The clothes we wear say a lot about us. They can be a reflection of our mood, our style, and our personality. And in this case, our taste in music.
Some songs have been written about clothes, whether it refers to the literal article of clothing or just something that reminds the songwriter of a certain time or place. Here is a list to know songs about clothes.
- 1. “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top
- 2. “Boots” by The Killers
- 3. “Watching the Clothes” by The Pretenders
- 4. “Jumpsuit” by Twenty One Pilots
- 5. “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra
- 6. “Little Black Dress” by Sara Bareilles
- 7. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie” by Brian Hyland
- 8. “Raspberry Beret” by Prince
- 9. “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley
- 10. “Red Dress” by Magic!
- 11. “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey
- 12. “You Look Good In My Shirt” by Keith Urban
- 13. “Eleanor Put Your Boots On” by Franz Ferdinand
- 14. “Angel in Blue Jeans” by Train
- 15. “Freakum Dress” by Beyonce
- 16. “Balmain Jeans” by Kid Kudi
- 17. “T-Shirt” by Shontelle
- 18. “Die with Your Boots On” by Iron Maiden
- 19. “Cardigan” by Taylor Swift
- 20. “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon
1. “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top
A sharp-dressed man always catches the attention of the ladies and that’s the song’s message. The man in the song is well-groomed and well-dressed, and he knows it.
The lyrics “They come runnin’ just as fast as they can / ‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man,” implies that he uses his looks to his advantage and knows that girls would do anything for a man who looks good. Clothes can be used as a form of attraction and this song is the perfect example of that.
2. “Boots” by The Killers
The feeling of nostalgia when you have been away from home for too long and you see your family from the window. The next thing you know, you’re stomping your boots to indicate you’ve arrived.
This feel-good song is about a person coming home and being happy because he’s surrounded by his loved ones. It’s a happy and heartwarming feeling, made even better by the addition of a Christmas-y tune in the background. It’s the perfect song to get you into the holidays.
3. “Watching the Clothes” by The Pretenders
Doing laundry and just watching the clothes go around and around in the washing machine is strangely satisfying. This song is about that very thing.
The Pretenders are known for their catchy pop songs with a bit of an edge, and this song is no different. It’s a fun and lighthearted take on doing laundry, something we can all relate to.
4. “Jumpsuit” by Twenty One Pilots
Jumpsuits are usually worn to protect us, but in this song, it is much deeper than that. As a nominee in the 61st Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song, this track tackles the struggle of mental illness, having to conflict with yourself, and the challenge of escaping.
The person is hoping in desperation that the jumpsuit will protect him from the evil thoughts and voices inside his head. It is a powerful song that speaks to those who are struggling with mental illness, and it is a reminder that we are not alone in our fight.
5. “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra
If a woman has had enough of a man’s whims and caprices, she will put on her boots and show him the door. That’s exactly what Nancy Sinatra is doing in this iconic song. She endures a man who mistreats her and tries to forget about it.
This song is for a woman who has lots of patience. It’s an upbeat song that she can relate to, or else she’d be walking with her boots.
6. “Little Black Dress” by Sara Bareilles
Wearing good clothes really makes a statement, especially for broken-hearted girls. This song is about a woman who is trying to get over a guy and she’s feeling really good about herself. Finally being able to make decisions for herself, she has gained freedom and is loving it.
The little black dress is a symbol of power and sophistication, and it represents the newfound confidence that the woman has in herself. She is no longer under the spell of the man who used her and she is ready to move on. What an empowering song for women!
7. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie” by Brian Hyland
Listening to this song for the first time, you’d immediately mistakenly think that it is about a woman’s outfit.
But if you listen closely, the lyrics are actually about a little girl who is embarrassed by showing herself in a bikini. This track has an upbeat tune and easy lyrics, making it a perfect summer song.
8. “Raspberry Beret” by Prince
In a song about love at first sight, a guy meets a girl who is wearing a raspberry beret. This song is about a guy who is smitten by a girl he met at a convenience store and he fell in love as soon as he saw her.
The raspberry beret is a symbol of the girl’s uniqueness and the guy loves that about her. This song is for anyone who has been head-over-heels in love at first sight.
9. “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley is known to be stylish, and in this song, he is talking about a pair of shoes that he loves. He is warning his love interest not to step on them because they are just too expensive.
With a little bit of humor, this track suggests that you can step on his face or anywhere except the shoes. This song is for anyone who loves their clothes and would smack someone if they dare ruin them.
10. “Red Dress” by Magic!
A reggae song that appreciates dresses on women, this track is perfect for summer. It talks about how a woman looks good in a red dress and how the man can take it off of them.
The color red is known to be a symbol of love and passion, and this song definitely embodies that. Red is known to be a color that turns heads and women in red tend to get a lot of attention. If you’re looking for a feel-good summer song filled with romance, this is it.
11. “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey
Bad boys in blue jeans and white shirts surely win the hearts of many girls. In this track, Lana Del Rey is talking about a guy who screams trouble, but she can’t help but be drawn to him. He’s got that certain something that made her fall in love with him.
She knows he’s out of her league, but she can’t resist him and is willing to offer more than other girls can. This song is for girls who daydream about guys like James Dean.
12. “You Look Good In My Shirt” by Keith Urban
Everything looks good when your girl wears it, especially if it’s your shirt. This song is about being in love with a partner even when she’s wearing your oversized shirt, looking so adorable.
The lyrics talk about how happy the man is to see his girl happy and content. It’s a very simple, but sweet song for anyone who is in love.
13. “Eleanor Put Your Boots On” by Franz Ferdinand
Encouraging your partner to do what she wants and being her support system is what this song is all about. It also touches on how a relationship should be free and not constricting.
He tells Eleanor to put her boots on and explore. This song is perfect for anyone who wants to feel empowered in their relationship and discover endless possibilities.
14. “Angel in Blue Jeans” by Train
Dreams can spark different emotions, even longing for someone you love. This song is based on a dream in which the singer found an amazing angel in blue jeans and disappeared.
The singer wakes up to find that the angel was the one next to him and it was his girlfriend. This is a very moving song about how we might not be aware of something priceless right under our noses.
15. “Freakum Dress” by Beyonce
When a girl knows her man is out there cheating, the best way to get back at him is by looking good and flaunting it. This song is about a woman who puts on her ‘freakum’ dress to go out and make her man jealous.
She wants him to know that she can have any man she wants and remind him that losing her ain’t no big deal. If you’re feeling vengeful and want to make your man regret what he did, this is the song for you.
16. “Balmain Jeans” by Kid Kudi
A suggestive and slightly raunchy song, this track is about a man who takes off his jeans and wants to take the women’s jeans off too and do things to her that you can’t say in mixed company. This song is downright naughty so if you are looking for a song that you want to get down and dirty, this is it.
17. “T-Shirt” by Shontelle
A hit song in the late 2000s, this love song is about a woman who is in love with a guy who is in a relationship with someone else. She can’t help but reminisce and feel sad about his departure.
The lyrics talk about how she wears his t-shirt and how he misses him so much that she doesn’t feel like dressing up. This song is perfect for when you’re feeling low and missing the one you love.
18. “Die with Your Boots On” by Iron Maiden
To “die with your boots on” is to die with dignity and honor after a tremendous fight. This metal rock song speaks about fighting for our countrymen, patriotism, and never giving up unless we die trying.
This is an excellent song for when you’re feeling motivated and want to get things done. Just do it with honor and die with your boots on!
19. “Cardigan” by Taylor Swift
The symbolism of the cardigan in Taylor Swift’s song is loved by many. The cardigan represents a first love and first heartbreak, being the second best choice.
The lyrics from the song which say “And when I felt like I was an old cardigan / Under someone’s bed” implies that her lover has forgotten all about her.
This song is perfect for when you’re feeling nostalgic and longing for something that you once had. Taylor Swift always has a way of writing songs that resonate with her fans and this is one of them.
20. “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon
Being out of a place of social status is a feeling that many of us can relate to. In this song, the singer explains how his beloved has diamonds on the soles of her shoes, implying that she is wealthy while he is merely a poor boy.
Even though he’s out of his league, she still loves him anyway. Love has no boundaries, not even social class. This song is perfect for anyone who’s ever been in love with someone out of their league.
Songs about clothes can be about many different things. They can be about the clothing itself, how it makes the person wearing them feel, or a memory associated with a certain article of clothing.
No matter what the subject matter is, these songs show that clothes can be so much more than just something we can wear.