Aside from the Great Elevator Incident of 2014, Solange Knowles is a woman celebrated (at least in our circles) for her bold and vivacious sense of personal style. The younger Knowles sister has seemingly never met a color she didn’t like, and she inspires us all by her brave approach to mixing and matching tones that otherwise seem like they wouldn’t necessarily coordinate well together.
Today, in honor of the style maven’s 28th birthday, we’re taking a look back at some of Knowles’ best looks of all time. She tends to favor designer brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim (who she wore to this year’s now-famed Met Gala), fellow prints-lover Mary Katrantzou, Acne, Clover Canyon, and other modern, trés colorful labels.
Scroll down to see 25 of Knowles’s best looks of all time!
The singer showed her love for mixing checker prints in Topshop at the U.K. brand’s grand opening in Los Angeles.
She was beyond statuesque at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars party in a glittering Emilio Pucci column in a vivid yellow.
For the 2013 premiere of HBO’s Girls in New York, Knowles wore a very statement-making printed suit from Just Cavalli.
For the premiere of sister Beyoncé’s HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream in New York, Knowles showed a whole lot of leg in a crisp white shirtdress.
One of Knowles’ dreamier looks, the singer opted for Michael Kors digital cloud-print Samantha pants and a simple white blouse-black blazer combination to attend a dinner in honor of Halle Berry.
For Glamour’s 2012 Women of the Year awards, Knowles went for a more feminine take on color blocking in Derek Lam’s lace guipure dress.
Knowles is probably the only woman alive who can deliver an incredibly stylish, grown-up version of the Morton salt girl to a T.
For the 2013 Met Gala, Knowles gave off a retro ‘70s vibe in this Kenzo dress.
For a Cannes Film Festival after-party, Knowles wore a tuxedo-inspired printed suit from Roberto Cavalli.
For the Intermix 20th anniversary celebration, Knowles made Diane von Furstenberg proud by wearing this off-the-runway jumpsuit from the designer’s F/W 2013 collection.
All-white done right: Knowles perfectly illustrates how to pull off a monochromatic look in a slouchy blouse-and-pant ensemble, set off by her matching poppy pink nails and lips.
For an eBay event in New York, Knowles again showed her love for a checkered print in an Etro top and Clover Canyon shorts
During a pre-Grammy party, Knowles made a vaguely creepy (but decidedly awesome) statement in this bug-covered print from Azede Jean-Pierre’s S/S 2014 collection.
At a special event to launch her line of sneakers for Puma, Knowles showed absolutely no fear in the face of mixing colors and prints like a wild woman—to stylish effect.
Knowles proves that whoever said you can’t mix pink and orange was dead wrong. This Milly by Michelle Smith outfit is a perfect combination of primary colors.
For the New York premiere of Woody Allen flick Blue Jasmine, Knowles hopped on the trendy oversized flower trend in an off-the-runway look from Prada’s S/S 2013 collection.
Knowles put all the street style stars to shame in this well-manicured Noon by Noor look from New York Fashion Week F/W 2014.
Here’s another perfectly-executed monochromatic look from Knowles—an off-the-runway look from Acne’s Resort 2014 collection, which she paired with Jimmy Choo sandals in the same shade for the shoe brand’s Choo.08 launch party in Beverly Hills.
Knowles made a super graphic statement in this striped Jill Stuart dress at the New York premiere of The Great Gatsby.
For the launch of Gucci cosmetics this year, Knowles wore a striking all-fuchsia pantsuit from the Italian house ($ 2,600), off-setting it with a pastel seafoam box clutch.
A staunch lover of a wistful print, Knowles reached for a playful flamingo pattern at Noon by Noor’s S/S 2014 runway show during New York Fashion Week, wearing a look from the designer’s Resort 2014 line with Sophia Webster t-strap sandals.
For the 2014 launch of Q&Q Watches in New York, Knowles wore an unapologetically bright yellow look from Christopher Kane.
Knowles proves she can do a glittery column gown as well as any girl at the 2014 CFDA Awards, when she wore this sparkling Calvin Klein Collection dress.