Your Rockabilly Shop - Vintage fashion from the 50s
The Rockabilly style is more than just a fashionable trend from the 50s: It’s a way of life! Do you love going back to the days of young Elvis Presley, colorful petticoats with polka dots and elaborately styled quiffs? Then you've come to the right place, because we'll help you create your perfect Rockabilly look!
What is Rockabilly and where does it come from?
Rockabilly is a style of Rock 'n' Roll music that emerged in the mid-1950s. In addition, elements of country music flow in, hence the name Rockabilly: The first half of the name comes from Rock 'n' Roll, the second from the term "Hillybilly". The word from the USA refers to people who tend to live in rural regions. However, the term has only been common since the 1980s, when rockabilly experienced its great revival.
The music direction found its beginnings with the label Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Its founder, the blues producer Sam Phillips, defied the prevailing social conditions at the time: both white and black musicians were under contract on his label. In the USA there was still a strict classification of people into races at that time, which is why Phillips stood out from other labels with his concept.
In order to give the youth protest movement that arose in the 1940s, which among other things rebelled against this racial segregation, its own musical style, Phillips created Rockabilly. The new mix of black and white pop music, mixed with elements of blues and gospel, was ultimately embodied by none other than the young Elvis Presley, who years later would rise to become the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Incidentally, in 1955 another musical legend appeared as an opening act for Presley: Johnny Cash was also musically inspired by the influences of Rockabilly.
The perfect outfit for Rockabillys & Rockabellas
Rockabilly has not only produced its own musical style, but also an associated fashion scene. The vintage fashion of the 50s is still trendy, both in everyday life and at countless rockabilly parties. We'll show you how to style yourself perfectly in the Rockabilly look. Brands like Voodoo Vixen, which have been reviving vintage and retro fashion for women for years, will help you with this. The brands Retrolicious, LUCKY 13 and The Dudes also offer a wide variety of retro inspired fashion.
The men of the scene are typically referred to as Rockabillys and here not only the famous quiff á la Elvis comes into play, but also a lot of other characteristics:
plain white shirts
strong blue jeans
wallets with heavy chains
ear studs or fake plugs with skulls or anchors
Rockabellas are the women who dress in the style of the 1950s. In addition to elaborate hairstyles and bright make-up with red lipstick, there are many ways to create your own pin-up look with a variety of Rockabella clothing. Great style role models from the 50s are, for example, Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn. Common patterns and motifs that are typical of the rockabella style would be:
playing card designs
classic striped pattern
You decide whether your highlight is a striking petticoat or a figure-hugging pencil skirt. You don’t like dresses? Then you can also check out high waist jeans and shorts. Round off your look with cute ear studs with cherries or a hair band with a bow and you're ready for the next Rockabilly party!