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36 Throwback Celebrity Looks To Inspire Your Summer Wardrobe

05/08/2021

The world’s best-dressed women often save their most inspired looks for their holidays. So when it comes to mapping out your own summer wardrobe – comprising old favourites and new investment buys – look to the warm-weather style of the stars. From Audrey Hepburn’s gamine take on summer chic to Naomi Campbell’s balmy evening ensembles, here are Miss Vogue’s favourite throwback summer looks to inform your 2021 shopping list.

Carla Bruni, 1998
The French model wore a floor-length gown with a string of diamonds to the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Note the pairing of a glam gown and serious bling with a more relaxed beauty look.
Courtesy of POOL BENAINOUS/DUCLOS

 

Diana, Princess of Wales, 1997
Diana, Princess of Wales was once the most photographed woman in the world and this chic Jacques Azagury mini dress with matching shoes shows why the world was obsessed with her style.
Courtesy of Dave Benett

 

Cameron Diaz, 1994
Cameron’s simple looks is peak ’90s, and one to mirror this summer.
Courtesy of Jim Smeal

 

Kate Moss, 2001
At a fashion party in New York, our girl Kate pulled it out of the bag with a sweet ‘n’ chic white outfit comprising a halterneck top and a lacy sheer skirt.
Courtesy of Getty Images

 

Jennifer Lopez, 1998
JLo’s outfit for the 1998 MTV VMAs is a look too good not to try. Don’t forget the cowboy hat.
Courtesy of Jeff Kravitz

 

Naomi Campbell, 1990
The then 20-year-old supermodel wore a jazzy party dress by Gianni Versace with black accessories to the 1990 Met Gala. Make like Naomi and bring a touch of eleganza to jubilant party dresses with a ladylike handbag.
Courtesy of Time & Life Pictures

 

Gisele Bündchen, 1999
Gisele proved that a white shirt is not just for the boardroom in 1999.
Courtesy of Ron Galella

 

Françoise Hardy, 1965
Who better to illustrate how to do to laidback Côte d’Azur chic than the iconic Françoise?
Courtesy of REPORTERS ASSOCIES

 

Elizabeth Hurley, 1995
Think Elizabeth Hurley’s style, and you’ll think of that Versace safety-pin dress, but also spare a thought for her other ’90s looks. This coordinated shift dress and jacket is great, but how fabulous is that blue eyeshadow?
Courtesy of Time & Life Pictures

 

Britney Spears, 1999
Not sure how to switch your sportswear vibe up for the summer months? Follow Britney’s approach and incorporate tennis details for a nod to the stylish sport.
Courtesy of KEVIN.MAZUR/INACTIVE

 

Yasmeen Ghauri, 1990
Canadian model Yasmeen proved that smart black trousers aren’t just for term time. Swap in a satin top and pointed mules for a look any ’90s supermodel would be proud of.
Courtesy of Time & Life Pictures

 

Janet Jackson, 1990
Emulate Janet by drawing attention to the midriff with a scene-stealing belt.
Courtesy of Jim Smeal

 

Lucy Liu, 2000
Midriff-flossing is big news this summer. Lucy Liu was rocking the look over 20 years ago and its this approach that works in 2021, too.
Courtesy of Steve Granitz

 

Linda Evangelista, 1989
Not even supermodels like Linda Evangelista can resist the temptation of an LBD. So definitely follow suit this summer — golden accessories not essential but definitely welcomed.
Courtesy of Ron Galella

 

Madonna, 1999
We all have a white tank top lurking somewhere in our wardrobes – pull it out and make like Madonna.
Courtesy of Ron Galella Ltd

 

Amber Valletta
Vogue’s contributing sustainability editor’s simple look in 1996 has all the makings of a look we want to wear now, especially that mid-arm placement of a solid gold band.
Courtesy of Ron Galella

 

Mariah Carey, 1994
The music industry’s favourite diva did away with the diamonds and gowns to attend a Chanel event in New York, instead pairing a white cropped T-shirt with a pink tweed suit. It works for us.
Courtesy of Rose Hartman

 

Iman, 1996
Iman wore this perfect outfit to the opening of a Chanel boutique in New York in 1996. Where would we wear it? Everywhere and anywhere, if we were allowed.
Courtesy of Time & Life Pictures

 

Cher, 1965
Cher might be best known for her bedazzling Bob Mackie creations in the ’80s, but delve a little further back into her fashion archive and there’s much to be enjoyed from her take on ’60s style – like this babydoll dress.
Courtesy of Hulton Archive

 

Sarah Jessica Parker, 1991
Looks like this prove that SJP’s style is so much more than just what she learned from playing Carrie Bradshaw.
Courtesy of TIME LIFE PICTURES

 

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1997
Black isn’t just for winter. Make like Gwyneth in 1997 by making a sleek racer vest central to your summer wardrobe.
Courtesy of RON GALELLA, LTD.

 

Audrey Hepburn, 1964
Summer doesn’t come chicer than Audrey’s warm-weather wardrobe. From the crisp white shirt to the gingham capris, here is an outfit built on classic staples that will forever endure.
Courtesy of Cecil Beaton

 

The Spice Girls, 1995
When the Spice Girls took to Cannes Film Festival, they emulated their girl-band personas, but matched in headscarves and sunglasses. We don’t imagine the Riviera was ready.
Courtesy of Dave Hogan

 

Aaliyah, 2000
All-things Noughties are trending once again and this Aaliyah look sums up the era perfectly. Where do we get one now?
Courtesy of George De Sota

 

Claudia Schiffer, 1991
As Claudia’s 1991 Valentino dress proves, sometimes nothing beats a floral dress in the heat of summer.
Courtesy of BERTRAND RINDOFF PETROFF

 

Catherine Deneuve, 1965
One of France’s most enduring style icons, Catherine has long illustrated that je ne sais quoi we would all like to possess. Name a chicer summer look than this back-detail A-line dress she wore in London in the mid ’60s.
Courtesy of KEYSTONE-FRANCE

 

Serena & Venus Williams, 2000
We might be more used to seeing the Williams sisters in their tennis whites, but let’s all take a moment to appreciate this great sister-sister moment at the 2000 Teen Choice Awards. So Noughties, so great.
Courtesy of Chris Weeks

 

Devon Aoki, 2000
Devon’s look is all the Millennium style inspo you need.
Courtesy of ROBIN PLATZER/TWIN IMAGES

 

Halle Berry, 1994
When it comes to your dressed-down summer days, look no further than Halle’s low-key approach in 1994. Pair your favourite denim cut-offs with lace-up boots and a cropped tee.
Courtesy of Steve Granitz

 

Cindy Crawford, 1990
While a question mark remains around a lot of formal summer events this season, Cindy Crawford’s red-dress-and-diamonds is timeless.
Courtesy of Ron Galella

 

Beyoncé, 2000
No doubt your summer 2020 shopping list already has a bandana on it, but why not make like Beyoncé and fashion it as a top to wear with low-slung jeans?
Courtesy of Mick Hutson

 

Marianne Faithfull, 1967
Do minis like Marianne with a cute floral button-up.
Courtesy of Mirrorpix

 

Chloë Sevigny, 2002
Chloë’s laid-back-meets-haute-fashion looks, like this little white summer jumpsuit, prove why she is on best-dressed lists the world over.
Courtesy of Sylvain Gaboury

 

Vanessa Paradis, 1993
Post-lockdown party style inspiration from Lily-Rose’s mum.
Courtesy of Getty Images

 

Jane Fonda, 1956
Don’t let them tell you otherwise: you can wear denim on denim for chic results. Just ask Jane Fonda who’s been rocking the look since the ’50s.
Courtesy of Allan Grant

 

Jean Shrimpton, 1970
We love the easy-breezy gateway between the op-art of the ’60s and the new hippy mood of the ’70s in Jean’s Vogue portrait.
Courtesy of David Bailey

 

From British Vogue

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