Decades of Rock: Fashion Inspired by Bohemian Rhapsody
We can’t get Queen’s #1 hit out of our heads either. But it isn’t just the hit songs of our parents’ time that’s gotten our attention: we’ve also been inspired by the comeback of 70s and 80s fashion.
Just like everyone else, we’re obsessed with Bohemian Rhapsody and have recommended it to practically everyone we know. And while Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury was the acting performance we didn’t know we needed, our attention has quickly shifted to a secondary feature of the film — an icon in and of itself: the fashion of the 70s and 80s. Whether the wide sleeves, patterns, or striking colours, these decades were as loud in music as they were in fashion, and we decided to put together a style guide inspired by the sartorial spur of the decades of rock.
A few of ’s tops takes us back to the 70s with its butterfly sleeves and accentuated waist. Not only do we find pieces like this feminine and simple, but also flexible for your day-to-day needs. We say go with the if you’re interested in really staying on theme, but go with the for a more updated look. A penchant for massive sleeves brought around the peasant tops of the 70s, or fromwhich is well-suited for smarter occasions too.
Queen’s signature look may have kickstarted the prominent leather trend, but their audience was dressed in stripes and floral patterns. gets it spot on with its , and its tropical vibe makes us feel right at home. We find that modern batik fits the bill as well: this outerwear from is also a top pick.
Did you know that horizontal stripes actually make you seem thinner, rather than wider? We’re going with a classic from in vibrant yellow, and for vertical stripes and bolder colours we’re a fan of this masculine and fun piece from .
Understated was not the way to go in this time period, and if there was ever a time to go all-out with colours, these were the years. Contrasting hues were in trend, so if you’re looking to emulate the retro look our advice would be never to worry about what matches. And from is reminiscent of the track jackets worn in the film, but in a bold violet colour. For something more subdued, we suggest from , which also ticks the box for our next feature.
We can’t recommend the big hair of the decades but this up in size was mirrored in oversized t-shirts. Some of our favourites include from . Also available is this with a statement pocket from .
The influence of the music scene on fashion is felt throughout Bohemian Rhapsody, and the lively outfits of the day showed that fashion was about making your presence known. The more attention your outfit could garner you, the better. And as Freddie Mercury reminds us all, “fortune favours the bold.”