7 Aaliyah Looks We Still Can't Get Over
Sixteen years since her death, Aaliyah reigns supreme as the princess of R&B. It’s no secret that her legacy is still very much alive—obviously in music, but also in fashion. She was at the forefront of the intersection of streetwear and luxury fashion in the ’90s and her style is equally as relevant today. Not to mention, Aaliyah wore menswear like true royalty. Her aesthetic influence is so deeply rooted in today’s fashion landscape that we’d be doing a disservice if we didn’t give credit where credit is due. Turn up a little “Try Again” and peep the below Aaliyah looks, which, decades later, still make us feel some type of way.
Look 1Like a true R&B icon, Aaliyah was shot glowing head to toe in metallic pants, topped off with an oversized chain and fur-lined coat. It’s no surprise Aaliyah’s the fashion world’s favorite muse—her looks are obvious inspiration for brands like Fenty x Puma, Alexander Wang, and Off-White, to name a few.
Look 2In only twenty-two years, Aaliyah developed an unmistakably distinct style. For a 2001 shoot in the UK, Aaliyah paired oval-framed sunglasses with a white mesh getup (with no shortage of diamonds) and it was luxe as hell. She was known for sporting her signature sunglasses with the majority of her looks.
Look 3Aaliyah was the pioneer of the oversized fit, effortlessly blending street sensibility with sex appeal. Shot backstage at the Urban Aid 4 Life concert at Madison Square Garden in 1995, she wore an oversized jacket/pant combo paired with a crop top. The baggier, the better, as they say.
Look 4Aaliyah’s two-piece denim overall look lends itself to her tendency to bend gender binaries, embracing an androgynous aesthetic with a heavy dose of sportswear. Her spin on menswear was an art form in itself—and arguably her greatest fashion claim to fame. The girl made menswear glamorous as fuck.
Look 5Aaliyah will forever be accredited for putting one of the most notorious ’90s trends on the map: the bandana. For a girl-next-door meets urban goddess look, we can’t argue with a leather snakeskin two-piece paired with a “Baby Girl” nameplate belt.
Look 6In 1997 Aaliyah took her menswear game to another level, performing in head-to-toe Tommy Hilfiger at The Forum in Inglewood, California. She often wore Tommy Hilfiger menswear and subsequently became the inspiration for the brand’s women’s line in 1996—she was even featured in their ad campaign the same year.
Look 7Aaliyah arrived at the Anastasia premiere in 1997 in all white and twenty years later, we’re still shook. A sex symbol with a strong tomboy flavor, no one could put together a monochromatic outfit (complete with a floor length fur coat) quite like the late R&B singer.
Images via StyleBlazer, Billboard, NY Daily News, tumblr, Complex, and Harper’s Bazaar
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