I'll be traveling for the next few months, so I recently downloaded a bevy of books on my iPad to keep me entertained. About forty pages in to Miss O'Dell, (the memoir of Chris O'Dell, a personal friend and assistant to many of rock and roll's greatest names) I couldn't help but be enamored by Pattie Boyd, the British model and photographer who married George Harrison and later Eric Clapton.
About Pattie Boyd
Some girls have all the luck, don't they? After being cast as an extra in the film A Hard Day's Night, Pattie Boyd began dating, and eventually married, George Harrison of the Beatles. She inspired several of George's songs, including the Beatles hit "Something."
When George began to drift away from Pattie due to his obsession with Eastern spirituality, Eric Clapton, one of George's close friends, fell in love with Pattie and wrote "Layla" to express his anguish over the situation. Eventually, Pattie and George divorced and she married Eric Clapton, who would later write "Wonderful Tonight" in her honor. She released a memoir as well, and let me tell you -- I haven't finished it yet, but I've already got a full-fledged girl crush on Pattie!
Though she was married twice, this blonde beauty was no stay-at-home wife. She flourished as a model and trendsetter in the late '60s and early '70s. Ready to steal a little bit of Pattie's muse style? Read on!
Pattie Boyd's Style
Pattie's style blended elements of hippie chic and mod fashion. She lived in floppy hats, oversized sweaters, fringed boots, and adorable frocks. Pattie, being British, also represented English fashion in the way she dressed, rocking trench coats and PeterPan collars like a pro. She was also fast to accessorize with tights, platform shoes, statement jewelry, and more!
Pattie's signature beauty look revolved around her fluffy blonde hair and full fringe bangs. She usually lined her top eyelids with black eyeliner, but kept the rest of her makeup pretty simple.
Hippie chic style is making a comeback, and there's no better source of inspiration that the real deal itself! Dust off your old flared jeans from high school and pair them with a flowy tunic. Add some peace sign earrings, Lita boots, and a cross-body purse. If you're feeling really daring, finish with a floppy sun hat. So chic!
This look taps in to the mod side of Pattie's style. A geometric minidress like this one will set your look apart from the typical sundress-and-wedges uniform. The white straps on these sandals have a Pattie-esque mod flair to them as well. Finish your look with a stack of matching bangles, black liquid eyeliner, and a high, poofy ponytail.
I could totally see Pattie Boyd wearing an outfit like this during her days at Friar Park with George Harrison! A cozy sweater will look great with denim shorts and your favorite worn-in belt. Make the look hippie-chic with round sunnies, fringed boots, and a hippie headwrap.
What Do You Think?
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