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.
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, Wallabees, Desert 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.
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.
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.