Finding a way to be unique in your fashion sense is becoming more and more difficult. Even though there are so many clothing options available in this vast industry, it can sometimes seem as though all the stores and designers are offering the same thing. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with following trends within fashion. But sometimes it can all just get a little bit – well, boring. Fashion has been a way for people to express themselves for years, as it can be an art form in itself. When the individuality is ripped from the clothes we wear, it can be hard to find things to wear that truly represent who we are. If you’re already in a style rut, clawing your way out of it in this climate can be pretty difficult. But among all the crisp white shirts, boating shoes and suit jackets that have been in fashion lately, there is one anti-trend that still looks as cool now as it did fifty years ago: the rock n roll look. Let’s face it: anything with so much as an edge of danger about it automatically looks cool, and a biker-inspired look is one that defies generations. If you want to shun the modern trend based around the perfectly groomed, dapper gentleman, then this might be the right new look for you. Here are some ways you can achieve it.
Grow your hair
We are taught that in today’s modern world, women have long hair and men have short hair. But why is there such as social barrier here about how men wear their hair? After all, short hair as a concept is a fairly recent thing – look back through history, and you will see that nearly every prominent male figure sported a grown-out mane at some point, whether we are referring to musicians or ancient royalty. Long hair on a man immediately looks alternative and rebellious: but it’s not just enough to grow it out and hope for the best. There is a fine line between looking like a rockstar and looking like you’ve been on the streets for a few years, after all! If you are going to grow your hair, you need to make sure you are educated about how to care for it. Learn the importance of a parting and make sure you brush it regularly to prevent it getting matted. If you feel ready to use some styling products, ask your hairdresser about what will work best for you – and make sure that whatever you use isn’t going to damage your hair. Long hair can look amazingly cool and quirky, but you need to be prepared to take care of it too!
Don a band tee
If you’re going to walk the walk, you’ll need to talk the talk too! Show some love for the music that has inspired your look by paying homage to some amazing artists with band merchandise. It doesn’t matter whether you’re into indie rock, or extreme Norwegian black metal (yep, such a thing exists). A band shirt is an excellent basis to build almost any rock and roll outfit around. You can either buy shirts directly from the bands themselves, either online or by visiting the merch desk when you are at a concert. Or, try trawling through the rails in your local thrift store to see what little gems you might be able to find. It may take some time, and some of the products might look a little worn, but that’s what buying vintage is all about! You never know, you might come away with a vintage Led Zep shirt or a limited edition Hendrix print – doesn’t get much cooler than that, right? Pair with some skinny black jeans and you’re already halfway there with your look.
Start wearing jewelry
The men’s jewelry market isn’t anywhere near as complex as the women’s, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Jewelry for men starting booming in the 1970s and 80’s, where it was becoming more common for guys to experiment with their look in a way that only women had done before that time. The key to getting rock and roll jewelry right is to choose your pieces wisely: a rosary bead necklace here, a gothic ring there. You can even layer multiple pieces of jewelry to create a more dimensional, interesting look. Remember too that you are not just limited to wearing jewelry in the traditional sense. Many people these days choose to adorn jewelry to their bodies in the form of piercings. So, if you’re feeling brave, why not go for an ear piercing or a nose piercing? Nose rings, in particular, have seen a huge resurgence in recent years, across both men and women.
Have fun with different materials
Used to wearing 97% polyester, 24/7? Add a more edgy vibe to your look by experimenting with various types of materials. There are some obvious choices when it comes to pulling off the rock and roll look: denim and leather, respectively. Whether you’re into the rocker look or not, every self-respecting man needs a good leather jacket in his closet; it’s an absolute staple and goes with just about anything. Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable with wearing leather, as there are plenty of great faux options on the market too. Dark denim is also a great material for building up an edgy look – bonus points if it’s ripped! Flannel shirts are also a good option for wearing open over a band shirt or just on their own. Opt for a red and black print, or if you feel that would be too bold for you, stick to black and white. Fashion is all about experimentation, and this kind of look is no different – it’s light-hearted yet cool, chic but still quirky. Forget to be with the band – you’re IN the band with style like this!