When it comes to music, sometimes one of the best things that you can do to both promote your culture and show people your identity is by making your style match your tunes. And it sounds like such a simple thing, but there is a lot of subtlety that can be involved as well, depending on the point you’re trying to make by your outward appearance.
Consider some classical trappings regarding the hipster feel, a nod to rave culture, how to show off your urban colors, what country styles can say about having fun, and what ground to travel for people who just enjoy the middle-of-the-road pop sensibility.
The Hipster Touch
Hipsters can get a lot of bad press anymore, and have become a bit of a caricature of themselves, but you can still dress the part and find collective souls to meet with. So get that hair style, grow that beard, twirl that mustache, and go as deep as the irony will allow you, and meet your kindred musicians by the glint off of their fake glasses.
Rave Gear Relapse
For the folks who partied in the rave scene in the late ’90s and early ’00s, there’s nothing like a nod to club culture like gigantic jeans and candy bracelets. It’s a little more difficult to pull this off as an adult, so this is going to be one of those cases where you really have to pick your battles. Lots of successful professionals still listen to techno, but spotting them by appearance can be a tough sell. So really, by adding rave pieces to your otherwise standard uniform, you’re more scanning for people who recognize you, rather than the other way around.
If you look at the most popular downloads via the iTunes platform these days, you’re going to run into a lot of hip-hop and rap. And this is also one of the easiest genres to claim in terms of what you wear to look urban. And though the price tags may make some people raise their eyebrows, there’s enough of a demand, and enough recognition, to make it a mainstay of modern culture.
The country music genre sticks to a fun vibe. And that makes sense in terms of the generalized dress code as well. Cowboy hats and jeans for the guys, big belts a necessary addition, and then slinky plaid tops and hip-huggers for the women. Even without hearing the music, you can spot a country music event miles away.
And for the mainstream pop folks, fashion isn’t quite as central, but the subdued appearance of lots of the pop icons does lend itself to fashion trends that could be viable right along the vibe of Mall Rats. The pop feel can also be absorbed from pretty much any mainstream entertainment magazine.