I've made it no secret that Beyonce is my life idol. I'm not only a fan of her music, but also her work ethic, dance moves, feminist ideals and--of course--her style. I've been inspired by her looks so often that I'm sure some people are sick of it, but those of us in the BeyHive know there's no such thing as too much Beyonce. Here, I'll recap all of the times this year I've embodied the pop icon.
1. On the Run
I was lucky enough to go to the "On the Run" tour, and I channelled Bey when I got dressed. This is definitely a less literal translation of her look, but I went for a "Surfboard" crop top (because of her most popular line in "Drunk in Love") and tied a check shirt around my waist with dark wash skinnes. (I can't tell you how much plaid I saw that night.) I wore a gold chain and leopard print trainers to complete the look.
You may remember that I recreated Bey's "Flawless" video with two of my favourite blogger babes, Nadia and Tess. I produced the entire thing, from scouting the location and pulling the looks to helping edit the final cut. We had such a fun time on set, and style wise I was inspired by the grunge aesthetic from the original vid. I didn't copy the exact look, but I decided to go for items like leather jackets (I got my studded one from eBay), fishnet tights, combat boots, ripped tees, and distressed denim. I loved that our video, while inspired by Queen Bey, also included a larger message about body acceptance and feeling "flawless" at any size.
A while back, Beyonce did an amazing shoot for GQ magazine. She wore a c ropped American football shirt with undies and looked phenomenal. I immediately fell in love with a sequined crop top with my birth year printed on it, and when I tried it on, I suddenly remembered her shoot. I paired it with a pair of lace undies, and voila! It was time to dance around my apartment blasting "Partition."
Last but not least, I decided to go as Beyonce one Halloween. I mean, I'd been channelling her all year, so why not use the occasion as an excuse to go all out? I decided to avoid certain Beyonce cliches, and instead go with her look from the "Blow" video. I take Halloween very seriously, so I made sure to get each detail perfectly, down to the roller skates that I got from eBay. (eBay's a great place to search for Halloween props and costume elements that you'd never find out of a box.) I wore a pink cardigan, a bright corset/bustier, floral underwear and a little bling. The blue eyeshadow and red lipstick topped it off!