In general, contemporary street punks wear leather,
denim, metal spikes or studs, chains and military-style boots. They
often wear elements of early punk fashion, such as kutten vests, bondage
trousers (often plaid) and torn clothing.
DIY-created and modified clothing, such as ripped or
stitched-together trousers or shirts, or trousers that are tightly
tapered, are common. Jackets and vests often have patches or are painted
with logos that express musical tastes or political views. Bullet belts
and belts with metal studs are popular. Hair is often spiked and/or dyed
in bright, unnatural colors and arranged into a mohawk or liberty
spikes, but it is sometimes cut very short or shaved.
Oi! skinheads, sometimes known as skunks or
punk-skinheads, fuse traditional skinhead style with street punk
fashions. The look is characterized by
Dr. Martens boots (or similar boots made by a different brand),
braces, and tight rolled-up jeans, sometimes splattered with bleach.
Other common items are T-shirts (featuring band names, political beliefs
or other text and images relevant to skinhead culture) and denim jackets
or flight jackets. These jackets are sometimes decorated with buttons or
patches, and in the case of the denim jackets, sometimes splattered with
Hair is typically shaved shorter than with traditional skinheads.
Other items from traditional skinhead fashion (e.g. Fred Perry and Ben
Sherman shirts) and, to a lesser extent, punk fashion items (e.g. short
mohawk hairstyles, metal studs on jackets) are also sometimes worn.
Oi! is a subgenre of punk rock that originated in
the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. The music and its associated
subculture had the goal of bringing together punks, skinheads and other
working-class youth. The Oi! movement was partly a response to the
perception that many participants in the early punk rock scene were, in
the words of The Business guitarist Steve Kent, "trendy university
people using long words, trying to be artistic...and losing touch".
André Schlesinger, singer of The Press, said, "Oi shares many
similarities with folk music, besides its often simple musical
structure; quaint in some respects and crude in others, not to mention
brutally honest, it usually tells a story based in truth." For instance,
“Such Fun", from Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot! by The Blood, is an extension
of the 1977 Sex Pistols
song "God Save the Queen", which attacks the
abuse of power by those who hold themselves in a royal or religious
Learn more about various punk fashion
styles from the main page of this section.