“Fashion icon” is a phrase that can often be overused. It sometimes seems like if someone ends up on a few best-dressed lists then they are automatically considered a fashion icon. Someone who truly deserves the title is Kate Moss. Her style has been a source of inspiration to many for decades. Some people may scoff and say of course she can wear clothes because she is a model, but it is so much more than that. Kate always manages to look effortless and just so downright cool. She doesn’t religiously follow trends, she creates them. And she knows exactly what she likes and wears it without caring about what the must-have shoe or silhouette is.
Take a look at Kate Moss’s style from the 1990’s to present day:
Weren’t Kate and Johnny Depp one of the most perfect couples of the 1990’s? This strapless white dress makes you want to swap your LBD for a LWD. She might also be the first person in history to convince us to wear a shawl.
If you didn’t look at the date, you could think that this picture was from 2016. Kate’s black dress with cutouts details could easily be worn on the red carpet today and it would look totally modern. This look was about 14 years ahead of everyone else.
Remember when Kate had short hair? The Edie Sedgwick inspiration is evident but it doesn’t look like like Kate is playing dress up. Kate also earns points for rocking a heavy coat like that on the Cannes red carpet where everyone else is in chiffon dresses.
Here’s more proof that Kate was onto the cutouts trend long before everyone else. Furthermore, she also did the jacket-draped-over-the-shoulders look 13 years before every street style star was doing it.
This yellow dress has to be one of Kate’s most iconic looks. Even if you don’t like yellow, you loved this dress. You probably tried to find something similar to wear to a wedding or school dance.
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This isn’t your average LBD. Adding feathers to the neckline of a dress could have made it look like Kate was wearing some strange boa, but this works. Only she would think to pair it with multiple gold bracelets going up her arm.
Kate single-handedly put Glastonbury fashion on the map and made us forget about Coachella. This vest should not work. It is something that you would expect to see on a folk band who still thinks it is the 1960’s. However, when Kate pairs it with a dark tee, short shorts and chunky glasses, it actually looks really cool.
When Kate is sitting front row at Fashion Week, she turns just as many heads as she does on the runway. Only she could dress up a white t-shirt and shorts and make them look more interesting than all of the over-the-top street style fashion.
Did you just buy a skinny scarf recently and are you slowly coming around to the idea about wearing flared pants again? Look who already did it years ago. Throw is a bohemian blouse and some sunglasses and this is a look you still want to copy today.
Vests, skinny jeans and shaggy coats feature prominently in Kate’s wardrobe. Another one of her staples is blazers. She takes a classic tuxedo look and makes it her own with interesting jackets and slim trousers. And there is never anything corporate about them.
On a different person, this look could have been overkill. Kate is wearing a long printed dress and a fur coat with countless details. Somehow she makes it look effortless. Don’t try to figure out how, she just does.
Leave it to Kate Moss to do a perfect tribute to the David Bowie. The t-shirt would have been enough but then she added those amazing Ziggy Stardust-esque purple boots.
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