Reality star turned fashion designer Nicole Richie has just released a trailer for her line for Macy’s (launching next month) in which she tells us “The musician whose style I admire the most is Keith Richards.” As unlikely as it sounds, it’s not the first time we’ve heard the aging rocker referenced as styl-spiration in recent years. Part roving gypsy, part Byron-esque gent, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards continues to inspire a new generation of fashion fans – even as he nears his seventh decade.
Alexa Chung has gone on record to say that Keith inspires her look while Johnny Depp channelled Richards’ style for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series (which Richards subsequently had a cameo in) and on the red carpet.
So what is the key to the Richards look? While the legendary rock star has said “Fashion thinks more about me than I think about it," it’s clear that his style isn’t exactly the standard skinny jeans and tee look. From layered scarves, star-spangled banner bandannas, Crocodile Dundee hats, layered friendship bracelets and heavy silver skull rings and necklaces his level of dandy flamboyance appeals to both men and women.
These days, Keith keeps his clothes more sedate (back in the day he wore ruffled shirts and snake–printed tees) with simple shirts and jeans, often layered with a leather jacket or waistcoat – think the female Kate Moss. But it’s the accessories that continue to define his style and inspire a new posse of style stalkers. Click through the gallery above to see the very best of Keith’s style and all the girls who wanna be in his gang.