On My Playlist: Underrated Girl Power

You've heard of them before, so why not listen to them now?
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You've heard of them before, so why not listen to them now?

"On My Playlist" takes new hits and old favorites and turns them into outfits anyone can rock.

Girl Power in music: I don't know about you, but it's like comfort food to the ears for me. Whenever I'm sick, or stressed, I reach for some tunes that didn't get too much airplay (or only come up in special cases). This week was no different, seeing that I'm sick in bed during finals.

This week's playlist is going to focus on those underrated female pop artists (and female fronted pop bands). The beauty of this playlist? You've probably heard the songs at least once before -- and they're all perfect for dancing away your stress this finals season.

I Really Like You

I really like you

Products: Shirtdress - Target, Shoes - Modcloth, Sweatshirt - Etsy, Purse- Boogzel, Eyeliner- Maybelline, Lipstick- Ulta

Ah, the underrated queen of pop, Carly Rae Jepson. No matter how you feel about her first hit single (confession: "Call Me Maybe" will always have a place in my heart), you can't deny the fun that was "I Really Like You."

I took a few cues from both Tom Hanks' video look and Carly Rae's, getting the shirtdress in on the action with a graphic sweatshirt to layer over it (because, let's face it, spring can be sunny and chilly in the same minute). 

Keep your heart close with this envelope clutch, and steal Carly Rae's makeup look with a few basics. (A cat eye and red lip is her go-to combo!)

The sneakers keep everything simple, and are perfect for running to the set of a music video or your last presentation of the year. 

While the outfit may seem a bit plain, it's also a blank canvas for your personalizing needs! Switch the sweatshirt with a cardigan, or throw some fun colored tights under, or just wear it with an exuberance only found in Jepson's music.

No Flex Zone (Remix)

no flex zone

Products: Shirt - H&M, Shorts - H&M, Bralette - Hollister, Shoes - Lulu's

Okay, here's a cold, hard fact: Amy Renee Noonan from the duo Karmin is an underrated rapper. Sure, she started out as a singer, and rapping came a little after, but the fact that she can keep up with the likes of Watsky? Girl's got flow.

Another reason why I love her? Her outfits are cute, quirky, and easy to mimic. Even when you can't find exactly the right top, you can still nail the feel of her outfits.

To emulate her outfit in the video (in a more low-key way), reach for a light colored shirt, so if your cute (and colorful!) bralette peeks through, it's noticeable and understated. 

The shorts keep you cool as summer slowly creeps into view, and the shoes? They're confidence in physical form. (Is it just me, or does looking good feel similar to when you are rapping along to a song and nail the verse?)

That's Not My Name

that's not my name

Products: Shirt- Nasty Gal, Overalls- ASOS, Flannel- Abercrombie, Sneakers - Kohl's, Choker - Forever 21

An oldie, but a goodie. While the tune is definitely poppy in style, the sassy message makes this a tough girl confidence track, as the Ting-Tings probably intended.

With overalls (and their many variants) coming back into style, I couldn't help but try to update the look for a grungy night out. Tuck the t-shirt into the overalls, and throw the flannel over top.

If your nights out require a lot of walking (or dancing, or they just happen to take place where a lot of people aren't watching where they're going), sneakers are the safest and comfiest option. Finish your look with a choker to keep up with the trends, and you're ready to tell off anyone who calls you anything but your name.

Bring Back the Beat

What do you think? What are your favorite underrated artists? What songs are you jamming out to now -- and what songs should inspire my next outfits? Let me know in the comments!