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11 Style Lessons Whitney Houston Has Taught Me (PHOTOS, GIFS)

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I remembered the very moment that I found out that Whitney Houston had died. New York Fashion Week was in full swing, and I had just returned home from the tents at Lincoln Center when CNN reported the breaking news. My Twitter feed went from being flooded with runway snapshots to classic photos and videos of Houston.

While the pain of losing the pop superstar still lingers on, I find solace in remembering Houston's iconic style. From her larger-than-life '80s hair to her bold-shouldered stage costumes, I will always love how she had sex appeal without being overtly sexual.

So in celebration of what would've been Whitney Houston's 50th birthday today (August 9), I would like to share 11 style lessons that the legendary singer has taught me.

1. Natural hair is always beautiful...

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2. … and big, wild and curly hair, too.

3. You don't have to show a lot of skin to look sexy.

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4. Blazers pull together an outfit -- and sometimes make the outfit.

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5. A statement necklace will add a luxe touch to any ensemble.

6. Don't be afraid to wear bright and bold colors.

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7. If you're going to wear athletic gear, go all out.

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8. Finding the perfect shade of red lipstick will change your life.

9. Matching with your man is never a good idea. (Bobby, I love you!)

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10. Slender frame girls should invest in a full skirt. Twirl, girl!

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11. A smile is your greatest accessory.

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