Dress Rockabilly Style in 5 Greaser-Inspired Fashion Outfits

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Rockabilly style is a unique way of dressing rooted in the rock ‘n’ roll culture of the mid-20th century that emerged in the 1950s and comprised garments and accessories blending post-war rebellion with a nostalgic echo of classic Americana.

Conveying a rebellious spirit and a non-conformist attitude, Elvis Presley’s tailored shirts, leather jackets, and pompadour haircut, along with Bettie Page’s high-waist shorts and patterned tops, are emblematic of Rockabilly’s aesthetic.

Rockabilly Style

Similarly, John Travolta’s portrayal of Danny Zuko in ‘Grease’ with his slicked-back hair, fitted T-shirts, and cuffed denim became a cultural touchstone, further cementing the style’s influence.

Synonymous with the greaser culture, the Rockabilly aesthetic and fashion style is more than clothing; it’s a statement of individuality and a homage to a bygone era reinterpreted for the modern world.

1. Casual Rockabilly

Casual Rockabilly

The Casual Rockabilly outfit pays homage to the 1950s by commencing with an off-shoulder puff-sleeve top, reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot’s iconic look, in a peach hue that embodies the era’s affinity for necklines and feminine contours.

Marilyn Monroe and Janis Martin casual Rockabilly style
Marilyn Monroe and Janis Martin’s casual Rockabilly style
off shoulder Draped Bardot Corset Off Shoulder Ruffle Trim Crop Lace Top

Match with Levi’s high-waist Pedal Pushers in rich dark denim and a cuffed hem as a subtle homage to Rockabilly’s pin-up aesthetics.

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Accessorize with a thin silk neck scarf from vintage Hermès collections – or a modern variation from Alexander McQueen – and red ballet flats from Repetto or Tory Burch.

Crow the look with a classic Marilyn Monroe-inspired bob haircut that adds a cinematic allure, resonating with the timeless charm of Rockabilly style.

2. Classic Rockabilly

Classic Rockabilly style

The Classic Rockabilly outfit showcases the edgy and dramatic side of the Rockabilly fashion.

Amy Winehouse and Andra Day classic Rockabilly style
Amy Winehouse and Andra Day’s classic Rockabilly style

The outfit is anchored by a cropped leopard pattern top like the designs of Dolce & Gabbana and paired with high-shine cropped leather pants from Schott NYC, the clothing brand of rock ‘n’ roll icons.

adjustable tie side t-shirt in leopard Mock Neck Tank Top in leopard

Wear a vintage biker leather jacket and a wide leather belt – can also be modern ones from All Saints – representing the style’s quintessential daring toughness.

Allsaints Rockabilly Leather Jacket Allsaints Rockabilly Leather Jacket

Accessorize with large hoop earrings from Jennifer Fisher, a red silk hair scarf from Hermes, evoking the classic headwear choices of the time, and a thin leopard pattern leather wrap bracelet to complement the top.

Floral Hair Band Multicolor Paisley Print 60s Square Scarf For Daily Wear And Bag Decoration

Complete the outfit with classic T-Strap Mary Jane pumps from Christian Louboutin or a playful rendition by Kate Spade for a retro and timeless feminine touch.

3. Rockabilly Pin-up

Rockabilly Pin-up style

Centered around a polka dot sheath dress that hugs the body, the Rockabilly outfit is a tribute to the pin-up models of the 50s.

Imelda May Pin-up-Rockabilly style
Imelda May’s Pin-up-Rockabilly style

Start with a polka dot pin-up silhouette dress from Stop Staring!, a brand specializing in vintage reproductions, and a wide belt to emphasize the hourglass figure.

Polka Dot Maxi Dress Polka Dot Print Bustier Cami Dress

Accessorize with large hoop earrings from Swarovski, a silver-tone rhinestone bracelet from Tiffany & Co., and a rhinestone bib necklace from BCBG, as the ensemble’s focal point.

Wear a Pompadour hairstyle, a nod to the rebellious yet polished aesthetic of the Rockabilly scene, and Mary Jane from Manolo Blahnik to retain the retro-charm of the 50s fashion.

4. Rockabilly Dance

Rockabilly Dance style

Built around practical and comfortable garments, the Rockabilly Dance outfit is ideal for events reminiscent of 1950s swing dance.

Dance Rockabilly Style
Dance Rockabilly style of the 1950s

Start with a polka dot poodle skirt with a wide hem that twirls easily, available at Unique Vintage, and a cropped off-shoulder top from Pinup Girl Clothing for free movement.

Middle Waist Polka Dot Zipper Maxi Skirt Elastic Waist Polka Dot Skirt

Accessorize with large hoop earrings from Hoorsenbuhs, a red headband to keep the hair in place during energetic dance moves, and a satin pleated bag from Coach.

Finally, anchor the ensemble with strappy open-toe pumps from Charlotte Olympia, ideal for comfort and stability during dance events.

5. Boyish Rockabilly

Boyish Rockabilly style

The Boyish Rockabilly outfit blends masculine tailoring with feminine accessories, reflecting the androgynous movement of the Rockabilly era.

Alis Lesley Boyish Rockabilly fashion style
Alis Lesley’s Boyish Rockabilly style

Start with a classic polka dot shirt, a sharp waistcoat, and cigarette pants from specialty boutiques like Voodoo Vixen or Hell Bunny to create a retro-inspired look.

black polka dot high neck blouse Satin Collar Polka Dot Button Long Sleeve Blouse

Accessorize with Betsey Johnson cherry earrings, characteristic of the 1950s, and a ribbon bow tie brooch from Collectif and complete with open-toe stiletto heels, which could be elegantly crafted by Pin Up Couture or Pleaser, providing a polished finish that’s both stylish and evocative of the era’s fashion.

This “Boyish Rockabilly” ensemble reflects a well-curated blend of 1950s-inspired sophistication with a modern sensibility, perfectly capturing the rebellious yet elegant essence of the Rockabilly style.

Similar Styles to Rockabilly

Rock | Pin-up | Teddy Girl | Greaser | Glam Rock

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