80s punk rock fashion

Updated February 21, 2017

The 1980s were synonymous with outlandish fashion trends, and one of these trends was the punk rock fashion style. Through combining distinctive clothing styles with unique looks for your hair, you can make this style come alive again at costume parties or for Halloween.


Having the proper hairstyle was important for punk rockers in the 1980s. The goal of a punk's hairstyle is to be nonconformist, so the hair of both males and females was designed to stand out. Punks would add large degrees of gel to their hair to sculpt tall, spiked Mohawks or hair that spiked in a variety of directions. To make their hairstyles extra attention-grabbing, punks would often dye their hair in such vivid colours as red, blue and green.


Both male and female punk rockers typically wore jeans with multiple holes throughout. These jeans weren't just worn until they wore through -- punks would use scissors or knives to make slices in the knees, thighs and even the seats of the jeans. Punks were known for their tight jeans; some jeans were so tight that they included zippers at the cuffs to open to allow them to slide their legs into the jeans.


T-shirts featuring punk rocks bands were the most common attire for 1980s punk rockers. These T-shirts were often black in colour, and featured such bands as The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols. Some punks would cut the sleeves off their T-shirts in a raggedy fashion to appear more "hard" and antisocial.


Once you have your hair and wardrobe reflective of an '80s punk rocker, it's important to add the appropriate accessories. In the 1980s, punk rockers sported such accessories as spiked or studded bracelets, dog collars, chains in the place of belts and necklaces held together with a padlock. Punks also wore a multitude of punk rock band pins on their shirts or jackets.

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.