I Know You Want That Rockstar Look

The formula for rockstar-esque style success is a lot of gaudy, exaggerations, leather, boots, zippers and tight tailoring. You have to be very careful that everything blends together; outrageous patterns and going overboard on the cow hide has eternal potential to become hazardous to look at.

Let’s delve into the world of the raging rocker look.


The more hardwear, the better. Excess is your friend when it comes to the “rockstar” persona; as well as boots with buckles. Have your accessories studded and featuring lots of metal. Chances are you’re going to skirt dangerously close to gaudy, but do as Coco Chanel once advised and look in the mirror before leaving your room and remove one accessory; that should keep things from getting too out of control.

Tall boots with heels keep yourself looking feminine and layering with patterns such as checks and stripes will give your look depth and color. Keep bottoms very thin; but not skintight (the shrink wrap look is never flattering!), and finish off with hardware in the form of bracelets, belts and draping necklaces. The bigger, the better!

From left to right, clockwise: Karl Lagerfeld skinny jeans ($365; Net-A-Porter), Leather hood bomber ($200; Topshop), Etienne Aigner Vibra boot ($159; Piperlime), Stuart Weitzman boot ($595; Jildor), Unique leather leggings ($410; Topshop), Marc Jacobs bracelet ($175; Bloomingdale’s), Stretch stripe tee ($35; French Connection), Gingham square scarf ($7; Forever 21), Jack Rabbit belt ($172; Couture Candy), Lotus London box clutch ($325; Vivre)



Focus on a very strong look with dark colors and heavy fabrics. Try wearing raw denim (such as the Naked & Famous pair above) as an alternative to treated jeans; they fit amazingly and the wear becomes custom to the owner since there is no color or fading.

Wayfarers may be getting to the point of old hat after all these decades (or was it the Olsen twins that broke the camel’s back?), but regardless they’re the quintessential frames. Be careful when it comes to your boots so you don’t broach the motorcycle look too intensely, but as long as you’re not buying Harley Davidson you should fare well. Finally, top off with cuffs, leathery and spiky belts!

From left to right, clockwise: Black biker boots ($150; Topman), Diesel black gold hooded leather jacket ($850; S|Sense), Black power stretch jeans ($130; Naked & Famous), Wayfarer sunglasses ($108; Tilly’s), Diesel side stud belt ($300; S|Sense), Prada hightop sneaker ($690; Barneys), Shimamura Paris & Co. Leather Wristband ($195; Kitson), Public domain tee ($25; eModa)


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i do love that bracelet. made my own tho…

Comment by kk+

@kk that’s ideal for sure…gotta use them skills when you can!

Comment by Victoria Potter

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