To a certain extent, the punks have left quite a legacy to our wardrobe. It is in this message t-shirt, whether it’s a 50% polyester model picked up for ten box on ASOS, or Dior’s now famous We Should All Be Feminists at half a thousand euros. In this studded perfecto that has been with you since adolescence, this bracelet whose charm imitates a paper clip, or the red tartan pants that you proudly wear each time you take the Eurostar…
The fashionable longevity of punk is explained by its essence, advocating freedom for everyone, with a taste for provocation. A philosophy which, in its most authentic version, translates into a rather brutal, sometimes even violent vision, with influences ranging from bondage to street art. So to speak, all we need to boost our #OOTDs and rule the Insta-game.
Without further ado, we open our closet to these 10 pieces which will bring us a bit of 70’s London.
The fishnet is one of the punk gear key element. Rather than on cheap tights, we prefer the blouse option of Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, whose chimney collar and silvery flecking bring an ounce of sophistication that contrasts with the origins of the garment. (138 € in sales)
Another emblematic element: the safety pin. In this tradition, Balenciaga offers them in XXL earrings. Our little advice: wear only one of the two — matching is way too bourgeois. (367 € — “I’m broke” version available here.)
Wearing worn clothing had a real value, meant a lack of interest in consumerism. There is not much left of this idea today, except for the unrestrained potential it brings to an overly polished look. “It’s not normal to pay more for less fabric”, my father used to say. Not for that McQueen mohair sweater. (890 €)
Moving on to tartan… What was originally the emblem of the Scottish clan society has become one of the most recognizable symbols of punks. Add black strips like on this Dsquared model, and you will capture all the irreverence that popular culture associates with it (1,140 € — “I’m broke”version available here.)
No need to feel guilty, take this t-shirt designed by House of Holland. The bonus? Its slogan that allows us to wear it at the office, without having to go to the Employment Centre the following day. (67 € in sales)
Hooligans from Georges V Avenue, we shake our paint cans in this Balenciaga denim jacket. Naturally matching casual looks, it will be perfect instead of a blazer to match a formal one. (1,590 € — For the “I’m broke” version available here, also include a big joint and two or three Posca markers.)
The padlocked chain is Sid Vicious’s signature jewel, in this case purely and simply imitated by Dsquared. I mean, you don’t have to be a fan of the singer to copy his swag… (175 € — “I’m broke” version available here.)
Still in the Sex Pistols tribute, this boot from the collection Dr Martens has dedicated to the band. The leather and laces are printed with lyrics from their songs, reminiscent of God Saves the Queen‘s cover, while the white colour reinforces its retro dimension. Besides, buying Docs is getting a pair that lasts for years. There’s no reason to resist. (200 €)
Since sexually dissatisfied housewives praised a trilogy of books, sadomasochism has been considered a tendency among many others. Long before that, Vivienne Westwood’s SEX boutique is one of the first to use bondage as a basis for clothing design. We find that vibe here in an accessory, with this bag-harness found at the label AMBUSH. (1,407 € — “I’m broke” version available here.)
Speaking of domination, Gianni Versace’s Miss S&M collection is undoubtedly one of the designer’s most sought-after collections, where buckles and straps create a silhouette of formidable femininity. A vintage favorite, we just got our hands on this suit, whose price hurts more than a hundred whiplashes… (6.332 €)
More than a style, punk actually invites us to allow our imagination to run free, in order to express our personality through our clothes. What if attitude was the ultimate accessory…? •