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Vintage Clothing: The 1970s Punk Fashion Movement

January 26, 2013

Punk fashion has been extremely commercialized at various times, and many well-established fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier have used punk elements in their production. Punk clothing, which was initially handmade, became mass produced and sold in record stores and some smaller specialty clothing stores by the 1980s. Many fashion magazines and other glamour-oriented media have featured classic punk hairstyles and punk-influenced clothing so shop vintage clothing online.

Some of the following clothing items were commonly found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and some were unique to certain geographic areas. Footwear was common in the 1980s punk scene included Dr. Martens boots, motorcycle boots and combat boots; sometimes decorated with bandanas, chains or studded leather bands. Jeans were sometimes dirty, torn or splattered with bleach and tartan kilts or skirts were commonly worn. Leather skirts became a popular item for female punks. Heavy chains were sometimes used as belts. Bullet belts and studded belts were sometimes more than one worn at a time also became common.

Several punks bought T-shirts or plaid flannel shirts and then wrote political slogans, band names or other punk-related phrases on them with punk marker pens. While this was not without an example as in the 1970s, the depth and detail of these slogans were not fully developed until the 1980s. Silkscreened T-shirts with band logos or other punk-related logos or slogans were also popular.

Studded, painted and otherwise customised leather jackets or denim vests became more popular during this era, as the popularity of the earlier customised blazers decreased. Hair was either shaved, spiked or in a crew cut or Mohawk hairstyle. Tall Mohawks and spiked hair either bleached or in bright colors, took on a more extreme character than in the 1970s.

 

By Shakirah Baker-Duff

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