Album Inspiration: Imagine Dragons’ “Smoke + Mirrors”

We’re taking fashion inspiration from one of our favorite albums of the year.

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Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors (Official Album Trailer)

Imagine Dragons broke onto the music scene with their debut studio album “Night Visions” in 2012 and released their sophomore follow-up, “Smoke + Mirrors,” last month. The rock band definitely proves their diversity in this album, with a new, eclectic sound that differs in each track, but with a style that is distinctly theirs alone.

Not only are the songs just as catchy and inspiring as they were three years ago, but the lithograph prints that were designed by Tim Cantor for the “art box deluxe” version of the album are creative and visually appealing.

For today’s post, we’re taking inspiration from three of these art prints and the tunes that go with them. Scroll down to see all three looks:

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The Unknown

Imagine Dragons: The Unknown
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“The Unknown” covers the topic of uncertainty about the future, and is also about Dan Reynolds’ (the lead singer of Imagine Dragons) late grandfather. “He was one of the most humble, funny, and hardworking men I’ve ever known,” Reynolds said.

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Dress, Bag, Sandals, Necklace

The art for this track is basically a photo negative of the album cover, and it’s lighter and more reminiscent of the spring season we’re starting to enter. For a similar vibe, start with a light and whimsical maxi dress with loose sleeves and a pretty tulip hem. Add your favorite sandals, a pop of yellow with a practical crossbody bag, and a bird embellished necklace to fit the theme.


Imagine Dragons: Shots
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No, “Shots” is not a party song about downing alcohol (although I’ll admit, that’s what first came to my mind when I read the title, too). Despite the peppy beat and lightheartedness in Dan’s voice, it is a lyrically dark track about a life filled with regret and personal adversity. However, by the end, he overcomes his self-loathing and trades it in for freedom.

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Shirt, Pants, Boots, Earrings, Watch

To match the dark theme, I decided to go for faux leather pants that complement this lovely blue palm print top. Accent the look with standout peep-toe booties and gold jewelry. Once again, birds make an appearance in this art print, and I had to reference that with some fluttering swallow earrings. For the finishing touch, slip on a statement watch.


Imagine Dragons: Gold
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“Gold” is a thought-provoking track about the rapid success people can experience (à la Imagine Dragons, no?) and what they could succumb to while on the fast track. It’s also quite reminiscent of the tale of King Midas. Once he’d finally acquired all the treasure he had originally wanted, a lonely Midas realized he could never get close to anyone without turning them into gold. Makes you rethink greediness, huh?

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Crop Top, Skirt , Coat, Belt, Heels

The deep, rouge-hued background for this art print matches the Pantone color of the year (Marsala, for those of you wondering) beautifully! To embody the look, I decided to create a luxe, monotone outfit with a matching high-waisted skirt and crop top. To break it up, add accents of black and gold with a statement belt and gold tipped heels. Tie it all together with a classic trench coat, and you’re golden!

Your thoughts?

What do you think about Imagine Dragons? Have you heard their new album “Smoke + Mirrors”? Which outfit is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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