How Can I Dress Up Like Billie Joe Armstrong?

by Lane Cummings
Billie Joe Armstrong's style has heavy elements of punk fashion.

Billie Joe Armstrong's style has heavy elements of punk fashion.

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Billie Joe Armstrong is the front man for the half-punk, half-pop band Green Day. He has had a strong interest in music since his childhood; he even left high school without graduating to devote himself fully to his music. "The Salt Lake Tribune" has described Armstrong as a "hard-partying troublemaker," but as Green Day's most-recognizable face, he's become not only a cultural icon, but a fashion icon, with legions of male and female fans imitating his very specific style.

Items you will need

  • Jet black hair dye
  • Blow dryer
  • Boar-bristled brush
  • Gel
  • Black boxers
  • Black skinny jeans
  • Black studded leather belt
  • Black shirt
  • Electric sander
  • Safety pins
  • Black liquid eyeliner
  • Cotton swab
  • Black striped scarf
  • Leather studded wrist cuffs
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Step 1

Dye your hair jet black. Depending on your level of commitment, use a permanent or semi-permanent dye. Begin blow drying your hair with a boar-hair-bristled brush.

Step 2

Add a quarter-sized amount of gel to your hair and distribute it evenly. Continue to blow your hair dry, spiking it in various directions with your brush as you go.

Step 3

Put on a pair of black boxer shorts. Put on a pair of black skinny jeans that are one size too big for you. Adjust the jeans so that they rest low on your hips, exposing your boxer shorts slightly. Thread a black leather belt with black studs through the belt loops.

Step 4

Put on a shirt: Nearly any black shirt will do. If you opt for a T-shirt, distress it with an electric sander here and there to create holes and organic-looking tears. You can even add some safety pins around the collar. If you opt for a black collared shirt, tuck the shirt messily into your pants and wear the collar up. A horizontal striped shirt is also appropriately punk, but one of the stripes must be black, such as black and blue stripes, or black and white or gray stripes.

Step 5

Line your eyes with a black liquid liner. Take a cotton swab and smudge the lines around your eyes.

Step 6

Add accessories such as black leather wrist cuffs that have metal studs and/or a black striped scarf.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can find any black vintage T-shirts of bands that influenced Armstrong, such as Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard and Van Halen, those are also appropriate.

Photo Credits

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