Elements of Rockabilly Style

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Hi all!

Today I wanted to spend some time on the basics of rockabilly style. I know there are some of you out there who are just getting into this specific sense of fashion, so I am here to help!

Leopard Print

This is quintessential rockabilly. If it’s in a leopard print, it’s something worth investing in for this look. For instance, I have leopard print shoes, leopard print jeans, a leopard print dress, a vintage leopard print coat, a leopard print purse, and numerous shirts. You can’t get anymore rockabilly than this. Just make sure to only wear one piece of leopard print at a time – that way it still looks stylish without looking trashy or gaudy.

Nautical Anything

This is also another rockabilly must-have. It is one of my favourites, and I have quite a few pieces that have this style. Nautical means anything sailor/navy inspired, such as anchors, stripes, stars, and red/white/blue colour combinations. You can go all out in a head to toe inspired look, or just incorporate one element in your outfit.


Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about the bird. These little guys are most frequently found playing a supporting role in jewellery, but can also be found as elements of shirts and other articles of clothing. I have yet to get a piece like this, best rest assured it will happen!

Atomic Prints

Atomic prints are basically anything abstract and bring a “space age” vibe to mind. Most of the time these prints are “busy” looking, so just like the leopard print, keep it at a max of one piece, and letting that be your centerpiece item. Try to match your accessories or other clothing such as pants or cardigans with one of the secondary prints in the pattern – you’ll look way pulled together 🙂

Dia De Los Muertos

The best way I can describe this is as Hispanic skeletons LOL. There tends to be an enhancement of the mouth and you will usually find this accompanied by flowers such as roses. Again, this will be a focal point piece so let the rest of your attire be more subdued. I love this look as more of a badass rebellious look!


You will have to have at least one thing bearing cherries if you want in on the rockabilly scene. I have cherry earrings, and I wish I had more to be honest. My collection is ever growing though! You can find fabulous cherry prints on dresses, cardigans, bandanas, shirts, jewellery, and even shoes. A great basic!

Red Lips

It is a rockabilly woman’s uniform, no matter what. I wear red lips all of the time, all day every day. I don’t think I really own any other colours now; but I make up for it in a whole wide range of shades of red! Bésame offers a great sample kit of six lipsticks for what I believe is $16 now. They last you a long time – I ordered mine a whole year ago now nearly, and I’ve barely made dents in any of them although I use them habitually! Bomber Betty has some fabulous lipsticks as well.

Cat’s Eye Liner

This is like the second makeup necessity for you ladies. It can be as subtle or dramatic as you like. Mine tends to be more dramatic, but for days where I have to be “subtle” (UGH!), I do a slight flip at the corner of my eyes. Liquid liner is always best for this, and I have found L’Oréal’s liners to be top notch and offer great pigment and control.

Circle Skirt & Wiggle Dresses

These staples will give even the most boyish figure curves for miles! I own 16 dresses (and 1 pair of jeans – hah!), and most are these two types. I wear wiggle dresses for adding some sexual oomph to my look, and I wear circle skirt dresses to make my waist look small and look a little more cute and wholesome 😉 You can get pure vintage or retro inspired here and you’re good to go!


Snoods are hair nets that you see a lot of women working in World War Two factories wearing to keep their hair in line. This trend during that time was borne ultimately out of Gone With The Wind when you saw Scarlett donning them. It’s great for a bad hair day too! Just haphazardly curl your hair so it fills out the snood well.


Bakelite is a type of plastic that was commonly made into jewellery such as earrings and bangles back in the day. I have a few pieces now, and I wear them at any opportunity given. I love the “end of day” Bakelite (it has a marbled quality), but I intend on getting more solids soon. Match them to your outfits and you’ll look smashing! But be careful – sometimes they can run a tad pricey, so be sure to do your research first.

That’s all I have for now! I’m sure that this is a good base for all of you to start with and begin to mold yourselves with. Define yourself and define your style – don’t let it define you. If you don’t like something, then don’t wear it just because it’s a part of the “rockabilly uniform”. Experiment and see where it takes you!

5 comments on “Elements of Rockabilly Style

  1. Jessica says:

    Scarlett hehe

  2. Bunny Moreno says:

    Very informative post mama! I love it!! xox

  3. Kaen says:

    Your page was exactly what I needed, especially your expert-tease on prints that go with this look. Goodbye frumpy-dumpy-same-o, same-o. Am going to sew up a closet full of “tight dresses” and full dresses” and toss the jeans and tee shirts in the trash. Hello pumps and kitten heels! Goodbye sneakers and mom boots. Am gonna feel more like me all prettied up.
    Questions: Dots? Bows or flowers in the hair? Slim-legged Capris?

    • Answer: ALL OF THE ABOVE! You can’t go wrong with any of those things 🙂 It is so much fun to match up shoes with your outfit to your accessories and makeup. I enjoyed it before I got into this style, but now I have a real, living, breathing passion for it. Once you jump into the lifestyle, you will be immersed in it 🙂 Welcome, and if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate!

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