Belonging to a rock and roll band isn’t a necessity for pulling off this look. According to Kim France and Andrea Linett’s The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style (Conde Nast Publications, 2008), this style combines the “strict with the sensuous.” It can be a fun and unique look to pull off for a day or an evening – or, key pieces from this fashion style can carry a woman from work to a Saturday night out to Sunday brunch.
Essential Women’s Clothes
For this look, go with skinny legged jeans, leggings, and pants with interesting patterns and textures (velvet, corduroy). Think “tough.” So, skip ruffles and floral patterns. Skirts are short – from a mini to above the knee- and straight. Dresses have interesting details – zippers, chains, studs – which characterize clothing and accessories for this look.
For jackets, a worn leather jacket is a necessity. If it isn’t real leather, women can buff away some of the shine with a light rubbing with a piece of sandpaper. When selecting clothing for this look, go for structured versus flowing – even if a top is loose-fitting the cut of the item should still convey a sleek construction.
Fashion Accessories that Rock
Studs, chains, zippers, and fringe characterize the accessories for this clothing style. Metallic accessories, such as a silver or gold scarf wrapped around the neck can also help a woman pull off this look. Don’t go overboard with the accessories – a leather jacket with lots of zippers doesn’t need to compete with a studded belt and studded ankle boots and a slouchy purse hanging with fringe.
Look for funky accessories from city street vendors – fringy scarves, graphic print bags, skull jewelry. When considering a purchase, think, “Does this piece convey a sexy-tough look?”
Shoes can be a wild color or pattern. Try a black and white print with a vividly colored dress or wildly bright shoes with a white tee and black skinny jeans. Ankle boots or high top sneakers are also necessities for a rock and roll look.
Pulling Together a Clothing Style
It isn’t necessary that one’s entire wardrobe scream this single look. Clothing isn’t just a reflection of a woman’s personality, but her mood as well. The woman interested in pulling off this look every so often could pull on skinny jeans, a poet blouse, ankle books and a fedora and be ready to turn heads. Even a single piece, perhaps a wide, studded belt or skull earrings could add a tough edge to work attire. Wearing one piece that carries a gothic or Victorian feel to it can add an interesting romantic element to the outfit.
This look, one the book The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style calls an iconic look, can be mastered by any woman who chooses to include a few key clothes and accessories in her wardrobe that convey her sexy-touch mood or personality.