When people think of rockabilly music, the first thing that comes to mind is rock and roll legends such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, and a host of other top bands and artists from the 1950s who were instrumental in ushering in the rock and roll era. The fashions of that time for teenagers reflected the exuberance, swagger, and rebelliousness of rockabilly and early rock and roll, and these days, rockabilly wear is making a comeback.
For those of you who want to embrace rockabilly music and fashions, and the devil-may-care attitude that goes with them, this page will give you a quick overview on how to dress rockabilly, whether you are planning a class reunion or a dance. So ladies, pull up that ponytail, and gentlemen, dig out that Brylcreem from the back of your medicine cabinet and and slick back your hair in a pompadour, while we take a stroll down memory lane ...
But First, Some Vintage Rockabilly Music To Set The Mood ...
Get ready to put on your dancing shoes! This compilation CD will get your toes tapping with its rollicking mix of songs by such top rockabilly artists as Carl Perkins, Ronnie Self, and Link Wary, plus a lot of gems by lesser known acts that never made the national charts.
Make The Rockabilly Look Work For You
Want to know how to dress rockabilly style? Whether you are a Baby Boomer, Generation X-er, Generation Y-er, or a Millennial, you're in good company. It's a fashion trend that seems to be enjoying a comeback these days, and it's easy for both guys and girls to get into the swing of things with just a couple of style tips. Follow closely and you'll be the hottest guy or coolest chick in town as you sport the classic rockabilly look.
It's really a pretty easy look to pull off for both sexes. It's all about a couple of classic wardrobe pieces and a whole lot of attitude. Add in an attention grabbing hairstyle and some makeup tricks for the ladies and you've got all the elements of a rockabilly look that would make Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins proud.
For guys, it starts with a pair of loose fitting jeans and a classic bowling shirt. You can either wear it buttoned up or unbuttoned over a sleeveless white athletic t-shirt or tank top to show off your pecs (this t-shirt style is also known by its unfortunate moniker, "wife beater"). For an extra touch, you can add a leather jacket to give you a tougher look. Top it off with a pair of black and white creepers or other crepe-soled shoes and you've got the traditional rockabilly style.
The ladies can opt for either a form fitting dress that ends just below the knees or a dress with a halter top, tight waist and full skirt to let you pull off all those rockabilly dance moves. Either way, a sweetheart neckline is key to rockabilly wear, as is a pair of high-heeled shoes. The rockabilly look emphasized the feminine form but the fuller skirt allows women of just about any size to pull it off.
A black leather jacket is a must-have for the true rockabilly look.
Rockabilly Hair And Makeup
Hair is another important part of the rockabilly look. For both men and women, the pompadour rules. Guys can apply a liberal amount of pomade or gel and slick their hair back. The classic rockabilly do was short on the sides and full up top, with just the right amount of curl in the front. Some guys combed their hair into duckbills at the back; others went for a straighter look.
Girls employed the pompadour too, usually while pulling their hair back into a high ponytail. They would puff up the top and pin back the sides, bringing it all together at the back of the head. The high set of the ponytail gives it the proper bounce when you're out on the dance floor, while curling around the front adds softness around the face. And don't forget dark eyeliner along the top of the eyes for a "cat's eye" effect and some bright red lipstick to complete the look.
Where To Find Rockabilly Wear
When you consider how to dress rockabilly, it's really not all that hard. One of the best places to find classic rockabilly clothes is at thrift stores, especially those that specialize in clothes from the 1940s and 1950s. You can also find some really cool items on this page. It is such a time-tested look that even some retailers carry pieces that would work in putting together a rockabilly look.
Remember that no matter what particular outfit you choose, what really brings the rockabilly look together is attitude. It's all about that fun loving, rule bending, hard driving swagger. That's what gives rockabilly its soul and will really make you stand out from the crowd.
Purses And Handbags
Meow! This cute faux leopard handbag provides a nice finishing touch to any rockabilly outfit.