The Rock Chick Handbook: Your Fashion Guide to Being a Rebel

So far autumn/winter 2016 is full of bad girls. Goths, rockers, bikers and punks are ruling the runways with storming platform boots and big black smudges of eyeliner to offset just how small the small slips of their (often see-through) dresses are. The babes don't get much more glamorous or spiky than Topshop Unique's lineup: These are girls who have partied until dawn, maybe landed a cameo in a Robert Palmer video, definitely hooked up with a hot rocker or photographer and come out on the other side looking even better than when everything was newly coiffed and powdered at 7 p.m.

Of course, we all know the above scenario didn't actually take place, but this sassy show did provide key pointers on how best to replicate the look from scratch without the effort of an all-nighter.

Scroll down to discover the controlled routes into wardrobe anarchy courtesy of Topshop Unique.


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Wear after-dark dresses and sparkle throughout the day.


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Don't be afraid to wear something see-through (yes you can layer it IRL).


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Never fully wear a coat; it must be artfully shrugged off like you're neither coming nor going.


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Always include leopard print.


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Jewellery shouldn't match. It should be a treasure trove of stories.


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Mussed-up hair is essential–but add a side sweep and hairspray for the current '80s twinge.

Related: 6 Fashion Week Looks That Inspire an Outfit Rethink


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Hemlines should be risqué enough to make you worry about going up stairs.


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Luxe fabrics are key—the look here is discovering your rich great-grandma's velvet dress and borrowing it on a pre-gig whim.


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Leggings—of all varieties from velvet long johns to leather—are more than acceptable. Skin tight is once again desirable. 

Related: How to Wear Leggings and Still Look Cool


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Borrow your boyfriend's shirt or jacket and wear it with party pieces. 

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.