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We're Still Taking Style Cues From Cher 40 Years Later

May 20 2014 - 8:30am

Today we celebrate the birth of the one the most gifted entertainers in the world: Cher. Over the last four decades — yes, decades — the superstar has starred in award-winning films, produced a plethora of uplifting I-am-woman-hear-me-roar ballads, and forged ahead of the style front to truly be one of a kind. Though the crooner's onstage presence is just as dazzling as her high-octane performance looks [1], it's her trendsetting off-duty style that has really captured our attention. From boyfriend blazers and leather miniskirts to sporty-chic separates and mom jeans (you know they're back, right?), it seems Cher is always a sartorial step ahead.

Do we sense a little hesitation? If this list of former Hollywood flames [2] is any indication, it seems Cher knows a thing or two about turning a man repeller into a man getter. Oh, now you're on board? Great! Let's turn back time to celebrate Cher's most notable off-duty looks — and see which celebrities nowadays are taking a page straight from the fashion icon's playbook.

Leather Miniskirts

Leather minis used to be reserved for rocker chicks, but as Isla Fisher [3] proves, the trend has made a full transition.

Mom Jeans

Mom jeans [4] were all over the Spring 2014 runways.

Brightly Colored Hair

Nicole Richie's pink ombré [5] is a more subtle take on Cher's punk purple 'do.

Faux-Fur Accessories

Just ask Kim Kardashian [6].


Rihanna [7], was that you we caught going through Cher's 1995 wardrobe?

Denim Jackets

Denim jackets have been a Hollywood staple since day one — just ask any of these trendsetters [8].

Clubmaster Sunglasses

Kirsten Dunst paired her Ray-Ban clubmasters [9] with a flirty dress in 2011.

Socks With Sandals

No one can work socks with sandals like style setter Alexa Chung [10] — and Cher, of course.


Feeling dark and dangerous or white hot? Take head-to-toe hue inspiration from Zoe Saldana and Candice Swanepoel [11].

Biker-Babe Leather

Irina Shayk doubled up on leather [12] in Paris.

Boyfriend Blazers

There's nothing more fashionable than an oversize boyfriend blazer, à la Sarah Hyland [13]. Bonus if it's your boyfriend's actual blazer.

Sporty-Chic Styles

The biggest names in the fashion game — Marc by Marc Jacbos, Prada, and Gucci, just to name a few — sent sporty styles [14] down the runways.

Animal Print

In true rock-and-roll fashion, Kate Moss chose a leopard coat [15] to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Studded Leather Jackets

Jessica Alba layered up [16] in an embellished Simone moto.

Lace-Up Dresses

Who could forget Diane Kruger's Versus dress [17] worn during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival?

Corset Belts

Miranda Kerr's Just Cavalli creation [18].

Fashion Is All About Having Fun

Lady Gaga [19] is known for her eccentric ensembles, but Cher was the original theme queen.

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Please see above.

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