I’m not one to subscribe to rules. I mean, I wrote an anthem that chants, “WE DO WHAT WE WANT!” repeatedly, for god’s sake. And I’ll be the first to have a live-and-let-live attitude about everything. You wanna do something your way? Go for it.
So when I read Chrissie Hynde’s “Advice to Chick Rockers” years ago, I didn’t take it all to heart. I take some, I leave some. But there are three things that I took away and I apply not only in my life, but in my style, and I’ve been surprised how much they’ve stuck with me.
1. #6. Rock and roll is an attitude, and it’s about “Fuck YOU,” not “Fuck ME”. There’s no desperation. You take me or you leave me, and I don’t give a fuck either way. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve dressed as the latter many, many times. And I still may- I dress how I feel and I wanna feel sexy and desirable sometimes. But overall, it’s about the attitude: I will do what I damn well please. And let’s be real: that can be very hot. In today’s main photo, it shows me in the t-shirt and sweater that I not only wore the day before, but slept in (yes, that’s right). I did change pants (and these are my favorite pants). I spent most of day 2 without a bra as well. I did not dry my hair or style it. I did put on bright orange-red lipstick. I wear sneakers pretty much every day, as a uniform- my high heels are collecting dust. I had a voice lesson and told my teacher, Renée, about my outfit choices (or non-choices, rather), and she laughed and said, “Look at you. This is awesome. You’re just like, fuck you, world.” I guess so.
2. #3. Bringing out the best in others and projecting love always, ALWAYS, looks great. This is a style boost and keeps you from even thinking about the fact you forgot (or chose not) to wear mascara.
3. #10. Don’t take her advice. Don’t take my advice. Just do you. Style wise or otherwise. You wanna wear a short skirt because you like your legs? Go for it. You wanna wear men’s pants because they’re cool? Then fantastic. You wanna rock a turban today? Why the hell not. Style is fully an expression of you and your mood may change. And that’s rock ‘n roll!