Rockabilly Fashion Ideas

Written by matthew michael
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Rockabilly Fashion Ideas
Rockabilly fashion trends live on, 60 years after their inception. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Rockabilly music, a cross between rock 'n' roll and hillbilly country, was a popular style in the 1950s, made famous by Elvis Presley and other artists. Along with the music came a clothing style that expressed rebellion against the societal norms of the era. Rockabilly clothing styles still cycle through the fashion scene today.


Perhaps the most recognisable fashion style of the rockabilly era was the cuffed-jean look. Creating this look is as simple as it sounds: Simply find a pair of jeans that are a too long for you and roll up the legs, creating big cuffs. The Vintage Fashion Guild says the style of cuffed-jean was borne out of necessity, with teens simply wearing hand-me-downs that didn't fit quite right. According to the guild, the cuffed-jean look remains a staple of rockabilly fashion to this day.

Wild Colors and Patterns

Another mainstay of the rockabilly era came in the form of wild colours or patterns to defy the strait-laced norms of the 1950s. These styles are easily recreated today. Men can wear pink or two-toned shirts or ones with novelty prints. Two-toned jackets, known as Ricky jackets, are also classic rockabilly staples, made popular when Desi Arnaz wore one while playing Ricky Ricardo on "I Love Lucy," according the Vintage Fashion Guild. Look in thrift stores and retro stores to pick up these jackets.

Short, Tight Clothing

Girls can show off their rockabilly sides by wearing short, tight skirts that show off their bodies. The rockabilly girls of the 1950s defied convention by wearing short pencil skirts and tight sweaters, which were scandalous at the times, according to the Vintage Fashion Guild. Those this clothing may not be as scandalous as it was in the 1950s, it can still make a strong statement of rebellion, especially when topped off with a pair of stilettos.

Leather Jackets

Another staple of rockabilly fashion was the leather jacket, which can still convey a rockabilly style today. Back at the height of the rockabilly scene in the 1950s, leather jackets served as an everyday part of the wardrobe, paired with jeans and engineer boots, according to the Vintage Fashion Guild. Though leather jackets have become more commonplace today, they are still a must for anyone trying to pull together a rockabilly ensemble.

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