Gabrielle Union Has Been Pulling These 9 Fashion Tricks For Over 20 Years
It's time to steal a few moves from this all-around icon.
Is Gabrielle Union a vampire? Has she discovered the fountain of youth or some fancy form of witchcraft? These are the questions we ask ourselves nearly every time we see a photo of the actress, who's barely aged a single second since her breakout role in Bring It On. As it turns out, her fashion choices have been pretty consistent as well. She's worn the same signature, statement-making pieces, bold colors, and standout shapes since the early '00s.
Of course, Union's had some help here and there, working with stylists like Thomas Christos Kikis and Jason Bolden. But even going into the archives, when red carpets were more casual and you could simply show up wearing really nice sweater, Union relied on a few tricks she still enjoys today. Ahead, we're revisiting some of the best style "rules" we've learned from this well-dressed woman, which are worth copying, ASAP. Bonus points if you can get someone to coordinate with you like she does with Dwyane Wade.
Amp Up Your Outfit with Leather Pants
Whether she's adding heels or sneakers, sitting front row or walking a red carpet, Union knows a pair of leather pants are a bit more exciting than slacks or jeans.
Slip On Some Fun Hoops
By now, you likely know that plenty of today's best-dressed stars enjoy wearing hoop earrings. However, while Union doesn't shy away from a simple gold pair, she's also into switching it up. Her collection includes textured options, lots of color, and even nameplates.
Find Your Signature Color
We're not sure if bright yellow is Union's favorite color, but she's relied on this mood-boosting shade through every fashion phase — even in 2006, when the choice was a prom-like, strapless, sweetheart dress.
Show Off a Shoulder
If you're looking for a simple switch that still packs a powerful punch, look no further than a classic cold shoulder. Union has proven that even with a fairly tame, all-black outfit, this neckline is attention-grabbing and fun.
Bikinis Qualify as Fancy Tops
Perhaps these tops aren't actually bikinis, but Union has work triangle styles and bralettes into her outfits for nearly every occasion, from formal affairs to beachside hangs, where she kept to the theme with a pair of cargo pants — which, yes, are making a comeback.
Remember the Old Reliables
It's possible that Union just loves a plunging white dress, but having a go-to style like this is a good trick to keep in your back pocket for days when you're stumped about what to wear.
White Button-Downs Always Work
We always knew white button-downs were versatile, but Union is clearly out to prove a point. She's worn them as jackets, dresses, opted for oversized, and given them a personal twist with shoes and accessories.
A Hat Can Truly Make an Outfit
When in doubt, add a hat. As these outfits demonstrate, sometimes it's the piece that can bring your look together and make it pop.
Give Your Double Denim a Little Flair
If we're talking double denim, the typical combination of a denim jacket and jeans comes to mind. But Union goes above and beyond the basics. Sure, she's worn that particular pairing, but she's also opted for a chambray shirt and denim skirt, or a went with a matching blazer and mini on the red carpet.