Kelis Examined: What's Going On With Her Style?

Kelis Examined: What’s Going On With Her Style?

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It’s been over ten years since Kelis’ first album “Kaleidoscope” hit the world. The Harlem-bred songstress emerged on the scene with a vengeance and a bright ombre fro to boot. She had a powerful voice that she stills carries with her –one marriage, divorce, child and four albums– later. The only issue is, what happened to that style?


Kelis and NasPhoto: WENN



While we’re all for evolution, when personal style leans towards gimmickry it seems more intentional than organic. Take “Kelis Was Here,” released in 2006, which was also the peak of her style star. She recently married Nas and had a new sense of freedom, indicative of her bouffant cut. Her look was fresh, edgy, admirable and, above all else, s*xy. While many reference Cassie as the first to rock the urban half-shaven hairstyle, Kelis was doing it years before.

Fast forward to 2010, when she’s gelled down her crop and wore horns. Yea, we were just as confused.




While her hair and wardrobe choices are less strikingly odd these days, we do miss the soulful songstress with a modern femininity. We miss her informed fashion sense. And we miss whoever was styling her before!

Kelis, come back!

  • MimiLBC

    Forget the horns…peep the grey. This was in 2010. Three yrs later Riri is rocking it. And when Kelis cut her hair and shaved the sides in 2005…4 yrs ‘ll later everyone else starts doing it. Her last album Acapella…electronic and techo based. Fast forward to this last yr. Everyone had a techo sound. Kelis is and always has been a trend setter. Well beyond her yrs. Everyone else catches on way later. She is the sh!t.

  • Suggah B

    Kelis’s style is awesome.. YOU GUYS ARE JUST LATE.. that is what makes her so awesome.. Her style is still EPIC.. clearly SHE IS STILL SETTING TRENDS.. i agree with MiMiLBC … She is not your AVERAGE R & B singer .. in fact .. she is not THAT AT she is right on par with where she should be .. fashion or otherwise.. “soulful” whatever.. you guys want everyone to be cookie cutter.. Get on board

  • Jovoni

    Follow her Instagram @sausageandboots ! She hasn’t lost it, those were just a few fashion mishaps from years ago posted up top!