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It’s no secret that I absolutely ADORE Solange.  She is at the top of my list in all forms of her talent – singer, songwriter and D.J. Listen UP as she lays down her style notes!

WHAT I’M WEARING NOW The pants are DVF, which I wear a lot because it’s easy and comfortable.  I love my bright yellow J. Crew sweater. The jewelry is Lia Sophia. The shoes are Alexander Wang. I play around with metallic shoes when I wear prints. It breaks up the busy-ness, and pops.

STYLE CREDO I definitely gravitate toward prints and color. I love to play with prints on prints, but I try to have a good instinct about what to match. Like, if I have a Pendleton print, mixing that with a tribal African print will give off National Geographic-gone-bad vibes. So if I wear an ethnic print, I contrast it with a bright top, or maybe stripes. Yellow is my absolute favorite color to wear. I also love hot pink. When I match my prints with those colors, I feel it’s a “me” outfit.

STYLE INSPIRATION Diana Ross is the quite obvious one. If you look at pictures of her in the ’60s, ’70s, through the ’80s, she embodied everything about that era in such a timeless way. Her hair is a whole other conversation! And seeing photos of my mother from the ’60s and ’70s, she was a total rebel with her style. She had extremely fine hair and washed it with detergent to coarsen it up and had this amazing Afro.

RECENT PURCHASES I’m not a huge jacket girl because I grew up in Texas where we wear Daisy Dukes on Christmas. Then I lived in L.A. Having just moved here, I am understanding the importance of a real jacket. I bought a black Helmut Lang blazer and three coats from J. Crew. Now I’m moving on to walking shoes.

Just curious: Has anyone heard of using detergent back in the day to coarsen hair to form an afro?

Credit: Samantha Rapp and By ERICA M. BLUMENTHAL for The New York Times