Punk rock has been around for decades though the roots remain the same. Whether you’ve been punk for years or want to just adopt the punk rock fashion, there are always going to be staples that you must have to achieve the overall look and feel of punk fashion. (You can check out some of my punk-inspired outfits here and here)
Patches may not seem like much, but they are one of the major staples in any punk wardrobe. Whether they’re ironed on, sewn on, or attached with safety pins, they add color, life, and an overall voice to the appeal of punk rock fashion.
Punk rock patches can range from the anarchy symbol to some of your favorite bands; they are a definite statement piece.
DIY accessories or clothing.
Do it yourself has always been a staple statement in punk rock fashion. Whether you make your own accessories such as necklaces, rings, belts, or jackets or you make your own pants or shirts; it’s a labor of love that helps to create this edgy fashion.
Skinny Jeans and comfort go hand in hand with punk fashion. Whether they’re baggy or tight, they’re a definite must-have, especially when you layer on a few patches or spikes.
Vests may not seem very punk rock before they’ve seen the hands of the punk him or herself, but, they’re definitely a staple. If you aren’t a fan of a plain vest, get some fabric paint and unleash your inner creativity, sew on some patches, or use some spikes to roughen up the look.
Spikes, studs, anything metal that can be easily attached to the outfit are a definite staple in punk fashion. While they may seem a little abrasive at first, they definitely create interest on most punk accessories.
Chains are extremely useful with punk fashion, they can be worn as belts, dangle at your hip, or can be used as jewelry. They help to once again create a rough edge to the punk rock outfit.
Jewelry may seem overrated for punks, but, more often than not you’re going to see them wearing leather or spiked wrist cuffs, plugs in their ears, body jewelry, skull necklaces, or an array of other jewelry accessories that help to create a cohesive look.
Alternative materials such as vinyl lend themselves well to punk fashion, especially for female punks who want to wear something a little more feminine with a bite to it.
Leather can be found in almost all aspects of a punk outfit, from accessories to jackets or boots, leather is by far one of the biggest staple materials you will find.
Sporting band T-shirts is definitely key to punks, especially when they’re supporting their favorite bands. While they may not always wear them true to their nature, and may create something a little more DIY from their band T-shirts, they’re a major component to punk fashion.
While jeans and pants can be argued as the same thing, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While jeans are a form of pant, they are their own entity. Punk pants usually refer to do it yourself pants or Franken pants. They’re stitched together from parts of pants long past, creating a visually interesting look.
Skirts, especially for the female punks, are a definite staple for punk rock culture. Whether they’re short or tight, there are several different shapes of edgy skirts to flatter just about any body type out there. Remember, anything can be made to have that punk rock edge to it, don’t shy away from a skirt because it doesn’t first scream “punk”, and make it that way.
Comfort is key with punk fashion, unless you are talking about accessories or the weight of metal. While you may be weighted down by spikes and patches, you’re going to want to have something comfortable to wear on your feet. Breaking in a new pair of shoes is great, but the grungier and well loved they look, the better.
Wrist bands, whether they be thin strips or thick chunky wrist bands are a bold fashion statement for punks. They can either be useful such as a thick leather strapped watch or more decorative like a spiked wristband. They are definitely an eye-catching accessory commonly found worn by lovers of punk rock.
Predominantly worn by the women, fishnets are a great staple punk rock clothing item. They can be worn by men or women, and are often times seen at live shows because they promote staying cool while in the midst of the pit.
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