Popular culture is defined as ‘the destruction of the human race’, and the ‘lifestyle and tastes of the majority of mostly younger people’, by the Urban Dictionary. But I have to say its true definition in the context of this week’s Fashionfly, isn’t actually too far from what is seemingly a ‘controversial’ meaning from the dictionary of the 21st century.
Some would say that since the late 90s and early noughties (gawd I hate that term) female ‘pop’ stars have plastered our TV screens scantily-clad in a race against who can wear the MOST revealing outfit and cause absolute music video outrage, which is then spread among young fans to reveal evidence that girls are losing their innocence too early. Could this be an early sign of ‘the destruction of the human race?’… to be honest I’m not here today to open that can of worms, I would be here all night.
However I am here to look at how singers such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus influence the fashion that flows from the High Street and on to the backs of all that follow the trends. Exposed to the right audience and the outcomes of such style can be effortless, urban cool and have you hopping down to American Apparel for a pair of Disco Pants quicker than you can say ‘Who Run The World…’ Girls.
I’m talking this season’s Sport Luxe, graphic prints, slogan tees, varsity bombers and high top trainers that carry a feminine wedge – they’ll be no Reebok classics here! Ladies, you can look ‘edgy’ without feeling masculine and you can piece together a Rihanna-esk pair of leather shorts with a less risqué plain white tee. Combine that with a pair of Rita gold hoops and a decent boyfriend watch and you have the perfect outfit for a night on the town or a pop to the pub.
Of course, the world we live in has brought us influential bloggers who follow certain styles and one that stands apart from the crowd with this particular style is Kavita of She Wears Fashion (http://www.shewearsfashion.com). Think snapbacks, crop tops and oversized denim but all ultra feminine – it’s about the silhouette and dressing for your shape. Don’t be afraid of this look. As the saying goes – “You have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé” and if she can dress like that, then so can you!
We all want a little inner Beyoncé, a body like Rihanna or a boyfriend like Rita…but perhaps adopting their own unique styles at the face of popular culture will do for now hey?!
(Products from left-clockwise: Gold Tone Chain Earrings – River Island £8, Black Bronx New York Shirt – River Island £25, Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton Watch – Nordstrom £161.37, Lisa Turn-Up Denim Shorts – boohoo.com £20, White Caged Chunky Block Heel – New look £24.99, Alexander Wang Rocco Bag – Tessabit £810, Leather Front Joggers – Topshop £40, Leopard Print Beanie – River Island £15, Hightop Trainers – Missguided £7.99 (Sale), Rag & Bone Daytona Top – £135, Floral Print Bomber – Mango £30)