a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
We all need a little style inspiration from time to time to get our own fashion juices flowing.
Creatives use muses, and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same. From Dramatic Creative to Elegant Sophistication there is a celebrity for every style personality. Here’s a sample of wonderful women to help inspire you.
Pure Elegance: Kate Middleton, Princess Mary of Denmark and Jacqueline Kennedy
All royals in different ways, they are the epitome of class and sophistication. We’ll never catch Kate or Mary in anything but ladylike ensembles that are modern, demure and true to their age and positions.
Today, we could easily compare them both to the unforgettable and classic Jackie Kennedy.
Maybe taking style inspiration from Princess Diana; Kate Middleton is certainly a style maven to watch out for as she turns the tide from couture towards keeping style real as she selects garments from everyday high street brands.
Artsy: Katy Perry
When it comes down to creativity, Katy Perry takes the spot. This beauty goes from transformation to transformation, letting her moods dictate her style—even her hair colour! Katy isn’t afraid of what people think; she just wants to be free to express herself through her clothing. Sure, wearing candy canes on your bust may seem a bit out-there, but there’s nothing wrong with a flower crown. Katy can easily be followed by anyone wanting an innovative approach to their wardrobe.
Glamizon: Olivia Polermo and Rita Hayworth
— Because even walking the dog requires a set of pumps and possibly a fur stole! Olivia Polermo is definitely a glamorous style icon to look toward for styling ideas for those fancy occasions. Olivia has never been spotted looking anything but glitzy. She is also the perfect style inspiration for petite women looking for a more tailored style. She never let the fact that she’s small interfere with her wardrobe.
In the forties Rita Hayworth reigned supreme as the Glamour Queen and was pinned in prime position in most men’s lockers.
No-Fuss: Freida Pinto
It’s no secret that even without makeup Freida Pinto can do no wrong! Loose straps, crazy metals—they’re just not for her. Freida always has an effortless look that never looks rushed or ragged. Black and nudes seep through her wardrobe, but she does work in a bit of color play. When it comes to a hassle-free wardrobe Freida can definitely lend some motivation.
Sixties style icon Twiggy reflects the laid back style that made her look so appealing to masses of women wanting a new era of personal freedoms.
Femme Fatales: Sophia Loren and Eva Mendes
No one could resist that intense stare that only Sophia Loren was capable of giving. Sophia Loren was the ultimate femme fatale, and today Eva Mendez has taken over the crown. These women could still make us drool while wearing a paper bag. Defined brows and eyes can easily make you just as alluring. Eva pulls off her feminine appeal in old-school separates with a modern day palette of soft blushes and peaches under boxy coats and trendy head wraps. A mod twist is what takes their style to another level.
Polished Glam: Victoria Beckham, Cate Blanchett and Wallis Simpson
You probably would have never of thinking of Cate Blanchett or Victoria Beckham all at once until now, but these ladies are known for their personal takes on posh looks—no pun intended. Who knew the former Spice Girl would wind up at the top of the fashion ranks? While Victoria expresses her style through a more dramatic angle, Cate takes the reigns on simplicity. Always looking effortlessly elegant, Cate has a hassle-free laidback approach to take on posh. Ever so ladylike and stunning, these women are to be watched both on the streets and on the red carpet.
When we look to the past the standout of this style inspiration is Wallis Simpson
Sexy: Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Marlene Dietrich
Love her or hate her; blonde or brunette; Kim Kardashian easily takes the cake in sexy. Kim knows exactly how to turn her sexy charm on with a seducing wardrobe. In the main she’s less about showing off skin and more about playing up her curves in bodycon outfits. Tight dresses and high heels are a must for this one; also petite, Kim gives herself a pick-me-up with show stealing pumps. It’s hard to deny the fact that despite any personal choice that made her famous, she rocks the sidewalk with every step.
Queen Bey on, the other hand, gives any girly look a bit of sexy edge. From short shorts, a baggy tee and sky-high stilettos Beyonce knows how to rock sexy. A play on prints paired with some dashing prints is Beyonce’s way of looking effortlessly sultry in just about anything.
Marlene Dietrich had a sultry sexiness that extended from being the first to pioneer androgynous style to top hats, tuxedos and tails. This amazing German-American actress and singer of the ’30′s and 4o’s wore it all and looked just as sexy and fabulous in furs and come-hither frocks.
Classy Sassy: Miranda Kerr and Audrey Hepburn
Does this Aussie babe ever leave the house looking bad…definitely not! Miranda has a way of effortlessly putting together classic pieces for the ultimate off-duty look. Sweet is as far as she goes, you will never see her strutting down the street in anything but fabulous pieces. From squared off bowling bags to pointy heels, Miranda was definitely made to be a style icon to follow on those days that you want to keep it simple yet fabulous.
Audrey Hepburn epitomises this style; she kept to simple, clean lines to ensure she did not overwhelm her elfin look while enlisting bold accessories for contrast and highlight – her fashion legacy includes sunglasses, headscarves, ballet shoes and 1950s frocks, especially “The Little Black Dress”, all remain popular to this day.
Sidewalk Rocker: Rihanna
No surprise here! It seems like everywhere she goes, our favourite controversial pop star is strutting the streets looking completely different than the day before. From hair changes, to style changes, Rihanna is definitely a drama queen—in fashion style that is. One day she’ll rock and ultra-femme look to inspire you, and the next she’ll have a sexy-sporty look on. Rihanna is unpredicatable when it comes to style, which is why she’s important to watch out for. Somethings you may love, somethings you may hate—but the girl knows how to get attention through a single outfit.
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