Summer of Love – Style Out

Music is a universal unifier. Coupled with fashion, music is a language of love and expression. There are songs made about fashion from Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes” and Paul McCartney’s “Vintage Clothes” to Run-D.M.C.’s “My Adidas” and Beyonce’s “Freakum Dress.” Even fashion editor Anna Dello Russo released “Fashion Shower” to promote her collaboration with H&M.  Music and fashion feed off of one another, and, together, they fuel us.

This style out features outfits inspired by popular love songs. Fashion allows us to dress up as the person we see ourselves as or whoever we want to be. Music is the hype man that provides extra encouragement and reassurance. However, one of the biggest motivators is love. Love has built empires and toppled kingdoms. Love has mended hearts and crushed souls. Oh, what you won’t do for love! (And fashion.)

Shirt: Jonathan Simkhai $195
Skirt: Marni $225
Shoes: Paul Andrew $398
Hat: Lack of Color $139
Sunglasses: Coach $140
Clutch: Isla $296

“Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat featuring Sza

In early 2021, Doja Cat and Sza teamed up for the bubblegum pop hit “Kiss Me More.” At a time when the world was still socially distancing, a song about kissing was a welcome respite.

Sampling Olivia Newton John’s 1981 hit “Physical,” MTV states the song has “romance, passion, bold sexual desires, and tenderness all at once.” A little flirting won’t hurt, and this sexy ensemble may land you a peck or two.

Dress: DSquared2 $518
Belt: Karl Lagerfeld $120
Handbag: Covers $301
Boots: GCDS $294
Silver bracelet: Gas Bijoux $202
Blue bracelet: Lizzie Fortunado Jewels $195
Ring: Loveness Lee $192

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith

Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” from the soundtrack of the 1998 blockbuster “Armageddon,” was the rock bands first number one hit in the USA. The movie, which stars Liv Tyler (daughter of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler), is about blue-collar deep-core drillers sent to outer space by NASA to stop a huge asteroid barreling toward Earth.

A trip to the heavens is what almost everyone dreams of, but not like this. It’s safer to stay planted on the ground, daydream about the skies above while in the arms of your loved one, and just dress like a fashionable sky traveler.

Dress: Love Moschino $212
Shoes: Tory Burch $274
Clutch: Giorgio Armani $307
Orange heart necklace: Seems $107
Silver heart bracelet: Shaun Leane $209
Silver sapphire ring: Monica Vinader $95

“My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion

“My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic” is one of the most memorable love songs ever written. What else is memorable from that movie is the Heart of the Ocean necklace, a blue diamond encircled by white diamonds. Many replicas and homage pieces have been created to celebrate the real necklace, which was actually a blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds and named the Love of the Sea. Throughout the years, the movie and remains near and dear to our hearts, and the song is a heavy karaoke favorite.

Bodysuit: Adidas Originals $40
Shorts: Levi’s $78
Belt: Emporio Armani $156
Socks: Marni $85
Sneakers: Diadora $290
Backpack: Bapy by *A BATHING Ape $410

“Peaches”  – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” is a mellow love song whose lyrics talk about travel and spending time with the one you love.  It’s an easy listen while the two are you are just driving with no destination in mind.

No hype. No pretense. No need to get dolled up, you’ll look good even in your casual attire.  This is just about good vibes and having each other.

Mesh top: Ann Demeulemeester $382
Bra: Ernest Leoty $60
Necklace: Dannijo $129
Bracelet: Junya Watanabe $284
Black panther print jeans: R13 $276
Mesh boots: Stuart Weitzman $356

“That’s the Way Love Goes” – Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson is known for being sexy and sultry, but she is also known for tempting us with innuendo. “That’s the Way Love Goes” is one of her tamer love songs, but she gets directly to the point.

Sometimes having a rough and tough exterior only masks the soft and sensual being underneath. With Janet, you can get the best of both worlds … and oh what a world that must be.

Jumpsuit: Lygia & Nanny $269
Necklace: Astley Clarke $207
Earrings: Valet $109
Bracelet: Gas Bijoux $218
Handbag: Themoirè $420
Shoes: Jimmy Choo $398

“Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green

Is slow dancing still a thing? Let’s take it back to the 70’s for some real baby-making music.

 Al Green is the epitome of smooth, and “Let’s Stay Together” is the epitome of groove. Fifty years after its release, this song still gets hips moving and crowds singing. They say what’s old will become new again, but this hit has never gone out of style.

—Carl Ayers

 

 

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