When she first appeared, most of us thought that we will always see her as Gigi’s baby sister, kind of like we still tend to perceive Beyoncé’s sister Solange. Still, soon enough, Bella managed to establish herself as a supermodel and style force of her own, a completely separate entity from her sister. Perhaps the pivotal point, the one that made us fall head over heels with Bella is the moment where she gave The Weekend the most powerful and legendary post-break-up side-eye we’ve ever seen, and at no event other than the iconic Victoria’s Secret show.
Aside from her oh-so-serious smoldering and slightly vampy and mysterious facial expressions that leave both men and women in awe, the one feature of Bella we can’t help but love and admire is the fact that she is an absolute fashion chameleon. This girl cannot be placed in a single style box, for her, the entire fashion universe and a sea of styles are merged into one, sometimes in a single outfit, and she pulls each and every one of the looks she’s ever been spotted in impeccably.
After asking ourselves the almost unanswerable question, how does she do it? – after some extensive research, and dissecting all her most notable outfits and managed to unveil the mystery of Bella’s fashion persona – Without further ado, we let you in on the secret so you can start mastering the look, one garment and accessory at a time.
The Athletic Bella
Sure, Gigi already has her Gigi Barbie doll, but there’s no doubt in our mind that soon enough a Bella Barbie will become reality, and when she comes to life, she will most likely be sporting the athleisure style that the supermodel has become known for. Bella hasn’t only adopted and made this trend what it is – one of the most dominant trends in the US – but she always manages to reinvent it and make it her own.
The first look to master is the classic athleisure. This entails black skintight leggings, a sports bra and trainers in a more distinctive color – for a touch of flair and drama. Now, you could take the bomber jacket route, a garment whose sales have probably rocketed thanks to this ‘it’ girl, or go with a fitted shrug that was immensely popular during 2000 and that has, apparently, been brought back to life. As there is more than one ‘athletic’ Bella, there is always the option of sporting a tracksuit ensemble and rock it like you’re wearing a couture gown, or make incredibly bold moves by mixing athleisure with sophisticated and chic garments, like the supermodel does with this hoodie plus chic red pants topped off with white booties.
One thing to bear in mind is that, even when her look is slightly understated, with Bella, everything revolves around accessories. This girl knows how to make a full use of her killer eyewear, timepieces and of course, bags. If you want to nail down the supermodel’s look, you have to come into possession of at least one identical item. A great and recognizable staple item would definitely be Adam Selman X Le Specs sunglasses that this model can’t seem to get enough of. As for the bags, they’re a serious investment and as much as we would like to, not all of us can sport the bags Bella does. After all, we don’t live on a supermodel budget. However, a more wallet-friendly alternative can be found in amazing Australian leather bags that come at a fraction of the price without sacrificing neither the quality nor the level of sophistication and stylishness.
The sexy-casual Bella
Second only to athleisure, bold and sexy-casual Bella doesn’t only stop traffic but is not for those faint of heart. Apparently, bras (when not sports bras) are passé, and now is the era when a nude halter top and light wash denim skirt is all you truly need to make a daytime impact. Of course, as already noted, with this gal, the devil is always in the details, and the subtle necklaces, hoop earrings and champagne pink ribbon-strappy sandals take this otherwise skimpy outfit to a classy realm.
There are those of you out there who aren’t as comfortable with showing so much skin, but worry not, there are more ‘covered’ sexy versions to copy. There isn’t anything particularly monumental about a fitted-jeans and white button-down look, but again, with the right accessories such as these amazing white pumps, clean hair and just a hint of cleavage, this look can go from dull to show-stopping.
The glam Bella
Watching an award show is as close as most of us will ever get close to the red carpet. However, even we mere mortals have our big moments and we deserve to look and feel like celebrity princesses. Again, as with everything with the model, there are several glam looks to draw inspiration from, and at least one of them will speak to your sensibility and style persona. To elevate a short (or long) slip dress look, put a belt in a contrasting color to use. For an even bigger impact, a fur (or faux fur) shrug is definitely a luxurious and conspicuous option.
Of course, in the true Bella manner, never forget the item that holds it all together, a designer handbag and larger than life platform sandals. For a simple, but none the less glamorous look (perfect for important date nights when you want to re-seduce your loved one or even over-the-top birthday bashes) is comprised of a simple maroon shimmery velvet dress, open toed metallic sandals and an easy to achieve sleek ponytail.
The list of Bella’s iconic and soon to be iconic looks could take up an entire book, and we are always in anticipation of what she will pull off next. It’s definitely safe to say, that, when it comes to style, pushing boundaries, breaking rules and reinventing been-there-wore-that garments, Bella is definitely standing tall next to great style icons of today such as the queen Beyonce and Rihanna.