“I experimented with fashion as it being more like art, allowing what I wore to express what I was feeling on the inside. Androgyny, rock culture, and grunge – they definitely had an effect on the things that made me feel cool and comfortable.”
Ruby Rose, model, actress and musician
Photo Credit: Swarovski
For me, rock and roll is all about bending the norm, challenging authority and pushing against societal customs. I think about artists waving their middle finger in the air and shredding guitar as loud as possible. I also think of gender bending as another example of rebellious self expression. It’s musicians like Bowie, The New York Dolls, and Grace Jones that used androgynous style as a figurative middle finger. This post celebrates two women who rock out in ambiguity, with jackets and ties, tight jeans and dark makeup, leather and bows: Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde.
For a Jett and Hynde inspired ensemble, it’s easy to find the below items by raiding a dude’s wardrobe. Or you can thrift, like me! Elements to use:
- Blazers and jackets
- Neck ties
- Punk rock t-shirts
- Chain jewelry
- Bows and hair product (for that messy look)
- Eyeliner, and tons of it
Mix and match is the name of the game. Here’s how I applied these articles and accessories:
I had a blast getting dolled up like a boy. It feels good to throw on a little men’s wear to really stick it to the man. Pun intended. I hope you’ll try out different gender bending ways of dressing too, so you can feel like a true rock star! For more ideas, please visit my new Trends page and my Instagram.