I’m going to be writing a few posts about celebrities whose style I admire and what better place to start than with Hayley Williams, whose clothes I’ve been blogging about for five years now. When I first started listening to Paramore in spring 2006, I identified with Hayley’s style because we dressed the same way. We both wore “quirky” thrift store t-shirts, souvenirs from places I’ve never visited and little league tees with other people’s names on them. I liked her style, but I didn’t necessarily get any ideas from it because it was so similar to my own.It wasn’t until that summer on the 2006 Warped Tour when Hayley really started experimenting with her style and I took notice. I already had a big collection of crazy tights – a checkerboard printed pair was my favorite in high school – but I usually wore them with skirts. Wearing them under shorts? Genius, I thought.
Surely Hayley wasn’t the first person to ever dress that way, but there aren’t many people in the public eye with that sort of style. It’s cool to have a young female with spunky clothes to look at for inspiration. Because I had identified with Hayley in the beginning, it made her style seem more approachable even as it got crazier and crazier. I thought “if she can do it, I can do it too.” There are many times where I’ve seen a trend and didn’t think I could pull it off until I saw how Hayley styled it. I’ve tried hot pink eyeshadow, red hair, and skinny jeans in every color. But more importantly, she’s helped give me the confidence to be adventurous with my own style in my own ways.
As it turns out, Hayley’s style is fairly easy to replicate. It can be quite intimidating to try to copy a look that relies on loads of layers and piles of accessories. Hayley’s style on the other hand is all about having a few bold pieces that speak for themselves and don’t need lots of jewelry to make a cool look, be it striped tights or split-leg jeans. Most of the time she just wears some cool skinny jeans with a t-shirt and sneakers. I think that level of approachability is what has led so many people to admire her style.
Hayley has some elements in her style that have stayed the same even though her style has evolved and changed in many ways. She loves bright colors, stripes, and animal prints and (almost) always looks very casual. Hayley’s style has gone through many phases, some of which I’ve liked more than others. A brief menswear-inspired phase in fall 2007 and spring 2008 didn’t excite me much at the time, but as my own style matured those outfits have because some of my favorites. However the outfit that I’ve chosen to “mock” for this post is really quite a simple one. It’s inspired by a look that Hayley wore on Paramore’s 2009 summer tour with No Doubt, when Hayley wore a black and white striped ribbed tank much like mine with acid washed jeggings and black sneakers.
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