Aaliyah's '90s Fashion Is Back on Trend—Shop Her Looks!

The late singer's legacy is real

By Alanah Joseph Aug 25, 2017 12:04 PMTags
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Sixteen years ago today, the world said a heartfelt good-bye to the reigning R&B queen, Aaliyah

At the time of her tragic passing, the singer's iconic status was inevitable. By 15, she had a double platinum record, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. At 17, she reappeared with music heavy hitters Missy Elliott and Timbaland at her side, releasing One in a Million, another double platinum record. Then, the star started her acting career, starring in Romeo Must Die with martial artist Jet Li, and continued acting as the vampire vixen in Queen of the Damned. In 2001, she picked up her first love, recording Billboard #1 Aaliyah—and, she achieved all of this by 22.

While this list of accolades seem like the reason that so many love the pop star, there was something else that attracted the masses: her effortlessly cool style. 

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In the '90s, there weren't many stars that showed up to events in sweatpants (for a good reason). Yet, whenever Aaliyah dressed down with cropped tops and baggy clothes, it never looked sloppy. In fact, it was the opposite. Her soft-toned voice, eloquence and grace made any look feminine, including a menswear jumpsuit.

The recipe to her effortless style is easy. The consistent choice for crop tops (see: her abs) made her sexy, while her masculine-appearing bottoms made her cool. Her style stepped out of the diva personality that so many expected to her have and made her relatable. Her style transformed her from a high-achieving diva to an artist that you can see yourself being friends with. 

"[Aaliyah] came in and was so warming; she made us immediately feel like family," Missy Elliott told MTV.

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Close to two decades later, this style continues to resonate with the fashion-obsessed. From Rihanna's feminine athleisure line to Gigi Hadid's collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger to the celebs' obsession with oversized clothing, the late R&B star's effortlessly sexy fashion is on trend. 

Ready to channel your inner Aaliyah? Shop the looks below! 

One in a Million

For a glam stage look, Aaliyah pairs an oversized patent leather jacket with pants and a metallic crop top and sleek, straight hair—and, the crowd goes wild.

For Love & Lemons

Vega Glitter Bralette, $92


Mary Metallic Plunge Bralet, $24

Forever 21

Metallic Lace-Up Bralette, $16.90

Saint Laurant

Faux Patent Leather Pants, $990


Zip Front Faux Patent Leather Pants, Now $287

Dolls Kill

Vintage Red Striped Racing Jacket, $85

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

Cropped Jacket, Now $549

Gangster Child

Lesson learned: Just because you dress like an OG doesn't mean you can't smile big!

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy x Gigi Hadid Cropped Top, Now $16.50


Bralette & Legging Set, $104

Tommy Jeans

'90s Bodysuit, $82.50

Good American

The High Waist Sweat Pant, $129

Fenty x Puma

Wide Leg Cotton Sweatpants, $104

More Than a Woman

Why limit yourself to women's clothing? The singer makes a utilitarian-inspired ensemble feminine by adding sunglasses and standout jewelry.


Belted Jumpsuit, $1,675


Jumpsuit, Now $184

J Brand

Mytheresa.com Exclusive Lana Utility Jumpsuit, Now $219


Neul Indigo Pink Linen Jumpsuit, Now $144.48

More proof that Aaliyah's style is relevant today: Next summer, MAC will release #AaliyahforMAC to celebrate the singer's timeless beauty. The collaboration is a result of a petition on Change.org that her fans started two years ago. The campaign, with support from her brother, garnered over 26,000 signatures, pushing the late singer to join the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Nicki Minaj.

Although she isn't physically with us today, her legacy is very much alive.