Maybe it’s our current obsession with the seventies, but we keep looking to female musicians past and present for style inspiration. Read on to discover the stylish women in music whose sense of style is currently influencing the way we dress.
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Indie darlings, Klara and Johanna Söderberg have nailed the modern boho look. The Swedish folk duo champion a contemporary take on Stevie Nicks’ iconic seventies style, fusing their printed bohemian dresses and nonchalant fedoras with chic double-denim ensembles, Breton stripes and sequined boleros.
In the late seventies, Stevie Nicks was everyone’s epitome of bohemian style. The Fleetwood Mac front woman championed many of this season’s key trends, including blanket coats, lace, velvet, flared jeans, and an abundance of fringing – proving that she is still as much of a style icon today as she was back in her musical heyday.
Pre-Raphaelite red-headed beauty, Florence has already achieved iconic status for her elaborately ethereal stage costumes. Whether it’s her romantic stage wardrobe that inspires us to head to our local thrift store and seek out flowing gowns, or her off-duty fusion of androgynous and feminine style that influences us to try out velvet suits and scarves slung around our necks, we can always rely on Florence to create a strong style statement.
The Godmother of Punk heralded in an age of androgynous dressing with her infamous distaste of anything feminine and ‘pretty’. Known for looking chic and gamine in simple crisp white shirts, loose neck scarves, masculine blazers, jeans and boots, she was seen by many as a breath of fresh air to how other women in the public eye dressed. Nowadays, even those of us who love feminine dresses have at least one white shirt in their wardrobe, harking back to Patti’s infamous Horses album cover.
How many women can say they’ve had an iconic designer bag named after them? Our favourite sixties starlet, Jane Birkin was perhaps even more famous for her style than her singing and acting careers. Thigh-high boots, super-short miniskirts, flared denim jeans, peasant blouses and wicker picnic baskets are all styles championed by Jane which have recently made their way back into the mainstream.
One of the first high-profile women in punk rock, it is a little known fact that Debbie Harry began her career as a Playboy Bunny Girl. Rebelling against this portrayal of femininity, Debbie made a strong style statement with her outfits as she performed with Blondie, gaining iconic status for her leather jackets, double denim ensembles, figure-hugging jumpsuits and animal print garments. Although her platinum blonde hair and bold stage make-up are equally as memorable, it’s her reinvention of punk style that makes Debbie a true style icon.
Beyoncé’s little sister is well regarded on the style circuit for her love of bold prints, vibrant color and fashion-forwards ensembles. Whether she’s updating the trouser suit with pops of colour, making cut-outs cool with barely-there evening gowns or challenging our views on clashing colours, she’s made herself known for her dramatic style choices that somehow always work. And who can forget the gorgeous caped gown and white jumpsuit that she wore on her wedding day?
Annie Clark (St Vincent)
She may be a relative newcomer on the scene in regards to stylish musicians, but Annie Clark (aka St Vincent) has certainly made an impact. Credited with championing young designers such as Simone Rocha, Annie sees fashion as art, and ensures that her stage costumes compliment her elaborate sets. Off-duty, she loves to wear more simple outfits that bounce between the boundaries of feminine and androgynous, teaming sleek sleeveless blazers with cute mini dresses and heels.