what makes you think you’re the one// remix #8

Keeping with my Style Icon theme for today, I decided to try to incorporate a little Stevie Nicks magic into today’s remix. Too bad I didn’t really include ANYTHING long, flowing, or really even slightly bohemian into my 30 choices. (Too bad this wasn’t a summer remix!) This just meant I had to work a little harder though, and I was up for the challenge.

I actually like how this outfit turned out, and I think it does a great job of showing how someone or something can influence your personal style without necessarily mimicking it directly. While this dress is more 1980’s church lady than bohemian-gypsy, I was able to style it in a way that still manages to capture that free-spirited, rock and roll look that Stevie was known for.

It helped that today is day 5 of my hair cycle, meaning that since my last shampoo it’s seen straight irons, serums, dry shampoo, buns, scarves, curls, pretty much the works. I try to only wash my hair 1-2 times a week to keep the color vibrant longer, so I’ve come up with style options for every stage in between washes. So today was the perfect day for wild hair, a look Stevie embodied with the best of them.

Yes, that is snow on the ground in a few of these pics. We got a little more last night, but luckily it didn’t stick to the roads (or ice over) so I can tolerate it. I don’t know what possessed me to go out in it with practically bare feet though. That was crazy.

For the record (Mom), I normally wear a slip under this dress because, as you can see, it’s very sheer. However, I opted to pair it with leggings instead, to further embrace the boho-gypsy look. I’ve worn these leggings to yoga class before with nothing over them, so I felt fine layering them under a see thru dress.

Stevie Nicks// Style Icon

When I think of women whose style most embodied the 70’s bohemian gypsy look, at the top of my list is Stevie Nicks. The wild hair, flowing layers, scarves and baubles, she had it all. A far cry from the fitted dresses and bouffant do’s of Dolly, but still a large influence in my own personal style sense.

While I’m not a huge fan of her looks in later years (not that they were bad, just not a huge fan of velvet and capes), I adore the look of her younger years. Her image perfectly captures that unspeakable quality possessed by free spirits throughout time. Any woman who can rock a top hat definitely has something going on.

Here are a few of my favorite Stevie Nicks looks. Click on an image to go to its source, all are from Lastfm.com.

Style Icon// Dolly Parton

In my opinion, one of the most important things for a person to determine in their life is what their style is. Sure, purpose and passion are good things to search out too, but knowing your style helps to put structure around who you are as a person. Think of how much easier life would be if you could just avoid all of those silly fashion fads that just aren’t you (not to mention how much money you’d save on skinny jeans and parachute pants).

I think that a great place to start in identifying your own personal style is by identifying what popular style icons you are drawn to. Since I’m still in the process of becoming my own personal style icon (a goal we should all shoot for), I thought I would share with you some of the great icons who I love! So here is the first installment of a new series here on The Fainting Goat Blog called Style Icons.

This week’s icon is not only someone whose style I covet, she’s also makes the short list of celebrities that I would love to meet one day: Dolly Parton. When I see early images of her from the 70’s and 80’s, the fashionista inside me swoons. Over the years, though her style has changed with the times, you can tell that she has always remained true to the persona that she created. The blond hair, bright eyes, curve hugging attire complete with fringe and sequins… I love it all!

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Not only is Dolly a beautiful fashion icon, she’s also an incredibly smart business woman. Take a minute to read her bio on wikipedia and you’ll see that this lady has worked hard her entire to life to get to the top. Not only a talented songwriter and performer, she’s acted in some of my favorite movies (hello, Steel Magnolias & 9 to 5!), plus she HAS HER OWN THEME PARK! That people actually go to!

On top of all that though, the thing that impresses me most about Dolly (and probably one of the keys to her success) is that she has managed to keep her personal life personal throughout her career. I really respect her for that, and I wish that more celebrities would follow her lead. Did you know that she and her husband have been married since 1966? That’s over 50 years, people! They met in a laundromat on her first day in Nashville and were married two years later. I love it!

Now that you know why I love Dolly Parton, let me show you why I love her style! Here are a few images that inspire me (and my fashion choices):

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I WANT this dress! I may have to settle for buying this poster though... (Click to view source, and to understand poster reference)

This image is the inspiration for my summer line photo shoot! (Click image to view source)

So pretty! (Click image to view source)

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LOVE this one!!! Click image to view source

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Glam-country is definitely a big influence in my style! What about you?