15 Celebrity Couples' 2021 Style Moments That Had Me Believing in Love Again

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Here’s a question: When you think about the pop-culture moment of the year that had you living, what was it? Was it the reboot of Gossip Girl? The rebirth of Y2K trends? The return of the Met Gala? Or was it discovering cool new musicians? It seems that 2021 gave us a ton of buzzy moments, but here’s one specific phenomenon that was my personal favorite: the resurgence of celebrity couples’ style. No other topic quite lit up social media like celebrity couples. Remember when we all lost it over finding out Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum were a thing? Or seeing any of Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s coordinated outfits on the red carpet

Like it or not, couples style is back and poppin‘. But before you dismiss the hold that celeb couples’ style has had on the zeitgeist as thirsty or a side effect of being couped up, keep reading, as I’ve done a deep dive through the internet to round up the best looks of the year. Ahead, find 15 celebrity couples whose personal and collective style proves that this past year was all about stuntin‘ with bae. Fair warning: This story may cause you to redownload Tinder or buy matching suits for you and your partner. 

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WHO: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly

WHAT: 2021 Billboard Music Awards

WEAR: On Megan: Shay jewelry; Mugler dress; Jimmy Choo heels; On MGK: Balmain suit; Tasaki jewelry

If there’s one duo who understood and aced the celebrity-couple style trend this year, it’s Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly. While they served looks all year, their matching all-black ensembles for the Billboard Music Awards broke the internet. The Mugler dress on Fox? MGK’s black-painted tongue? I’m still in shambles over this coordinated look.

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WHO: Beyoncé and Jay-Z

WHAT: Tiffany & Co. About Love campaign 

WEAR: On Beyoncé: black gown; opera gloves; Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace; On Jay-Z: suit 

NGL, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are forever my couples-style icons—cause they aren’t afraid to serve a ’fit courtside at an NBA game or on a private yacht in Positano. That said, this past year, they even further solidified their places as a stylish duo with their About Love campaign for Tiffany & Co. What demonstrates a more cuffed and stylish partnership for life than diamonds? The answer is nothing else, fam, nothing.

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WHO: Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum

WEAR: On Kravitz: Araks Cadel Slip Dress; Theory Unlined Pump in Suede ($325); Saint Laurent tote; Oliver Peoples sunglasses; On Tatum: Oversize T-shirt; cargo jeans; Converse sneakers

While I’m not one to lose it over celebrity gossip, I was not okay the first time I saw the photos of Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum together. It’s one thing to be stylish on your own (Kravitz is an icon), but seeing them together? So hot. What I love about their pairing is that while they’re never completely matchy-matchy, their vibe together gives off a bit of artsy, grungy, downright edgy energy. They are what you envision when you think you’re going to date an artist: lots of vintage denim, tattered T-shirts, and riding on a bike off to the next borough.

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WHO: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck 

WEAR: On Lopez: Christian Dior coat and dress; Foundrae jewelry; Christian Louboutin boots; On Affleck: Wool blazer; polo shirt; jeans

No one would have guessed that getting back with an ex would come back in style before low-rise jeans would. Alas, 2021 was about it. And what rekindling rocked the boat more than Bennifer? We may have tried to make Y2K fashion a thing again, but aughts couples are where it’s at because they’ve been around the block, so their style is already cohesive. Since getting back together, they’ve served up everything from red carpet looks to casual matching outfits worthy of replicating at home.

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WHO: Zendaya and Tom Holland

WHAT: Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere

WEAR: On Zendaya: Alexander McQueen S/S 22; Jacob & Co. Web Earrings; Bulgari Magnifica Ring; On Holland: Celine Homme 

No other couple nails the art of duo dressing quite like Zendaya and Tom Holland. What’s great about their style is that Holland opts for more traditional yet fashion-forward looks that never steal the limelight from Zendaya. The moral of the story: Get yourself a partner who lets you be as extra as you want to be.

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WHO: Kristen Stewart and Dylan Meyer

WEAR: On Stewart: Stüssy baseball cap; Garrett Leight Unisex Round Sunglasses ($360); Re/Done Classic Tee ($90); Levi’s 501 Jeans; Chanel Boyfriend Watch ($2995) 

Let me clear something up: The best celeb couple style moments of the year didn’t just happen on the red carpet. There are quite a few couples whose off-duty style was giving this past year, including Kristen Stewart and her fiancée, Dylan Meyer. Their casual ensembles? A lesson in dressing as a pair. No need to be in matching gowns and suits; just wear something within the same aesthetic, and you’ll look chic even if you’re just going for a cup of coffee.

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WHO: Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker 

WHAT: Milan Fashion Week 2021

WEAR: On Kardashian: Dolce & Gabanna dress and bustier; Gianvito Rossi Metropolis Sandals; On Barker: sunglasses; layered chain necklaces; suit 

When Avril Lavigne sang, "He was a punk. She did ballet,” was she having a psychic vision about Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker? Jokes aside, since these two became an It item, they’ve served up punk pop–inspired looks that have gone viral time after time. My prediction is that their pre-engagement looks are only a premonition into a future filled with leather, black, and studs for years to come.

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WHO: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

WEAR: On Markle: Emporio Armani Single-Breasted Virgin Wool Coat; The Row Chanic Turtleneck; Aquazzura Simply Irresistible Pumps; Cartier jewelry

It doesn’t get more stylish in terms of duos than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. I mean, do you see these all-navy suits? Sure, we can’t all be royals, but wearing something as simple as matching hues with our very own king/queen can make anyone feel like royalty. 

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WHO: Hailey and Justin Bieber

WHAT: Paris Fashion Week 2021

WEAR: On Hailey: LaQuan Smith dress; Linda Farrow x The Attico Irene Sunglasses; Little Liffner Minimal Mini Tote Brown Croc-Embossed; On Justin: sunglasses; chain; pinstripe suit 

The key to great couples style is knowing how to balance each individual’s style and, if you’re lucky enough, having a great stylist. Of course, not everyone can hire celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly (though she works with Hailey, Ciara, and Megan Fox), but you can consider celeb couples to be your style inspo. Take note from the Biebers, and make sure one partner is wearing a neutral-friendly ensemble when the other plays with prints.

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WHO: Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

WHAT: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala

WEAR: On Paulson: Sequin gown; clutch bag; On Taylor: nude suit; black heels; clutch bag

Again, you don’t have to match perfectly to look good while you’re out with your significant other. Just take a cue from one of Hollywood’s most elegant couples, Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor. One of you can wear a bolder look, and one can go minimal so long as you’re wearing neutral hues. Opting for grays, beiges, and nudes is a surefire way to look cohesive as a couple.

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