Ariana Grande has a signature style. She rocks a high pony, an oversized sweatshirt sans pants, and thigh-high boots on the daily, then shifts to her regular tour look of a high pony, a bralette crop top and skater skirt, and of course thigh-high boots when she's doing her thing on stage. It's not just an outfit — it's a uniform. So what happens when she shakes it up a little bit? Our fave has some sartorial tricks up her sleeve, so we're counting down Ari's best over-the-top fashion moments.
Ari kept the high pony and thigh-high boots when she accepted her Women of the Year award at the Billboard Women In Music 2018 event, but this custom Christian Siriano gown was anything but typical. The "Monopoly" singer joked she was the "loofah of the year" on IG, but being able to color match your Le Silla boots and your lavender dress isn't exactly LOL-worthy. It was a statement look that stayed true to the instincts that brought her the Women of the Year accolade while still giving people something to talk about.
Ariana was severely missed at 2019's MET Gala because you know this b*tch understands camp. A theatre kid *and* a diva? Please. At least we still have her stunning Heavenly Bodies dress from 2018, a Vera Wang gown created with images of Michaelangelo's fresco, The Last Judgement. Little did we know this was just the beginning of Ari's flirtation with religious iconography, theming all of her "God Is A Woman" performances around Leonardo di Vinci's The Last Supper. Perhaps she was inspired by this night's events.
If we're being honest, "Focus" isn't our favorite Ariana Grande single, but the m.v. slapped. Not only was this the first time we got to see Ari debut her platinum locks, but she matched multiple fire outfits to the video's sensational color palate with a drastically different ponytail than the Ariana we'd grown to love. While we are partial to her '60s-inspired earrings and her purple hair moment in the video, this look left us starry-eyed. Ari was 22 when "Focus" was released, but for some reason, she looks *super* young in this photo. Still, she rocks the stylized star bodysuit, fishnets, and matching gloves like they were made for her (which they probably were, TBH).
After years of press and touring for Dangerous Woman, we've all become pretty numb to how weird this latex bunny motif was. Like, what, we're just okay with this Playboy dominatrix hybrid? This is what passes for normal now? We're all about Ari hopping on the latex trend way before anyone else (including the Kardashians, BTW), and we're never mad at a bustier and gloves combo, but we still have some questions about this bunny mask. Mostly, why? The album went platinum, so clearly, Ari knew what she was doing even if us plebs weren't cool enough to understand.
Ariana Grande literally invented lampshading, full stop. For those of you not in the know, lampshading is the act of wearing an oversized sweater without pants like it's a lampshade and you're, IDK, a lamp, apparently. Let your light shine, girl! This 'fit was actually put together by Mimi Cuttrell, the stylist who worked with Gigi Hadid, Sara Sampaio, and Priyanka Chopra for the 2019 MET Gala, but Ari had made lampshading her go-to move long before Mimi found her these delightful boots. Great minds think alike.
Ariana famously skipped the 2018 Grammy Awards where she won Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener over a dispute with the Recording Academy production team. Ari was totally in the right, and she proved that the Grammys needed her more than she needs them by ditching out on the awards and doing a full photoshoot in her living room instead. You don't get a custom Cinderella gown by Zac Posen just to leave it hanging in your closet until the next big award show comes around. Fans think this 'fit might have been an homage to the late Mac Miller, who wrote the delightfully explicit song "Cinderella" about Ari while they were dating.
This song makes us so emo because there were in fact many, many tears left to cry, and none of us knew it yet. Still, the first music video from Sweetener became Ariana's biggest YouTube debut at the time, a feat that she would absolutely destroy in the coming months but a W nonetheless. "No Tears Left To Cry" was a visual masterpiece that has been completely underrated since "God Is A Woman" took its vibes and made them ~celestial~, which people are very into at the moment. Ariana's green gown in the music video is more like a really intense green skirt and a skin-tight bodysuit, paired with another new take on her traditional brunette ponytail. It's elegance and modern femininity wrapped into a petit five-foot package.
Ariana has been in straight-up savage mode since the beginning of 2019, and this picture from January 3 just proves that she's been on her bullsh*t since the clock struck midnight on New Year's Day. "Thank U Next" was hitting its seventh week at number one, so this pink coat, strappy sandals and matching lipstick were a fitting homage to its Legally Blonde vibes *and* a hint of the "Seven Rings" still to come. Here, Ari is walking Myron, the dog she used to share with Mac and adopted after his death.
Can we just agree that Ariana owns the color pink now? Sorry, 2Chainz. Ari snapped this mirror selfie wearing an outfit that fits right into the massive pink theme she had going during the first few singles from Thank U, Next... because it was literally in the "Thank U, Next" music video. The diamond studs and pendant necklace scream "wealthy teen in 2005," but the $375.00 Opening Ceremony feather tube top is all Ari. Her red pony hair belt, however, was $45 at Topshop, showing that celebrities are at least a little bit like us.
This amazing yellow ski trip outfit was shared on IG during a trip Ariana took as an Airbnb partner, which is honestly super unfair. Ari has enough money to buy an entire chain of hotels, she doesn't need a free Airbnb mansion. On the other hand, we can afford nothing and would love a free trip. @Airbnb, hit a girl up! Blinding jealousy aside, we're so impressed at Ari channeling Cher Horowitz for a casual aprés-ski and find the mustard oversized fur riveting and inspirational. We notice that she isn't sipping on a Cloud Macchiato here, but that's probably just because they're not vegan they hadn't been invented yet.
Ariana's barely five feet tall, so there are many instances in which a ponytail could be longer than her entire body, but this pony from the "7 Rings" music video would dwarf even LeBron James and three of his teammates. This over-the-top imagery could have been to make sure fake casual fans got the point that her hair has been extensions for nearly a decade and that's why she just bought it, but she also could have just seen it and liked it. And wanted it and gotten it. You've heard the song, you know what's up.
This photo is only from 2015, but it's like Ariana is an entirely different person here. She had just started touring My Everything, Sam and Cat had barely ended, and she still thought she was going to end up with Big Sean. It was a simpler time. Still, this clear Nasty Gal raincoat would go really well with the clear fanny packs Ari sold for the Sweetener/Thank U, Next World Tour. The casual over-the-shoulder jacket look would become her go-to soon, the white heels would become a thing of the past, and the Ari we stan would emerge from the chrysalis, but clearly she's always been that b*tch.
Ariana wears jeans way more often now than she did during the Dangerous Woman era, but back in 2016 when she wore these Alexander McQueen pants to the AMAs, we were pretty shook. We don't know what's more iconic, that Ari was more likely to wear pants to an awards show than to be spotted wearing them on the street in 2016 or that she paid almost the same amount for her Ruthie Davis boots and these white pants that completely covered them all night.
If you don't own this "Side To Side" crewneck just because Ari wore it on IG, can you even call yourself a fan? We're obsessed with the amount of #SelfLove going on in this picture where Ari wearing her own tour merch while casually rehearsing and being gassed up by her backup dancers. Like, yes, you betta lampshade with your own f*cking sweater, girl! What's even more iconic is that she sold this profane sweater to tweens across the country and no one cares because Ariana can do no wrong. And BTW, we're not being sarcastic.
There are so many amazing things in this photo. Like, clearly, yes the jacket that I would sell a kidney to own is the best part, but the black crop top and plaid skirt combo beneath it slays, as does her assistant-turned-BFF Doug Middlebrook in the background. The cherry on top is that she was wearing this 'fit to go sing Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (like, legit every song) with Seth Macfarlane. Nothing will ever top this IG video of their medley.
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Last but *certainly* not least, we have this gown from Ariana's "Beauty and the Beast" duet with John Legend. How did we completely forget this dress existed? Not only is Ari surrounded by people dressed as rose petals that fell from her extremely on-theme frock, but it's the first time Ari successfully channeled loofa couture. It's also a rare sighting of Ariana wearing her hair down (even if it's definitely a wig), so we're going to nominate it to the National Film Registry as a historically significant work of art.