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April 2, 2016

From Debbie Harry to Diane Keaton, Here are 13 Cool ’70s Celebs With Styles You’ll Actually Want to Steal

There are so many cool ’70s celebs who had signature styles that you might be more into than just the run-of-the-mill bohemian look. Get inspired by 13 of them below.

1. Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry, the rock goddess of Blondie, was an absolute vision in the '70s. She had an IDGAF approach to style, complete with heavy eye makeup and messy hair. And, of course, she still managed to look amazing because she's Debbie Harry.

Debbie's look ranged from structured dresses to blue jeans, so you have a wide range of clothes to choose from. So what was consistent? Her heavy eyeliner, glossed lips, and teased hair. If your hair is on the shorter side, you can have a lot of fun copying Debbie's hair style. Oh, and if you're all about eye makeup, try some colors that are a little more unusual, like a burnt orange or neon yellow eye shadow.

2. Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene is one of my personal heroes, honestly. She was a mixed race, chubby, braces wearing lead singer of the punk band X-Ray Spex back in the '70s. Someone who looked like her was so not the norm in the punk scene at the time, so she was inherently subversive. But she also decided to take subversiveness to the next level by wearing some amazingly offbeat clothes. Brightly colored granny sweaters paired with thick twists, wacky brooches, and out of this world dresses? Be still my heart.

The easiest, most authentic way to get inspired by Poly's look is to hit up your local thrift store and go crazy. Also, don't hold back on gaudy clothes or ridiculous colors. The more out there, the better. Demand to be seen just as much as you demand to be heard!

3. Diana Ross

Diana Ross was killing it in The Supremes and she was killing it when she was a solo singer in the '70s. Basically, Diana was just slaying left and right, and we're not worthy.

But anyway, Diana was super versatile in the looks she rocked, from donning massive fros and slinky dresses to bobs and high waist jeans. But there's one thing that she never abandoned, no matter what she wore: A sense of glamour. The shinier the better. Whether you're wearing a touch of body glitter, sparkling eyeshadow, a gold bracelet, or a shiny pair of earrings, get bold with your makeup and accessories so that your whole look will seem a little glam without trying all that hard.

4. Cher

Cher was building herself as a force to be reckoned with in the '60s, and by the '70s, she definitely solidified that reputation. What was awesome about Cher's style was that, even if you weren't into it, you had to admire her daring. Like Diana, she was wearing sheer, see-through dresses to award shows way before JLo or Beyonce. She also wasn't afraid to show some skin in the most creative ways possible.

There isn't just one Cher look, there are multiple. But there were some commonalities among all of them in the '70s. Focus on the eye makeup. If you've never really dabbled much with mascara, now is the time to do it. Also, embrace your cheekbones--whether they're prominent or not--with a warm blush. You can keep your lips neutral, since the main focus is on your eyes and cheeks anyway. Oh, and if you have dark hair, Cher is your hero. Forget about those highlights you were considering and rock your dark locks with pride.

5. Maureen McCormick

Maureen McCormick, known for her role as Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch, was a teen idol in the early '70s. Her fresh faced girl-next-door look was a lot more accessible to the average girl, too, compared to the models in fashion magazines.

For Maureen's style you might want to break out that hair straightener because her bone straight hair was essential to her look. Of course, if you'd rather not do that, you can just skip to the clothes! Rock some preppy and colorful patterned mini skirts or mini dresses with knee socks and Mary Janes. Keep your makeup ultra neutral or don't wear any at all!

6. Pam Grier

Pam Grier was at her absolute height in the '70s when she played a professional ass kicking crime fighter in the blacksploitation movie, Coffy.

To steal her style, border the line between glam and casual. She wasn't afraid of showing a bit of skin, so why not wear some crop tops? Or, rock a patterned blouse and tie the front into a midriff baring top. A halter top--bonus points if it is crocheted--would also look very Pam. To really go all the way, pair with bell bottoms.

If you're black, try rocking an afro. Make sure you use a lot of leave in conditioner, though!

7. Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger could wear a burlap sack and make it look awesome. Instead, she decided to stun everyone with how flawlessly she rocked pant suits. Sure, she also looked amazing in oversized hats, turbans, and flowy dresses, but pants and a suit jacket is where she really dominated.

To emulate her look, grab a pair of structured flares and a minimalist blouse or matching blazer. Otherwise, just rock some amazing pants and pair with a cute cami and an big ol' hat. Include platform heels or sleek flats to complete the look. Marriage to a member of the Rolling Stones isn't required.

8. Dolly Parton

Country singing sensation Dolly Parton was never subtle about anything she wore. Her hair was massive, her outfits were bright and gaudy, her boobs were larger than life, and her makeup was always doing the most.

And she always looked so brazenly Dolly that she managed to pull it all off flawlessly.

You might not be eager to get gravity defying hair or wear fluorescent, rhinestoned dresses, but you can easily try a few of Dolly's makeup techniques. Be bold and see what you think of bright blue eyeshadow. If you want to be extra flashy, pair with a red lip or rosy colored blush. It's definitely not subtle, but it can be fun to try for a party look or a photoshoot with your friends.

9. Donna Summer

RIP to the queen of disco, Donna Summer. Disco was all about flash, fun, excess, and glamour, and so was Donna. Here's what you should do if you want to steal her look: Go to a thrift store and zero in on anything with sequins and cool beads. Also, find some airy dresses, blouses, and jumpsuits that are a bit on the sheer side. Sure, you could find this in a regular store, too, but it'll be a lot harder, a lot more expensive, and a lot less unique.

In terms of makeup, go bold with contouring. If you're not into contouring, at least find a deep, berry colored or red lipstick to fall in love with.

10. Farrah Fawcett

This Charlie's Angels bombshell was responsible for a hairstyle that became popular across the globe: The Farrah Flip.

Get as much volume in your hair as possible by using a curling iron or rollers to achieve those big, outward curls.

Farrah is also known for her sunny complexion. If you're on the paler side, throw some bronzer into your makeup routine. If you already have dark skin, add some highlighting makeup to your cheekbones.

11. Patti Smith

Some call Patti Smith a punk rock tomboy. I just call her innovative AF. Aside from her music, she's best known for her signature suspenders and button down look, something that more women should rock because it is so dapper.

Just wear a lot of black and white clothes that can be mistaken for menswear, keep your hair elegantly disheveled, and don't let anyone boss you around. That's the Patti Smith way.

12. Stevie Nicks

Stevie's Nicks' style was so attention grabbing that people started to believe that all her flowing black clothes were proof that she was a witch.

No, seriously, people actually thought that Stevie Nicks was a witch. Fitting that she played one on American Horror Story then, huh?

Anyway, hit up your favorite store for all of the maxi dresses and jumpsuits. You can go for black, but an ethereal white material would also look amazing. Those of you with long hair can really take advantage of a Stevie Nicks inspired look, especially if you're blonde. Make sure your hair has some volume in it, though. And keep your makeup pretty natural, nothing too wild.

13. Diane Keaton

Ever seen Annie Hall? Woody Allen might be one of the creepiest people on the planet, but I've gotta say that he made an awesome movie, and more importantly, Diane Keaton is amazing in it.

Perhaps just as memorable as her performance, Keaton's wardrobe became absolutely iconic at the time. Free flowing wide leg trousers paired with nice blouses and big ol' glasses was such a look. Luckily, it's a look that isn't too hard to mimic, especially now that wide leg pants are back in. Even if you don't need to wear glasses for sight, you have permission to go by a flea market and find massive ones that make you look a little ridiculous in the best way.

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