The Sound of Style: Playlists for Different Fashion Trends




When we think about our individual style, we first look at the types of clothes we wear and the music we listen to. Since the dawn of fashion, music has influenced the way we dress ... think The Beatles and Lady Gaga, and vice versa. Nowadays, you can’t go to a fashion show of any kind without expecting to watch the models breeze past you to a pulsing beat, and you wouldn’t want to either! So whatever style category you fit under, there will always be a correlating sound.   


Preppy Cool



The preppy look has always been about being effortlessly put together with a laid-back attitude. Clean-cut and studious, nothing defines preppy more than traditional Ralph Lauren polos or a classic Burberry trench coat. Preps redefine what it means to be cool, and their British influence has been prominent in our cultures since the dawn of plaid and boat shoes. So it only seems fitting that their music preference would be as classic like a tune by Jack Johnson, or a song you can listen to while hitting the books in the library.


1. Gomez “Airstream Driver”
2. Jack Johnson “You and Your Heart”
3. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Jangling”
4. Neon Trees “Everybody Talks”
5. Train “50 Ways to Say Goodbye”
6. Phillip Phillips “Home”
7. Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks”
8. Teddybears “Cardiac Arrest (feat. Robyn)”
9. Cold War Kids “Louder than Ever”
10. Muse “Starlight” 


City Slicker



The city slicker comes with a lot of attitude and individualism. Always ahead of the latest trends, you’ll constantly see their style change as many times as the weather, while always maintaining a sophisticated, urban feel. Like their look, music is about expressing their personality through songs that they can listen to while cruising downtown at night with the top back. 


1. The xx “Sunset”
2. Albert Hammond Jr. “Hard to Live in the City”
3. Phantogram “When I’m Small”
4. Pretty Lights “Hot Like Sauce”
5. Nas “Cherry Wine (feat. Amy Winehouse)”
6. Kanye West & JAY Z “No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)”
7. The Kills “U.R.A Fever”
8. M83 “Midnight City”
9. Frank Ocean “Pyramids”
10. Gary Clark Jr. “Bright Lights”


Grungy Skater



The grungy-skaters are our generation’s rebels. They’re fearless and aren’t afraid to show it. Always going against the system, they stick to an edgy and more gothic look by adding leather, studs, and combat boots to almost every outfit. Not only do they look more hardcore, but their music also reflects their badass demeanor with elements of punk rock and 90’s metal.


1. Sleigh Bells “Infinity Guitars”
2. Shiny Toy Guns “Le Disko”
3. Crystal Castles “Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith)”
4. The White Stripes “Fell in Love With a Girl”
5. Joan Jett “Bad Reputation”
6. Odd Future “Forest Green (feat Mike G)”
7. Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor”
8. Lotus Plaza “Strangers”
9. King Tuff “Bad Thing”
10. The Smith Westerns “Weekend”


Femme Fatal




Bubblegum pink, lace and sweet florals are perfect for our girly girls. Envious of our childhood characters such as Princess Ariel and My Little Pony, they are always mimicking the toys we played with from our youth. They love both the doe-eyed baby doll makeup paired with anything sweet and romantic; always a play on both sex appeal and innocence. There is no question that their music selection will have songs that they can skip along with and daydream about sweet nothings.


1. Lana Del Rey “National Anthem”
2. Mac DeMarco “My Kind of Woman”
3. Best Coast “When You Wake Up”
4. The Cure “Just Like Heaven”
5. Ellie Goulding “Guns and Horses”
6. Feist “I Feel it All”
7. Girl in a Coma “El Monte”
8. No Doubt “Hella Good”
9. Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
10. Phantom Planet “Do the Panic”


The New Hippie



A new wave of cool has taken the world by storm and its nothing shy of malignant. The hipster culture is a unique style that always has a personality behind every outfit. You can spot many influences in their look, and depending on the individual, can be girly, tribal, or more street-chic. Their against-the-grain attitude is easily shown in their funky indie tunes and rhythmic beats which come from punk rock, to African rhythms, to 80s-style synth dream-pop.


1. Radiohead “Optimistic”
2. Porcelain Raft “Drifting In and Out”
3. Cults “You Know What I Mean”
4. Iron & Wine “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”
5. Grizzly Bear “Knife”
6. Teen Daze “Let’s Fall Asleep Together”
7. Real Estate “It’s Real”
8. Lykke Li “Silver Springs”
9. Ratatat “Loud Pipes”
10. The Redwalls “Summer Romance”


Retro Throwback




Popularly known as mod, the retro look has come back in full force. Sporting our parents’ favorite pieces from their teen years, retro junkies keep the past present and as stylish as ever. You can always spot them coming out of local thrift stores decked out in groovy vintage accessories. Keeping with the oldies look, their music is obviously a revival of the greats along with an emphasis on post-punk and psychedelic new-age rock and hip-hop. 


1. The Eagles “Hotel California”
2. The Flaming Lips “The W.A.N.D”
3. Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
4. Beck “Gamma Ray”
5. MGMT “Indie Rokkers”
6. Janis Joplin “Piece of My Heart”
7. Outkast “Ms. Jackson”
8. Depeche Mode “Precious”
9. Tame Impala “Solitude is Bliss”
10. The Drums “Let’s Go Surfing”


Sporty Chic



Along with a fast paced life, the athletic look is about ways of getting active and pumped up. Usually sporting sweats and zip-up jackets, the look is all about being comfortable and being ready for some competition. The music selection, along with the attire, can be very eclectic, ranging from alternative-rock jams to cool electronic rhythms that will get anyone’s blood pumping and adrenaline rushing, both on the field and off. 


1. Kanye West “All of the Lights”
2. Asher Roth “G.R.I.N.D (Get Ready It’s a New Day)”
3. Passion Pit “Take a Walk”
4. Blink-182 “All the Small Things”
5. Chiddy Bang feat. MGMT “The Opposite of Adults”
6. Crystal Castles “Vanished”
7. Drake “Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)”
8. Ellie Goulding “Lights (Bassnectar Remix)”
9. Foster the People “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”
10. Girl Talk “Shut the Club Down”




The next time you hear a song you like on the radio, it could determine the way you dress until you can’t stand to hear it played again. Ever listen to Muse and think that it’s time to bring out your old, dusty leather jacket? Regardless of your style, you can always find music that relates, even if you’re a combination of both.

By: Abigail Grohmann

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