July 02, 2010 04:00 PM

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Call it inspired bedhead! “I wanted to get something that I could literally roll out of bed without looking nuts,” Solange Knowles tells Refinery29.com, of the motivation behind her latest hairdo. “I watched so many Chaka Khan YouTube videos and became sort of obsessed with her. I went to my stylist and said ‘Give me the fro.'” And while Solange is known for her head-turning style, the 24-year-old singer, who’s set to drop her third studio album this fall, is also easing up on a former beauty obsession–her nails. “I had British flag nails, ice cream cones, gold spikes…the whole nine yards. I still rock my nail art but with a little bit more simplicity now.” Don’t worry, though, this fashion chameleon isn’t ready to give up all of her indulgences, especially the ones on her feet: “I’m all about the shoes! I order a ton of them online and play with my entire wardrobe until I find the right shoe.” And the one item she’ll never part with? “A BCBG short, ruffled, floral, baby doll dress I’ve had since I was 16. I wore it at my wedding reception when I was 17. The waistline comes up to the middle of my boobs now, but I just can’t let go of it. It’s so perfect.”–Christie LaRusso

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