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3 Outfits Inspired by Your Perfect Summer Playlist (Part 2)


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Welcome to part two of our series on outfits inspired by your perfect summer playlist – no matter your preferred music genre, we’ve created a look to match. Read on and find out which musical genre influences your style!

1. California Love

Your Playlist:

Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Fabolous, Common - there’s no better soundtrack to put a little swagger in your step as you walk the city streets.

The Look:

Hip hop inspired outfit
Necklace, Sneakers, Plaid, Hat, Shorts, Tee

Start with a cheeky crop top, and pair it with acid-wash dolphin shorts that have an edgy, yet retro vibe. Add some cool and comfy sneakers, then layer on a statement-making geometric bib necklace. For extra points, tie a plaid shirt ’90s-style around your waist (find an authentic, worn-in one at your local thrift store!), then cap the whole look off with an eye-catching and on-trend ball cap.

This look plays with retro elements, like the cut and wash of the shorts, and adds of-the-moment pieces, like sleek sneakers and a geometric necklace for a look that’s fresh, visually intriguing, and full of texture!

2. The Door Into Summer

Your Playlist:

The Monkees, The Beach Boys, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, The Weavers - the perfect music for a stroll along a picturesque boardwalk.

The Look:

60s music inspired outfit
Flats, Dress, Sunglasses, Bag | Photo via ELLE

For this look, I wanted a more fashion-y take on the beach/surfer girl style, so I turned to the ultimate queen of summer dressing, Brigitte Bardot. She’s the perfect style inspiration for this dreamy retro summery soft-rock playlist, because of her connection to the ’60s, and her easy, carefree, yet classic and feminine style. (Plus, Ms. Bardot is no stranger to singing, herself!)

Modernize the iconic fisherman’s shirt with this cool t-shirt dress that has a mod shape that speaks to the ’60s, but is updated with a zipper detail and pockets. Brigitte Bardot was known for her simple clothing – one of the reasons her classic take on style is still admired today – so keep your outfit clean with little tan flats and a structured bag. Finish with trendy vintage-esque sunglasses and you have a simple, but ladylike look that’s eternally chic yet perfect for summer.

3. Island in the Sun

Your Playlist:

Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, AWOLNATION, Interpol, Weezer - music for chewing bubblegum and kicking ass (and we hear they’re all out of bubblegum).

The Look:

Indie rock inspired outfit
Earrings, Shorts, Vest, Necklace, Tank, Sneakers

First, layer a camo vest over a colorful skull tank – camo print is super trendy right now, and a cool vest is a great way to add layers and interest to an outfit in the sweltering summer sun. Along with some uber-distressed denim shorts and Converse, this outfit is tough, but still seasonally appropriate.

Finish with some little stud earrings and a bull ring for a look that’s very alt-rock – perfect for summer concerts and festivals like the Warped Tour!

What do you think?

Do any of these genres feature in your summer playlists? Would you wear these outfits? Are there any other genres you’d like to see me do? Let me know your thoughts, questions and suggestions in the comments below!

Posted on on May 25, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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19 Responses to “3 Outfits Inspired by Your Perfect Summer Playlist (Part 2)”

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    May 25th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Do a music inspiration on The Strokes, pretty please!

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    May 25th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Really cute! One very summer-y genre are those neo-surf bands big right now, like Best Coast, the Wavves, Surfer Blood, etc.

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    May 25th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I love that Gangsta Rap tee but I am more of an Arctic Monkeys girl myself.

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    May 25th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    But that post on the Arctic Monkeys is old :( now their style is more “polish”.It will be great if you do a new one,inspired on suck it and see or at least on R U Mine their next album will go in that same direction

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    May 25th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I got excited about that cute blue striped dress, and it’s a child’s dress. Dang.

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    May 25th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    What about an outfit for us EDM folks? Krewella, Swedish House Mafia, Knife Party and the likes? Thank you!

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    May 25th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    oh and cool idea @Amanda- I’m trying to envision some stylish neon ;) haha

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    May 25th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Country music? Pretty please!! Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, TIM McGraw……I would love to see what you guys come up with :)

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    May 26th, 2013 at 3:43 am

    haha, I saw Door into Summer and I thought “Hey that’s a Monkees song!” …then I saw they were listed in the bands there :) I really like that outfit though!

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    May 26th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    love them (especially the 1st one) but i think if i wore a shirt that said the gangster rap made me do it on it i would probably get beat up

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    May 27th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    @Lara Wow, thank you for the response and other options! I LOVE the Lands End dress.

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    May 27th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Do a country themed one!!!

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    May 28th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    The “gangsta rap” shirt could easily offend. A bit ridiculous, imho, especially considering that rap actually gets blamed for things all the time.

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    May 28th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for the feedback and suggestions guys, keep em coming!

    @Kelsey No problem :)

    @jk and @R Fair points, I kind of meant the shirt to be taken ironically haha, but of course you could always substitute it out for another cute cropped tee- I like Brandy Melville and Forever21 for reasonably prices ones, or even DIY versions via your local Goodwill or Value Village. Let me know if you find something that works! :)

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    June 1st, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I agree! More Arctic Monkeys inspired outfits please! Maybe a post for each “eras” since they change their style with each album. Or if you can’t do that just do a Suck it and See/R U Mine? inspired outfit :)

    As for playlists, a Mumford and Sons/The Lumineers and Grace Potter/The Pretty Reckless inspired outfits for the next post?

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    June 9th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I don’t know what category the Black Keys would fit in, but you should add them and similar bands into the mix!

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    June 12th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    some lovley ideas, I always struggle when it comes to summer fashion and it takes me a while to get into it once the season starts, after months of wrapping up and leaving my fake tan in the back of my drawer. I wear a lot of clothing from disturbia, which are very dark and gothic, so I rely a lot on bright accessories to jazz up my looks. Thanks!

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