6 outfits inspired by female personas in songs

TikTok has proven itself to be more than just an app full of comedic videos and viral dances. Throughout the pandemic, the popular app has also highlighted many fashion trends and creative videos on styling. One of these trends was dressing as women in popular songs. In the videos, the song would play, and the TikToker would create an outfit based on how they believe the woman in the song would dress. My addiction to music, Tiktok and fashion, led me to try out this trend for myself. There are many spin-offs to the trend, however I used the most popular version.



“Oh, Ophelia. Heaven help a fool who falls in love.” 


“Ophelia” by the Lumineers is more of an indie folk or Americana song. This look was inspired by granola style, which has ties to indie folk music and draws inspiration from the outdoors. This olive green sweater paired with these patchwork jeans is a simple, yet stylish outfit for everyday errands and activities. The patches on the jeans and accessories are what elevate the outfit. Bandanas as hair accessories have gained popularity within the past few years and fit well with the granola theme. The chocolate brown boots tie in the sandy color of the silk bandana to round out the colors in the outfit.



“Hey there, Delilah. What’s it like in New York City?” 

Delilah from “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s lives in New York City, and that is what inspired this look. The outfit is centered around these dad sneakers, which is a staple in street style and a necessity when walking all over the city, or for WKU students, up the Hill. The length and cut of the black jeans are a perfect pair to these shoes and allow room to show off the striped socks. The tightness of the mauve shirt pairs well with the looseness of the jeans and creates a model off-duty look, a la Kendall Jenner.



“Sweet Caroline. Good times never seemed so good.” 

“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond is a timeless song, and the title reflects the vibe I was going for with this outfit. This floral print dress is perfect for the upcoming spring and the sweetness of Caroline. I paired it with tights and wine-colored socks to complement the color of the dress. The sand sweater lightened up the dark dress to soften up the look. I added the chocolate brown boots instead of black to again tie together the two brown tones like I did for Ophelia. 


“Michelle, Michelle. You are a monster from hell.”

“Michelle” by the band Sir Chloe has a soft rock, indie sound which translates into a grunge look. Any thrifted dress with a loud pattern is a great piece to have on days when you want to stand out. The seemingly odd combination of cheetah print and roses works well with this outfit because it is paired with neutral accessories. I added the black mock neck for a nice warm layering piece and an oversized denim jacket to fit the grunge aesthetic. The black Chelsea boots tone down the dress as well and make the outfit more casual.



“Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene. I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.” 

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton is about a confident, beautiful woman. Nothing says confidence more than firetruck-red cowboy boots. These thrifted shoes pair perfectly with this midi-length black and white floral skirt. The length of the skirt falls just above the boots in order to show them off. The white textured sweater paired with the shirt keeps the outfit neutral, allowing the boots to be the star of the show.



“You gave her your sweater, it’s just polyester. But you liked her better. I wish I were Heather.”

“Heather” by Conan Gray is a soft pop song about the “it” girl in high school. I pictured Heather as someone who always wears the latest fashion. One big trend is sweater vests, so I made this cream one the focal point of the outfit. Layering with turtlenecks is also a way to stay warm and fashionable while it is still cold out. For the bottoms, I kept the outfit casual with black leggings. Black Dr. Martens boots are a staple in many closets today, so I wore those to fit the trend setter aesthetic of Heather.  


TikTok can be more than just an app to distract you from all responsibilities. It can be the next inspiration for your outfits and give tips on how to style clothes in new ways. This trend was full of several different genres and aesthetics, so it could help you find a new style, or give you more ideas on how to wear what you have.