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She began her career as a singer and then transformed herself into an actress upon entering Hollywood three decades ago. Jennifer Lopez – or J.Lo as she is known around the world – has also managed to establish herself as a fashion icon.
And today, she looks youthful and in top form with flawless glowing skin, as well as a toned physique… she turned 51 on 24 July.
J.Lo was honoured by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the esteemed Fashion Icon Award at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards in recognition of her “longstanding and global impact on fashion.”
Indeed, Jennifer Lopez stuns us with her bold, daring and outgoing style.
The green Versace dress she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards will remain forever iconic and represent her daring ethos. After noting the enormous number of internet searches that were generated for J.Lo and her revealing dress following the event, Google was inspired to create Google Images.
From her exotic red carpet appearances to that casual street style, Lopez uses clothes as a means of expressing power and confidence. Here are some of the styles and rules that ‘La Lopez’ tends to follow.
PLUNGING NECKS J.Lo is no stranger to plunging necklines after creating one of the most iconic looks with her green Versace dress. From Versace to Zuhair Murad, she has dazzled in designer dresses with deep plunging necklines and daring thigh high splits, which show off her incredibly toned and flawless figure while leaving little to the imagination. Jennifer Lopez has proven that she can carry off a little black dress, an evening gown or her cocktail ensembles with flair.
EASY CROP TOPS Who wouldn’t want to flaunt washboard abs like hers? Whether she’s out for a casual stroll, hitting the gym or walking the red carpet, J.Lo has shown that crop tops are versatile and can be worn on any occasion.
That orange crop top and long skirt from the Ralph Lauren Fall 1999 collection, which she wore to the 2019 CFDA Awards, is an example of one her best looks yet.
SINGLE COLOURS With monochromatic ensembles taking over the fashion world, Jennifer Lopez has embraced this look on many occasions – including when she rocked seven different monochromatic outfits in a span of two days. This trend works in her favour because it elongates the body and makes J.Lo appear taller.
You too can rock this trend and take your fashion sense up a notch by wearing accessories of the same colour, adding some texture to your outfits, trying various shades of the same colour, mixing prints, layering outfits with outerwear and matching your shoes to your outfits.
IN TURTLENECKS Even the glamorous J.Lo has her fair share of basics and turtlenecks seem to be one of her essential types of tops.
She often wears turtlenecks with skinny jeans and pants, and cropped turtlenecks also seem to be a favourite of this diva.
While turtlenecks and jeans are one of the easiest combinations, you can give turtlenecks a more formal look by pairing them with a blazer or high waisted pants.
J.LO’S STYLE RULES
- Use clothes as a way of expressing your power
- Wear your outfits with total confidence
- Dress for your body rather than age
- Get to know your shape and accentuate your best assets – viz. your legs, waist or abs
- Balance your outfits
- Be fearless and make bold fashion choices
- Embrace monochromatic fashion
- Never hesitate to wear bold tones
- Remember that hoops will never go out of fashion