Top Five: Fashion Inspiring Bands

This post was inspired by the picture above. Like any other day I was hanging around Pandora Radio to find my fix of eighties classics when a Talking Heads song started playing. Moving onto their artists page I noticed this picture. It made me realise how much bands have inspired fashion. Instead of reiterating Goth’s inspirations in this list are some of my own fashion inspirations that might just give you the same fashion epiphany.

The Damned


Most notable for their vampire styled front-man, Dave Vanian – this is a band with style. It was after guitarist, Sensible leaving that the whole group grew further into the ‘vampire’ inspired appearance which I think had an affect on their success as a group. Fun fact, many people believe that The Damned was the artists that killed Punk due to their sound that developed into what would be called Post-Punk (correct me if I’m wrong!).

The style:
Some of the inspiring points of The damned fashion would be Vanian’s strip of white hair reminiscent of original horror films, long black trench coats, a slimming almost clean cut style, ties, collared shirts and dark sunglasses. Alongside Vanian’s vampire statement were the leather jackets, denim jackets and tight jeans more inspired by the Punk Scene.


Bikini Kill


While Bikini Kill heavily influenced the Riot Girl movement with their Punk Rock music, both with their band and the previous ‘zine of the same name. While there isn’t a Riot Girl uniform the band Bikini Kill still managed to inspire with it’s combination of Punk, Kinderwhore and genuinely unique fashion sense.

“Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill, sometimes wore “slutty”
clothes, such as Catholic schoolgirl skirts, while writing words on her
body like “SLUT” and “INCEST.” According to Hanna, this was to drain the
words of their negative connotations, as well as to preempt the
thoughts of young men looking at the photos” –

 The style:
The band was expressive, aggressive and everything I adore. Typical aspects of their style were baby-doll dresses, school-girl and Kinderwhore inspiration, leather, tartan and a generally unkempt look. Plus, Kathleen Hanna’s short hair will always been iconic to me.


     Sex Pistols


    The SexPistols were the influence to the Punk Scene. They weren’t afraid to use
    controversial symbols such as swastikas – the thought provoking clothing of the scene followed Punk every step working with the political and commonly offensive lyrics.

     The style:
    Leather jackets, Britain’s flag, ripped jeans, spikes, pins and badges, shirts and sweaters with offensive slogans were common. Their style (musically and not) even influenced fan
    Siousie Siox – who went on to become one the greatest stylistic
    influences to the Goth Scene.


    Strawberry Switchblade


    Not to be confused with Switchblade Symphony. Funnily enough, I found these pair while stalking around on Chance’s Facebook [his blog here] (thank you!). The picture above both surprised the hell out of me and inspired me.There’s no doubt they have a certain flair.

    The Style:
    Keys to this style are lots of polka dots (there’s practically a whole music video devoted to it [here]), big teased and/or crimped hair, lots of hair accessories including big bows, flowers, streamers, ribbons, classic pointy eye make up. Don’t be afraid of mixing patterns or exploring colours, or even both! The pair have a child-like look that isn’t lacking in drama!




    Specimen is a well known band from the club, The Batcave. Most famous for his style was keyboardist, Johnny Slut, who is apparently “unofficially credited” for inventing the death-hawk style.

    The Style:
     Mr. Slut was well known for wearing typically ‘women’s clothing’ with death-hawk style hair, lots of black, lots of fishnet and heavy make up. They resemble glam-rock influenced, cross-dressed, characters from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The band together is the perfect example of decadent, dramatic and theatrical.


    Tell me, what bands inspire you? Do they inspire you in ways other than fashion?



    1. January 28, 2013 / 7:27 pm

      Hey 🙂
      I tagged you on the Very Inspiring Blogger Award in my blog ;D

    2. January 28, 2013 / 8:12 pm

      Glad to see Strawberry Switchblade, The Damned and Specimen here!^^ Love all three styles, although my style is more derived from Fields of the Nephilim, who I was surprised not to find here, and power metal (e.g. bands like Edguy and Rhapsody). I love the big hats 🙂

    3. January 29, 2013 / 9:35 pm

      Heh, I just did a post very similar to this as well. I was inspired when you mentioned this sort of thing on the blogging comm @ Facebook. ^_^

    4. February 17, 2013 / 1:04 pm

      Your blog is awesome, I love it!! How come I never stumbled upon it before?! From now on I wont miss a post 🙂 I love the bands you have chosen, especially the pistols and Bikini Kill, and I love their style as well 🙂

    5. February 17, 2013 / 1:13 pm

      Anti-Muse: Oh, thanks! You're so sweet. :3

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Looking for Something?