Tyler was ridiculed for his style choice
Steven Tyler | Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for the Celebrity Fight Night
Tyler isn’t afraid to wear clothes that make him happy. When WWD asked him to describe his style, he got a funny answer. “Over the top, old school, a mix of now and then, with rock and chic,” says Tyler. “Funky but chic, with a side order from sexy.”
When Tyler was in high school, his fashion choices didn’t always go down well with his classmates. He says WWD the kids in his high school made fun of him sometimes.
“I am in love [fashion]”Says Tyler. “Somewhere in 1967 when I was in high school, I remember making fun of it for wearing cowboy boots.”
Tyler says the way he styled his cowboy boots made the kids annoy him. “I sewed buttons on each side of the cowboy boot that I attached to my pants so they wouldn’t slide up,” explains Tyler in his WWD interview. “The hairstyles and clothing style that I loved were Mod English, Carnaby Street, Anita Pallenberg. I loved it so much and was mocked by kids in my school and kids in my band. “
What inspired Steven Tyler’s style?
Steven Tyler | Mark Davis / Getty Images
When it comes to his personal style, Tyler takes on his look entirely. He doesn’t apologize for his brave decisions and doesn’t seem to care what others think. GQ once described him as a “style terrorist”.
How did Tyler develop his style? In his book, do you mind the noise in my head? He says his mother once told him about a man named Gypsy Boots she saw on the Steve Allen Show. He describes him as “the original hippie”.
According to Tyler, Gypsy Boots had waist-length hair, lived up a tree, and talked about the benefits of a healthy life. He marveled at how Gypsy Boots lived in trees and caves and fed on food from their surroundings. “This lifestyle totally seduced me,” says Tyler. He was so fond of gypsy boots that he wanted to dress like him.
Tyler was also influenced by Eden Ahbez, whom he describes as a “Bohemian composer”, who wrote the song “Nature Boy”. Tyler’s mother first heard the song on a Nat King Cole album. He says Ahbez has a lot of similarities to Gypsy Boots. According to Tyler, Ahbez camped outside, studied mysticism, and ate a vegetarian diet. He says his mother sang “Nature Boy” to him before bed. Tyler says this made him feel like his mother’s “nature boy”.
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