How Punk Fashion Is Making a Comeback


Thirty years after it launched a revolution in music and style, punk is so ubiquitous that even grand and great-grandmothers wear its aesthetic elements. A safety pin through your ear remains part of its aesthetic, as do ripped jeans and band T-shirts you have worn since middle school.

Punk fashion blends androgyny with DIY practical clothing such as black leather Dr. Martens work-wear boots with studs or spikes attached, metal spikes, or other elements of street culture.


Punk fashion was initially developed out of rebellion against social and political issues. It represents individualism and aggressiveness; no wonder these concepts have returned to runways through designers like Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier, who employ clothing with ripped material, safety pins, and leather pieces to convey this subculture’s message.

Punk fashion typically includes black or dark-colored T-shirts adorned with band names, political slogans, or controversial images, with girls naturally sporting ripped fishnet stockings and their hair styled into mohawk shapes; black makeup was popular among both boys and girls during this time, as were multiple piercings for both genders. Punks often grew up feeling powerless over their lives and thought it necessary to fight for what was rightfully theirs; musical acts like The Ramones and Television provided them an outlet to express this frustration through music which helped express their disillusionment with parents, society, and themselves through disillusionment with parents, society or sexuality through music as means such as this.

Footwear was typically work boots; Dr. Martens were especially popular. Many punks donned dirty, torn, and bleach-splashed jeans, while leather skirts became fashionable for female punks.

Punks exhibited their style by writing political slogans on tees and plaid shirts with marker pens to add their signature flair. Furthermore, they customized blazers by painting or adding patches or studs for further personalization.

There are only a handful of clothing companies that specialize in punk apparel. East London-based Jawbreaker offers different collections spanning gothic to state punk styles; its designs take cues from streetwear, emo, and Victorian trends.

Calluna is another punk fashion label that utilizes organic and recycled fabrics to craft alternative punk pieces that draw their inspiration from life’s dichotomies. Each piece feels special as small batches are produced. Vivienne Westwood, another punk designer who incorporates these principles in her designs, is another example of such work.


Shoes immensely affect any look, especially when trying to achieve punk fashion. Punk shoes reflect the anti-establishment, rebellious nature of punk music from London and North America in the 70s; as with clothing and other accessories worn by punk bands such as Clash, Specials, and Sex Pistols members and fans, these punk shoes reflected this cultural identity.

Punk shoes were more than fashion statements; they also served as symbols of anger, individuality, and freedom – as evidenced by those worn by members of punk rock bands. Doc Martens were an indispensable element in this subculture – Sid Vicious and Joe Strummer proudly donned black pairs at their concerts. Also famous were brothel creepers designed by English footwear designer Vivienne Westwood. They could be customized with studs or embellishments to meet various personal styles – famously worn by Sex Pistols during their memorable performance on Bill Grundy’s TV show.

Combat boots are another popular punk rock footwear choice that exudes toughness and resilience. These lace-up shoes with chunky soles feature metal detailing for an added punk rock flair – and ASOS offers them with chain straps for even more style!

Punk fashion doesn’t have to be intimidating; start slowly by adding one or two new elements to your look and building from there. That way, you can explore your unique style without becoming overwhelmed at first!


Hair is an integral component of punk rock style, as many rockers wear their locks in various ways to express their rebellious attitude. Popular punk styles range from messy bowl cuts and spiky mohawks, often using vivid or bright colors and sometimes adding accessories such as skull headbands for extra flair.

Punk hairstyles often incorporate two classic haircuts: the pixie mullet is one of the most beloved punk styles. Punk lovers can customize this hairstyle however they please; from choosing any color they’d like for their mullet to adding spiked extensions for an exaggerated effect, there’s something about the combination that adds some flair.

Mohawk hairstyles offer another solution for punk-inspired styles, which feature spiky, high-twist styles with an edgy and stylish aesthetic. Achievable by twisting it around oneself in a nervous manner, the mohawk can make a statement while at the same time being practical for those without enough patience to allow their locks to grow longer. Celebrities like Kelly Osbourne and Miley Cyrus often sport this hairstyle as it makes quite an impactful statement. Its versatility also serves those without patience who wish their hair could grow longer!

Women seeking to add feminine punk flair should consider styling a layered bob. This hairstyle works well if you don’t have much hair to work with but still want that punk aesthetic; its easy maintenance makes it an excellent option. Plus, this look suits casual occasions as well.

Neon hair is an eye-catching punk trend that never fails to draw attention. From neon pink to vibrant blue hues, neon hair adds an eye-catching pop of color with an extra rebellious twist. Perfect for adding flair and rebellion to any ensemble and hairstyle!

One popular punk hairstyle that has gained popularity recently is the devilock, made popular by Jerry Only from The Misfits. This long, unruly style can be worn, swept-back, pulled to either side, and often dyed a bright and unnatural color for maximum impact.


The punk style emphasizes nonconformity and individualism without restricting itself to one look; clothing lets you express yourself however you wish. Punk fashion doesn’t limit itself to feminine, edgy, dramatic, or exaggerated looks – you decide what looks best suits your preferences! Punk also provides the opportunity for you to develop DIY skills and express yourself through clothing; make your ripped jeans from scratch, paint designs onto T-shirts you already own, or turn old wire into jewelry pieces; this makes punk so appealing to many; rather than conforming to one look, you express yourself however best suits.

Early punks wore black leather clothing adorned with studs and chains, mufti fabrics, grey sweated-out black T-shirts with bondage animal print bum flaps, as well as mufti fabrics fashioned into sweatshirts in mufti fabric patterns or sweatpants layered over sweatshirts adorned with animal print bondage, military-style boots or Dr. Martens for footwear were popular choices. In contrast, brothels’ creepers or bowler hats with braces were often worn. Accessories included pistol belts, oversize pendant necklaces, and snarling spiked jewellery.

Thrift stores are a fantastic source for punk fashion finds that can add edge and character to your ensemble. Flannel shirts are an essential staple, perfect for dressing up or down, while fingerless gloves can often be found by cutting off their thumbs and embellishing with various items from regular gloves.

If you want a rock-and-roll punk style, pair a denim jacket with jeans for an easy yet chic outfit. Thrift stores often stock different denim blazers – the more worn and torn, the better!

As part of your punk look, ironing on patches can create an eye-catching appearance. This effectively shows your support for bands you enjoy or conveys an edgy political statement; use heat-resistant parchment paper when ironing on patches. For an alternate style try creating your patch designs through screen printing techniques; kits can often be found at music stores or online retailers.