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This is a post I’ve been meaning to finish off for AGES. Here it finally is!

This was prompted by an article in the guardian (where else?)about music stars as fashion role models. the article asked: which singers of yesteryear exerted a sartorial influence on you?

The only time I have ever explicitly dressed a certain way because of musicians was when I was 14, circa 1995. I was a massive indie kid (still am really), I read Vox (does anyone remember? It was the monthly from the NME – you couldn’t get the NME proper in Luxembourg) religiously and I thought everyone in it was the coolest ever.

The britpop uniform was pretty easy to copy: adidas trainers or doc martens, tight t shirts (preferably band t shirts)and low waist flared cords or jeans. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to look like the people in the bands, it was more to publicly identify myself as an indie kid and attract other people who knew obscure bands and could quote the lyrics to suede b-sides (it didn’t work of course – this was Luxembourg after all). It really confuses me that ‘indie’ has become just a style and that nowadays most teenagers dress like indie kids, reardless of whether they are actually interested in music or not – but that’s a different story.

I still have a soft spot for all this in my heart though, and I still find myself fancying skinny boys in flared cords. And I still think the britpop girls of back then are the coolest people ever. So here’s some pictures of my past:

Elastica. They were my favourite of the female fronted britpop bands and I still love their first album. All three girls were reat, but i was most obsessed with Justine, I loved all the Brett Anderson – Damon Albarn mythology surrounding her. It all ended on a bit of a low with Elastica for me after I saw them at Reading festival in 2000 though. I was so excited and they were crap!

Lush. They weren’t really Britpop as such, but I was obsessed with their album Lovelife and how amazing does Miki (the one with the red hair) look?

Kenickie. I loved their cheap glamour look and how they look like they’ve been let loose in the makeup aisle in Boots. I still have a thing for Lauren Laverne now.

Garbage. Shirley Manson looked kind of like an alien, but in a good way, and I loved how she wore little dresses with big boots and tons of makeup. Plus, she’s from Edinburgh.

Bis. They were fun! I so wanted them to be really successful, sadly that never happened. When I was in first year at uni, I ordered some merchandise off their website, and I actually had to make the cheque out to Manda Rin (well, Amanda MacKinnon). I love the thought that they were this kind of DIY enterprise. Manda Rin is now a DJ in glasgow and has a blog I just discovered. She looks just has young now as she did then!

Sleeper. I never really liked them that much, but Louise Wener personified the tiny tshirt, low trousers, trainers look of the time.

Echobelly. I don’t particularly remember being aware of what Sonya looked or was like at the time, but I liked their music and she looks great in this photo.

And finally, Hole. This doesn’t fit with the Britpop theme obviously, but I was quite obsessed with the babydoll dresses and big boots look of Courtney Love, so she gets an honorary mention here.

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  • Veronica Darling... 17 April 2009, 11:31 pm

    I love Elastica too, I met Justine once and she was awesome!

    And I’d totally forgotten about Lush, thanks for the photos! NME was my only joy at one stage in my life!

  • Oranges And Apples 18 April 2009, 10:43 am

    That sounds exciting, where/when did you meet her?

    Last time I heard of her she was presenting an architecture programme on BBC four, but not doing a great job of it. Her two copresenters properly knew about architecture, whereas she seemed to mainly just read out words that someone else had written.

  • Morena Doll 18 April 2009, 4:32 pm

    Thank you for the comment. 🙂

    I think we shall link trade?
    Let me know.

  • a cat of impossible colour 18 April 2009, 9:53 pm

    What a cool post! I had nowhere near as much street cred as you when I was a teenager, I was a throwback to the 70s. 😛

  • Caroline 18 April 2009, 11:13 pm

    Hi! I’ve been a bit of a lurker for a while but now I have to say… great post!

    I had my Suede CD album stolen at a houseparty when I was about 15. I cried.

    I loved Justine’s style, but Shirley Manson was my first real girl crush – I wanted her hair, her clothes, her voice, her attitude…

    I still have a Lauren Laverne girl crush now.

    Celebrity Skin is one of my favourite SingStar songs to do!

    Caroline x

  • Denise 19 April 2009, 4:40 am

    high fives!
    i love rock more than anything else. it’s either rock or classical and broadway. do i make sense. anyway i love your blog. you are sooooo super cute when you smile.

    care for an exchange links? visit me some time

  • Missa 21 April 2009, 7:45 am

    How funny. My last post was about fashion inspiration from a 90’s music star and I hadn’t even seen this yet. Great minds think alike!

  • Sarah 22 March 2011, 8:55 pm

    I've just recently found your blog and have been reading through the older entries. I have to say that I could have written this post myself! I bought Vox (and the NME), loved Lush, Kenicke, Elastica, Echobelly, hated Sleeper and went on to be a complete Hole nut! I also reaally liked an all girl punk band called Fluffy, anyone remember them!? Thanks for bringing back the memories! 🙂

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