I’m currently in a very awkward phase with my personal style. I care a lot about clothes and fashion, but I’m having a difficult time expressing myself in that medium, even though it’s always been one of my most important forms of creativity. I’m in a rut, basically. So, in my quest to get out of the rut, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my personal style icons, as well as style icons as a “thing.”
You know, style icons. Famous women whose personal style is worthy of emulation and respect because every magazine ever cites Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel and Jane Birkin as the goddesses of clothing that we should all be looking up to. The eight women below are women I would totally count in my own individual style pantheon….but I don’t think I’d be cool enough or brave enough to rock any of their signature looks. Maybe the true marker of a style icon is that her style can’t necessarily be copied by all of us plebes who make up the masses?
1. Cindy Crawford’s mole: There is a reason that Cindy was born with this and you were not, teenage girls drawing moles on with eyeliner during the years 1986-1994.
2. Diane Keaton’s menswear: Aside from the fact that I am absolutely positively bored of hearing people cite Annie Hall as fashion inspiration—SHE WORE MEN’S CLOTHES, WE GET IT—I also think that is is a super difficult style to pull off. Diane Keaton still does it well from time to time, but overall, it’s hard, y’all.
3. Grace Coddington’s hair: This obviously fake flame-inspired look works for Grace (and for Myrtle Snow on AHS Coven) but it wouldn’t work on me, that’s for sure.
4. Twiggy’s eyelashes: For a mod look, yes. For every day, no. 5. Kate Middleton’s sheer black pantyhose: Of course K.Middy can make the dowdy pantyhose your grandmother wore look amazing. She’s a freaking princess!
6. Cruella Deville’s two-toned Hair: Skunk, ya’ll. SKUNK. 7. Courtney Love’s general disheveledness: I love me a baby doll dress and some combat boots. But pulling off ripped-ass tights and smeared lipstick in every day life is tricky, unless you’re a rock star.
8. Grace Jones’ bold androgyny: As much as I would love to a rock a look like this, complete with shaved head, it would never in a million years work on me. Ever.
The very things that make some women iconic in the fashion world ultimately also make them individuals, i.e., difficult to imitate. Style is about finding what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful, the signature or trademark that makes you stand out as recognizable.