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Style Notes: 3 Outfits Inspired by Led Zeppelin


Robert Plant with Led Zeppelin
Robert Plant with Led Zeppelin | Photo Credit

One of the most legendary rock groups of all time, Led Zeppelin has been hugely influential in the music industry and adored across the globe. So when they were suggested as the focus for a Style Notes post by CF reader Laura, I knew they would be perfect inspiration for some awesomely flamboyant “it-shouldn’t-work-but-it-does” outfits.

The members of Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and the late John Bonham) kept their styles pretty simple during their downtime, but onstage, it was a totally different story! Channel their wild performance ensembles with crazy colors, playful patterns, and retro silhouettes – rad ’70s hair optional (but totally recommended!).

Moby Dick

Outfit inspired by Led Zeppelin's Moby Dick: Patterned blazer, tangerine tank, combat boots, skinnies, jewelry
Blazer, NecklaceBelt, TankBoots, Pants

This first look pays homage to the fanciful prints and colors that Led Zeppelin members were known to rock in concert.

Though we looove this psychedelic blazer, it may be a little much with matching pants; instead, pair it with some black cords and a coordinating tank that references the name of one of Led Zeppelin’s songs, “Tangerine”. Accessorize with a skinny purple belt and a necklace that plays on the name of another Zeppelin classic, “Moby Dick”. Finish the look with tough combat boots.

You Shook Me

Outfit inspired by Led Zeppelin's You Shook Me All Night Long: Blue velvet skinny pants, sheer blouse, cropped top, wedge ankle booties, necklace
BlouseBustierBoots, Necklace, Pants

Again combining unusual colors, this second outfit incorporates a modern version of the velvet pants the band often wore on stage.

Though these high-waisted blue velvet pants are technically leggings, their thick fabric and jean styling makes them wearable with most tops. Pair them with a crop top to show just the right amount of skin, then add a long, breezy sheer blouse on top and tie it at your waist. (The guys often worked the bare-chested look, but I think a little midriff is plenty!) The ankh necklace is similar to one that John Paul Johns has been seen wearing, while wedge ankle booties make your legs look miles-long. This look would be amazing for a concert, or even a party.

Black Dog

Outfit inspired by Led Zeppelin's Black Dog - Flare jeans, lace-up ankle boots, cropped Led Zeppelin tee, black ring, bone earrings, velvet blazer
Jeans, Tee, Boots, Earrings, Ring, Blazer

This last look is my favorite, and (perhaps not too coincidentally) is partially inspired by my favorite Zeppelin song. The flare jeans are reminiscent of the period when the band was most active, and look great with a “burning red” velvet blazer left open over a Zeppelin tee (but of course!). Paired with earrings that reference the song title, a black stone ring and ’70s-esque stacked heel boots, this look combines luxe with casual for a boho-chic look.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of Led Zeppelin? What classic rock/metal bands are your faves? What are your favorite retro clothing pieces to pair with modern trends? As always, leave your opinions, suggestions, questions or favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe in the comments below!

Posted on on January 10, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , ,

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18 Responses to “Style Notes: 3 Outfits Inspired by Led Zeppelin”

  1. 1
    January 10th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Amazing style :)

  2. 2
    January 10th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    amazing i am so glad to finaly see a piece on a band like this, love it! maybe this can be a lead in to some IRON MAINDEN or METALLICA. but honestly really refreshing to see something other than a group like fun or others like them

  3. 3
    January 10th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Led Zeppelin will live forever!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4
    January 10th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Ahh! I’m so glad you guys saw my comment, thanks! Would wear alllll of these.

  5. 5
    January 10th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Like my usual problems with these, I wish they were even more over the top! Robert Plant was a fan of a lot of snakeskin looking ankle boots and sheer blouses so it’s pretty close! I recommend Jim Morrison!

  6. 6
    January 10th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Even though I wouldn’t actually wear this stuff, a little too wild for my style, I love that you used Led Zeppelin for this! How about Janis Joplin next?

  7. 7
    January 10th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Ashleigh Maynes,

    Please be my best friend.


  8. 8
    January 11th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Loved it!!

  9. 9
    January 11th, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I literally squealed when I saw this, and though I’ve been reading CF for several years now, this is my first time commenting.
    I absolutely love this article.
    And if anything, in the Moby Dick outfit the orange tank top made me think of the sleeveless shirt Bonham wears in their concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970 first and then of Tangerine ;)
    It would be cool to continue a sort of “Inspired by Classic Rock” series, there’s plenty to choose from (Beatles, Stones, Who, Queen, etc.). If I could request anything, I would suggest Pink Floyd, please?
    Keep ut the good work, I look forward to seeing more of this!

  10. 10
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Love it!!

  11. 11
    January 11th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    LOVE Led Zeppelin!! I also agree with Selma, a series inspired by classic rock bands would be great!

  12. 12
    January 11th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I actually jump out of my seat when I saw that you featured Led Zeppelin, they are one of my fav bands of all time. BTW, for the next it would be great if you feature Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC/DC and Deep Purple \m/

  13. 13
    January 11th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I love these looks. I am feeling mighty inspired by them. I definitely think it would be cool to showcase looks based on the name of Pink Floyd songs like shine on you crazy diamond, any colour you like, or the grand vizier’s garden party. Keep up the awesome work ladies!

  14. 14
    January 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    GREATEST POST EVER!!! I’ve been on a Led Zeppelin obssessed period (even more than I’ve always been) since “Celebration Day” came out last year, so this post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I suggest doing a Franz Ferdinand (the band) or Muse style inspiration post next! I dress like them all the time haha!

  15. 15
    January 11th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    @Pricilla, Are you a fellow metal lover too!?? :-)

  16. 16
    January 12th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I love the outfits!
    Do you think you could maybe do something inspired by Ed Sheeran? <3

  17. 17
    November 18th, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I’m an aspiring fashion designer, and want to know how to get the style of Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Sgt Pepper-era Beatles, Jim Morrison, The Grateful Dead and modern-day bands like Tame Impala and Little Birdy. Thanks! :-)

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