9 Style Lessons From The Original Charlie’s Angels

That you could definitely wear in 2020.

Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith Charlie's Angels Original

by Elizabeth Bennett |
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Good morning Angels. Good morning Charlie. That legendary line that just keeps cropping up. The much-loved franchise has been rebooted three times now. Most recently staring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska and with Elizabeth Banks in the directors chair.

While the 2000 film version, starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, will always hold a special place in our hearts, when it comes to style inspiration it’s the original TV show (on air between 1976 and 1981) that takes the top prize in the sartorial stakes.

The first lineup of female detectives, played initially by Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith, became fashion icons in their own right. From the checkered shirts and pussy bow blouses to the high-waisted bell bottoms and sequin jumpsuits, their aesthetic shaped the wardrobes of a whole generation of women.

In fact, their looks really have stood the test of time, and with seventies fashion on the agenda again for SS20, their outfit choices are just as wearable now as they were then.

Here are our 9 rules for nailing their style...


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A blazer and bell-bottoms combo is instantly elegant

Wide-leg jeans are a key element of the seventies silhouette. Play with proportions and pair with a silk shirt, fitted blazer, and heeled boots.

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A slogan tee is a perennial staple

The humble slogan t-shirt never dates. For a seventies take, tuck in flares and wear with a large buckle belt.

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A neck scarf can elevate any outfit

Give any ensemble a seventies twist with the addition of a loosely-tied neck scarf.

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Crop tops can be wearable

A halterneck crop top isn't just for the beach. Take your cue from the the Angels and dress it down with jeans and trainers.

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Basic beachwear is best

Keep it simple with with denim shorts and a lace-up vest. Beach read and feathered hair optional.

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Matchy-matchy can work

Colour blocking feels more wearable when you choose a muted shade. Side note: rattan basket bags go with everything.

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Invest in a good polo neck

The polo neck was an essential part of the original Angels' uniform. Wear with straight leg jeans and loafers for a modern take on the trend - just stay clear of the red wine.

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Nightwear as daywear is a thing

A kimono-style shirt screams chic. Dip your toe into this trend and pair with jeans, or go the whole hog and wear with matching trousers.

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If in doubt, wear head-to-toe sequins

There is no better dancing outfit than a glittering jumpsuit. Partner with sky-high heels and a smokey eye and you're good to go.

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