How to Dress Like a Rock Star
Sure, you can probably party like a rock star, but do you know how to dress like one? Everyday dressing can be so mundane and boring. It’s the same thing day in and day out, and it definitely can make you want to escape and live a different life or be someone else. Maybe what you’re really looking for is a way to boost your confidence. Who are the most confident types of men? Well, rock stars, of course. After all, who hasn’t at some point dreamed about being a rock star? What man doesn’t get excited at hearing the name Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Axl Rose, or Jimi Hendrix? The rock-star lifestyle is coveted by every living and breathing man, but unfortunately, it’s a lifestyle reserved for the lucky few. If you can’t actually be a rock star, at least you can learn to dress like one.
Here is a simple guide to enhancing your wardrobe to rock-star status, in the most wearable way possible. Guitar and groupies not included.
Know your style boundaries
With many designer men’s brands (even your favorite chain retail stores) showing rock star-inspired leather jackets to ripped denims, there is a fine line between looking cool and looking way overdone. GQ says that the real key to dipping your feet into rock-star style is to put on a pair of Chelsea boots. They are the perfect rock-star accessory to streamline your style and will go perfectly with your favorite jeans, T-shirt or button down, and blazer. If this look ends up working for you, it’s safe for you to move onto a leather jacket, moto jeans, and printed vintage and/or collarbone baring tees.
Know when and where to rock the look
This look should be worn only during after-work hours; however, once you master it, consider adding bits and pieces of it to your everyday attire. For instance, begin substituting your blazer for a leather moto jacket as a top layer for your workweek attire. Wearing a specific piece of clothing and adding it to your attire can instantly put you into the rock-star character. Do it cautiously and with purpose.
Your rock star checklist
To get you started, here are some essentials you’ll need:
- Leather moto jacket
- Black button-down poplin shirt
- Denim shirt
- Vintage T-shirt
- Fine V-neck T-shirt
- Slim-fitting jeans
- Chelsea boots
- Lace-up boots
- Some “Johnny Depp-inspired” bracelets
- Chunky knit cardigan sweater
- Ray Bans (Wayfarers and/or Aviators)
For a graduated, detailed account of different types of rock-star attire, take a look at some suggested styles in The Quintessential Man.