How Do You Dress Punk?


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Punk fashion varies widely and contains many subcultures, so there is no one way to dress punk. However, throughout the years, certain punk trends have broken through to the mainstream and become recognizable, such as tight jeans, studded vests and jackets and tattered clothing covered in patches.

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Punk as a movement gained mainstream recognition in the mid to late 1970s with the success of bands such as The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols. In the UK, early punk fashion was dominated by tight jeans or tartan plaid pants, heavily studded and patched leather or denim jackets and vests, combat boots and ripped clothing adorned with pins and buttons. It was also in this early part of the movement that punks sported intensely spiked and dyed haircuts, such as mohawks and liberty spikes, with neon coloring.

As the punk movement progressed, the fashion became somewhat more utilitarian and simple, especially as moshing became more popular at punk shows, which meant more elaborate and ornamental clothing was likely to get destroyed. A typical punk look of today includes tight jeans, punk band T-shirts and combat boots or classic sneakers, such as Converse and Vans. Punks today still wear jackets and vests with patches and studs, though they tend to be less elaborate than those of early punks. Hairstyles of punks today tend to require less labor-intensive styling than mohawks or liberty spikes, but still feature atypical cuts and coloring.

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