A Guide on how to Rock that Rockabilly Look

Well, according to Wikipedia – Rockabilly began as a type of music in the 1950s that combined rock ‘n’ roll with country and western ‘hillbilly’ music. There are also other musical influences such as swing and blues that have all contributed an element to the Rockabilly music scene. The clothes were designed to be easy to dance in.

So, what is the Rockabilly look?

For me, I like to look at the past in order to see what has influenced the current Rockabilly scene. If you watch films like Grease and West Side Story, you can see a strong influence of this style.

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The Rockabilly look is quite strong, sexy and feminine.  It is a flattering look with nipped in waists and figure hugging dresses and looks great on all body shapes.  The dresses can add or accentuate curves, and you can have so much fun with accessories.  It’s one of the only looks that you can get away with going a little bit over the top and still look great, especially if you have some colourful tattoos to show off too.

Early Rockabilly Style Inspirations

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Rockabilly Essentials

We have taken some of our best Rockabilly essentials from the website so that you can see how easy it is to create the look either for a night out or to get into the “scene” and with Spring just around the corner you have a reason to add some freshness to your wardrobe.

The Dress

There are two main types of dresses worn, the swing dress or the wiggle dress.  The swing dress can be worn with a petticoat underneath to give it a much fuller appearance, and the wiggle dress is much more figure hugging, the tighter the better.  Both of these dresses can be worn with heels or pumps.

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The Skirt

The skirts are designed to bring out the best in the female figure. The Wiggle skirt, like the dress, is figure-hugging, high-waisted and knee length. A fishtail skirt is great for balancing out a curvier figure and the swing skirts are designed to show off the waistline whilst giving the illusion of slender legs.

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There are so many cute tops that can be worn to create the rockabilly look – Twin Set Cardis that button all the way, off the shoulder tops, cute sailor t-shirts and gingham blouses.

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Some accessories that you will need to finish off that Rockabilly look – a belt to cinch that waist in even more. They can be worn with skirts, dresses or playsuits.  Once you have coiffed your hair into place, you can accessorise that ‘do’ with flowers or a headscarf hair band.

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