The music industry isn’t just about sounds; it’s about sights too. Denim has defined the lifestyle of music; from Freddie Mercury’s crisp white skinny jeans to The Ramones’ grunge rips, here are some of the most iconic jeans looks in history.
Aside from those infamous logo t-shirts just about everyone has been sporting over the last couple of years, The Ramones are giving us serious sartorial inspiration when it comes to the classic ripped jeans. Exuding that effortless rocker look, their denim was always paired alongside a black biker jacket.
THE ROLLING STONES
A legendary band whose reputation proceeds them, The Rolling Stones are about as rock’n’roll as they come. Although they had a penchant for flares, their love of denim grew before hitting a high in the 90s when they sported jackets complete with their notorious logo emblazoned on the back.
Having a denim pocket as your album cover can definitely be seen as an ode to your love of jeans. Springsteen did just that for his compilation Born in the USA- couple that with the fact that he was famed for wearing denim on stage and you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking he loved those true blues.
Who else would spring to mind when you think of skinny white jeans? Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was seldom without his crisp denim, always paired with a vest or plain tee.
Famous for embracing that “come as you are” spirit, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain pioneered the grunge movement with his vintage cardigans, well-worn tees and those essential baggy ripped jeans.
Sportswear may have dominated Britpop, but the Gallagher brothers of Oasis weren’t averse to experimenting with double denim; opting for deep blue washes and all-black looks.
Arctic Monkeys have come a long way from their Sheffield-born roots, and their style seems to have evolved with them. Away from the Favourite Worst Nightmare days of polo shirts and shawl neck cardigans, they’ve moulded themselves into fully-formed style icons. Cue leather bombers, structured blazers, tailored shirts and that all-important black denim.
Famed for taking dressed down to new levels, Kanye West likes to wear his denim super distressed. Rips, frays and patches are all part of his “I’m not even trying” aesthetic.
Indie folk singer James Bay is a modern style icon in his own right. His shoulder-skimming hair always held under his hat, he softens biker boots with suede jackets and rounds of the look with sleek black denim.
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