Anatomy of an Outfit: Beyoncé


Nobody causes style envy quite like Queen Bey. Whether it’s her glitzy stage ensembles as Sasha Fierce, daring red carpet moments with hubby Jay-Z, or the ultimate casual mommy street style with toddler Blue, she leads the fashion pack – all while strutting her stuff in sexy stilettos. We're endlessly inspired by her distinctly urban vibe and fashion-forward melting pot of colour, edge, and glam. So when we were looking for summer out-and-about inspiration, we looked no further than this shot of Bey doing what she does best – dodging photogs in simple but steal-worthy style.

Want to try this attention-grabbing going-out look for yourself? Let’s start with the elements:

The elements: Graphic tank + distressed denim + neon heels + standout clutch

Graphic tank: Sometimes a tank can speak louder than words and in this case, it’s speaking loud and clear. If you want to make a statement, let your style do it for you. A bold and sassy girl power message is just right for sparking conversation, and getting all eyes on you.

Distressed denim: Only your tightest, and most ripped-up denim will do when everything else in your outfit is headed toward glamourville. They temper the fancier pieces with a big dose of those cool girl, don't care, watch me vibes. They’re edgy, modern, and just a little bit bad girl.

Neon heels: Nope, these are not your everyday work shoes. They’re not even your ordinary casual weekend shoes. These are your super sexy, statement making, 'I totally don’t NEED these’ shoes that you break out on those nights out on the town, when only a neon strappy-heeled stiletto sandal will do. It's the contrast of the show-stopping glam of these heels with the casualness of the distressed denim that gives the look something unexpected and takes the whole thing from ok to Bey.

Standout clutch: When something special catches your eye ¬- say a bold, exciting accessory like this clutch – follow your heart. Then, just wear it with a healthy dose of confidence, and feel fabulous. It’s the perfect amount of outspoken to go with the rest of the look, and you’ll smile every time you reach for your keys.

Why it works: When you mix a little glam with a little street, you’re bound to cook up something unique. You may not live Beyonce’s sensational life, but you can sure take a cue from her style and put together a look that screams confidence. So pull out your brights, your funs, and your bolds…and add in the attitude to pull it all off.

Spot something you must have? Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the outfits (check stores for availability):

Black graphic tank: Suzy Shier, $22
Distressed crop jeans: American Eagle Outfitters, $59.95
Yellow heels: Aldo, $90
Clutch: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $137
Sunglasses: Spareparts (Ray Ban), $195
Black basic tank (under): Suzy Shier, $10

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