The 17 Best Looks From Beyoncé’s Visual Album

Just as the year was winding down to an end, Beyoncé swooped in and unleashed one of the most massive albums of 2013 complete with a whopping 17 music videos. Bow down indeed.

December 13, 2013

Just as the year was winding down to an end, Beyoncé swooped in and unleashed one of the most massive albums of 2013 complete with a whopping 17 music videos. Bow down indeed. She didn’t sacrifice quality for quantity either, pulling off an endless visual feast with help from a stellar list of directors including Hype Williams, Lil Internet, Terry Richardson, Jake Nava, Jonas Åkerlund and Supreme’s co-head Ricky Saiz, plus cameos by Solange, Pharrell, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, and Houston rappers Kirko Bangz, Bun B, Chad Jr, Willie D, Lil Keke, Scarface, Slim Thug, Trae Tha Truth, Paul Wall and Z-Ro. Still, the killer looks managed to take center stage. There’s her Rihanna-nodding denim thong, jewel-encrusted mask and matching corset, leather filigree mask, underboob-flashing crop top, countless furs, and other trends as likely to cause a frenzy come the start of the next school semester. Here are our favorite sartorial moments.

"Pretty Hurts"

Most mortals can’t pull off a pageant gown like Beyoncé—physically or monetarily— but her shiny gangsta socks and this similar bunny ear headband are an easy (and affordable) way to cop her beauty queen style.


A lesson in literal dressing: If you’re feeling like a ghost, don a white bodycon jersey dress. And if you’re singing I don’t trust these record labels, I’m torn, opt for a shredded floor-length number.


We now know where Bey stands on Hedi Slimane’s divisive collections for Saint Laurent—shop a similar look at their site.

“Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)”

A bikini paired with a sheer dress will perfectly show off your “surfboard” abs.


One way not to let your gold bike overshadow the rest of your look is to wear a pair of bold printed DKNY leggings and a $32,500+ Versace mink coat as a cape—which, sorry to get your hopes up, happens to be sold out.

"No Angel"

A boxer will add some much needed edge to a hooded white fur coat, a white Robyn Lawley bathing suit and white stilettos.


When you’re bored with the ubiquitous leather jogging pants and jacket, the fabric also works well as an eyemask, a corset with pierced nipples (a Tom Ford creation) or as a zipper-trimmed cap by House of Malakai.


Beyeezus season approaching.


Beyoncé takes red carpet goth to a whole new level.


Actual confirmation that Beyoncé is superhuman—but, really, how else was she able to keep this project under wraps for so long?

"Mine (feat. Drake)"

The very definition of art pop—sorry, Gaga. Also, shout out to Drake’s monastic monochromatic look that Rick Owens would definitely approve of.


Beyoncé: 1. Miley Cyrus: 0. Technically, Bey started 2013’s wearable Biggie trend since she filmed the Terry Richardson-directed video for “XO” back in August, three months before Miley stepped out in Tom Ford’s Notorious B.I.G.-emblazoned dress.


Fishnet cutoffs and a chain-link belt are an excellent way to put your own spin on a denim thong.

"Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)"

Tina Knowles, you’re needed: A reunited Destiny’s Child is harder to spot without their signature matching ensembles, especially when in the presence of Bey’s underboob and coordinated green hair and skirt.


If you’re the type that easily loses jewelry, a tattooed a cross is a novel solution.

"Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)"

Between the denim thong and Beyoncé’s carnival look, it’s hard to deny Riri’s influence.

"Grown Woman"

Further proof: this 1.0 screensaver-inspired video reminiscent of Ri's infamous SNL performance.

The 17 Best Looks From Beyoncé’s Visual Album