An article by Claire Hastings

For as long as I can remember, I have been a free-spirited girl. I loved running around and never cared too much about ‘rules’. I live life my way and always strive to be the most honest version of myself. This is why I love experimenting so much, especially when it comes to fashion and style, even if this means ‘faking it’ (just a little bit). One of my favourite styles is the ‘tough biker chick’, but to be honest, I've never had a chance to ride a bike. Still, I don’t see this as a problem to rock the outfit, and here is how I incorporate the style into my everyday look.

 

Vogue Italia biker style - photographer Solve Sundsbo

Vogue Italia biker style - photographer Solve Sundsbo

What Outlaws Have Done for Everyday Fashion

Biker subculture is highly recognisable today, but outlaw motorcycle clubs first appeared in the fifties in America. They have always been an incredibly closed group, turned more to each other and loyal to their club above all. Their notorious conflicts with the police and the law have made them ‘famous’, and movies and TV shows have celebrated them (my beloved Sons of Anarchy being the most recent one). Besides making people equally afraid and intrigued, bikers have left a significant mark on fashion and style, and boy am I happy about it!

Glorious Hair

Bikers usually wear their hair long, but they also wear helmets and one plus two equals a hairstyling disaster. This is one of the reasons men usually wear their hair in a braid, but ladies have always been more creative. French braids, ponytails, scarves, bandanas, and pigtails – they have mastered the fine art of being stylish and avoiding helmet hair. I love wearing my hair in braids (bandanas make me look ridiculous) because it gives me nice waves later, and is great for that day after washing.

Step 1 : Get your bandana
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Casual vs Sexy

Depending on my mood, I choose to be a ‘casual biker girl’ or ‘tough, hot biker chick’. I pair flat, black, leather boots with girly playsuits to get that casual air when I know I have a long day ahead, but ‘tough chick’ is my favourite. Skinny jeans (it doesn’t matter if they’re ripped or not) with pointy stiletto heels, clutch bag, cropped black Harley Davidson tee, and a leather jacket make me feel dangerous and adventurous. Even though I would probably die of fright if I sat down on a real chopper, this outfit makes me feel good and I love wearing it.

Step 2: Sort your denim
 Here are some favourites by Nobody Denim who are Ethical Australia credited
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Edgy Details

You know what they say – it’s all about the details. This is one of the reasons I have so many accessories scattered all over the place. Biker details I love most are big, dark, aviator-style glasses, oversized chunky, stainless steel rings, and choker necklaces with different pendants. Some of my bags are decorated with chains, and I also love wearing badges on my denim jacket. I also have one denim vest covered in patches which I pair up with boyfriend jeans. When all else fails, I wing my eyeliner, apply bright red lipstick, and do smokey eyes.

Step 3: Accessorise
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Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura

Photographer - Giampaolo Sgura

You don’t have to own a Harley or belong in a motorcycle club to channel the biker style. If your inner biker girl screams at you to put on those boots and vintage tee, well, you might as well do it. There’s no better feeling in the world than being unapologetically yourself, and in my opinion, your fashion style is a great way to do it.

 

 


 
Claire Hastings

About the author Claire

Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.


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