Style lessons From Gwen Stefani of No Doubt

No Doubt has long held a special place in my heart.  Like many adolescent girls, growing up I adored Gwen Stefani.  How could I not?  She represented a strong, beautiful, stylish, cool and capable woman, everything I wanted to be! Add that to music that always got me dancing and singing and I was hooked.  And I still am!

So it is no surprise that I am super exciting for the bands first studio album in years to be released in September!  And, if that wasn’t enough, yesterday they released the new video for their latest single, Settle Down!!!!  Yep, I am ecstatic.

And in honor of this information I thought it would be fun to do a post on what I learned from Gwen Stefani about style.  Don’t care about that?  Skip ahead to the bottom to check out the video! (but really you should care, because these are pretty great lessons)

Style lessons from Gwen Stefani:

1) Don’t Be Afraid To Take Risks:  Gwen has had blue hair; pink hair; and platinum blond hair, she has worn Rasta inspired clothing, Harajuku themed looks and pieces from her own fashion line.  She isn’t scared to experiment with fashion.  This keeps her image exciting and inspiring and undoubtedly contributes to her status as a fashion icon.

2) Femininity Does Not Require A Dress:  To even suggest that Gwen doesn’t possess femininity may seem shocking.  But from the woman who sang “I’m Just A Girl” and fronts an all male band, it would be easy to expect a loss of girlishness.  But even jumping around in her combat boots on stage, Gwen is clearly a woman.  She does this by making sure to balance her tough fashions with a feminine edge (be it makeup, hair, or demeanor).

3) Stay True To Yourself: It is so easy to lose yourself in trends or image.  Gwen has never done this.  She moves seamlessly between Couture designs and 10-dollar undershirts.  She does this by knowing her personal aesthetic and staying true to it. Her John Galliano Wedding dress was a perfect example with its pink dip-dyed bottom.

And now what you’ve been waiting for, the video for Settle Down:

Images and Video:
1) Cover art from No Doubt’s Settle Down single.
2) No Doubt circa 2004 before beginning hiatus.  Image via Today Network .
3) Promotional Photo from Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape Album. Image via
4) Gwen Stefani in Carven at the 2011 MOCA Gala in Los Angeles. Image via
5) Video for No Doubt’s Settle Down via


  1. I LOVE THIS!!!! I completely love her in a million different ways. Her style is so unique, and she is so beautiful, and feminine, but not a traditional way. Anyway, lurv the pants that she is wearing in the video. Love your lessons as well. I think they go for a lot more than fashion. I hope me girls will take note.

  2. MY girls! I meant to say MY. Sorry, me matey.

  3. Great post – I love Gwen and the fact that she’s always stayed true to her style regardless of any trends. It was about time No Doubt released another studio album!

  4. i did watch the video last night. It’s good to see her back on the scene. Great tribute to a woman I always admired in staying true to herself.

  5. Wow, I didn’t know there were this many no doubt fans out there! I’m a fan of them too, and Gwen’s style

    Shasie of Live Life in Style
    Enter my Beauty Giveaway

  6. I always loved Gwen and her style….especially her being herself….the video is great:)

  7. I love how her style has evolved!

    Kaye Awatin
    Twitter: @thestyleflux

  8. I love Gwen. She’s not only a cool rocker chick she has such fierce style. I love the risks she takes and I must say that she looks her best now at 42!

    Loved the post! Cannot wait for the album!

  9. I love the video – love her pants! Your lessons remind me of me Especially when I was in school. I was different even then and certainly turned some heads (the more open minded with positive comments LOL!)

  10. I love everything about her, including that she seems to keep low key with her kids and husband. I have a pair of her linen trousers (in moss green, huge wide legs) and a triangulated pattern green and orange top to go with and though they are very unusual they have stood the test of time and I still love putting them on. She also is honest about how much work she has to do to stay in such great shape. She loves food but she loves clothes too!

  11. Alexis she is one of my favorites too. Can’t wait for the album!

  12. love gwen’s athletic and feminine style. i wish to hear her sing with no doubt just like the 90’s :)

    Rovie, The Bargain Doll

  13. Fab post! I adore Gwen and No Doubt! #3 is my fave btw. :)

  14. Even though Gwen haven’t been active again in the music and art show industry, her legacy of style remains especially with her choice of colors and themes for her videos and clothing.

  15. Oh wow, I loved No Doubt growing up. I love how Gwen’s style has evolved, yet she still stayed her true self. She has such a unique style. I love that video! :)

  16. That was fun! It’s a catchy tune. Love her look. She’s always had such style. Remember the pig tails?

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