When I grow up I wanna be Chrissie Hynde

March 14, 2015

Ah, Top of the Pops 2, that peerless source of groovy bands, awkwardly jigging teens and beardy presenters. This is where I find a huge amount of style inspiration, for between the sweaty, polyster-clad disco troupes and socks-and-sandals-wearing prog rockers, there's always some cool nu-wave dude in a skinny tie, or an amazing ska-punk girl to get the sartorial juices flowing. And if you're really lucky, you might catch a performance by the Pretenders starring the glorious Chrissie Hynde.

The coolest thing about Chrissie is the way her signature look - shaggy fringe, kohled eyes - has never really altered over the years and it still looks as cool as it did decades ago. It's evolved, certainly - she might have swapped her leather jacket for a sharp-shouldered blazer in the '80s, added a jaunty neckerchief or embraced double denim - but she's always been a balls-to-the-wall rock goddess.

 

It's like she's always known exactly who she is and hasn't been swayed by trends or what is deemed 'age appropriate'. I'd like a little of that impressive and absolute self assurance please.

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