By Elly Ayres
Whether we’re gearing up for a date night or post-work happy hour with friends, blending in is never our style. From reaching for bold, eye-catching pieces to pushing our style limits in new ways every season, we’re always looking for inspiration to further develop our own signature looks. Our current style icon? Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John in Rocketman (in theatres May 31st), the fantasy retelling of the legendary performer’s meteoric rise to glam rock god. Ahead, we pull four tips from the character’s wild wardrobe that we’ll be applying to our own style this season. With all these looks, there’s one thing for sure — he was never ordinary.
The secret to show-stealing footwear is smart details — namely, a totally impractical but completely playful platform sole. In Rocketman, there are more than 50 pairs of shoes, though Elton’s most rockstar-defining moments were undoubtedly served in platforms. These winged metallic boots, for example, drew a connection between Elton and Greek God Hermes (who you’ll remember as ‘The Divine Trickster’ and messenger of the Olympian Gods — and also, probably, the god of great winged footwear). Channel your own divine rock god in a platform suited for your lifestyle: sandals, slides, sneakers, and boots all benefit from the groovy touch.
There’s nothing wrong with a standard moto, but if you want to stand out, it’s all about the unexpected twist. While Taron Egerton’s look benefitted from immense feather shoulders, there are subtler ways to make your mark on a room. Opt for a studded finish, an eye-catching animal print, creative patchwork detailing, or all-over metallic finish to add that extra oomph to your outerwear without compromising that classic silhouette. Mic drop!
While you’re probably not recording a Top Ten album in your downtime, you can still get inspired by the effortlessly cool low-key vibes Taron Egerton’s character channels while recording. A fitted tee and oversized frames are on-trend but polished, making them the most surprising hit-making style couple since bell-bottoms and platforms. Taron Egerton's character has more than 50 pairs of eyeglasses in the film, and you can discover your own favorite by testing varying lens hues, frame shapes, shirt prints, and textures. From luxe shiny fabric finishes to tortoiseshell retro-inspired frames, there are endless ways to shake up this combo.
From your standard knee-high boot and classic cami to your go-to night-out bag and mini skirt, all your style staples benefit from sequins. Don’t believe it? Take a look at how the Elton John costume lights up an entire stadium at night, even though it’s merely a baseball uniform. The standout move? Its generous smattering of twinkling sequins. Whether you incorporate the sparkly pieces one at a time or take a page from Rocketman and don yours head to toe, this look is anything but ordinary.