Does music determine fashion, or does fashion determine music? Most genres of music have a rather defined "style" within their individual scenes. So, if you are going to a mod show, a punk show, or a folk show this weekend, what will you be wearing? Youd best consult this brief guide for the ins & outs and dos & donts of music fashion.
(n.b.: just as there is overlap in music, so there is overlap in styles just make sure to go out and spend lots of money to look as close as possible to these cookie-cutter suggestions!)
(n.b.#2: dont take any of this too seriously)
1. Folk Music/Jam-band music: Long flowy skirts (for all sexes!); Birkenstocks; hemp; dirt; braids; bellbottom corduroys (variation: worn under the skirt).
2. Hardcore: Backpack with patches you have made; synthetic fabrics; flyers; short short hair; angst.
3. Mod: lots of eyeliner; floppy hair (boys); Vidal Sassoons 5-point cut (girls); parkas; drugs; loafers; tight, black pants; vespas; cigarettes; starch; pins.
4. Punk: spiked bracelet; studded belt; attitude; hooded sweatshirt with safety pins; piercings; converse.
5. Swing: zoot suit; two-tone shoes; suspenders; bedroom eyes; heels (ladies); pleated, mid-calf dresses with belts.
6. Indie: stripes; Adidas; New Balance (though a bit 1997); dark, thick, plastic glasses; your zine; ringer T; 80s track suit; knee length skirts (chicas).
7. Ska: braces; flight jackets with patches; chelsea hair; short, plaid skirts (gals); black and white checkered anything; Dr. Martins.
For fun, why not try to match each of the drawings with its respective music genre!