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Best Of… 10 Things Lady Gaga Taught Me About Style

by Ashley on January 8, 2013

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Continuing the “Best Of…” through the new year! Some of my favorite pieces from the past 5.5 years. This January, a month that’s always motivated by self-improvement, I wanted to share some of my favorite aspirational and inspirational posts…

1. Fashion is not about pleasing other people. Can you imagine if Lady Gaga dressed to please other people? She’d look like every other cliched actress on the red carpet afraid of Joan Rivers!

2.You don’t have to defend your choices. This bitch wore a meat suit to the MTV Awards and didn’t say one word to defend herself. If you spend time defending yourself, you’re always going to be defending yourself. If you ignore the naysayers, critics, and haters… they’ll tire up and go away eventually.

3. It’s okay to change your persona daily. The great thing about Le Gaga is she’s always changing it up. Who would have expected her recent imitation of Donatella Versace? Who would have expected “facial impants” and a Borg Queen silhouette? Who would have expected Jo Caldrone? At Dramatis Personae, I’m all about exploring the many facets we have… and no one is more inspiring or exemplifies that better than Senorita G.

4. Every outfit is enhanced with rhinestones, fishnet, a headpiece, and a killer pair of shades. Every drag queen knows this, and every woman should keep it in her arsenal, too.

5. Creativity and creation are key. I love that Haus of Gaga is a creative team dedicated to making her videos, concerts, and style in to art. I love that she has designers she’s fiercely loyal to. Gaga says, “I called all my coolest art friends and we sat in a room and I said that I wanted to make my face light up. Or that I wanted to make my cane light up. Or that I wanted to make a pair of dope sunglasses. Or that I want to make video glasses, or whatever it was that I wanted to do. It’s a whole amazing creative process that’s completely separate from the label.

6. Fashion is not about privilege, it’s about making something from anything. It’s easy to fall in to a mindset that fashion is for the Blair Waldorf’s of the world. Great style and fabulous fashion can be found anywhere, at any cost, and in any size.

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7. Your personal style CAN fit within rigid social boundaries and etiquette. Social events can throw even the most fashionable girl in to a tizzy if it’s new territory and she doesn’t know what to expect. Nothing can be more baffling than meeting the Queen, and the old school rules on what to wear. So do what Gaga would do–find a way to make being yourself fit in those parameters. When in doubt, a floor length vinyl dress will do.

8. When in doubt, go without pants. Have you seen the number of pop princesses to go pantless after Lady G was spotted NEVER wearing any? When it comes to comfort, she may be on to something.

9.Use your personal style as a weapon; if you can keep them talking about what you wore, they won’t have time to talk about anything else in your life. Gaga is a marketing genius and has her personal brand so tightly guarded– but we don’t realize it. She knows what she needs to do to keep the paparazzi & press interested… in what she wants them interested in. Who did she last sleep with? Is she dating anyone? Who knows? But we do know what she’s wearing.

10. Don’t let your style stop growing, changing, or evolving. What would we do if Gaga stayed static in her style? Would we lose interest in her? I think the same can be said about ourselves… if we stop growing, changing, and evolving, we lose in interest in ourselves and stop challenging ourselves. And isn’t that the antithesis of a passionate love affair with ourselves?

Love her or hate her? What does Lady Gaga and personal style mean to you?

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