Dressing Like a Rock Star 101

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Dressing Like a Rock Star 101
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You don't have to own a roomful of Grammy awards, electric guitars and a gazillion gold and platinum records to dress like a rock star. But it definitely helps to take a page from the de facto fashion handbooks of some of the legendary greats whose music and stage performances helped define a whole rocker image -- from flashy glad rags and diamond bling, to cutting edge hair styles that exuded major attitude. Strike a style chord and rock some seriously cool duds with these tips that will make you look like you leapt from the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine.

Step 1: Get in Liner
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Step 1: Get in Liner

“Black eyeliner is a must have for rock star eyes,” says Los Angeles-based make-up artist Mara Levarre. Go for creamy ones that can be smudged easily into the lash line and inner rim of lash line. Glitter-flecked powder eye shadow puts the glam in rock and make sure to go for high drama with thick black mascara. Make your pout pop with a bright red or deep burgundy lipstick (matte works best) then layer on some red glitter to add all-night-long sparkle. Polish things off with a quick coat of vampiric red or midnight black, because nude nails are a definite rock star no-no.

Step 2: Hair Raising Experience
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Step 2: Hair Raising Experience

For glam girl rock ‘n roll locks, channel your inner Avril Lavigne and go messy, mussed-up and fuss-free, like you just woke up after a grueling late night recording session where you drank way too many Red Bulls. Pump up the volume with heavy hairspray while scrunching up your tresses starting from the crown and making your way down to the ends. Flip, shake and head out the door. Your rock concert awaits.

Step 3: Strip Tees
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Step 3: Strip Tees

This is where you trawl vintage stores and on-line shopping sites for gently worn-in rocker tees that will give the impression that you’ve gone to every Mötley Crüe and Van Halen show since 1981. Feel free to fray the bottom (use scissors to pull at the stitching) or rip a few holes in the sleeves to add a little extra edge. Just remember to have a working knowledge of the band's discography so when people ask how the show was, you won't look like a total poser.

Step 4: Heavy Metal
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Step 4: Heavy Metal

Take a note from Alice in Chains and accessorize your rock star attire with chunky silver cuffs, huge hoop earrings and hammered silver rings in the shape of skulls. Suede choker necklaces with metal studs and faux gold grommets give that tough edge -- but don’t overdo it. The idea is to look rocker chic, not like you broke free from a doggy kennel.

Step 5: Rock Bottom (Girls)
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Step 5: Rock Bottom (Girls)

When outfitting your lower half choose skinny jeans in bold prints (thick stripes and checkered designs) and attention-getting colors like bright red and canary yellow. For extra dazzle slip into a pair of stretchy metallic leggings in gold or silver, or paint on a pair of skin tight black leather pants with metal studs on the back pockets.

Step 6: What a Stud (Guys)
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Step 6: What a Stud (Guys)

It's all in the jeans for wannabe Jon Bon Jovis and Axl Roses. According to Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist Bernard Jacobs, opt for a basic boot-cut denim -- your favorite label will do -- then take to your favorite tailor, stylist or design maven and load on the rhinestones, skull patches, zippers and studs. This is no time for subtlety, so go all out. Holier the better. Add a tear here and a rip there, and you're ready to take the stage for your drum solo.

Step 7: Struck a Chord
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Step 7: Struck a Chord

Guitars (electric, but acoustic can work too if you're going for that folksy Bob Dylan thing) are a must-have rock star accessory. Whether it's a gold-top Les Paul or a blue Fender Stratocaster or a red solid body Gretsch, get your hands on one of these and practice a few key chords. Buy, rent or borrow one from a friend, and if you truly have zero musical ability, then at least strike a Springsteen-esque pose while gripping a guitar and giving the camera a sexy come-hither stare.

Step 8: Step on Up (Girls)
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Step 8: Step on Up (Girls)

Think trashy and sassy when pairing kicks with your rock star attire. High heels in shiny leather are a definite shoe-in (the higher the heel the better; 3 inches and up), but if you need to stomp around on stage and are afraid of tumbling into the rowdy mosh pit below, try a pair of beat-up combat boots (black or brown), and keep the shoelaces untied to give off an aloof, I-Don't-Care rock star air. Just make sure not to trip. Because falling over oneself is so not a rock star move.

Step 9: Looking Sharp (Guys)
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Step 9: Looking Sharp (Guys)

The heart of rock and roll might be in Cleveland but look for the sole in tough-as-nails, over-the-top footwear. Think alligator skin (faux is the animal-friendly way to go) boots with gold spikes, leopard spot print studded sneakers and leather ankle biker boots (in black or silver) with rubber heals and adjustable brass buckles.

Step 10: Face-Off
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Step 10: Face-Off

Billy Idol's signature curled lip launched millions of snarling imitators. And you can be one of them. Because nothing says rock star like an insolent teeth-barring scowl. Need inspiration? Think back to when you were a rebellious teen doing anything and everything to piss off your parents. That's the look. Right there. Now add the universal rock star hand gesture (extend the index and pink finger, hold down the middle and ring fingers with your thumb) and your rock star look is finally complete.

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