The Glam Punk trend has come and gone a few times in the past few decades, and started off in the late 1970's as a response to the hippie and bohemian styles of the 60's. Bands like the New York Dolls pioneered the look, and in the 1980's it hit the mainstream, influencing Glam Rock style through bands like Poison and Motley Crue. Modern iterations of Glam Punk, though, are more polished and sophisticated, bringing in elements of the original punk scene (and mostly leaving behind the neons!) and incorporating them with modern cuts and styles.
There are many interpretations of the Glam Punk style, and the look is very personal. There are, however, some key design elements and accents to look for when building your Glam Punk wardrobe. Keep clean, modern cuts in mind, and don't over- accessorize. When you pair up pieces with these details, you're sure to present an edgy, svelte look that embodies the high-fashion punk.
Studs and Spikes
A vital part of the Glam Punk style is the addition of spikes and studs to clothing and accessories. Spiked headbands have been popular in the fashion world, and spiked jewelry is always a welcome addition. Studded jackets are also a great staple in the Glam Punk wardrobe, and can be paired with anything from dresses to legings. The spikes seen in modern pieces can be the traditional thick spikes, but there are also many thinner, more delicate spiked necklaces and earrings that exude that punky feel while still keeping a bit more femininity.
Thick, heavy chains are also making a comeback in the fashion world, driven in part by the influence of underground cultures such as Glam Punk and Gothic. It's not just chain necklaces anymore, either- many designers are working chains into clothing, and boots with chains are also popular. To tie these into your look, be sure to keep chains with unusual textures or colored chains in mind as accessories, as these pieces can add a pop of color to a dark outfit.
Boots are always in style, in one form or another, but there are certain styles that lend themselves to the Glam Punk look. You can opt for feminine styles, like stilettos, but that have a punky accent- studded boots are a great example. Alternately, you can pair skirts or dresses with chunky boots, like combat boots or lace up platform boots, for a great silhouette and plenty of comfort.
Whether you're a fan of the real deal or prefer faux leather, the classic leather biker jacket is a must for the Glam Punk to own. Leather leggings are also a great addition, and can be layered with other pieces for maximum impact. A leather skirt is also a very versatile piece, and they come in styles from skater to pencil skirts. Also look for accent pieces like leather bracelets or clothing with leather patches, for when wearing too much leather would just get too warm.
One of the most identifiable looks to come from the punk scene is the classic plaid pant. That look is back, and just about any tartan clothing is welcome in the Glam Punk closet. Plaid dresses are popular, and the classic schoolgirl skirt is always a cute look. Skinny pants in tartan are also a great style to work into your wardrobe, and can add a punk feel to an otherwise tame outfit.
The Glam Punk style is a great way to work a little edginess into your style while still keeping a cosmopolitan, mature look. By working in these kinds of details, you'll soon have a wardrobe that is both stylish and cultured, while retaining a bit of that fringe culture look. If you live or work where it's hard to express yourself through fashion, and you like the punk look, incorporating a little Glam Punk into your life might be just the edge you need.