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 GwenStefani.com
4) Gwen Stefani in Carven at the 2011 MOCA Gala in Los Angeles. Image via Fashionologie.com
5) Video for No Doubt’s Settle Down via NoDoubt.com