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The Ultimate Style Guide for Musicians

| On 17, Aug 2020

From David Bowie’s distinctive style to recent collaborations between artists and clothing brands, it’s no secret that music and fashion go hand in hand. Whether you’re a member of a band or a solo performer, your personal style can have a huge bearing on your public image. As Michael Kors once said, “clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.” So, how can you dress to impress in a way which enhances your creativity? 

If you want to elevate your style, read on. Here are our top four tips for following the ultimate style guide for musicians.

1. Add stand-out accessories

Accessories are some of the most important items in your wardrobe. Whether you want to make a statement with layers of oversized jewellery or keep it simple with some classic pieces, adding accessories is one of the quickest ways to look (and feel) instantly put together. 

And when it comes to choosing the perfect accessories for your style, why not take inspiration from some of your favourite artists? From AP watches worn by celebrities including Harry Styles, Jay-Z, and John Mayer, to the range of distinctive sunglasses that have graced stages around the world, the fashion archives of prominent musicians will leave you spoilt for choice.

2. Choose a distinctive jacket

It may be common for acts to wear many weird and wonderful costumes on stage, but some of the most iconic fashion items from musical history are classic jackets they can be worn time and time again. Freddie Mercury’s famous yellow military jacket, for example – worn at Wembley Stadium as part of his final tour in 1986 – is a testament to the fact that the most memorable outfits are sometimes the simplest. The jacket might be considered loud by some, but by Mercury’s outlandish standards, it was positively tame. 

To achieve this, choose a well-made jacket that you can wear over the majority of your outfits. This will help to create a curated look, helping to tie together your everyday ensembles. Much as leather jackets are associated with rock ‘n’ roll, a distinctive but versatile jacket is sure to become the cornerstone of your style.

3. Wear band tees

If you’re someone who likes to wear your heart on your sleeve (or, more accurately, across your chest), an iconic band tee is a great way to proclaim your love for some of the greatest bands in history. The logos for the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’Roses, and The Who are some of the most instantly recognisable symbols in the music world – and they’re a great way to incorporate your love of music into your everyday look.  

4. Style your hair

Musicians’ hairstyles have proved influential over the years. From the Beatles’ iconic ‘mop top’ and Elvis’ buoyant pompadour, to the more extreme mullets and mohicans which started appearing in the 1970s, the media never seems to tire of talking about the changing hairstyles of famous artists. Whether you choose to keep yours neatly trimmed or wild and free, distinctive styles such as fringes, curls, and backcombing are a great way to add personality to your appearance. 

Embrace your personal style, hone your image, and unleash your creativity with our ultimate style guide for musicians.