Janis Joplin festival style

Over the Easter holiday I enjoyed catching up on a bit of television, and one thing that I watched was a docu-film about the legendary Janis Joplin. Called ‘Janis Joplin – Little Girl Blue’, it was a story that told about her life, her work, her problems and showed many of her legendary performances, including ‘Ball and Chain’, ‘Cry Baby’ and ‘Another Piece of My Heart.’

One of the things I noticed whilst watching the film was what incredible style Janis had. This was the late 1960s when hippy chick was all the rage, and with festival fever taking off with Monteray, Woodstock and The Isle of Wight festivals amongst others, Janis was really the first woman to perfect the festival Chic looks that we now see everywhere from Coachella to Glastonbury each year.

Janis was a fashion magpie who loved bright colours,  beautiful fabrics and lots of jewellery as part of her overall look. Think floral print trousers, Kimono style jackets, long rows of beads and acres and acres of jangling bangles. Add into the mix the sort of bell bottomed jeans that made such a comeback last year, teamed with boho style blouses with bell shaped sleeves and then layered with waistcoats and Afghan coats, and you get a look that is strangely modern and actually fairly perfect for festival season in the weather challenged UK.

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Fringed jackets and beads

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This look has been co-opted by Kristen Stewart

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The layered look

Janis Joplin © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Janis Joplin © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

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Bell bottoms, stack heels and lots of bright colours

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Love this look

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Classic Janis

Janis’s look has inspired so many icons of style, from Kate Moss and Kristen Stewart, to Stevie Nicks and Billie Piper. Her incredible voice and performances mean that she will remain an ultimate musical icon, but the woman who was plagued with the thought that she was never pretty enough was actually beautiful, stylish and vibrant, and continues to inspire with her music, her passion and her wardrobe.

Get the Janis Look with Miss Selfridge

Pink Bardot Crochet Frill Top £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Pink Bardot Crochet Frill Top
£20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Crochet Hem Bardot Top £28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Crochet Hem Bardot Top
£28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Blue Embroidered Gypsy Blouse Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Blue Embroidered Gypsy Blouse
Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Ivory Cutwork Blouse £35.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Ivory Cutwork Blouse
£35.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Print Tie Waist Jumpsuit £49.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Print Tie Waist Jumpsuit
£49.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

ASTRO point ankle wrap boot £65.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

ASTRO point ankle wrap boot
£65.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

FLEUR Tan Wood Heel Sandal £45.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

FLEUR Tan Wood Heel Sandal
£45.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Floral Wrap Maxi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Floral Wrap Maxi Skirt
£32.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Embroidered Gypsy Top £25.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Embroidered Gypsy Top
£25.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Patch Pocket Denim Skirt £28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Patch Pocket Denim Skirt
£28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bardot Belted Denim Dress £39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bardot Belted Denim Dress
£39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Janis Joplin festival style

  1. what a great post I loved the way you talked about her style then listed the items to copy that style with todays clothes. k x

  2. I love this post, simply because Janis Joplin is one of my ultimate style icons. I attempt to echo her free spirited style in a modern and wearable way!

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