Can you carry off a rock chick look at 40+? That’s not a rhetorical question, by the way. Can you?
I do hope your answer was a resounding YES!
If not, why not? If Chrissie Hynde can rock it at 64 and Debbie Harry at 70, then I can certainly rock it at almost 50.
But what about the ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ mutterings,
‘well, she’s trying abit too hard, isn’t she?’ sniggerings.
If I was slathered in heavy eye make-up, was wearing a stud collar round my neck, a beaten up leather jacket on my shoulders and my skull scarf threaded through my belt loops, rather than on my bag, then I MIGHT, but only MIGHT mind, concede that it could possibly come across as trying a tad too hard.
So why the rock chick styling? Well, a couple of weeks ago, Tall Brown Fox and I went to see trip hop duo, Lamb, gig at the Troxy in the East End of London, as they celebrated 20 years in the music biz and the release of their 6th studio album, Backward Spiral. As part of Tall Brown Fox’s big 40 birthday present at Christmas, his canny sister had bought us the gig tickets.
Normally, I go for the trusted jeans and leather jacket combo for gigging. However, Tall Brown Fox’s other canny sister had bought us vouchers for a meal at The Narrow, Gordon Ramsay’s riverside restaurant in Limehouse, so we could have dinner before the gig. Spoilt rotten or what?!? Thanks ladies!
What to wear for both then? Step forth my coated jeans; smart enough for the restaurant, being a step up from denim jeans, without being over dressy for the gig.
As it was freezing on the evening of the gig, I wore the dark sapphire blue, quilted jacket with faux leather trim, I bought from the French brand Camaieu, when in France at Christmas. They regularly do these neat, stylishly casual jackets which are perfect for petites – I have its cousin in black – and it was the ideal choice.
– thin enough to wear under my faux Astrakhan coat,
– smart enough for dinner,
– I wasn’t going to roast alive in it during the gig,
– added some colour to avoid the ‘black widow‘ look I so often see at gigs – you know, head to toe black!
– and the quilted chevron pattern was a great contrasting texture to the coated jeans.
The third piece of the outfit was a basic grey marl tee. But with two mesh panels on the front, it has a sports luxe feel which was on point for the jeans.
The foundation of the outfit sorted, time to cement the rock chick vibe with some fun accessories.
I’ve not just tied the skull scarf around my bag for effect. I did say it was freeeeezing on the night, so it most definitely played a functional role around my neck to and from the restaurant and venue, as well as a fun one, on my bag!
Yeah, but isn’t a skull scarf all abit too obvious, I can hear some folks say?
C’mon, this was a GIG, not a polite garden party at Buckingham Palace!
At gigs, I like to let my curly locks down and D-A-N-C-E. No half hearted, slightly embarrassed swaying at the back of the room for me. Therefore, dangerous jewellery and shoes were out!
A simple, jet black, beaded choker at the neck was all I needed. I mean, the last thing you want is a necklace banging about on your collar bones, or knocking your two front teeth out, when you’re cutting your dance moves.
I was barely out of tutus and ballet shoes growing up, so I know all about the pain of dancer’s feet and I don’t do that no more!
My snakeskin, western style ankle booties can be danced in all night; and they certainly were that night! Plus, they added a touch of badass to the look.
My workhorse of a fringe bag that has had more starring roles on this blog than any other item (although I think these boots are giving it a run for its money now), was perfect cross body candy.
A dash of red on the lips and voilà, I’m ready to rock. I’m on the low to barely registering level of maintenance on the make-up scale, meaning I’m out the door after a flick of mascara. I leave all that smokey eyes business to those who have the patience!
And just to show how it looked on the night, here I am posing in the glamourous location of the staircase linking clockroom to stage! We only had time for a quick snap before Lamb came on hence the quality of the photo in the poor light!
And the real reason my scarf was tied around my bag was that on the way up from the clockroom, I realised I’d forgotten to put it in my coat pocket, necessitating me to quickly tie it round my bag to be hands free for the night!
Light show a go, go, in the beautiful Art Deco venue, Troxy!
Andy Barlow did the obligatory crowd surf – good man.
Jon thrashed his electric double bass so hard, there was barely any horse hair left on his bow by the encore – good man.
Lou Rhodes looked like a Grecian goddess in her stunning, white, structured gown and knocked spots off today’s mainstream pop divas with her haunting and commanding vocals.
Wallis Petite Coated Jeans A/W 15 Boohoo Ankle Grazer Coated Jeans
Camaieu Jacket A/W 15 La Redoute Suede Zip Up Bomber jacket or a more budget friendly Vila Collarless Bomber Jacket currently in the sale
H&M Grey, mesh panel tee (old)
Joy the store Fringe bag Ruby Rocks Fringe Suede Leather Bag currently in the sale at ASOS or this one is fun too from Mango Fringe Leather bag
Skull scarf from a French market stall. New Look Skull Scarf
Black beaded choker (old from e-bay) Beaded Flex Choker
Marks&Spencer Snakeskin Boots A/W 15 but sold out now. These Warehouse Snakeskin Block Heel Boots are currently in the sale and still available in size 3 & 4 for petite feet.
If I was slathered in heavy eye make-up, was wearing a stud collar round my neck, a beaten up leather jacket on my shoulders and my skull scarf threaded through my belt loops, rather than tied on my bag, it wouldn’t matter. If I felt comfortable, confident and owned it, then it wouldn’t be trying too hard, it would be natural.
As it was, I did feel comfortable, confident and owned it on the night and I have a drumful of fantastic memories to boot!
What do you wear to gigs? And do you rock your moves in the mosh pit?
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