How Music Has Influenced My Personal Style
I talk about personal style quite a bit on Rockette Queen, but I never really delved into where mine originated. Sure, I love monochrome, that much is totally obvious. But it’s only one fragment of my style, and doesn’t reflect the clothing styles that I tend to lean towards. Today’s post details on the fragments of my past and present that have influenced how I dress, and why I do so. It also showcases an outfit that I wore to a Paramore show in Belfast in June, which I REALLY love!
The Emo Era
Not to label myself or anything… But I was a total emo kid back in the day. Ironically enough, I DID wear colour back then, partially because back I was more about what went with the vibe I was going for, rather than what I actually liked. Your teens are a strange time, I’m not sure what I actually DID like looking back. All I know is, I got over having black hair REAL fast, and thus will never go back to it again.
I lived in the items I still harbour to this day: band tees, skinny jeans, Converse and Vans. I still wear them to this very day. They’re staples that I believe serve a dual purpose: they bring comfort, and also reflect who I am as a person. ‘Cause let’s be real, I’m still an overgrown emo at the age of 24. I’ll never deny it, and I’ll never be ashamed of it either.
I can’t help but love everything about the 80s. The music, the out-there ensembles, the lifestyle, movies… It’s really no wonder that this era has made a major reflection on my fashion sense. Bands too: Def Leppard, Whitesnake, The Cure, and my beloved Guns N’ Roses. Axl Rose has been a style hero since the ’80s and still is to this very day. When I saw them play live in May this year, he wore a skeleton leather jacket that I loved a little bit too much…
As you all know probably a little too well at this stage, I always wear all-monochrome silhouettes. But I inject ’80s elements wherever I can, usually through the use of texture. Acid wash, metallic, vinyl, faux leather, leopard print… The list tends to go on. I may not have been born to live through the ’80s, as much as I wish I was. But I can sure as hell style myself as if I was!
The Heroes/Heroines Of Bands Once (And Still) Loved
People in bands make it far too easy to dress cool as hell. Because they dress cool as hell, and collectively across the damn planet, that’s cool. So everyone wants to do it. It’s not necessarily a sheep-following-the-herd mentality, it’s more I-like-and-can-relate-to-this. Hayley Williams is just one of them. I’ve seen her dress both bizarre and off-duty cool combined for as long as I’ve listened to Paramore. She’s a stand-out style hero in the alternative world, and I can’t help but absolutely adore her personal style.
I find that looking to her for inspiration pushes my usual comfort zone beyond its limits, which is really important. I wore this very outfit to Paramore when I saw their live show in June. It may not be crazy-out-of-the-box for some, but it was a step in that direction for me, and I really love how it turned out. I’m hoping these influences will push me even further in my realm of personal style.
What influences your personal style?