Stevie Nicks once said, “I was not going to be a stupid girl singer. I was going to be way more than that.”
Over the years, the Fleetwood Mac singer and solo artist has successfully managed to establish herself as both a legendary rock singer-songwriter and an empowering style icon. Since joining the famed band in the ‘70s, Nicks’ gypsy-like outfits have become just as memorable as the catchy choruses to the group’s hits like “Rhiannon” and “Landslide,” which she wrote. Their critically acclaimed 1977 record, Rumors –– featuring a memorable album cover that depicted a tall Mick Fleetwood next to an all black-chiffon clad Nicks — not only put Nicks’ harmonic crooning on the music radar, but also defined her mother-nature-meets-Victorian-goddess aesthetic.
With the help of longtime designer Margi Kent, Nicks has cultivated this enduring velvet-dominant style, which the songstress calls her “uniform.” With a wardrobe of sheer shawls, suede platform boots (to compensate for her short five-foot-one stature), crescent-moon necklaces, flowy maxi dresses and billowy velvet skirts, Nicks put the hippie, Coachella-esque look on the map before it became cool to modern day hipsters.
Although the rocker’s look has hit the mainstream, Nicks has made it a point to stay true to her unique aesthetic. Not being shy about her fashion choices, the outspoken singer told The Record in 1982, “The clothes I wear… that doesn’t change. I love long dresses. I love velvet. I love high boots. I never change. I’m not a fad person. I still have everything I had then. That’s one part of me…that’s where my songs come from.” Though her specific style wavers in and out of popular fashion, Nicks remains an unconventional sex symbol and eternal poster girl for feminine rockers.
Over time, Nicks’ style has seeped into other aspects of her career, as she has incorporated similarly free-spirited elements into her live performances. The singer is known to adorn her microphones and tambourines with strings of flowers, ribbons, and beads –– while her whimsical on-stage twirling has become a trademark for Fleetwood Mac fans.
Though her look may not carry the same obvious strength as other female powerhouses like Blondie or Joan Jett, Nicks continues to inspire wannabe boho girls and aspiring musicians alike.
Find out below how you can snag a money-friendly version of Nick’s iconic look, just in time for music festival season.
1. Ross Simons, $35
2. Urban Outfitters, $69
3. Top Shop, $150
4. ASOS, $75
5. H&M, $50
6. Forever 21, $20
Words by Campbell Gee