Happy Birthday, Solange! ESSENCE Editors Channel the Star's Effortless Cool-Girl Style

Solange Knowles turns 30 years old today and what better way to celebrate our favorite style star than to show how she has totally shaped our personal style. ESSENCE.com style editors pulled out the most Solange-esque looks from their closets and hit the streets of NYC to channel (and even recreate) the star's signature bright colors, bold shapes and effortlessly chic vibes. Check it out! 

2 of 21 Getty Images

"How classic is Solange's orange off-the-shoulder moment? I love how she incorporated a bright lip to top off the look." -Dominique Hobdy, Assistant Fashion Editor

5 of 21 Instagram/Solange

"Big hair, bright bandeaus and high-waisted white pants are what summer Instagram dreams were made of!" -Virginia Lowman, Assistant Digital Beauty Editor


"I still remember seeing this look for the first time while covering fashion week. Those boots! That dress! Those shades! It was an outfit to remember." -Dominique Hobdy, Assistant Fashion Editor

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"Everyone remembers the shock and awe they felt after seeing the first photos from Solange's epic NOLA wedding. Who didn't want to incorporate a cape into every outfit after that? I love the elegance of the cape paired with the peek-a-boo factor of the plunging neckline." - Virginia Lowman, Assistant Digital Beauty Editor

15 of 21 Frazer Harrison

"Another cape—told you I was obsessed! Because floor-grazing capes don't necessarily fit the aesthetic of my everyday lifestyle, this ruffled jumpsuit works well as a modified version of Solange's citrus 2-piece set." -Virginia Lowman, Assistant Digital Beauty Editor

18 of 21 Hannan Saleh

In yet another fashion week slay, Solange lets the early fall breeze do the work while rocking this flowing set.