Fashion trends come and go. What was once considered hot soon comes around; however, they say that true classics never die. Punk clothing has a distinct look. It’s rough, yet polished. The young may not associate post punk of the 70’s and 80’s with the punk that is heard today, but that is when punk made its mark. Much of the music used sounds from different genres, but it was unique in its own right. It gave rise to what is considered Alternative today. Bands like Joy Division, Wire, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees paved the way for what is listened to today. These bands made a fashion statement as well.
Both punk music and style of clothing was specific, and it still is. The style of clothing in that time was androgynous. Men and women wore heavy makeup. It’s more common to see various hair colors today; however, the haircuts were largely the same. The infamous hairdo worn by Brian Smith of The Cure made a recent comeback and the recent female fauxhawk phenomenon that could be first seen by Annabella Lwin, and others, of Bow Wow Wow. Bands that were around in the 70’s and 80’s wore tight tattered clothing. However, it was common for some bands to wear suits. Black has always been associated with punk; although, leather is more common today.
When punk first came out, people had to make their own clothing. Some things could be bought from thrift stores; however, much of what was worn had to torn and tattered. Patches and other accessories were sewn on. Today, several stores offer punk clothing. Punk jackets and other gear can be found easily.