Follow College Fashion on Twitter!

Style Notes Special: 3 Outfits Inspired by Fun


When CF readers Amanda and Suzie suggested that I do a post on Fun (in the comments of another Style Notes piece), I knew the band would be perfect for my next Style Notes article!

Not to get totally hipster on you guys, but I’ve been a big fan of Fun (formerly stylized as “fun.”) since I was a wee junior high student. Fun have released some great songs, but only recently have they been having mainstream success. Though I may be lowering my hipster cred by saying so, I’m glad a whole new audience is supporting this awesome band (even if I do cringe when people ask me if I’ve heard of Fun before).

Below, I’ve put together three outfits inspired by the songs “Some Nights”, “Carry On”, and “We Are Young”. Whether you’re a longtime lover of Fun or a new fan, take some style inspiration from the band’s quirky style and fun (no pun intended!) lyrics.

Some Nights

Outfit inspired by Fun's Some Nights
Shirt, Jacket, Scarf, Boots, Cargos, Beanie

The title track to Fun’s second studio album, “Some Nights” is super catchy, and a bit of a dance anthem in my dorm. (Just-before-quiet-hours sing-a-long sessions are an absolute college must.) The song deals with some heavy themes, but manages to maintain an upbeat feeling. (Is there a metaphoric lesson in that? Discuss.) The music video has a very dramatic feel, with the military scenes acting as on-trend inspiration for a great autumn outfit.

Rock a military look à la the music video with a pair of skinny cargos- such a cool alternative to jeans! Layer a military jacket and a pretty print scarf over a simple henley for a rugged, yet cute look. Paired with leather boots and a slouchy beanie, this look begs to be worn to class on a windy fall day.

Carry On

Outfit inspired by Fun's Carry On
Suspenders, Shirt, Ring, Oxfords, Watch, Jeans

Also off the Album “Some Nights”, “Carry On” has a more mellow feel than the titular title track, but still includes some great electric guitar and, of course, some standout moments courtesy of Nate Ruess’ amazing voice.

For this outfit, I took my inspiration from Nate Ruess’ look in the music video for a menswear-inspired feel. Starting with a base of a chambray shirt and cuffed jeans, add some classic-yet-quirky suspenders and stylish oxfords. Put on a ring which references the song’s lyrics and grab a chunky gold watch for a look that’s sophisticated, but youthful.

I could see wearing this look to lunch with friends, but I also think its comfy-meets-stylish feel would be great for going sight-seeing – just because you’re a tourist, doesn’t make it okay to don a visor and a fanny pack!

We are Young

Lipstick, Necklace, Skirt, Blouse, Clutch, Earrings, Blazer

Credited with catapulting Fun into mainstream success, “We Are Young” ft. Janelle Monáe reached number one on the U.S.Billboard Hot 100, the first alternative rock song to do so since Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” (a band previously featured on Style Notes). A feel-good song with an uber catchy chorus, this became the graduation song for just about every class of 2012. (Mine included!)

Both the boys of Fun and Janelle Monáe (one of my style-crushes!) look particularly dapper in tuxedos for the song’s music video. Suit up and pay homage in a sleek black blazer paired with a trendy embellished peplum blouse, plus a simple pencil skirt. Make the look more feminine by substituting a bow tie-inspired necklace for the real deal, and pair your ensemble with some fierce red lips. Grab some sparkly earrings and a gorgeous gold clutch for a fantastically glamorous look.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of Fun? Have you checked out their first studio album, Aim & Ignite? What’s your favorite Fun song? (My personal faves are “The Gambler” and “All the Pretty Girls”!) What are some bands you listened to before they were popular- let’s get our hipster on! As usual, you can leave me questions, comments and song suggestions in the comments below!

Posted on on October 27, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

19 Responses to “Style Notes Special: 3 Outfits Inspired by Fun”

  1. 1
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Ha, I’ve loved fun. since 2009. I actually prefer Aim and Ignite to Some Nights, so I think it would be cool to come up with looks inspired by older videos such as All the Pretty Girls or Walking the Dog.

  2. 2
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I love the jacket in the first look, and the shoes in the second.
    I’m not a fan of Nate Ruess’s voice, so fun. isn’t my thing. sometimes I think I’m the only one though haha

  3. 3
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    If you consider yourself a big fan, why are you calling them Fun? It’s not formerly stylized as fun., it’s still spelled with a period nearly everywhere. And lowercase, preferably, although this seems to be getting ignored in many places. But at least remember the period! C’mon!

  4. 4
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve loved Nate Ruess since he was in The Format (which is my favorite band of all time and in my opinion was such a better band than fun. is, but oh well!). I agree with Stephanie up there that Aim and Ignite tops Some Nights, just because more of the songs are better, if that makes any sense. The Gambler is probably one of the most gorgeous songs in, like, the entire world.

  5. 5
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I love fun. so much and just had to comment on this post. Good job on the outfits although I do agree that it would’ve been fun to see outfits inspired by their older videos (Walking the Dog anyone?).

  6. 6
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I adore Fun., although I associate the first outfit (more eclectic and hipster-y) more with them than the more polished styles. These looks are adorable! I wish you’d done an outfit inspired by the “Walking the Dog” music video, though. I’d love to know how to change those rainbow colours into something wearable!

  7. 7
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Never even heard of Fun until this post and I adore it! Thanks for introducing this band to me! :)

  8. 8
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Amazing! I love fun. and each outfit fits perfectly to it’s song.

    Maybe once you could make outfits inspired by Mumford & Sons? :)

  9. 9
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I love fun.! I’m listening to Carry On right now :) Love this, great job x

  10. 10
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I’m not a fan of Fun, but I love the first outfit! :)

  11. 11
    October 28th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love Fun! I’ve only heard of them recently, I had no idea they’d been around for so long!

  12. 12
    October 28th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Awesome article…I definitely need to get some suspenders! I agree that a post on fun.’s older stuff (like “All the Pretty Girls”) would be awesome!

    I definitely think that a Panic(!) at the Disco article could be really cool, especially circa Pretty. Odd. when they were very into the Beatles, etc. But it could also be cool to cover A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, what with their very polished, almost cabaret way of dressing (bowties, etc.). Ryan could also make for some interesting hair and makeup looks! ;)

  13. 13
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I second Suzie’s PATD suggestion! They’ve been through so many style phases, it’d be great to see what y’all could come up with

  14. 14
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Ooh, this was a good choice! I love me some fun. All the Pretty Girls was my jam. You should do one on Foster the People, I’d love to see what you come up with! :)

  15. 15
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Great outfits! I love this. (: But… “formerly” stylized as “Fun.”? It still is! NEVER forget the period! (:

  16. 16
    October 30th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    What about Iron Maiden “Number of the Beast”, or even “Fear of the Dark”

  17. 17
    October 30th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Maybe even some System of a Down :-) or event the Kills

  18. 18
    November 12th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Please Please do WALK THE MOON!!!:) theyre great band plus their songs are amazing like next in line, i can lift a car, quesadilla and the ever so popular anna sun.they recently opened up for fun. on their euro trip;)

  19. 19
    May 15th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Soo much love for this post <3

Leave a Reply


* Comment Rules: CF is a positive place and our comments section is no different. Constructive criticism is fine, but if you're rude, we'll delete your comment. Please use your PERSONAL name or initials and not your business name and do not put your website in the comment text, as both come off like spam. For more info, see our Comment Policy. Have fun & thanks for adding to the conversation!


* Want a custom avatar to show up next to your comments? Sign up for a free Gravatar.