Thursday, 31 October 2013

Punk For Grown-Ups

The catwalks have spoken and punk is back with a suitably loud bang. While we're excited, this news will come as no surprise to some of the icons who inspired the rebellious style in the first place. The original poster girl of rock 'n' roll, Blondie singer Debbie Harry still wears her bleached hair and bright make-up with pride, while The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde has also been rocking the look since her heyday, sporting a distinctive heavy fringe and skinny jeans.

Both over sixty these women are proof that the newly-revived trend isn't only for the younger generation. The trick is to find age-appropriate and flattering clothes that won't make you feel like you're reliving your teenage years. Whether you're looking for a specific item or want to develop a whole look, check out our quick guide on punk for grown-ups.

Leather jacket

A classic biker jacket can give you the rock look in an instant. A longer-line feminine cut will flatter your figure, while an asymmetric exposed front zip adds a dash of attitude. For extra punk style, look out for studded lapels and chain details. Whether you go all-out or choose subtle hints, shop this season’s 
must-have leather jackets.

Skinny jeans

Not just for the under-20s, the right cut of skinnies can suit any figure. Choose a high-waisted black pair which are both flattering and current, and wear with a loose top and heels. If you're feeling risqué, swap denim for lustrous black leather trousers to add rock star glamour - just make sure to combine them with a simple, well-fitted top. 


All the punks were rocking this bold print the first time around, so take it to a more grown up level. Leave the miniskirts to the kids, and go for a more mature approach, accentuating with small hints on handbags and boots.

Shoes and accessories

Luckily you don't need to sport a pair of chunky Doc Marten's to follow the trend: a punk look can be created with studded pointy heels and black tights. Accessories are a great way to get a more subtle effect - keep the punk to your bags, gloves and jewellery by adding a zip here and a chain there, and you'll be feeling fierce and looking fabulous in no time. 

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