The leather jacket has been a fashion staple for over 100 years. It all started in the early 1900s when a pattern maker put a zipper on a raincoat. From there, it became a closet staple for military members and motorcycle riders.
It took on new meaning in the 50s as the symbol of rebels. Then the punks adopted this fashion staple with the rise of punk in the 70s and 80s.
Today, the leather jacket has made its way throughout all fashion styles. But this one piece of clothing is still a staple of punk rock outfits.
This guide will tell you how to dress punk and what you can pair your leather jacket with.
Black Leather Jacket
Whether you’re into grunge fashion or looking to rock an authentic punk rock style, it starts with a leather jacket. Invest in a high-quality one that’s made of real leather and will last you for years.
Stick with a classic look with distressed detailing, several zippers, buckles, and even some well-placed studs. Motorcycle jackets are perfect and have all of these qualities.
Big Black Boots
Those large black boots weren’t just a fashion statement; they provided much-needed protection when jumping into raucous mosh pits at a show. You can emulate this look with a pair of chunky black boots that rise above your ankle and have a thick sole.
However, modern punks have broadened their boot style, and women especially now have countless options. You could have Doc Martens in every color. Or you could have a pair of spiked stiletto heels with studs and chains.
If boots and heels aren’t comfortable for you, then throw on a pair of Chuck Taylor Converse. You could stick with the classic white or choose from their many unique colors and patterns.
A classic tartan red plaid can bring some life to your all-black ensemble. You could stick with the always comfortable and classic flannel shirt. Or you could add some style to your outfit with a flared skirt, shorts, tank top, or any other garment that you can find.
If you prefer to wear an all-black look, then try adding plaid to your rock style accessories. You could have a plaid backpack or purse. Or you could wear a plaid scarf, hat, or socks.
Your punk rock fashion statement isn’t complete without the right jewelry. This starts with a studded belt. Then layer chains onto your outfit.
Then complete your outfit with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and skull rings. You could wear all of these pieces, just a few, or one single statement piece.
Stick with jewelry that has a tougher or darker theme. You can’t go wrong with a pair of skull earrings or anything skull for that matter.
Create Your Punk Rock Outfit
With these four tips, you should be able to create a punk rock outfit. However, the most important aspect of punk fashion is individualism. The idea isn’t to follow trends and the masses. Don’t be afraid to experiment and turn these ideas into an expression of yourself and your style sense.
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