Music and fashion have always had a symbiotic relationship. It’s well known that famous musicians have a large effect on popular culture; they tend to become influencers which fans and the world at large seek to emulate. The number of times fashion and music have come together to produce largescale iconic change is almost beyond count, and you don’t have to search very long to find a moment that changed the fashion landscape forever. Bob Marley in his iconic Adidas wear, Buddy Holly and his thick-framed glasses, or even Michael Jackson’s bejewelled glove, the list goes on. Below are some of the most salient musicians that influenced fashion and created a trend.
Kurt Cobain and Thrift Shop Style
Most of the time trends aren’t set with any conscious effort simply because musicians aren’t really setting out to make trends, they’re out there to make music and be themselves. Kurt Cobain is the best example of this. And while his stardom was brief it was also bright and intense, ultimately changing music and fashion forever. Cobain brought grunge style to the mainstream – jeans, flannel and cardigans that looked like they were bought for a fiver in total. He made the style look so unplanned, effortless and peerlessly cool. If you’re looking to rock this style, simply go down to the nearest charity store and see what they have on their rails from past decades.
John Lennon’s Circular Sunglasses
A real working class hero, John Lennon is famous for his contributions to music both with the Beatles and as a solo artist, as well as his demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the late 60s. He’s also known for his outrageously cool style and in particular his round glasses and sunglasses. Back in the 60s anyone even vaguely involved in the hippie movement wore a pair, and in more recent times Liam Gallagher from Oasis was known to wear a similar pair in homage to his idol. The style stuck, and luckily for anyone looking to don a similar look it’s pretty easy to pick up a pair of Lennon-esque sunglasses from retailers like Edel Optics. All we are saying is give this look a chance.
Joan Jett and her Grit
When you think of female celebrities and fashion a lot of names come to mind: Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot. And while these women were inarguably graceful, beautiful and powerful in their styles, there was nothing gritty or hard that defined their looks. Joan Jett changed that perception. She showed that women could rock equally as hard as men, embracing leather, studs, safety pins and a healthy serving of black clothing. It wasn’t just your typical dirty rocker look, however. Joan Jett infused her style with glamour, sequins, dramatic makeup and some intimidating boots to complement her personality that was at once both rebellious and feminine. If you’re looking to do the same, find yourself some Converse, a leather jacket and ensure your bangs are looking voluminous.