Bettie Bangs and Pompadours!
Nothing says style and sophistication quite like a classic look, and nothing is more classic (and a little bit gothic) than the pin-up girl style of the 1950s. With Bettie Page and Rosie the Riveter as style icons, who could go wrong? The chic pompadour and elegant makeup of the rockabilly style flatter every girl.
The quintessential hairstyle of rockabilly is 'Bettie Bangs.' Bettie Bangs are blunt, straight bangs that lie across the forehead. This hairstyle is named after the famous Bettie Page, who really emphasized her bangs with simple, no fuss styling for the rest of her hair. This is a simple and easy way to achieve a great rockabilly style with minimal upkeep.
As far as makeup goes, rockabilly is all about emphasizing the lips. A strong red lip is the focus of the face while everything else is very minimal. Start by powdering your face to get a smooth surface to start with. Follow this with blush, using a quality make-up brush, swept high up on your cheekbones as opposed to the apples of your cheeks, going close to your eyes up towards your hairline. Using an angled eyeshadow brush, take a dark shadow and emphasize your eyebrows, extending the color just a bit past your natural brow. Apply black liquid liner to the top lid, adding a small cat eye flourish, and use mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Next, enhance your eyes with white eyeliner on the water line. Use a shimmery light color on your eyelids going up to the brow, with a darker brown in the lid crease to give a subtle accent. Finally, to keep your lips kissable, use a little chapstick before applying lip liner and lipstick. Make an X shape with the liner to really give your top lip 'oomph' and fill in your lips with a killer red lipstick.
But what's rockabilly style without the right outfit? Think cropped cardigans, circle skirts, cat eye glasses and saddle shoes. When looking for vintage pieces, turn to places that are honest about the quality of their merchandise. eBay.com is never a bad place to look and Etsy.com is always an option, too, but you can also check out RustyZipper.com. They're very good about labeling their pieces with different tags so you know what you're getting into before you buy it. Also, it never hurts to have some sewing skills as vintage pieces will require more upkeep than the average dress you pick up at any old store. For a more updated pin-up style, or some sexy lingerie, turn to PinUpGirlClothing.com, which definitely channels the rockabilly style.
We can't forget about the guys of the 1950s either. Elvis Presley and James Dean made sexy stylish rather than taboo, and the pompadour and jeans with white tees reigned supreme. Rather than being just another guy in the hipster herd, stand out! Nothing is more attractive than a stylish man with a dash of danger, and nothing says bad boy like a sweet pompadour and a well-worn leather jacket.
Rockabilly hair for men is all about long in front and short in the back. Slicked back hair is always an option, or go the extra mile and do a pompadour. A pretty simple hairstyle, it just takes some pomade, a pick comb and some time. Start by using a heavy pomade, High Life or Voodoo Brew, and rub it in your palms to melt it a little bit to make it easier to use. Apply this all through your hair, slicking it straight back. Using a pick comb, take that hair straight up, almost like you're going for a mohawk. With both your hand and the comb, shape your pompadour with the high front and the combed down back. Finish the style with some long sideburns and your look is complete!
For guys' clothing, simpler is better. Skinny cut dark jeans, white tees, leather jackets, motorcycle boots and bowling shirts really make the rockabilly look for men. If you're feeling fancy, go for a slim fit suit with a skinny tie à la Buddy Holly.
When trying to find the right look for you, turning to the past for inspiration is often a great place to start. The 50s had some very cool trends that transfer into today’s times pretty seamlessly, but still manage to give you a unique style that’s super fashionable.