Spotlight on Style: Jimi Hendrix

everyone knows that rock stars have the best style. they can get away with wearing the most outrageous ensembles (bootsy collins, seriously, wtf) and no one so much as bats an eyelash. i have a theory for why this is the case: a) they don’t have corporate day jobs that require them to wear stuffy work clothes, and b) they are somewhat insane.

our first “spotlight on style” profiles a man who needs no introduction. one of the greatest guitar players of all time, he was also an exceptionally stylish fellow. he fused day-glo psychedelic patterns, boho-esque flowing scarves, and sgt. pepper-style military regalia into one sartorially splendorific mess.

let us examine some of his most flamboyant stylings:

SGT. PEPPER ON ACID:

jimi was clearly a fan of the military jacket, and he rocked it hard, pairing it with skinny trousers & gold medallions:

jimi hendrix military jacket 1

jimi hendrix drumming

LUXE BOHO:

– white fringed leather jacket?
check.

– tie-dyed bellbottoms with pink ruffled shirt?
check.

– ubiquitous headscarves?
check.

i think it’s pretty clear to see where subsequent stars like prince and steven tyler got their inspiration.

jimi hendrix white fringe jacket

jimi hendrix pink bandana

jimi hendrix tye-dye bellbottoms

MONGOLIAN GOATHERD MEETS PSYCHADELIC TROUBADOR:

love, love, love the multi-patterned afghan coats. *sigh*

jimi hendrix afghan coat

jimi hendrix on stage

HAWAIIAN TOURIST/USED-CAR-SALESMAN/PIMP:

i don’t even know what to call this get-up or how to describe it, but it may be the best outfit i’ve seen anyone wear, ever. amazing. i never would have thought it possible to make a hawaiian print blazer look cool. and yet, here we are.

jimi hendrix wtf awesome

now, come along and laugh at with me as i attempt to recreate a hendrix-style ensemble using only the contents of my own closet:

THE INSPIRATION:

jimi hendrix sgt. pepper

THE RE-CREATION:

hendrix outfit recreation


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