Priscilla Presley on Elvis Presley and His Iconic Style


Priscilla Presley is the co-founder and former chairperson of Elvis Presley Enterprises and acts as the caretaker for the iconic legacy that Elvis left behind, but there’s more to her than that. Priscilla has had a successful career as an actress on the big screen, TV and stage. She’s also the Ambassador of the Dream Foundation, a Santa Barbara-based wish-granting organization for terminally ill adults and their families.

We recently had the chance to discuss a few things with Priscilla, a woman with a legacy all her own, and she shared her candid thoughts on Elvis, his style, his influence and that one piece of clothing that always works.

CO: How does it feel to be the caretaker of a legacy that touches so many people, so deeply?

PP: No doubt, it is a huge responsibility. Myself, Lisa, EPE, our partners ABG are passionate in keeping his legacy authentic to the best of our ability. He was beloved by many all over the world and people still can’t seem to get enough of him. Yes, people still care for him, very deeply.

CO: What was your favorite Elvis Style Element?

PP: His cool jackets and shirts. He had such a flair for style. He didn’t care if a shirt had ruffle sleeves or front, french cuffs or if it was pink, lavender, or a bowling shirt. He’d wear a bolero jacket with a cool shirt and slim boot leg pants. If it looked good, had style, was different…he’d wear it.

CO:How did being married to Elvis influence your style?

PP: Elvis definitely had a big influence on my style.  He bought most of my clothes throughout the years until I developed my own taste but followed his advice. He told me what looked good on me and what didn’t. How long my skirt length should be, even the height of my collar size. He told me to stay away from large prints as I’m only 5’4 and I’d be over powered. He learned most of these tips from wardrobe designers or stylists in the film industry.

CO:What do you think of the blue suede boot? (American Rebel Boot Company recently launched Elvis Presley Blue Suede Collection.)

PP: It’s a fun, current, and sexy boot for women.  Who wouldn’t want a cool blue suede boot?!  I love the color.

CO: Do the boots capture his style?

PP: Elvis had is own very unique style. He truly did. But this particular boot is geared for women. I think they’d put a smile on his face. What guy doesn’t like a woman wearing boots?

CO: What is one of your “go to, always makes me feel good” pieces of clothing?

PP: My black stilettos!  They are the immediate go-to since I wear a lot of black and yet they go with just about everything.

Priscilla, along with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, recently announced the release of If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, worldwide on October 30, 2015. The album can pre-ordered now on CD and 2LP via an exclusive offer to Country Outfitter customers.

We’re celebrating Elvis Presley all year long. Elvis would have been 80 years old this year, and his legacy lives on making him just as relevant today as he ever was. Click here to celebrate Elvis with us.