MICK JAGGER: THE FRONTMAN OF STYLE
Iconic outfits of a Rock & Roll God
by Ellie Howard
Big lips, even bigger voice, snake hips and a tumultuous love life, we are not sure which Mick Jagger is more famous for. Undisputed Rock and Roll King, Mick Jagger is one of the most iconic frontmen in history. His outfits changed more frequently than his women, each week a new look emerged, influencing everyone from Vogue to the milk man. To coincide with the end of the Stones worldwide tour this month, we take a look at the style maverick’s most iconic get-ups.
In the 60’s he was all about undone silk shirts, slim gingham trews and effeminate scarves, accessorised with Marianne Faithful strewn over his arm. However it is no secret that Mick liked to tailor his look specifically for each concert, as the tours got larger, the parties got wilder and the shirts got looser, as (famously) did the behaviour.
Flared corduroys and bare chests marked the 70’s, Ossie Clark’s star studded cat suits and heavy eyeliner became as much a part of his on stage persona, as the iconic rooster strut. Sir Mick has always flirted with feminine styles and shapes, seamlessly blending sex, drugs and floral prints. With his slim hips (28 inches), androgynous bone structure and love of a tight-fit it is no wonder he accentuated glamour above all else.
Another decade in and The Stones were enjoying full-blown stardom. The girls (and boys) went crazy, the media was in a frenzy and The Stones were on fire. Micks style evolved from doe-eyed rebel boy to fashion infidel and he had picked up some serious swagger on the way. The boxy, high waisted jeans of the 80’s took over; American football pants were accentuated with a jockstrap and Mick swapped his Chelsea boots for trainers.
Admittedly the glamour has faded slightly and the strut is a little stiff, but nonetheless Old Man Jagger is a living legend. The Stones rode a wave of change in the 70’s and embodied the very spirit of rebel youth. They shaped popular culture, rock music and fashion alongside the other giants of the era. Today’s legacy of skinny jeans and flowing locks are the ripple effect of the rockstar aesthetic. Although some have tried to imitate Jagger’s unique style, few will ever be able to convey his natural charisma and energy.