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What is Rockabilly Style?

What makes Rockabilly Fashion  still so appealing?

The term “rockabilly” of course comes from the music world, with Elvis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins,and Johnny Cash as leading creators of the rebellious sound. The fashion for men followed the dress and hairstyles of the musicians with Daddy-O shirts,baggy jackets, slacks and creeper shoes.

Form Fitting Blouses-Rockabilly Style

Form Fitting Blouses-Rockabilly Style

But the women were a different story. They were rebellious and sexy. They literally wore the attitude that rules are meant to be broken. Many fashions of that day included form fitting blouses (gingham was popular) and straight mid knee skirts that showed off sleek long legs.

Swing Dress-Rockabilly Style

Swing Dress-Rockabilly Style

Also popular were swing dresses that were lower cut at the top to show off a little bustline and a flare to the skirt to allow for movement when dancing. And the rockabilly style brought pants for women into public wear. This was new and rebellious. The form fitting pedal pusher or capri revolutionized women’s clothing.

Pedal Pushers

Pedal Pushers

And then there are the styles made popular by Pinups like Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page and Jayne Mansfield.  Hoo, boy…They deserve a blog post of their own…to come sometime in the future.