I Love Your Style: Debbie Harry


Coolest girl at camp, hands down.

Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use celebrities (like Willa Holland) or movie characters (like Elvira Hancock) as style inspiration, even though, most of the time, they are being dressed from head to toe by the best stylists. Which we don’t have. And sometimes it’s damn near impossible to work their Hollywood looks into our not-so-Hollywood lives. I’ve made it my mission to tap into the mind of a fashion stylist and show you how to take your style inspiration – whatever it may be – and make it more you!

Many know her as the one-name, Blondie. As I was growing up, I knew her as the one other woman my dad probably loved besides my ma. But was Paola (my mother’s 2nd name after “Mom”) ever jealous?  Hells to the nah.  She idolized her too!  Debbie Harry has been turning heads since our parents were our age (before the days of Ke$ha-style auto tune and daily Facebook creepage).  How could she not with her voice “like buttah,” cheekbones that could command foreign nations, and especially her iconic style that would make single men drool and married men hide their wedding rings in their pockets?

Oh, in case you weren’t already aware, Debbie Harry was the lead singer of the band Blondie in the late ’70s/early ’80s era of glam-punk persuasion.  She set the bar for those who wanted to add some glam to their rebelliousness, or some edge to their sweetness.  Although it’s been said that Debbie Harry prefers to NOT be referred to as a style icon (how humble), whether she likes it or not, people want to emulate her signature look.

I love Debbie’s style because she takes two opposing styles – the glam of the 70s and the edgy alternative attitude of the 80s – and puts them together seamlessly.  She was one of the first to popularize the vintage tee during performances or parties, and she was rocking over-the-knee boots decades before they were cool. And even when she was going more formal in an evening dress and feathery hair, you could see the soul of a bad ass waiting to be unleashed.

She is just cool and she makes me want to be that cool, too.
Want Debbie’s style? It’s time to channel your inner rock star.

Boots, Shorts, T-Shirt, Ring, Brush, Contour Palette

To achieve a look that would make Debbie proud, I paired some very distressed shorts with an oversized graphic tee. But then I went one step further and threw a very sexy, very edgy-glam pair of over-the-knee boots into the mix. It’s details like that – in addition to the gun ring – that set this look apart from something Avril or Ashlee Simpson would put together. (If you aren’t a fan of boots and shorts, try her new line of Converse sneakers Debbie designed herself.) The overall look is cool, edgy and relaxed, like you just rolled out of bed after a night of partying and just happen to look this good.

As for your makeup, Debbie was all about enhancing those gorgeous cheekbones. Don’t have any to work with? No problem! Create the illusion of a defined face like Debbie’s with a contouring palette and an angled brush.

Everyone’s got a little rocker in them; let Debbie Harry inspire you to bring it out in style.

"Girls, if boys say something that’s not funny, you don’t have to laugh." -Amy Poehler contact me at: toscanoc@msu.edu or ctoscano620@aol.com!
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