Fashion Advice: How to Dress Like a Rock Star

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Dear Budget Fashionista,

I am vocalist of an alternative band and my image is supposed to be feminine yet still look tough (a rocker chick) I want to know how to achieve this look on a budget. How can dress like a rock star (on a budget)?

Answer: The best way to achieve this image is to follow the steps that a high-end stylist would take in creating an image for an up and coming rock star at a major record label.

How to Dress Like a Rock Star

1. Find inspiration. Look at all the popular groups in your genre with female leads and take notes on their personal style. Look and see what elements of their style you like and can easily incorporate into your existing wardrobe. For example Courtney Love’s Hole-era style of baby doll dresses and heavy make-up was a great rock chick look. Babydoll dresses are a HUGE trend this year, so you can stock up on them at stores like Forever 21 and H&M.

2. Develop a Signature Piece. Do you have a signature items that you wear everyday like stiletto heels, scarves, bright red hair, etc? If not, develop a signature item that is uniquely you that will make you and your band standout from the pack. For example, always wear the babydoll dresses with stilettos or wear it with converse hot top sneakers. Maybe rock an awesome hair cut (with a shocking color) with sweet floral dresses.  Focus your energies on maintaining or building a collection of these items. Always try make sure you have one feminine and one rocker element in all of your outfits.

3.  Know Your Stores. Shopping at stores like H&M, Forever 21, Wet Seal, eBay and thrift stores like the Salvation Army should become second nature to you. Shop salvation army and eBay for unique vintage pieces like loud Pucci-esqe prints from the 60s, baby doll dresses from the 70s, and brightly colored jackets from the 80s.

4.  Make sure you can maintain it. Until you become a star, you’ll be doing your own make-up and acting as your own personal stylist. Make sure what ever style you create can be maintain on the road and with minimum help from others.It’s important that you “own” the style, so when you become a rock star, the image carries over.

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

    Blog Comments

    Do you have access to local new designers in your town, people who are still trying to get their stuff seen? Can you do like Karen O and work with one new talent whose stuff you like?

    courtney is one of my style idols!
    cool advice here!

    Accessing local designers is a FABULOUS idea…. Many want to get additional exposure and will often loan you clothes and help you create a look

    I LOVE Shirley Manson. She was and is my idol since my early teens. Unfortunately I can’t wear it to work now that I’m an “adult in the real world” but I still try to incorporate some of her style into my everyday.

    I’m a guitarist in a band and I want to achieve that vintage rocker look, but having some trouble putting it all together. Can you help? Think “Cream, Gram Parsons, Kasabian, The Shore front-man”.

    Never forget, if you have a Buffalo Exchange close by to your neighborhood it is a great place to find awesome items! Not only that, a lot of the employees are eager to help you create a look that will work for you, and to top it all if, great bargain prices!!

    Wow! What a great question and it’s not one that I’ve never heard before! I think EVERY GIRL should want to dress like a rock star (even if you’re not in a band looking to get famous) but this article has some awesome tips on how to create your own signature style!

    Babydoll dresses are back? Is it 1995 again?? Woo hoo!
    <3 Buffalo Exchange. Great tip Mar.

    Funky and fun. I’m trying out the rocker chick style for everything, my band included. I’m almost positive it’s gonna work!

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