Sid & Nancy Costume Ideas

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Sex Pistols' bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen had a style all their own. They rocked the punk music and fashion scene with leather, ripped clothing and shock value.

Sid Vicious

One of the punk icon's most photographed outfits was his studded black leather jacket, ripped dark wash skinny jeans, red t-shirt with a white and black swastika symbol in the center and his lock choker inscribed with the letter "R." Motorcycle boots or any black boots you have will work nicely along with the rest of the leather. If you'd understandably rather not wear a swastika tee -- and it's probably nearly impossible to find one -- substitute it for a plain red t-shirt or a ripped up band tee. It doesn't have to be a Sex Pistols shirt. If you don't own a leather jacket, a black suit jacket will do.

Or, simply go bare-chested and wear either leather pants or dark wash skinny jeans. Wear the lock choker with this other costume option too, because Sid almost always wore it.

A few accessories to add to your Sid Vicious costume include a studded black belt, random safety pins and button pins on your black jacket, and a red, blue and white wristband or a leather studded wristband.

Tip

  • Replicate Sid Vicious' hairstyle by using extra hold hair gel to style hair into spikes, and use hairspray to hold it in place.

Nancy Spungen

Nancy Spungen often wore leather pants, leather shirts, occasionally visible black bras, leather jackets and black heels. Replicate her style with similar black clothing you may already have.

Another iconic look for Nancy was a long, solid or striped sweater paired with ripped pantyhose. All you need to replicate this is a sweater dress -- or a sweater that is long enough to be used as a dress -- and a pair of black pantyhose or tights. Use a razor to slash the hosiery. Nancy usually wore strappy black heels with this ensemble, but any pair of black heels you have will work.

Punk accessories Nancy would add to her outfits included bangle bracelets, leather studded wristbands and a necklace with a lock on it that was similar to Sid's, but it was on a longer chain than his choker.

Tip

  • Nancy had a haircut that was shoulder length with blunt bangs. She had a wavy, curly texture to her hair and bleached her strands blonde. If you don't already have blonde hair, opt for wearing a wig, or just style your hair wavy. Nancy's makeup consisted of a heavy smokey eye that was somewhat comparable to a raccoon's eyes, a glossy red lip and bright pink blush highlighting her cheekbones.

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