When you hear the name Selena Gomez, who pops into your head? It could be the cutesy tween star from Wizards of Waverly Place. After all, who among us 90s babies didn’t obsess over Alex Russo a little in middle school? Maybe you’re a 00s child and think of the Selena the teen pop star. The pop star turned rebel in 2012 Spring Breakers is, to put it gently, an alluring figure. Yet, no matter how you remember her, we’re here to introduce you to the new and improved Selena Gomez. This lady carries Coach and rocks cropped flare jeans like no one else in contemporary fashion. Seems the former Disney Channel star has crossed over from unstable adolescence to true adulthood. Here’s what you can learn from the style world’s newest superstar.
During her Disney days, Gomez rocked playful knits like this as tween fashion. Now, she’s all grown up and this pixelated dinosaur makes the perfect 90s throwback.
Star travel garb seems to be this August’s most prevalent celebrity fashion fad. For Selena, it consists of a black peacoat, crop top, and deconstructed jeans. Oh, and those bold red rounded sunglasses.
FALL COLORS FOR WINTER
Fall hues can add exciting brilliance to a somber winter scene. Just look at this deep orange knit dress Selena threw on last February. Clearly, it’s a Victoria Beckham you need in your closet this season.
BEACH DRESS IN THE CITY
It’s exceptionally nice for a beach dress, but seaside attire all the same. We don’t advise wearing a cut-out Proenza Schouler like this in the City like Selena did. Wear it on your last trip to the shore when you bid summer goodbye.
OVERALLS AND ATHLEISURE
In all honesty, either of these casual looks will look great in your transitional wardrobe. Leggings and a tee offer trendy comfort and distressed overalls, well, does it get more laid back than that?
One mark of Selena’s new maturity is her ability to wear rogue trends with the air of an established fashionista. Just a few years ago, this busy leather jacket would have looked like some adolescent statement piece. Here, it just looks cool.
STEAL HIS BUTTON-DOWN
We’ve told you numerous times to steal the boy’s big white button-down shirt when you go out for brunch. With Selena rocking this look on the streets of LA, maybe now you’ll take us seriously.
When Coach signed Selena Gomez to be their new poster lady, they expected an influx of millennial attention. You should play into those expectations with a floral jacket and luxury handbag this fall.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Gomez continued her designer streak at the premiere Netflix’s infamous 13 Reason Why. If you ever had doubts about metallic orange and blue nail polish, this look will silence them quick.
Daisy blossoms arranged like polka dots on a dress with spaghetti straps is pretty American. Add a matching handkerchief tied cowgirl-style around your neck and the cultural identity is unmistakable. Here’s your summer barbeque look, ladies. Wear it well.
ELEVATING THE PANTSUIT
Pantsuits don’t have to reek of stiff professionalism. How about a business top with no shoulders and a cropped off feel? As Gomez so confidently demonstrates here, this is how the next generation will dress for work.
Not everyone loves the nigh-waisted look, but even an adamant cynic can’t deny Selena pulls the trend off incredibly well. Topped off with this patchwork blazer, this is 90s vintage at its best.
We never thought we’d see the day when an image of Selena Gomez triggered memories of Angelina Jolie and Sofia Vergara, but we have. This Christopher Kane dress does her so proud it’s frightening.
T-SHIRTS AND SLIPS
Selena’s passion for 90s fashion doesn’t end at high-waisted jeans. The star also wears slip dresses over top casual tees. More people should wear this grunge combination back into style. Why not be one of them?
Kim Kardashian made this bold structured top popular at NYFW. Then Selena wore it out for a stroll in LA. With all that popularity and sophistication on her side, it seemed the perfect outfit to solidify her new role as a major player in celebrity fashion.
Selena Gomez isn’t the rosy-cheeked Disney Channel star you once knew. She’s a real fashion icon now, the face of Coach who wears Kardashian outfits on casual outings. Keep her on your radar for the fall season. Your wardrobe can only benefit from such star power.
— Scarlett Price