By Samantha Simon
Mar 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Ciara in a Max Mara top. Photographed by Phil Poynter.

Ever since she first 1,2 stepped her way onto the music scene, there’s been a universal consensus that Ciara can make anything look sexy. Whether she’s showing off her impressive dance moves in a steamy music video or rocking a dangerously high slit on the red carpet, it’s clear that the 33-year-old R&B queen knows exactly how to get — and keep — our attention. 

A huge part of that, of course, is her attitude. Ciara exudes confidence at all times, and that self-assured spirit comes through in her style choices, too. For our April issue, we asked our cover star to spill on her current fashion faves. She told us that she turns to labels like Saint Laurent, Balmain, and Versace for special occasions, often pairing her glamorous look with a “classic strappy heel” from Gianvito Rossi or Stuart Weitzman (the popular Nudist style is her go-to). When she’s feeling a bit more daring, Ciara spices up her footwear game with bold statement shoes. And really, you can never go wrong with some thigh-high leopard-print boots.

It’s not all sky-high heels and expensive designer goodies, though; Ciara’s everyday style is downright relatable. Her tried-and-true essentials include “a hoodie and Uggs — especially after a long day or when I’m traveling,” said Ciara, who’s mom to son Future, 4, and daughter Sienna, 2. She also prefers sweats for a workout, opting for a “good fitted hoodie or long-sleeve fitted tee,” paired with “leggings that hold your tummy in.” When it comes to handbags, Ciara also takes a practical approach. “You must have a purse or baby bag that’s dual-purpose,” she said. “That way you don’t have your hands full when you’re with your kids.” 

VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes at InStyle's April Cover Shoot with Ciara

Keep reading for more of Ciara’s style staples, plus her beauty, travel, and pop culture picks. And for more stories like this, pick up the April issue of InStyle, now available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download.

Signature Shades

“Black Ray-Ban aviators.” 


Eyeshadow Obsession

“Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette.” 


Go-To Designers

“Anthony Vaccarello [for Saint Laurent], Olivier Rousteing [for Balmain], Peter Dundas, Riccardo Tisci, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, and so many more!” 

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Ideal Meal

“Spinach-artichoke dip, Hawaiian rib-eye with loaded baked potato and iron skillet beans at Houston’s in Atlanta.”

Courtesy Houston's

Sneaker MVP

“Nike Air Force 1s. I love knitted classic white high-tops, but you can never go wrong with any of the Air Force styles. I’m kinda obsessed with high-top sneakers in general.” 


Lip Pick

“Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Ophelia - Nude Chestnut.”


Shopping Spots

“10 Corso Como [pictured], Dover Street Market, Maxfield, Barneys New York, and Oxford Street.” 

Karsten Moran/Redux

Skincare Savior

“[All products in] the Revision Ritual collection from Revision Skincare.”


Style Icons

“The Cosby Show’s Denise Huxtable (played by Lisa Bonet) and André 3000."

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Ultimate Highlight

“Danessa Myricks Beauty Enlight Halo Powder in Angel Wings."


Timeless Carryall

“I need a purse with space. Mom life! My favorites right now are a classic quilted box-shaped black Chanel, a Birkin bag, and my black Marc Jacobs book bag.” 


Dream Hotel

Aman Tokyo.”


Eyebrow Essentials

“Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brow Pencil in Dark Brown and MAC Cosmetics Lipglass Clear ($18,”


Best Boots

“Classic Alaia lace-up boots or thigh-high Louboutins [pictured].” 


Current Read

Becoming by Michelle Obama.”


Must-Have Mascara

“Ready to Wear Every Last Lash Amplifying Mascara in Black”


Binge-Worthy Show

“You on Netflix.”


Top Bronzer

“Inglot Freedom System AMC Bronzing Powder in #74.”