Since the beginning of his music career, Elton John has mastered the element of catching the audience’s eye. His notable style has led his stage presence to be even more unforgettable than his songs alone would have. Whenever he walks on stage, the audience never knows what to expect, but they do know that they won’t be forgetting the experience.
In his early days, John had some extraordinary looks. In the 1970s, feathers were his go-to accessory. He either wore his big feather costume, full of vibrant colors, or kept it casual with his “Bird of a Feather” shoulder pads, inspired by Cher. He would later make appearances in similar costumes in “The Muppet Show” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”. Another one of his popular looks is the bedazzled Los Angeles Dodgers uniform that he wore for his performance at Dodger Stadium in 1975. Following close behind is his Statue of Liberty outfit, worn for a portrait session in New York City circa the 1980s. A few other appearances worth mentioning include the Donald Duck costume he wore in Central Park circa the 1980s and his King Louis XIV outfit for his 50th birthday party in 1997. Although every outfit is worth an homage, these are some of his most extravagant.
Eventually, John’s style went from lavish stage costumes to expressive suits and his definitive pairing of tinted sunglasses. He expressed his emotions and feelings through his wardrobe and knew his style was passionate. In an interview with Billboard, John once said, “I can’t believe how sartorially crazy I was, particularly in the ’70s!”
Dressing like John is an ideal way to make a statement. Blazers are a staple, and paired with slacks, monochrome pieces, and matching patterns, there’s no stopping the slew of compliments that are bound to ensue. The more flamboyant the colors and patterns, the better. A frayed jacket is always a step in the right direction. Glasses are of utmost importance, but not just any glasses. Heart-shaped, colored, bedazzled, or all three would have “Elton John” written all over them.
Elton John used his music as well, as his clothing choices, to express himself.