Since we all belong to the universal sisterhood of womanity, Savoir Flair prefers snark-free celebrity commentary. Bottom line? We’re not in the business of pitting women against each other. However, with the likes of Photoshop, contouring, waxing, airbrushing, spray-tanning, hair extensions, and gel nails running rampant, celebrity looks are becoming more and more high maintenance. The modern-day standard of beauty has become rather unrealistic as a result – or, at the very least, incredibly expensive and time consuming to achieve. For all these reasons, we appreciate those rare moments when glamorous celebrities turn to more understated looks. It reminds us that they’re human and gives us inspiration that’s a little more realistic and aspirational.
Read on for ten times celebrities actually looked better when opting for simpler styles and natural makeup.
Rihanna is no stranger to OTT fashion moments – remember her canary yellow Guo Pei-designed Met Gala gown or the “naked” dress she wore to the CFDA Awards in 2014? Although we stand by RiRi’s brave fashion choices, we also can’t help but love seeing her softer side in this frills-free look that features a simple white dress and next to no makeup.
Amal Clooney has impeccable taste in high fashion and rocks statement pieces, major prints, and bold details like no other. But we’ll say it: We love fashion moments like this because her pinstriped suit and understated pumps remind us that she’s a top-notch lawyer and activist.
Irina Shayk is, without a doubt, a naturally stunning woman. As a Sports Illustrated model, she spends more time baring it all than covering up, but when she goes for a professional and polished look, she does so with grace.
We’re used to seeing Victoria Beckham effortlessly poured into bodycon dresses, a look that has directly affected the aesthetic of her namesake fashion label. However, Beckham has recently been sporting a softer vibe that includes sneakers, loafers, and relaxed, casual separates.
Selena Gomez spends tons of time in the spotlight, both in the virtual world (she is the most followed celebrity on Instagram) and in real life. We’re used to seeing her made up and rocking youthful, bohemian styles, but we love how grown-up and graceful she looks in this simple monochrome look.
Rita Ora has enjoyed some extreme – and extremely memorable – style moments, and she isn’t afraid of showing off her figure one bit. Yet, this all-white ensemble, relaxed hairstyle, and makeup-free look actually amplify, rather than mask, her natural beauty.
Karlie Kloss has always pulled off super casual off-duty looks while remaining glamorous, but this one in particular is a great representation of how understated style works highly in her favor. Not only is this a look we could see ourselves trying, but we love the high/low pairing of a gorgeous plissé midi skirt and shrunken babydoll tee.
According to the media at large, Gigi Hadid is literally the gold standard of awesome off-duty styles, and her every look is explored by publications from here to Antarctica. What can we say? The girl has mastered the art of athleisure. However, this look in particular stood out to us because it’s both understated and glamorous, which is what happens when you combine a casual chambray shirt with fashion-forward leather trousers.
It’s an undeniable fact that Emily Ratajkowski is genetically #blessed. Let’s face it; the girl could wear a trash bag and still look amazing. We especially love it when she opts for softer, makeup-free looks because they play up her youthful beauty.
As one of the world’s top supermodels, Brazilian beauty Alessandra Ambrosio makes a living off being glamorous. From the red carpet to the runway, she never fails to impress. What’s even more impressive, however, is how astonishingly beautiful she is without any makeup on whatsoever.