Punk Up Your Look!

Whether you’re a die-hard fashionista or an every day, round the way girl who likes to switch it up now and again, a lot of folks attempt the punk look at least once in your lifetime. It’s deeper than uploading Nirvana or Led Zeppalin to the ol’ ipod and throwing on some Barry M black Matte varnish.

You’d be surprised how many people try and take it waaay too far and end up bloody disaster. We don’t want that for our Her Source readers. Studs, skinny jeans, tartan, mohawks are all fashion styles associated with punk, but wearing them all together might look like you’re trying too hard. It’s a culture, just like hip-hop, its roots run deep and is tied hand in hand with the music.

Here are a few tips on how to respectfully add that punky edge to an outfit, without crashing and burning. We’ve even enlisted the guidance of actual punk rockers, musical trio, The Ghost Ease (Jem, Nsayi and Laurence), who gave a few pointers on how to give your outfit that ‘edge’.

Punk Is Comfort


Jem: To be true, go for comfort and individuality. Be confident enough to wear whatever you want to. It’s the grunge sound that matters most anyway. Go with whatever feels right. Just don’t think about it too much and you’ll look great.


Punks Don’t Care!


Nsayi: Don’t care too much and don’t try too hard. Punk is about counterculture and non-conformity, among other things. Key words: Don’t Care.

Absolutely DO NOT:  

Go crazy with the ripped jeans!
Ripped jeans look cool and are most definitely a punk asset, but don’t go overboard! Balance in all things as Nsayi kindly advises.

Nyasi: Those jeans that are ripped in like 18 spots on each pant leg. I’m all about wear and tear, but that’s just too much. Who rips their jeans in 18 spots from their waist down?


Be a walking cliché!

Beyonce isn’t necessarily affiliated with punk rock, but we have to give it to her… she nails this look! Have fun with color but never overdo the make up around the eyes.
Laurence: Totally get some studs, and uh, put them on everything. Then buy some safety pins, and uh, put them on everything.  (NOT).


Now check out The Ghost Ease’s video and see how real punks get down!

-Ayara Pommells (@YahYahNah)