Recreate Diana Ross’s Iconic Style

A singer, actress, record producer and songwriter, Diana Ross brought us “Stop! In the Name of Love” and an Academy-Award nominated performance in Lady Sings the Blues and was Billboard magazine’s “Female Entertainer of the Century.”  She is the First Lady of Motown and the Queen Supreme, and, damn, she’s always looked the part.

Since Ross’s rise to fame in the 1960s, we’ve seen torn denim, plaid shirts and backwards baseball caps become things, but she’s stuck to her glamorous roots, always looking every bit the superstar that she is. You may not have 12 Grammys lying around your house, but Ross’s style can be yours.

Drop That Flat Iron

We talk about it all the time over brunch. Curly-haired ladies would give their left arm for straight hair, straight-haired girls would walk 500 miles for a little bit of natural bounce. There are a lot of beauty industry pros sipping cocktails in their massive estates now because of those very conversations. Ross, on the other hand, had big, curly, vivacious hair, and she went with it, making it a part of her signature look. If your mane is straight, this is not your cue to break out your curling iron. Instead, stick with the spirit of Diana Ross style and embrace what you’ve got.

All That Glitters

Ross and The Supremes weren’t exactly the jeans-and-a-t-shirt kind of act. Rather, they dazzled in form-fitting sequined gowns and matching pumps. Granted, that was stage wear. If you’re one of those people who believes there’s such thing as too much glitter, take a pared-down approach by slipping on metallic pumps or throwing a sequin blazer over your LBD.

Rock Feather and Fur
Ross really knows how to go all out when it comes to accessories. Feather, fur, nothing is off limits. Make a statement by wrapping yourself in a fur or feather shawl, especially when those temps start to dip (it will happen eventually). A word of advice for all of us earthlings: don’t sport feathers and fur with a micro-mini and red shoes. You’re aiming to standout in the right way. A simple black dress or pantsuit will do the trick.
Break Out Colors and Prints

We’ve mentioned LBDs a couple times here, but you don’t have to have a closet full of them to get Diana Ross style. In fact, she’s turned heads in colors and prints her entire career. This jaw-dropping, sparkling red gown she wore for a 2013 performance hit all the right notes. The paisley and geometric shapes Ross and The Supremes wore in the 70s are completely on-trend today, seen on Anna Sui, Burberry Prorsum and Rebecca Taylor runways.

Exaggerated Lashes

Even Ross’s eyelashes are gorgeous. Eyelash extensions can last about four weeks without maintenance and services can run about $200-300 for a first set and $50-75 for regular fills. If you’re not in the market for something like that, try a starter kit (CVS stocks Adrell Duralash Starter Kit Lashes for under $10).

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a Digital Editor of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.