Update: January 16, 2015 would have been Aaliyah's 36th birthday, so we're paying tribute with our ode to her charismatic style. Happy birthday to a true icon — we miss you, Baby Girl.
Sure, I best remember Aaliyah for blessing pretty much every summer of my life since 1994 with her music, from Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
's slick new jill swing, to the mind-blowing One in a Million
's scattershot Timbaland beats soothed by the singer's falsetto, to her grown-sexy final album, Aaliyah
. But, she deserves to be remembered as much for her style, especially now that everyone from the club to the runway to Rihanna has officially copped the sexy, '90s-b-girl style she pioneered (her estate should get a residual every time someone sports a bandeau top and low-slung, baggy pants
So, let us now pay tribute to the innovative, influential, and much-missed queen of R&B with an outfit Baby Girl (better known as Aaliyah) would most certainly approve. Your new summer-style icon is straight ahead...