I didn’t really give a crap about fashion until fairly recently; I’d say within the past 6 years I finally tuned in to the wide world of personal style. Growing up, I was all about comfort, ease, and masking what I perceived to be my body’s flaws. I didn’t read fashion mags, didn’t follow trends to the letter, and didn’t give a hoot how stylish adult women were dressed. I simply mimicked what I saw my peer group do – which, luckily, lurked right around my comfort zone.
But there was one notable exception: When I was VERY young, I registered an adult woman’s style for the first time. At the tender age of 8, I saw my first Stevie Nicks music video and was completely mesmerized. I immediately adored and worshiped everything about her: The sultry-raspy voice, hypnotic stare, and powerful presence … but also the untamed hair, sextastic boots, glam-gypsy dresses, and twinkling jewelry.
Although I went through a boho period in high school – which involved some dresses and vaguely witchy jewelry and lots of bushy hair – I never actually emulated Stevie’s look. However I still consider her to be my first real style icon, and have seen her influence manifest through many longstanding predilections:
Boots: My absolute favorite type of shoe. I love my summer shoe wardrobe, but am pleased to live in a clime that requires boot wearage for nine out of twelve months. And hardly a girl alive can rock a boot like Stevie.
Jewelry: I’m drawn to anything vintage, lots of chains, and rhinestones galore. Chunky, funky, and bold all appeal to me. Always have, always will.
Flow: Although I value structure as an important figure-defining mechanism, I adore fabrics that drape and ripple. Anything that looks like one of Stevie’s lush gowns, cascading cloth and folds of fabric, attracts my eager eye.
Layers: I remember looking at Stevie dancing her way up and down those stairs in the “I Can’t Wait” video, and trying to decipher how many garments she was wearing. All that lush, shredded fabric was so appealing in its tangled complexity. Although my layering is generally less romantic and more preppy, I occasionally let mye crinkled black silk slip peek out from underneath a loose sweater dress.
Sparkle and shine: Sequins, lamé, rhinestones, lurex, and patent … in small doses, but as often as possible. Learned to love them while learning to love Ms. Nicks.
Platforms: I can’t resist them. Ever. Sandals, boots, shoes, all of the above, please.
Leather: Belts, bags, coats, skirts … I look a fool in leather pants, but if I could pull them off, I totally would. Can’t get enough leather. Although she mainly stuck to more feminine fabrics, Stevie worked leather into her look with great panache.
I am more susceptible to trends now than ever before, but still feel like I am mainly interested in looking like myself. And that’s also partially due to Stevie’s influence. Her strong, wild, fiercely individual style has morphed a little over the years, but it’s never shifted an inch due to pressure from the fashion industry. She’s a woman who wore what she wanted for the entirety of her career, and rocked it.
And, ya know, just plain rocked.
All images courtesy nicksfix.com.