June Ambrose is one of the most celebrated figures in contemporary black fashion. She is our stylist du jour, thrilling us with her imaginative outfits and adventurous Twitter tales of shopping, socializing and doting after her adorable two children.
From the front row at New York Fashion Week to the red carpet at every star-studded event, June has shown every fashion hopeful how to evolve from a celebrity stylist to a household name by creating a sunglasses line, turban collection and VH1 Reality TV show to boot. But for all her fame and fortune, June Ambrose’s most treasured contribution has always been in her own fearless, exhilarating approach to style.
Here are five things June Ambrose has taught us that we can use to transform our own closets…
1. Experiment with fashion.
From head-to-toe pink suits to bold purple, orange and blue color-blocking, June’s outfits are the daring fashion statements we always wanted to make but were too timid to. She rocks styles we’d never dream of wearing in public—much less a red carpet—with the kind of confidence and attitude that makes it seem effortless. And we love her for it.
2. Make a look your signature.
For all the trends that come and go, every woman worth her while has lasting signature pieces that embody her unique style. The turban, the Birkin bag and oversized shades have become synonymous with June’s glamorous sartorial sense. She’s taught us to identify that one fashion item you love, whether it’s a chic pair of shoes or a resplendent pair of drop earrings, and own it.
3. Always go for statement accessories.
Speaking of accessories, June knows how to elevate a stylish outfit with jaw-dropping accoutrements. She’s wowed us with shoes like DSquared2’s skeleton pumps and Miu Miu’s studded sandals paired artfully with menswear-inspired suits and vibrant separates. The beauty is in the details and June turns each outfit into an awe-inspiring work of art.
4. Flatter your figure.
For all the outfits we’ve seen June in—white cocktail dresses, structured suits, billowing maxi skirts—we’ve never seen her step out in a look that didn’t compliment her shape. June’s got figure flattery down to a science with silhouettes that elongate her frame and bring attention to the physical features she loves most like her small waist and endlessly long legs. Take note.
5. You define what’s stylish.
At a time where hip hop was never viewed as fashion-forward, June Ambrose made the clothing industry take rap music seriously. An arbiter of style, June almost single-handedly gave rap a presence in the fashion landscape with her groundbreaking efforts pinning wardrobes for stars like Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and countless others. The fact that hip hop and fashion are now inextricably linked is a testament to June’s trailblazing work.
What has June Ambrose’s career and style taught you?