Nov 21, 2010

Inspired by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

In my view, there are two ways that you can come to love a song: you hear a song and something about it immediately knocks you off your feet or it takes you multiple listens to discover all its hidden melodic and lyrical references until you are sucked into it. With "home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, it was the former. The first time I heard it, I was hooked. And like all truly great music, it has definitely been inspiring both my fashion and interior decor tastes.

The band uses an eclectic group of musical themes and instruments including wild west-like whistling, heavy base, thumping rhythm, clapping, old-timey piano, lutes, and plenty of almost Mexican sounding horns. These varying instruments and themes evoke a bohemian, wild western, international kind of look.

The western influence definitely led me to a lot of outfits with dramatic hats, colorful scarves, and statement making boots. But there's also something overtly feminine about these outfits: a touch of fur, some leopard print sandals or some red lips, which mirrors the sweet crooning of the female singer, Jade Castrinos.

From an interior design perspective, the music evokes rooms with a collection of non-matching antique furniture, something Dolly Parton would be happy to sit for a spell on. But it's not pure country, there's also something very 70's bohemian rock and roll about the whole thing. So I also love the idea of a lot of Navajo prints and wood textures.

What do you think? Do you like this mix of western, bohemian, 70's ness?

Images via Refinery 29 (1 and 2), Sea of Shoes, Altamira, Design Sponge (5, 6, and 9) Emma's Design Blog (7 and 8).


  1. I like these looks. Women wearing hats are sooooo sexy.

  2. so fun- i love that song and i love that it's inspired you in both fashion and design. i'm loving western/boho combination.

  3. Ninja--I know, I love hats!

    Mariah--Thanks for stopping by, isn't it a great song?! I never get tired of hearing it.

  4. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are fantastic! Loving these looks, inspired by the band.


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