The Punk Rock Fashion

To own any fashion style, you have to possess a proper appreciation of what influences the style. So, just what is punk rock fashion? You have to start with what it is in order to understand what it isn’t. This fashion style was originally based off the rebellious scene of the times in the 70′s. That time period where many youth were role modeled by daring, larger than life, anarchist musicians of rock. In a sense it was these musicians that fueled the movement, the subculture of independence and social freedoms to become the very face of confrontation, challenging the norm. From this view punk rock eventually became a lifestyle of clothes born to express defiance in being different, to shock others with how punk rockers defined themselves even if it was the opposite of mainstream music/social class. This is how they chose to make an impression on the world- through attitude and outlandish, unusual clothing trends.

 Good Charlotte Punk Rock Fashion

The ‘Rebel’ Look

Now that you have an idea what the punk rock style represented, here’s some rules on the accessories that perfectly mimicked the look of a ‘rebel’:

First, the appearance of punk rock fashion was very un-materialistic and therefore against the current popularity of classy, bright and clean. Punk rockers were generally unkempt and their clothes seemed second-hand and notably tattered(on purpose of course)

Second, certain accessories and apparel were essential to keep the punk rock style in punk rock fashion such as:

  • leather jackets
  • jewelry with studs or spikes
  • eyeliner
  • military boots or motorcycle boots or skate brand shoes like black Vans and Vans skate shoes
  • tight shirts and jeans with animal or bleached prints

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Even everyday objects gave an independent edge to the clothing so items like;

  • safety pins
  • duct tape
  • garbage can liners made for statements.


Shirts in particular bore the influence of the punk genre in their agenda on politics because they pretty much promoted anti-governmental and anti-status quo issues through the purposefully offensive slogans printed all over their shirts. Beyond that, the punk rock followers saw what they wore in public as a platform to also advertise the brands affiliated with their style.

Third, to be considered as a true punk a certain color palette had to be emulated. Generally, complete outfits were dark, monochromatic or neutral with bits of color from accessories or patches. Hair was also a big way of showing color in that most punks hacked or styled their hair short but cropped, gelled it spiky and messy then added unnatural neon colors to dye it. It was a tried fact that doing so really grabbed people’s attention and it’s evident in the extreme just how spoken the punk rock class wanted to be.

So, with the brief lesson you now have in punk rock fashion it’s obvious that public opinion of punks  since their degenerate beginnings were of distaste. To the population of civil America and around the globe the idea of youth culture being submerged in rebellion and independence, against not only the government but also the role of normalcy and submission to authority in general, the punks were labeled as misfits and because of their choices earned a reputation worthy of their raw, angry, intimidating style.