This week it’s all about Janis…
One of our ultimate icons; while her style doesn’t necessarily resemble The Jazz’s own, her ethos behind it represents everything we stand for…
Wear what you want; mix it up,and wear it well!!
Janis oozed confidence, and her fearless fashion decisions were inspiration to thousands; and despite provoking controversy everywhere she went, being an unapologetic ‘dirty hippy’, she was a main drive in popularizing the look.
She influenced a generation of women to step away from the severe geometric look of the 60s and embrace crushed velvet bell bottoms, flowing chiffon & loose knitted waistcoats; a freer, natural look. And the few photos she left behind show her influence still in the 70s fashion trends of today.
Her style echoed her crazy, careless nature, full of soul and attitude; famous primarily for her abundance of accessories; she’d stack bangles on her wrists, pin feather boas in her tangled, exaggerated hair and layer on so many necklaces that she claimed she didn’t need any other clothes to protect her modesty! Just a bottle of Southern Comfort in hand is distracting enough…
She also spread the trend of the tattoo, with her body accessories ranging from a racy little heart on her breast, and a Florentine bracelet on her wrist.
“I wanted some decoration. See, the one on my wrist is for everybody; the one on my tit is for me and my friends.” Janis paused and chuckled, “Just a little treat for the boys, like icing on the cake.”
In the taboo-breaking culture of the 70s, such permanent inky statements were not accepted by the mainstream culture.
Sure, anyone could point out that Janis isn’t the most stereotypically beautiful of icons; but frankly that lack of formulated, polished style is what makes her more striking. And her strength of character in daring to be different, in rocking her outsider status is something far sexier than any old doll-faced waif, strutting their long, commercial legs down the catwalk.
Especially today we can all learn a lesson from Janis – Chicks; let go of the trowels of make-up, Cats; break free of the t-shirt/jeans mould. Feel who you are and let it show on the outside.
She may have burned out brightly too young, and joined Brian & Jimi to party hard in the Forever 27 Club up there in heaven, but while the life light was still flickering strong within her, but this girl didn’t do anything by halves. Janis, we salute you.