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Rockabilly is a subculture and music genre that first emerged during the 50s in the United States Rock 'n' Roll scene. The name is a combination of "rock" and "hillbilly", the latter being an old term for country music. Thus, the aesthetic is usually used to refer to 1950s fashion and general style, as well as country music aesthetics.

Nowadays, the term describes the subculture of people who want to live a lifestyle and/or wear the fashion themed after the original rock fans of the 1950s. Many of the motifs are exaggerated, with the visual clichés applied to aspects of modern life, such as modern fridges designed to look vintage. Many people also gravitate towards this aesthetic not only because of the music; vintage car, pin-up, and pop culture enthusiasts often come into this community during the modern day.

Visuals[]

  • polka dots
  • milk shakes
  • roller skates
  • jukeboxes
  • red roses
  • poodles
  • paisley
  • skulls
  • old-school tattoos
  • pinup art
  • vintage cars
  • retro american diners
  • barber poles

Fashion[]

Clothing[]

Rockabilly fashion is one of the most interesting because it works with bold, rich colors and old-school style. Although it's not that common to see women wearing this style in the streets nowadays, the Rockabilly genre and its style is making a small comeback thanks to the ever-changing music scene and the growing trend of modernized 50's and 60's fashion.

There are many options when it comes to choosing tops for the outfit, from tank tops to crop tops to high-tie button-down blouses and more. Stripes and polka dots are the preferred patterns, along with solid colors. Red, white, and black are the base colors to choose. Pencil skirts and cuffed denim pants are very common lower wear.

Polka dot dresses are a staple in Rockabilly fashion and they are given a lot of importance. They're always loud and eye-catching, even if they're not brightly colored. Most Rockabilly dresses are form fitting, hitting just below the knee, but there are always variations, many being ruffled and slightly voluminous.

There are many styles of shoes with heels, a height of 7.5-10cm being the most common. Alternatively, there's also ballet flats, saddle shoes, converse, and creepers.

Hair & Makeup[]

How_to_do_a_Rockabilly_Make_Up_Style_Tutorial

How to do a Rockabilly Make Up Style Tutorial

Black seems to be the hair color of choice when it comes to Rockabilly style and most common. Since most people aren't born with natural jet-black hair, it's usually dyed. One thing to keep in mind is that most hairstyles for women have curled parts, are pinned up, and often include hair accessories like flowers or small bows.

Various deep shades of red are used for the lips, along with winged eyeliner and mascara. Blush is applied to the apple of the cheeks to give a rosy hue and sometimes fake beauty marks are added.

Media[]

Celebrities[]

  • Dita van Teese

Movies[]

  • American Graffiti
  • Cry Baby
  • Grease
  • The Wanderers
  • Walk The Line

TV[]

  • Happy Days

Music[]

Artists[]

  • Carl Perkins
  • Elvis Presley
  • Johnny Cash
  • Roy Orbison
  • Buddy Holly
  • Chuck Berry
  • The Cramps

Activities[]

  • Going to vintage car shows
  • Vinyl collecting
  • Swing dancing

Subgenres[]

There are a handful of styles that are similar or derived from Rockabilly. In fact, it's not uncommon for them to be confused or considered the same style, as there is usually little to almost no discernible differences.

These styles include:

  • Gothabilly: First used in the late 1970's and popularized in the mid-90's,[1] it combines the rockabilly aesthetic with darker elements of goth. Fashion pieces commonly include corsets, black skirts and dresses, black and white pinstripe, cat eye glasses, and black or box red hair.
  • Psychobilly: Also known as punkabilly, it essentially the same as the rockabilly style, but darker with an added horror factor. It can also feature skulls, ghosts, spiders, etc. Musically, psychobilly blends elements of punk rock and rockabilly.[2]
  • 1950s Rock 'n' Roll: Since Rockabilly descended from the original Rock 'n' Roll, it is obvious that the styles are similar. The Rock 'n' Roll style of the 1950s is much brighter and more colourful.
  • 50s Pin-Up: Usually mixed with the Rockabilly style for more formal occasions as they are basically the same thing, although it could also refer to sexier Rockabilly fashion.

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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