8 Style And Beauty Lessons We Learned From Billie Holiday

Today marks what would have been Billie Holiday's 99th birthday. It's hard to believe the legendary songstress who gave us iconic hits like "Strange Fruit" and "Lady Sings the Blues" was just 44 years old when she passed away.

However, Lady Day's legacy is still as strong as ever. Billie was recently featured on the cover of New York Magazine, and actress Audra McDonald will play her on Broadway this spring in the production "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."

And beyond her captivating voice and rise to fame, we will always remember Billie for her sensational style. From her signature Gardenia hairpieces to her glamorous gowns, it's easy to see why Billie is such an icon.

With that said, in celebration of her birthday we've rounded up just a few of the many timeless style and beauty lessons that we learned from Lady Day.

  • Fresh or faux flowers in your hair is enternally chic
  • Floral accents on your ensemble are totally head-turning as well
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  • It's ok to get matchy-matcy with your clothing, accesories and makeup
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  • Statement earrings are a must-have
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  • Off-the-shoulder dresses are always flattering
  • You can never wear too many diamonds
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  • Whenever possible wear sprakly shades
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  • Never underestimate the classic combo of red lips and nails


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