Sheena Easton – here’s how to steal her style
Sheena Easton, or Sheena Shirley Easton (or actually Sheena Orr to give her the name she was born with) is the 80s pop phenomenon, who will be 58 next month.
Born in Scotland, she has dual UK-United States nationality having lived in the US since, ooh, some time in the last century…
The Grammy Award-winning artist (she has won two Grammys, and has been nominated for six) has sold over 20 million records around the world. She had her break-out moment in a long-forgotten musical reality TV programme which chronicled her bid to win a recording contract, which she did, ultimately signing with EMI Records.
She had simultaneous UK Top Ten and US Hot 100 hits with Modern Girl and 9 to 5 from the seminal hit film of the same name and went on to record other notable songs, including the James Bond theme For Your Eyes Only. With her haul of hit songs, industry awards, gold and platinum albums and sales of over 20 million albums and singles worldwide, she is one of the most successful British female performers of all time.
Now, the 57-year-old has returned to the UK to make her West End stage debut in the new production of the iconic musical 42nd Street, at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Easton will play Dorothy Brock in the new production of this dazzling homage to the world of musical theatre which features some of the greatest show songs ever written, such as ‘We’re In the Money’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ and ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’.
Based in Las Vegas, Easton has adopted a very American sensibility in her style of dressing. It is a style which we don’t entirely approve of. But if the Americans are good at anything fashion-wise (in addition, obvs, to sportswear), it’s eveningwear and Easton demonstrates that a great frock (in, of course, a flattering shape and colour) combined with pretty hair and a big smile, takes a woman a long way and is very de-aging. So, here’s how to steal her Style:
The hair cut – shoulder length, with a bit of curl, in a lovely warm brown, with some chestnut lowlights. As Cyndy and Jan constantly say, only go grey if you want to and if being grey suits you, which it will if you have cool colouring, but it won’t if you have warm colouring, like Ms Easton (and like Cyndy and Jan). Just remember, these days, you only have to go grey if you want to – the products for both salon use and for home-colouring are dramatically better than they ever used to be…
The Petite clothes – Ms Easton is 1.54m tall (5’ 1”), so she is very much a Petite. Petites are well catered to in the USA, particularly in party and evening-wear so she can find fabulous frocks that fit her frame from US brands that also happen to be available from SoSensational. Though if she was living back here, the Coast Shorter Length collection or the Jacques Vert Petite collection would also provide her with glamorous Petite party-wear.
The smile. Even when you don’t feel like smiling, keep in mind what leading psychotherapist Amy Cuddy says: “Fake it until you become it’. As self-help guru, Kate Tojeiro, author of The Art of Possible: New Habits, Neuroscience and The Power Of Deliberate Action, explains: “Our mind and bodies are connected so adopt a pose of power, stand upright, look people in the eye, put your shoulders back and breathe. (we would add ‘and smile’). It will make a difference.”
And then, of course, there’s lippy in a great colour plus a hint of gloss that makes your smile brighter and prettier!
What do you think of Sheena’s style?