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How-to: Rocker Chic For Non-Rockers

One of my favourite fantasies is rocking out to a stadium full of fans. Seriously. Belting out some of my fave tunes while wailing on a guitar Hendrix-style always puts a smile on my face while I’m daydreaming in my cubicle, spreadsheets staring dejectedly at me.

I love everything about “rocker style” from the perfectly worn leather jackets to jeans that fit like second skin. Let’s not forget the hair too from the likes of 80s rock Gods like Jon Bon Hair Salon Bon Jovi and Steve Tyler of Aerosmith.

Dominique Baker at Metro Music Bank Street Acoustic Guitars in background


Now, I don’t kid myself. I’m as girly girl as they come with my love of all things pink, designer, glittery, you name it. But yeah…every now and then, I like to rock out with my hair out.

So, with RBC Bluesfest about to start on Thursday, July 4th (my fave music festival and one of the biggest in North America), I thought I’d share a few tips on how to get your best rocker chic on.

Dominique Baker Playing Electric Guitar at Metro Music

Rocker Chic Tips For Non-Rockers

  1. Add some rocker-style details to your look but remember – be “you” first and foremost! You don’t want to look like you are wearing a costume. Remember – only Keith Richards can look like Keith Richards.
  2. Rocker style can be as simple as throwing on a favourite band tee with some distressed jeans or denim shorts. No need to tie a bandana around your forehead or dye your hair neon green – unless you’re totally awesome! #risktaker
  3. Ripped black jeans with heavy boots take your look to rocker style real fast. Going to a music festival and afraid of getting your feet stomped on? Heavy black leather boots like Doc Martens or leather studded ankle boots will protect you and look real tough too.
  4. A grunge-style dress will always look awesome. Think of all those velvet minidresses, little skater dresses and dark floral mini-dresses that scream 90s rock chic.
  5. Rock star sunglasses. Metallic lenses, aviators, little round John Lennon-style frames. Nuff said.
  6. A signature hat! I love the one that Jack White always wears!
  7. A roughed up denim jacket looks sooo rock.
Dominique Baker at Metro Music Bank Street Electric Guitars in background

For my own rocker chic, I chose a skimpy little tank featuring Lady Gaga making out with a skeleton – lol. I found this cute tank while on vacaation in Costa Rica. My poor friend Vanessa had her eye on it but I drunkenly purchased it first. I blame the beach margaritas.

I paired the tank with my new favourite pair of jeans from Levi’s. These cropped, high-waisted flares look great with everything, including the beaten-up looking Golden Goose sneakers I’m wearing. I need a little glitz, so the Golden Gooses are perfect with their chunky glitter detail at the heel.

With RBC Bluesfest starting in a couple of days, I’m looking forward to taking in all of the great bands over the festival’s 10 days. Let me know if you’ll be there and if you see me, come say hi!

Close up of Electric Guitar at Metro Music
Dominique Baker playing electric guitar and singing at  Metro Music

I’m excited to take in the following shows. See ya there!

  • BlakDenim
  • Alexisonfire
  • Buddy Guy
  • DJ Pauly D
  • K’Naan
  • Rebecca Noelle (I had the pleasure of interviewing her two years ago. Read the interview here)
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • The Sheepdogs

*Photography courtesy of Salt ‘n Streets Photography. A huge thank you to Metro Music, 695 Bank Street, Ottawa, for letting us take over your space!

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. July 3, 2019 / 9:54 am

    Awesome. When it comes to fashion, I always overthink it and then I feel like i’m trying too hard. But these are great guidelines

    • Dominique
      July 3, 2019 / 10:55 am

      OMG. I hear you. I feel I started dressing better when I relaxed a bit a learned what cuts and colours looked best on me. I just stuck to that! xo

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