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Why I Count A Kardashian As One Of My Fashion Icons


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The Kardashians aren’t exactly who you probably think of when you think of fashion royalty. First of all, there’s Kim, who is (even post-Kanye makeover) sort of bandage-dress obsessed. On the other end of the spectrum is Kylie, the overnight teenage biker chick. There’s nothing wrong with either of these styles – because why praise the concept of personal style and then trash someone who shows a great awareness of what hers is? – but they are both characterized by things that fashion industry says are wrong.

But there is a Kardashian who goes beyond style and into the realm of fashion. I personally draw that line when someone sees clothing as art, and this member of the klan really uses fashion as a tool as opposed to just a means to look hot. Kendall may be the one the fashion industry is blowing kisses at these days, but in my mind, Kourtney is the true style star of the family.

While Kim pushes the idea of Kardashian Kurves with her wardrobe and Kylie seemingly hopes to rebel against that image, while Khloe is all about showing sass and personality with her sartorial choices and Kendall wears what the designers put her in, Kourtney does something different every single day. She’s a glamorous little sexpot one night, a bohemian wanderer the next day. She’s someone who just seems to love clothes, to understand what mood she’s feeling on a day to day basis and understand how to construct an outfit that conveys that mood.

Alexander Wang once said: “Anyone can get dressed up and be glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” There’s some serious truth to that. Anyone can look amazing on the red carpet, but to look just as good in your personal life? That’s style. It’s also something that Kourtney actually gets right.

I’m about the same size as this Kardashian and I can tell you – finding clothes that fit and flatter is hard for petite girls. But she always looks flawless. Her clothes fit so well; she never looks like she’s swimming around in them. I mean, okay she obviously has one hell of a tailor, but there are tons of other celebs who have the same level of access who don’t consider the particulars of their outfits like that.

So in short, Kourtney Kardashian is a versatile dresser. She tries out every trend, she always looks comfortable in her outfits and she’s creative as hell. Four for you, Kourtney K. Four for you.

I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.