Underrated Style Icons: Through the Ages

Everyone loves a trend to follow. We are partial to being sheep and following the herd – we only need to look at what’s loved and liked (and swiped right) on social media.

Instagram is always on it when it comes to showcasing beauty tutorials with the newest and fanciest eyeshadow palettes and with highlighters so bright they burn the retina. This has been given more of a heads up thanks to the recent feature Instagram has introduced, whereby the product price and retailer is loaded just by tapping on the product.

Twitter is also known for its ‘Cherry Emoji’ fashion accounts that tweet the most iconic looks from the likes of Megan Fox, Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid. Almost every trend is accessible through the click of a button or the tap of a screen. With social media almost always demonstrating relevancy, some accounts do showcase the golden oldies, such as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

It’s still nice to flash back through the decades and remind ourselves of, or discover, the actors and models that could be overshadowed by the big cats. So let’s look back through time and remind ourselves of those who served looks, even when we may not have been looking…

1. Sophia Loren

The Italian beauty thrived in the spotlight of the film industry during the ’50s and ’60s, along with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Her catty eyeliner and voluminous hair and lips are features that are still desired in today’s age, and she had it all. Her full figure was flaunted in all confidence in seductive scenes, and she said herself that she owed her figure to spaghetti, as well as indulging in pasta and wine. A beauty icon, and a relatable one at that.

2. Stevie Nicks

The ’70s introduced one of the world’s biggest pop-rock bands, Fleetwood Mac, who hold some of the music era’s biggest numbers such as ‘Everywhere,’ ‘The Chain’ and ‘Go Your Own Way.’ With impressive music comes impressive musicians, such as one of the band’s vocalists Stevie Nicks. Her stage presence was accompanied with endless hippy vibes, with the likes of glorious flowing gowns, heeled boots and fedora hats. And even as of today, she certainly has not lost her style.

3. Vanessa Paradis

The French singer started young in the ’80s with music such as ‘Joe le Taxi’ and hits like ‘Be My Baby’ in the early ’90s. Sure, there was Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, but her petite figure rocked boyfriend jeans and perms in the ’80s and an impressive combination of boho and Parisian chic in the ’90s. She soon became the face of Chanel, with her trademark tooth gap and lips overlined to nude-pink perfection – a perfect taste of ’90s subtle beauty. And with a face like hers, it’s reasonable to assume why.

4. Paris Hilton

Paris was always a marmite kind of girl – you either loved her stereotypical American dumb blonde antics filmed for reality TV or you hated her spoiled rich girl lifestyle. But whether you loved her or hated her during her prime age of the early- to mid-2000s, you can’t deny her of her trademark style consisting of pink couture, bleached blonde hair, and a mini handbag paired with a miniskirt. All accompanied with a flip-up phone with daddy’s money on speed dial. If there ever is a real-life Barbie, she easily wins the contest.

5. Lily-Rose Depp

So who tends to be under looked when it comes to style today? Despite the multi-million empire of the Kardashians and the go-to favourite models such as the Hadids, Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, Lily-Rose Depp has to be a personal favourite when it comes to effortless chic. Oh, and she just happens to be the daughter of fashion favourite Vanessa Paradis as listed above.

The French-American actress and model has made a name for herself in modern French cinema, as well as taking after her mother with Chanel beauty deals. The talented 21-year-old Chanel muse never misses an opportunity to dress to impress as she showcases well-fitted jeans and vintage Chanel pieces (sometimes hand-me-downs from her mother). Preppy summer dresses and cute shorts are also something she rocks both in Paris and the States. She also proves that no, kitten heels are not the work of the devil and do work with a bit of Parisian styling. Like-mother-like-daughter? I reckon so.

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