Fashion trends come and go, but there are some women whose iconic style continues to stand out. From the simple, classic all-American look of C. Z. Guest to the OTT 1970s glamour of Jerry Hall, here are five of our favourite summer style icons…
The purveyor par excellence of boho luxe, Talitha Getty spearheaded the hippy look of the 1960s jetsetters from her home in Marrakesh, where she played host to guests including Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull. Inspired by the local souks, Getty’s style was all about OTT decadence, with ethnic prints, costume jewellery and all manner of embellishment.How To Wear It: More is more should be your rule of thumb. Go for printed maxi skirts, djellabas, beaded pieces and more rings and earrings than might seem reasonable. Wear with a smudge of kohl, lashings of mascara and an enthusiastic dusting of bronzer.
Ah, the days before size zero. Mlle Bardot embraced – nay, celebrated – her hourglass figure with waist-accentuating sundresses, feminine full skirts and tailored Capri pants. Plus back-combed beehives, oversized headbands and a slick of liquid liner for the complete 1960s look.How To Wear It: Choose pretty sundresses and form-fitting trousers. And flaunt a bronzed décolletage with a low-cut bodice or t-shirt. Mix simple patterns – polka dots or horizontal stripes – with your classic pieces, such a fine knit cardigan, for example. Keep accessories minimal and let your hair and make-up do all the talking.
Mention festival fashion, and it seems you’re pretty much duty-bound to namecheck Ms Moss. The queen of the mini-short, Kate manages to mix vintage and contemporary, high street and designer fashion – and somehow never look too ‘done’. Taking wardrobe classics that we all own – the fedora, Breton tee and tuxedo jacket, for example – Kate wears hair and make-up au naturel so that it’s never over-styled and always fresh and modern.How To Wear It: Start with a pair of shorts, of course! You don’t necessarily have to go as mini as Moss – and with the right cut and shape, this is a look you can even wear to the office or for a smart occasion. Add a tailored jacket if you’re wearing this to work or to a more dressed-up party – plus a pair of strappy sandals or stilettos.
1970s disco-era glamour personified, the Texan model’s style was anything but understated. Big hair, long legs and flashy makeup worn with super-sexy, figure-hugging pieces in stretch fabrics; think cleavage, cut-0uts and barely-there shoestring straps.How To Wear It: Stretch, stretch and more stretch. Red lipstick. Chunky bangles and oversized clip-on earrings. Shimmer. All to be worn with an abundance of attitude and a megawatt smile.
C. Z. Guest
A perpetual fixture on the best-dressed lists of the 1960s, socialiate C. Z. Guest’s chic take on all-American style is a lesson in how to look stylish in the simplest of pieces. A-line or pencil skirts, Bermuda shorts and fitted polo shirts provided the basis of her outfits, worn with a slim belt, classic pearl earrings or an elegant brooch.How To Wear It: Forget glitzy jewellery or fussy prints, and choose well-cut separates and tailored dresses in linen, cotton and silk. Everything should feel effortless, fresh and uncomplicated – a red matte lip and a sleek updo is all the finish you’ll need.