Punk Clothing Style Ideas

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Punk Clothing Style Ideas
Punk rock fashion and clothing can often lead to extreme features. (punk guy in London image by Jerome Dancette from Fotolia.com)

Like the music style that spawned it, punk rock fashion is widely variable look that can be extremely simple to extremely detailed. Since the inception, punk fashion has become very commercialised and continues to have a following today, both mass produced and hand made.

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Standard Punk

Standard punk fashion is often associated with bands like the Ramones and the Clash. In general, these punks where leather and denim with combat boots. The standard punk may also sport spikes and chains to add to the edge. There is usually a strong emphasis on do-it-yourself modification to this style of clothing. Rips, tears, and self stitching are commonplace. Belts are often studded with metal pyramids. Leather and denim jackets often have patches to express bands or political views and may also feature spikes or studs.

Glam Punk

Glam is one of the oldest and most transcendent of punk styles. This style is associated with groups of the early 1970s like the New York dolls and continued into the 80s with hair metal bands like Motley Crue. Glam punk is extremely androgynous with a great deal of make-up, hair dye, bright colour and glitter. Unusual and campy costume is often worn by glam punk with a celebration of ironic value or bad taste.


Anarcho-punk is a style of fashion that politicises traditional punk rock style. Anarcho-punk is noted for its all black militaristic look with heavy use of anarchist symbols and slogans. Anarcho-punk is similar to standard punk, but often not taken to the extreme of the subculture. Fewer spikes and outlandish hairstyles are worn, but they share traits such as tight trousers, band shirts, and combat boots. Anarch-punk also has a strong emphasis on fighting animal cruelty by avoiding hair products tested on animals and imitation leather.

Pop Punk

Pop punk, which is the most commercialised look, incorporates basic elements of punk and skater fashion. Band T-shirts with ties, scarves, blazers, with Dickies trousers are commonplace. Plain canvas shoes or drainpipe trousers may also be worn.

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