Why Mamma Mia's Lily James Should Be Everyone's 2018 Summer Style AND Feminist Icon

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"Aside from the amazing clothes and non-stop singing and dancing, Lily James’ character’s style comes from her freedom, independence and proof that you don’t need a man to be happy."

Words by Henrietta Easton

If you haven’t already seen it, sort that out. Now.

Although it may not be an Oscar winner and though it possibly has some of the worst vocals you’ve ever heard from certain male actors *cough* Dominic Cooper *cough*, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again is seriously the best film I’ve seen in awhile. I genuinely had tears rolling down my face the whole time from laughing, and occasionally crying, and the rest of the time my friends and I were finding it very hard to stop ourselves dancing around the cinema (we did at the end). But, not only is the film just all around a feel-good classic, it also can teach us some excellent style lessons for summer 2018.

Apart from the obvious ABBA glamour that we see interspersed throughout the film, which of course we adore especially when it’s Cher wearing it, Lily James playing the young Donna Sheridan styles the summer 2018 trends with an brilliant 70s throwback. She looks totally effortless and inevitably gorgeous, which of course is what you want if you were dancing and singing around a Greek Island with Jeremy Irvine. Through her clothes she channels a very appealing independence and freedom that matches her personality. Not only should we be taking note of her outfits, but also her outlook on life and her incredible womanliness.

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First up, this jumpsuit which (spoiler alert) is revealed underneath Donna’s graduation gown. Seriously, I wish I had looked that great at my graduation. Total seventies vibes that would fit right in for this summer’s style. Bonus: wear it with gold leather boots and you’ve got yourself ready to dance on some tables.

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Mamma Mia would you look at those flares! ABBA would be proud. These kick-flares would not look out of place on a Zara rail and I would be first in line. Wear them like Donna and the Dynamos or, for that off stage look, pair with a classic white shirt and some killer sunglasses.

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For even more of an off duty look, this dreamy bohemian dress  sees Donna throughout most of her adventure. Second spoiler, she even saves a stallion in it. It’s floaty, cool and elegant and would be perfect for a post-beach look thrown over a bikini.   

Finish off the look with a pair of huge orange sunglasses and worn with an opal colour bikini (pictured below) so blue it matches the Greek sea and you’ll be good to go.

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But, in all seriousness, aside from the amazing clothes and non-stop singing and dancing, Lily James’ character’s style comes from her freedom, independence and proof that you don’t need a man to be happy. Although a few of her sexual exploits have been frowned upon, the actress herself commented that she admired Donna’s sexual freedom, proving that she is actually an excellent feminist idol for women everywhere - the clothes are just the start.