The ultimate guide to rockabilly style
What is rockabilly style?
Rockabilly, a portmanteau of “rock” and “hillbilly,” is one of the oldest forms of rock music, emerging at the beginning of the 1950s. It’s basically rock with a country twang (think Elvis Presley). Rockabilly fashion is heavily inspired by rockabilly performers, their fans, and retro B-movies. It’s vintage-inspired with a sexy, edgy twist – sort of a retro pinup style.
Who are some rockabilly fashion icons?
Known as the “Queen of Rockabilly,” singer Wanda Jackson’s style is totally iconic. Jackson’s on-stage look was inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor and was way sexier than what other country-infused singers were wearing at the time – think short skirts and high heels. She was once barred from the stage of the iconic Grand Ole Opry until she covered her shoulders.
Though she wasn’t a rockabilly singer, many modern-day rockabilly fans cite 1950s pinup girl Bettie Page as a style influence. In addition to her obvious sex appeal, the late model is admired for her curled “Bettie bangs” and jet-black hair. Her aesthetic influence on modern-day stars like Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese is obvious.
What are some rockabilly style essentials?
High-waisted pencil skirts
The rockabilly girl is an unabashed sexpot, albeit not in a trashy way. She prefers to show off her body with retro, figure-hugging pencil skirts – and if they’re in a fun pattern, that’s all the better. Try our Reece Skirt in Pink.
Okay, Wanda Jackson didn’t exactly rock a tattoo sleeve. But they’ve become a mainstay among modern-day rockabilly girls. Too timid for a tatt? Try some of the great temporary designs available from Tattly – we like the girly one below.
The perfect rockabilly dress has a fit-and-flare silhouette, a halter top or thick shoulder straps and a sweetheart neckline – kind of like our Look of Love Dress.
There’s no hairstyle that’s as iconic in the rockabilly scene as victory rolls. This tutorial from xoJane is super easy!
Cat eyes and a red lip
Actually, the girl above who created the xoJane tutorial pretty much nails the rockabilly beauty look, too.
If you think you can’t do a cat eye, that’s because you haven’t tried this tutorial. (Hint: It involves Scotch tape!)
Go on and rock your rockabilly style! And be sure to send us pictures!