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STYLE ADVICE

Looks from hooks

By Kasia Hastings, 23 April 2016

Despite what Migos' Versace,A$AP’s Fashion Killa and Madonna’s Vogue would have you believe, songs have more to offer you and your wardrobe than a game of designer bingo. Sure, we've taken outfit inspiration from our favourite men in music before, but lift looks straight from their lyrics? Never. So, to correction the omission, we’ve hit the (song)books to bring you three chart-topping 'fits.

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Clarks by Vybz Kartel ft. Popcaan & Vannessa Bling 

 

Real badman nuh model inna shorts

Straight jeans cut off foot parts

Everybody haffi ask weh mi get mi Clarks

 

We can thank Vybz Kartel for Pon De Floor, Romping Shopand Summertime, and Clarks can thank him for this unofficial anthem. The new King of the Dancehall's ode to its suede shoe celebrates Jamaica’s 36-year love affair with the English classic and even includes cleaning instructions. Once you've decided between favourites, WallabeesDesert Boots or Desert Treks, Vybz suggests you forgo shorts for cropped straight-leg jeans. Elsewhere, we’ve added a few hallmarks of dancehall style for good measure. And if, like The World Boss, you are plagued by people asking 'where you got your Clarks?' you have the answer... ASOS.

 
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A Certain Romance by Arctic Monkeys

 

Well oh they might wear classic Reeboks

Or knackered Converse

Or tracky bottoms tucked in socks

 

In this requiem for romance, Alex Turner sings that it doesn’t matter what you wear, or what you do because basically love is dead. He paints the perfect picture of '00s youth culture, the disaffected mood of teens at the time and the threads they chose to mope about in. With Shia LaBeouf and Kanye West both currently tucking their trackies into their socks this style clearly still has some resonance today. We’ve completed Turner’s early laddy look here with an oversized sweatshirt, bucket hat and drawstring bag.

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Black Skinhead by Kanye West

 

For my theme song

My leather black jeans on

My ‘by any means’ on

Pardon, I’m getting my scream on

 

Before Kanye became the man behind our current layered military-chic obsession and the world’s most covetable kicks, he had to rely on his music and a certain pair of leather pants to make sartorial waves. His now infamous trousers divided critics, but will be forever celebrated in this ferocious track from Yeezus. An album and a few Yeezy seasons later and we’ve updated the ‘fit with a white bomber, distressed tee and adidas Tubulars.

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