In this blog I will explain about Pop Music and Its Influence on Fashion. Fashion and music are ever-changing industries with much more in common than some may think. Both considered forms of self-expression, these art forms commingle in many ways. Pop Music and Its Influence on cultural trends, including fashion, can be witnessed consistently throughout history. As styles of music have shifted through the years, fashion trends have acted as a mirror reflecting these changes. Current trends are a reflection of the most famous artists and their unique styles. Pop music, specifically, has had a massive impact on how fashion has evolved and continues to evolve today.
Think of your favorite pop artist and you’re likely to be able to envision them easily. You can see their face, hair, and style, all of which make them uniquely recognizable. This is no coincidence. Music artists work hard to portray a specific representation that ties directly to their music. Because of this, fans of their music are likely to emulate the parts
of their style that they enjoy most.
A great example of this is Lady Gaga and her eclectic yet relatable style. Her wardrobe consists of loud and vibrant pieces that leave the media talking about her more often than not. Her incorporation of accessories that accentuate her outfits has brought back trends like oversized sunglasses, brightly colored purses, and even gloves. The ability to have widespread influence on fashion trends is just one way in which pop music artists contribute to today’s culture.
Lady Gaga is just one example of a pop artist that has altered fashion trends in the current decade. Here are some more vivid examples of pop music’s influence on the industry today:
Headwear trends are one of the most frequently changing areas of fashion and are heavily influenced by music videos, paparazzi photos, and interviews. Trends have even shifted towards a seemingly anti-hat movement, in which we have gone months at a time without seeing any artists rocking hats of any style. Currently, artists like Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber have not only brought back hats but have been spotted wearing them on red carpets as well. One example of this is Justin Bieber and his neon pink beanie at the 2022 Grammys. Dua Lipa, on the other hand, has been spotted wearing a bucket hat on many occasions, which originated in the 90s era. These bold choices did not go unnoticed and further fueled the retro-inspired trends that have been making their way back onto the scene.
Designer brand purses have always been a go-to for successful music artists because
of their ability to influence. Brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, and others offer their
bags to celebs due to their ability to be photographed with them. Because of this, designer purses are almost always on-trend. Right now, trends are shifting toward vintage designer bags thanks to the influence of artists like Beyonce and Taylor Swift. A heavy focus on sustainability (thanks in part to climate change) has prompted music artists to reduce, reuse, and recycle. This means seeking out vintage purses that are no longer made. In addition to the sustainability aspect, these purses are also highly desirable due to their exclusivity. Bags that are no longer made are valued much higher than ones being mass-produced right now. This trend is especially beneficial for the planet, which makes it likely to last for quite a while. Technology is one of the few areas likely to suffer from trends such as this. The invention of devices that can rapidly produce mass amounts of products is in increasingly lower demand as A-list music artists preach the importance of sustainability. Even so, it’s likely technology will pivot and find a way to join in on this planet-conscious movement.
Artists like J-Lo have a knack for bringing back trends that were once big during their prime in the 90s and 2000s. Current trends are geared toward a modern-influenced yet retro vibe, which means oval-shaped, boldly colored, and futuristic styles are what we’re seeing. Styles like aviators and wayfarers are back and better than ever with jazzed-up elements that make them nostalgic yet unique. One of J-Lo’s most popular music videos, Jenny From The Block, shows her in oversized glasses with a thick frame. She was spotted out recently wearing similar glasses, even though this music video was released in 2002. This “style recycle” influences fans of hers from this earlier time period, as well as now, to bring out their older sunglasses which catapults into a full-blown trend.
In contrast to recent years, when simplicity and minimalism were the goals for red carpet dresses, bold and daring statement pieces have become the new trend. Artists like Billie Eilish and Lizzo have wowed onlookers at recent events with their unique and frankly eccentric dress choices. Billie showcased a vintage 1920s-inspired look featuring a corset-style bodice at the Met Gala this year, while Lizzo sported a purple see-through mesh dress that wowed. As a result, fashion trends have shifted in this direction as well. You will see far more daring choices being marketed on fashion websites like Revolve, FRWD, and even Nordstrom. This fearless expression of personality from artists has paved the way for the rest of the population to take some bolder fashion risks as well.
As pop music continues to evolve, the fashion industry is sure to follow closely behind. Although this genre consistently offers upbeat, relatable, and energetic tunes, it continues to shift in ways that introduce us to new ideas and imagery. As a result, these two entities work hand-in-hand in shaping the cultural trends we know and love.