Who else hears the name “Jane Fonda” and thinks about their mom doing workout videos in the early ’90’s? Just me? Lol! In today’s installment in my Inspired By series (here’s what you need to know about the Inspired By series if you’re new here) I’m talking about why Jane Fonda is a woman you need to know about in 2020.
pink hat (similar version under $30) // “puppies not patriarchy” graphic tee // similar yellow blazer // straight leg jeans // white sneakers
Jane Fonda is an actress, business woman and activist. Her acting career began in the 1960’s at which time she quickly rose to Hollywood (and Broadway) stardom; being nominated for seven Academy Awards in the 60’s and 70’s. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice! What most millennials like myself likely know her from though is her workout videos.
Fonda released her first workout video in 1982 and released 13 more workout videos over the following years. Her initial workout video actually holds the record for the highest selling VHS tape of all time (which the nostalgia nerd in me finds super cool). In any event, throughout the 80’s Jane Fonda was known for whipping our mom’s butts into shape while rocking absolutely epic neon 80’s workout gear.
But you know what else Fonda was up to in the 70’s and 80’s?? She was busy creating a name for herself as an activist that stood up for human rights, the environment and more. She was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War and more recently has spoken out against the Iraq War, the lack of government measures taken to address climate change, and spoken up for women’s equality.
I’m inspired by Jane Fonda because I love seeing people use their influence and their voice for good. I’m gonna guess Fonda is sitting pretty on millions of dollars to her name. She doesn’t need to put herself out there for causes, but she does. I love that she has been an activist all her life and has never shied away from standing up for others.
Fonda is one strong feminist who uses her voice to speak up for those who can’t. She has famously spoken out against the patriarchy noting that feminism and the equality of woman is not a female issue; it’s a societal issue. Dismantling the patriarchy, she has said, will only serve to benefit both men and women equally.
So on that note … PUPPIES NOT PATRIARCHY! 🙊 I saw this graphic tee and knew it would be the perfect one to wear for this Inspired By Jane Fonda post. I think Jane would approve, don’t you?
As far as the rest of this outfit, I’m wearing some of my absolute favorite wear-far-too-often pieces for spring: my pink felted hat and my white & gold sneakers. This pink hat is probably my favorite thing in my closet right now and I can’t recommend it enough. There is nothing like a hat to elevate any outfit and just make you feel cool. My hat is absolutely worth the price tag in my opinion, but I do know that it’s pretty expensive so I found a similar pink hat under $30 to share with you!
My white & gold sneakers are my current favorite shoe. They are comfortable and casual, but the textured material and gold detail elevate them enough that they don’t look out of place when worn with a work day outfit while commuting to work. (… Not that any of us are doing that right now but, ya know, for the future lol).
Overall this exact outfit is something you’ll find me re-wearing this spring/summer and wearing this as a general outfit formula as well. In other words:
My Spring Outfit Formula = Empowering or Funny Graphic Tee + Colored Blazer + Distressed Straight Leg Denim.
Shop The Outfit:
Shop Other Empowering / Funny Graphic Tees:
What a cute outfit! I love the tee and your yellow blazer! Oh, and the hat!
Thanks Lizzie!! The hat is definitely going to be one of my favorite things for spring/summer. Im obsessed with the pink!
I love Jane Fonda as an actress and activist! This outfit is so chic! I love your tee!
Jill – Doused in Pink
She’s so awesome right! and thank you!!
That graphic tee is too cute! Love how you styled it with that pop of yellow in the blazer! xoxo, Sarah
Thank you so much Sarah!
I love the yellow blazer!
Thanks Jennifer, it’s one of my faves! It just makes me happy 🙂
This is such a fun look and photo spot. It is really neat how she continues to do activism even though she does not have to like you said.
Straight A Style
Thank you so much Amy! And exactly; I love seeing people be involved and make a difference, especially when they don’t have to
Another great inspired post!! you definitely nailed this one too.
xx rebecca // thecrystalpress.com
Thanks so much Rebecca!
I’m loving the bold pop of colors in this look! They are such a ray of sunshine.
Thakn you so much Anna!
Such a fun idea to create a look based off a celebrity you admire! I might have to try this!
Aw thank Jaimie! You totally should, it really helped me get creative when I felt like i was in a fashion slump / creativity rut! Don’t miss the other posts in this series – theres one on Taylor Swift, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and more!
I love that you called this out. She doesn’t have to put herself towards causes at all, but she does so it goes to show she is an amazing human. Money doesn’t change everyone for the negative and she is a great example of that!
Thank you! And that’s exactly how I see it as well!
So cute! I LOVE the jeans!!
Thank you so much!
This is hands down my favorite “inspired by” look you’ve put together so far. I love the cheer – and the empowerment. I never knew so much about Jane Fonda before this, and I think it’s really cool that she’s such an inspiration to you!
Aw thank you so much Stephanie! I think it might be my favorite as well. It’ just so bright! And ya, she is someone not a lot of people know about, which I think makes her even cooler as a celebrity! She’s not out there shoving her ‘good deeds’ down everyone;s throats, she’s laying low just doing her thing.
I admire Jane Fonda too! The fact that she is still into activism in her 80’s is so impressive. And yes, I think she’d approve of your graphic tee. Really cute outfit!
Isn’t she so awesome! and re. the outfit – haha thank you!! I love it so much!
I love these colours…the hat is fabulous! My mum had a book with Jane Fonda’s workout in photos – before VHS existed! I remember trying to do the exercises as a child, and the book had a section all about her life which I thought was fascinating.
Oh my gosh thats amazing!!!!