For some, September 4th should be considered a national holiday (otherwise known as Bey-Day), because on this day, 36 years ago, royalty was born. Making her mark on the world since 1981, the mother, daughter, wife, musician, and artist is recognized for so many of her amazing achievements. Beyoncé’s ability to influence, inspire, and unite year after year, album after album, and performance after performance is totally admirable — and consistently teaches women and men everywhere one important thing: always be yourself.
Today, we’re honoring the star by looking at all the times Yoncé threw out the fashion rulebook and instead chose a style that is 100% true to her. She represents her heritage, always mixes things up, and is never afraid to experiment when it comes to dressing, all of which we commend her for.
In celebration of today, Savoir Flair has rounded up her looks that eliminate every fashion rule you’ve ever followed. Happy birthday, Beyoncé!
For many women, pregnancy plus body-con is a big no-no. For Beyoncé, it’s pretty much her go-to dress shape. Because if you’re growing a human or ‘Strong enough to bear the children’, as Bey puts it, why shouldn’t you show off the fruits of your labor?
Queen of the bounce-back, Bey debuted her incredible post-twin body weeks after giving birth in this eye-popping outfit. The old rule says skin-bearing should be limited to décolletage or leg, not both — but this isn’t 1875, and by Bey’s standards, if you’ve got it, flaunt it.
At the Met Gala 2015, Beyoncé wore a look so extra, she broke the internet (again). Fans were sent into a frenzy when she posted this picture on Instagram before hitting the red carpet. Haters will say it’s too much; Bey will say ‘I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress.’
How much Gucci is too much Gucci, you say? None. The rulebook would pit this look as an aesthetic nightmare. The metallic pleats, embellished sweater, studded jacket, printed cap, and velvet shoes should 100% not work on paper, but oddly it all adds up and does.
Black and yellow has always been deemed a difficult color combination to make work. But of course, Beyoncé’s printed body-con dress draws the eye to all the right places, and she manages to completely avoid bumblebee territory.
Here, Beyoncé mixes maybe the two biggest pillars of her signature style: streetwear and tailoring. Although the two are opposite ends of the sartorial scale, we respect her for wearing what makes her feel most comfortable. Do you, Bey.
If you heard the words sweatpants and court shoes, what would you think? Disaster zone, probably. By sticking to earthy tones from one color palette, Beyoncé somehow makes it work.
You can take the girl out of Houston, but you can’t take Houston out of the girl. Staying true to her roots, Bey rocks her very own version of the ‘Texan tuxedo’ (or double denim to you and I).
Wearing neon colors is one thing, but mixing neon hues together is a different level of ambitious. However, this color-block bohemian look on Beyoncé is nothing short of gorgeous, especially with those wet-look waves.
Representing her hometown once again, Beyoncé’s nod to Texas on her ‘tourist t-shirt’ ties this whole ensemble together. And although each piece of this puzzle is a bold statement alone, they don’t look bad together, either.
A canary yellow suit is enough to make most cringe — but take that yellow suit, add some Beyoncé magic, and you’ve got yourself a look.
A plunging neckline, cold-shoulder detail, and thigh-high split are details very rarely — if ever — worn in tandem. But by sticking to one color head-to-toe (note the earrings of the same tone), Bey slays.