock the Perfect Red Lip
Selena is truly the queen of red lips. She often wears them on the red carpet and consistently slays them. Because unlike others, she knows exactly how to perfectly style a red lip, and now, so do we.
When Selena wears a red lip, she lets it speak for itself. She doesn't overcomplicate the rest of her beauty routine. Instead, with a red lip, she chooses to do the rest of her makeup very simple: Small wing, light smokey eye, and a little blush pull it all together. With her makeup pretty basic, she'll then pair the red lip with some stunning earrings or jewelry that match the theme of the occasion.
Red lips are certainly hard to slay. They're bold, after all, and not the easiest option for an everyday look. But Selena has showed how to perfectly achieve a red lip while still looking classy and elegant, and that's a tip you can use on a night out or for your next Instagram selfie.
The Prize is in the Details
Once you have pieces selected, styling a look can be the most difficult part. How do you make an outfit look stellar without being too much? Selena certainly knows how. She constantly looks at the small details that, when carefully selected, can turn a look from a nay into a yay.
In the look above, the small details are what make this outfit so good. The belt, the stars on the pants, the exposed pockets—subtle details like this make an outfit both unique and elevated. When styling, take this tip to heart by finding ways to incorporate your personal flare into your clothing like Selena does. If you're goofy, show that in small ways in your clothing. If you're more "Breakfast at Tiffany's," then show that in the styling. Especially when doing casual, every day looks, the key to perfection is in the details.
Focus on Silhouettes
When it comes to fancier looks, Selena always wows the red carpet for one reason: She knows how to dress for her body. It seems simple, but doing so can be harder than one might think. The key to Selena's red carpet success is that she ensures that the dresses she chooses to wear create and highlight her silhouette in a powerful way. The gowns are always fitted flawlessly and compliment her body in all the right ways.
The key here is this: Know your body shape. Become familiar with it. Then, take a cue from Selena and choose dresses that will create a strong silhouette that compliments your frame. Not only will this make your look a win, but will also ensure you take the best photos. After all, there's a reason Selena looks iconic from every angle on the red carpet!
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue