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Style Notes: Fashion Inspired by Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”


Welcome back to Style Notes, where we take fashion inspiration from our favorite songs. This week, we’ll be giving you a blast from the past with outfits inspired by the song “Tiny Dancer”, penned by the dynamic duo of Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 1971.

“Tiny Dancer” was dedicated to Taupin’s first wife, and many believe the song to be about her, but Taupin himself has a different explanation:

“We came to California in the fall of 1970, and sunshine radiated from the populace. I was trying to capture the spirit of that time, encapsulated by the women we met – especially at the clothes stores up and down the Strip in L.A. They were free spirits, sexy in hip-huggers and lacy blouses, and very ethereal, the way they moved.”Bernie Taupin

This song was a suggestion from CF reader Michelle on my first Style Notes postthanks Michelle! I was drawn to this suggestion because I was involved in competitive dance for many years, and the casual way dancers throw on their clothes has always had a kind of haphazard, whimsical look that I love- an aesthetic that seems to fall in line with Taupin’s inspiration.

Take a look at these ethereal-meets-casual outfits below for some free-spirited dancer inspiration:

Pretty Eyed, Pirate Smile

Shirt, Vest, Shorts, Necklace, Moccasins, Bracelet

This outfit is the kind of eclectic, boho-chic ensemble that would be perfect for enjoying the sunshine at an outdoor music festival.

Though this look is casual, the lacy details of the shorts and vest and this luxe reinterpretation of a friendship bracelet dress the look up. The pop of contrasting color provided by the turquoise necklace is the perfect counterpart to the warm tones of the vest and the blouse, while comfy moccasins- perfect after a long day en pointe- ground the outfit and keep it comfy. Sweet, but a little daring, too, this look has all the flair of a stage costume, but provides the comfort any dancer craves during their (very limited!) free time.

Blue Jean Baby

Shirt, Jacket, Jeans, Boots, Necklace, Hat, Fabric Ring, Brass Ring

This look draws inspiration from the ’70s, with the flared jeans and hippie-chic blouse, boots and fringed jacket.

While this outfit doesn’t skimp on the style, it’s also super comfy and practical for lunch with the girls. The eclectic mix of colors and textures mimics the “free spirit” mentality Taupin so admired in those LA girls. The layers and bright colors provide that sense of childlike whimsy that translates from the song’s tone and melody, but the wedge heels, along with the cut outs in the blouse, keep you looking gorgeous enough to be a muse yourself!

Dancing in the Sand

Dancing in the Sand
Dress, Vest, Boots, Headband

This last outfit combines delicate layers of white on white and is stunning in its simplicity. Every movement you make will be accentuated by the uncomplicated, yet sexy dress, and the fringe on the beautifully detailed lace vest. Complement your airy look with a hippie-inspired headband and mussed hair and you’ll be the picture of ethereal loveliness.

This look goes best with a wide-eyed, dewy look of innocence, and bare feet walking on a windswept beach (preferably in a Sofia Coppola movie), but if more practical considerations must prevail, slip on a comfy pair of leather ankle boots with zippers that mimic the fringe on the vest for a look that’s effortlessly radiant.

What do you think?

Do you like Elton John? If so, what’s your favorite Elton track? How are you liking the whole boho/’70s-revival trend? Most importantly, do you have any more Style Notes suggestions? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on on September 8, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “Style Notes: Fashion Inspired by Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer””

  1. 1
    September 8th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Such a neat style! I love 70’s inspired looks. I would love to see an article on any of Arctic Monkeys’ or Alex Turner’s music!

  2. 2
    September 8th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I’d love to see one based on Muse!

  3. 3
    September 8th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Love this! Here are some suggestions:
    Silly Love Songs
    Hit the Lights (Selena Gomez)
    Cough Syrup (YTG)
    Playing God (Paramore)
    Wings (Little Mix)

  4. 4
    September 8th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    That first outfit is so great! I would wear it in a second. And I love the idea of coming up with outfits based on music! Great article.

  5. 5
    September 8th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I LOVE Elton John and “Tiny Dancer” will always be one of my favorite songs.

  6. 6
    September 8th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This concept is kind of weird and a stretch but I guess I look forward to the possibilities.

  7. 7
    September 8th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    i have a blouse/dress exactly like the one in the second look but in a cream colour
    i love it….so sexy in a casual breezy way!
    i prefer to wear it with shorts!

  8. 8
    September 9th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    i wasn’t so sure about the first two outfits but the last one is dynamite and totally boho-hippie, love it! also i clicked through to get that white dress and discovered threadscence, what an amazing find!

  9. 9
    September 9th, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I love the dynamics and feel of these outfits! I’d personally love to see the suggestions by other people, because they are such great songs! :)

  10. 10
    September 9th, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Style notes is an amazing idea – I’m a writer and music is my number 1 inspiration so why not use it for fashion too ?
    As for song suggestions, Party Girl by Chinawoman could be interesting. Whenever I listen to it, for some reason I’m always reminded of Effy Stonem from the TV show Skins. You could do a fierce, I-don’t-give-a-f*** party outfit, and a more vulnerable and delicate one to match the lyrics. Just suggesting :) Also, I’d love to see some classic rock songs featured here – maybe something from Pink Floyd or Beatles ? Or Queen ? Even AC/DC haha :)
    Thanks for (hopefully) taking my comment into consideration !

  11. 11
    September 9th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Well done!!! Love ‘em all(:

  12. 12
    September 9th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    seems like kind of a waist to put a vest over the back of that beautiful dress (3rd outfit :/
    My favourite one would be the ”pretty eyed, pirate smile” outfit ^^

  13. 13
    September 9th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I love this; I am definetly inspired by these outfits! Funny that you designed outfits based on Elton John’s song Tiny dancer. This was my Papa John’s favorite song, and he played this song a good bit. Today is the three month mark of his death. Silly as this sounds, the song brings tears to my eyes. lol Love this; great job!


  14. 14
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Love the second look! I love fringe details on shoes. I have a pair similar to the ones above with fringe, braiding and feathers from Chinese Laundry. They are the perfect booties for fall.

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