March in Texas means Houston Rodeo, crawfish boils and allergy season. But, it’s also a time where many Tejanos honor the legacy of the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla-Perez. The Corpus Christi native was (and remains) a music, fashion and cultural icon to many Latinos throughout the world.
The “Como la Flor” singer sold out the Astrodome several times and her last performance was at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1995. It was the biggest selling show that year and the most remembered one of her entire career. The purple jumpsuit that she wore became as iconic as Selena herself and is now on display at the Selena Museum in Corpus Christi.
The jumpsuit is one of the many outfits that Selena created. She designed every single outfit she used on-stage throughout her career. She was all about hats, embellishments, fringe and staying true to her Tex-Mex heritage. Back in the 90’s many elements of her outfits were considered eccentric. (Not even her dad understood some of her fashion choices. Remember that scene from the movie, Selena?)
Selena: It’s just a bustier. It’s a cool thing.
Abraham, Selena’s Father: It’s a bra! It’s a bra with little sprinkly things on it.
Nowadays you see celebrities, like Beyoncé, channeling their inner Selena and walking the red carpets in pieces that are reminiscent of La Reina. This tells us that Selena’s style is timeless, just like her!
Here’s how you can take elements from Selena’s most iconic outfits and plug them into your wardrobe.
1. Rhinestone Belts
Selena loved embellishments! The more, the better. This look is simple and easy enough to recreate. Start with a solid color top or tee like this ivory Staples Lace Tank or this black Arianne Teri Reversible Lace Black Top and pair with your favorite pair of pants. It can be jeans, leggings or anything! Finally, add a belt like this Black Gator Crystal Flower Belt for a truly Selena-inspired look.
2. Ruffles, Flared Sleeves and more Ruffles
What’s more Tejano than ruffles and flared sleeves? Pair this Vintage Collection Mermaid Tiered Mesh Skirt with a solid colored top for a look that the Tejano Queen would definitely approve. Want to Selena-fy the outfit more? Throw on this Narrow Crystal Belt in Black.
If the ruffled skirt isn’t your style, try one of the Venus Flower Lace Tops or Dresses or the Chiffon Peasant Tunic by Vintage Collection. Wear the tops with leggings or jeans and both with your favorite pair of boots.
Just like any other true Texas girl, Selena was all about the fringe. It wasn’t easy to pick just a few fringe styles, but we managed to narrow it down. Here are a few that we feel fit Selena’s look the best:
- Rio Cuatro Jacket from Double D Ranch
- Suede Long Fringe Maxi Coat by Scully in Turquoise or Black
- Fawn Fringe Jacket by Scully in Turquoise or Black
Wear any of these over a pair of jeans or leggings, boots and solid color top to tie the look together.
4. Biker Jackets
Selena knew how to work a leather jacket. To pull off the look try this Blush Moto Jacket by Bagatelle or this Stetson Lamb Moto Jacket. Wear the jacket with a fringe top like the Joh Layered Fringe Top, leggings or jeans, and to add the final touch, some amazing boots. Then, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” you’re done!
Fun Fact: The outfit with the purple biker jacket and bustier is the one used in her Madame Tussauds wax figure in Hollywood.
5. Embellished Hats
Commonly known as a newsboy cap but to Selena fans it’s known as a “Selena-style hat.” She loved hats with exotic prints and rhinestones, so why not combine the two? Take a look at some of our favorite sparkling caps that scream “Selena!”
You can wear an embellished cap with pretty much anything! Pair it with your leather jacket, match it with your belt, accessorize your dress. Try pairing this Volcano Belt with the Chocolate Mocha Rhinestone Cap.
6. Crop Tops
We’re convinced that Selena made crop tops cool way before the world was ready for them. They’re best worn with high-waisted jeans, leggings and even skirts. Try this Floral Print Ruffle Top with a pair of jeans.
Now you’re ready to head out to the annual Fiesta de la Flor Festival in Corpus Christi held in honor of the Queen of Tejano on April 13 & 14, 2018. You’ll fit right in, we promise.
Editor’s Note: All images of Selena are from Google images. Due to the date of the pictures we are unable to locate credible sources. If any of the sources are known, please contact us so we may give credit in the post.