Fashion Icon (noun) definition – A person or thing that is very well known as being highly fashionable.
Source: Collins Dictionary.
As we wind up 2018, we take a look at high-profile women who have mastered the art of owning their personal style - whether it be on the red carpet or on the street.
The following women stand-out for having an individual sense of style that has commanded attention, and in turn a rapid following around the world.
#1. Meghan Markle
She is married to the world’s most famous bachelor and has fast become a royal jewel in the crown ever since. Meghan's relatable fashion sense and easy-to-emmulate style has us coming back for more. Her monochromatic palette and relaxed hair keeps her look appear fresh, modern and relevant.
Although she's always on the mark, the Duchess of Sussex is also conscious of the continuous string of events she has to attend and is often celebrated for re-wearing her clothes sustainably just like her much admired sister in law, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
So what can we learn from Meghan?
Invest in good quality staples such as trench coats, pencil skirts, denim and classic heels that you can re-vist season after season.
#2. Olivia Palermo
It doesn’t take long to work out why Olivia is close to the top of our list. She has her own aesthetic, that seamlessly makes her stand out in a crowd full of wannabe's and street style lookalikes.
This one-time reality TV star was thrown into the stratosphere due to her vehement taste for fashion and style while creating trends on her own. Olivia's inspiring overall appearance balances between wearable pieces that are a mix of designer and high-street brands such as Zara and H&M while looking polished.
What can we learn from Olivia?
Mix up your High Street prints and designer gear and don't be afraid to push your own fashion boundaries.
#3. Christine Centenera
Possibly already pinned to your Pinterest board, Vogue Australia Fashion Director At Large, Christine Centenera is a modern day fashion muse and could start a trend simply just by accidentally walking out the door with a tissue stuck to her shoe. She's that cool.
She was reported by The Daily Mail to being paid a cool $1 Million to style celebrity heavyweight Kim Khardashian. Her individual contemporary style of slick and up-to-date high-end pieces keeping her at the forefront of her peers.
Preferring to wear a stand-out shoe or single item are the centrepiece of her lookis her signature which often sees her street-style snapped at Fashion Weeks around the world.
What can we learn from Christine?
Make one item the stand-out piece, keeping the rest of your outfit simplistic and structural.
#4: Sarah Paulson
Sarah's first stand-out fashion moment (for this writer) was in 2016 at the Emmy Awards when she wore THAT green Prada dress. "My green Prada dress was so heavy I nearly put my neck out", she later revealed. "But it did not matter to me as it was the best dress I have ever put on my body".
As a fashion chameleon she has a natural eye, and isn't afraid to change up her style with her long time stylist Karla Welch always finding the right mix of polished and haphazard, keeping Sarah always looking on-point whether it be red-carpet chic or off duty du jour!
What can we learn from Sarah?
Change it up and keep it fresh! Go short, go long, go blonde, go brunette. Go rock star, go country, Whatever you do, own it and rock it.
#5: Blake Lively
Increasingly recognised for being her own stylist, long-time actress Blake owns the red carpet with her fierce and fearless looks that keeps us on our style-watching tippy-toes.
With her goddess-like features and as a regular front-row fixture at New York Fashion Week, Blake has blossomed from an aspiring teenage actress to a fashion-forward queen of the red carpet.
Once mocked on twitter for her constant love of matching suits, she quipped back with a reply to the internet troll that she'd tried firing her stylist Blake Lively many times but she won't leave, much to the amusement of the world.
Blake's tall silhouette is standout in anything tailored and she knows how to wear structure with aplomb when doning a suit. Not one to easily emulate on a daily basis, Blake Lively is definitely one to watch with admiration and amazement.
What can we learn from Blake?
Own your style personality. And don’t listen to any voices that are negative.
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