Take Bold, Colorful Styling Cues From Birthday Girl Solange Knowles
Not only is Solange Knowles an actress, DJ, mother, and aunt — to quite possibly the most famous baby in the world — but she's also a style icon, making waves in the fashion industry with her quirky, covetable looks. To say that Solange has confidence is an understatement; she rocks bold colors, big hair, and beautiful ethnic-inspired prints, all with a sophistication and effortlessness that quickens our heartbeat. She's a veritable mix master with the uncanny ability to blend downtown cool-girl with well-traveled aplomb, pairing embroidered separates with attention-getting heels, printed turbans, and chunky beaded jewelry. In honor of this one-of-a-kind fashion maven's 29th birthday, we are celebrating Solange with a look back at some of her most style-setting looks to date.
— Additional reporting by Randy Miller
At the CFDA Fashion Awards, Solange sparkled from every angle.
Hot stuff, coming through! At the Gucci Beauty launch event, Solange lit up the room in her hot pink suit.
Solange made a big statement at the Chime For Change anniversary gala in a bright orange blouse.
Solange's much buzzed-about evening at the Met Gala began in a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress.
Solange showed her flower power in Prada at the New York Blue Jasmine premiere.
Solange, in a striped sweater and bird-print skirt, brought two unlikely patterns together for a fresh, fun daytime look.
Sexy and funky: that's Solange's specialty. She sported high-waisted trousers in a flattering shade of red, paired with a pretty black bandeau and full-length knit sweater — making for a hot, bohemian-chic red-carpet look at the 2011 Elle Women in Music event in Hollywood.
For a July 2011 evening event, Solange paired Dolce & Gabbana's star-print pants with a polka-dot button-down blouse from the brand. Her sharp blazer and mile-long braids only added to the hip factor.
During Spring 2012 NYFW, Solange made her geometric-print tank look fresh and modern by pairing it with tailored red shorts and thin-strap neon sandals. Her chunky beaded necklace was also totally on point.
For a fun daytime look that shows a bit of skin, see how Solange does it: she paired a vibrant maxi skirt with a black, tied-up top and leopard-print heels, making for a sexy, attention-getting ensemble in September 2011.
For a night out at Mulberry's 40th anniversary party, Solange went bold in a long-sleeved, '70s-chic printed dress by Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte gold heels, and a Mulberry satchel.
For an October 2011 Burberry event, Solange sported a button-down blouse and draped pencil skirt from the brand, as well as a pair of its Verulam beaded sandals.
Solange donned a bright orange minidress with a beaded statement necklace and leg-lengthening nude heels for a Barney's New York event in 2011.
We love Solange in this bright yellow Christopher Kane dress — she kept the colorful-cool vibe going with purple Fendi shoes and a hot-pink CC Skye clutch.
It's a fact: Solange knows how mix so-called plain pieces and make them into one hot ensemble. She tucked a low-cut white tank into a fire-engine-red pleated skirt and cinched the look with a yellow belt during the 2012 SXSW music festival. This is one color story we'd be happy to copy.
Solange channeled a sweet '60s look with a colorblock shift dress and mint-colored Stuart Weitzman cap-toe pumps in March 2012.
Solange Knowles wasn't afraid to show off her love for prints in a Diane von Furstenberg blouse and matching pants, completed with white pumps, at the Intermix 20th anniversary party in NYC.
Solange Knowles was undeniably fresh in a green printed Pencey x Mia Moretti suit and nude ankle-strap sandals at the 2013 South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Solange's polka-dot Moschino outfit, complete with on-trend white ankle-strap Elizabeth and James pumps, lit up the streets of NYC in February.
At the Topshop LA opening, Solange Knowles went the geometric route in a black-and-white ensemble, finished with a black tuxedo blazer and strappy Chanel shoes.
At the 2013 Essence Black Women in Music event in LA, Solange kept her love for prints going in an Ostwald Helgason minidress and Nicholas Kirkwood cap-toe pumps.
Solange Knowles struck a pose in a cropped splatter-print Diane von Furstenberg pantsuit at a pre-Grammy party in LA. Dainty ankle-strap sandals, a sequined cobalt Jimmy Choo clutch, and a few statement rings took her eye-catching ensemble to new heights.
Solange doubled up on dots, working a black-and-white polka-dot suit with ankle-strap sandals while rocking out to Frank Ocean at the Levi's 501 pre-Grammy party in LA.
In signature Solange fashion, the singer wowed in a geometric-print Just Cavalli suit, black-and-white Bottega Veneta sandals, and a coordinating colorful clutch at the season-two premiere of Girls in NYC.
During New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, Solange Knowles showed her support for Diane von Furstenberg in a floral periwinkle blazer and matching pencil skirt by the designer. She paired her print with an orange-and-gray blouse and pointed yellow pumps.
Solange debuted the perfect transitional color palette in an orange, navy, and yellow ensemble at the Luca Luca Spring 2011 show in NYC. The fashion maven topped her knit aztec-print dress with a geometric blazer, then slipped on a pair of t-strap leopard sandals.
During Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013, Solange layered a blue-and-white blazer over her mixed-print mini to create a head-turning Roberto Cavalli combo, then slipped on a pair of cutout Christian Louboutin sandals for a dash of detail. This print-on-print pairing was a little tame by Solange standards.
While sitting front row at the Suno show in NYC, Solange worked a classic gray-and-white pinstriped suit, but upon closer inspection, we also spotted little two-toned horses. Her sophisticated clutch doubled as a map, and her polished pumps were reminiscent of a childhood favorite: Neapolitan ice cream.
Solange took the high-low trend to new heights, donning a green, garden-print, leg-baring combo by Flaminia Saccucci with nude pumps and a mirrored box clutch at a MoMA benefit in NYC.
Solange loved her printed Diane von Furstenberg pantsuit so much that she sported the shorts version during a performance in NYC.
For the Black Eyed Peas 2009 benefit concert, Solange brought major flair in a yellow-and-black houndstooth skirt and plaid ankle booties.
Solange was ahead of the crop top trend, donning a printed bustier with a flowing yellow maxi skirt and lace-up espadrilles at a 2011 Victoria's Secret party in West Hollywood.
Solange Knowles posed in a batik-print one-shoulder creation and buckle-detail sandals at an April 2012 Hennessy party in NYC.
Solange lit up TAO Beach in a high-wattage mini by Boxing Kitten and gold metallic YSL sandals in 2010.
Solange took to the turntables and went tribal in an oversize cardigan, black-and-white turban, and platform ankle-strap sandals — along with a slouchy white tee tucked into cutoff denim shorts — at a Svedka Vodka party in April 2011.
Pairing a floral purple blouse with bold orange trousers and metallic platform loafers, Solange shined bright like a diamond at Sephora's Fashion's Night Out event in 2011.
Solange Knowles colorblocked in neon orange and seafoam blue for the Macy's Bar III pop-up launch in February 2011.
Solange styled her gold-and-black leggings with a floral button-down blouse and cutout leopard sandals during NYFW Spring 2012.
The Knowles sisters doubled up on style during NYFW Spring 2012. Solange was all smiles in a hot-pink ruffled blouse, cropped trousers, and lime-green sandals, while Beyoncé glittered in a long-sleeved, sequined number.
Solange married yellow and purple at a Range Rover event in November 2010.
Solange stepped out in a printed peplum Vera Wang creation, complete with a sexy thigh-high slit, for the 2012 Runway to Win launch in NYC.
During Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012, Solange Knowles topped her teal neck-tie dress with a purple printed coat and white-hot t-strap perforated pumps.
Knowles kept it short and sweet in a white-and-black mini and vibrant yellow sandals while visiting MTV's Hollywood set in August 2008.
During Fall 2010 NYFW, Solange doubled up on print in a Southwest-inspired biker jacket, matching newsboy cap, and a grommet-detail skater skirt.
Solange tempered her splatter-paint trousers with a classic white cami, straw hat, and lace-up wedges, then accessorized with a pair of lucite shades and gold jewels.
Solange Knowles hit the black carpet in a sunny asymmetrical gown and au naturel locks in London.
Leave it to Solange to turn a business-ready ensemble on its head with bold color and sexy sandals. The songstress paired her yellow separates with a crisp white blouse, t-strap sandals, and white nail polish.
Knowles was perfectly mix-matched in a striped blouse, geometric-print shorts, white platforms, and a stunning bib necklace during a May 2011 trip to NYC.
For the fourth annual Nightlife Awards, Knowles stepped out in a printed miniskirt, purple fur shrug, and a coordinating belt.
Solange Knowles chose a sunset-print mini and colorblock Fendi sandals for a NYC Fashion Week party in September 2010.
Knowles had us green with envy donning a brilliant lace sheath over a printed bodysuit with gold-trim wedges for a Dolce & Gabbana launch party in 2012.
At a May 2012 D'useé Cognac launch party, Solange turned up the cool factor in a yellow Rag & Bone blazer and striped Bottega Veneta sandals.
For the 2012 opening night of the American Ballet Theatre, Solange stepped out in a floral ballet-inspired dress with embellished pumps, both by Dolce & Gabbana.
Solange hit the 2012 Grammy Awards red carpet in a shimmering emerald Ralph & Russo Couture gown and neon studded pumps.
Solange hit the stage in two high-wattage printed pieces by Boxing Kitten and sexy white pumps for The Roots' sixth annual picnic in Philadelphia, PA.
Knowles worked a brilliant, playful Boxing Kitten romper with green-and-black buckle sandals for a listening party in November 2012.
Knowles put her toned stems on display in a geisha-inspired ensemble and pastel pointed pumps at a Macy's event in NYC.
Solange entertained the NYC crowd at The Armory Party donning a cloud-print turtleneck and printed miniskirt, both by Vika Gazinskaya, with black-and-white booties.
Solange's abstract-print Edun shorts popped against her white Theyskens' Theory blouse, while gold metallic sandals and a neon, lucite CC Skye clutch added just the right amount of flair.
Knowles was perfectly poised in a standout Kenzo gown and jaw-dropping statement earrings at the 2013 Met Gala.
After spotting Solange rocking a paisley-print Stella McCartney creation in NYC, we kick-started a search for trendy pieces in the same ladylike print.
During the 2013 SXSW music festival, Solange colorblocked in a punchy Clover Canyon ensemble, clear sandals, and lucite shades.
Knowles donned a palm-print Roberto Cavalli pantsuit at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
Knowles tempered her colorful Roberto Cavalli blazer with black basics and clear sandals, then turned up the heat with a neon CC Skye clutch.
For the 2012 CFDA Fashion Fund Awards, Knowles mixed prints in a white-and-yellow Marni sheath and lucite-detailed Missoni sandals.
For Vanity Fair's 2013 Oscars afterparty, Solange truly sparked in a yellow sequined Emilio Pucci gown, which she accessorized with a few chunky gold jewels for a touch of edge.
Solange Knowles amped up her cloud-print Michael Kors pants with a structured blazer and striped lucite Alice + Olivia clutch at a Michael Kors event in LA.
Solange Knowles suited up in a pastel-pink Clover Canyon duo, printed Marni top, and minimalistic Nicholas Kirkwood sandals while on stage in Austin.
Solange styled a structured striped Jill Stuart dress with fiery red wedges at the pre-Met Ball screening of The Great Gatsby.
During the 2012 Art Basel festival in Switzerland, Solange embraced her love for noteworthy prints in a Mary Katrantzou mididress and geometric-print Sophia Webster sandals.
At the 2012 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Solange showcased her love for standout prints in a bold Derek Lam sheath, then finished with a sleek box clutch and strappy heels.
We are totally crushing on Solange's NYFW look: polka-dot tee, blue sequined J.Crew houndstooth pencil skirt, and pointed leopard pumps.