If there’s one celebrity who consistently brings it in the style department, it’s Solange Knowles. She long ago bypassed merely being “Beyoncé’s little sister,” establishing herself as one of fashion’s most exciting muses in addition to being a musician in her own right.
There’s a reason we’re constantly gushing about this girl: Each time we see her out and about, she’s dressed like someone who truly gets fashion. Unlike so many of today’s stars who dress for photo ops and tabloids and best-dressed lists and Instagram, Solange dresses for herself and, it would seem, for her love of fashion.
When every other celebrity (including the one in her own family) was tripping over themselves at the 2015 Met Gala trying to prove their dress was the most naked, their body was the most toned, and they deserved the most headlines , Solange rolled up in a daring rotund Giles dress that vaguely resembled planet Earth—and killed it.
She’s also known for mixing patterns like a pro, embracing bright colors, and—perhaps most memorably—wearing both pants and a Kenzo gown to her wedding (and doing a choreographed dance with her young son—coolest mom ever.)
To show just how invested in fashion Solange is—and in honor of her 29th birthday—take a look at 20 times she WAS fashion with a capital F .
When every other star was tripping over themselves to prove their dresses were the most naked, Solange rolled up in this round Giles dress at the 2015 Met Gala—and killed it.
Most people would worry about "Big Bird" headlines, but not Solange.
Solange loves a printed suit, like this one by Just Cavalli.
You don't need pants if you're Solange.
Feathers on your shirt, because of course.
We love how Solange has a knack for matching each piece in an outfit. Most people would have opted for jeans or black pants with this coat and top.
Even a seemingly minimalist looks gets some drama.
This look—orange Proenza Schouler coat over a yellow dress, yellow Sergio Rossi pumps, and gold Miu Miu shades—easily could have veered into "Golden Girls" territory, but on Solange, it looks ridiculously modern.
In Kenzo at the 2013 punk-themed Met Gala.
Braids, color, and leather = perfection.
Even an elegant Oscar look gets the Solange treatment with bright lipstick and big hair.
What do you know, another print suit.
In kelly green Carven at a movie premiere.
Solange takes a high was it to a whole new level in Burberry.
We love how she choose a bold shirt under her pink shorts suit.
Solange was knotting her belt the cool-girl way before the cool girls—this was taken in 2010.
A bold Dries Van Noten Mer Gala look.
This shouldn't work, but it so does.
No cutoffs and flower crown for this Coachella girl.
A performance look from 2009.