Claire Beaudreault
June 24, 2018 8:08 am
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Solange Knowles has cultivated a signature style over nearly two decades in the public eye. From early-2000s low-rise waistlines to an unparalleled power-clash aesthetic, Solange has blazed her own rebellious fashion trail.

Certain shades and textures repeat themselves in the star’s repertoire. Nudes and neutrals meet golden yellows and lavender. Pleats, puffs, and ruffles adorn one-shouldered dresses and sleek, menswear-inspired tailoring. Let’s not forget the prints — African-inspired and otherwise, her color combinations are always on point.

Of course, there was also Solange’s iconic New Orleans wedding to music video director Alan Ferguson. All members of the wedding party and attendees wore white. It was a breathtaking moment in both fashion and matrimonial history.

Happy Birthday, Solange! You never cease to inspire us. Behold the many looks and moods of our queen:

2001: Teen Choice Awards with Beyoncé

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There’s a lot going on here, but she’s owning it.

2002: video for “Feelin’ You, Pt. II”

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Solange rocks a long patchwork skirt with a crop top in the video for the lead track from her debut album Solo Star. The video is reminiscent of a hippie version of Brandy’s “Sittin’ Up In My Room” with dance moves straight from Aaliyah or Xtina.

2004: On MTV’s TRL

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When one visits Times Square as a teen, one must procure a classic “I <3 NY” tee. Even better in glitter.

2006: Bring It On: All or Nothing screening

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The star made her movie debut in the cheerleading franchise’s 2006 installation. Love this goddess-esque dress.

2006: another TRL appearance

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Wearing a green Betsey Johnson dress on the set of TRL.

2008: Solange’s birthday party

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A vision in tangerine at her 22nd birthday celebration.

2008: the video for “I Decided”

In the video for”I Decided,” from Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, Solange embodies the Motown girl group era, ’70s Soul Train, ’80s New Wave, and a vision of futuristic space travel set over imagery of news and events of the eras, including Civil Rights protests, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Apartheid.

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Giving us Supremes-era Diana Ross.

2008: PAPER Magazine Nightlife Awards

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Remember when peplum skirts were hot?

2009: the video for “T.O.N.Y.”

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This striped, furry coat, though.

2009: Milan Fashion Week

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Business woman chic is reminiscent of mother Tina Knowles’ boss-lady aesthetic. Peep those neon knuckle rings.

2009: MTV Video Music Awards

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With a fresh short haircut, Solange seems to be coming into her own stylistically.


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The golden yellow and purple combo appears often in the songwriter’s looks.

2011: Stylish mom

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Pretty in pants with her son Daniel Julez Smith, Jr.

2012: Front row with sis

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Ruffles, prints, and yellow. She’s got a signature, for sure.

2012: the video for “Losing You”

The super-catchy, breakup bop took inspiration from, and stars, dandy gentlemen from the La Sape movement of Africa.

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La Sape is an abbreviation for Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People), and people involved in the culture are called sapeurs. Solange stuns in the elegant prints and tailoring of La Sape.

2013: Glastonbury Fest

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Taking the stage in braids at the British festival.

2014: Met Gala

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With designer Phillip Lim at the Met Gala, hours before a certain incident involving an elevator. (But let’s not get into that here.)

2014: Solange’s wedding to Alan Ferguson

Bey shared snaps from her kid sister’s New Orleans wedding. If this is a cult, sign us up.

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Biking to the chapel in a nuptial jumpsuit.

2016: The video for “Don’t Touch My Hair”


From her album A Seat at the Table, the video for “Don’t Touch My Hair” has a neutral palate and soothing imagery that matches the dreamy-yet-powerful track.

2016: Met Gala

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Yellow accordion tulle and matching latex tights. Incredible.

2016: “Cranes in the Sky”


Featuring lots of long shots in nature, neutral shades are joined by pops of pink, purple, gold, and yellow.

2017: The Grammys

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Gold to match the Grammy’s statuette. (Please observe those clear sandals.)

2017: Met Gala

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Only Solange can make a puffy jacket look this chic.

2017 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards

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Honestly, can anyone pull off yellow as well as Solange?

2017 Surface Travel Awards

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That burnt orange number reminds us of a phoenix rising.

2017: NY Fashion Week

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Rocking blonde braids like the goddess she is.

2018: Paris Fashion Week

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White eyelet dreams.

2018: Met Gala

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Sleek, structural, and shiny at the gala, including a stash of Florida water.

Happy Birthday, Solange. We can’t wait for many more years of sartorial bliss.