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What Six Rebels Can Teach You About Your Own Style

We all want to look good and to feel good about how we look.

Embracing the latest fashions is one way to do that. But the truth is, fashion and style are not the same. Fashion may center around trends, but style is personal. It’s influenced by who you are and what you’ve been through. It’s always evolving, because you are, too.

Having style doesn’t necessarily mean being quiet or timeless or even having “good taste.”

Above all, it’s about embracing who you are and communicating that through what you’re wearing. If a sparkly onesie makes you feel powerful, wear it with confidence. If wearing a simple linen shift makes you feel awesome, pair it with an accessory that says something more personal about you.

There are no rules when it comes to personal style.

One thing is clear: If you’re still finding your style, it can’t hurt to take a tip from some of the world’s most celebrated style icons. Take notes and have fun!

We all want to look good and to feel good about how we look.

Embracing the latest fashions is one way to do that. But the truth is, fashion and style are not the same. Fashion may center around trends, but style is personal. It’s influenced by who you are and what you’ve been through. It’s always evolving, because you are, too.

Having style doesn’t necessarily mean being quiet or timeless or even having “good taste.”

Above all, it’s about embracing who you are and communicating that through what you’re wearing. If a sparkly onesie makes you feel powerful, wear it with confidence. If wearing a simple linen shift makes you feel awesome, pair it with an accessory that says something more personal about you.

There are no rules when it comes to personal style.

One thing is clear: If you’re still finding your style, it can’t hurt to take a tip from some of the world’s most celebrated style icons. Take notes and have fun!

THE VISIONARY: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Groundbreaking visual artist

  • The Look: Oversized sweaters, bold colors, ascots.
  • The Style: Street art, but clothes.
  • The Takeaway: “The hell with you all, I’m a living work of art.”

The Futurist: Janelle Monae

Singer, songwriter, badass

  • The Look: Pantsuits, one-pieces, and vagina-inspired formal wear.
  • The Style: Cosmic, sparkly, and in your face.
  • The Takeaway: “Surrender your home planet and no one gets hurt.

The Original Madonna 

Feminist, activist, provocateur

  • The Look: Power suits, cone bras, Catholicism meets S&M.
  • The Style: Pointy, sharp, in-your-face, and anti-patriarchal.
  • The Takeaway: “I have not, nor will ever, give a damn about what you think.”

The Bad Boy: Eddie Huang

Chef and writer of “Fresh Off the Boat”

  • The Look: Mixed patterns, textures, and a playful take on street style.
  • The Style: Loud, funny, and sometimes campy.
  • The Takeaway: “My style makes me invincible.”

The Adventurer: Tan France

Stylist, “Queer Eye” Fashion Icon

  • The Look: Colorful, understated button-downs, and butt-hugging slacks.
  • The Style: Casual clothing with a high-fashion edge.
  • The Takeaway: “You, too, can have the confidence to look this fabulous.”

The Innovator: Iris Apfel

Model, businesswoman, feminist

  • The Look: Bold colors, many textures, heavy statement accessories.
  • The Style: Bright, celebratory, and distinguished.
  • The Takeaway: “When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.”

Being who you are on the outside is a wonderful way to feel good about yourself.

The best thing about personal style is that it invites people in. Start dressing in a way that feels authentic to you, and people will pay attention. Whether folks are stopping you to ask “where did you get that?” or asking you “what does that symbol mean?” they’re connecting with you. They want to hear your story.

That’s the great thing about style. It helps you find your people, and it helps them find you.

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