In my opinion, Nancy is one of the most underrated fashion icons of the 1960s. Obviously, her look is influential today -- as even Lana Del Rey refers to herself as a self-styled "gangster Nancy Sinatra" -- but why isn't every girl marveling over her fab looks?
We all know that she had boots that were made for walking, but some other style signatures include bright, tight minidresses, colorblocked tops, cigarette pants, and oversized sweaters worn as tops. I read on The Fashion Spot that Nancy is 5'3'' but the way she dressed -- in her short hemlines and tall, heeled boots -- her legs looked as tall as skyscrapers!
Her look is what I would consider an Americanized version of the yé-yé pop look, and I think that is also the best way to describe her music style as well. The crossover between Nancy and French pop is incredible (please do yourself a favor and check out the French cover of "Boots" by Eileen, called "Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher"). There is a fun French feel to her look, a mix between the sweetness of France Gall and the bombshell-ness of Brigitte Bardot, but also a lovely flower child element à la Sharon Tate (this photo is so amazing!).
Even in a pre-(500) Days of Summer universe, my karaoke song of choice was always "Sugar Town," but only recently did I learn that the song was about LSD. How crazy is that?! I love learning facts like that about songs. Also, I think Nancy is the unrivaled queen of the cover song -- I love her versions of "As Tears Go By," "Here We Go Again," "It Ain't Me Babe" and the Beatles tunes "Run for Your Life" and "Day Tripper." She makes even Lennon & McCartney all her own!
Title: from "Some Velvet Morning" (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood)