A Style of Not Comforming: Rockabilly Fashion Style

by Evette Manzo, Featured Writer, Smashion

My obsession with the 1950’s has yet to die down. The fashion and art aspect of the 1950’s is so inspiring! Not only is the music amazing but to go along with Elvis Presley, there was Marilyn Monroe. One of the biggest fashion icons in history. And why? Because her look was so dazzling! With a mixture of her style and the bad boy rebel of James Dean, the rockabilly style was born and it’s here to stay. The style began as a way of not conforming with others and a way of expression. Given it’s become more than just a fashion trend and more of a sub-culture, it’s one of my favorite fashion styles. So I wanted to bring a couple of tips in making this look work for you. From the smallest details to the whole picture. Starting with the make-up — RED was and is a huge way to tie your look together. Red nail polish, red lips, and even red hair! The red ties in with “cherries”, which have become a sort of icon/symbol for the rockabilly culture. Possibly because of the swing revival with the band Cherry Poppin’ Daddies? Maybe. It’s just a famous print on clothes, shoes and hair ribbons. And it’s pretty amazing!

Curls and pompadours also do the trick. Hair is an important part, pomps are pretty popular in this style. I think the two side pomps with curls all around look pretty rockin’. Darker hair was made popular by Betty Page but blonde is also just as popular. But curls and short hair is also a great way to wear it! Then there is eyeliner. Eyeliner is pretty important too, the cat eye was made pretty popular or this fashion style. Dark mascara and eyeliner look amazing when striving for this look. Your lips? Make them as red as possible. You’ll look absolutely dazzling!

As for the actual clothing, anything goes, really. Wearing some creepers with your jeans rolled up. High-waisted shorts or skirts with some really awesome pumps. Wear a leopard print sweater, shirt or flats! Dresses with a heart shape halter are really good too OR even something off the shoulders. My model is wearing some high-waisted shorts with a red polka top in a picture for something dressy and casual at the same time. In another photo, she wears jeans with her zombie shirt. And in the other, she dresses it up a little more with a dress and some red wedges that have a lovely strap coming up her ankle. I love all three outfits and you can see how they’re all different in a sense but show the same type of style. Get rockabilly ready while playing some Stray Cats or Tiger Army in the background to get into the rockabilly groove!

Source: Smashion

About Sad Man's Tongue: Rockabilly Bar & Bistro - Prague

We are a Bar and Bistro where old school meets the new school, dedicated to preserving the roots of rock and roll and it's modern adaptations as well as preserving the cultural identity of our neighborhood through our food, the the principles of the slow food movement. A little bit of rockabilly and retro combine with the kustom kulture of today, in an atmosphere devoid of Pretension.
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