Surprise style moves with learned from fashion icons like Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham 

Putting together a winning outfit is harder than it seems. 

Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham almost always get it right, but they also have designer goods, clothing stylists and glam squads at their fingertips. 

And while that’s not the case for most of us, there is a lot to learn from our favorite fashion icons that we can apply to our own wardrobes.

FEMAIL rounds up 10 surprise style moves we learned from the stars.

Athleisure done right: Former Spice Girl turned designer Victoria Beckham donned navy blue workout leggings while stepping out in Manhattan

Athleisure done right: Former Spice Girl turned designer Victoria Beckham donned navy blue workout leggings while stepping out in Manhattan

Athleisure done right: Former Spice Girl turned designer Victoria Beckham donned navy blue workout leggings while stepping out in Manhattan

1. Work your gymwear into your daily routine 

Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh) became an international sensation as a Spice Girl back in the ’90s.

The fashion lover turned designer is now known for her impeccable style, as her chic outfit choices are timeless but on trend.

On a recent trip to New York City, the mother-of-four was snapped coming out of the swanky The Mark hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side wearing a trench coat from her own luxury label. 

But it was underneath the jacket that caught our attention. Victoria donned a cream tank top and navy blue workout leggings (gasp!).

By pairing her activewear with a sleek outer-layer, Celine sunglasses and peep-toe booties, Victoria elevated the feel of the casual bottoms and effortlessly integrated them into her everyday wardrobe.

Takeaway tip: To take your performance clothes from the studio to the streets, team them with tailored garments. Keep the look sleek by sticking to a color palette of nudes, taupes, heather grays, dark blues, or black, and avoid loud prints.

Ab-tastic: The saying 'Age is only a number' certainly applies to Jennifer Lopez. At 49, the singer, songwriter, dancer and actress has never looked better

Ab-tastic: The saying 'Age is only a number' certainly applies to Jennifer Lopez. At 49, the singer, songwriter, dancer and actress has never looked better

Ab-tastic: The saying ‘Age is only a number’ certainly applies to Jennifer Lopez. At 49, the singer, songwriter, dancer and actress has never looked better

2. Dress for your body not your age

The saying ‘Age is only a number’ certainly applies to Jennifer Lopez.  At 49, the singer, songwriter, dancer and actress has never looked better.

Though she’ll be marking a half-century birthday on July 24, that hasn’t stopped the ‘On The Floor’ hitmaker from wearing whatever she wants.

Whether she’s on the red carpet, performing or judging a reality television competition, she never ceases to impress, and that’s because she dresses for her body. 

She accepted the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Awards in New York recently wearing a two-piece set by Ralph Lauren.

The sparkly crop featured 43,000 crystals and showed off her six pack. 

For the premiere of her movie ‘Second Act,’ she donned a playful pink tulle Giambattista Valli Fall 2018 Haute Couture high-low gown putting perfectly toned pins on full display. 

Takeaway tip: Ditch the concept of ‘dressing your age’ and replace it with wearing what flatters your best assets.

She accepted the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Awards in New York recently wearing a two-piece set by Ralph Lauren

She accepted the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Awards in New York recently wearing a two-piece set by Ralph Lauren

For the premiere of her movie 'Second Act,' she donned a playful pink tulle Giambattista Valli Fall 2018 Haute Couture high-low gown putting perfectly toned pins on full display

For the premiere of her movie 'Second Act,' she donned a playful pink tulle Giambattista Valli Fall 2018 Haute Couture high-low gown putting perfectly toned pins on full display

If you got it, flaunt it: Takeaway tip: Ditch the concept of ‘dressing your age’ and replace it with wearing what flatters your best assets

3. Use makeup to add a pop of color

Shailene Woodley attended the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art wearing a black Jonathan Simkhai tuxedo dress.

The asymmetrical look complete with deconstructed tailoring had the ‘Big Little Lies’ actress (known for her bohemian style) looking edgy.

She carried out the daring ensemble by thinking outside the (makeup) box and  wearing bold orange eye shadow. 

Takeaway tip: Bright eyeshadow or a swipe of vibrant lipstick can add an unexpected pop of color to a monochromatic look.

Add a pop of color: Shailene Woodley attended the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art wearing a black Jonathan Simkhai tuxedo dress and bold orange eye-makeup

Add a pop of color: Shailene Woodley attended the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art wearing a black Jonathan Simkhai tuxedo dress and bold orange eye-makeup

Add a pop of color: Shailene Woodley attended the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art wearing a black Jonathan Simkhai tuxedo dress and bold orange eye-makeup

4. Pants are optional

Janelle Monae is often seen in black and white pantsuits. 

For the Kids Choice Awards, the ‘Ugly Dolls’ actress walked the orange carpet in her signature shades but ditched pants in favor of a checked Petar Petrov tuxedo blazer worn as a dress.

Like Shailene, Janelle added a pop of color with eye-popping beauty, including teal lashes and neon yellow nails. 

Takeaway tip: Get double the wear out of your business attire by separating pantsuits with blazers that extend beyond the backside and wearing them alone. Strategic skin baring and the right accessories can make even a tailored jacket look party ready.

Bare some skin: For the Kids Choice Awards, Janelle Monae walked the orange carpet in her signature colors but ditched pants in favor of a checked Petar Petrov tuxedo blazer worn as a dress

Bare some skin: For the Kids Choice Awards, Janelle Monae walked the orange carpet in her signature colors but ditched pants in favor of a checked Petar Petrov tuxedo blazer worn as a dress

Bare some skin: For the Kids Choice Awards, Janelle Monae walked the orange carpet in her signature colors but ditched pants in favor of a checked Petar Petrov tuxedo blazer worn as a dress

5. A t-shirt can look en vogue

Jennifer Lawrence was spotted arriving at the Jimmy Kimmel show looking effortlessly cool. 

The ‘Dark Phoenix’ actress dressed up a basic white Re/done t-shirt by pairing it with a red leather skirt by MSGM  and ankle-strap stilettos. 

Polo shirts are synonymous with upper-class prep or back-to-school uniforms, but Gigi Hadid made the classic look elegant.

The 24-year-old supermodel paired her orange collared top with a coordinating silk skirt and gold heels to attend the Maybelline New York Fashion Week Party.

Takeaway tip: Consider your cotton basics when getting dressed for a night on the town. Styled correctly, even a plain white t-shirt can look chic. 

The 'Dark Phoenix' actress dressed up a basic white Re/done t-shirt by pairing it with a red leather skirt by MSGM and ankle-strap stilettos

The 'Dark Phoenix' actress dressed up a basic white Re/done t-shirt by pairing it with a red leather skirt by MSGM and ankle-strap stilettos

Polo shirts are synonymous with upper-class prep or back-to-school uniforms, but Gigi Hadid made the classic look elegant.

Polo shirts are synonymous with upper-class prep or back-to-school uniforms, but Gigi Hadid made the classic look elegant.

T-shirt from day to night: Jennifer Lawrence and Gigi Hadid dressed up their basic tees with elegant skirts and heels

Her new fave accessory: In the last 6 months, Kendall Jenner has wore fashion gloves indoors and outdoors and with just about everything in her closet

Her new fave accessory: In the last 6 months, Kendall Jenner has wore fashion gloves indoors and outdoors and with just about everything in her closet

Her new fave accessory: In the last 6 months, Kendall Jenner has wore fashion gloves indoors and outdoors and with just about everything in her closet

6. Consider gloves as a statement accesory

Kendall Jenner doesn’t follow trends, she sets them. 

In the last 6 months, the 23-year-old supermodel has worn fashion gloves indoors and outdoors and with just about everything in her closet.

Sans winter coat, she was spotted in NYC back in February wearing black high waist jeans, a red sweater tied in a knot and brown leather gloves.

As one of the newest faces of Stuart Weitzman, Kendall attended the luxury label’s spring ’19 ad campaign party looking all business in an oversized double-breasted blazer and sheer tights. She accessorized the ensemble with short black gloves. 

She proved that fashion has no thermometer donning long printed gloves in the desert heat to the REVOLVE Festival during Coachella.

Takeaway tip: Don’t store away your winter gloves now that it’s summer. Consider wearing them to add interest to a maxi or cocktail dress for your next soiree. 

The 23-year-old supermodel donned short leather gloves to a Stuart Weitzman campaign party

The 23-year-old supermodel donned short leather gloves to a Stuart Weitzman campaign party

Kendall wore a long pair of gloves to the REVOLVE Festival during Coachella

Kendall wore a long pair of gloves to the REVOLVE Festival during Coachella

Indoors and out: The 23-year-old supermodel donned short leather gloves to a Stuart Weitzman campaign party and a long pair in the California heat during Coachella 

Undergarment twist: While in Cannes, Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in Retrofête's 'Gabrielle' wrap mini dress. She avoided showing off her skivvies by ditching her bra for a bandeau bikini top in a matching color.

Undergarment twist: While in Cannes, Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in Retrofête's 'Gabrielle' wrap mini dress. She avoided showing off her skivvies by ditching her bra for a bandeau bikini top in a matching color.

Undergarment twist: While in Cannes, Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in Retrofête’s ‘Gabrielle’ wrap mini dress. She avoided showing off her skivvies by ditching her bra for a bandeau bikini top in a matching color.

7. Ditch your bra for a bathing suit top

Supermodels know a thing or two about getting crafty with their clothes.

While in Cannes, Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in Retrofête’s ‘Gabrielle’ wrap mini dress.

The label’s most popular piece is made from lightweight chiffon and embellished with sequins. It has balloon sleeves and features a plush velvet to to cinch the waist, which causes the neckline to open and hang very low.

Not a problem for the Brazlian beauty!  She avoided showing off her skivvies by ditching her bra for a bandeau bikini top in a matching color.

Takeaway tip: More often than not, bras should stay hidden. But when that’s not possible, avoid feeling uncomfortable by replacing it with a bikini top.

Mix and match: A color wheel will tell you that red and purple should not be combined, but the two shades look dynamite on Lupita Nyong'o

Mix and match: A color wheel will tell you that red and purple should not be combined, but the two shades look dynamite on Lupita Nyong'o

Mix and match: A color wheel will tell you that red and purple should not be combined, but the two shades look dynamite on Lupita Nyong’o

8. Embrace red and purple

A color wheel will tell you that red and purple should not be combined, but the two shades look dynamite on Lupita Nyong’o.  

The ‘Black Panther’ actress tuned heads on the streets of New York in the rare combo. She wore a purple and red dress by Prabal Gurung, topped by a scarlet duster coat.

She grounded the look with a white Hayward field bag. 

Takeaway tip:  If you’re bored with color and want to try mixing the unexpected, try red and purple. To keep the look cohesive, choose shades with the same intensity. 

Don't wait 'til bedtime: Bella Hadid didn't wait until she was under the covers to slip into a silky seafoam blue negligee for the CFDA Fashion Awards party at 'Avenue in New York City

Don't wait 'til bedtime: Bella Hadid didn't wait until she was under the covers to slip into a silky seafoam blue negligee for the CFDA Fashion Awards party at 'Avenue in New York City

Don’t wait ’til bedtime: Bella Hadid didn’t wait until she was under the covers to slip into a silky seafoam blue negligee for the CFDA Fashion Awards party at ‘Avenue in New York City

9. Wear your nightie as a shirt

Everyone has a favorite pajama they can’t wait to change into after a long day. 

Bella Hadid didn’t wait until she was under the covers to slip into a silky seafoam blue negligee for the CFDA Fashion Awards party at ‘Avenue in New York City.

The 22-year-old model flirts with traditional menswear tailoring by pairing her grey pantsuit by MM6 Maison Margiela with lingerie.   

Takeaway tip: Some negligees are too pretty to save for after hours. Paired with a sleek pantsuit like Bella’s, and silky nightgown can add just the right amount of sexy to an otherwise tailored look.  

Color coordinating: For a recent appearance on 'The View', Priyanka Chopra accentuated her hourglass shape by teaming her Tom Ford dress with a belt in a coordinating color

Color coordinating: For a recent appearance on 'The View', Priyanka Chopra accentuated her hourglass shape by teaming her Tom Ford dress with a belt in a coordinating color

Color coordinating: For a recent appearance on ‘The View’, Priyanka Chopra accentuated her hourglass shape by teaming her Tom Ford dress with a belt in a coordinating color

10. Whittle your middle with a coordinating belt

For a recent appearance on ‘The View’, Priyanka Chopra opted for a stunning Tom Ford knee-length number that accentuated her killer curves.

By teaming the dress with a belt in a coordinating color, the ‘Quantico’ actress instantly and effortlessly created an hourglass shape.  

Takeaway tip: A waist belt in a matching color, tricks the eye and whittles the middle without interruption. 

FASHION FAILS

The wrong accessory can be unflattering 

We can learn from their successes, but we can also learn from their failures!

Kelly Clarkson should have taken a cue from Priyanka. By adding a contrasting black belt to her white blazer dress, the powerhouse singer interrupted the flow of her look.

Instead of cinching her waist, the wide accessory cut off her frame. 

Accessory gone wrong: Instead of cinching her waist, Kelly Clarkson's contrasting wide belt cut off her frame

Accessory gone wrong: Instead of cinching her waist, Kelly Clarkson's contrasting wide belt cut off her frame

Accessory gone wrong: Instead of cinching her waist, Kelly Clarkson’s contrasting wide belt cut off her frame

Too much of a good thing is overkill 

Less is sometimes more. While bohemian fashions are always popular in the summer, Katie Holmes went overboard.

Her peasant blouse, prairie skirt and slouchy boots are all on trend but would have been more impactful if worn separately and paired with a basic.

Less is more: While bohemian fashions are always popular in the summer, Katie Holmes went overboard. For a more impactful look, the actress should offset one of these pieces with a basic

Less is more: While bohemian fashions are always popular in the summer, Katie Holmes went overboard. For a more impactful look, the actress should offset one of these pieces with a basic

Less is more: While bohemian fashions are always popular in the summer, Katie Holmes went overboard. For a more impactful look, the actress should offset one of these pieces with a basic