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Gwen Stefani's Surprising Style Inspiration: Herself!

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We’re constantly taking fashion (and beauty) cues from trendsetting designer, musician and Voice judge Gwen Stefani. But where does the icon draw inspiration for her always-envious rocker-chic style? Her younger self.

Gwen Stefani in Oprah mag
Vijat Mohindra/O, The Oprah Magazine

Stefani, who is featured in the January issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, discusses fashion, along with her guilty pleasures and family traditions, and shared that her killer style is based off of her own pre-teen wardrobe. (How very meta of her!)

“My eighth-grade self,” she says when asked about what influences her outfit choices. “In 1982, I was into ska music, James Dean, and the Latino culture in my Southern California neighborhood. As a result, I tried to dress outside the box, different from what the other kids were wearing, with a laid-back vibe — and big accessories. More than 30 years later, that’s still my look.”

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Gwen Stefani in Oprah mag
Ruven Afanador/O, The Oprah Magazine

With a style as iconic as Stefani’s, it’s no wonder the star turns to her earlier years. But with three successful clothing lines to date, we happen to think the fashion mogul’s 2014 looks are some of her best yet.

What do you think of Stefani’s style? How do you think it’s evolved over the years? Tell us below!

–Sarah Kinonen

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