Fashion

The rock n roll influence

I have recently been introduced to satellite radio in both my car and home. Oh so many fun channels and, of course, all the current beats the cool kids are jamming to…but, I find myself bouncing between the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. To quote the great Cher Horowitz, “I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation or anything…but you just can’t beat the oldies.” My dad always said I would have made a killer sock hop girl. I have always adored Motown and everything 50’s and 60’s…both the music and the retro style.

The movie Grease was a wildly formative film for little me….I could not tear my eyes from the screen, and wanted nothing more than to channel Sandy’s fashion, rocking full skirts, neck scarfs, and the occasional rebellious black leather jacket. Now I see I was ahead of the curve, as these styles are timeless classics (and still my favorites!).

Moving on to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I credit the fashion and rock influences of these eras to my two best male friends…my husband and my older brother. Both of these dudes express themselves, and see the world, through rock music.

My brother is a drummer in multiple bands, so I grew up with his bands practicing (loudly) in our basement after school, going to his shows on the weekends, and jamming to Nirvana and Weezer in his blacklight lit room with his friends (when they let me join them).
My husband is currently the lead singer in a rock cover band, and has lived parts of his life “making it” as a musician, and devoting every ounce of his being to rock and metal.

While they both favor different styles of music, they understand each other and speak the language of rock. I’ve always been inspired by their passion and admire how they respect all forms of music.

Back to my passion…the fashion of these eras. The in’s and out’s of the fashion world are completely recycled by the rockers. Any 70’s, 80’s or 90’s rocker with street cred was sporting distressed denim, leather and fringe. My brother and husband have always rocked the timeless rock concert tees…I love seeing them trending now in my fashion mags. Even the 80’s bandanas worn religiously by the 80’s rockers are now popping up on high fashion models.

The 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s eras evoked great style inspiration. I like to think I am paying respect to these generations by continuing to channel the iconic styles of the past. For this shoot I put on my favorite boho glam outfit, and my friend Olivia and I took a stroll around Bucktown.  I hope I have inspired you to consider getting in touch with your inner rocker girl!

XOXO
Julz Chez

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Denim vest: Levi’s 
crop top: American Apparel
Pants: Free People
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bag: Birkin

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Do I always feel like wearing crop tops and heels? Absolutely not. Every rock girl needs a handful of sweet tees, a great pair of boyfriend jeans, and of course the classic pair of converse shoes.

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Jeans: 7 for all mankind
Shoes: Converse
All photos taken by Olivia Radziszewski

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