#Styled: How To Pull Off Erykah Badu's Eccentric Looks

Erykah Badu on 2/26/01 in Chicago, Il.   (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

#Styled: How To Pull Off Erykah Badu's Eccentric Looks

Erykah Badu's style is unmatched, so we had to give you way into her closet!

PUBLISHED ON : OCTOBER 23, 2017 / 09:02 AM

  1. Rasta Ting!
    Singers Erykah Badu  and Jimmy Cliff on stage, 2001. (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images)

    Early on, the Rasta movement took on the colors red, green, and black, until later in the movement's history when the colors shifted to that of the Ethiopian flag, which were red, green, and yellow. Many artists, particularly Erykah Badu rocked these colors and clothing styles that represented the Rastafarian culture, and had a strong appreciation for the movement and its principles.

    To get the look:

  2. Bald, Black n Beautiful
    Erykah Badu during GRAMMY Mentor Session with Erykah Badu at Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California, United States. (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
    (Photo: J. Shearer/WireImage)

    Erykah has always been unapolegetically bold and free in whatever style she chose to rock. But this particular look in her natural hair evolution made her stand out in a way not many other Black women had at that time. While most ladies were wearing weaves, wigs and longer natural styles - Erykah cut her hair all off without thinking twice. What a bold move!

    To get the look:

    • Hit the salon and ask for the big chop

    Be inspired by others who have the look:

  3. Wrap It Up
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - AUGUST 16: Erykah Badu performs as part of the Smokin' Grooves Tour 1997 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 16, 1997 in Mountain View California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

    Erykah loves her wraps! It's inheritantly apart of her style. Her headpieces were to not be competed with, she had that whole game on lock. Her wraps stood high on her head or even leaned back behind her back, either way it was her staple style!

    To get the look:

  4. The Return of the Afro Pick
    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: Erykah Badu performs at the Austin Music Hall as part of the South By Southwest Festival (SxSw) on March 19, 2005 in Austin Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

    Long, short, or in between, Erykah can do it all, but one her looks that is unforgettable is her beautifully picked out afro style. The afro look adds even more "Black power" je ne sais quoi to her overall look!

    To get the look:

    • Wash hair and pick it out with an afro pick
    • Use a blowdryer to blow it out
    • Use an afro pick to mold it into the perfect afro


  5. Iconic Hat Wear
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Erykah Badu attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

    In almost lock step with the time Pharrell started donning his hats, Erykah became the female guru for hatwear. The man behind Erykah's fashion forward hats is Tokyo-based stylist, Thom O’Brien who has a label called Bona Capello, slang for “good hat” in Polari. 

    To get the look:

  6. Afro-Braid Goddess
    Erykah Badu during "SOS" The BET Telethon Relief - Press Room at CBS Studios in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by John Ricard/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: John Ricard/FilmMagic)

    Before Beyonce rocked her Lemonade braids, Erykah Badu owned the scene with her knee-length braids.

    To get the look:

    • Go to your local African hair braiding salon and ask for box braids.
  7. For Future Reference
    SAN BERNARDINO, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Erykah Badu  performs at the Cypress Hill Smokeout Music Festival at NOS Events Center on October 16, 2010 in San Bernardino, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
    (Photo: Joe Scarnici/WireImage)

    Badu has never been afraid to stand out! Her futurstic blunt bob cut blonde wig shows just that.

    To get the look:

  8. Locked in Locs
    Erykah Badu during Essence Awards 2000 to be aired on Fox TV on May 25, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
    (Photo: KMazur/WireImage)

    Before faux locs was all the rage, Erykah Badu rocked her locs! Nothing says bohemian chic like some freshly done locs.

    To get the look:


  9. Bohemian Chic
    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Singer-songwriter Erykah Badu attends the Givenchy fashion show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park on September 11, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

    Bohemian chic is the best way to describe Erykah Badu's red carpet styles. When she's getting dressed up for a fancy party or heading to a gala, Ms. Badu's eccentric style begins to take form.

    To get the look:

  10. TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)
    Erykah Badu during The 3rd Annual BET Awards - Press Room at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage for BET Entertainment)
    (Photo: Chris Walter/WireImage for BET Entertainment)

    Naturalistas are everyhwere, if you're not natural then you need to get down with the wave. Erykah Badu of course, always had the right idea, so she was with the TWA movement before it was one.

    To get the look:

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)


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