The White Witch of rock ‘n’ roll, with her instantly recognizable – some might say, captivating – voice, left her mark on the music scene as the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac.
She’s joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice as a Fleetwood Mac member and a solo artist!
And it turns out the singer left a huge mark on fashion, too.
So, if you’re looking for some Stevie Nicks outfits 70s inspiration, stick around – this article is for you!
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- Stevie Nicks was known for her unique, bohemian style that embodied the free spirit of the 1970s. Her outfits featured elements like bell sleeves, flowing fabrics, fringe shawls, platform boots, and theatrical hats.
- Nicks favored quality fabrics like velvet, silk chiffons, and lace. Her stylist, Margi Kent, helped create her signature layered look.
- Key elements of Nicks’ style included bell-bottom jeans, fringe shawls, platform boots, flowy tops, and theatrical hats. Her jewelry and makeup also became signature parts of her look.
- Nicks’ style has inspired many designers and celebrities over the decades. She represents the maximalist, gypsy hippie aesthetic of the 1970s.
- To channel her look today, opt for loose, flowy clothing with layers and mixed patterns and textures. Accessorize with stacked jewelry, hats, scarves, and boho bags. Add your own personal twist.
Style Overview: How Did Stevie Nicks Dress in the 70s?
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When you think “Stevie Nicks,” what are some terms that come to mind, not just in terms of music and stage outfits, but her aura as a whole?
I’ll go first:
Stevie Nicks embodies all that is witchy, ethereal, mystical – magical, even.
To me – and I am sure most people would agree with me on this – she is the definition of the bohemian, free spirit. She is what the ’70s vibe was all about.
That said, I’d argue that the way Stevie wore her outfits made her iconic.
I mean, there’s nothing particularly interesting about a fringe shawl, is it?
But combine it with long, flowy dresses, layers of chiffon, lace, crystal pendants, and Stevie’s stage presence – tambourine and all – and it suddenly becomes otherworldly.
She’s the OG witchy hippie girl, after all.
It’s not just what you wear, but HOW you wear it.
Think of it like trying to imitate Madonna’s style from the ’80s. You can get all the essentials, but without the confidence and a bold attitude, it’ll most likely look like nothing more than a Halloween costume.
Stevie Nicks – A Style Icon and Her Influence
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Stevie Nicks’ style has inspired thousands over the years, with many designers drawing inspiration from her unique look. I mean, Anna Sui once dedicated an entire fashion show to Stevie!
And her influence on fashion remains strong to this day. Case in point:
In recent years, Nicks made a surprise appearance on the show “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Earlier this year, Prime brought “Daisy Jones & The Six,” a series based on a novel inspired by the Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac, to the small screen.
She is the “magical gypsy godmother,” as Harry Styles said while welcoming Nicks to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time.
The real question is, who inspired the Queen of Rock and Roll?
I mean, even a fashion icon like Stevie had to draw her inspiration from somewhere, right?
Obviously, behind every fashion icon, a trusty stylist makes things happen. In Stevie’s case, that stylist was the Los Angeles designer Margi Kent.
When she first joined Fleetwood Mac with her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham, she actually wanted to create some sort of uniform she’d wear while performing – something out of “Great Expectations,” for example.
So, the two set out to create her trademark style that remained intact over the years.
Stevie always considered herself an “old-fashioned girl” – and, as Margi once said in an interview, loved quality fabrics, namely velvet, silk chiffons, and delicate lace.
It’s funny that their years-long collaboration started with Stevie’s drawing of a stick girl!
Dress Like Stevie Nicks: Key Elements of Stevie Nicks’ Iconic Style
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Maximalist layering” is how I would describe Stevie Nicks’ outfits in the seventies. Here’s what I mean by that and how you can achieve the look:
Bell Sleeves & Flowing Fabrics
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She is twirling and spinning, the bell sleeves of her black velvet and chiffon dress flowing around, trying to catch up; it’s almost as if she’s floating on stage.
Perhaps that’s exactly what she wanted to achieve – an embodiment of some sort of bird, a motif mentioned in her debut solo album, Bella Donna?
Bell Bottoms & Platform Boots
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Okay, I can’t really give Stevie Nicks credit for making bell-bottom jeans mainstream; they were already a staple in ’70s fashion.
Of course, Stevie knew how to add her own twist to the bell-bottom pants, too – and her signature shawl was already part of the outfit she wore for a promotional shoot in 1975.
But here, it’s paired with an orange halter neck top and platform sandals, a colorful outfit that isn’t quite in line with Nicks’ witchy aesthetic. If anything, it highlights her style evolution over the years.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the suede platform boots:
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None of the outfits Stevie was wearing at the time would have been truly complete or made her stage presence as powerful as it was without a classic pair of platform boots.
Fringe Shawls & Beautiful Tops
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No one – and I mean no one – pulls off a shawl quite like Stevie Nicks.
The layered-and-draped style might’ve been a way for the singer to overcome stage fright, but it turned into some kind of “unofficial uniform.” Her personal favorite? The gold chiffon cape she wore performing “Gold Dust Woman.”
Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a chance to browse through Stevie’s collection of shawls and chiffon capes!
Top Hats & Hairpieces
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Think of any iconic Stevie Nicks outfit; the chances are she’s wearing a theatrical top hat, too.
Fans of Fleetwood Mac know which top hat I’m referring to; the one Stevie Nicks always puts on when she’s performing “Go Your Own Way.”
The top hat contrasts her gypsy aesthetic, adding a unique twist to her look.
Makeup, Jewelry & Accents
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Stevie’s makeup, like her style, remained consistent over the decades. The singer was mostly inspired by Old Hollywood – actors like Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.
You’ll see her rocking her signature cut crease with a line of dark eyeshadow that added intensity to her look – even today, long after the 70s era has ended.
Why try to fix it if it isn’t broken, right?
Nicks’s crescent moon pendants and crystal jewelry tie her bohemian gypsy-witch glam looks together.
If anyone can show you that it’s okay to experiment with accessories – even if your style is a bit “out there” – it’s Stevie Nicks.
Tips for Achieving That 70s Bohemian Look
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Ready to embrace your inner “flower child” and incorporate a 70s-inspired bohemian flair into your wardrobe?
Whether you’re inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s lead singer, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell, or some other style icon of the era, I’ve got you covered.
Here are a few tips for achieving the 70s bohemian look:
- Avoid tight clothes. Long, flowy, and oversized is the way to go.
- Add layers. Nothing captures the essence of 70s bohemian fashion like a combination of different lengths and textures.
- Don’t hesitate to mix and match patterns. Now’s your chance to experiment with colors!
- Go all out with accessories. Oversized sunglasses, stacked bracelets, chunky jewelry, headbands, hats, wooden beads, and bags with fringing; you get the idea.
But most importantly, whatever you wear – make it your own.
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Fashion trends truly are cyclical, isn’t it?
The singer has been wearing many things for decades – from billowing dresses and shawls to blouses with statement sleeves and ankle boots with towering platforms – and looks just as stunning today as they did in the 70s.
That’s what makes Stevie Nicks’ style iconic.
If you’re up for a fashion-inspired journey through time, the 70s are a great place to start.
Have fun with it, embrace your inner Stevie – and be sure always to add your personal touch!