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Style Notes: Outfits Inspired by Arctic Monkeys’ “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”


When CF reader Suzie suggested it in the comments from my last “style notes” post, I knew I absolutely had to do a song from Arctic Monkeys – and not just because I’m slightly in love with Alex Turner.

The Arctic Monkeys are an British indie-rock band who first reached popular attention with the 2005 single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”, which quickly climbed to number 1 on the UK charts. I thought it only fitting I put together some outfits inspired by this song- it’s perfect to rock out to as you get ready for a big night out!

Because of the Arctic Monkeys’ punk sound, most of the outfits have a rock and roll or grunge feel to them – and sometimes, that’s just what you need for a night out. Let’s face it, I can’t even get through “Dirty Little Secret” on Guitar Hero, but I can still dress like a punk maven! If you harbor secret rock n’ roll fantasies like me, or just want to edge it up for the day, read on:

Banging Tunes n’ DJ Sets

Arctic Monkeys outfit 1
Tank, Boots, Jeans, Hat, Buttons, Backpack

This first outfit is the most casual of the three, and would be perfect for crunching through autumn leaves on your way to class (plus, it’s laptop- friendly).

If you’re an Arctic Monkeys fan, show your pride in this cool graphic tank, paired with relaxed skinnies and cool ankle boots. Reference the “robot from 1984″ lyric with some quirky buttons stock on your backpack, and slip on a too-cool-to-care beanie in a fall-appropriate Fair Isle print.

Looking for Romance, Or?

Arctic monkeys outfit 2
Denim Shirt, Boots, Shorts, Necklace, Crop Top, Ring

This outfit fits the song’s punk vibe with edgy leather shorts – they’re just as sexy, but less fussy than a skirt (add tights if it’s chilly out). A rocker-chic layered necklace adds texture to the outfit. A Union Jack crop-top, referencing the band’s home country, peeks out of a tie-front blouse that instantly gives you that ‘va-va-voom’ silhouette. Finally, finish the look with cute, but practical, heeled boots and a cheeky monkey ring to reference the band’s name, for an outfit you can’t help but feel confident wearing!

You’re an Explosion, You’re Dynamite

Arctic monkeys outfit 3
Skirt, Belt, Tee, Heels, Head Wrap, Bandana

This last outfit plays on a fairly traditional and classic ensemble – the pencil skirt, tee, and heels – but ups the fashion ante by combining prints in a quirky way.

First make sure you look like ‘dynamite’ by slipping on a leopard pencil skirt, and balance out the sex-appeal factor of the skirt with a fairly conservative tee. Next, cinch your waist with a bright red belt, and echo that color with bright red heels. (Is there a better confidence booster than a pair of red high heels? I’m going to have to say no.) Mix prints for an eclectic look by taking a red paisley bandana, and tying it into a uber-trendy headwrap –  because the color matches your other accessories, it keeps the print mix looking chic.

What to you think?

Are you a fan of the Arctic Monkeys? Do you have a ridiculously large fan-girl crush on Alex Turner like me? Would you rock any of these outfits (extra points if it’s to an Arctic Monkeys concert)? As always, leave your thoughts, questions and song requests in the comments below!

Posted on on October 4, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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29 Responses to “Style Notes: Outfits Inspired by Arctic Monkeys’ “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor””

  1. 1
    October 4th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I have those boots in the first outfit!! I love them so much!

  2. 2
    October 4th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Um, how about When The Wild Wind Blows by Iron Maiden? Would love to see a post on it :D

  3. 3
    October 4th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    my favorite is the second one

  4. 4
    October 4th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I almost had a heart attack when I read the words ‘Arctic Monkeys’. So awesome! And I love the outifits, specially the first one :D

  5. 5
    October 4th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    OMG, love love love it!!
    Arctic Monkeys are my fav band :D
    Couldn’t believe the title right the first time around

  6. 6
    October 4th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Love that second outfit. How about something by Led Zeppelin?

  7. 7
    October 4th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Looks like I’m not the only one who almost had a heart attack when they read Arctic Monkeys. I love them so much!
    Awesome job, those are some great outfits :)

  8. 8
    October 4th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Could you do “Survival” by Muse?

  9. 9
    October 4th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    agree with Adi throw in some Maiden or just some METAL genre in general

  10. 10
    October 4th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Love the first one ! Cute, comfy and practical. We sooo need a The Beatles special.

  11. 11
    October 4th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Any posts inspired by fun. would be so greatly appreciated. Yes.

  12. 12
    October 4th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Amazing suggestions everyone- keep the ideas- and the Arctic Monkeys love!- coming :)

  13. 13
    October 4th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    The Arctic Monkeys are soo great. I love them, especially the song you mentioned above. It’s so great to dance to.

  14. 14
    October 4th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Great post & all the combo’s are amazing.

  15. 15
    October 4th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    omg love this site so much more now because of this post!! they’re one of my favorite bands!

    and i love the 2nd outfit

  16. 16
    October 4th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I almost fainted when I read “Arctic Monkeys” in the post title haha. I love them and I love these outfits!

    I’d also like to see a Muse inspired post, their music has this sophisticated yet edgy and bangin’ feel to it and it’d be nice to see it interpreted in fashion :)

  17. 17
    October 4th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Ahh! Thanks for posting this! I was just listening to this for like the 200th time today and reveling in its greatness.

  18. 18
    October 5th, 2012 at 2:14 am

    awesome outfit on the 2nd picture!

  19. 19
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Pleeease do a style post on Muse!! They’re one of the most talented AND best-dressed bands around! :D

  20. 20
    October 5th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Whoooo go Arctic Monkeys! Love the third outfit. I’d love to see Muse as well, I’m expecting lots of glitter and leather ;)

  21. 21
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    LOVE the Arctic Monkeys and the outfits you picked here! At first I thought “Why hasn’t she done a t-shirts and tie combination?!” but then I realised that I was getting my songs mixed up. Haha :P

  22. 22
    October 5th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I know this is picky, but the Union Jack represents their home nation, not their home country. :P Great poster otherwise, cute outfits.

  23. 23
    October 5th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks again everyone- love seeing my fellow Arctic Monkey fans!
    @Zoey My bad, good spot haha :)

  24. 24
    October 5th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    i’m SO happy to see you made this post! i’ve been reading cf for since i was a sophomore in high school (i’m now a junior in college) and it’s so nice to see that the bloggers’ interests still match mine in many ways!! i LOVE arctic monkeys with a passion! i love the idea of outfits inspired by musicians, songs, and/or bands! please keep it coming!! i’d love to see more inspired by arctic monkeys, muse, radiohead, oasis, the beatles, kasabian, and whomever else you listen to who you’d like to throw in there! thanks again for a fantastic post with great outfit ideas. :)

  25. 25
    October 5th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    LOVE THIS POST. I’m a huge fan as well, plus I really want that first pair of boots.

  26. 26
    October 6th, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Please do a Beatle themed outfit!!!!

  27. 27
    October 7th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Awesome post! I was so excited to see this one! I think a Two Door Cinema Club post would be awesome–I love all of their clothes. I also second the request for fun. :)

  28. 28
    October 7th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Muse would be amazing! But for the next music-themed post, you absolutely MUST do a post on “Losing You” by Solange. The video is absolute breathtaking sartorial perfection!!

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