Let These ’60s + ’70s Style Icons Inspire Your Next Outfit
With psychedelic prints, suede skirts and flared denim cropping up left and right, we’re looking to the pros for some style inspiration. We’re talking the original fashionistas, aka our favorite fashion icons of the day. These six women know a thing or two about putting together a chic, statement-making getup. If you’ve caught the ’60s and ’70s fashion fever, then you’ll love these groovy looks.
Flowy peasant tops, knee-high boots and perfect preppy-meets-boho ensembles aren’t the only things that made Ali MacGraw a well-known fashion influencer during the ’70s. The actress also modeled and styled for the likes of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue under Diana Vreeland. (Photo via Evening Standard/Getty)
1. Planet Blue Floral Blouse ($55): Light and free-flowing, this top can be thrown on for an effortless, carefree look.
2. Aritzia Wilfred Narrateur Skirt ($120): Whether you dress it up with a silk blouse and pumps or pair it with a casual tee, you’ll get major mileage out of this linen skirt.
3. Lucky Orman Tall Boots ($219): MacGraw had the right idea with those knee-high kicks. Everything from structured skirts to tailored pants look fly when paired up with these babies.
Sure, there’s that whole Serge Gainsbourg/singing/acting thing, but we think what really made Jane Birkin a household name and an icon for stylish women everywhere was her laissez-faire yet subtly sultry style. Her combination of boyish pieces and flirty feminine staples will always be incredibly on point. (Photo via Keystone/Getty)
4. Reformation Malta Top ($68): Pair this flirty, feminine frock with hip ’70s-inspired flares or high-waisted shorts for a cool throwback vibe. Once it’s time to head back to the office, toss it over a structured pencil skirt and pumps, and finish it off with a tailored jacket.
5. Zara Flared Jeans ($60): Channel your inner bohemian goddess while staying on top of your fashion game with some flared denim.
6. Mango Straw Bag ($80): Before her Hèrmes Birkin bag-toting days, Jane Birkin was a big fan of the straw bag. The Birkin bag was designed with her in mind after Jean-Louis Dumas, Hèrmes’s chief exec, sat next to her on a flight from Paris to London and saw her struggle with items falling out of her bag on the cabin floor.
If menswear-inspired getups are kind of your thing, we think you’ll dig Bianca Jagger’s style. Her most memorable look? The stunning white skirt suit and wide-brimmed hat she donned to marry Mick Jagger. She’s a lady after our own hearts. (Photo via Express Newspapers/Getty)
7. H&M Jacket With Belt ($50): A sleek, tailored jacket with a waist-cinching belt is key to nailing Bianca’s signature look.
8. Forever21 Striped Self-Tie Waist Pants ($20): A wide-leg cut and cinched waist strike just the right balance between off-duty comfort and nine-to-five polish.
9. Zero UV Aviator Mirror Lens Sunglasses ($10): What’s a throwback-inspired outfit without the right pair of shades? Modern blue mirror lenses bring these classic aviators into the 21st century.
You can’t talk iconic ’60s and ’70s fashion without mentioning Stevie Nicks. Her chiffon frocks, fringed shawls and flares have been an inspiration for festival goers and boho babes for more than four decades. (Photo via Hulton Archive/Getty)
10. ASOS Skater Dress With Lace Inserts and Kimono Sleeves ($73): Take a note from Stevie’s style book and rock this free-wheelin’ frock at your fave band’s next gig or for a laid-back night out with the girls.
11. Urban Outfitters Flat-Top Boater Hat ($49): Stevie’s signature topper is the perfect finishing touch for any off-duty ensemble.
12. ASOS Curve Kimono in Solstice Mono Print With Fringing ($63): Is there ever a time when fringe isn’t a good idea? We didn’t think so.
Her famous ‘fro garnered her a lot of attention when she made the move from London to Philly and became the face of the musical Hair when it debuted at the Shaftesbury Theatre — that and her seriously incredible style that we love. Just check out those hot pants! It’s no wonder Mick Jagger decided to write a song about her. Yup, “Brown Sugar” is about Marsha Hunt. (Photo via McCarthy/Getty)
13. DailyLook Scalloped Hem Vegan Leather Shorts ($45): When things to start to heat up, keep cool in a pair of vegan leather shorts.
14. Tashta Shop Sahara Necklace ($52): Marsha had an affinity for super cool statement jewelry. This colorful piece has a contemporary vibe that will make even the most basic tee stand out.
15. Traffic People Birds of a Feather Kaftan Maxi Dress ($68): This floral kaftan’s carefree vibe will transport you back to the ’60s.
This French singer epitomizes everything we love about French style — effortless, timeless and polished fashion. Flared pants, sleek leather, short skirts, tall boots and turtlenecks are just a few of the building blocks of her enviable style. (Photo via David Cairns/Getty)
16. Topshop Faux Leather Biker Jacket ($95): A faux leather jacket is one of those fabulously versatile pieces you’ll wear again and again.
17. American Apparel Cotton Spandex Sleeveless Turtleneck Crop Top ($28): Turtlenecks were one of Hardy’s go-to tops. For a modern twist, a cropped version is the way to go.
18. Missguided Retro Square Sunglasses ($20): When you need a break from those on-trend circular specs, opt for these Françoise-approved square shades.
Which of these fashionable ladies jibes most with your style? Do you have a style icon? Tell us about it in the comments!