Fashion Icons: The Evolution of Heart


American rock n’ roll band Heart is no stranger to showcasing powerful and talented women guitar players. Front women, Ann and Nancy Wilson, have been paving the way for decades, dishing out Top 40 singles and earning numerous awards and Grammy nominations.  In fact, throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2010’s, Heart received Top 10 albums on the Billboard charts.

2012 has proven to be a busy and productive year for the band.  Heart released a career-spanning box set in June titled Strange Euphoria, as well as their fourteenth studio album Fanatic, which hit stores October 2nd.  In September, the Wilson sisters embarked on the world of publishing, producing an autobiography entitled, Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and RollTo mark their place in music history, the band also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month.

The only thing more impressive than Heart’s lucrative music career is their keen fashion sense.  Even through changing trends, sisters Ann and Nancy have stayed true to their rocker roots, donning classic leathers jackets, delicate lace blouses, and trademark accessories.  Check out their fashion evolution as female rock goddesses and discover ways to create your own favorite Heart look.


Heart’s 1970’s fashion style was a chic combination of edgy and romantic.  The Wilson’s rocked either fitted leather jackets, vests, and pants or flowing dresses and whimsical patterns.  Collared accessories were big for Heart; the girls adorned beaded and feathered chokers or delicate pendants.  In actuality, Ann and Nancy’s 70’s style reflect this season’s current trends.  Get their style by sporting leather pants, billowing dresses, or statement piece necklaces.



As time went on, Heart proved that black is the ultimate rockstar color.  They stayed true to their original style; adorning feminine patterns mixed with studded leather, and of course, collared necklaces.  Emulate their 1980/90’s look with printed blazers and embellished blouses.  Get kissably Heart by mimicking their burgundy lips – the hottest color for fall.


This legendary female rock duo continues to wow fans with stylish pairings and their color of choice, that signature jet-black hue.  Ann and Nancy love to wear separates that are both classic and fashion forward.  They mix pieces with interesting silhouettes, lace details, or shimmering embroidery.  Fantastic boots and glittering sequins complete the ultimate Heart ensemble.

As the decades roll on, these ladies prove that guitar girls and killer style go hand-in-hand.



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Megan Lewis is a wardrobe stylist and fashion journalist living in the Denver area. She also works as the studio coordinator for the School of Rock in Aurora. Megan is hopelessly obsessed with finding fabulous places to shop, perfect pieces to make yourself, or constantly playing with the essence of personal style. She is inspired by music, art, and merchandise from around the globe and always looking for new ways to help others express their own fashion identity.


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