Debbie Harry…rock icon, outspoken feminist and a woman whose style speaks as loudly as her music. No matter your age, it’s never too late to add a little new wave fun to your wardrobe
A classic outfit onstage and off, they key to stylish double denim is to keep shades dark. A cropped jacket (£405, Simon Miller) and skinny jeans (£40, Topshop) are a fresher take on the oversized trend of the 80s, and will offer a more streamlined silhouette.
If you don’t dare to bare like Debbie, pop on a crisp white t-shirt underneath—this one from Maison Labiche (£65) pays homage to Blondie with a sweet pocket embroidery.
Heeled pumps (£49, Topshop) maintain the crispness of the look, but when it comes to make-up, keep things messy.
Urban Decay’s Moondust Shadow (£15.50) creates the perfect smoky eye, especially when teamed with dark eyeliner executed with the Beauty Blender liner designer (£14).
Take to the streets of New York with this low-key, effortless cool outfit. Debbie’s vintage baseball shirt has come right back around in the fashion stakes, with Forever 21 selling their version for a bargain £10.50.
Light wash jeans (£14, Peacocks) are perfect for when spring rolls around, as well as the peek of daffodil yellow that comes from the quirky sock-and-shoe combination (£3.50 at Topshop and £36 at Office respectively). And of course, no rock star outfit is complete without the shades—River Island’s studded pair (£16) look great with a full fringe.
The suit is fast replacing the traditional dress as a high-fashion take on occasion wear, and nothing is quite as show stopping as a printed two-piece.
Luckily, you don’t need Debbie Harry’s budget to get the look. Boohoo’s silky style retails for just £36 and would look great at a summer wedding.
Should you wish to amp up the punk spirit, Vivienne Westwood’s iconic “Sex” bag (approx. £130) ties the red together, with gold hints coming from a décolletage-skimming necklace (£19, John Lewis) and two-tone pumps (£79.95, House of Fraser).
New Wave saw plenty of bright colours come into wardrobe rotation, and with thoughtful curation, they can still look effective now.
“Millennial Pink” is showing no signs of disappearing as a key trend, and is available in abundance on the high street. We channeled Harry’s look with a River Island Beret (£14), Wildfox Sunglasses (£140) and 7 For All Mankind jeans (£219).
Break up the pink with a dose of white. A soft leather jacket from Rangoli Collection (£149) pairs well with a slogan tee (Zoe Karssen, £54.99) and surprisingly versatile white boots (Very, £16).
So good it’s bad
Nothing beats a simple t-shirt and trousers combination, but Debbie’s stage outfit shows that you can still pack a punch whilst dressing comfortably.
Striped trousers or leggings are particularly flattering to elongate the leg—this pinstriped pair from Pretty Little Thing (£18) are a great start for those not used to sporting bold prints.
Continue the print by sweeping a fringe away with a turban-style headband (£6, ASOS), before looking to the dark side.
Doc Marten boots (£125) never go out of style, and neither do Andy Warhol designs, reproduced by Robotrave (£12.97) from the original 70s print.
Looking to take the look into the evening? Add a slick of glitter eyeliner—Nyx’s Liquid Crystal is a long-laster and costs just £4.50.