How to be a greaser girl

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How to be a greaser girl
Greaser girls have a tough sense of style all their own. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

"Greaser" was the name given to the working-class street gangs of the 1950s and 1960s. The girls associated with this culture were tough, free-spirited and flashy. Portrayals in books and films include the greaser girls in "The Outsiders" and the Pink Ladies in "Grease." Today, greaser style has evolved to include '50s pin-up styles, working class chic and retro dresses. To incorporate the greaser girl sense of style into your own wardrobe, look for sharp silhouettes and retro-inspired clothing made to flatter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Form-fitting clothing
  • Leather jacket
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
  • Black eyeliner
  • Dark eyeshadow
  • Liquid black eyeliner
  • Red lipstick
  • Rockabilly music

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    Wear form-fitting clothes. Greaser girls are known for showing off their figures with their clothes, so use your form to your advantage. Look for fitted jeans, cardigans and tops. Additionally, incorporate circle-cut skirts, which flare out at the hemline to enhance your hourglass shape. Take inspiration from 1950s pin-up models, such as Bettie Page and look for halter neck dresses, sweetheart necklines and cinched-in waists.

  2. 2

    Invest in a leather jacket. Like greaser guys, greaser girls often benefit from wearing tough-looking leather jackets. Additionally, wearing them is convenient when your greaser guy asks if you want to go for a ride on his motorcycle.

  3. 3

    Tease and curl your hair. Greaser girls are known to have large, fluffy locks, so build volume from the roots with some hairspray and a bit of backcombing. Curling your hair also adds to the '50s pin-up vibe, so try big barrel curls and even curled fringe.

  4. 4

    Wear bold make-up. Greaser girls wear make-up that will catch onlookers' eyes, so do just that by wearing stunning make-up. Though dark eyeliner and eyeshadow are always staples, another option is to use liquid black eyeliner for the iconic wing-style look. Additionally, draw attention to your lips with expertly applied red lipstick.

  5. 5

    Listen to rockabilly and classic greaser-style music. Examples include Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. These are reminiscent of the greaser heyday, and so others will realise that you have a true appreciation for the subculture rather than the greaser appearance alone.

Tips and warnings

  • Showing a lot of skin won't make you a greaser girl. Instead, focus on finding fit-and-flare shapes that enhance your figure.

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