The Serpent on Netflix: we’re obsessed with Jenna Coleman’s 70s style Get the look.

BBC and Netflix’s new series, The Serpent, is a chilling crime thriller based on a real-life story, nevertheless, the fabulous wardrobe of Jenna Coleman will have you dreaming of the bohemian and glamorous ‘70s fashion style. In fact, violent series have found in fabulous styling a way to ease gruesome stories, as, for example, Killing Eve.

The Serpent tells the story of a conman and serial killer, Charles Sobhraj, and his girlfriend-turned-accomplice played by Jenna Coleman. She uses her beauty and fantastic outfits to lure their victims, backpackers travelling across Asia’s famous “Hippie Trail”.

Costume designer Rachel Walsh managed to recreate that era’s fashion using vintage finds like Hermès scarves and oversized Cartier sunglasses. She said fashion designers Yves Saint Laurent and Kansai Yamamoto served as inspiration for the ’70s style outfits Jenna Coleman wears in the series. So if you like the ’70s fashion, get ready for a treat with The Serpent; high-waisted flares, halter-necks, psychedelic and swirling prints, colourful satin shirts, and bohemian kaftans. 

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Green power suit and floral shirt

Jenna Coleman’s tailored suit with a floral shirt is totally ’70s, a style that reminds us of Yves Saint Laurent and Studio 54. Additionally, sharp tailoring was very popular among stylish women like Bianca Jagger, Catherine Deneuve, and Jane Birkin.

The stars of The Serpent wearing '70s style fashion.

Plaid shirt

Way before the Grunge style was born, the checkered shirt was already on-trend in the ’70s. Pair it with high-waisted jeans, a raffia belt, and square oversized glasses for a relaxed look.

Oversized sunglasses with tinted lenses

Jenna Coleman’s square sunnies with tinted lenses were a must in the ’70s, but this oversized style is one of the retro sunglasses we’ll wear this spring and summer.

Crochet bikini and halter dress

The ’70s hippie style of Jenna Coleman is totally contemporary. In fact, today’s fashion designers have brought back all that’s handcrafted and artisanal; crochet, tie-dye, and patchwork. So, this summer, make sure you have crochet bikinis and halter maxi dresses to lounge by the swimming pool.

Crochet and lace Kaftans

Besides hand-knitted bikinis, you also need crochet and lace kaftans to rock cool beach-looks with the ’70s style, like the ones in The Serpent.

Long printed headscarves

A much-beloved style accessory of the ’70s was a long scarf wrapped around the head as we see in several scenes of The Serpent. Pair the scarves with big hoops, the signature earrings of that era.

Jenna Coleman wearing printed head scarves in The Serpent.

High-waisted flares

Flared trousers with high-waist were the norm for stylish women in the ’70s, and thanks to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and to Victoria Beckham, they are back in fashion today.

Lounging in luxurious kimonos

Wear a vintage-style kimono, like Jenna Coleman’s soft peach one, to enjoy lazy Sunday mornings listening to ’70s music.

Printed kaftans

Jimi Hendrix would have approved Jenna Coleman’s bohemian ’70s kaftans with bold colourful prints, and these comfortable floaty dresses are back in style, summer after summer.

Halter tops

Halter-neck tops were another signature style of the ’70s, and you’ll find the perfect mood-board for this spring and summer in The Serpent.

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