For decades music and fashion have gone hand in hand. It is not difficult to see why as the two are so closely linked. Music bands are marketed in a way that makes people wants to appear and be a part of a music group or phenomenon. If you think about it music is the one of the major things we have in life that make people feel like they belong. People become united by a common interest and feel part of a group and gain a strong identity and fashion is the main driving force within this.
Clothing makes a missive statement about who you are. You can tell a lot about a person by their fashion sense and over the years fashion has defined many periods in time. One of the most famous in the UK occurred in the 1970s where there was a prominent divide between Mods and Rockers: two very contrasting music styles and with it two very contrasting fashion styles. Dressing either as one or the other made a statement of what music you were into and defined you as a person.
This has continually evolved and adapted right up to this very day with trends ranging from Grunge, Nu Metal, and Emo amongst others. Fashion and music has a brilliant ability to define decades of time over the last century. If you think about the following music and fashion trends you can automatically think the decade from psychedelic music (60s) to new romantic (80s).
Today the main fashion trend is very much retro and street clothing. Retro is a clothing style which consists in wearing clothes commonly used in the past. This often includes garments and accessories that are characteristic of those times and many people use them in an exaggerated way and in combination with current clothing. Bands such as The Strokes, The Enemy, Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian have formed the very epitome of this fashion trend with their retro sounding music that on first listen almost belongs in the 70s 80s and early 90s. These bands frequently don this style of clothing on stage and have popularised and revived brands such as Adidas Originals and Lyle and Scott.
The clothing trend takes much of its fashion and style from sports. An example of this is the way in which the sport garments from the 70's and 80's are used in todays society. Football jackets and team jerseys with former logos of the soccer associations are very popular with the designs usually having patterns and combinations of colours that were characteristic of those times.
The birth of street or urban clothing was born out of a music style some dub indie or indie rock. The trend is very stylish and yet very casual at the same time. Retro provokes powerful nostalgia in the older generations whilst ironically giving off a sense of youth to todays generations. Due to the global village effect this fashion trend is spreading the world over with overseas brands such as the Japanese brand Edwin, US brand Carhartt and the Swiss brand Vicotrinox being dominant brands within this fashion trend.
It is almost unbelievable that brands such as Adidas Originals and Lyle and Scott were worn by older generations in their youth. With the help of music this fashion trend is at the very forefront and has shown great staying power. Undoubtedly this fashion trend will die out and with it a genre of music which has defined the noughties. However if fashion has taught us anything is that you can not anticipate anything and so keep hold of your old clothes as you never know when they will become fashionable again.