Since the mid-’70s until now, the most inspiring female style icons have graced possibly the biggest creative industry of our time — music. From Diana Ross of The Supremes in the swinging 60s, through to the unstoppable Stevie Nicks — lead singer in British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac — and then style boundary pushing cult icon Grace Jones . The 90s took us through a new era of fashion with R&B singer and model Aaliyah. Her sexy tomboy style of low-slung jeans and cropped tops is what continues to inspire us today.
However annoyingly talented and beautiful these musicians appear, they continue to inspire many young people in terms of creativity and fashion. Over the years, the music movement has allowed us to experiment with various trends and styles, whether they match or not – I guess that’s fashion…
From rock n roll to soul – we look at the most influence female style icons in modern history
Or some may say, the queen of glamour. The Supremes made a huge impact in the 60s with their iconic red dresses and glitter gowns. And, with Ross as lead singer she was shot into the spotlight. despite it being the era of rock n roll, The Supremes began the trend of glamourous girl groups – way ahead of their time. Perhaps it’s time to channel your inner Diana with this beautiful red maxi dress from Forever 21. Perfect for recreating the ’60s glam look with a modern twist!
Fuzzy Knit Maxi Dress, £21.00 Forver 21 forever21.com
If you aren’t familiar with Stevie Nicks, I recommend you go and have a quick Google. A woman known for her enduring bohemian chic, much like an all-round dedicated festival goer. Lace dresses, flowing gowns, and flared denim pieces all build her own unique character – much like today with Florence Welch from indie rock band Florence & The Machine. I’d like to think fashion influences taken from the early ‘6os to late ’70s are just as relevant as they are now, compared to when they first became ‘on trend’.
It’s incredible to think that fashion has been re-invented and re-designed in ways that can now be worn by everyone, anywhere. High street stores traditionally arrange their sections according to various seasonal trends, yet there will always be that vintage inspired look which is a must-have for any occasion. Why not try and emulate the classic Stevie inspired look by pairing a flared, sleeved top with velvet trousers? Otherwise, try something with a splash of colour like this patterned chiffon dress from PrettyLittleThing.
Arielle Black Chiffon Printed Dress, £25.00 Pretty Little Thing prettylittlething.com
She’s the iconic fashion muse of the ’80s. Grace Jones brought us fearlessness, confidence and all-round musical talent. Her androgynous style and beauty coupled with a model figure made her recognisable to all. Along with providing the world with good music, she encouraged females to reach outside of their comfort zone in relation to fashion. Jones was often found in the most outgoing and unique outfits of all time. One of her go-to looks was a tailored two-piece suit outfit, similar to this at Zara. Perhaps you want to jazz up a black trouser suit or jumpsuit with a Jones-inspired leopard print coat found at net-a-porter.com. Release your inner Gaga and go wild!
Tuxedo Style Blazer, 69.99 Zara zara.com
Tuxedo Trousers with Side Trim Detail, £29.99 Zara Zara.com
Leopard-Print Faux Fur Coat, £330.00 J.CREW at net-a-porter.com
The 90s saw the introduction of hip-hop influenced pop music into the mainstream – R&B. And, with that came the tomboy street style for women. The poster child? Aaliyah. An era well before crop tops and baggy jeans were a wardrobe must-have, this R&B icon spearheaded the sexy tomboy look, and we’re not complaining. “Aaliyah came in and was so warming; she made us immediately feel like family,’’ Missy Elliot told MTV. This is unsurprising as her cool, sporty persona mixed with a hip-hop vibe and mild manner made the look attractive to a hoard of young impressionable women keen to experiment with style. She allowed young women to feel sexy and comfortable within themselves — seeing her on stage in baggy jeans, Timberland boots and still looking very much like a women was a breath of fresh air.
So, why not try emulating this look with my pick of denim mom jeans, courtesy of H&M. Perhaps keep it casual by pairing it with a stylish bralette or crop top. Alternatively, add this oversized bomber jacket for that extra 90s look!
Slim Mom Jeans Trashed, £24.99 H&M hm.com
Khaki Longline Bomber Jacket, £20.00 BLUE VANILLA at new look.com