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Selena Gomez Has Been Experimenting With Her Lewk
03.22.17

Is it just me, or has Selena Gomez been looking really good lately?

I came across a photo of her a few months ago wearing a sweater with a dinosaur on it, which was almost distracting enough to draw my attention from her rose-colored glasses (but not enough because she was wearing them sitting low on her nose). This positioning would require that she look down to reap the retinal benefits of wearing sunglasses, which is kind of counterproductive given that the sun is up, not down. You know what I mean?

Anyway, that picture pulled me into a vortex and before long, I was Gomez stalking on Getty like a celebrity tabloid writer. I refined my search to include only the past six months and what I found is that a lot of what she used to wear to espouse the image of a sleek and sexy Gomez who is no longer a Wizard of Waverly Place (see: the Disney channel) has changed. Here is a picture of her from last summer:

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Selena Gomez seen on the streets of Manhattan on October 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

So grown up and demure and stuff, right? But lately, it’s been a lot more of this:

(by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images via Getty Images)

Sweatsuits and jeans and sundresses and so many pairs of sunglasses which actually really begs a question that has nothing to do with Selena Gomez and everything to do with how we (or probably I) process style.

If I didn’t care much for how she dressed when she was mostly cloaked in black, with her midriff and singular thigh out, but I do care now that she’s wearing more high-waist jeans and Jacquemus dresses and Vetements sweatsuits with Gucci sandals (I do wish she’d worn the patent leather socks they come with, too), what does that say other than that she’s dressing more to accommodate cues that I myself would take?

The thing is, I wonder how a person’s style could change so dramatically and so quickly. I know, I know, she has a stylist who puts clothes on her — I get that. But I also know that style is an intimate experience. It can genuinely make you feel like the most understood version of yourself (when you love how you look) or the most sociopathic version of yourself (when you’re not sure why the shit you’re wearing is what you’re wearing). When you’re a celebrity being pulled in various directions pertaining to the “image” you are supposed to espouse (I suppose right now, for Gomez, that image is “Vogue girl”), when do you get to be you? Do you ever get to be you? It might just be that this is par for the course for people who pretend to be other people professionally. Wearing different identities is probably just the tip of that iceberg.

Alternative: I’m over-intellectualizing exactly nothing and she’s just wearing clothes. Enjoy the perusal!

All photos via Getty Images.

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  • ReadER451

    She has a new stylist – Kate Young.

  • hearceespeak

    Love you – Love this – Love her style lately and the images set forth in this article. Interesting & intriguing thoughts & perspective. I love Selena’s style and this article made me pay even more attention to HOW GOOD it really, really is lately.

  • All her outfits are pretty nice, but the one that speaks to me on a spiritual level is the dinosaur sweater, turtleneck combo!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • Lindsay D

    she looks AMAZING

    Ideas on how to pull of the sweatpants and heels look IRL?

  • She’s a young girl so it’s natural that’s she experimenting. She looks great in anything to be fair though! x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • Sarah Gbaguidi

    I really like the dinosaur outfit too, and most of the other outfit you selected, but still she isn’t the kind of girl that really makes me dream.

  • Áine Hegarty

    The difference between she has great style or she has a great stylist. On that note, I wonder if she ever has time to seek out good clothing herself. Maybe she never gets to explore what her own style could be. Going through racks of items someone pulled for you definitely sways your choices. In any case, I love what she’s wearing and her hair is a literal blow-out dream to me. I saved the red sweatsuit and strappy heels look to my phone when I saw it a couple of months ago. A+

    • dreams, but also I will never wear heeled shoes tbh

  • I like her new style. It much more interesting and relateable. 🙂
    X
    Miri

  • Chelsea Hicks

    Do you think that even when someone dresses in a way that represents themselves that it must be unique? Like what if “Vogue girl” is actually Selena as herself? Would that be a bad thing? I think I often struggle with this idea that even when you dress like “you” maybe it’s not all that unique or crazy different, and maybe that is okay? But maybe I’m overthinking this too, thanks for this!

    • Charlotte

      Don’t think you are overthinking this! I actually thought about that too. (That’s a lot of thinking in one sentence…)

  • Rheanonn Perez

    i’m a fan. i hope selena is as happy with her style as we are lol.

    frheak.net

  • I love 4 and 7 — mostly because of those jeans, where are they from?!

  • Thalita Queiroz

    I think that she looks amazing. I mean, she’s a young girl, just like me. And like me, she may enjoy experimenting. I think that wearing an outfit don’t prohibit you from wearing another. I like to dress according to my mood. And there are days that I want to feel sexy, other that I want to feel super confortable and so on.

  • Babs

    Is it just me or are these looks basic by another name? a bit snoozay imo

  • i die over that red sweatpants look. nothing gets me like a monochrome two piece (even if it is of the baggy cotton variety).

  • chouette

    Her newfound airport style kind of makes her look like the pocket-size Hadid sister. I loved her looks when Ghesquiere was dressing her in LV for a minute but that sadly seems to have ceased.

  • Shevaun

    1. who is selena gomez.

    2. god it looks fucking horrible/exhausting to be famous.

    3. i’m into that all-red look.

  • Fezzers

    Love it! I used to only wear Blair Waldorf-esque stuff and I’m trying to break myself into a more casual-but-styled look. It feels weird at first but I like it.

  • Kelsey Moody

    SUNGLASSSESSS!!!!!!!

  • Ciccollina

    I think that it went a little something like this:
    Selena: Fire my stylist. I want a new look.
    Kate Young: Hello! Here is what you will wear.
    Selena: Great thanks bye.