How to Be a Rockabilly Chick

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How to Be a Rockabilly Chick
Red lipstick is part of Rockabilly style. (Christopher Robbins/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The rockabilly scene mixes sexy with a rock and roll edge. The inspiration for rockabilly girls is the pin-up looks of the 1950s, such as Bettie Page. Rockabilly style emerged from the music scene, which paired rock and roll with country music. A rockabilly chick is rebellious, sultry and likes to stand out. Rockabilly couples swing jazz and 1950s beauty and fashion. There is a specific look associated with being a rockabilly chick. Channel your inner pin-up, consider a few tattoos and put on some red lipstick and look like a rockabilly chick.

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Things you need

  • Pedal pusher trousers
  • Ruffled trousers
  • Cardigan
  • Red high-heeled pumps
  • Temporary tattoos (optional)
  • Black liquid eyeliner
  • Red lipstick

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    Put on a pair of pedal pusher, high-waisted trousers. Pair them with a ruffled shirt and a cardigan. To add sass to this sedate outfit, add a pair of high-heeled red pumps. The clothing should be in colours such as black, white, grey and red. Avoid bold patterns.

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    Get tattooed. If you do not want to go this far, consider temporary tattoos. Being a true rockabilly chick often involves getting some permanent ink on your body. There are certain tattoos that are common for rockabilly chicks. Those include anchors, sparrows and cherries. While the tattoos can be anywhere, sleeves in which the tattoos cover much of the shoulder or arms are quite common. Rockabilly chicks like to show off their ink.

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    Apply winged black eyeliner and red lipstick. The key is to emulate the 1950s pin-ups, but add a bit of a harder edge to it. Apply liquid eyeliner on upper eyelids only. Make it thick. Wing it out and up when you get to the end of the eyelid.

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    Dye your hair in a bold red or black colour. To be a rockabilly chick, you must not be afraid of a bit of attention. The goal is to get pale skin, and striking hair against it. Rockabilly chicks often go for blazing red or jet black locks. Channel your inner Bettie Page and dye that hair, either at home or a salon.

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    Get short, baby fringe cut into the hair. Shoulder length, dark or red hair, with short, baby fringe cut across the forehead are the perfect and quintessential rockabilly hairstyle.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a flower clip to your hair for a feminine touch.

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