She Serves Style with Those Shakes

You may know her best for her milkshake — the one that brought all the boys to the yard — but these days Kelis looks more likely to sip from a dainty cup of tea than a fast-food beverage. Rest assured, her shakes are still intact; they’re just served with a little more taste this time around.

Perhaps motherhood did it. Or maybe it was her recent divorce from hip-hop icon Nas. Whatever inspired this new coat of polish on Kelis’ image, we’d like to cordially tip our hats to it, but we’re certainly not holding our breath on this one. An outspoken, sometimes controversial singer such as herself can’t shed the untamed, rebellious look with which we’ve come to associate her. In fact, it would be a shame if she did.

That’s why the hot pink ankle strap sandals she’s donning with this otherwise ladies-who-lunch ensemble make us very pleased. They remind us that she indeed was "the first girl to scream on a track" and will continue to scream in one form or another. Everything else, though, sticks to a theme that’s one monogrammed hanky short of your grandmother’s favorite charity benefit outfit.

If we hiked up the dress several inches it could very well make it into a pinup photo shoot. The snug fit and nautical style make it a shoe-in. Forget the throwback references; the double-breasted buttons, pencil skirt and linear neckline features of this dress do just as much boasting for her figure as those soft-core photos Kelis was so fond of while promoting her last album. We prefer her "in the Navy" as opposed to in the nude.

We love the chunky pearl choker, too. If it were a traditional pearl choker it would have been too spot-on. This version makes it clear that the outspoken songstress is merely dabbling with the look of a rich man’s wife in the ’60s as opposed to trying to take it on completely. With her new short locks and this open neckline, the oversized pearls make just the right statement.

The chain handle Chanel shoulder bag — as amenable as it is with this look — probably takes it one step too far. A studded envelope clutch would have done the dress, choker and sandals a little more justice. This number comes too close to the bag the middle-age socialite would carry. A studded clutch, on the other hand, would perfectly blend the milkshake with the cup of tea.

Here’s how to copy Kelis’ look.

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