Well ladies and gents, the term “Rockabilly” is synonymous with the rock ‘n roll style music of the 1950’s. Think Rock-meets-Country music. Elvis is a great example of Rockabilly style music. Rockabilly is just another term for a sub-culture such as “punk” or “scene” where people enjoy a certain genres of music, style of clothing and hair, and events.
Now that we have the history lesson our of the way, lets move on to What Is Rockabilly Clothing…
Rockabilly is a term used to refer to anything retro. Rockabilly clothing usually refers to items such as; Cute polka dot retro dresses, dresses with dainty cherry prints, full circle skirts, vintage items from the 1950’s, and anything else that has that 1950’s appeal. “Rockabilly” does not just refer to a style of clothing, but more of a “lifestyle.”
Modern day male rockabillies often wear slim jeans, have a bandanna somewhere (ie. back pocket, or worn as a wrist cuff), and often wear a retro or vintage shirt, while female rockabillies love any sort of retro dresses, skirts, and tops, and wear dolled up hair. One of the more popular rockabilly hair styles among the ladies is the “Bettie Hair.” This refers to hairstyles similar to that of Bettie Page. Retro hair accessories are a must have for anyone trying to achieve the rockabilly look. Both male and female rockabillies today may adorn themselves in vibrant tattoos, and piercings, but don’t confuse them with “Psychobillies.”
“Psychobilly” is very similar to “Rockabilly” but usually has darker undertones in both music and dress. Some great physchobilly bands are Tiger Army, The Creepshow, and The Horrorpops. The clothing may consist of retro inspired clothing, but with darker or morbid prints, such as zombies, skulls, etc…instead of polka dots and cherries.