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

 

 

Statement necklaces from Miss Selfridge

One of my favourite books of all time is by the jewellery editor of British Vogue Carol Woolton. ‘Fashion for Jewels’ is, if you allow me the pun, a treasure trove for anyone who has a love of jewellery, from pieces that have belonged to royalty, to those that littered the love story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Filled with exquisite images of priceless gems, this book is a wonderful tribute to the most beautiful pieces of jewellery that have ever been created, and their endless power to enchant and bewitch.

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These days, you don’t need a king’s ransom to own a beautiful piece of jewellery. Statement pieces are all over the High Street, and although these are paste jewels rather than the real thing, they can still transform a simple outfit into something special. These days there are as many pieces of costume jewellery on the Red Carpet as there are diamonds, with the Duchess of Cambridge a huge fan of wearing pieces from Zara for special occasions.

The great thing about costume jewellery is that it looks fabulous, but is often reasonably priced, even for real statement pieces. This means you have none of the fear of wearing and losing it, or worries about packing it in your suitcase for your holidays. Currently I have been drawn to the collection from Miss Selfridge, which actually contains a section called ‘statement jewellery’. These are big, bold and bright pieces, with coloured glass and intricate patterns. These are the pieces that are crying out for a little black dress to decorate, or a simple pair of jeans and a white t-shirt to transform for a night out.

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection, but I highly recommend you take a good look around the Miss Selfridge website for yourself, or check out the current in store sales. Jewellery is a sale bargain that rarely goes out of fashion, so it is always worth picking up when it is on offer.

Multi Chain Stone Necklace Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Multi Chain Stone Necklace

Bright Stone Collar Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Collar

Baguette Stone Collar Price: £40.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Baguette Stone Collar

Rhinestone Flower Collar Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Rhinestone Flower Collar

Bright Stone Flower Collar Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Flower Collar

Green Stone Flower Necklace Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Stone Flower Necklace

Green Bar Collar Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Bar Collar

Triple Section Necklace Price: £12.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Triple Section Necklace

Chunky Blue Flower Collar Price: £25.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Chunky Blue Flower Collar

Large Flower Collar Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Large Flower Collar

To view all statement jewels, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channel Christmas Downton with Miss Selfridge

Downton Abbey is one of the jewels in the ITV Christmas offering, showing on the evening of Christmas Day, and always much-anticipated. This years episode promises to be a sparkling affair, with the official ‘coming out’ and presentation to Royalty of Lady Rose. This means a chance to drool over a splendid range of beaded and glittering 1920s fashions, gorgeous flapper frocks, jewelled headbands and glam gloves and shoes.

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Miss Selfridge is this season taking us back to Winter’s past with a stunning party range that has a definite vintage feel. Of course, that has to include dresses that are just perfect if you are coming over all decadence and Downton yourself.  Fabulous beaded evening dresses, Art Deco style box clutch bags and diamante jewels will help you channel the spirit of Gloria Swanson and The Great Gatsby, making sure you will be the belle of any ball.

Teal Flapper Dress     Price: £170.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Teal Flapper Dress
Price: £170.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Red Flapper Dress     Price: £190.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Red Flapper Dress
Price: £190.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Crystal Stone Headband     Price: £14.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Crystal Stone Headband
Price: £14.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Vintage Style Stone Headpiece     Price: £10.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Vintage Style Stone Headpiece
Price: £10.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Geo Metal Clutch     Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Geo Metal Clutch
Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Pink Sequin Flapper Dress     Price: £150.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Pink Sequin Flapper Dress
Price: £150.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

All Over Embellished Maxi     Price: £180.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

All Over Embellished Maxi
Price: £180.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Flower Embellished Hardcase     Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Flower Embellished Hardcase
Price: £39.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Faux Fur Cape     Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Faux Fur Cape
Price: £35.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Fairy Choker     Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Fairy Choker
Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Sally Bow Town Shoe     Price: £47.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Sally Bow Town Shoe
Price: £47.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Midnight Sparkle Collar     Price: £50.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Midnight Sparkle Collar
Price: £50.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Flapper Embellised Dress     Price: £95.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Flapper Embellised Dress
Price: £95.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Gold Embellished Cape     Price: £28.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Gold Embellished Cape
Price: £28.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Embellished Feather Cape     Price: £85.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Embellished Feather Cape
Price: £85.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge