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Music, clothes...are they related?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Get Smart, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. jpeirpont

    jpeirpont Senior member

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    My favorite style of dress is TNSIL/Trad or whatever you like and I listen to mostly Hip Hop, though I do listen to a lot of Jazz also.
     
  2. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'd imagine that the correlation for most people would be that music influences how you feel, and how you feel influences how you dress.
     
  3. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    I listen to all kinds of different music, and dress in several different styles, and have noticed that on certain kicks, I'll be listening to music and dressing in a similar style.

    If I'm going through a San Francisco folk kick, I'll be dressing in a more Bohemian style and listening to lots of Jana Hunter, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, etc. Sometimes I dress to match the music, sometimes I listen to music that matches how I dress.

    It's not coincidental, but its not entirely conscious, either.
     
  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I do my hair up like Little Richard when listening to him.
     
  5. JohnnyLaw

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    I think it depends on the extent to which you want the lifestyle associated with the music. I'm really into punk and have been for the past 10 years and as a teenager I wanted to "live it" moreso than I do now. It also has to do with identifying with a subculture and displaying it.

    I don't really feel a need now to be part of a group like that, but there are subtle influences in the way I currently dress. Also, there are a lot of clothes that I like that are associated with punk that I don't think I could pull off because they require too much attitude, and I'm a pretty quiet guy. A leather jacket, ripped black jeans and combat boots is a good look if you've got the right sneer.
     
  6. grundletaint

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    it did up through college. i listen to way too many different types of music to have my clothes associate with it and i don't really identify with any one group anymore. i suppose a t-shirt and jeans works with everything. i do have a tendency to tweak what i'm wearing when i go to live shows to get into the spirit of things.
     
  7. AntiHero84

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    I wouldn't say that the music I listen to changes my outfit on a day-to-day basis, but I certainly go through phases. When I was younger, there was this all-or-nothing attitude which dominated both my music and clothing choice. Punk rock, oi, etc. in high school, where I would wear the boots and tight jeans/shirts. This changed around college. My clothing and music style began to slack into a more laidback, reggae vibe. Towards the end of college, I started gravitating back towards metal and hardcore, along with tighter pants and band shirts. Now, I'm listening to more hardcore, but everything is mish-moshing into this weird combination. I'm certainly trying to bring back some of the edge with more clothing related to hardcore, but it doesn't necessarily depend on how I feel in the morning.

    So to answer the question, yes and no.
     
  8. entropy kid

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    Reading this thread I started to wonder how much different youth cultures influence their ... followers ... later in their life. I can't really imagine adults in baggy pants, triple oversized basketball shirts and flashy hats worn at weird angles but I see quite a lot of people still wearing remnants of their punk rock uniform they used to wear in the early eighties...
    On a side note, I still wear a lot of band tees today but I tend to wear them on days when my overall feelings somehow match the style of the band.
     
  9. Nouveau Pauvre

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    Not so much. I listen to a lot of rap, and dress like a skinny white kid.
    lulz. same here.
    I listen to all kinds of different music, and dress in several different styles, and have noticed that on certain kicks, I'll be listening to music and dressing in a similar style. If I'm going through a San Francisco folk kick, I'll be dressing in a more Bohemian style and listening to lots of Jana Hunter, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, etc. Sometimes I dress to match the music, sometimes I listen to music that matches how I dress. It's not coincidental, but its not entirely conscious, either.
    Though I have been known to put on some Cocorosie or Wooden Wand and throw on a loose thrift store oxford and a crown of daisies. Nice to see some "freak folk" love on here.
     
  10. kwilkinson

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    They aren't really related for me. Aren't related at all, actually. But I can see and respect that they are for some people.
     
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    i wear mostly raf simons and some swedish stuff thrown in and listen to old new wave, industrial, punk, and synthpop so for me they are whether directly or indirectly.
     
  12. constant struggle

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    If you are into a musical culture, then it would be, but if you are just like "hey i listen to so and so" then I don't see how...

    When I was going to at the minimum 4 shows a month compared to now where it is more like a max of 1 show every 2 months, I obviously was dressed more /w the culture...
     
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    Only way music influences my clothing choices is wearing a Muse or Strokes Tee.
     
  14. AntiHero84

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    If you are into a musical culture, then it would be, but if you are just like "hey i listen to so and so" then I don't see how...

    When I was going to at the minimum 4 shows a month compared to now where it is more like a max of 1 show every 2 months, I obviously was dressed more /w the culture...


    Out of curiousity, what bands are you going to see? And how would you consider dressing with the culture?
     
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    I'd imagine that the correlation for most people would be that music influences how you feel, and how you feel influences how you dress.

    Or how you feel influences both how you dress and what you listen to.
     
  16. constant struggle

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    Out of curiousity, what bands are you going to see? And how would you consider dressing with the culture?

    I used to go to tons hardcore show in new jersey/philly/new york:
    Seeing bands like:
    Crime In Stereo
    Righteous Jams
    Blacklisted
    Modern Life is War
    Cold World
    The Banner
    Mental
    The Wrong Side
    Lion Of Judah
    Champion
    The Mongoloids
    Pellinore
    Guns Up!

    every week was another good tour, good show
    at one point you would see me in nike dunks /w camo shorts and a black band tee everyday

    not so much anymore as I work fulltime, and dress more like my current lifestyle
     
  17. Smells Like Poor

    Smells Like Poor Senior member

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    In Hardcore the in-group/out-group behavior really dictates how one should dress. If you're really into Hardcore, it's easy to get sucked into the in-group culture.
     
  18. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    I used to go to tons hardcore show in new jersey/philly/new york:
    Seeing bands like:
    Crime In Stereo
    Righteous Jams
    Blacklisted
    Modern Life is War
    Cold World
    The Banner
    Mental
    The Wrong Side
    Lion Of Judah
    Champion
    The Mongoloids
    Pellinore
    Guns Up!

    every week was another good tour, good show
    at one point you would see me in nike dunks /w camo shorts and a black band tee everyday

    not so much anymore as I work fulltime, and dress more like my current lifestyle



    Nice. Yeah, I just moved to the Long Island area, so I've gone to a couple Crime in Stereo shows. They definitely put on a good show. Champion is good too. I can definitely comiserate with only being able to go to shows occasionally [​IMG]

    I always find it interesting when scene kids grow up and how they still incorporate their subculture into their new roles as adults.
     
  19. Stazy

    Stazy Senior member

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    No. I'm not really sure what influences my clothing choices anymore. When I first joined SF, I drank the Kool-Aid without second thought. Now I'm starting to move away from the SF aesthetic a bit. I'm not sure what I'm moving towards, but I guess time will tell...
     
  20. GoSurface

    GoSurface Senior member

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    If I dressed according to what I listen to, then I would look like diarrhea. I think I'm too complex to let what I listen to dictate how I look. Music is only one aspect.
     

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