The Return of the Style Queen: Cheryl

Ever since it was announced that Cheryl would be returning to judge on The X Factor I went off her. From passionately defending her against ‘haters’ as if we were blood related, I suddenly lost interest. Her recent musical offering ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ failed to stir any excitement within me. It felt like the Cheryl who sent a bold ‘Fuck You’ text message to Simon Cowell after her unfair dismal from the US show had disappeared. Furthermore, her statement ‘Simon was right to get rid of me on X factor. I wasn’t well in the head’ during her Elle magazine interview felt like a weak and passive excuse. You could practically hear the critics screaming ‘Oh she’s only doing it to boost her career’ ‘She hasn’t got the talent to succeed on her own’.

However, fast forward to the season premier and I found myself saying with great emphasis ‘I love Cheryl’. Her fashion, her hair, her makeup, her dimples were all on fire. Within a couple of minutes it was proven that the show had become nothing without her. The truth is Cheryl effortlessly provides the glamour, beauty and charm that a show like The X Factor needs. So here at Cub we are breaking down Cheryl’s chicest looks during the two-part weekend premiere.

Style_Photo_11a Look One: Stella McCartney

For the first round of London auditions held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, our Geordie lass stepped into this blood orange Stella McCartney ensemble. The two piece outfit, which gives the illusion of a jumpsuit, consists of the ‘Goldie’ top and the ‘Taylor’ trousers. With hues of reds and oranges heating up the Autumn/Winter runways of countless designers such as Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana, the ‘Say My Name’ songbird demonstrates she is right on trend. The minimalist look is even a subtle edge with some black studded heels, whilst a nude lip and soft smokey eye elevate this chic look to perfection. No wonder Mel B was seen jokingly stating ‘I hate sitting next to her’ and who can blame her when Cheryl is looking this fierce.






Look Two: Jay Ahr

Even though the Sports-Luxe trend never lit my world on fire or reduced me to salivate onto the pages of Vogue; Cheryl adds a much needed femininity to the trend. This Jay Ahr all in one ‘Stretch and Honeycomb-Mesh Mini Dress’ perfectly captures the easy breezy British summer air during the Manchester auditions. Partnered with her L’Oreal Elnett trademark sleek hair and some beautiful blue metallic Tamara Mellon shoes, the newly wed singer commands full attention. Who even cares about the desperate contestants when we have Cheryl serving us necessary style entertainment.





Look Three: Stella McCartney

Once again Cheryl enlists the help of British designer Stella McCartney to create a structured yet feminine look. This sleeveless white dress moulds onto Cheryl’s petite frame splendidly, whilst truly emphasising the effortless throw-it-on-and-rush-out-the-door look. The inclusion of a nude heel and a soft no make-up make up look complement the dress perfectly, whilst enhancing Cheryl’s natural beauty. Seeing as the auditions were held in her home city Newcastle, it’s no wonder she stepped out looking head to toe fierce. WAHEY CHEZZA (my attempt at a Geordie accent).





Style_Photo_11d Look Four: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Flashing her wedding ring and all sorts, our favourite judge showed up to the Wembley Arena auditions in this mint 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Floating Peplum Top’ and ‘Abstract-Print Mini Skirt’. The pastel trend is paired perfectly with some Sophia Webster ‘Coco’ heels, achieving an overall sophisticated yet fresh look. Cheryl shows pure blonde ambition with her hair styled in extra volumised waves. She simply oozes grace and charm in this chic little number.







Look Five: Alexander Wang

Opting for a more casual-chic look for the Manchester auditions, Cheryl is seen sporting an Alexander Wang vest with a pair of ripped J Brand skinny jeans. The monochrome trend flows all the way down to her Bottega Veneta heels, giving a feminine touch to an otherwise androgynous tailored look. The glossy red finish on the lips delivers a vibrant pop of colour to this simple yet stylish outfit.







X Factor Sightings In Edinburgh - July 1, 2014 Look Six: Alexander McQueen

The Edinburgh auditions saw Cheryl keep it all white and classy with a sleeveless longline Alexander McQueen top and skinny J Brand jeans. The outfit is paired with some simple white Rupert Sanderson heels and gold bangles. The side parting ponytail gives the look a fresh and clean finish, whilst her dimple-licious smile reminds us why she truly is the nation’s sweetheart.







Style_Photo_11g Look Six: Jil Sander

One of the showstoppers from all of the auditions combined is this ensemble pictured during the London auditions. Cheryl radiates sophistication when pairing a Jil Sander slit crop top with some Temperley London tuxedo style trousers. The trouser pockets provide a cool and playful edge to this smart look. The glamour is cranked up several notches with the inclusion of a statement gold Balmain tribal necklace. The white Rupert Sanderson ‘Elba’ heels also provide a perfect colour balance to this monochrome heavy look. Cheryl looks flawless, whilst her sleek hair, dark nude lips and dramatic eye add a rich warmth to this stunning outfit. She is truly back and more stylish than ever.


Cheryl has truly delivered some fabulous looks across the nationwide auditions. Noticeably a more sophisticated and polished Cheryl has emerged with monochrome and tailored items dominating her style choices. I can firmly say I am a hundred percent back on Team Cheryl and cannot wait for the looks she will deliver throughout Boot Camp and the live finals.
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