Rock fashion comprises a rich tapestry of styles, each mirroring a subgenre of rock music and its iconic figures like David Bowie, Metallica, or The Cure.
From Glam Rock’s theatrical glitz to Britpop’s tailored refinement, Metal Rock’s rebellious edge, and Gothic Rock’s dark allure, each style tells a unique story.
Glam Rock defies norms with its glitter and glamour, Britpop merges classic British elegance with modernity, Metal Rock exudes strength and defiance, and Gothic Rock embodies introspection and mystery.
In this article, I’ll introduce you to 4 outstanding outfit ideas curated by our stylists to help you dress like a true rocker.
1. Glam Rock
For a perfect ’70s Glam Rock look, begin with a Nasty Gal or Dolls Kill red midriff-baring cut shirt that speaks of freedom and confidence and a Schott NYC leather biker jacket, a timeless emblem of rocker culture.
Match with All Saints leather shorts for an authentic rock ‘n’ roll look; provides leather shorts and high heels from Jeffrey Campbell, a label known for edgy designs that complement the rocker ensemble.
Accessorize with a red bowknot headband, custom-made by an independent Etsy seller specializing in rockabilly or vintage-inspired accessories.
2. Britpop Rock
To channel the iconic ’90s Britpop look, start with a Topshop tube top with a Guns’n’Roses print and a Paul Smith black waistcoat, a nod to the tailored aesthetic prevalent in Britpop style.
Continue with Zadig & Voltaire fitted leather pants, a modern adaptation of the skinny jeans omnipresent in the Britpop era, and black ankle leather boots from Solovair would ground the outfit in the genre’s rebellious roots while providing a polished finish suitable for modern streetwear.
Accessorize with oversized retro-style cat-eye sunglasses from RayBan, a black and silver cross necklace from The Great Frog, and an Alexander McQueen black mini leather bag for a hint of luxury, encapsulating the Britpop refined aesthetic.
3. Metal Rock
To embody Metal Rock’s intense energy and dark aesthetic, begin with an Amplified Clothing band T-shirt dress with legendary rock band motifs and a long black leather trench coat from Rick Owens matching the enigmatic nature of Metal Rock.
Incorporate Wolford fishnet stockings to add textural contrast and a touch of rebellious flair, a subtle nod to the gritty aesthetic of metal and black knee-high leather heeled boots from New Rock.
Complete the look with a long chain necklace from Alchemy of England, a brand specializing in Gothic and metal-inspired jewelry, adding an authentic touch to the ensemble’s rich rock vibe.
4. Gothic Rock
To capture the essence of Gothic Rock, begin with a Lip Service black leather zip-up vest, a brand known for alternative clothes that embody the spirit of Goth fashion style.
Pair it with a black leather layered ruffle mini skirt from Killstar for a touch of Victorian gothic drama and black fishnet stockings from Leg Avenue, a staple in the gothic wardrobe.
Combine with black heeled leather boots from Demonia and adorn the neck with an Alchemy Gothic black rose choker, a quintessential accessory that symbolizes the beauty of gothic darkness.
Complete with silver chains and a black leather studded bracelet, in a dance between shadow and form and a layer of personal sophistication to the gothic narrative.
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A University of Oxford graduate in Design History, Katherine Saxon is researching arising TikTok cultures from a consumer psychology perspective while covering emerging aesthetics in fashion and beauty for TheVOU, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.