Summer Looks Inspired by ABBA Hits: 'Here We Go Again'

L to R, Christina Baranski, Judy Cramer, Cher, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Lily James 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' film premiere
L to R, Christina Baranski, Judy Cramer, Cher, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Lily James 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' film premiere | © Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock
Photo of Jill Di Donato
Fashion Editor31 July 2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again brings Mediterranean island vibes, family feels, and classic ABBA jams to the silver screen this weekend. Not only do ABBA’s timeless disco hits fuel this star-packed sequel, the band’s notorious flamboyant style is inspiring summer trends that promise to be de rigueur all the way into fall.

ABBA has made an indelible mark in fashion. From white platform gogo boots to outrageous bell sleeves, flared bodysuits, and sequin embellishments, ABBA’s contribution to ‘70s and ‘80s fashion embraced excessive glamour that has come to define the aesthetic of contemporary pop music.

Opening of new ABBA Museum exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden | © IBL/REX/Shutterstock

From Roberto Cavalli’s electric prints to Moschino’s colorful body-conscious knitwear and Gucci’s sequined patches that celebrate pop culture iconography, ABBA’s influence on modern designers is not only palpable, but trending. Here are five fabulous bangers from the film’s soundtrack and summer looks they inspire.

1. “Mamma Mia” — Performed by Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies

Lily James, who plays a young Donna in the ‘70s on the fictional island of Kalokairi (filmed on the Greek island of Skopelos) rocks outrageous flared jeans and a metallic top to perform the title track with her best friends and fellow Dynamos.

Shop the look at H&M with a Metallic Top and Flared Jeans

2. “Dancing Queen” — Performed by Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan

Sophie (in a role reprised by Amanda Seyfried) leads the ensemble performance of “Dancing Queen” wearing a crocheted poncho that’s more boho than disco. But who could forget the version that plays when the credits roll in the first film? Donna and the Dynamos (played by Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Julie Walters) in all the sequins and glitter will not be outdone.

Shop the look at H&M with a Sequin Dress and Glittery Bag

3. “The Day Before You Came” — Performed by Meryl Streep

This ballad has fans worried that Donna meets an untimely end in Here We Go Again. (No spoilers here.) Rather than speculate, celebrate the melodic vocals with a look that brings together two totally wearable ABBA-inspired trends: ruffles and platforms.

Shop the look at H&M with a Lace Peplum Top and Platform Sandals

4. “Fernando” — Performed by Cher, Andy García

In the role of Ruby, Donna’s mother (played by Cher) performs the ABBA hit “Fernando” as a duet with love interest, Fernando (played by Andy Garcia). Capture ‘70s glam with a halterneck jumpsuit and rose gold mules that pay homage to the original disco diva herself.

Shop the look at H&M with a Halterneck Jumpsuit and Leather Mules

5. “Andante, Andante” — Lily James

A young Donna (James) shows off her pipes in this classic ABBA ballad. Being young and in love on the coast of the Aegean Sea is something to celebrate. Catch these vibes with a nautical striped bustier inspired by the Bella Donna hotel staff uniforms, paired with a metallic skirt that’s perfect for the discotheque. The unexpected melange of elements capture the whimsical spirit of Kalokairi.

Shop the look at H&M with a Metallic Skirt and Bustier

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