by Jessica Lapidos on
Dude. You’re shredding it on the Fender, and your bassist is bringing up some serious funk. Your bluesy wails are heartbreaking and body-thumping at the same time. You can get a crowd going, but somehow you’re not exactly going anywhere. Yet. Your sound is there, but you need to step it up on the visual front. You’re in front of an audience, and it’s time to start carrying yourself like the Rock Star you are. It’s really in the details. Start with some heavy jewelry, infuse some color, wear original sunglasses inside, and top it off with a hat that raises brows. Once you start stepping out of your sartorial bubble of comfort, you’ll make more stimulating statements.
Take a style note from these four iconic legends: Keith Richards, Steven Tyler, John Lennon and Jack White.
Heavy Metal Jewelry
Even if you’re just rocking a(n unbuttoned) white button up and slim pants, some silver pendents, belt buckles, rings and bracelets will seriously enhance. Get them leaning to the pewter end, even a touch tarnished. Jewelry that has a story, or looks like it does makes you looked well traveled.
This was bling before bling was bling. Keith Richards acquired thick jewelry around the world as a Rolling Stone and embraced it like a pirate does booty.
If you’re in the gold, check independent jewelry designers like Henson and Annie Costello Brown. If you’re playing blister-fingered for your loot, hit up estate sales while on tour or try your luck at flea markets.
Sidenote on the power of jewelry: Keith Richard’s skull ring has much mythology surrounding it. Legend holds countless tales of its discovery, and an ever larger number of copies. The truth* – David Courts and Bill Hackett were studying the anatomy of the human skull. They made a mold of a real skull and sized it down. They turned it into a ring and gave Keith the only one they ever made. Now they make a new variety of skull, but Keef is the only human alive with that very design.
*as far as we know.
Courts and Hacket
Black Onyx Ring $220 Henson
Triple Triangle Pendant $290 Eddie Borgo
Brushed Sharp Belt £500 Oki-Ni
Annie Costello Brown
Leather and Chain Inquire for the price. Atelier NYC